Were you involved with Occupy Oakland?  Oakland Local is looking back in honor of the two year anniversary of the Occupation.  Share your experience with us through a short survey at the link below.  We will report back on the responses next week.

Occupy Oakland Survey

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3 Responses

  1. Tony Daysog

    Has Oakland’s Occupy movement left anything of lasting significance? In what ways has it affected policy? Land-use planning? Local job creation strategies? Frankly, I’m not seeing it: my impression was that it was just a bunch of bored twenty-somethings who liked to wear those weird masks from that Natalie Portman movie, the meaning of which (the mask wearing) honestly escaped me. On my part, I am trying to raise awareness of “economic security” matters in neighboring Alameda, partly because I feel that the historic downturn affected us nationally, locally and personally in ways that we have not fully appreciated, and that local legislative bodies need to move forward and learn the lessons of this downturn and not return to business as usual (“of, it was just another recession — now everything is fine”). In short, we can’t go back to the ways where local legislative bodies basically plan their respective communities in an effort to capture the upper-middle and upper classes as residents and/or consumers, but that we need to intentionally plan for the lower, working and shrinking middle classes, through sustainable affordable housing strategies and job creation. In the same way Katrina showed that localities are on their own when it comes to natural disaster planning, likewise the economic calamity that was starkly revealed because of the historic downturn (but that was always their since the 1980s) also showed that when it comes to revitalization, localities are on their own. So I’ve been quite surprised by how little I’ve heard of folks trying to (or maybe they’ve already did) articulate and implement a local economic (be it low hanging fruit, medium hanging fruit, or high hanging fruit) agenda in the wake of national or Oakland’s Occupy, which, honestly, to me, seemed like it transmorgified from something that was both honorable and necessary into a bunch of folks who liked the theater of that movement but didn’t want to do any hard work. Yeah, that’s an “Ouch!” but some time you need to hear someone say that.

    Tony Daysog, Alameda City Councilmember

  2. Steve Cooper

    Tony, may I remind you that Occupy Oakland saved a Alameda woman named Jodi from a improper bank forclosure of her house while she was dying of cancer by doing the work of house sitting, researching paperwork & sometimes protesting outside the offending bank.

    In the end she was able to keep the house but died shortly thereafter, but Jodi’s daughter got the house not the bank. If that’s not hard work I don’t know what is. I think you have been on the Alameda City Council way to long, you sound like the Chamber of Commerce, you echo their position.

  3. OBM3

    Mr. Daysog,

    If you paid any attention to Occupy Oakland you’ll find that it was made up of far more than “a bunch of bored twenty-somethings.” People of all colors, ages, and income levels were out protesting wealth disparity up to the point the cops threatened to ruin people for their participation (twice by inflicting critical blunt force trauma on military veterans; once by mass arrest).

    If you can’t see a problem with Oakland spending $2M to crush a protest and then closing five schools the next day to save $2M, you’re not part of the solution – you’re part of the problem. If you can’t see a reason twentysomethings would be pissed that the homeless are “a public health problem” on City Hall’s front lawn but they are “no problem” living on our front lawns in West Oakland, you are part of the problem. If you don’t get “that Natalie Portman movie” maybe you should read the Alan Moore work it was based on – you might learn something!

    To suggest that none of the thousands upon thousands of Occupiers aren’t doing anything to try to fix their local communities since the protest is disgusting and insulting.

    A poor, working community organizer.


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