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In this year’s election, Berkeley candidates must not make empty promises

CITY AFFAIRS: Many city officials have done little to uphold platforms they ran on. This insincere rhetoric must end.

This November, Berkeley will hold elections for several local positions, including City Council and the rent and school boards. As candidates launch their campaigns, Councilmember Ben Bartlett is doing a stellar job of demonstrating precisely how they should not behave. When Bartlett was pulled over by a Berkeley Police Department
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‘Militarization is not the answer’: Crowds gather in Oakland to celebrate end of Urban Shield

The Stop Urban Shield Coalition organized the rally to coincide with the final scenario exercises and vendor exhibitions of Urban Shield taking place this weekend, according to Jennifer Abella, a Gabriela Oakland member and Stop Urban Shield Coalition organizer. The rally also coincided with the People’s Climate March in San Francisco this Saturday.
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Urban Shield is unnecessary and beyond repair

The Urban Shield program does not reflect our needs. In the past decade, rather than confronting terrorist threats, the police department has trended toward facing high-risk searches, arrest warrant services, patrol support and crowd management. The tactical exercises at Urban Shield do not focus on these activities but instead on politically motivated mass violence, obscuring the principle of de-escalation in community crime encounters.
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