Austin’s Feminist Vigilante Gang vs. Texas Rally for Life

By: Wednesday January 30, 2013 10:55 am

Saturday at the Texas Capitol, thousands (by mainstream media estimates) gathered to celebrate the war on women’s rights. Many had been bused in from around the state to reinforce the numbers in the notoriously liberal capitol city. Standing against them were a tiny group, Austin’s newly formed “Feminist Vigilante Gang.”


“Fruitvale,” the new movie about Oscar Grant, gets rave reviews at Sundance

By: Saturday January 26, 2013 1:00 pm

On Democracy Now this morning, Amy Goodman interviewed filmmaker Ryan Coogler about his debut film, Fruitvale, which tells the story of the murder of Oscar Grant by a BART police officer. The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar and Octavia Spencer as Oscar’s mother, Wanda, and was produced by Forest Whitaker, among others. The movie has been a standout at the Sundance Film Festival. It reportedly was the subject of a bidding war; distribution rights were acquired by the Weinstein Company, which means that it should be playing in a movie theater near you later this year.

High-crime Oakland chooses to lay off 200 police officers — but gives $17M to pro sports teams

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 12:37 pm

Wow. In these tough times, I can’t imagine what I’d think if I lived in a crime-ridden area and my elected officials opted for this decision. Oakland has the fifth highest crime rate in the nation.

Oakland City Council: “We’re gonna party like it’s 1984.”

By: Sunday September 30, 2012 5:00 pm

It’s deja vu all over again.

Back in May, I wrote a diary about Alan Blueford, the African-American high school student who was murdered by Officer Miguel Masso of the Oakland Police Department. Initially, OPD said that Officer Masso and Blueford had been in a “gun battle.” That’s what Blueford’s parents were told hours after they arrived at police headquarters seeking answers. They’d been notified by Alan’s friends (as opposed to police) that their son was dead. Police informed them that their son (and the officer that he supposedly shot at) had been rushed to Highland Hospital.

Those were lies.

Meet Nancy Pelosi’s New Archbishop

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 9:00 am

On the Feast day of St. Francis, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will officially receive its new archbishop: Salvatore Cordileone. Between now and then, things will be very interesting for Catholics on both sides of the San Francisco Bay. Cordileone headed the Catholic church’s efforts to oppose marriage equality and pass Prop 8, for which he was elevated to become Bishop of Oakland and head of the USCCB’s anti-marriage equality programs nationally.

And now he’s going to be Nancy Pelosi’s new bishop.

Nancy may want to take communion often before October 4th. Something tells me she may have difficulty with that once Cordileone arrives on her side of the Bay.

LIVESTREAM: Medical Marijuana Rally Outside Obama’s Oakland Fundraiser

By: Monday July 23, 2012 11:55 am

Today at 12pm Pacific, medical marijuana patients, caregivers and supporters will gather outside a fundraiser for President Obama at Oakland’s Fox Theater to protest the administration’s multi-agency war on pot. Rally at noon, Pacific, but check back around 3:00-3:30 Pacific Time for a related march. We’ll be live streaming the event.

Medical Marijuana Supporters Plan to Protest Obama’s Oakland Fundraiser

By: Monday July 16, 2012 12:30 pm

When President Obama comes to Oakland on July 23rd to raise money for his re-election campaign he will be greeted by a large number of protesters who support medical marijuana. Harborside Health Center, along with Americans For Safe Access, are organizing a protest against the Obama administration’s aggressive war against medical marijuana.

Oakland City Council Demands Debt-Swap Renegotiation With Goldman Sachs

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 7:00 pm

If the Libor scandal did end up hurting local governments to a large degree, you can just add that to the list. Local governments have been easy marks for the financial industry during the last decade, engaging in all kinds of interest rate-swap deals and other vehicles for financing operations. When they turn sour, the locals, not the banks, end up holding the bag.

May Day in Oakland! Livestream Video

By: Tuesday May 1, 2012 11:00 am

Watch the Occupy Oakland’s May Day Actions Live!

Occupy Oakland (OO): Mayor Quan Says Not Again

By: Sunday April 22, 2012 8:00 am

On Thursday, April 19, I attended a meeting sponsored by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) with our new police chief, Howard Jordan, leading the meeting and Mayor Jean Quan attending. The agenda was all about crime and the strategies and resources the OPD is using to address it. I went to the meeting with a question for Mayor Quan, to ask what her plans were for OO this year if OO sets up another encampment. I didn’t get to ask my question during the meeting but was able to have a 5-minute discussion with her afterwards.

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