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Monetizing & non-profitizing Oakland's parks, open spaces, and woodlands - by ann nomura
An overview of who benefits from recent radical re-landscaping and development projects in Oakland's parks, open spaces, and woodlands.
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:13PM
The Question of a US form of fascism - by Steve Martinot
In recent years, the term "fascism" is heard more and more. With the growing epidemic of police killings, mostly of people of color, with the intentional maintenance and growth of the largest prison system in the world (with practically a political guarantee of recidivism), with police making lethal demands for obedience, with the increasing corporate technological destruction of land and oceans, and with the constant obsessions with war (a misnomer for massacre from a distance), the term "fa...
Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:14AM
The Infamous Interviews of Frank Moore - by Corey Nicholl
An article from this week’s East Bay Express about the late shaman performance artist Frank Moore and a new book of his interviews, Deep Conversations In The Shaman's Den, Volume 1
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:36PM
Who Is Destroying Berkeley's People's Park? - by People's Park Is Not Over
People once associated with the People's Park community are tapping out, as UC Berkeley makes further incursions into the space. Former Park allies are ending their support for People's Park, and some are even raiding what they can as they make their exit. The People's Park website is under control of people who have no intention of updating the Park's internet presence, and the People's Park funds have been absconded with. People's Park is being dismantled by individuals who have given up th...
Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:17PM
PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council - by Oakland Privacy Working Group
In the matter of Predictive Policing and "PredPol" software.
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:11PM
Just Cause Eviction Protections And Rent Control Supported By Richmond City Council - by Lynda Carson
Richmond renters are being urged to unite and support their council members to establish the strongest just cause eviction protections and rent control possible in the struggle against gentrification, greedy landlords and real estate profiteers!
Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:50AM
Gentrification and the Corporate Structure - by Steve Martinot
Though affordable housing is in great need in the Bay Area, and in particular, in Berkeley, two things stand in the way of fulfilling that need, and push development toward the building of high income residence buildings. They are the corporate structure itself, and the structures of racialization in the US. Thus, a conflict ensues between humans and corporations, in which the corporations use race and class against the people, in response to which forms of direct democracy become all the mor...
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:07AM
Tony Thurmond's disgraceful behavior in Sacramento - by Tina Kimmel, PhD, MSW, MPH
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond is not competent to represent the progressive voices who elected him, as evidenced by his personal and his offices' recent behavior around a controversial bill.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:49AM
Austerity's Champion Pushed By Richmond's Mayor Tom Butt Who Was Supported By RPA/Park - by repost
Tom Butt the new mayor of Richmond who was supported by the Richmond Progressive Alliance RPA and their leader Mike Parker who withdrew as a mayoral candidate threw his support to Butt who has not launched an attack on public worker pensions by pushing Borenstein.
Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:44AM
Removal of bush shelter and bench harms East Oakland residents - by Lynda Carson
The elderly and disabled people of East Oakland are being abused by tactics of collective punishment when agencies or government partners use their authority to target a whole community in the effort to attack the homeless, or a few drug dealers operating in an area!
Posted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:04PM
Fighting the Boss in Our Head - by Carl
An article concerning the intersections of patriarchy and working-class organizing, from a working-class cisgender male organizers' perspective.
Posted: Sun Jun 7, 2015 12:58PM
Housing and Justice - by Steve Martinot
The city of Berkeley is pursuing three things, which it hopes to keep separate: high income housing developement, criminalization of the homeless, and a defunding of non-profits and people's service organizations in South Berkeley. All three work together, the latter two paving the way for the first. The whole process is called "gentirifcation," and it is a violation of human rights, once one recognizes, as it done internationally, that housing is a human right.
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 1:41PM
Destruction At Berkeley's People's Park - by Darin
The giant tree they felled yesterday was not sick. The tree trimming they performed will promote further desertification in the park and garden. In a drought this is a major concern. We are already on water restriction for our starts and vegetables. There is a gaping hole in the canopy in the northern section of the park. I've seen this happen all over the bay area. Its going to be a hot summer. Worse, they will continue to pick off trees and produce mulch, and destroy the garden, and promote...
Posted: Fri Jun 5, 2015 12:38PM
Gill Tract Protesters Disrupt Two Sprouts Supermarkets to Stop Development of Farmland - by Occupy the Farm
For Immediate Release
Posted: Sun May 31, 2015 11:52AM
Reporting Oakland police violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms - by Occupy For Human Rights
Violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Oakland Police can be reported to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Testimonials are read by the Working Group on Communications and the Working Group on Situations. Arguments can be made that the situation in Oakland meets the criteria for the complaint procedure. The process for reforming the Oakland Police is not working, due to obstructions of justice from within the system. There needs to be an outside, internat...
Posted: Sun May 24, 2015 1:07PM
AFSCME 3299 & CLF Call on UC to Support Equal Pay for its Subcontractors - by via AFSCME 3299
San Francisco: As State and Federal lawmakers struggle to address the growing problems of poverty and income inequality, AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger, California Labor Federation Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski and others today publicly called upon UC President Janet Napolitano to support SB 376 (Lara)—a measure that would guarantee that the employees of private firms providing contract services to the University are paid commensurate wages as career UC employees performing the sa...
Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:00PM
100 California Officials Ask Gov. Brown for Fracking Moratorium - by Center for Biological Diversity
ANAHEIM, Calif.— More than 100 mayors, city council members and other local officials from dozens of communities want Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking to protect California’s water supply from contamination during a devastating drought.
Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 7:27PM
ABAG and its "Footprint" - by Steve Martinot
The history of ABAG is an example of the corporate take-over of political structures originally organized by the social justice movements. We are now subjected to this, as a form of political imposition, through the impending devastation to which ABAG's plans will subject our neighborhoods. While ABAG is composed of representatives from cities and counties, it shows how undemocratic representationism can be.
Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 11:45AM
The Tech Commute Did Not Take Place - by Fireworks
The mainstream media attempted to portray the May 1st blockade of the Oakland tech commute a failure. An article on SFGate.com carried the headline “May Day rally fails to block tech bus in Oakland.” Further below in the same article, the author goes on to write, “When the lone bus pulled up at 7:40 a.m., it stopped across the street from protesters and left before they could assemble. Other buses were either rerouted or cancelled in anticipation of the protest.”
Posted: Mon May 4, 2015 2:51PM
Affordable Housing? Affordable for Whom? - by Steve Martinot
Plan Bay Area calls for almost 3000 new developments, apartments and condos, for Berkeley, along with some 900 units for low income people. The city will be permitting only 196 of these, and taking money for the rest. This article describes the various aspects and machinations of what is presently going on around the issue of affordable housing in Berkeley.
Posted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:03PM