Jason "Shake" Anderson is Oakland's 'Candidate X'

Illustration by Sean Morgan
Candidate X

In our Jan. 1 issue, the Bay Guardian spun the tale of Candidate X, a fictional progressive mayoral candidate aiming to save San Francisco’s wonderfully weird soul using people power. The hope? To inspire a candidate to run in the City’s election in 2015 with strong progressive bona fides, and the values that inspired a nation during the rise of the populist Occupy movement.

Now a real life Candidate X has surfaced, but not in San Francisco -- this X is challenging Jean Quan for her seat as Oakland’s mayor, using our Candidate X story to define, elevate, and amplify his candidacy. 

Meet Jason “Shake” Anderson, 38, a former Occupy Oakland spokesperson, veteran, and now Green party candidate for the Oakland mayor’s race. He hopes to take the lessons from Occupy to help reinvigorate the city he calls home. 

“It doesn’t get much news, but Occupy Oakland dropped crime in the city in that moment. It’s because people had places to sleep and places to eat. Those things drop crime,” he told the Guardian. “I’m not saying we camp again, but we need to find ways to do things like that. We have empty buildings, how about we give organizations who feed people on a daily basis a building that wasn’t being used to begin with?”

Anderson is an African American man, and although he feels black Oakland needs representation, he’s about bridging divides: “My attitude is we take care of our people first; not just black or brown people, but people.”

Thinking with people power is Anderson’s modus operandi. He noted that the Port of Oakland was severely disrupted by an Occupy takeover, showing the people have teeth. He doesn’t want to just fight people in power, but work hand in hand with them.

“I believe we can work with and not be separate from the power structure, and even the playing field,” he said. “A lot of people are mad at rich people, but I’m angry at disparate wealth. People are poorer and poorer, and they feel likes there’s no change in their course.”

Jason "Shake" Anderson talks music with "The Black Hour."

That focus on building bridges and novel ideas to tackle everyday problems is what drew Anderson to our Candidate X feature back in January. He co-opted the imagery and message, distributing “Who is Candidate X?” flyers around San Francisco and Oakland. The front side features art from our Candidate X story, by the talented Sean Morgan, and the back features a brief description of Anderson’s candidacy as well as a QR code that links to a donation using Bitcoin. 


You see, Anderson is a bit of a tech head, with a belief that eventually Bitcoin will be one way to free people’s money from banks that don’t look out for the interest of people. And much like our fictional Candidate X, he thinks the tech movement and activist movements have much in common.

“Candidate X comes from the concept of the 99 percent, the leaderless movement of Occupy,” Anderson said. “This is not about me, I’m just a guy. But I’m supposed to represent you.”



Most of them from illegals.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

stop calling people "illegals." i'm guessing you're white. funny how mexicans and their ancestors were here before you, but you think people should honor your borders and your rules. gfys.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

If they did they would win elections. They define themselves a certain way and think that that definition is fact, even though no one else seems to be in on this fact.

Oddly Quan was the progressive savior when she came to office, now Oakland needs a real progressive to run for mayor?

This is like a teen Christian abstinence club, no matter how many people drop out and fail, it is still a success.

Posted by guest on Mar. 04, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

so why would the good people of Oakland vote for someone even more extreme?

Every Mayoral election in SF there is some kook from the Green Party. I can't recall the chick who stood last time but I don't even think she got 1,000 votes and was eliminated in the first round.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2014 @ 5:31 pm

Well if they want even MORE liberal, Quan's former BFF Dan Seigal is running. If he wins, Oakland will be declared a Federal Disaster Area.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 5:55 pm

We're just debating when it flushes down the shitter.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

Oakland has so much potential. Great weather, lots of space. But the city government is a mess and been a mess for decades. Corruption and sheer idiocy are the norm for them.

Jean Quan is a perfect example. When she was a member of the school board, she proposed considering Ebonics as a second language and the state had to take over the school district. Was she voted out? Nope. Elected to City Council. As a member of the CC, she helped push through Prop. Y which raised taxes on homeowners for a promise of more police. Result? Police staffing is half of what it should be. She (and other CC member Rebecca Kaplan) formed a human chain to stop police from arresting looters during the Oscar Grant riots. Voted out? Naw. Got made mayor. Since she's been mayor? Let's see. In Washington D.C. when the police cleared out the Occupy encampment. She's also given us her "100 Blocks" anti-crime program. How well was that thought out?

