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14 Faith Leaders Arrested Demanding O’Malley Drop the Charges Against the Black Friday 14.


Wednesday, at 1:30 PM in front of the Wiley Manual Courthouse in downtown Oakland approximately 150 people gathered in solidarity with the Black Friday 14. They were there to demand that the District Attorney “Drop the Charges” from a year ago when the 14 stopped BART trains at the West Oakland BART Station in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with the solidarity ceremonies by various faith leaders and supporters outside, fourteen members of the faith community went inside the courthouse and conducted a sit in from 1:30 … Continued


Black Friday 14 and Supporters Pay the BART Board Another Visit With the Same Message – Drop The Charges!


On November 19th the BART Board of Directors was once again paid a visit by members and supporters of the Black Friday 14 – a group who stopped BART for hours at the West Oakland station on Black Friday of last year in protest against police executions and in support of #BlackLivesMatter. After their previous visits, the Board had agreed not to seek monetary restitution, but had balked at asking the District Attorney to drop charges against the protesters. As the one year deadline for filing misdemeanor charges approached without … Continued


Alameda County Passes Groundbreaking Policy to Respect the 4th Amendment.


Alameda County Board Of Supervisors Passes Most Comprehensive Cell Phone Interceptor Privacy Policy In the Country In an example of collaboration with privacy advocates, on November 17th the Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a comprehensive privacy policy regulating the county’s use of cell phone interceptor equipment (often referred to in the press by “Stingray” or “Hailstorm”) before approving the purchase of an equipment upgrade.  The policy requires a warrant before any deployment of the device and periodic audits of use. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 741 (Hill, S-13-D) into … Continued


The Alameda City Council Has Blood On Its Floor.


This essay was originally published by “Will S” on IndyBay. —– It began, as it usually does, with stupidity. Official stupidity. Instead of behaving like a civilized human being, Alameda City Official Bob Haun took it upon himself to shove with both hands a 68 year old Alameda Rental Coalition member protesting rent hikes, causing the protester to fall to the ground. This led to a chain of events in which Haun himself then fell in an undetermined manner (and reportedly suffered a hip injury), a protest organizer was arrested, … Continued


Alameda Arrests Tenant Protestors: Statement by Alameda Renters Coalition and Tenants Together.


A joint press release from ARC and Tenants Together regarding the events of last night’s Alameda City Council proceedings. Alameda Arrests Tenant Protestors and Passes Rent Moratorium Last evening, an estimated 200 Alameda renters went to their city council to demand an end to unfair rent hikes and displacement. After a hearing that lasted past 1am, the Alameda City Council voted unanimously for a temporary 8% rent increase moratorium and a ban on no cause evictions. This is a big step forward for a city in which rent increases have … Continued


Cops Assault Rent Control Advocate at Alameda City Council Meeting


An unidentified man, part of a group of rent control advocates that had not been allowed into the 11/4 Alameda City Council meeting due to the room being at capacity and had crowded into the hall outside, was thrown to the ground by two Alameda Police officers before being arrested. He apparently had his face smashed into the floor because after he is removed the video shows a signficant amount of blood on the surface. Below are a few tweets from the meeting and a video of the takedown. The … Continued


Pirate Mike: In Memoriam.


Pirate Mike, an active participant in Occupy San Francisco, was killed by a semi trailer truck in Texas on October 30th, 2015 during his March Across America. Stephen Michael Clift, Pirate Mike to his comrades, @occupirate on Twitter, was also one of the original participants in the first Occupation of the Berkeley Post Office in July of 2013. That event, and the second Occupation by First They Came for the Homeless in November, 2014, in which he also participated, ultimately played a significant role in preventing the Allston Way building from … Continued


Lawsuits! One Ends, One Continues. One Begins.


– A lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff, Harman v Ahern, over forced pregnancy testing of women taken to Santa Rita jail ended Wednesday, October 28th, with the announcement of a settlement forbidding the practice. Activist Susan Harman, a member of the Oakland Privacy Working Group and Strike Debt Bay Area, was one of three plaintiffs in the lawsuit, having been arrested in 2010 during the Oscar Grant protests, taken to jail and forced to submit to a pregnancy test despite her age: Ms. Harman told the officer that she … Continued


The Vampire Squid, the Missing Contract, and Double Jeopardy.


Goldman-Sachs, a vast and vastly profitable Wall Street investment firm, has been referred to as a “vampire squid” by Matt Taibbi in his now famous expose “The Great American Bubble Machine.” Learn via the Socratic method how Goldman-Sachs screwed Oakland, then how Oakland screwed itself trying to redress its grievances. —– Q. Just how did Goldman-Sachs screw Oakland? A. Years ago, Goldman-Sachs agents convinced Oakland to enter into financial instruments known as “interest rate swaps.” These made it impossible, when interest rates plummeted in 2008, for Oakland to get a … Continued




On Saturday, October 17th, labor organizer Shonda of EBOC and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly was out of a job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 28th & Telegraph. Shonda… was unjustly terminated yesterday afternoon. She has an impeccable track record in her former place of employment, KFC/Pizza Hut… with zero write-ups and many loyal customers who consistently go back to the store just to see her. For over 3 years, Shonda has been the best employee in the store, she is experienced, hard working and most of all, her … Continued