Libby’s ‘new interpretation of an old law on the books’ was a direct ‘fuck you’ to those who took to the streets in Oakland for the #SayHerName protests that I covered here on May 21, to general site boredom, much to my chagrin. To my mind, it is a key new part of the movement, and past time, imo. I was about to offer my constant credo that third world and other rabble women will bring the revolution, and help build a better and just world. Oh, wait: I guess I just offered you the short version….
Here’s Woman Warrior Cat Brooks(ahem) reacting to LibbyLibbyLibby’s LabelLabelLabeling the protest illegal because: curfew.
“Police forced a peaceful march that was organized by Black women off the streets of Oakland last evening in an unusual show of force that heralds the first enforcement of a nighttime prohibition on street demonstrations. Last night’s protest was part of a national day of action called #SayHerName focusing on police violence against women and transgender people.
The rally began just before sunset in Frank Ogawa Plaza where about 200–300 people had gathered. After several speeches and recitations of poetry, the protesters announced their intention to march to the Oakland Police Administration Building seven blocks away. Demonstrators had not yet stepped off the sidewalk and into the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway when OPD addressed the crowd through an amplified sound system, stating that the march was “unpermitted.” As demonstrators walked into the street, police immediately ordered them back onto the sidewalk, citing California Vehicle Code Section 2800, which makes it an arrestable offense to not comply with orders of a police officer.
“The fact is we were threatened with arrest for marching,” said Cat Brooks, one of the facilitators of the protest. “This was a Black women’s and children’s rally saying to the police, please stop killing us, and our woman mayor organized the harshest response we’ve seen yet.”
The night before last, the OPD reacted to the challenge laid down by protestors by ‘detaining’ 50+ of them, arresting a small number of them. Among them was Brown Blaze:
She’s out now, but took last night off to allow her bruises time to heal.
Remember: assault or battery on an officer includes ‘touching one’.
Now many of these women are likely the same ones from Bay Solidarity and the Blackout Collective who had bared their breasts in San Francisco on May 21, stopping traffic and creating human chains to do so. I’m sure that didn’t appeal much to Libby.
Julia Carrie Wong:
“The protesters blocked the intersection at Market and Beale Streets starting around 8:30 AM, and planned to stay for about an hour. They carried signs bearing the names of black women who have been killed by police and painted designs and messages on their faces and breasts. Paint on one woman’s chest read, “I fight for survival.” Another’s said, “For the murdered, missing, silenced, abused, exploited, unseen.”
Chinyere Tutashinda, one of the protesters, explained the significance of protesting topless. Calling herself and her comrades “warrior women,” she said, “We are drawing a connection to West African women who have traditionally bared their breasts to say, ‘Enough is enough.'”
Tutashinda also criticized popular culture’s relationship with black femininity, saying, “Black women’s bodies are commodified and used to sell products. They want part of us but not all of us.”
Last night’s #BreakThe Curfew: ‘Whose streets? OUR streets!’
OccupythePort @occupytheport ‘We are waiting for some unions to stand up and denounce Mayor Schaaf and these classist/racist nighttime curfews.’ #Oakland #BreakTheCurfew
‘Group of about 40 circled up back at 14th and Broadway “tonight was for Rekia. Tonight was for Oscar” #BreakTheCurfew
Yes, kettling, snatching and grabbing even off the sidewalks, flash-bangs, many popo without body cams or name tags, noise machines, and the police are telling them ‘how much they respect protestors rights’.
Dave Id @DaveId ‘Small interfaith gathering at #OscarGrant plaza determined to defy @LibbySchaaf and OPD tonight’. #BreaktheCurfew
Bacchus @theonlybacchus: Police have batons out as crowd has stopped marching and huddled together chanting: “No more stolen lives.”
@blackoutcollect: Cops are once again preparing to kettle in peaceful protestors out for Black Women’s Lives. #Oakland #BreakTheCurfew
Three of the four women arrested are out on bail and free, save for Nicole Deane, although I thought I’d also read: Ashley Yates.
Updated: Two trans folks who were arrested had their bail set at $10,000 and $15,000, apparently. BayArea Solidarity says one was taken from the jail to the hospital, grrrrrr.
They and the blackoutcollective had given a shout-out the the Asians4BlkLives having their backs at the end of the attempted march.
Meanwhile, in Cleveland:
Occupy Cleveland @OccupyCleveland: ‘According to #Cleveland Municipal jail, all 71 incarcerated protesters will be formally charged.’ #BreloVerdict
About two hours ago:
And of course Cuyahoga County Sheriff Clifford Pinkney is still stalling on his department’s ‘investigation’ into the November police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
As so many say: Just watch the goddam videos. Sheriff Pinkney. It doesn’t take all of this hoo-hah:
“My investigators have poured over thousands of pages of documents and conducted numerous search warrants and interviews with witnesses,” said Pinkney. “We’ve also reviewed any and all surveillance from the surrounding area and conducted a 3-D measurement scan at the Cudell Rec Center.”
Stir in this bullshit: according to the Twitterverse and this Cleveland news agency, Cleveland PD Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback hadn’t even been interviewed as of May 19 as part of their oh, so very thorough ‘investigation’.