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also today: 6pm @ annie alley (annie/mission st near new montgomery), san francisco. free to the public.

"What was it about Zuccotti Park, and other public spaces around the world, that helps explain its success? And how can we preserve and strengthen such spaces as places of protest? This book, like Zuccotti itself, is a site of vigorous conversation, hard thinking, and bold proposals on such issues."
—Mike Wallace, coauthor of Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

Beyond Zuccotti Park is an insightful and relevant book that challenges us to think differently about the role of public space for civic engagement. If you believe in the First Amendment’s right to freedom of assembly, then this is the book to read.”
—Mitchell Silver, AICP, President, American Planning Association

GTFO of my city, “protesters”.
broken glass by “occupy oakland protestors” marching by last night. the forthcoming Tribune Tavern.
issiebear replied to your post: 
i would have taken a picture to show police. and also called the police.
once i called 911 when i saw a couple garbage bins across the street were lit on fire, but they told me they already got a couple calls on that. 
a few minutes after the “protestors” passed my block i heard police sirens, anyway. then few more minutes later, more sirens. 
OPD is one of the worst police departments in the nation; people can get away with crime easily in this city, but i hope they nabbed some of these troublemakers.
it does not make sense to #occupyoakland march at 9:30 on a friday night. and break more shop and car windows.

#respectourcity #oaklandish

like 25 “protesters” marching around downtown oakland right now, chanting ows stuff like “banks have got to go”, while breaking more shop and car windows.


ruined my night.

(do you see why my mom would pay $$ each month to park her car that she barely uses anymore in a secure parking garage?? ughhhhh thank you “protestors”/rioters/violent drunkards for perpetuating the reality that oakland is kinda dangerous)

i didn’t even want to take a picture of them from my window, that’s how embarrassing these people are to me.

I hear another protest/boycott/strike going on outside

a block away on Broadway.

good to be back home.

**I think it’s occupyoakland’s protest against foreclosures by Chase Bank..

"occupy oakland ruined my life."

yesterday afternoon after sunday streets berkeley, bf and i go to the pizza place nearby to redeem an extra voucher for a slice a pizza that another volunteer gave to us. 

but it’s only one slice—won’t be enough for both of us—so we plan to give it to some homeless person (not difficult to find in downtown berkeley) and then go to a restaurant for a more filling dinner.

I’m sitting at a table outside keeping an eye on our bikes leaned against a bike rack, unlocked. waiting for bf to order the pizza. a kid (well, teenager/in early 20s) comes up to me and asks if I have a dollar and ten cents to spare so he can buy a burger from mcdonalds across the street.

I tell him No, (well I did have the money, but it was my last dollar in cash in my wallet. and i follow the rule to never give money to homeless people, but actual food instead in case they use the money for drugs), but if you wait a bit, i can give you a slice of pizza. bf’s inside ordering it right now.

Cool, awesome, thank you so much. He sits on the ground/sidewalk right by the table, even though there’s an empty chair across from me. He has a hand on the ground, in a leaning position. People are walking carefully around him.

He looks pretty young, probably around my age. Face dirty—a bit sunburnt, oily and unwashed. Short/med black hair. Black north face jacket, blue jeans, black Nikes that still look pretty decent, except covered in dust/dirt. maybe a pair of Nike Frees.

After I very briefly tell him about myself (never one to talk about myself), I ask about himself. “Occupy Oakland ruined my life.” How so?

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Happy birthday, Occupy. (photo taken on 15.09.12.)

There was just a bit of a skirmish in downtown Oakland. Tear gas, arrests, injuries. Our man on the ground @joshharkinson reports that it all started when the Oakland police tackled this woman riding a bike down Broadway. Follow our May Day coverage for the latest.

May Day in America vs. in Scandinavia/Europe.
» Occupy Movement gets a PAC

The Occupy movement has decided to fight fire with fire.

Last week, John Paul Thornton of Decatur, Ala. filed to create a PAC for the Occupy Movement.., 16.02.12.

on the corner of Rashida Muhammad Street and 19th, 28.01.12.

Journalists—Myself Included—Swept Up in Mass Arrest at Occupy Oakland.motherjones, 29.01.12. 
oh man.. occoak again.
at least this was further up a few blocks on mom was over at my grandparents’ on 8th st. earlier on saturday and called me wishing me a happy chinese new year. 
and later that night, shit goes down. I should’ve been on top of news and called on sunday.
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