Alameda Sanctuary City Ordinance Cuts ICE Data Pipes

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On April 17, the City Council of Alameda voted 4-1 to have staff prepare a Sanctuary City ordinance to prevent city business and monies from going to ICE data brokers or participants in “extreme vetting”.

Sponsored by Vice-Mayor Malia Vella, the SCCIO was developed by a 19-organization coalition working under the name #DeportICE, and anchored by Oakland Privacy. The coalition’s work focuses on strengthening immigrant protections in the Bay Area’s sanctuary cities to remove loopholes and assist local governments with sanctuary policies from indirectly subsidizing and or cooperating with the Trump administration’s aggressive civil enforcement ramp-up.

Read more at www.deportice.org 

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Net Neutrality Now, California

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Oakland Privacy joined 40 other national and CA-based organizations in support of SB 822, the second CA state Net Neutrality bill. SB 822 is a comprehensive net neutrality reform that not only reinstates (in California) the protections in the FCC’s Open Internet Order, but amplifies them by including practices like zero-rating which waives data cap limits for certain sites and gatekeeps consumers w/o unlimited data to content chosen by their mobile and Internet providers.

SB 822 enforces statewide Net Neutrality by forbidding state contracts, cable franchises or broadband expansion funding to non-neutral Internet providers.

Another statewide Net Neutrality bill, SB 460, passed the Ca State Senate in February.

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Urban Shield As We Know It Ends After 2018

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At today’s Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, 5+ hours of discussion ended with a decision that Urban Shield as currently constituted would end after the 2018 war games and exposition. The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty more or less voting no, left open-ended what Alameda County’s regional disaster preparedness activities would be in future years, but the Supervisors were decisive that it would not be the Urban Shield event, which began in 2007.

A series of embarrasing revelations from the presence of the Oath Keepers extremist group in an allied community fair, the use of racist target dummies, the presence of HSI/ICE, and slush fund donations from the likes of Blackwater seems to have finally pushed the Supervisors over the edge, in a lengthy meeting preceded by a 200 person rally and with dozens of public comments.

East Bay Express coverage.

Black Agenda Report coverage

SF Gate coverage

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On The Corner Of 2nd And 4th

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by Chris Jasinski

I’d like to tell you that my heart broke when I heard about the Parkland shooting in February. But how many times can the heart break? Considering how frequently mass shootings occur in the US, it’s hard to not feel increasingly desensitized: desensitized to the death tolls, to the vigils, to the platitudes offered by politicians and to the change that never comes.

Though, as an amalgamation of negligence defines this tragedy, a small group of young people in Florida have begun to shout, to walk out, and to organize themselves in an attempt to change the course of this exhausted, uniquely American narrative.

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All Surveillance, All the Time

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by J.P. Massar

The future is here. An unholy mix of 1984, Minority Report and cyberpunk. In westernmost China, and increasingly everywhere in a country composing one seventh of humanity, the omnipresent surveillance state is a reality.

Nithin Coca, in an article in Engadget, describes such a hyper-Orwellian system as it exists now in the province of Xinjiang, which is inhabited primarily by the Uyghur people.

It’s a gargantuan melding of personnel and technology:

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