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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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“The Solution to Police Terror is Unity.” Honoring Alan Blueford: All Lives Matter.

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Two years ago a young man ran terrified through East Oakland, pursued by an Oakland Police Officer. Tripping, then crashing into a gate and coming around, the last thing he likely saw was the barrel of a gun. Four shots rang out in rapid succession, the third fatally wounding Alan Blueford. His last words were “I didn’t do anything.” Such is police terror. On May 3rd, 2014, those of us who have pursued justice for Alan Blueford since that horrible day two years ago, family, friends and activists, came together … Continued

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Yet Another Occupy Lawsuit Filed Against OPD: MayDay 2012 Beating.

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Russell Bates, a well-known East Bay activist and Berkeley CopWatch member has filed suit against the Oakland Police for a beating he received at their batons on May 1st, 2012. May Day, 2012 was the scene of brutal attacks by the Oakland Police Department on peaceful protesters, beginning around noon when people were attacked just north of 14th & Broadway as police performed “snatch and grabs,” and continuing that night, when police without provocation charged into people in the vicinity of Oscar Grant Plaza after they had marched from Fruitvale … Continued

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FROM MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA TO OAKLAND, CA: THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS POWER

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The fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 was a watershed victory. It culminated decades of struggle by the Black and Colored South African masses, a struggle supported by millions in the U.S. and around the world. The victory brought to power the Tripartite government of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Now, two decades later, the ANC-led Tripartite government represents big business’s interests — especially the interests of U.S. and European-based banks and corporations. … Continued

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OUR HISTORIC POST OFFICES SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE, PERIOD!

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BERKELEY POST OFFICE DEFENDERS STATEMENT ON THE ADVISORY COUNCIL’S HISTORIC PRESERVATION REPORT TO CONGRESS AS IT AFFECTS THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE SALE AND THE SALE OF OTHER SUCH HISTORIC POSTAL BUILDINGS. On April 17th, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued its Preserving Historic Post Offices report to Congress “on compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for the closure and disposal of its historic postal facilities.” This report was requested by legislation initiated by Berkeley’s United States Representative in Congress Barbara Lee. The report tells us some that is new, and … Continued

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Strike Debt Radio: The Federal Reserve May Be Reserved, But It’s Not Federal!

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Episode 6 of Strike Debt Radio, airing on the Morning Mix on KPFA, was broadcast on 4/16/14.  Mike and Cassie of Strike Debt Bay Area explain what the Federal Reserve is – and what it is not.  And throw in some interesting sound effects to boot. Listen, learn and then increase your knowledge even further with Episodes 1 through 5, broadcast periodically on the Morning Mix since early December, 2013. Finally, enjoy the full Strike Debt Song. Episode 6: What is the Federal Reserve? 4/16/14 Episode 1: Drowning in Debt, … Continued

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