Oakland Celebrates Settlement Ending Indefinite Long-Term Solitary Confinement


Groups supporting the California Hunger Strikers and opposing Solitary Confinement today held a press conference at the Eliju Harris State Office Building in downtown Oakland, after the Center for Constitutional Rights announced a settlement in the case of Ashker v Brown, challenging the constitutionality of indefinite solitary confinement. The settlement effectively eliminates indefinite solitary confinement, allowing terms of up to five years (still far too long!) in solitary for offenses while in prison. It eliminates the practice of sending people into solitary “solely” for having some kind of gang affiliation. … Continued


Urban Shield: Out of Oakland But Still in the Hearts of OPD.


A Letter to Mayor Libby Schaaf and the Oakland City Council From the Oakland Privacy Working Group.   American law enforcement uses a lethal amount of force against a citizen every eight hours, killing on average 3.2 people a day in 2015. In July, at least 121 citizens were reported as killed by police, putting us on pace to reach 1,100 by years end. These facts are relevant because the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will again participate in Urban Shield in September. We ask that OPD refrain from participation in … Continued


14 Prepare to File Suit Against Berkeley Police in Dec '14 #BlackLivesMatter Protest


If it’s not the Oakland Police, it’s Berkeley’s. They just can’t help themselves. Actually, they don’t care a whit. Make that give a shit. They are not the ones who will have to pay the settlements or face any consequences for their illegal and unconstitutional actions, so why should they? As the local Berkeleyside newspaper reports Attorneys representing 14 people struck and jabbed by police batons, clubbed, beaten, teargassed, slammed to the ground, fired on with “less lethal” projectiles or arrested during December protests in Berkeley related to the “Black Lives … Continued


Scott Olsen Runs for KPFA Board


As the Contra Costa Times notes: FOUR YEARS AFTER HE BECAME THE FACE OF THE LOCAL OCCUPY MOVEMENT, SCOTT OLSEN IS ENTERING PERHAPS AN EVEN MORE LEFT-LEANING ARENA.  The Iraq War veteran announced this week that he is running for an open seat on the KPFA Local Station Board under the banner United for Community Radio. Here is the UCR Platform: KPFA and Pacifica are irreplaceable, strategic and transformative resources for amplifying the voices of millions who are overlooked, marginalized or silenced by corporate media in the face of police … Continued


Three Painters Witness Occupy Oakland & Occupy San Francisco

facebook posting for Nov 2012 exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland by Eric Murphy

Check it out! The artwork of three outdoor painters is woven together with a sound track to provide a first hand view of the Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco encampments. The artists are Jessica Joy Jirsa, Anthony Holdsworth and John Paul Marcelo. The time span is October, 2011 through early December, 2011. Music courtesy of Greg Landau Productions.         59270


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