Flyer distributed by Google bus protesters in West Oakland, as posted to Twitter.
Flyer distributed by Google bus protesters in West Oakland, as posted to Twitter.

Here’s the full text of a flyer handed out by protesters in West Oakland on Friday morning.

In case you’re wondering why this happened, we’ll be extremely clear. The people outside your Google bus serve you coffee, watch your kids, have sex with you for money, make you food, and are being driven out of their neighborhoods. While you guys live fat as hogs with your free 24/7 buffets, everyone else is scraping the bottom of their wallets, barely existing in this expensive world that you and your chums have helped create.

You are not innocent victims. Without you, the housing prices would not be rising and we would not be facing eviction and foreclosure. You, your employers, and the housing speculators are to blame for this new crisis, so much more awful than the last one. You live your comfortable lives surrounded by poverty, homelessness, and death, seemingly oblivious to everything around you, lost in the big bucks and success. But look around, see the violence and degradation out there? This is the world that you have created, and you are clearly on the wrong side.

Predictably, you might even believe that the technologies you create serve the betterment of all humans. But in reality, the benefactors of technological development are advertisers, the wealthy, the powerful, and the NSA analysts running dragnet surveillance over email, phone calls, and social media.

If you want a Bay Area where the ultra-rich are pitted against hundreds of thousands of poor people, keep doing what you’re doing. You’ll have a nice revolution outside your door. But if you want out then you should quit your jobs, cash out, and go live a life that doesn’t completely fuck up someone else’s.


Google Bus Protesters’ Manifesto: ‘Get Out of Oakland!’ 10 January,2014Dan Brekke

  • Leaving Oakland

    To which I say with pleasure, keep your hell hole and all that comes with it. Daily murders, thefts and vandalism and all you can protest about is a bus that is providing a service. Shame on you.

  • Oakland Resident

    This manifesto is from a bunch of white millennials who have no power in Oakland. Nobody cares what they think, nobody cares what they do, the city is changing for the better despite the occasional moments when these idiots do something silly and try to get attention for it on social media.

    Next time, Craig Frost on twitter, and all other Google employees, if they tag your bus or break your window, don’t tweet about it and don’t tell the press about it. These knuckleheads don’t deserve to get attention for doing something so dumb and so lazy. If these people were really struggling as much as they say they are in this manifesto, they wouldn’t have time off on a work day morning to go be stupid.

  • lulZ

    You can’t afford it? Get the fuck out of there and move to Nebraska

  • Another Oakland Resident

    I sincerely doubt that Google employees living in Oakland are solely (or even majorly) responsible for disgruntled baristas, childcare workers, prostitutes, mass poverty, homelessness, Oakland violence, degradation, the NSA surveillance, and death. But hey, I could be wrong! Seems pretty simplistic to me. Keep up the good fight, guys! You’re winning!

  • Larry Foard

    The ultra rich must be loving it, they’ve managed to get the poor to blame the middle class for there problems. How about protesting at the hedge funds speculating on Real Estate? Hint you need go no further than San Francisco. Your average Google employee can’t afford an average bay area home, yes really.

  • Ivan Ardila

    So, what´s next, people of Oakland? The construction of a ghetto for the people who achieved the “american dream”? Do you remember the flyers of the nazis against the jews just before ww2? Seems like those? Are the googlers guilty, or you are against the symptoms of the desease, wich belongs tho the ambicious home owners that rents you their properties? Obiously you don´t do the same when you are in the same case, right? Shame on you.



Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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