Six Years Ago: The Real Armchair Anarchist.

It’s the sixth anniversary of Move-In Day, January 28th, 2012, the ill-fated attempt to take over the Kaiser Center as a community center.  Thousands of people marched through Oakland all day and into the evening, ultimately resulting in the infamous ‘kettle’ and mass arrest outside the YMCA on Broadway in Uptown. This photo is almost certainly from the battle of Oak Street, where the marchers, retreating from the Kaiser Center, found themselves inexplicably blocked by OPD attempting to down Oak toward the Lake Merritt BART from 12th St. Tear gas … Continued

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Oakland Deports ICE.

On the day Homeland Security announced planning for a major immigration raid in the Bay Area in response to sanctuary city laws… U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation… …and the Department of Justice confirmed that it was looking for ways to arrest Sanctuary … Continued

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No Coffee For ICE

Via the Oakland Privacy website: Oakland’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously on January 9th to end all cooperation between the Oakland Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations/ICE; six months after cancelling a memorandum of understanding and five months after OPD assisted in a West Oakland immigration raid. Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission led an investigation into the raid that uncovered what really happened after IndyBay and this website asked some questions, an internal affairs complaint was filed and then city residents besieged the City Council in repeated charged public hearings on … Continued

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Financial Inequality.

Strike Debt Bay Area (SDBA) wrote and participated in the airing of an hour long KPFA radio show on financial inequality – causes, reprecussions and what we can do about it. Darlene Pagano, a member of SDBA and KPFA intern, hosted the show, called “Full Circle” which aired on Friday evening, December 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. You can listen to the show here, on KPFA’s apprentice web page, along with other Full Circle productions including “Trumping Democracy” and “Puerto Rico and Disaster Capitalism”. Here’s some “best of” excerpts from … Continued

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A Sanctuary City in Name Only.

Oakland may claim to be a sanctuary city, but on August 16th, 2017 its police engaged with Homeland Security Investigations Agents to raid an immigrant residence in West Oakland, resulting not in any findings of criminality (in particular, child sex trafficking) as initially claimed by OPD and HSI, but only in deportation proceedings against one individual – the very thing Oakland is supposed to taking a stand against. But that’s not good enough for City officials and some electeds, who are now engaged in a massive coverup, refusing to appear … Continued

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