In the freezing cold rain and under threat of an immediate crackdown by the Oakland Police Department to remove them if they tried to re-establish their occupation, Occupy Oakland setup a new camp site at 19th & Telegraph.
Occupy Oakland organizers reported regaining “momentum” as a number of actions with “visible union support” took place as many took to the streets again. They added ”as of 6 pm [Occupy Oakland was] celebrating in a liberated vacant lot at 19th and Telegraph to the sounds of hip hop, drumming, dance music and marching bands. Some neighbors in the Uptown development welcomed the arrival with signs of support and danced in their balconies. Police quickly withdrew to the perimeter when the thousands of protestors arrived.”
By 1 am, the occupation had “settled in,” but not without having to deal with some level of police harassment. A “sound truck” was seized by police.
Police had requested that all amplified sound end at 10:00pm and in respect for the neighborhood the truck packed up and left. It was quickly detained by police who cited anti-side show laws as the grounds for impounding it. Police in riot gear were deployed on MLK to clear a crowd trying to block the police from taking the vehicle.
There were no arrests. The reason the police said they were seizing the truck was because it was part of a “sideshow.” However, the vehicle sideshow ordinance the police were likely citing was repealed in 2007. (h/t Gavin Aronsen)
An MSNBC reported Oakland police had adopted a “non-confrontational strategy” for dealing with the occupation. Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson issued the following statement: “While peaceful forms of expression and freedom of speech will be facilitated, acts of violence, property destruction and overnight lodging will not be tolerated.”
The continued momentum of the Occupy movement invites some intrepid civil rights attorney to take a case to court and challenge cities all over the country on this notion that the “lodging” or camping occupiers are doing isn’t a part of expression and freedom of speech. There is great opportunity to expand what society deems to be justified under the First Amendment. A legal working group tried to expand what is considered expression when challenging the eviction of Occupy Wall Street, but the judge wound up favoring the city and Brookfield Properties. Of course, in the case of property that is clearly city-owned, there is little justification for any codes or ordinances to abridge the rights of citizens and constrain speech or expression.
Firedoglake’s premier live blog continues now. The blog will be tracking Occupy Oakland’s camp throughout the day and night. Also, I am back in Boston and may visit Occupy Boston today to check in on the camp. Here is a Twitter list to follow for the latest updates.
8:38 PM Situation unfolding with Occupy SF as a few occupiers have setup a tent on Market St. Traffic is blocked. Riot police are surrounding. (via @pixplz)
8:25 PM Occupy Charlottesville (#OccupyCville) thanks FDL for Occupy Supply. [Occupy Charlottesville's permit for camping is apparently up this week. The city will have to decide whether to renew the permit or not.]
8:19 PM Preliminary declaration of Occupy Wall Street’s vision
8:08 PM Compromise with NYPD worked out. From @masseydaniel, here are the tents, neutered:
7:59 PM Occupy Wall Street candlelight vigil and march is underway but NYPD being pricks and saying the tents have to come down off the poles because they are a safety hazard (Photo via @masseydaniel )
7:52 PM In a terror alert orange sweater and a camouflage green shirt, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a press conference on a terror suspect just arrested. Don Lemon on CNN has apparently noted that up until this conference Bloomberg had been receiving negative attention for removing Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park. This will conveniently give the media something to cover instead of the drum circle outside of his mansion. And, as I understand, the FBI was not involved at all.
7:14 PM Occupy Cleveland has helped a woman save her home from foreclosure (for now). A court gave her 30 more days.
This is but one example of the constructive force that is the Occupy movement. It can help people stay in their homes.
6:55 PM Two police officers involved in pepper spraying of UC Davis students placed on leave
6:45 PM I’ve known about this story, but I have been waiting for it to develop into something more substantial. Brad Johnson of Think Progress reports tents and insulated materials are banned at Occupy Boston. Clark Stoekley, who drives the WikiLeaks truck, was woken up by police because they thought he had “contraband.” Stoekley asked an officer why he was woken up:
This incident happened about a week ago and was covered by the free daily newspaper, Metro Boston. It has gotten a lot of play over the last week. And since the temporary restraining order was issued, police may be keeping a closer eye on the entrances to the camp. However, if an occupier wants to get materials into the camp, there are ways and once the materials are in the camp the police are probably not going to take action to draw attention to any policy to “freeze out” occupiers.
5:21 PM Here’s video from the concert I was at earlier at Occupy Boston. The Dis-N-Dat Band did a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved”:
Then, Tosh 1, reggae legend Peter Tosh’s son, came out. He and the Dis-N-Dat Band performed “Equal Rights” and a cover of “Johnny B. Goode.”
5:05 PM National Lawyers Guild has filed FOIA requests for information on Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, FBI, CIA, and the National Parks Service in the eviction of occupations all over the country.
5:00 PM Drum circle near Mayor Bloomberg’s mansion happening now – livestream here
12:45 PM Watch Al Jazeera English for live reporting from Egypt as security forces are mobilizing on Tahrir Square
12:44 PM ICYMI: Proposal for a total west coast shutdown that passed through Occupy Oakland’s general assembly. Reportedly, Occupy San Diego has approved the resolution as well.
12:32 PM Now going to visit Occupy Boston one more time. Beautiful weather – highs in the 60s. Tosh 1, Peter Tosh’s son, is shooting a music video at the camp and then will be performing some songs.
Here is Tosh 1′s update of “Get Up, Stand Up.” (Peter Tosh was a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers.)
12:30 PM Police have raided the new Occupy Oakland encampment. Occupiers were asked to leave about 8 am PST. The occupiers left. It appears tents were taken. There are no reported arrests as of now.
11:19 AM John Zuccotti, co-chair of Brookfield Properties, whose name is now known around the world as the name of the park Occupy Wall Street took over for two months and counting, is worried his legacy is tarnished. So, let us all pause for a moment and weep for the liberal-leaning elitist businessman who is John Zuccotti. Forget the 99% out protesting. We must sympathize with this member of the 1%, even though he could have stopped the OWS eviction and did not. In fact, former Mayor Ed Koch implores us to do so.
11:14 AM ICYMI: UC Davis Faculty Association called for the resignation of Chancellor Katehi. She has said she will not be resigning.
And then a video showing the start of the occupation of the school:
10:51 AM Occupy Subways action on November 17 (video)
10:46 AM Occupy MN participants have been given “trespass” citations for violations on plaza property. Occupiers are contesting these citations because they prevent you from being on that property for 365 days.
10:45 AM FDL members, supporters, readers, etc, have now raised nearly $125, 000 to fund donations of winter gear and other supplies to occupations.
10:25 AM Glenn Greenwald on the roots of the UC Davis pepper-spraying
10:22 AM In Tahrir Square Egyptians are having their tents set on fire right now. A major assault is underway to evict protesters.
Egypt is partly responsible for inspiring the core group of occupiers that launched Occupy Wall Street. Expect demonstrations at the Egyptian embassy and consulates in the country to show solidarity with Egyptians who are fighting military rule in Egypt.