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San Francisco Labor Council Endorses Postal Workers & BPOD Boycott Staples Campaign

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The United States Postal Service has been outsourcing union jobs to Staples outlets, replacing living wage jobs with minimum wage ones in one of many steps towards the privatization of the Post Office. Berkeley Post Office Defenders were one of the first groups to take up a call to arms against Staples, organizing a protest outside of the Berkeley Staples in mid-December last year and starting a local Boycott campaign using (what else?) a postcard (see below). Now, with the organizing power of the American Postal Workers Union leading the way, … Continued

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Because OPD Has Nothing Better to Do in a Town Where 15-Year Olds Are Getting Shot At and Killed.

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On June 6th, the same weekend that a 15 year old girl got shot and killed in a drive by shooting, undercovers and OPD uniformed officers made sure that one of the deadliest criminal gangs in Oakland, the Rock, Paper Scissors collective, was taken down for the heinous crime of SERVING COMPLEMENTARY WINE AT AN ART SHOW. As IndyBay reports On the evening of June 6 … the Rock Paper Scissors Collective was celebrating their 10-year anniversary at their gallery…  A table in the back of the space included free … Continued

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OWS Protesters Get $600K Settlement for False Arrests.

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As the New York Times reports The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking the largest settlement to date in an Occupy-related civil rights lawsuit, the marchers’ lawyers said Tuesday. Of course that’s not true.  Both Scott Olsen, who received a $4.5 million settlement,  and Kayvan Sebeghi, who received $645,000, got larger settlements.  However, this settlement is the largest settlement so far in New York City and likely anywhere else in the country with the … Continued

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Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.

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According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued

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WakeUpOakland Calls Bullshit on Shotspotter.

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This youtube video by “wakeupoakland” documents Oakland Police deceptions and attempts by the company that makes Shotspotter to mislead and deflect concerns about voice recordings. Questions abound about not only whether Shotspotter is, or can be set to, record voices, even in private homes, but whether it is effective. A few months ago, OPD Chief Whent said he was not particularly interested in renewing Shotspotter’s contract, presumably because it was not very effective in dealing with crime (possibly because of an unacceptably high false positive rate). After being tonguelashed by … Continued

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Making Debt a Political Issue: The Annals of Strike Debt Bay Area

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By Susan Harman. One of the principal slogans of the Occupy movement was, “Banks got bailed out — we got sold out!” Strike Debt New York arose to explicate that slogan. While banks were given a debt jubilee — thanks to us, the tax payers — the millions of underwater homeowners, student debtors, and people going bankrupt from medical bills, not to mention entire municipalities, were left to fend for ourselves. Debt unites us all. Whether or not we have personal loan agreements or are in danger of foreclosure, we … Continued

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Declaration of the Bulb Autonomous Zone

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DECLARATION OF THE BULB AUTONOMOUS ZONE In Solidarity with People whose homes are threatened, In Honor of unpermitted public Art, In Defense of spaces free and wild everywhere, To Keep the Albany Bulb Natural and unlandscaped, To Preserve Habitat for Birds, Insects, and other migratory Animals, including Humans, We Declare the Bulb an Autonomous Zone , a space where Art and Music continue to flourish, where People assemble Freely, where Dogs run unleashed, and where long-term Residents can continue to maintain and improve their Homesteads. Come and create this place … Continued

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Einstein Gets Serious, Relatively. His Particularly Perilous Political Platform for Plutocrats.

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Einstein    for    Mayor    of    Oakland!   A dog for Mayor of Oakland?!  Sound crazy?  But the question, as we see it, is not, “Can a dog run the City?”  The question we should all ask is, “Can any individual be accountable for running the City?”  That is, can any individual – human or otherwise – comprehend all the city’s needs?  Can any individual prioritize those needs and direct resources to them in a way that leaves none of the Oakland’s residents – human or otherwise – left out in the … Continued

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“The Solution to Police Terror is Unity.” Honoring Alan Blueford: All Lives Matter.

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Two years ago a young man ran terrified through East Oakland, pursued by an Oakland Police Officer. Tripping, then crashing into a gate and coming around, the last thing he likely saw was the barrel of a gun. Four shots rang out in rapid succession, the third fatally wounding Alan Blueford. His last words were “I didn’t do anything.” Such is police terror. On May 3rd, 2014, those of us who have pursued justice for Alan Blueford since that horrible day two years ago, family, friends and activists, came together … Continued

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Yet Another Occupy Lawsuit Filed Against OPD: MayDay 2012 Beating.

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Russell Bates, a well-known East Bay activist and Berkeley CopWatch member has filed suit against the Oakland Police for a beating he received at their batons on May 1st, 2012. May Day, 2012 was the scene of brutal attacks by the Oakland Police Department on peaceful protesters, beginning around noon when people were attacked just north of 14th & Broadway as police performed “snatch and grabs,” and continuing that night, when police without provocation charged into people in the vicinity of Oscar Grant Plaza after they had marched from Fruitvale … Continued

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