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Political Beat, The Bay Area »

[By Nathan Wyss | 24 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
US Congressman George Miller joins OUR Walmart strikers at the store in Richmond, Calif. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Amid the Black Friday shopping frenzy, workers, protesters, labor groups launched what they called a nationwide strike against big box retailer Walmart in protest of the company’s treatment of employees.

The company said the strikes, which took place at select stores around the country, were “made for TV” events attended largely by non-Walmart employees.

Bay Area Snapshots, Political Beat, San Francisco, The Bay Area »

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Sentiments about the violent conflict on the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestine spilled onto the streets of San Francisco late Friday afternoon in a spirited but peacceful protest in front of the Israeli consulate.

Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel demonstrators chanted and waved banners at one another from opposite sides of Montgomery Street in the Financial District during the afternoon commute hour as part of Bay Area reaction to the conflict in Gaza.

Oakland, Occupy Protests, Political Beat »

[By Steven Luo and Vanessa Guerra | 23 Jul 2012 | No Comments]
Medical marijuana supporters protesting in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

With President Barack Obama appearing in Oakland for the first time during his presidency, it was a given that Oakland residents — as well as protesters of all stripes — would turn up.

And the hundreds who showed up had many different messages for him.

Political Beat, Silicon Valley »

[By Steven Luo | 23 May 2012 | One Comment]
President Obama giving his speech. (Vanessa Guerra / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(5/24) — 02:30 PDT — REDWOOD CITY — In the midst of a 16-hour Bay Area visit expected to net millions for his reelection campaign, President Obama looked to energize supporters and draw contrasts with his opponent in a speech before more than a thousand paying supporters at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City Wednesday night.

“On issue after issue, [the Republicans] want to go backwards,” Obama said, saying that he was instead “moving forward to a country where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 11 Nov 2011 | No Comments]

In another strongly worded letter addressing residents of the City of Oakland, the union representing Oakland Police officers called on Occupy Oakland protesters to leave Frank Ogawa Plaza “immediately” and with their “heads held up high.”

The union released the open letter Friday morning after a man was shot and killed in the city’s 101st homicide near the encampment Thursday evening. 

Berkeley, The Bay Area »

[By Steven Luo | 9 Nov 2011 | No Comments]
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies and UC Police protect Sproul Hall. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Dozens of riot-gear clad police officers prevented an Occupy Wall Street campsite from forming in front of the UC Berkeley administration building Wednesday during a day-long series of protests by students who said they were fighting double-digit tuition increases in the University of California system.

UC Police and sheriff’s deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39 Occupy Cal protesters, seven from an afternoon raid of the campsite, and 31 more during a contentious nighttime skirmish between an estimated crowd of more than 1,000 protesters. 

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 3 Nov 2011 | No Comments]
Repair crews fix a damaged window on 16th Street in Downtown Oakland Wednesday. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

City merchants, maintenance crews and Occupy Oakland protesters picked up scrub brushes and dust pans to clean up what became a violent clash between anarchists and police Wednesday morning that led to 80 arrests.

Police from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies lobbed tear gas at the anarchists after they were pelted with rocks, bottles and a homemade shield, interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Thursday. 

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 2 Nov 2011 | 9 Comments]
Occupy Oakland protesters at 14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Thousands of protesters joined a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement Wednesday, with marches and rallies occurring in Downtown Oakland throughout the day, and an evening blockade of the Port of Oakland shutting down commerce at the freight terminal for the rest of the day.

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Occupy Protests »

[By Steven Luo and Jennifer Courtney | 2 Nov 2011 | 3 Comments]
Occupy Oakland protesters marching at the Port of Oakland. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

More than 10,000 protesters filled the streets of Oakland Wednesday, marching, chanting, and demanding a better deal for ordinary people as part of a general strike called by the Occupy Oakland movement.

After marching through Downtown Oakland in the afternoon, stopping in front of branches of several large banks to protest, thousands moved toward the Port of Oakland, blocking truck traffic into and out of the area and effectively shutting one of the busiest ports on the U.S. West Coast.

Cops & Courts, Occupy Protests »

[By Beat News Service | 1 Nov 2011 | One Comment]

The union representing Oakland Police officers released an unprecedented open letter to city residents on Tuesday criticizing Mayor Jean Quan for delivering “mixed messages” in the handling of the city’s Occupy Wall Street protests.

The message, posted on the Oakland Police Officers’ Association website, claims that rank-and-file officers are receiving no direction from the Mayor’s office about what to do during a citywide general strike set to occur on Wednesday.