DANCING IS NOT A CRIME: JUSTICE FOR NUBIA!!!

Nubia Bowe, a 19-yr old Oakland resident and two of her friends were arrested and assaulted by BART police officers and Santa Rita guards after being FALSELY accused for… get this…alledgedly DANCING ON BART!!

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This case represents another example of racial profiling by BART police,” said civil-rights Attorney Dan Siegel, who represents Bowe. “Although the end isn’t as tragic, its similar to the Oscar Grant case. Some person made a complaint about dancing on BART, Nubia and her friends were not the people dancing, and yet, she still faces two sets of charges for allegedly fighting with police and resisting arrest.”

“She will forever have to deal with the trauma of her experiences,” said Carroll Fife, Bowe’s godmother. “We want justice for Nubia and those young men who were arrested. The district attorney is pressing for jail time, so we have to get prepared for a long fight with help from the community to get the word out.”

She now faces jail time for felony & misdemeanor charges. Her family has started a campaign called One Shot Away Coalition to highlight the fact that people of color are all one shot away from incarceration and/or death. PLEASE SHARE HER STORY! We can not afford to let this keep happening to our young people! Stay tuned for more updates on Nubia’s horrific experience with the criminal injustice system from BOP!

TAKE ACTION, BOYCOTT STARBUCKS! OCCUPATION PROFITEERS

Earlier this year, groups working for Palestinian rights globally celebrated following the announcement that shares of SodaStream, whose main production factory is located in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank fell by 25%.

But today, SodaStream shares are up by 14%, following a report that the company may be a buyout target of coffee giant Starbucks.

An Israeli news site, said SodaStream is discussing selling a 10% stake to Starbucks. Starbucks spokeswoman Lisa Passe says the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. However, the leaked report alone was enough to lift Soda shares from $5.66 to $46.09 in trading volume nearly triple daily average.


Send a message directly to Howard Schultz via e-mail, telephone, or physical mailing address using the information below.

Email Contact Information for CEO Howard Schultz: Howard.Schultz@starbucks.com & info@starbucks.com

Telephone Number to Use to Talk to Howard Schultz:

206-447-1575

Number to Use to Send a Fax to CEO Howard Schultz:

206-682-757

Physical Address to Send Mail Directly to Howard Schultz:

Starbucks Coffee Company

2401 Utah Avenue South 

Seattle, WA 98134-1436
USA

National Day of Action against Fusion Centers

Bay Area and LA event information below about three California protests on Thursday April 10, the National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers! -Art Persyko

SHUT DOWN THE SPY CENTERS
National Day of Action against Fusion Centers

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April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

There will be two Bay Area events:

Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am – Thursday, April 10
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm – Thursday, April 10
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA
And please see below for additional information about tomorrow’s protest in LA (with suggestions for actions that anyone who lives in California can take) from a forwarded message from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition:

National Day of Action Against Fusion Centers -

Boston- Charlotte- – Dallas- Los Angeles- Oakland*- San Francisco*- Washington D.C.
Today April 10th, community members across the nation will be gathering to protest and expose Mega-Spy Centers that are infiltrating our communities. These Mega Spy Centers a.k.a Fusion Centers collect and store information supplied by various law enforcement agencies and share this information to local, state and federal agency including private contractors. There are approximately 85 fusion centers in the U.S. -the Norwalk, CA Fusion Center is one of the largest in the country -known as Joint Regional Intelligence Center (JRIC). On March 11, 2014 the New York Times revealed that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approved the sharing of raw NSA data with the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the agency oversees that programs like fusion centers. NSA spying has come home to roost; through fusion centers, local police may have access, without a warrant, to all the data the NSA has on you.

We will be live streaming, check it out here:

Live STREAM 1

Live STREAM 2

CALL, FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TWEET now to demand all Fusion Centers be de-funded, shutdown, and all secret files released!

VIA PHONE
Governor Jerry Brown at (916) 445-2841
CA Controller John Chiang at (916) 445-2636
CA Assembly Public Safety Chair Tom Ammiano at (916) 319-2017
CA Senate Public Safety Chair Loni Hancock at (916) 651-4009

It looks to me like sport hunting: the killing of 14 year old Yusef a-Shawamreh

[The following article is an unpublished op ed by Mondoweiss editor-at-large Annie Robbins.]

It looks to me like sport hunting: the killing of 14 year old Yusef a-Shawamreh
unpublished op ed Annie Robbins on April 6, 2014

A lot has been written about the killing of 14 year old Yusef Shawamreh. Investigations have taken place. Some people have called the manner of his death a war crime, a term wielded against Israel so often, and nary one impending retribution, the term has become almost meaningless. But to me, Shawamreh’s killing looks like another hunting incident. Under different circumstances, more commonly known as sport hunting.

Let’s begin with the photo of “a small boy, blue-eyed”, next to a fence on his father’s land. He is on one of his many plant-foraging excursions. “It was taken a few days before his death at the very spot at which he was killed.”

To arrive at the spot in which he was killed, the boy follows a descending dirt trail. The boy has followed the trail innumerable times, daily during the plant-picking season.

How Sport Hunting Works:
To be truly successful, a hunter studies its prey and learns its behaviors, habits and tracks. Off in the distance the soldiers, camouflaged, watched the boy and his friends. Two days before, other boys were beaten by police in this very same spot for traversing the very same area.

