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text ‘Please Give Us Justice’: New California Law Aims to Hold Police Accountable by Safiya Charles, The Nation
A “first of its kind” bill would raise use-of-force guidelines for police from “reasonable” to “necessary”—a higher standard that could save lives....
Posted: Wed May 2, 2018 10:54PM
text Guns Don't Kill People, Police Kill People by Martin Herrera-Pazmino
Police Brutality is destroying lives. Police are the only people in society that get away with cold blooded murder. It's time we bring this to light....
Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:28AM
text Vehicular Profiteering Downtown Will Punish the Poor and Drive Away Customers by Robert Norse
Santa Cruz City Council is set to rubberstamp increased parking fees, new parking meters, a two-hour "Move Along" vehicular law, "no vending from vehicles", and a "no vehicles above 6' in height" requirement along Pacific Ave. and adjacent streets at its 1:30 PM wesession tomorrow. It's item #18 on the so-called "Consent Public Hearings" section of the agenda....
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:40PM
text Homeless regulations will affect People's Park community by Anonymous
Newly proposed regulations on the homeless will substantially affect the People's Park community. Berkeley city council is holding a special meeting to codify new city legislation to place restrictions on sleeping and stashing gear on sidewalks....
Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:10PM
text Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" by Martin Beck & Ingo Stutzle (ed)
In the figure of Bonaparte, the state made itself independent over society at a time when the bourgeoisie lost the capacity to rule the nation and the working class had not yet gained that ability. Aren't conditions similar nowadays in the many de-industrialized regions of the US, England, Germany or Poland? The whole world cheered him as the deliverer of society, Marx wrote....
Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:40AM
text Supreme Court shields a police officer from being sued for shooting a woman in front yard by LA Times
The Supreme Court on Monday shielded a police officer from being sued for shooting an Arizona woman in her front yard, once again making it harder to bring legal action against officers who use excessive force, even against an innocent person....
Posted: Wed Apr 4, 2018 6:49PM
text NAACP Condemns Latest Injustices Surrounding Fatal Police-Involved Shootings around Nation by NAACP
BALTIMORE, MD (April 2, 2018) – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization, issued the following statement following the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by a Sacramento police officer and the acquittal of the officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016....
Posted: Mon Apr 2, 2018 11:05PM
text Alameda P.D. Arrest Man For Refusing Microwave-Pulsing Meters on His Kids Bedroom Wall by chris rabe
Christopher Rabe, a 39-year resident of Alameda and father of two was arrested on Thursday, March 29th at 10:30am after peacefully standing in the way of Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) meter installers outside his apartment complex on Pacific St. Rabe was held in Oakland Jail for 10 hours, and released after posting bail. He is being charged with 498(B)(2) (theft by meter tampering) despite the fact that clearly his intent was to prevent the smart meter installation, and represent the othe...
Posted: Mon Apr 2, 2018 8:02PM
text As Trump consolidates his power, the history of 1930s Germany repeats itself by Sascha Abramsky
As Adolf Hitler rose to power, principled conservatives in Germany convinced themselves that he could be controlled. Compromises, concessions, and countermeasures are necessary for America after the budget attacks on the poor, seniors, the disabled, students, and children....
Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:41PM
text As Trump consolidates his power, the history of 1930s Germany repeats itself by Sascha Abramsky
As Adolf Hitler rose to power, principled conservatives in Germany convinced themselves that he could be controlled. Compromises, concessions, and countermeasures are necessary in America after the budget attacks on the poor, seniors, the disabled, chidren, and students....
Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:03AM
text ICE Trained Surreptitiously at Urban Shield - In Our Sanctuary County. by Oakland Privacy
The revelation of secretive HSI/ICE participation (ICE was not listed on the Urban Shield website as a participating agency) follows a series of disturbing incidents at the event, including the presence of the Oath Keepers vigilante extremism group in an Urban Shield-branded community fair giving out literature to the public in an Alameda County Sheriff's Department pavillion, the use of vendor Strategic Operations in secret after the Alameda Board of Supervisors vetoed the vendor due to blat...
Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:26PM
text ACLU of Northern California Statement on Sacramento PD's Fatal Shooting of Stephon Clark by ACLU of Northern California
March 21, 2018 - The ACLU Foundation of Northern California joins Sacramento community members in their outrage around the killing of 22-year-old Stephon Clark, who Sacramento police shot and killed on Sunday....
Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:59PM
text An Open Letter to the Chief of Campus Police by UC Student Workers UAW 2865 Santa Cruz
Our open letter to the chief of campus police, after being invited to an open forum about campus safety. Thanks Sarah and Ana for this pointed and clear response declining the "offer". We demand a demilitarized campus, as one of our sunshine demands. FTP....
Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:56PM
text Trial Begins in Lawsuit Against Mississippi Department of Corrections Over Years of Unconstitutional Conditions at Privately Operated Prison by American Civil Liberties Union
JACKSON, Miss., March 5, 2018 – Trial begins today in Dockery, et al. v. Hall, et al., a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of prisoners at East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) in Meridian, Mississippi. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Alexander, and Covington & Burling LLP will show that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has operated the prison in a continuous state of crisis, neglect, and abuse for years, ...
Posted: Tue Mar 6, 2018 11:06AM
text Police Officer Fired for not Shooting Unarmed Man Reaches Settlement with W.Va. City by ACLU
WEIRTON, W.Va., February 12, 2018 — A settlement agreement was reached between former Weirton police officer Stephen Mader and the City of Weirton in a lawsuit challenging the termination of Mr. Mader’s employment because he chose not to shoot and kill a suicidal Black man whom he concluded did not pose a threat warranting the use of deadly force. The Law Office of Timothy O’Brien and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) sued the City of Weirton for wrongful terminati...
Posted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:04PM
text Police Put Hood Over Homeless Person’s Head to Stop Free Speech by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
At 2 p.m. on February 10, 2018 at Washington Square Park in San Francisco’s North Beach, 4 Democratic Party police, each paid $100,000 a year and up plus benefits, all heavily armed and very muscular, arrested a homeless white man and put a hood over his head after he had been exercising his free speech rights to say whatever came to his mind, as he sat among a group of apparently homeless people. He was not harming anyone but someone called the police. This horror show will produce no posit...
Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:41PM
text Calif Cops work with alt-reich to attack and prosecute counter demonstrators and Antifa by Sludge
Follow the Guardian link. Fascinating confirmation of what we already gleaned from the news. Cops side with neo-nazis, white supremacists and the violent alt right terrorists and finger and prosecute counter demonstrators....
Posted: Fri Feb 9, 2018 7:27PM
text A Response to Jessica York's Latest Sentinel San Lorenzo Campground Story by Robert Norse
Jessica York's front-page story in today's Scent Anal "Camp Cleanups Shuffle City's Homeless Population" breezes over the destruction of homeless property and survival gear. It does indicate that City bosses colluded with Cal-Trans in the latest "destroy their stuff" campaign. Those bosses, of course, would be City Manager Bernal, Police Chief Mills, P & R head Garcia, and nominally Mayor Terrazas). Perhaps it's just raw meat for the Next Door/Take Back Santa Cruz crowd, but it's criminal...
Posted: Sat Feb 3, 2018 9:24AM
text Flyer Distributed at the Women's March in Santa Cruz by Robert Norse
This is an updated version of a flyer originally prepared last year in response to repression at the Bookshop Santa Cruz in its hypocritical reading of George Orwell's 1984, while excluding disfavored activists from the store, even from access to its publicly funded bathroom. My broader focus was on the criminalization of the poor and specifically poor women....
Posted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:22PM
text The harassment of prisoners who have served their time by Silvia Brandon Pérez
After surviving an attack from a fellow prisoner which left him with a broken jaw and eye socket, and permanent stitches inside his mouth, and mistreatment by guards and prison authorities, a gay Latino prisoner is now routinely stopped, handcuffed, searched, interrogated: prison after prison...
Posted: Sun Jan 7, 2018 9:53AM