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On the heels of a week of protests in the East Bay spurred by the Ferguson grand jury decision, demonstrations escalated when the Eric Garner grand jury decision was announced in New York City. Nightly since December 6, hundreds have taken to the streets of Berkeley to march for justice, shutting down highways along the way. The police have responded aggressively, with hundreds of demonstrators arrested, beaten, and/or injured.
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
Lockdown at U.S. Federal Court to Free Palestinian Community Organizer Rasmea Odeh On November 12, activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee chained themselves to doors of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67-year-old Palestinian community organizer Rasmea Odeh. Other supporters rallied in front of the federal building, condemning what they call a politically motivated trial targeting Odeh because of her role as an outspoken Palestinian leader and activist. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application.

Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit, and many more across the country have held solidarity demonstrations demanding that she be freed. Activists in the Bay Area vow to continue to protest to intensify their efforts until Odeh is released.

photoRead More | calendarFree Rasmea Odeh Now! Oakland Solidarity Rally | calendarFree Rasmea Odeh Now! Oakland Solidarity Night of Music and Food (Nov 14)
Salinas Police have reported that Jaime Garcia, age 35, died after one of their officers tased him during an attempted arrest on Halloween. According to an SPD press release, the five officers involved in the incident were put on administrative leave during the "initital stages" of the investigation. The death of Garcia is the fifth death to occur at the hands of Salinas Police in 2014.
The family of Frank Alvarado was joined by community supporters for a protest at the Salinas Police Department on October 22, which is National Police Brutality Day. Frank Alvarado was killed by Brian Johnson and Scott Sutton of the Salinas Police department on July 10 of this year. Officers with the Salinas Police Department killed four people in 2014. In addition to Frank, they killed Angel Ruiz on March 20, Osman Hernandez on May 9, and Carlos Mejia on May 20.
On October 22, Homeless United for Friendship and Freedom (HUFF) participated in the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization with a demonstration in front of the Santa Cruz Police Department. This week, HUFF announced that after analyzing the citation records of SCPD Community Service Officer B. Barnett, they have found that he has disproportionately targeted homeless people and African-Americans.
Alameda DA Drops Charges Against the "Trayvon 2" Hannibal Abdul Shakur and Tanzeen Doha were arrested during protests during the summer of 2013 in downtown Oakland, after the George Zimmerman verdict was announced, where he was acquitted for the February 26, 2012, murder of Trayvon Martin. At an October 10 pre-trial readiness conference, the Oakland prosecutor finally admitted that they had “insufficient evidence” to go to trial, putting forth a motion to drop the remaining charges. Workers World interviewed Hannibal Shakur about their legal and political victory.

WW: I witnessed the pre-trial hearing last spring for you and Tanzeen, when they were still pressing the felony charges, and from the witnesses your lawyer, Walter Riley, presented, it was obvious that the DA had no case then. The charges were dropped from felonies to misdemeanors by the judge over the prosecutor’s objection, but he insisted on pursuing the charges at that time. Why do you believe he did, despite the clear lack of evidence?

HS: There’s been a lot of pressure on the DA to clamp down on protesters. They’re looking for a scapegoat to make them think organizing marches isn’t worth it. One of the discouragements for corporations to invest in developing these areas is there’s such a history of protests here. It represents an uncertain financial future for corporations who want to come in and advance capitalism.

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See Also: photoHand Off The Trayvon 2 (Trial Starts July 25) | calendarHands off the Trayvon 2! Courtroom Solidarity | audiophotoTowards (A) Communal Cypher Benefit for the Trayvon 2 — June 13: audio & photos | Support the Trayvon 2! | ‘Trayvon 2’ score partial victory | calendarB.R.L.P. KKKourt Watch Solidarity with the Trayvon 2

Previous Related Indybay Features: Trayvon Martin Solidarity Demos Sweep Bay Area (2013) | Trayvon Martin Murder Sparks Anger Across the Country (2012)
On September 23, Native American Tribal members joined environmental groups in a protest on the north end of the Willits Bypass highway project. Protestors entered the construction zone north of town in the early morning hours, stopping the fast and furious flow of dirt-filled, double-belly dump trucks that have been working from dawn to dusk to cover the wetlands and archeological sites the activists seek to protect.
April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse have filed tort claims against the City and County of San Francisco for police brutality that occurred when the Giants called in SFPD to eject Negrette and Bighorse from its June 23, 2014, “Native American Heritage Night” event and game. Ms. Negrette and Mr. Bighorse had peacefully confronted a group of inebriated men who were inappropriately and disrespectfully wearing a plastic counterfeit Native American-themed headdress. The Giants ordered the San Francisco Police to eject Negrette and Bighorse from the stadium, but not the drunken men, most of whom were white.
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