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Called organismo modificado genéticamente or organismo transgénico in Spanish, genetically modified organisms (GMO) were the topic of the day on October 12, in conjunction with a global day of action. Members of La Defensa del Maiz San José gathered in front of San Jose City Hall to protest Monsanto's corporate control of food.
The National Lawyers Guild and Prison Radio will present two films on repression and resistance on Saturday, October 19
at the The New Parkway Theater in Oakland. The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza
is a short documentary about how the City of Oakland and its police tried to shut down the budding "Occupy Wall Street" movement, turning downtown Oakland into a teargas-filled war zone and injuring numerous people. Manufacturing Guilt
takes on Abu-Jamal's contentious case, distilling a mountain of evidence and years of oft-repeated falsehoods which illustrate a clear and conscious effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal for murder.
The Gill Tract in Albany has been a battleground in recent years as the University of California's development plans have met repeated resistance from Occupy the Farm and others fighting for land sovereignty. The tract was first occupied and farmed in 2012, providing hundreds of pounds of free produce to local communities. This year, in the space of nine days in May, occupiers broke ground, establishing a new urban farm, and replanted the field twice. Each time the UC police ploughed over the seedlings. Currently, Occupy the Farm is launching a pressure campaign against Sprouts Farmers Market, a supermarket chain looking to build on the land.
Exploding corrections budgets have forced states to enact bi-partisan criminal justice reforms to reduce their prison populations. The U.S. prison population peaked in 2009. Since then, states across the country have closed prisons due to excess capacity and generational low crime rates.
Faced with empty beds, demand concerns, and a bleak outlook, a report released by Anonymous on July 9 details why the hactivist group expects Corrections Corporation of America’s earnings to get smacked under the weight of current and future contract losses. CCA is a publicly-traded prison operator with a history of horrendous prison conditions and human rights abuses.
"The damage these reforms are causing CCA is obvious. For example, CCA has halted a major construction project, is experiencing a glut of empty beds, and is expected to report its first-ever annual revenue decline this year. In fact, a number of CCA’s customers are terminating some or all of their contracts with the Company. Notably, California which represents 12.2% of CCA’s revenue base is expected to cancel all its contracts with the Company in the next few years."
Read More with a PDF of the Report
Since early November 2012, foreclosure defense activists have worked to protect Jodie Randolph from being evicted by Morgan-Stanley, keeping Jodie in her Alameda home by maintaining a vigil on the premises and demonstrating at Morgan-Stanley's San Francisco offices.
The Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group writes:
Our member and friend, Jodie Randolph has won one battle and lost another. As many of you know, Jodie was not only fighting for her home but fighting against cancer. Early Saturday morning that fight ended when Jodie passed away. We will announce details for the memorial service as we get them.
But in these last months, she knew though that together we had won the fight for her home. After 8 months of defending the home and fighting Morgan-Stanley, we have won on every demand and have signed paperwork securing the house. Even though the home now passes to her family, the deal stands … and indeed stands as testament to her fierce fighting spirit.
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Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group
Movie Night at #defendjodie's. Support Eviction Defense!
Day 100! And Jodie is Still In Her House!
#DefendJodie. “A Terrific Initial Victory for People’s Action.”
Foreclosure Defense Movie Night: Cinema Paradiso
#defendJodie: Canvass, Movie Night, Upcoming Phone Blast
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Movie Night/Support Jodie Randolph's Home Defense
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Twelve people injured by the Oakland police department during Occupy Oakland demonstrations have settled a federal civil rights lawsuit with the city of Oakland for a total of $1.17 million. The physical injuries came as a result of OPD's violent response to Occupy Oakland on October 25 and November 2, 2011. Plaintiffs to receive compensation for injuries include David Morse, a long-time member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay).
The settlement in the Campbell vs. City of Oakland case comes on the heals of another $1 million settlement still pending final approval, Spalding vs. City of Oakland
. As a result of both cases, OPD has agreed to allow the federal court to enforce OPD's compliance with its own crowd control policy and to negotiate with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) before making any changes to the policy. The control policy prohibits police from shooting "less lethal" impact munitions or tossing explosive teargas grenades into crowds, and prohibits mass arrests without warning or opportunity to disperse.
"These settlements are an important victory for democracy,” said Bobbie Stein, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys. ”We are hopeful that with these settlements, and the reform process under the watch of the new Compliance Director, we will achieve a culture shift in the Oakland Police Department and end the brutalization and wrongful arrests of activists and people of color in Oakland. While we remain optimistic, we are mindful of the 10-year history of broken promises, and we will be watching carefully and ready to take further action if necessary."
Videos of OPD Violence Reveal Serious Problems that Led to $1 Million Occupy Oakland Settlement |
National Lawyers Guild press release |
The Stories of the Twelve Campbell Plaintiffs in the NLG's Occupy Oakland Civil Rights Lawsuit
Previous Related Indybay Features:
ACLU and National Lawyers Guild File Suit Against Oakland Police Department |
Indybay Coverage of Occupy Oakland
As daily anti-government protests rocked Istanbul, demonstrators in the Bay Area showed solidarity against Turkish state repression with protests in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, and Oakland, in addition to the establishment of Gezi Gardens in San Francisco.
