End all U.S. military aid to Colombia, and close the U.S. military bases
Repeal the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade agreement
End the Repression of the Agrarian, Labor and Popular Movements!
Free Hubert Ballesteros; unionist, peasant rights and peace activist!
Support negotiations with Colombian popular movements
Stop the exploitation of Colombian human and natural resources by U.S. corporations, including Chiquita, Drummond, and Monsanto
Colombia has suffered from mass repression, poverty, and displacement, among other things, for many years but the resistance has grown and unified. After a long peasant movement in Catatumbo this year, popular sectors of the country called for a general strike on August 19. The movement grew nationwide and many organizations participated, making it the largest mass movement in the country in many years. It is still in process and some of the demands are being negotiated with the government at this moment.
It is important to support the Colombian mass movement here in the U.S. The US has had an infamous role in supporting repressive forces in Colombia in order to make way for the large US corporations, the maquiladoras, mining, banking, etc. They want Colombia to be the right wing trampoline for control and intervention in the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean by building a strong right wing government.
We need to become informed of the role of the US in Colombia and Latin America, support resistance movements and show the world that the resistance to US imperialism is everywhere. Join our demonstration in San Francisco.The movement in Colombia has issued a worldwide call to progressives, unionists and justice loving people everywhere to support the peace process in Colombia.
SUPPORT JUSTICE FOR KAYLA MOORE! Copwatch to Release Findings of People’s Investigation PEOPLE’S INVESTIGATION REPORT FINDS BERKELEY POLICE AND INADEQUATE POLICIES RESPONSIBLE FOR IN-CUSTODY DEATH.
Press Conference and Rally Demand that Police Review Commission to hold Special Hearing into the Death Of Kayla Moore.
According to a detailed report just released by a People’s Investigation, the in-custody death of Xavier Christopher Moore never should have happened. A coalition of groups and individuals will convene in front of the Police Review Commission offices on Wednesday October 16th at 4pm to submit the necessary signatures to administratively compel the Police Review Commission to hold a special hearing. Our goal is to present the report to the Commission and allow members of the public to express their concerns. I think the report is eye opening and extremely accurate in terms of what is going on with mental health services in Berkeley.
“The lack of those services means that police are the first responders to people in mental health crisis and they are not trained for these situations,” said Maria Moore, sister to Kayla Moore. “Our family is completely in the dark regarding what the city intends to do about this situation. We hope that the report and special hearing will act as a catalyst for the PRC and the City Council to take action.”
Although the PRC maintains that it began an investigation in March, no findings have been released or updates on their investigation made public. Berkeley Copwatch convened a variety of individuals and sources to find out what actually happened to Xavier Moore, also known as Kayla, when police entered her home on February 13th 2013. The People’s Investigation directly interviews witnesses and reviews documents in order to make a honest appraisal of a particular event and provide findings to the community. After a thorough examination of witness statements, police policies, mental health budgets, police reports, after interviewing Moore’s neighbors and family members, the People’s Investigation has reason to believe that, in addition to poor judgment and insufficient training of individual officers, there is a lack of city services, funding and policies about how to humanely provide emergency mental health services to the people of Berkeley.
The reports identifies these as factors that contributed to her death. The city of Berkeley has slashed the budget for mental health Crisis and Assessment in half since 2011. People in crisis are treated like criminals instead of patients. The Berkeley Police Association repeated their calls for tasers in response to a recent episode involving a mentally ill man. “Are tasers really going to be the way that Berkeley provides mental health care? It is time that our city comes to terms with the fact that people are dying because we don’t provide adequate mental health services,” said Andrea Prichett of Berkeley Copwatch.
PLEASE JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY OCT 16th!!! ———————-
2022 Blake St
Berkeley, CA 94704
While Congress shuts down the Government and delays immigration reform, our communities continue to be terrorized by ICE.
Stop the unjust detentions and deportations.
*He signed SB 4, which will frack up CA
*He supports the Delta tunnels diverting water to Big Ag and Big Oil
*He refuses to reject REDD carbon credits, which will devastate indigenous communities around the world.
