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Occupy The Farm and Friends Retake Sprouts-To-Be-Or-Not-Be Space on Gill Tract

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Dozens of local farmers reclaimed the lot that has been designated as a new Sprouts store and parking lot at the Gill Tract (Marin and San Pablo, Albany, CA) Saturday morning, April 25th, exactly three years after the original Occupy the Farm movement took back parts of Gill Tract space to the north of this lot. Soil was turned for a new garden and a small, community “farmer’s market” shelter was erected (watch the video at that link!), demonstrating the people’s vision for this space. No local or UC police presence … Continued

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ILWU TO SHUT DOWN PORT OF OAKLAND ON MAY DAY IN SUPPORT OF #BlackLivesMatter.

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That’s really all you have to know. Oh, and be there, May 1st, 2015 at 9:00 AM to march from the APL Terminal to OGP. Oh, and the significance of May Day across the world. #BlackLivesMatter activists and allies have shut down freeways and BART here in Oakland and around the country, speaking out, marching and protesting. They’ve made it clear that enough is far too much. That something needs to be done yesterday. Instead, all of us have watched, every day, as more black lives become #hashtags. A policeman … Continued

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March 4 $15 on April 15!

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The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly invites you to a (brief)1:00 PM rally and invigorating march on the National Day of Action, Wednesday, April 15th, for the Fight for $15. Please RSVP here. Weather forecast: perfect! No chance of rain, 74F. Please join us at 1:00 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th & Broadway (Frank Ogawa Plaza) for the March to UC Berkeley where we will join forces with Bay Area families, workers, people of faith, students, artists, leaders, and community supporters for what is expected to be the biggest rally ever … Continued

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A Convoluted Mirage: Berkeley Post Office Defenders Denounce Postal Service Doublespeak.

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Press Statement by Berkeley Post Office Defenders on the latest legal proceedings with respect to the Downtown Berkeley Post Office: The City of Berkeley is underestimated by Attorneys for the United States Postal Service  Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, in the matter of City of Berkeley v USPS, Berkeley’s lawsuit to stop the sale of its downtown Post Office, United States Postal Service lawyers notified Judge William Alsup that they will continue to disregard common sense, the will of the people and federal law by refusing to say that they are … Continued

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Help Defend AfrikaTown

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Come out and support AfrikaTown and help it become an established community in our city. While the city of Oakland flaunts its newly developed downtown area, this “revitalization project” has come with the cost of the residents of Oakland. Gentrification, along with a brutal police force, has displaced black and brown residents as a means to “clean up” the neighborhood. AfrikaTown is a community effort to provide a different alternative, one that supports and lifts the existing community rather than displace it. AfrikaTown is already an important and necessary aspect … Continued

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With an Assist from Strike Debt Bay Area, the Debt Collective Take Three Strikes at Student Debt, Scores Hat Trick.

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Since the announcement of the Corinthian 15’s Debt Strike in late February, Strike Debt Bay Area peeps have been assisting Debt Collective organizers in contacting and educating other Corinthian students and former students who expressed interest in participating in the Debt Strike or other forms of resistance. Additionally, Strike Debt Radio, a subgroup of a Strike Debt Bay Area, produced a radio segment on the Corinthian 15 Strike (see bottom). Today, March 20th, 2015, was a culmination of those efforts. Although Prock finally has the degree, the only potential job the … Continued

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“It’s An Interesting Case.” The Sale (Or Not) of the Berkeley Post Office.

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Background. For at least two and half years The City of Berkeley and its residents have been fighting the sale of the downtown Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way. They even went so far as to rezone land in the Historic District the Post Office is a part of to preclude commercial use of the properties within it. (This would theoretically make it less attractive for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to sell the property.) In early November, 2014, the City of Berkeley and the National Trust for … Continued

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Justice 4 Alex Nieto: SF Police Station Shut Down and a People’s Trial of Four Cops.

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On the 1 year memorial of Alex Nieto’s death at the hands of San Francisco Police, his parents released a reminiscence and activists shut down the Mission Police Station and held a people’s trial of the four officers who participated in his execution. Here is Refugio’s and Elvira’s reminiscence. Interspersed with tweets and tweetpics from the actions.   Words from Refugio and Elvira Nieto on the One Year Community Commemoration of Alex Nieto Here we are and it seems incredible that a year has transpired since Alex was taken from … Continued

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Why Pay For A Port Boondoggle – One With No Benefit To The City Of Oakland?

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That boondoggle is the Domain Awareness Center System – the DAC. We don’t want it. We don’t need it. The Port refuses to allocate money for it We shouldn’t have to pay for it. We need to protect privacy not degrade it. In March of 2014 Oakland’s City Council restricted the DAC – a surveillance system to be installed at Oakland’s Emergency Operations Center, to just the Port of Oakland. A grant obtained by the Port from the Dept. of Homeland Security was intended to fund the operating costs. The … Continued

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Berkeley Declares War on the Homeless.

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Tuesday night, March 17th, to a packed crowd, the Berkeley, Californa City Council voted 6-3 on a plan to banish the homeless from O’Berkeley declare war on the homeless. Homeless, advocates and supporters march before the City Council meeting.Ignoring testimony from academics who had done research on homelessness and criminalization at UC Berkeley, ignoring references to studies that repeatedly showed that criminalizing the homeless did not work, ignoring pleas from those who serve the homeless that criminalizing homelessness would only make their jobs more difficult by denying services to those … Continued

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