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Tue May 13 2014 (Updated 05/16/14)Protesters Tell Sheriff Arpaio to Take His Brand of Hate and Leave Mountain View
Tue May 13 2014 (Updated 05/16/14)Outside Arpaio Speech, Demonstrators Impersonate Sheriff's Abusive Tactics
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio visited Mountain View, CA on May 6 to speak to an ultra-conservative group. At one point Arpaio approached protesters, some of whom said to him, "we don't want your hate here." Street theater demonstrators impersonated the sheriff and ICE federal agents in a skit near the entrance to the hall where the sheriff spoke.
On May Day 2014, actions across the Bay Area were as diverse as the people who live here. Multiple events were held leading up to the holiday as part of the Earth Day to May Day Days of Direct Action. Across the board, rallies supported undocumented workers and residents. UC Santa Cruz students continued to protest the appointment of Janet Napolitano. Additionally, many of the marches were joined by contingents supporting justice for people affected by police violence, including Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa and Antonio Lopez in San José.
Thu Apr 24 2014The Anatomy of Police Murder and Cover Up
Laurie Valdez writes: My name is Laurie Valdez. On February 21, 2014, my partner Antonio Guzman Lopez was murdered at the hands of San Jose State University Police Department Sgt. Mike Santos, who claims he did it in defense of fellow UPD officer Frits Van der Hoek. The incident happened right by a childcare center and in front of a sorority house. Clearly Santos had no concern for the safety of others or the fellow officer who, according to Santos, was standing right in front of Antonio, thus placing him in the line of fire.
Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 03/18/14)Oakland Council Votes for Port-Only Domain Awareness Center
Mon Mar 17 2014 (Updated 03/18/14)Calls of "Shame, Shame, Shame" at City Hall After Oakland Council Vote to Proceed with DAC
On March 4, one hundred and forty-nine public speaker's cards were turned in prior to the Oakland City Council meeting. Public comment was unanimous against a city-wide Domain Awareness Center. Nevertheless, council members passed a resolution at about 1am on March 5 to proceed with a scaled-down Port-only version of the DAC. From the public galleries in council chambers, calls of "shame, shame, shame" rang out after the vote to continue development of the DAC.
Wed Mar 5 2014 (Updated 03/07/14)Sit-in for Immigrant Rights Blocks Major Intersection in E. Palo Alto
Wed Mar 5 2014 (Updated 03/07/14)Labor Action Promotes Unions and Protests Department of Homeland Security E-Verify Program
On February 26 in East Palo Alto, about 250 people marched through the intersection in front of IKEA. Seven activists risked arrest, locking arms and standing (sometimes sitting) in the middle of a major intersection. Union and immigrant rights activists called out Juvenal Chavez, owner of nearby Mi Pueblo, for betraying his own undocumented immigrant roots by participating in the Department of Homeland Security program E-Verify that screens the immigration status of new hires.
Tue Jul 23 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Students Say No to Appointment of Homeland Security's Napalitano as UC President
Tue Jul 23 2013 (Updated 08/09/13)Immigrant Youth, Students, & Workers Protest Napalitano Appointment at UC Regents Meeting
Tue Apr 30 2013 (Updated 06/09/13)May Day: The Fight for $15 Kicks Off in Oakland
Tue Apr 30 2013 (Updated 06/09/13)May Day Demonstrations Across Northern California Demand Justice for Workers & Immigrants
On May Day 2013, the fight for a $15 'Livable Wage' came to Oakland. A rally at Oscar Grant Plaza was followed by a noise demonstration through the streets of Oakland to raise awareness about the campaign. The noise march in Oakland followed a Sin Fronteras march from Fruitvale BART station earlier in the day. Immigrant rights and labor actions took place in many Bay Area and Northern California cities on May Day including San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz.