We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with Occupy Oakland.
We are outraged by your decision to have that peaceful, lawful and inspiring assembly raided. We denounce police intimidation, harassment and incarceration of peaceful protesters. We call on you to drop all the charges against these community leaders, to release them immediately, and to allow for the restoration of the encampment.
Occupy Oakland has been a public forum, on public land, about matters of dire urgency to the public: unemployment, affordable housing, taxation, bank accountability, and the unconscionable and deeply racialized inequity between the 1% and the rest of us.
These very same concerns are the heart of the work of dozens of community organizations, labor unions, and activists throughout the SF Bay Area. Our government must represent these progressive commitments, and not pander to the 1%.
A city government of the 99% should work proactively to support the encampment with resources like medical assistance, electricity, and bathrooms.
A city government of the 99% should open its doors to the encampment, come down to hear the concerns of the protesters, and defend the constitutional right to peaceful assembly.
A city government of the 99% should take inspiration from the encampment, and use its power to meet some of its demands: taxing the rich, holding big banks accountable, job creation, affordable housing, healthcare, and so many rights our communities have been denied for too long.
What Oakland needs and wants is a city government of the 99%.
This type of violence cannot happen again in Oakland or any other city around the country. We demand that mayors and police chiefs around the country refrain from similar Oakland-style police attacks, we the concerned citizens of the country are watching.
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Causa Justa / Just Cause
Filipino Advocates for Justice
Center for Media Justice
APEN (Asian Pacific Environmental Network)
Design Action Collective
Liberation Ink, Worker Collective
SOUL (School of Unity and Liberation)
Global Justice Ecology Project
Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project
AYPAL (Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Promiting Advocacy and Leadership)
Movement Strategy Center
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, San Francisco State University
East Bay Saturday Dialogues
The Ruckus Society
POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights)
Center for Community, Democracy and Ecology
Critical Resistance Oakland
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco
Global Women's Strike SF/Bay Area
California Reinvestment Coalition
US PROStitutes Collective
Cedar Tree Architects
Californians United for a Responsible Budget
California Prison Moratorium Project
Urban Peace Movement
Alliance for South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Jobs with Justice
La Raza Centro Legal
John George Democratic Club
Oscar Grant Committee
Legal Services for Prisoners With Children
All of Us Or None, a project of LSPC
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
Korean Community Center of the East Bay
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
Young Workers United