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Tue Oct 25 2016Fight Over Skyrocketing Bay Area Rents to Hit the Ballot Box
Many long-time Bay Area residents have been displaced over the last several years. The median rent in Oakland is now $3,000 a month and heartless landlords are taking extreme measures to boost their profit at the expense of tenants. In one recent case, an East Palo Alto property owner and his son were arrested for a plot to push tenants out of rent-controlled units by destroying their property. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area urge voters to support the strong renter protections in Richmond, Oakland, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View.
Word got out that the Oakland Police Department had intentions to do neighborhood outreach in West Oakland on October 18. Knowing that OPD holds public relations events such as these to whitewash their earned reputation as racist, violent, and corrupt, the Anti Police-Terror Project set out to prevent OPD from exploiting local residents for a propagandistic photo op. As an unexpected bonus, a man's home was saved from being confiscated by the police.
Wed Oct 19 2016Standing Up Against the Racist Police State by Taking a Knee
Since August 26, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit and then kneel during the playing of the national anthem to protest racist police violence, at least dozens of more Black people have been murdered by the police. What is also intensifying is that more and more athletes are taking a visible stand against police brutality. Students at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) have been particularly vocal about their opposition to a lack of police accountability and the unfair treatment of Black and Brown people at the hands of law enforcement.
Wed Oct 19 2016In Oakland, Solidarity with Charlotte
Daniel Borgström writes: It was Saturday, September 24th.... The solidarity rally was to be held in downtown Oakland, at the triangular-shaped plaza where Telegraph Avenue splits off from Broadway. It was 7:30 p.m. when I arrived; Gerald Sanders was speaking to a gathering of a couple hundred people. Almost everybody there was quite young. A banner read: "Revolt with Charlotte." Several dozen police were taking up strategic positions along Broadway and Telegraph.
Sun Oct 9 2016 (Updated 10/10/16)CHP and OPD Conspired to Cover Up Hit-and-Run Murder of Diallo Neal
Sun Oct 9 2016 (Updated 10/10/16)Diallo Neal's Mother Continues to Demand Justice for Son Despite Statute of Limitations
On October 10, 2005, Diallo Neal was murdered when a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer struck the rear end of his motorcycle, launching Diallo into a bus stop, pole, and concrete bench. The CHP officer fled the scene. Oakland police began an investigation, but CHP took it over and closed it. Work is underway to revive the truth of this tragedy, regardless of legal statutes of limitations. A press conference and rally to support Diallo's mother, Gilda Baker, will be held at the California Highway Patrol headquarters in Oakland on October 11.
The Take Back Oakland Coalition is now gathering signatures to recall Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. On September 18, recall organizers handed out the first recall petitions all afternoon in front of Oakland City Hall. Primary among the objections to Schaaf are her inaction in the face of massive displacement of long-time residents, the deference she continues to show to the corrupt and murderous Oakland police department, and her failure to support local youth and job centers.
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Tracking Police Murders in Two Bay Area Cities
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Timelines Map San Francisco and Hayward Killings by Law Enforcement, 1990 - Present
The Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy has thus far created two timelines mapping state violence in the Bay Area, one for Hayward and one for San Francisco. The timelines were generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The CCRA writes: The timeline is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. It is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure. This refusal itself is a confrontation against state violence.
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)UC Berkeley Reinstates Course on Palestine Following Outcry
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Course Examining Palestine through Lens of Settler Colonialism Nearly Censored
University of California Berkeley (Cal) reinstated a student-led course on Palestine on September 19, following an outcry over its arbitrary suspension the previous week. The suspension, taken in apparent response to pressure from Israel advocacy groups, was widely condemned -- by students, professors, and observers -- as a violation of academic freedom, shocking, and unjustifiable. The organization Palestine Legal had sent a letter to Cal Chancellor Dirks on September 16 warning that the suspension infringed on First Amendment rights and principles of academic freedom.
Wed Sep 21 2016 (Updated 09/25/16)East Bay Cops Charged with Sex Crimes and Corruption
Wed Sep 21 2016 (Updated 09/25/16)Media Exposure Leads to Largest Number of Area Police Criminally Charged in Recent History
Recent reporting exposed widespread crimes, corruption, and coverups in the Oakland police department. As more and more came to light about Oakland police sexually abusing and trafficking a teenage girl since she was a minor, community activists issued demands, protests turned up on OPD's doorstep, and calls for accountability came from all quarters. In this environment, it became untenable for Alameda County District Attorney O'Malley to do nothing. O'Malley has now charged five cops for the sexual exploitation of a teenager and related corruption. Two more are yet to be charged.
