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Big Brother is Spying on West Oakland Parks now (video/quicktime 46.8MB) - by WeCopwatch
As gentrification places a firm grip on West Oakland, the city has been clearing public spaces of black faces by shutting down and fencing up parks once enjoyed by many. This has been achieved through heavy handed policing resulting in increased displacement of West Oakland residents, ensuring space for new outsiders.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 8:00AM
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office to meet with Salinas community to discuss SPD - by
Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906
Event Date:Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:24PM
Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
Fairfax Resident Files Lawsuit over Police Harassment, Cover-up of Misconduct - by Jeff Miller
A Fairfax resident filed a civil rights lawsuit last week against the Town of Fairfax for a July 2014 incident in which two Fairfax police officers wrongly and forcefully detained him for alleged mail theft and subjected him to insults and threats, simply for taking his mail out of his own mailbox. Although the Fairfax police chief initially promised to discipline the officers for inappropriate behavior, the police department subsequently conspired to cover up the officers’ misconduct, dism...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:54PM
Stonewall Was a RIOT: No Pride in Police Brutality - by D. Boyer
Noticed the photo below on Market street in San Francisco during the Pride Parade.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:42AM
OPD Helicopter Announces: The Dogs Will Find You. The Dogs Will Bite You. (video/mp4 2.4MB) - by Dave Id
"This is the Oakland police department. Residents, stay inside your homes. Dogs are being released. The dogs will find you. The dogs will bite you. If they find you, do not move or attempt to run or the dogs will bite you." This warning blared from an OPD helicopter in West Oakland just after 3pm today.
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:18PM
Richmond Community Takes the Streets for Richard “Pedie” Perez - by FireWorks
Saturday, June 27, a spirited group of friends, family, and supporters of Richard "Pedie" Perez, killed by Richmond police in September of 2014, took the streets of the Downtown. The diverse group chanted, held signs, and distributed flyers. The march, which followed a rally outside of the Richmond BART station, came after a recent decision by the District Attorney which ruled the police killing of Perez was justifiable. Rich Perez, Pedie's father, stated in the local media: “All of our wit...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:00AM
"Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
Sitting Freely in Downtown Monterey - by Alex Darocy
At their latest monthly sit-in, community members protesting the sit-lie ban in Monterey sat freely on the sidewalk on Alvarado Street for the first time since beginning their protests. At each of the four previous sit-ins, demonstrators were pressured to discontinue the protest, either by the police or by downtown business owners. They have been gathering on Alvarado Street monthly since February to oppose the new Monterey ordinance, which outlaws sitting or lying on commercial sidewalks in ...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:42PM
Santa Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its annual jail report, which is based on their inspection of county detention facilities from January to April of 2015. The report details numerous improvements made to the Santa Cruz Main Jail on Water Street since the Grand Jury's last visit, but found that inmates complained about, "the variety of food served," and, "the lack of contact visits." According to the Grand Jury Report, "contact visits are not currently allowed because of secu...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:56PM
Choosing Sides: From Olympia to Charleston - by IGD!
White supremacy is a fundamental aspect of American class society. When ruptures happen in this system, people take sides as the war is made more clear.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:31PM
Death Row Prisoners Challenge Torturous Conditions in San Quentin's "Adjustment Center" - by Siegel & Yee
Prisoners Indefinitely Housed in Adjustment Center Allege Violations of Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:41PM
PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council - by Oakland Privacy Working Group
In the matter of Predictive Policing and "PredPol" software.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:11PM
Take Back Santa Cruz Members Coordinate Internet Attack Against UCSC Students - by TBSC Watchdog
Members of the organization Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) coordinated an internet attack against the UCSC student activists who are facing an upcoming court hearing to sentence them for blocking a local highway to protest tuition increases. The TBSC members left taunts as a group on the students' facebook event page into the early morning on June 25th. Many locals were angered when traffic became congested after the students blocked the highway during the protest on March 3 and TBSC members rab...
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:38AM
UCSC Highway Six Back in Court June 29 & 30 - by Alex Darocy
The six UCSC students charged in association with the March 3 blockade of Highway 17, where it meets Highway 1 in Santa Cruz, will be back in court on June 29 and June 30. On June 29 at 10:00am, there will be a hearing in Santa Cruz County Superior Court to finalize their sentence, and on June 30 at 1:30pm there will be a restitution hearing.
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:30PM
Santa Cruz Supports Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement - by Bradley Allen
Over 14,000 people in California prisons, and 80,000 in the United States on any given day, are kept alone in steel and concrete cells the size of a parking space, with no fresh air or sunlight, for years and decades, some over 40 years. Many more are in solitary confinement in jails, juvenile facilities, and detention centers. Activists gathered on June 23 outside the Santa Cruz Post Office to expose and end the torture of solitary confinement in all lock-ups, in Santa Cruz County, statewide...
Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:56AM
March & Rally to Expose the Cover-up of the Murder of Pedie Perez in Richmond, CA - by Rick
RICHMOND BART STATION WEST ENTRANCE, GATHER NEAR BART MART & DELI
Event Date:Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:00AM
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:44PM
Listen Up Mayors~Humanity First~Demonstrations (video/mp4 55.4MB) - by D. Boyer
On Friday June 19th “bay area community groups,” Codepink, Stop Mass Incarceration, Occupy SF Action Council, Anti Police-Terror Project, Jewitch Camp, the Green Party, and The World Can’t Wait gathered outside the Hilton in San Francisco to protest the presence of police chiefs from around the country during San Francisco’s Conference for Mayors. Pics and video from the first actions.
Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:17PM