Occupy Forum: The Presidential Debates: Mega-events? High Stakes? Or BULLSHIT? @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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The Presidential Debates: Mega-events? High Stakes? Or BULLSHIT?
At OccupyForum, we don’t really have the stomach to watch the Clinton-Trump debate, although lurid curiosity may get the better of us for a few minutes. After we turn it off in disgust and despair, we may instead turn to something Ralph Nader is putting together called Breaking Through Power.

On September 26th through September 29th in Washington DC, Nader presides over a “civic marathon.” Panels, speakers and the public will discuss ways to overcome apathy and build civic skills, shift power from corporations to the people, DC Statehood, tort law and the civil justice system, and more.
 “To have a democratic society that brings out the best in its citizens, people have to show up to vote, to attend city council meetings, rallies, marches, and other serious gatherings that reflect the public interest. They also need to support progressive candidates and run for office.

Whether it is empowering consumers, getting corporate money out of politics, knowing the safeguards for whistleblowing or building public opinion behind your proposals, advocates who are among the best in the country are ready to share their experience and enthusiasm with you at the Breaking Through Power conference.”  Ralph Nader

Below, find the speakers and subjects from the first day that we’ll be viewing. Together we’ll decide which to watch and discuss.

Join us at OccupyForum for an evening  of absurdity ameliorated by Ralph Nader’s unflagging optimism in the face of insanity!

Announcements will follow.
Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Breaking Through Power  (from the website)
Visit to see the conference speakers people who long ago decided they were going to dedicate their time and talent to make our country responsive to the necessities and aspirations of its people.


The First Day – September 26th – is about building civic skills ls and breaking through apathy. You can see David Freeman talk from his experience of advising presidents, governors, and running four big public utilities, including the vast Tennessee Valley Authority, wisely lay out a practical path to economical renewable energy with environmental respect.


Whether you see yourself as a dissatisfied voter, a civically-minded teacher, a curious student, a fed up consumer, a dismayed taxpayer, or if you are looking for ways to make your community better, you’ll come away with knowledge, tools for action, and connections with others who want to make a difference.


Have you been ripped off? Hear Oliver Hall of the Center for Competitive Democracy talk about using small claims court or the people’s courts. They are located everywhere.


Thinking about a community-based business? Listen to the nation’s expert, Neil Seldman, from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, talk about how community business is revolutionary.


Want to engage with the safe, nutritious food movement? You’ll be shown the way by the leading safe food advocate who has done it for 45 years, Dr. Michael Jacobson.


Let’s say you’re a teacher and you want to convey civic skills to your students and motivate them to overcome their apathy and work for needed change. You couldn’t have a better day’s retreat. There is even a talk on the civic engagement of business leaders by Mitch Rofsky, who founded the delightfully pro-consumer motor club called the Better World Club.


The Second Day is a huge eye-opener and brain-filler. Did you know that “We the People” actually own the greatest wealth in our country? I’m referring to the vast public lands, onshore and offshore, the research and development, funded by taxpayers, that enabled today’s new industries, the huge capital amassed in the form of pension and mutual funds and individual shareholdings. But corporations control their uses and reap the profits, abetted by their influence over Congress and government officials in Washington. Imagine if we took back reasonable control over those assets that we already own. A society beyond our optimistic dreams would emerge, assuming that we provided “eternal vigilance.”

Well, that’s what Day Two is all about – our savings, our natural resources, and our other “commons” being shaped to fit your needs and those of your descendants.

Day Three responds to people’s interest in ways to start new citizen groups by the heads of groups each exhibiting a different model. The afternoon is devoted to D.C. statehood – the New Columbia to replace the Washington D.C. colony and abolish the servitude that blocks the residents of our nation’s capital from having voting representatives in Congress.

