Committees

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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Heels to Heal: A Walk Around Lake Merritt for Alan Blueford May 3rd, 2014.

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“Not all kids get to grow up the same in America. Not all kids get to finish growing up.” Please join the Blueford Family in a walk around lake Merritt as we use our heels to heal the community on the 2 year anniversary of Alan’s death–the event will be a celebration of Alan’s life and a time for The People to unite to “use your heels to heal the community”   A SOLIDARITY WALK AROUND LAKE MERRITT ON SATURDAY MAY 3RD, 2014 We will gather at the gazebo at Lake … Continued

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Lovers of the Bulb Speak: “A Solution in Search of a Problem.”

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A number of Bulb users were asked to speak their mind on video about the ongoing plans to evict the Bulb’s otherwise homeless residents, restrict the ability of people to let their dogs run free on the beach, and turn the Bulb into a vanilla park. Here’s what they had to say, with excerpts below. “The castle is just magical… There’s a lot of heart and soul of the art community here…” “This is kind of antithetical to what’s been happening here. This is, like, SO STUPID, like not getting … Continued

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$6,300,000 and … But Who’s Counting?

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Friday, March 20th, 2014, at 10:00 AM, eight-hundred and seventy-six days since cries of “What’s your name! What’s your name!” echoed across the world via Youtube, Scott Olsen and his lawyers stood before the press at Oscar Grant Plaza and announced a $4,500,000 settlement agreement.   But who’s counting? OPD-related settlements from #Occupy #Oakland so far: NLG class action:$1.17M Kayvan Sabeghi: $645k Scott Olsen: $4.5M Total: $6.3M #OO — OK Council (@OKcouncil) March 21, 2014 Howard Jordan isn’t counting; he’s retired on a fat pension. Deanna Santana isn’t counting; she exited stage right and took … Continued

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“All of the People in These Pictures Have Been, Either Killed, Mostly Killed…”

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On March 13th, five years since Oakland activist Tristan Anderson was shot in Palestine, some one hundred people gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in solidarity. On March 13, 2009, American ISM volunteer Tristan Anderson was critically injured after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops… Anderson was taken to a hospital in Israel, where he underwent brain surgery, and had to have a portion of his frontal lobe and fragments of shattered bone removed. Gabby, hosting the gathering at OGP, had noted on … Continued

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CCSF: “Some students were pepper sprayed, some were clubbed.”

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City College of San Francisco students occupied Conlan Hall, the administrative building in City College’s main campus, demanding the resignation of Special Trustree Robert Agrella. Here is a statement by the Save the CCSF Coalition: Thirty City College of San Francisco students have entered the administration building at the Ocean Campus and are holding a sit-in to protest the lack of democracy at the college and the new student payment policy. The students are demanding that the Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers (STWEP), Robert Agrella, step down. Ever since the democratically … Continued

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Alameda Labor Council, OEA and Alameda Greens Speak Against the DAC.

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ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO Resolution In Support of Civil Liberties in Oakland and Alameda County Adopted unanimously at the Mar. 10, 2014 Alameda Labor Council Delegates’ Meeting. Whereas the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, supports and promotes American freedoms and constitutional civil liberties;   And, whereas the particular rights to peaceably assemble and speak freely are essential to the collective exercise by working families and their unions of their rights to organize and to bargain collectively;   And, whereas the Alameda Labor Council advances the struggles for justice by organized labor, and … Continued

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Check out these environmental actions

Did you know that on Sunday, March 2, a thousand demonstrators, mostly young, protested the Keystone Pipeline in Washington, D.C., and close to 400 were arrested?  http://priceofoil.org/2014/03/03/hundreds-students-arrested-xl-dissent-action/ Did you know that on the next day there was a support action in San Francisco, and well over 100 people attended?  Nine were able to get into the State Department Building, where they were arrested.  The crowd locked outside chanted and heard stirring speeches from young activists.  Neither of these events has been covered by the mainspring press.  http://politicalblindspot.com/media-blackout-massive…/ This spring a … Continued

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Nine Arrests in Civil Disobedience Action Protesting Killer Cops.

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Nine people were arrested this evening, Thursday, February 13th, at 6:00 PM inside the State Building on Clay Street in a civil disobedience action demanding that Californa’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, “Do her job!” and prosecute killer cops. Instead, heavily armed state police in riot gear arrested and then removed to Santa Rita nine Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition members and friends, including a number of well-known activists. The arrestees were armed only with banners and smartphones. MT @sassmasterdeane #oakland CHP just arrested NLG attorney Anne Weills who was acting … Continued

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Kamala Harris – Do Your Job! Prosecute Killer Cops!

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From the California Constitution: …It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced. The Attorney General shall have direct supervision over every district attorney and sheriff and over such other law enforcement officers as may be designated by law, in all matters pertaining to the duties of their respective offices, and may require any of said officers to make reports concerning the investigation, detection, prosecution, and punishment of crime in their respective jurisdictions as to the Attorney … Continued

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