Betty Olson-Jones

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Betty Olson-Jones

Betty Olson-Jones is a former Teacher at California Teachers Association, a former Teacher at UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project, former State Council Delegate at California Teachers Association.


Studied Sociology at Carleton College.



Betty Olson-Jones, Oakland appeared on an early '90s mailing list of activists in the Bay Area, sent to Freedom Road Socialist Organization member Mike Conan. Several of those listed were known Freedom Road Socialist Organization or Socialist Organizing Network members .

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Betty Olson-Jones, President of Oakland Education Association (OEA), Oakland, CA signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[1]

Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11

Following "police repression" of the Occupy Movement across the country as well as the successful blockade of the Port of Oakland during the November 2nd General Strike, the Occupy Oakland General Assembly issued a call to shut down all West Coast Ports on December 12th.

This Monday "Wall Street on the Waterfront" will be confronted with coordinated port blockades in San Diego, LA, Oakland, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Vancouver, and Houston. The same day, Occupy Anchorage, Occupy Denver, and Occupy Wall Street will be targeting Goldman Sachs and Walmart. Local organizers of the West Coast Port Blockade held a press conference just outside the Port of Oakland at Jack London Square on December 9th to announce the reasoning behind and the plans for the mass demonstrations in Oakland.

Speakers at the press conference were Tim Simmons of Occupy Oakland; Boots Riley of Occupy Oakland, The Coup, and Street Sweeper Social Club; Betty Olson-Jones of the Oakland Education Association; Clarence Thomas of the ILWU and the Million Worker March; Mike King of Occupy Oakland; Jenna Woloshyn of Teamsters Local 70; Kimberly Rojas, Oakland Branch President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union; Eddie Falcon of Iraq Veterans Against the War; Steve Zeltzer of the Committee to Defend the ILWU; and Bob Mandel of the Oakland Education Association.[2]


  1. Signers of Campaign to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now
  2. [ East Bay Indymedia, Occupy Oakland West Coast Port Blockade Press Conference, 12/09/11: photos by Dave Id, Friday Dec 9th, 2011 11:23 PM]