Occupy Oakland briefly resurfaces, Obama Headquarters Smashed

<table><tr><td>Occupy Oakland seemed to briefly resurfaces as a roving FTP dance party on Friday. Fenses around former a Occupy camp site were pulled down, and the windows at Obama Headquarters got smashed.

August 4, 2012 - Occupy Oakland seemed to reemerge for a few hours yesterday evening, in the form of a roving dance party that made its way through downtown behind a large banner that read “Fuck The Permits, Fuck The Police.”

The dance-march was in partial solidary with the venders of Art Murmur, a street fair that takes place in downtown Oakland every 1st Friday.

Over the last few months, Art Murmur has exploded into a carnivalesque block party, in which Oaklanders have taken over the streets and filled them with art, music, food, dancing, and general revelry.

On July 6, uniformed security officers informed Art Murmur venders that anyone without a permit would be ticketed, starting next month. </td><td><img title="longer chains, bigger cages, more fried food" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/artphoto.jpg"></td></tr></t...
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According to a statement on a flyer passed out by demonstrators, “the [permit] process is inaccessible, unaffordable, and there are not enough “officially sanctioned” spaces to go around.”

The flyer also explains the deeper motives behind the permits:

“Their intent is to target street artists and vendors as a means of regulating and controlling the community’s use of public space, for the benefit of expensive galleries, fancy restaurants and developers. The effect is to better provide the capital-owning business elite with a controlled and sterilized neighborhood full of passive armies of docile workers and obedient shoppers. Their ambition is to redraw urban geography according to profit motives, and convert public and social life into the plaything of the private interests. This amounts to an attempt to rob us of every free and spontaneous aspect of our communities and our lives, and replace each of them with no alternative but submission and the compulsion to consume.”

Tonight, many venders and artists ignored last month’s threat of being ticketed, and set their tables in illegal spaces.

Police kept their distance tonight, though, as the dance-protest roved up and down the streets, with demonstrators chatting “fuck the police” between songs.

Many bystanders cheered when they saw the “Fuck the Police” banner as the dance party approached.

Residents of Oakland are still outraged over the police murder of 21-year-old Oscar Grant, who was shot by a transit officer in a crowded BART station on New Year's Day in 2009. The transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in July 2010, despite publicly released videos showing Mehserle pinning Grant to the ground before shooting him in the back.

The advent of camera phones has allowed the level of police brutality that occurs in Oakland, and nationwide, to be made public.

Last Friday, several hundred Oaklanders marched in solidarity with the growing Anaheim police resistance movement, and a window was broken at a bar where police officers are known to drink.

During last night's roving dance party, as demonstrators passed 19th and Telegraph Ave, a large section of the fence surrounding the former site of Occupy Oakland was pulled down. Many still remember the police raids of Occupy last fall, when protestors were beaten, tear-gassed, and had their belongings destroyed by police.

The dance then continued down Telegraph, pausing in front of the Obama Campaign Headquarters, where the windows were smashed.

The Democratic Party and Obama campaign have continually attempted to co-opt the Occupy Movement. Many Occupiers are critical of the Democratic Party for making promises that it is incapable of keeping, as it is little more than an extension of the corporations that fund it.

Perhaps the smashing of the windows in today’s march was Occupy Oakland’s way of rejecting Obama’s too-good-to-be-true campaign promises—the promise of easy hope in exchange for giving in to the farce of two parties within what is actually a unified totalitarian system.

A few minutes after the Obama Headquarters’ windows were smashed, the dance party turned down 17th. Two children in a mini-van opened the car door and gave demonstrators high-fives.

A few minutes later, the dance party doubled back to Art Murmur and Occupy vanished back into the carnival.

Comments

This is a great write up! Thanks for sharing.

This is a great comment! Thanks for sharing.

You are welcome, comrad

WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT A COUPLE OF OAKTOWN POLICE ARE GETTING OFFED THIS WEEK
MOTHAFUCKAS THOUGHT WE FORGOT ABOUT OSCAR
BLOOD FOR BLOOD
GRIEF FOR GRIEF

Shut up, moron.

