FIGHT BACK: 100 moments from Occupy in the Bay Area (by pixplz)

Photo of Occupy FDSF before it was Occupy SF

These are events I personally witnessed or experienced. People in cities around the world have gone through similar and more intense things, and by imagining these moments multiplied by thousands, you might get some sense of the impact that Occupy, and a year of mass civil disobedience and direct action, has had on those who were there.

The list doesn’t include several important moments, like when the cops raided Occupy Oakland on #O25, when they raided Occupy the Farm, or anything that happened at Occupy Berkeley, Occupy Cal, Occupy San Jose, Occupy Noe Valley, etc., because I wasn’t there. And I haven’t been arrested or injured, so far.

Photo of some dirt bike cops at an Occupy SF march

Photo of people in windows watching an Occupy SF march go by

John King takes notes as a protester hands out flyers on Geary Street in SF

Photo of cops on Sixth Street in SF during a march against cop brutality

Photo of a black bloc marching in the Mission District in San Francisco

Photo of smashed windows at a Bank of America on Nov. 2, 2011 in Oakland

Photo of a sign in Mosswood Park that says "They can stomp the flowers but they can't stop the spring!"

In loose order, here are my top 100 memorable moments from Occupy in the Bay Area:

100. @runningwolf_zak‘s burning sage, which made me come to like the smell of sage

99. “I will kill you” ~ Getting a death threat in my chatroom while livestreaming inside the @SFCommune at 888 Turk

98. The public safety committee meeting in Oakland where an occupier told a city councilmember, “I could walk up to you and kill you with a fucking pencil”

97. The time someone killed himself by jumping from the roof of a hotel next to Bradley Manning Plaza. (He wasn’t with Occupy SF.)

96. The night I was on my way home from Bradley Manning Plaza and got chased down Market Street by some creeper who said to me, “You’re so stupid.”

95. Waving bye to @laurenriot then accidentally clocking @sephiesays in the face at 19th and Telegraph (sorry about that)

94. The occupation of a Bank of America in San Francisco when a worker intentionally clocked me on the head with a piece of cardboard

93. The Amtrak cops and their Arctic Cats who were out in Oakland on May Day, for some reason

92. Interviewing @oaklandpoliceca on May Day as Alameda County’s armored personnel carrier loomed in the background

Photo of an Alameda County armored personnel carrier in Oakland on May Day, 2012

91. When YouTube blocked my Occupy Oakland Move-In Day video for copyright infringement of Weird Al’s “Eat It” but it was really Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”

90. The time I asked a dude if he was a 1 percenter and he said, “How about I shove that camera up your ass?”

Photo of a dude who said, "How about I shove that camera up your ass?" when I asked if he was a 1 percenter

89. Getting grabbed by dudes booing OccuPride in San Francisco

Screengrab of Justin's camera getting grabbed

88. Getting grabbed by a grabby blue cop

87. When an occupier was talking to some cops via the human mic and said “vagina,” people didn’t say “vagina” so she yelled “SAY IT!!”

86. When a couple who were about to get married came out of the Palace Hotel and kissed as Occupy SF marched by

Photo of a couple kissing as Occupy SF marches by

85. Meeting @CourtneyOccupy and ALL OF THE PEOPLE who’ve traveled to the Bay Area from afar. Happy birthday Courtney!!

84. The emergence of so many incredible independent journalists!!

83. The best night some Anons d0xed a cop in this #J28 video by @BayNewsMovement

82. Meeting the OccupiBot in Bradley Manning Plaza

81. Learning about the OAK-U-TRON 201X cooperative arcade game from @akerfoot on Move-In Day in Oakland. I never got to play it ;(

Photo of the OAK-U-TRON 201X cooperative video game

80. Losing weight from all the live tweeting and livestreaming and stress. I like to think of it as my Occupy Minus 15

79. Whenever people handed me posters, flyers, pamphlets and other literature having to do with Occupy

Photo of some Occupy posters and flyers

Can you guess which one’s my favorite?

