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textBoris Johnson and the Long Shadow of Stalinism by Jorg Schindler and Christopher Junke
The capitalist bourgeosie needs and defends democracy as a form of social freedom only as long as it is useful to its own class rule. Their understanding of democracy and freedom is structurally limited-only he is a full-fledged human being who is also a citizen of property. Learning from O Canada and imitating the 26 community centers in Vancouver could revive democracy &freedom....
Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:26AM
textBeing There by Carol Denney (posted by Norse)
Activist Carol Denney e-mailed me this account which she is also sending to the Berkeley Daily Planet. She writes the satirical Pepper Spray Times (available on line at Berkeleydailyplanet.com), sings, composes, and copwatches among other things....
Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:58PM
textSex Trafficking Support by Katie
Sex trafficking laws and support for victims...
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2019 7:20PM
textRecidivism Linked to Criminal Justice System Failures by Annika Erickson
This is an article touching on the recidivism rates in the United States....
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2019 7:17PM
textThe Wicked Witch of the West AKA Mayor of Oakland by ntuit
The Mayor and her administration are failing miserably in helping homeless people...
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:43PM
textOpinion: SCPD Wants Tazer Money? by Herbert Gartner
Thoughts on SCPD asking city council for ~$230k for new Tazers...
Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:07PM
textPolice Brutality (Domestic Terrorism) by James Hemphill III
This article touches on police brutality (domestic terrorism) but focuses on the killings of unarmed and innocent black people in the United States....
Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:06PM
textOn-going attacks on Oakland & Berkeley’s unhoused violates their human rights by Lynda Carson
In scenes reminiscent of the bulldozer attacks on shanty towns around the world, Oakland’s Mayor Libby Shaft had the bulldozers sent in to clear out another homeless encampment of the unhoused 2 days ago!...
Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:58PM
textAranas is gone, but now what? by Anonymous Author
As reported by Scott Morris at Oakland Reporter, UC Berkeley police officer Sean Aranas is no longer on the force. This is reason to celebrate, however it should be kept in mind that all the people that looked the other way, or out-right defended him, are still on the UCPD force and other places of power....
Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:35PM
textInternet Anonymity is Pure Fiction! by Mike
Internet anonymity is pure fiction. The TOR anonymity network and ALL commercially available proxy systems are easily hacked. Governments and Internet companies easily identify and track users' online activities. WordPress has identified my publishing group through TOR browser, and evidently sold our private information to hostile third parties....
Posted: Sat Oct 5, 2019 12:31AM
textMoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’ by Norman Solomon
Only some get the nod...
Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:58AM
textThe Political Theology of the New Right by Rolf Schieder
The new right-wing movements try to create a state of emergency with the help of apocalyptic rhetoric enabling them to suspend rules and procedures. Apocalyptics long for the final struggle between good and evil. Eschatologicsts are driven by a theology of hope. The feeling of completely losing control is the motivational driver for accepting right-wing offers....
Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:39PM
textThe Way to Authoritarianism is Paved with Lies by Jurg Muller-Muralt
Lying is part of the human condition. But democracy is in peril when politicians make lying into a "business principle." Lying is a second nature for Trump. Trump lies strategically and doesn't have a bad conscience. For Trump, the borders between true and false have largely disappeared. Liars and bullshitters undermine trust in language and calculable communication....
Posted: Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:58AM
textWhite House Policy Paper on Homelessness Misrepresents Evidence, Drives Wrong Conclusions by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
September 17, 2019, Washington, DC — On Monday evening, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors released a white paper that ignores and directly contradicts the evidence-based consensus of 19 of his own agencies. Last year, those agencies published the Federal Strategic Plan to End Homelessness, stating that housing, low barrier shelter, and decriminalization is the best way to end homelessness....
Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:03PM
textPeople's Park: AntiFascism and Park Defense by Anon-E-Moose
After anti-fascists announced plans for a rally in People's Park, the UCB chancellor sent out a press release that the UC is determined to move forward on their plans to eradicate the park....
Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:36AM
textNationwide Effort Calls for Housing, Not Handcuffs by National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
(July 17, 2019, Washington, D.C.) – Today, the #IAskForHelpBecause Campaign launched its second round of a nationwide effort to strike down bans on panhandling and to replace them with more constructive policies that address the root causes of homelessness. Since the 2015 decision in Norton v. Springfield that found any targeting of speech asking for donations for punishment invokes the strictest scrutiny under First Amendment protections, every ordinance limiting panhandling, begging, or sol...
Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:24AM
textMayor Schaaf Rents Oakland Police Officers to Home Depot by ann nomura
Oakland Mayor Schaaf's rent a police officer program at Home Depot....
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:28PM
textSanta Cruz County Homeless Union President Launches RV Park-In Protest by Robert Norse & Alicia Kuhl
Recent renewal of harassment of RV dwellers along Woodrow has prompted Alicia Kuhl of the SC Homeless Union Park-In to protest the threatening vigilante behavior. More details below....
Posted: Tue Jul 2, 2019 1:53PM
textAustralian police powers risking the criminalisation of public interest journalism by GetUp!
This is unprecedented. As I write, the Australian Federal Police are crawling through the headquarters of our national broadcaster. Accessing private emails. Scouring hard-drives. Rounding up handwritten notes. They have the power to collect, decrypt, alter and delete whatever they want.1 Why? Because the ABC dared to report on allegations that Australian soldiers unlawfully killed children in Afghanistan.2...
Posted: Wed Jun 5, 2019 5:40AM
textChelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition t...
Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:20AM