PredPol: An Open Letter to the Oakland City Council

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF THE OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL FROM THE OAKLAND PRIVACY WORKING GROUP. We are deeply concerned that the Oakland City Council is, as it was with the Domain Awareness Center, voting to allocate funds for a system that it has not debated, has not gotten public input on, is not what it is represented to be, and is troubling in its civil liberties implications. We are referring to the $150,000 line item for ‘Predictive Policing’ software that is included in the Mayor’s budget proposal. It … Continued

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Video from the UC BSU Vigil and Speakout for the Charleston Victims.

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UCB BSU members, students, labor and community people rallied at the UC Berkley campus Sproul Plaza on June 18, 2015 to protest and condemn the terrorism and racist murder of 9 Charleston South Carolina church parishioners. They pointed out that this is a long continuation of murder and terrorism against the Black community throughout the history of the United States. The murder was also done on the anniversary of the rebellion against slavery that was planned at the church. (Video description) Oaklander Gerald Smith from the Oscar Grant Committee and … Continued

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Who Killed Demouria Hogg?

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The following demands have been made by the community in the OPD officer-involved killing of Demouria Hogg on June 6th, 2015. Community Demands: If the Mayor of Oakland, the Oakland Police and the City of Oakland wish to have us believe there is any shred of accountability within, they must 1. Immediately release the name or names of the officer or officers involved in the shooting, as required by the 5/29/14 California Supreme Court decision, Long Beach Police Officers Association v City of Long Beach. 2. Immediately make public all … Continued

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Public Land for Private Profit: Only It Didn't Happen.

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Everyone expected it to pass. As the Oakland Post put it before the vote City Council Set to Approve Sale of City Land for Luxury Apartment Tower and again after it Before Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the proposal to sell a city parcel to build a luxury apartment tower at Lake Merritt seemed like a done deal. On June 2nd, with the doors blockaded and the upper galleries closed off, 90+ speakers’ names were called to speak on the proposal to sell the 12th St. parcel at a fire … Continued

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STRIKE DEBT BAY AREA WILL HOST A DEBTORS’ ASSEMBLY!

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If I owe the bank thousands, the bank owns me; but if, together, we owe the bank trillions, then we own the banks.   Strike Debt is responsible for the Rolling Jubilee, a mutual-aid project that buys debt at steeply discounted prices and then abolishes it; the Corinthian 100 Student Debt Strike; and the Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual. On Saturday, June 6, Strike Debt Bay Area, the local chapter of Strike Debt, will host a Debtors’ Assembly. As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt for … Continued

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