Day Four, held at historic Constitution Hall, celebrates the two great liberation movements that provide us with self-actuating freedoms to have our day in court and make contracts fair. Naturally, the big corporations are irritated by challenges to their overreaching, so over the decades they have weakened the law of torts – the remedies for wrongful injuries – and nd perfected the anti-consumer, one-sided, fine-printed contracts that await you when you enter into the marketplace of goods and services. Our rights to fair contracts and to use tort law are under constant attack from the promoters of crony capitalism. Attend the Breaking Through Power Conference and learn what you can do to defend yourself.
You’ll be engrossed by advocates who have represented successfully people like you and scholars who can clearly demonstrate what is at stake when we decide to strengthen the fundamental freedoms to use tort law.

Consider these four days as the Super Bowl of Civic Action that can equip you to seek justice and protect yourself from wrongful impacts on your living condition.”, 28, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Featured Speakers



Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition Press Conference @ DA's Office
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition
NOON Press Conference To DEMAND that DA Gascon charge Killer Cops with Murder!
And then at 1:30 Steps of City Hall, 2pm Inside City Hall, 2nd Floor
For the Board of Supervisors Vote
on the Blue Ribbon Panel Report on Police Misconduct in San Francisco.

It is unfathomable that as we see other cops being charged across the country for their heinous murders of black and brown people – we in San Francisco still await a SINGLE charge or action from our District Attorney. Not only has DA Gascon not charged anyone in the on-camera execution-style killing of Mario Woods – this DA has not EVER filed charges for ANY of the egregious killings of black and brown people that this city has seen.

The DA’s own Blue Ribbon Panel has found damning evidence of violence, corruption, racism, homophobia within SFPD – leading to these murders – and the Chief of Police has resigned in shame over his bloody reign of terror – and STILL Gascon has not acted. Join us! To demand District Attorney George Gascon CHARGE Killer Police! Then Join Us at City Hall to demand the Supervisors vote on the Blue Ribbon Report.

Justice for all victims of police violence
Twitter: @Justice4MWNow
Instagram: @Justice4MarioWoodsNow
Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance @ Oakland City Hall
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance Community & Economic Development Committee Hearing

We’re sending out a call to action for those interested in building just and resilient economies in the Bay Area! This is your chance to come out, have your voice heard, and tell Oakland City Council that we demand an economy that supports the growth of worker owned businesses! A coalition of organizations and community members have been working for over two years to get us to this point, and we need your support to get us past the finish line! This is the first ordinance to give preference to worker coops in city contracting and procurement, and would require the City of Oakland to prioritize business conversions to worker coops by tracking legacy businesses and providing succession planning support (including sale to workers as an option)!

In order for the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance to be adopted, it will first be heard by Oakland City Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, September 27th, and then (with your support!) the ordinance will move to a the full City Council for a final vote one week later, on Tuesday, October 4th. That means there will be two opportunities for you to come out and support the creation of economic democracy at Oakland City Hall!

Please join us and our coalition partners at the Community & Economic Development Committee Hearing to make sure the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance passes through committee and goes straight to the full city council the following week!

Final City Council Vote on Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance

At 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 4th, please join us and our coalition partners as we advocate for final passage of the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance!

We need your bodies and voices in the room to demonstrate that Oakland supports this policy! RSVP to both or either events above and you’ll receive more info on how you can make your voice heard! We’ve done it before! Let’s do it again!

Once this ordinance is adopted, Oakland will be the first city in the US to adopt this type of support for worker cooperatives, becoming a national leader in the movement for cooperative economies. Show Oakland City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers residents and creates resilient communities! Help Oakland build on the momentum that is sweeping the country as cities including New York, Austin, Minneapolis, Rochester, Berkeley, and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, just, and cooperative economies!

In Solidarity and Cooperation,

Ricardo S. Nuñez

Alameda County’s New Chief Probation Officer: A Listening Session @ The Way Christian Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Alameda County’s new Chief Probation officer comes to us with a stellar reputation from San Francisco. These community listening sessions are where you can voice your concerns about how the police interact with our community.

