Saturday, November 5, 2011
The Oakland Public Library and Occupy Oakland
Generation 99%: The youth brigade to the library. (KALW News, 11/5/2011)
Excerpt: Inside the main branch of the Oakland Public Library on the day of the general strike, it was quieter than usual, even for a library. But outside the library was a different story. While thousands gathered in Frank Ogawa Plaza, hundreds gathered here, on the front lawn, for a smaller, more humble, and more family-oriented sort of protest. This march was led by toddlers in strollers and their parents. It was called called “The Toddler Brigade.”
Acting Supervising Librarian Kathleen DiGiovanni said the event wasn’t organized by the library, but it made sense that the lawn was being used in such a way; it’s a neutral, public meeting place for protesters to gather. After the police raided Frank Ogawa Plaza early on Tuesday, October 25th, 1500 people headed to that same library lawn to regroup. That’s when they decided on the general strike.