And she's not the only one. Remember City Administrator Deborah Edgerly? Tipped her nephew (a city employee) of a police raid on him and his gang. She gets fired and sues the city. City Auditor Courtney Ruby finds financial improprieties of two CC members. What happens? They (and the NAACP) scream racism and the CC does nothing about her findings.

Oakland's city government is a joke. They allow a screaming minority to dictate public policy. Don't believe it? Just watch any Oakland City Council meeting that deals with crime. Oakland could be a great city if they cleaned up their act.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

The Oakland Bay Guardian. It has a very nice ring to it... ...

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

within their remit. But aside from the occasional piece about Oakland and Berkeley, this journal is extremely parochial. There are about four million people living in the Bay Area who have never seen a story here that had relevance to them, including the biggest city in the Bay Area - San Jose.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 04, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

Not only Green Party, but Occupy -- let's go ahead and infer that he's currently unemployed. But he is black, so using recent history as a guide, that means a lot of black people will vote for him regardless of his suitability for public office, even though he likely couldn't lead so much as a lunch shift at Burger King.

Posted by Chromefields on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 7:05 am

bankruptcy followed by a State or Federal takeover (as has already happened with their police force and their school system) then we should support Oakland having the worst possible mayor.

Dellums and Quan were bad, make no mistake. But this guy will surely be even worse, because Dellums and Quan have done nothing, whereas this guy will drive out all business and wealth, leaving a massive clusterfuck.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 7:38 am

don't judge a book by the cover. Mayor Shake he is a wonderful parson I think people should take the time to get know him I meet him about 3 to 4 year ago at a under ground radio station and over heard some of the thing he was talking about he inspired me to want do the same thing I wake up happy to know some one is fighting for equality for ever one not just for black and brown but for ever one of us all candidates in the past have similar upbringing and spin time around each other meaning what ever she know he know but Mayor Shake didn't spin time around other candidates so they negative ways didn't have a chance to get to him I believe
that property at face value will change a man heart to stand up for the people like they say unite we stand divided we fall. so let support Mayor Shake and help Oakland survive; h d out

Posted by h on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 12:57 am

Trying to read that was just... oooooowwwwwww...

Posted by Guest on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

I liked that 'spin time around'

Posted by English Teacher on Mar. 08, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

this dude may be right for Oakland, since he fits right in with the old adage "There's no there there"

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 9:21 am

I'm not sold either way on this dude as a candidate, but my god the people commenting on this article are *ssholes! You'rw like bunch of snarky little trolls.

Posted by Guesthater on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:51 am

You can't blame people for pointing that out.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 11:02 am

Shake Anderson and the Media Committee he was involved with were terribly divisive within Occupy Oakland. In fact, they were the only committee officially disbanded by Occupy Oakland's General Assembly. After being booted, Shake went on to pretend he was an "official" spokesperson for Occupy Oakland to every and any media outlet that would listen, and they all fell for it, as apparently the Guardian had now.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

Still on that media committee trip, hunh? How come you guys couldn't keep Occupy Oakland going after you kicked them out? Sounds like you weren't that unified to begin with.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 19, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

Ha, after looking around online, Shake Anderson appears to be pulling another fraud on the media, just like he did as a "spokesperson" for Occupy Oakland.

He has widely announced himself as the Green candidate for Mayor of Oakland, but the only sources for this found online are by Shake himself. The Alameda County Greens site hasn't been updated since the 2012 cycle, and the Oakland Greens site merely says the following:

"A potential candidate has come forward with interest in running for Mayor, and we are currently in conversation with this candidate."

C'mon, Guardian, please, do some research before blindly repeating claims by Shake Anderson, or anyone else for that matter.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

The Oakland Green Party has voted to endorse Jason "Shake" Anderson for Mayor. He is our candidate.

Ranked choice voting means that all voters get to choose their top three candidates in ranked order. I encourage Oaklanders to learn about all the candidates. The either/or thinking endemic to the two party system doesn't apply any more to local elections in Oakland, S. F., Berkeley, or Hayward. There is no risk throwing your vote away in a ranked choice election.

In ranked choice elections, voters can vote for the candidate that best represents their politics without concern of throwing the election to a candidate they despise. Then, they can decide their next two ranked choices. Jean Quan won on third choice ballots, so all three choices are very important in determining the winner.

