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May
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Sun
May Day 2016 – San Francisco @ ILWU Local 10
May 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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International Workers Day 2016 – Fruitvale March @ Fruitvale Bart
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On May Day We Vote In The Streets For Justice!
March for Legalization, Housing, Education, and a Living Wage!
No More Raids! No More Deportations! No More Gentrification!
No More Police Violence- Black Lives Matter!

Sunday, May 1: Bay Area Regional March 12 pm Rally at Fruitvale Bart / 1 pm March to San Antonio Park for Closing Program.

– Bring food, picnic items, and plan to stay at San Antonio Park!
– This event IS FAMILY FRIENDLY!

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International Workers Day: Sin Fronteras @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Call to Action: On May Day 2016, We Vote in the Streets for Justice!

On May Day We Vote In The Streets For Justice
March for Legalizaton, Housing, Education, and a Living Wage!
No More Raids! No More Deportations! No More Gentrification! No More Police Violence – Black Lives Matter!

We, the Bay Area May Day Coalition, call on all immigrant, labor, and community of color organizations to endorse and mobilize for May 1st and May 2nd, 2016.

In the Bay Area our communities face increased state and economic violence. Only by building a mass movement in the streets that unites all of our struggles can we win our fight for justice and dignity. This May Day, it’s our day to vote! To endorse this call to action, please email Baymaydaycoalition@gmail.com.

– Bring food, picnic items, and plan to stay at San Antonio Park after the march!
– This event IS FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Points of Unity

UPHOLD WORKER AND STUDENT RIGHTS
We demand respect for all workers’ rights: living wages and employee benefits, and an end to labor trafficking and wage theft. We demand empowering and free education, including ethnic studies programs, and for campus Graduate Student Workers to earn fair wages.

LEGALIZATION FOR ALL UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS, IMMEDIATE END TO DEPORTATIONS
We demand a clear path to legalization for all and an end to deportations and detentions. Regardless of skill, background, history of criminalization, sexuality, or gender identity, all migrants and their families have the right to freedom of movement and to live together in dignity.

SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF BLACK COMMUNITIES AGAINST STATE VIOLENCE IN THE U.S.
We march for Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Resistance. We support Black-led struggles against state violence and for self-determination. We stand with trans people of color against state violence.

BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME FROM PRISONS, JAILS, AND DETENTION CENTERS
We march against all forms of state violence, including those inherent to systems of policing, imprisonment, and surveillance that primarily target Black, Brown, and poor communities. We march for the freedom of our loved ones locked in cages and for the families of those killed by the police.

BUILD AND DEFEND STRONG AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
We demand access to meaningful work, guaranteed and comfortable housing, free and sustainable healthcare, and environmentally sustainable communities. We demand real solutions to reverse the effects of climate change that endanger us all globally but especially poor people and people of color.

END U.S. MILITARY AGGRESSION & CAPITALIST POLICIES THAT FORCE MIGRATION
More than 200 million people have been forced to leave their country of origin because of war, environmental degradation and unequal trade policies. We say: No More! End US military aid. End US imperialism and support for colonial governments.
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Endorsed by: Bay Area May Day Coalition, East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), School of the Americas Watch – SF (SOAW-SF), United Educators of San Francisco, Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, East Bay Immigration Interfaith Coalition, Socialist Organizer

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
May 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 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 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.  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 four 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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Community Democracy Project @ Omni Commons
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Community Democracy Project is your connection to direct democracy in Oakland! Convened out of Occupy Oakland in Fall 2011, we’re gathering steam on a campaign to bring the people back in touch with the city’s resources through participatory budgeting.

Picture this: Across Oakland, Neighborhood Assemblies are regularly
held in every community. People come together to tackle the important issues of their neighborhoods and of the city. At these assemblies, people don’t just have discussions–they learn from one another, from city staff, and they make fundamental decisions about how the city should run. They decide the city budget.

Democratic, community budgeting is a powerful step toward building strong communities, real democracy, and economic justice–and it’s being done all over the world.

The budget of the City Oakland totals more than $1 billion per year. Although part of the budget must be used for specific purposes, still over half of the budget–over $500 billion per year–consists of general purpose funds paid by the taxes, fees, and fines of the people of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council decide the city budget, with minimal input from the community.

Working together, we will not only get a seat at the table–we will REBUILD the table itself. Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People, Local Resources, Local Power!

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May
2
Mon
Bay Area May Day Coalition Press Conference at Sheriff’s Office @ Oakland Sheriff's Office
May 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

No further information.

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Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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Fracking SHOWDOWN at the Planning Commission
May 2 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Guess what, oil industry: the game is up. The SHOWDOWN is on!

We’ve been pushing to ban fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in Alameda County for years. At every turn, the oil industry has thrown up roadblocks. But the people of Alameda County have a message: we’re tired of waiting. We demand the strongest ban on fracking and extreme extraction possible. It’s the only thing that will protect our water, our families, and our health. And we won’t be silent.

