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Independent truckers staged a job action that slowed work at the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, November 27. It was the truckers' third job action since August. The Port of Oakland Truckers Association (POTA) called for a strike at Stevedoring Services of America's terminal, one of the largest and busiest at the Port. In a press release, POTA said the strike was “in protest of unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices by terminal owners and Port of Oakland management.“ Picketers began gathering in the darkness before 5am. About a hundred independent truckers, many sporting their POTA shirts, were joined by at least that many community and labor supporters at the entrances to the SSA terminal.
One picket sign read, “Don't make Truckers Pay the Bill,” another said,“CARB Extend the Deadline.” They are references to the California Air Resources Board's regulation that requires all truck engines manufactured before 2007 to be upgraded to meet air quality standards. One trucker estimated the cost of the required upgrades at between $60,000 and $80,000 per truck and said many truck drivers can't afford it. With trucking dispatch companies and the Port making huge profits, truckers say these wealthy institutions should pay for the upgrades, not them.
POTA reported, “Primary pickets were set up at the four SSA terminal gates beginning at 5am, but due to violent police action, lines began migrating between gates to prevent arrest and detainment of picketers. At least one person picketing was struck by the vehicle of a terminal employee crossing the picket line, and as of 10:30am, there were 5 arrests. Those arrested were cited and released. One police officer was injured when a car crossing the truckers’ picket line ran over his foot.”
Independent Truckers Make Their Voices Heard: Third Recent Job Action at Port of Oakland |
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Port of Oakland Truckers Association (POTA)
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Port Of Oakland Truckers Shut Down Multiple Terminals, Deputies Ordered to Break Pickets (Oct 2013)
Steve Schnaar writes:
"The Santa Cruz Public Safety Task Force has completed their work and is presenting their recommendations to City Council on Tuesday, December 3rd at 7pm. The recommendations include some positive, proven ideas like funding drug treatment and after-school youth programs. However the report also recommends ideas which are not evidence-based, such as misdemeanor charges for multiple infractions, restricting the needle exchange program, and increasing the size of the police force based on sloppy statistics."
In March of 2013, the city of Oakland signed a contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for design and construction of the first of two phases of a city-wide surveillance system called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC. The basic infrastructure to link up cameras and sensors with servers running powerful software, hosted in several command rooms at the Port and in the city’s Emergency Operations Center, is now mostly complete.
Oakland’s DAC surveillance system is not yet fully up and running, however, until Phase 2 work is completed. In July of 2013, against an outpouring of public protest against building the spy center, the Oakland city council unanimously approved a contract modification for SAIC to complete Phase 2.
Since then, the Oakland city council learned that its prime contractor for the project is involved in the U.S. nuclear weapons program, a fact that violates Measure T, a city voter proposition that makes Oakland a nuclear free zone. Oakland paused work on the project, and in October the city council authorized its administration to drop SAIC and return to the original pool of vendors who responded to the city’s first request for proposals issued a year ago. It appears, however, that SAIC’s ties to nuclear weapons aren’t unusual inside the industry that sells mass surveillance systems. Many of the contractors that specialize in building giant surveillance systems like the DAC also have nuclear weapons and other arms manufacturing contracts with the Pentagon.
Despite a second outpouring of public comment against the DAC at the November 19 Oakland City Council meeting, as well as the ongoing controversy with contractors, council members voted 6-1 to continue with the city-wide surveillance project, with councilmember Lynette McElhaney casting the lone "no" vote. At about 1am, as chants of "shame, shame, shame" rang out when votes were tallied, Oakland police were ordered to clear members of the public from the council's chamber.
Read Full Article by Darwin BondGraham
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Oakland Surveillance Center Approved in City Vote Amid Debate on Privacy & Data Collection
Andy Lopez was killed by Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22. In a press release issued later that day, deputies claimed they first observed Andy walking with "what appeared to be some type of a rifle." After the scene was "secured”, deputies say they "learned" that the rifle was a replica of an assault weapon.
