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OWS Protesters Get $600K Settlement for False Arrests.

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As the New York Times reports The city has agreed to pay nearly $600,000 to settle allegations that police wrongfully arrested a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters, marking the largest settlement to date in an Occupy-related civil rights lawsuit, the marchers’ lawyers said Tuesday. Of course that’s not true.  Both Scott Olsen, who received a $4.5 million settlement,  and Kayvan Sebeghi, who received $645,000, got larger settlements.  However, this settlement is the largest settlement so far in New York City and likely anywhere else in the country with the … Continued

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Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.

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According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued

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WakeUpOakland Calls Bullshit on Shotspotter.

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This youtube video by “wakeupoakland” documents Oakland Police deceptions and attempts by the company that makes Shotspotter to mislead and deflect concerns about voice recordings. Questions abound about not only whether Shotspotter is, or can be set to, record voices, even in private homes, but whether it is effective. A few months ago, OPD Chief Whent said he was not particularly interested in renewing Shotspotter’s contract, presumably because it was not very effective in dealing with crime (possibly because of an unacceptably high false positive rate). After being tonguelashed by … Continued

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Park Garden is under the threat of development

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A little over a week ago, neighbors in the area spotted the attached notice posted on poles. There is intent to develop a 6-story mixed-use building on the lot Park Garden currently occupies. Now, this is the beginning of a longer process, so we will continue as usual and plan to plant through winter into early next spring, which is the soonest that ground would be broken, more than likely. If there is any better reason to participate and enjoy Park Garden this season, I can’t find it. There was … Continued

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Protest the Cancellation of KPFA’s Morning Mix

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Protest the cancellation of the Morning Mix, a radio show on KPFA during morning drive time, which was hosted by diverse programmers who are based in the local community. It is being replaced with a show, with one radio personality, that will be piped in from Los Angeles. Only some Morning Mix segments have been rescheduled, and at times of the day when most working people are at work and unable to listen, including the labor show Work Week Radio (https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio), and Project Censored (http://www.projectcensored.org/category/radio/). This removal of the Morning … Continued

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Making Debt a Political Issue: The Annals of Strike Debt Bay Area

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By Susan Harman. One of the principal slogans of the Occupy movement was, “Banks got bailed out — we got sold out!” Strike Debt New York arose to explicate that slogan. While banks were given a debt jubilee — thanks to us, the tax payers — the millions of underwater homeowners, student debtors, and people going bankrupt from medical bills, not to mention entire municipalities, were left to fend for ourselves. Debt unites us all. Whether or not we have personal loan agreements or are in danger of foreclosure, we … Continued

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A BARBECUE FOR HERBIVORES AND CARNIVORES ALIKE!

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When: Sunday, May 25 Noon to 10:00PM Where: Mike’s house: 3413 Belmont Ave., El Cerrito 94530 Contact: Mike’s email:  electionamend [at] gmail.com Why? The time of year cries out for a backyard party to ring in the outdoor season, and there’s no more benevolent use for carbon as a fuel than a barbecue.  Also, we’ll be saying “Keep in touch” to our great friend Hannah who will be leaving in June for Gomorrah – the City of Angels – with her family. AND we’re anticipating a visit from Occupy Oakland’s … Continued

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Declaration of the Bulb Autonomous Zone

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DECLARATION OF THE BULB AUTONOMOUS ZONE In Solidarity with People whose homes are threatened, In Honor of unpermitted public Art, In Defense of spaces free and wild everywhere, To Keep the Albany Bulb Natural and unlandscaped, To Preserve Habitat for Birds, Insects, and other migratory Animals, including Humans, We Declare the Bulb an Autonomous Zone , a space where Art and Music continue to flourish, where People assemble Freely, where Dogs run unleashed, and where long-term Residents can continue to maintain and improve their Homesteads. Come and create this place … Continued

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Einstein Gets Serious, Relatively. His Particularly Perilous Political Platform for Plutocrats.

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Einstein    for    Mayor    of    Oakland!   A dog for Mayor of Oakland?!  Sound crazy?  But the question, as we see it, is not, “Can a dog run the City?”  The question we should all ask is, “Can any individual be accountable for running the City?”  That is, can any individual – human or otherwise – comprehend all the city’s needs?  Can any individual prioritize those needs and direct resources to them in a way that leaves none of the Oakland’s residents – human or otherwise – left out in the … Continued

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