Occupy Oakland Activist Calls for Annual Occupations At City Hall

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Click on Photo for Video of Occupy Oakland's Manzel Roberson

Click on Photo for Video of Occupy Oakland's Manzel Roberson

Now that the Occupy Oakland encampment in front of City Hall — and other Occupy protests, notably the flagship one in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park — have been raided and removed by city police departments nationwide, the question lingers: what should the occupiers do next?

Oakland activist, artist, musician, poster collector and former boxer Manzel Roberson admits that they can’t stay here forever. He suggests that the activists gather every year and occupy the park in front of City Hall for one month, from Oct, 10 to Nov. 10. Roberson said that the occupiers need to build on their legacy, “because this is holy ground, right here.” Roberson, who invoked the name of Oscar Grant and displayed posters of the unarmed local resident who was killed by police in 2009, said he was part of the Occupy Oakland encampment since Day 1, and suffered a flesh wound on his left arm when he was hit by a police tear gas canister.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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