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image Demonstrators in San Francisco Say Net Neutrality Is a Racial Justice Issue netneutINDYsmall.jpg by Indybay
Despite the fact that he froze services to low-income internet users soon after taking office, Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai came to San Francisco to talk to tech executives about bridging the digital divide for underserved communities. Pai was named by President Trump as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in January. When he visited San Francisco on September 12, protesters demonstrated at the site of the meeting in the city's financial district, saying net ...
Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:42PM
image A Chicken in Every Pot and a Cell Tower on Every Garage small-cell-power-supply_480.jpg by Indybay
California's SB 649 is called Wireless Telecommunications Facilities, or, for short, WTF. SB 649 provides for a new generation of cell towers, ultra-powerful small cells, that use a different wireless spectrum. This spectrum does not travel long distances, so these cell towers have to be placed close together, on every available space, utility poles, street lamps, and other government-owned structures, or possibly in your front yard. The bill gives the telecom industry carte blanche to instal...
Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:51PM
image Nationwide Protests Against Trump DACA Action, UC Sues DHS, Colleges Vow Support BLURBSMALLDACAsjFISTandCLAPhoag.jpg by Indybay
Trump’s decision to quickly phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive order protecting young adults who were brought to the U.S. by undocumented immigrant parents as children, propelled thousands of protesters to the streets of San Francisco, San José, Santa Cruz and elsewhere in the Bay Area. The University of California sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in federal court to stop the Trump administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood...
Posted: Sat Sep 9, 2017 5:04PM
image Pajaro Valley Pride Honors and Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Community human-pajaro-valley-pride-2017.jpg by Indybay
A bright and warm sun, upbeat jams, and an electric atmosphere set the tone for the 2nd Annual Pajaro Valley Pride on August 20. The day brought out a large crowd of about a hundred to the Plaza in Watsonville to stand in solidarity with and celebrate LGBTQ+ folks. The lively event featured a blessing ceremony and parade, as well as performances from drag queens, burlesque dancers, and musicians. Pajaro Valley Pride Vice President Emilio Barajas asserts, "Pride culture is an important part of...
Posted: Fri Sep 8, 2017 11:16PM
image Nazis Doxxing, Stalking, and Threatening Movement Allies in the National Lawyers Guild rj_antifa-berkeley_20170827.jpg by Indybay
The National Lawyers Guild has supported free speech and assembly for all progressive and radical movements for 80 years. Recently, NLG volunteer attorneys, legal workers and clients received death threats and had their personal information publicized in retaliation for defending antifa activists. One attorney was stalked in a courthouse by a man with a swastika tattoo and a shaved head, wearing quasi-military-type attire. He then left, and shortly thereafter she received threatening messa...
Posted: Fri Sep 8, 2017 1:09AM
image MHCAN Faces a Crisis with Police and City Agencies Breathing Down Its Neck mental-health-client-action-network-group_480.jpg by Indybay
Mental Health Clients Action Network (MHCAN) is the only peer-owned, peer-staffed and peer-operated provider of mental and behavioral health services and support in Santa Cruz County. The mission of MHCAN is to provide mutual support and networking, give clients a voice in all matters which affect them, create programs controlled by peers, advocate for the right of clients to choose their own life paths, educate the public from client perspectives, work to eradicate treatment disparities and ...
Posted: Wed Sep 6, 2017 7:58PM
image An Open Letter to Oakland's Elected Officials from Oakland Privacy Working Group we-love-our-neighbors-august-16-2017_480.jpg by Indybay
It remains unclear whether the Oakland Police Department provided material assistance on August 16 in the detention and potential deportation of an undocumented Oakland resident who may or may not have been named in a warrant and may not have committed any criminal wrongdoing. In an open letter to Oakland's elected officials, Oakland Privacy writes: It is an issue of grave concern that information provided to the residents of Oakland about HSI activity in the City via mass media was not accur...
Posted: Mon Sep 4, 2017 10:20PM
image Anarchist Bookfair: Solidarity, Direct Action, Healing, Autonomy, Sabotage, Mutual Aid bay-area-anarchist-bookfair-main-hall-2009.jpg by Indybay
The Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair is an annual event that brings together people interested in radical work to connect, learn, and discuss through books and information tables, workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films, and more. The free event will take place on Saturday, September 16 in Oakland. Workshops include Surveillance Self Defense, Rad Families, Palestine to Chowchilla, Women’s DIY Health, and Knowing the Enemy. Organizers state, "We seek to create an inclusive space to introdu...
Posted: Mon Sep 4, 2017 7:56PM
image Repression of Independent Media Won't Silence Us: Not in Germany, Not Anywhere Else linksunten-solidarity_480.jpg by Indybay
Linksunten.indymedia.org, the main independent media website in Germany, was banned by the German government's Ministry of Interior on August 25. Maintaining the website and using its logo are now considered criminal offenses in the country. Linksunten volunteers are also being prosecuted as a "club," which means that administrators are considered responsible for everything that has been published. Administrators are also being accused of being members of a terrorist association. This represe...
Posted: Mon Sep 4, 2017 1:17AM
image Corporate Media Attacks Antifa Weeks After Ridiculing Trump for Blaming "Both Sides" tur-ha-ak-announces-proactive-anti-white-supremacy-action_480.jpg by Indybay
Tens of thousands of people hit the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley against a series of far-right rallies. Antifascist groups, labor, faith-based organizations, and a multitude of sectors mobilized to confront the far-right, showing that the autonomous power and energy that was unleashed after Charlottesville is still very much alive and is growing among the broader population. But, in the face of growing mass popular opposition not controlled or contained by the Democratic Party, throu...
