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Thu Aug 18 2016 (Updated 08/19/16)Corporate Media Works with Police to Smash on Black August
Thu Aug 18 2016 (Updated 08/19/16)The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability
Davey D writes: I was alerted to an inflammatory story from Bay Area ABC news reporter Dan Noyes that basically sought to disparage the Black August celebrations. The story noted that "police sources" had leaked a memo to him stating that prison guards and police were gonna be attacked by members of the Black Guerilla Family in celebration of Black August. Many found the allegations to be outlandish.
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality
Thu Jun 16 2016 (Updated 06/17/16)Game-Changing Appeals Court Ruling Establishes a "First Amendment for the Internet"
It’s being called one of the most important moments in the history of the internet and a First Amendment for the internet. A federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, ruled this week that internet service providers must offer essentially the same protections to users that are required of phone companies. Digital activists are gleefully celebrating one of the most significant parts of the ruling: the FCC can apply its net neutrality rules to cellphone data as well as home broadband.
Thu Mar 24 2016In Memory of Louis LaFortune, Compassionate Peace Activist
Louis LaFortune passed away unexpectedly on the morning of March 13 at his family home in Live Oak. Media reports indicate he died in his home after suffering heart trouble. His family states that he passed quickly without pain or discomfort. Louis’s untimely passing, at the young age of 64, was a sad shock for his family and wide circle of friends.
Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Indybay Journalist Faces Prosecution for Documenting UCSC Highway Blockade
Wed Nov 11 2015 (Updated 11/14/15)Santa Cruz District Attorney Attempting to Criminalize and Chill First Amendment Activity
On March 3, six UCSC students blocked California Highway 1 using lockboxes and garbage cans filled with concrete. Independent journalist Alex Darocy, long-time Indybay contributor and editorial collective member, shot several photographs of the student demonstrators from his car as he passed the blockade, and for that he is currently being prosecuted, facing the possibility of jail time. A Motion to Dismiss, which argued that the prosecution is attempting to criminalize and chill conduct that is protected under the First Amendment, was heard on November 13. Judge Paul Burdick denied the motion and set a trial date for February 22, 2016.
Tue Aug 4 2015Idaho AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional
A U.S. District Court has struck down Idaho’s “ag-gag” law as an unconstitutional attempt by the agriculture industry to silence journalists, animal advocates, and whistleblowers who expose cruel farming practices. The ruling — the first of its kind — spells trouble for the agriculture industry’s attempts in other states to outlaw photography and video recordings of animal welfare, workers’ rights, and environmental violations. The lawsuit was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, with support from a wide-range of organizations.
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)AK Press, 1984 Printing, and Friends Need Help Now to Recover from Fire
Wed Mar 25 2015 (Updated 03/26/15)Fire Ravages Long-Time Anarchist and Artist Warehouses on 23rd and 24th Streets in Oakland
Before dawn on March 21, a fire erupted in a warehouse on 24th Street in Oakland. Two resident artists died. The fire quickly spread to the adjoining warehouse on 23rd Street commonly known as the AK Press warehouse. On the AK side, three residential units sustained severe damage, at least one being totally destroyed, with a beloved cat succumbing to the smoke and heat. Other units have borne varying degrees of damage. Businesses on the first floor are struggling with major water damage. Even worse, with both warehouses now red-tagged by the city, residents and businesses are not allowed inside either building, leaving dozens homeless. A new relief fund has been created that will be evenly split three ways between AK Press, 1984 Printing, and affected neighbors.
Sat Mar 7 2015 (Updated 03/08/15)Station 40 Residents and Supporters Vow to Fight Eviction
Sat Mar 7 2015 (Updated 03/08/15)Station 40 Collective Faces Eviction as Mission Gentrification & Displacement Continues
hanna quevedo writes: We received eviction papers from our landlords, Ahuva, Emanuel, and Barak Jolish. Their legal documents aim to displace us from our affordable, eleven-year-old home, Station 40. It is no coincidence that Station 40 is being evicted on the same intersection as the proposed development by Maximus Real Estate Partners of a 350-unit luxury apartment building in what is a predominantly working-class neighborhood.
Mon Dec 29 2014Solidarity Action At Spanish Consulate
On December, 15, Spain passed the "ley de mordaza", a gag law that makes it a crime to insult a cop, film a cop, or assemble in large groups. On December 16, seven anarchists were arrested on charges relating to terrorism. On December 22, a group of anarchists stormed the Spanish consulate in San Francisco. After throwing leaflets into the consulate, tipping over the Spanish flag, and yelling curses, the group left without incident.
Sun Nov 30 2014 (Updated 12/01/14)Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble
Sun Nov 30 2014 (Updated 12/01/14)First Independent Media Center Kicked Off on N30 at Seattle WTO Protests in 1999
The Indymedia (Independent Media Center) project started in late November of 1999, to allow participants in the anti-globalization movement to report on the protests against the WTO meeting that took place in Seattle, Washington, and to act as an alternative media source. The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center, commonly known as Indybay, started in 2000. By 2002, there were 89 local IMCs around the world spread between 31 countries (plus the West Bank) and 6 continents. By January 2006, the Indymedia network had grown to over 150 Indymedia outlets around the world.
