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Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 05/02/16)Anti-Trump Protesters Shut Down Roads to Republican Convention
Sat Apr 30 2016 (Updated 05/02/16)Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame
Protests against Donald Trump are heating up in California as the June 7 presidential primary approaches. On April 29, it was the Bay Area's turn. Trump was scheduled to speak on the opening day of the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. Protesters blocked streets and pushed through police barricades. Trump's motorcade was unable to reach the site and was forced to walk from Highway 101 through concrete barriers to reach the convention via a back entrance.
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)San Francisco Police Execute Homeless Man
Sun Apr 10 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Despite SFPD Deescalation Claim, Jose Luis Gongora Shot Down in Under 30 Seconds
On April 7, a homeless man, Jose Luis Gongora, allegedly brandishing a knife, was executed by SFPD. Surveillance camera video shows police cars rolling up, cops getting out and approaching Jose Luis off-camera. Police claimed they attempted to deescalate the situation, but the video shows two cops approaching Jose Luis with a shotgun pointed at him and shouting at him. The cop with the shotgun can be heard firing four "less lethal" bean-bag rounds at Jose Luis before at least one of the cops shoots and kills him. On April 9, SFPD raided a nearby tent encampment on Shotwell Street, knocking over objects with sticks, including several memorial candles that lined the front of Jose Luis' tent which is still at the scene.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
Fri Jan 29 2016 (Updated 01/30/16)ICE Protest Blocks San Francisco Intersections
Fri Jan 29 2016 (Updated 01/30/16)Business As Usual Disrupted in SF's Financial District
Wed Jan 27 2016A View of Salinas Chinatown
Bradley Allen writes: Salinas Chinatown, a six block, twenty-nine acre neighborhood, is a refuge for members of our society who have been marginalized and discriminated against. Taylor Farms, the world’s largest producer of cut vegetables and salads, built their new five-story headquarters in Oldtown Salinas, with a view of Chinatown.
Wed Jan 13 2016 (Updated 01/25/16)Martin Luther King Jr's Radical Legacy Lives On
Wed Jan 13 2016 (Updated 01/25/16)Bay Area Holds 96 Hours of Action as Part of Nat'l Call to “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy”
Hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings responded to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s (APTP) call to come together for 96 hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 15-18, in San Francisco and Oakland. Mayors and police chiefs were targeted for protest. The weekend’s events culminated in a Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March and a surprise shutdown of the Bay Bridge on January 18.
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)ICE Raids Family Homes in Monterey by Pretending to Be Police
Sun Nov 1 2015 (Updated 11/02/15)Individuals Arrested by ICE Were Long-Time Residents of Monterey County
On Oct 21, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided family homes in Monterey County by pretending to be local police, including wearing jackets that said "POLICE" on them, knocking on people's doors pretending that they just wanted to ask some questions, and then arresting them without any warrants. The two men are fathers of U.S. citizens. One is a grandfather. They have lived in the United States since 1989 and 2005.
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.
Same-sex weddings took place across the country after the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that all 50 states must now permit LGBTQ couples "the fundamental right to marry." After the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on marriage equality, many LGBT organizers are now redirecting their attention to obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in areas of employment, housing and commerce. Locally, activists want to shift the focus to issues that LGBT immigrants and prisoners face in detention centers across the U.S.
The farm worker movement mourns the passing on June 7, 2015, of Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, who played a key role with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the farm worker movement and on behalf of many other worthy causes over seven decades. Sal was motivated by deep faith in a movement grounded in the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings and dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 05/10/15)May Day in the Bay 2015
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 05/10/15)May Day Includes Labor, Immigrant Rights, Anti-Police-Terror, Anti-Gentrification Actions
All around the world May Day has been a day for labor solidarity, immigrant rights, direct action, reclaiming the streets, and speaking out against injustice. May Day 2015 in the Northern California was a busy day for actions from San Francisco and Oakland to San Jose and Mountain View to Santa Cruz and Fresno. Call-outs went out for rallies, marches, flying pickets, the shutdown of the Port of Oakland, a tech commute blockade, and an anti-capitalist/Baltimore solidarity march.
Sun Mar 8 2015 (Updated 03/09/15)Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez Sought in Vigil, Rallies, and Marches
Sun Mar 8 2015 (Updated 03/09/15)Amilcar Perez-Lopez Killed by Plain Clothes San Francisco Police in the Mission
Amilcar Perez-Lopez was a 21-year-old man from Guatemala, living and working in the Mission District. Amilcar and his household were facing eviction at the end of March. On February 26, plain clothes SFPD officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli shot and killed Amilcar. Police have stated he was in the process of stealing a bicycle, but that claim is called into question by a number of witnesses, some who say the cyclist had stolen Amilcar's phone. Witnesses have reported being intimidated and bullied by SFPD since Amilcar's murder.
