TOPIC: Occupy

History of the Foreclosure Defense Group: An Interview with Brooke on Race, Class, and Housing

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01.15.16 - Occupy Oakland is now over 3 years old, but looking at many of the groups and projects that came out of it can shine light on times when radical and anarchist ideas of working-class self-defense, mutual aid, and solidarity were given life in a real way and revolutionary ideas exploded out of a subculture and into a movement. What follows is an interview with Brooke, a participant in Occupy Oakland and the Foreclosure Defense Group (FDG), which used direct action to fight to keep people inside their foreclosed homes in the East Bay Area. Beyond just being a history of the group, Brooke discusses the rise and fall of movements, the nature of white supremacy, the importance of looking at class, lessons for current housing and anti-gentrification struggles, and the often repeated shortcomings of the radical milieu. Read…

Resolution Reached for 75 River Street Occupation Defendants

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07.15.15 - Three of the four remaining Santa Cruz Eleven defendants resolved their legal cases in Santa Cruz Superior Court today. Gabriella Ripley-Phipps and Brent Adams were present in court and pleaded "no contest" to one misdemeanor count each of trespass in association with the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. A no contest plea was also entered by his attorney for Franklin Alcantara, who was not present at the hearing. In exchange for the plea, the felony vandalism charge the defendants still faced has been dismissed, and a fixed restitution amount has been set at $1500 per person. The remaining defendant Cameron Laurendau and his attorney were not present in court today, and at the time of the hearing his case was still scheduled on the court calendar with a trial date of July 27. Top photo: Gabriella Ripley-Phipps after the hearing. Read…

Out Past Dark: The State Responds to Revolt with Curfews and Surveillance

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06.02.15 - New Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf has drawn scorn from liberals and civil-libertarians for her implementation of a "protest curfew" in Downtown Oakland. The curfew comes after the mayor bowed to pressure from Downtown businesses and developers after several months of riots. But the curfew is only part of a new wave of repression: from more FBI agents coming to town, the continuation of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), to the increasing policing of everyday life. While those on the right howl for blood as young people continue to take the streets in the face of evictions, low-paying jobs, and continued racist police terror, those on the Left are just as quick to divide the "good protesters" from "the bad ones." Read…

CARS, GUNS, AUTONOMY: A Discussion on Anti-Police Struggles in the Bay Area and Ferguson

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11.18.14 - As the grand jury decision nears in Ferguson, MO, across the United States and elsewhere, people gear up to take to the streets to expand the struggle. What follows is a new transcribed conversation between someone from the bay area and someone from St. Louis that talks about struggles against the police in those localities and their possibilities. Read…