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Blocking the Boat. A Once and Future History.


The call has gone out again, as it did a month and a half ago, to stop an Israeli-owned ship from unloading at the Port of Oakland. There is a long and, to many, proud tradition of such actions in the Bay Area. Let’s take a trip back in time. First, to 1984. 1984 ILWU protest against Apartheid.In November of that year, protesting against South African Apartheid, a Bay Area longshore union, ILWU Local 10, went on strike for 11 days, refusing to unload the Nedlloyd Kimberley, a ship carrying … Continued


Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee Project Erases $4,000,000 in Student Loan Debt – For $100,000!


Almost two years ago the Rolling Jubilee, a project of Strike Debt (an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street), announced an ambitious stunt – raise $50,000 and abolish $1,000,000 in medical debt by purchasing the debt on the shady national debt exchange markets where calculating investors trade pain and suffering back and forth, and effectively burning the IOUs they would obtain. Turns out they raised over $700,000 and, in multiple stages, have managed to wipe out almost $15,000,000 in medical debts! With most of the still remaining money, they turned their … Continued


Strike Debt Radio Takes Aim: The All-Seeing, All-Knowing Credit Industry.


“Imagine being tracked 24/7 by an invisible network…” Three “global corporate conglomerates” store the data that majorly affect your ability to get through life. “Forty two states allow the checking of credit histories when an employer is hiring.” Even hospitals are looking at credit scores to determine whether they will treat you. Listen as Father Mike explains to daughter Cassie why she can’t borrow the car… because she has no credit history. And then explains some alternatives to the credit card consumerism cage. It’s all here in the latest edition … Continued


Math is Hard. Let’s Go Urban Shield Shopping.


The Urban Shield trade show, featuring weapons of individual and privacy destruction, commenced yesterday, September 4th, and will end on September 8th. Some intrepid reporters gained access to the displays, and were able to tweet out pictures of equipment being hawked to police forces attending the event. Want a tank? At the Urban Shield cop convention in Oakland, sponsored by Homeland Security and a lot of companies. — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 4, 2014   How about a couple of shirts to wear at pro-war rallies? Here are some … Continued


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


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 — Fight For … Continued


Urban Shield 2014 Arrives.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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