Join us for the most critical hearing of the campaign yet: a showdown at the Planning Commission. You bet the industry will be there in force, trying to water down our hard-fought protections. They’re a formidable opponent. But we’re stronger. We have people power on our side. Now’s the time to show it.

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Occupy Forum: Move to Amend
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

OccupyForum presents…

(please note location !)

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!

Move To Amend:
Waging Non-Violent Revolution through Constitutional Amendment
With David Cobb

 

Corporations do not merely exercise power, they rule over us. The wealthy elite have stolen our sacred right to self-government, and the illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines of “corporate constitutional rights” and “money is political speech” legalize the theft.

All across the country ordinary folks are crying ENOUGH!!!! Come hear how you can get involved in a concrete campaign to abolish these doctrines via a constitutional amendment. Move To Amend’s strategy incorporates art and culture, grassroots organizing and educating, resolutions and initiatives, and we are beginning to explore direct action strategies.

Come help us!

The session will be facilitated by David Cobb, a people’s lawyer and an engaged citizen. Cobb has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He ran for Attorney General of Texas pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that violate health, safety and environmental protection laws. In 2004 he was the Green Party nominee for President of the US, and filed for the Ohio Recount that helped to launch a movement for election integrity and against the use of electronic voting machines.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Stop Sprouts! Save the Gill Tract! @ Sprouts, Oakland
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The plans for the commercial development of Sprouts Farmer’s Market on the south side of the Gill Tract are on their way. Earlier this week trees were cut just 20 feet from the banks of Village Creek— one of the last remaining open air tributaries of Marin Creek.Join us to tell Sprouts Farmers Market that there will be “no business as usual until you pull out of paving over the Gill Tract farm.” Folks will be holding signs, handing out leaflets, and letting Sprout’s customers know about the harm Sprouts is doing to our local community.

We’ll make sure folks know that Sprouts Farmers Market will be paving over the Gill Tract farm, where the local community has been proposing a community center for regenerative agriculture, education, and ecological demonstration. This is also where the Gill Tract Community Farm currently farms on an acre and a half of the total 20 acre tract that the development is taking over.

COME DEFEND THE GILL TRACT AND TELL SPROUTS TO STOP ITS DESTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT!!!

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Ilan Pappe: Why Palestine is Still the Issue. @ First Congregational Church
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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May
3
Tue
#HungerforJusticeSF March to City Hall @ Hunger Strike Central, outside the Mission Police Station
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Liberated Lens Local Filmmaker Series: THE WAITING ROOM @ Omni Commons
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

Directed by Peter Nicks.
Director will be present for Q7A after the film.

Doors open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm.

Free popcorn!

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Oakland City Council Action on Coal @ Oakland City Hall
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Event: No Coal in Oakland

Come to the May 3 meeting of the Oakland City Council to insist that the Council hire public health experts as an essential component of the review of the health and safety risks of shipping coal through Oakland’s bulk terminal.

No Coal in Oakland has been concerned about the Council’s intention to hire Environmental Science Associates (ESA).  At this point, our best hope is that they also hire Health Impact Partners (HIP) to analyze the health and safety concerns documented in the evidence.  HIP is a national leader in the field of health impact assessment based here in Oakland and would work with PSE Healthy Energy, an Oakland-based energy science and policy institute, and a panel of Bay Area public health experts with a variety of backgrounds, including environmental health (including air quality, water quality and noise), environmental justice, occupational health and medicine, and epidemiology.

By contrast, ESA is a firm known for producing reports favoring developers.  It is notorious in the Bay Area for writing the Environmental Impact Review that gave the green light to Valero’s contested crude-by-rail project in Benicia.  Many critics, from environmental and community groups to the California’s attorney general, have called that review inadequate because it fails to fully report the many negative impacts that project would cause.

Activists question ESA’s commitment to a fair review of the health and safety dangers of coal.  The team ESA proposes to do the review doesn’t include a single public health expert. No Coal in Oakland is insisting that the city also hire public health experts to summarize and synthesize the information received at a hearing on the impacts coal shipments would have on public health and safety in Oakland.

On February 16, at the urging of the Mayor who is strongly opposed to coal, the Council dropped a proposal to hire ESA.  No Coal in Oakland was hopeful that the idea of using ESA was dead.  Now a revised proposal from ESA seems headed for approval and needs to be supplemented with analysis by public health experts.  Strong public pressure is needed to tell the Council to hire HIP for this essential component of the review, and make sure the investigation of evidence is valid and unbiased. Come help push the No Coal in Oakland campaign over the finish line.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  SIGN UP TO SPEAK OR CEDE TIME

The City Council allows public input on major agenda items such as coal, but each speaker only gets one minute to speak.  You can sign up to speak and then yield your time to someone else so that a speaker who needs three or four minutes can use your time.   We always need some people who have signed up to cede their time to others.

To get started, please use this link to sign up:

SIGN ME UP!

