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Tue Nov 24 2015Oakland Police Kill Yet Another Black Man
August 27 marked the sixth officer-involved shooting by Oakland police in 2015, and the fourth resulting in death. This does not count Richard Linyard, who police claim suffocated to death after he squeezed himself between two buildings during a police chase. All of OPD's victims this year have been of African descent. The victim was Yonas Alehegne and it's been reported that he was homeless and an immigrant, possibly from West Africa.
Thu Oct 15 2015Indigenous Land Access Committee Holds Ongoing Ceremony on Gill Tract to Reclaim Land
Thu Oct 15 2015Occupy The Farm Supports Indigenous Ceremony at Gill Tract
On October 11, a group of indigenous people held a sacred ceremony and observance on the historic Gill Tract Farm to honor the land and the ancestors who lived on the land for over 10,000 years. The gathering was convened by the Indigenous Land Access Committee (ILAC) — a group of Ohlone and other native people who envision reclaiming land stolen from them, and restoring spiritual and cultural lifeways in solidarity with indigenous people on every continent harmed by colonization.
Sun Oct 11 2015 (Updated 10/16/15)Alameda County DA Wants to Spy on You – Without Any Oversight
Sun Oct 11 2015 (Updated 10/16/15)County Board of Supervisors to Vote on DA's Request for Hailstorm Cell Site Simulator
UPDATE: The decision on approving the grant money for a Stingray upgrade was postponed to an indefinite date, probably December.
Thu Sep 24 2015Richmond Rally Marks First Anniversary of Pedie Perez Killing
On September 12, about 60 people showed up outside Uncle Sam's Liquors in Richmond to remember Pedie Perez who was shot dead at that location on September 14, 2014 by Richmond police officer Wallace Jensen. Although Jensen claims that Pedie had tried to take his gun, witnesses dispute this and the store's surveillance video shows that after a struggle on the ground Jensen got up and backed away with his gun still holstered. He then shot Pedie from about six feet away.
Dan Rush, a former union organizer for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, was recently named in a federal arrest warrant that alleges he engaged in bad-faith negotiations with cannabis dispensary owners while acting in his capacity as a union official. Rush is also accused of holding a private financial interest in a medical cannabis company seeking a dispensary permit in Oakland in 2010.
Mon Aug 31 2015 (Updated 09/02/15)Notice to Richmond Voters: Fraudulent Petition Circulating
Mon Aug 31 2015 (Updated 09/02/15)Richmond Residents Report Petition to Repeal Rent Control Being Billed as Supporting It
The Richmond Progressive Alliance sent out the following notice on August 27: We are reaching out to notify you of a misleading petition to repeal the new rent control ordinance in Richmond, CA. [W]e have received dozens of reports from residents and have cause to believe that up to half of their signatures are from supporters who have been otherwise fooled. This petition if validated will SUSPEND the ordinance for up to Nov. 2016, during which landlords will be free to unfairly raise rents and evict tenants without just cause.
Wed Aug 19 2015 (Updated 08/20/15)Direct Actions Begin in Defense of Knowland Park
Wed Aug 19 2015 (Updated 08/20/15)Defend Knowland Park Calls for Direct Action and Campout to Resist Oakland Zoo Expansion
Defend Knowland Park issued a call-out for direct action in the Oakland hills: "As we have stated before, we need to resist the destructive and gentrifying Zoo development to protect the animals, land, and neighborhood. We invite everyone who feels compassionate about environmental justice, animal rights, and tenant rights to join us, organize, and take direct action." On Friday, August 21, a Knowland Park Defence Convergence Festival and Campout is scheduled with bands, workshops, films, and more.
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