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imageRent Strike and Anti-Capitalist Graffiti Pops Up in Oakland!
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by Zack Haber
As the COVID19 pandemic has made it difficult or impossible for many of Oakland's tenants to pay rent, "rent strike" and anti-capitalist graffiti, signs and banners have been appearing throughout West Oakland, Lake Merritt, and along Grand Avenue....
Posted: Wed Apr 1, 2020 5:06PM
documentWar Commentary Issue #2
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by War Commentary
Our latest issue, formatted for easy printing at home. Print out a stack of 20 and leave them at your local corner store, grocery, or gas station. Good luck, stay healthy. Long live anarchy!...
Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:29PM
imageCoronavirus pandemic in Oakland: Crisis, What Crisis?
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by Lynda Carson
Coronavirus pandemic in Oakland: Crisis, What Crisis? Then I spotted a group of people (7-10 people) hanging out in a yard drinking, smoking, chatting, and having a Bar-B-Q....
Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:41PM
imageOakland passes coronavirus rent freeze & eviction ban
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by By Lynda Carson
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, on March 27, 2020, the Oakland City Council passed an emergency ordinance prohibiting landlords from evicting residential and commercial tenants. The emergency ordinance which includes a freeze on rents took effect immediately, and will last at least until May 31!...
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:36PM
imageACSO Requests $255M in New Funding; COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Without Plans in Place
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by IWOC Oakland
Just over a week into the “shelter in place” directive that is now statewide, COVID-19 has reached Santa Rita Jail. The County confirmed on March 26 that a nurse working in one of the jail’s housing units has tested positive for the virus. In response, that pod as well as one other in Santa Rita were placed under quarantine on Friday, March 27. The second pod was quarantined allegedly in response to a case of pneumonia or other similar medical condition. All transportation of detainees betwee...
Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:18PM
imageBay Area Rent Strike: We're Not Paying
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by #BayAreaRentStrike
Bay Area Rent Strike launches new site @ https://bayarearentstrike.org/...
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:15PM
imageAs COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent
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by Ella Baker Center
Oakland, CA — According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail. The positive case follows at least one confirmed exposure and several possible exposures at the jail by an arrestee and sheriff deputy. For the last two weeks, advocates with the Audit Ahern Coalition and healthcare labor unions have been calling for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), Alameda County District Attorney’...
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:23PM
documentAlameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates
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by ACPD
OAKLAND, Thursday, March 19 – Lawyers with the Public Defender’s Office in collaboration with the Sheriff, prosecutors and courts have secured the release of more than 300 people because of the threat of COVID-19 in Santa Rita County Jail....
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:16PM
imageLearning from the Past, Preparing for the Future: Lessons from Depression-era Mutual Aid
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by anonymous
As coronavirus spreads and the death toll begins to climb, our most immediate concern is (and should remain) staying healthy and supporting our communities through the immediate crisis. As radicals, however, we must also begin to strategize how we will respond to the economic collapse that will continue to affect our lives long after a vaccine or herd immunity render the virus itself a past issue. Looking back to our local history, we can learn a great deal from Great Depression era worker se...
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:54PM
textMetro Publishing Inc., purchased East Bay Express by Lynda Carson
According to San Jose Inside, which is supported by Metro Silicon Valley, and owned by Metro Publishing Inc. — Dan Pulcrano, Stephen Clark Buel the former owner of Telegraph Media / East Bay Express, continues as a contractor and editor during the transition....
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:37PM
textAlameda County Sheriff's Office Makes Surprise $85 Million Request for Santa Rita Jail by APTP
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote today to allocate an additional $85 million toward staff for Santa Rita Jail....
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:19PM
textCalifornia Nurses Association protest in Oakland against lack of protective gear by Lynda Carson
Last Friday, I watched around 4 first responders from a fire truck in Oakland respond to the needs of someone that was hauled off to the hospital. I was shocked that the first responders were not wearing any protective gear or N95 respirators. Barely three days later, nurses from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United held a protest Monday evening March 23, in front of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. They protested against the lack of protective gear and weakening of stand...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:00AM
textAC Transit offers free bus service starting March 23, 2020 by Lynda Carson
For those of you walking on the cool streets of Oakland, even though you may have been ordered to shelter-in-place, the good news is that AC Transit is offering free bus service starting today (March 23, 2020) until further notice for all of you who may be trying to get from one place to another!...
Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:43PM
imageFive Demands for Emergency COVID-19 Survival
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by Dave Id
With the Bay Area and now all of California on coronavirus lockdown, millions going without paychecks and health insurance, prisoners and unsheltered folks at great risk of contracting the virus, wheatpaste posters have gone up in Oakland making five reasonable demands to increase our collective chance at survival....
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:30PM
documentFood Not Bombs is still serving free food at People’s Park in Berkeley
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by Lynda Carson
Food Not Bombs!...
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:30PM
imageAt Port of Oakland, ILWU Tells SAA We Want Health/Safety Protection from COVID-19
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by Labor Video Project
ILWU Local 10 and 34 leaders and rank and file had a press conference in front of SSA in Oakland demanding that they have proper health and safety in their port jobs. Tra-Pack was forced to clean the equipment and they are demanding the same action from SSA. They also discussed the issue of the conditions of the Grand Princess Crew docked in Hunters Point...
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:01PM
imageSanta Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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by IWOC Oakland
As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers....
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM
textAmid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices by Lynda Carson
In essence, now that the SSA offices have been shut down locally, and across the nation, and people cannot reach anyone at the tele-service centers because they have not been expanded, it places tens of thousands of HUD’s subsidized housing tenants at risk when they are not able to obtain documents that are needed to verify their income when it’s time to renew their housing contracts!...
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:51PM
textKPFA's Peasant War & the Bylaws by Daniel Borgström
An allegory about the Bylaws Referendum. In a wider sense it's also about the struggle for democracy in progressive movements and organizations which often tend to be taken over by an elite minority....
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:51AM
textBerkeley's Willard Pool Showers Still Operating by Rubber Ducky
The Willard Pool Showers in Berkeley will remain open during their normal hours. Monday thru Friday - 7:30PM to 8:30PM Saturday and Sunday - 9:00AM to 10:00AM...
Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 10:57AM