Whenever journalists are arrested/detained for reporting the news, everyone’s freedom is at risk.KGO Radio reporter Kristin Hanes • Discussing her arrest late Saturday as the Occupy Oakland protests flared up. She and Gavin Aronson of Mother Jones were among the over 200 people placed into custody Saturday night, as the Oakland protests reached a new breaking point — including the burning of an American flag. Both mayor Jean Quan and the police were quick to pin negative attention on the protesters: “The Bay Area Occupy Movement has got to stop using Oakland as their playground,” Quan said in a statement. However, it’s important to keep in mind the nature of the police actions — including violence towards protesters and the use of tear gas grenades. An OpenSalon writer has a pretty informative first-person piece worth reading, which describes both the nature of the protesters (not as bad as reported) and why things flared up Saturday. source (via • follow)
It’s so unfair. I’m the first Asian-American mayor of a major American city. They are not going to take me out without a fight.Oakland Mayor Jean Quan • Expressing anger at the fact that there’s a recall campaign floating around against her. (Edit: As noted below, her assertion that she’s the first Asian-American big-city mayor is incorrect — rather, she’s the first female Asian-American big-city mayor.) Quan struck the ire of many in the city due to the city’s strong-arm tactics in handling Occupy Oakland, which many activists blamed her for. “Friends of mine are moving to (counter the recall), but I wish I had time,” she said, noting that she’s taking the recall attempt seriously despite the fact that recall efforts are difficult to push through.
This despite threats by officials to shut it down. In what might be a good example for the New York movement as it attempts to regroup, members of Occupy Oakland have joined with the Occupy Cal movement to start a fresh encampment. This isn’t without controversy, however: Occupy Cal had its camp torn down November 9, and the university isn’t exactly taking so kindly to having a new one. “We will not allow encampments equivalent to what has occurred in Oakland and San Francisco,” said Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. The move could potentially lead to a conflict with police. Meanwhile, the San Francisco encampment is staying strong, and plans to meet with Mayor Ed Lee today. source
I was recently on a conference call with 18 cities across the country who had the same situation where what had started as a political movement and a political encampment ended up being an encampment that was no longer in control of the people who started them. And what I think you’re starting to see is that the Occupy movement is now looking for more stability.Oakland Mayor Jean Quan • Speaking to The Takeaway about the Occupy movement, noting in particular that she’s talking to other mayors about the movement, and seemingly trying to make decisions for them. “There’s been a lot of… talking to peaceful demonstrators…who wanted to separate themselves from anarchists,” she continued. “They’re now looking for a private space where they can go to do community organizing around the issues that started the movement, so I think you’re going to find that…the encampments are going to try to move to place where they’re not in direct conflict with the public.”
No longer Mayor Quan’s legal adviser. Resigned at 2 am. Support Occupy Oakland, not the 1% and its government facilitators.Attorney Dan Siegel • Revealing that he resigned as Oakland mayor Jean Quan’s legal counsel, in protest of the treatment of Occupy protesters. In an early-morning raid of the camp, 32 people were arrested, including many clergy members. As we previously reported, the Occupy Oakland group received eviction notices Friday night, a day after a shooting death brought fresh negative focus onto the movement. source (via • follow)