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Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble The Indymedia (Independent Media Center) project started in late November of 1999, to allow participants in the anti-globalization movement to report on the protests against the WTO meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington, and to act as an alternative media source. By 2002, there were 89 local IMCs around the world spread between 31 countries (plus the West Bank) and 6 continents. By January 2006, the Indymedia network had grown to over 150 Indymedia outlets around the world.

The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, commonly known as Indybay, started in 2000. One early Indybay project was a page exposing bad landlords. Another event that helped pull in many early Indybay volunteers was the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Conference that took place in September 2000 in San Francisco. Indybay soon broadened its coverage. Local labor struggles, forest activism in Northern California, and police brutality were quickly a focus of the early site.

Read More Indymedia and Indybay History | pdfInterview With Jeff Perlstein About Indymedia's Founding (PDF)

Previous Related Indybay Features and Stories: Indybay Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary with Media Conference and Party in Oakland | LA Indymedia 10-Year Anniversary: "Troublemaking: The Worst and Best of Indybay" | LA Indymedia Celebrates 10 years | Los Angeles Indymedia Celebrates a Decade of Media Activism | Los Angeles IMC 10th Anniversary Party!
Bay Area Shuts It Down for Mike Brown After No Indictment for Darren Wilson As expected, the grand jury tasked with determining if there was enough evidence for charging Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown determined that there wasn’t probable cause. That night, on November 24, people in Ferguson and across the country began to rise up for Mike Brown and shut down freeways, city streets, and more. Protests continued throughout the week, culminating on the annual Black Friday shopping day and continuing into the weekend.

In Ferguson on the first night after the verdict was announced, two police cars were burned as well as a number of local businesses. Major protests demanding justice and shutting down interstate freeways were held that night and throughout the week in Los Angeles, Portland, Minneapolis, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Miami, and numerous other cities across the U.S.

Oakland: On the first night, over 1000 people marched from Oscar Grant plaza at 14th & Broadway. The I-580 freeway was shut down for over two hours and rowdy protests continued downtown late into the night, with fires set in the streets and several businesses broken into. Street protests in Oakland continued over the next several days, with Oakland police headquarters targeted several times, with one march making its way to the edge of Berkeley and Emeryville. Over 150 people have been arrested. On Black Friday, activists locked themselves to each other and a BART train, effectively blocking all BART trains from transporting consumers to San Francisco. Fourteen people were arrested and released later in the day.
calendarDec 5: March and Noise Demo to Support the Revolt! FTP! | calendarDec 1: Court Support & Picket for Brave Fighters Who Shut Down BART and Freeways | photoBlackout Collective Shuts Down Black Friday BART Trains to San Francisco | photoBlack Lives Matter! BART Shut Down On Black Friday To Protest Brown Murder & Gentrification | calendarNext Day After Ferguson Demonstratration! | videoOakland stands in solidarity with Ferguson | photoOakland Stands Up for Mike Brown | photoLove 4 Ferguson/Fuck the Police on RCA squat in Oakland | photoOakland Shuts It Down for Mike Brown After No Indictment for Darren Wilson | calendarFuck The Police: Oakland Demonstration After Darren Wilson Verdict

San Francisco: Protests happened throughout the week, with the first in the Mission District on November 24 and the largest on November 28, Black Friday, disrupting downtown shopping areas such as Westfield Centre, Union Square, and multiple stores as the march passed. Nearly 70 people were arrested.
calendarDec 6: SF Town Hall Meeting-From Ferguson to San Francisco: The "Militarization of the Police” | Downtown SF Largely Shut Down on Black Friday Night | photoBlack Friday march in SF shuts down Union Square | “video”Traffic barricade to the face | calendarSF Black Friday March for Michael Brown & Alex Nieto | photoPics from protest over Racist Cops in SF | SF Takes to the Streets To Protest Racist Murders | calendarProtest: Another killer cop walks free! Justice for Mike Brown!

