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Oct
15
Mon
Monsanto Shutdown
Oct 15 all-day

We will be holding a large engaging event at the toxic chemical giant turned food tyrant, now known as Monsanto-Bayer. We will arrive at their Woodland, CA facility to shut it down!! This is the largest biotech seed breeding facility in the world!

Prepare for a festive, fun, yet serious event.
Costumes (Bee, Tomatoes, Corn, etc.) , large puppets, Haz Mat suits, gas masks, protest signs, etc., are encouraged!

We will need everyone’s help to shut them down!

If you eat food, drink water, value yours and your children’s lives, you will want to be there!
Please spread the word far and wide!!!

Organizer:
The Anti-Monsanto Project
Time of Event:
4:45 AM – 3 PM PDT
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Capitalism: Six Part Documentary Series @ Oakland Peace Center
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/lXyMwgGT6yg

6:30 PM – Introduction
6:40 PM – Film Screening
7:40 PM – Discussion
8:30 PM – Closing

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Please bring snacks and other things to share if you can!!!

The economic system of capitalism has undermined democracies throughout the world, created huge income disparities, wrecked our ecosystem and isolated us from our own communities. Yet very few people truly understand its roots.

This six-part documentary series from Icarus Films is an ambitious but accessible series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economist, anthropologists and social critics (including Noam Chomsky, Thomas Piketty and more), CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years.

If we are going to challenge our current system, we first need to understand it. Join us, each Monday for a FREE screening and informal discussion. Please bring food to share for a collective potluck meal!!

All screenings will be inside Shelton Hall at the Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave.

Monday, 9/17 – Episode One: Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market – Capitalism is much more complex than the vision Adam Smith laid out in The Wealth of Nations. Indeed, it predates Smith by centuries, and is rooted in the predatory practices of colonialism and the slave trade.

Monday, 9/24 – Episode Two: The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel? – Adam Smith was both economist and moral philosopher. But his work on morality is largely forgotten, leading to tragic distortions that have shaped our global economic system.

Monday, 10/1 – Episode Three: Ricardo and Malthus: Did You Say Freedom? – The roots of today’s global trade agreements lie in the work of stockbroker David Ricardo and demographer Thomas Malthus. Together, they would restructure society in the image of the market.

Monday, 10/8 – Episode Four: What If Marx Was Right? – Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of his critique of how capitalism works – a critique that is as relevant and penetrating as ever?

Monday, 10/15 – Episode Five: Keynes vs. Hayek: A Fake Debate? – The ideological divide between the philosophies of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek has dominated economics for nearly a century. Is it time for the pendulum to swing back to Keynes? Or do we need a whole new approach that goes beyond this simple dualism?

Monday, 10/22 – Episode Six: Karl Polanyi, The Human Factor – An exploration of the life and work of Karl Polanyi, who sought to reintegrate society and economy. Could the commodification of labour and money ultimately be as disastrous as floods, drought and earthquakes?

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Oct
16
Tue
Deport ICE – Berkeley Sanctuary City Contracting Law @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In May of 2018, Richmond became the first city in the country to prevent municipal contracts with companies that sell data to ICE. Now it is Berkeley’s turn as we try to build a region-wide resistance that will change the business decisions of companies. Using public money to subsidize the high-tech hunting of immigrants is a choice and we can make another, better choice here in Northern California. Sanctuary is not just a slogan.

The good news is that the contracting restriction is, currently, on the consent calender and we hope that means no opposition and a quick vote of approval. And an early night. But assumptions make a fool out of everyone, so community members speaking in support is important and we need to be prepared for a lengthier process in case one ensues.

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Socialist Night School: Socialist Perspectives on Women’s Oppression @ East Bay Community Space
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re still finalizing this course.

Required Readings

Additional details and readings will be added shortly.

