Media Committee

The Media Committee issues press releases and provides referrals for journalists. This committee was reorganized in March 2012 according to a GA resolution.

FREE SYD! Wednesday, November 14th at Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Oakland

Our dear friend Syd from the Holdout was picked up recently by the Oakland Police department on some bullshit charges. His arraignment is this Wednesday, November 14th, at 2:00 pm in Department 112 at Wiley Manuel Courthouse on 7th and Washington street. It would mean a whole lot for as many friends that can come out and support as possible to show up! Fire to the Prisons, Free All Prisoners! 44339


FIGHT AUSTERITY! UCB Student Walkout 12:00pm PST Thursday, November 8, 2012

Public education in California is facing a severe crisis. State budget cuts and austerity measures have accelerated administrators’ efforts to privatize our public colleges. This November, UC Regents and CSU Trustees plan to submit our universities to radical, privatizing reforms. Even if Prop. 30 passes, in the best-case scenario, it would only maintain the status quo; meaning excessive fees, under-funded programs, overcrowded classes, layoffs and pay-cuts for campus workers, and an ongoing process of privatization. And that’s the best-case scenario! This would preserve the UCs as inaccessible for tens of … Continued


Drones In Alameda: Alameda County Board Meeting Tuesday Nov. 6

Administration Building, Board Chambers, 1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor, Rm 512, Oakland, CA 94607 The Alameda County Against Drones (ACAD) coalition, together with our supporters and allies, will introduce ourselves to the Board of Supervisors. Please join us in letting the supervisors know that the people of our county do not want the sheriff to purchase a drone. The Board of Supervisors is not used to having a full house. Let’s show them that the people care strongly about this important issue. You can just come to the meeting, or … Continued


Resisting Grand Juries and State Repression Nov 11

  This will be a full day event with short presentations from folks with Grand Jury experience–Kristian Williams (author of Our Enemies in Blue), Richard Brown from the SF8, and others. We will have short panel presentations broken up by small group discussions about: – the current Grand Jury cases in the Northwest/environment of repression – engaging the media and the public perception – security culture/know your rights, learn what to expect in the case of a Grand Jury – child-related legal support – trauma care. We will also provide child … Continued


For Immediate Release – Take Back OGP

On October 25 of last year, the Oakland Commune at Oscar Grant Plaza was raided with enough brutal force to gain international attention. Since then, continuous state repression and police brutality have sought to divide Oakland and keep its residents from reclaiming public space in a time of local, national and global austerity. The Oakland Commune served as a socio/political refuge for Oakland residents. It was open and free to all and provided a space where people could traverse race and class divides in order to share food, discussion and … Continued


Say No To Drones In Alameda County!

Local Residents and Civil Rights Organizations Resist Sheriff’s Attempts to Deploy Drones Over Alameda County Press conference to highlight concerns including invasion of privacy, militarization of police forces, restriction of free speech and political expression At a press conference to be held on the steps of Oakland City Hall on Thursday, October 18, at 11:00 a.m., Alameda County residents and legal advocacy organizations will announce their efforts to resist the Sheriff’s announced plans to deploy aerial surveillance “drones” for undisclosed law enforcement purposes. “Community members intend to pursue city and … Continued


Justice 4 Raheim Brown march, 11am Friday July 6, 2012

Friday, July 6th, anti-police brutality advocates will march in solidarity with the family of Raheim Brown Jr, gunned down by Oakland School Police officers Bhatt and Bellusa January 22, 2011. Unarmed Raheim was barely out of his teens when he was gunned down by school police on Joaquin Miller Rd. Officers Bhatt and Bellusa attempted to pull Raheim out of the vehicle he sat in with a female friend, then shot him seven times, twice in the head. They also brutalized the young woman. Instead of counselors, the city of … Continued


Occupy AC Transit BBQ & Speakout – Saturday June 30, 2-5pm

The BBQ will feature a speak-out by AC-Transit drivers and riders. There will also be a presentation by Occupy AC-Transit on our current campaign around bus transfers, as well as our plans to not only fight fare increases and worker concessions, but get free bus passes for low-income people and improvements for drivers. Come out and see how you can get involved. We will have free buttons and will be making Occupy AC-Transit t-shirts (bring a blank shirt if you want one). Occupy Oakland committees will also be speaking briefly … Continued


Press Release: Occupy AC-Transit

On Saturday, Occupy AC-Transit, a subcommittee of Occupy Oakland and Occupy Oakland’s BBQ Committee, will co-host a rider-driver Speakout at Arroyo Park in East Oakland. Community members on both sides of the fare transaction will talk about AC-Transit’s institutional racism and classism and how it impacts the lives of both riders and drivers. Along with the Speakout, there will be campaign buttons and t-shirt making which will provide visible signs of solidarity with the ongoing action as it ramps up in the coming months. There will also be workshops, music, … Continued