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Sun Oct 2 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Police Asset Seizure to Require Convictions in Most Cases
Sun Oct 2 2016 (Updated 10/04/16)Historic California Law to Rein in Asset Forfeiture Abuse, Paving Way for Other States
While previous attempts to reign in police seizures have failed in the California legislature, state lawmakers approved Senate Bill 443 in August with bipartisan support. On September 29, the bill limiting civil asset forfeiture abuse in California was signed into law, marking a victory for the larger asset forfeiture reform movement underway throughout the country. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2017, requiring a conviction in most cases before state and local law enforcement agencies may permanently keep people’s property.
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Tracking Police Murders in Three Bay Area Cities
Sat Oct 1 2016 (Updated 11/20/16)Timelines Map San Francisco, Hayward, and Stockton Killings by Law Enforcement Since 1990
The Center for Convivial Research and Autonomy has thus far created three timelines mapping state violence in the Bay Area, one for Hayward, one for San Francisco, one for Stockton. The timelines were generated as part of a larger ongoing convivial research effort to expose low intensity war across the Bay Area and state. The CCRA writes: The timeline is a tool that remembers, counts, mourns and honors our dead. It is a collaborative effort of documentation over time that makes visible the many resistances that have refused erasure. This refusal itself is a confrontation against state violence.
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Getting a Good Night's Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall
Thu Sep 22 2016 (Updated 09/24/16)Freedom Sleepers Still Advocating for Public Safe Sleep Zones at Community Sleepouts
Presently the only location in downtown Santa Cruz where people on the street are able to sleep regularly as a group is at the weekly community sleepouts organized by the Freedom Sleepers. Homeless sweeps conducted by the Santa Cruz Police Department beginning in January of this year have for the most part cleared the downtown area of groups of people sleeping together in other locations, such as at the post office. Since July of 2015, the Freedom Sleepers have gathered to sleep at city hall one night a week to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness. September 20 marked the group's 63rd sleepout.
Wed Sep 21 2016 (Updated 09/25/16)East Bay Cops Charged with Sex Crimes and Corruption
Wed Sep 21 2016 (Updated 09/25/16)Media Exposure Leads to Largest Number of Area Police Criminally Charged in Recent History
Recent reporting exposed widespread crimes, corruption, and coverups in the Oakland police department. As more and more came to light about Oakland police sexually abusing and trafficking a teenage girl since she was a minor, community activists issued demands, protests turned up on OPD's doorstep, and calls for accountability came from all quarters. In this environment, it became untenable for Alameda County District Attorney O'Malley to do nothing. O'Malley has now charged five cops for the sexual exploitation of a teenager and related corruption. Two more are yet to be charged.
Thu Sep 15 2016Strike to End Prison Slavery
On September 10, over 300 people took part in a march, rally, and demonstration in solidarity with the ongoing Prison Strike happening across US prisons, jails, and detention facilities. People gathered at Latham Square in downtown Oakland where several speakers addressed the crowd. Grabbing banners, flags, and signs, people then took to the streets and marched to several corporations that profit from prison labor. AT&T, UPS, and Bank of America were called out for their use of prison labor.
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Activists Lock Down Entrances to Urban Shield Expo on Its 10th Anniversary
Thu Sep 15 2016 (Updated 09/16/16)Stop Urban Shield Coalition Seeks End to Military Weapons Expo and SWAT Police Training
On September 9, activists chained themselves to the entrances of the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to protest Urban Shield, the SWAT training and weapons expo hosted annually by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Hundreds of community members from cities across California, including Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, marched and rallied. Twenty-three activists were arrested, cited, and released.
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Protection of Sacred Sites Leads to Clash with Dakota Access Pipeline Security
Mon Sep 5 2016 (Updated 09/07/16)Water Protectors Call for Additional Supporters, Global Solidarity Actions September 3-17
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion on September 4 for a temporary restraining order to prevent further destruction of the Tribe’s sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the previous day, Water protectors clashed with security to successfully stop pipeline construction and some were viciously attacked by guard dogs. Protest camps have issued a global call for solidarity actions to be held September 3-17. In the Bay Area, solidarity actions will take place in Sacramento on September 7 and San Francisco on September 8.