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Aug
14
Tue
ELLA BAKER CENTER LOBBY DAY @ State Capitol
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ella Baker Center members, staff, and allies will be traveling to Sacramento to advance our policy agenda. We will focus on lobbying for the Fair & Just Sentencing Reform Act (SB 1393) and other criminal justice reform bills. Transportation and food will be provided.

RSVP required. Please RSVP here.

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ICE Detainee Bailout Volunteers Needed @ The Finnish Center
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We need volunteers to assist the detainees with their paperwork BEFORE WEST COUNTY closes for ICE detainees and they are forced to go to some facility somewhere else in the country, probably away from their families.

If you feel ready to take on this important role you’ll need to be trained – it’s a two hour training with Rebecca Merton from Freedom for Immigrants.

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

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Habeas Data: Author Tour @ Octopus Literary Salon
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On behalf of the Northern CA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists – a book reading for Cyrus Farivar, author of the newly released Habeas Data.

Habeas Data shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy.

Award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar makes the case by taking ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matching them against the capabilities of modern technology. It’s an approach that combines the charge of a legal thriller with the shock of the daily headlines.

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Aug
16
Thu
Omni General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues.

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Aug
19
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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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Aug
20
Mon
SIT IN to Demand Brown STAND UP to Big Oil @ State Capitol
Aug 20 all-day

Join a non-violent direct action in Sacramento to insist that Governor Jerry Brown ban fracking and neighborhood drilling to protect our communities.

Californians have delivered well over 1 million petitions to Governor Brown calling on him to stand up to the oil industry, and held many rallies and press conferences. Health forums have explained the toxic effects of extreme oil and neighborhood drilling. Brown has received consistent reminders that the majority of Californians and the science DO NOT support fracking and neighborhood drilling.

Brown has never acknowledged these demands. Instead, he has cultivated close ties to big oil, taken money from industry, and cut oil industry-friendly deals around critical policies and regulations, while people continue to be exposed to known carcinogens in their own homes and as drilling expands.

Governor Jerry Brown wants to be remembered as a climate leader, but the reality is that he has already failed the test of real leadership. August 20 Californians will travel to Sacrament to take non-violent direct action to declare a day of reckoning and demand that Governor Brown stand up to big oil. They will insist that Brown

  • stop issuing new permits for oil drilling in California
  • commit our state to a managed decline of fossil fuel production
  • beginning with 2,500 ft setback limits to protect frontline communities from toxic oil and gas drilling
  • as part of a just and equitable transition away from fossil fuels.

For more information, visit: https://brownsreckoning.org/  

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LGBTQ Prisoner Letterwriting and Mail Processing @ Farley's East
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this important way to show solidarity with our incarcerated LGBTQ+ and HIV+ community members! Every month on the 3rd Monday, we’ll have mail processing/data entry, birthday cards to our LGBTQ members in nearby Norcal prisons AND penpal info, so join us for whatever your pleasure is (and invite your friends)!

Please join with or without a laptop – there is work for everyone! If you’d like, we’ll train you to respond to letters or to enter and update penpal request forms in our database. Getting these forms into our database helps get our inside folks matched to penpals, so this is an essential part of our work (and we have so much mail!).

If you want to start a penpal relationship, we will also have info on folks to send letters to, all the supplies, and ways to get more involved in the movement to abolish prisons. Letterwriting is one incredible way we have to overcome the isolation intended by the PIC.

Some food and beverages are available for purchase from the cafe. And please bring some dollars and change toward postage, if you can. Any money raised beyond the cost of supplies will be used to support both local & national Black & Pink projects.

Wheelchair accessible, though outlets for laptops are on the 2nd floor only.

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Aug
21
Tue
How Socialists Can Dismantle the US Police State @ East Bay Community Space
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

This event is the second in a two-part mini-series on race, class, and the socialist struggle against racial oppression. This class will build on the concepts of the first class, focusing on socialism and the struggle against racial oppression via a discussion of the US police state. We’ll discuss how democratic socialists can put theory into practice to most effectively combat police violence and mass incarceration.

Aside from a short opening lecture, the bulk of class time will be spent in small, group-facilitated discussions. We’ll provide a short set of readings here beforehand, and we encourage all participants to read them before class. Members and non-members of any experience and knowledge level on this issue are warmly invited.

