Occupy Oakland Camp – Occupy protesters pitched tents Monday night on a lot in West Oakland that’s reportedly in foreclosure.
Protesters with 10 tents, awnings and camping gear put down stakes at about 7 p.m. Monday night on a large lot adjoining a home at the corner of 18th and Linden Streets.
Protesters chose the spot with the understanding it was going through foreclosure, said Mark Creek-Water Dorazio, 63, of Oakland. He said he had been involved in Occupy Oakland since its beginnings in October.
The idea for locating on a foreclosed site had been kicked around in Occupy Oakland general assembly meetings, he said.
“The bank is trying to steal this land. By doing this we’re confronting the banks,” Creek-Water Dorazio said.
Camp members say they have permission from the property owner to stay there. They say the strategy will keep police from clearing the camp.
“We were looking for cool areas where we could help the community,” said Thaddeus Guidry, 24, who was previously part of the Occupy San Francisco camp. The new West Oakland camp had already fed a homeless man in the area, Guidry said.
He said that as many as 100 people had gathered Monday night at the site. About 20 were milling about Tuesday morning.
Police quickly and peacefully cleared a Snow Park encampment at 19th and Harrison streets near Lake Merritt early Monday, leaving Oakland without an Occupy camp.