On Oct. 17, Governor Jerry Brown is being given the Right Stuff environmental award by the Blue Green Alliance. Brown just gutted and signed SB4 which will ramp up fracking in the state. He has declared war on CEQA, the environmental review law that is our last resort against polluters. And he is pushing the $54 billion Orwellian named Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) known as the twin tunnels. This is really a corporate water grab for Big Ag and Big Oil that will actually destroy a valuable ecosystem, the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Also, Brown’s Air Resources Board has not ruled out using REDD credits in its carbon trading scheme. These credits are having disastrous effects on indigenous communities around the world. We need to show him that his record cannot be green washed by even the most well meaning organizations and that we demand a ban on fracking, the strengthening not gutting of CEQA and the withdrawal of the twin tunnels plan.
Meet on the street in front of the hotel. A smaller group will be formed to stand at the entrance to the parking lot.
Bring creative signs saying “Ban Fracking Now”, “Stop The Tunnels,” Don’t Gut CEQA” and whatever other environmental issue you care about that Brown is assaulting.
All supporters of the BART workers and the right to picket please assemble at Piers 30-32 at 5 pm.
Also a tweet:
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#BARTstrike support action at 5pm is MOVED! Instead of West O #BART meet at Berths 30-32/Middle Harbor Park for Port of O action!
Here’s an account of what’s happened:
There was a successful picket line this morning called by striking members of ATU 1555 (with supporters from other unions and TWSC ) Members of ILWU 10 honored the picket line and refused to cross. The action targeted that facility.
However shortly before the picket line ended this morning a High ranking OPD cop (who identified himself as Chief of Operations) falsely stated that any picket line in the entrance of the Berths was ”illegal” – that the only thing he would permit would have to be on the side of the driveway or across the street.
The workers refused his ”request” plan to have a genuine picket line once again beginning at 5 pm .
All supporters of both the BART workers strike and the democratic right to picket are urged to participate.
Meet at Berth 58, the SSA Terminal, at 5:00 AM!!
Port Truck Drivers have self organized and voted to shut down the port of Oakland on Monday morning at 5am! Solidarity requested! Support these workers who have been taking it on the chin and are fighting back!
From an email:
Yesterday a group of about 100 Port truck drivers voted unanimously to picket/strike/protest/shutdown the port on Monday morning at 5am.
IMPORTANT LOGISTICS INFORMATION: There is parking on the Port at 7th and Adeline. Middle harbor park parking lot will be locked until daybreak. There are carpools from the Northwest corner of West Oakland BART (you can ride the bus there or park for free in the lot). Carpool drivers can be identified by the flashing light on their dashboard when they pull up to pick up riders. They will be driving people from the parking lot directly to the SSA terminal.
Please wear warm clothes! It is very cold in the mornings on the Port!
The NLG hotline will be up tomorrow! Please write the number on yourself in permanent marker! (415)285-1011
AFTER THAT WE WILL BE RE-CONVERGING AT 2 PM AT WEST OAKLAND BART FOR THE SOLIDARITY PICKET, POTLUCK AND ASSEMBLY TO ORGANIZE THE 5 PM PICKET OF THE SSA TERMINAL
Solidarity Picket for BART Workers Strike and Assembly for Port Truckers! FREE STORE, ASSEMBLY AND POTLUCK AT WEST OAKLAND BART EVERY DAY OF THE STRIKE @ 2 PM
THIS EVENT IS A SOLIDARITY PICKET AT WEST OAKLAND BART – 2PM POTLUCK AND MUTUAL AID FREE STORE AND ASSEMBLY. At the assembly we will form committees to coordinate food/clothing – conflict mediation – medical – media – propaganda- action.
Bart workers are on strike and as we know an injury to one is an injury to all. They are trying to make an example and divide the working class but we have the potential right now for a GENERAL STRIKE! THE IBEW Local 6, AFSCME 3993, AFSCME, IUOE 39, CAPS, SEIU Local 1000
Inter-Union Organizing Committee at CDPH and the ILWU Local 10 made solidarity statements and/or passed solidarity resolutions.
We know that their is a master plan to divide the working class because people can’t get to work.
