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Jul
7
Tue
40 Years Later: Revisiting the Dangerous Legacies of the Vietnam War (fundraiser) @ The Grease Diner
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Grease Diner will be hosting an in-progress screening and fundraiser for Benjamin Welmond’s Renew Vietnam, a film about Project Renew – an organization removing bombs, mines and other dangerous explosives from the Quang Tri province of Vietnam. The event will take place on July 17th from 6 – 9pm at the Grease Diner in Oakland. In addition to an in-progress screening of the unfinished 20 minute film, there will be a Q & A with director Benjamin Welmond, and the founder of Project Renew, Chuck Searcy. Bill Creighton (head of SF’s Veterans for Peace chapter) will be talking about the legacies, and current fight for institutional support to victims of Agent Orange. As this event is a fundraiser, the Grease Diner will be offering live-screenprinting of Renew Vietnam t-shirts and tote bags, which can be purchased during the event. Proceeds will go towards funding of the film, which is still in post-production. Welmond has been using indiegogo to raise the essential funds for the film, which are needed for a composer, translator and animator. The screening will be an opportunity to get involved and learn about Project Renew.

During the Vietnam War, the Quang Tri province became one of the most heavily bombed places in history, and it is estimated that 800,000 tons of bombs did not detonate as designed. The United States government also sprayed Agent Orange to kill the crops, which utilizes a deadly chemical with severe biological repercussions. These bombs have left a powerful legacy on the area, injuring and killing thousands of unsuspecting civilians. In 2001, The NGO Project Renew was established by Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam Veteran, an active member of Veterans for peace, in order to find ways to make Quang Tri a safer place. Project Renew trains local Quang Tri citizens to work around the clock to disarm leftover explosives, lend support to victims, and educate local populations on how to be alert and aware. In December of 2014, Benjamin Welmond went to the Quang Tri province to film a short documentary about Project Renew, in order to raise awareness of their efforts, and spark discussions on the powerful impact of war.

You can RSVP to the event and invite friends through this facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/events/379579128905685/) . Sliding scale donations (recommended donation of $5 and up) will be taken at the door. The Grease Diner is located at 6604 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, CA. The Grease Diner is an art gallery, gift shop, and screen printing studio with a DIY feel and radical attitude. Owners, Jon Jon and Laurie are excited to be working with Benjamin Welmond to help him raise the additional funds needed to finish the film while providing a space for folks in the bay area to learn about Project Renew and the aftermath of the Vietnam war. As well as addressing the US’s impact on Vietnam, the film also brings up important questions dealing with the US’s foreign military policy. All are welcome to come to the event, and the Q & A sessions will be an important time to address questions about what the effect of war is.

To donate and see the trailer for the film, please go here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/renew-vietnam-the-documentary#/story

To learn more about the film please see: http://www.renew-thedoc.com

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Copwatch Training @ Grassroots House
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to our training so that you can be a safe and effective Copwatcher.At our Know Your Rights trainings, you’ll learn what your rights are in various situations with police, what to expect, what to look out for, and how to stay safe. We use direct instruction, videos and role plays to help you to feel more comfortable when asserting your rights, while copwatching as well as in the rest of your life.

Join regular copwatch patrols every Thursday evening or at a time best suited for you. Shift leaders will orient you as to how we document police activity and keep safe!

It’s time to see what’s really going on in your city – attend our training and then join us for a shift!

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Jul
8
Wed
LaborFest: Film: Wisconsin Rising @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Wisconsin Rising
(60 min) (2014) by Sam Mayfield


This film documents the days, weeks and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority and injustice. They were fighting back against newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s action stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees. This fight took place in the same period as the Arab spring, and workers in both struggles saw their common fight.
Discussion to follow.

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LaborFest: The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10 @ ) ILWU Local 10 - Henry Schmidt Room
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


An Injury To One Is An Injury To All
The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10


On May 1, 2015 ILWU Local 10 called for a stop work meeting to protest the police terror and murders of African Americans, Latinos and other working people. Two thousand marched to demand justice and human rights. ILWU made history as the only union in the United States to not only to challenge the epidemic of police murders, but also to take action on the job.
This educational forum will look at why the ILWU Local 10 took this action and how their members have been affected by the increasing militarization of the police and repression in working class communities.
There will also be a screening of a new documentary about the ILWU Local 10’s initiated action.
Henry Schmidt room is on the second floor of the smaller building at the location.

