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From the Constitutional State to the Security State
The state of emergency is that arrangement by which totalitarian powers were established in Europe. The security state is neither part of the constitutional state nor what Michel Foucault called the disciplinary society. The security state is permanently grounded on fear and must keep fear alive at any cost because it has its essential function and legitimacy from it. The de-politization of citizens is a characteristic of the security state.
Posted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:45AM
Mayor Lee questioned about SFPD killing civilians
I saw Mayor Ed Lee at City Hall today and taped him as I asked when he would hold a town hall meeting on San Francisco cops killing civilians, and other questions about accountability of the police force.
Posted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:58PM
Statement from First They Came for the Homeless on the Berkeley Post Office Eviction
A Statement from First They Came for the Homeless on the Berkeley Post Office Eviction
Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:07PM
Another man killed by Sacramento Police
Despite any offense the deceased man may have committed, this case fits the pattern of increasingly militarized cops escalating the use of violence when other means are available. This incident is another reflection of a racist system that alienates people of color by using violence to deal with them instead of trying to deescalate the situation.
Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:02AM
EVICTED! First They Came for the Homeless Forcefully Removed from Berkeley Post Office.
At 5:00AM this morning, US Postal Police and Inspectors, with support from the Berkeley Police Dept., arrived at the Main Berkeley Post Office, 2000 Alston Way, and literally dragged protesters out of their tents, seized all their belongings, and tore down the information tent, the shelter for our 17-month occupation.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:49PM
22 Writers Explain Why PEN American Center Should Reject Israeli Government Sponsorship
Twenty-two literary figures who signed a letter calling on the PEN American Center to reject Israeli government sponsorship of its World Voices Festival due to Israel’s human rights abuses have elaborated on their decision in quotes below. The Festival is being held in New York City from April 25-May 1.
Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:10AM
Another Man Executed by the San Francisco Police.
On Thursday, April 7th, in the Mission District of San Francisco, a homeless man, Luis Gongora, allegedly "brandishing" a knife, was executed on the street by SFPD.
Posted: Sat Apr 9, 2016 8:58AM
The Relative Merits of a Task Force on Homelessness
Scope, Composition and Duration Are Keys To Success
Posted: Fri Apr 8, 2016 12:57PM
Denying renters housing due to a criminal record may be illegal
According to HUD, as many as 100 million U.S. adults, or around one-third of the population have a criminal record of some sort that makes it difficult for many formerly incarcerated individuals to secure housing, including public and other federally-subsidized housing because of their criminal record.
Posted: Thu Apr 7, 2016 11:09PM
Funders of Corrupt DA Gascon's SFPD Panel Revealed
District Attorney George Gascon's cop accountability blue-ribbon panel is now transparent about who is funding it.
Posted: Tue Apr 5, 2016 9:36AM
Call for Prisoner Strike on Attica Anniversary
This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.
Posted: Sat Apr 2, 2016 7:36AM
Postal Police Announce Saturday Morning Raid on Berkeley Homeless Protest
After leaving the protest be for 17 months, Postal Police decide to illegally evict the vigil/protest/occupation at the Berkeley Post Office.
Posted: Fri Apr 1, 2016 7:13PM
UN Official Receives Formal Complaint from Solitary Prisoners’ Family Members & Advocates
CA – After months of public outcry, California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC) and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) have submitted a formal complaint to Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment condemning the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) jarringly noisy and disruptive “security/welfare checks” in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing ...
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:54PM
Texas Prisoners to Stage Work Stoppage April 4
WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION Monday April 4th 2016, Texas prisoners will begin a SERIES of Statewide Work Stoppages, Strikes, and Slowdowns to force the Texas Legislature to address much needed Reform to the Parole, Medical, Grievance, and, Legal System in Texas. Prisoners are also DEMANDING Humane Living Conditions and Treatment.
Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:07AM
Legal Support Needed at the RNC in Cleveland
The 2016 Republican National Convention is being held in Cleveland July 18 - 21. This one's going to be a little different.
Posted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:50AM
Broad-Based Coalition Tackles Outrageous Fines and Fees in San Francisco Traffic Court
Debt arising from traffic or criminal court matters touches the lives of many San Francisco residents and, by diverting limited funds or triggering unemployment, keeps them trapped in a cycle of poverty. A group of attorneys and community organizers have come together to try to break the cycle.
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:55PM
An Anarchist Review of Three Felonies a Day
Harvey Silverglate's 2009 book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent is a good book that missed its chance to be a great one. Like too many liberal authors Silverglate focuses too narrowly on a specific issue, in the process ignoring major systemic problems. However, Three Felonies is still an illuminating case study of how laws are written, interpreted, and enforced in such a way as to make everyone a potential target, no matter how much they wish to avoid violations.
Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:14PM
One Person Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting In Central Fresno
Eye-witness reports that a Fresno Police officer shot and killed man after the individual had already tossed away a gun. In other words: Unarmed Man Shot and Killed by Fresno Police.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 8:28PM
Sign Petition before 4/15/16 for Medical Care or Release for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a political prisoner, is being denied medical care for Hepatitis C, which will certainly result in his death if he does not receive the necessary medical care now.
Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 6:56PM
Court reorganization plan failed to consider needs of the poor
A promised shuttle bus system that Judge Jacobson said would be in place to help people get to court in Hayward, does not exist, and may not go into effect for one to two years, according to Chad Finke, Court Executive Officer, of the Alameda County Superior Courts. The first eviction court case being transferred from Oakland to Hayward is expected to occur during the week of April 4, according to Chad Finke, Court Executive Officer, of the Alameda County Superior Courts.
Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:37PM