Oakland, CA – Responding to a peaceful protest on the evening of May 21st, the Oakland Police Department immediately forced demonstrators off the street, aggressively encircling them and using amplified sound and other intimidation tactics to interfere with the march against police killings of Black women and trans persons. They appeared to be implementing a new City policy of banning nighttime protests.
Prison Strike Solidarity Coalition
In response to a call from the SHU prisoners involved in the prisoner hunger strikes for the Five Core Demands, the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) has helped launch Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Solitary Confinement (SCATESC) on the 23rd of each month, which started Monday, March 23, 2015.
Law for the People Intern
The GEO Group recently opened the Mesa Verde Detention Facility, a 400-bed detention center located in Central California. The rural location of the Mesa Verde detention center will “make it virtually impossible for [lawyers] to represent the detained population,” according to Ilyce Shugall, an attorney with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. As the LA Times notes, the Mesa Verde detention center is located in a geographically isolated rural region where there aren’t immigration court judges, so people detained within will have their immigration court hearings via live video feeds.
The Mission neighborhood around the San Francisco Bay Area NLG office is an epicenter of gentrification. There’s the steady sound of construction of housing and entertainment for the 1%. A couple of blocks from our office, a classmate of my son’s is among dozens of families displaced by a recent huge fire that killed one person – fire escapes were locked and alarms not working. Next door to that still boarded up, blackened building, brand new luxury apartments gleam, unscathed. This was just one of a number of fires in our neighborhood over the past few years, prompting an investigation into whether landlords and speculators are using arson to get around San Francisco’s Rent Ordinance by clearing out low income tenants.
“Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba.”
Barack Obama, speaking these words on December 17, 2014, initiated a three phase process. He traded three Cuban intelligence agents held in U.S. prisons for two U.S. agents held in Cuba, announced the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries along with a set of measures aimed at normalizing relations, including the relaxation of travel restrictions, and proclaimed a goal of ending the current U.S. blockade, calling it ineffective in achieving regime change in Cuba.