Radical Women Attack Largest Revenue Generating Camera’s In Oakland
A group calling themselves the Technophobic Women’s Action Team (or T.W.A.T.) staged camover actions against stoplight cameras at two intersections in West Oakland.
In December, T.W.A.T. targeted a portable private security company surveillance trailer on 36th and Adeline Streets in West Oakland, and now have hit one traffic camera at the intersection of 36th and Market Streets and two more at the intersection of Northgate Avenue and 27th Street.
The red light cameras at Northgate Avenue and 27th Street are reported to be the largest revenue generating cameras in the city of Oakland:
The actions were against the controversial citywide surveillance system called the Domain Awareness Center (DAC).
The DAC began as a project to surveil the city’s port, but the mandate soon expanded with a $10.9 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security to expand surveillance to the entire city, with plans to run CCTV cameras, license plate scanners, facial recognition software, automated vehicle and pedestrian tracking, motion recognition, and public databases into the center.
City officials have claimed that the DAC will reduced crime but thousands of pages of emails, meeting minutes, and other public documents prove otherwise.
Among the hundreds of messages sent and received by Oakland staffers and the city’s contractor team responsible for building the DAC, there is no mention of robberies, shootings, or the 138 homicides that took place during the period of time covered by the records.
In more than 3,000 pages of emails, the terms “murder,” “homicide,” “assault,” “robbery,” and “theft” are never mentioned.
What the records does show is the cities readiness to employ surveillance camera’s inside of public schools and public housing, disproportionately targeting people of color.
The Oakland Police Department has already used the DAC to monitor political protesters.
And cameras are just the beginning: Documents mention monitoring “social media,” “web feeds,” and “text messaging.”
It’s not punk to antagonize minimum wage workers.
Like writing shit on bathroom stalls, making messes in grocery and big box stores, trashing hotel rooms, yelling at actual workers about how horrible their capitalist employers are. Stop doing this shit. You are making life harder for those you claim to identify with and want to help.
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