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This Thuirsday Sep 20th Team Oaktown Live will be livestreaming An Evening With Dr. Lafayette, co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence Curriculum and Chair of the Positive Peace Warrior Network:

An Evening w/ Dr. Lafayette

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Live video feeds have been a critical part of Occupy — but now, some activists argue that they’re a threat to the movement.

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Occupy Oakland: Feb 11 #FTP march / post-march arrests

Here are the links to the raw footage from my Saturday Night livestream:

I believe it’s in PT 2 where, as the march winds its way through West Oakland, members of a WEDDING PARTY came out into the street to express solidarity w/ the marchers. In West O, “Fuck The Police” is a message that has plenty of on-the-ground support.

After TWO completely peaceful “Fuck The Police” marches (or 1 march in 2 parts), a car with two Occupy Oakland supporters was pulled over by CHP, reportedly for having a broken headlight. After people on the street reported hearing that the driver had passed a sobriety test, suddenly she was put in cuffs and arrested. A police officer (?) got into the car and drove off with it (aren’t they supposed to have it towed?

The crowd of occupiers got bent out of shape at the arrest, a scuffle with cops ensued, and two more people were taken into custody as a result.

Fucking cops couldn’t leave well enough alone.

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Calling someone a “SNITCH” in Oakland is just shy of an outright threat of violence. And the threats are coming not only from adherents to BlackBloc tactics, but from green-hatted legal observers from the National Lawyers Guild

Oakland Lawyer seeks to Censor Livestreamers to 
Facilitate Crime at Occupy Protests
by Sue Basko

(February 7, 2012) This past weekend, an Oakland lawyer named Michael Siegel, (who appears to have been admitted to the bar in 2010, to distinguish him from other lawyers with the same name), advocated on Twitter his stance that livestreamers shooting video at Occupy Oakland protests were “snitches” and “informants” if they did not avert their cameras to avoid filming crime that was taking place in front of them.  Mr. Siegel proposed that Occupy Oakland should issue its own press passes given only to livestreamers who agree to distort truth and facilitate crime in the manner he has proposed.  Mr. Siegel, who uses the twitter handle @OaktownMike, was apparently supported in this outrageous proposal by a man apparently named Marcus using the twitter handle @MCompost.

The reaction by the prominent Oakland livestreamers was one of disgust and shock.

However, one streamer supported Mr. Siegel’s proposal:  A woman apparently named Eiko Huh, who uses the Twitter handle of @BellaEiko, who also videos some of the protests, joined in calling other livestreamers “snitches.”  She claims she is only videotaping police brutality.  She then used her blog to allow Michael Siegel a forum to post his anti-First Amendment, pro-crime proposal.  It can be seen HERE .

I am shocked on so many levels.  I am shocked that a lawyer, of all people, would think destructive criminals acting against the community and against the peaceful Occupy protest itself, should rule the day.  I was doubly shocked that Michael Siegel thinks Citizen Journalists should be forced to agree not to use First Amendment rights and journalistic honesty — so that what?  So that some jerkwads can run around breaking windows and starting fires?   Journalists are going to give up their First Amendment rights and their journalistic duties to tell the truth so that petty criminals who call themselves “radicals” can throw bottles at the police?     I was even more shocked that a lawyer would try to coerce livestreamers into an agreement that is very likely criminal conspiracy to aid and abet.  You don’t agree in advance to facilitate crime; if you do, you are conspiring to aid that crime.   I am also shocked that a lawyer could be licensed and yet be so unaware of the laws and Constitution and his duties with regard to them.

I wrote a reply Comment and posted it onto Bella Eiko’s blogsite.  It was removed.  This is what it said:

Hello, My name is Sue Basko.  I am a lawyer in California and Illinois.  I have a JD magna cum laude. I have a B.A. in Film and Video.  I also completed all coursework for a M.A. in Mass Communication Media Arts in the Journalism Department with an emphasis on digital production, media law, and First Amendment rights.   I also have Continuing Legal Education in Music Law, Media Law, Internet law,  etc.  I am proficient in web design, Garage Band music producing, ProTools, Final Cut Pro, and some HTML.  
 I HAVE APPROXIMATELY  35 years of work in the media fields.    I have produced and directed literally hundreds of low budget videos and TV shows. I was one of the first media activists, most notably beginning with the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Tianamen Square, and much more.
Now, I am a lawyer and I work with people in music, film, websites, writers, etc.  I write two very popular blogs - one on  Music and Film law: http://suebasko.blogspot.com and one on how to conduct legal peaceful protest: http://occupypeace.blogspot.com 

