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Santana Spills All: The Bad, the Worse and the Ugly at City Hall.


In a detailed interview with investigative reporter Winston Ali Smith, Deanna Santana, the former City Administrator of Oakland, spilled it all, providing confirmation of everything we figured was going on behind closed doors at City Hall, but – until now – had no proof of. Here are some excerpts from that interview: Q: What was it like working for Mayor Quan? A: Frustrating. First she’d be, like “Shoot the protesters!” Then a day later she was, like, “Oh, God, what have we done?” It was sickening to watch. Q: You … Continued


Strike Debt Radio, Show #5, airs this Wed. 4/2

Strike Debt Radio, Show #5, airs this Wed. April 2, on KPFA’s “Morning Mix”, 8-9:00AM. “What is Money?” We explore how money is created, some common misconceptions about money, and we interview public banking advocate Ellen Brown, author of “The Web of Debt” and Green Party candidate for CA State Treasurer. Listen live tomorrow (Wed) starting at 8:00AM: 94.1 FM or Listen later: 55317


Public Banking at the Post Office!


Laura Wells, a well-known Oakland activist, will be speaking on a topic – public banking – that has received increased interest in the last few months. A variant on public banking, postal banking has received a “thumbs up” in a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the Post Office on how to help the Post Office maintain its solvency. It has also gotten the endorsement of some mainstream politicians such as Senator Elizabeth Warren. Public banks, a more general riff on the theme, are financial institutions … Continued


Party Like Large Swaths of America Are Not Being Crushed by Massive Debt!


The Debt Resisters Operations Manual (DROM) was published on September, 2012 by Strike Debt New York City, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street. In it you can find specific tactics for understanding and fighting against the debt system… detailed strategies and resources for dealing with credit card, medical, student, housing and municipal debt, tactics for navigating the pitfalls of personal bankruptcy, and information to help protect yourself from predatory lenders. A year and a half later, Strike Debt New York is about to release the new, expanded, super, how-to-crush-your-debt second edition of … Continued


Q&A With Einstein For Mayor: Everything is Relative.


Q. Do you have any special relatives? A. No, only general ones. Q. What’s your favorite food? A. Schrodinger’s pet. Q. Dead or alive? A. All the same to me. Q. What about the election? What do the polls say about your chances? A. I’m the only dog in this race. How can I lose? Q. How are your campaign finances? A. You’d have to ask my campaign manager. Q. Who would that be? A. Ed not Bombs. Q. That’s a funny name. A. I’m a funny dog. Q. When’s … Continued


Fred Hampton Jr. Sues City of Oakland.


Fred Hampton Jr., a leader in the movement against police terror, filed suit against the City of Oakland in August, 2013, a little more than six months after Oakland Police stopped him and his companions at Target in Emeryville on bogus charges of stealing a cell phone and held them for three hours, injuring one of Hampton’s associates. Hampton, who lives in Chicago, has spoken out against state oppressions many times in Oakland, including recently against the Domain Awareness Center, testifying to the City Council. He addressed the 2nd Anniversary Party … Continued


Voices Against the DAC.


Four statements from Mohamed Shehk, the Seattle Privacy Coalition, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the National Lawyers Guild. ======================================== Dear Honorable City Council Members: My name is Mohamed Shehk and I’m a community advocate with the San Francisco, Bay Area based Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus’s National Security and Civil Rights program. Our work focuses on combating racial and religious discrimination, profiling, Islamophobia, and other abuses against African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AAMEMSA) communities in our post-9/11 era. AAMEMSA communities have regularly been the target of … Continued


“Here They Come!” Imperial Storm Troopers Arrive to Arrest Killer Cop Protesters.

Outside looking in. Solidarity with the arrestees.

Christina Arechiga, seen in the short video below (cousin of Ernest Duenez Jr), and six other peaceful protesters – plus their lawyer – were arrested as punishment for peacefully protesting police terror on February 13th. At the event the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition, family members of many killed by police violence, and friends were asking for a meeting with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, demanding that she do her job and prosecute killer cops! Having exhausted all the polite avenues trying to have a meeting with Harris to demand … Continued


5000 Against the DAC


At approximately 11:15 AM on Friday, February 28th, a Joshua from Oakland became the 5000th person to sign the petition to oppose the Domain Awareness Center in Oakland. Dan Siegel, outspoken anti-DAC civil rights attorney, was seconds behind, clicking in at 5001. Like the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae against 100,000 Persians, The Oakland Privacy Group (which sponsored the petition) is battling against forces which it cannot, in theory, defeat: The National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the City of Oakland’s insatiable appetite for grant funding, no matter … Continued


An Offer Only a Quan Could Not Refuse.


Yesterday, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at a townhall meeting in West Oakland, Mayor Quan revealed part of the truth about the origins of the Domain Awareness Center. Anyway, Mayor Quan came up to me and said: “When Homeland Security comes up to us with an offer like that ((money for the DAC)) I do not think we are in the position to say no.” – S from O And after subsequently combing through 5000 pages of Public Records Request information, we found this transcript from back in late 2011. DHS … Continued