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Operation Occupy Google!


Twenty some East Bay and San Francisco peeps headed down from Berkeley this morning to Mountain View to – and, no, I’m not making this up – Occupy Google. Hoping to engage the Google community in discussion about Net Neutrality and spur Google’s management (hello Sergei! hello Larry! hey there Eric!) to take further again to protect the Internet for use by all, for the benefit of all, they’ve taken up residence on Google’s campus between 101 and the Bay, with a popup, wireless infrastructure and more. They’ve established a … Continued


Occupyin’ Staples; Jammin’ the Sale!


At the beginning of June some Occupy San Francisco peeps took up stations outside of a Staples in San Francisco, protesting Post Office privatization and union-busting, and stayed there, 24-7, for nine days, garnering national attention. Now they’ve come over to the East Bay, to Berkeley, setting up a table in front of the downtown Berkeley Staples store at Shattuck & Durant.They’ve been there for three days and counting. Visitors welcome, but don’t shop at Staples!   #StopStaples outside the Berkeley Staples for the past 3 days spreading the word … Continued


San Francisco Projection Department Illuminates State Capitol.


The San Francisco Projection Department, an offshoot of Occupy San Francisco, lit up the State Capitol last night in support of the March for Democracy that has travelled on foot from Los Angeles and is arriving in Sacramento today (Sunday, June 22nd). We are the San Francisco Projection Department and we Project and Serve the people of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area to inform and educate folk on vital issues of importance regarding social inequality and environmental justice. Check out more pictures from last night and other … Continued


Deja Iraq all Over Again


Protesters, and the Bay Area’s own Emperor of Protesting Frank Chiu took to the streets Saturday, June 21st in San Francisco, decrying the deployment of US troops to and possible airstrikes on Iraq. The calls for war keep getting louder from Washington. Obama said he would send up to 300 additional U.S. Special Operations troops to better assess the situation McCain (R-Ariz.) ratcheted up the pressure on the Obama administration Thursday over the growing crisis in Iraq, calling for air strikes and special forces on the ground to arrest the advance of … Continued


San Francisco Labor Council Endorses Postal Workers & BPOD Boycott Staples Campaign


The United States Postal Service has been outsourcing union jobs to Staples outlets, replacing living wage jobs with minimum wage ones in one of many steps towards the privatization of the Post Office. Berkeley Post Office Defenders were one of the first groups to take up a call to arms against Staples, organizing a protest outside of the Berkeley Staples in mid-December last year and starting a local Boycott campaign using (what else?) a postcard (see below). Now, with the organizing power of the American Postal Workers Union leading the way, … Continued


Because OPD Has Nothing Better to Do in a Town Where 15-Year Olds Are Getting Shot At and Killed.


On June 6th, the same weekend that a 15 year old girl got shot and killed in a drive by shooting, undercovers and OPD uniformed officers made sure that one of the deadliest criminal gangs in Oakland, the Rock, Paper Scissors collective, was taken down for the heinous crime of SERVING COMPLEMENTARY WINE AT AN ART SHOW. As IndyBay reports On the evening of June 6 … the Rock Paper Scissors Collective was celebrating their 10-year anniversary at their gallery…  A table in the back of the space included free … Continued


OWS Protesters Get $600K Settlement for False Arrests.


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


Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.


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


WakeUpOakland Calls Bullshit on Shotspotter.


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


Park Garden is under the threat of development


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