Police files reveal Federal interest in Oscar Grant protests, “Anarchists”

From capitalist news via Anarchistnews.org:

Documents recently obtained by The Informant reveal the significant involvement of state and federal law enforcement in monitoring the various Oscar Grant protests in Oakland over the past two years.

According to internal Oakland Police Department documents about the July 8th protests that followed Johannes Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter conviction, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, United States Secret Service, and the California Department of Justice were assigned to monitor crowd activities.
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Oakland: Support Stephanie McGarrah

On November 5, 2010, 152 people were arrested in Oakland, California at E 17th St and 6th Ave, following a protest march in response to the sentencing of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle for the murder of Oscar Grant.

Among them we Stephanie McGarrah who, as one comrade recounts, was “pushed into a group of cops by a civilian who falsely told them that she had started a fire. They put her on her back, cuffed her, and took her belongings before she was arrested so there is no way to link them to her, including her phone which had all of the contacts she needed. She was charged with arson and transferred to Santa Rita”. She is stuck in Santa Rita by herself, and has health issues that I am certain the guards are ignoring and/or making worse.

This page is to keep friends and supporters up to date on the status of Stephanie’s case.

6 people including Stephanie are still being held, and their arraignments are on November 9th. Please, all who can make it please show up to the courthouse to show her and the others your support, and your disgust with these bogus charges! The arraignments are as follows:
Wiley Manuel Courthouse @ 661 Washington Street in Oakland
9am, dept. 107 – 1 person
2pm, dept. 107 – 1person
2pm, dept. 112 – 4 people

Stephanie’s bail is set at $5000. The bond is $500. If you would like to donate something, every little bit helps! Email k [at] endocentric.org if you are interested in helping her out.

And please “like” “Drop the Charges Against Stephanie McGarrah” on Facebook!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Drop-the-Cha…

DABC Note from her supporters: Stephanie has been released and is back at home. Thank you so much to everyone for your thoughts and support. We have raised most of the bond amount, and are just waiting for another $100. Any overflow will go to the Oakland 100 campaign and the National Lawyers Guild to cover legal fees. To donate, please contact k@endocentric.org or via Paypal, https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WBL3FSPCVE4FJ .

Oakland: Suspected Oscar Grant rebels being re-charged

drop the chargesFrom Oakland 100 Support:

We have received new info that as many as 14 of the roughly 70 people cited and released for misdemeanors on July 8th, who were mostly rounded up at random, are now having charges brought on them 10 weeks later. The charges include remaining at the scene of a riot, unlawful assembly, and rioting. Another 4 people were arrested last week on felony burglary charges. The Oakland 100 Support Committee is reaching out to defendants and their families to find out which defendants would like a show of support and solidarity in the court room for their court proceedings.

WE ARE HEREBY CALLING ON THE GREATER COMMUNITY FOR JUSTICE FOR OSCAR GRANT AND AGAINST POLICE VIOLENCE TO COME OUT AND STAND WITH THOSE FOLKS DEFENDING THEMSELVES IN THIS CURRENT STAGE OF REPRESSION, SOME OF WHOM FACE MORE JAIL TIME THAN THE COP WHO KILLED OSCAR GRANT IN THE FIRST PLACE!
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Call Out for Solidarity With Oscar Grant Protest Arrestees

free the oakland 100Greetings from California, Comrades!

As many have heard, a relentless anti-police movement has grown from the tragedy of Oscar Grant’s murder on January 1, 2009 by former officer Johannes Mehserle.* Recently, Mehserle was convicted of the deplorable charge of involuntary manslaughter, a weak charge which carries a sentence of probation to four years in prison.


