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May Day Demonstrations Across Northern California Demand Justice for Workers & Immigrants - by Indybay
On May Day 2013, the fight for a $15 'Livable Wage' is coming to Oakland. A rally at Oscar Grant Plaza will be followed by a noise demonstration through the streets of Oakland at 5pm to raise awareness. Organizers hope to enable the struggle of low-wage workers to challenge their bosses for a livable wage. The City of Oakland's minimum wage is just $8.00/hr. The noise demo will focus on companies like McDonalds, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Taco Bell and a host of other chains in the downtown ar...
Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:01PM
SF Protest Targets Increasing Evictions and Rental Prices on People Living with HIV/AIDS - by Indybay
The newly revived ACT UP/San Francisco celebrated their one year anniversary with a demonstration for affordable housing on April 20. The event was aimed at drawing attention to the impact of increasing evictions and rental price increases in San Francisco on people living with HIV/AIDS. Featured speakers called on San Francisco's elected officials to move towards a moratorium on evictions where just cause is not proven, while looking towards curtailing market rate housing development in orde...
Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:42PM
Yolanda Smith Informed that Son Was Shot Eight Times in the Back of the Head by UCPD - by Indybay
The family, friends, co-workers, and congregation of Amos G. Smith gathered in Union City on April 13 for a candlelight vigil to honor the 26-year-old man who was shot and killed on March 2 by officers with the Union City Police Department. Yolanda Smith, Amos' mother, stood with a sign that read "Union City Police Dept. Murders." She said that officers with the Union City Police Department told her very little about what had occurred that night, only that her son pointed a gun at them and th...
Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:25PM
Demonstrators Demand Real Health Care for those Jailed in Santa Cruz - by Indybay
On April 6 the organization Sin Barras, which means "without prison bars" in Spanish, held a rally and march to the Santa Cruz County Jail in response to the four recent deaths of individuals while in custody at the facility. Organizers announced they had gotten word that inmates were aware of the demonstration and were excited to hear it from inside. This was confirmed as marchers neared the women's wing of the facility, and individuals inside banged on the walls and flashed lights through t...
Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:50PM
SF Vigil in Solidarity with Guantanamo Hunger Strikers Culminates with Civil Disobedience - by Indybay
A vigil was held in San Francisco on April 7 in solidarity with the 130 detainees out of 166 in the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility that are on hunger strike, who have been refusing food as a protest against their brutal detention conditions. Demonstrators, many from the Muslim community, were joined by passersby as a small contingent of activists dressed in orange prison jumpsuits and black hoods decided to occupy the middle of Market Street in an act of civil disobedience. Solidarity pro...
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2013 10:59PM
U.S. District Court Rules Monterey County Fracking Leases Violate Environmental Law - by Indybay
In a precedent-setting victory for fracking opponents, a federal judge ruled that the Obama administration violated the law when it issued oil leases in Monterey County without considering the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing. “This important decision recognizes that fracking poses new, unique risks to California’s air, water and wildlife that government agencies can’t ignore,” said Brendan Cummings, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, who argued the c...
Posted: Tue Apr 9, 2013 10:00PM
Demonstrators in Bay Area Tell Obama No XL Pipeline - by Indybay
Protesters mobilized to greet President Barack Obama who was in town for a series of fundraisers in San Francisco and Atherton on April 3 and 4. Approximately 1,000 demonstrators opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would extend from Canada to Texas, gathered outside the mansion of Ann and Gordon Getty in San Francisco the evening of April 3. The next day about 100 environmentalists lay in wait along the President's route after a fundraiser in Atherton.
Posted: Mon Apr 8, 2013 7:54AM
Tree-Sitters Removed as Opposition to CalTrans Bypass Project Grows - by Indybay
On March 30, defenders of Little Lake Valley in Mendocino County announced the establishment of an action camp to oppose the construction of a four-lane superhighway by CalTrans through Little Lake Valley in the town of Willits. Resistance to the project has taken the form of tree sits, and on March 28, the tree-sitter known as "Warbler" embarked on a hunger strike. On April 2, the tree-sitters were forcibly removed by the California Highway Patrol, but Warbler has become an icon in the fast-...
Posted: Wed Apr 3, 2013 4:41PM
Environmental Groups Take Next Step as Obama Shows No Sign of Rejecting Pipeline - by Indybay
On March 23, activists from across the Bay Area who want to stop the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline converged on the Federal Building in San Francisco to hold group civil disobedience training exercises. The day began with an Idle No More Round Dance. Later individuals prepared for close contact with the police and practiced interlocking arms as a method of holding physical ground.
Posted: Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:56PM
Spiritual Peace Walk Continues Black Berets' Four Directions Ceremonies - by Indybay
On March 23, the San Jose Black Berets por la Justicia organized a walk through the city of San Jose, in unity and prayer for the love of the community. The walk began at Lincoln High School, site of the first Barrios Unidos conference, with a sunrise ceremony.
