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Five months after the Oakland Police Department provided traffic assistance to Homeland Security Investigations/ICE in a West Oakland raid,. Oakland’sCity Council will debate a resolution sent unanimously from the Public Safety committee to end all Oakland Police Department cooperation with ICE and clarify the city’s sanctuary policy.
Video Samples from the November 28 hearing on the ICE Raid
On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, biut there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented. The 25 year old arrestee is now in the deportation process. At an October 5th investigation and hearing that the OPD Chief did not attend, Oakland’s Privacy Commission concluded that the raid violated Oakland’s sanctuary city policy and several statements made by OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick about the raid were false.
East Bay Express coverage is here:
City Council members Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan and Noel Gallo have now initiated legislation to end the sanctuary loophole but need our help to get it through the full Council.
Oaklanders and other Bay Area residents who want sanctuary legislation taken seriously around the Bay should attend.
Join us for one of several webinars and in-person trainings on critical civil liberties issues facing our state and the nation:
ACLU Trainings for Change Makers
Start your year off right by learning how you can get involved in on-the-ground campaigns to make 2018 a visionary year!
� Voting Rights, Jan. 16
� Reproductive Justice, Jan. 23
� Criminal Justice Reform, Feb. 6
In-person trainings (free)
� San Francisco, Jan. 27
� Sacramento, Jan. 28
� San Jose, Feb. 3
� Fresno, Feb. 10
Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:
As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.
No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.
At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.
When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.
Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.
Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.
No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated. To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.
We’ll see you in court!
ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND
No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.
The California Assembly’s Select Committee on Healthcare Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage has just announced their third hearing, this time to be held in the State Capitol in Sacramento.
This hearing is another opportunity for us to demonstrate the powerful public support that the movement for SB 562 has built to the very legislators that have the ability to make universal healthcare a reality.
Join us for a rally to call for Healthcare for All directly prior to the start of the hearing. The rally will begin outside the building at 11:00, followed by attending the hearing itself at 1:00 pm in Room 4202.
Note – Some bus transportation from select locations will be provided.
UPDATE: We’ve got buses! See below for the bus schedule. All buses will leave the rally at 5:30pm.
STOP 1: Departs @ 7:45 am from CNA Headquarters, 250 22nd Street, Oakland CA
STOP 2: Departs @ 8:15 am from Ed Roberts Campus across from Ashby Bart, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley CA
Make sure to RSVP here as well: https://actionnetwork.org/
ARAMBULA, WOOD, Chairs
( Listen to this hearing )
Committees: Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage
Special meeting of the PAC this coming Wednesday 1/17 at 5pm to discuss the Surveillance Technology Ordinance.
3. 5:10pm: Discuss and take possible action on Surveillance Equipment Ordinance.
We will host a mail night at our office to respond to the increasing amount of correspondence we’ve been receiving from people in prisons and jails across the country. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out to support Aunti Frances and learn about the relationship between gentrification on the Bay Area food justice movement! At this fundraiser and community panel you will hear from Aunti Frances and other leaders in the fight about the impacts of displacement on our communities!
More info on panelist to come soon!
If you can’t make it, donate today (https://
La Peña is wheelchair accessible. More information forthcoming.
Aunti Frances is a beloved Black disabled activist, elder, Black Panther and community leader who has lived in North Oakland/South Berkeley her entire life. She now faces a no-fault eviction by a notorious loophole in Oakland renter protections. As the founder and force behind the Self-help Hunger Program, a program started in 2010 to support and and feed people in Triangle Park/Driver Plaza in North Oakland, Aunti Frances is an integral leader in the food justice movement in Oakland. The impact of her displacement will not only be felt as a huge loss for her block and her neighborhood, but also for the larger movement that is working to imagine and plant seeds for sustainable and just communities in Oakland.
Our mission is to convince Aunti Frances’ landlords, Natalia Morphy and Morphy’s parents, to end the eviction proceedings and instead support Aunti Frances in staying in her community. We need as much community support as possible to insist that the Morphys drop this eviction. We aren’t going anywhere, because you can’t evict community power!
Our scenes are powerful and beautiful, and it’s important that we use that power to fight back against our oppressors and look out for each other. The recent outings of predators in Hollywood and beyond have reinforced what we already know; that sexual assault and abuse are rampant in our society. It’s our responsibility to have absolutely zero tolerance for abusers in our scenes.
