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Occupy Oakland: An Illustrated History

Friday, January 27, 2012 By Susie Cagle, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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I have been drawing from Occupy Oakland since October 10, when the first tents were pitched in Frank Ogawa, "Oscar Grant" Plaza in front of City Hall. From the tents and the tear gas to the foreclosure defense and port shutdowns, this five-part series explores a visual history of Oakland's occupation, consistently called the "most militant" branch of the Occupy movement in the country.

From the beginning, the Oakland Commune set Oakland's occupation apart in its acceptance of the local homeless population.The camp was consistently referred to as not only a political meeting ground and organizing space, but also a replacement for the city's failures in its everyday existence. Some people were living there to make a point, but others were living there because they needed to, and all were welcomed - until the camp was cleared in the early morning of October 25.

                                                                 - Susie Cagle 

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As the world rises up against economic injustice, Truthout brings you the latest news and analysis, free of corporate influence. Help support this work with a tax-deductible donation today.

Susie Cagle

Susie Cagle is a graphic journalist. She has written and drawn for theAtlantic.com, GOOD, American Prospect, AlterNet, the Awl, In These Times, Campus Progress, Cartoon Movement and many others on Occupy, crisis pregnancy centers, loan bubbles, and more. See more of her work at thisiswhatconcernsme.com and follow her on Twitter at @susie_c.

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Occupy Oakland: An Illustrated History

Friday, January 27, 2012 By Susie Cagle, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

I have been drawing from Occupy Oakland since October 10, when the first tents were pitched in Frank Ogawa, "Oscar Grant" Plaza in front of City Hall. From the tents and the tear gas to the foreclosure defense and port shutdowns, this five-part series explores a visual history of Oakland's occupation, consistently called the "most militant" branch of the Occupy movement in the country.

From the beginning, the Oakland Commune set Oakland's occupation apart in its acceptance of the local homeless population.The camp was consistently referred to as not only a political meeting ground and organizing space, but also a replacement for the city's failures in its everyday existence. Some people were living there to make a point, but others were living there because they needed to, and all were welcomed - until the camp was cleared in the early morning of October 25.

                                                                 - Susie Cagle 

012712cagle

As the world rises up against economic injustice, Truthout brings you the latest news and analysis, free of corporate influence. Help support this work with a tax-deductible donation today.

Susie Cagle

Susie Cagle is a graphic journalist. She has written and drawn for theAtlantic.com, GOOD, American Prospect, AlterNet, the Awl, In These Times, Campus Progress, Cartoon Movement and many others on Occupy, crisis pregnancy centers, loan bubbles, and more. See more of her work at thisiswhatconcernsme.com and follow her on Twitter at @susie_c.

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