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Anti-discrimination Movement

PEOPLE! Last night in Berkeley we had a thought. Do we want two weeks of riots or two or more months of peaceful protests? What is more important to the anti-discrimination movement? Banks I could give a fuck for, but local businesses, non-corporate? Not too sure what’s happening there. It needs to be politely explained to the uninitiated the importance of blockades, how they protect us against incarceration and police violence. There is now a larger youth contingency, and student contingency than previously. Random violence defeats our motivations for a free … Continued


Berkeley Witnesses a Police Riot.

Someone made a pretty poster days ago announcing that one of a series of protests in the East Bay against police terror would begin where Berkeley and UC Berkeley meet – at 5:00 PM on Saturday evening at Bancroft & Telegraph, the entrance to Sproul Plaza, home of the Free Speech movement.   Protest Events in Bay Area over next 4 days. — OccupythePort (@occupytheport) December 4, 2014 And thus people came.   The images coming out of Berkeley right now are wild. #berkeleyprotests — Jim Dalrymple … Continued



JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY “SKEET” SKEATON On July 11, 2013, after being neglected medical attention, 24 year old Anthony “Skeet” Skeaton died under the custody of Placer County Jail. He left behind two young daughters that have been stolen by the Child Protective Service. JOIN US AS WE RALLY FOR JUSTICE!! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH 12:00PM 4: 00PM PLACER COUNTY SUPERIOR COURTHOUSE 101 MAPLE STREET AUBURN, CA 95603 For further information, contact Murlene Spinks at 530.368.0398 57490


Yes, Virginia, There Are Such Things as Postal Police. And They Raided the Berkeley Post Office Defense.

 Yes, Virginia, there are such things as Postal Police. And Postal Police, not Santa Claus, arrived at the Berkeley Post Office Occupation at 8:00 AM Thursday morning, December 4th… Four of ten of these USPS cops are openly carrying weapons and extra mags. — Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) December 4, 2014   and didn’t leave until almost 6:00 PM, in the process clearing out tents and possessions from the Milvia side of the building and stealing protest signs from Berkeley Post Office Defenders and First They Came for the Homeless. … Continued


“I Cannot Afford to Lose this Race to an Anarchist Dog.”

“I Cannot Afford to Lose this Race to an Anarchist Dog.” So said Jean Quan, or someone sounding remarkably like the soon-to-be not Mayor of Oakland, on Twit Wit radio.  Broadcast days before the election, Twit Wit brought on  Einstein  and the voices of Jean Quan, Ned Bates and Gayle McLaughlin, all candidates for Mayor of something, ultimately endorsing Einstein.     Quan’s statement is at about 8:50 in the 30 minute clip, after the panel has clarified with Einstein that he is not a Socialist, but rather a Responsible Anarchist. … Continued



A beautiful day, an abundance of food and a visit from a non-victorious but never-say-meow candidate for Oakland Mayor marked the 2nd annual Thanksgiving feed on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office. Sponsored by First They Came for the Homeless, Berkeley Post Office Defenders, and Occupy Oakland, about thirty people were fed until stuffed. Thanksgiving feeds have in fact been a tradition since 2011, the first two taking place at Oscar Grant Plaza, with the first one featuring the infamous Port-a-Potty war with the Oakland Police.  While there were … Continued


We Are The People – Don’t Shoot!

Last night, November 25th, protesters in Oakland #ShutItDown for Mike Brown on two freeways: I 980 near 14th St and I 580 near 36th St. Temporarily stymied in their attempt to get onto I 580, protesters managed to down a section of fence and pour onto the freeway through it, instead of up an on or exit ramp. Reports of hundreds of cop cars converging on Oakland and large numbers of mutual aid officers from other jurisdictions came over the twitterverse. Barricades were erected and fires set burning in the … Continued


“We Have Taken the Freeway.”

After the “No indictment of Darren Wilson” die-in at 14th & Broadway on Monday night, November 24th, marching began, up Broadway, down Broadway to the police station, finally heading North and East towards the north side of Lake Merritt and the I580 freeway. Our tweet set begins with the pronouncement of the seizure of I580, and continues until the protesters head back to Oscar Grant Plaza. For a more complete set of tweets covering the whole night’s actions and video of Cat Brooks reading the decision go here. We have … Continued


Convergence Tonight (Monday) at OGP after the Darren Wilson Indictment Decision Announced.

Officials have announced that a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown has been reached, but what the decision is is not public yet.  The decision itself is to be announced later today, sometime between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM Pacific Time. The call associated with the picture to the left. FTP March Tonight at 14th and Broadway 7pm #getfree — Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) November 24, 2014   The call from Stop Mass Incarceration Bay Area email: If Wilson Walks, America Halts! No Business … Continued


UC Berkeley Students Occupy Wheeler Hall Over Tuition Hikes, Receive Solidarity Letter from Cairo.

Thursday morning the University of California Regents passed, 14-7, a plan to increase tuition by 5% a year for five years at all UC campuses – over the objections and nay votes of Governor Jerry Brown, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, newly appointed Regent John Perez, and Sadia Saifuddin, the student Regent. Students in the audience and outside the building were livid. UC Berkeley students on campus decided on direct action: Occupying Wheeler Hall and demanding a reversal of the decision. They were soon joined by … Continued