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Cops Assault Rent Control Advocate at Alameda City Council Meeting

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An unidentified man, part of a group of rent control advocates that had not been allowed into the 11/4 Alameda City Council meeting due to the room being at capacity and had crowded into the hall outside, was thrown to the ground by two Alameda Police officers before being arrested. He apparently had his face smashed into the floor because after he is removed the video shows a signficant amount of blood on the surface. Below are a few tweets from the meeting and a video of the takedown. The … Continued

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Pirate Mike: In Memoriam.

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Pirate Mike, an active participant in Occupy San Francisco, was killed by a semi trailer truck in Texas on October 30th, 2015 during his March Across America. Stephen Michael Clift, Pirate Mike to his comrades, @occupirate on Twitter, was also one of the original participants in the first Occupation of the Berkeley Post Office in July of 2013. That event, and the second Occupation by First They Came for the Homeless in November, 2014, in which he also participated, ultimately played a significant role in preventing the Allston Way building from … Continued

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Lawsuits! One Ends, One Continues. One Begins.

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– A lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff, Harman v Ahern, over forced pregnancy testing of women taken to Santa Rita jail ended Wednesday, October 28th, with the announcement of a settlement forbidding the practice. Activist Susan Harman, a member of the Oakland Privacy Working Group and Strike Debt Bay Area, was one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit, having been arrested in 2010 during the Oscar Grant protests, taken to jail and forced to submit to a pregnancy test despite her age: Ms. Harman told the officer that she … Continued

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UnFired!

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On Saturday, October 17th, labor organizer Shonda of EBOC and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly was out of a job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 28th & Telegraph. Shonda… was unjustly terminated yesterday afternoon. She has an impeccable track record in her former place of employment, KFC/Pizza Hut… with zero write-ups and many loyal customers who consistently go back to the store just to see her. For over 3 years, Shonda has been the best employee in the store, she is experienced, hard working and most of all, her … Continued

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In Memoriam: Gino Pepi

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Gino Pepi was a member of the Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee, 2011 – 2013. Tribute to Gino Pepi by Jack Heyman and Richard Chen of the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, October 11, 2015, Oakland, California Gino was born and raised in San Francisco. As a young man he became convinced of the need of an equal and just society, and dedicated his life to socialism and to the struggles of the working class internationally. He worked hard to enhance the living conditions of all Bay Area workers especially B.A.R.T … Continued

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The Alameda County DA Wants to Spy on You – Without Any Oversight.

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This weekend, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law what advocates describe as some of strongest privacy protections in the United States. Legislation which takes effect January 1st, 2016, known as CAL-EPCA, will prohibit police from searching electronic equipment and records such as email, including metadata, without a warrant. (Another bill which he vetoed wanted to put an RFID chip into every California driver’s license. ) A further bill, signed into law, requires most state and local agencies acquiring a Stingray Cellphone Surveillance Device or equivalent to both conduct a public hearing … Continued

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Four Years Later.

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October 10th, 2011 Hundreds of protesters poured into Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza late in the afternoon, joining a multi-city movement taking aim at Wall Street… Two hours into the protest, a dozen participants set up tents and said they planned to settle in for a long stay.Oakland bartender Dion Jardine, 27, said he would camp “until things change or they force us out.” A large number of police monitored the peaceful protest… Four years, many millions of dollars in lawsuits, and much social upheaval later, the forces created or magnified by … Continued

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Anti Police Terror Project Speak Out to Emeryville City Council

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On September 1st, 2015, members of the Anti Police Terror Project led a speak-out against police terror and the execution of Yuvette Henderson by Emeryville Police at the Emeryville, City Council meeting. Powerful testimony was given by many, excerpts of which are provided below. Directly below is the video of an hour and twelve minutes of testimony. Speakers included Yuvette’s brother and Cat Brooks (both pictured at right), co-founder of APTP. Yvette Henderson was killed approximately eight months ago after exiting Home Depot over a dispute over shoplifting. At the … Continued

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To Tase or Not to Tase, That is Berkeley’s Question.

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Whether it is nobler to send 50,000 volts slinging through human bodies, or take arms against a sea of autistic, mentally ill, drugged, drunk, deaf, pregnant, and/or homeless people who more often than statistically plausible tend to be minorities will be debated. The issue of whether it is better to (gasp) de-escalate the situation is not on the agenda, but might be brought up by some intrepid public speakers. On October 6th, at 5:30 PM, the Berkeley City Council will hold a special meeting to consider a report on the … Continued

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“I Opened the Door… They’re Pointing Rifles at Me.”

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“I Opened the Door… They’re Pointing Rifles at Me.” So related a thirteen year old girl, one of the speakers at this year’s Urban Shield protest in Oakland, describing an encounter with a local SWAT team. Urban Shield, sponsored by the the Alameda County Sheriff, is an annual police convention and tradeshow, glorifying the militarization of police and violence. It’s an excuse for wanna bes to cosplay “Special Forces” for a couple days, taking part in military-style “exercises” throughout Alameda County. To get more of a sense of the spirit … Continued

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