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Sun Jun 3 2018 (Updated 06/16/18)Defend OneFam from Eviction
OneFam in West Oakland is a community-based organization that includes Bikes 4 Life and the 7th Street Rev Cafe, with roots going back to the Oscar Grant movement. Over the last decade, the Black community in West Oakland has faced massive displacement as gentrifying forces steamrolled through the neighborhood. And, now, OneFam is fighting imminent eviction. Solidarity BBQs on 7th Street are happening every Saturday afternoon, starting June 9.
Sun Jun 3 2018San Francisco Police Continue to Kill with Impunity
On May 24, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that he will not be filing charges against the police officers who murdered Mario Woods in 2015 and Luis Góngora Pat in 2016. The following evening, protesters expressed their disgust with the decision by shutting down traffic near the Mission District police station. A series of protests have been held in front of Gascón's house.
Wed May 16 2018Kiilu Nyasha, Rest In Power
Kiilu Nyasha was loved and cherished around the world. She was a San Francisco-based journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Kiilu, 78, passed away on April 10. A memorial service is being organized by Kiilu’s close family and friends for Sunday, May 20. Beloved friends, family, comrades, and admirers of Kiilu are welcome to a community gathering that celebrates Kiilu’s life and principled pursuit of liberation for all oppressed peoples.
Mon May 7 2018Building Power Against Systemic State Violence in California
Justice Teams Network launched on May 2 to build power against systemic State Violence in all its forms. The Network is a statewide coalition of rapid response organizations across the state of California that will mobilize communities to respond radically to state violence. The Network will focus heavily on legislation as well as a public information campaign around the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, the single largest obstacle to police accountability.
Mon May 7 2018 (Updated 05/09/18)California Bills Seek to Address Unchecked Police Powers
California lawmakers have introduced a measure that would alter the standard for when law enforcement officers can use deadly force. The Police Accountability and Community Protection Act (AB 931) would change the standard of firearm use from "reasonable use" to "necessary force." SB 1421 will give the public access to police records related to use-of-force investigations and complaints against officers for sexual assault or other serious job-related dishonesty.
Wed Apr 25 2018 (Updated 04/26/18)Urban Shield As We Know It Ends After 2018
At the March 27 Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, five-plus hours of discussion ended with a decision that Urban Shield as currently constituted would end after the 2018 war games and exposition. The vote left open-ended what Alameda County’s regional disaster preparedness activities would be in future years, but the Supervisors were decisive that it would not be the Urban Shield event, which began in 2007.
Thu Apr 19 2018 (Updated 05/01/18)Hunger Strike Underway at Santa Clara County Jails
On April 15, Prisoners United of Silicon Valley started a peaceful protest to demand humane treatment in the jails. Their hunger strike is the third in two years to protest substandard jail conditions and a lack of opportunity to move out of isolation. Over 70% of Santa Clara County’s jail population are pretrial detainees, many of whom remain fighting their cases for five years or more because they can’t afford bail.
Mon Apr 2 2018 (Updated 04/17/18)Sacramento Sheriff Tries to Cover Tracks on Hit-and-Run of Protester
The National Lawyers Guild of Sacramento contradicts the lies being circulated by cops and corporate media regarding what occurred at the Stephon Clark demonstration in Sacramento on March 31. NLG Sacramento states, "We witnessed cases of harassment and excessive force by the California Highway Patrol and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, including the unprovoked hit-and-run of a demonstrator, the issuance of unlawful orders and threats to our legal observers."
Sat Mar 31 2018Shot Seven Times in His Back
Sacramento police shot Stephon Clark seven times from behind, according to an independent autopsy conducted by pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was hired by Clark’s family. The autopsy contradicts the Sacramento police department’s claim that Clark, who was unarmed at the time, was advancing towards officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet when they shot 20 times and killed him.
To support transformational change for Black communities in Sacramento, the Build. Black. Coalition and Black Lives Matter Sacramento announced they are creating a multi-year plan in partnership with the Sacramento Kings to support the education of young people and to provide the workforce preparation and economic development efforts needed to truly #BuildBlackFutures. The effort to support and lift up Black youth begins this Friday, March 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the South Sacramento Christian Church.
Fri Mar 23 201860% of Black Women Killed by Police Were Unarmed
Black people, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, according to a new study of nationwide data. This risk also appears to increase in police departments with a greater presence of non-white officers, report the researchers. A key finding of the study is that nearly 60 percent of black women killed by police were unarmed at the time of the interaction. While the odds of being killed by police when unarmed were about the same for black and white males, the high percentage of unarmed black women killed by police significantly increased the overall odds for unarmed blacks.
Thu Mar 22 2018 (Updated 03/31/18)Turn Up for Stephon Clark!
Black Lives Matter Sacramento writes: The murder of Stephon Clark was unjustified. On March 18th at 9:13 pm, Stephon was murdered, and while the police interrogated his family, the family was not told that his body was in their backyard. Four hours later at 1:00 am, his grandmother looked into the backyard, and saw his body on the ground, shot up. Within 48 hours Sacramento Police Department changed their story four times: first, they said he was carrying a gun; then they said he was carrying a “toolbar;” then they stated he was carrying a wrench; lastly, they confirmed that he only had a cellphone.