78. “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

77. Snapping this picture of Miles and his dog Tupelo during a march up Market Street in San Francisco

Photo of Miles and his dog Tupelo at an Occupy SF march

76. Hanging out with @punkboyinsf and @RiotDogSF in Dolores Park before #smashysmashy in the Mission

75. Playing with @MaydayPuppy in Dolores Park before #smashysmashy in the Mission

74. Sunbathing with @codeframesf, @BellaEiko and Brownie during the occupation of Mosswood Park

73. All the spectacular banners, like this one at 14th and Broadway in Oakland during the Nov. 2 General Strike

Photo of a "Long live the Oakland Commune" banner in Oakland on May Day, 2012

72. Jaw-dropping #Chalkupy chalk art in Oscar Grant Plaza on May Day

Photo of General Strike chalk art by Chalkupy in Oscar Grant Plaza

71. The charming and helpful signage inside the @SFCommune at 888 Turk

Screengrab of sleeping quarters sign at SF Commune

70. “Get up! Get down! There’s revolution in this town!”

69. Reading in my livestream chatroom that I’m being mirrored by @GlobalRevLive and other channels

Photo of the "Defend human dignity" banner at the General Strike in Oakland on Nov. 2, 2011

68. Watching @OakFoSho’s livestream for the first time on the night of the Nov. 2 General Strike in Oakland

67. #occupythebeach w/ @BellaEiko @worthoftheworld @ShurRelle409 @ElleryMitten @ona_boat @DJ_JDot

Photo of @BellaEiko at #occupythebeach

66. Getting invited to the first meeting of my neighborhood’s Occupy ~ @OtheRichmond

65. The curious chickens of @occupyfarm

Photo of a chicken at @OccupyTheFarm

64. The sexy sexy street scenes of Occupy SF

Photo of a naked dude with an Occupy SF sign

63. “One: We are the people! Two: We are united! Three: This occupation is not leaving…”

62. The cops are coming!! The cops aren’t coming?! Tense times on Oct. 27 as occupiers in San Francisco braced for a rumored raid

61. Sitting among the tents on Market Street in San Francisco as @DanielEllsberg spoke about the police state

Photo of Daniel Ellsberg speaking to occupiers on Market Street in San Francisco

60. Chasing @DanielEllsberg as he peeked into tents in Bradley Manning Plaza to look for his contact, who was a block away

59. When @OlsenVet spoke at an Occupy SF rally for Bradley Manning then people occupied Sue Bierman Park with tents

58. On May Day when someone put an Oakland Trib newspaper box on top of a cop car

57. “The system has got to die! Hella hella occupy!”

56. Not tweeting during the secret occupation of Mosswood Park, and reading the hilarious fake tweets to throw off the cops. (Plz get in touch if you have links to any of those tweets!)

55. “They’re dumber than BART police.” When occupiers trolled some Oakland cops in Mosswood Park

54. Captains America at the occupation of Mosswood Park in Oakland

Photo of Captains America at the occupation of Mosswood Park in Oakland

53. Whenever the white on red Occupy Oakland signs were around

Photo of Occupy Oakland sign in Mosswood Park

52. Boarding the @OOOccubus for the first time in San Francisco on #J20

51. #ArmchairActivism in Oakland on #J28 and at La Funa de Kernighan

50. “When Occupy is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”

49. @riotleo’s signature signoff, “Long live the Oakland Commune, and fuck the police!”

48. When my phone survived the rain on #J20 long enough to livestream the occupation of Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco

47. When I first met @BellaEiko during the justice for Oscar Grant march in Oakland on Jan. 1

46. “They say cut back, we say fight back!”

45. Live tweeting Occupy SF on #S17 then watching @GlobalRevLive’s stream later that night from the occupation of Liberty Square in New York

44. Connecting with the livestreamer community thanks to the weekly roundtables with @CourtneyOccupy, @justizin and others

Photo of a cop named G Shyy at an Occupy SF march

43. The best time an occupier had their charges dropped thanks in part to my livestream footage

42. Seeing @tigerbeat everywhere I went

41. “We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!”

Photo of Kendra Yukiko in a Bank of America holding a piece of paper that says "Take lots of pictures please!"

40. Getting introduced to some ideas that were new to me, like #nodads #nobosses and #nocops

39. When @susie_c drew a picture of me chilling on a barricade in the @SFCommune at 888 Turk

38. Livestreaming her talk then interviewing former Black Panther Party chair Elaine Brown in Oakland

37. The time Occupy SF and Occupy Oakland occupied the Westfield Mall in San Francisco during a march against cop brutality

36. “Whose streets? Our streets!”

