No, it’s not $4.5 million. It’s not even the $600K settlement that Kayvan Sabeghi reached. But $25K and attorney’s fees for being shoved to the ground by crazed OPD officers on January 28th, 2012 is just one more indictment of Jean Quan, Deanna Santanna and the entire out of control policing system in Oakland. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports The Oakland City Council earlier this year agreed to pay $25,000 to Joanne Warwick, who now lives in Detroit. The council is expected to give final approval Tuesday night to … Continued
Math is Hard. Let’s Go Urban Shield Shopping.
The Urban Shield trade show, featuring weapons of individual and privacy destruction, commenced yesterday, September 4th, and will end on September 8th. Some intrepid reporters gained access to the displays, and were able to tweet out pictures of equipment being hawked to police forces attending the event. Want a tank? At the Urban Shield cop convention in Oakland, sponsored by Homeland Security and a lot of companies. pic.twitter.com/LujKp3gmwa — Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) September 4, 2014 How about a couple of shirts to wear at pro-war rallies? Here are some … Continued
Urban Shield 2014 Arrives.
From September 4th, 2014, until September 7th, 2014, Urban Shield reappears in Oakland, CA. It’s four days of glorifying militarized police and their deadly toys. It’s a convention which markets death via its trade show and whose 2013 publicity has a picture of commandos on a BART train pointing assault weapons while a passenger rides nonplussed. It’s 2014 publicity pictures are equally horrifying. Four days of weapons on display, sessions on how to deal with terrorists (but none on how to de-escalate a crowd situation or talk someone down who … Continued
Kayvan Sabeghi’s Lawsuit Against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Ready to Proceed.
Kayvan Sabeghi, beaten to the point of internal injuries by OPD late into the evening of November 2nd, 2011, settled his claims against the City of Oakland for $645,000 some time ago. But that wasn’t all that happened to Sabeghi. After being handed over to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, he was “ignored by Sheriff’s deputies… even as he lay on the floor vomiting, unable to move and begging for help…” He nearly died as a result. A short time ago a judge cleared his case to go to trial, ruling … Continued
City Staff Try to Slip Another One By. Goaltending by OPWG Keeps Drones and Facial Recognition Software From Scoring.
Buried deep in the agenda of the Public Safety Committee for July 22nd, a seemingly innocuous item appeared. Subject: Port Security Grant Program FundsFrom: Department of Fire Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator Or His Designee To: (1) Enter Into An Agreement With The United States Department Of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) To Accept Fiscal Year 2013 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) Funds; And (2) Accept, Appropriate And Administer Fiscal Year 2013 PSGP Grant Funds In An Amount Up To One Hundred Sixty-Nine Thousand, Six … Continued
Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.
According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued
Heels to Heal: A Walk Around Lake Merritt for Alan Blueford May 3rd, 2014.
“Not all kids get to grow up the same in America. Not all kids get to finish growing up.” Please join the Blueford Family in a walk around lake Merritt as we use our heels to heal the community on the 2 year anniversary of Alan’s death–the event will be a celebration of Alan’s life and a time for The People to unite to “use your heels to heal the community” A SOLIDARITY WALK AROUND LAKE MERRITT ON SATURDAY MAY 3RD, 2014 We will gather at the gazebo at Lake … Continued
$6,300,000 and … But Who’s Counting?
Friday, March 20th, 2014, at 10:00 AM, eight-hundred and seventy-six days since cries of “What’s your name! What’s your name!” echoed across the world via Youtube, Scott Olsen and his lawyers stood before the press at Oscar Grant Plaza and announced a $4,500,000 settlement agreement. But who’s counting? OPD-related settlements from #Occupy #Oakland so far: NLG class action:$1.17M Kayvan Sabeghi: $645k Scott Olsen: $4.5M Total: $6.3M #OO — OK Council (@OKcouncil) March 21, 2014 Howard Jordan isn’t counting; he’s retired on a fat pension. Deanna Santana isn’t counting; she exited stage right and took … Continued
“All of the People in These Pictures Have Been, Either Killed, Mostly Killed…”
On March 13th, five years since Oakland activist Tristan Anderson was shot in Palestine, some one hundred people gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in solidarity. On March 13, 2009, American ISM volunteer Tristan Anderson was critically injured after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops… Anderson was taken to a hospital in Israel, where he underwent brain surgery, and had to have a portion of his frontal lobe and fragments of shattered bone removed. Gabby, hosting the gathering at OGP, had noted on … Continued
CCSF: “Some students were pepper sprayed, some were clubbed.”
City College of San Francisco students occupied Conlan Hall, the administrative building in City College’s main campus, demanding the resignation of Special Trustree Robert Agrella. Here is a statement by the Save the CCSF Coalition: Thirty City College of San Francisco students have entered the administration building at the Ocean Campus and are holding a sit-in to protest the lack of democracy at the college and the new student payment policy. The students are demanding that the Special Trustee With Extraordinary Powers (STWEP), Robert Agrella, step down. Ever since the democratically … Continued