Adult Recess-Day Activities Overtake Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza

Adult Recess-Day Activities Overtake Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza

OAKLAND (KCBS)— Recess isn’t just for kids anymore— it’s for grown-ups too— at least for a day at Oakland’s City Hall.

For the kids at heart, they had a chance to partake in Friday’s Adult-Recessday festivities as declared by Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department. As a result, Frank Ogawa Plaza was transformed with a climbing wall, a volleyball court, tug-of-war, video games and more for…

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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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- Waller County: 6:00PM (WALLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DPT, 701 Calvit St, Hempstead, TX 77445)
- Phoenix: 5:00PM (EASTLAKE PARK, 1549 E Jefferson St , Phoenix, AZ 85034)
- Tuscon: 5:00PM (CATALINA PARK, 900 N 4th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705)
- Little Rock: 6:00PM (OUTSIDE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr., Little Rock, AR 72201)
- San Francisco: 4:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PLAZA, 355 Mcallister St, San Francisco, California 94102)
- Oakland: 4:00PM (FRANK OGAWA PLAZA, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612)
- Los Angeles: 4:00PM (LEIMERT PLAZA PARK, 4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008)
- Denver: 5:00PM (CIVIC CENTER PARK, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, Colorado 80204)
- Washington DC: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500)
- Atlanta: 7:00PM (OLD DECATUR COURTHOUSE, 101 E Court Sq, Decatur, GA 30030)
- Tampa: 7:00PM (OUTSIDE HILLSBOROUGH COURTHOUSE, 800 E Twiggs St, Tampa, FL)
- Orlando: 7:00PM (LAKE EOLA PARK, 195 N Rosalind Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801)
- Miami: 7:00PM (GWEN CHERRY PARK, NW 71 St., Miami, Florida, 33147)
- Chicago: 6:00PM (RICHARD J DALEY CENTER, 50 W Washington St, Chicago, Illinois 60602)
- Des Moines: 6:00PM (IOWA STATE CAPITOL, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319)
- New Orleans: 6:00PM (LAFAYETTE SQUARE, New Orleans, LA 70130)
- Baltimore: 7:00PM (201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202)
- Boston: 7:00PM (MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 01233)
- Detroit: 7:00PM (HART PLAZA, One Hart Plaza, Detroit, Michigan 48226)
- Lansing: 7:00PM (STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933)
- Ann Arbor: 7:00PM (THE DIAG, Burns Park, Ann Arbor, MI 48109)
- Minneapolis: 6:00PM (MINNEAPOLIS URBAN LEAGUE, 2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
- St. Louis: 6:00PM (GATEWAY ARCH, St. Louis 63102)
- Carson City: 4:00PM (NEVADA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, 101 N Carson St, Carson City, Nevada 89701)
- Manhattan, NY: 7:00PM (TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan, NY, 10036)
- Newark: 7:00PM (NEWARK CITY HALL, 920 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102)
- Durham: 7:00PM (200 E. Main St. Durham, North Carolina)
- Columbus: 7:00PM (GOODALE PARK, Columbus, Ohio 43215)
- Cleveland: 7:00PM (CLEVELAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 325 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, Ohio 44114)
- Portland: 4:00PM (PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204)
- Philadelphia: 7:00PM (LOVE PARK, 1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102)
- Pittsburgh: 7:00PM (PITTSBURGH CITY-COUNTY BUILDING, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219)
- Nashville: 6:00PM (801 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Estes Kefauver Federal Building)
- Memphis: 6:00PM (Health Sciences Park Memphis, TN)
- Austin: 6:00PM (TEXAS STATE CAPITOL, Outside South Gate-11th and Congress Ave.)
- Salt Lake City: 5:00PM (SALT LAKE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 4600 S Redwood Rd, Salt Lake City, Utah 84123)
- Seattle: 4:00PM (QUEEN ANNE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2011 1st Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98109)
- Milwaukee: 5:00PM (DINEEN PARK, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)



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Next SDBA Organizers’ Meeting

4pm Saturday, August 1, in or right near the amphitheater at Oscar Grant Plaza (formally Frank Ogawa Plaza), 14th Street and Broadway, Oakland, CA.

Meeting will include discussion of:

  • our long-term project to grow nonprofit community check cashing and payday/installment lending services in the East Bay, including workers co-op structure and alternative credit reporting
  • translating the Debt Resisters Operations Manual into Spanish
  • supporting the County of Santa Cruz in its divestment from the big U.S. banks/self-admitted felons, and pushing Oakland to get out of the claws of Goldman Sachs
  • Corinthian college debt strikers vs. the U.S. Department of Education
  • our ongoing successful alliance to save the Berkeley Post Office
  • postal and public banking progress

And much more!

All welcome; we hope to see you there!

Also, check out the Politics of Debt reading group, meeting July 15 at the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland. This meeting will be devoted to understanding the Greek economic situation. The reading list is here.