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Jun
27
Tue
Radio Reading of ‘1984’ @ The Airwaves
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 pm

There will be a 15-hour reading of 1984 across the country on June 27.

This includes KPFA here in the Bay Area, and KPFK in Socal, which is the largest radio transmitter west of the Mississippi and can be heard from Santa Barbara to Tijuana. As well as NY, Houston, DC and a few hundred smaller stations across the country..

“The reading of George Orwell’s 1984 is going to be a Pacifica national event, using the 1975 recording from the 64GB USB drive from PRA”.

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Press conference on racial profiling by the Berkeley Police @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The ACLU, Copwatch, NAACP, NLG & UC Berkeley Black Student Union are holding a press conference to demand the chief release the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) report on racial profiling, and that the City of Berkeley commit to a program to address racial profiling by the BPD. Press conference on the steps of Old City Hall ahead of the City Council meeting.

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Jun
28
Wed
Stop the Delay and Pass SB 562
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us to urge the California Assembly to stop the delay and pass SB 562 – guaranteed healthcare for all Californians.

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Prisoners Literature Project @ Grassroots House
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Volunteer with us!

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways.

We currently meet on Sundays from 2-5pm and on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm at the Grassroots House.  This is located at 2022 Blake St. (at Milvia), Berkeley, CA 94704.  (Map – there’s plenty of local parking, and the office is walkable in 11-15 minutes from downtown Berkeley BART or Ashby BART  – also, AC Transit bus #18 stops nearby.)

(Please note that we can’t accept prisoner book requests at this address.  Book requests from U.S. prisoners must be mailed to PLP; c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117.)

We welcome helpers of any age and experience at our volunteer sessions (here’s what they look like!), and are also very happy to host students looking for community service.  You should read a lot, have neat legible handwriting, and be able to follow the rules to get books into prisons. We don’t make the rules, but we do have to follow them!

Bringing more than four people? Please contact us first so we can better accommodate your group. (BTW, we maintain ‘call for volunteer’ listings on VolunteerMatch.org, on Idealist.org, and on AllForGood.org, so you might have seen us there!)

Other ways to help?

If you can’t make it in-person to our volunteer sessions, we’d still love your help.  In particular, we’re looking for donations — both one-time and recurring — to help pay for postage on the hundreds of book packages we send out monthly.

Other things we’d love help with include:  fundraising efforts, publicity, and contacting publishers and distributors to get multiple copies of our most sought-after books.  We need to keep building our reserves — and further reduce our request backlog.

Got more ideas?  Come to a meeting and share them with us!

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Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Climate Change @ Info upon RSVP
Jun 28 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Full address with RSVP

Hear a presentation of the research described in the new book by environmentalist and business leader Paul Hawken. The book, Drawdown, describes 100 solutions to the climate crisis and ranks them according to the researchers’ criteria.

Chad Frischman, research director for Project Drawdown, will present the research and lead a discussion after a potluck dinner at an event hosted by the group Climate Compassion in Berkeley on June 28.

Full address with RSVP

 

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Jun
29
Thu
#DefundOPD – Special Budget Meeting
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm

After the special budget meeting on Monday, June 26th, was shut down by #DefundOPD and the people, another budget meeting has been called for the 29th.

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Cuban Union Leader Speaks @ Communication Workers of America Local 9119 Union Hall
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Since 2001, representatives from Cuba’s nationwide central labor organization Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC) were granted U.S. visas to visit our cities.

Victor Manuel Lemagne, is the 55 year old Secretary-General of Cuba’s Health and Tourism union where he has served since 2011. As the leader of that nation-wide union he is also a member of the CTC Secretariat (executive committee). Lemagne is also a delegate to Cuba’s National Assembly (Parliament). He is Vice President of the International hotel and tourism union for the Americas and Caribbean affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions.

Mr. Lamagne will be in both Northern and Southern California. This community-labor event in Berkeley, on the 29th of June, will be a unique and special opportunity to hear directly from a Cuban union leader.

