Occupy Oakland


Mon February 2, 2015
Arts & Culture

An Agora Emptied: The Poetics of Occupy Oakland

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

In 2014, a small press published an anthology of poetry called “It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny in Oakland.” It is a collective memory of the winter of 2011, Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland: the site of the encampments and acts of resistance staked in solidarity with Occupy Wall street.


Liza Veale looked at this anthology to see how poets captured the spirit of Occupy. Here’s what it sounds like in the language of poetry.

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Wed October 22, 2014

Young, radical Oakland constituency brings mayoral candidates onto their home turf

Dan Siegel at Oakland Nights Live
Ted Muldoon


Here’s something that maybe only happens in Oakland: a young bunch of hackers, artists and Occupy activists organize themselves into a collective and assume the lease of a defunct heavy metal night club. Once a month, a few of their members hold a live talk show event, called Oakland Nights Live.

They invited the city’s mayoral candidates to be guests, and many of the fifteen showed up. Over the course of two nights, front-runners, including the incumbent Mayor, came to introduce themselves to this very particular constituency.

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Tue July 30, 2013

One year later, the People’s Library transforms into a community space

The community garden at the People's Library.
Kyung Jin Lee

Last year, activists and residents took over an abandoned library at 1449 Miller Avenue in East Oakland. They set out books, planted vegetables, and declared it the “People’s Library.” But technically, their project was illegal, and no one was sure what would ultimately happen to their reclaimed space.

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Wed September 5, 2012

The People’s Library continues despite city crackdown

A neighborhood mom and her daughter sort through newly donated books.
Kyung-Jin Lee

Book lending and community gardening continues in front of an abandoned library in Oakland’s San Antonio district despite a police raid earlier this month. The historic building, a gift from Andrew Carnegie to the city back in 1918, was a branch library until 1976. Two other ventures have come and gone, but the building’s been vacant since 2001. The city says it’s not safe to use.

The blighted property has since attracted drug use, prostitution, and violence. So when activists moved in to reclaim it, local residents enthusiastically joined the effort.

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Thu May 3, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for Thursday, May 3, 2012

(SF Gate) // After much criticism, California State University officials say they will consider scrapping a policy that would allow them to pay new presidents 10 percent more than outgoing presidents. Instead, incoming presidents would earn the same salaries as their predecessors until 2014...

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