Occupy Oakland has plans for a big weekend. Today, Occupy Oakland plans to move into an abandoned building to get out of the cold. This comes on the heels of Occupy UC Davis’ move to take over the former Cross Cultural Center. Occupy Oakland has a rally planned at noon today, and the march to occupy a building begins at 1 pm. The rest of the day will be spent moving in and setting up the new space, and a celebration at the end of the day. And tomorrow, Occupy Oakland is going to use their new space for a conference of teach-ins. The teach-ins will cover topics economics, legal oppression, and history.
Occupy Oakland, like Occupy UC Davis and like many other Occupies across the country, has been struggling with cold water and police repression. More and more occupations are looking for a place to be indoors, that gets protesters out of the cold, and gets them away from the eyes of police. After the crackdowns that happened earlier this winter, Occupy Washington DC has been the only remaining encampment allowed to continue camping outdoors. But Occupy DC is now being threatened with eviction on Monday. This has led many Occupations to either move from park to park, being chased around the city by police, or to hold their Occupation during normal park hours.
Though not having an established park has put focus and attention on direct actions, especially ones which have targeted foreclosures, it has also made gathering, meeting, and planning difficult for many Occupies. Ultimately these moves indoors by many more occupations follows on the heels of Occupy London, which back in November last year occupied a foreclosed bank building, and a city court house building.
This all comes to show how Occupy is a resilient movement. This isn’t your ordinary protest. This is a movement that is fighting for economic and political justice, building a more just society. Consider joining Occupy Oakland’s move-in day today, or go to their one day conference tomorrow to learn about the problems we face and some of the solutions.