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Just Approved: Surveillance Technology Regulation Ordinance.

It’s been almost a year in the making. The Oakland City Council approved the creation of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission (OPAC) a year ago on January 19th, 2016. It held its first meeting on July 14th, 2016 and immediately began work on drafting the surveillance equipment regulation ordinance that it passed on Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017. Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Board just approved surveillance tech ordinance. Goes to council now for final approval. pic.twitter.com/SNGGs0eHnj — Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) January 6, 2017 The ordinance (OPAC-Surveillance-Ordinance-Adopted – PDF) demands that existing surveillance equipment … Continued

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KIRKPATRICK, NEW OPD CHIEF, SUPPORTS “BROKEN WINDOWS” POLICING – APTP

ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT STATEMENT ON HIRING OF ANNE KIRKPATRICK AS NEW OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF January 5, 2017 (Oakland, CA) – Libby Schaaf’s selection of Anne Kirkpatrick as Oakland’s new police chief has been touted by some as a sign that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will be “reformed”. The Anti Police-Terror Project does not believe that policing can be reformed.  Policing in America was born out of slave catching and today remains an institution rooted in deeply racist ideology that helps maintain modern day slavery via the prison industrial … Continued

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A Retrospective on Police Terror in Oakland and the Bay Area 2011 – 2016

Police Terror, Repression and Response in Oakland, the Bay Area and more – a Retrospective in articles posted to Occupy Oakland, 2011 – 2016 2011 Police Brutalize, Dismantle Occupy Oakland Camp Indigenous Solidarity Thanksgiving Celebration Attacked by OPD FREE KHALI!!! : An urgent message from OO’s Anti-Repression Committee OPD Arrests 9-12 people at Oscar Grant Plaza on Dec 30th regarding defense of tree sit and info/food tables   2012 Police end the year cracking down on Occupy Oakland; we start the year saying, “oh hell no!” 1/5/12 – Cops Raid … Continued

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A Strike Debt Bay Area Retrospective 2013 – 2016

In Case You Missed It… A retrospective on Strike Debt Bay Area and its spinoff, Save the Berkeley Post Office, 2013 – 2016, as chronicled by articles on Occupy Oakland. 2013 Strike Debt Bay Area Says: “You Are Not a Loan!” General Assembly Proposal for Sun Jan. 27: Occupy Oakland Strike Debt Committee Debtors’ Assembly Saturday! Strike Debt Bay Area Says: “You Are Not a Loan!” Debtors’ Assembly Comes Down With Interest (0% Down, 0% Interest) Strike Debt Ideas into Action Strike Debt Bay Area Strikes Back On Tax Day! … Continued

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Banging the pots on Inauguration Day

Dear Friends, I would like to organize a decentralized “bang the pots” action on Friday, January 20th at 6 p.m. This is in keeping with the Central and South American tradition of registering protest against the government by banging pots and pans.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacerolazo)  Not everyone can participate in a General Strike and many cannot fight the traffic and police presence etc. to attend a demonstration. But everyone can gather on their porch or in their street and bang their pots and pans for five minutes to show our absolute disgust for … Continued

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Homelessness on the Agenda – Will Berkeley Change Its Tune?

by Mike Zint Tuesday night, 12/13/16, the Berkeley City Council meets. Tent cities, a moratorium on the raids, tiny homes development, and getting rid of some anti homeless laws are on the agenda. The DBA (downtown business association) is actively organizing against these items. Why is the DBA against human rights? Why do the property owners think they have a say in a persons ability to shelter themselves? (because they only want people in town who can afford these sky high real estate prices) The DBA is privatized taxation without … Continued

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Make A Difference; Support The Poor Tour!

By Mike Lee  Donations accepted here. In response to an ever escalating homeless crisis Disabled People Outside and First They Came For The Homeless organized a protest with tents at the HUB (the centralized intake for those homeless in Berkeley) and subsequently, as the conditions got worse, our community grew and grew. By default we became the only foul weather shelter available in Berkeley. The HUB themselves were bringing people to us. Severely disabled and elderly people were dropped at our feet.  People called and emailed me about people that … Continued

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Why a Call for a General Strike?

By Mike Wilson. FROM PROTEST TO RESISTANCE. GENERAL STRIKE COMMENCES JANUARY 20th, 2017 #j20 #turnyourback #unitedweresist #disruptj20 #notmypresident occupyoakland.org @occupyoakalnd Facebook: Turn Your Back Washington DC, New York City, Oakland, Chicago, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Detroit, St. Louis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Austin, San Jose, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Cleveland, Cincinnati and more… In recent days, you may have sensed fear and hopelessness from acquaintances. “What do we do to resist the success of neo-fascism in this country?” Real resistance to this increased … Continued

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Five Years Hence, Beyond Occupy Retakes the Plaza.

Well, at least for four hours. It was five years ago today that intrepid Occupiers pitched tents on Oscar Grant Plaza, likely figuring they would be rousted in days, if not hours. Little did they know. Two days ago, on October 8th, 2016, in celebration of that event and everything that came afterwards, while tents did not reappear on the Plaza, popup structures full of photos and art did show up. Posters, t-shirts, and banners from Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco’s histories were on display as well, all viewed by … Continued

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