On Thursday, April 19, I attended a meeting sponsored by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) with our new police chief, Howard Jordan, leading the meeting and Mayor Jean Quan attending. The agenda was all about crime and the strategies and resources the OPD is using to address it. I went to the meeting with a question for Mayor Quan, to ask what her plans were for OO this year if OO sets up another encampment. I didn’t get to ask my question during the meeting but was able to have a 5-minute discussion with her afterwards.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 29, 2012 11:50 am|
Over 300 people were arrested in Oakland after police ordered a march of Occupy Oakland protesters to “submit” to an arrest because they were engaged in an unlawful assembly. Hundreds were detained outside of a YMCA. In zip cuffs, many waited for hours to be escorted to a police vehicle and hauled away.
|By: Gregg Levine Saturday November 19, 2011 4:00 pm|
When I heard Jean Quan offhandedly drop that she was on a multi-mayor conference call during a BBC interview, I knew I had heard something of note. The rapid succession of similar crackdowns on Occupy encampments in several US cities seemed like more than a coincidence, and so it was kind of a smoking gun.
|By: Gregg Levine Tuesday November 15, 2011 8:45 am|
Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC, casually mentioned that she was on a conference call with leaders of 18 US cities shortly before a wave of raids broke up Occupy Wall Street encampments across the country.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 2, 2011 12:15 pm|
Today is general strike day for the Occupy Oakland protests, an escalation of the anti-Wall Street demonstrations throughout the country. The general strike, called in the wake of a brutal crackdown by area police departments, has garnered national attention and at least tacit support form labor unions. The march to the port has begun.