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It’s an Official Unofficial Candidacy: Einstein to Formally Announce Mayoral Run!

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Einstein, the dog who would be Mayor, will officially announce his unofficial candidacy for Mayor on the steps of City Hall Thursday, October 2nd, at 10:00 AM. Human-centric bias in election law does not allow Einstein to register as an official candidate, but that has never stopped a canine as dogged as Einstein before, and it won’t stop him now. With a more detailed platform and governing philosophy than most of the Mayoral candidates, why not vote for Einstein? Ranked choice voting allows you to vote for Einstein as your … Continued

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Hong Kong Occupy Activists (aka Occupy Central) At the Center of Massive Protests Against New Chinese Anti-Democratic Policies.

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Tens of thousands have been on the streets of Hong Kong since Wednesday, enduring tear gas and riot police. They are protesting the chipping away of the freedoms the Chinese government guaranteed them in 1997 when the expiration of a 100 year lease changed Hong Kong from being a British colony to part of China. In particular, a series of election law proposed changes that would give the Chinese government control over who was an acceptable candidate to run for office are at the center of the protests. It is … Continued

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Another Ship Bites the Dock Dust.

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The Zim Shanghai was successfully blocked from being unloaded in Oakland, beginning on Saturday morning, September 27th, with pickets continuing into the 2nd shift on Saturday evening.  Very, very early on Sunday morning, with the threat of another picket beginning at 5:00 AM, the Zim Shanghai left San Francisco Bay and, at this writing, is steaming south on its way to Los Angeles, some miles out in the Pacific off Half Moon Bay. Zim Shanghai has now left berth 57, turned round, and heading west to. ?? Another berth? The … Continued

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Blocking the Boat. A Once and Future History.

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The call has gone out again, as it did a month and a half ago, to stop an Israeli-owned ship from unloading at the Port of Oakland. There is a long and, to many, proud tradition of such actions in the Bay Area. Let’s take a trip back in time. First, to 1984. 1984 ILWU protest against Apartheid.In November of that year, protesting against South African Apartheid, a Bay Area longshore union, ILWU Local 10, went on strike for 11 days, refusing to unload the Nedlloyd Kimberley, a ship carrying … Continued

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Strike Debt’s Rolling Jubilee Project Erases $4,000,000 in Student Loan Debt – For $100,000!

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Almost two years ago the Rolling Jubilee, a project of Strike Debt (an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street), announced an ambitious stunt – raise $50,000 and abolish $1,000,000 in medical debt by purchasing the debt on the shady national debt exchange markets where calculating investors trade pain and suffering back and forth, and effectively burning the IOUs they would obtain. Turns out they raised over $700,000 and, in multiple stages, have managed to wipe out almost $15,000,000 in medical debts! With most of the still remaining money, they turned their … Continued

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Strike Debt Radio Takes Aim: The All-Seeing, All-Knowing Credit Industry.

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“Imagine being tracked 24/7 by an invisible network…” Three “global corporate conglomerates” store the data that majorly affect your ability to get through life. “Forty two states allow the checking of credit histories when an employer is hiring.” Even hospitals are looking at credit scores to determine whether they will treat you. Listen as Father Mike explains to daughter Cassie why she can’t borrow the car… because she has no credit history. And then explains some alternatives to the credit card consumerism cage. It’s all here in the latest edition … Continued

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Math is Hard. Let’s Go Urban Shield Shopping.

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The Urban Shield trade show, featuring weapons of individual and privacy destruction, commenced yesterday, September 4th, and will end on September 8th. Some intrepid reporters gained access to the displays, and were able to tweet out pictures of equipment being hawked to police forces attending the event. Want a tank? At the Urban Shield cop convention in Oakland, sponsored by Homeland Security and a lot of companies. pic.twitter.com/LujKp3gmwa — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 4, 2014   How about a couple of shirts to wear at pro-war rallies? Here are some … Continued

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Fight For $15 Takes Action Around the Country. Oakland Confronts Jack-in-the-Box, McDonald’s.

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Strike actions and civil disobedience have taken place across the country today in the next escalation of the Fight For $15/hr and the right to form a union without retribution. Tweets have noted events in: Boston, New York City, Philadephia, Charlotte, Miami, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Wisconsin (city unspecified), Chicago, Rockford Illinois, Little Rock, Houston and, of course, Oakland. Police were “running out of handcuffs” in Detroit and other protest sites saw arrests as well. 87rh @McDonalds essentially shut down. No workers only management inside! #strikefastfood pic.twitter.com/J8aDJ7WxvK — Fight For … Continued

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Staples Occupation and Boycott Continues. Rezoning Of Post Office Property One Step Away.

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The nationwide boycott of Staples stores because of the continued presence of Post Office counters therein – served by underpaid and untrained Staples employees instead of living-wage Post Office workers, continues.  The American Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association and many other unions have joined the American Postal Workers Union in vowing to boycott Staples.  Teachers, who often buy supplies at Staples just before school begins anew are particularly being urged to support the boycott through their unions. Locally, the camp out in front and on the side of … Continued

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