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Wed Aug 24 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)Women Win Santa Rita Jail Changes After Civil Disobedience Arrests
Wed Aug 24 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)Filthy & Dehumanizing Santa Rita Jail to Improve Treatment of Women In Custody
Plaintiffs Anne Weills, Mollie Costello, Allyssa Eisenberg, and Tova Fry were taken to Santa Rita Jail after being arrested for civil disobedience in 2014. The Four were held with other women in filthy jail cells. Toilets were overflowing. There were no menstrual pads for women who needed them, no garbage containers so used menstrual pads sat on top of left over food. All the women in those cells are “presumed innocent”. The Four and their attorney Yolanda Huang filed a civil rights complaint in order to be a voice for other women and demand they be treated with respect and human dignity.
Sat Aug 20 2016Family of Krista DeLuca Sues Santa Cruz County
Sat Aug 20 2016Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca
In June, the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its report on the death of 23-year-old mother Krista DeLuca, who died in the main jail on September 29, 2015. Shortly after the release of the Grand Jury report, DeLuca's family filed a civil lawsuit against the County of Santa Cruz. Besides the County, the lawsuit lists as defendants the Sheriff's Office, Sheriff-Coroner Jim Hart, Under-Sheriff Jeremy Verinsky, Chief Deputy Jeff March, Lieutenant Kelly Kent, and California Forensic Medical Group, Inc. (CFMG), as well as a list of unspecified "John Does".
Sat Aug 20 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)A Call to Action Against Slavery in America
Sat Aug 20 2016 (Updated 08/25/16)Nationally-Coordinated Prisoner Work Stoppage on Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising
Prisoners across the United States, including in Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Virginia, and elsewhere, are calling for a strike on September 9. Their call to action states: On September 9th of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious prison. On September 9th of 2016, we will begin an action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)The Struggle Against the Police Militarization of Urban Shield and The Bulletproof Warrior
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 08/20/16)Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church
In July, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office withdrew its sponsorship of a "Bulletproof" street survival training course for law enforcement officers after community activists questioned whether the former "Bulletproof Warrior" class should be offered by the department. Urban Shield, the controversial police militarization exposition and training, is scheduled for September 8 in Pleasanton. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition is calling for a mass demonstration on September 9.
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.
Sun Aug 14 2016 (Updated 08/22/16)Coastal Commission Overturns Nighttime RV Ban in Santa Cruz
Sun Aug 14 2016 (Updated 08/22/16)California Coastal Commission Upholds Public Access for All
On August 11, the California Coastal Commission found by an 11-1 vote that the City of Santa Cruz' midnight to 5 PM RV (recreational vehicle) parking ban involved a "substantial issue" and so would require a new hearing in the months to come. The CCC was not convinced by Assistant City Manager Scott Collins's claims that Santa Cruz provides RV alternatives, is dealing with an RV "crime crisis", and is only duplicating what other cities have done.
Sun Aug 14 2016Justice in the Streets or Party with Police
Sun Aug 14 2016Santa Cruz NAACP Plans Peace Party with Local Police
The Santa Cruz Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) announced a fundraiser for "law enforcement agencies, and organizations committed to racial justice." The fundraiser is being called a "NAACP Peace Party" and will be hosted at the end of August in Santa Cruz at Garfield Park Community Church. After publication of an article on Indybay critical of raising funds for the cops, event organizers changed the announcement and now state, "No money is being raised at this event for local law enforcement, but local officers are in support of this event and will be present."
Thu Jul 28 2016Going Into Year Two with the Freedom Sleepers
The Freedom Sleepers celebrated their one-year anniversary together on July 5 with a march through downtown Santa Cruz, and then an outdoor movie screening at Santa Cruz City Hall. After celebrating their one-year anniversary, the Freedom Sleepers have returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for three more sleepouts. The most recent was their 55th community sleepout on July 26. Since July 4 of 2015, a coalition of unhoused and housed community members in Santa Cruz have converged to sleep at city hall one night a week to protest local laws that criminalize homelessness.
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)Freedom Now Actions Shut Down Police "Union" Offices Across the Country
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)Oakland Freedom Now Actions Include Lock Down at OPOA & OPD Headquarters, Children's March
A call went out for Freedom Now protests on July 21 targeting the support infrastructure for police oppression, especially police "unions" for their defense of cops accused of brutality. Lockdowns and demonstrations were held in cities across the country. In Oakland, the offices of the Oakland Police Officer's Association were shut down and an entrance to Oakland police headquarters was locked down. A Black Lives Matter educational event for children was held in Oscar Grant plaza, followed by a march down Broadway.
