The nationwide boycott of Staples stores because of the continued presence of Post Office counters therein – served by underpaid and untrained Staples employees instead of living-wage Post Office workers, continues. The American Federation of Teachers, the California Teachers Association and many other unions have joined the American Postal Workers Union in vowing to boycott Staples. Teachers, who often buy supplies at Staples just before school begins anew are particularly being urged to support the boycott through their unions. Locally, the camp out in front and on the side of … Continued
Two Occupy Oakland participants went up to Tacoma for the Block the Boat action over the weekend of August 23rd-24th, 2014. Here is their account and some observations on the action the local ILWU and supporting unions. We drove up to Tacoma on Friday afternoon. We were not sure if the blockade was already underway for the 4:30 p.m. tentative meet up at the Wash. United Terminal (WUT) for the evening shift but when we arrived late (6:30) we saw no crowds at the terminal. We learned that the ship … Continued
Helicopters buzzed over the city as some two hundred Ferguson solidarity protesters left OGP about 5:30, attempting to making there way to the Oakland Police station on 7th & Broadway – to be met by a phalanx of OPD across 8th St. Other marchers who had started from Jack London Square and the Downtown Library eventually joined up, detouring around police who had blocked off all the streets surrounding their headquarters. After a rally in front of the police line in which Jeralynn Blueford, the mother of 18 year old … Continued
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy who killed unarmed Jacorey Calhoun, age 23, on August 3rd, 2014 in East Oakland was revealed today to be Deputy Derek Thoms. Thoms made a ride-along video a year ago, also starring Zina, a German Shepard canine-unit dog. Thoms, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for eight years, was named in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court filed by Juventino Rodarte, who accused the deputy of unleashing his police dog in March 2013 in San Leandro “without a particularized suspicion that criminal activity was … Continued
From Oakland to Berkeley - A Long and Intense Anti-Police, Pro Ferguson Protesters Solidarity March.
One person’s description of last night’s protest march, which began at Oscar Grant Plaza, went down towards the Police Station on 7th & Broadway, back to OGP and eventuallyal the way up Telegraph Ave (with a detour around the cops) to UC Berkeley. Last night Oakland took to the streets in solidarity with #Ferguson MO. It was one of the most intense marches I’ve been on. The police showed up looking for a fight from the beginning, blocking our way and forcing confrontations. At one point, a particularly perturbed pig lunged at … Continued