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I Have No Doubt This Place Was Designed With The Sole Intention Of Driving Men Mad.


One week ago Oakland Prisoners’ Hunger Strike Solidarity Activists gathered at MacArthur Bart and car-shuttled to Sacramento – along with supporters and families of prisoners in solitary confinement from all over the state. They came together on the steps of the Capitol to rally and then attend a joint hearing of the State Assembly’s and Senate’s Public Safety Committees on the issue of solitary confinement. The hearing was packed with opponents of solitary confinement, and the chairs of the committees – Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, and Loni Hancock of … Continued


“FUCK That! No More Killing!’” Continuing the Fight Against Police Violence.


On October 22nd, one week hence, supporters and members of some 50 families of those executed by California police will converge on Sacramento in a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. They will demand an end to police violence. From California Attorney General Kamala Harris. They will demand proper investigations into their loved ones’ deaths – not the whitewashes that are typically performed by police investigating themselves and the tragic farce that is District Attorneys refusing to investigate the police. The … Continued


Faces of Occupy Oakland.


Click on the name at the bottom of the picture to get a full-size image. ?, Thorn, ? He who creates chalk art. Sarah Shourd Elliot, Laleh Ali Mike Sandy Laura, ?, JP, ?, ? ?, Patrick, Margaret, ?, Jim, George Gerald & Elliot Orion, ? FeiFei, Mindy FTP 53152


To Occupy. Perchance to Occupy Oakland.


Laleh Behbehanian, one of Occupy Oakland’s finest, spoke at the 2nd Anniversary Party on 10/10/23 commemorating the beginning of the encampment at Oscar Grant Plaza. Here is the video of her talk, recorded by Mindy, and below, a few excerpts from the prepared text. Her theme was What is this thing we call Occupy Oakland? What is this thing we call Occupy Oakland? We know that it isn’t simply some group, or organization- it’s more than that. It is isn’t merely some space – it’s so much more than the … Continued


“Occupy the Bay” Documentary Now Online

“Occupy the Bay,” a documentary by Jonathan Riley about Occupy in the Bay Area is now available on YouTube: 52901


Occupy Oakland 2nd Anniversary Party!


Thursday, October 10th, 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM Speakers: Sarah Shourd: Sarah Shourd is an author, activist and Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian Government in 2009-2010. Before being captured Shourd was living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria working with the Iraqi Student Project. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek’s Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Her memoir (co-authored by her now-husband Shane Bauer and friend … Continued


Occupy Oakland 2nd Anniversary Get-Together!


The encampment began on October 10th, 2011 at Oscar Grant Plaza (renamed from Frank Ogawa Plaza a few days later). Two years hence we’re going to start two hours earlier, at 2:00 PM; otherwise these posters (scroll down) from back then seem an appropriate decoration. Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and a movie will be shown as soon as it gets dark. Theme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by … Continued


Proposal To Endorse BART Solidarity Rally and, if it Comes to Be, a BART Strike.


This was a proposal presented at Sunday’s General Assembly by the Transit Workers Solidarity Committee. Insofar as the General Assembly did not have a quorum, it was not approved. However, The Occupy Oakland General Assembly in late October of 2011 passed a resolution in support of all workers and in solidarity with strikes, which will stand us in good stead in validating our support for BART workers in their current struggle against austerity and the one percent. At the 2nd Anniversary Party on Thursday the organizers of the celebration may … Continued


Raheim Brown. The $995,000 Murder.


Raheim Brown was shot twice, then moments later five times more in his car by OUSD Officer Barhin Bhatt in 2011. Bhatt claimed Raheim was threatening his partner with a screwdriver. Bhatt’s partner, Jonathan Bellusa ultimately came clean earlier this year, saying that Bhatt fired the last five rounds into Raheim after Raheim had been incapacitated, effectively executing him. Asked why he did not shoot at Brown, Bellusa said “I didn’t see a threat.” Barhin Bhatt has never been indicted for the murder of Raheim Brown (just as no on-duty … Continued


Peter Byrne Speaks to Berkeley Post Office Defenders on BlumStein: The Duo Looting the Post Office and UC.


On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, investigative reporter Peter Byrne was kind enough to come and address a rally to save the Berkeley Post Office and fight back against the privatization of our commons. Byrne recently published the e-book (soon to available in print!) Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap.”. Excerpts from the book were published in a recent East Bay Express. In the book he describes how Richard Blum and his wife, Senator Feinstein, claim they do not collaborate but in fact … Continued