Press Release: ACTIVISTS POISED TO SUE CITY OVER CREEPY SPY CENTER’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CONTRACTORS

Oakland Privacy Group Press Release
Contact: Brian Hofer
Email: brian.hofer@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACTIVISTS POISED TO SUE CITY OVER CREEPY SPY CENTER’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS CONTRACTORS

The Oakland Privacy Group today demanded through counsel that Oakland city government immediately Cease and Desist building the Domain Awareness Center and stop working with military contractors in violation of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone ordinance or face a lawsuit.

City staff is currently urging city council to move forward with building the DAC by signing a contract with military contractor Schneider Electric. Signing such a contract would be a clear violation of Oakland’s Nuclear Free Zone ordinance.The council’s next vote on this issue is on Tuesday, January 28.

In their recommendation, city staff states that they are satisfied that Schneider Electric is not in violation of the Nuclear Free Zone ordinance based on their Google searches. Yet it is hard to believe that city staff missed the many webpages where Schneider markets their nuclear weapons experience. For example, Schneider states on their Naval Technology page http://www.naval-technology.com/contractors/electrical/schneider-energy/

Our main application domains include:

  • Weapon launching control system for nuclear submarines
  • Nuclear weapon handling system

Oakland has a long tradition of taking strong progressive stands on national issues with legislation such as South African divestment, establishing the City of Refuge (anti-ICE raids), leadership on cannabis normalization, standing against Arizona’s racist anti-immigrant law, and many others.

It is from this proud tradition that the Nuclear Free Zone ordinance originates. Oakland has for decades declared that it will in no way be complicit in building nuclear weapons and has refused to work with any nuclear weapons contractors.

These are Oakland values.

Unfortunately, it seems that our current crop of city leaders do not share these values.

Since the beginning of the DAC project city staff has been looking for ways to use nuclear weapons contractors to build their vision of an all-knowing Orwellian surveillance apparatus.

The city’s first contractor to work on the DAC, military giant SAIC, was removed from the contract after it’s work on nuclear weapons became public. SAIC also perjured themselves by signing a statement that they did not violate the Nuclear Free Zone ordinance. But public records request documents indicate that city staff knew all along that SAIC was in violation of the ordinance. When they were found out staff were searching for ways to help SAIC bypass the ordinance, they then helped SAIC finish building a major phase of the DAC project and paid them the full $2.6 million for their illegal work before the contract was ended.

The Oakland Privacy Group believes city staff are attempting similar maneuvers with Schneider Electric to get the spy center completed in violation of the Nuclear Free Zone ordinance.

If the city moves forward with these plans legal action will be taken to stop it.

About the Oakland Privacy Working Group
The Oakland Privacy Group is a grassroots community organization concerned with the encroaching threat of high-tech surveillance. It has been organizing the swelling grassroots opposition to the DAC since the issue was first noticed at a city council meeting in July of 2013. They have an online presence Twitter @OaklandPrivacy and at https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com/

About the DAC
The DAC is a multi-million dollar data and video spy center funded with federal anti-terrorism dollars originally intended for the port but then turned against the residents of Oakland. The most comprehensive information on the DAC is available on Oakland Wiki at http://oaklandwiki.org/Domain_Awareness_Center

See the Cease & Desist Letter.

February 4: Stop the Domain Awareness Center! Party at Oscar Grant Plaza

Stop the DAC!
Party at Oscar Grant Plaza

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
6:00pm – 12:00 Midnight

WHERE:
Oscar Grant Plaza / Oakland City Hall
Broadway & 14th Street
Oakland, CA

RSVP ON THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

I <3 Oakland

Feast! Music! Rally! DJs! Speakers! Art! …More!

Come on out to Oscar Grant Plaza and City Council Chambers to STOP THE DOMAIN AWARENESS CENTER (DAC) before it gets built!

Oakland City Council keeps putting DAC last on their agenda, literally voting in the middle of the night when the meeting is packed at the start with people trying to speak on DAC. It’s like a filibuster, and it’s a scandal, but this time we’re throwing a raging party outside the meeting, and it’s going to be a great time. We kick off about 6, and we can stay late. We’ll pack the City Council meeting, whenever DAC gets called, and everyone is encouraged to speak and participate in the public process. The Domain Awareness Center is a proposed massive police surveillance center for the city of Oakland to be financed by the Dept of Homeland Security. We can stop it on Feb 4, if City Council has a backbone…

Feb 4 Flier

Download our flier.

January 28: Speak out against the DAC at the Public Safety Committee

The Oakland Public Safety Committee will discuss Schneider Electric, the newly proposed contractor for the Domain Awareness Center.

Come speak!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:00 pm

Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room – 1st Floor
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway

Read the staff report recommending Schneider Electric.

Sign up to speak: Speaker Card

  • Select “Public Safety Committee”
  • Enter the meeting date (1/28/14)
  • Enter the agenda item number (6)

You can also sign up in person. 

Did you know?: You can sign up for multiple items and consolidate your time. Item 6 is DAC, item 4 is a general report on public safety in Oakland, and item 5 is camera-related. You can sign up for all three items, let the clerk know that you want to consolidate your time on item 6 at the meeting, and that way you get a couple of extra minutes to speak.

See the agenda (PDF).

SAVE THE DATE – February 4: The DAC is expected to be on the agenda for the February 4 City Council meeting. If so, we will hold a big rally outside & pack the chambers.

January 22: Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Organize against the Oakland Domain Awareness Center

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 22
6:30pm

WHERE:
Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide mass surveillance center.

We will be holding a big rally on February 4 to oppose the DAC at the City Council meeting.

PETITION TO STOP THE DAC: Please Sign & Share

PETITION: PLEASE SIGN & SHARE

The Mayor and City Council of Oakland, CA:
Don’t Sell Out The People Of Oakland To The Department Of Homeland Security. Don’t Vote To Fund The Domain Awareness Center!

Lots of people don’t sign petitions because they believe they don’t do any good.

But when you sign this petition, you are adding yourself to a network of people who can be mobilized to take actions in this fight against mass surveillance in Oakland.

Sign & share, and we will keep you informed about what you can do to help stop the Domain Awareness Center.

Thanks!

January 21: Rally at City Hall to Stop Surveillance

Rally at City Hall to Stop the Domain Awareness Center

ATTENTION: The DAC WILL NOT be on the agenda for the 1/21 Council meeting. Admin plans to bring to Public Safety on 1/28, then to Council on 2/4. 
We will still have a smaller gathering with a film, food, and fliers about the DAC. Please join us.
WHEN:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
6:00pm – 12:00 Midnight
WHERE:
Oakland City Hall
Broadway & 14th Street
Oakland, CA

Stop the Domain Awareness Center before it gets built!

Come on Out to Oscar Grant Plaza and City Council Chambers – Together We Say:

DON’T SELL THE PEOPLE OF OAKLAND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY!

Inside: Pack City Council Chambers!

Outside: Feast! Music! Rally! Late Night Films!  More.

Stop the DAC - January 21

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting, 1/15

Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting

Organize against the Oakland Domain Awareness Center

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 15
6:30pm

WHERE:
Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
(entrance is on 22nd Street, then go upstairs)
Getting There

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide mass surveillance center.

We will be holding a big rally on January 21 to oppose the DAC at the City Council meeting.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to: oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe@lists.riseup.net