The protests in Turkey began May 28 at Istanbul's Taksim Gezi Park, against plans to turn the loved and historic city park into a shopping mall. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan brutally attacked the peaceful demonstrators. Protests then erupted in opposition to Erdogan's crackdowns on political freedom, and moves by Erdogan's semi-Islamist government to limit alcohol sales and to outlaw signs of affection in public. The subsequent police violence against the people of Turkey has resulted in a number of casualties and injured thousands.
Organizers of the upcoming Rally for Rights in Santa Cruz state: "It doesn't matter whether the government is led by reactionary Islamists in Turkey, secular social democrats in Brazil, or conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in the U.S., the systems they rule over are the same, and serve only the interests of the 1%."
Berkeley: Stop The Attacks On The People Of Turkey-SF/Berkeley Rallies Against Gov Repression
| Occupy GeziParki Turkey (Solidarity with Turkey)
Occupy Gezi Gardens, San Francisco: San Francisco Police Swarm Gezi Gardens to Prevent Re-Occupation
| Neighbors in San Francisco's D11 join the battle for green space and community
| Hayes Valley Farm Raided by Police (with photo essay)
| Riot Police Raid Gezi Gardens and Evict Tree-Sit; People Prepare to Re-Occupy on Friday
| Gardens being demolished in SF
| Occupation of Gezi Gardens Continues as Hundreds Attend Saturday Event
| Statement of Solidarity of Gezi Gardens and March with the people of Istanbul and Turkey
| Tree Sitters Successfully Turn Away Workers Sent to Cut Trees at former Hayes Valley Farm
| Gezi Gardens Issued Eviction Notice! All Out to Defend Farm for June 8th Festival
| Interview with Ryan Rising at Liberate the Land Occupation in SF
| First Day of Land Liberation Action in San Francisco at new #GeziGardens
Santa Cruz: Confronting Uncle Sam at Rally for Rights
| Rally For Rights followed by Candlelight Vigil
Oakland:Hella Heart Gezi
San Francisco: SF Action To Protest Attack By Turkey's Government On Istanbul's Gezi Park
Palo Alto: Palo Alto No Keystone Project with Occupy Gezi (Solidarity with Turkey)
Statements of Solidarity with the People of Turkey: San Francisco Labor Council Calls For Defense of Labor & the Working People Of Turkey
| Solidarity with #direngeziparki and the people of Turkey
| Anonymous Operation Turkey
Read More on Turkey: Turkey: Epicenter of Police State Violence
| Despite Brutal Crackdown, Protesters Continue to Hold Gezi Park
| Brutal Police Action Takes Taksim Square By Force
| Turkey: Workers Begin General Strike as Protests and Government Repression Continue
| Photographic Evidence: Turkish police are hiding the bodies of their dead victims
| Anti-Government Protests Rock Turkey
| Turkey, Casualties Mount as Corporate Media Blackout Continues
| Despite Brutal Crackdown, Uprising in Turkey Continues
Since 1996 the City of Santa Cruz has distributed unclaimed bicycles to youth in need through nonprofits such as the Bike Church
and Barrios Unidos. Early last year they abruptly ended this program and have given bikes instead to a for-profit business called the Bike Dojo, which should not even be allowed under city code to participate in the program, and which has sold many of the bicycles, also in violation of the Municipal Code. Despite admitting these problems, the city continues to distribute bikes to the Bike Dojo while denying access to the nonprofits that used to participate.
The City began distributing unclaimed bicycles to youth in 1996. For years the program was administered by the Santa Cruz Police Department, sometimes very successfully, while other times only intermittently or not at all. In 2008 distributions had stopped entirely and usable bikes were being sent instead to the landfill. At that time the Bike Church—a nonprofit repair shop and recycling center—stepped in, offering to help manage the program. Under the Bike Church's management and for all years prior, City bicycle distributions were open to all interested nonprofits and public agencies.
Youth and bicycle advocates are calling on the City to immediately reinstate the distribution of unclaimed bicycles for free to youth through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, as required by the Municipal Code.
Read More | From 2012: City Ends Successful Bicycle Distribution Program in Secret Back-Room Deal
Four years ago, Tristan Anderson, an Oakland-based human rights activist, was shot in the head with a tear gas canister by Israeli military police. On March 13th, on the anniversary of Tristan's injury, dozens gathered in Oscar Grant Plaza to celebrate Global Resistance Day. Global Resistance Day honors Tristan and all who have transcended borders and risked their lives to resist tyranny.