Chief Probation Officer Wendy Still cordially invites you to attend District 5’s Community Listening Session on Tuesday, September 27th, at The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave., Berkeley, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

This will be the first of five listening sessions held by Chief Wendy Still to meet and engage community members in District 5 and provide an opportunity for the public to provide input on any issues they may have.
District 5is Keith Carson’s district (map).

Ella Bake Center – Prisoners’ Letter Writing Night & Meeting @ Suite 1125
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Writing letters to people behind bars is one of the most vital ways of providing direct support.

The level of isolation and lack of agency produced by prisons and jails raises the stakes of communication with the outside world, and receiving a letter is a simple way to brighten someone’s day by creating human interaction and communication.

Come to the Ella Baker Center and help us respond to the letters we’ve received from people locked up in prison.

We are getting lots of questions about upcoming ballot initiatives, Prop 47, and our work and we need your help to respond. You will also get a chance to begin writing to a pen pal!

This letter writing night will also be our September member meeting – we hope you will attend and get an update on our campaigns and how you can plug in.

Vegetarian dinner will be provided.



RSVP on Facebook.

Let’s keep incarcerated people connected to their communities and the movement they are a part of!

Demouria Hogg Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlement – Oakland City Council
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

On Consent Calendar:

Subject: Settlement Agreement Of Allene Hutchinson, Et Al., V. City Of Oakland

From: Office Of The City Attorney

Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing And Directing The City Attorney To Compromise And Settle The Case Of Allene Hutchinson, Et Al. V. City Of Oakland, Et Al., United States District Court, Northern District Of California Case No.15-CV-05011/16-CV-01669, City Attorney’s File No. 30189, In The Amount Of One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars And No Cents ($1,200,000.00) (Oakland Police Department -Wrongful Death)

(Allene Hutchinson is Demouria Hogg’s mother)

Ecuadorians Fighting Chevron Speak @ Bobby Bowen Center
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come hear the stories of the indigenous people of Ecuador who have been fighting Chevron for 20 years, demanding it clean up the toxic devastation it left in their home. Two members of the Union of Affected Peoples of Ecuador will speak in Richmond, fresh from their solidarity visit to the Standing Rock Sioux fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline


Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to fight for a livable wage for all Bay Area workers! We collaborate in principled reflection and action on what the Bay Area livable wage would be and where we are at on the right to a livable wage.

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

Our work together encompasses:

(1) The concerns of precarious, care and contingent workers,
(2) 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.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 PM at the SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall, 436 14th Street #200, Oakland, CA

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

Since 1978




Community Town Hall for Yvette Felarca – Berkeley Teacher Suspended for Supporting Anti-Fascist Protest @ North Berkeley Library
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

After she helped prevent the neo-Nazi rally on the steps of the capitol in Sacramento this summer, and was one of several people who were stabbed by the fascists, terror threats were made against the school if she was not fired. Instead of defending the entire school, including Yvette, the Berkeley Unified School District has since turned on her, docked some of her pay, and last Wednesday abruptly suspended her. A parent of one of her students reported that his son was removed from class that day, and interrogated about her.

Yvette’s grievance to her union (written before her suspension) is attached.

You can watch the video of public comments at last week’s board meeting, including by Yvette Felarca, her students who demonstrated how she helped empower them, parents who praised her teaching style and expressed concern about recent racist activities in the schools, fellow workers who wondered about the implications of the district’s actions for other teachers, and community members who told personal stories about fascism in their own lives, here:

For more details about what happened in Sacramento, and the neo-Nazis involved, read the accounts on the local Sacramento Antifa site:

There is also information about the organizers of the neo-Nazi rally from the Southern Poverty Law Center, here:

To voice your solidarity with Yvette Felarca, and demand that she be reinstated immediately, paid her full wages, and the harassment of her and her students be stopped, contact the Berkeley school board and superintendent at: (entire board), (Dr. Donald Evans)

Non-sectarian defense of all anti-fascists!
An injury to one is an injury to all!

