Oakland, Calif., activists occupy City Hall to protest gentrification

first_imgOakland, Calif., action, June 17.At the culmination of a week of actions highlighting that Oakland, Calif., is losing thousands of families per month to displacement and businesses like Uber are moving into the city with almost no accountability, a broad coalition of community groups marched into Oakland City Hall on June 17 and took it over for more than an hour to press their demands on Mayor Libby Schaff and the City Council.The Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Power Network, ACCE Action, East Bay Organizing Committee (EBOC/Fight for 15), The East 12th Coalition and others called a series of actions June 12-17 to “Reclaim Our City.” The groups demanded immediate protections for renters, the redirection of city money to protect low-wage workers and public education.The action on June 17 started at the East 12th Street parcel, city land that the government has turned over to private developers, despite a significant campaign to use it for low-income housing. The group then caravanned to City Hall and marched inside, demanding that the mayor and the City Council come out to talk to the people about their demands.The week was organized to “target the repressive policies and practices of the Schaaf administration and fight back against private interests and large developers who are displacing our families and driving up rents.” The actions focused on “pressuring the City Council to extend the housing moratorium; building pressure to place the Oakland Renter Protection Act measure on the November ballot; [a] public education campaign around the connection between police terror, displacement and the impact on our schools/young people; [and] demands for community benefits including good jobs, affordable housing, and community stability to ensure that new development serves existing residents and workers.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Nicaragua expels US-Austrian freelance journalist

first_imgIn an aggressive online campaign of threats and intimidation, mostly waged by President Daniel Ortega’s supporters, Goette-Luciak was accused of working for the CIA, providing armed groups with material assistance and directly supporting the opposition. Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Organisation RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ARTICLE 19, Front Line Defenders and Freedom of the Press Foundation have issued a joint release condemning the harassment of Carl David Goette-Luciak, a freelance journalist with US and Austrian dual nationality who was finally expelled from Nicaragua on 1 October after being hounded and threatened for months. Follow the news on Nicaragua Related documents nicaragua_immediately_investigate_death_threatsn_and_doxxing_against_journalist_carl_david_goette-luciak_1.pdfPDF – 34.61 KB RSF_en News The joint release by Article 19, Front Line Defenders, Freedom of the Press Foundation and RSF can be read in English here. News Based for the past three years in Nicaragua, where he was reporting for several international media outlets including the British daily The Guardian, Carl David Goette-Luciak was targeted because of his coverage of the Nicaraguan political crisis that began in April. NicaraguaAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression center_img He was forced to go into hiding after his home address was posted on social networks and calls were made for him to be murdered. The Nicaragua police finally arrested and expelled him on 1 October. He is now in the United States. “The scale and the violence of the intimidation campaign against the journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak and his arbitrary expulsion from Nicaragua are both unacceptable and disturbing,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. “The methods used by President Ortega and his supporters to censor independent media pose a major threat to press freedom in Nicaragua.” The Ortega government’s authoritarian excesses are making it very dangerous and complicated for independent and international media to work in Nicaragua. Reporters covering the political crisis and the street protests are exposed to threats, persecution and arbitrary arrest, and to being the targets of intimidation campaigns on social networks. September 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information October 3, 2018 – Updated on October 4, 2018 Nicaragua expels US-Austrian freelance journalist Source- La Prensa to go further Receive email alerts News News July 29, 2020 Find out more June 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more