Thu Sep 15 2016Strike to End Prison Slavery
On September 10, over 300 people took part in a march, rally, and demonstration in solidarity with the ongoing Prison Strike happening across US prisons, jails, and detention facilities. People gathered at Latham Square in downtown Oakland where several speakers addressed the crowd. Grabbing banners, flags, and signs, people then took to the streets and marched to several corporations that profit from prison labor. AT&T, UPS, and Bank of America were called out for their use of prison labor.
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Activists Lock Down Entrances to Urban Shield Expo on Its 10th Anniversary
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Stop Urban Shield Coalition Seeks End to Military Weapons Expo and SWAT Police Training
On September 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances of the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to protest Urban Shield, the SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Hundreds of community members from cities across California, including Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, marched and rallied. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited, and released.
Mon Aug 29 2016 (Updated 08/30/16)Video Reveals Newark Police Officer Shooting Teo Valencia in the Back
Mon Aug 29 2016 (Updated 08/30/16)Teo Valencia Family Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Newark and Conrad Rogers
On August 22, Maria Magdalena Rodriguez and Teodoro Valencia, the parents of Teo Valencia, 23, gathered at the Federal Courthouse in Oakland to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Newark and the Newark police officer, Conrad Rogers, who shot Teo Valencia to death on March 11, 2016. Teo was shot in the back with an AR-15. Family attorney Dan Siegel said, “The only word for what the police officer did to Teodoro is murder.”
Wed Aug 24 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)Women Win Santa Rita Jail Changes After Civil Disobedience Arrests
Wed Aug 24 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)Filthy & Dehumanizing Santa Rita Jail to Improve Treatment of Women In Custody
Plaintiffs Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Allyssa Eisenberg, and Tova Fry were taken to Santa Rita Jail after being arrested for civil disobedience in 2014. The Four were held with other women in filthy jail cells. Toilets were overflowing. There were no menstrual pads for women who needed them, no garbage containers so used menstrual pads sat on top of left over food. All the women in those cells are “presumed innocent”. The Four and their attorney Yolanda Huang filed a civil rights complaint in order to be a voice for other women and demand they be treated with respect and human dignity.
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Protect Our Right To Stay: No Suban La Renta
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Renter Protections on the November Ballot for Six Bay Area Cities
Renter protections are on the ballot for voters to vote on this coming November in the cities of Oakland, Richmond, Alameda, Burlingame, San Mateo, and Mountain View. On August 8, the Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC), tenants and other community members rallied to protest against no-cause evictions — and evictions at the Bay View Apartments in Alameda. Tenant advocates across the Bay Area are urging renters to vote on strong renter protections during the upcoming November elections, urging people to vote against weak proposals placed on the ballot by the City Council in Alameda and Mountain View.
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 09/11/16)The Struggle Against the Police Militarization of Urban Shield & Bulletproof Warrior
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 09/11/16)Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church
UPDATE 9/9: In the early morning, protesters locked down across the entrance of the Alameda Fairgrounds, preventing passage into the Urban Shield expo. Twenty-three people were arrested.
In July, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office withdrew its sponsorship of a "Bulletproof" street survival training course for law enforcement officers after community activists questioned whether the former "Bulletproof Warrior" class should be offered by the department. Urban Shield, the controversial police militarization exposition and training, is scheduled for September 8 in Pleasanton. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition is calling for a mass demonstration on September 9.
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)Freedom Now Actions Shut Down Police "Union" Offices Across the Country
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)Oakland Freedom Now Actions Include Lock Down at OPOA & OPD Headquarters, Children's March
A call went out for Freedom Now protests on July 21 targeting the support infrastructure for police oppression, especially police "unions" for their defense of cops accused of brutality. Lockdowns and demonstrations were held in cities across the country. In Oakland, the offices of the Oakland Police Officer's Association were shut down and an entrance to Oakland police headquarters was locked down. A Black Lives Matter educational event for children was held in Oscar Grant plaza, followed by a march down Broadway.
Mon Jul 25 2016 (Updated 09/21/16)"Bye Libby" Recall Effort Seeks to Push Libby Schaaf Out of Office
Mon Jul 25 2016 (Updated 09/21/16)Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway Due to Growing Discontent in City
In front of Oakland City Hall on July 11, Leigh Davenport of the Anti Police-Terror Project announced community activists' intention to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf. Primary among the concerns cited as cause for Schaaf's removal from office are her failures: 1) to address the massive displacement of long-time Oakland residents; 2) to support local youth and job centers; and 3) to hold Oakland police accountable for corruption, sexual exploitation, and those they've killed. “The level of discontent is high in the City of Oakland," notes Cat Brooks.
