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Published on Aug 4, 2012
August 3rd, Oakland, California. A dance party and march convened under the banner "Fuck The Permits/Fuck The Police" to protest the bureaucratization of Art Murmur, a monthly gallery opening and street party in downtown Oakland.
The following is a passage from the communique handed out during the action.
"Oakland's Art Murmur is supposed to be about art, culture, and community. But all that it represents to the Uptown, Downtown and KONO business district associations as well as the city administration is an opportunity for commercial expansion and business development, a tool to further their agenda of gentrification.
In spite of this, recent months have seen Art Murmur explode with spontaneous energy, with the insurgent spirit of people's free expression and free association. Rather than a controlled spectacle and disciplined promenade of compliant consumers, it has become a truly communal gathering, an epic block party, the night in Oakland when everyone is out and about in the streets. It is a people's carnival of street artists, uncontracted musicians, unlicensed vendors, unauthorized performers, random revelers and rebel spirits of the community coming together simply to be together, to socialize and share public space, above & beyond the call of consumption."
Later in the march after the fences came down at 19th and Telegraph, a group shattered the windows of the Obama 2012 headquarters. The march and its actions were all organized autonomously. The creator and poster of this video has no idea as to the identities or affiliations of anyone on this march.