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BDS Protesters Block the Boat, Prevent Unloading of Israeli Ship

June 5, 2021 - 8:01pm
In response to Israel's bombing of Gaza in early May, the Arab Resource & Organizing Center mobilized to prevent the docking of Israeli ships, in solidarity with the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement. Action at the Port of Oakland was one of many protests throughout the Bay Area against Israel's recent attacks against Palestinians. When the Israeli container ship Volans attempted to unload in Oakland on June 4, hundreds of protesters picketed until it left port.

Bay Area Pays Tribute to George Floyd

June 3, 2021 - 11:40pm
On May 25, Bay Area activists held a range of actions to mark the one year anniversary of George Floyd's death and the subsequent global uprisings against racial injustice and police brutality. In Oakland, the Anti Police-Terror Project and the Defund Police Coalition held a press conference calling on City Council members to follow through on their agreement to defund the Oakland Police Department and reinvest in community services. In Mill Valley, demonstrators laid tributes of flowers and candles in the downtown plaza.

May Day in the Bay 2021

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

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

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

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

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.