When the news of Mehserle’s verdict reached the people of the bay area on July 8, the streets heated up in a style reminiscent of the anti-police riots a year and a half ago. Downtown Oakland swelled immediately after the release of the verdict. For hours after the verdict was released, people milled about, yelling at police, and listening to angry speeches. As the sun went down, the police moved in to end the spontaneous demonstration, threatening arrest of anyone who stayed on the streets. The sky was littered with helicopters and planes. Every police force in the region had gathered in downtown. Despite these threats, in the hours that followed, blocks and blocks of Oakland were wrecked, bank windows smashed, stores looted, and trash cans set on fire by people outraged by the state and society’s sickening disregard for Oscar Grant’s life, and by extension, those who are always the victims of police violence in the state’s constant war against people of color, women, and the poor.
 The night of July 8th, and long after the riots had ended, the Oakland Police Department as well as other Bay Area police departments, snatched at least 78 people from the streets.
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Police Accused of Using Illegal Tactics at Oakland Protest

On the day that the jury announced that Oscar Grant’s killer, Officer Johannes Mehserle, would get off with involuntary manslaughter for the obviously intentional murder of the young father people took to the streets in outrage.  In the time leading up to the verdict all the media and local government could focus on was the “potential for violence,” ignoring of course that this is all about justice against one of the most violent forces around- the police.  Of course, the city of Oakland was neverconcerned about people being hurt, but about the continued protection of their power and maintenance of the status quo.

So it comes as no surprise that there are widespread accounts of excessive force by the police against protesters that night.   National Lawyers Guild members rattled off a list of abuses, including: violently attacking people who were nonviolent; arresting many demonstrators who did nothing wrong; holding people in jail who were arrested for minor offenses; deliberately provoking protesters; failing to protect small businesses; and violating a court ordered crowd control policy, as well as state and federal laws.

It’s clear by the behavior of the police that the intent here was to silence dissent and make an example out of those unwilling to accept a world in which the police get a slap on the wrist when they murder us.

Oscar Grant: Oakland considers suing “anarchists” for damages

Please note this comes from a capitalist news source and seems very much intended at continuing the the counter-insurgency model of dealing with the rebellion surrounding the Oscar Grant verdict. Although almost all photos and video of the night show black and brown community members from Oakland attacking the downtown area, the media and law enforcement have tried to blame “outside agitators” and “anarchists” for the rebellion. These accusations aim to downplay the local involvement of hundreds of youth of color who were rightfully enraged by the verdict. This is also a way to attack and create paranoia and fear against the growing anarchist movement in the United States. Much as the liberal and right wing conspiracy theories (Naomi Klein and Alex Jones are finally united!) surrounding the G20, this strategy is well crafted to directly attack radical and revolutionary elements and the growing interest in these ideas in many communities across North America. Between the state and liberal strategy and Glenn Beck’s call on right wingers to now actively monitor and attack anarchist groups, the counter-insurgency strategies are growing. Let’s stay strong, stay committed and consistent and continue to build communities of resistance as well as maintain the attack. ❤

OAKLAND, CA (KGO) — Oakland’s city attorney is considering suing dozens of people he calls “outside agitators.” The troublemakers are already facing criminal charges for damaging and looting businesses in the downtown area following the Johannes Mehserle verdict. Now, the city of Oakland is considering the possibility of holding them civilly liable for the city’s costs.

He is trying to get the vandals to pay for what the taxpayers are paying for now. Some of the vandals are with a group calling themselves anarchists. Some of them showed up for the arraignments that took place Monday afternoon.

The group waiting outside Courtroom 112 didn’t want to talk, except for one man who only says his name is “Midnight Mad.”

He says, “I do identify as an anarchist, yes.”

Midnight Mad also says the anarchists came to Oakland to protest Mehserle’s involuntary manslaughter verdict and he is angry that a friend is being charged with a felony, when he was serving as a medic.

“We’re prepared; we’re not new at this,” says Midnight Mad.

