Anti-Repression Committee

Works with Occupy Legal to coordinate jail and medical support. Takes care of getting people out of jail, providing bail, packing the courtroom when people are being arraigned, and general solidarity and support work for those who have been brutalized by the police at Occupy Oakland.

antirepression@occupyoakland.org

Oakland’s Elite Want the Kaiser Center to Remain Completely and Utterly Useless.

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After years of neglect, one day of intense excitement January 28th, 2012, and now months of a quiet encampment by otherwise homeless (and harmless) people on its steps and lawn, Oakland’s Kaiser Center has been targeted by Oakland’s elite as yet another battle site in their war on those who have nothing to fight back with. Noting the results of shooting and illegally arresting Occupiers – millions of dollars in lawsuit damages and millions more in attorney’s fees and City Staff time – Mayor “this is economic violence” Quan has … Continued

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Liberty or DAC.

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From the technical details – Schneider Electric has violated city ordinances and must be “debarred” (made ineligible to receive future city contracts), to putting the DAC into perspective going back to the FBI surveillance of Martin Luther King and the incredible governmental abuse revealed by Edward Snowden, Oakland Privacy Group members told members of the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee why continuing on with the Domain Awareness Center was unconstitutional, illegal, unethical, and unwise. And, as usual, it all fell on deaf ears. Once the hurly-burly was done, the … Continued

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The Nuclear Shit Hits The City Council Fan: OPG Demands That Oakland “Cease and Desist” Building the DAC!

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Oakland Privacy Group Press Release. 1/27/14   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ACTIVISTS POISED TO SUE CITY OVER CREEPY SPY CENTER’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CONTRACTORS The Oakland Privacy Group today demanded through counsel that Oakland city government immediately Cease and Desist building the Domain Awareness Center and stop working with military contractors in violation of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone ordinance or face a lawsuit. City staff is currently urging city council to move forward with building the DAC by signing a contract with military contractor Schneider Electric. Signing such a contract would be … Continued

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First Friday vs the QuanDAC

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First Friday evening (1/3/14) Oakland Privacy Group (OPG) peeps were out in force doing mock surveillence, distributing anti-Domain Awareness Center (DAC) literature, talking to people about privacy and the DAC, and even making trouble for  Jean Quan as she stood by her “Quan For Mayor” booth just a couple of hundred feet away. A good time was had by all, except, perhaps, the Mayor. Approval for a contractor to take over Phase II of the DAC contract from SAIC – summarily dismissed months ago for violations of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone … Continued

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We Are All Oscar Grant.

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Oscar Grant 5th Year Vigil Celebration: January 1st at Fruitvale Station, 12:00 noon. This video was created with love by The Alan Blueford Center For Justice on behalf of the Blueford Family and The Justice 4 Alan Blueford coalition in solidarity with the Grant Family and all those who joined in the struggle to get Justice for Oscar…while 11 months is NOT justice, it is a landmark 1st step on the path… Oscar Grant 5th Year Vigil Celebration: January 1st at Fruitvale Station, 12:00 noon. Facebook event. It was the … Continued

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Free Kali!

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Sunday, December 15th, marked two years since Kali was arrested for occupying Oscar Grant Plaza during the vigil, arrested for possessing a blanket. WHY WAS HE ARRESTED? As absurd as it sounds even now, he was initially taken into custody for sitting on a public bench with a blanket. But we know the real reason they brutalized him and locked him away for 3 more years (nearly giving him a life-sentence!) was for being a bold, beautiful, black man they want so badly to break. He was one of many arrested … Continued

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Now We Know What Getting Beaten Nearly to Death is Worth: $645,000.

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We predict that Jean Quan will not be decrying the “economic violence” to Oakland any time soon, but yesterday the City of Oakland and Kayvan Sabeghi agreed to settle Sabeghi’s civil rights lawsuit for $645,000. Sabeghi nearly died after being beaten by OPD Officer Frank Uu – who has since retired from the force as is likely enjoying a fat pension at taxpayers’ expense.(The $645,000 will be taken from Oakland tax revenue; Uu has not been sued or prosecuted.) Kayvan Sabeghi, a veteran, had participated in the peaceful Port of … Continued

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The Face of Quan. The Arms of Santana. The Body of OPD. Or, DAC Spelled Correctly is NSA.

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Some ten members of the Oakland Privacy Group braved the cold and rain on Friday evening to bring Oakland the story of DAC: The Domain Awareness Center. One of the best non-artist First Friday booths evahhhh held the DAC exhibit – complete with both mock and real surveillance cameras, a beautiful banner, and a movie screen showing Minority Report style scenes from ’1984′, the surveillance camera livestream, and a privacy poster slide show. Too bad the rest of Oakland had the sense to stay home and away from the shivering … Continued

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Oakland’s Big Brother Contractor Caught With Its Hand in the Nuclear Weapon Jar.

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Oakland has been paying big bucks to SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) to implement its own version of 1984: the Orwellian-named Domain Awareness Center (DAC). On July 30th, 2013, despite universal opposition from those attending, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a contract with SAIC for $2,000,000 to implement “Phase 2″ of the DAC. The Awareness Center is supposed to integrate data from surveillance video, traffic cameras, vehicle license readers, drones and more to provide… security. Originally meant for the Port of Oakland, the Domain Awareness Center’s reach of purpose … Continued

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Justice For Andy. Alive on the Streets of Santa Rosa. Dead in the Faces of the Silent Watchers From Above.

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At least a busload of Oakland activists traveled to Santa Rosa on Tuesday, October 29th, joining those from Santa Rosa and all over Northern California who came out to march, rally and mourn in protest against the rapid-fire execution of Andy Lopez at the hands of Erick Gelhaus, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy. It is sad and maddening, if unsurprising, that just days before Urban Shield took place in Oakland – glorifying police violence and military-style weaponry – Andy Lopez was executed by a man whose motto might as well … Continued

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