BAWAR has provided 24/7 free and confidential services and counseling for rape and incest survivors for over 40 years, and was the first rape crisis center in the country at their founding in 1971. They are able to do this amazing work through donations and volunteers, so if you can’t make it to the show, consider donating or volunteering at https://www.bawar.org.
(It’s important to note that BAWAR is not just for survivors who identify as women; they have fantastic resources for LGBTQ folks and people of any identity. This event is organized in coordination with the LGBTQ arm of BAWAR).
Scene In Opposition is an organization of musicians fighting back against oppression and structural violence; to get involved, hit us up, yo.
Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico
For More Info:
Zapatista News & Analysis
!. Zapatista women convoke International Women’s Gathering – Zapatista women are calling us to a women’s gathering of sports, politics, art and culture. It will be held in March 2018 in the Caracol of Morelia. Their communiqué is posted on our blog and includes the registration link.
Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA 94609
Special guest speaker for January: Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. Don’t miss this!
APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World, and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.
Come by our open Orientations every First and Third Thursday of the month at 6pm! We’ll introduce you to the variety of ways you can get involved at the Omni, whether through joining a working group or a collective—or starting one of your one. Write our Communications Working Group with questions: email@example.com
The End of Policing with Alex Vitale
Join Center for Political Education and Critical Resistance in welcoming internationally renown expert on alternatives to policing, Alex Vitale, to the Bay Area! Vitale will discuss his new book, THE END OF POLICING in conversation with CPE’s Rachel Herzing. The conversation will be moderated by CR’s Kamau Walton.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
City College of San Francisco Mission Campus, Room 154
“…we can’t just tinker with the police response, to make it a little bit nicer or to make the police department a little more diverse, because none of that gets at this core problem. We have to really, directly address the politics of the country, that’s largely bipartisan, that says that the only way we can solve problems is to criminalize them. Whether it’s homelessness, severe mental illness, discipline problems in schools, youth violence, etc., we’ve got to break this mindset that policing is the only tool that people can have.”
–Alex Vitale from an interview with FAIR
Link to The End of Policing, on Verso Books:
A medley of readings on race, art, politics and sanity.
Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:
We’ll see you in court!
ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND
Sogorea Te Land Trust is partnering with Planting Justice to repatriate a piece of land in East Oakland. The shared vision includes the creation of an indigenous cultural site with a traditional arbor, a place for ceremony, and a place to remain true to the original teachings and pass them onto the next generations. Please Join us to bless this land and celebrate this collaboration.
11am: Blessing of the Land at 319 105th Ave, Oakland, CA
12:30-3: Walk from Planting Justice to Intertribal Friendship house
3-6 prayer and meal at the Intertribal Friendship House 523 International.
Sogorea Te Land Trust is an Urban Indigenous Women led land reclamation project calling on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.
To find out more visit http://
Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice and community healing.
To find out more visit http://
The California Sanctuary Campaign, the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership, ACLIP, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR-SF Bay Area, the Oakland Justice Coalition, and the Coalition for Police Accountability will come together in front of the Oakland Federal Building to stand vigil against current White House policies which directly threaten the lives of people of color in this country and abroad.
According to Rev J Alfred Smith Jr of Allen Temple Baptist Church, “the president’s stated policies and actions will promote the ethnic cleansing of whole swaths of Black and Brown people whether native born, immigrant or refugee, seeking opportunity and the ability to raise their families in dignity. The president repeatedly makes racist and misogynistic statements which result in directives from his DOJ and the Congress while families are separated by federal authorities, children are left without healthcare, jails fill with our youth, and refugees are refused asylum. We must take a moral stand against the president and his party before these destructive attitudes and actions do any more damage.”
The vigil is being held the day prior to the historic Women’s March which will take place in cities and towns across the country to assert that women’s rights are human rights. The vigil calls attention to the special jeopardy that women of color face as a result of current policies which threaten not only their economic well-being but their safety in the streets, at their workplaces, and in their homes.
We call on other cities to protest outside local federal buildings at noon on Friday, January 19th. If we cannot look to our president or the Congress to uphold the moral authority of our country’s stated values, then we must do it ourselves.
Join Alex Vitale for the launch of his new book “The End of Policing” and a conversation on current organizations working to end police violence.
Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back.
This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.
In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.
Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of the new book The End of Policing.
In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!
Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!
AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.