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Homelessness on the Agenda – Will Berkeley Change Its Tune?

by Mike Zint Tuesday night, 12/13/16, the Berkeley City Council meets. Tent cities, a moratorium on the raids, tiny homes development, and getting rid of some anti homeless laws are on the agenda. The DBA (downtown business association) is actively organizing against these items. Why is the DBA against human rights? Why do the property owners think they have a say in a persons ability to shelter themselves? (because they only want people in town who can afford these sky high real estate prices) The DBA is privatized taxation without … Continued


Make A Difference; Support The Poor Tour!

By Mike Lee  Donations accepted here. In response to an ever escalating homeless crisis Disabled People Outside and First They Came For The Homeless organized a protest with tents at the HUB (the centralized intake for those homeless in Berkeley) and subsequently, as the conditions got worse, our community grew and grew. By default we became the only foul weather shelter available in Berkeley. The HUB themselves were bringing people to us. Severely disabled and elderly people were dropped at our feet.  People called and emailed me about people that … Continued


Why a Call for a General Strike?

By Mike Wilson. FROM PROTEST TO RESISTANCE. GENERAL STRIKE COMMENCES JANUARY 20th, 2017 #j20 #turnyourback #unitedweresist #disruptj20 #notmypresident @occupyoakalnd Facebook: Turn Your Back Washington DC, New York City, Oakland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, San Jose, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Cleveland, Cincinnati and more… In recent days, you may have sensed fear and hopelessness from acquaintances. “What do we do to resist the success of neo-fascism in this country?” Real resistance to this increased … Continued


Five Years Hence, Beyond Occupy Retakes the Plaza.

Well, at least for four hours. It was five years ago today that intrepid Occupiers pitched tents on Oscar Grant Plaza, likely figuring they would be rousted in days, if not hours. Little did they know. Two days ago, on October 8th, 2016, in celebration of that event and everything that came afterwards, while tents did not reappear on the Plaza, popup structures full of photos and art did show up. Posters, t-shirts, and banners from Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco’s histories were on display as well, all viewed by … Continued


Mike Zint will not Take ‘No Housing’ for an Answer.

Mike Zint will not take ‘No housing’ for an answer. After seventeen months of Occupying the downtown Berkeley Post Office ended in April, evicted by Postal Police, Mike and his First They Came for the Homeless comrades, supported by Veterans for Peace, have turned their attention to the woeful state of Berkeley’s homeless services. They have occupied the sidewalk outside of the Berkeley Food & Housing Project (commonly known as ‘The Hub’) on Fairview St., in Berkeley (near the Ashby BART). The Hub is supposed to serve as a central … Continued


Witch Hunt !

Yvette Felarca, a Berkeley teacher, has been an activist for years. From participating in Occupy Cal in 2011, left, (she is a lead plaintiff in the suit still pending against UC Berkeley by Occupy Cal protesters in which police beat students and faculty in November 2011), to taking on Fascists in Sacramento recently as a member of BAMN.  Of a sudden, the Berkeley School District wants her gone.  Below is an article written about her problems with the school district by Mark Airgood. After Ms. Felarca helped prevent the neo-Nazi/KKK … Continued


Beyond Occupy – Five Years Hence.

It will shortly have been five years since tents appeared on Oscar Grant Plaza; almost five years since OPD turned downtown Oakland into a war zone. Since then farms and Post Offices have been Occupied, freeways, bridges and City Council meetings taken over. Battles have been lost and won, while, arguably, the hurly-burly continues unabated. Has anything changed? Come to ‘Beyond Occupy – Five Years Hence’ on October 8th, to reminisce about the past, debate the present and discuss what the next five years will bring. Beyond Occupy, at Oscar … Continued


Oakland Stands With the Prisoners’ Work Strike!

Three hundred rallied in Latham Square and marched on Saturday, Sept. 10th, 2016 in support of the nationwide Prisoners’ hunger strike, begun Sept. 9th. That date is the anniversary of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising, 45 years ago. Supporting actions around the country have been organized by the IWW_IWOC – Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (@IWW_IWOC). “We created one of the most brutal prison societies in the world…they will resist.” #Attica45 #PrisonStrike — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) September 9, 2016 Touring downtown Oakland, with stops at various large company outlets that use … Continued


“Urban Shield Is Filthy Filthy, Whole Damn System Is Guilty Guilty!”

From 8:00 AM until Noon on Friday, September 9th, 2016, hundreds of activists protested the Urban Shield militarized police training and weapons of repression exhbition in Pleasanton, CA. They blocked three entrances to the Alameda County Fairgrounds where the event is being held for hours, and twenty-three people were ultimately arrested, cited and released. Tweets and tweetpics as the protest unfolded. Solidary statements from locals. All respect, solidarity & love to everyone who’s putting themselves in harm’s way to stand up for what’s right today. We’ve got your back. — … Continued