Rock Paper Scissors Collective Harassed by California ABC and OPD on 10th Anniversary


06.15.14 - On the evening of June 6 during Oakland's First Friday Art Murmur, the Rock Paper Scissors Collective was celebrating their 10-year anniversary at their gallery on Telegraph and 23rd Street. Past and present members of the all-volunteer collective prepared new, or culled from the past, large and small works of art for the event. A fashion show was scheduled as part of the festivities. A table in the back of the space included free refreshments, snacks, and a few bottles of wine for those who came in that night. It's not uncommon for art galleries to offer glasses of wine to patrons at special receptions. At a little past 8pm, however, two undercover or plainclothes agents of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control came into the RPS gallery and started asking questions about the wine. The agents pulled badges out of their shirts and a volunteer who goes by "D" was handcuffed and charged with a misdemeanor for serving wine. Read…

KoNo Office Gets Windows Smashed


12.03.13 - In the early hours of November 27, 2013, "Smash Kono" was spraypainted on the windows of the Kono Office at Telegraph and 27th. The other windows were then smashed with a hammer and the door was broken.

This office bears partial responsibility for the ongoing gentrification of West Oakland along Telegraph Ave. They openly facilitate "development" in a historically working class community, causing the vile symptoms if rent raises, high-rise condos, coffee shops and all the useless yuppies that come with. Read…