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Pi Day (3-14) OO Hike around Knowland Park: This may be the last chance to see it before it is privatized.

Save Knowland Park

As early as next month the Oakland Zoo is going to start throwing up 8′ fences topped by 3′ of barbed wire around perhaps the most lovely park on the western flank of the East Bay hills and excluding the public from it forever unless you pay big bucks to visit the newly constructed paved roads, 50 structures, 15-car gondola, vistor center or high-end restaurant.  So I’m leading a little hike Saturday, March 14th so we can see what we are about to lose unless we fight back. BACKGROUND Knowland … Continued

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The Garden is Lookin’ Good!

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The Community Garden on the west side of the downtown Berkeley Post Office is looking good! Planted some two months ago and tended with care by volunteers, it’s now sprouting greenery.  This all despite the outside water supply being shut off a couple of weeks ago for reasons unknown – volunteers are now bringing water to the garden on a regular basis. First They Came for the Homeless, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, has now Occupied the exterior of the Post Office for 128 days, maintaining an information … Continued

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Free Dante!

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Dante Cano is currently being held in Santa Rita jail for participation in a demonstration against police brutality and murder in the Bay Area and across the United States. At the time of his arrest, police in near-by Emervyville had just killed Yuvette Henderson in early February. At the same time, police also had just shot people in San Jose, East Oakland, and also the courts had exonerated the police that shot and killed Alex Nieto in San Francisco. This happened against a back-drop of ongoing police murder and violence … Continued

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J28 Settlement Application Deadline: March 20th

OCCUPY OAKLAND

A note from the AntiRepression Crew: J28 arrestees: Don’t forget to submit your claim forms by MARCH 20th!!! So far the majority of arrestees have not submitted their claims. Don’t miss out on your payback $$$$$!! Follow the link below to get the details: Claim forms must be mailed in to 99 14th St, Suite 300, Oakland, 94612. You should have received a claim form in the mail. If you did not receive one, please email it immediately to j28.legal@gmail.com! Information from the Official Settlement Website: Overview This is the … Continued

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“What May Be the First Organized Student Debt Strike…”

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It began with a crazy idea more than two years ago. A bunch of Occupy Wall Streeter’s decided to try to raise $50K and then try to buy some defaulted-on medical debt at pennies on the dollar on the shady debt-trading exchanges, then forgive it. They called the scheme the Rolling Jubilee. They failed miserably. So badly, in fact, that they ended up raising more than $700K, got worldwide attention and, over the next two years had to buy up and forgive over $14,000,000 in both medical and student loan … Continued

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Five Hours for Yuvette Henderson, Gunned Down by Emeryville Police.

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On February 3rd, 2015, Yuvette Henderson was or was not shoplifting as she left Home Depot in Emeryville, CA, a small city nestled between Oakland and Berkeley. She did or did not have a gun, which she used or didn’t use (if she had it) in attempting to either carjack some passing autos or not, or maybe she was flagging down a bus.   witnesses say they saw #yuvette wavin down a bus n the middle of the street. police say she was trying to high jack cars. #JusticeforYuvette — … Continued

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The Berkeley Post Office is Still to Be Sold. But It’s No Longer for Sale.

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Such is the mythology the US Postal Service would have us believe about the Berkeley Post Office. You see, Postal Service lawyers were caught lying to a Federal judge in a hearing on December 11th about the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the sale of its downtown Post Office. I was there in the courtroom. I heard them lie. They argued to the judge that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the downtown Berkeley Post Office was “no longer for sale.” But a quick check immediately after the hearing showed … Continued

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Hella Privacy.

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#HellaPrivacy. That’s the new hashtag and slogan of the Oakland Privacy Working Group as it attempts to get the City Council to pass a strong privacy policy for the Domain Awareness Center. A year ago the spy center known as the DAC was, after hella protests and public outrage spearheaded by OPWG and the Muslim community, confined to keeping tabs on things only at Port of Oakland, and was not allowed to come on line until a privacy policy was developed. (See the DAC FAQ for a detailed history). An … Continued

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300+ Ralliers and the Berkeley City Council say “Drop the Charges” against the Black Friday 14. Where is Oakland’s City Council?

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At least 300 protesters filled the BART Board’s hearing room, plus an overflow room, and the lobby outside on Thursday, January 21st, demanding that the BART Board tell District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to drop the charges against the Black Friday 14 and not to ask for restitution payments. What they got after three hours of testimony by Black Friday shutdown participants and supporters – ranging from mention of slave patrols to the Montgomery Bus Boycott to Oscar Grant and to Nubia Bowe – was a promise by Rebecca Saltzman, one … Continued

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly. The Fight for a Living Wage in the East Bay Continues!

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The inaugural meeting of the new Oakland Livable Wage Assembly will take place this Tuesday, January 27th, at 6:30 PM. It is being hosted at SEIU 1000, 1433 Webster Street Oakland,CA 94612. The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds community and power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers. It will meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the SEIU Local 1000, 2nd Floor in downtown Oakland. The meetings will run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The work of this new assembly … Continued

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