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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland: Flyer Asks Residents to "Beat Up" Anarchists at Anniversary Protest

Occupy Oakland: Flyer Asks Residents to "Beat Up" Anarchists at Anniversary Protest

Oakland received a chilling missive over the weekend from a group of folks who are calling on the city's residents to bring bats and beat the shit out of anarchists and vandals during next week's Occupy protest.The flyer, which was…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Movement Turns One Year Old on Monday, But Shows No Sign of Growing Up

Occupy Movement Turns One Year Old on Monday, But Shows No Sign of Growing Up

It seems like just yesterday Occupiers had created their own unregulated cities playgrounds in downtowns, hoping this would help combat American poverty. Here we are a year later, and it's time to ask: What's really changed?Well, nothing, of course.  But who…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Protester Is Convicted for Trashing Parts of Oakland, Faces Jail Time

Occupy Protester Is Convicted for Trashing Parts of Oakland, Faces Jail Time

Here's the thing about government: It governs you, which means you can't treat the community like your own personal playground.But like many Occupiers, Cesar Aguirre, 24, of Elk Grove, learned this the hard way today when a jury convicted him…
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Music, All Shook Down Shout Along to "SHOCK-YOU-PY," Jello Biafra's New Occupy Anthem

Shout Along to "SHOCK-YOU-PY," Jello Biafra's New Occupy Anthem

It's never too late for another Occupy anthem -- right? -- especially when it's from the S.F. master of sardonic protest, Jello Biafra. Instead of waiting to release the song on their upcoming album (the hilariously titled White People and…
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News, The Snitch John Weston Osburn, News Photographer, Sues Oakland Cops for Being Too Aggressive

John Weston Osburn, News Photographer, Sues Oakland Cops for Being Too Aggressive

A news photographer is suing Oakland cops for  allegedly employing their heavy-handed tactics, similar to the complaints we've heard from Occupy Oakland protesters.The photographer, John Weston Osburn, a longtime member of Indybay Media, was covering a Oscar Grant protest in…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Police Raid Sit-In at Elementary School, Two Arrested

Oakland Police Raid Sit-In at Elementary School, Two Arrested

Oakland Police stormed the sit-in at Lakeview Elementary early this morning, breaking up the three-week-old encampment and arresting two people. Authorities arrived on scene just after 4 a.m. and ordered protesters (aka teachers, parents, and probably some tutors) to disperse --…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Parents Pitch Tents Occupy-Style

Oakland Parents Pitch Tents Occupy-Style

For the past week, the parents and teachers of Lakeview Elementary in Oakland have staged an Occupy-style sit-in on the grounds of the school, which is one of five elementary schools the District plans to close this year The Oakland…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland Upset Over Proposed Shield Ban

Occupy Oakland Upset Over Proposed Shield Ban

It seems that Oakland City Hall might have given Occupy Oakland a new reason to protest. The Council's public safety committee is mulling an ordinance that, if passed, would ban protesters from carrying shields during any and all demonstrations. The ordinance,…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Bernal Proves Occupy Movement Isn't Totally Ineffective

Occupy Bernal Proves Occupy Movement Isn't Totally Ineffective

Back in December we told readers about the newer, much more civilized arm of the local Occupy movement, dubbed Occupy Bernal Heights. The goal of this new Occupy group was not to pitch tents on public property, but to stop…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland Brings Chaos to Downtown -- Again

Occupy Oakland Brings Chaos to Downtown -- Again

Update 2:42 p.m.: Police have declared an unlawful assembly at 14th and Broadway, and are threatening to use more tear gas. Update 2:09 p.m.: The party has now moved to 14th and Broadway, where occupiers are reportedly teaching people how…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Decides Not to Occupy the Golden Gate Bridge After All

Occupy Decides Not to Occupy the Golden Gate Bridge After All

(Update 5:15 p.m.): The Golden Gate Larkspur and Sausalito ferries will not be in service tomorrow due to a planned strike as part of the May Day action. The ferries will resume service again after 2 p.m., according to transit…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland: City Sues Vandals Who Trashed Public Property During Protest

Occupy Oakland: City Sues Vandals Who Trashed Public Property During Protest

Oakland city officials are demanding that the vandals who treated Oakland like a "playground" during Occupy protests pay up for the damage they caused. The city is suing Chloe Watlington, 25, and Paul Woods, 25, who were arrested at about…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Gets Its Hands Dirty (Slideshow)

Occupy Gets Its Hands Dirty (Slideshow)

On Earth Day, occupiers across the Bay Area marched to UC Berkeley to clear out an empty tract of land that they say will become a new community farm. Protesters got to work tilling and planting on the occupied property,…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Police Claim They Were the Real Victims of Occupy Raids

Oakland Police Claim They Were the Real Victims of Occupy Raids

It's been six months since Oakland police raided the Occupy camp in downtown, breaking down tents, arresting protesters, and tear gassing others -- and finally, we are getting the OPD's side this PR nightmare.In essence, the riot-gear-clad, gun-toting cops claim…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland Establishes Roving Encampments

Occupy Oakland Establishes Roving Encampments

Occupy Oakland has been doing a lot more meeting and planning than occupying these days. But that seems to have changed, and after a long winter hiatus, it appears protesters have taken root again.Since they were so rudely booted from…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes for Stealing Wallet, Protest Planned

Occupy Oakland Protesters Charged with Hate Crimes for Stealing Wallet, Protest Planned

By this point, it's clear that Oakland -- or at least the city's mayor, police chief, and business and cranky old man communities -- hates itself some Occupy. The hating officially enters the criminal justice system today, when three Occupy…
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News, The Snitch Occupy SF Protesters Really Close to Forming People's Reserve Credit Union

Occupy SF Protesters Really Close to Forming People's Reserve Credit Union

While Occupy Oakland protesters are busy destroying the reputation of Oakland, occupiers in San Francisco have adopted a more thoughtful approach to attacking the 1 percent. Remember last November when protesters, some of whom were affiliated with Occupy SF, announced…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Interrupters</i> and More Free Films Screening at Oakland City Hall This Month

The Interrupters and More Free Films Screening at Oakland City Hall This Month

Oakland City Hall's Black History Film Series continues tonight with The Interrupters, a 2011 documentary about a few brave individuals' hardcore efforts to curb inner city violence. Though it was shot in Chicago, the trailer shows a landscape that could…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland to Hold "Anti-Police" Rally Today, Sans "Blood and Tear Gas"

Occupy Oakland to Hold "Anti-Police" Rally Today, Sans "Blood and Tear Gas"

Occupy Oakland protesters are gathering in downtown today with plans for yet another momentous day of action. But don't everyone get too excited -- occupiers are striving to make this event completely tame. The day of action was scheduled…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Oakland: Police Release Surveillance of City Hall Break-In

Occupy Oakland: Police Release Surveillance of City Hall Break-In

Occupy Oakland and Oakland police have been playing the blame game with who's responsible for the chaos and violence that erupted in downtown Saturday night. And while it continues to be a chicken-or-the-egg debate, police can say with some certainty…
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