 

 

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The Rise of a Radical New Majority @ St. Johns Presbyterian Church
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

D.D. Guttenplan & Michael Lerner
The Next Republic: The Rise of a Radical New Majority

advance tickets: $12 Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloways. East Bay Books   $15 door, KPFA benefit

Exactly who are the new progressive leaders emerging to lead the post-Trump return to democracy in America?  National political correspondent D.D. Guttenplans The Next Republic is an extraordinarily intense and wide-ranging history of the recent fall and incipient rise of democracy in America. Here youll meet some of the individuals who are changing the course of American history  such as new labor activist Jane McAlevey, racial justice campaigner Chokwe Antar Lumumba, environmental activist Jane Kleeb, Sanders campaign veterans Zack Exley, Waleed Shahid and Corbin Trent, as well as anti-corruption crusader Zephyr Teachout.

Its high time that someone resurrected authentic populism  activism from below, and showed how it can be the path to a better future. Thats done very convincingly in D.D. Guttenplans fine book, The Next Republic: The Rise of a New Radical Majority.     Noam Chomsky

D.D. Guttenplan has written a profoundly subversive book. At a moment when Trumpism, cynicism and corruption seem to reign supreme in our politics, he has made a compelling case for hope and optimism about the future of our democracy, and has put the meaning of our republic in its historical context.    Victor Navasky

At a moment when history and truth are under attack, and the survival of our republic is once again in doubt, The Next Republic is a timely, humane, forceful narrative of our insurgent political momentand a deeply reported contribution to the fight for a progressive future in America.     Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher of The Nation

D.D. Guttenplan, London correspondent for The Nation, is the author of The Holocaust on Trial,  a book about the Irving v Penguin Books and Lipstadt libel case. In 2009 Guttenplan completed a biography of I. F. Stone titled American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone.
Michael Lerner is an American political activist, the editor of Tikkun, a progressive Jewish interfaith magazine , and the rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley. He is the author of` Numerous books including Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin (with Cornel West), and
The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country From the Religious Right.

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Oct
17
Wed
East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative Orientation meeting
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to an orientation meeting to learn about a new model of housing cooperative that everyone can participate in that is going to be a game changer in fighting gentrification and keeping indigenous, communities of color and otherwise marginalized communities intact generating local wealth and power and resilience.
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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Oct 17 @ 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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APTP General Membership Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.​

For this meeting, the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective will present information about their work and how they are building and supporting TJ. The presentation will talk about TJ and what it is, covering some of the core concepts of TJ. For those who would like to learn more, attendees will be invited to a more in-depth TJ Intro later in the fall,
Here are links to the BATJC website: https://batjc.wordpress.com
and here is an intro from an interview with BATJC: WE RISE Mia Mingus of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV_5reooT_Y

The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World, and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.

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Oct
18
Thu
Omni General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Oct 18 @ 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. The schedule is created weekly at the following url: https://pad.riseup.net/p/omninom

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PUBLIC BANKING TO SERVE THE PUBLIC GOOD @ San Rafael Corporate Center
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come find out why public banking is suddenly making national news: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and other cities and states are considering changing finance to finance change!

On Thursday, October 18, at the San Rafael Corporate Center 750 Lindaro Street in San Rafael, join 350Marin and hear author and attorney Ellen Brown, founder of the Public Banking Institute and host of the radio show ‘It’s our Money’ and Susan Harman, Co-founder of Commonomics USA Member of Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland, talk about about the Public Bank movement that’s rapidly building momentum locally and across the US.  Refreshments and networking at 6:30pm.  Speaking program begins at 7pm.

See, download and distribute the flyer HERE and RSVP below.

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Oct
19
Fri
Ending Urban Shield “As It Is Currently Constituted” – Task Force Meeting @ Fremont Public Library
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Meeting of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’  Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Area Security Initiative, charged with reconstituting and rethinking Urban Shield.

The committee was established by the Board of Supervisors in March 2018 in response to sustained community concerns about Urban Shield, which is funded in part by UASI grants from the Department of Homeland Security, and coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

The Board of Supervisors decided in March, 2018 that 2018 would be the last year the county would approve Urban Shield, as currently constituted, and asked the Ad Hoc Committee to make recommendations to the Board on the UASI-funded emergency preparedness training and exercise in 2019 and beyond.

Theagenda will include a presentation and Q/A with county emergency preparedness officials (from ACSO, Public Health, and Social Services); a discussion of criteria for weighing recommendations; and a presentation about community-based emergency preparedness initiatives.

