Twitter Coming To Oakland – The Backstory Of Historic 1330 Broadway At The Heart Of Oakland Protest

Twitter Coming To Oakland – The Backstory Of Historic 1330 Broadway At The Heart Of Oakland Protest

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Twitter Coming To Oakland – The Backstory And History Of The Move And Historic 1330 Broadway At The Heart Of Oakland Protest

Tracy Hawkins, Twitter Real Estate Vice President, took to Twitter to announce and explain the reason why the organization picked 1330 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. Here are the tweets:

But the backstory, for me, started in February of 2020, when a friend of mine texted out of the blue about contacts at Twitter and if I could find out if they were interested in coming to Oakland.  So, I went to Linkedin, found Tracy, and asked her.  The response I got back was that they had no plans to move to Oakland.  That was that.

I did share my information with my friend, so I have to believe that Twitter was, in truth, already considering expansion to Oakland, did not want it known, and then the Pandemic helped make the decision for the organization.

But where Twitter elected to come to in Oakland is not just any place.  1330 Broadway is at the corner of 14th and Broadway, the unofficial center of protest in Oakland.  That designation started with the Oscar Grant Riots in 2009, as you can see here because Zennie62 YouTube was there.

The Oscar Grant BART Shooting Downtown Oakland Riot – Zennie’s Abraham’s Vlog From January 8, 2009

The Oscar Grant Murder spurred many protests, then came Occupy Oakland in 2011.

That episode in Oakland’s proud history includes an action by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan that no one liked: the violent removal of people who used Oakland City Hall Plaza as a place to live – in other words, they occupied it and were gassed out of there.   I have 14 Zennie62 YouTube videos on that chapter in Oakland lore:

So, for reasons that just may be a spiritual forecast of events to come, Twitter, one of the great media tech companies of the 21st Century, now has a home where all of this happened.   And guess what, folks.  It’s going to happen  again.   Mark my words.

It’s Oakland.

Stay tuned.


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