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Rise Up. Shut it Down. Oakland Should Be the People’s Town.

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The Oakland City Council has a habit of not listening to the people. And as May 5th, 2015 approached the Council was once again shooting up on dollar bills instead of healthily contemplating the needs of its existing residents. This time they got busted, as dozens of peeps from “rogue organizations” and over one hundred supporters arrested the City Council proceedings, declared a “People’s Council” and gave City Council members the gift of adjourning by 8:00 PM – with no business, funny or otherwise, being transacted.   Instead of listening … Continued

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A Body Camera Won’t Bring a Dead Boy to Life Nor Revoke a License to Kill.

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Police pull up suddenly on some young black men. One of them runs. A cops gives chase. “Shots fired.” One more dead. “I feared for my life.” This is a script that is running on loopback in cities large and small across America. But it’s a script that some say might become less popular if there was an unimpeachable witness to the play – video as it happened. The Oakland Police have had body video cameras for some years now. Three years ago to this day, late into the night … Continued

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From Oakland to Baltimore. Labor & Community Against Police Terror on May Day.

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Vingettes from today’s march from the Port and rally at OGP. Putting the final touches on chalk art at Oscar Grant Plaza before the march arrives. The March in Solidarity Against Police Terror, called by ILWU Local 10 and community organizations united against murder by police, left the Port of Oakland as scheduled at 10:00 AM and arrived at Oscar Grant Plaza outside of City Hall in downtown Oakland at 11:30 AM.   from the 510 to the 410 pic.twitter.com/3EhcbjcnWw — m4rg1n4L (@marg1nal) May 1, 2015 The pre-march rally at … Continued

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From Baltimore to Oakland: Solidarity March for Freddie Gray.

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Some one hundred people gathered across from the Oakland Federal Building last evening, April 27th, 2015 at 6:00 PM, participating in a short rally and preparing to march. March they did, into West Oakland, looping back through Oscar Grant Plaza, marching uptown, then downtown to the police station on 7th, and uptown again before dispersing around 10:30 PM. At its high point, the march may have been more than two hundred strong. Called before Baltimore erupted, the protest took on additional significance as reports of police terror came out of … Continued

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Occupy The Farm and Friends Retake Sprouts-To-Be-Or-Not-Be Space on Gill Tract

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Dozens of local farmers reclaimed the lot that has been designated as a new Sprouts store and parking lot at the Gill Tract (Marin and San Pablo, Albany, CA) Saturday morning, April 25th, exactly three years after the original Occupy the Farm movement took back parts of Gill Tract space to the north of this lot. Soil was turned for a new garden and a small, community “farmer’s market” shelter was erected (watch the video at that link!), demonstrating the people’s vision for this space. No local or UC police presence … Continued

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ILWU TO SHUT DOWN PORT OF OAKLAND ON MAY DAY IN SUPPORT OF #BlackLivesMatter.

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That’s really all you have to know. Oh, and be there, May 1st, 2015 at 9:00 AM to march from the APL Terminal to OGP. Oh, and the significance of May Day across the world. #BlackLivesMatter activists and allies have shut down freeways and BART here in Oakland and around the country, speaking out, marching and protesting. They’ve made it clear that enough is far too much. That something needs to be done yesterday. Instead, all of us have watched, every day, as more black lives become #hashtags. A policeman … Continued

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From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on 4/15

From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on April 15 MEDIA ADVISORY – For immediate release  April 14, 2015 When: Rally at 1:00PM, Wednesday April 15, 2015 Where:Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, CA March to Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley On April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm, the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (OLWA) will hold a short rally in Oakland, followed by a march to the UC Berkeley campus in support of $15 and a union statewide. It will begin at Oscar Grant Plaza / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th … Continued

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March 4 $15 on April 15!

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The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly invites you to a (brief)1:00 PM rally and invigorating march on the National Day of Action, Wednesday, April 15th, for the Fight for $15. Please RSVP here. Weather forecast: perfect! No chance of rain, 74F. Please join us at 1:00 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway (Frank Ogawa Plaza) for the March to UC Berkeley where we will join forces with Bay Area families, workers, people of faith, students, artists, leaders, and community supporters for what is expected to be the biggest rally ever … Continued

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A Convoluted Mirage: Berkeley Post Office Defenders Denounce Postal Service Doublespeak.

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Press Statement by Berkeley Post Office Defenders on the latest legal proceedings with respect to the Downtown Berkeley Post Office: The City of Berkeley is underestimated by Attorneys for the United States Postal Service  Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, in the matter of City of Berkeley v USPS, Berkeley’s lawsuit to stop the sale of its downtown Post Office, United States Postal Service lawyers notified Judge William Alsup that they will continue to disregard common sense, the will of the people and federal law by refusing to say that they are … Continued

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is in danger; only the people can save him.

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(excerpted from BayView) A Message From the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition We are going to the headquarters of the Department of Corrections Monday morning, April 6th, to follow up on our demand of John Wetzel last Friday that Mumia be provided with independent doctors of his choosing to address his medical crisis. We need to show unequivocally that he is accountable for what happens to Mumia. That is our agenda for the meeting. There will be the usual tug of war as to whether they will even allow us in, … Continued

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