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No Justice, No Federal Building.

The main entrance to the downtown Oakland Federal Building was blockaded for four hours and twenty-eight minutes Friday morning, January 16th, 2015. Beginning at 6:30 AM, a half hour before the announced “spoon” action at the Montgomery BART, this unpublicized action by a group identifying with the hashtag #3rdWorld4BlackPower quickly became one of the highlights of a wide-ranging day of action across Oakland and San Francisco in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Some blockaded the main entrance with arms linked in black tubing, while others held signs that said “South Asians for … Continued


Call BART, Tell Them to Drop Charges and Fines Against The Black Lives Matter 14

Support the BART 14. #BlackLivesMatter. #NotOneDime. Demand that BART stop its persectution of civil rights protesters; those who halted BART for a time on Black Friday. BART is tabulating the number of call they get on this, and that the person coordinating  the tabulation, and therefore an important number to call, is the BART District Secretary, at 510-464-6080.   Please take a moment to make your voice heard in this matter.  Remind them that Rosa Parks never paid the losses felt from the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  this is another such … Continued


7688 Windows Later…

The brutal suppression of Occupy Oakland by Oakland Police and Oakland’s Government has now cost Oakland’s taxpayers 7688 broken windows (at the official federal funds discount rate of $1000 per broken window). In other words, it would have taken more than two years of continuous window breaking (at 10 windows a day), to equal what Oakland has paid out in lawsuit settlements resulting from the crackdown – and that’s not including legal fees Oakland paid to its lawyers, nor other staff time, nor court fees. Today, January 13th, 2015, yet another settlement was … Continued


Potentially Perilous Postal Plantings Percolating.

East of MLK Park in Berkeley for blocks and blocks, there isn’t a whole lot of non-concrete and non-asphalt surface. I can think of just one bit – a very small strip of green on the west side of the Downtown Berkeley Post Office. It supports a couple of trees, but has otherwise been lacking in vegetation for many years. That is about to change. On Saturday, January 10th, peeps from First They Came for the Homeless, Berkeley Post Office Defenders, Save the Berkeley Post Office, Occupy the Farm and … Continued


An Open Letter to BART. And a Message.

Dear BART, How do you think we all got an equal seat on the bus or at the lunch counter?   It was after 381 days of the highly coordinated & therefore effectively sustained Montgomery Bus Boycotts and after 6 months of brave & tireless Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-ins. Many people were inconvenienced by the Montgomery Bus Boycotts, do you think Rosa Parks should have paid restitution for that? Woolworth’s claimed black people were costing them too much money in lost revenue and ruining their business, should the Greensboro 4 … Continued


“Accountable Only to Themselves.”

A Reply to the Open Letter of Dec. 23 from Bay Area Police Officers’ Associations  From the Occupy Oakland Demilitarize the Police Working Group The ”Open Letter to the Residents of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland” calls for a “constructive dialogue” to “keep our streets safe”, but the members of the Occupy Oakland Demilitarize the Police Working Group see denial and self-righteousness in the letter that would poison such a dialogue.  Before any respectful exchange of views on what is to be done to alleviate the outrage caused by … Continued


Occupied: By The Owners!

The Occupation of the Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley continues; soon to enter into its 3rd month.  Occupiers woke up Monday morning, December 29th, to find a new sign in front of their dwelling.  Solidified and supported by two buckets of cement (seriously!) the sign reads First They Came for the Homeless in coalition with Berkeley Post Office Defenders WE THE PEOPLE  insist that the United States Postal Service is a vital part of our public infrastructure and that this post office is OCCUPIED BY … Continued


Free FOIA/Legal Document Scanning Service for East Bay Activists/Journalists!

Free FOIA/Legal Document Scanning Service for East Bay Activists/Journalists “East Bay activist organizations and individuals who are aligned with Occupy-associated concerns, beliefs and endeavors (e.g. economic injustice, civil liberties, fighting police terror) now have a new and free resource in the arena of Document Scanning. A member of Occupy Oakland has crowd source funded the acquisition of a brand new Brother ADS-2500W High-Speed Document Scanner! This person will house and operate the scanner free of charge for Public Records, FOIA Documents and/or Legal Documents delivered by fellow activists, independent/alternative media organizations and investigative journalists  Documents must be delivered and picked … Continued


Free FOIA/Legal Document Scanning Service for East Bay Activists/Journos

East Bay activist organizations now have a new and free resource in the arena of Document Scanning. A member of Occupy Oakland has crowd source funded the acquisition of a brand new Brother ADS-2500W High-Speed Document Scanner. This member will house and operate the scanner free of charge for Public Records, FOIA Documents and/or Legal Documents delivered by fellow activists, independent/alternative media organizations and investigative journalists (NOTE: This does not blanketly apply to all non-profits. This service applies to those organizations and individuals which are aligned with, in collective struggle, … Continued


From Berkeley to Berkeley.

Thirty people gathered in Berkeley, California, on Christmas Eve, holding a candlelight vigil for Antonio Martin of Berkeley, Missouri, who died of a bullet wound fired by a police officer on Christmas Eve eve. Vigil for Anonio Martin in Berkeley, CA What we know is that we don’t know what really happened on December 23rd, 2014 at a gas station in Berkeley, MO, or whether we will ever know. What we do know is that at a rate of almost one person a day, another person of color is killed … Continued