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Apr
25
Sat
Anarchist Book Fair @ The Crucible
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is an annual event for people interested and
engaged in radical work to connect and learn through book and information tables,
workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more! We create an inclusive space
to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster productive dialogue between various political
traditions and anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect
our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics.

Facebook event.

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Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Apr 25 @ 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
  • our next Debtors’ Assembly
  • 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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Apr
26
Sun
Occupy The Farm: Community Farm Birthday Party! @ Gill Tract
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library: Kshama Sawant’s Victory in Seattle @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

How the Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant  won 96,000 votes in Seattle

Speakers from Socialist Alternative will tell us how councilor Kshama Sawant was popularly elected to the Seattle City Council in November 2013. This was the first time in a hundred years that a socialist had won a mass election in Seattle. We used this victory to promote the movement for the $15/hr minimum wage. Seattle’s April 2014 law established the highest minimum wage in the US at the time and legitimized $15 as a winnable demand. The fight for 15 and a union is gaining strength.

We believe that capitalism needs to be challenged on the street, in the workplace and at the ballot box, and that after a couple of decades of retreat, the ideas of marxism and socialism are once again being embraced by young people.

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People’s Park 46th Anniversary Celebration @ People's Park
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm


noon-1 :Annual Native American drumming and blessing
1 pm – Soul/Katy Stuck
1:15- Dennis D Banjoman
1:30- Khadejha Valeré
1:45- Occupella
2pm- Andrea Prichett and Friends
2:45- Speakers etc.
3:00 – The Shelley Doty X-Tet
3:45- Speakers etc.
4:00- Beeswax
4:45- Speakers etc.
5:00- The Funky Nixons
5:45- Closing speakers, etc.

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A Discussion with Firebrand Anarchists @ La Commune Cafe & Books at the Omni Collective
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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MayDay ShutItDown Action Organizing Assembly @ Latham Square
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

At the Assembly we will discuss and organize pickets and shutdowns for May Day, May 1, in affinity and working groups.

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UJAAMA -“FROM THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF TANZANIA’S SOCIALIST VILLAGES TO TODAY’S BLACK JACOBINS IN HAITI” @ ST. PAUL AME CHURCH
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ujamaa

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Selma James & Danny Glover UJAMAA: The Hidden Story of Tanzania’s Socialist Villages @ St. Paul AME Church
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ujamaa

The Hidden Story of Tanzania’s Socialist Villages – to Today’s Black Jacobins in Haiti, featuring Selma James and Danny Glover.

Pierre Labossiere of Haiti Action Committee

 

 

Book co-editor Nina Lopez

Pacifica Radio’s Margaret Prescod

St Paul AME Church
2024 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley
sponsored by Marcus Books, co-sponsored by KPFA

Contact Name Mary
Email Address sf [at] allwomencount.net
Phone Number 510.652.2344
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Richmond: A Forum on Police Community Relations. @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Apr 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A Forum on Police Community Relations

On September 14, 2014 Richard “Pedie” Perez was shot and killed by Richmond Police Officer Wallace Jensen. The 24 year -old Pedie was intoxicated and resisting arrest, but according to attorney John Burris who is representing the Perez family, he was not threatening. Police and eyewitnesses give different accounts. The District Attorney refused to indict Jensen calling it a case of justifiable homicide. The RPD internal investigation is ongoing, but Officer Jensen has been returned to active duty.

The Oscar Grant Committee has interviewed eyewitnesses who do not believe that the shooting was justified. This is the first lethal shooting by Richmond Police since 2007. “The killing of an unarmed man by a…police officer…deserves equal attention to other controversial examples of cops using deadly force,” the victim’s father said referring to protests in Ferguson and around the country.

Throughout the nation, the shock of so many shootings of unarmed people by police officers has shaken confidence in an institution that is sworn to protect. Rather than feeling protected by police, many individuals and communities feel threatened.

  • What can we, as citizens, do to make sure that police do not use excessive force?
    How can we have an impact on police policy & training?
  • How can we help make sure that the shooting of Pedie Perez gets a thorough and fair investigation?
  • What can we do to demand accountability of local law enforcement?

Join us to learn more about what happened to Pedie Perez and why the family and many others find the fatal shooting to be unwarranted as well as to discuss these difficult issues and prepare for upcoming City meetings where you can make a difference.

Sponsored by the Richmond Progressive Alliance & The Oscar Grant Committee 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Omni Collective
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Occupy Oakland GAThis Sunday we are meeting at the Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland) basement at 5 PM so folks can attend discussions from some of the authors from the anarchist book faire who are slated to talk at the Omni from 2 to 4:30.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly normally 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 Assembly 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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My Name is Rachel Corrie @ La Pena Cultural Center
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please come meet Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, on Sunday, April 26th at 6 pm at the La Pena Cultural Center and join us for the one-woman play, My Name is Rachel Corrie, to be performed by actress Ashley Malloy. Cindy, Craig and Ashley will be answering your questions at the Talkback after the play!   Please buy your tickets now ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) at La Pena’s website here! 

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Apr
27
Mon
Gill Tract Defense National Call-In Day @ everywhere
Apr 27 all-day

Tell Sprouts “Farmers Market” hands off the Gill Tract and help defend the farm no matter where you live! Call and connect with Sprouts on social media! Let’s tell Sprouts with one voice: HANDS OFF THE GILL TRACT!