As part of the festivities, a cardboard effigy symbolizing the walls and fences of Israeli Apartheid was ripped apart by the crowd. Later, Tristan and some friends sang "The Flag is Just a Rag," an anthem of Global Resistance Day. Sarah Shourd, one of the three hikers held hostage in Iran from 2009-2011, spoke about her experience living with Palestinian refugees in Syria. Food Not Bombs brought a feast of freegan treats and footage was shown from resistance movements around the world.
Friends and family of Tristan Anderson announced that they will soon go to Israel to press charges against the Israeli police on Tristan's behalf.
Related Indybay Features: Tristan Anderson Challenges Israeli Military in Jerusalem Court for 2009 Attack in Ni'ilin |
Oakland CA Resident Tristan Anderson Critically Injured by IDF Tear Gas Canister in Ni'lin
Motions to dismiss trespass and felony vandalism charges against four individuals charged in association with the 75 River Street bank occupation in Santa Cruz were denied by Judge Timothy Volkmann on March 11. Gabriella Ripley-Phipps, Franklin Alcantara, Brent Adams, and Cameron Laurendau have a trial date set for May, but that date will most likely be changed due to a case conflict with one of the defense attorneys.
Judge Volkmann agreed with the previous ruling by Judge Burdick in January that there was enough evidence to hold the four for trial on trespass charges, stressing there was a, "relatively low threshold for holding an individual over for trial."
"I don't see direct evidence of vandalism," Volkmann stated, but he agreed with Burdick that the four were still to be held accountable for felony vandalism charges under an aiding and abetting legal theory that maintains the damage to the building was a reasonably foreseeable result of the trespass.
Read More and View Photos | Santa Cruz Eleven: The Final Four Demand Dismissal of Charges | Support the Santa Cruz Eleven
Previous Coverage: Santa Cruz Eleven Down to Four
| Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
Two squats located in Oakland are facing eviction in the coming weeks. The Stayaway, located in the Highland neighborhood of East Oakland, received a "Notice to Vacate" for this Wednesday, February 13th. The RCA/Hot Mess compound, located in North Oakland, has been fighting eviction through court proceedings, but organizers believe eviction orders will be coming in the next week. Many of those organizing defense for the squats believe that "both spaces could face raids on or before Valentine's Day."
Some Oakland Anarchists write
: "And once again, the need for action and for offense rises in our hearts. The calls for passivity and obedience ring hollower each day, as building by building our autonomous experiments collapse at the intervention of the Police or the County Pigs. We are forced to look at the escalating repression of squatters and autonomous spaces from within the situation, as new partisans in a social war of evolving terrain....
"The forces of Capital and Order have been chopping the Bay up like a pie, each slice more lucrative than the next. Hot Mess/RCA stands as a bulwark of autonomy amidst a West Oakland landscape that is rapidly transforming into posh condos and shops for the petit-bourgoise of San Francisco's commuter class."
Communiqué on The Squatting Struggle in Oakland
On Friday, February 8th, one hundred anti-repression activists
gathered at the pre-trial motions hearing of the Anti-colonial, Anti-capitalist 19 (ACAC 19). Members of the ACAC 19 support committee write:"A long line of supporters and defendants slowly filed through the metal detectors. The officers turned off the second metal detector, making the line move so slowly that the hearing was over before many people, and even some defendants, were through the line."
The newly-appointed judge of the trial moved to extend the deadline of pre-trial motions to Tuesday, March 29th at 9 AM. The ACAC 19 Support Committee asks that activists once again pack the courtroom for the next pre-trial hearing.
Feb 7th update:
On Friday, February 8th members of the anti-colonial, anti-capitalist 19 (ACAC 19)
head to court for the final motions in the pre-trial hearing stemming from arrests made on October 6th in San Francisco as activists marched against Columbus Day, colonialism, empire, and Fleet Week. Those facing charges by the SF D.A.'s office were beaten, arrested
and subsequently smeared by local newspapers and TV outlets. Two of the defendants have been harassed repeatedly within their communities.The ACAC 19 Support Committee writes: After being released from jail, two defendants found threatening leaflets in their neighborhood with their home addresses and photos printed on them. At least one member of the ACAC 19 has also experienced continued police harassment at his workplace. In early December, two defendants received word that their Twitter accounts had been subpoenaed, evidence that the SFPD is using the case to map and surveil radical political networks in the Bay area. In the wake of a year of rebellious and militant political activity across the country, we see this as one of many attempts to harass, intimidate, and control radical movements."
The Support Committee is asking the community to pack the courts
and call-in to the SF District Attorney's office
to support those facing charges. Final motions will take place at 12:30pm on Friday, February 8th at the San Francisco courthouse located at 850 Bryant.
ACAC 19 Hearing: No Justice Here
Support the ACAC 19! Pack the Courtroom
National Call-in Day in support of the ACAC19
SFPD subpoenas organizers’ Twitter accounts
Support the ACAC 19 websitePrevious coverage of the October 6th march:
Anti-Columbus Day Arrestees Face Charges
Telling the Truth May be More Radical than Smashing Windows