Rally for Human Dignity and Pack the Courthouse for Nanci Armstrong-Temple

We will take a stand against the City of Berkeley's coordinated campaign to criminalize homelessness which has manifested as the criminalization of life itself. The Berkeley Police continue to mercilessly carry out their role as the shock troops of gentrification, selectively enforcing unjust laws against unhoused persons.

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District 2 Candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple Injured In Early Morning Encampment Raid

This morning before dawn, Berkeley Police raided and began the forced relocation of the homeless encampment at Adeline and Fairview.  Nanci Armstrong-Temple, grassroots organizer and candidate for Berkeley City Council District 2 was injured while being arrested for offering assistance to disabled activist Barbara Brust, who provides support on that corner.

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Unbought. Unbossed. And Every Dollar Counts.

With just a few days before Election Day, we’re excited about what’s happening in our campaign.  Though the the incumbent council member in District 2 has spent almost $25,000 so far to send mailers and buy advertising to push his lackluster campaign along, we know our grassroots support is stronger.

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From Berkeleyside, October 3: Nanci Speaks about the Arts

“I grew up singing for justice,” said Nanci Armstrong-Temple, who is running for a City Council seat in District 2. She said her grandfather was a jazz musician for the Harry James Orchestra. “I think of the role music has played in history in changing people’s lives. I think of … how people do better because of the arts. We know in the very best cases, art changes us. It changes the world.”

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Police Accountability

Nanci believes that the relationship between the Berkeley Police Department (“BPD”) and Berkeley citizens has been severely damaged by the actions and policies of the BPD.  She is firmly committed to calling on BPD to end state-sanctioned violence against black, brown, and poor people. Officers must be held accountable for committing, supporting, or concealing police violence.  Policies must be developed and enforced that identify and eliminate racism and race-based practices within the department.  To reflect a serious commitment to these changes, the Public Safety Officers’ Procedural Bill of Rights must be amended.

In addition, a bridge needs to be built between the BPD and the citizens of Berkeley. The essential first step is a clear commitment by BPD to transparency and accountability.  President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing pointed out that “the public confers legitimacy only on those whom they believe are acting in procedurally just ways.”  Nanci believes that in order for the residents of Berkeley to confer legitimacy on BPD, there must be a clear collaboration with the City Council and community leaders to establish a civilian oversight agency with the following powers:

  • To hire and fire officers for cause
  • To determine disciplinary action in cases of misconduct related to excessive and lethal force
  • To determine the funding of agencies
  • To set and enforce policies
  • To retain concrete means of retrieving information - such as subpoena power - from law enforcement and third parties as it pertains to to circumstances involving excessive, sexual, and lethal force, and other areas of police misconduct

Finally, BPD must dedicate resources to ensuring transparency.  It is essential to hold an open and honest dialogue with the public about problems that the community and BPD have identified, coming to solutions together.  This will not only demonstrate a commitment to open channels of communication, it will bring the BPD closer to being the kind of organization that reflects the will of the community it serves.