Posted by Guest JNack on Apr. 25, 2014 @ 5:47 am

Nevermind on that last comment. Looks like the Green of Oakland have (mistakenly) endorsed Shake:

"We invite you to our monthly meeting to introduce you to our Mayoral Candidate, Jason “Shake” Anderson. Jason is an activist and has been instrumental in Occupy Oakland’s Media Committee, First Fridays, and the Save Liberty Hall Committee. We hope that you will come by and get to know him!"


Funny how he has them snookered on the importance of his role in the disbanded Media Committee, though.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

Anderson was on a mission to divide and diminish Occupy Oakland. He was one of the reasons that the feds didn't need to send infiltrators to disrupt our movement, we had assholes like Shake to do it for them.
Shake is an opportunist. He stole money and stole our web page to make his own. Big mistake for the Alameda County Greens to affiliate with a rat like Shake.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

sound like you the one working for the fed

Posted by h on Mar. 07, 2014 @ 1:12 am

Looks like Anderson has his own Birthers.

BTW, have we seen his birth-certificate?

Posted by Oaklander on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

As "WE THE PEOPLE" search for a complete leader void of all the shortcomings prevalent in every human, we forget that NO LEADER in AMERICAN OR WORLD HISTORY has been flawless, on or off the record. We are very fast to throw anyone bold enough to WANT to lead, right under the bus without thinking twice about qualities or convictions they have that might just flower into what we dream a LEADER to be. Remember, EVERY leader was hailed by "WE THE PEOPLE" as thee pick of the day, winning whatever election he/she ran in while simultaneously having a whole other percentage of "WE THE PEOPLE" in opposition. The very same populous that made ALL leaders throughout history, turned on those very same leaders to some degree due to dissatisfaction, yet those leaders STILL made some significant progress FOR THE PEOPLE.

I say all that to say this, we will never know a man/woman's full potential unless we give them a chance to stand and deliver. Despite what one THINKS may be the makings of a leader, no one knows until that man/woman takes the reigns and moves in a direction that displays the best positive intentions with optimal positive results. We all know the ills that rack our society and we all know how difficult it will be to right the many wrongs in it all, but if we never encourage, support and motivate those that are NOT of the norm to stand up and try to bring about change....we are doomed to stay repeating the same.

TAKE A BOW MR. ANDERSON. Be you Black, White or Red, you've already beat many of us couch candidates that wouldn't DARE be the change we dream of and scream of.....TAKE A BOW.

Posted by D. Robinson on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

Of all the negative comments about this man, I wonder how many of you have ever met him personally. I've met him a handful of times over the years, familiar with him through his activism (radio show, community poetry circles ect.), and I can vouch that he's a good person. I have never gotten the feeling that he is anything other than an upstanding man with the intention of empowering people and doing what he can to better the community around him. As long as I've known the man, he's been all about serving the community. That is something to be respected and admired. We need people like Shake, if nothing else than to inspire change and progress. You gotta respect the soldiers on the ground working on the behalf of the voiceless. Criticism is a novelty of the man with no dirt on his hands.

Posted by MM on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:06 pm
Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

I'm happy he's running for this office because I think his priorities are spot-on: youth opportunities, increasing the minimum wage, anti-prison industrial complex, etc. I also like that he wants to engage ALL people of Oakland. We need more activists to get into politics, and I'm grateful that Shake is willing to enter this race.

Posted by Liz on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

are clearly the two biggest priorities i.e, attract business and reduce crime.

We've already tried his policies with the Dellum/Quan "hug a thug" programs and the ceaseless over-taxation and over-regulation of business Those are the very policies that have been tried and that have failed.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

Jean Quan has been an activist all her life (including during her political career). How well has that worked out?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

Don't talk to me about the birth certificate, that's disrespectful.

And all the talk about Occupy and the media committee, though important, is really a distraction. Who benefits from that distraction?

The real question is, when will Anderson admit that he's really one of the lizard people?

We all know it's true. We have witnesses who have identified him as a die hard member of the lizard people cult. WHEN WILL YOU STOP LYING SHAKE?!!? Your an evil, lying lizard person and WE ALL KNOW IT.

I'm really disappointed that a respected publication like the SFBG would give this "man" a platform. Disgusting. I'm canceling my subscription.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

Don't talk to me about the birth certificate, that's disrespectful.

And all the talk about Occupy and the media committee, though important, is really a distraction. Who benefits from that distraction?

The real question is, when will Anderson admit that he's really one of the lizard people?