Police say 75 percent of the arrests from Thursday night’s demonstrations are people from outside Oakland. It is unclear how many of them might be self-described anarchists, black-clad demonstrators who cover their faces and stay together in a tight cluster. They are responsible for violence at major demonstrations around the world, including the Vancouver Olympics and the G20 in Toronto. They are anti-capitalism and anti-racism, among other things.
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Oscar Grant: A partial list of solidarity actions

We’ll be updating this as we get word of more actions in response to the verdict in the trial of the cop that murdered Oscar Grant

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  • Oakland, CA: Rebellion sweeps the streets of downtown, widespread property destruction, looting, and streetfighting with the cops
  • Los Angeles, CA: Protests outside of courthourse as verdict is presented
  • Tacoma, WA: Police car smashed, “Oscar Grant was here” spraypainted on car
  • Portland, OR: Dozens take to the streets, smash police substation and bank
  • Denver, CO: Emergency rally draws 40-50 with banners reading
    “All Cops are Murderers”
  • Bloomington, IN: 20 people march to jail in solidarity “noise demonstration”
  • Seattle, WA: March and direct action leaves police drop in center re-decorated
  • Fresno, CA: Rally by day, police monument defaced at night
  • San Diego, CA: Tempers flare at vigil for Oscar
  • Palo Alto, CA: Raging Grannies “Rage Out” against verdict
  • Richmond, VA: Noise Demonstration outside of jail
  • Santa Cruz, CA: Capitalist media reports 15 folks protesting
  • Baltimore, MD: Police vehicles attacked
  • Minneapolis, MN: Up to 100 march for justice
  • Oscar Grant, Oakland: Dozens of arrests, 12 facing major felonies for “2nd Oscar Grant Rebellion”

    Although this capitalist news article claims 78 people were arrested, most other news agencies are claiming at least 83 arrests. We are posting the contents of this article because it’s the only one we’ve found with a detailed breakdown of the arrestees and their charges. Solidarity to the warriors of the 2nd Oscar Grant Rebellion!

    OAKLAND — A total of 78 people were arrested Thursday night in downtown Oakland during protests that followed the Johannes Mehserle verdict, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
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    Oscar Grant: Oakland Responds

    Oakland responds Please note that at least 50 people, maybe many more, were arrested during the rebellion last night. From a capitalist news source:

    A group of people angry with the BART verdict clashed with police in riot gear in downtown Oakland late Thursday, throwing rocks and bottles at officers, starting small fires in the street and breaking into downtown businesses. Police were making numerous arrests.

    Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts said at a news conference that about 8 p.m., a group of people dressed completely in black and wearing black face masks moved south on Broadway, taking an aggressive posture. Batts described the group as “anarchists.”

    Gettin rowdy“It was clear that they were taking an aggressive posture…. We started taking a number of rocks and bottles,” Batts said. “We then made a dispersal order” about 8:30 p.m.

    Most protesters left, but those dressed in black did not.

    A group of protesters shattered windows along Broadway, breaking into a Foot Locker and taking bags of athletic gear and shoes and throwing some into the street. Fresh graffiti was spray-painted on walls along Broadway; one outside Telly’s Coffee read: “You can’t shoot us all.”
    Sure looks like a bunch of white anarchists, huh?
    People broke windows at a Rite-Aid drugstore and entered Far East National Bank. Small fires were started in trash cans.

    A California Highway Patrol car window was smashed.

    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums urged the crowd to “end it on a note that is dignified and respectful.”

    March 24th: Oakland 100 Film Screening and Discussion

    March 24th

    6:30 PM

    at P&L Printing (2298 Clay St, Denver)

    Denver Anarchist Black Cross hosts a film night to benefit the over 150 people who were arrested during the rebellions in response to the January 2009 police killing of Oscar Grant III in California.

    On the night of January 7th, a protest of the execution became a riot in downtown Oakland as barricades were formed, businesses were vandalized, and luxury cars, police cruisers and city vehicles were smashed and arsoned. Rioting continued on January 14th and 30th.

    Over a year later, felony charges remained against two individuals–the charges against JR Valrey were recently dropped; Holly Works’ trial begins in April. Both are facing high legal fees.

    Donations will go to help defray the legal fines of the Oakland 100.

    A discussion will follow the short film, copies of ‘Unfinished Acts’ (a detailed and illustrated narrative of the Oakland riots) will be available, and refreshments will be provided.

    Please come support the Oakland 100 and celebrate rebellions against the police.