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Irish Bill Banning Israeli Settlement Goods Passes

Indybay RSS - February 18, 2019 - 6:28pm
The lower house of the Irish parliament passed a bill preventing the importation or sale of goods from Israeli settlements on January 24. The law would "make it an offence for a person to import or sell goods or services originating in an occupied territory or to extract resources from an occupied territory in certain circumstances." Conversely, the U.S. Senate passed a bill on February 5 which included the "Combating BDS Act of 2019" that would allow state and local governments to sanction those who support the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement.

Civil Rights Violations Never End with Vallejo Police

Indybay RSS - February 18, 2019 - 3:23pm
Since 2003, Vallejo has paid out at least $10.1 million related to police misconduct. And the civil rights violations keep piling up. On January 22, Adrian Burrell was assaulted by Vallejo police while video recording a traffic stop. On February 9, six Vallejo police officers shot Willie McCoy to death after they found him unconscious in a Taco Bell drive-through. Family members and allies touched by the death of Willie McCoy gathered outside the Taco Bell where he was killed to remember him and protest the police on February 16 and 17.

Remembering Sahleem Tindle

Indybay RSS - February 17, 2019 - 11:10pm
BART police officer Joseph Mateu shot Sahleem Tindle three times in the back, killing him on January 3, 2018. Ten months later, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley released a report declaring that she would not bring any charges against Mateu. To mark the one-year anniversary of the slaying, Sahleem's family and activists with the Anti Police-Terror Project gathered at the West Oakland BART station. After two hours in front of the station, expressing frustration with the lack of accountability for Sahleem's murder, protesters stormed inside the station, leading BART to close it. The family is still pursuing a civil case against BART and Mateu.

Taser Opponents Jeer Axon's Racist Slide Presentation

Indybay RSS - February 14, 2019 - 2:28am
Three men of color were murdered by law enforcement using tasers in San Mateo County in 2018. On February 11, taser manufacturer Axon headlined a study session convened by the Board of Supervisors in San Mateo County. Nearly 200 opponents of tasers rallied in front of the Hall of Justice before attending the hearing. Jeers rang out during Axon's presentation, especially when the company showed photos of a black man grimacing as he was tased.

Protesters Demand Justice for Chinedu Okobi

Indybay RSS - January 28, 2019 - 1:31am
Chinedu Okobi was the third man to die after being tased by law enforcement in San Mateo County in 2018. He was unarmed and walking with shopping bags in Millbrae in October when five police officers attacked him. More than two dozen people protested his murder in the District Attorney's office on January 23, then went to the county Sheriff’s office and the county Board of Supervisors to demand answers of the President of the Board and County Manager.

San Francisco Bay Area Women's Marches Largely Inclusive This Year

Indybay RSS - January 25, 2019 - 10:15pm
On January 19, at women's marches throughout the Bay Area, the focus was on unity rather than the rift in the national group. Optimism was abundant despite a slight decrease in attendance. The marches were not without critics who cited a lack of attention to the plight of the underhoused and other issues effecting women. Unlike New York where there were two separate marches, a spirit of solidarity ruled the day.

Reclaiming King's Radical Legacy

Indybay RSS - January 21, 2019 - 12:34am
For the 5th year running, the Anti Police-Terror Project calls Bay Area residents into the streets for the People’s March to Reclaim MLK’s Radical Legacy. In Oakland, a full day of activities center at Oscar Grant Plaza beginning at 8am, with a rally set for 11am and march at noon. A march is scheduled for San Francisco with people starting to gather at 9:30am. Other events will be held in cities across Northern California.

Get Up, Get Down! Oakland Is a Union Town

Indybay RSS - January 16, 2019 - 6:15pm
On January 12, several thousand teachers, students, staff and supporters marched and rallied in Oakland to defend public education and call for increased funding. The Oakland Education Association contract has expired and teachers are discussing striking in February. In Los Angeles on January 14, tens of thousands of teachers went on strike. Oakland teachers are promising a wildcat strike on Friday, January 18.

Qilombo Community Social Center Evicted

Indybay RSS - January 15, 2019 - 8:22pm
Qilombo members have been locked out of the community center they've maintained for over four years. Landlords attempted to push Qilombo out almost as long as they've been there, with the current corporate landlord refusing to renew their lease since 2016. Qilombo resisted displacement until Alameda County Sheriff's deputies showed up without warning and padlocked the building on January 9.