We all know it's true. We have witnesses who have identified him as a die hard member of the lizard people cult. WHEN WILL YOU STOP LYING SHAKE?!!? Your an evil, lying lizard person and WE ALL KNOW IT.

I'm really disappointed that a respected publication like the SFBG would give this "man" a platform. Disgusting. I'm canceling my subscription.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

Shake is a human being who believes in Oakland- he even believes in his haters. i know this because I know him. Skeptics can say what they like but are they stepping up and running for office or leading in any other way besides these comments.

You may be able to use the Internet to reveal your grievances but lets be fair. Our governor has been caught doing cocaine, the former mayor of SF has had many public exploits an no ONE says much about that. President Clinton...come on...

It's not like the Koch brothers or Chevron support this candidate. Are we really that afraid of ideas that aren't our own?

Do we really want to continue to have your political participation be about character assassination or do we want leaders who work to dismantle capitalism? People are more likely to be open when they are not attacked- people are more willing to listen when they are forgiven.

You choose.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

As a member of the Oakland Greens, I can say without reservation that Mr Anderson impressed us with his political energy and commitment to Oakland. He is widely respected by many in Oakland for his tireless political work and projects.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 05, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

I say vote for the "Guy" he is genuinely concerned and involved with THE PEOPLE. These people need that. Someone who isnt in it for the politics but for the betterment of thier people and its society. I believe he would be a great candidate due to the fact that he Eats Sleeps and Drinks this cause! He truly wants nothing more than the happiness of Everyone as a whole and as individuals. Vote for Jason!!!

Posted by Guest Dominique on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 11:58 am

someone who will actually listen to what the people want?

Activists always talk - they never listen.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

I've been checking out this guy's work on non-Occupy projects -- that campaign he worked on to save the Marcus Garvey Building from foreclosure was excellent. Same goes for First Fridays.

I don't think he's ignoring big business or the issue of crime. I just think he's advocating for empowering local business-owners and pushing for more community involvement in policing. So far, he's making a lot of sense to me.

Posted by Mike R on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

statements, and talk to business about what they want to see?

If he won't do that, then he won't deliver.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

Shake Anderson calls himself a spokesman for Occupy Oakland, yet he hasn't posted anything about his bid for Mayor on any of the Occupy Oakland Facebook pages or websites, where one would think he'd have a supportive audience. Is it because some don't trust him because of his work on their media committee that acted unethically?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

I guarantee that every single negative comment here comes from a troll on a mission to sabotage, or someone that does not know Jason Anderson. I urge you to NOT listen to the slander of people who's writing exudes hate!

Jason Shake Anderson. Shake. When you commit to something, you shake on it. Jason Shake Anderson is absolutely 100% committed to the empowerment of community. Jason has endlessly and tirelessly contributed to the betterment of the city of Oakland and his Country. I recommend you go learn who he is on your own!

Jason represents alternatives that are the solutions to the issues that plague the community. Through this candidate X lens, you will see the pure intention and transparency of his movement.

Posted by Truth on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

He's a fringe candidate, which applies of course to everyone the Greens put forward. Did the last SF green mayoral candidate get even 1,000 votes?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

Votes are not in any way considered a goal in this

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

The little people are irrelevant.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

The candidate X movement/theory thrives regardless if anybody votes for the candidate because it is not about the candidate, but rather the message and the positive impact for the people. Votes or not, he will still be continuously contributing all that he can for the betterment of the people.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

cannot win but enter anyway for their "cause". Hey, that's their right but don't go mistaking naivity and cluelessness for a coherent or relevant message.

Jason has loser written all over his ass.

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

The practical application of the concepts that the candidate X movement represents are profoundly impactful and quite simple. Don't forget that every suggestion that will be made is a literal and logical solution to the issues that we all face today. Empowerment of all .

There is an abundance Food, shelter, health, education, safety, and prosperity for everybody. This abundance is almost completely untapped because we do not use the proper "technology". There are simple , easily accessible, and incredibly powerful alternative means of living that are right at all of our fingertips. Jason will clearly represent how easily accessible this prosperity is.

Jason Anderson will be one of the many people who have dedicated themselves to the betterment of all. His candidacy represents the growth and prosperity of mankind and actually all sentient beings.

Sounds like a winner to me

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

Guaranteed that every idea he talks about is a better idea than what the current system is doing

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Posted by clash of clans gems hack on May. 24, 2014 @ 2:42 am

How in the world would I know Jason personally?

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