Initiated by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Endorsers: Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 Treasurer- Retired, Task Force on the Americas, Global Exchange, SOL Economics, Richmond Regla Friendship Committee, Workers World Party, Socialist Workers Party, International Action Center, Freedom Archieves, College of Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies Dept, SFSU-Cuba Educational Project, Clinica Martin Boro, Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter

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Unfinished Business – The Japanese American Internment Cases – Film Showing @ Revolution Books
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Unfinished Business – The Japanese American Internment Cases, a 1986 documentary directed by Steven Okazaki.

In 1942, the U.S. government rounded up more than 110,000 Japanese Americans on the west coast and forced them into concentration camps. Three young men defied this and served jail time. This film is of their fight to overturn their sentences 40 years later.

Today with a fascist regime in power, there is an urgent need to learn from this history and to commit ourselves to act to stop what the U.S. did to the Japanese from happening again to anyone. Never again! Part of the film series,”America Was Never Great.”

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Jun
30
Fri
Town hall with Alameda County Sheriff Ahearn – Immigration & ICE @ Hayward Adult School
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of working with ICE – they federal agency responsible for enforcing immigration laws. They have notified ICE about arrests of undocumented people. 
 People have been picked up and then caught up by ICE even if the charges have been dropped.

They also sponsor Urban Shield, a yearly gun fair for police departments, which trains police in terror tactics against urban populations.

We’ll meet in front of Adult school at 4:45 pm.  or just come in if you’re later.  RSVP, carpooling, questions, to help organize, contact  Heather MacLeod above.

1 mile from Hayward BART station, if you want to avoid rush hour traffic & get your exercise for the day!!

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A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund – Poetry for Peace and Justice @ St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund,

will present readings by Susan Griffin,

Rafael Jesús Gonzalez,

Dennis Bernstein

and Shanga Labossiere,

followed by open mic

at wheelchair accessible St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (http://haitiemergencyrelief.org/) gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement  and grassroots community groups  organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

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Jul
1
Sat
Anti-Policing Health Workers Two Day Training
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We’re excited to grow The Anti-Policing Health Workers cohort. Join us for a two day training on Saturday July 1st and Saturday July 8th, 10am-5pm in Oakland.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend an upcoming Know Your Options workshop so you have a clear sense of our program goals and politics.

Click here to see the schedule.

New cohort members will train alongside the 2015 OPP Health Workers and members of Critical Resistance- Oakland. New cohort members will be skilled up to facilitate and join us in offering more workshops to communities for 2017-2018.

Would you help us recruit? You can download the flyer here.

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Interfaith Vigil at West County Detention Center where immigrants are being held
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Interfaith Vigil at West County Detention Center where immigrants are being held

RSVP, carpooling, questions, to help organize:  Amy Carlson amycarlson77@gmail.com  or (918)896-9577 (text is best)


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Interfaith Vigil to Support Immigrant Detainees @ West County Detention Facility
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Monthly Vigils

Interfaith Vigils to Support Immigrant Detainees 

1st Saturdays of every month.  

We invite you to join our vigils each month as we gather to pray and bear witness to the pain, suffering, and separation of immigrant detainees, and to call for real and immediate immigration reform. We invite you to join us to pray, sing, and act for just immigration solutions.  Please bring a noisemaker for our sacred Moment of Noise– where we let the detainees know that we have not forgotten them.

Why we vigil at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond

We do this to stand in solidarity with the (150-300) people being held here for deportation and thousands in the other 250 detention centers across the country. We know that many have not been convicted of any “crime”, but are charged with a civil immigration offense. We know that detained here and facing deportation are asylum seekers, green card holders, and long term residents. Often the chief breadwinner is taken away, putting children and families in economic jeopardy. We know that ICE’s implementation of our immigration laws makes communities insecure. THEREFORE…

We come here each month, to call attention to our government’s wasteful spending of resources, deporting 315, 943 in FY 2014 (865 people a day), while failing to address root causes of migration. We seek to stop this system of detention and deportation and change our nation’s policies.

