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Sorry for the short diary, but I just got a tip from a friend of mine who heard from a mutual friend of ours (who I can't identify, but because of his professional connections, is a very reliable source), that the police are planning to clear out Occupy Oakland with tear gas early this morning. I really can't say more, nor can I guarantee that things won't change before then, but if all goes according to plans, they will attempt to clear the plaza some time after midnight. Perhaps if the police learn that people are aware of it, it won't materialize. But at the very least occupiers should be prepared for anything which might happen!

Good luck! Stay safe!

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  •  Please, get a report of some substance (1+ / 0-)
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    before you publish in venue like this.

    Rumor does none of us any good.  

    No tip for this one.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 05:35:27 PM PST

  •  I understand what you're saying, but it's from (0+ / 0-)

    a reliable source. I can't say more about him, as I don't want to jeopardize  his job. Take it with a shaker of salt if you want. I hope it doesn't happen, but after hearing what I heard, I feel that it's better to warn people than not.

    FWIW, I don't care about tips and recs. This isn't a popularity contest.

  •  Heard from a friend of a friend? (0+ / 0-)

    Never seen someone use that phrase seriously. Heh.

    Have you heard the current State of the Skies? Also, I'm on Facebook if you can't get enough of my weathery posts.

    by weatherdude on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 05:56:12 PM PST

  •  I don't think that there is much doubt that they (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, cany

    are going to do it. The only open questions seems to be when.

    •  It sure seems that way. They have had at least (0+ / 0-)

      three closed council sessions apparently on the issue...

      I hope everyone stays safe.  Get the vinegar ready to go.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

      by cany on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 09:36:42 PM PST

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  •  Taking it seriously here (0+ / 0-)

    Livestream of Occupy Oakland GA:

    text alert: Signs point to a raid tonight.   Occupocalypse party tonight after GA until late.


    November 12, 2011

    The following urgent proposal was unanimously adopted today at an ad hoc Labor Activist Assembly, and signed by more than 30 veteran labor activists:

    We, the Ad Hoc Labor Activist Assembly, in light of the imminent threat of police action to evict Occupy Oakland, call on the Alameda Labor Council Executive Board to adopt and implement the following:

    The Alameda Labor Council declares the Occupy Oakland encampment to be a sanctioned picket line. The Council's Executive Board calls on every one of its affiliates to immediately mobilize members to defend the encampment, dispatching pickets in shifts, beginning tonight (November 12) and continuing as long as the threat persists.

    SIGNATURES (organizations listed for identification only)

    Jack Gerson, OEA retired
    Zev Kuithy, CFT
    Susan Schacher, Peralta Federation of Teachers
    Bob Mandel, OEA/AFT retired
    Peter Brown, Peralta Federation of Teachers
    Steve Miller, OEA
    Loretta Franke, Operating Engineers retired
    Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 retired
    Stan Woods, Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
    Richard Tan, Librarian
    Pete Turner, IFTPE 21
    Henry Johnson
    Richard Mellor, AFSCME 444 retired
    Robert Irminger, IBU/ILWU
    Caray Dau,ILWU 6
    Adam Balou, Occupy Oakland
    Jenna Woloshyn, IBT 10
    John Reimann, IWW
    Matt Meyer, BFT
    Marcus Holder, ILWU 10
    Mary Beth Schuler
    Mike Parker, UAW 1700
    Bill Balderston, OEA
    Bill Cherneau, SEIU 1021
    Ruth Maguire, Grandmothers against the war
    Ying Lee, BFT retired
    Ann Weills, National Lawyers Guild
    Michael Rubin, SEIU
    Rosalind Makris OEA
    Dave Welsh, Letter Carriers 214
    Frank Martinez Campo, SEIU 1021

    If you come, write the National Lawyer's Guild hotline # on your arm: 415-285-10

    We don't live in a democracy . . . we live in a capitalist oligarchy, with some democratic representation…Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage, or labor unions?… The capitalist oligarchy …were forced to accept them…Howard Zinn

    by jim d on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 11:20:34 PM PST

  •  Sources:Massive Occupy Raid Imminent 700-1000 cops (0+ / 0-)

    The Oakland Police Department is planning an enormous operation to evict hundreds of Occupy Oakland protesters from their encampment near City Hall early Monday morning, according to police and city officials with direct knowledge of the plans.

    Oakland has agreed to pay for 700-to-1,000 officers from numerous agencies to be deployed over the next three days, according to an Oakland official who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity. The operation was shaping up as the largest and most expensive police action in Oakland in recent memory.

    The cost of the operation could reach $1 million, the official said. Combined with the city's previous effort to evict the protesters, including at least two violent clashes, cleanup and private security that may be hired to prevent the protesters from resettling on the plaza, the overall cost of Occupy Oakland could reach $5 million, he said.

    Sources: Massive Occupy Raid Imminent 700-1000 cops

    We don't live in a democracy . . . we live in a capitalist oligarchy, with some democratic representation…Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage, or labor unions?… The capitalist oligarchy …were forced to accept them…Howard Zinn

    by jim d on Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 11:35:03 PM PST

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