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All Out for Block the Boat!

Protesters at the Port of Oakland on August 16th

Thinking about the Zim ship attempting to unload during August – and ultimately sailing away with most of its cargo still aboard – made me think of a story about another ship, this one from 1987: It was the spring of 1987, and a barge called the Mobro 4000 was carrying over 3,000 tons of it – a load that, for various reasons, North Carolina didn’t want to take. Thus began one of the biggest garbage sagas in modern history, a picaresque journey of a small boat overflowing with stuff … Continued

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100 Days of Occupation!

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The sidewalk outside of Staples in Berkeley has been Occupied now for over 100 days. As First They Came For the Homeless, the SF Occupier group that organized the effort posted recently on their Facebook. Over 100 days and counting. The siege of staples in Berkeley continues. Still no valid complaints about our occupation. We number between 15 and 20 nightly split between 2 groups. The main info table is in the front and the tent city is in the back. The group would love to have more community support … Continued

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Nubia Bowe, the Young Woman Arrested and Beaten for Not Dancing on BART, Receives Deferred Judgement.

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Seven months after she was dragged off a train, beaten by BART police, taken to Santa Rita and beaten again by guards, the Alameda County District Attorney decided to halt court proceedings against Nubia Bowe. She is (almost) free, and her two companions completely so. Oct 17, 2014 THANK YOU DAN SIEGEL, ATTORNEY 4 THE PEOPLE for getting Nubia Bowe a deferred judgement at our October court date! Charges for Levi and James were dropped. Nubia will have no ankle monitor, no time in jail, no probation. (Read the original … Continued

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Inside Urban Shield – the Video!

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It was to be expected, I suppose. Three Oakland police units, having nothing better to do on a Friday evening in a town where no one ever complains about crime, showed up before the Inside Urban Shield forum on the militarization of police, ostensibly to inquire into whether a gathering convened expressly to listen to speakers in an auditorium was getting ready to hella march. Fortunately, they must have gotten an emergency call for donut delivery, as they eventually left some eighty odd of us attendees to listen to excellent … Continued

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Inside Urban Shield. -Photos-

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  Click here or the image for details of the event:   Some photos from the forum event:   For more information and photos about the Urban Shield convention: “Photos: Inside Urban Shield, the Convention for Warrior Cops Where else can you pick up a 3-D printed drone or a flashlight that blinds your target?”:  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/09/urbanshield-oakland-police-militarization         56876

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Inside Urban Shield. Hear the Inside Dope, Discuss What Next Is To Be Done.

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  Urban Shield 2014, the glorification of the militarization of the police, was held at the Convention Center in downtown Oakland September 4th-7th this year. A number of reporters and activists “went inside” the Urban Shield convention and/or participated as volunteers for the training. exercises. The Coalition staging “Inside Urban Shield” – people from the Occupy Oakland GA, the Oakland Privacy Working Group, Code Pink and the Oscar Grant Committee – invited Shane Bauer (@ShaneBauer) and Julia Wong (@juliacarriew), two investigative reporters who got inside, to speak at the event, … Continued

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Taking on ‘Odious Debt’ Everywhere: Strike Debt Goes on Television, Radio and The Big Screen.

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Almost two years ago Hannel Appel, Bay Area native and Occupy Wall Street veteran, came back to the Bay Area, came to a General Assembly of Occupy Oakland and called on people to form Strike Debt Bay Area (SDBA) in light of Strike Debt New York City’s newly announced and amazing Rolling Jubilee project. Two years later, and in the spare time she had not fighting unjust debt with SDBA, she made ere way from a post doc position at UC Berkeley to a professorship at UCLA. With other Strike … Continued

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Liverpool Dockworkers Salute Oakland Community Picket and ILWU Local 10.

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To the Members and Officers, International Longshore & Warehouse Union, ILWU Local 10, 400 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. Re: Message of Solidarity.   The Liverpool Dockworkers both past and present salute the actions of Local 10 and the Oakland Community Picket, taken against the Israeli government controlled Zim Line vessels. Furthermore their magnificent actions strike a blow against the Israel apartheid regime for their continued massacre and destruction of Gaza. For far too long people in power have turned a blind eye to the Israeli slaughter of innocent Palestinian men, women and children, now we are seeing the … Continued

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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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