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Thirty-Year-Old Yonas Alehegne Becomes OPD's Fourth Fatal Shooting Victim in 2015 - by Indybay
August 27 marked the sixth officer-involved shooting by Oakland police in 2015, and the fourth resulting in death. This does not count Richard Linyard, who police claim suffocated to death after he squeezed himself between two buildings during a police chase. All of OPD's victims this year have been of African descent. The victim was Yonas Alehegne and it's been reported that he was homeless and an immigrant, possibly from West Africa.
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:02PM
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:35PM
Labor Organization Works to Provide Dependable Access to Tools - by Indybay
The Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County is asking for the community's help to raise funds for a Tool Lending Library. The Center already possesses the tools, but currently lacks a reliable shed in which to store them, and as an organization that works to provide workers with job opportunities, a place to store tools is invaluable.
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:09AM
Students Call for Tuition-Free College, Cancellation of All Student Debt, $15 Minimum Wage - by Indybay
On November 12 students at UC Santa Cruz joined students at college campuses across the country for a "Million Student March," a day of local actions organized nationally around three principle demands: tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers. Million Student March actions were organized at over 100 schools.
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:06AM
Mission Santa Cruz Vandalized Repeatedly Following Canonization of Junipero Serra - by Indybay
On November 2, red paint was splashed across the front door of Mission Santa Cruz. Following the Catholic church's canonization of Junipero Serra, a series of acts of vandalism has occurred on the Central Coast, including the beheading of a Serra statue in Monterey in October, and the splashing of paint on Mission Carmel and the toppling of a statue of Serra in September.
Posted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:03AM
Black Friday 14 Action a Prelude to Huge Rally to Raise Oakland Minimum Wage to $15/Hr - by Indybay
In a show of solidarity, labor unions and Black Lives Matter activists staged a protest on November 10 which targeted Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Some two hundred protesters gathered outside D.A. O'Malley's offices demanding that she “Drop the charges against the Black Friday 14!” They declared that the struggles for economic justice and racial justice were two sides of the same struggle. Inside the courthouse, a delegation of labor leaders occupied O'Malley's office...
Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:26PM
San Francisco Tenants Unite Against Rent Increases and the Demolition of Their Homes - by Indybay
On November 14, residents of the Midtown Park Apartments in San Francisco's Western Addition and their supporters gathered for a fundraiser and BBQ. In 2013, the City terminated the lease with the tenants and awarded it to Mercy Housing. Tenants are now facing enormous rent increases and Mercy Housing has put forth plans to eventually demolish the buildings. In response, Midtown tenants went on Rent Strike five months ago and are calling out for public support.
Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:54PM
Alameda Council Meeting Erupts Over Rising Rents with Violence from City Official & Police - by Indybay
In the city of Alameda, rent increases and evictions remain unregulated. Landlords are pushing rents up sky high and/or evicting people out of homes they've been able to afford for decades. On November 4, an estimated 200 Alamedan renters went to their city council to demand an end to unfair rent hikes and displacement. City Official Bob Haun shoved a 68-year-old Alameda Rental Coalition leader and police tackled another protester to the ground where he lay bleeding while police restrained hi...
Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:11AM
CCSF Faculty to Strike and Picket Over Contract Negotiations and Class Reductions - by Indybay
Students, teachers, supporters, plus many others marched from CCSF’s Mission campus to the Civic Center campus over the pending downsizing of City College on November 12. Faculty union AFT 2121, which represents 1500 faculty at CCSF announced they authorized a one-day strike in response to unfair labor practices at City College. A picket to support CCSF faculty in contract negotiations has been called for November 18.
Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:19PM
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies Brutally Beat Man in San Francisco's Mission District - by Indybay
On November 13, the San Francisco Public Defender’s office released video of two Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) Deputies beating a man who is curled up on the ground. The first deputy tackles and punches the man and then both proceed to hit him with their batons for nearly a minute, repeatedly striking the man in the head and all over his body. They only stop beating him after other ACSO deputies and SF police arrive on the scene. Instead of rendering medical aid, the arriving polic...
Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:42PM
Santa Cruz District Attorney Attempting to Criminalize and Chill First Amendment Activity - by Indybay
On March 3, six UCSC students blocked California Highway 1 using lockboxes and garbage cans filled with concrete. Independent journalist Alex Darocy, long-time Indybay contributor and editorial collective member, shot several photographs of the student demonstrators from his car as he passed the blockade, and for that he is currently being prosecuted, facing the possibility of jail time. A Motion to Dismiss, which argued that the prosecution is attempting to criminalize and chill conduct tha...
Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:55PM
City Has Not Challenged Seaside Company's Plan to Take Over Large Section of Garden - by Indybay
On October 27 the Santa Cruz City Council voted unanimously to support the creation of a permanent garden owned by the City, on the site of the current Beach Flats Community Garden. Community members have applauded this as a great start, but the Seaside Company, owner of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, has plans to take part of the garden for other uses unless the City intervenes by November 13.
Posted: Sun Nov 1, 2015 7:56PM
National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality Marked with Rally at Salinas City Hall - by Indybay
To mark the National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, community members in Salinas rallied in front of city hall on October 22, where the family members of Jose Velasco, Frank Alvarado, and Angel Ruiz all spoke. Ruiz and Alvarado were among five unarmed Latino men killed in separate incidents in 2014 during encounters with the Salinas Police Department. Velasco was severley beaten by a group of Salinas police officers in 2015.
Posted: Sun Nov 1, 2015 7:51PM
Individuals Arrested by ICE Were Long-Time Residents of Monterey County - by Indybay
On Oct 21, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided family homes in Monterey County by pretending to be local police, including wearing jackets that said "POLICE" on them, knocking on people's doors pretending that they just wanted to ask some questions, and then arresting them without any warrants. The two men are fathers of U.S. citizens. One is a grandfather. They have lived in the United States since 1989 and 2005.
Posted: Sun Nov 1, 2015 6:56PM
State Group Calls for Changes as West Coast Whale Entanglements Reach Record High Levels - by Indybay
A state-convened working group is recommending a series of initial steps toward reducing whale entanglements in crab gear in California, including more monitoring and retrieval of lost fishing gear. The Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group was convened in September after the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups found that whale entanglements in 2014 and 2015 had reached historic highs.
Posted: Sun Nov 1, 2015 6:50PM
Brown Signs Two Oil Spill Bills, but Marine Protected Areas Still Aren't Fully Protected - by Indybay
Governor Jerry Brown this October signed two bills that will require more frequent oil pipeline inspections and improve oil spill response, but the questionable "marine protected areas" created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative still fail to protect the ocean from pollution, fracking, oil drilling, military testing, corporate aquaculture and all human impacts other than sustainable fishing and Tribal gathering.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 3:18PM
Secretive "Public Safety" Group Advocates for Laws Criminalizing Homelessness - by Indybay
Take Back Santa Cruz (TBSC) claims to be a non-profit group dedicated to safety issues in the city of Santa Cruz, and that they have no ideological direction. The truth is that TBSC has been the grassroots arm to many of the recent laws criminalizing homelessness in the city as well as the force behind proposed RV bans, forced closure and relocation of a needle exchange service, and a stay away order law from public parks.
Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:10AM
Man in Possession of "Non-Operational" Gun Killed by Police in Downtown Monterey - by Indybay
Donald Thomas Miller II, age 39, was shot and killed on October 6 by Zach Reed, an officer with the Monterey Police Department. According to police reports, Miller was acting irrationally in downtown Monterey, police were called, and Reed killed him because Miller was in possession of a weapon, which turned out to be non-operational.
Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:53PM
President Obama Urged to Pardon All Three Kettle Falls Defendants and End Prosecutions - by Indybay
Federal prison sentences were handed down October 2 for the three remaining defendants in the Kettle Falls Five case in Washington State. They were charged with multiple federal felonies after a 2012 raid on the family’s personal cannabis garden. The case has received national attention as an example of federal interference with state-qualified medical cannabis patients. Lobbying by Larry Harvey, a defendant in the case who died last month from cancer, was instrumental in getting Congress ...
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:09PM
Students, Union Members, Grannies Question Hi-Tech's Commitment to the Climate Movement - by Indybay
Students, union members and the Raging Grannies all questioned the role of the hi-tech industry in the climate movement at a rally held next door to Google headquarters on October 14. The Raging Grannies specifically called out firms Google and Facebook since both companies joined with climate change deniers when they became members of the climate denying lobbying group ALEC.
Posted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:15PM