Oakland Youth Curfew – “You Won”

Last night at the Oakland City Council Meeting a vote on a proposed curfew on anyone under the age of 18 was delayed. Here’s a report back from a member of the Oakland 100 Support Committee:

“Many people showed up to the meeting last night and filled the hearing room. Overwhelming majority of the people there were youth of color, and many people got on the mic for 2 min (that was the time limit) shaming the City council and the police (which was beautiful); some people sharing experiences, touching on the criminalization of youth in Oakland as is, and how this will do nothing else, the lack of resources for young folks and their families, as well as very strong important connections to Oscar Grant and everyone else executed by the pigs in Oakland. We also specifically told the city council they “are on notice” and they need to “call off their dogs”. City Council Members would try to talk and respond, and we booed and hissed. It was hard for them to get a word in at times. Two white women on City council responded in exceptionally FUCKED up ways, saying racist shit about families and questioning parenting abilities and “anti-social bad behavior of bad kids who probably aren’t in this room,” but of course with a disgusting smile. the acting president of the council’s last words were “you win”, and clarified that they will not be voting on this issue. FOR RIGHT NOW. in some ways we were successful last night, because how many times do dozens of young people of color get to speak to the city and actually be heard? so it may be small, and it is a step.”

If you would like to help step up the resistance to the proposed Oakland youth curfew and further police violence contact Critical Resistance or the Oakland 100 Support Committee at oakland100[at]gmail.com

Here a link to the full audio of the meeting. Props to Dave Id over at Indybay for the recording.

A copy of the proposed curfew ordinance is available as a pdf here

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About Oakland 100 Support Committee

The Oakland 100 Support Committee (O100) came together after the rebellions in January 2009 against the police murder of Oscar Grant III. Since then we have worked along side arrestees to raise awareness about their cases. Through several successful benefits we raised over 4000 dollars for the 3 people that had felony cases. To this date none of them served any jail time. We produced a short documentary entitled “Hands Off Oakland Rebels” and participated in the “Drop the Charges” campaign. With the recent news of killer cop, Johannes Mesherle’s lenient sentence of involuntary manslaughter Oakland erupted again in rage. That night close to 100 protesters were arrested and 12 people are still being held in jail and facing trumped up felony charges. We are interested in working with arrestees, their friends, and families to craft what support means to them. For Information on how to befriend us in the struggle, or to send donations to arrestees write us a note at: oakland100 [at] gmail.com Oakland 100 Support Committee PO Box 22449 Oakland, CA 94609 View all posts by Oakland 100 Support Committee

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