Occupy Oakland

Anthony Di Franco, cofounder of Counter Culture Labs, holds a 3D printed model of the insulin molecule.

Oakland biohackers beat funding goal for open source insulin protocol

A group of North Oakland biohackers are trying to liberate the lifesaving medicine insulin by documenting an open source method for its synthesis - and they just nearly tripled their crowdfunding goal.

Mayoral candidate: Peter Liu

When he turned 23, Army veteran Peter Y. Liu came home from Iraq and found that there wasn’t a job waiting for him in his military specialty, journalism.  The largest metropolitan newspapers on the West...

Mayoral candidate: Jason “Shake” Anderson

Former Occupy spokesperson Jason ‘Shake’ Anderson, a U.S. Navy veteran, artist and activist, is a candidate for Oakland mayor. “What I see in the city is a lot of dysfunction, a lack of leadership and...

Oakland mayoral candidates face off on public safety

In a tightly-moderated discussion Thursday evening at Temple Sinai in Oakland, mayoral candidates took questions from journalists, querying one another and making closing statements. Many aimed shots at Mayor Jean Quan, but most refrained from...
Councilmember Noel Gallo represents District 5 on Oakland's City Council and initiated the amendment to the "Tools of Violence" ordinance. Photo courtesy of the City of Oakland.

Oakland passes ban on “tools of violence” at protests

Councilmember Noel Gallo’s ordinance prohibiting demonstrators from carrying “tools of violence” went through final passage at Tuesday night’s Oakland City Council meeting, effectively banning items such as hammers, shields and knives from protests. The ordinance...
Shoppers walk past a Banana Republic sale sign in the Emeryville shopping district on Black Friday.

Small protests, crowds hit the shopping centers for Black Friday

The Old Navy store in the Bay Street shopping complex near the border of Oakland and Emeryville ended Black Friday with holiday pajamas on the wrong racks, graphic t-shirts on the floor and “Diva” jeans...
Michael “Big Mike” Preyer, who works for the City of Oakland, washes away remnants of the chalk art created by Chalkupy yesterday at Frank Ogawa Plaza. Photo by Pendarvis Harshaw.

Two arrests, no reports of vandalism, graffiti after Occupy march

Apart from patches of dusty, multicolored chalk art on the sidewalks—a remnant of Chalkupy—little evidence of last night’s march and gathering commemorating the first police raid on an Occupy Oakland encampment remained Friday morning. Despite...
Riots at 11pm

A look back on Occupy Oakland a year after the first raid on the camp

A year ago today, in a dawn raid, Oakland police cleared the downtown encampment that was drawing national attention as the center of Occupy Oakland. This story reconstructs that raid and the remarkable, controversial sequence...
Members of Occupy Oakland started to trickle into Frank Ogawa Plaza around 10 a.m. for the one-year anniversary commemoration of the early morning police raid on the first Occupy Oakland camp.

Occupy anniversary begins with calm afternoon at Frank Ogawa Plaza

The one-year anniversary commemoration of the first early morning police raid on the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank Ogawa Plaza has been quiet so far, and a press conference sponsored by Occupy Oakland scheduled to...
Susan Piper

Stepping down as Mayor Quan’s spokesperson, Sue Piper reflects on challenging years

For the two years since Jean Quan was elected mayor in Oakland’s first ranked-choice voting election, the voice of her administration—through multiple turbulent situations—has been Susan Piper, who retired last month as Quan’s official spokesperson.
Silver shows off his work, the site where Audio Occupation is available for download

Nearly six months later, two Occupy benefit albums struggle to break even

In May, Rob “Reason” Silver, a part-time record producer from Oakland, and Jason Samel, the owner of a small insurance brokerage in New York, announced their nearly identical but independently conceived plans to bring a...