Resolution: Support Occupy Oakland!

Last week, the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland voted to call a general strike for this Wednesday, Nov. 2nd. Below is a resolution the UAW 2865 Executive Board recently passed in support of taking action on Nov. 2. We encourage members to attend the protests on Nov. 2 in downtown Oakland, including a mass rally at noon at 14th and Broadway. For more info. on the day’s events, please visit www.occupyoakland.org.

UAW 2865 Resolution in Support of Occupy Oakland, October 2011

WHEREAS UAW2865 witnesses firsthand how the 1% (in the form of UC Regents and top UC executives) conspire to steal ever more from students and workers through repeated tuition hikes, reduced services, layoffs, increased workloads, outsourcing and other austerity measures; and

WHEREAS we stand for the rights of all people to living wage jobs with affordable health care, quality education, a voice on the job, fair housing and a well-funded public sector, and

WHEREAS: Unemployment is the highest it has been since the Great Depression, and people are staying unemployed longer now than in the Great Depression, 1/3 of California homes are underwater, 1/5 of the foreclosures nation-wide are in California, and San Franciscans alone have lost almost $6 billion in home value costing their city over $74 million, and

WHEREAS: Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and the Wisconsin protests earlier this year, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future, and

WHEREAS: the Occupy Wall Street has galvanized public sentiment and a broad-based movement protesting the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations, and

WHEREAS: the National AFL-CIO and Change to Win coalitions have endorsed Occupy Wall Street, a growing number of trade union activists have joined this movement, both as individual workers, and as part of an increasing number of International and Local union contingents connecting their own fights to the larger demands of the movement for economic justice and fairness, and

WHEREAS: Union and Community organizations together have been working in coalition since the crash of the economy to force Banks to pay for public services and to renegotiate predatory loans with home owners, governments, and non-profit agencies, and

WHEREAS: public safety officers have used excessive force against peaceful protesters at Oscar Grant (Frank Ogawa) Plaza and violated their first amendment rights when more than 500 public safety officers with firearms aimed at the occupiers, tore down their tents in a predawn raid on October 25; and

WHEREAS: public safety officers on the evening of Oct. 25 again used excessive force injuring and endangering the lives of demonstrators when they marched on the evening of October 25th to protest the violence against the occupiers that morning;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this union will encourage its members and allies to act in support of Nov. 2 actions and honors as a “Sanctioned Union Strike Line” OccupyOakland and Occupy Wall Street, encourages union
members and Local unions to participate in the movement, will actively support any unionized or non-unionized worker who refuses to break up, “raid,” or confiscate the belongings of protesters, and calls on unions representing DPW workers to not participate in such activity, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this union and its allies stand with our sisters and brothers of Occupy Wall Street, OccupyOakland, and cities and towns across the country who are fed up with an unfair economy that works for 1% of Americans while the vast majority of people struggle to pay the bills, get an education, and raise their families, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UAW 2865 recognizes that protest movements, like strike lines and organizing campaigns, do not have curfews, are not 9-5 activities, and in doing so UAW 2865 recognizes and will work to protect the right for OccupyOakland to protest 24 hours a day, on-site and with proper protection including food, medical supplies, water, and tents, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UAW 2865 has endorsed and will continue to endorse and turn-out members to OccupyOakland rallies and events, to provide in-kind donations like tents and food, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that UAW 2865 joins its sister unions in the UC Berkeley Labor Coalition in forwarding this resolution for adoption to other local unions and central labor bodies.

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The Executive Board of UAW 2865 voted to support Occupy Oakland, which is part of the larger Occupy Wall Street movement to call attention to the gross economic and social inequality that exists in the United States, as well as the need to tax the wealthy to fund social services and public education. You can find the solidarity statement at the bottom of this email.

Update

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, October 25th, the Oakland Police Department raided the peaceful protest site of Occupy Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Police gathered as early as 3 a.m., and finally raided the encampment at 5 am. The police violently attacked several protesters and ultimately arrested as many as 80 protesters. Rather than citing and
releasing the protesters, many are being held in jail, possibly for the next few days. Yesterday evening hundreds of supporters of the Occupy movement rallied and marched around downtown Oakland to reestablish the encampment, but were met by police barricades around the plaza and squadrons of police in riot gear.

 ACTION ALERT

Please call the Oakland mayor Jean Quan’s office at (510) 238-3141 and the Sheriff’s office at  (510) 272-6878 to demand that protesters be cited and immediately released!

For regular updates, text “bayaction” to 41411.

There will be daily convergences at 6pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.

 UAW 2865 Solidarity Statement with Occupy Oakland

UAW Local 2865 stands in solidarity with Occupy Oakland and its reclamation of Frank Ogawa Plaza. In the short time since it has come into existence the occupation has become a hub for local organizing, cultural events, political education, and participatory democracy, as well as a safe place where downtown residents can go to enjoy free food and company. We demand that the city of Oakland allow Occupy Oakland to remain at the plaza without facing police repression. We call on our members at Bay Area campuses to participate in Occupy Oakland and to defend the occupation in the instance of a police eviction.

In order for the occupation movement to grow, all sectors of society – workers, students, the unemployed – must begin to demonstrate solidarity with each other, and we think that showing material support for Occupy Oakland is an important beginning. Just as they have pledged to support worker and student strikes, we pledge to support their occupation of Frank Ogawa Plaza.



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