Fri Nov 14 2014 (Updated 11/16/14)Lockdown at U.S. Federal Court for Palestinian Community Organizer Rasmea Odeh
Fri Nov 14 2014 (Updated 11/16/14)Rasmea Odeh Conviction Protested Across U.S. by Supporters and Human Rights Activists
On November 12, activists with the Bay Area Rasmea Defense Committee chained themselves to doors of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland to protest the conviction and imprisonment of 67-year-old Palestinian community organizer Rasmea Odeh. Odeh was convicted on Monday, November 10th in a Detroit federal court of knowingly lying on her immigration application. Hundreds were present in court to support Odeh over the course of her trial in Detroit and across the country solidarity demonstrations have been held demanding that she be freed.
5PM Saturday May 7 Film Showing: "No Más Bebés"
5:30PM Saturday May 28 Deportation and Immigration: The Peril and The Promise
International Workers Day is a Call for Immigrant Rights/Better Housing Policies Monday May 2nd 2:24 AM
Trump Forced to Sneak Through Fence to Reach California GOP Convention in Burlingame Saturday Apr 30th 1:35 AM
May Day | Primero de Mayo | International Workers Day Thursday Apr 28th 9:54 AM
Letter from Al Rojas to Arturo Rodriguez on UFW and the Delano 1965 Grape Strike Thursday Apr 7th 12:33 PM
UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March (3 comments) Tuesday Apr 5th 11:58 AM
Farm workers march to honor Chavez birthday, stop Trump and push for overtime pay (1 comment) Thursday Mar 31st 5:34 PM
Business As Usual Disrupted in San Francisco's Financial District. (1 comment) Tuesday Jan 26th 5:27 PM
A View of Salinas Chinatown (4 comments) Monday Jan 18th 7:43 PM
Bay Area plans 96 hours of action as part of national call to “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy” (5 comments) Monday Jan 11th 1:59 PM
The art of cinema from Berkeley to Hollywood Friday Nov 13th 9:47 PM
#FreeTio (2 comments) Sunday Oct 25th 5:18 PMMore Local News...
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SPLC survey: Presidential campaign leading to widespread fear, bullying in schools Sunday Apr 17th 3:00 AM
For the first time, a team of refugees will compete in the Olympics Friday Mar 4th 1:44 AM
UNITE HERE Condemns ICE Raids Targeting Central American Women and Children Thursday Jan 7th 11:54 PM
Adelina Nicholls, executive director de GLAHR Habla de Redadas por ICE En Georgia, USA Sunday Jan 3rd 10:43 PM
Greek conscripts: 'we won't take part in fighting migrants' (1 comment) Sunday Nov 8th 10:16 PM
Fall 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! Monday Oct 26th 8:00 AM
Refugees themselves, Iraqis volunteer to help others reach safety in Germany Sunday Oct 18th 12:48 AM
Deplorable images in asylum-seekers reception center Friday Sep 11th 10:12 AM
Immigrant Rights Noise Demo at 5th District Federal Court in New Orleans Monday Jul 13th 5:46 AM
Lives of Somali Americans in Minnesota Wednesday May 13th 11:22 PM
Francisca from PuenteAZ Interview on SB01070 5years later/ Joe Arpio on settingthestandard Wednesday Apr 22nd 12:47 AMMore Global News...
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Spring 2016 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! Tuesday Apr 5th 1:34 PM
Behind every refugee stands an arms trader Tuesday Jan 26th 6:26 AM
(A-Radio) Mediterranean 3: The self-organized refugee squat Orfanotrofeio in Thessaloniki Saturday Jan 16th 1:50 PM
(A-Radio) Mediterranean 2: Anarchists in Slovenia and the refugee Balkan route Tuesday Jan 12th 12:11 PM
(A-Radio) Mediterranean 1: The occupied refugee center Notara26 in Athens Monday Jan 4th 2:27 PM
2 minutes with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Thursday Dec 24th 3:57 PM
Emotional funeral for drowned Iraqi family Friday Dec 4th 1:32 AM
WW 12-1-15 Chicago Labor and Protest On Black Friday & Mexican Agricultural Union formed Wednesday Dec 2nd 6:10 PM
España: La policía asesina en Salou a un inmigrante Saturday Sep 12th 2:31 PM
Horrific Mistreatment of Migrants Thursday Aug 20th 5:30 AM
LGBTQ Weddings, Pride Celebrations Follow Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality Thursday Jul 9th 12:00 AMOpen Newswire...
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