Required Readings

See the readings that we’ll be discussing after a brief introduction from our members.

 

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Aug
22
Wed
Surveillance Cameras in El Cerrito @ El Cerrito City Hall
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Surveillance Camera Plan Under Consideration

The El Cerrito Police Department will be holding a public meeting for the expansion of the surveillance camera project. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers (10890 San Pablo Ave.) If you would like to read more information about the surveillance camera project, please click on “additional info.”

Additional Info…

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

Check out our sister site DeportICE.

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Aug
23
Thu
Martha Nussbaum: The Monarchy of Fear @ St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & St. John’s Presbyterian Church present


Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006   Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, East Bay Books , $15 door, wheelchair access

“One of the world’s most honored philosophers provides a candid examination of the current political crisis.”

For decades Martha C. Nussbaum has been an acclaimed scholar and humanist, earning dozens of honors for her books and essays. In The Monarchy of Fear she turns her full attention to the terrible political standoff tha has polarized America since the Trump election. Although today’s atmosphere is heavily marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the seeming total inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters, journalists and pundits have overlooked.  She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional.  Globalizatiojn, automation and the high costs of high education have produced feelings of utter powerlessness in millions of people in the U.S.Similar issues trouble European unity.

 

That sense of powerlessness and a pervasive underlying fear bubble into resentment and blame: blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites.  While this politics of blame played a hefty role in the elction of Trump – and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues that it can in fact be found on all sides of the political spectrum—confusingly intertwined, however, with reasonable arguments aiming at greater justice. She insists that retribution is always a bad response to fear, and she articulates a clear politics of constructive work and hope.

 

“Nussbaum is an elegant and lyrical writer, and she movingly describes the pain of recognizing1 one’s vulnerability.” — THE NEW YORKER

 

“Like any clearheaded thinker, Nussbaum was unsettled by Trump’s election, but she’s also troubled by the way people of all political persuasions have succombed to fear and mindless fear-slinging. She tries to keep Trump at arm’s length and focus instead on what philosophers and psychologists going back to antiquity have had to say about fear…its role in stoking anger, disgust, and envy, and how those emotions in turn perpetuate divisive politics (sexism and misogyny especially)”  —Kirkus Reviews

 

Martha C. Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, appointed in the Philosophy Department  and the Law School of the University of Chicago. She gave the 2016 Jefferson Lecture for the National Endowment for the Humanities and won the 2016 Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy. She has written more than twenty books.

KPFA benefit

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Aug
25
Sat
Community Restorative Justice Training @ Saint Columbia Church
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Restorative Justice for Oakland and the North Oakland Restorative Justice Council is offering free restorative justice trainings for community members wh want to help creae a restorative North Oakland.

If you are interested in attending one of the trainings, please email us your name, your desired training date and we will reply.

rjoytrainings@rjoyoakland.org

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Aug
26
Sun
Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice.

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Clear Your Record with Open Oakland @ Main Library
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you have convictions? Or do you know someone who does?

Get help clearing your record with members of OpenOakland.

We’ll use Code for America’s online application tool to help remove barriers to new jobs, housing, and educational opportunities. Clear My Record is a free, nonprofit, service for people with a criminal record in select California counties. It is easy to use, but we’ll be at the library to guide you through the process.

Drop-in any time between 2 and 5 pm. No appointment required.

Know someone who might be interested but can’t make it? They can get started at this website: https://www.clearmyrecord.org.

If you’d like to learn more about OpenOakland, a local brigade of Code for America, or how to get involved, please visit: www.openoakland.org.

 

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM during cooler months) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. 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. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than six 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. 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)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@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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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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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Celebrate the Life of a Berkeley Activist @ Bacheeso's
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebration of Life for John Murcko

A wonderful dedicated activist for human rights ans social justice.  John was active in the five year so-far successful fight to save the Berkeley Post Office from privatization.

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Oakland Greens: Free Dinner and a Movie @ It's Your Move Games
Aug 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Movie: 7:30 PM

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Aug
28
Tue
Free Mumia Now! Rally to Free Mumia. @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

All out to free Mumia!

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