Santa Cruz: On November 25, a wide variety of community members in Santa Cruz came together at the Town Clock and marched to the Santa Cruz Police Department. “video”photoFerguson "Day After" Gathering in Santa Cruz

San Jose: On November 30, a demonstration shut down traffic in and around "Christmas in the Park" in the downtown area. photoFrom Palestine to Ferguson

Berkeley: calendarDec 6: From Ferguson To Ayotzinapa: March Against State Violence

See Also: photoCamover Attack in West Oakland | photoFerguson Photos By Jessie S.with Interview | Details Murky in Officer Involved Shooting in Seaside | calendarMike Brown's Murder Subject of This Week's PEACE Vigil

Previous Related Indybay Features: Protests in Support of Justice for Michael Brown Erupt All Over the World | Rebellion in Ferguson Over Murder of Michael Brown
Santa Cruz City Council Member Micah Posner writes: Deputy Chief Steve Clark labeled Santa Cruz City Council candidate Leonie Sherman an "anarchist" on the evening news due to the fact that she hung a banner at the WTO protest 15 years ago. The courage and conviction that she displayed as part of this non-violent protest are just some of the reasons why Sherman will be an excellent City Councilmember.
"Colosseum City: The Pillaging of Oakland" EastWest writes: Just so you don’t get it twisted, we want to let you know the facts about the new Colosseum Area Specific Plan. It is being financed with money from HayaH Holdings in Dubai and Colony Capital LLC in Los Angeles. Both of these groups tried unsuccessfully to buy out the Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the entertainment complex around the LA Staples Center. Now, these groups are able to bring that same vision to Oakland. With help from Mayor Quan and the other good old boys, this development promises to completely transform East Oakland and start a process of gentrification worse than anything seen in West Oakland. They wish to call their new development Colosseum City.

Rashid al Malik, the CEO of HayaH Holding, summed up the vision of this project very simply for the press. He told them: “We share the city of Oakland’s and Mayor Quan’s long-stated vision to transform the Coliseum site and create a larger district surrounding it with a new economic base.” This is what they mean to do, in their own words. And based on the existing plan diagrams, it appears that this new economic base will be created out of tech company offices and their corresponding luxury housing. Just as it has happened in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and San Francisco, this entire area will become the exclusive domain of an imported tech-worker population. A minority of the housing in this new district will be low income, and any improvement of the nearby transit hubs will be for the new residents.

Because most of this land is on the western side of the 880 freeway, it is sealed off from the rest of the Deep East by the Colosseum parking lot and the warehouses surrounding Walmart. The BART station will be the center of activity for most of the new housing, but an exclusive minority of this housing will be built along the Lion Creek estuary. With its grand views of the bay, this luxury housing will cater to millionaires and the super-rich.

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Previous Related Indybay Feature: Oakland's Proposal for Massive Influx of New West Oakland Residents
SF Demonstration in Solidarity with Kobane and Rojava Revolution Members of the Kurdish diaspora in the Bay Area joined local anarchists on October 11 for a demonstration in solidarity with the Rojava Revolution and the Kurdish resistance in Kobane fighting off a brutal siege by ISIS. Over 50 people took over Powell and Market in San Francisco with banners and thousands of leaflets throughout the afternoon.

Kurdish fighters part of the YPG and the all women YPJ units have managed to hold their own during a month-long siege despite suffering heavy casualties and fighting with outdated weapons compared with the advanced US-made weapons used by ISIS. They are calling for the border with Turkey to be opened so that they can resupply and re arm to effectively fight off ISIS and defend their revolution. The Rojava Revolution in Northern Syria has created an autonomous multi-ethnic enclave in Northern Syria founded on anti-state, anti-patriarchal and ecological principles. It is now under attack from many sides by ISIS and the fight for the border town of Kobane has become a crucial battle.

