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Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 09/11/16)The Struggle Against the Police Militarization of Urban Shield & Bulletproof Warrior
Fri Aug 19 2016 (Updated 09/11/16)Bulletproof "Shoot First, Ask Questions Later" Training Relocated to San Jose Church
UPDATE 9/9: In the early morning, protesters locked down across the entrance of the Alameda Fairgrounds, preventing passage into the Urban Shield expo. Twenty-three people were arrested.
In July, the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office withdrew its sponsorship of a "Bulletproof" street survival training course for law enforcement officers after community activists questioned whether the former "Bulletproof Warrior" class should be offered by the department. Urban Shield, the controversial police militarization exposition and training, is scheduled for September 8 in Pleasanton. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition is calling for a mass demonstration on September 9.
Tue Jul 26 2016Killer Cop Training — Coming Soon to the Bay Area
Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot Philando Castile in his car in Minnesota, took a training course called "The Bulletproof Warrior" less than two years ago. The evidence suggests that this course, and courses similar to it, offered by a private company called Calibre Press, are even worse than Urban Shield — the organized para-military and terror response training put on for police by the Alameda Sheriff's Department. The course Yanez took is now called "BulletProof" and it's coming to San Jose this August 17 and 18.
Tue Jul 12 2016 (Updated 07/18/16)New Wave of Black Lives Matter Protests Nationwide
Tue Jul 12 2016 (Updated 07/18/16)Police Murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Two Days Stir Renewed Resistance
The back to back caught-on-video police murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge on July 5 and Philando Castile in St. Paul on July 6 kicked off a new wave of Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The people of Baton Rouge and St. Paul have been protesting daily since the killings. Solidarity actions have been held in cities across the country and internationally. Communities have staged rallies, marches, and vigils across Northern California as well. Multiple demonstrations have been held in Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Watsonville.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)May Day in Northern California, 2016
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)International Workers' Day for Immigrants Rights, Food Justice, and Against Police Terror
International Workers' Day was first declared in the late 1800's to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago and as a celebration of laborers and the working classes. Around the world on May 1, workers continue to unite to press demands in the streets through marches, rallies, and direct actions. In the United States, May Day is also a day to push for immigrant rights, especially since the massive "Gran Paro Americano" general strike and marches of 2006.
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)New Fees to Be Charged to Subsidize Delta Tunnels
Fri Apr 29 2016 (Updated 04/30/16)Santa Clara Valley Water Rates to Increase Without a Public Vote to Support "Cal WaterFix"
Attendees at the April 14 public meeting of the Santa Clara County Water Commission's Board of Directors in Gilroy were surprised to learn that a new fee will soon be added to their groundwater bills to support the Cal WaterFix, also known as the Delta Tunnels. Several users of small private residential water systems complained bitterly about the cost of the current groundwater charges on top of the cost of pumping and maintenance of their own wells.
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement
Sun Mar 27 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)CAA Opposes Rent Controls in Oakland, Alameda, San Jose, Mountain View, and Other Cities
The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and all renter protections being promoted by renters, tenant activists, and their supporters. The same day that Oakland tenant activists filed a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections called the Renters Upgrade, the CAA announced that they were keeping an eye on things, and are coming up with their own plan to counter the tenants' movement efforts.
Sun Feb 7 2016 (Updated 02/09/16)Bay Area Residents Protest the Super Bowl
Sun Feb 7 2016 (Updated 02/09/16)Protests at "Super Bowl City" Against Inequality, Anti-Homeless Policies & Police Killings
Super Bowl City, a corporate playground for tourists, was set up in San Francisco in late January. Before it opened, SFPD began pushing homeless people out of the area. Several protests focused on the taxpayer-financed "city". On January 30, hundreds marched for justice for Mario Woods. On February 3, hundreds of homeless advocates held another protest. On February 6, hundreds more marched to the site to protest unrelenting economic displacements. SFPD repressed all of these protests with at least one hundred cops each time.
Over 2000 protesters from many different Indian American communities joined together outside the SAP Center in San Jose on September 27 to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Digital India" and Hindutva. They raised many issues with Modi's leadership, ranging from forced conversions to Hinduism, Internet surveillance, arrest of political bloggers, harassment of human rights activists, blind eye to rapes, dispossession of small farmers, rewriting of Indian history, and the 2002 Gujarat massacre.
