By Julia Lundberg
A “new occupation” set off Tuesday at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland: a group of people started up a 24/7 vigil outside City Hall. Kicking things off, a group yesterday attempted to erect a symbolic tee-pee (a conical Native American tent) to remind the public of historic struggles, while also commemorating the former Occupy camp. It quickly became obvious that the city will not allow anything resembling an encampment, as they rushed to stop the protesters. After some legal negotiations, the tee-pee was issued a permit to be erected between 6 am and 10 pm for the coming three days.
Wednesday evening will see more action. The scene for Occupy Oakland’s General Assembly, which typically is held at Frank Ogawa plaza, will instead be at the Fruitvale Bart station. It will be accompanied by a rally to protest what demonstrators call the criminalization and incarceration of people in poor communities, and it is in solidarity with Occupy Phoenix’s attempt to shut down ALEC, America Legisative Exchange Council.