On October 28, the friends and family of Andy Lopez held a Rosario for the 13-year-old at the location where he was killed by a Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa. Approximately 150 people were in attendance at the Rosario. One community member at the Rosario handed out a flier calling the killing an assassination, saying Andy was profiled, hunted, and then killed like prey by an impulsive sheriff. The flier also questions whether partner agencies are covering up the truth in the case.
On October 29, hundreds of community members in support of justice for Andy Lopez marched from Old Court House Square in Santa Rosa to the Sonoma County Sheriff's department. Before arriving at the Sheriff's department, demonstrators stopped at Santa Rosa Junior College for a short rally. A second march and rally were held on October 30.
On November 5, a “Jailhouse for Gelhaus” march met at the Old Court House Square and headed to the Sonoma County District Attorney's office to press their demand for justice. Community members declare they have but one demand: “We demand Erick Gelhaus be immediately fired, arrested, and Indicted for the Murder of Andy Lopez.” On November 9, events were held for a national day of protest for Andy.
Jailhouse for Gelhaus March |
CA Police Brutality Coalition Calls Andy Lopez Killing 'Police Terrorism' |
Family of Andy Lopez Files Lawsuit Against Deputy Erick Gelhaus and County of Sonoma |
Unity March for Andy Lopez Unites Diverse Communities in Santa Rosa |
National Day Of Protest For Andy Lopez/Día Nacional de Protesta para Andy Lopez (11/9) |
Jailhouse for Gelhaus/Carcel Para Gelhaus (11/5) |
2014 California Gubernatorial Candidate Demands Indictment of Santa Rosa Deputy |
La tía de Andy Lopez en el centro de Santa Rosa |
March for Andy Lopez (10/29 part 2, videos) |
March for Andy Lopez |
Justice Now! Unity March & Vigil for Andy Lopez (10/30) |
March for Andy Lopez (10/29) |
Rosario for Andy Lopez
On the morning of October 22nd
, supporters and members of some 50 families of those executed by California police will converge on Sacramento as part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. They will demand an end to police violence from California Attorney General Kamala Harris. They will demand proper investigations into their loved ones' deaths — not whitewashes performed by police investigating themselves and District Attorneys refusing to thoroughly investigate the police.
The event is being organized across multiple channels, including families of victims, The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
, and Anonymous. One of the key organizing groups is the Duenez family and supporters. Ernesto Duenez Jr. was gunned down on June 8, 2011, in Manteca, California, in what many have called a police execution. John Moody, who killed Duenez, was cleared of the shooting of Ernesto Duenez Jr. on December 13, 2012 by the county District Attorney, just a day before the police video of the incident was released to the public. And so, with essentially no check, police murders and assaults continue; the ranks of those killed are added to in the United States at an unparalleled pace.
After the rally In Sacramento, there will be another in Oakland at 2:30pm
at 73rd and International Blvd. and one at 4:30pm
at the Fruitvale BART Station. There will also be events held
in Fresno, Hayward, Redding, Los Angeles, San Diego, and other cities in California and across the United States.
Read More |
Oakland events |
October 22nd Coalition list of events
On September 18, Greenpeace activists protesting Arctic oil drilling attempted to climb and establish themselves on the outside of a Russian company's oil platform. The Russian Coast Guard responded by threatening activists at gun point and seizing control of the Greenpeace ship and all who were aboard. A Russian court has now charged twenty-eight Greenpeace International activists and two journalists with piracy. A global day of solidarity with the jailed activists was held on October 5, with tens of thousands of people participating in more than 200 events throughout the world.
The National Lawyers Guild and Prison Radio will present two films on repression and resistance at 3pm on Saturday, October 19
at the The New Parkway Theater in Oakland:
The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza
is a short documentary by Jacob Crawford 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. Police video obtained in discovery in the National Lawyers Guild's successful lawsuit and interviews with activists and journalists about their experiences, tell the real story of the disastrous Fall 2011 police actions that pushed the troubled OPD to the brink of federal receivership. The film was co-produced by Dave Id of Indybay.org.
is a short film that appears as a Bonus Feature on the DVD Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary
. The short takes on the colossus of Abu-Jamal's contentious case, distilling a mountain of evidence and years of oft-repeated falsehoods to the most fundamental elements of police and prosecutorial misconduct that illustrate a clear and conscious effort to frame Mumia Abu-Jamal for the murder of patrolman Daniel Faulkner.
