Calendar

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May
20
Sun
Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at [ liberatedlens@lists.riseup.net ].

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

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May
21
Mon
Rally for Safety, Justice, & Democracy! @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

May 21st is the last day to register to vote for the June 5th primary election in California! Please join us for a special rally to share information and resources! Learn about Proposed New Laws that will affect you! Get information on Education and Employment, meet local Employers. Come together as a Community!!

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights | www.ellabakercenter.org | 510.428.3939

REGISTER TO VOTE! MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!

May 21st is the LAST DAY TO REGISTER to vote for the June 5th primary election in California! Please join us for a special rally to share information and resources!

> Register to vote THAT DAY – We will help!
> Learn about Proposed New Laws that will AFFECT YOU!
> Get information on Education and Employment
> Meet local Employers
> Come together as a Community!!

SPONSORED BY:
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)
Californians for Safety and Justic
ACLU
League of Women Voters
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform
Root & Rebound
All Of Us Or None Of Us
Community & Youth Outreach
Legal Services for Prisoners With Children
Berkeley Women Organized for Political Action

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Occupy Forum Excursion: Film: Evolution of Organic by Mark Kitchell @ Roxy Theater
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Film: Evolution of Organic by Mark Kitchell
(get tickets in advance or be put on guest list!)

The San Francisco showing of Mark’s new film: Evolution of Organic will be at the Roxie this coming Monday, May 21st from 6 pm-9 pm. Rainbow Grocery is sponsoring the event. Appearing will be Bu Nygrens of Veritable Vegetable, Kim Kaput of Rainbow Grocery, and John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project. We recommend buying tickets in advance at ticketing.us.veezi.com or just go to the Roxie website.

From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years.

If you would like to be on the Guest List as OccupySF, let me (ruthiesakheim@gmail.com)  know and I’ll put your name on it.

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FILM SCREENING: WILDER THAN WILD: FIRE, FORESTS AND THE FUTURE @ David Brower Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wilder than Wild is an hour-long documentary film about wildfires and climate change. This Bay Area premiere will be followed by a panel and Q&A with Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison, UC Berkeley fire scientist Scott Stephens, Berkeley firefighter Mike Shuken, and filmmakers Kevin White and Stephen Most.

Registration required.

For more information and to register, visit their website.

Visit Event Website

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TENANT AND NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS, Public Meeting. @ Omni Commons
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tenant and Neighborhood Councils (TANC) is a member-run housing organization built out of the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America. We encourage all tenants of private landlords, unhoused people, and public housing residents, to join us in organizing councils.

Existing avenues for combating rising rents, slumlord behavior, and evictions are channeled through non-profit organizations. These types of organizations, while a critical resource for tenants, do not necessarily challenge the larger structural dilemma that we face—the subjugation of housing under capitalism.

Effectively challenging well-heeled landlords, developers, and state managers depends on moving beyond individual relationships to landlords and towards organizing collectively as tenants against each and all landlords. Only then can we build our capacity to fight back against the forces that structure our lives.

Capitalism spurs investors and speculators to treat housing as storage containers for wealth with high rates of return rather than places to call home. From the history of the housing struggle across the country, we have seen that it is often the most precarious among us who are pushed out of our homes, made to live on the street, or forced into squalid living conditions. Throughout history, working class people—and especially working class people of color— have fought against discrimination, exploitation, and displacement. The history of housing struggles reveal our particular housing problems as collective ones that arise from capitalist housing market.

We understand our struggles as being interconnected, and our organizing against those who profit massively from precarity and misery in our daily lives follows this insight. We are building power towards a future where housing is constructed and allocated according to necessity—not according to profit.

 

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of Bay Area tenants who are fed up with rising rents, evictions, and harassment at the hands of landlords. We are fed up with our neighbors having no option but to live unsheltered and at constant risk of police harassment. We want to stop landlords, developers, and cops from looting our communities.

Capitalism is what connects all of these housing issues. Profit has been prioritized over our quality of life. There is only one way to push against a system that exploits our need for housing: we have to get organized. Together we can take collective action, and begin to force overdue rent reductions across the Bay Area.

If you or someone you know wants to organize for lower rents, timely maintenance, end landlord harassment, or focus on any other housing issue—reach out to us.

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May
22
Tue
Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Mass Meeting
May 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join APEN, CEJA, Idle No More SF Bay, Jobs With Justice, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER, SEIU 1021, 350.org and over 50 other organizations at a meeting on May 22. We are organizing to plan a bold, visionary action during Jerry Brown’s “Global Climate Action Summit.” We demand real climate leadership that protects vulnerable communities, workers, and future generations: keep fossil fuels in the ground; develop a just, equitable, resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity; create family sustaining jobs: Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice March on Saturday September 8th.

The whole world is coming to San Francisco for the Global Climate Summit from Sep 12-14.

Climate disruption is impacting all of our communities from jobs to justice and everything in between. And we want you, your organizations, friends, and family to rise up with the world on September 8th to demand real solutions.

