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ACTION DELAYED UNTIL 3:00 PM!!! Block the Boat! Oakland in Solidarity with Palestine.

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Some 2900 people said they were “going” at 5:00 AM on Saturday, August 16th, to the Port of Oakland to picket the terminal where a Zim ship, owned by an Israeli company, is arriving.  HOWEVER, THE SHIP BERTH TIME IS DELAYED UNTIL 3:00 PM. Every Saturday, the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town. Block the Boat actions are taking place not … Continued

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Hands Up. Don’t Shoot.

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Six hundred or so people gathered in Oscar Grant Plaza Thursday afternoon, August 14th, beginning at 4:00 PM to take part in a National Moment of Silence for all those murdered by police. After the moment of silence names of those executed such as Oscar Grant and Andy Lopez were read and then more were called out from the crowd: Alan Blueford, Ernest Duenez Jr, Kenneth Harding, to name but a few. Jeralynn Blueford then spoke from the heart about the killing of yet another 18 year old, followed by … Continued

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SOLIDARITY WITH OCCUPIED FERGUSON

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The War Resisters League (Facing Tear Gas, the Campaign to End the Militarization of Police), which helped organize the Urban Shield 2013 protests in Oakland last year, recently published the following statement in light of what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri War Resisters League condemns the ongoing militarized lockdown and attack against the community of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. We are saddened and outraged over the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson Police, this past Saturday, August 9th. We stand in solidarity with the work of community … Continued

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“OPD Has Brought a Serial Killer Back to the Force.”

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Scott Olsen talks about the reinstatement of OPD Officer Robert Roche, fired by Oakland for lobbing a flash-bang grenade into the crowd of rescuers who had come out to help Scott when he was felled by a bean-bag round on Octobe 25th, 2011. Listen as Olsen relates how Roche has bragged about killing people. Roche was reinstated with back pay days ago when an arbiter ruled that he was “just following orders.” The person who allegedly gave those orders? Oh, he’s now the assistant to the Chief of Police. Two … Continued

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The Story (So Far) of the Trayvon 2.

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The Trayvon 2 appeared in court on July 25th. Their trial was delayed yet again and is not scheduled to begin until some time in the Fall. 1) The Trayvon 2, Hannibal Shakur (Lamar Caldwell) and Tanzeen Doha are two local activists being prosecuted for protests last July against the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in the murder of Trayvon Martin. According to the San Jose Mercury News, they are the only two people being prosecuted in relation to the July protests. 2) They are being railroaded through the judicial system … Continued

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National Occupy Gathering: Sacramento, CA July 31st – August 3rd.

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A Guide (FAQ) to the NatGat. Website.   Original FAQ   natgat2014@interoccupy.net What is the National Gathering? Occupy National Gathering is a yearly gathering of Occupiers, supporters and coalition groups. Occupy’s third national gathering, NatGat 2014 or NatGat3, will take place July 31 – August 3 in Sacramento, CA. Occupy Sacramento is busy rounding up venues for 4 days of teach-ins, skillshares, workshops, open spaces and actions. When is the National Gathering happening? July 31 – Aug 3, 2014 Where is the National Gathering happening? Sacramento, California Main Venues Thu., July 31, State … Continued

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Buttons Make the Message Go Round! And You Can Help!

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The Button Project needs some help. In particular for their project to deliver buttons across the United States to the National Unity Against Police Brutality campaign. The Button Project designs, assembles and delivers National Unity Against Police Brutality buttons and provides them totally free of charge to families who have lost a loved one to police violence. To date we have made over 15,000 buttons for over 100 families in 14 states. It is our policy that buttons cannot be purchased and should not be sold… We accept donations to … Continued

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Tent City Is Up At Staples!

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The protest at Staples took on new dimensions today at 5:00 PM in the shape of small, but Occupyable tents between the sidewalk and the Staples parking lot in Berkeley on Durant between Shattuck and Milvia.  Peeps from Berkeley Post Office Defenders and Occupy San Francisco are among the participants. As one of the campers said, “We’re here until Staples’ Post Offices aren’t.” The United State Postal Service and Staples began a pilot program back in October of 2013 whereby full-service Post Office stations were installed in some Staples around … Continued

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The Killers Are Back in Town.

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It’s Urban Shield 2014, September 4th through 8th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. Just a bean-bag round’s throw away from where Scott Olsen was nearly murdered by the same kind of thugs you see in these pictures. Urban Shield has grown into a comprehensive, full-scale regional preparedness exercise assessing the overall Bay Area UASI Region’s response capabilities related to multi-discipline planning, policies, procedures, organization, equipment and training. Urban Shield continues to test regional integrated systems for prevention, protection, response and recovery in our high-threat, high-density urban area.  Vendors … Continued

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You Have a Choice. Einstein, or one of Twenty Two-Footed, Prehensile Two-Handed Humans.

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  Twenty candidates for Mayor on the wall. Twenty candidates for Mayor. You take one down… You pass him or her around… Twenty-one candidates for Mayor on the wall. And then there’s Einstein.  On the Internet, no one has to know you’re a dog, but at the City Clerk’s office it’s a different story. Species bias has prevented the next Mayor or Oakland from being listed on the ballot, but that has not stopped the future His-Canine-Honor from creating a Mayoral platform, website, twitter account and a Facewoof page. Now, … Continued

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