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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
text The Perfect Totalitarian Rule: Orwell by Carl Sulz
The security state is different than the constitutional state and is marked by generalization of fear, de-politization and forms without substance. In 1984, Orwell warned of totalitarianism where the past was erased and the Party created a new language. The Party alone decided two plus two equals five, dissent was not allowed and children informed on their parents for thought crimes. Whoever controls the past controls the future. Whoever controls the present controls the past....
Posted: Fri Jan 5, 2018 3:59AM
text Right Wing movement in Berkeley Police by Caution Signal
Christian Stines, the President of the Berkeley's Police Association, is leading a Right Wing faction in the Berkeley police department that openly declares they no longer support Berkeley's city government. This faction calling themselves 'Where's My Berkeley Cop' is using public safety as leverage to gain power in local politics, and to increase their budget and operational capabilities. 'Where's My Berkeley Cop' uses the kind of propaganda messages associated with Trumpism and the Alt-Rig...
Posted: Wed Jan 3, 2018 1:35AM
text Demands of the New Police Chief and His Initial Response by Robert Norse
In a letter to me, Police Chief Andy Mills has responded item-by-item to a series of concerns I raised in response to Steve Schnaar's letter skeptically regarding the SCPD endorsement of Martin Luther King celebration. While I remain skeptical of his answers--and they are pretty general--I reprint them so community members themselves can judge. I also include follow-up correspondence, which isn't too encouraging. While Mills temporarily instituted an incrementally saner policy around the S...
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:07PM
text Ed Lee, Occupy SF and the Triumph of the Frisco 5 by Michael Steinberg
Ed Lee as mayor of SF quickly changed from a progressive activist to an agent of repression...
Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:30PM
text Tampa's Dark Ages by Sex Worker Solidarity Network
The City of Tampa is considering rewriting a homophobic bathhouse ordinance to target and criminalize sex workers. Please call and email members of Tampa's City Council....
Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:04PM
text Analysis of Police Brutality if Seen at Sonoma State by Amanda Zuidema et al
Research on if Sonoma State students experience police brutality...
Posted: Fri Dec 8, 2017 6:53PM
text IYSSE mounts campaign against UC Berkeley police censorship by Evan Blake (WSWS repost)
In response to claims that new policies at UC Berkeley have made "free speech available to only those that the police deem safe or those wealthy enough to pay for it,” the university said it would modify its policy to make it less onerous. The fundamental thrust of the policy remains unchanged, however. Student groups can still be required to pay the police if they wish to hold a meeting....
Posted: Fri Dec 1, 2017 10:53PM
text SF Jury Says Jose Zarate Not Guilty of Murder of Kate Steinle by Power to the People
Under the brilliant and experienced leadership of Matthew Gonzalez, Chief Attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's office, undocumented immigrant Jose Zarate was successfully defended before a 6 women, 6 men jury, which declared him not guilty on November 30, 2017 of murder of Kate Steinle and not guilty of manslaughter....
Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:19PM
text Militarism and its complicities by Steve Martinot
Though it proclaims itself against police militarization, Berkeley City Council has renewed three militarizing federal relationships: the Fusion Center (NCRIC), urban surveillence technology, and Project 1033. It apparently does not see how these projects work together, nor that they are pro-militarist. And in its conceit, it thinks it can control them each separately. That is a mistake....
Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:38PM
text DACA in the shadows by Zaira J. Ayala
The article will focus on the effects and problems 3,000 DACA recipients face in Sonoma County. Unfortunately, today DACA isn't getting enough recognition from the media nor is receving government action....
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:14PM
text Social Justice Week at Sonoma State University by Lorena Guerrero-Diaz
Social Justice has had a negative connotation in the media lately, it is seen as something that goes against traditional beliefs. In reality, social justice is a movement that allows people to stand up for those who don’t have a voice, those who have been structurally and racially disempowered in today’s world. It is important to be able to fight for our rights and against social injustices such as police brutality, socioeconomic status, and health disparities....
Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:23PM
text The Crisis of the Mentally Ill Homeless by Bryan Louie
The homeless are the most vulnerable within our streets, those who are mentally ill and homeless however, are the most vulnerable and in need of our help. Yet, what services can and do we provide? Or what pitfalls occur that prevents us from fully supporting these individuals?...
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:48PM
text Lesasons in Nazi Trivialization and Russophobia by Sascha Lobo, Serge Halimi & Gabriele Schmalz
Gabrikele Krone-Schmalz warns of a relapse into simple-minded thinking and cold war stereotypes. Could not Russia be acting out of a strategic defensive and trying to maintain its sphere of influence? Who acts and who reacts? What should be our policy toward Russia: containment through deterrence or change through cooperation and rapprochement? Instead of discussing these questions, deviationists are slandered and excluded as Russia-sympathizers....
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:32AM
text Continuing Mental Health Care Post-Fires by Dominic Rosales
In Sonoma County, the Jail alone is the largest psychiatric facility with 40 percent of inmates countywide suffering from some form of acute mental illness. Due to the destructive wildfires, allocated funds that would have gone to a developing mental health facility will most likely be redirected towards other venues, continuing to leave this population under-served....
Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:09PM