You are invited to come to a meeting to build the movement leading up to the largest march for climate jobs & justice on the West Coast. There’s lots to do and your talents and gifts are welcomed!

Join your sisters and brothers as we look forward to creating a world of equity, justice, and a sustainable and safe future for the next seven generations to come. It’s up to us.

 

Info/RSVP

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Action for unjustly jailed Egyptian photojournalist, Shawkan @ McClaren Center, UCSF, Rm 252
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join Amnesty International SF Group 30 &
The Department of International & Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco

For an evening of discussion and short films about Shawkan, photojournalism, jailed journalists, and issues of press freedom.

Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Kim Komenich in conversation with award-winning Egyptian photojournalist and filmmaker Khaled Sayed.

With a special selection of Shawkan’s photographs exhibited.

Background: Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as “Shawkan” was recently honored with the prestigious 2018 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on World Press Freedom Day. Shawkan is detained in Egypt’s Tora Prison Complex, where he has been held arbitrarily for nearly five years—just for working as a photojournalist. Egyptian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Shawkan.

Photography is not a crime. Journalism is not a crime. Come partake in photography and writing actions on behalf of Shawkan and other jailed journalists.

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Caring for our Community – A Forum on how we can respond to the needs of those who are Houseless @ The Way Church
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Panelists: After introducing themselves, panelists will be asked to answer a series of three questions:
1) What are the struggles of people who are homelessness in Berkeley?
2) What are immediate things that can be done by the Community and the City to address the needs of people who are homeless?
3) What are some long-term actions that can make a difference?
4) What are the challenges and obstacles?
Big Mama, First They Came for the Homeless Encampment
Mike Zint, First They Came for the Homeless – confirmed
Representative, Youth Spirit Art Works – confirmed
Nick Houston, East Oakland Collective – confirmed
Tiny, Poor Magazine, Oakland – confirmed
Respondents:
Paul Kealoha-Blake, Mental Health Commissioner, City of Berkeley
Osha Neumann, East Bay Community Law Center
Boona Cheema, founder of BOSS & Mental Health Commissioner, City of Berkeley – confirmed
Representative, Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center -confirmed

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SudoMesh: Save the Internet @ Omni Commons
May 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hello we are here to Save the Internet!

Join us every Tuesday in the Omni Commons mezzanine to help build a community-owned and -operated wireless mesh network in the East Bay!

Every Tuesday night, we meet to discuss on-going projects, technical bugs, community and media outreach, finances and budgeting, and upcoming events, such as node mounts, office hours, and workshops.  Newcomers are encouraged to come on the last Tuesdays of the month for general orientation, but are welcome at any meeting.

A wireless mesh network is a network where each computer acts as a relay to other computers, such that a network can stretch to cover entire cities.

Our goal is to create a wireless mesh network that is owned and operated by the community.

Want to help create an alternate means of digital communication that isn’t governed by for-profit internet service providers? Join us for the mesh hacknight! We need people of all backgrounds to help with everything from community involvement and grant writing to mounting antennas on buildings and developing software!

Learn more at https://peoplesopen.net and http://sudomesh.org/

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May
24
Thu
Cities vs. Oil Companies Hearing
May 24 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Oakland and San Francisco are suing five oil companies for damage from sea level rise and other climate change impacts. Now the oil companies are asking federal Judge William Alsup to dismiss the suit. Come show your support for holding oil companies accountable when Judge Alsup hears arguments on this motion.

BACKGROUND

City of Oakland v. BP PLC et al, #3;17-CV;06011, is a public nuisance case brought by the City of Oakland against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon and Shell, consolidated now with a companion lawsuit filed by the City and County of San Francisco. The issue is important enough that the states of California (Attorney General Xavier Becerra), New Jersey and Washington have filed a brief in support of the cities’ position.

The lawsuit is designed to force each defendant company (with room in the complaint to add ten more) to pay its share of the damage caused by sea level rise during the decades of the oil industry’s deliberate misinformation campaign about the climate change threat. The notion is similar to that which finally held cigarette companies liable for damages caused by their lies. The legal theory is that the oil companies have knowingly created a “public nuisance,” and they should have to pay for its harm. Scientists now believe they can prove the amount of damage created by each of these huge fossil fuel companies during its period of lying to the public.

This is one of ten climate damage public nuisance suits filed in the past year by cities and counties, including San Mateo County, Marin County, Richmond and Santa Cruz. These other Bay Area cases, along with one from Imperial Beach in SoCal, are being ordered back to state court by another federal judge, which is being appealed by the fossil fuel companies. They are on hold while that appeal is decided. But Cities of Oakland and San Francisco are going forward.

William Alsup, the federal judge assigned to the Oakland/SF case, has already insisted that the parties give him a tutorial on climate change, so he seems to be taking it seriously.

