Occupy Oakland, in Pictures

From rebuilding after a police raid to closing down the nation's fifth largest port, things have been busy at Occupy Oakland.
Occupy Oakland, photo by Lane Hartwell

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The occupation in New York's financial district may be the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, but Oakland, California is seeing plenty of action.

Last week, a violent police crackdown brought Oakland—home of one of hundreds of encampments inspired by Occupy Wall Street—into the world spotlight, with solidarity marches from New York to Cairo. This week, occupiers rebuilt their encampment, and thousands of people joined in a massive general strike, flooding the streets of the city and temporarily shutting down Oakland's port, the largest in the nation.

So what has it been like on the ground? San Francisco-based photographer Lane Hartwell sends this visual report from Occupy Oakland.

  • Media reports focus on the few acts of vandalism and violence, but the majority of occupiers at Oakland’s General Strike succeeded in a peaceful shutdown of Oakland’s banks and port. 

  • Comics journalist Dan Archer offers these portraits of some of the people behind the occupation. 

  • There are many things you can do to be part of this growing movement—and only some of them involve sleeping outside.