Glad the Obama windows got smashed.

Oscar Grant was killed by BART police, not OPD. (Though OPD has plenty of other blood on its hands.)

I smashed a wine glass against my kitchen cupboard in solidarity.

should have crushed it i your hands; you'd no longer be able to type.

should have crushed it on your head; you'd be soo fucking cool!

Awww...did I upset the poor little window hating anarchista?

This was not actually done in solidarity with art vendors at all

And this writeup is not good

why not?

its just a more than tinged liberal attempt at placing the events in the discourse of defending art, when clearly most people there didnt care about "art"

i think some people there do care about the space that is made for free art of all kinds and the spirit of being in the streets together.

"Obama Headquarters’ windows smashed"
Hell, it's about time. Literally every time I walked past that thing, I wondered why we hadn't fucked it up. It seemed like the perfect way to let the media understand we aren't trying to reform anything (since the whole "Burn it!" thing seemed to have somehow slipped past their radar). Kind of upset I missed it.

Take that, Jean Quan & fellow yuppie Obamacrats! Liberal fascists, go to hell!

And now, we enjoy the comments on Y!news as their worldviews are thrown into dissaray.
http://news.yahoo.com/video/protesters-smash-windows-obama-campaign-0620...
Watch in wonder, as the conservatives try to figure out if they like this or not, and the liberals try to convince everyone (including themselves) that this was actually the work of the nefarious tea party.

wow, people are fucking stupid.

You think that's bad, you should have seen the article on the FAI bombing in Italy. All the top rated comments consisted of content along the lines of "This is what happens when you lit Muslims into your country!"

Communique from last night's FTP street party:

FUCK THE PERMITS
KEEP IT IN THE STREETS

Oakland’s Art Murmur is supposed to be about art, culture, and community. But all that it represents to the Uptown, Downtown and KONO business district associations as well as the city administration is an opportunity for commercial expansion and business development, a tool to further their agenda of gentrification.

In spite of this, recent months have seen Art Murmur explode with spontaneous energy, with the insurgent spirit of people’s free expression and free association. Rather than a controlled spectacle and disciplined promenade of compliant consumers, it has become a truly communal gathering, an epic block party, the night in Oakland when everyone is out and about in the streets. It is a people’s carnival of street artists, uncontracted musicians, unlicensed vendors, unauthorized performers, random revelers and rebel spirits of the community coming together simply to be together, to socialize and share public space, above & beyond the call of consumption.

When the Art Murmur Corporation took over the original permit from the Rock Paper Scissors Collective to manage the event, it was under the condition that community members be allowed to set up tables & use 23rd street free of charge & without permits. Now the city’s business elite are trying to enforce permit restrictions, sending us the message that our shared social & public space is not ours to use on our own terms. And they are bringing in private security forces to intimidate and coerce us into compliance—wielding the threat of violence and expensive fines.

We’re sick of getting pushed out of our own space. They say we should get permits, but the process is inaccessible, unaffordable, and there are never enough “officially sanctioned” spaces to go around anyway. Their intent is to target street artists and vendors as a means of regulating and controlling the community’s use of public space, for the benefit of expensive galleries, fancy restaurants and developers. The effect is to better provide the capital-owning business elite with a controlled and sterilized neighborhood full of passive armies of docile workers and obedient shoppers. Their ambition is to redraw urban geography according to profit motives, and convert public and social life into the plaything of private interests. This amounts to an attempt to rob us of every free and spontaneous aspect of our communities and our lives, and replace each of them with no alternative but submission and the compulsion to consume.

We refuse to surrender our space. We want to encourage the organic and rebellious elements of Art Murmur to flourish. We are here to exercise a vision of a liberated city full of free art, free music, free culture, free expression, and free streets.

We are spontaneous, insurgent, uncontrollable.
These are our streets, and we are here to take them.
FTP! FUCK THE PERMITS! FUCK THE POLICE!

Really good, awesome action.

I agree. Those windows will think twice about trying to oppress us from now on.

and especially those liberals. ;););)

oppression!

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