This is not going away any time soon. And we don’t mind that. We don’t mind marches and protests. We understand that. What we don’t want is the criminal behavior that goes with it. If you want to have a protest, great, we will help you, let’s work together. You want to have a march? We will help block traffic, we will make sure no one’s hurt, that everyone’s safe. But if you’re going to have criminal activity where you’re endangering people around you, that won’t be tolerated. There are factors we really have to take into consideration as a city. This is not just an OPD thing — this is a community thing. And this is going to effect our tourism. You know, the city of Oakland was just named #5 greatest place to visit in the world by the New York Times. We have this great piece of publicity and now we have kind of this shadow of marches that do turn — some of them, not all of them — turn violent. Things are being thrown, set on fire, damaged. We don’t need that. We need revenue in this city. We want people to say, I want to go to Oakland this summer.
OPD public information officer Johnna Watson to me today on Occupy Oakland. Full piece on the latest arrests and OPD’s new “smarter policing” at AlterNet coming as soon as the great Joshua Holland edits it. (via susie-c)
Oakland, CA– Yesterday, January 2, 2012, Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan revoked the temporary encroachment permit issued by the City Administrator’s Office to Becca Von Behren. The temporary, three-day permit had been issued on November 29, 2011, and renewed for one-week periods…
On this day in 1791, Virginia ratified the Bill of Rights, allowing the United States Congress to add ten amendments to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights guaranteed for the first time individual rights. Among them are freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
The above image is part of the site for the PBS program “Liberty!” in which newspaper chronicles let you experience first-hand the excitement and uncertainty of the American Revolution as it happened.