- Category: Occupy
- Created on Monday, 30 January 2012 22:20
- Written by Occupy Oakland
To Oakland's Mayor Quan:
Today, in an act of supreme arrogance, you, Jean Quan, declared that you would “call” on the “national leadership” (!) of the Occupy movement to help you split (!) our movement.
You want Occupy nationally to denounce people within Occupy Oakland who you describe as "the ones who advocate violence." In short, unable to break our movement in the streets and ports, you now want us split, divided, and turning against ourselves.
You who unleashed wave after wave of police terror on Occupy Oakland?
You whose police shot anti-war Iraq veteran Scott Olsen in the face with a teargas canister and nearly killed him?
You who presided over the police department that murdered Oscar Grant in cold blood?
You want to preach to us about violence? You now demand we denounce those you targeted? You want us to help you demonize those who dare challenge you?
What cartoonish world of double-think are you from?!
You even went on to claim that “What they are doing against the city economically is not nonviolent either.” Really?
And what about the economic violence you were part of? What about what the disruption and suffering imposed on students though relentless budget cuts and austerity measures? Is the denial of education not a form of violence?
What about the gentrification of Oakland, and the police violence that enforces it?
We see you very clearly. You serve the machinery of money-making -- the 1%, the banks, the developers, the co-opters.
Your attempts to divide us will not work. And you will not succeed in dividing us from the people of Oakland either.
It was your thugs who attacked Occupy Oakland on Saturday. And the people have every right to defend themselves.
Our movement is diverse ethnically, politically and tactically – but we are also united in purpose. Every one of your attacks just goes to unite us, the 99%, as we create a new world.
Your arrogance continued: