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At 4:00 AM this morning, Oakland and Oakland Unified School District Police arrived en masse at the Lakeview Elementary School and ordered everyone, children, parents, and occupiers, out. The school had been the site of an Occupation for the last eighteen days. Lakeview peeps are calling for a reconvergence at the school at 5:00 PM today.

Two arrests were made. Fortunately, no police violence occurred, and most people evacuated the school voluntarily. The police allegedly did warn the school occupants that they would use chemical weapons if necessary.

Latest: The police are apparently now ticketing anyone who tries to take their picture at the school! (see bottom of diary).

Previous, related diaries:

Oakland Public School Still Occupied After Five Days!

Chop From the Top, or "When Children Are Under Attack, What Do We Do? Sit In, Fight Back!"

Here's how the raid came down.  Once again, Kossack allie123 (twitter alyssa011968) was there tweeting and taking these pictures. Tweets are in chronological order starting approximately at 4:00 AM.

Emily Loftis @eloft
Cops are raiding lakeview school occupation right now. Waiting 4 dispersal order. #Ows #oo

Emily Loftis @eloft
They decided to kick out a bunch of families and teachers @ 4am.

worthoftheworld @worthoftheworld
Confirmed text from #LakeviewSitIn ~ Raid happening now. #OO #OccupyOakland

Cops converging pre-raid under the freeway next to the school

Emily Loftis @eloft
Dispersal order being given. they are threatening to use chemical agents on kids families n teachers. #oo #Ows

worthoftheworld @worthoftheworld
Havent mad dashed to oak in a while. #LAKEVIEWSITIN raid now. Come out!

Lakeview Sit-In @LakeviewSitIn
cops raiding camp. Plz let all media know. Rally at 5 at lakeview. Tell everyone

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin anyone there

Lakeview Sit-In @LakeviewSitIn
COME OUT AND SUPPORT US!!! RALLY 5 pm today! Outside Lakeview

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin #oo #OccupyOakland pigs from opd including canine unit, school district & housing auth

justice!sneeded @KatG4
#FTP is saying the public school is private property & no recordings R allowed #Lakeviewsitin

Occupied Oak Trib @OccupiedOakTrib
@LakeviewSitIn is being raided now! Car support requested to help move things off site.

Alyssa @alyssa011968
Joel the father will b arrested in building & Tim Terry will be arrested. #lakeviewsitin #oo #OccupyOakland we will see if pigs arrest.

Occupied Oak Trib @OccupiedOakTrib
MT @alyssa011968 cops came to @LakeviewSitIn at 4am gave dispersal order. even though kids here said they would use chemical weapons

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin #oo #OccupyOakland reconvergence 2night at 5pm and we will be blocking admin when try move here

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin #oo #OccupyOakland waiting to see if pigs arrest. ousd spokesperson said there will be no arrest

Emily Loftis @eloft
The cops are not letting legal observers in the school while arrests are being made @ lakeview school. #Ows #oo

On the steps of the school, removing the tents.

Emily Loftis @eloft
2 Occupiers sitting in the classroom refusing to leave the school. 6 officers in the room w them. #Ows #oo

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin #oo #OccupyOakland tents coming down.forgot 2say I asked school board spokesperson if mayor knew

Emily Loftis @eloft
Last night was my first night @ the school occupation. I was on for security @ the time the cops showed. #Ows #oo

Occupied Oak Trib @OccupiedOakTrib
RT @yvonnegraphy: Two arrests Joel Velazquez and Tim Terry just taken away by pigs, one parent, other alumni #LakeviewSitIn

Alyssa @alyssa011968
#lakeviewsitin sad day! #OO #OccupyOakland

wide shot of school, dispersal and cleanup after morning has broken

jenniedelicious @jenniedelicious
when you're willing to use chemical agents on kids as police, that's where i draw the line. you are a bastard.

Emily Loftis @eloft
Around 25 kids parents teachers occupying Oaklands Lakeview Elem before 4AM evacuation. They were protesting 5 school closings. #Oo

What had happened to trigger the police response?  Why, setting up a "People's School" to teach children over the summer... Radical teaching, after all, requires a radical response.
To celebrate the first two weeks of the sit-in protesting the closure of Oakland elementary schools and the launch of the People's School of Public Education -- a summer school parents and teachers started that focuses on social justice issues -- residents of the tent city hosted a community potluck on Sunday, as well as a screening of "The Inconvenient Truth behind Waiting for Superman" in the school building's auditorium...

Ann Berlak, a 75-year-old Oakland resident, organized the People's School was there on Sunday night to watch the film and eat dinner. "A lot of people helped put it together but it was my dream," she said of the school. Berlak, who retired from teaching at San Francisco State University's Elementary Education Department, was a volunteer pilot program teacher at Lakeview before it closed down... "We started talking about wanting a summer school," she said. "I've been teaching teachers to teach social justice now for about 40 years and I wanted to create a people's school for social justice."

