TOPIC: Austerity

Chartering Austerity: A Look at the Fight Against Charter Schools in Oakland

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03.02.15 - Recently, the Oakland Unified School Board has taken steps to go after and close low performing schools and convert them into charter schools. Several months ago, students took action at a OUSD meeting, shutting it down. Wanting to know more about why government and private institutions are pushing to close public schools and how workers and students are getting organized on their own, we hooked up with someone from Classroom Struggle, a group fighting against the closure of public schools. Read…

Tent City Is Up At Staples!

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07.23.14 - The protest at Staples took on new dimensions today at 5:00 PM in the shape of small, but Occupyable tents between the sidewalk and the Staples parking lot in Berkeley on Durant between Shattuck and Milvia. Peeps from Berkeley Post Office Defenders and Occupy San Francisco are among the participants. Read…

Privatization and displacement, from Detroit to the Bay Area

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07.02.14 - “We are hiding out in our own house with no water,” Shelah, a 15-year-youth and poverty skola, whispered on the phone to me. She went on to tell me she and her mama and nine-year-old brother were one of thousands of poor families who had their water service cut off in the last few months by the Detroit Water and Sewage District. Read…

Alameda County loses $72.3 million in food stamps program, new study finds

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03.22.14 - As many communities brace themselves for the economic fallout of the worst drought in California’s recorded history, and the state continues a struggling recovery from the “great recession” — with an unemployment rate fluctuating 1-2 percentage points above the national average — recent reports released from California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) find that low-income Californians don’t take nearly enough advantage of federal support programs, like food stamps and other benefits available to eligible residents, and Alameda County’s numbers are even worse. Read…

Starve Them Out: Attacks on Food Stamps are an Attack on the People of Oakland

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10.28.13 - At a time of record unemployment, rising hunger and poverty, job layoffs, wage freezes, and government cut backs to basic services, those in the two ruling parties have pushed to slash millions of dollars for food stamps. Recently, food stamp benefits will be scaled back in a 13% reduction as the 2009 stimulus package boost to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) expires. This reduction will hit hard: a family of four will lose $36 worth of food per month. But this could just be the start. Up to 4 million Americas will face even stiffer cuts if a bill pushed forward by the Republicans in the House of Representatives is passed into law. The bill proposes to slash $40 billion from SNAP over the next ten years. Read…