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Oakland, Calif., community commemorates Oscar Grant

By January 9, 2014
Family members of victims of police killings at Jan. 1 rally.WW photo: Terri Kay

Oakland, Calif. — The mall area of the Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station here reverberated with the speeches and sounds of the “Oscar Grant 5th Year Vigil Celebration” on New Year’s Day. Family members, clergy, union activists, musicians, poets, rappers and supporters all gathered to commemorate the life of Oscar Grant and to demand […]


Support for California prison hunger strike

By September 4, 2013

At a short rally before the march to Oakland’s city jail, Janetta Johnson, representing the Trans GenderVariant Intersex Justice Project, stated, “Transgender prisoners are placed in the SHU based on the fact that they are transgender. It’s punitive.” The solidarity activists then marched down to the jail chanting, “Close the jails! Free them all! Tear […]


Protest supports California prisoners’ demands

By July 16, 2013
Photo: Karen Shuster

Corcoran Prison, Calif. — It was a day so hot you could easily fry an egg on the sidewalk, a day best spent next to the comfort of an air conditioner. Yet, despite the excruciating 100-plus heat, on July 13 over 400 people from all over California drove to a desolate Central Valley dungeon called […]


Berkeley activists demand, ‘Take post office off auction block’

By March 8, 2013

Berkeley, Calif. — Nearly 200 people rocked a U.S. Postal Service official hearing here on Feb. 26 to demand that Berkeley’s downtown post office not be sold and closed. They did it “Berkeley style,” with song, drama, poetry and chants. Local folksinger Hali Hammer belted out new lyrics to “Please Mr. Postman”: “It has come as […]


Berkeley, Calif., gears up to save post office

By February 19, 2013
‘No’ to Berkeley post office closing, Feb. 13.WW photo: Judy Greenspan

Berkeley, Calif. — A special meeting of the Berkeley City Council’s Post Office Committee drew more than 100 people on Feb. 13 to speak out against U.S. Postal Service plans to close and sell the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office. Mayor Tom Bates made the unanimous position of city officials clear when he said, “The […]


Protest at women’s prison: ‘Overcrowding equals death’

By January 31, 2013
Oday from Central Valley Dream Team speaks against incarceration of undocumented.WW photo: Judy Greenspan

Chowchilla, Calif. — Over 400 anti-prison activists marched and rallied on country roads in front of two Chowchilla prisons on Jan. 26, demanding the immediate release of women prisoners and an end to overcrowding. They traveled from all over California — Los Angeles and Long Beach, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco, even Fresno and Modesto — […]


Rally protests murders of Black & Brown youth

By January 3, 2013
Angela Davis (left) at Justice for Alan Blueford rally.Photo: Daniel Arauz

Alan Blueford would have turned 19 on Dec. 20, but instead he was killed by Oakland, Calif., police last May 6. To commemorate his birthday and to say no to all acts of police violence and murder of Black and Brown young men, more than 450 people from the Bay Area packed the Laney College […]


Anti-war activists report on Pakistan trip, attack drones

By December 5, 2012
Judy GreenspanWW photo: Terri Kay

A standing-room-only crowd came out to the Berkeley Fellowship Hall on Dec. 2 to hear eyewitness reports of a visit to Pakistan in October by a delegation of 34 U.S. anti-war activists. They had met with anti-drone activists and relatives of the 760 civilians murdered by U.S. drones. Speaking at today’s meeting were Joe Lombardo, […]


‘Save the Berkeley post office!’

By November 25, 2012

Berkeley, Calif. — When the major banks and financial institutions in this country were facing economic failure, they were quickly given a multitrillion-dollar bailout. But the U.S. Postal Service, a public institution serving millions of people, is getting sold out instead of bailed out. The government in collaboration with major real estate interests is closing post […]


Oakland, Calif., marches against police killings

By November 15, 2012
Jeralynn Blueford speaking, with Adam Blueford behind her on the right.WW photo: Judy Greenspan

Oakland, Calif. — “We just commemorated the six-month anniversary of my son’s death. I am here today to speak for Alan Blueford. We are all Alan Blueford!” The powerful voice of Jeralynn Blueford, Alan’s mother, rang out across Oscar Grant Plaza — the site of countless demonstrations against police brutality, war, racism and injustice — […]