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text Questions About Mass Incarceration Remain Unanswered by Steve Pleich
Grand Jury Report and Larger Problems Still Ignored...
Posted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:17AM
text Ferguson police killing of Michael Brown & invations of Afghanistan: variations on a theme by Gil Villagran, MSW
The Police killing of Michael Brown by a Furguson policeman and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and subsequent U.S. invasion are dominos, variations upon a theme: the hubris of a powerful nation, class or ruling elite to control a much subservient people or nation, there are tragic lessons to be learned to the demise of the powerful (at the expense of the powerless)....
Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:54AM
text On Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas by Linda Burnham
Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Dallas...
Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:40PM
text Rep. Gutiérrez to Speak on House Floor in Bid to Free Oscar Lopez Rivera by Douglas G. Rivlin
Announcement of Oct. 9 event in Lafayette Park, Washington, DC...
Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 6:31AM
text Calling on Oakland Police to Blow the Whistle on Corruption, Misconduct, and Predation by Anti Police-Terror Project
The Anti Police-Terror Project calls on Oakland police officers: Blow the whistle on corruption, misconduct, and predatory policing...
Posted: Fri Jul 8, 2016 1:21PM
text Chelsea Manning incommunicado until Friday by IndyRadio/David Roknich
On Tuesday, a phone call scheduled for 2PM between Manning and her lawyers "could not be connected", according an army spokesman and what remains is a cryptic press release....
Posted: Wed Jul 6, 2016 3:22PM
text Through the media by Ted Rudow III, MA
I am completely dumbfounded by the unprecedented and brutal terrorist attack at Gulshan, Dhaka. The people of Bangladesh did not experience anything like this before. This incident has created great anxiety, fear and uncertainty among the common people. I strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism....
Posted: Tue Jul 5, 2016 6:15PM
text Democracy vs. Begging at City Council by Steve Martinot
This is an account of multiple betrayals by the Berkeley City Council. With $25 million in reserve, it begrudges non-profits that serve the homeless a mere $40K. Along with that cut, it advances to the police some $400K. It is as if it knows it has to beef up the police if it is going to cut services to the poor. Apparently, money is no object. What is the object? And what can we who believe in democracy do about it?...
Posted: Fri Jul 1, 2016 4:15PM
text Citizens Police Review Board an Idea Whose Time Has Come? by Steve Pleich
Community is Ready to Move Forward...
Posted: Fri Jul 1, 2016 12:49PM
text Four Days…the Slaying of Krista Deluca in the Santa Cruz County Jail by Dr. Bruce Loisel
A description and analysis of the incarceration and pain she endured in the four days and nights she was held captive by the officials in charge of the Santa Cruz County jail. She was deprived of the medication that, without question, would have ended her agony and saved her life. The limitlessness of her four sleepless days and nights of torture and mayhem, that culminated in her choking on her own vomit and dying, is not easy to imagine....
Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:16AM
text RV Nighttime Parking, "Littering", Street Vendors Again on Chopping Block Today at Council by Robert Norse
The Niroyan-led Nimbies are back again at City Hall demanding the City ban RV's at night city-wide. To avoid a veto from the Coastal Commission, city staff homeless-cleansers have dickered with Coastal Commission staff for half a year. They are introducing a midnight-5 PM resolution (though allowing for a broader parking ban in the law) (Item #25). Additional items of interest involve tripled fines for "littering" city-wide from July 2 through July 6 and $200+ fines for violating the "Vani...
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:55PM
text BART Creates a New Way to Become a Criminal. The Vicious Crime of Seat Hogging. by JP Massar
In April, the BART Board passed a law making it illegal to occupy two seats during rush hour on a BART train. The law was not to take effect until the BART police presented their implementation strategy. At the most recent BART Board meeting the BART police presented how they intend to enforce the new law....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:42PM
text Court Publishes Decision Granting Relief to Inmate Disciplined For Hunger Strike by via NLG SF Bay Area Chapter
June 20, 2016 - Jorge Gomez spent over a decade in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU) at the time of California’s historic 2013 Prisoner Hunger Strike. Launched in early July 2013, the strike was to protest torturous and inhumane conditions at Pelican Bay’s SHU and at other isolation/segregation units throughout the state. Over 30,000-plus incarcerated persons participated at its height, with many refusing food for as long as two months. In the early days of the 2013 Priso...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:36PM
text Stay the Course With Prop 47 for Real Criminal Justice Reform by Steve Pleich
Critics Off the Mark...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35AM
text Oakland cops target the African American community by Lynda Carson
According to a Stanford study, African American men were more likely to be handcuffed during a stop (1 out of 4 times) than whites (1 out of 15 times), excluding arrests. African American men were also more likely to be searched (1 in 5 times vs. 1 in 20 times for whites), though officers were no more likely to make a recovery from those searches. African American men were more likely to be arrested after a stop by police –1 in every 6 vs. 1 in 14 for white men....
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:05PM
text As Warriors prepare to celebrate, City of Oakland prepares to evict several more homeless. by Draymon Green in exile
As Warriors prepare to celebrate, City of Oakland prepares to evict several more homeless....
Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:42AM
text Freedom SleepOut #49 Will Follow Council's Doling Out More Cash for Cops by Robert Norse
Bad news for those worried about expanded police power, throwing cash at the cops, and other issues on the Consent Agenda Tuesday afternoon at City Council. Following that, Freedom Sleepers will continue the determined campaign to end the 11 PM-8:30 AM Sleeping Ban and establish a "free from citation" space on the sidewalk. Additionally a few notes on the upcoming demands that police cough up their video of past harassment on June 17 10 AM in Dept. 1....
Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 12:32PM
text Watching Them Watching Us. A Victory in the Political Battle Against Surveillance in Silicon Valley by JP Massar
Santa Clara County has become the first jurisdiction in the US to pass a general surveillance equipment regulation ordinance....
Posted: Thu Jun 9, 2016 8:24AM
text Mathews Council Crushes Handicraft Vendors; Freedom SleepOut #46 Soldiers On by Robert Norse
Last chance to make a cry of outrage at the City Council'slaw to outlaw all handicraft vending in the downtown and wharf-beachfront areas. Follow-up by saying no to a cop-heavy budget (social services take up less than 3% of the budget compared to police & rangers (42%). Finally the Food-Not-Bombs supported Freedom Sleepers will resume their principled civil disobedience on the sidewalk and city hall courtyard that night for the 46th week....
Posted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:58PM
text The recession will become a depression by Ted Rudow III, MA
The cycle of recession and rebound is what you would call a confidence game, perpetrated by the biggest con man and swindler of all. He has succeeded very well, and the economic world has a false foundation today, a paper one, which could go up in smoke if the right match were applied to it....
Posted: Mon May 16, 2016 12:22PM