Sun Mar 11 2018Uncolonized: Film Screening and Talk
Uncolonized is a short documentary film about a native family who decided they would never enroll their two daughters in the public school system, choosing instead to homeschool them from birth. Chris is Potawatomi and Chasity is Navajo. Their daughters carry both of their parents' lineages in their blood, but also in their way of being. The film takes a critical look at the historical experiences of native children inside of the U.S. public education system and brings clarity to the decisions of the family to keep their daughters out of the public school system.
Mon Feb 26 2018Adolph Reed Jr. on Black Politics in New Orleans and Beyond
On February 5, writer and scholar Adolph Reed, Jr. gave a public lecture on Black Politics in New Orleans and Beyond to close out Sites of Resistance: An Exhibit Exploring the Geographies + Histories of Social Change in New Orleans. Reed's work on American politics is notable for its critique of identity politics and antiracism, particularly of their role in Black politics. A native New Orleanian, his career has included more than seven books, countless articles and regular columns in magazines like the Nation, the Progressive, and the Village Voice.
Sun Feb 25 2018 (Updated 02/26/18)Tantra & The SF Two-Spirit PowWow
Tsunami Huerta shares a personal account of the February 3, 2018, San Francisco Two-Spirit PowWow: I'm being whisked to a PowWow. We zip along San Francisco's waterfront. I inhale the fresh sea air and hear seagulls squawking. The Two-Spirit PowWow, to over simplify, is a LGBTQ PowWow. LGBTQ fluidity may be new in a sense for we modern inhabitants of the U.S. these last few centuries, but not at all, for most, very ancient Indigenous cultures here! They/we, were accepted as an important, integral and sacred part of the community at large.
Wed Feb 7 2018 (Updated 02/21/18)Surviving Smash & Grab: The Real Black Panthers
In honor of Black Solidarity Week, and in light of the recently released FBI report on so-called “Black Identity Extremists,” Community Ready Corps will host a political education panel on the repression of Black dissidents. Leaders from the Anti Police-Terror Project and special guests Mama Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. will come together on Saturday, February 17 for an evening of radical truth telling, solidarity building, and self-defense. That morning, a march through East Oakland kicks off Black Solidarity Week, February 17-24.
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Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has Trump-like "both sides" reaction to Jogger Joe's anti-homeless attack (2 comments) Tue Jun 19th 11:32pm
Separation of Families Protest at Richmond ICE Facility (2 comments) Tue Jun 19th 6:08pm
Juneteenth 2018 - Reclaiming the Past - Stolen Legacy Mon Jun 11th 4:57am
Cat Brooks: (Armed) People Who Patrol Our Communities Should Be Held to a Higher Standard Sat Jun 9th 11:19am
Annual Honoring of the Elders Gathering #32 Tue Jun 5th 6:27pm
People's Assembly on Keeping Art in Oakland Mon Jun 4th 9:58am
Save 7th Street Culture — BBQ Block Party for OneFam (1 comment) Sat Jun 2nd 7:56pmMore Local News...
ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Death Tue Jun 19th 7:48pm
2018 Juneteenth - US Census of Agriculture Fri Jun 15th 7:08pm
Paid agents of the colonisers deceiving Australian Aborigines over land ownership Thu Jun 7th 2:08am
Tension between Australian Aborigines over sovereignty Mon Jun 4th 3:57am
The Case of Louisiana Prisoner Eric Brown, Please Spread the Word Mon May 14th 2:30pm
Ramsey Orta is creating a Graphic Novel Mon Apr 9th 3:26am
The Second Amendment : A Sacred Covenant of Ethnic Cleansing and Slavery Between the Nation State and Settler Militias Fri Apr 6th 11:44am
Open Letter to the Brooklyn Museum: Your Curatorial Crisis is an Opportunity to Decolonize Wed Apr 4th 11:21pmMore Global News...
Stolen Pan African Legacy in the Bear Flag Revolt Thu Jun 14th 11:19am
Poor Peoples Campaign Week 2: Systemic Racism, Economic Justice, Voting & Immigrant Rights Wed May 16th 3:11pm
April 27 is National Freedom Day - UC California Celebration Fri Apr 6th 12:56pm
Sacramento NAACP Statement on the Shooting of Stephon Clark Fri Mar 23rd 6:32pm
Black History at the 51st World Ag Expo Mon Feb 12th 9:47am
Calif Cops work with alt-reich to attack and prosecute counter demonstrators and Antifa (1 comment) Fri Feb 9th 7:27pm
National Freedom Day - the price paid for freedom Wed Jan 31st 8:20am
Fascism in Charlottesville, 2017/Racism in Selma, 1965/It's still on (1 comment) Tue Aug 22nd 10:06pmOpen Newswire...
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