Tue Nov 18 2014 (Updated 11/19/14)Peace Activists 'Banned for Life' from Bookshop Santa Cruz for Protesting Leon Panetta
Tue Nov 18 2014 (Updated 11/19/14)Indybay Journalist Assaulted by Leon Panetta's Security; Protesters Banned from Bookstore
On November 10, peace activists in Santa Cruz protested a book signing appearance by Leon Panetta, the one-time Secretary of Defense and CIA Director. Bookshop Santa Cruz hosted the event with a crowd of hundreds in attendance. By the end of the evening, five individuals were "banned for life" from Bookshop Santa Cruz, in retaliation for activities related to the evening's peaceful protest. Additionally, Panetta's security assaulted an Indybay journalist who was documenting the event.
Fri Nov 7 2014 (Updated 05/18/16)Indybay and Layer42 Win $87,000 From Attorney Dionne Choyce
Fri Nov 7 2014 (Updated 05/18/16)US District Judge Rules Choyce Copyright Claim Against Indybay Was "Objectively Baseless"
UPDATE: Dionne Choyce is currently appealing the decision on fees. Written arguments have been filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Parties are awaiting a response.
On November 3, United States District Judge Jon S. Tigar awarded legal fees of over $87,000 to the open-publishing news website Indybay and internet service provider Layer42 after dismissing an "objectively baseless" lawsuit filed by Bay Area attorney Dionne Choyce. Indybay is represented pro bono by Roger R. Myers, Leila C. Knox and Jessica Mar of Bryan Cave LLP, who will be redistributing any and all fee payment made by Dionne Choyce to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Fri Sep 19 2014 (Updated 10/02/14)BART Police Deputy Chief Faces Trial for Retaliation Against Indybay Reporter
Fri Sep 19 2014 (Updated 10/02/14)“Be on the Look Out” Flyer Depicting Dave Id was Distributed to BART Police Officers
On September 22, former BART Police Deputy Chief Dan Hartwig will be called to account in federal court for his role in targeting and arresting independent journalist David Morse during a “No Justice No BART” protest at the Powell Street BART station three years ago. Morse was the only credentialed journalist who was handcuffed, arrested, and held in police custody for several hours, while other reporters with and without credentials were all released without citation from a police encirclement.
UPDATE: Verdict in BART PD Trial, September 29: The jury in US District Court found that — despite BART Deputy Chief Fairow ordering a flier be created identifying Dave Id as a subject for police focus during the 9/8/11 Powell Street station protest, despite BART police discussing arresting Dave Id at a planning meeting prior to the protest (even though all officers who testified said Dave Id had never committed a crime at a previous protest), and despite Deputy Chief Hartwig choosing Dave Id to be very first person arrested when all other journalists were released from a police kettle — Deputy Chief Hartwig did not retaliate against Dave Id for his hundreds of critical reports on BART police. Dave Id and Indybay strongly disagree.
2PM Sunday Aug 28 Mystery Authors Panel
7PM Wednesday Sep 7 Greg Palast film: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
The PR Campaign to Uplift Police & Demonize Those Who Call for Accountability (2 comments) Thursday Aug 11th 10:27 PM
Santa Cruz Sentinel Reporter Leaves Questionable Voicemail (18 comments) Friday Jul 29th 4:09 PM
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Press the press on homelessness Thursday Jun 30th 12:36 AM
Lies the Lobbyists in Berkeley Tell You (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 15th 11:35 AM
SF Immigrant Film Festival: Call for Entries 2016! Saturday Jun 11th 3:46 PM
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Policia asesina a activista y periodista de radio comunitaria en Oaxaca (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 29th 11:23 AM
Community radio journalist and activist killed by police in Oaxaca (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 29th 11:20 AM
Oaxaca, 10 Years Since 2006 Sunday Jun 19th 3:13 PM
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This Week in Palestine, June 17th, 2016 Friday Jun 17th 9:56 PM
Historic Court Ruling for Net Neutrality Thursday Jun 16th 6:30 PM
Joleen Brown: Families First and Helping Others is the Key to Native Hoop Magazine Saturday Jun 11th 1:56 PMMore Global News...
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CA lawyer & wife of former "Save KPFA" board member Sarv Randhawa Gives Prayer For Trump Wednesday Jul 20th 1:01 AM
Progressive Norman Solomon Joins with Neocon Robert Kagan Sunday Jul 17th 9:09 AM
It Is Time For Native People To Resolve Our Own Issues And Problems. Wednesday Jul 13th 8:54 AM
Italy daily condemned for offering readers 'Mein Kampf' Saturday Jun 11th 10:16 AM
Ed Lee's Shill/Flack Randy Shaw CEO of City Funded THC Wants Press To Get More Lee Support Wednesday Jun 1st 8:48 AM
To save Indybay, please pay now; nothing is free (2 comments) Wednesday Jun 1st 12:43 AM
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