TOPIC: Drug War

Bay Set To Boil: Tales from Wack Friday

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11.30.15 - While most of the United States feasted and shopped in honor of colonialism and genocide, we battle resilient foes: the cops, the tech industry, the heartless thoughtless bureaucracy, and the fascists hiding behind it. Radical communities saw violence nationally and internationally this week. BLM stood in defiance of black friday, and Oakland marched in solidarity with victims of police and white supremacist violence. Read…

Will the Weed Bubble be Worse Than Tech?

Employees trim retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center, in Denver, Thursday, May 8, 2014. Frustrated by the cash-heavy aspect of its new marijuana industry, Colorado is trying a long-shot bid to create a financial system devoted to the pot business. But according to many industry and regulatory officials, Colorado's plan to move the weed industry away from cash to easily auditable banking accounts won't work.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

08.11.15 - The war waged on the American populace by the ultra rich has many facets, but few perhaps as notorious and widely known as “the war on drugs.” The racist and anti-working-class nature of this campaign has spread to every corner of American society. The current prison gulags are filled with people of color, so called “immigrants,” LGBTQ individuals, the poor, and many others. Out of these millions, a huge number have been locked up through the use of selectively enforced federal and state drug laws. It has also been repeatedly documented that the military, several intelligence agencies, and local police departments fuel the prison industrial complex intentionally by assisting in or outright distributing drugs themselves. Read…

Highland Hospital Substance Abuse Treatment Center Closing

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07.28.15 - Blaming two years of financial hardship and low patient volumes, the Alameda Health System is closing a substance abuse treatment center at Highland Hospital. Several dozen nurses, patients, and members of SEIU 1021, the union that represents workers at Highland Hospital, rallied on Monday against the plan to shutter the center. The substance abuse center is an intensive outpatient drug treatment program that serves uninsured and Medi-Cal insured populations in Alameda County Read…

Will St. Andrews Plaza be the first to be stung by WOSP?

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09.04.14 - On the night of Monday, August 25th, police descended upon St. Andrews Plaza, a small park in West Oakland and home to many in the area that lack housing. Since the US government began pumping in crack-cocaine into the United States which hit Oakland hard in the 1980s, along with lack of access to jobs, the “San Pablo Corridor” and the rest of ‘Ghost Town,’ has been awash in drugs and criminal activity. For elites, such activity is not problematic as long as it is contained in a set area and properly managed and to not spill out into affluent areas and more importantly, leads to people acting out against their conditions. However, with the passing of the West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP), city developers and capitalists are now hoping to bridge the condos and retails space of Emeryville with the Downtown Oakland core. Unfortunately for them, the countless efforts over the years to “clean up” the plaza have been rather unsuccessful so far. Read…