As I was preparing for the show this morning, reports started crossing my twitter stream of violent police action against the protesters at Occupy Oakland. The picture above was taken by someone on the scene… Hundreds of cops in riot gear, including officers from surrounding municipalities as backup… against peaceful protesters.
This video was shot by someone there and posted on the ustream account of punkboyinsf. At around 16:00 in, you see a citizen journalist thrown to the ground by police; at around 17:00, tear gas is used;
He was livestreaming via his cellphone (something I’ll have to try one of these days)… but I hope to not get hit by tear gas as he was at around 17:30… He said the cop tried to tell him it was the occupiers gassing them! Pretty powerful citizen reporting.
The Occupy Oakland website has lots more on this morning’s pre-dawn raid.
This morning at 5am over 500 police in riot gear from cities all over central California brutally attacked the Occupy Oakland encampment at 14th & Broadway. The police attacked the peaceful protest with flash grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets after moving in with armored vehicles. Apparently the media was not allowed in to document this repression, and the police established barricades as far apart as 11th and 17th. Over 70 people were arrested and the camp gear was destroyed and/or stolen by the riot police.
Contact the mayor and tell her what you think of her actions.
Reconvene today at 4pm at the Oakland Library on 14th & Madison. Occupy Oakland is not finished, it has only begun
If anything, the actions of the police will only make the protesters more resolute in their occupations.
I had already arranged to have Joshua Holland of AlterNet on the show this morning to talk about his coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Joshua happens to live in San Francisco, and was awakened by someone alerting him of the raid at 5am PT… We talked about the differences of the police response to the occupations between SF and Oakland, and talked about these pieces Joshua wrote in the past week about the movement:
In hour two, The Political Carnival’s GottaLaff joined in to talk about some of the stories we might otherwise have missed this week, and premiere a new Blunt webisode:
The Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann campaigns are a mess. “Rude, unprofessional, dishonest, and at times cruel.”
Eric Cantor: I canceled my speech after learning it was open to the public. University: Um, it always was.
And just because everyone MUST see this…Herman Cain’s new TV ad… Warning: This comes from Herman Cain’s campaign; It is not a parody from the Onion, Funny or Die, or even SNL….
What a way to end the week! Today was a strange, strange day.
The stock market went over the cliff because some trader typed the letter B instead of M and traded billions instead of millions of futures of something, Joe Lieberman introduced legislation to strip citizens of their citizenship, it was the “National Day of Prayer” (in a country founded on the idea of separation of church and state), the UK held an election and nobody won, and the floor below the Gulf of Mexico is still spewing an oil geyser that could threaten our country’s coastlines and millions of people’s lives and livelihoods for generations to come. Yes, I’d say it qualifies as a Strange Day of The Doors magnitude.
And we wrapped up the week with a visit from Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny who filled us in on the primary results from this past Tuesday, and the three coming up a week from Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas… and we did talk a bit about the hypocrisy of George Rekers, the homophobic homosexual co-founder of the Family Research Council who hired a “luggage carrier” from the male prostitution site RentBoy.com.
And on that note, I wish you a happy weekend. Talk to you Monday… Radio or Not!