Fri Jul 22 2016 (Updated 07/23/16)Oil Train Opponents Demonstrate in Cities Across the Country
Fri Jul 22 2016 (Updated 07/23/16)Sacramento Activists Hold Vigil to Remember 47 Killed in Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster
On July 6, activists in Sacramento held a vigil memorializing the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster three years ago. The Sacramento Oil Trains Coalition, including 350 Sacramento, ANSWER, Sac Activist School, and STAND, organized the event. The Central Valley rally and vigil was one of over 40 actions the same week across the U.S. demanding a halt to plans to run these explosive “bomb trains,” carrying fracked Bakken crude oil from South Dakota, through cities across the nation.
Fri Jul 22 2016California Monarch Butterflies Sites in Need of Protection
A report released on July 8 by the Xerces Society shows a sharp two-decade decline in the number of monarchs which overwinter along the California coast. A comparison of the average number of butterflies overwintering in California during the periods 1997–2001 and 2010–2014 shows a decline of 74 percent, a figure that is comparable to declines documented at monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Listed sites span the monarch’s overwintering range along the Pacific coast and the East Bay of San Francisco
Mon Jul 18 2016 (Updated 09/21/16)Call Goes Out to Let Oaklanders Vote on a Strong Police Accountability Measure
Mon Jul 18 2016 (Updated 09/21/16)New Oakland Police Commission Ballot Measure to Take Its Final Form in City Council Vote
UPDATE: The City Council voted to put the Police Commission on the ballot (now known as Measure LL), but went with the weakest language for any elements of the proposal that faced opposition from police, labor unions, or the mayor.
A November 2016 ballot measure for a new Oakland Police Commission was expected to be finalized and approved by the Oakland City Council at their meeting on July 19. Instead, it will be July 26. The measure, originally proposed by the Coalition for Police Accountability and since taken up by the City Council, continues to be watered down and faces new threats from the City Attorney and the Oakland Police Officers' Association (OPOA). Community groups are calling for Oakland residents to turn out in large numbers at City Hall to stand up and demand strong police accountability.
Tue Jul 12 2016 (Updated 07/18/16)New Wave of Black Lives Matter Protests Nationwide
Tue Jul 12 2016 (Updated 07/18/16)Police Murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Two Days Stir Renewed Resistance
The back to back caught-on-video police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 5 and Philando Castile in St. Paul on July 6 kicked off a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The people of Baton Rouge and St. Paul have been protesting daily since the killings. Solidarity actions have been held in cities across the country and internationally. Communities have staged rallies, marches, and vigils across Northern California as well. Multiple demonstrations have been held in Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Watsonville.
Mon Jul 11 2016 (Updated 07/21/16)Justice for Teo: Rally and March in Newark
Mon Jul 11 2016 (Updated 07/21/16)De-Militarize the Newark Police Department and Get Justice for Teo Valencia Jr
Justice for Teo writes: Please, join us [on July 14] in a peaceful-family friendly vigil/rally and march for our Brother Teodoro Valencia Jr.. Teo was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. On March 11, 2016 Teo was wrongfully killed by the Newark Police Department. He was shot intentionally in the back with an AR-15 assault rifle. Our family's goals are to bring justice for Teo, as well as truth and light to the darkness that the police have been using to mislead and oppress our community.
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11AM Saturday Oct 29 Ecology Center Grand Re-Opening
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3PM Sunday Oct 30 Occupy Oakland Community Feed
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Resolution to Support Berkeley Teacher and Civil Rights Activist Yvette Felarca Wednesday Oct 26th 4:14 AM
Renters' groups file FPPC complaint against landlord lobby's deceptive mailers Tuesday Oct 25th 12:11 PM
Defend Anti-Fascist Teacher Yvette Felarca at Berkelely School Board Tuesday Oct 25th 2:40 AM
Skyrocketing rents reveal need for strong rent control protections Monday Oct 24th 9:44 PM
Davey D Panel Interview on Art and Activism — Black Panther Party Anniversary Special Monday Oct 24th 9:16 PM
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People's Block Party Supplants Oakland Police Copaganda Effort, Saves Home (1 comment) Saturday Oct 22nd 10:37 PM
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