I helped get many of the Occupy sites up and running and provide legal information for Occupy protests both nationwide and worldwide.
The streets are free places in California, where anyone and everyone can have a camera or video camera.   In a protest of 1,000 people, quite likely 700 of them have a camera.  If there is a protester who wants to cause property or personal damage during that protest,  he or she will surely be on camera.  If there is a police officer who wants to beat a protester, he or she will surely be on camera. 
It is NOT RADICAL to condone violence.  In fact, it is the opposite of radical: It is oppressive.  It is NOT RADICAL to try to censor cameras.  In fact, it is the opposite of radical; it is oppressive.  
Anyone livestreaming should read two things and know them - the REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, which is at http://www.rcfp.org/   This will be your best help in the whole world to know your rights as a person with a camera.
and then read the SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS CODE OF ETHICS: http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp  This will give you REAL guidelines on how to conduct yourself.
MOST IMPORTANTLY - We as good people should strive to assist what is good and what is just and right.   As a lawyer, I am REQUIRED and sworn on oath to uphold the law and not to condone criminal acts.  As a person respecting society and the rights of others — I know it is wrong to break windows,  light fires, or conduct protest in ways that are not peaceful or orderly.  It is wrong to hurt your own community or someone else’s community.  It is wrong to be disrespectful to the property and businesses that are trying to serve the community.
PLEASE BE AWARE -   Do NOT be involved with ANY agreement that says you, with a camera, will agree in advance to refrain from filming crime that is taking place near you on the street.  IF YOU DO, you may be CONSPIRING to aid and abet.  If you are considering agreeing to any such thing, PLEASE consult in advance with a lawyer whose main work is criminal law.  If you cannot find one, call the State’s Attorneys office and speak with a prosecutor and ask if this is legal.  Or ask both.
Legal Observers in Oakland calling Livestreamers “Snitches”

Green-hatted legal observers in from the National Lawyers Guild in Oakland are calling Livestreamers “SNITCHES” if we stream protesters committing petty vandalism/sabotage at an Occupy Oakland events like the weekly “Fuck The Police March”. Fuck Transparency and accountability, we’re only supposed to film police misconduct.

I am nobody’ propaganda arm. I occupy transparency and accountability.

And calling someone a “SNITCH” in Oakland is JUST SHORT OF AN OUTRIGHT THREAT OF VIOLENCE! “Snitches get stitches” is the phrase.


Timcast was threatened in NYC. SacMediaTV was called a snitch by another protester WHILE THEY WERE BOTH UNDER ARREST IN OPD CUSTODY



Please reshare if you think this is a problem. NLGSF has declined to get back to me on the subject on Twitter.


I went to Oakland last weekend to cover The Rise Up Festival. Occupy Oakland planned to take an abandoned building and turn it into a community center. Mayor Quan announced her opposition to the plans and the march was subsequently met by hundreds of police, who used extreme force to stop…

Great to get to meet you, Freedom. Sorry about the camera.

What I saw at Occupy Oakland #J28

-I saw Officer R. Kirkland shove a protester over the bike she was walking, and then the riot-line advanced and got their snatch-on.

-The same Riot Line had just shoved a senior-citizen to the ground and almost snatched him up too. [Video by fellow livestreamer Jeff Kloy]

-Among the footage my fumble-fingers did not save (but which was streamed live) included the same Officer R. Kirkland using his baton to swat the cell-cam out of a protester’s hand while the snatch-team was arresting another marcher who had fallen. The phone’s owner stood his ground and demanded his phone back (which was behind Kirkland). A Sgt came forward and allowed him to get it back.

-I saw Occupiers with defensive shields made from garbage cans being met with flash-bang grenades, bean-bag rounds pepper-balls fired from paintball guns (a.k.a. “The Battle Of Oak Street”). The grenades were used (again) in violation of OPD’s proceedures i.e. that they not be thrown directly at protesters. If that was a battle, how come only one side was armed?

-I saw a 19-year-old street-medic w/ cancer that the insurers won’t cover (pre-existing yadda-fucking-yadda) being treated by paramedics, crying out in pain.

Earlier at the 19th & Telegraph illegal kettle, was assiting someone who’d been tear-gassed, Badge number #119 swatted her with his baton while running uptown towards the YMCA where the march had gone on to. When I came to her, she’d gotten worse and friends had called paramedics.

Guess who OPD badge #119 is? R. Kirkland again. I wonder how hard it would be to google “R Kirkland 119 Oakland Police” and see if he’s already been d0x’d (not that I’d ever post such a link to the blue). But no, really. As an Oaklander, Rodney Kirkland, badge #119, is a piece of shit.

-I saw a snatch-team of imported cops grab a young woman for dancing threateningly at them. Nasty robot she had going on.

-I saw a metric fuck-ton of cops declare an unlawful assembly and square off against me & 2 other pot-smoking livestreamers, a few MSM cameras, and barely enough people in Oscar Grant Plaza to fill the Peet’s Coffee on 13th.

-I saw Alameda County Sheriff’s bring a fucking TANK to arrest ~400 people who, after an illegal kettle w/ no avenue of escape offered, were ALLOWED INTO THE YMCA BY THE STAFF INSIDE WHO UNLOCKED THE DOORS. About a hundred made it out the back door, ~ 300 got arrested.


The mainstream media is full of shit. Get a fucking camera and get out there, see/film for yourself. Pix, or it didn’t happen. BE THE MEDIA!

And like I posted a little while ago:

Film the police, run a tape for the underclass
Get the face, name, number on the badge
They flash, we flash back
When they act disorderly, react accordingly & capture all we see
Nightstick, zipties, and tasers, think you’re licensed fore type-vicious behavior
Make the tight fist with the video trained towards the pigs like this
They trip, and we make ‘em famous

For all the raw vid from the day (that I saved), go to my stream page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oaktownpirate

Pirate will be streaming Live and Driect from Oakland, California tomorrow as Occupy Oakland takes over a vacant building.

Anyone who think OPD isn’t gonna raid the building and arrest everyone before midnight is delusional.

The stream should being around noon, if not before. I also plan to stream the weekly “Fuck The Police” march later that evening.