You, Me and a Thousand Strangers: Popular Mass Direct Action in Oakland after Ferguson

Hyphenated-Republic

Interstate 80 freeway blocked in both directions by thousands of protesters on Monday, December 8 in Berkeley. Interstate 80 freeway blocked in both directions by thousands of protesters on Monday, December 8 in Berkeley.

Over the years, especially in Oakland, critical periods of political resistance have taken on a pretty predictable character, with radicals, liberals, progressives, media and politicians all playing what seem to be ever more concretized roles. Protests are ignored until something is broken or a trashcan set alight, liberals cry over the shards and ash, politicians and their media denounce the “violence”. Liberals and non-profits whitewash the protests as a Caucasian tantrum, out of sync with people of color and progressive organizing.

These roles have existed for years for the simple reason that people have become used to them, and even proactive in assuming them. Entire odes have been written in the radical and anarchist zines and online listening posts as songs of glass and fire. Liberals for some time have been unable to…

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