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Mar
26
Thu
Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex @ Red Poppy Art House
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015.

In a series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, restorative justice, prison abolition, and more led by Marcus Shelby. Using readings, recorded music, poetry, video, these events are open to anyone interested in reforming our criminal justice system and how art can be part of that process.

Discussion and Performance Schedule

March 12:  History of Prisons, Rockefeller Laws, School-to-Prison Pipeline

March 19:  Mass Incarceration, The Prison Industrial Complex, Black Prison Movement; Incarcerated Women with guest speaker Naima Shalhoub

March 26:  Ending the Death Penalty, Restorative Justice, Prison Abolition

March 27:  Performance by Marcus Shelby Quartet: Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

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Mar
27
Fri
Defend the Trees at People’s Park! @ People's Park
Mar 27 all-day

Everyone is encouraged to come to People’s Park Friday, March 27th, beginning at 6:00 AM throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.

At 6AM Thursday morning, the Professional Tree Care Company arrived at People’s Park accompanied by the Berkeley Police Department. They surrounded the area with orange fencing and brought their wood chippers in. Over the course of the day, the work crew proceeded to begin chopping down three oak trees and a few other trees including a plum sapling. A UC landscape architect named David A. Johnson watched over the whole affair pointing out which trees should be cut down.

At noon several defenders arrived at the park. They watched as limbs were severed from a perfectly healthy tree. We yelled at David Johnson as he directed the workers and handed out fliers explaining why they were cutting down the trees. Soon after he was confronted and tried to excuse himself saying “I was defending people’s park pulling up concrete in 1969.” We told him plainly that he sold out and there should at least have been a meeting with the community about the trees. He went back and forth about how many trees were scheduled to be cut down but we confirmed with other sources that the total was 29 over the weekend.

As workers used their cherry picker to begin cutting down branches one of the defenders stood under the branch being cut and the worker yelled for them to get out but the defender refused. The worker stopped and came down to tell management to call over the nearby police. Soon the cops biked over and told the activists to move from under the tree but the defender refused while saying it was their legal right to be on the side walk. The arborist went to cut down a different tree but the same thing happened there as well. We mournfully watch as a plum sapling was uprooted by a tow rope pulling the whole tree straight into the chipper. As more people began to show up in opposition to the project, management decided to call it a day and pack up. After the landscaper David Johnson told the cops to make sure no homeless people slept within the fence line saying that the bedding of mulch was for the trees not the people.

People will be meeting at the People’s Park stage at 9 PM Thursday evening to discuss possible next steps. We strongly encourage everyone to come by People’s Park tomorrow at 6 AM to prevent further damage to the park. Everyone is encouraged to come to People’s Park tomorrow throughout the entire day, as the scheduled tree cutting will last until 3.

In the meantime, here are some numbers to call and ask that the park not be desecrated:

David A. Johnson (Assistant Director, Project Management)
510-642-7533

Christine Shaff (UC Berkeley Real Estate)
510-643-4793

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Defend Knowland Park! @ Knowland Park
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm

Mountain Lion

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Rally Against Downtown Berkeley Association for Beating of Homeless Person
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) employee (now fired) attacked a homeless person some days ago. The DBA has essentially declared war on the homeless in downtown Berkeley, pushing the City Council to enact and enforce ordinances meant to criminalize the homeless.

A call has gone out to protest the DBA as a result of the incident caught on video below (trigger warning):


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Mar
28
Sat
Community Forum on Building a People Powered Economy in Richmond @ Grace Lutheran Church
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Invitation to all people interested in planning a new economy for Richmond based on pro-people values are invited to join. To RSVP contact Ellen Choy at ellen@movementgeneration.org

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Community Gardening at the Berkeley Post Office! @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The planting was in January.  Now the garden is in full bloom! The gardening work continues. Join us!

More information on  the Berkeley Post Office Defense against the sale and privatization here.

More pictures here.

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Black / Brown / All Lives Matter Protest: Rip David Bremer @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Original IndyBay listing.

