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

StopTheDAC

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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Put the Brussels back into Sprouts, not Sprouts into Albany.

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Occupy The Farm and other folks supporting the Gill Tract as farmland staged a rally and blockade at Sprouts in Walnut Creek on Saturday, March 14th. Sprouts in Walnut Creek? It seems that Sprouts, Inc has negotiated an agreement with the city of Albany and UC Berkeley to build a store on the Gill Tract (the only prime farmland left in the East Bay, at San Pablo & Marin, Albany, CA), and they will literally be paving over a last small bit of paradise to put in a parking lot. … Continued

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Out of Control.

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With no apparent reasonable suspicion or probable cause, fifteen or more San Francisco Police Officers descended on a group of young black men making a music video recently, demanding that they put their hands up. The young men were then handcuffed and searched. No explanation was given, no justification provided, as far as anyone has written. It has not been established whether any of the young men were arrested. Watch the first few minutes of the video, and decide for yourself whether young men of color live in a police … Continued

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Pi Day (3-14) OO Hike around Knowland Park: This may be the last chance to see it before it is privatized.

Save Knowland Park

As early as next month the Oakland Zoo is going to start throwing up 8′ fences topped by 3′ of barbed wire around perhaps the most lovely park on the western flank of the East Bay hills and excluding the public from it forever unless you pay big bucks to visit the newly constructed paved roads, 50 structures, 15-car gondola, vistor center or high-end restaurant.  So I’m leading a little hike Saturday, March 14th so we can see what we are about to lose unless we fight back. BACKGROUND Knowland … Continued

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The Garden is Lookin’ Good!

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The Community Garden on the west side of the downtown Berkeley Post Office is looking good! Planted some two months ago and tended with care by volunteers, it’s now sprouting greenery.  This all despite the outside water supply being shut off a couple of weeks ago for reasons unknown – volunteers are now bringing water to the garden on a regular basis. First They Came for the Homeless, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, has now Occupied the exterior of the Post Office for 128 days, maintaining an information … Continued

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Free Dante!

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Dante Cano is currently being held in Santa Rita jail for participation in a demonstration against police brutality and murder in the Bay Area and across the United States. At the time of his arrest, police in near-by Emervyville had just killed Yuvette Henderson in early February. At the same time, police also had just shot people in San Jose, East Oakland, and also the courts had exonerated the police that shot and killed Alex Nieto in San Francisco. This happened against a back-drop of ongoing police murder and violence … Continued

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J28 Settlement Application Deadline: March 20th

OCCUPY OAKLAND

A note from the AntiRepression Crew: J28 arrestees: Don’t forget to submit your claim forms by MARCH 20th!!! So far the majority of arrestees have not submitted their claims. Don’t miss out on your payback $$$$$!! Follow the link below to get the details: Claim forms must be mailed in to 99 14th St, Suite 300, Oakland, 94612. You should have received a claim form in the mail. If you did not receive one, please email it immediately to j28.legal@gmail.com! Information from the Official Settlement Website: Overview This is the … Continued

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“What May Be the First Organized Student Debt Strike…”

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It began with a crazy idea more than two years ago. A bunch of Occupy Wall Streeter’s decided to try to raise $50K and then try to buy some defaulted-on medical debt at pennies on the dollar on the shady debt-trading exchanges, then forgive it. They called the scheme the Rolling Jubilee. They failed miserably. So badly, in fact, that they ended up raising more than $700K, got worldwide attention and, over the next two years had to buy up and forgive over $14,000,000 in both medical and student loan … Continued

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Five Hours for Yuvette Henderson, Gunned Down by Emeryville Police.

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On February 3rd, 2015, Yuvette Henderson was or was not shoplifting as she left Home Depot in Emeryville, CA, a small city nestled between Oakland and Berkeley. She did or did not have a gun, which she used or didn’t use (if she had it) in attempting to either carjack some passing autos or not, or maybe she was flagging down a bus.   witnesses say they saw #yuvette wavin down a bus n the middle of the street. police say she was trying to high jack cars. #JusticeforYuvette — … Continued

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