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Jul
10
Fri
Capitalism, Policing, & the Role of State Violence @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the discussion as Lamont Lilly, of Workers World Party Durham Branch talks about the fight against police terror and capitalism’s need to have a police state. Lilly was recently in Baltimore People’s Power Assembly during the rebellion there in response to the police murder of #Freddie Grey. He has been active in the struggle to free Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley Jr. Lilly is an activist and an author, writing frequently for Workers.org newspaper, a contributing editor for Triangle Free Press, and also published in Truth-out.org. You can find him on Twitter @LamontLilly .

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Jul
11
Sat
March, Rally, Action: Stop the Oil Trains. Richmond. @ Atchison Village Park
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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FIGHTING DRONE WARFARE AND THE MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE @ Rockridge Library
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

FIGHTING DRONE WARFARE AND THE
MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE
A Talk and Discussion with
Toby Blome
Code Pink activist

Please join East Bay and SF WILPF

Free, Refreshments, Handicapped Accessible

www.wilpfEastBay.org

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Strike Debt Bay Area @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, outside City Hall
Jul 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt!
Come get connected with SDBA’s many projects!
  • student debt resistance
  • organizing for public banking.
  • advocating for Postal banking.
  • ongoing study group
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • our famous Strike Debt radio program
  • staging Debtors’ Assemblies
  • Reviewing our recent presentation on money and debt at the US Social Forum
  • saving the Berkeley Post Office and stopping the Staples non-union takeover of good Post Office jobs
  • and much more!
 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

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Social Justice Theatre: Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter
Jul 11 @ 5:51 pm – 6:51 pm

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written, and performed by playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner, this limited engagement opens Saturday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

Smith garnered a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012 and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy. Now she turns her attention to the school-to-prison pipeline, which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. In act one, Smith performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. She will be joined by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby.

In act two, Smith invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents to help dissolve the school-to-prison pipeline and inequities in the education system.  With the compelling and inspiring Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.

“I’m pleased to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter at Berkeley Rep,” says Smith. “This is my coming home project. By that I mean that I come from teachers who in my generation gave their lives to changing the lives of young Baltimoreans through belief in the potential of public education. I feel that the Bay Area is the perfect place for conversations about the school-to-prison pipeline to start and possibly for solutions to emerge. I’ve had a long history with Berkeley Rep and the Bay Area where I have presented my work since the early 1980s.”

Smith continues, “There’s a lot of research being conducted and has been done about the relationship of early suspensions and how that perpetuates a cycle of incarceration. Though the focus of fixing racial inequity is currently focused on problems with urban policemen, as President  Obama cautioned us, in the midst of riots in Baltimore, the problem is broader and deeper than that. I believe that we have a chance to reimagine and recreate a new war on poverty. Education is a crucial part of that. Through this special presentation I hope that we can build a model for art to be in direct connection to advocacy. We can bring people forward to ask not just what they think, but what they can do. I hope this process will help us understand more about our children, our teachers, our judges, and our criminal justice system.”

To cultivate participation in the dialogue by as many voices as possible, Berkeley Rep is offering a wide array of ticket discounts including:

·        1,000 free community tickets are available by application to nonprofit, and government organizations serving populations impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and indviduals for whom cost would be a barrier; details available at http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1415/9293.asp#tabbed-

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Antoinette’s Rent Party and Art Show @ Omni Commons
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Mogi and I are in need of some help. I need to move at the end of July and I won’t have enough to cover a deposit and last months rent for a new home. So, I’m throwing a Rent Party & Art Show.”

More details and RSVP

 

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Jul
12
Sun
Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 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 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence

~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.

~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.

