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The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication 
Veteran Scott Olsen: “We’re going forward.” 
Former Marine and Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen has dealt with innumerable aftershocks once he came home from overseas. His became an outspoken opponent of the war when he joined Veterans for Peace and became a part of Occupy Oakland in 2011. 
Still dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, Olsen was hit by a beanbag projectile during a confrontation with the Oakland Police at an Occupy Oakland action in October 2011. He suffered from a serious skull fracture and could not speak for two weeks.
Last weekend at the NATO Summit demonstrations, Olsen and dozens of other veterans threw their medals of honor in opposition to all wars. He wore a helmet as he marched with other protesters in the streets of Chicago and still struggles with his speech daily.
“I’m going to make every effort I can to show them that we’re doing the right thing, we’re in the right, and no matter what they do to any of us, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re going forward.” 
Click here for a complete list of The People’s Record’s Memorial Day dedications. 
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From our 2012 Memorial Day posts.

The People’s Record Memorial Day Dedication 

Veteran Scott Olsen: “We’re going forward.” 

Former Marine and Iraq War Veteran Scott Olsen has dealt with innumerable aftershocks once he came home from overseas. His became an outspoken opponent of the war when he joined Veterans for Peace and became a part of Occupy Oakland in 2011. 

Still dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, Olsen was hit by a beanbag projectile during a confrontation with the Oakland Police at an Occupy Oakland action in October 2011. He suffered from a serious skull fracture and could not speak for two weeks.

Last weekend at the NATO Summit demonstrations, Olsen and dozens of other veterans threw their medals of honor in opposition to all wars. He wore a helmet as he marched with other protesters in the streets of Chicago and still struggles with his speech daily.

“I’m going to make every effort I can to show them that we’re doing the right thing, we’re in the right, and no matter what they do to any of us, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re going forward.” 

Click here for a complete list of The People’s Record’s Memorial Day dedications.

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From our 2012 Memorial Day posts.

Activists revive shuttered library in East OaklandAugust 14, 2012
Around 7 a.m. Monday, activists took over a vacant building in East Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, which they said had been left unlocked. After word spread on Facebook, about a dozen volunteers arrived and set to work, stocking it with donated books and clearing out grime, old mattresses, graffiti and other markings of abandonment. A bilingual banner hanging in front of the entrance at 1449 Miller Ave. welcomed passers-by to the “Victor Martinez People’s Library,” named for the late Latino author.
Decades ago, the building housed an official city library, an ornate space with built-in wooden bookshelves and high ceilings decorated with molding. Completed in 1918, it was one of four branches funded with a Carnegie grant. But that branch closed in the 1970s, and since then, the building has sat mostly unused, said Jaime Silva, one of the organizers. Squatters and illegal dumping have turned the property into an eyesore, he said.
I think everyone in the community is psyched this will no longer be a dumping ground,” said Silva, 43.
The building is owned by the City of Oakland’s Redevelopment Successor Agency within the Office of Neighborhood Investment. In an email Monday, an agency spokesman said the city would issue a dispersal order with a set time to vacate the property; his response didn’t include the city’s plans for the blighted building, which remains in disrepair.
Late Monday morning, people began trickling in. Some checked out books, shared their ideas, or asked how they could help.
"You open Monday through Friday?" one man asked a volunteer.
"We have no idea," the volunteer responded.
Goldie Simmons of San Leandro, whose husband is the pastor of the nearby Agnes Memorial Church, said she and her husband had proposed that city officials turn the building into a youth center, but that they were told it needed to be retrofitted. She said she was glad people had taken matters into their own hands.
"There’s nothing in this area, really," she said. "There’s really no place for kids to come."
Silva and other activists say the goal is for the building to be used for a community purpose, whether it’s a library or a community center with a garden.
"All we ask is that you consider keeping it out of the hands of a city which will only seal the fence and doors again, turning the space back into an aggregator of the city’s trash and a dark hole in the middle of the community," according to the group’s news release, aimed at residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Only thing is, without a permit and city approval, the police consider them squatters—and the building was raided tonight by Oakland PD. 
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I suppose the city would rather see an empty building go to waste rather than to have a library & garden open to the community.
Libraries, not raids!

Activists revive shuttered library in East Oakland
August 14, 2012

Around 7 a.m. Monday, activists took over a vacant building in East Oakland’s San Antonio neighborhood, which they said had been left unlocked. After word spread on Facebook, about a dozen volunteers arrived and set to work, stocking it with donated books and clearing out grime, old mattresses, graffiti and other markings of abandonment. A bilingual banner hanging in front of the entrance at 1449 Miller Ave. welcomed passers-by to the “Victor Martinez People’s Library,” named for the late Latino author.

