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“It’s An Interesting Case.” The Sale (Or Not) of the Berkeley Post Office.


Background. For at least two and half years The City of Berkeley and its residents have been fighting the sale of the downtown Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. They even went so far as to rezone land in the Historic District the Post Office is a part of to preclude commercial use of the properties within it. (This would theoretically make it less attractive for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to sell the property.) In early November, 2014, the City of Berkeley and the National Trust for … Continued


Justice 4 Alex Nieto: SF Police Station Shut Down and a People’s Trial of Four Cops.


On the 1 year memorial of Alex Nieto’s death at the hands of San Francisco Police, his parents released a reminiscence and activists shut down the Mission Police Station and held a people’s trial of the four officers who participated in his execution. Here is Refugio’s and Elvira’s reminiscence. Interspersed with tweets and tweetpics from the actions.   Words from Refugio and Elvira Nieto on the One Year Community Commemoration of Alex Nieto Here we are and it seems incredible that a year has transpired since Alex was taken from … Continued


Why Pay For A Port Boondoggle – One With No Benefit To The City Of Oakland?


That boondoggle is the Domain Awareness Center System – the DAC. We don’t want it. We don’t need it. The Port refuses to allocate money for it We shouldn’t have to pay for it. We need to protect privacy not degrade it. In March of 2014 Oakland’s City Council restricted the DAC – a surveillance system to be installed at Oakland’s Emergency Operations Center, to just the Port of Oakland. A grant obtained by the Port from the Dept. of Homeland Security was intended to fund the operating costs. The … Continued


Berkeley Declares War on the Homeless.


Tuesday night, March 17th, to a packed crowd, the Berkeley, Californa City Council voted 6-3 on a plan to banish the homeless from O’Berkeley declare war on the homeless. Homeless, advocates and supporters march before the City Council meeting.Ignoring testimony from academics who had done research on homelessness and criminalization at UC Berkeley, ignoring references to studies that repeatedly showed that criminalizing the homeless did not work, ignoring pleas from those who serve the homeless that criminalizing homelessness would only make their jobs more difficult by denying services to those … Continued


Put the Brussels back into Sprouts, not Sprouts into Albany.


Occupy The Farm and other folks supporting the Gill Tract as farmland staged a rally and blockade at Sprouts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, March 14th. Sprouts in Walnut Creek? It seems that Sprouts, Inc has negotiated an agreement with the city of Albany and UC Berkeley to build a store on the Gill Tract (the only prime farmland left in the East Bay, at San Pablo & Marin, Albany, CA), and they will literally be paving over a last small bit of paradise to put in a parking lot. … Continued


Out of Control.


With no apparent reasonable suspicion or probable cause, fifteen or more San Francisco Police Officers descended on a group of young black men making a music video recently, demanding that they put their hands up. The young men were then handcuffed and searched. No explanation was given, no justification provided, as far as anyone has written. It has not been established whether any of the young men were arrested. Watch the first few minutes of the video, and decide for yourself whether young men of color live in a police … Continued


The Garden is Lookin’ Good!


The Community Garden on the west side of the downtown Berkeley Post Office is looking good! Planted some two months ago and tended with care by volunteers, it’s now sprouting greenery.  This all despite the outside water supply being shut off a couple of weeks ago for reasons unknown – volunteers are now bringing water to the garden on a regular basis. First They Came for the Homeless, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, has now Occupied the exterior of the Post Office for 128 days, maintaining an information … Continued


Free Dante!


Dante Cano is currently being held in Santa Rita jail for participation in a demonstration against police brutality and murder in the Bay Area and across the United States. At the time of his arrest, police in near-by Emervyville had just killed Yuvette Henderson in early February. At the same time, police also had just shot people in San Jose, East Oakland, and also the courts had exonerated the police that shot and killed Alex Nieto in San Francisco. This happened against a back-drop of ongoing police murder and violence … Continued


J28 Settlement Application Deadline: March 20th


A note from the AntiRepression Crew: J28 arrestees: Don’t forget to submit your claim forms by MARCH 20th!!! So far the majority of arrestees have not submitted their claims. Don’t miss out on your payback $$$$$!! Follow the link below to get the details: Claim forms must be mailed in to 99 14th St, Suite 300, Oakland, 94612. You should have received a claim form in the mail. If you did not receive one, please email it immediately to! Information from the Official Settlement Website: Overview This is the … Continued


“What May Be the First Organized Student Debt Strike…”


It began with a crazy idea more than two years ago. A bunch of Occupy Wall Streeter’s decided to try to raise $50K and then try to buy some defaulted-on medical debt at pennies on the dollar on the shady debt-trading exchanges, then forgive it. They called the scheme the Rolling Jubilee. They failed miserably. So badly, in fact, that they ended up raising more than $700K, got worldwide attention and, over the next two years had to buy up and forgive over $14,000,000 in both medical and student loan … Continued