 

police killing is a problem…. and we are starting to realize it. but we need to come out and show that realization, show our frustration…. I don’t know were we’re marching exactly, something like the millions march, I just hope people show up and we take it from there.

theres too many names to list here of all the dead but here are a few. RIP DAVID BREMER RIP OSCAR GRANT RIP ERIC GARNER AND ERIC DORNER, RIP THE WHITE N TRANSGENDER KILLED RIP THE MENTALLY DISABLED WHO ARE KILLED RIP KELLY THOMAS RIP THE MISSING 43, REMEMBER MR PATEL THE INDIAN MAN BEATEN IN MADISON, RIP SHAIMAA AL-SABBAGH!RIP TO ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

I don’t care for looting or destruction of property, were coming for the police… not anybody else… nobodys mom and pop OR whole foods has done shit to us… so lets not break their stuff.

all I have left to say is this poem I wrote about police brutality…I hope it means something to somebody…

Im sick of people dying

Im sick of people dying as you can guess just from the title,
I hope that people hit the streets and attempts iv made are vital,
I try to hit the heart say “its your boy were fighting for”, n people say they’ll come today but never come I scorn, I really hold resentment about the way that people talk, cause then when it comes down to it they don’t fuckin walk the walk….to me its really simple as I look around the world, Bahrain and Gaza/Israel the CAR abroad, Remember Ali Baddah, n FREE Nabeel Rajab and watch for things to escalate the Kurds just want auton, the shits short for autonomy, we want it all the same, so viva Kurdistan and all resistance to the state, resistance to oppression, and resistance to ideas, that land kids just walking home in mourges with grieving peoples, im talking bout the boy, 14 and walking home, n Turkish Special Forces shot him n no not in the dome, they shot him in the heart, and it went out through his spine, n what he did was nothing, he didn’t do a crime, he just really didn’t know that there were soldiers on the line, n that on his way from work hed turn that corner n a dime, it seems it was the wrong corner n BOOM the rifle shot, and now I sit here as a mourner my moral begins to rot, but I remember that the struggle cant be brought down by the evil, the shit we struggle hard against so please bring out the people, Im sick of people dying as you can tell just from the title, so FUCK THE PEOPLE KILLING US ill say it with a smile….

I hope ALL types show up wear black for the fallen, this IS everybodys problem…lets show them we get that. power to the people VIVA LA REVOLUCION!

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Mar
29
Sun
Sunday at the Marxist Library: The Dreyfus Affair @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Dreyfus Affair

In a scandal hat divided France from 1894 to 1906, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason based on falsified evidence and blatant anti-Semitism and spent five years on Devil’s Island before being completely exonerated.

Elazar Friedman, a member of ICSS, will discuss this case and its continuing significance, including: 1.) A synopsis of the case and frame up of Dreyfus, 2.) The role of antisemitism in the army, society at large , 3.) The direct linkage to the League of Human rights on the one hand and to Accion Francaise and the Vichy regime. 4.) How the Dreyfus Affair split French Society and set the intelligentsia at each others throats. 5.) The role of Emil Zola and other important Dramatis Persona and conspiratorial aspects of the case. 6.) The role of the left and the workers movement. Rosa Luxembourg essay on Dreyfus and the need for the left to intervene.

For our full schedule, go to:  http://icssmarx.org

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Fundraiser for Jabari Shaw. @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jabari Shaw, a well-known Oakland activist, his daughter and friend were nearly killed by US Marshalls and Oakland Police in a case of “mistaken identity.”

Come show your support for Jabari!

Check out this video for more info.

And these articles:

http://www.crc4sd.org/blog/2015/3/17/the-6-phases-of-engagement-of-power

http://www.crc4sd.org/blog/2015/3/16/black-oakland-activist-attacked-by-opd-feds

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Planning for Creating PEOPLES ACTIONS around US Conference of Mayors @ UNITE / HERE (Local 2)
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SF and Mayor Ed Lee will be hosting the 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors, June 19th – June 22nd, in San Francisco.

SF Action Council is focusing on creating events around their meeting.

This is an opportunity to raise issues locally and nationally that are of concern to us, THE PEOPLE, that the mayors have resisted and refused to act upon – or acted against the interest of The People. For instance: “Black Lives Matter”, police militarization and excessive use of force, gentrification of our communities, homelessness, racism, immigration, privatization of our commons, homophobia, trans-phobia, the People’s taxes being spent on wars enriching the 1% and not serving the people and more.