We know that all the deportees held here have families, most came not just for a better life, but to survive and support families. Many have fled terrible violence and now face it here, in another form. And now, the children have come, many to reunite with families already here…. and even they, face expedited deportation processes.

We do this to give moral and spiritual support to the families whose loved ones are being held here. We know their trauma can be deep and their lives filled with fear. We seek to give practical advice and counsel on legal, medical, food and housing issues and to be a friendly face. And we also do this to provide opportunity for people directly impacted by our detention and deportation policies to share their truth – to give their testimony so that they know, they are not alone.

We pray together for a just and fair immigration policy closer to what our Statue of Liberty proclaims “Mother of Exiles … Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

We pray, knowing that all our faith traditions call upon us to welcome strangers and aliens, for they are our sisters and brothers and our families, like them, we were once strangers and aliens in this land.

For more information about immigration detention, go to:  Detention Watch Network, CIVIC.

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SF Mime Troupe: WALLS @ Cedar Rose Park
Jul 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe opens in the Bay Area July 1, 2 & 4 with its 58th season premiering “WALLS

WALLS asks the question:
How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?
The answer: FEAR!L. Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka), a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero), an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from… here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years suddenly Zaniyah is a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones – the woman she loves?

 

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Suds, Snacks, & Socialism: What to a slave is the 4th of July? @ Starry Plough
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 

The Peace and Freedom Party presents

After a reading of the 1852 speech of Frederick Douglas to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, NY, we will discuss two of the political institutions bequeathed us by the slaveowners: the Electoral College and the U.S. Senate.
This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like. Speaker’s affiliations are listed for identification only. The opinions expressed do not reflect the official views of the Peace and Freedom Party.

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and
anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

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Sarah Cronin – Beyond the Ban: Stories of Immigrants & Immigration @ Revolution Books
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Documentation, borders, deportation – it’s not your typical bedtime story. Yet it is part of the political reality many children face in America. In the midst of an increasingly hostile atmosphere & legislation targeting immigrants, these kinds of books shed an important light on the stories, hopes & dreams of immigrants.

Revolution Books invites readers young & old to join us for an afternoon of storytelling & discussion with Sarah Cronin featuring five wonderful books for children.

Featured speaker: Sarah Cronin – Youth Educator and Freelance Journalist for TheAntiMedia.org

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Jul
2
Sun
SF Mime Troupe: WALLS @ Cedar Rose Park
Jul 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe opens in the Bay Area July 1, 2 & 4 with its 58th season premiering “WALLS

WALLS asks the question:
How can a nation of immigrants declare war on immigration?
The answer: FEAR!L. Mary Jones (Velina Brown) knows all about fear. As a top agent for I.C.E. – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – she knows how to stoke fear to keep her country safe. Fear of people like Bahdoon Samakab (Rotimi Agbabiaka), a Somali refugee escaping oppression, fear of Cliodhna Aghabullogue (Lizzie Calogero), an Irish woman yearning to be American, and fear of Zaniyah Nahuatl (Marilet Martinez), whose family comes from… here. As a foreigner in a land her people have worked for thousands of years suddenly Zaniyah is a criminal, an illegal, a “bad hombre.” What part of herself will this American give up to pass as “American?” Will she? Can she? Should she? Can someone leave part of themselves behind without losing their mind? And is it better or worse that she crossed the border to find Agent L. Mary Jones – the woman she loves?

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 3:00 PM during winter hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time ends).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 3 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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Jul
3
Mon
Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

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Jul
5
Wed
sudo room 5 minutes of fame @ Omni Commons
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A series of 5 minute presentations of hackery and radical projects from the bay and beyond, followed by socializing and hacking!

Sponsored by the Sudo Room.

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