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May Day in the Bay 2021

Indybay RSS - April 30, 2021 - 11:51pm
Actions marking May Day across Northern California demanded worker rights, housing for all, and racial justice, expressing solidarity with the Chilean general strike. Marches and rallies were held in San Francisco, Oakland, San José, Fresno, Mountain View, and other cities. In Oakland, a vacant house was reclaimed and a nighttime march called for abolishing the police. In Alameda, protesters rallied outside the homes of those who called police on Mario Gonzalez.

Graffiti and Vandalism Protests Hit Both Sides of the Bay

Indybay RSS - April 30, 2021 - 11:33pm
Before dawn on March 5, the houses of six officials associated with the University of California, Berkeley, were struck with graffiti and vandalism. On April 16, another action "repainted" houses believed to be owned by members of the San Francisco Graffiti Advisory Board. On May 2, nine Sullivan Management Company properties were similarly targeted, following a May Day direct action that reclaimed a SMC property.

Bay Area Asians Rise Up to Repudiate Hate

Indybay RSS - April 1, 2021 - 10:37pm
People in California are reacting with ongoing outrage and public protest. In continuing resistance to hate crimes, over a thousand people marched from Union Square to a rally at the Embarcadero on Friday, March 26, a sunny San Francisco day. Themed "Rise Up With Asians," the march included Blacks, Latinos and a variety of other groups who carried signs denouncing the continuing U.S. history of crimes against ethnic and racial minorities, particularly Asian women.

Bay Area Actions Support Alabama Amazon Workers' Union Drive

Indybay RSS - March 25, 2021 - 10:54pm
On March 20, there was a demonstration in South San Francisco next to the Recology plant. The protest was specifically in opposition to Amazon's intent to build another giant warehouse on the site, and generally to support the Alabama Amazon workers trying to form a union. That afternoon, Oakland saw a large car caravan and rally. These were some of the many expressions of support throughout California and the nation for the Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers who are fighting to form a recognized labor union.

After Abu Jamal's Health Scare, Call Remains to Free Him and All Others

Indybay RSS - March 24, 2021 - 11:59pm
As Mumia Abu-Jamal has aged behind bars, inadequate medical care has led to several scares when his health deteriorated rapidly. In February, Mumia believed he was infected with COVID-19 and suffering skin lesions. After an outpouring of public pressure, authorities transferred Mumia to a hospital for emergency treatment, and he was indeed diagnosed as having contracted coronavirus. While Mumia's health issues remain a concern, he is stable now and has been returned to the general population. Reopened legal appeals are currently being litigated.

Call for US to End Support of Saudi-led War

Indybay RSS - February 2, 2021 - 10:12pm
The UN has repeatedly called Yemen the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world, and people around the world responded with a a Day of Action on January 25. In San Francisco, activists participated in COVID-safe in-person rallies and held a large caravan protest. An international online rally included American academic Cornel West. Activists called on President Biden to honor his campaign promise and end the war by ending US support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

Tenants and Advocates Block Eviction Hearings in Santa Clara County

Indybay RSS - February 1, 2021 - 10:31pm
There were at least 527 evictions in the Bay Area from the start of the statewide coronavirus lockdown on March 19 through the end of December. On January 27, over 100 tenants and advocates blocked eviction hearings at the Santa Clara County Superior Court, protesting the displacement of renters during the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters blocking the courthouse entrance shut down the court before being violently removed by Sheriff’s Deputies. Nine protesters were arrested on the charge of disrupting court operations.

Vacaville Police Target Mutual Aid Event, Arrest and Assault Activists

Indybay RSS - January 31, 2021 - 11:12pm
On January 24, Voices of VV held a mutual aid event in Vacaville. Afterward, one person was pulled over by team of police officers. Nine people arrived soon after to record and cop watch. More police arrived in riot gear and heavily armed with wooden batons in hand and others with guns. The officers declared six observers standing and recording to be an “unlawful assembly.” The founder of Voices of VV, a Black woman, was specifically targeted for arrest. Vacaville Police confiscated phones and has yet to return them.

People's Park in Berkeley Faces Greatest Danger Yet

Indybay RSS - January 27, 2021 - 11:44pm
For 50 years, UC administrators have schemed to take People's Park from those who turned a dirt lot into a lush, community-focused public sanctuary. Now, UC Berkeley is on the verge of permanently destroying the park. It installed initial fencing around much of the park on January 19. On January 27, police and public works crews evicted several unhoused residents of the park. But people plan to resist the coming construction of a 16-story housing complex. Activists will hold a rally to save People's Park at 3pm, Friday, January 29.

Three Nights of Bay Area Attacks Against the Police State

Indybay RSS - January 26, 2021 - 11:58pm
Following a protest march that attacked the Vacaville City Hall and police station on the night of January 17, anti-racists attacked the US Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters in San Francisco the following night. An "anonymous autonomist" writes: On January 19, on Ramaytush Ohlone land occupied under the name "South San Francisco", the county courthouse was vandalized with anti-police, anti-State, anti-colonization slogans and the windows of the front entrance were smashed in.

Solidarity Means Attack

Indybay RSS - January 25, 2021 - 11:08pm
An anonymous communiqué reads: On January 18, as strong winds raged, 30+ anti-racists attacked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco. We thoroughly painted the walls, smashed the windows, and breached the building to wreak havoc inside.... We join all prisoners and ICE detainees who continue to fight by way of hunger strikes, escapes, and riots against repression and neglect from the State. We see you, we hear you, until every prison door and border wall is open. Solidarity means attack!
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