We must unite in solidarity with one another. Drop all internal conflicts and be accountable to each other. Don’t be oppressive! We must support each other in our daily struggles. With our skills and privileges shared we can provide all our needs!
UNITE THE WORKING CLASS AND POOR!
THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL IWW EVENT.
People are needed to keep up a presence at the Port of Oakland so that ILWU workers can have a picket line not to cross. Come out and support the Port Truckers’ attempt to negotiate fair working conditions.
People are needed at 5:30 SHARP!
Attend the Albany city council meeting on Monday, October 21st and tell them to delay the evictions until permanent, affordable housing exists. March from the Albany Bulb (1 Buchanan Street) at 6:30 to the city council meeting, which starts at 7:30.
A message from Oscar Grant’s uncle, Cephus Johnson:
If you are planning to go to Sacramento for National day against police brutality, repression, and criminalization of a generation, there will be a 45 seat bus at Oscar Grant Plaza at 8:00-8:30 am departing at 09:00 am. This is a free bus ride there and back, First come first serve until bus is full. Get their early to secure your FREE ride.
NO SCHOOL, NO WORK, NO BUSINESS AS USUAL UNTIL POLICE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE MURDERS OF:
October 22nd is a day that people around the nation have mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. It is crucial that we bring forward a powerful National Day of Protest in cities and towns across the U.S. to challenge the ongoing violence against the people. This October 22nd, stand with thousands across the country to express our collective outrage, creativity, and resistance in response to the crimes of this system. On October 22nd, WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK!
Buses will leave for Sacramento at 8:00 – 9:00 AM from Oscar Grant Plaza.
A message from ‘Uncle Bobby’, Oscar Grant’s uncle:
f you are planning to go to Sacramento for National day against police brutality, repression, and criminalization of a generation, there will be a 45 seat bus at Oscar Grant Plaza at 8:00-8:30 am departing at 09:00 am. This is a free bus ride there and back, First come first serve until bus is full. Get their early to secure your FREE ride.
If you can’t make it to Sacramento on this 18th annual day of protest, you can still take action.
Wear Black! Hoodies Up!
If you couldn’t sleep when the verdict of Trayvon Martin’s killer came down…
If you burn with anger or agony living in such a society…
Join the demonstrations against “Urban Shield,” a war game and weapons show that will be held in the Bay Area from October 25th-28th. This convention brings together more than 150 local, state, federal, international and private sector partners defined as “first responders” to “critical events” in “our high-threat, high-density urban area.” They includes human rights violators such as police departments from BART’s to Bahrain’s, together with private security corporations and weapons manufacturers.
Join the Facing Urban Shield Action Network on October 25 to confront the weapons manufacturers and the local officials who are working with them as their exhibition kicks off in downtown Oakland, and let them know that Urban Shield is not welcome here. The last thing Oakland needs is a further militarization of the police in our neighborhoods. A real shield for our city would provide jobs, healthcare, affordable housing, and good schools!
* Community witness/walking picket 9am to 5pm
* Rally 5pm
* March to Oscar Grant Plaza at 6:00 PM.
* “The Battle For Oscar Grant Plaza.” A new documentary by Jacob Crawford about 025 and N2, 2011, will be shown after it gets dark.
Who we are:
* The Facing Urban Shield Action Network consists of 30 Bay Area community organizations.
Why you should join us in taking action against Urban Shield:
* Urban Shield deepens the militarization of police in our neighborhoods, which results in harassment and violence, disproportionately against African-American, Latino and Arab/Muslim communities.
* Urban Shield provides training and information sharing among SWAT teams and international police forces, many of which are guilty of major human rights violations – including teams from Israel, Bahrain and Qatar among others.
* Urban Shield normalizes the use of ‘non-lethal’ chemical weapons, surveillance drones, armored cars and other military weapons against Muslims, people of color and peaceful protestors.
* Urban Shield spends up to $7.5 million of public monies – to fund big “defense” contractors that turn disaster and deadly conflict into profit. We see this trend in attempts to purchase tanks and drones by police forces and sheriffs across the Bay Area.
