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imageAs COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent
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by Ella Baker Center
Oakland, CA — According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail. The positive case follows at least one confirmed exposure and several possible exposures at the jail by an arrestee and sheriff deputy. For the last two weeks, advocates with the Audit Ahern Coalition and healthcare labor unions have been calling for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), Alameda County District Attorney’...
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:23PM
documentAlameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates
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by ACPD
OAKLAND, Thursday, March 19 – Lawyers with the Public Defender’s Office in collaboration with the Sheriff, prosecutors and courts have secured the release of more than 300 people because of the threat of COVID-19 in Santa Rita County Jail....
Posted: Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:16PM
imageIn The Pandemic, Vallejo PD Buys $750K Cell Site Simulator
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by Oakland Privacy
On the consent agenda for the March 24, 2020, Vallejo City Council meeting was $766,018 to purchase a KeyW cell site simulator....
Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:19PM
imageSanta Cruz Police Prohibit Food Distribution to Homeless at Town Clock
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by Santa Cruz News
Santa Cruz Chief of Police Andrew Mills has addressed a cease and desist letter to Keith McHenry, the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, demanding McHenry, "cease feeding people at the clock tower immediately." Additionally, Police have issued a public notice to vacate the area of the Town Clock, which states that all personal belongings must be removed from the park by March 25 at 9 am. Since the Coronavirus/COVID-19 shelter in place order issued by the County took effect on March 17, Santa Cruz ...
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:29PM
textAlameda County Sheriff's Office Makes Surprise $85 Million Request for Santa Rita Jail by APTP
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote today to allocate an additional $85 million toward staff for Santa Rita Jail....
Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:19PM
imageFive Demands for Emergency COVID-19 Survival
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by Dave Id
With the Bay Area and now all of California on coronavirus lockdown, millions going without paychecks and health insurance, prisoners and unsheltered folks at great risk of contracting the virus, wheatpaste posters have gone up in Oakland making five reasonable demands to increase our collective chance at survival....
Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:30PM
imageLegality of shelter-in-place orders is questionable
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by lynda Carson
Coronavirus pandemic fears result in California Lock-down!...
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:14PM
imageJewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak
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by Leon Kunstenaar
In a March 21 press release, Never Again Action Bay Area calls on Governor Newsom to take immediate steps to release migrants from unsanitary, overcrowded “death camp” detention centers...
Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:29AM
textShutdown of Post Office Encampment After Denial of Portapotties & Wash Stations There by Robert Norse
Chief Mills and a dozen or more cops, rangers, and camp trashers moved on to evict and fence out the homeless tent-shelter-in-place encampment along Water St. near the Post Office. This "out of sight/out of town" policy, while claiming a public health rationale rings false given the lack of protected indoor shelter being offered in spite of the funding available....
Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:57PM
documentACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19
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by ACLU-NC
ACLU Also Calls for Release of People Currently in Pretrial Detention Because of Cash Bail to Prevent a Public Health Crisis...
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:21PM
imageSanta Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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by IWOC Oakland
As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers....
Posted: Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:00PM
textShelter-in-place orders are a prelude to Martial Law by Lynda Carson
I was in the Philippines during 1972 while Martial Law existed under the Marcos administration. There were soldiers/armed forces on the streets and anyone caught on the streets after midnight was subject to arrest or being shot. At times it was very frightening!...
Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:43PM
imageSanta Cruz Committee Unanimously Forwards 1st Predictive Policing Ban in US
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by Oakland Privacy
On March 11, the Public Safety committee of the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously recommended passage of a surveillance transparency ordinance for the City of Santa Cruz....
Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:51AM
textSanta Cruz City Council Committee Advances Surveillance Oversight Ordinance by ACLU of Northern California
SANTA CRUZ, March 12, 2020 – On Wednesday, the Santa Cruz Public Safety Committee voted to approve a Surveillance Technology Ordinance that would prevent the government from using any surveillance technology without public debate, clear use policies, and mechanisms of oversight and accountability. The law also prohibits government use of facial recognition, and in what would be a national first, bans government use of predictive policing technology as well....
Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:39PM
documentA Double-Sided Flyer to City Council on the Homeless Health Crisis
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by Robert Norse & Keith McHenry
A flyer distributed at the City Council Tuesday night 3-10-20, one side by me, the other by Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry, due back in town tomorrow after three weeks away. I touch on the futility and foolishness of missing or locked sanitary facilities; Keith proposes his own 7-point program to address the escalating health and housing crisis....
Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:37PM
documentReactionary Riptide Against Homeless Must be Stopped !
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by Robert Norse
SCPD Chief Andy Mills and reactionaries on the City Council want to "work around" the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Martin v. Boise decision. Since they refuse to open up survival encampments or vacant public buildings, police need "tools" to drive unhoused people out of public spaces. Hence the Mills 7-Point Plan......
Posted: Mon Mar 9, 2020 10:17AM
audioDept. of Homeland Security Flash-Bang Raid in Santa Cruz: One Year Later (audio/mpeg 87.0MB) by John Malkin
Examination of February 15, 2019 raid in Santa Cruz, California by Dept. of Homeland Security agents....
Posted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:29AM
imageCorruption in the Fresno Police Department Runs Deep
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by Mike Rhodes
This article reveals the dark underbelly of corruption in Fresno, with a focus on the Police Department. Photo below: Jerry Dyer on the left, holding noose. Now he wants to be the mayor of Fresno....
Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:11PM
imageCensorship By UCSC: Administration Blocks Network Access to PayUsMoreUCSC.com
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by Spread The Strike!
Access to payusmoreucsc.com, the website for Striking Workers at University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), has been blocked on the UCSC network. On February 23, an update posted on GoFundMe by Jane Komori states, "In addition to blocking our website on their network, EVC Kletzer took the openly authoritarian step of forcing department chairs to run all communications with students through her. These petty actions have more in common with dictatorships than universities."...
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:23PM
imageFresno Police Department Officers Assault Homeless Man
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by Mike Rhodes
Fresno Police officers beat this homeless man, arrested him for resisting arrest and booked him into the Fresno County Jail....
Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:47PM