Calendar

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Apr
20
Mon
Court Support: #ShutItDown A14 Arrestees
Apr 20 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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Black 2 the Land!
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Meeting @ 5th floor
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Get involved with the fight against solitary confinement.

Become a human rights pen pal: Contact cws@igc.org

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Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

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

Get an overview of the sale announcement here. Here’s a good more general overview piece.

 There was a hearing in Federal Court on December 11th.

There was another hearing in March 26th.

Federal Judge William Alsup will decide whether the lawsuit will continue or be dismissed – he should decide sometime in the next several weeks. See our response to the Postal Service’s response to Judge Alsup’s request for them to rescind their decision to sell.

Check out the Community Garden at the Post Office.

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

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

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Occupy Forum: SDS, Rebels With a Cause: A Film by Helen Garvy @ Global Exchange
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

OccupyForum presents
Information, discussion & community!
Monday Night Forum!!

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

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Rebels With a Cause:
A Film by Helen Garvy


Descended from the Intercollegiate Socialist Society started in 1905, SDS held its first meeting in 1960. Its political manifesto, the Port Huron Statement drafted by Tom Hayden, criticized the political system of the United States for failing to achieve international peace. It critiqued Cold War foreign policy, the threat of nuclear war, and the arms race. In domestic matters, it criticized racial discrimination, economic inequality, big businesses, trade unions and political parties. In addition to its critique and analysis of the American system, the manifesto also suggested reforms: a need to reshape into two genuine political parties, for stronger power for individuals through citizen’s lobbies, for more substantial involvement by workers in business management, and for an enlarged public sector with increased government welfare, including a “program against poverty.” The manifesto provided ideas of what and how to work for and to improve, and also advocated nonviolent civil disobedience as the means by which student youth could bring forth a “participatory democracy.”

Sound familiar?

But When, in 1965, United States President Johnson dramatically escalated the war in Vietnam, SDS held the first teach-in against the war, and then hundreds more, all over the country. SDS worked to organize the march against the war in Washington that attracted 25,000 anti-war protesters, and SDS became the leading student group against the war on most U.S. campuses.

SDS pursued civil-rights and anti-war activities, was in 1967 the scene of an SDS-generated free speech movement (the University Freedom Movement) that mobilized thousands of students in massive demonstrations and other activities and coordinated series of demonstrations against the draft.

In the spring of 1968, National SDS activists led an effort on the campuses called “Ten Days of Resistance” and local chapters cooperated with the Student Mobilization Committee in rallies, marches, sit-ins and teach-ins, which culminated in a one-day strike on April 26. About a million students stayed away from classes that day, the largest student strike in the history of the United States.

The student shutdown of Columbia University in New York, led by an inter-racial alliance of Columbia SDS chapter activists and Student Afro Society activists. As a result of the mass media publicity given to Columbia, SDS activists such as Columbia SDS chairperson Mark Rudd during the Columbia Student Revolt, the organization was put on the map politically and “SDS” became a household name.

SDS in San Francisco played a major role in the Third World Student Strike at San Francisco State College. This strike, the longest student strike in U.S. history, led to the creation of Black and other ethnic studies programs on campuses across the country.

A new incarnation of SDS was founded on January 16, 2006, and by 2010 had grown to over 150 chapters around the United States. It has held five national conventions to date, including the fifth in 2010.

Come watch Rebels with a Cause and find out how they did it!

Q&A and Announcements to follow.

Donations to OccupyForum gladly accepted; no one turned away!

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Forum on Community Choice Energy in Berkeley @ Brower Center
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Forum on Community Choice Energy in Berkeley

solar_panels.jpgLearn about Alameda County’s plans to create a not-for-profit Community Choice Energy program with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create clean energy jobs and provide stable electricity rates for Berkeley and other Alameda County communities. This panel discussion is presented by the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Ecology Center and David Brower Center.

The event is open to the public, free of charge and wheelchair accessible.

 

PANELISTS

Shawn Marshall, Executive Director of LEAN Energy, former mayor of Mill Valley and former Vice-Chair of Marin Clean Energy

Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Conservation Program Manager at Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter

Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager at Climate Protection Campaign, Sonoma County Community Choice campaigner

Luis Amezcua, Community Choice Energy Working Group, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition

The discussion moderator is Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager, UC Berkeley.