Town Hall to Defend Anti-Fascist Berkeley Teacher Yvette Felarca @ Berkeley Public Library, North Branch
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm
Please come out to a community town hall to defend an anti-fascist Berkeley middle school teacher under attack by the school district, and to find out more about the situation:
Community Town Hall for Yvette Felarca
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Berkeley Public Library, North Branch
1170 The Alameda (at Hopkins), Berkeley, California


After she helped prevent the neo-Nazi rally on the steps of the capitol in Sacramento this summer, and was one of several people who were stabbed by the fascists, terror threats were made against the school if she was not fired. Instead of defending the entire school, including Yvette, the Berkeley Unified School District has since turned on her, docked some of her pay, and last Wednesday abruptly suspended her. A parent of one of her students reported that his son was removed from class that day, and interrogated about her.
Yvette’s grievance to her union (written before her suspension) can be read here.

You can watch the video of public comments at last week’s board meeting, including by Yvette Felarca, her students who demonstrated how she helped empower them, parents who praised her teaching style and expressed concern about recent racist activities in the schools, fellow workers who wondered about the implications of the district’s actions for other teachers, and community members who told personal stories about fascism in their own lives, here:
For more details about what happened in Sacramento, and the neo-Nazis involved, read the accounts on the local Sacramento Antifa site:
There is also information about the organizers of the neo-Nazi rally from the Southern Poverty Law Center, here:
To voice your solidarity with Yvette Felarca, and demand that she be reinstated immediately, paid her full wages, and the harassment of her and her students be stopped, contact the Berkeley school board and superintendent at: (entire board), (Dr. Donald Evans)
Non-sectarian defense of all anti-fascists!
An injury to one is an injury to all!



From Oakland to Stockton: Mobilizing Against Police Terror from the Bay to the Valley @ Qilombo Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come out to the Qilombo Community Center in West Oakland on Wednesday, September 28th at 6pm, to hear a special report and presentation from Stockton organizers and community members about the ongoing battle against police terror and brutality in Stockton, CA. Hear from family and friends of Colby Friday and James Rivera, Jr about their fight for justice and about how people in Stockton are working to build bridges between the bay area and beyond and how you can show solidarity with their ongoing organizing and participate in upcoming actions.


Film showing: ‘3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets’ @ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On November 23, 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at a mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop, for a soda and a pack of gum. A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down. 3 1/2 minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.

This riveting documentary is one story of the devastating effects of racial bias and the search for justice. Negative portrayals of black men and boys in the media lead to irrational fears; these implicit biases can prove deadly. The film dissects the aftermath of this fatal encounter using powerful footage which shows intimate scenes with the boy’s parents, police interrogation footage, and interviews with others at the scene that night. You are on the edge of your seat during the trial testimonies. We chose this film to bring audiences into the discussion of racial bias and gun violence.

6:30 pm reception
7:00 film
8:30 -9 community discussion
The series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont League of Women Voters, and Piedmont Unified School District Adult Education.

East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open as many homes as possible…
Hold them as long as possible…

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our weekly PARTY to get this hackerspace together, to provide a venue for those things that otherwise cannot be worked out through day-to-day practice.

Potluck! – bring your own tasty dish!

Sudo room, located in the southwast corner of the ground floor, is a creative community and hackerspace. We offer tools and project space for a wide range of activities: electronics, sewing/crafting, 3D and 2D manufacturing, coding, and good old-fashioned co-learning!

Hours: The space is open whenever a member is present. Come visit! Best times to drop in are evenings between 7 and 9pm. See the calendar for recurring meetups and upcoming events:

Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hold large banners for freeway traffic to see this is a legal demonstration

Autonomous Worker Organizing and Organized Labor: A Lecture. @ Wildavsky Conference Room, Center for Research on Social Change
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Only 11% of United States workers today are unionized. Unions under our labor law regime and economic system have become smaller for almost a half century. Thus wages have stagnated or declined for the 89% of U.S. workers who are now not in unions and, for the unionized, they have barely kept pace with inflation.

