Calendar

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Dec
9
Fri
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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EcoViva’s 20th Anniversary Celebration (w/ Rebecca Solnit & Avi Lewis) Fundraiser @ La Pena
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hear messages of hope from two powerful guest speakers at EcoViva’s anniversary event: author-activist Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Avi Lewis.

Learn about the resilient communities in Central America combatting climate change through grassroots organizing. Lewis will screen his short film “Keepers of the Future” about the social movement our partners have built in El Salvador, and Solnit will speak about organizing in the face of global challenges. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with both speakers at the event. Come enjoy delicious Salvadoran food, drinks at the open bar, lively beats, and good company, too.

EcoViva is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with Central American partners to protect the environment and improve quality of life for rural communities.

More info: https://ecoviva.org/20years

Tickets: https://bit.ly/ecoviva20

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#NODAPL Standing Rock Benefit @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Dec
10
Sat
#OpSafeWinter – Worldwide Day of Compassion @ Everywhere
Dec 10 all-day

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Democratic Socialists of America East Bay Orientation
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, has seen a massive influx of new members in the few weeks since the election.

Here in the East Bay and across the country thousands of people have committed to building a left alternative that demands material improvements in our lives.

DSA is dedicated to fighting for single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a living wage for all workers, and an end to white supremacy.

We are coming together to oppose the emboldened right wing, protect our targeted brothers and sisters, and build a future that puts people above profit.

Join us on Saturday, December 10th to learn how DSA East Bay is organizing locally. Meet new members, plug into opportunities for action, and enjoy a potluck among friends. Former mayor of Berkeley (and Bernie Sanders surrogate) Gus Newport will speak.

This event is open to new members, old members, friends, family, and anyone who is interested in DSA.

DSA is open to a wide spectrum of beliefs (at least on the left) and you certainly do not need to identify as socialist to attend or participate.

We need people to volunteer to bring food, beverages and utensils, and setup/breakdown the meeting space! To sign up, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UD8wvboYTEAZKvZaRxGIZrhDVAZpRRYb2PQf54e9sVw/edit#gid=0

Here’s the agenda:

1. Info about DSA. What has happened over the last month and where we’re going
2. Speech by Gus Newport (former Mayor of Berkeley)
3. Breakout sessions for members and non-members
Break
5. Campaigns info
6. Committee info sessions
7. Food/celebration

Note: The building has a security door. There will be someone at the door between 9:45 and 10:15. If you arrive later than that text (510) 776-9291 and someone will come let you in.

*** If you’re not yet a member of DSA, but want to be, you can join here: https://dsausa.nationbuilder.com/join

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East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest @ David Brower Center
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

2016 Vendors

Akratic Behavior || http://akraticbehavior.tumblr.com
Art Activist Nia || http://artactivistnia.com
Asswipe || http://asswipemagazine.storenvy.com
Awkward Ladies Club || http://awkwardladiesclub.com/
Bagger sampler 4 || http://bagger43.com
Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop || http://www.facebook.com/groups/batww/
Bibliophiliac Zines || http://bibliophiliac.bigcartel.com
Breenache || http://breenache.tumblr.com/
Bubblesort Zines || http://bubblesort.io/
Cake and Comix || http://www.cakeandcomix.tumblr.com
Chicken Milkshake Zines || http://chickenmilkshakezines.tumblr.com
Coin-Op || http://coinopbooks.com
comics by Nomi Kane and Kat Efird || http://www.brewforbreakfast.com
Cool Dog || http://miquelacomics.tumblr.com
Courtenberry Comics || http://courtenberrycomics.tumblr.com/
Damian Le || http://calamityhorror.tumblr.com
David Polka || http://davidpolka.com
Deth P. Sun || http://www.dethpsun.com
DisCantBeLife Press (DCBL Press) || https://mkt.com/store/DCBL
E. Sjule Comics || http://www.erikasjule.com
Elise Bernal || http://elisebee.etsy.com
FLOSS Editions || http://flosseditions.bigcartel.com
Fox and Redwood || https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxandRedwood
Gimme Action || http://www.gimmeaction.com
gracie ct ||
Hunter Savoy Jaffe || http://huntersavoyjaffe.com/a>
irrelevant press || http://irrelevantpress.com
ivy atoms || http://ivyatoms.com
Jamie Oliveira || “http://www.jamie-oliveira.com
Jool’s Comix || http://Jooliefiveash.tumblr.com
Lauren Lim || http://www.lauren-lim.com
Lawrence Lindell Studios || https://facebook.com/lawrencelindellstudios
Lazer Zine || http://alexsodari.com
Lemon Drop Press/COME FIND OUT || http://www.etsy.com/shop/lemondroppresss
Lisa Sy || http://pluralsandnoun.tumblr.com
Lucretia Samuel || http://lucretiarhyssamuel.bigcartel.com/
Maximum Rocknroll || http://www.maximumrocknroll.com
ME(め) || https://mehome.wordpress.com/
MFA in Comics, California College of The Arts || http://comics.cca.edu/
Milvia Street || Minnie Phan || http://minniephan.com
Mixed Race Queer Feminist || http://mrqfzine.tumblr.com/
Mixed Rice Zines || http://www.jesswuohlson.com
MochaMixZines || http://maryaerrinjones.com
Nicole Goux || http://nicolegoux.com
Oatmeal Magazine || http://www.oatmealmagazine.com
Paradox Creations || http://etsy.com/shop/ParadoxNowCreations
Queer Anxiety Babiez Distro || http://queeranxietybabiezdistro.tumblr.com
Re/SEARCH || http://www.researchpubs.com/
Rock Paper Scissors Collective || http://rpscollective.org
Ryan King || http://www.ryankingwrites.com
Sabrina Barekzai || http://sabrinabarekzai.com
Scumburbia || http://www.samgrinberg.com
Silver Sprocket || http://www.silversprocket.net/
Snack Bar Collective || http://thesnackbarcollective.tumblr.com
STIMULUS || http://stimuluscomic.com
The Grand Newsstand || http://www.thegrandnewsstand.com/
The Stay At Home Girlfriend || http://www.missmuffcake.com
Thick Thigh Collective || https://www.facebook.com/ThickThighCollective
THREE, SADHANA and 100 YEARS FROM NOW OUR BONES WILL BE DIFFERENT || http://anandvedawala.com
Two Photon Art || http://www.twophotonart.com
Unity Press || http://www.jeffreycheung.com
Zines Rasquache || http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZinesRasquache

