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“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


The System is Rotten to the Core.

Occupy Oakland Police De-Militarization Working Group Michael Wilson  On November 18, 2014 the Occupy Oakland De-Militarize the Police Working Group sent a letter to Mayor Quan and Mayor-elect Schaaf.  In that letter we demanded that they speak out, urging the St. Louis County Prosecutor do everything possible to bring about a grand jury indictment of Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown, and call for a Federal investigation.  Both declined to comply with our demands. The aftermath of the grand jury’s decision is well-known.  Far from abating, the … Continued


Don’t Let the NYPD Deaths be Used to Crush the Uprising!

Don’t let this incident be used to crush the uprising!   The following statement was issued by the Peoples Power Assembly Movement in New York City on Dec. 21. The police have been desperately searching or waiting for some occurrence that they can use as a weapon to crush the most powerful, widespread, national mass uprising against racist police terror and murder since the 1960s. Until yesterday, the frame-up of activists from #MillionsMarchNYC on Dec. 13 was the weapon. We demand immediate amnesty for those targeted activists accused of the … Continued


When the Sheriff Gets Drones, The People Obtain Drone Hunting Licenses.

The Occupy Oakland Research Team recently discovered an obscure 1909 law that gives anyone the right to issue licenses to bear such arms as are necessary to shoot down “dangerous flying machines” over one’s property should they be there without permission. Therefore BE IT PROCLAIMED THIS DAY Whereas Oakland is the People’s Town; Whereas the Sheriff of Alameda County does not own Oakland; Whereas the Sheriff of Alameda County has recently acquired, through nefarious means, two drones to spy on the People; Whereas The People rejected such acquisitions and expressed … Continued


Sudo Room Is Creating a People’s Internet in the East Bay., a project of the Sudo Room at the Omni Collective in Oakland is …building a decentralized, libre network for the East Bay: we believe in the creation of local internets and locally-relevant applications, the cultivation of community-owned telecommunications networks in the interest of autonomy and grassroots community collaboration, and ultimately, in owning the means of production by which we communicate. Watch this short video describing the project. Check out the project here. Learn how to help here. 57626


Jeralynn Blueford Testifies to Congresspeople, DoJ and White House on Police Terror.

Jeralynn Blueford, Wanda Johnson (mother of Oscar Grant) and eight other mothers of black men killed by police violence traveled to Washington DC last week to give testimony before members of Congress, the Department of Justice, and White House staffers. They also conduted numerous interviews with members of the press. As reported by the Washington Post The hearing room on Capitol Hill was already decorated for the nine women when they arrived Wednesday morning: nine easels displaying paper hearts, containing pictures of black men and the dates and years of … Continued