Bay Area Asian Grassroots Groups support OccupyOakland

Asian American grassroots groups in the Bay Area are joining in the denunciation of the police attacks on OccupyOakland protestors and supporting the Occupy movement.

They have joined a multi-racial group called Bay99 to strategize ways of incorporating support into their work in their community organizations and unions. Working groups formed to support the infrastructure of the encampments, to plan parallel actions that bring the work in low-income and communities of color forward, and to build unity among our groups.

The individuals work in such grassroots community organizations and

progressive unions as APEN, POWER, CPA-SF, Causa Justa/Just Cause, EBASE, SF Rising, UNITE HERE, and CNA.

Individuals from these groups were present at the march when the attacks occurred. Police fired flashbang concussion grenades, tear gas, beanbags, and rubber bullets into the crowd without warning as the march approached 6th and

Washington. 

It has been well publicized that the police attack critically injured an Iraq war veteran. The Mayor, Jean Quan, has since apologized.Ironically, Jean Quan, who the occupy movement is roundly denouncing, was a former activist who had participated in occupations during her youth, particularly around ethnic studies. Over ten thousand criticisms have been sent to her Facebook account immediately after the attacks. 

Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco has a similar background. He has so far refrained from removing OccupySF

Asian occupy activists are asking supporters to 

I. Sign the petition to demand that Mayor Jean Quan stop the

repression of Occupy Oakland:

http://tinyurl.com/stopoaklandpolice

Sign the petition to demand that Mayor Ed Lee do not attack OccupySF

http://tinyurl.com/stopsfpolice

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