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[By Vanessa Guerra | 20 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
The spot where President Obama's Oakland ground campaign was launched now sells stylish footwear to Uptown residents. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Hundreds of East Bay volunteers working to get President Barack Obama re-elected showed up at the campaign’s Oakland office to get marching orders during the election.

If they visit now, though, they could be taking home some stylish footwear needed to win the next race.

[By Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 23 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Medical marijuana supporters protesting in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

With President Barack Obama appearing in Oakland for the first time during his presidency, it was a given that Oakland residents — as well as protesters of all stripes — would turn up.

And the hundreds who showed up had many different messages for him.

[By Beat News Service | 11 May 2012 | No Comments]
Occupy the Farm protesters have been given a May 12 deadline to vacate the 10-acre property by UC Berkeley officials. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Occupy protesters who have taken over a vacant plot of land in Albany owned by the University of California have been given a 10 a.m. Saturday deadline to disband their encampment and leave the property, university officials said Friday.

In exchange, the university said it would drop criminal prosecution it had been seeking against some of the protesters and set aside part of the land for urban agriculture.

[By Beat News Service | 11 Apr 2012 | One Comment]
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(4/11) 13:38 PST — DAVIS, CALIF. — A University of California task force issued a blistering report Wednesday on the Nov. 18, 2011 pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters by campus police officers, ridiculing the police department and embattled Chancellor for “unreasonable” use-of-force against students.

The task force, assembled after UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike’s pepper-spraying of peacefully protesting students garnered worldwide attention, said the incident “should have and could have been prevented.”

[By Beat News Service | 11 Nov 2011 | No Comments]

In another strongly worded letter addressing residents of the City of Oakland, the union representing Oakland Police officers called on Occupy Oakland protesters to leave Frank Ogawa Plaza “immediately” and with their “heads held up high.”

The union released the open letter Friday morning after a man was shot and killed in the city’s 101st homicide near the encampment Thursday evening. 

[By Beat News Service | 3 Nov 2011 | No Comments]
Repair crews fix a damaged window on 16th Street in Downtown Oakland Wednesday. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

City merchants, maintenance crews and Occupy Oakland protesters picked up scrub brushes and dust pans to clean up what became a violent clash between anarchists and police Wednesday morning that led to 80 arrests.

Police from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies lobbed tear gas at the anarchists after they were pelted with rocks, bottles and a homemade shield, interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Thursday. 

[By Beat News Service | 2 Nov 2011 | 9 Comments]
Occupy Oakland protesters at 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Thousands of protesters joined a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement Wednesday, with marches and rallies occurring in Downtown Oakland throughout the day, and an evening blockade of the Port of Oakland shutting down commerce at the freight terminal for the rest of the day.

[By Steven Luo and Jennifer Courtney | 2 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments]
Occupy Oakland protesters marching at the Port of Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

More than 10,000 protesters filled the streets of Oakland Wednesday, marching, chanting, and demanding a better deal for ordinary people as part of a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement.

After marching through Downtown Oakland in the afternoon, stopping in front of branches of several large banks to protest, thousands moved toward the Port of Oakland, blocking truck traffic into and out of the area and effectively shutting one of the busiest ports on the U.S. West Coast.

[By Beat News Service | 1 Nov 2011 | One Comment]

The union representing Oakland Police officers released an unprecedented open letter to city residents on Tuesday criticizing Mayor Jean Quan for delivering “mixed messages” in the handling of the city’s Occupy Wall Street protests.

The message, posted on the Oakland Police Officers’ Association website, claims that rank-and-file officers are receiving no direction from the Mayor’s office about what to do during a citywide general strike set to occur on Wednesday.

[By Beat News Service | 19 Oct 2011 | 2 Comments]
Protesters camp out at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Protesters who have taken over Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall are continuing a week-long occupation, settled into their tent city for a ninth day on Wednesday with no sign that they plan to end the demonstration against government, big banks and corporate America.

Three meals a day are served at a makeshift cafeteria, first aid is provided at a medical booth, and a “media center” has sprung up — providing access to the web for protesters.