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May
28
Thu
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. – Building a National Movement against Police Terror @ Omni Commons Ballroom
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

THIS EVENT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. IT IS NO LONGER ON THE OMNI CALENDAR.

 

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr (the son of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the US government) is visiting the Bay Area to build relationships and discuss strategy with activists organizing against police terrorism. This event, sponsored by CRC (Community Ready Corps) & APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project) will a panel of Oakland anti-policing activists in conversation with Chairman Fred. It will also serve as a fundraiser to send a delegation of APTP/Black Lives Matter activists to Chicago later this summer and build a national campaign to end the reign of terror by law enforcement on Afrikan communities.

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May
29
Fri
Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Oscar López RiveraSupport the struggle for the self-determination and independence of the Puerto Rican people

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Join us

in calling for the release of
OSCAR LOPEZ RIVERA
Friday, May 29, 2015
Market & Powell St., SF
5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M.

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The San Francisco Support Committee for the unconditional release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, calls all political, civic, religious, labor unions and the community in general to join us to demand his freedom.

Oscar López Rivera has spent thirty four years of his life imprisoned due to his unbending commitment for the independence and self-determination of our Puerto Rican nation.

Petitions from all over the globe supporting his unconditional release have been sent to the President of the United States from Nobel Prize Laureates such as Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu from South Africa, and Carlos Esquivel from Argentina to name a few.

The current Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Garcia Padilla, as well as countless Puerto Rican artists and celebrities, and U.S. Congressional representatives, such as Luis Gutiérrez, José Serrano and Nydia Velázquez, have also made their voices heard in support of his immediate and unconditional release.

Add your voice!

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For more info,
please call (510) 290-2312, or (510) 823-8262

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Partial list of endorsers:

Jack Heyman, Chairman Transport Workers Solidarity Committee*
Steve Zeltzer, United Public Workers for Action*
Howard Keylor, ILWU Local 10* (Retired Member)
ANSWER Coalition
Freedom Socialist Party
Radical Women
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* For identification purposes only

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FTP – Films 2 The People Short Film Festival! @ Omni Commons
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:15 pm

Optik Allusions is a radical film & video collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California.

We make media that challenge the dominant culture. We tell stories that otherwise might remain untold. We express our alternative views of the world, have fun doing it, and welcome everyone to do so, regardless of prior experience. We learn by doing. We share resources, skills and knowledge to support each other’s creative endeavours. We make films in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity, supply a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops, and host film screenings. We also steward a room dedicated to media post-production at the Omni Commons. If you like to make videos and/or want to become a member, come to our tuesday meetings at 7 pm! We’re open and happy to welcome new members.

To contact us, write to:

optikallusions@lists.riseup.net

To know more about us, join our announce mailing list:

optikallusions.announce@lists.riseup.net

To become involved, come to our meetings on Tuesdays, 7pm at the Omni Commons!

Sometimes, the meetings turn into creative workshops!

To follow what has been going on, read our meeting notes.

Our YouTube Channel is still a WIP, but here are some of our video productions to this day:

Omni Crowdfunding Video

The Omni Commons in 30 seconds

Einstein for Mayor

Oakland stands in solidarity with Ferguson

No Beauty with an Absence of Color

The murder of Pedie Perez

We are also working on a documentary about gentrification in West Oakland, as well as collaborating with the Oscar Grant Committee to document the work they do. We are organizing a film festival at the end of May 2015. See here for info on submissions!


 

Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of-the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world!

The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops… We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent to a room dedicated to media post production.

https://omnicommons.org/wiki/Optik_Allusions

Most of all, this event will be a way to connect with the greater community: YOU!

Please come hungry, because Sarah Bierman will be cooking her famous fried chicken plate with corn, and japaeno cabbage slaw. And her equally famous vegan gumbo!

Suggested Admission: $5 to $15
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Curfew Protest March @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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May
30
Sat
People’s Movement Assembly Against Militarization @ San Jose Public Library
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Townhall: NO NEW SF JAIL @ Redstone Bldg, 2nd floor
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fight back with organizers from the No New SF Jail Coalition!

Come out on Saturday May 30 to take action, get a copy of the just-released No New Jail in SF: The People’s Report (from Critical Resistance Oakland), and join us to elevate the broad range of practical alternatives to more cages.

There will be a panel discussion with organizers and community experts discussing the the proposed jail project and the clear opportunities SF has to build a future *free* of cages. June is a big month for the fight and we need you with us. Everyone who attends can take meaningful action and help set up next steps to make this fight stronger and fiercer!

While city officials are moving forward with plans to build a new jail, they are neglecting to consider the impacts on our community: it is destructive to criminalize people with mental health challenges, and Black, Brown, and poor San Franciscans. Mental health & substance abuse treatment, housing, jobs, healthcare, lives with dignity – that’s what public safety looks like.

