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What Exactly is Urban Shield Preparing Law Enforcement For?

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Originally published at ktvu.com

By Andre Torres

 – Tracy Rosenberg jumped up and down holding her protest sign outside the Alameda County Fairgrounds gate in Pleasanton last year. “I was not arrested,” she said.

Rosenberg, executive director at communications advocacy group, Media Alliance, admits to protesting the annual “Urban Shield” law enforcement disaster training event in 2016. This year was her first time actually attending the expo, although she had previously read several accounts from journalists who had documented Urban Shield.

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Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

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Originally printed in the East Bay Express  9-15-2017

By Jessica Lynn

Right-Wing Extremist Group Had Booth at Urban Shield ‘To Explain Who They Are’

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Oath Keepers as an extremist anti-government group

 

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Pacifica’s WBAI Tries To Fight Off Predatory Empire State Lease

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July 26, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance  Email: tracy@media-alliance.org  Tel: (510) 684-6853

Pacifica’s WBAI Tries To Fight Off Predatory Empire State Lease

15-Year Lease At Quadruple The Market Rate Threatens Radio Network

New York- On July 13, numerous prominent NY politicians joined producers and supporters of New York’s WBAI-FM on the steps of NY’s City Hall to say to the uber-wealthy owners of New York’s iconic skyscraper, the Empire State Building, that enough was enough.

Long trapped in a lengthy 15 year antenna space rental lease set at a ruinously high price with a 9% annual hike, WBAI supporters implored the billionaires to stop suing for a multi-million dollar summary judgment and sit down at the negotiating table to make a fair settlement and preserve not for profit community radio. Continue reading Pacifica’s WBAI Tries To Fight Off Predatory Empire State Lease

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Center for Policing Equity Report on Berkeley Police Department

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The famously liberal East Bay city of Berkeley has been engaged in a lengthy dispute about the release of a Center for Policing Equity analysis of police stop data that indicated significant racial profiling.

The decision to release the report went all the way to the City Council which overrode the Chief of Police to make the report public.

Here it is.  The report is preceded by a memo from the Berkeley Police Chief explaining his thoughts and concerns about the draft report.

It is probably fair to say that most, if not all, municipal police departments would yield similar or worse results when stop data is analyzed.  It is to Berkeley’s credit that they proceeded with the report.  Now the question is what will be done as a result.

Berkeley CPE Report

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Republican Op-Ed Space Costs $7 A Word

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Media Alliance received this solicitation this morning.

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Dear Ms. Rosenberg,

My name is XX and I work for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C.  I’m reaching out to you inviting the Media Alliance to participate in the annual Constitution Day Special section which is a joint project is the of The Constitutional Sources Project and The Washington Times.

 

 

 

 

This year’s special section, publishes on September 12, focuses on the hot-button issue of Freedom of Speech.  We are developing a superb lineup of opinions written from various political perspectives on this subject.  We want your opinion and your perspective as well.   Continue reading Republican Op-Ed Space Costs $7 A Word

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Leading The Nation On Broadband Privacy

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July 27, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director, Media Alliance  Email: tracy@media-alliance.org  Tel: (510) 684-6853

Leading The Nation On Broadband Privacy 

California Poised To Protect Consumer Search and Browser Data with AB 375

Sacramento-California, perhaps the state most identified as resisting federal overreach by the Trump administration, is acting to reinstate popular broadband privacy protections enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the tail end of the Obama administration. The Republican Congress, in one of their few actions to date, invoked rarely used Congressional Review Authority (CRA) to revoke the regulations after passage, an act wildly unpopular with Americans who opposed it by a 74% margin according to You Gov’s April 2017 poll.

Assemblyman Ed Chau, the chair of the Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee and 49th Assembly District representative (Monterey Park/Alhambra) late-introduced AB 375 to allow California Internet users to affirmatively consent to the sale of their browser and search data by their Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and to prevent pay-for-privacy schemes like that recently floated by AT&T, that condemn less affluent customers to the potential involuntary sale of their browser data at the discretion of their ISP.  Continue reading Leading The Nation On Broadband Privacy

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