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Displacement: Place, Power and Race

cityscape graphic of Oaklands skyline by Geremy George

Displacement: Place, Power, and Race The Foreclosure Defense Group presents its second event in the “Welcome to Class Warfare” series Friday, March 8th 6:30-9:30pm $?  Free!! First Congregational Church 2501 Harrison St, Oakland, CA Gentrification, foreclosures, “urban redevelopment”…. all are facets of the same brute force we feel acutely in our daily lives : Displacement, the uprooting and shifting of communities serving the demands of speculative capital and white supremacy. We offer this forum to hear voices from different struggles, to deepen understanding of the powers at play, and to … Continued


Hayward police involved in shooting

3,3,13 HAYWARD — Police were investigating an officer involved shooting Sunday morning, the third time Bay Area police opened fire on suspects this weekend. The shooting happened around 3:20 a.m. near the intersection Fletcher Lane and Watkins Street, said Hayward police. It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspect was dead. According to media reports police pulled over the suspect who later tried to back his vehicle into officers who then opened fire. This incident followed police shootings in San Jose and San Francisco. Both incidents involved car chases and ended … Continued


“Occupy the Bay” Screening March 7

“Occupy the Bay,” a local documentary about Occupy in the Bay Area will be shown on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Theater Artaud, 425 Alabama St., S.F. The film explores links with ILWU workers’ strike and includes eviction of Occupy Oakland, port shutdown, Occupy the Farm, killing of Alan Blueford, police brutality, black bloc tactics, and more. 47334


Boy dependent on blood transfusions for 6 years meets his donors

OAKLAND, Calif. — A six-year-old San Ramon boy was reunited in Oakland Friday with a small group of blood donors who helped keep the boy alive for six years. Dillon Low came into this world sick, diagnosed with Diamond-Blackfan anemia, a rare genetic disorder that causes low red blood cells. “He had increased heart rate,” said Carol Low, Dillon’s mother. “Within minutes they rushed him to the NICU and they immediately gave him a blood transfusion,” Dillon needed blood transfusions nearly every day for six years until he was able … Continued


Pursuit suspect shot and killed by Daly City police officer

SAN FRANCISCO — A suspect involved in a high-speed pursuit with Daly City and San Francisco police was shot and killed during a foot chase, authorities said. The incident began early Saturday at an intersection of John Daly Boulevard and Santa Barbara Avenue in Daly City when a Daly City police officer tried tried to make a felony stop on a car with two men inside. Shortly after, the driver brandished a firearm at the officers and then fled the scene. After a high-speed chase through the city, the pursuit … Continued


Protesters briefly take over Vallejo City Council chambers

Dozens of anti-police protesters who had gathered at City Hall briefly took over Vallejo City Council Chambers on Tuesday night during a special council meeting, police said. About 50 people moved inside the chambers about half an hour after the meeting’s 6 p.m. start, at which time council members retreated to a back room, City Manager Dan Keen said. The demonstrators — who were protesting police brutality stemming from a fatal officer-involved shooting of Mario Romero in September — then took over the council dais and used the chambers’ sound … Continued


Oakland: Chaos near Fruitvale BART station after attempted drive-by shooting

OAKLAND — A drive-by shooter firing on a car near the Fruitvale BART station Thursday morning missed his target, but the car wound up crashing into two other vehicles and a taco truck outside a popular restaurant, police said. After crashing, the occupants of the car ran away as the gunman continued to shoot at them but did not hit them, police said. Two vehicles in a parking lot were hit by gunfire. The violence unfolded about 10:35 a.m. in the 3900 block of San Leandro Street when at least … Continued


Oakland schools seek local control and money with No Child Left Behind waiver

Oakland and eight other school districts are asking the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver of tough school standards in order to pursue alternative performance measures that could return millions of dollars in federal funds back to local control. Superintendents of Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Ana, Sanger and Clovis unified school districts announced Thursday they are seeking their own waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements after the federal government rejected an application for exemption by the state of California last year. The … Continued


Texas cop fired for shooting 41 times at suspect, killing him.

A Texas police officer who fired 41 shots at a chase suspect in August has been fired. The Garland Police Department confirmed that it fired Officer Patrick Tuter after an internal investigation into the Aug. 12, 2012, shooting. Michael Allen, 25, was shot and killed after a high-speed chase that began in Garland and ended in Mesquite, Texas. Allen was wanted on suspicion of eluding police in Sasche a few days earlier. Garland police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said Tuter violated the department’s general order of use of force and … Continued


No Charges For A University Of Alabama Campus Police Officer In Fatal Shooting Of A NAKED Student

Fri, Mar 1, 2013 (2:26 p.m.) A grand jury has decided not to charge a University of South Alabama campus police officer in the fatal shooting of a naked student. The jury reached a decision Friday and said surveillance video proved Officer Trevis Austin was justified in shooting Gil Collar. Police said collar was naked and banging on a window at a campus police station Oct. 6. Austin, who went outside to investigate the sound, said Collar was acting erratically and lunged toward him. A grand jury report says Collar … Continued