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Hella Privacy! Maybe.

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Almost two years after the Domain Awareness Center first crept onto the radar of Bay Area activists… it will be allowed to power up. Two years past it was a system spec’ed to spy over all of Oakland, incorporating traffic cameras, Shotspotter, school cameras, license plate readers and social media, with no controls on information sharing with other agencies like the FBI or ICE. Now, it is a system confined to take input from the Port of Oakland (at least without Council approval of further expansion). It may not use … Continued

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In the Unending Battle Between Bulldozer and Broccoli…

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Occupy The Farm took their protest against Sprouts’ plan to pave the Gill Tract down to Fremont and Mountain View , Saturday, May 30th. Some of the action included a mean, if not lean, bulldozer attempted to clear out a broccoli and a grape, but instead was chased away itself. Much music, merriment and mulch, not to mention some serious messaging, was done. Successful #boycottsprouts action. No one arrested! Message delivered. Fun had by all. #OccupyTheFarm #GillTractDefense — Occupy the Farm (@occupyfarm) May 30, 2015 Check out some non-embeddable videos of the … Continued

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“We will not Be Divided. Or Conquered. We will Continue to Take the Streets that Rightfully Belong to the People.”

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The Mayor asked for a meeting with the protest organizers for the Sunday, May 24th rally and march. Here is the request and the reply… Arrests in Oakland protests over limit on nighttime marches #BreakTheCurfew http://t.co/GjRFf4sNKQ pic.twitter.com/w4NdM3CKFH — Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) May 25, 2015   Hello Katie, My name is Tomiquia Moss and I am the chief of staff to Mayor Schaaf. The Mayor would like a chance to meet with you and Nichola to discuss the City’s crowd control policy. I realize that you all have planned a … Continued

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“Black People Had War Declared on Them By Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.”

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On Thursday, May 21st, 2015, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, in response to window breaking during protests the evening of May 1st, promulgated, secretly, new edits prohibiting night time street protests. These were enforced by Oakland Police that night when Black Lives Matter protesters attempted to take to the streets after a #SayHerName rally remembering Black women killed by police terror. Forced back onto the sidewalk under threat of arrest, Black Lives Matter organizer Cat Brooks spoke out, saying then and there “We Gonna Take Back These MotherFuckin’ Streets!” Inevitably, the … Continued

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We Gonna Take Back These MotherFuckin’ Streets

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Cat Brooks connects the dots. Thursday evening, May 21st, a totally peaceful protest march in support Black Women’s lives and against Police terror was threatened with arrest for exercising their first amendment rights, and in clear violation of Oakland’s crowd control policy. Darwin BondGraham in the East Bay Express explains the origin and how of the bullshit, and below in a video taken by Indybay Thursday evening, Cat Brooks explains the why, and what is to be done. Your browser is not able to display this multimedia content. Black people … Continued

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If Ghosts Could Talk.

T. Thorn Coyle of Berkeley meditates outside of Oakland City Hall at the Occupy Oakland camp in Frank Ogawa on Thursday, October 27, 2011 in Oakland, Calif.

Thorn Coyle, noted East Bay activist against police terror and a member of the Interfaith Tent at Occupy Oakland has written a novel. The book is dedicated to the memory of Alan Blueford, with scenes set in the Oakland of the Occupy encampments at Oscar Grant Plaza, and later Movein Day, January 28th, 2012. Like Water: a story of love and sudden violence. a story of a ghost and a city. a story for our times. Welcome to the streets of Oakland, CA. Meet Alex and Jonah. Best friends since … Continued

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A Pile of Coal and a Shitload of Kayaks: From Oakland to Seattle, No More Foul Fossil Fuels!

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Thursday morning, May 14th, environmental activists rallied at Oscar Grant Plaza in front of Oakland Army Base developer Phil Tagami ‘s office, sending a message to him that shipping coal through and out of Oakland was not something that would happen without massive resistance. “Tagami recently announced plans to transport coal from Utah through Oakland by rail to a new bulk export facility at Oakland’s former army base. Tagami’s plan has drawn extensive criticism from local community and environmental groups…” And in Seattle on Friday and Saturday, off the coast, … Continued

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Rise Up. Shut it Down. Oakland Should Be the People’s Town.

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The Oakland City Council has a habit of not listening to the people. And as May 5th, 2015 approached the Council was once again shooting up on dollar bills instead of healthily contemplating the needs of its existing residents. This time they got busted, as dozens of peeps from “rogue organizations” and over one hundred supporters arrested the City Council proceedings, declared a “People’s Council” and gave City Council members the gift of adjourning by 8:00 PM – with no business, funny or otherwise, being transacted.   Instead of listening … Continued

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A Body Camera Won’t Bring a Dead Boy to Life Nor Revoke a License to Kill.

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Police pull up suddenly on some young black men. One of them runs. A cops gives chase. “Shots fired.” One more dead. “I feared for my life.” This is a script that is running on loopback in cities large and small across America. But it’s a script that some say might become less popular if there was an unimpeachable witness to the play – video as it happened. The Oakland Police have had body video cameras for some years now. Three years ago to this day, late into the night … Continued

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From Oakland to Baltimore. Labor & Community Against Police Terror on May Day.

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Vingettes from today’s march from the Port and rally at OGP. Putting the final touches on chalk art at Oscar Grant Plaza before the march arrives. The March in Solidarity Against Police Terror, called by ILWU Local 10 and community organizations united against murder by police, left the Port of Oakland as scheduled at 10:00 AM and arrived at Oscar Grant Plaza outside of City Hall in downtown Oakland at 11:30 AM.   from the 510 to the 410 pic.twitter.com/3EhcbjcnWw — m4rg1n4L (@marg1nal) May 1, 2015 The pre-march rally at … Continued

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