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Sun Feb 24 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Rally and Candlelight Vigil Against Gun Violence Held in Palo Alto
Sun Feb 24 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Community Members Say Supporters of NRA Will Oppose Reasonable Legislation
On February 22, rally participants in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza gathered to demand that measures proposed in Congress to ban semi-automatic and military-style firearms be debated and votes taken. They said that unfortunately supporters of the National Rifle Association's position will oppose reasonable legislation.
Tue Feb 12 2013 (Updated 02/18/13)Drone Hearings Coming to Berkeley and Oakland
Tue Feb 12 2013 (Updated 02/18/13)Alameda County Board of Supes and Berkeley Police Review Commission to Hold Drone Hearings
On Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm, the Berkeley Police Review Commission will hold a hearing to discuss a possible drone policy for the city of Berkeley. On Thursday, February 14th at 1pm, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Public Protection Committee will hold a hearing on the Alameda County Sheriff's plan to purchase and deploy a drone. The Sheriff's office has stated it wanted to use the drone for "suspicious persons" and "large crowd control disturbances."
Mon Jan 14 2013 (Updated 01/15/13)Human Rights Advocates Decry Continuation of Abuses in Guantánamo
Mon Jan 14 2013 (Updated 01/15/13)Orange Jumpsuit Protest in Palo Alto Marks Opening of Guantánamo 11 Years Ago
January 11th, 2013, marked the day the unlawful prison Guantánamo opened 11 years ago. A protest organized by Amnesty International was held in Palo Alto's Lytton Plaza. Protesters demonstrated to remind President Obama of his promise to shut down Guantánamo prison and uphold human rights. Participants from many groups gathered in busy downtown Palo Alto to gather signatures and draw attention to the human rights abuses that continue in Guantánamo.
Tue Nov 13 2012 (Updated 11/14/12)Crosses in Lafayette: The Need to Remember
Tue Nov 13 2012 (Updated 11/14/12)Memorial for Soldiers Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan Continues to Grow
On a small hill next to Deer Hill Road in the City of Lafayette, over 6,000 crosses have been erected and displayed as an on-going tribute, and to memorialize the soldiers, who have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. The hillside has been marked with controversy, and has sparked anger and even attracted counter protests to its existence.
Mon Sep 24 2012 (Updated 10/05/12)West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Actions to Say, "Fuck Columbus Day"
Mon Sep 24 2012 (Updated 10/05/12)"Fuck Columbus Day, Fuck the Occupation of Afghanistan & Fuck Fleet Week" October 5-7th
Decolonize the New World 2012 writes: "Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in San Francisco." Scheduled are a Day Of Action Against Mexican, US & Canadian Consulates; a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March; and a protest on the 11th Anniversary of the US/NATO War in Afghanistan.
Mon Sep 24 2012 (Updated 10/09/12)Peace and Unity March 2012 in Watsonville
Mon Sep 24 2012 (Updated 10/09/12)Marching to Protest Gang and Domestic Violence in Watsonville
Over 350 people marched in the annual Peace and Unity March on the unusually hot Sunday afternoon of September 30, 2012 in downtown Watsonville, CA. This year's march was held to protest gang and domestic violence in the community of Watsonville, and was organized by the Watsonville Peace & Unity Coalition, which was initiated by the Watsonville Brown Berets. The turnout was significantly larger than previous years, due to recent violence, a larger coalition including the City of Watsonville, and well-organized outreach throughout Watsonville.
Mon Aug 20 2012 (Updated 08/22/12)The People Speak: "Free Speech Not Hate Speech on SF Transit"
Mon Aug 20 2012 (Updated 08/22/12)Bay Area Artists Modify Islam-Bashing Hate Speech Advertisements on SF MUNI Buses
A well-known anti-Muslim group known as "The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI)" began running Islamophobic ads on ten San Francisco buses. The ads read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." After MUNI announced that it would not remove the ads, local artists took matters into their own hands and began modifiying the ads. Several now read: "In any war between the colonizer and the colonized, support the oppressed. Support the Palestinian right of return. Defeat racism."