* Urban Shield targets people expressing their right of freedom of assembly and protest through scenarios presenting activists as a danger to public safety. By promoting fear of ‘terrorism’, Urban Shield justifies Islamophobia, stop and frisk, and other intrusions into our constitutional rights.
What you can do:
* Come out on October 25 and show your opposition to further militarization of the police.
* Join the Facing Urban Shield Action Network and help us make sure this is the last time Urban Shield comes to Oakland. Email us at beitconvivencia [at] gmail.com or facingteargas [at] warresisters.org
It will be two years to the day since Oakland Police tear-gassed, beat and dragged Occupiers from Oscar Grant Plaza, then later in the day shot Scott Olsen in the head with a bean-bag round and then flash-bang-grenaded his rescuers.
Join Urban Shield protesters and Occupy Oakland peeps at a rally at the Marriott Hotel to protest the Urban Shield convention – aka warrior cops loose on our streets. Urban Shield promotes the use of so-called “non-lethal weapons” against peaceful protesters, the same weapons that nearly killed Scott Olsen and have resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries here in the US.
Cephus Johnson (“Uncle Bobby,” Oscar Grant’s uncle) will be speaking. OtherSpeakers are TBA, and may include Scott Olsen.
“There will be a walking picket/public witness all day from 9:00AM-5PM in front of the Marriott where the giant gun show will be taking place (see the listing for the Urban Shield protest earlier in the day).
After the rally we will march to Oscar Grant Plaza, symbolically retaking it. At the amphitheatre we will perhaps have a few brief talks, definitely food (roast suckling pig as our entree), and likely music.
We will be showing “The Battle For Oscar Grant Plaza.” A new documentary by Jacob Crawford about 025 and N2, 2011, after it gets dark.
Food provided will be limited. We are asking those that can to please bring a dish, salad or dessert. (aka pot-luck)
Fracking for dirty oil in California is a major threat to our climate. Yet, Governor Brown–an advocate of action to avert catastrophic climate change–has given Big Oil a green light to frack our Golden State. We just learned that on Monday, Gov. Brown will be in San Francisco to sign a climate change agreement with the governors of Washington and Oregon and the British Columbia Premier. Will you join MoveOn members and our allies with Californians Against Fracking for an emergency rally outside the signing ceremony to tell Gov. Brown: “Climate leaders don’t frack?”
STOP THE KILLING! STOP THE LIES. ANDY LOPEZ DID NOT HAVE TO DIE!
The march will have 2 meeting places. At 12pm, people can either meet at The Old Court House Square or Santa Rosa Junior College. Those that choose to go to the Court House will begin marching to the SRJC at 1 pm. Those that choose to protest at the SRJC will meet at 12 and rally while they await the arrival of those marching from the Old Court House Square. Once the two parties are united, we will all march toward the Sheriffs Department. There, we will have another protest with both parties and those who can join at the Sheriffs department around 3pm.
Santa Rosa Junior College(12pm): 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95401
Old Courthouse Square (12pm): Old Courthouse Square Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Sheriffs Department (3pm): 2796 Ventura Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The Alan Blueford Center For Justice will be joining the March For Andy Lopez.
AN INJURY TO ONE SHOULD BE THE CONCERN OF ALL!
Say NO! to Veolia Union Busting! Defend the Boston School Bus Union 5!
STOP VEOLIA UNION BUSTING! HANDS OFF THE BOSTON SCHOOL BUS UNION 5!
Sponsored by ACCE:
In addition to Wells Fargo, there are a number of Big Corporations who are aggressively lobbying and spending money on politicians to deceive voters and in the name of more profit to hold back the recovery. We will be targeting a company that has been holding back our campaign to fix the housing crisis.
HALLOWEEN ACTION at the OAKLAND AIRPORT!!
Ghosts and zombies are scary – organizing your workplace shouldn’t be!
Non-union fast food workers at the Oakland Airport are fighting for the right to organize without fear. They want their restaurants to sign card check agreements – so they can decide freely whether to join a union, without retaliation or intimidation from their bosses. This Halloween, come stand with them!
Costumes not required, but highly encouraged!
Featuring face painting and Halloween snacks!
For questions or rides, contact Sarah Norr at 510-502-5344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.