All Out for Block the Boat!

Protesters at the Port of Oakland on August 16th

Thinking about the Zim ship attempting to unload during August – and ultimately sailing away with most of its cargo still aboard – made me think of a story about another ship, this one from 1987: It was the spring of 1987, and a barge called the Mobro 4000 was carrying over 3,000 tons of it – a load that, for various reasons, North Carolina didn’t want to take. Thus began one of the biggest garbage sagas in modern history, a picaresque journey of a small boat overflowing with stuff … Continued

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Uncle Bobby Puts Out the Call: STOP Police Terror & Mass Incarceration. OGP @ 1:00 PM Wednesday, Oct 22nd.

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Watch the video as Uncle Bobby, Oscar Grant’s uncle, relives the murder of his nephew on the Fruitvale BART station, a set of community members pledges resistance and declares that “Black, Brown and All Lives Matter.” Uncle Bobby asks everyone to come to Oscar Grant Plaza at 1:00 PM on October 22nd, 2014, the National Day of Resistance against Police Terror, Mass Incarceration and the Criminalization of a Generation. 57047

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100 Days of Occupation!

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The sidewalk outside of Staples in Berkeley has been Occupied now for over 100 days. As First They Came For the Homeless, the SF Occupier group that organized the effort posted recently on their Facebook. Over 100 days and counting. The siege of staples in Berkeley continues. Still no valid complaints about our occupation. We number between 15 and 20 nightly split between 2 groups. The main info table is in the front and the tent city is in the back. The group would love to have more community support … Continued

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Nubia Bowe, the Young Woman Arrested and Beaten for Not Dancing on BART, Receives Deferred Judgement.

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Seven months after she was dragged off a train, beaten by BART police, taken to Santa Rita and beaten again by guards, the Alameda County District Attorney decided to halt court proceedings against Nubia Bowe. She is (almost) free, and her two companions completely so. Oct 17, 2014 THANK YOU DAN SIEGEL, ATTORNEY 4 THE PEOPLE for getting Nubia Bowe a deferred judgement at our October court date! Charges for Levi and James were dropped. Nubia will have no ankle monitor, no time in jail, no probation. (Read the original … Continued

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Inside Urban Shield - the Video!

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It was to be expected, I suppose. Three Oakland police units, having nothing better to do on a Friday evening in a town where no one ever complains about crime, showed up before the Inside Urban Shield forum on the militarization of police, ostensibly to inquire into whether a gathering convened expressly to listen to speakers in an auditorium was getting ready to hella march. Fortunately, they must have gotten an emergency call for donut delivery, as they eventually left some eighty odd of us attendees to listen to excellent … Continued

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