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Mass Organizing Meeting for Jan. 20 SF Protest on Day of Trump’s Inauguration
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Volunteer and help build the fightback movement against Trump!

Join us for a mass organizing meeting to build for the Jan. 20 protest on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

You can also join an outreach session Tuesdays between 5:30 and 7:30pm or contact us and let us know when you are available. No experience is necessary! We need help making phone calls, putting up posters, handing out flyers, painting banners and making signs.

Come by any time to pick up flyers and posters or to help out. Only an organized people’s movement can push back the Trump program of racism, sexism and war! Join us!

Read the Jan. 20 Call to Action. http://www.answercoalition.org/j20_sf

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Oakland Justice Coalition @ Siegel & Yee, 3rd floor
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Oakland Justice Coalition for our final meeting of 2016.
Topics include:
National and Local Elections
What’s Next for OJC?
MLK Week Actions
2018 Elections
Hope to see you there! Bring a friend.

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This Is Not Normal – A March Against Trump @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Dec
11
Sun
Oakland General Strike Organizing Assembly – #J20 and Beyond @ Omni Commons
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oakland General Strike Organizing Assembly – #J20 and Beyond
https://www.facebook.com/events/1682970751925380/

***We are a part of the APTP Spokescouncil for the 120 Hours of Direct Action that has been endorsed by the Alameda Labor Council*** https://www.facebook.com/events/1144772902305965/

Please Invite all of your friends (After going to the invite window clicking on past events will enable you to invite all friends from that event.) , share with groups, text blast, and email friends to outreach for the organizing. Feel free to copy and paste the details of this event.

We will gather to discuss organizing a General Strike in Oakland (Ohlone Land) on #J20 and or during the Trump presidency. We will have a general discussion about what that would look like then break out into several committees to organize media, outreach, logistics, etc.

The conversation will center working class black and brown voices but everyone is welcome to speak and share their thoughts and skills!

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 4:00 PM during summer hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time goes back into effect).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over five years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

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Bill of Rights Day @ Impact Hub
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The first 100 people to arrive will get a free pocket Constitution!

You’re invited to the 2016 Bill of Rights Day when we celebrate the goals we’ve achieved together and look ahead to even greater challenges.

We know that you may be concerned about the presidential election results. Many of the proposed policies are unlawful and unconstitutional. The ACLU is swinging into high gear, ready for whatever awaits us.

Since our founding, we’ve worked together to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Californians. Rest assured we’ll continue to do so. We’ve got your back!

Join us in Oakland on December 11 to celebrate the Bill of Rights and continue the fight together. With supporters like you, failure is not an option.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern California

ACLU. Because freedom can’t protect itself.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Humanism vs. fascism @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution:
Humanism vs. fascism, opposing capitalism then and now

Hailed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Hungarian revolutionaries in 1956 not only created a new form of direct democracy in Workers’ Councils but raised Marx’s humanism as freedom from Communism. “The goal of human development, the form of human society,” which Marx had warned is not communism, took center stage against the single-party-state.

Today various forms of humanism, from Black Lives Matter to Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement, also project humanism as an answer to global capitalism. Can Marx’s humanism help our age in is search for a way to unite the idea of freedom with a new post-capitalist reality? (see “Spontaneity of action and organization of thought. In memoriam: Hungarian Revolution”, Nov-Dec N&L at newsandletters.org)

Sponsored by Bay Area News and Letters Committees

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Dec
12
Mon
Anti Police-Terror Project ~ Sustaining the Soul of Activism Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This workshop for APTP comrades supports the resilience and wellbeing of front line change-makers, justice seekers, organizers, and activists.

