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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.
Tue Aug 18 2015 (Updated 08/21/15)OPD Kills Again, Freeway Blockaded in Response
Tue Aug 18 2015 (Updated 08/21/15)Nate Wilks Shot and Killed by Oakland Police for Running While Black
In 2015, Oakland Police have already been involved in three fatal shootings, as well as a mysterious death where a man died while trapped between two houses following a chase. On the afternoon of August 12, Nathaniel Wilks, 27, born August 26 in New York City and father to a tiny baby girl named Kai’lei, was fatally shot as he slowed down after a car and foot chase by police, saying, “Ok, Ok, Ok,” shortly before he was shot.
Tue Jul 28 2015 (Updated 07/29/15)Humanist Hall Threatened by Complaints from Newcomers Next Door
Tue Jul 28 2015 (Updated 07/29/15)City of Oakland Declares Humanist Hall a Neighborhood Nuisance, Issues Huge Fines
The Humanist Hall is being attacked by newcomers who live in condos built right next door only about ten years ago. The Humanist Hall has opened its doors for countless radical and under-served organizations over the past 75 years, yet now it is being labelled a public nuisance by the City of Oakland due to complaints from the new neighbors. An online petition calls on Mayor Schaaf to “encourage condo owners and renters to respect the social norms of the neighborhood – our neighborhood – that they have moved into.."
Mon Jul 27 2015 (Updated 07/29/15)Muwekma Farm Destoyed by City of Oakland and OPD
Mon Jul 27 2015 (Updated 07/29/15)Community Farm on International Blvd Destroyed, But Farmer's Promise Comeback
For two months, the Muwekma Farm thrived at its location on the corner of 31st Avenue and International Blvd in Oakland. On July 9, however, the City of Oakland and OPD destroyed every single plant, raised bed, and bench. Muwekma Farm writes: We have no specific date for retaking the land, but when we do there will be another announcement. To those who desire a world free of environmental destruction and economic slavery, we would like to remind you that there is an inordinate amount of vacant land in the City of Oakland.
Sun Jul 26 2015 (Updated 07/30/15)Oakland Activists Accused of Freeing Animals Are Charged as Terrorists
Sun Jul 26 2015 (Updated 07/30/15)Two New Arrests Brings Total to Four Arrested for Huge String of ALF Actions in 2013
The year 2013 was a busy one for animal liberation actions across the U.S., primarily at businesses that breed and/or sell fur. Tyler Lang and Kevin Johnson of Los Angeles recently pled guilty and currently await sentencing for a related charge of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). On July 24, the FBI arrested two more animal rights activists. Joseph Buddenburg and Nicole Kissane of Oakland were charged under AETA for 2013 actions. At a court hearing on July 28, Judge Ryu released Nicole from electronic monitoring but ordered that Joseph remain on home lockdown with continued monitoring.
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