 

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Apr
21
Tue
Postal Banking Conference Call
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Friends of Postal Banking Conference Call Series w/ Guest Speakers, 1st&3rd Tuesdays each month

This free conference call is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about postal banking and to discuss its possibilities. The first 5 minutes of each call is a straightforward review of the basics of existing USPS money services and how they can be extended to include functions such as bill pay, payroll advances, and short-term, small dollar credit. The next 10-15 minutes is time for the guest speaker to speak on any postal banking topic s/he may wish. This is followed by a 30-40 minute open discussion among invited participants. Screenshare capability, if needed, will be provided.

The list of scheduled speakers is:

April 21st, Sheldon Garon, Professor of History, Princeton University, Author of book, Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves. Presentation: Postal Financial Services, A Global Perspective, Presentation: http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/Assets/2014/07/FIN_Panel-2–Postal-Financial-Services-A-GlobalHistorical-Perspective-by-Sheldon-Garon.pdf

May 5th, David C. Williams, USPS Inspector General, OIG published Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved (see https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/rarc-wp-14-007.pdf )in January, 2014. Follow up report to be published before this conference call.

Register here.

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ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PLANET @ Humanist Hall
Apr 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PLANET

with Florence Windfall

Earth Day is Everyday

We invite you to participate in our Earth Awareness meeting at Humanist Hall. Come and share your own impressions of the current state of the Earth whether your impressions come from your own experiences and ideas or from those of someone you recommend we read. You are welcome to read from material that you bring to our group or to talk about your own experiences and/or ideas. What do you think is the current condition of planet Earth and its short term and/or long term fate? And what is your reaction to these thoughts you have?

Everyone will have at least 15 minutes to make their point or express their feelings. Discussion will follow each participant’s presentation. The time allowed for discussion will be longer or shorter depending on how many participants there are. If you are not so familiar with current developments in climate change science or politics, please see the list of articles, photos, and a radio program for your reading/viewing/listening pleasure that’s on our website, shown in the link below! For more articles and videos, check out our past Earth Awareness programs that are shown on our website.

Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street.

$5 donations are expected.

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Apr
22
Wed
Film Screening: Street Politics 101, the 2012 Montreal Student Strike @ La Idea
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Film screening of subMedia.tv’s “Street Politics 101″ about the 2012 student strike in Montréal, Canada. Plus a screening of the latest Stimulator episode with updates from the student strike currently unfolding in Montréal.

Description of Street Politics 101 from subMedia.tv:

In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this tumultuous spring, the numbers in the streets would reach over one hundred thousand. Police routinely clubbed students and their allies, and arrested them by the hundreds. Some were even banned from entering the city. But every time the cops struck, the student movement got bigger and angrier.

This is a story about how the arrogance of a government, underestimated a dedicated group of students, who through long term organizing laid the foundation for some of the largest mass demonstrations in Canada’s history. But it is also a story of how a crews of determined anarchists, educated a new generation of students, in the importance of owning the streets.

In Street Politics 101, subMedia.tv features some of the best footage from what some called “the maple spring.” It also features interviews with students, teachers and anarchists involved in one of the most militant rebellions in Quebec.

 

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Roman Mars Talk. @ Kaiser Center, Suite 250
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

No matter the topic, Roman Mars, creator of the wildly popular “99% Invisible” podcast, will blow your mind with his observations on everything from architectural heists to barcodes, from cow tunnels to DIY space suits. Join the “Ira Glass of Design” and his Radiotopia colleagues for a fascinating evening.​

+ Roman Mars / 99% Invisible
+ Sam Greenspan / 99% Invisible

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please use the links below to sign up.

ADMISSION:

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please register below:
Free for SPUR members
$10 for non-members

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Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting @ Impact Hub, upstairs
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our benighted City Government

Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s 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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Protection, Justice and Compensation: A Panel Discussion @ Omni Commons
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Compensation for rape or other violent crimes is crucial to recovery, yet many victims are denied it. Find out
what can be done!

Build on a victory: In 2013 a campaign spearheaded by US PROStitutes Collective, with key support from other sex worker organizations and women’s and prisoners rights campaigners, pushed the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to drop a discriminatory regulation that denied compensation to sex workers for involvement in the crime of prostitution. Sex workers who are victims of rape, sexual assault or had suffered domestic violence can now get compensation.