Together we will explore:

• How to keep alive and vital that place within us where the motivation to work for social change arises

• How to not only “keep on keeping on,” but to keep on in a way that is transformative for us as individuals, for the organization, the movement, and the community

• How to stay connected to the larger vision and purpose that inspires, uplifts, and sustains each of us to be our best and most whole selves in every area of our lives

• How to process and clear trauma

The workshop will be held in Shelton Hall of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC).

This is the building of the First Christian Church of Oakland (the big white church at the corner of Fairmount Ave and 29th St.) You will need to enter through the glass office door via the parking lot (enter parking lot from Fairmount Ave). Please arrive early if possible. After 7pm the door will be locked and you can text the number posted to be let in.

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This month we had a conflict so the meeting will be held on the second Monday, December 12th at 7 PM at the Niebyl-Proctor Library.

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

Note: At our November meeting we changed our meeting date from the first Tuesday of the month to the first Monday, starting January 2nd.

oscar-grant-justice-poster

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Dec
13
Tue
Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to fight for a livable wage for all Bay Area workers! We collaborate in principled reflection and action on what the Bay Area livable wage would be and where we are at on the right to a livable wage.
Living-wage

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds Community and Power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

Our work together encompasses:

(1) The concerns of precarious, care and contingent workers,
(2) Campaigns to improve wages for low wage workers, and
(3) Efforts by unionized workers and unions to improve wages and quality of work life.

We share stories and information in an egalitarian and participatory way to build relationships and build the movement.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm at the SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall, 436 14th Street #200, Oakland, CA

Please love and support one another ~ We have a duty to fight ~ We have a duty to win!

olwa.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1568668586707336/

Since 1978

 

 living_wage

 

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Spokescouncil Meetings for MLK Week of Action! @ OMNI Commons
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

As is our custom, we will host a Spokescouncil meeting to plan and coordinate actions in the SF Bay Area. PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES in your calendar.

> Tuesday Dec 6th, 6:30pm orientation and kickoff meeting, GPW 955 7th Street.
> Tuesday Dec 13th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons
> Tuesday Dec 20th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons
> Tuesday Dec 27th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons
> More dates TBA
* If it”s your first meeting, please make sure to show up early to attend the orientation!

What is a spokescouncil?

A spokescouncil is a collective framework for direct action mobilizations, where large masses of people organize themselves into smaller teams called “affinity groups”. Affinity groups plan their actions independently with the intention of advancing the larger goal of the spokescouncil. Affinity groups are represented by at least one person (“a spoke”) at the meetings, where they are able to share resources and coordinate their actions with other groups.

Why a spokescouncil?

We propose the spokescouncil as a solution to many of the shortcomings of unstructured mass assemblies. We intend to provide a highly structured organizing space with clear tactical and messaging guidelines, that empowers participants to organize independently and in parallel. We intend to inspire a multitude of diverse actions and awaken the massive potential we have as a community engaging in direct action.

** for questions or more information about the spokescouncil please contact aptpspokescouncil@gmail.com

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Dec
14
Wed
Unite Here: CHRISTMAS LABOR ACTION at CASINO SAN PABLO @ Casino San Pablo
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Casino San Pablo makes millions. Its workers are struggling to get out of poverty. This holiday season, stand with them!

Casino San Pablo made $263 million* in FY 2014-15. But its workers make as little as $11 per hour – less than the minimum wage in nearby towns like Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland. And the Casino’s proposed raise for its lowest-paid workers in 2017 is just 22 cents per hour!

State labor laws don’t apply at the Casino, so workers are denied many of the basic rights that other California workers take for granted – from California workers’ compensation benefits to a smoke-free workplace. And the Casino’s contract only provides for 3 months of medical leave – so workers can be fired if they need more time to recover from surgery or childbirth.

Workers are standing up to demand the Casino do better. Join them!
In Solidarity,  UNITE HERE Local 2850

*gross gaming revenue 2014-15

UNITE HERE Local 2850, 1440 Broadway, Suite 208, Oakland, CA 94612 | www.unitehere2850.org

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Dec
15
Thu
Defund Police Militarization: No Urban Shield 2017
Dec 15 all-day

Take action here!

Urban Shield is a regional, national and global weapons exposition and SWAT training. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security via the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Every year, local police, fire and health departments from cities all over the Bay Area (and a few foreign countries) come together to perform drills and practices throughout the region, all mandated to have a nexus to terrorism.

By focusing the majority of the training given to local departments on extremely violent responses, Urban Shield immerses local SWAT teams in war-like practices and encourages disproportionately violent responses. Urban Shield events are filled with disturbing themes including macho t-shirts disparaging social justice movements (the best-selling one a few years ago was called “Black Rifles Matter”), glorification of  hi-tech military-style equipment flowing into local police departments including tanks and drones, and scenarios triggered almost inevitably by people of color as the villains.

For a video of an Urban Shield SWAT training – click here.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the 2017 funding request to Homeland Security on December 20 on January 10th.

Send an email to them now saying that you want them NOT TO APPROVE funding for a 2017 Urban Shield exposition in the Bay Area.

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