Oakland Activists Call Occupy Oakland Press Conference At City Hall Today
Oakland Green Party Head Calls For Stop To Planned
City Of Oakland Eviction at 4:30 PM PST
For Immediate Release
Contact: Don Macleay at 510-290-1200
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
Oakland Green Party Head and 2010 Oakland Mayor’s Race Candidate Don Macleay, and long time Oakland Activists Wilson Riles, and Vicki McGuire will hold a press conference today, and will be joined by other Occupy Oakland participants on the steps of Oakland’s City Hall. They will assemble right in front of the Oakland City Hall steps, just 150 feet from the main Occupy Oakland General Assembly Meeting Area at Frank Ogawa Plaza, near 14th and Broadway.
Here’s Mr. Macleay’s prepared statement:
We the undersigned are making a proposal to the General Assembly calling for a PUBLIC FORUM on Thursday Nov. 17 on the subject of HOW TO HARMONIZE THE OCCUPY OAKLAND PROTEST WITH THE OAKLAND COMMUNITY AT LARGE
The procedure is to hand in such proposals to the Facilitation Committee the day before the General Assembly where the proposal will be discussed.
That we are doing today and wish to have this proposal discussed at the General Assembly tomorrow.
We are also calling a press conference today at 4:30 on the steps of City Hall to ask the City of Oakland not to proceed with a forced eviction. Recent statements by our mayor lead us to believe that a repeat of the last eviction fiasco is imminent.
We need peace in our city and another eviction is not a peaceful way to proceed.
The City and Occupy Oakland need to dialog and to do so, each has to understand the way the other is organized.
In the case of the City, they need to deal with Occupy Oakland via the General Assembly process,
which they have not really done, and this public forum proposal is the way to get this dialog started.
By PUBLIC FORUM we mean the whole public.
That includes the many of us who support the Occupy encampment and also all the other residents.
Present at the Press Conference will be
And all others who support this initiative who wish to come.
Given the short notice