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image Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Flew Drones Over Protests 480_drone-banner_0.jpg by Dave Maass & Mike Katz-Lacabe, EFF
Interestingly, the mission logs show an exclusive focus on protesters associated with left-wing, anti-racist, anti-fascist, or other groups opposing the Trump presidency. There is little mention of the alt-right, nationalist, or pro-Trump groups also involved in the altercations....
Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2018 6:07PM
image CRES Letter Condemning Police Violence 480_uc-santa-cruz-police-violence-2018_1.jpg by Critical Race & Ethnic Studies at UCSC
CRES Letter Condemning Police Violence...
Posted: Mon Dec 3, 2018 4:03PM
image Dead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17 480_homeless_death_santa_cruz_1.jpg by Robert Norse
On Saturday morning, I saw several police officers and a deputy examine what appeared to be a dead body behind a yellow "crime scene" tape at the edge of a culvert adjoining Highway 17 near the Plymouth/Highway 17 stoplight....
Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:06AM
image What's Next After the Election? Oakland People's Assembly 480_catbrooksformayor.jpg by Cat Brooks
First of all — Thank you! Words will never accurately convey how grateful I am for all of your support, time, energy, and passion....
Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:38PM
image City of Santa Cruz Announces Park Closures 480_rincon-fire-santa-cruz-county-november-2018-1_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
Due to a recent string of "suspicious" fires, the City of Santa Cruz today announced the closure of the following parks: Pogonip, Arana Gulch, Moore Creek, DeLaveaga, and Arroyo Seco. "Police and Fire Investigators have aggressively investigated every fire, which has resulted in five arrests in the past four weeks," a press release from the city states. The parks will be closed indefinitely. [Top Photo: The Rincon Fire.]...
Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:12PM
image Thousands of Prisoner Firefighters Combating Wildfires in California Today 480_california-fires-november-14-2018.jpg by Dave Id
Among those brave enough to combat fires by taking on such dangerous duties as creating containment lines in hot zones are thousands of people enslaved by the prison industrial complex. For instance, two hundred are involved with fighting the ongoing Camp Fire. The California Department of Corrections seems proud that this past summer 58 of them were kids....
Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:45PM
calendar CANCELLED: People Get Ready II: Charting a path forward to building powerful movements and the radical left 480_peoplegetreadyii-web-image_1.jpg by Center for Political Education
Dwinelle Hall UC Berkeley (center of campus past the end of Telegraph Ave)...
Event Date: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:00PM
Posted: Fri Nov 9, 2018 10:19PM
image ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Program Targets Muslims in Alameda County Jails 480_screen_shot_2018-11-07_at_2.25.59_pm.jpg by Rasheed Shabazz
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a grant targeting incarcerated Black Muslims in Alameda County. The Homeland Security CVE, or Countering Violent Extremism program, has been criticized for solely targeting Muslims as susceptible to violence and extremism, while not addressing the rising threat of white supremacists. "Operation E Pluribus Unum" has been criticized for its focus on incarcerated Muslims. Law enforcement said the program was necessary to support reentr...
Posted: Wed Nov 7, 2018 2:30PM
document UN report: housing as component of the right to adequate standard of living and non-discrimination unreport-adequatehousingright-righttonondiscrimination__n1829250-english.pdf_140_.jpg by UN Special Rapporteur
Denying access to water, sanitation and health services and other basic necessities, as has been witnessed by the Special Rapporteur in San Francisco and Oakland, California, United States of America, constitutes cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights....
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 6:28PM
image City Council Candidate Ashley Scontriano Calls Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones "Enlightening" 480_ashley_scontriano_alex_jones_black_lives_matter_santa_cruz_city_council_1.jpg by Peter Green
After Santa Cruz City Council candidate Ashley Scontriano refused to denounce white supremacy at a candidates forum held at UC Santa Cruz on Monday night, students in the audience chanted "Black Lives Matter" in unison. A short while later Scontriano walked out of the forum, as did two other candidates. "A group of students started chanting Black Lives Matter after I spoke up about equality for all, not just for one race or gender," Scontriano later stated. Scontriano's views on the Black Liv...
