In a couple of weeks our 6 month anniversary is coming up. People still seem to be thinking Occupy is not doing anything. Why is this? Because we do not control the corporate media. We depend on citizen journalists for news. This works great for those of us in the know, well for the most part, but it does nothing for the rest of the audience we are trying to reach.
I have been thinking a lot lately about how to reach more people. We need to use their tactics against them. One of the issues is we just cannot compete on the monetary scale that big business does. Taking out commercial ads during prime time TV is extremely expensive, as are full page ads in widely distributed publications. So how do we overcome this?
I found out through a friend about some arrests up in Oakland I wasn't very familiar with. So tonight I looked up the charges and the case and was disgusted. Three of Occupy Oaklands occupiers were accused of theft, and jailed on $100,000 bond. One is still in and could not be bailed out. Oakland has started a letter wiring campaign to him to keep his spirits up, and I think it would be nice if we joined in.
On almost a daily basis I hear the same thing again and again; “Isn't Occupy over?” The answer is pretty clear: NO!
All across the nation Occupy is still rolling along. In some places it is completely hidden away due to climate, or even due to unpopularity with local governments, and having to move meetings indoors. As spring begins we will see a re-awakening of the movement, and I believe the momentum will only build from there.
There are so many lies and misinformation being spread. The propaganda and programming affects us all on some level, and makes us complacent. This needs to end. The time for direct action is here. The problem is you need to pick and choose your battles wisely. Tearing down a fence to save people from getting tear gassed, shot, and beaten, then arrested is a amazingly powerful action. Taking down a fence because you are locked off city hall lawn seems futile as they will just put the fence back up, and we still do not have a "home".
I was writing a blog about my experiences in Oakland on J28, and am still having issues presenting the message I would like to. Instead I have decided to share a few videos with you, which show a more truthful picture of what happened that day. It started as a party, and apparently OPD has a problem distingishing between happy protesters, and a riot. We were tear gassed, had flash grenades lobbed at us, and less lethal projectiles shot at us. We were corralled or as they like to say "kettled" with many getting beat up at the YMCA, out of sight of many of the cameras.
I am going to have to keep this short as we are prepping up for round 2 today. On friday after GA, Myself, Crossxbones, Freedom, and Lucky to ok off for Oakland. Yesterday we were chased by OPD all over the city. I personally think the city should offer tours in this fashion as we saw a lot of the city in a short time, and it was very exciting, scary, and we all suffer from a little PTSD now...
We got tear gassed, and the flash grenades blown up all around us. Less lethal rounds were fired, and left huge dents in the corregated metal faced shields.
This is an informal request to anyone who was at art walk last night. As soon as I found out about the arrests of Sergio and Adam I contacted legal and began the quest for information. This is what I personally feel comfortable releasing after discussing it with PR and other members of the media committee, and legal committee.
Adam: Not Updated on charges as time of article.
Sergio: Being charged with Lynching, being held on 50K bond, awating arraignment.
We would like those who witnessed this event to put a written statement down, and email them to email@example.com
The legal committee, and the NLG are already looking into the arrests. please pass on this info!
I have been occupying since October 1st 2011. Today is January 4th, and I sit here today feeling very uneasy. Just yesterday Global Revolution was arrested. They were arrested after being illegally evicted by the NYPD and the NYC housing authority.