• Compensation is still denied to victims who have suffered other violence, or who are prisoners or formerly incarcerated people (FIPs).
• A “cooperation with police” requirement is a further obstacle to compensation, particularly for immigrants and people of color, and any who fear retaliation, deportation, and/or police racism or other bias.
• Similar criminalization and discrimination exists in other countries, and we are campaigning together internationally against this.

Speakers:
Linda Evans, All of Us or None – the impact of compensation programs on prisoners and FIPs.

Nina Lopez, English Collective of Prostitutes and Legal Action for Women, UK – opposing criminalization based on the ‘Swedish model’; the use of anti-trafficking laws to target sex workers & immigrants.

Margaret Prescod, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders – fighting for justice over the murders of 100 Black women in South Central LA, dismissed by law enforcement as “no humans involved.”

Rachel West, US PROStitutes Collective – what’s next in the struggle for compensation.

From Ferguson and NYC to Los Angeles and Oakland sexism and racism ensure criminalization and even murder. In campaigning for justice we draw on our experiences to demand what we are entitled to.

Event called by: US PROStitutes Collective. Planning Group: All of Us or None, Erotic Service Providers Union: Global Women’s Strike; In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project; Queer Strike; Sin Barras; Kate Grünke-Horton, UCSF PhD Student; Meleiza Figueroa, and other individuals.

http://www.facebook.com/events/890003634396292/

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Earth Day Film Fest: “Disruption” & “Wapapura Film” @ Little Roxie
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Apr
23
Thu
“What’s Happening with Greece, Spain and the European Union” @ Humanist Hall
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Wellstone Club Meeting
“What’s Happening with Greece, Spain and the European Union”
Conn Hallinan

Potluck at 6PM; Meeting at 6:45PM
please bring something to share

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Fund Raiser: Help Movement Generation send Brooke to Palestine this summer!
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Help Movement Generation send Brooke to Palestine this summer!

Join MG for a screening of the provocative film “Enduring Roots” and take a stand against the greenwashing of the Israeli occupation.

Movement Generation is proud to send a delegate – collective member, Brooke Anderson – on the 2015 Land Defense Delegation to Palestine, hosted by the Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Campaign.

The delegation connects international activists involved in land-based struggle, indigenous sovereignty movements and environmental/climate justice work to Palestinians working to defend their land from further colonization by the Jewish National Fund. Through the collection of charitable donations for “environmentalism,” the JNF confiscates land, uproots olive trees, and builds parks and fake forests over Palestinian villages to hide ethnic cleansing and to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes.

Self-determination and freedom lie at the heart of ecological justice. Free the Land. Free the People. Free Palestine.

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at the Orchard (Gopal’s place). We’ll watch the film, hear from activists working to stop the JNF, and enjoy some brew and snacks. Please bring a cash or check donation.

If you can’t make the event, you can still make a donation at http://www.gofundme.com/BrooketoPalestine.

For more information about the JNF, visit:
www.stopthejnf.org
www.ijan.org/category/projects-campaigns/stopthejnf

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NLG Training: Getting Appropriate Medical or Mental Health Care On The Inside
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Training 7

Challenges to Getting Appropriate Medical or Mental Health Care On The Inside: Tools For More Effective Advocacy and Better Outcomes for Incarcerated People and Supporters On The Outside

RSVP & Survey: Please complete to shape venue, content, and number of copies for the series.
Email List Sign up for announcements here http://eepurl.com/7WwfL 

Materials, resources, and flyers for this training series are available here http://caitlinkellyhenry.com/support/
Cost If you can afford to, please donate to cover expenses http://www.nlgsf.org/contribute.
This training will teach participants the legal rights of inmates with medical or mental health needs. The trainer(s) will focus on strategies to advocate for better treatment, including evaluations, medications, and emergency care, for individuals in jails and prisons. Examples will be drawn from experiences with individual and systemic legal advocacy.

1.5 Hours General CLE Credit

Invite Here https://www.facebook.com/events/699605036802805

Trainers will include: Aaron Fischer, Esq., Associate, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP (San Francisco)  Attorney expeerienced in disability rights, Eighth Amendment rights, systemic jail mental health reforms, diabetes anti-discrimination issues.  http://rbgg.com/attorneys/associates/aaron-j-fischer

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Fundraiser: ‘Life in Occupied Palestine: To Exist is to Resist!’ @ La Pena Cultural Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area presents “Life in Occupied Palestine”: To Exist Is to Resist! a journal launch, music and fundraiser featuring contributors to a special issue of the journal Biography on Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m, at La Pena!