It was nothing personal:

The trio walked the same trail we did this week, alongside olive trees, wheat fields and a peach grove. The soldiers spotted them from a long way off; the whole area is exposed. It is also rife with security cameras. But the soldiers waited until the three went through the barriers and started to walk toward the field on the other side, which belongs to the dead boy’s family. Then they started shooting – using live ammunition, it must be emphasized.

Yusef ran for his life. A bullet struck him in the back of the thigh as he tried to get over the safety railing. He collapsed, bleeding badly.

The boy bled to death.

photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images

Relatives of Palestinian teenager Yussef Shawamreh mourn outside his house in the West Bank village of Deir al-Asal, 15 kilometres from Hebron on March 19, 2014 after he was shot by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials and the Israeli military said. Witnesses said the victim had been foraging for local plants when he was shot.

How Sport Hunting Works

As hunting is no longer a necessary means for survival, its presence in our society is under scrutiny. While some want to maintain the time-honored tradition, others want to see a pastime they feel is unfair restricted by law. Hunting has evolved into a sport and gained a fan base and an opposition. Those who enjoy the sport can find its positive attributes, but anti-hunting organizations see it as cruel treatment of animals.

….Whether you’re for or against sport hunting, it seems that a consensus won’t be reached anytime soon.

The mentality of the hunter and his fan base:

“This is mine, I am the law here, I am the sovereign.”

McRobbed On the Job!!! #FightFor15

Yesterday I had the privilege of driving these workers around to support this action, and their important campaign for $15 and a union, and against wage theft.

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They are easily the hardest working people I’ve ever met, yet get paid minimum wage to serve people all day and get treated like shit by their bosses.

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As if that’s not bad enough, while the fast food industry is one of the most profitable in the U.S. and their execs are raking in millions, the criminals in charge have the nerve to systemically practice stealing these workers money, by not paying them for all their time worked.

In the past, McDonald’s has tried to shield itself from liability,” said Joseph Sellers, one of the attorneys bringing suit. But “we found evidence that McDonald’s has indeed exerted control over the daily operations” of the franchised stores that “makes it legally jointly responsible” for the alleged crimes.”

In exactly the same manner that “our” officials say there is NO money for social services and programs, meanwhile they have endless money for war and occupation – corporations have plenty of money to pay their employees a living wage – they simply choose not to. The only chance we stand is if we continue to stand up, and support and build the labor / movement in stregth and power, and fight back to demand our rights!

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#SupportTheWorkers #FightFor15 #WageTheft #RobbedOnTheJob #BoycottFastFood

The truth about money!

This week the Bank of England admitted the irony of all ironies: the money that it (and all central banks, corporations and gov’ts worldwide) use to control, imprison and enslave us, is utterly worthless!

The fact is, quite literally speaking, the value of the dollar is not even worth the paper it’s printed on. Instead, the value of money is measured not by “how much the central bank is willing to lend, but how much government, firms, and ordinary citizens, are willing to borrow.”

So basically, when we agree to borrow money to purchase a home or car etc., we willingly hand over control of the commodity or resources, to the these banks and allow them own, and control us. Then we work and struggle every day, all day, to pay it back – all the while owing them for nothing that they have effectively done. Meanwhile they cheat, steal and plunder our lives work away and the government rewards them with bank bail outs to the tune of trillions! FOR WHAT?!

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“Back in the 1930s, Henry Ford is supposed to have remarked that it was a good thing that most Americans didn’t know how banking really works, because if they did, “there’d be a revolution before tomorrow morning”.

It is this lack of understanding that allows us to continue to talk about money as if it were a limited resource, so when ‘officials’ say things like, “there’s just not enough money to fund social programs” while speaking of government debt: “What the Bank of England admitted this week is that none of this is really true. In other words, everything we know is not just wrong – it’s backwards”.

Food for thought.

CODEPINK DC, outside Department of Justice protesting president Obama’s speech on the #NSA reforms.

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CODEPINK DC, outside Department of Justice protesting president Obama's speech on the #NSA reforms.

PLEASE take a moment to sign and share the petition below, and help keep the NSA from setting up its massive surveillance state otherwise known as the DAC – http://oaklandwiki.org/Domain_Awareness_Center in Oakland, California. Big shout out to Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney for voting against this in the last city council meeting, let’s force the others to join her!

On Jan. 17, 2014 — President Obama gave his speech re: the changes in the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. His speech comes after over six months of debate sparked by Edward Snowden about the NSA’s far reaching programs, which forced him to answer for the huge violation on civil liberties. Still critics’ fears were not subsided. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder responded to the speech by saying:

“I think it’s embarrassing for a head of state like that to go on for almost 45 minutes and say almost nothing. … It’s clear that the President would not be speaking today without the actions of Edward Snowden and whiste-blowers before him. … Security whistleblowers have forced this debate. This president has been dragged, kicking and screaming, to today’s address. He’s been very reluctant to make any concrete reforms, and unfortunately, today we also see very few concrete reforms.”

The speech also comes exactly 53 years to the day, after the historic speech former President Dwight Eisenhower made, warning us precisely of the unlimited power of the military industrial complex, we’re seeing today:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

“We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

No matter where you are based, please do your part as alert and informed citizenry, by signing and sharing the following petition. Because just as the unlimited power of the NSA, the effects of the success or failure, of these bankrupt policies – that are proven to do NOTHING to keep us safe…and only benefit the military contractors and industrial complex – are beyond borders, and truly unlimited.