Trespass Oakland

Occupy Oakland’s new target – foreclosed buildings

Now that their general strike is over, Occupy Oakland activists are looking for a new initiative to keep the momentum rolling – and their gaze is turning toward taking over foreclosed or abandoned buildings.

The subject came up in earnest in group meetings over the past couple of days, and conversations have narrowed down not to whether Occupy activists should take over empty buildings, but when and how.

“It’s a very important front for the Occupy movement all over this country, and if any one city can set a precedent for taking over foreclosed buildings, the idea will then quickly spread,” said Adrian Dyer, an Occupy organizer. “The key is to improve what we occupy, to do it right, to set a good example.”

City officials are predictably unenthusiastic. The one takeover so far of an empty building left a bad taste.

That takeover came late Wednesday after tens of thousands of people had staged a largely peaceful general strike, shutting down the Port of Oakland. As many as 100 black-clad protesters took over a vacant building at 16th Street and Broadway, and when police moved in, the activists heaved rocks and other missiles. Police responded with tear gas, and more than 100 people were arrested.

Oakland City Administrator Deanna Santana had a blunt statement about the proposed occupation of buildings: “It will not be tolerated.”

Business groups were confounded that campers would sanction such an activity.

“It’s lawlessness,” said Joe Haraburda, president of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “How about if you were a building owner and somebody took over your property? What gives them the right to do that?”

Some people think that “seizing an abandoned building seems brilliant.” Some people are idiots need to study law.

Let’s just say the banks really are scared of OWS and are looking for an excuse to crush the movement. There’s not a whole lot they can do as long at the protesters stay on public property.

But once OWS moves onto private property they are trespassing. The property owners can use force, sue, obtain injunctions and demand assistance from the police. If the police refuse to help they can sue the city. Not only that but the protesters lose any 1st amendment protection they previously had.

The protesters also open the door to conspiracy and even burglary charges. If they do occupy empty buildings then sooner or later (probably sooner) there will be vandalism and arson fires. Lots of bad P.R.

Protesters won’t get arrested for misdemeanors and cited out. They’ll be booked on felony charges and have to post bail. Try getting a job to pay off your student loans with a felony conviction on your record.

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24 Responses to Trespass Oakland

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I liked this story, the current occupiers, not so much. This (based on a true) story has heart and soul 😀

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Occupiers poach homeless services

    Occupy Boston has been encouraging protesters to take showers, hot meals and shelter meant for the homeless, prompting a St. Francis House manager to ask the downtown campers to remove directions from their Internet newspaper.

    The online publication that calls itself “Occupy Boston Globe” posts meal times and shower hours at St. Francis House on Boylston Street, which runs on private donations and state and federal funding.

    “We don’t want there to be a message to other people that we’re offering something different to them,” said St. Francis services director Andrea Ryan. She said she asked Occupy Boston to take the posting down, but because the shelter does not turn anyone away, Occupiers are free to use the shelter’s showers and meal lines.

    Occupy Boston Globe staffers, who declined to be named, said they were unaware St. Francis House wanted the information removed.

    Andy Claude, in Occupy’s logistics tent, said he sees no problem with protestors using services intended for the city’s poor.

    “It’s for anybody; they’ve opened it to anyone who is in need,” said Claude.


    But Robb Zarges, of the youth shelter Bridge Over Troubled Water, said, “There’s a difference between choosing to sleep somewhere, versus being kicked out of your home.”

  3. HELENK says:

    is this the same dipshit mother that used her kids to block the door of that dinner in DC? Now using them to block traffic in the street

  4. Pips says:

    I don’t know what the occupyers at Copenhagen City Hall Square are up to these days and the media doesn’t report, except for a feature on the radio made by a young(ish) man. Those he talked to were also mainly young and male, having been summoned by Adbusters.

    They presented themselves by first names only, though they preferred to be called by their nicknames. Splint, Sputnik and such. At first they came across as very sweet, very tolerant – though not too happy about the homeless being drawn to their site, snort – very naive and so 40plus years too late for Woodstock.

    The reporter was acting sort of naive himself, asking a lot of questions and gradually the “sweet” young men lost their patience with him, got more and more pissed, aggressive and outright threatening.

    I believe they are too few to make any significant “black bloc”, but would if they could. Isn’t it amazing how similar to some of the US OWSers they react? As if they are all managed by remote control.

  5. HELENK says:

    the mayor of Oakland asked owies to cooperate. This woman lives in dreamland

  6. HELENK says:

    a different view of the occupy Oakland from an Oakland resident

  7. crawdad says:

    Willamette Week:

    Occupy Portland activists say about $14,000 that supporters donated to their cause has been sent back to givers, leaving the camp essentially broke.

    On top of that, activists say, thousands in cash donations has been stolen from the camp’s information tent in small increments as it has come in. They say so little financial oversight exists, it’s impossible to tell if someone in or out of the camp took it.

  8. Lulu says:,0,2966876.story Occupy Wall Street Protestors Plan Epic March From NYC To Washington D.C.

    Do these yo-yos understand that they are not going to be able to squat on private property out of NYC nor in small town parks. Where are they going to be fed? If they start walking they will not be able to stop unless they want to be hauled in as vagrants.

  9. kc says:

    They obviously haven’t bee getting enough attention, so it’s time to up the ante. Occupy I-95 is not a good idea.

  10. HELENK says:

    the owies are killing Oakland.
    Business down at least 50%
    can not bring in new business

  11. HELENK says:

    Oakland owies depost $20,000 in Wells Fargo Bank. The same bank they were protesting last week

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