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Tent City Is Up At Staples!


The protest at Staples took on new dimensions today at 5:00 PM in the shape of small, but Occupyable tents between the sidewalk and the Staples parking lot in Berkeley on Durant between Shattuck and Milvia.  Peeps from Berkeley Post Office Defenders and Occupy San Francisco are among the participants. As one of the campers said, “We’re here until Staples’ Post Offices aren’t.” The United State Postal Service and Staples began a pilot program back in October of 2013 whereby full-service Post Office stations were installed in some Staples around … Continued


The Killers Are Back in Town.


It’s Urban Shield 2014, September 4th through 8th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. Just a bean-bag round’s throw away from where Scott Olsen was nearly murdered by the same kind of thugs you see in these pictures. Urban Shield has grown into a comprehensive, full-scale regional preparedness exercise assessing the overall Bay Area UASI Region’s response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. Urban Shield continues to test regional integrated systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery in our high-threat, high-density urban area.  Vendors … Continued


You Have a Choice. Einstein, or one of Twenty Two-Footed, Prehensile Two-Handed Humans.


  Twenty candidates for Mayor on the wall. Twenty candidates for Mayor. You take one down… You pass him or her around… Twenty-one candidates for Mayor on the wall. And then there’s Einstein.  On the Internet, no one has to know you’re a dog, but at the City Clerk’s office it’s a different story. Species bias has prevented the next Mayor or Oakland from being listed on the ballot, but that has not stopped the future His-Canine-Honor from creating a Mayoral platform, website, twitter account and a Facewoof page. Now, … Continued


Thousands Rally, March in Protest in SF Against the Bombing of Palestine.


Saturday afternoon thousands took to the streets of San Francisco to protest Israel’s bombing of Palestine. Around the country and around the world similar protests have been taking place: in London, Paris and Rome; in Oslo and Stockholm; in Chicago, New York City, and Minneapolis. Selected tweets and pictures from today’s action in San Francisco from Alyssa. The crowd gathers. Stop Bombing Children- Free Gaza #youth4palestine — Alyssa (@alyssa011968) July 12, 2014   “From the River2the Sea Palestine Will b Free!Justice is our demand.there will b no peace on … Continued


Chalkupy Returns. Not As Protest but in Sadness.


They’ve been away for too long, but the Chalkupy crew came back, with Fresh Juice Party and a host of other sketchers creating chalk art at Oscar Grant Plaza in honor of Monique Robinson, honoring her life and mourning her death. Occupiers can from as far away as Canada to participate in the Chalkupy that began around 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Below are snaps showing the design, the work, and the result. More Chalkupy art can be seen here and here. Chalkupy was a weekly occurrence on … Continued


No Justice for Andy Lopez.


Slain by a Sonoma Sheriff’s Deputy who believes he’s perpetually in the “kill zone”, Andy Lopez of Santa Rosa, CA will have no justice in death. His executioner, Eric Gelhaus will have to live with whatever conscience he dubiously possesses, as no jury will judge him.   The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez.   District Attorney Jill Ravitch said … that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus “fired his weapon in response … Continued


Debt Resistance! Projects! Books! Shirts! Strike Debt Bay Area Has It All.


Strike Debt Bay Area made its presence known at First Friday this Forth of July, featuring copies of the Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual, T-Shirts advocating for a Public Bank of Oakland, Occucards and a Strike Debt Bay Area tri-fold describing its ongoing projects. For any of the above, or to get involved, contact Strike Debt Bay Area at, check out the web page, facebook page, twitter feed, and/or come to the next meeting on July 19th at 3:00 PM at or near he Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater. Read about … Continued


Monique. OO Comrade. Rest in Peace.


Oaklander and OO participant Monique Robinson was found unresponsive near the corner of 24th and Chestnut streets Thursday morning, July 3rd. News articles say that she was murdered. She was the mother of a small child, Taylor, who is being taken care of now by some of Monique’s comrades. You can help support Taylor with a donation through YouCaring. A memorial shrine has been set up at Oscar Grant Plaza as of the afternoon of July 4th and people were gathered there in the late afternoon in her memory.   … Continued


$0.00 – What a Jury Just Told Oscar Grant’s Father His Life Was Worth.


This morning, July 1st, 2014, five and a half years after Oscar Grant was killed at the Fruitvale BART Station, a verdict of  ”no justice” was given to Oscar’s father. Former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle won’t have to pay any monetary damages to the father of BART rider Oscar Grant. A federal jury in San Francisco ruled Oscar Grant Jr. is entitled to no monetary damages in the death of his son who was shot and killed at the Fruitvale BART station early on New Year’s Morning 2009. Mr. … Continued


Yet Another Civil Rights Lawsuit Against OPD.


What’s one more?  From OPD’s attacks on Iraq war protesters, to the Riders case which ultimately brought on Federal monitoring – which continues to this day, to the Oscar Grant and J28 kettling lawsuits (only the former has been settled), to Scott Olsen, Scott Campbell et al and Kevan Sabeghi, one more is hardly a blip. But one more it is.  As the San Francisco Chronicle reports Two independent journalists filed a federal civil rights lawsuit…  saying they were wrongfully detained and ticketed for minor infractions at protests because of … Continued