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On the Eve of #occupyOakland’s General Strike

November 2, 2011

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Busy, busy, busy. Good times. Exciting times. Overwhelming times.

Don’t have many words at the moment; feeling kinda worn out from an East Bay Solidarity Network picket this evening, plus helping a few friends move over the past couple days.

But I can’t let tomorrow’s historic event go without some autobiographical comment! Lol.

So here’s a visual offering of some of the beauty I’ve seen at the #occupy encampments in Oakland and Seattle. (I’ve briefly visited SF’s spot, too, but it was nighttime and my camera takes crappy photos at night.)

These are small-scale, low-key views, observed during the day when not too much was going on: so for the dramatic pics of the GA crowds, or OPD tear gas, or community art made out of torn-down fences, you’ll have to check the news or your favorite political Facebook friend’s feed. :)

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Since these photos were taken, Oakland’s encampment has been raided, destroyed, and rebuilt. People have been severely injured (though thankfully not killed) by OPD’s “crowd control” methods, the aggressiveness of which reflects and extends their typical, too often lethal aggression in Oakland’s poor Black and brown communities.

And since these photos were taken, thousands of Oaklanders have taken to the streets, participated in General Assemblies, and worked hard to build support for tomorrow’s General Strike. Solidarity demonstrations have cropped up as far away as Israel and Egypt. And tomorrow, workers will leave work, students will leave school, and we will remind the 1% (and remind ourselves) that WE are the ones who generate the wealth of billionaires, and WE — all of us — deserve food, water, clothing, shelter, clean air, medicine, childcare, freedom from police, deportation, and military terror, and total democratic control over the places we live and work every day. The time for asking for these things is over. It’s time to take them.

That’s all for now, friends. See you in the streets!

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  1. November 2, 2011 8:19 am

    Best wishes to you all today! We’ll be watching and supporting you at Occupy MN.

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