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)Protest at Hyatt Santa Clara for Worker Justice
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)On Pope's First Day in U.S., Silicon Valley Low Wage Workers Call for Economic Equality
September 22nd was the Pope's first day of a historic visit to the United States. Placards calling upon the religious leader to "stand with us for workers' rights" were amongst those carried by protesters at the Hyatt Santa Clara, which is adjacent to Tech Mart. Hyatt's aggressive use of subcontractors allows it to pay poverty wages to workers.
Thu Jul 16 2015U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change
The United States Social Forum 2015 was held June 24-28 in San José. A thousand activists from hundreds of organizations worked on strategies for necessary alternatives and system change. Food Sovereignty, Living on the Edge of Silicon Valley, Taking our Health Back, Crisis of the California Water Commons, No More Deaths: Resisting Border Militarization, Cooperative Economics, and Movements Making Media were just some of the more than a hundred topics discussed.
The farm worker movement mourns the passing on June 7, 2015, of Rev. Deacon Sal Alvarez, who played a key role with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the farm worker movement and on behalf of many other worthy causes over seven decades. Sal was motivated by deep faith in a movement grounded in the Catholic Church’s social justice teachings and dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 07/22/16)May Day in the Bay 2015
Fri May 1 2015 (Updated 07/22/16)May Day Includes Labor, Immigrant Rights, Anti-Police-Terror, Anti-Gentrification Actions
All around the world May Day has been a day for labor solidarity, immigrant rights, direct action, reclaiming the streets, and speaking out against injustice. May Day 2015 in the Northern California was a busy day for actions from San Francisco and Oakland to San Jose and Mountain View to Santa Cruz and Fresno. Call-outs went out for rallies, marches, flying pickets, the shutdown of the Port of Oakland, a tech commute blockade, and an anti-capitalist/Baltimore solidarity march.
Milpitas Residents Say No to Urban Landfill Expansion Tuesday Sep 27th 12:12 AM
Interrupting Surveillance in the Bay Area and Beyond Friday Sep 23rd 10:47 AM
Two Spirit Society of Indian Canyon stands with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sacred Stone Camp Saturday Sep 10th 6:30 PM
California Mission Foundation Tries to Declare El Camino Real a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1 comment) Monday Aug 22nd 2:25 AM
Where The Bulletproof Warrior Went Thursday Aug 18th 2:36 PM
Santa Clara County Court Clerks Fight For Living Wages & Human Rights After 7 Year Freeze (1 comment) Friday Aug 12th 10:12 PM
Scorecard of 50 Police Body Camera Programs Shows Failure to Protect Civil Rights Friday Aug 5th 12:39 AMMore Local News...
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Ferguson police killing of Michael Brown & invations of Afghanistan: variations on a theme Wednesday Jul 20th 9:54 AM
Apple's social plan to beat Facebook Wednesday Feb 17th 3:32 PM
When Presidents Commit War Crimes, Justice Is The Final Victim Wednesday Feb 3rd 3:48 PM
Motion made in federal court to dismiss charges against Rasmea Odeh Thursday Aug 28th 3:25 PM
Apple, the State and Social Rights Monday May 12th 6:01 AM
“Markets are a Terrible Master,” Says President Rafael Correa of Ecuador Tuesday Apr 29th 11:44 AM
PLO/Hamas Detente? Wednesday Apr 23rd 12:54 PMMore Global News...
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The Black Lives Matter Movement Needs to Embrace Civil Disobedience Sunday Jul 10th 11:28 PM
Negro's Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day Cartoon Monday Oct 12th 10:14 AM
AIM Opposes Canonization for Junipero Serra, the Father of California’s Mission System (1 comment) Friday Aug 21st 3:27 PM
Overnight Camping Parking Enforcement temp suspended in Menlo Park Friday Dec 19th 9:58 AM
San Jose police chief receives petition to remove officer Thursday Dec 18th 11:09 PM
13 Years Since 9/11 Inside Job (1 comment) Wednesday Sep 10th 8:10 PM
The Art box project the untold story (1 comment) Thursday Jun 12th 4:21 AMOpen Newswire...
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