More information.

 

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Stop the Sleep Deprivation in CA Solitary Confinement! RALLY & COURT S\OLIDARITY @ Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS) for a rally and courtroom presence in opposition to the relentless practice of sleep deprivation torture in CA solitary confinement cells. Please show solidarity with imprisoned civil rights Plaintiff, Jorge Rico, and with people locked in solitary throughout CA suffering severe sleep deprivation due to guards’ loud and disturbing “security/welfare checks.”

Case name and number: Rico v. Beard  2:17-cv-01402-KJM-DB

9:00AM RALLY outside the Courthouse
10:00AM COURTROOM SOLIDARITY with Jorge Rico,
prisoner who brought this case (Crtrm #3, 15th Floor)

After the hearing, Jorge’s attorney, Kate Falkenstien, will be available briefly outside the courthouse to speak with community supporters and media.

Note: You must show ID and pass through a metal detector to get inside the Courthouse.

For rideshare to Sac & other info:
call 510-426-5322 or email phssreachingout@gmail.com

Background
In prison isolation units throughout California, guards jar prisoners EVERY 30 MINUTES with loud and disruptive “security/welfare checks” causing ongoing sleep deprivation.

Every half hour, 24/7 guards subject prisoners to shrill beeping, banging of metal on metal with a Guard One wand, stomping through the pods, talking loudly, and at times, shining flashlights in their faces. The California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation (CDCr) began this Guard One “security/welfare check” system in early 2014 in women’s and men’s prisons under the guise of suicide prevention. In conducting these automated “checks,” the guards aren’t actually checking to see if people are okay; but they wake and disturb prisoners night and day, inflicting serious sleep deprivation. These checks, in addition to the harm of extreme isolation, cause severe physical and mental injury, increase suicidal ideation, and are described by people forced to endure them as TORTURE.

Sleep deprivation is internationally defined – by experts inn human rights, sleep, and mental health – as a form of torture.

What’s the Oct 19 court hearing about?
CDCr is trying (again) to get Jorge Rico’s case dismissed. Currently, there are at least seven federal civil rights lawsuits by CA prisoners against these checks that charge CDCr administration, and specific wardens and guards, with violating prisoners’ constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment. Prisoners are suing for money damages for serious physical and psychological injury caused by being jarred every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. Perhaps most important, they are suing for declarative and injunctive relief- for the court to declare that the CDCr Guard One security/ welfare checks violate people’s civil rights and must stop. One of these lawsuits, brought by Christopher Lipsey (Lipsey v. Barnes), began in June 2014, over 4 years ago, and is still in initial court proceedings. Prisoner civil rights cases often take years to conclude, and only begin after a person in prison exhausts all of the avenues asking prison administration to deal with the problem, to no avail. With the so-called security/welfare checks, people in prison who have experienced them for months or years on end and who mustered the courage, paperwork, and fortitude to bring lawsuits, have been moved by CDCr in and out of solitary (where the checks occur) since the time they began their lawsuits.

Jorge Rico filed his lawsuit on August 2, 2016. Currently, Jorge is not in solitary experiencing the checks; he’s been in prison General Population since April 2018. CDCr is trying to get rid of significant parts of Jorge’s lawsuit- his request that the court declare the checks violate the Eighth Amendment constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment, and his request that the court order an end to the harmful, noisy, and useless Guard One checks that cause serious sleep disruption and deprivation. CDCr argues that those parts of Jorge’s lawsuit are “moot” because Jorge is not, at this time, enduring the checks. We believe Jorge’s claims are not moot because he is likely to experience the checks again. CDCr should not be allowed to evade his constitutional challenge.

CDCr tries every which way to get the civil rights case against the checks dismissed by the court.

The Legal Problem
How will anyone ever be able to successfully challenge the checks if their lawsuit goes away when CDCr decides to temporarily move them out of solitary? It is well known, and asserted by CDCr, that being put in Administrative Segregation (ASU solitary) at various times for various reasons should be expected by a person incarcerated in California. Indeed, Jorge has been in SHU solitary, then General Population, then Administrative Segregation solitary, then General Population – all since he began his lawsuit. If lawsuits take years, and people are in and out of solitary at CDCr’s discretion, and thus CDCr can get the lawsuits dismissed, this cruel sleep deprivation policy can continue on forever!

