TOPIC: Oscar Grant

Rises in the East: Responses to the Police Killing of Richard Perkins

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11.28.15 - In the past weeks, participants in the 'LA 2 the Bay' sideshows in East Oakland involved hundreds of cars from across California and the US and showed unity among participants across geographical and racial lines. But the sideshows also took a remarkably political turn, and led to clashes with law-enforcement and sadly the police slaying of 39 year old Oakland resident, Richard Perkins. This killing is the 5th fatal shooting by Oakland Police this year and led to a walkout at Clastlemont High School and protests in the Fruitvale District and Downtown Oakland. Meanwhile, the topic of sideshows have generated further cries from politicians and the corporate media for a crack-down on black and brown youth living in poverty stricken neighborhoods, eyed for gentrification by developers. Wanting to know more, we talked with a member of Keep Hoods Yours, a graffiti crew that stands against police terror and gentrification to get their take. Read…

Out Past Dark: The State Responds to Revolt with Curfews and Surveillance

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06.02.15 - New Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf has drawn scorn from liberals and civil-libertarians for her implementation of a "protest curfew" in Downtown Oakland. The curfew comes after the mayor bowed to pressure from Downtown businesses and developers after several months of riots. But the curfew is only part of a new wave of repression: from more FBI agents coming to town, the continuation of the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), to the increasing policing of everyday life. While those on the right howl for blood as young people continue to take the streets in the face of evictions, low-paying jobs, and continued racist police terror, those on the Left are just as quick to divide the "good protesters" from "the bad ones." Read…

Anarchists, the FBI and the aftermath of the Oscar Grant murder trial

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05.19.15 - One of the most noted tragedies in recent Bay Area history was the death of Oscar Grant. The unarmed 22-year-old was shot and killed by BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle two years ago on in the early morning hours of January 1st at the Fruitvale BART station. The shooting sent shock waves throughout the Bay Area, setting off rounds of protests and civil disturbances over the following year and a half. One of the largest demonstrations took place last July 8th, when Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. More than a thousand people gathered in Downtown Oakland to protest the jury's decision. As darkness fell, there were running battles between police and protestors. Scores of people were arrested. The Oakland Police Department prepared for the night of protests well in advance, calling it “Operation Verdict,” according to internal documents obtained by KALW's Ali Winston. Read…

CARS, GUNS, AUTONOMY: A Discussion on Anti-Police Struggles in the Bay Area and Ferguson

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11.18.14 - As the grand jury decision nears in Ferguson, MO, across the United States and elsewhere, people gear up to take to the streets to expand the struggle. What follows is a new transcribed conversation between someone from the bay area and someone from St. Louis that talks about struggles against the police in those localities and their possibilities. Read…