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image Drew Glover for Santa Cruz City Council Fund raising event held Wednesday July 27, 2016 480_007_1.jpg by AutumnSun
This was one of the early fund raisers that will be held for Drew! I would personally like to thank everyone who turned out for this event, especially Suzanne Williams who so graciously opened her home to us for this event! I also want to thank Kelsey Hill who help me a lot with this posting!...
Posted: Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:05PM
image Bye Libby — Freedom Now Banner Hang at Oakland City Hall 480_freedomnow-byelibby-oakland_20160721_006_1.jpg by Dave Id
Following the recent wave of demonstrations nationwide after the police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, a call went out for Freedom Now protests on July 21 targeting the support infrastructure for police oppression, especially police "unions" for their constant and unequivocal defense of cops accused of brutality. In Oakland, while speakers were addressing a rally in Oscar Grant plaza, activists with ladders hung a large banner between the two primary columns at the main entra...
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:09PM
image Brown Hires Bruce Babbitt As New Point Man For Delta Tunnels 220px-bruce_babbitt.jpg by Dan Bacher
It is clear that Bruce Babbitt, like the governor that he is now working for, has two faces. One is the “environmentalist” image that he continues to promote. The other face is a long time cheerleader for environmentally devastating projects like the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump and the Arizona Snowbowl fiasco, so it should be no surprise that Babbitt is now receiving a $10,000 a month salary from the Department of Water Resources to promote the most environmentally destructive public work...
Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:34AM
calendar Freedom SleepOut #55 To Follow Pacific Avenue Protests by Keith McHenry (posted by Norse)
Using the public City Hall Courtyard until police drive the public out at 10 PM when sleepers will bunk down on the sidewalk....
Event Date: Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:39PM
image Recall of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Underway with High Level of Discontent in City (video) 480_recalllibbyschaaf-announcement_20160711_003_1.jpg by Dave Id
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. Also referenced was ...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:19PM
image Tuesday is Still the Night to Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall 480_freedom-sleepers-1-santa-cruz-city-hall_1.jpg by Alex Darocy
After celebrating their one-year anniversary on July 5, the Freedom Sleepers returned to Santa Cruz City Hall for their 53rd community sleepout on July 12, as well as their 54th sleepout on July 19. [Top photo: A Freedom Sleeper lies next to a protest sign that reads, "Embrace Your Moral Compass Because We Upon This Earth Are One," at the 53rd community sleepout held on July 12.]...
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 6:43PM
image Tell Oakland City Council: Let the Cops be the Bad Guys coalitionforpoliceaccountability_150x150.png by Coalition for Police Accountability
Contact your city council members!! Ask them to reject the City Attorney's advice and include the part that allows the police commission to impose discipline on officers that have engaged in misconduct....
Posted: Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:58PM
image Cheers at San Francisco Rally as Wasserman Schultz Announces Resignation 480_wassermanenhance_1.jpg by R. Robertson
Top photo: Wasserman Schultz resigning as party leader: One of the organizers of the March for Bernie USA/Protest against the Democratic National Convention, Christopher Ray, announces breaking news to a thrilled crowd....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:41PM
image Environmental racism in the “leftmost city” 480_nopal_1.jpg by Santa Cruz Ecological Justice
Santa Cruz is a majority white town, characterized by an extreme shortage of affordable housing and rentals. In recent years there has been increasing encroachment by wealthy out-of-towners seeking second homes near the beach. Within the city’s neighborhoods, one stands out demographically. Beach Flats, bordering the Boardwalk’s enormous parking lots, is populated mainly by immigrants from Mexico and Central America....
Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:21AM
image Libby Schaaf Takes Credit for California $15 Minimum Wage with Billboard Tribute to Herself 480_libbyschaaf-15minimumwage-billboard_20160515_001_1.jpg by Dave Id
On April 3, 2016, a $15 minimum wage was signed into law in California, gradually raising the minimum wage from the current $10/hour to $15/hour by 2022. The same day, a similar law was signed in New York state. Based on the huge billboard in her honor that was seen high above San Pablo Avenue in May, one would be led to believe that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf single-handedly fought against all odds to bring an increased minimum wage to fruition. Apparently, workers themselves deserve no cr...