Now the oil companies have filed a Motion to Dismiss the case entirely. On Thursday, May 24,  Judge Alsup will hear both sides argue that motion. If this case survives the motion to dismiss, it will be the first climate change damage lawsuit to do so; thus, this is a critical moment. Chances are good, because the scientific evidentiary basis for the amount of damage attributable to separate companies has gotten stronger.

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May
25
Fri
Film: The Organizer. A Documentary About ACORN, its Growth and Demise. @ New Parkway Theater
May 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Special Community Showing with Wade Rathke, Founder and Chief Organizer of ACORN.

The ORGANIZER is a film about people who have dedicated their lives to the hidden, usually message and always controversial job of building power for the powerless. It’s also a very human story about organizational tension, personal tragedy, betrayal and ultimately resilience. The film is about how ACORN as a political force the poor, marginalized and forgotten was built.

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May
27
Sun
Abolition of Policing Workshop with Critical Resistance @ Sierra Club
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

This Critical Resistance workshop explores the role and history of policing in the U.S., the way it has impacted different communities, and how people have resisted and challenged its inherent violence. This workshop also goes over how we can reduce our reliance on policing by highlighting the various ways that building up community strength and practices lead to true safety that does not depend on law enforcement.

We are asking for a $5 – 20 donation, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 100% of donations will go to support Critical Resistance.

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Indivisible East Bay @ Sports Center
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

EB All Member Meeting at Sports Basement, Berkeley. RSVP (free) here.

Mission and Goals

Indivisible East Bay is a chapter of the Indivisible movement. We are a grassroots organization focused on stopping the Trump administration’s policies by:

  • Lobbying our group’s Members of Congress (MoCs) with office visits, calls, emails, and rallies.
  • Lobbying our MoCs on topics of laws, policies, and nominations.
  • Collaborating with other Indivisible groups and sharing resources for meetings and events.

We will also focus on the following, in order of declining priority:

  1. Lobby our representatives at all levels (state, local, county, party, judges, etc) to take actions (both symbolic and real) to oppose the Trump administration’s policies.
  2. Help indivisible groups in red & purple districts lobby their MoCs (CA & other states) to oppose the Trump administration’s policies.
  3. Help allied organizations, like Sister DistrictSwing Left, and Brand New Congress to support progressive MoCs under attack or to influence or replace MoCs in red & purple districts.
  4. Alert our members (e.g. not direct mobilization) about ways to personally support State legislation that supports our goals, such as AB 14 (campaign financing disclosure) or SB 54 (protect immigrants from ICE).
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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

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

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than six years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

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

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

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Oakland Greens: Free Dinner and a Movie @ It's Your Move Games
May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Movie: 7:30 PM

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Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at [ liberatedlens@lists.riseup.net ].

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

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Film night: The Chinese Exclusion Act @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Discussion after the screening with Cynthia Choy, Co-Executive Director of Chinese Affirmative Action, and Nancy Wong, daughter of victims of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Free snacks and popcorn.

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May
28
Mon
Oakland Homeless Advocacy Working Group @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 4
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Open to the public.

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TENANT AND NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS, Public Meeting. @ Omni Commons
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tenant and Neighborhood Councils (TANC) is a member-run housing organization built out of the East Bay Democratic Socialists of America. We encourage all tenants of private landlords, unhoused people, and public housing residents, to join us in organizing councils.

Existing avenues for combating rising rents, slumlord behavior, and evictions are channeled through non-profit organizations. These types of organizations, while a critical resource for tenants, do not necessarily challenge the larger structural dilemma that we face—the subjugation of housing under capitalism.

Effectively challenging well-heeled landlords, developers, and state managers depends on moving beyond individual relationships to landlords and towards organizing collectively as tenants against each and all landlords. Only then can we build our capacity to fight back against the forces that structure our lives.

Capitalism spurs investors and speculators to treat housing as storage containers for wealth with high rates of return rather than places to call home. From the history of the housing struggle across the country, we have seen that it is often the most precarious among us who are pushed out of our homes, made to live on the street, or forced into squalid living conditions. Throughout history, working class people—and especially working class people of color— have fought against discrimination, exploitation, and displacement. The history of housing struggles reveal our particular housing problems as collective ones that arise from capitalist housing market.

We understand our struggles as being interconnected, and our organizing against those who profit massively from precarity and misery in our daily lives follows this insight. We are building power towards a future where housing is constructed and allocated according to necessity—not according to profit.

 

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of Bay Area tenants who are fed up with rising rents, evictions, and harassment at the hands of landlords. We are fed up with our neighbors having no option but to live unsheltered and at constant risk of police harassment. We want to stop landlords, developers, and cops from looting our communities.

Capitalism is what connects all of these housing issues. Profit has been prioritized over our quality of life. There is only one way to push against a system that exploits our need for housing: we have to get organized. Together we can take collective action, and begin to force overdue rent reductions across the Bay Area.

If you or someone you know wants to organize for lower rents, timely maintenance, end landlord harassment, or focus on any other housing issue—reach out to us.

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