Occupy Oakland

5:56pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

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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2:29pm

Wed September 5, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

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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9:47am

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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12:48pm

Fri February 10, 2012
Cops & Courts

Occupy Oakland asks for more oversight of police actions

Photo from event page Occupyoakland.org

Last night, members of Occupy Oakland gathered at the Grand Lake Theater to discuss the Oakland Police Department’s crowd control policies and their use of force in response to Occupy demonstrations. The meeting was held in place of a similar event that was to be hosted by the Citizen’s Police Review Board, an independent volunteer body comprised of residents of the City of Oakland. Originally scheduled to be held at City Hall, the CPRB event was postponed somewhat last minute.

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11:10am

Wed February 8, 2012
Morning News Roundup

Connecting the Dots: top news stories for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

California Assembly Speaker John Perez will introduce a bill today that reduces the cost of public, four-year university tuition for California students from families that make less than $150,000. The plan would cut the tuition by two thirds, returning it to levels not seen since more than a decade ago. If enacted, the bill will help students from families with incomes too high to receive financial aid, but not high enough to pay for their children's education on their own…

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