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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
HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program Celebrates its 35th Year Anniversary Amid the Region’s - by Clarice Veloso
HIP Housing’s Home Sharing Program Celebrates its 35th Year Anniversary Amid the Region’s Housing Crisis
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 1:27PM
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
New Report Links World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide to Cancer - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— A new report by the World Health Organization has linked the world’s most commonly used herbicides to cancer. Glyphosate — widely known as Roundup and marketed by Monsanto — has also been linked to the decline of many wildlife species, including the monarch butterfly. The WHO determined that glyphosate and two other insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:49PM
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
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
Oakland: Google Bus Paint Bombed - by anonymous
A google bus was paint bombed in the Temescal district during the morning commute. The bus was full of googles.
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:05PM
Why Pay For A Port Boondoggle - One With No Benefit To The City Of Oakland? - by JP Massar
The Domain Awareness Center in Oakland is not needed, not wanted, and unfunded. It's time for it to go. But the privacy policies that were created as a result are important and need to be instituted.
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:37AM
Berkeley Declares War on the Homeless. - by JP Massar
Berkeley takes first steps toward passing homeless criminalization ordinances.
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:34AM
Statewide Coordinated Actions To End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) to start 3/23/15 - by PHSS Outreach Committee
Statewide Coordinated Actions every month respond to the Pelican Bay Hunger Strikers’ November 2013 Proposals: “ We want to consider the idea of designating a certain date each month as Prisoner Rights Day. On that date each month prisoners across the state would engage in peaceful activities to call attention to prison conditions. At the same time our supporters would gather in locations throughout California to expose CDCR’s [CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation] actions...
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:38PM
Oakland: Blockade of Facebook Bus at Macarthur BART Station - by Fuck the Zuck Bus!
A Facebook shuttle bus had its morning commute disrupted.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:14PM
Community Alert: PredPol Company and Involvement of Local Politicians - by Ladies_and_Gentlemen
Several local politician/community figure types have been involved in the formation, marketing, and ongoing operation of a local startup company called "PredPol". This company claims to make crime-predicting software which they want police departments across the country to buy. There are some who think they are just blatant prison-industrial complex profiteers abusing their political connections to become rich on the backs of the 99%. The real scoop on this has been censored in the loca...
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:21AM
What Killed Ted Gullicksen? Part 2 - by Michael Steinberg
In the first part of this report, I detailed my efforts to answer that question. What follows is what I've found out since then.
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:48PM
Sutter Santa Rosa Nurses Vote to Approve Possible Strike - by via California Nurses Association
With a large turnout Thursday, registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital voted by 98 percent to authorize their nurse negotiators to call a strike, if needed, to protest the hospital’s refusal to act on their concerns for improved patient care staffing and management demands for significant cuts in health coverage for the nurses and their families.
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:20PM
SF Democrats' Police Beat & Pepper Spray Homeless Man as Video Rolls - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
From 3/2/15 Street Sheet, p.6: "On Feb 11 (2015), Bernard Warren fell asleep on the 5 Fulton Muni bus." The police were called, and Raymond Chu, a cop showed up. As can be seen on the bus video at www.cohsf.org/WarrenBeating or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccZjGRUEuL0, he hollered at the poor African-American homeless man, woke him up, and brutally hustled him off the bus, although sleeping on the bus is not a crime. Warren was off the bus when the thug cop beat and pepper sprayed him, a...
Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:52PM
SCRAM! Statement of Support Issued by Homeless Persons Legal Assistance Project - by Steve Pleich
We Support SCRAM!
Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:05PM
City of Oakland Building Inspectors - Overworked or simply corrupt? - by M. Hennings
Bribery is nothing new for City Building Inspectors.
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2015 10:18AM
City of Oakland Building Inspectors disregarding health/safety issues in Oakland Apts - by M. Hennings
City of Oakland Building Inspection Department - Ignoring and/or refusing to enforce building code violations in Oakland Apartment Bulidings
Posted: Tue Mar 3, 2015 11:30PM