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Occupy Oakland General Assembly Report on Nonviolence ProposalNovember 9, 2011
East Bay CODEPINK
Report back by Eleanor Levine:
The OO General Assembly met tonight.
The discussion about non violence began around 8 PM.
There were two proposals on formally adopting nonviolence as a strategy for Occupy Oakland. The first was voted down overwhelmingly for being unclear and vague. The second was withdrawn due to time and a desire on the part of the proposers to unite OO in its march towards inclusiveness and change.
Despite the failed vote and the proposal withdrawal, the discussion around nonviolence was active and showed a clear interest in addressing the issues. Time will tell where it goes.
The vote does not mean that OO sanctions violence; it means a different proposal and/or discussion is needed.
The OO General Assembly passed a resolution in solidarity with the Egyptian Tahrir Square movement to be read at Tahrir Square this weekend.
The OO GA voted down a resolution for a very specific action for 7 PM Friday night to take over and occupy a specific building whose identity was not revealed. The discussion was lively. Those who spoke against the resolution had a variety of reasons for voting NO on that specific proposal. It does not mean the action won't occur. It just means the GA did not vote for it. OO did pass a resolution some time ago endorsing the occupation of sites. So occupation of a building seems likely at some point.
Mayor Quan issued a statement calling for the evacuation of Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza. Thus the GA was packed tonight with probably 3000 people to support OO. By the time I left around 10:15 the numbers had dwindled. Another raid of some is expected in the coming days.
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