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Two Vigils for Sandra Bland.


Oakland held two vigils/memorials for Sandra Bland today, Wednesday, July 22nd. The first, from Noon until 1:00 PM, is being held all week at that same time (Thursday and Friday), and happens at Oscar Grant Plaza at the interesection of 14th & Broadway. The second was held at and around the Rockridge Bart beginning at 5:00 PM. Below are some tweetpics from that event. Late today the Texas District Attorney in charge of the investigation into her death told the Bland family that the autopsy was “defective” and that authorities … Continued


Going, Going, Not Gone! The Incredible, Inedible, Real-Life Tale of Oakland’s Land Sale that Couldn’t.


It probably happens all the time. It probably happens all over. An out-of-the-limelight negotiation, some winks and nods, a few shrugs, a quiet vote and a developer ends up with a prime piece of previously publicly owned land on the cheap. This time it happened in Oakland, and this time, one time, it didn’t happen. The not happening began with deliberate action to violate the law on the part of City officials, proceeded to astroturf, a surprise direct action, eight million dollars of “sweetener” and ultimately a leaked document. Here’s … Continued


Berkeley City Council Tables Homeless Criminalization Ordinances.


At 1:00 AM on July 1st, 2015 the Berkeley City Council tabled four ordinances that would have criminalized Berkeley’s homeless. They were up against an extremely upset, rather large crowd that had stubbornly stuck around beyond the witching hour, determined not to go down without a  fight long into the even wee-er hours of the morning. Linda Maio, sponsor of the ordinance package, relunctantly acceded to Mayor Tom Bates’ request to table and adjourn after acknowledging the fierce opposition but saying “Something has to change!” The confusion and consternation had … Continued


Judge to City Council President McElhaney: You Have Been Enjoined. Open the Balconies!


On the evening of June 29th, one day before the June 30th Oakland City Council meeting where the Council is to decide on the budget for the City for the next two years, a judge issued an order to the City and the City Council: Open the balconies! The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 21 had asked a judge for a restraining order to prevent the City from continuing to close off the balconies, violations of California’s open meeting law (the Brown Act), the Oakland City … Continued


PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL FROM THE OAKLAND PRIVACY WORKING GROUP. We are deeply concerned that the Oakland City Council is, as it was with the Domain Awareness Center, voting to allocate funds for a system that it has not debated, has not gotten public input on, is not what it is represented to be, and is troubling in its civil liberties implications. We are referring to the $150,000 line item for ‘Predictive Policing’ software that is included in the Mayor’s budget proposal. It … Continued


Video from the UC BSU Vigil and Speakout for the Charleston Victims.


UCB BSU members, students, labor and community people rallied at the UC Berkley campus Sproul Plaza on June 18, 2015 to protest and condemn the terrorism and racist murder of 9 Charleston South Carolina church parishioners. They pointed out that this is a long continuation of murder and terrorism against the Black community throughout the history of the United States. The murder was also done on the anniversary of the rebellion against slavery that was planned at the church. (Video description) Oaklander Gerald Smith from the Oscar Grant Committee and … Continued


East Bay Regional Park District: Your recreation fees at work arming Ranger Rick


Apparently at the East Bay Regional Park District meeting on June 16th in Oakley (in the Delta, not Oakland) they voted on a resolution regarding PROTESTS.  Does anyone know the thrust of it?  Apparently it is not well noticed. Here are a few pics of the EBRPD on manoeuvres at the 2011-2012 Urban Shield exercises in Oakland.                     Documentation of militarized weapons for East Bay Parks District Police The… Dept. currently possesses 11 weapons acquired through the 1033 program. The … Continued


Open letter to police chief Sean Whent

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Dear Sean Whent, I realize you’re a busy man, so I’ve hidden truffles all through this communiqué, to help you keep up your stamina. I realize it probably takes a lot to get a rise out of a “Top Cop” like yourself, but I assure you, you’ll be doing barrel rolls all the way back to Walnut Creek. As well, given the high rates of cuckoldry in your profession, and the prettiness of your wife, let’s keep this short. Top Cop, you have upset the most transformative and influential economic … Continued


Who Killed Demouria Hogg?


The following demands have been made by the community in the OPD officer-involved killing of Demouria Hogg on June 6th, 2015. Community Demands: If the Mayor of Oakland, the Oakland Police and the City of Oakland wish to have us believe there is any shred of accountability within, they must 1. Immediately release the name or names of the officer or officers involved in the shooting, as required by the 5/29/14 California Supreme Court decision, Long Beach Police Officers Association v City of Long Beach. 2. Immediately make public all … Continued


Open Letter to Schaaf and Company

Dear Elizabeth Schaaf, Chamber of Commerce, et al…, Liz… Lizzy, your attempts to destroy Oakland’s business community have not gone unnoticed, so consider yourself, henceforth, on notice. As you proceed lockstep with your predecessor realize, we dealt with her too. I do wish we had a chance for a proper introduction. Perhaps your recently greased FBI associates will be kind enough to share their files with you, but as you’ve no security clearance of any importance, and as you may be neither willing nor able to perform the “favors” necessary … Continued