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/28/16)Remembering Frank Alvarado, Two Years After His Death at the Hands of SPD
Wed Jul 27 2016 (Updated 07/28/16)Frank Alvarado was Killed by Salinas Police for Carrying a Cell Phone in 2014
It has become a tradition to celebrate the life of Frank Alvarado with flowers. On July 10, Frank's family was joined by a large group of supporters near the location of his death to mark the second year since his killing by Salinas police. His father, Frank Sr., handed out roses to many of the women gathered, saying the gesture was in memory of "lover boy" as he lightheartedly referred to Frank. His family fondly remembers how dearly Frank loved to give women gifts, and especially the gift of flowers.
Tue Jul 26 2016Killer Cop Training — Coming Soon to the Bay Area
Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot Philando Castile in his car in Minnesota, took a training course called "The Bulletproof Warrior" less than two years ago. The evidence suggests that this course, and courses similar to it, offered by a private company called Calibre Press, are even worse than Urban Shield — the organized para-military and terror response training put on for police by the Alameda Sheriff's Department. The course Yanez took is now called "BulletProof" and it's coming to San Jose this August 17 and 18.
Mon Jul 25 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)"Bye Libby" Recall Effort Seeks to Push Libby Schaaf Out of Office
Mon Jul 25 2016 (Updated 07/29/16)Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway Due to Growing Discontent in City
In front of Oakland City Hall on July 11, Leigh Davenport of the Anti Police-Terror Project announced community activists' intention to recall Mayor Libby Schaaf. Primary among the concerns cited as cause for Schaaf's removal from office are her failures: 1) to address the massive displacement of long-time Oakland residents; 2) to support local youth and job centers; and 3) to hold Oakland police accountable for corruption, sexual exploitation, and those they've killed. “The level of discontent is high in the City of Oakland," notes Cat Brooks.
7PM Tuesday Sep 6 Other Voices: Surveillance is a Local Issue
8AM Friday Sep 9 Stop Urban Shield: Mass Mobilization
12PM Friday Sep 9 Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Workstoppage
6PM Friday Sep 9 Prison Strike Solidarity BBQ, Banner Making, and Film...
1PM Saturday Sep 10 Rally and March in Solidarity with Prison Strike
6:30PM Wednesday Sep 14 Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance...
Mayor Schaaf Accused of Promoting Acting Police Chief Without Notifying Public Wednesday Aug 24th 7:52 PM
Freedom SleepOut #59 as RV Rights Struggle Continues (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 23rd 10:10 AM
Video of Newark PD Shooting Teo Valencia in the Back Monday Aug 22nd 3:32 PM
Teo Valencia family filing federal lawsuit against City of Newark Monday Aug 22nd 10:06 AM
Stop Urban Shield: Mass Mobilization Friday Aug 19th 10:38 AM
Where The Bulletproof Warrior Went Thursday Aug 18th 2:36 PM
Grand Jury Releases Report on 2015 Jail Death of Krista DeLuca; Family Sues County (3 comments) Wednesday Aug 17th 6:23 PM
Prison Strike Solidarity BBQ, Banner Making, and Film Showing Wednesday Aug 17th 2:46 PMMore Local News...
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September 9th National Prison Strike Thursday Aug 25th 11:51 AM
ACLU of North Dakota Statement on First Amendment Violations at Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Monday Aug 22nd 5:25 PM
This Week in Palestine, August 12th, 2016 Sunday Aug 14th 2:40 PM
New Orleans Drug Policy Update August 2016 Sunday Aug 14th 7:52 AM
COINTELPRO action, not "Anonymous" video. Thursday Aug 11th 2:36 PM
Public Records Sought Over Federal Surveillance of Climate Protesters Thursday Aug 11th 1:54 PM
Despite Small Victory with Writers' Support, Palestinian Poet Still Faces Years in Prison Friday Aug 5th 8:20 AM
This Week in Palestine, July 29th, 2016 Friday Jul 29th 9:58 PMMore Global News...
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PHILIPPINES: Don’t make the war on drugs a war on human rights Friday Aug 19th 4:17 AM
Occupy Obama lawsuit clears federal hearing Wednesday Aug 17th 5:51 PM
Police Accused in Wrongful Death Tuesday Aug 2nd 2:37 PM
Rep. Gutiérrez to Speak on House Floor in Bid to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera Wednesday Jul 13th 6:31 AM
Chelsea Manning incommunicado until Friday (1 comment) Wednesday Jul 6th 3:22 PM
Through the media Tuesday Jul 5th 6:15 PM
Santa Cruz Candlelight Vigil to honor the victims of mandated vaccines SB277 (6 comments) Friday Jul 1st 11:11 PM
Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines supports state burial for Ferdinand Marcos Saturday Jun 18th 7:19 AMOpen Newswire...
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