Customer Service Line:
1-888-577-7688 Press 2 for a live person

Call or email the executives in charge:

Ted Frumkin, Chief Development Officer:
602-682-1556
tedfrumkin@sprouts.com

Elizabeth Hoxworth, Regional Director of Real Estate:
818-489-3379
elizabethhoxworth@sprouts.com

Facebook: Sprouts Farmers Market
Each store location also has an auto generated page on FB that the company doesn’t control. So leave as many stores as possible bad reviews.

Twitter: @sproutsfm

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Defend Knowland Park: Scouting and Native Plant Walk @ Knowland Park
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

We will be overview/scouting of the Zoo’s cruel, gentrifying, and neo-colonial “California Trail” Development Plans as well as identifying native plants and trees that are to be cut down unless we stop them.

A Rideshare is being organized, stay tuned!  You can take the 46L from Coliseum Bart or the North Oakland MacArthur 57 bus to a Foothill Square and by picked up there.

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Freddie Gray Solidarity Action From Baltimore to Oakland!!! @ Oakland Federal Building
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
     Oakland will be holding a solidarity action with the community of Baltimore, that will start at the Ron V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay St. and march to the Port of Oakland. Oakland demands that all officers involved in Freddie Gray’s murder be charged with 1st Degree murder immediately.

 

     Freddie Gray was murdered from a severed spine caused by Baltimore PD on April 12th, 2015, after being arrested for having a switch blade. Six officers have been suspended with pay pending an investigation. The Baltimore community has been demonstrating nightly demanding answers and accountability for the murder. Oakland is all to familiar with the epidemic of police killing unarmed Africans across the country.

 

     From Gary King, Oscar Grant, Derrick Jones, Alan Blueford, Anita Gay, Raheem Brown, and many, many more. Oakland knows that the City Goverment of Baltimore is not going to provide any form of justice for Freddie Gray. The city officials are going to call for calm and patience, while they carry out anon-transparent and bias investigation that is going to clear all the officers and label Freddie Grays death a justifiable homicide. Anthony Batts, the current police chief of Baltimore, used to be Oaklands police chief but left because he did not have the backbone or capability to stop the corruption inside OPD. Therefore, Oakland has no faith in him doing a better job in Baltimore.

 

     If we want justice for all of our brothers and sisters murdered by the police, it’s gonna take a national movement of grassroots organizing of the people from the ground up. Baltimore and Oakland are port cities. The Black community needs to bring the capitalist system to a halt by organizing to shutdown every port across the nation until our people our guaranteed liberation from every form of White Supremacy, including police murder.

 

Oakland will be holding a solidarity action with the community of Baltimore, that will start at the Ron V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay St. and march to the Port of Oakland. Oakland demands that all officers involved in Freddie Gray’s murder be charged with 1st Degree murder immediately. This demonstration is to send a message to all those on the ground in Baltimore that they are not alone, this is one nationwide fight, and Oakland is in this struggle with them. We call on the community of Baltimore to shut their ports down until the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s murder are arrested and charged.

 

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Meeting @ 5th floor
Apr 27 @ 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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Occupy Forum: SDS, Rebels With a Cause: A Film by Helen Garvy @ Global Exchange
Apr 27 @ 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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Special Hearing on Encounters With Richmond Police: Richmond Human Rights Commission. @ Richmond City Hall
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Human Rights Commission will hold a special mtg. to hear testimony/stories from those with encounters with the Richmond PD.  The HRC is a sympathetic group. This meeting was requested by George Galvis and others in response the the recent shooting of Leno Gonzales by Richmond PD.

For more info. contact George Galvis with  “Communities for Restorative Youth Justice”.  Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice | Newsletter All are invited to attend this HRC mtg. on April 27th.

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Apr
28
Tue
Court Support for 2 Arrestees from BartFriday
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Abby and Evan will have a pre-trial hearing on the charges against them for participating in the BART shutdown on Bart Friday, part of a #BlackLivesMatter weekend of action.

Come stand in solidarity with them!

Facebook page:

Come support Antoinette and Evan, arrested unjustly at the BART Friday action in January. BART police and SF Sheriffs targeted these two brave individuals while they were in custody. Particularly severe pain and trauma was caused to Antoinette, whose cane was stolen by BART PD, and despite repeated requests for mobility assistance, she was denied any help and police mocked her as they forced her to move about the BART station and jail without assistance. The proceedings are a farce. The judge has denied dismissing charges despite vague charges, lack of evidence and the brutal manner of arrest, and is proceeding with pretrial. Please come out and show the judge, BART police and SF Sheriffs that an injury to one is an injury to all.

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Earth Day Rally for San Francisco’s Clean Energy Future! @ SF City Hall Plaza
Apr 28 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us to celebrate Earth Day and San Francisco’s #cleanenergy future by rallying to tell city leaders we need to step up our game on climate action and launch #CleanPowerSF this year! (After talking about it since 2004.)

We’ll hear from community leaders, organizers, students, and residents about why launching CleanPower in 2015 is critical to the city taking meaningful climate action — then we’ll head into City Hall to tell policymakers in their 1:30 meeting that SF cannot wait any longer: we need a clean energy program for our city now!

Event Sponsors include:
San Francisco Green Party
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter
350 SF Bay Area
LEAN Energy US
San Francisco League of Conservation Voters
Our City
Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council

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