Posted: Tue Apr 2, 2013 11:41PM
Round Dances Used to Fight Corporations and Protect the Earth - by Indybay
Supporters of the Idle No More movement participated in a round dance during the final day of the Azteca Mexica New Year Ceremony and Celebration on March 17 at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. "We have been using these round dances to call attention to our Earth, and to call for fighting the corporations, fighting our government, and to protect this Earth as Indigenous people," Lakota Harden said to the group before the round dance began.
Posted: Tue Apr 2, 2013 10:21PM
New Model of Needle Exchange: More Questions Than Answers - by Indybay
Steve Pleich writes: The "revised" needle exchange will be operated by the County of Santa Cruz which can only provide services to county residents. As a practical matter, anyone requesting these services would be required to provide their name, address and some form of identification verifying this information. That's at least three (3) items of personal information which will then be in the hands of a governmental agency. While this information will likely be "confidential", it will not be ...
Posted: Tue Apr 2, 2013 8:43PM
Sin Barras Calls for Prisoner Solidarity and “Reform that Furthers Abolition" - by Indybay
Since August 2012, at least four people have died inside the Santa Cruz County Jail from lack of medical care: Christy Sanders, Rick Prichard, Brant Monnet, and Bradley Gordon Dreher. Sin Barras, a community-based group that works to build coalitions to eradicate the prison industrial-complex, has organized a rally and march on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the clocktower in downtown Santa Cruz. Sin Barras demands that, "Santa Cruz County officials provide real healthcare within the county ...
Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:20PM
Arts Activists Disrupt Pamela Geller's Efforts to Use MUNI Advertising for Hate Speech - by Indybay
Interrupting the normalization of anti-Islamic rhetoric and actions, Bay Area Art Queers Unleashing Power (BAAQUP) and Street Cred continue to alter the latest anti-Islamic ads posted by Pamela Geller's "American Freedom Defense Initiative" on San Francisco MUNI buses. In these remakes, Geller acknowledges that her struggle (jihad) is overcoming her virulent Islamophobia and racism. Geller's original ad was modified to read: "I'm Pamela Geller and I spread Islamophobia. I don't know why, but...
Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:30PM
Indybay Reporter Charged in 2011 Vacant Bank Occupation: Bradley Allen's Story - by Indybay
Bradley Allen went to the Santa Cruz County Courthouse steps with his camera on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, to cover a demonstration for Santa Cruz Indymedia, part of Indybay, at a time the Occupy movement was at its height. He assumed it would be similar to others he had recently been to, where people had rallied, marched, and picketed banks.
Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:04PM
After Being Brutalized, Tased, and Arrested on May 1st, 2012, Prince Re-Arrested & Jailed - by Indybay
Last year on May Day, a boisterous but mostly peaceful demonstration promoted by Occupy Oakland and other groups, was attacked by an OPD assault force. In the ensuing confusion, Oakland police targeted several individuals. Like so many arrested during actions of civil disobedience and protest, the district attorney has stacked charges on top of the initial ones, and failed to notify the accused of his arraignments. On March 19th, the Oakland Police Department sent ten officers to Prince’s...
Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:43PM
Ten Years Later: A Look Back at SF's Resistance in the Days After Iraq War Began in 2003 - by Indybay
Ten years ago on March 19, the U.S. bombing, invasion, and long-term occupation of Iraq began by order of George W Bush with the consent of the over 70% of Americans. Ten years ago on March 20, those opposed to U.S. military action rose up to protest en masse by shutting down downtown San Francisco in perhaps one of the largest collective acts of civil disobedience ever seen in the area. On the first day alone, nearly 1,500 people were arrested by SFPD.
Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:05PM
Vigil in Watsonville to Remember Lives Lost to Violence - by Indybay
On March 15, community members gathered at the plaza in Watsonville to remember people whose lives have been lost to violence. Speakers at the rally included youth, community leaders, and family members of lost loved ones. Artists, including poets, rappers, and painters, shared their skills with those in attendance. As the sun went down, the event ended with a candlelight vigil and universal prayer.
Posted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:59AM
Fourth Anniversary of IDF Shooting of Tristan Anderson Marked with Global Resistance Day - by Indybay
Four years ago, Tristan Anderson, an Oakland-based human rights activist, was shot in the head with a tear gas canister by Israeli military police. On March 13th, on the anniversary of Tristan's injury, dozens gathered in Oscar Grant Plaza to celebrate Global Resistance Day. Global Resistance Day honors Tristan and all who have transcended borders and risked their lives to resist tyranny. Friends and family of Tristan Anderson announced that they will soon go to Israel to press charges agai...
Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:20PM
Judge Denies Motions to Dismiss for Last of the Santa Cruz Eleven Facing Charges - by Indybay
Motions to dismiss trespass and felony vandalism charges against four individuals charged in association with the 75 River Street bank occupation in Santa Cruz were denied by Judge Timothy Volkmann on March 11. Gabriella Ripley-Phipps, Franklin Alcantara, Brent Adams, and Cameron Laurendau have a trial date set for May, but that date will most likely be changed due to a case conflict with one of the defense attorneys.
Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:43PM