Why Do We Have to Go To Wall Street?

The Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland created this video in support of their efforts to get the Oakland City Council to invest in Oakland’s future. Oakland Needs a Public Bank! – Sign the Petition at FriendsofPublicBankofOakland.org – Call your Oakland City Council Member and tell them to fund the feasibility study in this years’ budget. Video by Maren Poitras Music by Broke for Free We need everyone in Oakland to heavily lobby the City Council, starting now. Be sure to talk about how a public bank will save … Continued

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Defunding OPD.

On Saturday, May 13th, Councilperson Dan Kalb held a Town Hall on the upcoming Oakland budget. Against a backdrop of unaffordable housing, spreading homelessness and social needs, citizens confronted yet another budget where the Oakland Police consume the largest part of the General Fund, allocated a massive budget and then augmented by overtime. The Anti Police Terror Project and other groups came out in large numbers to oppose this basic contradiction, and demand an audit of the police budget and practices. Whether they made an impact remains to be seen, … Continued

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A Milestone in the Fight Against the Surveillance State

A major milestone was reached in Oakland at 9:21 PM on May 9th. The Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to have the full City Council consider a first of its kind Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance. (Read more about what the ordinance will do.) If and hopefully when it is passed by the full Council Oakland will be the first City in California, and, with the possible exception of Seattle, the nation, to pass such a set of restrictions on the use of surveillance equipment. Sweating the details … Continued

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Scenes From MayDay.

Protesting the Sheriff in Oakland. Protesting ICE in San Francisco. The March from Fruitvale Plaza.   County Sheriffs: No deals with ICE. No deportations. #OrganizeDefend #OaklandMayDay #MayDay pic.twitter.com/E5KYMLzMUw — Indybay (@Indybay) May 1, 2017 Four protesters were arrested upstairs inside @ACSOSheriffs Sheriff Ahern's office early this morning#OrganizeDefend #OaklandMayDay #MayDay pic.twitter.com/bkxmZWl10H — Indybay (@Indybay) May 1, 2017 No Ahern! No ICE! SANCTUARY NOW! #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #sanctuaryforall pic.twitter.com/0NXVQnPtEy — Bay Solidarity (@BaySolidarity) May 1, 2017 Sanctuary is legalization and decriminalizing migration #NoBanNoWallNoRaids #Sanctuary4all #ThisSanctuaryFightsBack pic.twitter.com/BT7SxhIgyZ — Bay Solidarity (@BaySolidarity) May 1, 2017 Criminalizing … Continued

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Trust Is Not Enough: Stop Unconstitutional and Unwarranted Surveillance in Oakland.

It’s been a little over three years since the community came together to stop the DAC – the surveillance octopus Orwellianly dubbed the Domain Awareness Center. Faced with the prospect of surveillance everywhere, in schools, on the streets and online, a broad spectrum of people and organizations of every race, religion, ethnicity and political leaning came together to tell the Oakland City Council ‘NO.’ And they listened. Out of that effort came the establishment of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission by the City Council.  One of its mandates was to … Continued

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