The Turkish state has been allowing ISIS to cross it’s borders freely and has helped them resupply and rearm for numerous years. Yet it is threatened by the prospects of the Rojava Revolution expanding and is thus preventing the YPG and YPJ from doing the same. Much of Turkey’s south east is now in open insurrection against the Turkish state and in support of the Kobane resistance. Anarchists and other radicals have joined this struggle spreading it to the streets of Istanbul and beyond.

photoRead More | photoKobanê Solidarity Graffiti in West Oakland | calendarDefend the Kobanê Resistance! announcment

See Also: Turkey agrees to allow Peshmerga from Iraq into Kobane | DAF Anarchists report from Kobane (Oct 9) after 24 days of ISIS attacks | Call to Donate Medical Aid to Kobane | ISIS using captured Iraqi chemical weapons on Kobani in its desperation to take the town | ISIS: Genocidal Jihad Made in the USA; U.S. Out of Syria and Iraq! | David Graeber on Rojava Revolution - Spanish Civil War of our age? | In the Rubble of US Imperialism: Why the US isn't helping Syrian kurds | Turkish anarchists join the fight to save Kobane from ISIS; updates from Kobane
Privatization of Public Resources Confronted with Sit-In at UC Berkeley Campus Uniting students, workers, community members, and veterans of the Free Speech Movement, Cal Progressive Coalition (CPC) led a surprise sit-in at Capital Projects following the rally for the 50th Anniversary of the birth of the Free Speech Movement. Capital Projects is the real estate arm of the University of California Berkeley that is actively privatizing public resources, such as in their proposed commercial development of the historic Gill Tract Farm. The CPC action sparked dialogue across campus on how the UC continues to silence students through the privatization of the public university and increasingly militarized police violence.

The sit-in lasted through six hours of negotiation amidst speeches and chants that could be heard across central campus. Students, community members, and FSM veterans emerged from Capital Projects around 7pm calling victory on their first two short-term demands: a meeting with Chancellor Dirks and a signed commitment for documents that Capital Projects promised to share in May.

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See also: videoMario Savio's Historic Call to Action in Berkeley, December 2nd, 1964
On August 22, another energetic parade was held in support of the final four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants, who are still facing criminal charges in relation to the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street. Wells Fargo is the so-called plaintiff in the case. Though defendants argued in court District Attorney Bob Lee should be recused from the case, due to his financial relationship with the bank, Santa Cruz judge Stephen Seigel on August 27 denied their motions and set a new trial date of July 27, 2015.
The Santa Cruz Police Department announced they will be partnering with 7-Eleven stores to launch "Operation Chill," which is code for a program that attempts to affect the behavior of kids, and change their perception of the police department, by bribing them with coupons for free slurpees. According to police, since its inception in 1995, police departments have issued more than 12.5 million coupons,or “tickets” to kids in communities throughout the country.
Seniors, union workers and community supporters stopped tech company buses on August 1 at 24th and Valencia Streets to protest the epidemic of evictions caused by the City of San Francisco, which has allowed tech buses to bring thousands of Silicon Valley workers to the City, pushing up prices and evictions.
Occupy Google Demands Dialogue, Gets Arrested On the afternoon of June 24, a group of activists set up tents and banners in front of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, announcing their protest online at OccupyGoogle.org. The protester’s demanded that Google engage in a conversation about what the company should be doing in the fight for Net Neutrality. The activists claim Google could be doing a lot more, and started the camp-out to apply pressure.

Here’s how Occupy Google explains their reasoning: Though Google and other major companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Microsoft have come out in support of preserving a free and open web, we believe much more can be done. Though many of us have concerns about the larger implications of Google’s effect on the world, as far as surveillance and ties to military technology, we are not here to protest Google. Google, with its immense power, has a social responsibility to uphold the values of the internet. We encourage Google to engage in a serious, honest dialogue on the issue of net neutrality and to stand with us in support of an internet that is free from censorship, discrimination, and access fees.

Late in the night, ten activists, including a journalist who was livestreaming the event, were arrested for trespassing.

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See Also: tires slashed on google shopping express truck in Mission District | Check this out, a Google GlassHole Party
After a court hearing on June 3, the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's office faces disqualification and the remaining four Santa Cruz Eleven defendants are left without a trial date. The case continues to cost tax payers thousands, and the defendants continue to fight the charges. Their attorneys have filed a motion to recuse the Santa Cruz District Attorney's office from the case based on bias stemming from DA Bob Lee's financial relationship to the "victim" of the case Wells Fargo.
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