Open Mic

If you don't see a category that describes what you are posting, please use this one.

Don’t Talk to the Police!

Don’t Talk to the Police: ARC Statement on UC Berkeley Police Investigation of Protesters 02/17/2017 BY OAKLANDANTIREPRESSION Repost from AntiRepression Website ARC is aware that UC Berkeley PD is circulating images of individuals who they claim are associated with the Berkeley anti-Milo protest on February 1. They are actively seeking information about these individuals, and are asking anyone with information to contact them. We want to remind everyone NOT to assist UC Berkeley PD in their investigation, EVEN IF it seems like the information you give is harmless. Remember that even … Continued

62464

The Cruelty of Medical Debt.

  By Emily Wheeler, Strike Debt Bay Area The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small. –Mother Teresa In a sane society, all people have wholesome food, clean water, livable shelter, and medical care. But in this capitalist society, which is set up to benefit the 1% at the expense of the other 99%, fewer and fewer people can get these basic needs met. Nowhere is the current insanity more evident than in the US healthcare system. The drive to maximize profits for giant insurance … Continued

62405

The Village. Here Today or Here to Stay?

UPDATE: On Feb. 2nd, OPD and Public Works came and raided The Village, removing the occupants and destroying the Tiny Homes. It was plot of grass off of MLK, under and astride the Maze, the tangled freeway interchange in North Oakland. Until January 20th, that is. Activists, as part of the MLK 120 hours of action, took over the plot of land and declared it a homeless (and anyone else in need) refuge – The Village. They began building a couple of simple Tiny Homes, small 100-200 sq. ft. structures … Continued

62340

Just Approved: Surveillance Technology Regulation Ordinance.

It’s been almost a year in the making. The Oakland City Council approved the creation of the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission (OPAC) a year ago on January 19th, 2016. It held its first meeting on July 14th, 2016 and immediately began work on drafting the surveillance equipment regulation ordinance that it passed on Thursday, Jan 5th, 2017. Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Board just approved surveillance tech ordinance. Goes to council now for final approval. pic.twitter.com/SNGGs0eHnj — Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) January 6, 2017 The ordinance (OPAC-Surveillance-Ordinance-Adopted – PDF) demands that existing surveillance equipment … Continued

62237

KIRKPATRICK, NEW OPD CHIEF, SUPPORTS “BROKEN WINDOWS” POLICING – APTP

ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT STATEMENT ON HIRING OF ANNE KIRKPATRICK AS NEW OAKLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF January 5, 2017 (Oakland, CA) – Libby Schaaf’s selection of Anne Kirkpatrick as Oakland’s new police chief has been touted by some as a sign that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will be “reformed”. The Anti Police-Terror Project does not believe that policing can be reformed.  Policing in America was born out of slave catching and today remains an institution rooted in deeply racist ideology that helps maintain modern day slavery via the prison industrial … Continued

62230

A Retrospective on Police Terror in Oakland and the Bay Area 2011 – 2016

Police Terror, Repression and Response in Oakland, the Bay Area and more – a Retrospective in articles posted to Occupy Oakland, 2011 – 2016 2011 Police Brutalize, Dismantle Occupy Oakland Camp Indigenous Solidarity Thanksgiving Celebration Attacked by OPD FREE KHALI!!! : An urgent message from OO’s Anti-Repression Committee OPD Arrests 9-12 people at Oscar Grant Plaza on Dec 30th regarding defense of tree sit and info/food tables   2012 Police end the year cracking down on Occupy Oakland; we start the year saying, “oh hell no!” 1/5/12 – Cops Raid … Continued

62203

A Strike Debt Bay Area Retrospective 2013 – 2016

In Case You Missed It… A retrospective on Strike Debt Bay Area and its spinoff, Save the Berkeley Post Office, 2013 – 2016, as chronicled by articles on Occupy Oakland. 2013 Strike Debt Bay Area Says: “You Are Not a Loan!” General Assembly Proposal for Sun Jan. 27: Occupy Oakland Strike Debt Committee Debtors’ Assembly Saturday! Strike Debt Bay Area Says: “You Are Not a Loan!” Debtors’ Assembly Comes Down With Interest (0% Down, 0% Interest) Strike Debt Ideas into Action Strike Debt Bay Area Strikes Back On Tax Day! … Continued

62189

Banging the pots on Inauguration Day

Dear Friends, I would like to organize a decentralized “bang the pots” action on Friday, January 20th at 6 p.m. This is in keeping with the Central and South American tradition of registering protest against the government by banging pots and pans.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacerolazo)  Not everyone can participate in a General Strike and many cannot fight the traffic and police presence etc. to attend a demonstration. But everyone can gather on their porch or in their street and bang their pots and pans for five minutes to show our absolute disgust for … Continued

62177

Homelessness on the Agenda – Will Berkeley Change Its Tune?

by Mike Zint Tuesday night, 12/13/16, the Berkeley City Council meets. Tent cities, a moratorium on the raids, tiny homes development, and getting rid of some anti homeless laws are on the agenda. The DBA (downtown business association) is actively organizing against these items. Why is the DBA against human rights? Why do the property owners think they have a say in a persons ability to shelter themselves? (because they only want people in town who can afford these sky high real estate prices) The DBA is privatized taxation without … Continued

62136