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Deal reached, Santa Clara County workers call off strike - by via SEIU 521
San Jose, Calif. – Hours before thousands of Santa Clara County workers were scheduled to walk off the job Tuesday, contract talks between Service Employees International Union Local 521 and the county produced a tentative agreement, and union leaders called off the 6 a.m. strike.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 9:14AM
Armed Trans People Will Not Get Bashed! - by D. Boyer
The San Francisco Chapter of the Pink Pistols, a pro firearm self defense group marches in the SF LGBT Pride Parade.
Posted: Wed Jul 1, 2015 8:03AM
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
The U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change - by Sharat G. Lin
Another World is Possible! The United States Social Forum 2015 was held in San José at the end of June. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change.
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:03PM
Trans Pride SF 2015 - audio from the stage and march (audio/mpeg 27.5MB) - by Rubble
Hear speakers and performers from the Mission Dolores Park stage towards the end of the rally, followed by trans youth chanting in a drumming circle from the streets at the beginning of the march.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:15PM
"SF Madness" Warriors' And SF Mayor Ed Lee Want Warrior's Stadium Right Next To Hospital - by Labor Video Project
SF mayor Ed Lee and the Warrior management want to build a Golden State Warriors’ entertainment complex right next to the UCSF Mission Bay Children's Hospital. This in addition to the Giant's stadium means serious health and safety concerns say CNA nurses who spoke out.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:43PM
Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
Fairfax Resident Files Lawsuit over Police Harassment, Cover-up of Misconduct - by Jeff Miller
A Fairfax resident filed a civil rights lawsuit last week against the Town of Fairfax for a July 2014 incident in which two Fairfax police officers wrongly and forcefully detained him for alleged mail theft and subjected him to insults and threats, simply for taking his mail out of his own mailbox. Although the Fairfax police chief initially promised to discipline the officers for inappropriate behavior, the police department subsequently conspired to cover up the officers’ misconduct, dism...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:54PM
Precarity in Paradise: the Barcelona model - by Peter Gelderloos, ROAR magazine, June 28,
This is particularly of interest in the context of a total lack of opposition to the end-stage tech-fueled gentrification of San Francisco.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:28AM
Stonewall Was a RIOT: No Pride in Police Brutality - by D. Boyer
Noticed the photo below on Market street in San Francisco during the Pride Parade.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:42AM
OPD Helicopter Announces: The Dogs Will Find You. The Dogs Will Bite You. (video/mp4 2.4MB) - by Dave Id
"This is the Oakland police department. Residents, stay inside your homes. Dogs are being released. The dogs will find you. The dogs will bite you. If they find you, do not move or attempt to run or the dogs will bite you." This warning blared from an OPD helicopter in West Oakland just after 3pm today.
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:18PM
Rev. Jeremiah King founder of the African Baptist Church, Stockton, California - by khubaka, michael harris
The founder of the African Baptist Church of Stockton final resting place found within Block 27-Stockton Rural Cemetery along with many of the earliest pioneers of African ancestry, both those formally born enslaved and free. During our Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Freedom, together we will end the separate and unequal treatment within Stockton Rural Cemetery and begin to officially identify, document and preserve the contributions by people of African ancestry as part of the broader eff...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:43PM
Richmond Community Takes the Streets for Richard “Pedie” Perez - by FireWorks
Saturday, June 27, a spirited group of friends, family, and supporters of Richard "Pedie" Perez, killed by Richmond police in September of 2014, took the streets of the Downtown. The diverse group chanted, held signs, and distributed flyers. The march, which followed a rally outside of the Richmond BART station, came after a recent decision by the District Attorney which ruled the police killing of Perez was justifiable. Rich Perez, Pedie's father, stated in the local media: “All of our wit...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:00AM
Transgender Immigrants Taking A Stand Against Abuse: Trans March 2015 (video/x-flv 76.3MB) - by D. Boyer
Transgender immigrants are taking a stand against the abuse, and sexual assaults in ICE detention centers. Video and pictures from 2015 Trans March.
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:35AM
Street Heat - June 2015 - by Mike Rhodes
Photos and audio (mp3) of the Street Heat radio show in Fresno. Each segment of the show is about 15 minutes long. Photo below: Show host Pam Whalen.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 3:40PM
"Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
Draining of Folsom Lake forces Nimbus, American River Hatchery evacuations - by Dan Bacher
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, emphasized that excessive water deliveries to the Sacramento Valley settlement contractors are exhausting the cold water in Lake Shasta, forcing the agencies to shift to using water from the American River to meet the Delta salinity standards. "As a consequence, the agencies are now are evacuating the hatcheries on the American," said Jennings. "And as a result of this mismanagement, they're not only goi...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:54AM
70th Anniversary of the UN Charter and Mural Unveiling - by D. Boyer
On Friday June 26th 2015, a 70th Anniversary Celebration of the signing of the UN Charter was held in San Francisco’s City Hall. Pics and video from that event. Sorry the photos were taken with an iPhone only.
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:45AM
Racial inequality persists in Berkeley schools graduation rates - by Rasheed Shabazz
School officials boast that Berkeley High graduation rates have gone up, yet racial inequality still exists and persists. Black graduation rates have increased over the past five years at Berkeley High, but the number of total students is declining. Also, fewer students are graduating from Berkeley Technology Academy, a continuation school in South Berkeley attended primarily by students of color.
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:53PM