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Uncle Bobby Puts Out the Call: STOP Police Terror & Mass Incarceration. OGP @ 1:00 PM Wednesday, Oct 22nd.

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Watch the video as Uncle Bobby, Oscar Grant’s uncle, relives the murder of his nephew on the Fruitvale BART station, a set of community members pledges resistance and declares that “Black, Brown and All Lives Matter.” Uncle Bobby asks everyone to come to Oscar Grant Plaza at 1:00 PM on October 22nd, 2014, the National Day of Resistance against Police Terror, Mass Incarceration and the Criminalization of a Generation. 57047

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If This is Tuesday, It Must Mean Another Settlement Against OPD.

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No, it’s not $4.5 million.  It’s not even the $600K settlement that Kayvan Sabeghi reached.  But $25K and attorney’s fees for being shoved to the ground by crazed OPD officers on January 28th, 2012 is just one more indictment of  Jean Quan, Deanna Santanna and the entire out of control policing system in Oakland. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports The Oakland City Council earlier this year agreed to pay $25,000 to Joanne Warwick, who now lives in Detroit. The council is expected to give final approval Tuesday night to … Continued

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

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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. pic.twitter.com/LujKp3gmwa — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 4, 2014   How about a couple of shirts to wear at pro-war rallies? Here are some … Continued

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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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Kayvan Sabeghi’s Lawsuit Against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Ready to Proceed.

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Kayvan Sabeghi, beaten to the point of internal injuries by OPD late into the evening of November 2nd, 2011, settled his claims against the City of Oakland for $645,000 some time ago. But that wasn’t all that happened to Sabeghi.  After being handed over to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, he was “ignored by Sheriff’s deputies… even as he lay on the floor vomiting, unable to move and begging for help…” He nearly died as a result.  A short time ago a judge cleared his case to go to trial, ruling … Continued

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City Staff Try to Slip Another One By. Goaltending by OPWG Keeps Drones and Facial Recognition Software From Scoring.

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Buried deep in the agenda of the Public Safety Committee for July 22nd, a seemingly innocuous item appeared. Subject: Port Security Grant Program FundsFrom: Department of Fire Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator Or His Designee To: (1) Enter Into An Agreement With The United States Department Of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) To Accept Fiscal Year 2013 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) Funds; And (2) Accept, Appropriate And Administer Fiscal Year 2013 PSGP Grant Funds In An Amount Up To One Hundred Sixty-Nine Thousand, Six … Continued

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Not Bending, Not Folding, Definitely Not Spindling; Just Keepin’ it Lively Outside of Staples.

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This is the one week anniversary of the Berkeley Staples table and outdoors occupation, staffed continually.  Dave Welsh honored that one-week anniversary by bringing his keyboard and playing from his repertoire of resistance songs, along with other musicians. The Boycott of Staples is in full swing. #StopStaples #BerkeleyPO pic.twitter.com/qLXT5zAF2o — Strike Debt Bay Area (@StrikeDebtBA) June 28, 2014 Meanwhile, a number of people, some from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, some from Save the Berkeley Post Office, passed out flyers to passersby, engaging them and convincing them not shop at Staples, … Continued

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Occupyin’ Staples; Jammin’ the Sale!

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At the beginning of June some Occupy San Francisco peeps took up stations outside of a Staples in San Francisco, protesting Post Office privatization and union-busting, and stayed there, 24-7, for nine days, garnering national attention. Now they’ve come over to the East Bay, to Berkeley, setting up a table in front of the downtown Berkeley Staples store at Shattuck & Durant.They’ve been there for three days and counting. Visitors welcome, but don’t shop at Staples!   #StopStaples outside the Berkeley Staples for the past 3 days spreading the word … Continued

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Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.

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According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued

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