The rally (per their website) is convening at 6PM on Frank Ogawa plaza. Here are a couple of things you should know, from a guy who has been foolishly politically violent (and also thrown in the klink):
1) If the cops start hitting you, do not fight back. Get into the fetal position and protect your face and genital area. If you fight back, they will (a) absolutely beat the living shit out of you to the fullest extent they can get away with, and (b) charge you (ironically) with attempted assault.
These are not rational adult men and women - - these are sociopaths with low self-esteem and Type-A control-issues who need a gun, a taser and a baton to feel safe. They will fight dirty and they will win.
2) Oakland City Jail is a dangerous place. They will go out of their way to scare you there and you may be put into close quarters with extremely dangerous people. Keep your head down and watch your back. There is no polite way to say this - - but I did not sit down on the toilet for 5 days while I was waiting for my arraignment. If I’d made myself vulnerable I probably would have been stabbed.
3) The police will lie to your friends about your location in order to keep you locked up for as long as possible (or so they can “lose” you for the weekend). Almost everyone who is arrested in Oakland and Berkeley goes to Oakland City Jail near Jack London Square. If they are full (or if they really want to fuck with you) you may be transported out to Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Pleasanton.
4) Do not talk to the cops, period. Do not talk in front of the cops. Do not say anything incriminating during your phone call (if you get one). They are professional liars, and everything you say and do is being recorded. Ask for a public defender and then clamp your mouth shut.
5) Your record will not be “permanently fucked.” That is a whole other post, but first offenses can usually be pleaded out, and if you are found guilty that first offense can be expunged from your record.
Be prepared, be smart, think before you act…and be aware that no matter what you do, a judge will take the word of a lying cop over the statement of a good citizen.
Stay safe and godspeed.