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Over sixty long-time residents of the former landfill known as the Albany Bulb are facing eviction as early as this month. For decades, however, the Bulb has been a safe place for those in the East Bay without traditional housing to make a home. The land also serves as a free-flowing, open-air art museum featuring the works of numerous artists. Bulb residents and artists have long co-existed with recreational users. Nevertheless, the Sierra Club and Citizens for an East Shore State Park have pressured the Albany City Council to take action to remove those who live at the Bulb and declare the land "recreation only." This is despite the fact that the City of Albany provides absolutely no homeless services whatsoever. After having lived quietly at the Bulb for years, residents are now organizing and taking action to raise awareness of their plight and fight impending eviction.
On October 2, a solidarity campout was held at the Albany Bulb to support residents and strategize together for future actions in defense of the land as one of, if not the only, free and open spaces remaining in the Bay Area.
On October 7, residents of the Albany Bulb and local community members rallied outside Albany City Council's bi-monthly meeting and spoke during the public comment section in defense of the Bulb. The gathering then left the meeting and marched down Solano Avenue to set up a one-night encampment, demonstrating what the thoroughfare will look like if the Bulb’s 60-plus residents are evicted from their homes.
Allies Camp on Solano Avenue to Protest Impending Bulb Eviction |
Rally to Save Albany Bulb! MARCH and CAMPOUT on SOLANO AVE!
Share the Bulb video
Albany Bulb Solidarity Campout, 10/2/13
Solidarity Camp-Out at Albany Bulb
Stop the Bulb Eviction!
Reportback from the 9/28 Gathering at the Albany Bulb
Save the Albany Bulb with Blackbird Raum!
Community Gathering to Save Albany Bulb with Live Music!
Discussion and Film showing on Albany Bulb
On August 28, the trial date for those charged in association with the 2011 occupation of the vacant bank building located at 75 River Street in Santa Cruz was pushed back yet again. The four remaining defendants found out they will now face trial on March 3, 2014
. More than 300 people crossed the threshold of the building in the course of the three day occupation which occurred during the height of the Occupy movement in November and December of 2011. Authorities claim there was thousands of dollars in damages to the building, and eventually eleven people who were dubbed the Santa Cruz Eleven by supporters would each be charged with two separate felonies and two discrete trespassing charges. Seven of the Eleven had all of their charges dismissed by the summer of 2012.
At a pre-trial hearing on August 16, 2013, Santa Cruz Judge Paul Burdick asked the prosecution if the “people” thought it necessary to go forward with the cases, given the profound expense it would cost considering that the damage amount to the building was only $20,000. The assistant district attorney stated that the “community” he is hearing from does want to see a jury trial. After a hearing to assess scheduling conflicts on August 28, a new trial date was set for March 3, with a readiness hearing scheduled for February 27.
Brent Adams writes:
"There has been a plea offer made to us but we’re not budging. Why would I plead guilty for shit I didn’t do? I was there on principle in the first place so I’m not about to take the easy path out just because I’m fearing jail time."
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Previous Coverage: Santa Cruz Eleven Down to Four
|| Vacant Bank Occupied in Santa Cruz
On August 6
, San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin held a rally at San Jose City Hall, followed by a march downtown where the group circled the federal building. San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin is "a local mass multi-issue campaign made up of San Jose and larger Silicon Valley community members acting in support of the larger Movement of Justice for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander."
San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin has adapted the following Demands from Justice 4 Trayvon Martin, Los Angeles: Federal Charges against Zimmerman; FREE Marissa Alexander; No More New Jail and Prison Construction; End Gang Injunctions & Database; and Community Control Over All Law Enforcement With an Elected Civilian Review Board.
It was announced that the next big event planned by San Jose Justice for Trayvon Martin will be a town hall meeting held in September.
Read More with Photos and Video | Draft Statement by Justice For Trayvon Martin - San Jose
Previous Coverage: Trayvon Martin Solidarity Demos Sweep Bay Area
12PM Sunday Dec 15
Nudity Ban Protest