OAKLAND (CBS 5) — Are they an organized political movement or is it pure anarchy inside the encampment at Oakland’s Frank Oagawa Plaza?

Occupy Oakland routinely issues press releases to the media calling themselves “an emerging social movement without leaders or spokespeople,” but then proceeds to provide contact information for individuals who can help arrange interviews. This movement “without leaders” has also set up a website: http://www.occupyoakland.org

CBS 5 Eyewitness News producer Wilson Walker wanted to find out exactly who comprises this movement and spent two nights recently camped out with Occupy Oakland outside City Hall.

Walker described many of the Occupy campers as young, politically liberal and predominantly white.

“They have welcomed and embraced a large number of homeless people as well,” he further explained, noting that the homeless have come in droves because food is plentiful at the encampment, there’s basic medical aid and conditions are far safer than the streets of Oakland.

“It’s somewhere where I can lay my head and I ain’t got to worry about everything getting stolen from me,” said one homeless man who declined to give his name.

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However, Walker observed that the encampment had its share of problems too during the two nights that he stayed there.

“There are fights, one instance that looked like a domestic dispute, and there are children running around (unsupervised),” he said.

Walker said there’s also a sizable population of self-described drifters and anarchists looking to cause trouble.

“There are people there who speak very directly and advocate for destruction of property and violence against police,” Walker said.

During his 48 hours at the camp, Walker said he didn’t observe any significant police patrols.

“I think the question is how long can Oakland let this go on before you really have some problems, before someone gets sick, someone gets hurt, or you have episodes of violence which is going to make this difficult for the city to look away,” Walker concluded.

Meantime, there are some Oakland residents who wish the media would stop covering Occupy Oakland, contending the dysfunctional group lacks a cohesive message, enagages in “meaningless rants” and thus, isn’t very newsworthy.

In an e-mail to CBS 5 entitled “Please stop covering Occupy Oakland,” former TV reporter and current Oakland resident Eli Kuo said he “walked around the Frank Ogawa Plaza last Friday” and was amazed by what he saw.

“I saw people smoking pot, beating bongo drums, yelling and screaming like derelicts at news vans,” he wrote. “The protesters threatened TV news crews for being suspicious agents of ‘propaganda.’ These people do not have a unified cause… they are unemployed, non-property owners, and trouble-makers who have no solutions.”

With no leaders, it is difficult to get an official response to the claims of the Occupy naysayers.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. WASPy says:

    Losers, Looters, Parasites….”The Gimme Generation”.

    Stupid little pot heads, deluded and fooled by PROGRESSIVES into thinking that their worthless BA degrees in Comp Lit, Poli-Sci and Ethinc Stucies some how ENTITLED them to a solid middle-class lifestyle. Suckers. Blame you LEFTIST professors. Blame your hands-off parents. Blame YOURSELF.

    1. Michael Verdon says:

      I guess you’re not a member of “The Gimme Generation”? How bout the have it generation? You a member there?

  2. Oakland Taxpayer says:

    Great job mayor and council. Our city officials have turned on their Oakland taxpayers, turned away tourists and shoppers for the “occupiers.” Gee, I can’t wait to vote on the ballot measures, especially any that request a property tax increase to support the mayor’s and council’s occupiers. Isn’t Oakland just a wonderful place…wow please hit me w/another tax… I can’t wait…should I mail a check in now?

    1. Ryan says:

      I am officially done with Oakland and am moving to the south bay. I just can’t handle it anymore. The mayor (who I would think is the cheif law enforcement officer in the city, right?) refuses to uphold the rule of law and now all I hear all day and night are helicoptors. These unhireable losers need to go occupy the desert or better yet, the ocean. So Oakland will soon be losing a hardworking taxpaying member of the community. Bye, bye, Quan.

  3. Philip Scharfy says:

    “… they are unemployed, non-property owners, and trouble-makers who have no solutions.”” — your typical Kalifornia liberal. Why is this “news”?

  4. common sense says:

    what does landownership have to do with anything? I could have told you all this when it all started but wait I did. Still regardless especially in this economy lots of people dont own land but live peaceful law biding lives. Some may even be jobless but they still obey the law unlike the 99% of the group claiming to represent the rest of us. I’m shocked that the media is surprised to find liberals, homeless, criminals, anarchiest, troublemakers, and pervs in the camp. These groups are who make up the democrat party which is why democrats support it they live for this and yet the media is surprised to find these peopl as a majority of the OWS group. 438 days left til chairman oba mao is out. let him golf and endlessly vacation on his own time and money.

    1. Billy Haywood says:

      Property ownership means that they pay Alameda County property taxes. It is easy to vote for higher property taxes if you don’t own property. Alameda County has higher property taxes than any of the 9 Bay Area counties. If these protesters think that local government owes them something, they should pay taxes first. I find it unfair that non-property owners can vote on property tax increases (Nov 15th ballot), without any consequences. Last but not least, the original Occupy Wall Street campaign was started by home owners and people who lost their homes while big banks got bailed out. This campaign is not about the random causes that the Occupy Oaklanders are clamouring about.

  5. Wanda says:

    What a lame article. Occupy may not be perfect, but it does show a level of discontent with the current situation.

    Is everything going fine for you?

    It isn’t for a lot of people I know.

  6. Del Crawford says:

    You’re barking up the wrong tree! Who do you think give Wall Street their corrupt ways? The US Congress that’s who. The Wall Street bunch (through their lobbyist), bought and paid for it. Money talks and congress listens and who do you think become lobbyist after their turn in congress? Yep it is one vicious circle. Why aren’t you over at the congressman’s head quarters with your grievances? Why doesn’t the news media make a point of this? Get focus on the real problem in this country. Corruption results in a dysfunction congress. They have lost their ability to govern responsible. They spend their time arguing over party policies and fail to do the work of the people. Get rid of all the poltictal parties and make the elect rid answer to the people. Ban any form of lobbing period!
    What your doing now with these demostrations is just running up the bill we all half to pay for. Police work, clean up, and vandelizum has a negative effect that hurts your movement. Change direction if you really want change.
    Del Crawford
    PS and while I am at it, Bring all our troops home and for those that would threaten us, Just send a “Drone”

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