by Daniel Schneider
At Occupy Boston’s General Assembly on Sunday, October 30, participants passed two resolutions meant to show solidarity with and support for Occupy Oakland. Members of Oakland’s occupation were forcibly removed from their encampment on October 25th by a cadre of riot police wielding tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag guns, in a raid that ended with several severe injuries and over a hundred arrests. Since then there has been a wave of support from the groups both within and outside of the Occupy movement, as well as harsh criticism of the Oakland police department and Oakland mayor Jean Quan.
The full text of the resolution is printed below:
Solidarity Statement with Occupy Oakland and the Occupy Movement.
On October 25th, Occupy Oakland was attacked by hundreds of riot police. The same week many other Occupy encampments across several US cities witnessed the same level of repression, and destruction of their encampments.
Under the supervision of Mayor Jean Quan (and knowledge of President Obama, who was present in San Francisco, at the time) their occupation site and personal property were completely destroyed by the police. Among the wreckage were medical facilities, supplies, a community kitchen that fed hundreds, and the new homes of scores of occupiers, many whom were previously homeless.
One protestor, Iraq war veteran Scott Olson, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and Veterans for Peace, was hospitalized after sustaining injuries from the police attack. The police used rubber bullets, tear gas, flash grenades, and sound cannons in an attempt to smash the Occupy Oakland movement with overwhelming force.
The Oakland General Assembly has called for a general strike on Wednesday, November 2nd. We support that call and stand with Oakland in saying:
- We stand in full solidarity with Occupy Oakland, Occupy Chicago, Occupy Denver, Occupy Wall St. and all other Occupy movements in the US. and across the world
- We condemn the police raids in Boston, Oakland, Nashville, Austin, New York City and other similar attacks that have targeted the Occupy movement across the country
- We stand in full solidarity with Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen, who suffered the most brutal injuries of anyone from the police crackdown on the Occupy Oakland encampment
- We support the call to ask Mayor Jean Quan to resign
- We support judges and any other city officials who have refused, and will continue to refuse carrying out any acts of violence and repression against the Occupy movement in the interest of the 1%
- We urge all members of the 99% to take action on November 2nd to send a message that we will not be silenced, despite the attempt by mayors and police departments in Boston, Oakland, and across the country to repress and stifle our movement.
Solidarity With Occupy Oakland’s General Strike
- Occupy Boston will mobilize actively and help build the day of action called by Occupy Oakland in solidarity with their General Strike
- Occupy Boston is calling for every student to organize for the November 2nd Solidarity Day of action by participating in the Student Walkout and March for November 2nd @ 12:30 in Dewey Square
- Occupy Boston is also calling for anyone who can to join and walkout on their jobs to join the rally/march in solidarity with Occupy Oakland’s general Strike @ 4:30pm in Dewey Square