~ Working groups: tbd

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
#Justice4ThemAll

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting:
omnicommons.org/connect

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jul 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly 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 AOccupy Oakland GAssembly 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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Jul
13
Mon
LaborFest: A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices @ Canessa Gallery
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices
With members of the Committee to Save the Berkeley Post Office


The U.S. Postal Service, now headed by those favoring privatization, is closing and selling off many post offices listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reducing postal services and cutting public sector union jobs.  Many of these historic post offices have murals and art created during the New Deal. The City of Berkeley, however, prevailed in federal court saving the historic post office building and setting a precedent for others.  The case promises to save union jobs by requiring the USPS to follow the law. Come hear the story of how a spirited group of Berkeley residents set a national precedent.


Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office fought for their historic building and art for three years.  They made the nation aware of the issue with articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
For information: harveysmithberkeley@yahoo.com
or call 510-684-0414

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Jul
14
Tue
Coalition for Police Accountability @ Office of Jose Dorado
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Updates on our progress, organizing strategies and developing work plan to get Public Safety Oversight measure on the Nov 2016 ballot

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly @ SEIU Local 1000
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds community and power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the SEIU Local 1000 union hall in downtown Oakland at 6:30 PM.

Our work together encompasses: (1) the concerns of precarious, contingent, and care workers; (2) current campaigns to improve wages for low-wage workers; and (3) efforts by unionized workers and unions to improve wages and quality of work life. We share stories and information in an egalitarian and participatory way to build relationships and build the movement.

We look forward to learning with you and making change for the better.

Please love and support one another. We have a duty to fight. We have a duty to win.

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Jul
15
Wed
Politics of Debt Reading Group: Greece, Default and Debt @ Omni Commons (check whiteboard for room location)
Jul 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We discuss various monetary and debt-related topics. For our next meeting we will be reading articles about Greece, the recent referendum and its implications on the world monetary system, and Greece’s prospects.

Check back for a list of suggested readings.

A good overview of how it all came to be in layman’s terms.

The Politics of Debt Reading Group is affiliated with the Bay Area Public School and Strike Debt Bay Area.

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Jul
16
Thu
Love the Land? Take a Stand! @ Gill Tract
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For 3 years, the commercial development project that is slated to pave the southern 7 acres of the historic Gill Tract has been held off by a lawsuit. On June 16th, the courts ruled in favor of the UC, citing that their polluting, privatizing, pavement project breaks no state laws.

But we hold ourselves accountable to the laws of nature:
Did you know the neighborhood surrounding the Gill Tract already ranks in the top 2% nationwide for traffic congestion? Now imagine how many cars and diesel trucks the addition of a Sprouts grocery store would bring to the area. Did you know that same neighborhood ranks in the top 22% nationwide for asthma rates? Now imagine the air pollution and health implications of that traffic (approximately 6500 cars per day) on the community.

Join us Thursday, July 16th, one month after the court’s mis-ruling, to take a stand and demonstrate refusal to accept the misuse of public land in utter disregard of environmental and public health. We will be gathering to take action at the proposed development site on the corner of Monroe & San Pablo, from 4-5pm.

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Jul
17
Fri
LaborFest: Song and Story from Occupy @ ILWU Local 34 Hall
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Song and Story from Occupy


Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents a celebration of the Occupy movement, in song and story. The audience is invited to sing along: lyric sheets will be provided. Founded in 1999, the Labor Chorus helps keeps working-class culture alive, in four-part harmony. We will also have special guests.
www.laborchorus.org

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The Coup @ The New Parish
Jul 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Under 21 must buy $5 non-alcoholic drink ticket at the door.

The Coup

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Jul
18
Sat
Richmond Progressive Alliance Summer Picnic @ Marsh Hawk site
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come to the RPA Summer Picnic!

RPA will provide compostable paper ware, ice, some beverages, and charcoal for the grills from noon to 1:30, if conditions allow fires.  Bring food to share. Please invite friends, family, neighbors.

We’ve reserved a shady picnic area at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline that’s close to the parking lot and not far from the ADA-accessible children’s play area and tot lot. The views are marvelous.  The Golden State Model Railroad Museum is across the street, and their trains run on Sunday afternoons…

All of RPA’s friends, members, and their families are most welcome.

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