While You Were Sleeping…

Hyphenated-Republic

Assistant Police Chief Paul Figueroa wearing FBI identification during a raid of an Oakland residence in 2013 Assistant Police Chief Paul Figueroa wearing FBI identification during a raid of an Oakland residence in 2013

The Oakland City Council posted a packed agenda for last night’s meeting. Several issues with an already demonstrated huge degree of public interest, advocacy and participation jammed the roll—among them, a resolution to accept federal money to clear trees from the Oakland hills, the DAC policies community activists had helped the city craft, and a fund benefit for the Oakland Private Industry Council. As many would have guessed all of these generated dozens of speakers each, and this is not to mention the highly successful campaign to stop illegal sale of public lands on E. 12th which brought well over 90 speakers.

At the end of this very long list, a proposal to clear a memorandum of understanding between the Oakland Police Department and the FBI, went nearly unnoticed by activists in…

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