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Corruption in the Urban Areas Security Initiative Training Services? - by Lynda Carson
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office requested the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to approve and authorize the Purchasing Agent to execute the fully negotiated contracts for Master Contract No. 900926, with the following pool of vendors, to provide Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) training services for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) at an estimated total pool amount of $2,300,000.
Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2014 9:18AM
Reply From Sheriff's Office Regarding Cytel Group, LLC / Urban Shield - by Lynda Carson
James Baker of the Cytel Group has not responded to my email request regarding questions about the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voting to approve an agreement with the Sheriff's Office and Cytel Group, LLC, regarding Urban Shield. However, a copy of the email to James Baker was also sent to Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, the Oakland City Council members, and a number of other individuals.
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:33AM
Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win - with CeCe McDonald and Ruthie Wilson Gilmore - by Critical Resistance
Omni Oakland Commons 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland (8 blocks from MacArthur BART)
Event Date:Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:00PM
Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:27PM
Pigs in Sheep’s Clothing: A Response to Robert Gammon - by FireWorks
Robert Gammon, editor of the 'East Bay Express,' wrote in a recent piece, 'When Liberals Take Control of the Police,' that the progressive leadership of Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus has resulted in the decrease of crime and police use of force. Gammon also contends that progressive policing has also kept protests peaceful. Several days after the article was published, Richmond police shot and killed a young Latino man outside of a liquor store, the first fatal police shooting in Richmon...
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:41PM
People's Climate Train Leaves CA En Route to Historic Climate March in New York City - by Center for Biological Diversity
EMERYVILLE, Calif.— More than 100 people — including nuns, ministers, tribal leaders and student activists — boarded the People’s Climate Train this morning for a four-day cross-country trip en route to the large demonstration in the history of the climate movement. The train, organized by the Center for Biological Diversity, will include workshops, discussions and activist trainings as the train passes through lands threatened by the climate crisis.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:31PM
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:32PM
Block the Boat Diary - by Daniel Borgström
a day to day account from the picket lines blockading the Israeli ship ZIM Piraeus for 4 days in August, finally chasing it back to see only partially unloaded. Most of the goods bound for Oakland wound up in Asia. http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/unpublicized-impact-successful-bds-action
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:22PM
The Privatization of Urban Shield by the Cytel Group - by Lynda Carson
It was back on July 31, 2007, that Urban shield was turned into a money making venture when the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to accept cash sponsorship funds from individuals and corporations to support the militarized training event Urban Shield!
Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:38AM
SF Immigrant Film Fest: Official Selection 2014! - by C.W.
*The event where refugees, immigrants and exiles find their own voice will be held on Saturday, Oct.4 at La Peña Cultural Center-Berkeley ; Sun. Oct. 5 at Mission Cultural Center (MCCLA) and on Thursday, Oct. 9 at City College of San Francisco (Mission Campus). *SFImFF will be screening 24 short movies that explore a wide array of issues facing the global immigrant community.
Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:12AM
Oakland tenants to Rent Board: don't give landlords free ride - by Mike Lee
Tenant input needed on criteria for rent increases.
Posted: Tue Sep 9, 2014 10:22PM
Justice 4 Asa Sullivan, Pack the Federal Court Room (3-4 wk trial) - by Idriss Stelley Foundation
Ronald V Dellums Federal Courthouse Building 1301 Clay Street, Oakland
Event Date:Tue Sep 9, 2014 8:00AM
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 9:20PM
Urban Shield and Cytel Group Connections to Sheriff's Office - by Lynda Carson
A contract document from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office involving the Cytel Group in a business transaction worth more than a half-million dollars to provide anti-terrorism tactical training and expertise to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, lists Anne Marie Baker as the President of the Cytel Group, even though "Linked In" has her listed as the "Secretary" of the corporation!
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 5:17AM
EMERGENCY ALERT: Raid on Occupy2Decolonize site scheduled for Tuesday morning - by 2-feathers
CalTrans posts notices of intent to raid the Occupy2Decolonize site on Tuesday, Sept. 9th
Posted: Mon Sep 8, 2014 1:58AM
Urban Shield is booted out of Oakland - by Lynda Carson
In the wake of the nation being horrified by rampant police shootings/killings and the militarization of the police, including the recent militarized police actions in Ferguson, and the notorious police actions that have been taking place in New Mexico, Oakland, and cities all across the nation, on Friday, September 5, 2014, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced that Urban Shield will not be back in Oakland next year!
Posted: Sun Sep 7, 2014 1:25AM
Police Beat Woman on Telegraph as People Prepare for March Against Repression (video/mp4 7.6MB) - by FireWorks
On September 3rd, police beat a woman in the street in front of Café Mediterraneum as she defended herself from the advances of someone who was sexually harassing her. On Saturday, September 13th, 1pm at People's Park in Berkeley, people will rally against police and business repression of the street, homeless, and poor community in the neighborhood and against attempts at taking the park from the community. The following video and report was from a FireWorks contributor who was there at the...
Posted: Sat Sep 6, 2014 1:50PM
Report on Berkeley Town Hall meeting against Tasers for BPD - by Steve Martinot
This town hall meeting, Sept. 4, in Berkeley, brought out much information about the Tasers, what they are, what they do, and how they have served to increase police violence against people as instruments of torture. The issue will be brought before the Berkeley City Council on Sept. 9, and the meeting called for all people in Berkeley and the bay area to oppose their adoption.
Posted: Fri Sep 5, 2014 2:28PM
Urban Shield 2014 Tactical Training Schedule (Leak) - by Anonymangos
THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT YET BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE TEAMS PARTICIPATING. HERE WE ARE HIGHLIGHTING ACTIVITIES OF OAKLAND AND SF POLICE IN AND NEAR THEIR RESPECTIVE CITIES. PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!
Posted: Fri Sep 5, 2014 10:51AM
Will St. Andrews Plaza be the first to be stung by WOSP? - by FireWorks
Police raided the St. Andrews encampment at 34th and San Pablo directly after the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), leaving some wondering, is this the start of the hammer coming down?
Posted: Thu Sep 4, 2014 8:15PM
"Jail The Real Criminals" Oakland Fastfood Workers March & Protest For $15 Wage & Union - by Labor Video Project
Hundreds of fast-food workers and supporters rallied and marched in Oakland and were arrested for blocking the street at 12th and Broadway. The protesters demanded that the "police arrest the real criminals".
Posted: Thu Sep 4, 2014 5:53PM
Call to Action in Support of Ferguson - by Mary Ann Thomas
March Starts at Laney College, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland at 4 pm. March to Oscar Grant Plaza (aka Frank Ogawa Plz.) for a Town Hall Meeting at 5 pm.
Event Date:Sat Sep 6, 2014 4:00PM
Posted: Wed Sep 3, 2014 11:37PM