Update: Chris is free and charges reduced to a probation violation for disturbing the peace! Thanks to everyone and the collected funds will be applied to his legal defense and future bails if necessary. The support he received from the community has meant so much to him. The donation campaign is now over.
This evening, May 23, 2012, our brave Occupy Oakland comrade and Tactical Action Committee (TAC) member Christopher Moreland was in a parking lot after (according to multiple witnesses) peacefully attending an event at a church where he spoke out publicly against OPD's recent murder of an unarmed young Black man. Two cars full of cops came, one cop ordered the others to get Chris, and they arrested him. He did not resist. OPD is inventing numerous baseless charges against him, including at felony battery on an officer. The guards are harassing him as well. Please help us free Chris by contributing to his bail fund! Every little bit helps, and Chris has been there for all of us! He is one of the most powerful speakers and organizers in the entire Occupy movement and we need his energy, ideas, dedication and courage! He is continually targeted by OPD because he is able to get under their skin and be a real political threat, and he is a young Black man besides that. He needs us right now--please donate!
Read a first-hand account of the evening's events here: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Foccupiedoaktrib.org%2F2012%2F05%2F24%2Fon-the-abduction-of-chris-m-by-opd%2F&h=TAQHQ2w_vAQG1lX1wxFA07DccHzpldU6woAYhFL2M3dX7Zw
Rally and march 5/25 7pm: http://occupyoakland.org/2012/05/free-chris-rally-friday-at-7pm/