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NLG Plays Pivotal Role in Solitary Confinement Victory - by National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter
After years of struggle, people in California prisons dealt a significant blow to the practice of solitary confinement. On September 1, parties reached a settlement in Ashker v. Governor of California, limiting if not eliminating the use of indeterminate long-term solitary confinement. Led by those inside California prisons, who often put their lives on the line, several Guild attorneys and legal workers played a role in this historic victory. Photo: Activists, family members, and attorneys c...
Posted: Fri Oct 9, 2015 3:20PM
7 plaintiffs sue County of Santa Cruz for neglect of Homeless - by Ed Frey or Steve Pleich
Santa Cruz county Superior Court 701 Ocean St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Dept 5
Event Date:Thu Oct 8, 2015 8:30AM
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 6:22PM
Conversation about the case of death row prisoner Bomani Shakur - by SubRosa
703 Pacific Ave. (downtown Santa Cruz)
Event Date:Thu Oct 8, 2015 4:30PM
Posted: Wed Oct 7, 2015 1:36PM
Berkeley Police Department Data Reveals Stark Racial Disparities - by National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area
Newly released data on police stops confirms local activists' and communities' of color charges of racial profiling in Berkeley. Data on police stops in Berkeley from January 18, 2015 to August 12, 2015, collected by the Berkeley Police Department and disclosed in response to a Public Records Act (PRA) request, reveals a pattern of discriminatory conduct against African American and Latino civilians.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 5:31PM
Feds undermine Stockton California mayor - by David Roknich/IndyRadio
Stockton Mayor (here seen sleeping with the homeless under a freeway) was forced to give up his laptop password by DHS agents after returning from a mayor's conference in China. They offered no reason for search and seizure, not even the minimal "reasonable suspicion" required by a recent federal appellate court ruling. Sources claim a secret investigation is underway.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 11:37AM
Take Back Santa Cruz accountability - by TBSC Snopes
Take Back Santa Cruz continues to use tactics of spreading fear in the community based on rumors. Typically , our homeless neighbors are targeted. TBSC has learned nothing from the expensive arrest and 18 day jail time of an innocent homeless "flower thief" who eventually was released and charges dismissed. The group admin continue to post unsubstantiated rumors, stories, and photographs of people sleeping, if it achieves their goal of spreading fear and stirring emotions.
Posted: Mon Oct 5, 2015 6:12AM
#CaravanForJustice to Mobilize CA Communities Against Police Violence - by ACLU of Northern California
Oakland – From Saturday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 10, a #CaravanForJustice featuring survivors of law enforcement violence and grassroots organizers will travel throughout California to mobilize communities of color against police brutality.
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 6:24PM
Caravan For Justice Kickoff @ Oscar Grant Plaza - by orion
oscar grant plazza 14th st and broadway oakland
Event Date:Sat Oct 3, 2015 2:00PM
Posted: Fri Oct 2, 2015 1:35PM
Waking the Freedom Sleepers - by Alex Darocy
On September 22 community members protesting the criminalization of homelessness in Santa Cruz returned to city hall for their eleventh sleepout. A sizable group again made it through a night of sleep at city hall, though Santa Cruz police woke everyone up as a group at about 5:30am. The next sleepout is tonight, September 29, at Santa Cruz City Hall.
Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 4:29PM
Activists hold ground at city hall for 11th week in a row - by ZH
An account of the 11th Freedom Sleepers protest against the Santa Cruz camping ban law.
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:27AM
Justice4Pedie Informational Table - by Gene Ruyle
Civic Center Plaza (27th St. & Nevin, near Auditorium) Richmond, CA
Event Date:Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:02PM
Santa Clara Doctors Oppose Plan to Contract Out Care for Mentally Ill Inmates - by via Union of American Physicians and Dentists
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The alleged murder of Michael Tyree by guards in the Santa Clara County Main Jail made clear how vulnerable mentally ill inmates are, and that communities must do more to ensure their proper care. However, Santa Clara County executives are poised to take a huge step in the opposite direction by replacing the County psychiatrists who care for inmates at the Main Jail, Elmwood Correctional Facility and Elmwood Correctional Center for W...
Posted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:55PM
First Anniversary of Pedie Perez Killing Rally (video/x-flv 75.6MB) - by Ed Rippy
On 9/12/15 about 60 people showed up outside Uncle Sam's Liquors in Richmond to remember Pedie Perez, who was shot dead there on 9/14/14 by Richmond police officer Wallace Jensen.. (Video: 21:41)
Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:11PM
9/11/15 Oakland "Stop Urban Shield" Rally (video/x-flv 167.7MB) - by Ed Rippy
On 9/11/15 about 150 people showed up outside the Alameda County Sherriff's office in downtown Oakland to protest the ninth annual "Urban Shield" exercise. I have done my best to spell the names right, but no guarantees. You can hear police helicopters overhead throughout. (video: 19:29)
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 10:54PM
No Council Meet But Freedom Sleepers Gather for SleepOut #11 - by Phil Posner (posting by Norse)
In the City Hall Courtyard as long as folks choose, and then on the sidewalks nearby. The event is scheduled to go on until 7:30 AM or 8 AM Wednesday 9-23.
Event Date:Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:42AM
On UCSC Move-In Day, Activists Greet Students with Message: Free Speech For Palestine - by Alex Darocy
On September 17, the first move-in day for Fall quarter at UC Santa Cruz, students and community members at the main entrance of campus displayed signs opposing Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 (SCR 35), which was introduced this year in the California Senate. On its surface SCR 35 is legislation that addresses anti-Semitism on the University of California campuses, but critics caution the measure has the potential to limit the free speech activities of those seeking justice for Palestine.
Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:58PM
Sleepout protest fighting Santa Cruz anti-camping ordinance moves into tenth week - by Zav Hershfield
Sleepout protest against Santa Cruz camping ban enters tenth week with First Alarm aggression, activist confrontation
Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:58PM
Vancouver, WA Move to End Nighttime Camping Ban Should Encourage Freedom Sleepers - by Robert Norse
Shattering my mood of curmudgeonly despair, the city of Vancouver, Washington looks to be taking the lead in moving to decriminalize nighttime camping for homeless folks--even without a successful lawsuit. This could be the domino that topples the House of Bigotry in Santa Cruz. Stay tuned. And support the Freedom Sleepers while you're watching...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:56PM
First Alarm Security Guards Violently Detain Woman at Santa Cruz City Hall (video/x-flv 160.1MB) - by Alex Darocy
On the evening of September 15, two First Alarm security guards, Nathan Hammack and Ken Hietala, violently detained Christina Latic Barnes, a black woman who had been peacefully sitting on the lawn in the courtyard of Santa Cruz City Hall during hours the area is open to the public. The security guards were employed by the city to monitor the Freedom Sleepers, who held their tenth in a series of all-night sleepouts at City Hall organized to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. [T...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 5:48PM
2 Harassment Arrests, 2 "Standing in a Parking Spot" Cites at Freedom Sleepers Protest #10 - by Robert Norse
The 10th Freedom Sleepers Sleep Out at City Hall attracted nearly 20 sleepers--even after two massive raids by the police, colder/wetter weather, and At least 4, perhaps 5, agendas were posted describing city government commission meetings happening in the next 48 hours, but police refused to allow anyone on the supposedly legal passways through the park to view the agendas. One woman, Christina Barnes, was brutally arrested by two (out of five) First Alarm Security guards for "touching" ...
Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:21AM