Well this is going to be something.
Oakland’s general strike is today. Organizers are expecting tens of thousands of people. Almost every labor union has endorsed, and students will be walking out all over the Bay Area (solidarity statements here).
Businesses throughout Oakland are shutting down (partial list here), including, apparently, Men’s Wearhouse(!) and the Grand Park Theater (here’s their marquee.) Some of Oakland’s schools will close and nearly 200 teachers have requested subs for the day. UCSF nursing students will be working medical in Oakland.
Here’s how you can participate, wherever you are. NLG/OccupyLegal hotline will be on all day and night tomorrow. Call 415-285-1011 with any reports of arrests or police brutality. If you’re going to protest, write the number on your arm or skin somewhere. They will take your phone if arrested.
Also, here’s Oakland legend Jack London’s great-granddaughter on the police brutality last week.
Speaking of the police, here’s an open letter from the Oakland Police Association, calling out the Mayor for giving all other employees paid holidays and forcing them to come to work when they are part of the 99%. They are also asking her to stop sending confusing messages, etc.
Here’s a letter from Oakland Port officials. Protestors are planning on shutting down the Port of Oakland at 7pm tomorrow.
This is also important: tomorrow, when this is done, go to Oakland and support local businesses.
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And finally, I’ll leave you with some amazing protest poster porn, including “I Can Haz General Strike,” which features some excellent use of the now-famous Washington Post picture of an Oakland PD officer petting a kitten after raiding the camp.