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Farewell, Einstein.

Farewell Einstein. You were a very good dog. And you would have made an excellentMayor of Oakland; a Mayor who cared about the down and out. Einstein was an active participant in the Occupy Oakland General Assembly for 10 years, helping his person Ed Biow with feeding the needy, homeless and hungry. It is safe to say that neither Jean Quan nor squirrels bothered the GA attendees at Oscar Grant Plaza when Einstein was present. Einstein lived to the age of 16, which in dog years is, well, a woofing … Continued


10th Anniversary of Occupy Oakland Takeover of OGP

Ten years past today.History was created.Whose streets? Our plaza! The occupation…Of OGP began at…4 PM. Fitting. Fucked up and bullshit.Jean Quan looked down from on high.A world upside-down. Einstein a young dog.Prepping his run for mayor.We were younger too. Inequality.Banks bailed out. People sold out.Police violence. Same old, same old same?Or on precipice of change?Relate what you think! 69398


Oakland Privacy Announces Paid Privacy Advocacy Fellowship

Oakland Privacy is thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the fiscal sponsorship of the Omni Commons, OP will be hosting paid part-time fellowships in 2021-2022 and again in 2022-2023. Fellows will be working on a variety of special projects, including functional global privacy controls, public records and rapid response structures. Application Link These fellowships will be significant opportunities for grad students (or people with a similar-level background) interested in operationalizing privacy rights work on the ground and getting … Continued


Berkeley, Tear Gas and the Police Chief

Please contact and/or attend the Berkeley City Council tonight to oppose the chief of police’s reactionary response to the proposed use of force policy. Thursday, July 23, 2020, 6:00 P.M.Please use this URL See:   Scroll down to Item 3. Background: the Police Review Commission, after a years-long process, has proposed a stronger policy to curtail BPD use of force. Also, last month the city council banned use of pepper spray in crowd control during the pandemic, and banned use of tear gas in ALL circumstances and PERMANENTLY (strengthened by … Continued


Observations and Reflections on The History and Practice of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly In Its First Years

by Margaret Rossof As I write this in April, 2013, the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland is still meeting every Sunday afternoon.  A couple of dozen people, sometimes more, show up.  They may be in their twenties or seventies, or anywhere in between, with occasional children and teens.  There is an evident diversity of cultural heritages.  As far as I know they include people identifying as anarchists of different stripes, members of Trotskyist organizations, Green Party activists and recovering Maoists.  Many, including some of the baby boomers, were never politically … Continued


Oakland Police Chief Fired by Police Commission

Thursday Oakland’s civilian Police Commission unanimously recommended that Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick be terminated and Mayor Libby Schaaf approved. ( This may be the first time in the United States that a Police Commission with the power to do so has fired a Police Chief. Voter-passed 2016 Measure LL allows 5 members of the volunteer police oversight commission to dismiss the police chief. (Because the Chief was fired ‘without cause’, according the the City Charter, the Mayor’s consent was necessary; with cause, five Commissioners, with or without the Mayor’s consent, … Continued


Consider the Homeless – It is Cold Outside

This message was sent to the Mayor of Berkeley, all City Councilmembers and the City Manager. Please feel free to forward to others that might help. *Consider The Homeless! does what little it can to help those livin**g on the streets to STAY ALIVE! **It is a bottomless pit of need! I challenge all officials of the city of Berkeley* (both elected and assigned)*to read this all the way through.. all the way! *I also ask that you acknowledge receipt of this email and show me the respect of replying. … Continued


Strike Debt Bay Area Announces Campaign to Eliminate Millions in Medical Debt for East Bay Residents!

It sounds crazy, but it really works. With the right knowledge, licensing and doggedness, a group can buy up medical debt for pennies of the dollar and then, literally, RIP. IT. UP. Strike Debt, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, pioneered this idea back in 2012-2013, when they bought up and retired some $36,000,000 in debt, calling attention to the medical debt problem in these United States and getting massive press coverage. They called it the Rolling Jubilee. Now Strike Debt Bay Area is doing the same thing – on … Continued


Board of Supervisors Supports Complete Remake of Urban Shield!

“You Can’t Shoot or Arrest a Wildfire.” So said truly one of many speakers during a seven hour meeting in Oakland on the 26th of February, 2019, at which Urban Shield had a heart attack. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors kept their word from a year ago and voted to end Urban Shield “as it is currently constituted,” approving recommendations from the Ad Hoc Committee it created that would give Urban Shield a new heart, a new name, and a new purpose. Thank the Board of Supervisors for their … Continued


Urban Shield May End on February 26 …. With Your Help.

After 5 years, Urban Shield may end on February 26 …. with your help. Since 2013, the Bay Area has been trying to transform Urban Shield from a highly militarized SWAT competition and weapons expo into a community-focused safety and resilence exercise And now we are almost there. The second Alameda County task force has completed its work and issued a long and thorough list of recommendations that include ending the weapons expo that features spying and crowd control gadgets, ending the violent SWAT competition to focus on training other first responders, and.directing $5 million in new funding to health … Continued