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Memorial For Frank Alvarado - by Ni Una Muerte Mas - Salinas
Fairview Street and Beverly Drive, Salinas
Event Date:Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Jul 7, 2015 1:51PM
Community Campout Ends with Citations - by Alex Darocy
On July 4, community members in Santa Cruz held a public campout at Santa Cruz City Hall, but it was quickly cut short by police at about 1am. The campout was organized in response to the recent reduction of services at the Homeless Services Center that occurred due to a funding deficit, as well as to protest local laws that criminalize sleeping outdoors. [Top photo: Police issue citations to clear the community campout from Santa Cruz City Hall. Scroll down for more photos.]
Posted: Sun Jul 5, 2015 7:42PM
Police Know Their Job is a Joke. But We Don’t Think it’s Funny - by WeCopwatch
After a few years on the job most cops realize that the institution they work for is clearly as much of a problem as the people they claim to be protecting the public from. After all, locking people up for victimless crimes, and extorting poor people through citations and judicial processes inevitably creates the conditions that give cops job security.
Posted: Sun Jul 5, 2015 10:23AM
Oakland Mayor, Police Chief discuss public safety at summit - by Rasheed Shabazz
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Police Chief Whent host hour-long discussion on public safety, yet neglect to mention fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred the same morning.
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 11:15PM
Peace and Justice Community Returns to Ocean Street for Annual 4th of July Rally - by Alex Darocy
Today on the 4th of July, community members in Santa Cruz brought messages of peace, justice, and equality to Ocean Street as they greeted visitors entering town for the busy holiday. Every year a variety of groups working on peace and justice issues rally along Ocean Street as thousands of people make their way to the beach and the Boardwalk. Although some very serious statements were communicated by those holding signs at the rally today, the atmosphere was generally fun and festive, and th...
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 6:11PM
Green Party Attacked by SF Police at Dolores Park on 4th of July 2015 - by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
San Francisco's Democratic Party Park Police told the Green Party, which has had a table at the SF Mime Troupe Dolores Park performances since the Green Party's inception in 1990 or so, that it was not allowed to have an ironing board for a table since that is a household item and that the large Green Party sign they always have held up by 2 poles was not allowed because they thought it might make holes in the ground, a lie.
Posted: Sat Jul 4, 2015 5:45PM
Big Brother is Spying on West Oakland Parks now (video/quicktime 46.8MB) - by WeCopwatch
As gentrification places a firm grip on West Oakland, the city has been clearing public spaces of black faces by shutting down and fencing up parks once enjoyed by many. This has been achieved through heavy handed policing resulting in increased displacement of West Oakland residents, ensuring space for new outsiders.
Posted: Fri Jul 3, 2015 8:00AM
Grand Jury Finds Lack of Accountability for Medical Services at Santa Cruz Jails - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released the report: "Medical Services at the Jails: How Does the Sheriff Coroner Manage Oversight?" Santa Cruz County outsourced its jail medical services to the private for-profit corporation California Forensic Medical Group (CFMG) in 2012. The Grand Jury has found that there is, "a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of CFMG and there is insufficient oversight by the Sheriff Coroner’s office," according to the report. The ...
Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:41PM
U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Office to meet with Salinas community to discuss SPD - by
Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas, CA 93906
Event Date:Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:00PM
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:24PM
Highway Six Sentencing Hearing ACLU Letter of Support - by Steve Pleich
Justice Will Be Served By Moderated Sentence
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:24PM
Statement Read by Lori Nixon at the Highway Six Sentencing Hearing - by via Lori Nixon
Today, five of the six UCSC students charged with blocking Highway 17 in Santa Cruz to protest tuition increases at the University of California, and the connection to police brutality, were each sentenced to 30 days in jail by Judge Denine Guy. In May, all six students pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts each after requesting an indicated sentence from Judge Guy when prosecutors informed them they would not negotiate a plea deal. Three of the five students read statements before the...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 4:21PM
Fairfax Resident Files Lawsuit over Police Harassment, Cover-up of Misconduct - by Jeff Miller
A Fairfax resident filed a civil rights lawsuit last week against the Town of Fairfax for a July 2014 incident in which two Fairfax police officers wrongly and forcefully detained him for alleged mail theft and subjected him to insults and threats, simply for taking his mail out of his own mailbox. Although the Fairfax police chief initially promised to discipline the officers for inappropriate behavior, the police department subsequently conspired to cover up the officers’ misconduct, dism...
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:54PM
Stonewall Was a RIOT: No Pride in Police Brutality - by D. Boyer
Noticed the photo below on Market street in San Francisco during the Pride Parade.
Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:42AM
OPD Helicopter Announces: The Dogs Will Find You. The Dogs Will Bite You. (video/mp4 2.4MB) - by Dave Id
"This is the Oakland police department. Residents, stay inside your homes. Dogs are being released. The dogs will find you. The dogs will bite you. If they find you, do not move or attempt to run or the dogs will bite you." This warning blared from an OPD helicopter in West Oakland just after 3pm today.
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:18PM
Richmond Community Takes the Streets for Richard “Pedie” Perez - by FireWorks
Saturday, June 27, a spirited group of friends, family, and supporters of Richard "Pedie" Perez, killed by Richmond police in September of 2014, took the streets of the Downtown. The diverse group chanted, held signs, and distributed flyers. The march, which followed a rally outside of the Richmond BART station, came after a recent decision by the District Attorney which ruled the police killing of Perez was justifiable. Rich Perez, Pedie's father, stated in the local media: “All of our wit...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:00AM
"Homeless Lives Matter" Back For Fourth Meal Preparing for July 4th CampOut - by Robert Norse
Angry activists protesting closures, cutbacks, and laws against the homeless community held their fourth meal under the banner "Homeless Lives Matter!" They served their fourth breakfast around the corner from the Homeless Services Center, which I call the “Homeless (Lack of) Services Center” [HLOSC]. Its director, Jannan Thomas, announced cutbacks in services and shelters in May, announcing an end-of-June shut down the meals, laundry, shower, and restroom services previously availabl...
Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:49AM
Sitting Freely in Downtown Monterey - by Alex Darocy
At their latest monthly sit-in, community members protesting the sit-lie ban in Monterey sat freely on the sidewalk on Alvarado Street for the first time since beginning their protests. At each of the four previous sit-ins, demonstrators were pressured to discontinue the protest, either by the police or by downtown business owners. They have been gathering on Alvarado Street monthly since February to oppose the new Monterey ordinance, which outlaws sitting or lying on commercial sidewalks in ...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:42PM
Santa Cruz County Grand Jury Releases Annual Jail Report - by Santa Cruz News
This week the Santa Cruz County Grand Jury released its annual jail report, which is based on their inspection of county detention facilities from January to April of 2015. The report details numerous improvements made to the Santa Cruz Main Jail on Water Street since the Grand Jury's last visit, but found that inmates complained about, "the variety of food served," and, "the lack of contact visits." According to the Grand Jury Report, "contact visits are not currently allowed because of secu...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:56PM
Choosing Sides: From Olympia to Charleston - by IGD!
White supremacy is a fundamental aspect of American class society. When ruptures happen in this system, people take sides as the war is made more clear.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:31PM
Death Row Prisoners Challenge Torturous Conditions in San Quentin's "Adjustment Center" - by Siegel & Yee
Prisoners Indefinitely Housed in Adjustment Center Allege Violations of Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:41PM