Posted: Sun Sep 3, 2017 10:22PM
image Ripple Effect of Outing David Duke Campaign Contributors Spreads Beyond California fp_o-mei-santa-cruz-closed.jpg by Indybay
Lynda Carson wrote a piece shining light on David Duke's political donors in Northern California, publishing a second report on supporters in Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maryland, and beyond. One of those named was Roger F. Grigsby, owner and founding chef of O'mei restaurant in Santa Cruz. Within a week of the Indybay article, the restaurant shut its doors. Grigsby has responded by claiming he is a victim of a "war on whites." In Minneapolis, Clubhouse Jäger owner Julius De Roma was also call...
Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:46PM
image Trump's Pardon of Arpaio: "A Dark Day In Our Nation" joe-arpaios-tent-city-prisoners-in-pink-undershorts.jpg by Indybay
After thousands rallied in Phoenix, AZ to support immigrants and loudly denounce Trump’s attempts to pardon White supremacy, President Trump did it anyway. On August 25, he pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt for disobeying a federal court judge’s order to stop the unconstitutional practice of detaining individuals based solely on suspicion about their immigration status. The President of the National Bar Association responded by writing, "Donal...
Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:48PM
image German Government Shuts Down Linksunten Indymedia: What It Means and What to Do linksunten-indymedia-org-stays.jpg by Indybay
On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents...
Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:26PM
image ICE's Homeland Security Investigations Unit Raids Oakland Home, Arrests One fp_Oakland-ICEraid1.jpg by Indybay
On the morning of August 16, a convoy of unmarked federal vehicles rolled up in West Oakland and a dozen or more agents jumped out, demanding entry into a Latina home. The agents only identified themselves as a "special unit" and said that they were investigating a family-owned cleaning business. After handcuffing and detaining the family for over four hours, the agents quickly left, but two residents were removed, one over immigration-related issues. Oakland police issued a press statement s...
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:55PM
image White-Supremacists' and Other Fascists' Return to the Bay Area Fizzles in SF and Berkeley rj_berkeley-stands-against-hate.jpg by Indybay
White-supremacist and other fascist groups have repeatedly targeted the Bay Area in recent months, most recently announcing a weekend of provocations for August 26 in San Francisco and August 27 in Berkeley. As in Boston regarding a planned fascist rally on August 20, anti-racist organizers in the Bay Area responded with a call for massive counter-demonstrations in the streets. The planned weekend of anti-fascist resistance included Charlottesville benefit events in SF and Oakland. In the ...
Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:12AM
image Solidarity in San José with Millions for Prisoners March in DC end-mass-incarceration_8-19-17_480.jpg by Indybay
Called by prisoners to give voice to their demand to remove the prison slavery clause from the 13th Amendment, thousands turned out in as many as 16 cities on August 19 to abolish slavery and end mass incarceration. At the main march in Washington, D.C., a speaker from Leonard Pelitier's support committee read Leonard's statement of solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. In San José, about 200 people marched to the county jail for a rally with speakers who saluted the prisoners and inspired the cro...
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:05PM
image Trump Admin Narrows Scope of Inauguration Protest Website Request But Witch Hunt Continues charTrudsignINDYsmall.jpg by Indybay
Federal prosecutors say DisruptJ20.org was used to plan a violent anti-Trump riot on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Initially, the Department of Justice (DoJ) demanded that the site’s web host, DreamHost, turn over extensive data including 1.3 million IP addresses. After DreamHost and activist organizations complained that the warrant was an abuse of government authority, the DoJ narrowed the scope of the warrant on August 21, dropping IP addresses but still seeking information on priv...
Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 2:02AM
image After Google Fires Misogynistic Engineer, Feminists React at Mountain View Demo indysmallwomentech.jpg by Indybay
Right-wing protest organizer Jack Posobiec cited “credible alt-left terrorist threats” as the reason for postponing an extreme right march at Google headquarters in Mountain View scheduled for August 19. Cause célèbre for the extreme right, former Google software engineer James Damore inspired the protest when he was fired for penning an internal memo in which he argued that the low number of women in technical positions was a result of biological differences. Despite the postponement of the ...
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:33PM
image Outing Campaign Contributors of David Duke, Former KKK Imperial Wizard david-duke-kkk-1978.jpg by Indybay
Some have suggested that the best way to fight back against all the hate being spread around by the Trump regime, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, is by exposing the supporters of hate and violence, in the good old U.S.A. One place to start exposing the supporters of hate, would be to expose some of the local supporters of David Duke who reside in the Bay Area. David Duke ran for the U.S. Senate during 2016, from Mandeville, Louisiana, and lost. However, Duke had a number of campa...
Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:42AM
image Decision Likely Halts Program That Kills Coyotes, Bobcats, Mountain Lions coyote-in-cattails.jpg by Indybay
The California Superior Court has ruled that Monterey County’s contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to kill predators and other native wildlife violates state law. The decision responds to a lawsuit filed by animal protection and conservation organizations. The court concluded that Monterey County violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to analyze the environmental impacts before renewing the controversial program, which has ...
Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:40PM