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 6:27PM
calendar Stop The Tows, We Won't Go! Protest at Oakland City Hall Against Mass Towing of RVs by United Front Against Displacement
Oakland City Hall, 14th Street between Washington and Broadway....
Event Date: Mon Nov 5, 2018 4:30PM
Posted: Sat Nov 3, 2018 12:06PM
image Four Activists Arraigned on Seven Felony Charges Each After Mass Arrest at Chicken Farm 480_dxe-arraignment-petaluma_1.jpg by Direct Action Everywhere
Activists allege criminal animal cruelty, law enforcement cover-up....
Posted: Fri Nov 2, 2018 10:38PM
document Campground Crisis As Winter Approaches city_council_speech_10-23-18_1.pdf_140_.jpg by Robert Norse
The River St. campground, City Manager Bernal tells us, is slated for dispersal at the end of November, breaking the promises by his underlings—Susie O’Hara and Tina Shull that it would last through the winter until April. Instead the population will be shoehorned into a small night-time only shelter, leaving little or no room for other winter shelter refugees....
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:25PM
image Santa Cruz ACLU Hosts Forum on Excessive Force 480_28827243_1926883674012958_2012224496050605052_o_1.jpg by ACLU Santa Cruz County
Panelists Engage in Robust Discussion on Police Practises...
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:40PM
image Mother Calls Out Santa Cruz Police for Publicly Humiliating People with 'Serious Life Problems' 480_violent_comments_santa_cruz_police_facebook_1.jpg by Santa Cruz Police News
Community members continue to complain about the Santa Cruz Police Department policy of allowing violent and vigilante types of comments from the public to remain visible on their social media accounts, however few avenues are available for them to pursue their complaints. Recently the mother of an individual targeted by SCPD spoke out on social media, accusing the department of bias for selectively posting mugshots and other photos of individuals they have arrested, which she says results in...
Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:35PM
image Is the City of Santa Cruz Adopting Trump's Program of Hate? 480_fencing_off_san_lorenzo_park_from_the_homeless_santa_cruz_1.jpg by Keith McHenry
On October 17th, Sentinel journalist, Jessica York, reported that the River Street Campground will be shut down in November, with some of its members relocated into a scaled down Winter Shelter program at the VFW Hall on 7th Avenue. The VFW site will be available to 60 people and open only during evening hours, with a first-come, first-served model that does not allow pets and has limited possession storage....
Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:30PM
text Oakland and San Francisco Named As Human Rights Violators by Posted by Lynda Carson
The Oakland conditions of discrimination and harassment of unhoused encampment residents and punitive denials of access to basic services constitute “cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights…"...
Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:57PM
calendar Pack the Courtroom for Whole Foods Suit! by Direct Action Everywhere
1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94612...
Event Date: Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:30PM
Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:40PM
text BART Removes Benches From 16th Street/Mission Street Plaza by San Francisco Food Not Bombs
Without public discussion or advanced notice, BART closed most of the southwest 16th Street/Mission Street Plaza from September 10, 2018 to September 20, 2018 for construction... BART removed the approximately six benches from the plaza and has not reinstalled them, denying people places to sit in a public space. In a posting on his Facebook page, viewable only to people logged into their Facebook accounts, BART Director Bevan Dufty announced that BART will install new benches by November ...
Posted: Mon Oct 8, 2018 9:31AM
image ACLU Sues San Francisco Police Department for Unconstitutionally Targeting Black People for Arrest police-car.jpg by ACLU of Northern California
SAN FRANCISCO, October 4, 2018 – The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the law firm Durie Tangri LLP, filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco for its police department’s racially discriminatory enforcement practices. In violation of the Constitution, the SFPD, which has a long and sordid history of racial discrimination, targeted Black people for arrest because of their race....
Posted: Sat Oct 6, 2018 10:15PM