The Oakland Commune


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This short documentary details the ongoing story of the Oakland Commune. On October 10, 2011, hundreds of people in downtown Oakland occupied Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, opposite city hall. They built a self-organized tent city and began meeting some of the community’s most urgent needs. They renamed the site Oscar Grant Plaza in honor of a young African-American man who was shot and killed by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police in 2009. Although the action was partially inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the austerity protests all over the world, Occupy Oakland’s particular character resulted from years of struggle and repression in the Bay Area.


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