Free Speech Takes Huge Hit as Oakland Bans Protests at Night, Implements Anti-Protest Curfew

Source: The Free Thought Project

This week, the mayor of Oakland has decided to use an old and unknown law to impose an anti-protest curfew to keep demonstrators off the streets at night.

This curfew does not apply to everyone in the city, only those who are involved in organized protests. Mayor Libby Schaaf put the order into effect in the midst of this week’s #SayHerName protest where women and children peacefully protested victims of police brutality. (more…)

Oakland Forced to Dial Back Full-Spectrum Surveillance

Woman's Eye in Filmstrip

Even as revelations continue to emerge about the full extent of government surveillance, and databases of every stripe seem to be on the rise, we cannot ignore some of the victories.

Little by little, we are beginning to see a roll-back of some of the surveillance state.

From highways to small towns, the high-tech surveillance grid is being exposed and is provoking outrage among fully informed citizens. In recent months we have seen Seattle police deactivate a Wi-Fi surveillance network after it was exposed that the little white boxes identified across the city were really a mesh network that could surveil any member of the public possessing an Internet-ready device. (more…)

Media Roots TV – Occupy Oakland Day of Action & Third Police Raid

MEDIA ROOTS On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Occupy Oakland (OO) held another mass day of action after the nationwide crackdowns against the Occupy Movement days before. Thousands vigorously took to the streets and jubilantly marched through downtown Oakland and around Lake Merritt before tearing down a fence around an empty lot at 19th & Telegraph to establish another OO encampment.

The demonstrators held a huge dance party in the streets despite the pouring rain, as over thirty tents were set up by occupiers.  Although, not enough people held the space overnight to prevent a third raid from Oakland PD the next morning, 11/20, the Occupy Movement continues undeterred.

Occupy Oakland Historic Strike & Port Shutdown 11-2-11

Abby Martin of Media Roots captures some great energy and epic highlights from the day of the historic general strike in Oakland on 11-2-11.

Footage includes the strike, the shutdown of the banks around town, the march to the port and the shutdown of the Port of Oakland.

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