Newly inaugurated Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and her family were not permitted to sleep in this morning since a group of about 50 protesters gathered at her home to scream at her to "wake up!"
Calling the action "the people’s alarm," as the Chron reports, protesters took issue with Schaaf's record on gentrification on the City Council, and with the fact that she spent her first day in office meeting with police.
Said one protester, possibly through a bullhorn which also delighted the rest of the Upper Dimond neighborhood near Schaaf's home "You chose to spend your first day as mayor with the Oakland Police Department, a force that has terrorized the black community since its inception.”
The group also spelled out "DREAM" in illuminated letters in her front yard, making reference to Martin Luther King, Jr.
This morning's protest followed on a march and multiple demonstrations over the weekend, as KRON 4 reports, including a march that began at Frank Ogawa Plaza Sunday night that included 75 to 100 people. A separate demonstration of about 100 people that began at the Fruitvale BART Station and ended at OPD's Eastmont station included film projections and ended with the arrests of four people.
In San Francisco there was a sleep-out to honor Dr. King's legacy at the Market and Powell cable car turnaround on Sunday night. And on Friday a group dubbed the Party Patrol roamed Mission restaurants speaking out against gentrification, as Mission Local reported, interrupting dinners for people at Bar Tartine, Farina Pizza, Range, and Urchin.
Another march begins this morning at 11 a.m. at Oakland's Fruitvale Station and the theme for this one is Jobs and Economy March for the People, as IndyBay reports. The march will lead to the Coliseum, where the city is planning a massive development project in the coming years, and will culminate in a rally there as well as "a full blown concert headlined by Oakland’s own Kev Choice."