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Oakland: Lakeview Elementary Occupation Raided; Rally at 5pm!

Posted 2 years ago on July 3, 2012, 2:05 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Community members sit on the steps outside Lakeview Elementary
Photo from the June 16th rally in support of the Lakeview Sit-In

Since June 15, parents, teachers, students, and allies from Oakland have occupied Lakeview school in response to the closure of five public elementary schools. Officials want to convert the buildings into private charter schools and offices, forcing students into different schools ten miles away without offering transportation. On the last day of class, community members began an on-going sit-in. They set up a community space complete with a library, free classes for children, social justice training, and more. Members of Occupy Oakland and other local Occupations have offered support and security patrols for the brave community members inside.

Around 25 people were inside this morning when Oakland police issued an evacuation order at 4 a.m. while most of the city and potential supporters slept. Just before 6 a.m., police raided the site and issued a dispersal order. Most of those inside complied with the order voluntarily, while a few remained inside in nonviolent protest. A parent and a former Lakeview student were arrested. According to witnesses, police threatened to use chemical weapons despite the presence of children and would not allow legal observers or media inside. Also according to witnesses, sanitation crews rushed in and the city immediately began building a fence after the arrests were made.

The community has vowed to stay and not give up the struggle to defend public education. A convergence of occupiers and all supporters has been called for 5pm Pacific today in front of Lakeview.

More information: SaveOaklandSchools.org
For updates: @LakeviewSitIn

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[-] 1 points by aaronparr (612) 2 years ago

Typical OPD/Jean Quan response.

[-] 1 points by paxunusblogspot (3) 2 years ago

John Taylor Gatto and Mikhail Shetinin have Liberating models of Education. The American public schooling system Is/Has Been... a paradox. Schooling for the materials economy, separating children and elders from family and community. We know how children learn best through exploration, self discovery, reasoning, public exhibition, involvement in community and family, and sharing with others that they harmoniously resonate with. Liberty to learn something useful to Life and the pursuit of Happiness. And then how applicable the American Declaration of Independance?! Soon we will amend the "Constitution". Every One who is an American voting on what We Want. Go Go Go Citizens with Love- Life- Liberty- the pursuit of Happiness!

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[-] -3 points by BPF53 (-3) 2 years ago

How about you all get jobs, pay the taxes to keep the schools open or maybe you donate your free time in the school! On that's right you can't unless you belong to union and pay your dues...

[-] 3 points by rpc972 (628) from Portland, OR 2 years ago

How 'bout you, and your brain dead RW Zombie clan go back to school and learn something this time, like English and Civics.