Oakland | Mayor Jean Quan’s Legal Advisor Dan Siegel Resigns In Support Of #OccupyOakland

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s Legal Advisor Resigns In Support Of Occupy Oakland

In a raid this morning, the city of Oakland used riot gear-clad police to evict the Occupy Oakland tent city. “It feels pretty sad because we built a community here, and now they can just come and destroy it,” said Lisa Bitar, one of the protesters.

Outraged by the action taken against Occupy Oakland, Dan Siegel, who had been serving as mayor Jean Quan’s legal advisor, decided to resign today. On Twitter, he wrote that he was resigning to support Occupy Oakland and oppose the 1 percent:

“The city sent police to evict this camp, arrest people and potentially hurt them,” Siegel said. “Obviously, we’re not on the same page. It’s an amazing show of force to move tents from a public place.”

“I am really disappointed with the city,” Siegel said at the protest near City Hall. Oakland has become “the most hostile city to the Occupy movement. Where else are they having 600 police officers take down some tents?”

In a statement, Quan said it was time for the camp to come down.

“Camping is a tactic. It is one that has divided Oakland, a city of the 99 percent. It’s time to work together on the issues of unemployment, foreclosures and education cuts. While the camping must end, the movement continues.”



3 Responses to “Oakland | Mayor Jean Quan’s Legal Advisor Dan Siegel Resigns In Support Of #OccupyOakland”
  1. Phil Van Voorhis says:

    When the Viet Nam antiwar movement started, it was inconceivable that the demonstrators had it right. What did these students know? But the Occupiers are a cross-section of our population, and they already know what we will all eventually realize. Our jobs are not returning. This is what our Government needs to be working on. Not our next trade deal! Watch the ranks swell when the Congress decides not to extend unemployment benefits. But when folks like Dan Siegel walk out in the Mayor of Oakland, it makes people give the Occupy movement a second thought. What if…

  2. Randolph (Randy) Frodsham says:

    Just thought we should all want to remember this is the same city that, just a few short years ago, now CA Governor Jerry Brown was mayor, the office now held by Quan.

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