This evening of readings and music will feature: Magid Shihade (faculty member at Birzeit University, Palestine), Sarah Ihmoud (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Univeristy of Texas at Austin), and Cynthia Franklin (Biography co-editor, University of Hawai’i faculty member, USACBI Organizing Collective, and co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace – Hawai’i). There will also be sweets for all to enjoy.

Come hear timely insights and analyses from these outstanding academics and activists. Invite your friends!

La Pena, our wonderful community resource, has agreed to host this evening as a special “La Pena Presents!” event.

Check out the La Pena website for tickets in advance: http://lapena.org/event/life-in-occupied-palestine-to-exist-is-to-resist/

 

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WiFi Mesh Meeting Thursdays 7:30pm-11:30pm @ Sudoroom at Omni Commons
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

WiFi Mesh General Meeting
When: Every Thursday @ 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Where: 4799 Shattuck Avenue – Oakland, CA
(corner of 48th and Shattuck)
Contact: Jenny Ryan – email

We’re building a community wireless mesh network!

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 such a free mesh network that is entirely controlled 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 have crowdfunded the purchase of our first 100+ routers and are preparing to deploy the first nodes in Oakland. We need people with both technical and non-technical backgrounds to help with everything from local community involvement and crowdfunding to mounting wifi routers on buildings and developing software!

Last Thursdays are General Meetings for planning, strategy, and orientation for new folks.

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Apr
24
Fri
Justice 4 Amilcar: Vigil and March
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Neighbors for Justice for Amilcar are holding a vigil and march in honor of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015.

On Friday, April 24th, on behalf of Amilca’rs family, Attorney Arnoldo Casillas will file a civil lawsuit against the City of San Francisco and officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli who killed Amilcar Perez-Lopez mere feet from his home. At 11:00am Casillas will hold a press conference and reveal information that dramatically contradicts the police narrative of the events of the night Amilcar was shot and killed.

We believe SFPD is involved in a cover-up of facts to avoid criminal and civil accountability for the unlawful killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. Join us that evening to mourn this tragic loss in our community, resist the forces of gentrification, and DEMAND JUSTICE for Amilcar.

6:00pm – Vigil begins on the East side of Folsom between 24th and 25th, at the site of the shooting
6:30pm – March begins
7:00pm – Stop at Mission Police Station (630 Valencia)
March will end at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (15th St between
Mission and Valencia))

**Please bring votive candles. We will lay these down at the Mission Police Station to symbolize the loss of Amilcar and other victims of police violence in San Francisco.**

learn more:
Justice4Amilcar.org
stay involved:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/353672264838421/

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Rising Tide’s ​ Climate Forum: Fighting Back Against the Global Land Grab; @ The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politic
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Rising Tide North America is excited to host trouble-making authors Scott Crow, Alexander Reid Ross and others for a book event to talk about their new book “Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab”

Land grabs are a global phenomenon of our times, driven by the ever
increasing demands of both global corporations and the governments with
which they are allied.But ordinary citizens, small farmers and ordinary
citizens around the world are standing up to defend their own with passion
and ingenuity, and they are recording successes that are both
extraordinary and inspiring.

Join us for this exciting panel as scott crow, Alexander Reid Ross and
others discuss this disturbing phenomenon and the resistance fighting back
against it.

https://www.facebook.com/events/808682179224848/

About the panelists

Alexander Reid Ross is an activist and journalist. He is currently a
member of the Earth First! Journal Collective and a co-founding moderator
of the Earth First! Newswire. He edited the forthcoming book /Grabbing
Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab/ (AK Press), and is working on a
Bakunin translation for a forthcoming Bakunin Reader, published by PM
Press.

scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied
life as an underground musician,coop business owner, political organizer,
trainer, strategist and ‘green collar’ worker advocating for anarchism. He
has been called a jackass, but thinks of those words as fond reflections
of noble animals. He is the author of *Black Flags and Windmills* (PM
Press) and a contributor to Grabbing Back, both of which can be found at
http://www.scottcrow.org/

This is a fundraiser for Flood the System (an upcoming continental
mobilization organized by Rising Tide North America.

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