All are welcome to help plan for actions as equal participants, OccupySF Action Council is merely acting as a central hub for organizational purposes.

Meetings Every Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 5:15 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland  Directions

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.

The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. 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 GA

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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Mar
30
Mon
Justice 4 O’Shaine Evans: Press Conference. @ Hall of Justice
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

O’Shaine Evans was shot and killed by SFPD Officer David Goff October 7th.

Join his family as they file for damages!

O’Shaine was a Caribbean immigrant raised in Oakland, an aspiring boxer, an enthusiastic uncle, and a beloved community member whose life was tragically cut short just five months ago.

Since O’Shaine’s death, his mother Angela, his sister Cadine, and his brother and brother-in-law Troy and Raheim, have become incredibly active in the anti-police brutality movement–attending rallies and marches, speaking to draw connections between immigrant rights, racial discrimination, and police misconduct.

Now it’s our time for all Bay Area residents fighting the criminalization of Black and Brown young people to come together and support O’Shaine’s fight for justice!

Facebook event.

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Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Meeting @ 5th floor
Mar 30 @ 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: DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE @ Global Exchange, at 16th St. BART
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Information, discussion & community!
Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents

DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE
 An Analysis, a Strategy, and a Movement for Justice

Deep Green Resistance is an organization committed to the protection of nature above all else. The threat posed by industrial civilization on our planet is far too great for us to wait around and ask nicely for the destruction to stop. Two-hundred species a day are going extinct and every ecosystem on the planet is in decline. It is time to meet the scale of the problem head on with a strategy that can actually win.

Deep Green Resistance is an analysis, a strategy, and the only organization of its kind. As an analysis, it reveals civilization as the institution that is destroying life on Earth. As a strategy, it offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction. As an organization, Deep Green Resistance is implementing that strategy. As an aboveground organization, DGR works to build community, restore habitat, and promote sustainable living tactics in the fight to save our planet. Understanding the severity of the problem, we also argue for the necessity of an underground that can strategically target the infrastructure of industrialization. The different branches of a resistance movement must all be working in tandem. The aboveground and belowground, the militants and the nonviolent, the frontline activists, and the cultural workers all must do what needs to be done to stop the destruction.

First and foremost, members of DGR recognize that all of us currently living in the United States of America, with the exception of surviving indigenous peoples, are living on stolen land. Over the last 500 years, the ongoing genocide of indigenous people has been carried out by the U.S. Government and its allies in an effort to illegally occupy the land beneath our feet. Deep Green Resistance uses a radical analysis to reveal that the current dominant culture, and civilization as a construct, is irredeemable and fundamentally unsustainable. We are living in a society based on violence, oppression, and resource depletion. It is the most destructive and exploitative culture that that planet has ever known and it must be stopped immediately and decisively if future generations are to have any hope of a livable planet.

The liberal movement has created many environmentalist groups who, for the last 40 or so years, have fought a hard battle against the institutionalized destruction of the planet. Unlike many other environmentalist groups, Deep Green Resistance is rooted in radicalism as opposed to liberalism. By identifying the underlying, concrete power structure of society, we can have a fighting chance to confront and dismantle the oppressive system that is at the root of the destruction. Capitalism, patriarchy, race and gender oppression, and the threat of violent state repression all help to sustain the system of destruction. DGR seeks to build a culture of resistance to dismantle these systems and to utilize our strategy of DEW (Decisive Ecological Warfare) to build a movement capable of gaining the power back which has been stolen from all of us. Unlike most environmental and social justice organizations, DGR asks “What must we do to be effective?”; not “What will those in power allow us to do?”

Members from Deep Green Resistance will be speaking and answering questions at tonight’s forum. A short presentation of the analysis, strategy, and current projects will be followed by a discussion about future goals and solidarity building. Come by for a meet and greet and learn more about what membership of Deep Green Resistance is about.

Discussion and Announcements to follow.

OccupyForum welcomes donations, no one turned away.