Trump Shutdown Takes Increasing Toll

Indybay RSS - January 14, 2019 - 8:57pm
As a result of Trump's government shutdown 70,000 to 85,000 low-income households already face possible higher rents or eviction. By the end of January, the shutdown will affect another 30,000 to 40,000 low-income households. If the shutdown continues past February millions of public housing and Section 8 renters will be placed at risk of higher rents or eviction because HUD does not have any funding to cover those programs in March.

Delta Smelt on the Brink of Extinction

Indybay RSS - January 13, 2019 - 9:44pm
For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta Smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in the last four months of 2018. The Delta Smelt, listed under both federal and state Endangered Species Acts, is regarded as an indicator species, a fish that demonstrates the health of the entire Delta ecosystem.

Andy Lopez Settlement Reached

Indybay RSS - January 13, 2019 - 9:04pm
Andy Lopez was killed by Sonoma County Sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus on October 22, 2013. Five years later, on December 18, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors reached a settlement with Andy's parents for $3 million. Earlier in the year, a $3.5 million park was built in Andy’s honor in his Santa Rosa neighborhood. Activists, the community, and his family and friends never stopped demanding justice for Andy Lopez.

DNA Testing May Save Kevin Cooper's Life

Indybay RSS - January 11, 2019 - 11:35pm
Kevin Cooper is an African-American man who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1985. He has been on death row at San Quentin for decades. On December 24, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown ordered new DNA testing. Kevin Cooper responds: I am happy that we have finally “won” something from some entity in this state. But after learning what exactly outgoing Gov. Brown wrote... I am not as excited as I was at first, or should be.

Oscar Grant Honored at Fruitvale BART Station

Indybay RSS - January 8, 2019 - 2:08am
On January 1, 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle while he lay face down. In response to angry street rebellions and years of protest, Mehserle was charged with murder and ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter. On the first day of January ten years after his murder, Oscar's mother, friends, and supporters gathered for a vigil at Fruitvale BART station where he died.

A Celebration of the Justice for Oscar Grant Protesters

Indybay RSS - January 4, 2019 - 11:17pm
January 1, 2019, marked ten years since the murder of Oscar Grant by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. A number of news pieces have been produced to commemorate the anniversary, but it's rare to see significant tribute paid to the fact that were it not for efforts of protesters and activists, Oscar Grant would have received little to no justice. Thousands of people raised their voices for justice for Oscar Grant.

People's Park Is Under Assault

Indybay RSS - December 29, 2018 - 12:34pm
A video captured on December 21 shows UCPD officer Sean Aranas violently assaulting someone hanging out in People's Park. Aranas pulls him up and throws him to the ground. UC Berkeley has long wanted to develop the park and deny public use. The university has been whittling away at the foliage and, on the morning of December 28, 41 trees were destroyed. The unannounced predawn timing was apparently calculated to avoid protests. A vigil was held on December 29 in response.

Kwanzaa Takes on Special Meaning in California's Central Valley

Indybay RSS - December 28, 2018 - 2:09pm
Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, that reclaims what was lost during the African holocaust, the sense of an African connection. In California's Central Valley, Kwanzaa takes on special significance in the long standing African American farming community's journey to reestablish agriculture as the foundation of culture in the farm to fork capital of America.

Christmas in Bethlehem

Indybay RSS - December 25, 2018 - 11:50pm
On December 20, Israeli settlers created a road through Palestinian-owned lands in the West Bank district of Bethlehem. Villagers attempted to prevent the settlers from razing their lands, but were stopped by the Israeli military. On Christmas eve, settlers stormed the area and erected a “caravan” as a prelude to a new illegal settlement outpost. Meanwhile, Christians in Gaza are regularly denied “holiday permits” to travel and celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem or elsewhere.

Kaiser Mental Health Care Workers' One Week Strike

Indybay RSS - December 19, 2018 - 10:07am
Headquartered in Oakland, Kaiser Permanente is the state’s largest health care provider. For five days, over 100 Kaiser clinics and hospitals were affected by strike activities as mental health care employees called for the provider to step up levels of staffing. Approximately 4,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and addiction medicine specialists went on strike at Kaiser facilities throughout California.

Demands Grow for a Green New Deal

Indybay RSS - December 14, 2018 - 12:29am
The "Green New Deal" is a proposed program for moving America quickly away from a climate catastrophe and into an ecologically sustainable future, simultaneously creating millions of new jobs and addressing economic inequality. On December 11, the Sunrise Movement of young people demonstrated at Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office. The day before, over 100 protesters were arrested at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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