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A Milestone in the Fight Against the Surveillance State

A major milestone was reached in Oakland at 9:21 PM on May 9th. The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to have the full City Council consider a first of its kind Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance. (Read more about what the ordinance will do.) If and hopefully when it is passed by the full Council Oakland will be the first City in California, and, with the possible exception of Seattle, the nation, to pass such a set of restrictions on the use of surveillance equipment. Sweating the details … Continued


Scenes From MayDay.

Protesting the Sheriff in Oakland. Protesting ICE in San Francisco. The March from Fruitvale Plaza.   County Sheriffs: No deals with ICE. No deportations. #OrganizeDefend #OaklandMayDay #MayDay — Indybay (@Indybay) May 1, 2017 Four protesters were arrested upstairs inside @ACSOSheriffs Sheriff Ahern's office early this morning#OrganizeDefend #OaklandMayDay #MayDay — Indybay (@Indybay) May 1, 2017 No Ahern! No ICE! SANCTUARY NOW! #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #sanctuaryforall — Bay Solidarity (@BaySolidarity) May 1, 2017 Sanctuary is legalization and decriminalizing migration #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #Sanctuary4all #ThisSanctuaryFightsBack — Bay Solidarity (@BaySolidarity) May 1, 2017 Criminalizing … Continued


Trust Is Not Enough: Stop Unconstitutional and Unwarranted Surveillance in Oakland.

It’s been a little over three years since the community came together to stop the DAC – the surveillance octopus Orwellianly dubbed the Domain Awareness Center. Faced with the prospect of surveillance everywhere, in schools, on the streets and online, a broad spectrum of people and organizations of every race, religion, ethnicity and political leaning came together to tell the Oakland City Council ‘NO.’ And they listened. Out of that effort came the establishment of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission by the City Council.  One of its mandates was to … Continued


Miguel Masso Strikes Again.

In 2012 an official investigation revealed that Officer Miguel Masso, a minute or so before he fatally shot a young man, “went into auto pilot and could no longer hear.” Knowing such, would you later hire this man to carry a gun and be involved in high-stress situations on a daily basis? Would you hire a man to serve and protect after he was sued, in part, for this: “Officer Gottlieb, Police Officer Vanhorn, Police Officer Reveron and Police Officer Masso entered his holding cell. They commenced to assault and … Continued


Stability First: A Community Of Tents and Tables; Chairs, Coffee and Camaraderie.

By Mike Zint and JP Massar The body of a homeless woman was found Saturday near Berkeley High School. She appears to have died of exposure. – Jan 15th, 2017, Berkeleyside. What does it take to get off the streets? Money? Affordable housing? Employment? Of course the answer is yes, but none of those things is the first step. The first step is stability. Stability that the housed take for granted. A lack of stability means the homeless barely survive. Figuring out how to exist with no sense of safety and security and nowhere … Continued


REPORT ICE! Alameda County: (510) 241-4011. San Francisco: 415-200-1548

The Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership hotline is (510) 241-4011.  ICE raids in San Francisco should be reported to them at (415) 200-1548. Similar hotlines are being set up around the state.  In the meanwhile, ICE raids in other counties (like Contra Costa) can be reported to 844-878-7801, a statewide number. Report ICE & help protect our immigrant community. In San Francisco, call Rapid Response hotline, 415-200-1548. @PODERSF @sfilenetwork — PODERSF (@PODERSF) March 3, 2017 62537


Don’t Talk to the Police!

Don’t Talk to the Police: ARC Statement on UC Berkeley Police Investigation of Protesters 02/17/2017 BY OAKLANDANTIREPRESSION Repost from AntiRepression Website ARC is aware that UC Berkeley PD is circulating images of individuals who they claim are associated with the Berkeley anti-Milo protest on February 1. They are actively seeking information about these individuals, and are asking anyone with information to contact them. We want to remind everyone NOT to assist UC Berkeley PD in their investigation, EVEN IF it seems like the information you give is harmless. Remember that even … Continued


The Cruelty of Medical Debt.

  By Emily Wheeler, Strike Debt Bay Area The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. –Mother Teresa In a sane society, all people have wholesome food, clean water, livable shelter, and medical care. But in this capitalist society, which is set up to benefit the 1% at the expense of the other 99%, fewer and fewer people can get these basic needs met. Nowhere is the current insanity more evident than in the US healthcare system. The drive to maximize profits for giant insurance … Continued


The Village. Here Today or Here to Stay?

UPDATE: On Feb. 2nd, OPD and Public Works came and raided The Village, removing the occupants and destroying the Tiny Homes. It was plot of grass off of MLK, under and astride the Maze, the tangled freeway interchange in North Oakland. Until January 20th, that is. Activists, as part of the MLK 120 hours of action, took over the plot of land and declared it a homeless (and anyone else in need) refuge – The Village. They began building a couple of simple Tiny Homes, small 100-200 sq. ft. structures … Continued


Just Approved: Surveillance Technology Regulation Ordinance.

It’s been almost a year in the making. The Oakland City Council approved the creation of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission (OPAC) a year ago on January 19th, 2016. It held its first meeting on July 14th, 2016 and immediately began work on drafting the surveillance equipment regulation ordinance that it passed on Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017. Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Board just approved surveillance tech ordinance. Goes to council now for final approval. — Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) January 6, 2017 The ordinance (OPAC-Surveillance-Ordinance-Adopted – PDF) demands that existing surveillance equipment … Continued