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Defend Afrika Town - by WeCopwatch
While the city of Oakland flaunts its newly developed downtown area, this “revitalization project” has come with the cost of the residents of Oakland. Gentrification, along with a brutal police force, has displaced black and brown residents as a means to “clean up” the neighborhood. AfrikaTown is a community effort to provide a different alternative, one that supports and lifts the existing community rather than displace it. AfrikaTown is already an important and necessary aspect of W...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:26PM
New Report: Cancer-causing pesticide found in the air; Chavez Day call for reform - by Mark Weller
In honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a diverse coalition of farmworker groups, labor unions, teachers, parents and scientists will release new local information about pesticide threats – including powerful results from “Drift Catcher” pesticide air monitoring in Watsonville – and call for specific reforms relating to the use of pesticides. Co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez was the country’s most prominent advocate for pesticide reform, fasting 36 consecutive day...
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:30AM
No More Locked Doors Conference, Sat May 16th Oakland - by No More Locked Doors
A conference on revolutionary prisoners and revolutionary approaches to prisoner support, happening in Oakland on Saturday, May 16th, at the Qilombo Community Center.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:11AM
An Interview with Linda Grant on Cultivating Resistance in Afrikatown - by FireWorks
Interview with organizer Linda Grant on the struggle to save Afrikatown in West Oakland.
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:49AM
Open letter to Berkeley's John Caner - by Thomas Lord
A recently shared video shows a downtown Berkeley "hospitality ambassador" showing aggression towards and then repeatedly hitting a man who offered no provocation. Poor people, including unhoused people hanging out in Berkeley are considered by the Downtown Berkeley Association to be a problem and the "ambassador" program is run by the assocation as a "solution". John Caner who is CEO of the association sent a letter to the Berkeley homeless commission. I've quoted his letter and openly ...
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 6:14PM
People's Park under Siege, Call for Support! - by Defenders
More support needed! People will be meeting at the People's Park stage at 9 PM this evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People's Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People's Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:39PM
Sutter/Alta Bates Fined $71K for Willful Failure to Safely Isolate Potential TB Patients - by via California Nurses Association
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center $71,275 for willful safety violations for placing two dozen suspected tuberculosis patients in airborne isolation rooms that were inoperable, potentially exposing scores of staff, other patients, and visitors to exposure for TB or other serious infectious diseases.
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:13PM
Devastating Fire at AK Press Warehouse: Lives Lost, Residences Destroyed, Dozens Displaced, Businesses Damaged - by Dave Id
Before dawn on Saturday, March 21, a fire erupted in a warehouse on 24th Street in Oakland. Two resident artists died, Davis Letona and Daniel “Moe” Thomas. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining warehouse on 23rd Street commonly known as the AK Press warehouse. On the AK side, three residential units sustained severe damage, at least one being totally destroyed, with a beloved cat succumbing to the smoke and heat. As a result of the three-alarm fire, other units have borne varying ...
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:11PM
Artists' Homes Under Attack as Mid-Market Evictions Continue - Press Conference - by Joe Bender
1061 Market Street (between 6th & 7th) San Francisco, CA 94103
Event Date:Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:00PM
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:48PM
New Cannabis Prohibitions in Santa Cruz County - by Bradley Allen
On March 24, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted to ban the cultivation of cannabis in all unincorporated territories of the county, with limited exceptions.
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:52AM
Help AK Press & Friends Recover from Fire - by AK Press
In the early morning of March 21, the building behind ours caught fire. Two people lost their lives. The fire moved to the mixed-use warehouse building we share with 1984 Printing and 30+ residents. Everyone in our building got out safely, but several units were completely destroyed. There was extensive water and smoke damage to other units, including the ones occupied by AK Press and 1984 Printing. On the afternoon of March 24th, the City of Oakland red-tagged our building, which prohibits...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:58PM
Coastside Vigil in Santa Cruz Protests Use of Solitary Confinement - by Alex Darocy
On March 23, coordinated actions were held statewide in California to oppose the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails. Protests were planned for Eureka, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. In Santa Cruz, community members gathered on West Cliff Drive for a rally and candlelight vigil. "We have decided to hold this gathering on the coast because so many people locked up in solitary confinement talk about their desire to see and be near the ocean," an event...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:40PM
People's Park: Chancellor Dirks Will Remember It For You, Wholesale - by Save People's Park Trees
This week is Spring Break; one day this week, workers from HortScience will enter the park and remove trees. On March 5th of 2012, the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission passed a resolution in favor of reinstating a community advisory board before any alterations to the park are made. This resolution was made after the UC destroyed trees and flattened berms on the west end of the park. On April 3rd of 2012, Berkeley city council unanimously passed the resolution titled: "Ensuring Commun...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:06PM
Petition for "Strategic Release" for Abdul Olugbala Shakur - by Steve Martinot
Abdul Olugbala Shakur is a political prisoner, one of the organizers of the Cal. prison hunger strikes, and a founder of the George Jackson University. He has stayed involved in black communities and the struggle for justice even while in prison. This is a petition to try to win parole for him.
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:26AM
Board of Supervisors Vote on Medicinal Cannabis in Santa Cruz County! - by
Santa Cruz County Building 701 Ocean Street, room 525 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Event Date:Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:50AM
Justice 4 Jabari, Anniyah, & Mary - by Daniela Kantorova
Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606
Event Date:Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:00PM
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:14AM
House and Senate proposes brutal FY 2016 budget disaster - by Lynda Carson
In response to massive budget cuts that have already gone into effect during recent years, in recent days the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA) has announced new policy changes for it’s Section 8 voucher holders (Housing Choice Voucher Program) that may result in higher rents for the Section 8 tenants. Additionally, a new policy restricts the ability of Oakland's Section 8 tenants to move to Alameda, Contra Costa County, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Solano County with their Section 8 voucher!
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 1:28AM
Activists Charge Wrong Doing At San Francisco Non-profit - by Michael Steinberg
Labor and community activists are charging that a long time San Francisco non-profit has become involved in illegal evictions, harassment of workers and tenants, and fiscal chicanery.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:26PM
Drought legislation must target agribusiness and Big Oil - by Dan Bacher and Others
“If the Governor was serious about protecting our water he would issue a moratorium on fracking to stop the ongoing pollution of 2 million gallons per day of fresh water and stop the ongoing dumping of oil wastewater into our aquifers. California’s aquifers are crucial and must be protected in order to save and store water for the future," said Scow. Photo courtesy of Stop Fooling California.
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:09PM
Zafar of PUC: 75 yo Woman CutOff by PG&E "Shouldn't Manipulate Her Age & Fragility" - by J Hart
The CPUC claims that it “serves the public interest by protecting consumers and ensuring the provision of safe, reliable utility service and infrastructure at reasonable rates.“ Yet internal e-mails show betrayal of the public interest, and state-sponsored tolerance, even sponsorship, of elder abuse .
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:21PM