Encouraged by events on October 27, Oakland will be having the first general strike in the U.S. since 1946 on November 2. During October, Oakland’s nonviolent protesters, dealt a surprising about-face from Mayor Jean Quan, were brutalized by police using tear gas and rubber bullets. This article tells what it was like.
Tonight I witnessed one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. One night after the Oakland police brutally attacked a thousand nonviolent protesters with tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets, the people of Oakland responded by meeting in a peaceful general assembly of 3000 community members to come to consensus about how to move forward.
The night before was a historic moment in movement history and in my personal commitment to nonviolent change. After an hour of marching with thousands of people through the streets of Oakland, I locked arms with my partner and sat down in a row of protesters 15 feet from a line of heavily armed riot cops.
Read about the 1946 General Strike
Original article posted on Buddhist Peace Fellowship blog for Turning Wheel and written by Jacks McNamara.