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Fight For $15 Takes Action Around the Country. Oakland Confronts Jack-in-the-Box, McDonald’s.

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Strike actions and civil disobedience have taken place across the country today in the next escalation of the Fight For $15/hr and the right to form a union without retribution. Tweets have noted events in: Boston, New York City, Philadephia, Charlotte, Miami, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Wisconsin (city unspecified), Chicago, Rockford Illinois, Little Rock, Houston and, of course, Oakland. Police were “running out of handcuffs” in Detroit and other protest sites saw arrests as well. 87rh @McDonalds essentially shut down. No workers only management inside! #strikefastfood pic.twitter.com/J8aDJ7WxvK — Fight For … Continued

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Urban Shield 2014 Arrives.

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From September 4th, 2014, until September 7th, 2014, Urban Shield reappears in Oakland, CA. It’s four days of glorifying militarized police and their deadly toys. It’s a convention which markets death via its trade show and whose 2013 publicity has a picture of commandos on a BART train pointing assault weapons while a passenger rides nonplussed. It’s 2014 publicity pictures are equally horrifying. Four days of weapons on display, sessions on how to deal with terrorists (but none on how to de-escalate a crowd situation or talk someone down who … Continued

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Staples Occupation and Boycott Continues. Rezoning Of Post Office Property One Step Away.

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The nationwide boycott of Staples stores because of the continued presence of Post Office counters therein – served by underpaid and untrained Staples employees instead of living-wage Post Office workers, continues.  The American Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association and many other unions have joined the American Postal Workers Union in vowing to boycott Staples.  Teachers, who often buy supplies at Staples just before school begins anew are particularly being urged to support the boycott through their unions. Locally, the camp out in front and on the side of … Continued

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A Personal Account of Block the Boat NW Action in Tacoma, WA

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Two Occupy Oakland participants went up to Tacoma for the Block the Boat action over the weekend of August 23rd-24th, 2014.  Here is their account and some observations on the action the local ILWU and supporting unions. We drove up to Tacoma on Friday afternoon. We were not sure if the blockade was already underway for the 4:30 p.m. tentative meet up at the Wash. United Terminal (WUT) for the evening shift but when we arrived late (6:30) we saw no crowds at the terminal. We learned that the ship … Continued

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“Please Don’t Let Me Die.” Oakland Comes Out for Ferguson Solidarity Rally and March.

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Helicopters buzzed over the city as some two hundred Ferguson solidarity protesters left OGP about 5:30, attempting to making there way to the Oakland Police station on 7th & Broadway – to be met by a phalanx of OPD across 8th St. Other marchers who had started from Jack London Square and the Downtown Library eventually joined up, detouring around police who had blocked off all the streets surrounding their headquarters. After a rally in front of the police line in which Jeralynn Blueford, the mother of 18 year old … Continued

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Deputy Who Killed Unarmed Jacorey Calhoun in East Oakland Revealed.

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  The Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy who killed unarmed Jacorey Calhoun, age 23, on August 3rd, 2014 in East Oakland was revealed today to be Deputy Derek Thoms. Thoms made a ride-along video a year ago, also starring Zina, a German Shepard canine-unit dog. Thoms, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for eight years, was named in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court filed by Juventino Rodarte, who accused the deputy of unleashing his police dog in March 2013 in San Leandro “without a particularized suspicion that criminal activity was … Continued

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From Oakland to Berkeley – A Long and Intense Anti-Police, Pro Ferguson Protesters Solidarity March.

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One person’s description of last night’s protest march, which began at Oscar Grant Plaza, went down towards the Police Station on 7th & Broadway, back to OGP and eventuallyal the way up Telegraph Ave (with a detour around the cops) to UC Berkeley. Last night Oakland took to the streets in solidarity with #Ferguson MO. It was one of the most intense marches I’ve been on. The police showed up looking for a fight from the beginning, blocking our way and forcing confrontations. At one point, a particularly perturbed pig lunged at … Continued

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ACTION DELAYED UNTIL 3:00 PM!!! Block the Boat! Oakland in Solidarity with Palestine.

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Some 2900 people said they were “going” at 5:00 AM on Saturday, August 16th, to the Port of Oakland to picket the terminal where a Zim ship, owned by an Israeli company, is arriving.  HOWEVER, THE SHIP BERTH TIME IS DELAYED UNTIL 3:00 PM. Every Saturday, the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town. Block the Boat actions are taking place not … Continued

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Hands Up. Don’t Shoot.

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Six hundred or so people gathered in Oscar Grant Plaza Thursday afternoon, August 14th, beginning at 4:00 PM to take part in a National Moment of Silence for all those murdered by police. After the moment of silence names of those executed such as Oscar Grant and Andy Lopez were read and then more were called out from the crowd: Alan Blueford, Ernest Duenez Jr, Kenneth Harding, to name but a few. Jeralynn Blueford then spoke from the heart about the killing of yet another 18 year old, followed by … Continued

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SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPIED FERGUSON

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The War Resisters League (Facing Tear Gas, the Campaign to End the Militarization of Police), which helped organize the Urban Shield 2013 protests in Oakland last year, recently published the following statement in light of what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri War Resisters League condemns the ongoing militarized lockdown and attack against the community of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. We are saddened and outraged over the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police, this past Saturday, August 9th. We stand in solidarity with the work of community … Continued

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