Labor Solidarity Committee

We take the fight against the 1% to the 1%. Non-union labor, unionized labor, and labor supporters are all welcome in this action oriented committee. We are also the node for solidarity from organized labor, from mobilization to trucks, fliers, and port-o-potties.

Occupy Oakland: The Movie!


OCCUPY OAKLAND: The Movie. Please join Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio & Long Memory Productions in support of the Alan Blueford Coalition with an ADVANCED SCREENING of: OCCUPY OAKLAND: The Movie. Thursday, September 12, 7:00 PM. Grand Lake Theater. This is a film in the making that highlights why the Occupy movement was different in Oakland because of Oakland’s history going back to the Black Panther Party and up to the Oscar Grant Movement. This film has a very clear anti-police brutality theme. The producer’s goal is to make this a … Continued


60 Hour Fast for the 60 Day California Prison Hunger Strike


At 27th & Telegraph, outside of Jerry Brown’s condo, two intrepid Hunger Strike supporters are conducting a 60 hour fast in solidarity with and in honor of the now-suspended California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike, which spanned 60 days. The fast began Thursday noon and will last through Saturday. They welcome your camaraderie any time through Saturday. Also please join them at a “noise demo” tonight at 9:00 PM at 27th & Telegraph as First Friday is winding down.    52486


A Message From the Berkeley Post Office Defenders


On the evening of August 28th, most Berkeley Post Office camp residents and supporters were in Oakland celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and protesting against the murders of Trayvon Martin, Alan Blueford, Oscar Grant and many others by police and police surrogates. The Berkeley Police Department saw fit to use this opportunity to raid the encampment and “confiscate abandoned property” that in fact they knew very well belonged to protesters, stealing the possessions and sheltering of homeless Berkeley residents. Using as a blank check a report … Continued


2nd Anniversary of the Founding of Occupy Oakland!


Come to the General Assembly Sunday, September 1st, 2013, 2:00 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza on the steps of City Hall to talk about suitable events commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the establishment of the Occupy Oakland encampment on October 10th, 2011 at OGP. The General Assembly of Occupy Oakland has met at least once a week continuously since that time. All are welcome! 52356


Those Damned Hippies. They’re Saving the Post Office.


Yup. Hippies. Straight out of the 60’s, looking oddly like grandparents these days. Hardcore labor unionists. Harscrabble activists. Street kids. Cal students. Throw in a few of Berkeley’s famous homeless and They may think it’s a movement (as Arlo famously put it). A movement to save the Berkeley Post Office and stop the Privatization of our Commons. One hundred plus people rallied at the downtown Berkeley Post Office yesterday, celebrating 15 days of successful Occupation organized by an activist coalition from Save the Berkeley Post Office and Strike Debt Bay … Continued


Rally in Direct Defense to Save Our Post Offices: National Day of Action


We petitioned. We wrote letters. We got the City Council and the Mayor to write letters. We rallied and marched. We got our state reps and Barbara Lee, our US Representative, to make entreaties. The decision to sell the historic Berkeley Post Office was made in flagrant disregard to all such. Then we appealed the decision. And We were brushed off as only a bureaucrat, secure in his perch far above the voice of the people, can: “While I am sympathetic to the concerns raised by the concerned parties … … Continued


Stop the Sale of the Berkeley Post Office and the Privatization of Public Services!


Defense of the Berkeley Post Office! On July 27, starting at 1:00 PM at 2000 Allston Way, SAVE THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE in coalition with STRIKE DEBT BAY AREA will begin a defense of the downtown Berkeley Post Office. This demonstration of opposition to the sale of that Post Office will include a teach-in on privatization tactics used by the 1%, on the dangers of privatization to individuals and public institutions, and on the threats to civil liberties posed by the privatization of the United States Postal Service. There will … Continued


Mass Arrest Lawsuit Settled – OPD Costs Oakland’s Taxpayers Another Cool $1,000,000.


The National Lawyer’s Guild yesterday announced the settlment of a lawsuit from 2010 in which one hundred and fifty Oscar Grant verdict protesters were “mass arrested” for no reason other than revenge by Oakland Police and then mistreated by Alameda County Sheriffs’ Deputies. The protest took place on November 5th, 2010, the day that Johnannes Meserle, the BART Police Officer who killed Oscar Grant was sentenced to less than two years in jail (with time in custody reducing the sentence) for the murder of Oscar Grant. U.S. District Court Judge … Continued


CALL FOR ACTION: SAVE THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE is about a lot more than saving the Berkeley Post Office!


STRIKE DEBT BAY AREA has formed a coalition with SAVE THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE to oppose the sale of the historic main facility of the USPS at 2000 Allston Way in Berkeley. The intent is two-fold: to prevent the sale of a beautiful publicly-owned building containing Depression-era murals and to raise awareness of the ruthless asset-seizure pursued by the 1%, which is provoking the sale of post offices all over the country and is depleting the ability of the USPS to provide adequate service. The coalition of SDBA and SBPO … Continued


The Turkish Police Follies.


Hoisted with their own petards. A lesson in how not to break down a door. Of course all was not Keystone Kops. And the zombie apocalypse may have started in Istanbul. 50073