If greater union density improves wages and work life conditions for all workers: (1) how do we grow actually existing unions, and (2) how do we organize workers who are not unionized? The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (“OLWA”) is an experiment towards some solutions.

With now five years in Oakland of volunteer autonomous organizing experience based on and inspired by the Zapatista and Occupy models, I will both document OLWA’s two year history and situate our collective work in the relevant human sciences, labor economics/history, and community/labor organizing literatures. I welcome help with both recruiting more OLWA participants and a publication agenda. Written scholarly work product is to be determined. As a rank and file SEIU Local 1000 union shop steward, I thank my union for the meeting space for OLWA’s ongoing work.

The Bio:

John Hayakawa Torok is a participant in the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly and is an SEIU Local 1000 rank and file worksite shop steward at his State of California day job in San Francisco. After receiving a 1991 JD from the CUNY Law School he was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow and then participated in the Critical Race Theory workshops. His 2008 Berkeley Ethnic Studies PhD dissertation sounds in immigration, legal and civil liberties history focusing on immigration policy enforcement in Cold War New York Chinatown. As an ISSI/CRSC Visiting Scholar, he will situate five years of labor and community organizing in Occupy Oakland, his union, and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly in the relevant literatures.

Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Haiti Action Committee to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a coup that continues to inform the present struggle of the Haitian people for democracy and justice.

SEPTEMBER 30th – 4:30 PM DEMONSTRATION meets at 14th & Broadway in Oakland

OCTOBER 2nd – 3PM EVENT at Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Why is it important to remember September 30, 1991?

It is a battle of memory against forgetfulness, because we think that we cannot build the democracy we want for this country if we continue to erase what happened. It is impossible. – Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

September 30, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was the candidate of Haiti’s popular movement Lavalas in the 1990 presidential election; he won with 67% of the vote.

Aristide’s Feb. 7, 1991 inauguration marked a huge victory for Haiti’s poor majority after decades living under the Duvalier family dictatorship and military rule. The inauguration signaled the participation of the poor in a new social order. This radical change was represented by Aristide’s first act as President when he invited several hundred street children and homeless to join him for the inaugural breakfast at the National Palace.

A brave young democracy set out to reverse centuries of exclusion of Haiti’s poor majority in the country’s political, economic and social life against the backdrop of right wing death squads and a corrupt Haitian military tied to former dictators and Haiti’s wealthy elite. Just four days before the inauguration, an orphanage founded by Aristide – Lafanmi Selavi – was torched, killing four street children.

The new administration began to implement programs in adult literacy, health care, and land redistribution; lobbied for a minimum wage hike; proposed new roads and infrastructure to create jobs. Aristide renounced his $10,000 a month salary. He enforced taxes on the wealthy and dissolved the rural section chief infrastructure that empowered the Ton Ton Macoute. He denounced the treatment (akin to slavery) of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic, and called for improved working conditions.

After the September 30th coup, Lavalas supporters turned out by the hundreds of thousands to defend the constitutional government. They were brutally suppressed, starting on the eve of Sept. 30th when National Police chief Lt. Col. Michel Francois led busloads of soldiers to the Champs de Mars where they machine gunned hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the National Palace.  Francois would later be convicted in absentia for the 1993 murder of Antoine Izmery, a prominent businessman and supporter of Aristide who was dragged from a church in broad daylight and executed. Aristide’s Justice Minister Guy Malary was murdered one month later.

Between the years 1991-1994, during the military regime headed by General Raoul Cedras, four to seven thousand supporters and activists of Lavalaswould be killed; others savagely tortured; rape as a political weapon was widespread; thousands fled or were driven into hiding. Poor neighborhoods were particularly targeted, as was the Ti Legliz (little church) – an important sector of the grassroots movement. Anti-coup journalists and radio stations were attacked. Haitian elites and the coup regime, with the support of US intelligence agencies, backed the formation of a violent paramilitary organization known as FRAPH, which emerged in August 1993. FRAPH operated as a death squad, and was responsible for thousands of deaths and human rights violations. Its leaders like Louis-Jodel Chamblain, associate of Guy Philippe, still operate freely in Haiti.

