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Wed Dec 30 2015 (Updated 01/01/16)Victory for the Black Friday 14
Wed Dec 30 2015 (Updated 01/01/16)Year-Long Campaign in Support of the Black Friday 14 Leads to All Charges Being Dropped
On Black Friday 2014, following the grand jury announcement it would not recommend indicting police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, fourteen Black activists chained themselves together on a BART transit platform “to prevent trains from moving at the West Oakland station, in response to the seemingly unending war against Black communities.” District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and BART pursued criminal charges and originally $70,000 in restitution. Now, after a year-long campaign by the Black Friday 14 and a broad coalition of allies, the DA has dropped all the charges.
Sat Dec 5 2015 (Updated 12/06/15)Women No Longer Forced to Take Pregnancy Tests in Alameda Jails
Sat Dec 5 2015 (Updated 12/06/15)ACLU Settles Lawsuit with Alameda County Jails over Pregnancy Testing
The ACLU of Northern California and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office have reached a settlement agreement that will ensure that women are able to choose whether they receive pregnancy testing in the county’s jails. The agreement is the result of a lawsuit, Harman v. Ahern, which argued the policy was a violation of the California Constitution, the U.S. Constitution and state statutory law.
Sun Nov 22 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)Labor and BLM Demand: “Drop the Charges Against the Black Friday 14!”
Sun Nov 22 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)Black Friday 14 Action a Prelude to Huge Rally to Raise Oakland Minimum Wage to $15/Hr
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. No arrests were made.
Over 2000 protesters from many different Indian American communities joined together outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27 to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" and Hindutva. They raised many issues with Modi's leadership, ranging from forced conversions to Hinduism, Internet surveillance, arrest of political bloggers, harassment of human rights activists, blind eye to rapes, dispossession of small farmers, rewriting of Indian history, and the 2002 Gujarat massacre.
Fri May 8 2015 (Updated 05/17/15)Students Occupy Stevenson Coffee House at Activists IN! Rapists OUT! Rally
Fri May 8 2015 (Updated 05/17/15)UCSC Under Investigation for Mishandling Rape and Other Sexual Violence Cases
Students at UC Santa Cruz occupied the Stevenson Coffee House for a short period of time on April 27 to expose a person they say is a known rapist who is presently employed at the business. The small cafe, which is privately owned and operated under a lease with the university, is located within Stevenson College on the east side of the UCSC campus.
Thu Apr 30 2015 (Updated 05/01/15)OPD Bows to Pressure, Releasing Video Related to Killing of Yuvette Henderson
Thu Apr 30 2015 (Updated 05/01/15)Police Allow Yuvette Henderson's Family to View Video, But Critical Moments Not Available
On April 12, the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), in conjunction with Yuvette Henderson’s family, held a vigil and caravan in the name of Yuvette, killed with an AR-15 by Emeryville police. Numerous other demonstrations have been held to demand justice for Yuvette as well. On April 21st, the Oakland police department conceded to community pressure and allowed the brother and sister of Yuvette to view the videos leading up to her murder, which is rare after a police killing, but her family was told that the two most critical events of the day were not available for review.
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Walk to Stop the Silence Draws Hundreds in Watsonville
Sat Apr 18 2015 (Updated 04/19/15)Community Members Reach Out to Those Victimized by Childhood Sexual Abuse
The annual Walk to Stop the Silence was launched nine years ago in order to break through the silence surrounding the issue of sexual abuse and provide a healing space for survivors. The event is always well-attended, but this year, on April 11, the crowd was noticeably packed with families and young people whose energy led the walk with chants such as, "Walk to Stop the Silence!" and "Sí se puede!"