We can stop this jail!

MORE INFO HERE: www.nonewsfjail.wordpress.com

TAKE ACTION TODAY: https://nonewsfjail.wordpress.com/submit-comment-to-the-mitigated-negative-declaration/

Invite someone from the coalition to speak to your organization or community group.

Join our email list for updates on actions and opportunities to engage.

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Displacement and Police Terror @ Station 40, Apt B
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More than just a discussion on what’s wrong, the speakers will also talk about how regular people are getting organized in their neighborhoods and fighting back.

James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement

Linda Grant, Community organizer at Qilombo

Rachel Jackson, Harm reduction & anti-police brutuality activist

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May
31
Sun
Oakland Book Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

One Day • Seven Hours • 90 Writers • 40 Events

Schedule here.

Readings and conversations with Ben Fong-Torres, Edwidge Danticat, Tracy K. Smith, Matthew Zapruder, Jenny Offill, Novella Carpenter, and others

Panels with Paul Beatty, Astra Taylor, Vikram Chandra, Elaine Brown, Leo Hollis, Anthony Marra, and many more

Rick Prelinger with Lost Landscapes of Oakland

Children’s Area by Fairyland, MOCHA, and Oakland Public Library

Music by HipHop4Change, Oakland Youth Chorus, and Oakland School for Arts

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Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg, Revolutionary Transgender Warrior @ Humanist Hall
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 50 years Leslie Feinberg, revolutionary activist, transgender warrior in the LGBTQI community fought for justice. Leslie, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, after decades of illness.

Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  Feinberg authored Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History; the novel Drag King Dreams; and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba.

Feinberg was a member of the Workers World Party and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Most recently, Feinberg was working with her life partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, on publishing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues. The online edition will be dedicated to CeCe McDonald and contain a slideshow called “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” documenting the Free Cece campaign.

This event is convened by Workers World Party, LAGAI-Queer Insurrection, and SF Gray Panthers. If you would like to support or help organize this event contact Judy Greenspan at judygreenspan1952@gmail.com or Patricia Jackson at patricia.lee@sonic.net

Wheelchair accessible, refreshments will be available

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Planning Meetings for ‘Listen Up Mayors’ Actions During Annual Conference of Mayors @ The Redstone Bldg, 3rd Fl, Room 302
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

mayors-forum-listen-upSan Francisco is hosting the 83rd Annual Conference of Mayors June 19th, 2015 – June 22nd.. Around 250 Mayors will be in attendance. This is an opportunity to raise issues locally and nationally that are of concern to us.

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gentrification
  • Homelessness
  • Privatization
  • Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Immigration
  • The Environment
  • Corporate Greed
  • Wars not People

All are welcome to help plan for actions.

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Omni Collective
May 31 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Occupy Oakland GAThis Sunday we are meeting at the Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland) basement at 2:30  PM sharp so folks can also attend the Open Circle at the Omni the same day at 3PM.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly normally meets Sundays at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. 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

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than three 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)
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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FUN FUN FUN @ OMNI @ La Commune Cafe & Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Re-Animinate, Break Bread and Celebrate.

Potluck!

Dancing!

Open Mic!

Community Circle!

Imagination Station!

 

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Open Circle @ Omni Commons
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:45 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

Open circle will begin with speakers who have lost their loved ones to police violence, followed by reflection and dialogue around the current state and thoughts or approaches on how to effect change. Then report backs and announcements for upcoming events.

We will end with working groups to organize and plan next steps in the struggle.

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!

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Press the Police – With Ali Winston @ Laurel Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Presented by Mother Jones

From Baltimore to Ferguson to the streets of Oakland, unjust shootings by cops have put law enforcement under the microscope. How is the media covering a changing police force? This panel will explore how reporting and activism can help hold cops accountable to those they are charged to protect.

JAEAH LEE is a reporter at Mother Jones. Her recent work includes investigations into police shootings and officer accountability, and a multimedia package on the cost of gun violence. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Guardian, and Wired, among others. She was a 2013–2014 Middlebury fellow in environmental journalism and her work has been named a finalist in the Data Journalism Awards. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.

LATEEFAH SIMON became executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development starting at age 19. In 2004, she joined Kamala Harris to create a re-entry program in San Francisco’s City Hall and then served as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Currently the director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California Future Initiative, Lateefah is a MacArthur fellow award winner and is a nominee for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s “Visionary of the Year.”

ALI WINSTON covers law enforcement, criminal justice, and surveillance for the Center for Investigative Reporting. His writing has won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York City Community Media Alliance, CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley.

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Jun
1
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office Steps
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.

The postal service wanted to sell the post office to Hudson-Mcdonald, a local developer. The City of Berkeley sued the post office to stop the sale. Hudson-Mcdonald backed out of the deal in early December.

