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Community Photo of the Week: Occupy the classroom

on November 3, 2011

Oakland North is continuing with our feature. Every week, we will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s photo is by Pam Allen.

Allen snapped this photo of 4th and 5th grade girls of Civicorps Elementary School on Wednesday morning. The girls are holding up signs that read “We are occupying our classroom to gain knowledge so we can make a difference and empower ourselves.”

“I’m a very active parent that was in the class this morning when the kids were asking questions and then the conversation was about creating change in their community,” Allen wrote in an e-mail. “The kids wanted to express that they are the future and so they made the signs this morning.”

If you’d like to contribute to “community photo of the week,” just send a favorite photograph taken in Oakland to with the subject: PHOTO. Please make all photographs large-sized and in jpeg format.


  1. Angus Mullins on November 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I think it is innapropriate for teachers to be promoting protest in the classroom, regardless of the message. Seems like children these days should be spending more time on ESL lessons and less time with this kind of thing.

    • N on November 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      These are not ESL students and it is offensive to characterize them as so. Although I agree with your claim on principle, we indoctrinate our children with a variety of issues everyday. At least these kids are learning something about the current events, something I would consider (and I’m sure Ralph Nader and many other would agree) is very important. Learning about current evens connects people with their community and leads to the formation of more socially aware and conscientious adults.

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