Jorge Rico’s lawsuit should not be dismissed because he gets some time out of solitary.

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Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance General Meeting @ Omni Commons
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Landless Peoples Alliance:

Regional meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Movies Under the Stars: Labor Film Classics @ National Nursed United HQ
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Oct
20
Sat
ELLA BAKER CENTER CONGRESS @ Oakland Public Library - Cesar Chavez Branch
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

 

Join us as we work together to set  EBC’s policy agenda for our local and state work in 2019. We hope that we can build stronger relationships across the membership, discuss our campaign work and identify important roles for members in 2019. In order to attend, we kindly ask that you RSVP here, by October 15th.

 

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Save People’s Park @ People's Park
Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Build elsewhere in Berkeley. Save our Greenspace. Save People’s Park.

If UCB gets their way, Berkeley will be covered with high-rises and hotels and the legal of Berkeley’s historic contributions to Free Speech, Anti War and Community Democracy will be reduced to a bronze plaque.

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SOUTHWEST OF SALEM: FILM AND PANEL @ New Parkway Theater
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hosted by California Coalition for Women Prisoners

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Cultivate Empathy for All @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our philosophy:
We are more interconnected and interdependent in our world than we think. Our ecosystem is built on the principle of interconnectedness. While science allows us to understand few of the interactions in ecosystem, the entire image of our interconnectedness with other individuals, species and environment is still beyond our intellectual grasp. But we certainly understood the importance of having a system built on the principle of interconnection. As a result, we developed our social, economic and political systems that rely on our interconnectedness. The ability to see the entire system with its interacting parts is called System Thinking. Nature has given us a tool in order to successfully coexist in perfect harmony with our interconnected surrounding. This precious gift is our ability to empathize with others. Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia—em (into) and pathos (feeling)—a penetration, a kind of travel. Empathy is our ability to connect with others physically, psychologically and emotionally. But the misconception that the greater fulfillment lies within hoarding more “toys” has deteriorated the truth of interconnection from our awareness. The resultant individualism born out of greed gives rise to our social, economic and environmental issues and injustice

Our approach:
Cultivate Empathy for All is a volunteer group of empathy enthusiasts who are bringing back the culture of empathy in government, business and social work sectors through system thinking. We reach out to various groups, companies and organizations in the community and provide free presentations on ways in which empathy could be applied in their context and setting.
Volunteers also experience benefits. Through this work, volunteers grow their skillset, deepen their practice of empathy for all, and develop a culture of empathy in our community. It is a win-win for both presenters and audience members.
But this is only one of the ways to address the issue of limited Empathy. Therefore, we invite all social innovative thinkers to come together on this platform and create various ways of cultivating Empathy for all in our world.

About the launch event:
At our event, we will provide a presentation on Empathy Through System Thinking in Government. It will include 1) summary of the biggest consequences faced by humankind due to short sighted government regulations 2) System thinking-ability to see the interconnected nature of our social, economic and environmental systems 3) Empathy-a gift to co-exist in perfect harmony with our interconnected surrounding 4) Empathy through system thinking in Berkeley council to develop a healthier community for all.
At Cultivate Empathy for All, we understand corpocracy is an obstacle for a local government to be solely run for community interest. Election campaign is one of the doors through which corporate money enters in the government. As a result, we are providing a free platform for Berkeley council candidates to reach the hearts of community residents.
At this event, we will also have community leaders (chief guests) who will speak about their work in cultivating empathy for all.

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Oct
21
Sun
Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing eco-campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice. Come early to hang out and share a potluck lunch.

Potluck lunch: 12:30 PM

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Zionist Lawfare and the Boycott Movement: Solidarity and Resistance in the Trump Era
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

This event focuses on the attack on the academic boycott and BDS movement, including the recent lawsuit targeting members of USACBI (US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) in the context of broader right-wing and Zionist repression, including of student activists such as GUPS at San Francisco State. The speakers will also discuss the campaign.

 

National Lawyers Guild – SFBA Chapter | 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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