No commemoration of September 30th would be complete without remembering Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a psychologist and leading spokesperson for Lavalas, who was kidnapped and disappeared in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Lovinsky founded the Fondasyon Trant Septanm organization dedicated to justice for the victims of the September 30th coup and the release of political prisoners. He remains forever present at the forefront of Haiti’s struggle for justice and democracy.



Tracy Kidder: A Truck Full of Money @ First Congregational Church
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tracy Kidder, master of the nonfiction narrative and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, presents the inspiring story of founder Paul English, a kinetic, unconventional inventor and entrepreneur.

Growing up in working-class Boston, Paul English discovers the perfect medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. Despite suffering from what is later diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim journey through the surreal ups and downs of our brave new world. Relating to the Internet as if it was an extension of his own mind, English discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of individuals. His innovative management style, rapid success, and innate sense of fair play inspires intense loyalty. When English does make a fortune – as co-founder of the travel website (which sold for almost two billion dollars) – his first concern is how to give it away.

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our Culture. A Truck Full of Money is a unique portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, utterly original, and wonderfully unpredictable.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

Hosted by Mitch Jeserich, Host and Producer of KPFA’s Letters and Politics, is a veteran broadcast journalist. He got his start as KPFA’s California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court between 2003 and 2006. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, which became Letters & Politics.

KPFA benefit

$12 advance, $15 door.

Colorstruck! @ Laney College Theater, Laney College
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

COLORSTRUCK! Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.,

Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party.
Revolutionary University @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tools for Changing Society

Join us for two days of presentations and discussions on current world problems and possible solutions

Sat.   10/1

1:00-3:00 pm

Revisiting Black Marxism in the Wake of Black Lives Matter

Robin D. G. Kelley, is Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, and current Chair of the Department of African American Studies and a prolific author and editor

My talk reflects on the life and work of Cedric J. Robinson, who just passed this year, especially his magnum opus, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (published 33 years ago) in the wake of what may be the most dynamic Black radical movement to emerge in decades – the Movement for Black Lives.  I will suggest ways in which Robinson’s book anticipated M4BL and its recent policy platform, which in some ways offers a radical break from Marxism even as it builds from a critique of capitalism.

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Workers and the Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University and author of the recent book “Workers and Thieves” will discuss the struggles of the working classes and unemployed in Egypt and Tunisia and their roles in the 2011 popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

7:00-9:00 pm

The Refugee Crisis in Europe & Social Movements in France

Pauline Casy. activist in the French revolutionary group “L’Etincelle” (The Spark) and Toni Robert, activist in the German revolutionary group Sozialistische Arbeiterstimme (Socialist Workers Voice)

Sun. 10/2

10:30am -12:30 pm

How Capitalism Shreds Our Personal Lives

Harriet FraadHarriet Fraad  is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has been an activist in the feminist movement and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For 40  years, she has been a radical committed to transforming US personal and political life.

1:30-3:30 pm

Crisis: It’s How Capitalism Works 

Richard Wolff, Marxist professor of economics, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the New School University, New York City. He is the author of numerous books and articles and host of the weekly radio show, Economic Update, and Co-founder of the projectDemocracy at Work

4:00-6:00 pm

Our Role In Transforming The World

Activists in Speak Out Now, will present a revolutionary socialist perspective on the challenges and choices we all confront today

Followed by time to discuss and socialize – refreshments provided


The Artist as Activist 

Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisian singer, songwriter, social commentator and participant in the Arab Spring – will take us through her musical and political journey. He song Kelmti Horra (my word is free) became well-known throughout Tunisia during the struggles against the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali