Occupy Oakland: Hours have no reverse motion

9 Nov

Last Thursday morning, the day after the general strike, I was overflowing with emotion. I reflected on the general strike and was so proud to see so many people in our city come together for what turned out to be a mostly festive and empowering day. I was incredibly angry at the small group of people who took advantage of the situation at night and vandalized many small businesses. Even more so, I was sad that these businesses had to deal with the damage, which they so clearly did not deserve. And I was confused because I knew a couple of the people who had been arrested, and I was certain that they had not vandalized any businesses nor attacked police officers.

Often at times like this, I look backward and wonder what could have happened differently. Could the vandalism have been prevented if police showed up earlier, when the Traveler’s Aid Society was first taken over? Would the confrontation have been less violent if more peaceful people like me had stuck around until late in the night? Would any of this ever had happened if we had a different mayor or if Jean Quan had made different decisions a few weeks ago?

This train of thought was luckily interrupted when my iPhone – on shuffle – decided to play for me a beautiful song. Though there are no lyrics, after hearing the first few notes I remembered the name of the song – Hours Have No Reverse Motion. Since I’m guessing you probably haven’t heard the song, here it is:

As I listened, I thought about the title of the song and realized that my hypothetical questions about the past were not so useful unless I was asking those questions to inform the future. Because, of course, hours have no reverse motion. We can’t go back in time and change anything that has happened, no matter how much so many of us want to. Instead, we must move forward.

So I’m excited that tomorrow (Thursday) night there are two events happening that are focused on the future of Occupy Oakland. I’m in LA this week so won’t be able to attend either of them, but if you care about our wonderful city and want to be a part of what happens next, I encourage you to attend one or both of these events. Sadly, they’re at the same time, but they’re close enough to each other that it seems possible to go to both.

Here’s the info about both events. If you’re able to attend and are interested in sharing your thoughts about the event(s), I’d be happy to publish guest blog posts about them so email me at oaklandbecks at gmail dot com.

CANCELED: Finding a Solution

(See Facebook event for info on why this event sadly was canceled.)

When: Thursday, November 10 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: The Den at the Fox, Telegraph and 18th
More Info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=175390965885700

Join Oakland merchants, residents, property owners and local leaders to discuss finding a peaceful resolution to #OccupyOakland.

The current encampment poses immense health, safety and legal problems. We are strong supporters of the #OWS/#OO movement and want to ensure all participants and those effected are not put in harms way while they bravely stand against injustices placed on us (personally, locally and nationally) by faulty banking and federal policies.


When: Thursday, November 10 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th & Broadway
More Info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196464997096487

Join us at Oscar Grant Plaza on Thursday, Nov 10, 6 – 9pm for an interactive multimedia WakeUp experience, coming together as Occupiers, supporters, and the Occupy-curious to ask:

* What’s the BIG PICTURE of the problems we’re facing?
* How can we RE-IMAGINE our future?
* How do we move forward POWERFULLY together?

We will explore these questions through videos, art & music, spoken word, conversation, & interactive activities. Let’s move the momentum of Occupy forward, reignited with cohesion, inspiration, clarity, and purpose.

Guest speakers/ performers include:
Drew Dellinger – http://drewdellinger.org/
i.ameni – http://www.iammany.us/
Aaron Ableman
+ Breakdancing & spoken word

Hosted By: Generation Waking Up


6 Responses to “Occupy Oakland: Hours have no reverse motion”

  1. x November 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    You might have to contend for space in the plaza tomorrow evening… http://www.occupyoakland.org/2011/11/occupy-oakland-one-month-birthday-party/

  2. V Smoothe November 10, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    FYI, Finding a Solution has been cancelled due to safety concerns.

    • Rebecca Saltzman (aka Becks) November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Thanks. I just updated this blog post with that information. It saddens me that people feel like they can’t have an in person conversation about Occupy Oakland, as I think that is very needed, as conversations on Twitter and Facebook tend to be superficial and people are easily misunderstood.

  3. Lexica November 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    Because the Facebook page is locked, it’s not possible for anybody without a Facebook account to view it.

    If the goal is to get the information out to as many people as possible, it’s entirely counterproductive to put the information behind a lock. Communication fail…

  4. Naomi Schiff November 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Oakland needs a peace negotiation among all parties, with the goal of moving forward to solve some of the big problems and quit arguing about the process issues of protest. City council, mayor, cops, Occupiers, businesses, and the rest of us. If civil wars end in negotiation, surely this standoff could be resolved. Intransigence on anyone’s part is no virtue.

    • George November 13, 2011 at 1:41 am #

      Outstanding sentiment, but you must not be paying attention. OO deliberately refuses to appoint negotiators, and anyway, how would the negotiators enforce a bargain on their own side? They can’t make credible commitments in any negotiation. (See PoliSci 101 for details.)

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