Decades ago, the building housed an official city library, an ornate space with built-in wooden bookshelves and high ceilings decorated with molding. Completed in 1918, it was one of four branches funded with a Carnegie grant. But that branch closed in the 1970s, and since then, the building has sat mostly unused, said Jaime Silva, one of the organizers. Squatters and illegal dumping have turned the property into an eyesore, he said.

I think everyone in the community is psyched this will no longer be a dumping ground,” said Silva, 43.

The building is owned by the City of Oakland’s Redevelopment Successor Agency within the Office of Neighborhood Investment. In an email Monday, an agency spokesman said the city would issue a dispersal order with a set time to vacate the property; his response didn’t include the city’s plans for the blighted building, which remains in disrepair.

Late Monday morning, people began trickling in. Some checked out books, shared their ideas, or asked how they could help.

"You open Monday through Friday?" one man asked a volunteer.

"We have no idea," the volunteer responded.

Goldie Simmons of San Leandro, whose husband is the pastor of the nearby Agnes Memorial Church, said she and her husband had proposed that city officials turn the building into a youth center, but that they were told it needed to be retrofitted. She said she was glad people had taken matters into their own hands.

"There’s nothing in this area, really," she said. "There’s really no place for kids to come."

Silva and other activists say the goal is for the building to be used for a community purpose, whether it’s a library or a community center with a garden.

"All we ask is that you consider keeping it out of the hands of a city which will only seal the fence and doors again, turning the space back into an aggregator of the city’s trash and a dark hole in the middle of the community," according to the group’s news release, aimed at residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.

Only thing is, without a permit and city approval, the police consider them squatters—and the building was raided tonight by Oakland PD. 

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I suppose the city would rather see an empty building go to waste rather than to have a library & garden open to the community.

Libraries, not raids!

Alan DeWayne Blueford Murdered by Oakland Police Department 
At or about midnight, May 6, 2012, Alan and 2 friends were standing on the corner of 90 th and Birch Street waiting for “some girls in a white chevy,” Alan described to his father, Alan Blueford, during a phone call. After the phone call, police officers approached Alan and his friends, with guns drawn. The police officers had been called to respond to another incident, but decided to stop Alan and his friends when they saw them because they “believed the young men had a concealed weapon.”
Alan ran down Birch Street, away from the police officers.
Approximately two blocks down Birch Street on the 9200 Block the officer chasing Alan murdered him by shooting him 3 times. The officer also shot himself.
Although, Alan had his brown wallet with his ID, Oakland Police Department never called to tell his parents he was shot and killed.
Alan’s two friends were detained for over 6 hours. After their release, one of the young men had the traumatic task of calling Alan’s parents and telling them Alan was shot and killed by an Oakland Police Officer.
Initial reports put out by OPD, stated that “a suspect” (Alan) and a police officer exchanged gun fire and the officer was shot in the stomach by the suspect and the suspect was shot by the officer. Both were said to have been rushed to Highland Hospital where Alan died and the police officer was expected to recover. OPD also included in their reports witness statements who said they saw Alan shooting. OPD reported that they retrieved Alan’s firearm at the scene.
Later OPD changed their story to state that the officer was shot in the leg and an investigation was in process to determine whether the officer was wounded by “friendly fire.”
Only one of the officers chased Alan.
What we now know is that Alan Blueford never shot the police officer, at the police officer, or anyone else. OPD changed their story yet again, admitting and confirming that THE OFFICER SHOT HIMSELF.
We also know that Alan was never rushed to Highland Hospital. Only the police officer. Alan’s body lied in the streets for approximately 4 hours.
Alan was shot multiple times by the police officer.
The family has reason to believe that Alan never had a firearm.The family has reason to believe that Alan never caused the officer to be threatened. Alan’s body can be described as a shorter stature (approximately 5 ft 6 ½ inches) and thin built (140 lbs).
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When Alan’s family learned of the claimed circumstances surrounding Alan’s death, we all knew that the facts were not true! Additionally, because they never called to confirm his death, we were sadly left with hope that the unnamed “suspect” was not Alan. He was joy to many people. We are suffering from a great loss.
Now OPD claims that the “victim” (no longer suspect) was a convicted felon on probation. His family will simply respond by saying felony probation does not describe Alan’s character. To describe Alan, you have to share that he 1] was a Christian; 2] worked with the disabled children at Skyline, one of whom described “Al” as his “bestfriend”; 3] began his mornings at Skyline High School by praying with his Godmother and Supervisor; 4] passed out candy at hisgrandmother’s every Halloween; and 5] was well known by his family and friends as a respectful young man. But even more important is the fact that when the police officers decided not to respond to the call, but rather to bother Alan and his friends, all they knew is that they were 3 African-American young men. That’s why Alan was murdered.
Alan’s family is seeking justice for his death. We are determined to have this “incident” thoroughly investigated and all wrongful parties prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We ask that all of you support us by calling the City Councilman for District 7, Larry Reid, at 510-238-7007.
Via Occupy Oakland

Alan DeWayne Blueford Murdered by Oakland Police Department

At or about midnight, May 6, 2012, Alan and 2 friends were standing on the corner of 90 th and Birch Street waiting for “some girls in a white chevy,” Alan described to his father, Alan Blueford, during a phone call. After the phone call, police officers approached Alan and his friends, with guns drawn. The police officers had been called to respond to another incident, but decided to stop Alan and his friends when they saw them because they “believed the young men had a concealed weapon.”

