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Oakland Passes Surveillance Transparency on MayDay

by Tracy Rosenberg and JP Massar Closing the circle begun many years ago, the City of Oakland ended the Domain Awareness Center saga, quietly and on the consent calendar of the Oakland City Council, by passing the strongest community control of surveillance ordinance in the nation on May 1st, 2018. Beaten on the calendar for a surveillance regulation and transparency ordinance by Santa Clara County in June of 2016, and then Berkeley and Davis in April of 2018, Oakland was nonetheless ground zero of the battle against the Surveillance State … Continued


Join the Poor People’s Campaign!

Join the 2018 revival campaign, fifty years in coming after Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts were cut down back in 1968.  Come one, come all to an organizational meeting to gear for forty days of action. “There will be mass actions including planned mass civil disobedience in the Bay in this New Poor People’s Campaign that is starting up 40 days of action from Mother’s Day this year. “ Join the Poor People’s Campaign, a National Call for Moral Revival, for our East Bay Mass Meeting! All are welcome. Together, … Continued


Oakland Privacy Marches (And Februarys) On.

  In recent weeks Oakland Privacy (Motto: “I’ve been watching you watch me…”), nee Occupy Oakland Privacy Working Group, formed in the summer of 2013, has had, in conjunction with other privacy and civil liberties advocates, some notable successes and catastrophe prevention interventions. – In early February the City of Alameda halted its police department’s plan to buy Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) equipment from Vigilant, a company which had come under fire for providing its data to ICE. – In early March Oakland Privacy revealed that ICE agents participated … Continued


Six Years Ago: The Real Armchair Anarchist.

It’s the sixth anniversary of Move-In Day, January 28th, 2012, the ill-fated attempt to take over the Kaiser Center as a community center.  Thousands of people marched through Oakland all day and into the evening, ultimately resulting in the infamous ‘kettle’ and mass arrest outside the YMCA on Broadway in Uptown. This photo is almost certainly from the battle of Oak Street, where the marchers, retreating from the Kaiser Center, found themselves inexplicably blocked by OPD attempting to down Oak toward the Lake Merritt BART from 12th St. Tear gas … Continued


Oakland Deports ICE.

On the day Homeland Security announced planning for a major immigration raid in the Bay Area in response to sanctuary city laws… U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented people while sending a message that immigration policy will be enforced in the sanctuary state, according to a source familiar with the operation… …and the Department of Justice confirmed that it was looking for ways to arrest Sanctuary … Continued


No Coffee For ICE

Via the Oakland Privacy website: Oakland’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously on January 9th to end all cooperation between the Oakland Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations/ICE; six months after cancelling a memorandum of understanding and five months after OPD assisted in a West Oakland immigration raid. Oakland’s Privacy Advisory Commission led an investigation into the raid that uncovered what really happened after IndyBay and this website asked some questions, an internal affairs complaint was filed and then city residents besieged the City Council in repeated charged public hearings on … Continued


Financial Inequality.

Strike Debt Bay Area (SDBA) wrote and participated in the airing of an hour long KPFA radio show on financial inequality – causes, reprecussions and what we can do about it. Darlene Pagano, a member of SDBA and KPFA intern, hosted the show, called “Full Circle” which aired on Friday evening, December 15th, 2017 at 7:00 PM. You can listen to the show here, on KPFA’s apprentice web page, along with other Full Circle productions including “Trumping Democracy” and “Puerto Rico and Disaster Capitalism”. Here’s some “best of” excerpts from … Continued


A Sanctuary City in Name Only.

Oakland may claim to be a sanctuary city, but on August 16th, 2017 its police engaged with Homeland Security Investigations Agents to raid an immigrant residence in West Oakland, resulting not in any findings of criminality (in particular, child sex trafficking) as initially claimed by OPD and HSI, but only in deportation proceedings against one individual – the very thing Oakland is supposed to taking a stand against. But that’s not good enough for City officials and some electeds, who are now engaged in a massive coverup, refusing to appear … Continued


A Public Bank for the Bay?

Thanks to the unceasing efforts of the Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland (FBPO), after almost a year of dithering by the Oakland City Council money was finally allocated to do a feasibility study for a public bank to serve Oakland and other cities in the region! The history of the idea for a Public Bank of Oakland goes back at least to early 2013, brought to the newly formed Strike Debt Bay Area (SDBA) advocacy group and soon taken up as one of their causes. (Strike Debt Bay … Continued


Oakland Privacy Publishes 2nd Newletter – ICE, Urban Shield, Surveillance and More.

  Read all about it… State legislation to regulate the surveillance state, SB 21, that Oakland Privacy is behind. The ICE raid in Oakland on August 16th. An Open Letter to Those Who Have Nothing to Hide. Internet of Things: Like Walls, Blockades and Checkpoints. It Took a Village to Stop a DAC. The Police State Will be Funded – UASI Grants to Local Police.. A Small Victory Vs. Urban Shield.   Want more info? New members: write to us at Press inquiries: write to us at Subscribe … Continued