Posted: Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:06PM
image Oakland City Attorney Advises Gutting Police Commission coalitionforpoliceaccountability_150x150.png by Coalition for Police Accountability
City Attorney Gives Commission Away to OPOA...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:27PM
image Youth Protest Klamath River Water Pollution 480_13718680_10206977597341992_5821848656678291442_n_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“As a Yurok Tribal member, I am deeply affected by what happens on the Klamath River,” said Stoney McCoy, a 16 year-old Yurok Tribal Youth Council member. “ What I saw today coming out of the Klamath Strait Drain made me sick to my stomach, I will fight for as long as it takes to clean up the Klamath...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:29AM
document Labor Working to Undermine Strong Civilian Police Oversight in Oakland [Updated] revised_7_8_16_oakland__council_police_commission.pdf_140_.jpg by Dave Id
A November 2016 ballot measure for a new Oakland Police Commission is expected to be finalized and approved by the Oakland City Council at their meeting on July 19. The measure, originally proposed by the Coalition for Police Accountability and since taken up by the City Council, continues to be watered down further and further. Local non-police unions have turned out to be one of the most vociferous opponents to strong civilian police oversight in Oakland, even though police "unions" such ...
Posted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:20PM
image Sacramento Activists Hold Vigil to Remember 47 Killed in Lac-Mégantic 480_raging_grannies_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
“We can stop these oil trains if we organize and get people involved,” said Esteban Hernandez of the Sac Activist School. “We can win this battle.” The Raging Grannnies sing their songs against fracking and oil trains at the vigil remembering the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster on July 6, 2013. Photo by Dan Bacher....
Posted: Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:23PM
video APTP Announces Oakland Police Whistleblower Hotline (video/mp4 101.4mb) by Dave Id
On July 11, Dan Siegel, legal counsel for the Anti Police-Terrorism Project, announced a new hotline for Oakland police and city workers to blow the whistle on OPD corruption, misconduct, and predatory policing....
Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:42PM
image The Time to Act is Now for Strong Police Accountability in Oakland coalitionforpoliceaccountability_150x150.png by Coalition for Police Accountability
For the past thirteen years, Oakland taxpayers have spent OVER $30 MILLION on Federal oversight of the Police Department because rogue police officers profiled, harassed, abused, and planted drugs on hundreds of Black people in our city. As you know, OPD corruption and coverups continue to this day. A critical vote to make police accountability a reality in Oakland will be held July 19 when a ballot measure for a new Oakland Police Commission is scheduled to be finalized by the City Council...
Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:19PM
calendar Going Into Year 2 with the Freedom Sleepers by Keith McHenry
On the edge of City Hall, where city police, rangers, and security guards have driven the homeless protesters--along the Center St. sidewalk across from the Main Library...
Event Date: Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:00PM
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:36AM
image Governor Jerry Brown in talks with Big Oil over carbon trading program 480_redd_false_solution_1.jpg by Dan Bacher
As protests against oil trains took place in Sacramento and across the nation took place last week, oil industry leaders, led by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the President of the Western States Petroleum Association(WSPA), were talking with Brown administration officials In “hopes of reaching a consensus on extending California landmark climate change programs,” according to LA Times reporters Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason. Photo: This banner, displayed at a rally against REDD and carbon trad...
Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 8:26AM
image Complaint Filed Against SF Supervisor Candidate for Financial Conflict of Interest 480_ronen_lobbyist_violations_1_1_1.jpg by SF Labor News
Lobbying Firm for Anti-Union Grocery Outlet Met With District 9 Legislative Assistant/Supervisor Candidate Hillary Ronen 11 Times, Made Unreported Campaign Contribution In Alleged Attempt To Influence Project Approvals...
Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:19PM
calendar Equal Justice Rally & Protest Sacramento 480_capeaceofficer_1.jpg by Families United Against Police Brutality
California Governor's Mansion 16th and H Street Sacramento California...
Event Date: Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:00AM
Posted: Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:06PM