The Interfaith Tent at Occupy Oakland is holding a 3-day Occupy Faith conference in the Bay Area. As part of that conference, the I.T. will be holding a 6pm interfaith service at Oscar Grant/Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland tonight, march 21st.
The tent will be declared a “Legal Sanctuary” for anyone given a stay-away/”no loitering” order by the city who wishes to attend the interfaith service at the Plaza and the General Assembly afterwards. Clergy members will be on hand to offer escort to/from the tent to the edge of the 300yd exclusion zone if necessary.
Many attendees of to tonight’s event are expected to be wearing masks events so as to offer camouflage of numbers for possible stay-aways who plan to come.
Team Oaktown Live expects to be live and direct from approximately 5:15. Not expecting to stay for the entire GA. But one never knows.
BIAS NOTICE: Team Oaktown Live believe that the Oakland stay-away orders are bullshit and fundamental violations of the rights to peaceably assemble. The Plaza has, from the very beginning, been a place of gather and organizing for Occupy Oakland. It also directly abuts Oakland City Hall.
The orders, given to people with misdemeanor charges that occurred blocks and blocks away from the Plaza, are specifically designed to target political activism/free speech/lawful assembly, including attending Oakland City Council meetings. The boundary is also ill-defined, leading to a somewhat subjective risk.
TOL fully supports Interfaith Tent’s Sanctuary action and the tactic of a “Mask Bloc” in nonviolent defiance of this abuse of official power trying to squelch free speech. TOL does not consider hunting for possibly masked stay-aways in the crowd to be newsworthy.
On the other hand, if any of the Stay-Away Club openly accept the offer of escort/sanctuary and defy the OPD to arrest them, Sunshine Bloc would consider filming that to a gesture of solidarity/publicity, to show the world, live and direct, just what the fuck Oakland is trying to deal with regarding free speech.
And of course, if OPD wish to make a big deal of things…
TOL will be #LiveAndDirect from tonight’s #OccupyOakland’s #FTP march ~8:15pm PST #OCAM #OO #SunshineBloc http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oaktownlive
The epic rain of the last few days seems to be backing off. Unfortunately, the stabilizer Pirate ordered arrived without an essential part, and the company we ordered it from hasn’t called back like they said they would. Gotta write a “shocked, appalled, and dismayed” email. So Pirate’s Mighty Bamboo Pole of Transparency is still on duty.
Happy St Patrick’s Day, everyone.
Pirate & Lexica
Team Oaktown Live