Author Archives: laborsolidaritycommittee

CCSF: “Some students were pepper sprayed, some were clubbed.”

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City College of San Francisco students occupied Conlan Hall, the administrative building in City College’s main campus, demanding the resignation of Special Trustree Robert Agrella. Here is a statement by the Save the CCSF Coalition: Thirty City College of San Francisco students have entered the administration building at the Ocean Campus and are holding a sit-in to protest the lack of democracy at the college and the new student payment policy. The students are demanding that the Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers (STWEP), Robert Agrella, step down. Ever since the democratically … Continued

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Alameda Labor Council, OEA and Alameda Greens Speak Against the DAC.

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ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO Resolution In Support of Civil Liberties in Oakland and Alameda County Adopted unanimously at the Mar. 10, 2014 Alameda Labor Council Delegates’ Meeting. Whereas the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, supports and promotes American freedoms and constitutional civil liberties;   And, whereas the particular rights to peaceably assemble and speak freely are essential to the collective exercise by working families and their unions of their rights to organize and to bargain collectively;   And, whereas the Alameda Labor Council advances the struggles for justice by organized labor, and … Continued

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Fred Hampton Jr. Sues City of Oakland.

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Fred Hampton Jr., a leader in the movement against police terror, filed suit against the City of Oakland in August, 2013, a little more than six months after Oakland Police stopped him and his companions at Target in Emeryville on bogus charges of stealing a cell phone and held them for three hours, injuring one of Hampton’s associates. Hampton, who lives in Chicago, has spoken out against state oppressions many times in Oakland, including recently against the Domain Awareness Center, testifying to the City Council. He addressed the 2nd Anniversary Party … Continued

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Voices Against the DAC.

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Four statements from Mohamed Shehk, the Seattle Privacy Coalition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the National Lawyers Guild. ======================================== Dear Honorable City Council Members: My name is Mohamed Shehk and I’m a community advocate with the San Francisco, Bay Area based Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s National Security and Civil Rights program. Our work focuses on combating racial and religious discrimination, profiling, Islamophobia, and other abuses against African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AAMEMSA) communities in our post-9/11 era. AAMEMSA communities have regularly been the target of … Continued

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“Here They Come!” Imperial Storm Troopers Arrive to Arrest Killer Cop Protesters.

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Christina Arechiga, seen in the short video below (cousin of Ernest Duenez Jr), and six other peaceful protesters – plus their lawyer – were arrested as punishment for peacefully protesting police terror on February 13th. At the event the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition, family members of many killed by police violence, and friends were asking for a meeting with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, demanding that she do her job and prosecute killer cops! Having exhausted all the polite avenues trying to have a meeting with Harris to demand … Continued

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5000 Against the DAC

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At approximately 11:15 AM on Friday, February 28th, a Joshua from Oakland became the 5000th person to sign the petition to oppose the Domain Awareness Center in Oakland. Dan Siegel, outspoken anti-DAC civil rights attorney, was seconds behind, clicking in at 5001. Like the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae against 100,000 Persians, The Oakland Privacy Group (which sponsored the petition) is battling against forces which it cannot, in theory, defeat: The National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Oakland’s insatiable appetite for grant funding, no matter … Continued

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An Offer Only a Quan Could Not Refuse.

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Yesterday, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at a townhall meeting in West Oakland, Mayor Quan revealed part of the truth about the origins of the Domain Awareness Center. Anyway, Mayor Quan came up to me and said: “When Homeland Security comes up to us with an offer like that ((money for the DAC)) I do not think we are in the position to say no.” – S from O And after subsequently combing through 5000 pages of Public Records Request information, we found this transcript from back in late 2011. DHS … Continued

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Ding Dong the DAC is… Wounded.

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Sometime past when February 18th, 2014 turned into February 19th, the Oakland City Council threw some water on the Domain Awareness Center. From an all encompassing surveillance system throughout Oakland with camera feeds from schools, housing developments and traffic monitors, with input from social media, Shotspotter and license plate readers, and facial and gait recognition technologies to boot, it has gotten to the point where the City Council seems to be seriously considering restricting its surveillance capabilities to the Port of Oakland while unplugging and uninstalling some its capabilities. Some … Continued

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TAKE ACTION: HOW YOU CAN HELP STOP THE DOMAIN AWARENESS CENTER!

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The Oakland Domain Awareness Center (DAC) is a $10.9MM surveillance hub for the Port and City of Oakland. It will integrate data from public and private cameras across the city, license plate readers that track where you go in your car, and other sensors into a mass surveillance system. Plans for the DAC include facial recognition and cameras aimed at our schoolchildren in Oakland public schools. Our data will be shared with fusion centers, law enforcement, and other government agencies and their private partners. Regular meeting and our get-together begin at … Continued

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Nine Arrests in Civil Disobedience Action Protesting Killer Cops.

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Nine people were arrested this evening, Thursday, February 13th, at 6:00 PM inside the State Building on Clay Street in a civil disobedience action demanding that Californa’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, “Do her job!” and prosecute killer cops. Instead, heavily armed state police in riot gear arrested and then removed to Santa Rita nine Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition members and friends, including a number of well-known activists. The arrestees were armed only with banners and smartphones. MT @sassmasterdeane #oakland CHP just arrested NLG attorney Anne Weills who was acting … Continued

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