 There was a hearing in Federal Court on December 11th. There was another hearing in March 26th. Federal Judge William Alsup decided to dismiss the lawsuit because the Postal Service says it is not currently selling the building.  But we’re not fooled. The Postal Service could “find” a buyer at any moment. Fortunately, the Judge ordered the Postal Service to provide 42 days notice before any sale, so that the lawsuit could be refiled.

Check out our response to the Judge’s order.

Check out the Community Garden at the Post Office.

Also check out our website and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website, and First they Came for the Homeless Facebook for updates.

BPOD is an offshoot of Strike Debt Bay Area, which itself is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and a chapter of the national Strike Debt movement, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

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Jun
2
Tue
EXTRA Occupy Forum: DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTH @ Local 2
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

EXTRA OccupyForum 

DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTHJoin the coming together of two great clean energy movements!

David Braun of CALIFORNIANS AGAINST FRACKING, Linda Seeley
and Harvey Wasserman
of the movement to SHUT DIABLO CANYON, (California’s last two reactors), will join together to facilitate a union of these two great campaigns.

This unique, pathbreaking collaboration will allow us to join forces and free our state of its addiction to technologies that destroy our water supply and threaten us all.

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The movements for No Nukes and an end to fracking have run parallel for many years. They’ve been especially critical in California, where we’re threatened by a Diablo Canyon complex ringed by earthquake faults and a fracking industry that’s destroying our water supply. Citizen activism has closed the reactors at Humboldt, Rancho Secoand San Onofre, and stopped proposed projects at Bakersfield, Bodega and elsewhere. PG&E’s Diablo is two 1200+ megawatt monsters surrounded by earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone, out of compliance with clean water and fire safety regulations, lacking a credible evacuation plan and now completely priced out of the market by clean, cheap, safe and job-producing renewable energy.Anti-Fracking activists have had big successes in places like San Benito County and Los Angeles in CA, and in many jurisdictions across the nation using Community Rights Ordinances, and other strategies and campaigns.

Now these two great movements come together. On June 2nd, the Occupy Forum will host an activist gathering of frack and nuke activists to jointly plot strategy for getting to a green-powered California and Earth.

DAVID BRAUN has campaigned throughout the US for an end to fracking, with a great and growing focus on the problem in California.LINDA SEELEY is a founding member of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, a 40-year-old citizens group that intervened against the Diablo nukes way back in the 1960s.

HARVEY WASSERMAN helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” in 1973 and was arrested at Diablo in 1984. He writes and speaks worldwide on a safe “Solartopian” future.

This coming-together is a unique and powerful event.  Be a part of it!!!!

Donations welcome. Announcements will follow. Wheelchair accessible.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/14/indian-point-transformer-fire/

Faith Against Fracking 15 minute film here:

https://vimeo.com/125489886  Password: faithagainstfracking

Community Rights Ordinances  www.movementrights.org/aboutus.html

 

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Jun
4
Thu
Fund Raiser for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network @ Awaken Cafe
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jun
5
Fri
First Friday
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Oakland First Fridays street festival is here once again June 5th from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This month’s event will feature one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors, delectable eats, and unique entertainment to bring the diverse Oakland community together in a way only First Fridays can.

Five blocks of Telegraph Avenue, from West Grand to 27th Street, will be closed to through traffic making room for 30 food vendors, musical acts, and community groups and over 75 artists, makers, crafters and performers of all sorts. The music stages will have performances through the entire evening from Pistachio, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic and Baby & The Luvies among others. Event goers are encouraged to visit food trucks and entrepreneurs Antonik’s BBQ, Mama Africa, Hooked Crustaceans, Charlie Frank’s Pies, Bok Ssam, Girl Friday Zeppole, Kainbigan, The Stroopie Gourmet, Fist of Flour Pizza Co., Tacolicious, Sunrise Deli, Opies, Torpedo Sushi, and more offering up their hand crafted meals.

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Fuck the Curfew! @ First Friday
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jun
6
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

Schedule here.

The festival is free, including the keynotes, interviews and panels on various downtown stages during the day. But we expect many of those indoor sessions to be full. How to make sure you get in? Stand in line for a couple of hours? Who wants to spend valuable festival time doing that when you could be exploring exhibitors, visiting the 50,000-book Lacuna installation, or having lunch?

Solution: Tickets! By two means:

(1) Best is to get single tickets in advance. Reserve single tickets. There is a button next to each session on the schedule, and you can reserve your place via Eventbrite for a small processing fee for each session.

(2) Get tickets on the day of the festival. A quantity will be held in a Box Office at the event site, first come first served, for free.

Or.. a standby line outside each venue will allow people without tickets access to any seat five minutes before the start of the session.

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