35. Packing a gas mask and helmet before going out to report on Occupy SF and Occupy Oakland actions

34. The public safety committee meeting in Oakland when @BellaEiko posed for the camera with a #J28 Move-In Day shield

Photo of @BellaEiko at an Oakland public safety committee meeting

33. Finding out that @jeffkloy sometimes wears body armor while livestreaming actions

Photo of @jeffkloy in his helmet and body armor on #J14 in San Francisco

32. When people tried to ride an elevator up to a @WellsFargo shareholder meeting in San Francisco then someone remotely sent us back down

31. When the cops arrested @kendrayukiko during an occupation of Bank of America in San Francisco

Photo of cops arresting @kendrayukiko during the occupation of a Bank of America branch in San Francisco on Nov, 16., 2012

30. On May Day in Oakland when the cops arrested a protester as he drew on a @WellsFargo bank branch with some chalk, then let him go

29. When someone wrote “What kind of pie? Occupy!” on a pizza box in Bradley Manning Plaza, then it became a chant (or was it the other way around?)

28. Late nite chats with @_myoo @radiantthings @marymad @PinkLadiesNews @Cemeterytourist @BreakBeatJunkee and Anonymous

27. When a public safety committee meeting in Oakland exploded over a proposal to ban shields and other “tools of violence” at protests

Photo of @BellaEiko and @OpAnonyBear at a public safety committee meeting in Oakland

26. On May Day when some dudes from a local TV station and their bodyguard got paint bombed on Broadway Street in Oakland

25. When the cops showed up after some people made a mess inside City Hall in Oakland on #J28

Photo of cops at Oakland City Hall on J28

24. “A! Anti! Anticapitalista!”

23. Jail support after cops raided the @SFCommune at 888 Turk

22. Having dinner with Frank Chu in the @SFCommune at 888 Turk ~ vegetarian chili, Cheetos and brownies

21. Sampling the fake meat sandwiches and Capri Suns that were served in Dolores Park before #smashysmashy in the Mission

20. “Shit’s fucked up! Shit’s fucked up and bullshit!”

Photo of graffiti on the sidewalk at 19th and Telegraph in Oakland that says, "Take it back! circle-A"

19. Whenever I said a 4-letter word on my livestream then my mom reminded me about it afterward

18. The night on Valencia Street in San Francisco when some people in a black bloc attacked the Mission District police station

17. The night on Valencia Street in San Francisco when someone attacked a cop car that had a cop in it

16. When occupiers tried to take back 101 Market Street in San Francisco

15. When occupiers took back Bradley Manning Plaza in San Francisco on the evening of Dec. 7

14. When some people occupied the roof of a @WellsFargo bank branch in the Mission

13. The time @Monasosh saw the photo I tweeted from an Occupy SF march in solidarity with her jailed brother @alaa in Egypt and it warmed her heart

Photo of an Occupy SF march in solidarity with Egypt

12. Meeting @pagescster, Amy O, Xander, Pirate Mike, Robb and other original Occupy SF folks at 555 California on #S17 back when it was called #occupyFDSF (Financial District of San Francisco)

Photo of "Capitalism is organized crime" sign at Occupy SF on Sept. 17, 2011

11. The Nov. 2 General Strike and shutdown of the Port of Oakland

10. “It’s a fucking tent in a bank!” ~ overheard during the occupation of a Bank of America branch in San Francisco on Nov. 16

9. “There’s a fucking tent in the middle of Market Street!” ~ what I tweeted when occupiers tried to take back 101 Market in San Francisco on Nov. 20

Photo of some fucking tents in Market Street

8. Livestreaming for the first time on Dec. 7 as cops raided and destroyed the Occupy SF camp. My first interview was with @scottanansi

7. The Battle of Montgomery Street in San Francisco on #J20

6. The Battle of Oak Street in Oakland on #J28

5. When the cops kettled hundreds of people at 19th and Telegraph in Oakland on #J28

4. The best time we escaped from the 19th and Telegraph kettle in Oakland on #J28

3. Getting advice from @OaklandElle and @AdamInOakland that saved my ass from getting arrested in Oakland on #J28 (they weren’t so fortunate)

2. The “FIGHT BACK” banner drop at the @SFCommune

1. Fighting for a life worth living

#occupyfdsf @pixplz tweeting #takewallstreet #sept17 #usdor #occupywallst #occupywallstreet

(Photo of some troublemaker live tweeting in front of the Black Heart of Wall Street West at 555 California Street on Sept. 17, 2011 by Steve Rhodes)

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