Alan ran down Birch Street, away from the police officers.

Approximately two blocks down Birch Street on the 9200 Block the officer chasing Alan murdered him by shooting him 3 times. The officer also shot himself.

Although, Alan had his brown wallet with his ID, Oakland Police Department never called to tell his parents he was shot and killed.

Alan’s two friends were detained for over 6 hours. After their release, one of the young men had the traumatic task of calling Alan’s parents and telling them Alan was shot and killed by an Oakland Police Officer.

Initial reports put out by OPD, stated that “a suspect” (Alan) and a police officer exchanged gun fire and the officer was shot in the stomach by the suspect and the suspect was shot by the officer. Both were said to have been rushed to Highland Hospital where Alan died and the police officer was expected to recover. OPD also included in their reports witness statements who said they saw Alan shooting. OPD reported that they retrieved Alan’s firearm at the scene.

Later OPD changed their story to state that the officer was shot in the leg and an investigation was in process to determine whether the officer was wounded by “friendly fire.”

Only one of the officers chased Alan.

What we now know is that Alan Blueford never shot the police officer, at the police officer, or anyone else. OPD changed their story yet again, admitting and confirming that THE OFFICER SHOT HIMSELF.

We also know that Alan was never rushed to Highland Hospital. Only the police officer. Alan’s body lied in the streets for approximately 4 hours.

Alan was shot multiple times by the police officer.

The family has reason to believe that Alan never had a firearm.
The family has reason to believe that Alan never caused the officer to be threatened. Alan’s body can be described as a shorter stature (approximately 5 ft 6 ½ inches) and thin built (140 lbs).

When Alan’s family learned of the claimed circumstances surrounding Alan’s death, we all knew that the facts were not true! Additionally, because they never called to confirm his death, we were sadly left with hope that the unnamed “suspect” was not Alan. He was joy to many people. We are suffering from a great loss.

Now OPD claims that the “victim” (no longer suspect) was a convicted felon on probation. His family will simply respond by saying felony probation does not describe Alan’s character. To describe Alan, you have to share that he 1] was a Christian; 2] worked with the disabled children at Skyline, one of whom described “Al” as his “bestfriend”; 3] began his mornings at Skyline High School by praying with his Godmother and Supervisor; 4] passed out candy at his
grandmother’s every Halloween; and 5] was well known by his family and friends as a respectful young man. But even more important is the fact that when the police officers decided not to respond to the call, but rather to bother Alan and his friends, all they knew is that they were 3 African-American young men. That’s why Alan was murdered.

Alan’s family is seeking justice for his death. We are determined to have this “incident” thoroughly investigated and all wrongful parties prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We ask that all of you support us by calling the City Councilman for District 7, Larry Reid, at 510-238-7007.

Via Occupy Oakland

Essential Reading - Adbusters #101 May/June 2012
Occupy tactics from Oakland to NYC
Tarek El Diwany and his conversion to Islamic Economics
Sean Devlin writes about resistance in the Philippines
Walkout fallout at Harvard
#Occupy Chicago
Mongolia’s revolutionary lumpenproletariat
China wrestles with 1.3 billion desires
Nadim Fetaih explores Canada’s unrecognizable future
Planting for the Global Spring …

Essential ReadingAdbusters #101 May/June 2012

  • Occupy tactics from Oakland to NYC
  • Tarek El Diwany and his conversion to Islamic Economics
  • Sean Devlin writes about resistance in the Philippines
  • Walkout fallout at Harvard
  • #Occupy Chicago
  • Mongolia’s revolutionary lumpenproletariat
  • China wrestles with 1.3 billion desires
  • Nadim Fetaih explores Canada’s unrecognizable future
  • Planting for the Global Spring …

Just got out of Santa Rita Jail last night the prisoners from the Oakland Commune were being denied medications (some had seizures) while the guards said they didnt care if they died. Some people were brutally beaten. The put tear gas in the vents of my cell twice. They were keeping people without restrooms forcing them to shit and piss themselves or puke all over and stay in the same area….
Daily Cos reports on accusations of Occupy Oakland protesters being tortured during detainment. In addition there were also reports of “Women arrestees were forced to give urine samples in front of male officers, ostensibly for pregnancy testing.”