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Mar
31
Tue
March for the Oakland Schools Students Deserve @ San Antonio Park
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • March to OUSD HQ at 1000 Broadway.
  • Better Contracts for Students and Teachers.
  • Keep Public Schools Public.
  • Hard Caps for Special Eduction.
  • Money for School Sites not Upper Administration.
  • Counselors not Cops.
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Palestine: A laboratory for global repression. A Presentation by journalist Rania Khalek @ 105 NorthGate Hall
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Apr
1
Wed
Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice @ Omni Commons
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

Join Movement Generation us for a Meal & Conversation

Behind that delicious #2 Burger & Fry Combo is a billion dollar fast food industry that not only erodes our soil, contaminates our water and destroys our health, but also serves up poverty wages and deadly working conditions to millions of fast food workers.

As food justice activists fighting to transition our food system away from industrial farming toward local, sustainable agriculture, how do we unite our frontlines with the very workers who plant, harvest, pack, transport, cook, serve, and compost our food?

As workers organizing for $15/hour and a union, how do we win not just respect and a fair wage, but also the power to transform the food industry itself into one that is good for both people and planet, for both our customers and our children?

From farm to plate, warehouse to compost, loading dock to drive thru, workers are the scholars of this rotten food system, placing them front and center in crafting solutions to the food, climate and economic crises.

Join us for a delicious meal and powerful conversation between food sovereignty activists and farmworkers, grocery workers, fast food workers, and restaurant workers about the future of our food system.

Visit http://bit.ly/1CouOAk to co-sponsor the event.

Free event. Accessible space. Program will be bilingual – Spanish & English. Childcare provided. For more information,

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Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice: A Meal and Conversation @ Location TBA
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Check the Facebook event for location information.

Behind that delicious #2 Burger & Fry Combo is a billion dollar fast food industry that not only erodes our soil, contaminates our water and destroys our health, but also serves up poverty wages and deadly working conditions to millions of fast food workers.

As food justice activists fighting to transition our food system away from industrial farming toward local, sustainable agriculture, how do we unite our frontlines with the very workers who plant, harvest, pack, transport, cook, serve, and compost our food?

As workers organizing for $15/hour and a union, how do we win not just respect and a fair wage, but also the power to transform the food industry itself into one that is good for both people and planet, for both our customers and our children?

From farm to plate, warehouse to compost, loading dock to drive thru, workers are the scholars of this rotten food system, placing them front and center in crafting solutions to the food, climate and economic crises.

Join us for a delicious meal and powerful conversation between food sovereignty activists and farmworkers, grocery workers, fast food workers, and restaurant workers about the future of our food system.

Visit http://bit.ly/1CouOAk to co-sponsor the event.

Free event. Accessible space. Program will be bilingual – Spanish & English. Childcare provided.

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Action-oriented Anti-policing Study Group @ Omni Collective
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

We are having an orientation for our hands-on study group. The focus of the project is both analytical and activist. As a group, we will develop an understanding of the relationship between gentrification and police violence thru readings, workshops and discussions. At the same time, we will be developing and implementing strategies in our neighborhoods that seek to discourage other people that are new to Oakland from calling the cops. It will last about 3 months

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Apr
2
Thu
Caravana 43: BERKELEY con AYOTZINAPA (Disappeared Mexican Students) @ Martin Luther King Civic Center Park
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

We’re all very honored to be having 2 parents from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero and 2 surviving students come to UCBerkeley from April 2nd to April 3rd. We’ve been working very hard planning events where everyone can come and see the parents speak on their journey and on their continuous fight to find their missing children. We want the whole community, non-students and students, to come out and come together to welcome them to UCBerkeley and show them what international solidarity looks like.
We are asking you all to spread the word of their anticipated arrival and attend the spaces we are holding for them because their testimonies are direct evidence as to why, we, thousands of miles away from Ayotzinapa, should continue to carry on this struggle and denounce the injustices of their government.

Agenda/ Here is the schedule for the 2 days.

April 2nd:
2PM-4PM Martin Luther King Civic Center Park (2151
M.L.K. Jr Way)

Bienvenida a los padres y normalistas/Welcoming the parents

6PM-8PM 110 Boalt Hall
Discusión/ Discussion with Jim Cavallaro
Commisioner, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights/Berkeley Law School

April 3rd
1PM -3PM
“Ayotzinapa: Mexico at the Crossroads”
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

5PM
Vigilia/ Vigil at Campanile

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