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image Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall After First Anniversary freedom-sleepers-1.jpg by Indybay
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 h...
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 1:25AM
image Oakland Freedom Now Actions Include Lock Down at OPOA & OPD Headquarters, Children's March fp_FreedomNow-OPD-Oakland_20160721_004.jpg by Indybay
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...
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:50PM
image Frank Alvarado was Killed by Salinas Police for Carrying a Cell Phone in 2014 frank-alvarado-memorial-1.jpg by Indybay
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 o...
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:33PM
image "BulletProof" Militarized Policing Workshop Hosted by Santa Clara Sheriff's Department urban-shield-police.jpg by Indybay
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...
Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:45AM
image Cheers at San Francisco Rally as Wasserman Schultz Announces Resignation berniesfindysmall1.jpg by Indybay
Thousands are marching for Bernie Sanders' platform at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. On July 24, San Francisco activists held a protest in solidarity with demonstrators at the DNC as part of a national day of action, "March for Bernie USA." Marchers gathered in the Mission district cheered and shouted when they heard breaking news from one of the rally leaders that Wasserman Schultz would be resigning as party leader. Bernie Sanders and supporters have long be...
Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:38AM
image Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway Due to Growing Discontent in City fp-RecallLibbySchaaf-announcement_20160711_001.jpg by Indybay
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 discont...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:30PM
image Sacramento Activists Hold Vigil to Remember 47 Killed in Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster en_oiltrain-sacramento-valerie_williams.jpg by Indybay
On July 6, activists in Sacramento held a vigil memorializing the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster three years ago. The Sacramento Oil Trains Coalition, including 350 Sacramento, ANSWER, Sac Activist School, and STAND, organized the event. The Central Valley rally and vigil was one of over 40 actions the same week across the U.S. demanding a halt to plans to run these explosive “bomb trains,” carrying fracked Bakken crude oil from South Dakota, through cities across th...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:00PM
image Report Documents 74% Decline in Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Coastal California en-monarch_butterfly_cluster_xercessociety-candacefallon.jpg by Indybay
A report released on July 8 by the Xerces Society shows a sharp two-decade decline in the number of monarchs which overwinter along the California coast. A comparison of the average number of butterflies overwintering in California during the periods 1997–2001 and 2010–2014 shows a decline of 74 percent, a figure that is comparable to declines documented at monarch overwintering sites in Mexico. Listed sites span the monarch’s overwintering range along the Pacific coast and the East Bay of Sa...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:31PM
image New Oakland Police Commission Ballot Measure to Take Its Final Form in City Council Vote gv-OaklandPoliceGuiltyBanner_20160617_014.jpg by Indybay
A November 2016 ballot measure for a new Oakland Police Commission was expected to be finalized and approved by the Oakland City Council at their meeting on July 19. Instead, it will be July 26. The measure, originally proposed by the Coalition for Police Accountability and since taken up by the City Council, continues to be watered down and faces new threats from the City Attorney and the Oakland Police Officers' Association (OPOA). Community groups are calling for Oakland residents to turn...
Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:07PM
image Police Murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Two Days Stir Renewed Resistance ps-oakland_rp-4.jpg by Indybay
The back to back caught-on-video police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 5 and Philando Castile in St. Paul on July 6 kicked off a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The people of Baton Rouge and St. Paul have been protesting daily since the killings. Solidarity actions have been held in cities across the country and internationally. Communities have staged rallies, marches, and vigils across Northern California as well. Multiple demonstrations have be...
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:02PM
image Solidarity March in San Francisco with Oaxacan Uprising los-pueblos-de-la-sierra-juarez.jpg by Indybay
Los Insumisxs writes: A teachers strike that began on May 15 has grown into a widespread rebellion in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. 14 compañeros have been killed by the state, including 12 in a massacre on June 19. Join us on Friday, July 15 at 7pm at the 24th St. BART Plaza in San Francisco to mark two months since the strike began as we march in defiance of state repression and in solidarity with our compañerxs on the barricades in Oaxaca....
Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:05PM
image De-Militarize the Newark Police Department and Get Justice for Teo Valencia Jr justicia-para-teo_480.jpg by Indybay
Justice for Teo writes: Please, join us [on July 14] in a peaceful-family friendly vigil/rally and march for our Brother Teodoro Valencia Jr.. Teo was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. On March 11, 2016 Teo was wrongfully killed by the Newark Police Department. He was shot intentionally in the back with an AR-15 assault rifle. Our family's goals are to bring justice for Teo, as well as truth and light to the darkness that the police have been using to mislead and oppress our community....
Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:17PM
image Reflections on the Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association bus-advocates-watsonville_5-23-16.jpg by Indybay
A member of the Bus Rider's Association writes: The Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association brought some successful defense work to protect bus riders from the "harsh cuts" that initially threatened us riders and our bus system. These cuts started out looking like they would be a kind of conflagration that would burn down much of our bus system, taking a lot of jobs and bus line with it. We were alarmed, naturally....
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 11:37PM
image Call for Oakland Police to Blow the Whistle on Corruption, Misconduct, and Predation ps-oaklandpolicebadge.jpg by Indybay
The Anti Police-Terror Project has issued a call-out for all police officers ready to speak up about illegal, unethical or biased conduct by members of the Oakland Police Department or other City staff or officials to take a stand now. Their legal team at the Siegel & Yee law firm has created a hotline to call to report such conduct and can provide legal advice for those who may face retaliation, protecting whistleblower anonymity....
Posted: Sat Jul 9, 2016 10:50PM
text Court Orders City of Hayward to Refund Excessive Fees Charged for Police Body Camera Video by Indybay
In a first-of-its-kind decision and a victory for police accountability and transparency, an Alameda County judge has ruled that a public agency can't charge excessive fees for police body worn camera footage. The public interest served by the disclosure outweighs the financial burden of the city to produce the footage, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evilio Grillo ruled. The court ordered the city of Hayward to refund to the NLGSF the entire $3247 cost, except a $1 charge for a DVD....
Posted: Sat Jul 9, 2016 10:06PM
image Peace and Dignity Journeys Runners Arrive in Santa Cruz runners-arrive-at-garden.jpg by Indybay
Every four years since 1992, Peace and Dignity Journeys runners traverse the Western Hemisphere by foot, carrying stories, songs, and prayers, re-uniting Indigenous communities step by step. Departing simultaneously from Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the journey culminates seven months later with a final ceremony in Panama. On July 6, runners were received by the community of Santa Cruz at the Beach Flats Community Garden....
Posted: Thu Jul 7, 2016 6:16PM
text Solidarity with Farmworkers Leading the Driscoll’s Boycott by Indybay
The Watsonville Brown Berets are keeping the pressure on Driscoll's, the world's largest distributor of fresh berries, who are headquartered in Watsonville, California. On July 2, the Saturday before July 4th BBQs, the Brown Berets and other community members demonstrated in front of the Safeway on Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville to raise awareness and show solidarity with farmworkers in Washington state and Baja California leading the worldwide boycott of Driscoll's berries, including all produ...
Posted: Wed Jul 6, 2016 11:08PM
image BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal: The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. ps_bart-riot-police.jpg by Indybay
In April, the BART Board passed a law making it illegal to occupy two seats during rush hour on a BART train. The law was not to take effect until the BART police presented their implementation strategy. At the most recent BART Board meeting on June 23, BART police presented how they intend to enforce the new law. Fines of up to $500 will ensure that those least able to afford it become debtors, potentially subjecting violators to criminal warrants and further harrassment. Longtime BART direc...
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:42PM
image Six Stabbed, Three Suffer Blunt Force Trauma Repelling Nazis from Capitol Grounds psl-member-sacramento.jpg by Indybay
On June 26, hundreds of anti-fascists gathered on the grounds of the state Capitol, ready to deny access to white supremacists who had announced plans to hold a rally that afternoon. Members of the Traditionalist Workers Party had secured a permit from the California Highway Patrol to rally on the steps of the Capitol building along with other anti-immigrant and racist groups. Antifa forces made certain the rally never happened, despite suffering serious casualties while repelling the Nazis....
Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:46AM
image Thousands Attend "We Are Still Here" Trans March 2016 in San Francisco fuck-trump-trans-march-sf-2016.jpg by Indybay
The San Francisco Trans March is San Francisco's largest transgender Pride event and one of the largest trans events in the entire world. Thousands of people attend. The 12th annual Trans March was held on June 24, and this year's theme was "We Are Still Here Embracing Our Legacy." This year is also the 50th Anniversary of the Compton's Cafeteria Riot that occurred in 1966 at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets in San Francisco. At the pre-march event, politicians Mark Leno, David Chiu, and...
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:29PM