On the form enter your name, the date of 5/3/16, ‘coal’ in the “Item Number”, ‘City Council’ as the choice for “Comm/CouncilName.”

Finally enter ‘Yes’ as the choice for “Wish to Speak Concerning this Item,” if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also enter the name of the person you want to cede time to so that that person can have more time for full expression.  You can also cede your time by giving it up at the meeting even if you entered in the online form that you wish to speak.

After entering your speaker card form, you will get a confirmation number.  Bring this with you to the meeting.

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May
4
Wed
North America Premiere of Drone Whistleblower Doc NATIONAL BIRD @ Pacific Film Archive
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the North American Premiere of our feature documentary National Bird at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and the West Coast Premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May.

National Bird follows the journeys of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the veterans to Afghanistan where she learns about one of the worst U.S. airstrikes to have impacted civilians. For the first time, the Afghan survivors, men and women, speak openly about what has happened to them.

National Bird was made by a team of mostly women – in front of the camera and behind.

We would love to share our film with you on the big screen and hope you can make it to one of our screenings. Each will be followed by a Q&A with protagonist Lisa and director Sonia Kennebeck.

Sunday, May 1, at 8 PM
The Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Monday, May 2, at 3 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, San Francisco

Tuesday, May 3, at 4 PM
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

For tickets, please visit the SFIFF website for more information.

And please forward this email, follow, like and promote us on Facebook and Twitter!

We hope to see you soon!

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Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. @ Omni Commons
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • DAC Opposition photo no-surveillance-city-council_zps7d741c77.jpgJoin the Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the surveillance state,  against Urban Shield, and to advocate for privacy and surveillance regulation ordinances to be passed around the Bay Area, especially by Alameda County and by the Oakland City Council.
  • We are also engaged in the fight against Predictive Policing and other “pre-crime” and “thought-crime” abominations, drones, improper use of police body cameras, requirements for “backdoors” to your cellphone and against other invasions of privacy by our benighted City, County, State and Federal Governments.

OPWG originally came together to fight against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OPWG was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network; its members helped draft the Privacy Policy that puts further restrictions on the now Port-restricted DAC, and made Oakland’s Advisory Privacy Committee to the City Council happen.  We were also the lead in having Alameda County pass the most comprehensive privacy and usage policy in the country for deployment of “Stingray” technology (cell phone interceptors).

We have presented our work at the recent RightsCon in San Francisco and will be doing so at Left Forum in New York City.

Stop by and learn how you can help guard our right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:

oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT lists.riseup.net

For more information on the DAC check out

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May
5
Thu
Certificate of Rehabilitation Workshop @ Suite 300
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

COR Flyer

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Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion: Forum to Build Community Power @ First Unitarian Church of Oakland
May 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Alameda Jail Fight Coalition in a community forum to build grassroots community power against Alameda County’s $54 million Santa Rita jail construction project to prioritize mental health diversion and community-based solutions.

We will provide an overview of what’s currently happening with the fight, learn from organizers who defeated San Francisco’s new jail, and then we will split into three breakout groups to develop three main strategies:
– Base-building
– Media
– Legislative

Group discussions will be facilitated by community members of the Alameda Jail Fight Coalition and the meeting will be run democratically and non-hierarchically so every voice is heard. We encourage everyone who has a story to share or who is simply concerned with the mass injustices taking place in our community to attend.

Accessibility information: The First Unitarian Church is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair gender-neutral restrooms. It’s located close to the 12th St. City Center BART station. Free childcare and dinner will be provided. This will be a fragrance-free event. Please refrain from wearing scents such as perfumes/colognes, scented lotions, clothing with strong detergent scents, etc.

If you have any questions or need Spanish interpretation, please contact our local advocate, Tash Nguyen: tash@ellabakercenter.org or 408-499-7912.

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May
7
Sat
Police Militarization, a Discussion. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley)
invites you to a discussion: Police Militarization
Suggested Readings:

Ana Conner &Tara Tabassi, ‘Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time’
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33001-ending-police-militarization-one-city-at-a-tim

Stephen Graham, Cities Under Seige, The New Military Urbanism
http://libcom.org/files/Graham,%20Stephen%20-%20Cities%20Under%20Siege.%20The%20New%20Military%20Urbanism_0.pdf This is a book length piece – worth reading introduction and skimming the rest

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Suds, Snacks, & Socialism: U.S. Imperialism II Hands Off the Americas @ Starry Plough Pub
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From the Peace and Freedom Party Platform: “The drive for greater profits by multi-national corporations which direct U.S. foreign policy is a major cause of war. We stand for peace between nations and the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support an ongoing socialist transformation everywhere.” We have confirmed speakers to address issues of war, imperialism, revolution, and socialism in Haiti (Pierre Labossiere), Puerto Rico (Ricardo Ortiz), and Venezuela (Laura Wells).

FREE! Please buy food & drink at the Pub. All ages welcome! FREE!

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.

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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