May Day Protests in Oakland Turn Violent With Businesses and Cars Vandalized

May Day Protests in Oakland Turn Violent With Businesses and Cars Vandalized

A May Day protest and march through the streets of Downtown Oakland turned violent Friday evening, with some businesses and cars being vandalized.


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Frank Ogawa Plaza (or Oscar Grant Plaza) is the main green at the base of City Hall in downtown Oakland. No one can sleep in the plaza at night. No one may use speakers to play music, or a megaphone to lead a protest. Young people can’t skateboard after school.

[Image depicts an official green sign which reads in white lettering: City of Oakland Frank H. Ogawa Plaza / Park Hours: 6:00am -10:00pm OMC. 12.64 / No Amplified Sound Without Permit OMC. 12.56 / No Skateboards OMC. 10.16 / No Dogs OMC 12.64. The Oakland oak tree logo is upward of center on the sign. The sign is posted on a low stone wall with the bases of a tree and posts just above. Oakland city hall and a bit of clear sky are beyond the wall, out of focus.]

Oakland to rename press room after Sanjiv Handa

The Oakland City Council is prepared today to give back what it took away from Sanjiv Handa–his press room.

A resolution offered by Councilman Larry Reid calls for renaming the previously closed press room at City Hall as the Sanjiv Handa City of Oakland Press Room.

The cost of the dedication will not exceed $1,340, according to the resolution.

Handa died last month at the age of 55. He published the East Bay News Service for 20 years, but his consistent appearances and sharp-tongued critiques of Oakland officials at council meetings was his lasting legacy. 

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120 Frank Ogawa Plaza near 14th and Broadway, just steps from 12th Street BART Station (exit A4) and next to Laurel Books on the Plaza across from Oakland City Hall.

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Upcoming Events!

Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly

Monday, May 18

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps
2000 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.


Strike Debt Bay Area Organizers Meeting

Saturday, June 13

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Oscar Grant Plaza (formally Frank Ogawa Plaza)

14th and Broadway, Oakland, CA (in front of City Hall)

Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt! Come get connected with SDBA’s many projects!

  • student debt resistance
  • organizing for public banking.
  • advocating for Postal banking.
  • ongoing study group
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • our famous Strike Debt radio program
  • reviewing our recent Debtors’ Assembly and preparing for the next one at the US Social Forum in San Jose
  • Our presentation on money and debt at the US Social Forum
  • saving the Berkeley Post Office and stopping the Staples non-union takeover of good Post Office jobs
  • and much more!

Also check out our twitter feed and our Facebook page.


I noticed these @oaklandpoliceca scooters just before 3 p.m. on 19th Street between Webster and Franklin, but didn’t put two and two together until biking past Frank Ogawa Plaza around 6:30 and seeing more foot, bicycle, and motorcycle cops around. What’re the odds there’s no actual Malcolm X Day anti-police violence protest, as a city of Oakland press release suggested, but they’re meant to deter and potentially detain citizens who might attend and protest at tonight’s Oakland City Council meeting?

#Oakland #police #oakmtg #layout (at Frank Ogawa Plaza)

#BikeToWorkDay at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Pancake breakfast / bike valet / mechanical safety stations / previews of things to come for wonderful Oakland. Stoked. (at Frank Ogawa Plaza)