No one knows what follows the raid, but...
Emily Loftis @eloft
Convergence of occupiers & supporters in front of school @ 5pm today. "This is just the beginning," one man said. #Ows #oo
Well, this just in. WTF indeed:
Elle of Oakland @OaklandElle
#FTP MT @AdamInOakland: #oakland #lakeviewsitin just got 3 tickets 4 rolling by & photographing #OPD putting cyclone fences up around school.
8:40 AM PT:
Mothereath ‏@nahashhalash
Oakland is becoming a fenced town, soon coming guard towers.Thank you bean bag Quan and Jordan! #OWS #OccupyOakland #FTP #lakeviewsitin #OSF

Originally posted to jpmassar on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 08:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, California politics, and SFKossacks.

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  •  We need to disband the OPD (11+ / 0-)

    and start over. For us to make any progress on any issue involving this corrupt and lying organization, it'll have to be taken apart, its control relinquished to other bodies. I suspect that a big part of the problem is serious nepotism and cronyism in OPD ranks, leading to their stale and cynical take on the surrounding community. Oh, and get rid of Mayor Quan. She's an asshole.

    Thanks for providing the coverage.

    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 Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 08:30:37 AM PDT

    •  I agree. Disband and start over. (7+ / 0-)

      Nothing else will work, and nothing is probably less possible.

      •  It's interesting, isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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        jpmassar, gerrilea

        Look at what's happened to the Oakland schools in recent years, approximately since the state takeover and conservatorship of the district several years ago. The forces of privatization and the marketplace have been afoot, sure, to the detriment of kids and teachers. Their are many, egregious examples of this, and the scheduled closing of Lakeview is just one. But is the issue entirely clear-cut? I'm just not so sure it is. You could look at it another way and say responsible, thoughtful, informed progressives in the discussion about education no longer back the union 100% percent. There is room for other progressive points-of-view. I'm in that camp, actually.

        For us to make any headway at all in cleaning out the rot at the OPD, perhaps something similar has to happen there, to what's happening with the Oakland schools--for good, for ill, and (probably) both.

        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 Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 08:51:33 AM PDT

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    •  Nice platitude but I say prosecute the bastards! (5+ / 0-)

      It won't make a bit of a difference if you "start" over re-establishing the same system.

      Hold them accountable for violations of our rights and send them to jail! Especially the person or people responsible for "making the call", here.

      18 USC § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law

      Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
      I seriously doubt any prosecutor would actually do their job and enforce the law.

      Did they not threaten with a deadly weapon?  Did they not then kidnap through false arrests? Did they not violate our supreme law of the land, the constitution itself? Do we not have the protected right to peaceably protest?


      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 09:03:56 AM PDT

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    •  Problem is much bigger... (6+ / 0-)

      ...than any one city's PD.  One of my "adopted" parents, Ruth,  said something memorable to me shortly before she died a decade ago.  Ruth and her husband were German Jewish refugees from the holocaust.   They loved this country for having provided them refuge and escape.  But as they watched the trends in this country during the last couple of decades--the loss of democracy, the increasing repression, the growth of police state tactics -- Ruth said to me one day, "We can't go through this again."  

      I'm just glad they didn't live long enough to see the tactics these police forces now use -- jamming the round ends of billy clubs into soft bellies of teenage female students, shooting grenade cannisters into the craniums of veterans, gassing any and all without discretion.

      If Ruth and Henri were still alive, she would know they were indeed living through it again, seeing the early stages of what they lived through in Germany in the 20s and 30s.  I'm thankful she died before it went this far.

      So, I say it won't be enough to get rid of the OPD.  The fascists and the brown shirts are here nation-wide.

      And it is nation-wide that the system must be changed.

      "The Future of Man" [... ???] Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

      by dharmasyd on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 12:13:25 PM PDT

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      •  It's relative. (2+ / 0-)
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        ladybug53, dharmasyd

        I've heard talk of urban PDs that sound considerably healthier than OPD--notably in Madison, Wisconsin, as one example. I'm NOT idealizing other PD's, I'm merely pointing out that each city is really its own  universe, politically, and in terms of the culture of its services. In Oakland, one problem, ever since WWII, has been deep, entrenched racism on the part of the police force.

        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 Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 03:05:35 PM PDT

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  •  Vile--a cop who will pepper spray a child has (6+ / 0-)

    less morals than a rabid dog. Since when did police abuse and brutality against old people, the disabled, women, and children become morally acceptable?

  •  ... (0+ / 0-)

    This particular exercise in civil disobedience makes zero sense to me.  If this is really about a summer program for children, the parents and community have many of different options other than "occupying" a closed school.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

    by lcj98 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 09:20:38 AM PDT

  •  When Jerry Brown was Mayor of Oakland.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....did he allow police to run wild and misdconduct as seems to be the trademark of the Oakland Police Department now.

  •  Shit dude. (2+ / 0-)
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    jpmassar, Shockwave

    I was just there yesterday afternoon.  Seemed damned peaceful to me.

    “I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” - Harriet Tubman

    by Publius2008 on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 02:22:30 PM PDT

  •  Worse than an occupation force (0+ / 0-)

    OPD is on the way to becoming concentration camp guards.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 11:16:24 AM PDT

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