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Report back from the Rojava Revolution Bay Area Tour

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11.26.15 - In Santa Cruz, Monterey, Cupertino, Oakland, and San Francisco, Paul Z. Simmons will speak on their series of recent dispatches from the liberated territories of Rojava in Northern Syria, a region besieged by war yet is also in the midst of one of the most far reaching social experiments of the 21st Century: the 'Rojava Revolution.' The liberated territories of Rojava are a thriving example of stateless democracy and of a people who are overturning traditional institutions such as patriarchy and social hierarchies. All events will be by donation and free copies of Paul's dispatches will be on hand along with other revolutionary anarchist publications. Read…

What Would It Mean for a Struggle to Expand?: On the Recent Walk-Outs at Berkeley High School

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11.10.15 - On Thursday, November 5th, thousands of young people across the world took to the streets for the ‘Million Mask March,’ called for by Anonymous. At the same time, a sub-set of Anonymous was dumping the names of various racists and fascists involved in KKK groups across the US. Meanwhile, thousands of Berkeley High School students walked out of class in response to threats that this week, a racist rally would be held against black students. Up to two thirds of the student body took to the streets and marched through the Downtown and ended at Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley, the site of various student occupations in the past. Read…

Keep Janye Free! Drop the Charges!

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10.21.15 - SUPPORT JANYE WALLER! - arrested in an obvious case of racial profiling, in which the cops said he “fit the description” of a crime he did not commit. A witness to the “crime” immediately confirmed that Janye had nothing to do with it, but Janye was still taken into custody where he was questioned and then leveled with serious charges related to last year’s protests in Oakland against the non-indictments for the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner Read…

Oakland Anti-Muslim Protest part of National Campaign of Racist Intimidation

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10.02.15 - Yet another “patriot” group has emerged to promote a racist, fascist agenda in the United States, and they are calling for protesters to terrorize and intimidate Muslims in multiple communities across the country, including through the use of arms. The innocent sounding “Global Rally for Humanity,” which will take place Saturday, October 10th, is anything but. Read…

Oaklanders Block Streets in Protest of Urban Shield Training Exercise

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09.12.15 - Urban Shield is a yearly expo that takes place in Oakland that brings together police and law enforcement agencies from across the country to train in counter-insurgency techniques and par-ooze the latest gadgets and weapons to be used in domestic situations. Last year, in the wake of images of police riding military styled tanks in Ferguson, hundreds of people took to the streets in protest, forcing then Mayor Jean Quan to declare that Urban Shield would not be welcomed back in the city. However, as ABC 7 reported: "Urban Shield exercises will take place all over the Bay Area over a 48-hour period, starting at 6 a.m. Saturday." In the past, Urban Shield exercises have featured police taking down faux activists holding banners with anarchist symbols and "No Blood for Oil" banners. Urban Shield is a shinning example of the continued militarization of the police and the view by the State that the entire population represents a potential insurgency. Read…

San Jose Tenants Confront Slumlord

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09.06.15 - On Monday, August 31st, the tenants of 81 and 148 E William St with the backing of the San Jose Solidarity Network and supporters confronted slumlord James Arthur Campagna of J Arthur Properties and Plaza Loans over his failure to fix the deplorable conditions at these buildings. Read…

Interview with Gabriel Banuelos about the struggle against evictions in Redwood City

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08.31.15 - Earlier this summer, several families in Redwood City, located south of San Francisco and San Mateo, began organizing against an impending eviction of their apartment complex. Organizing a series of rallies, protests, vigils, and other events aimed at putting pressure on the landlord and the local city council, the group of families, calling themselves, Clinton Ave United, or Clinton Ave Unidos, became part of a chorus of resistance against displacement and evictions in the Bay Area. Through it all was 14 year-old Gabriel Banuelos, who was a key organizer throughout the fight, helping to organize protests and media. Through the use of direct action, families who did not move from the building on their scheduled eviction date were able to get a few months rent free, full deposits paid, and money to relocate. Rents in Redwood City has skyrocketed recently, providing the incentive for landlords to displace long-term residents, cash-in on the tech boom, and leave evicted residents with nowhere to go that they can afford. Wanting to know more, we caught up with Gabriel to discuss Clinton Ave United. Read…