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Jun
25
Sat
A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, 1-5pm

Using news photographs, memorabilia, reconstructed objects, documentary fragments, and original documents, contemporary artist Kate Haug re-tells the story of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last monumental social protest prior to his assassination. The exhibition features images and objects culled from Haug’s extensive research in the archives of the Associated Press, the popular press, and eBay, which have not been seen together before, bringing to life the complex ambition of King’s vision.

King began organizing the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) in 1967 to unify America’s poor across class rather than racial lines, believing that economic parity was key to African American equality within the United States. The PPC culminated with a 3,000 person shanty town named Resurrection City, constructed on the National Mall in Washington DC. Resurrection City drew people from all over the country, was the nineteen sixties version of the 1932 Bonus March and a predecessor to “Occupy”. The exhibition time frame for this show mirrors many of the actual dates of the campaign, tracing the Resurrection City’s opening day to its final destruction.

The PPC echoes aspects of current social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fight for Fifteen, and Our Walmart. In San Francisco, a city with one the highest rates of income inequality in the United States, King’s work asks pointed questions about the contemporary social contract and the democratic promise of America.

News Today: A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time runs from April 9, 2016 to June 25, 2016.

Gallery Talks:
Sat May 14, 2pm:
Justin Gomer Ph.D., Lecturer, American Studies, UC Berkeley
A discussion of the images in News Today as they relate to the shifting political landscape in the years after 1968.

Sat May 21, 2pm:
E.C. Feiss, Ph.D. Student, Art History, UC Berkeley
The Politics of Display

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United for Community Radio Garden Party Fundraiser @ Grassroots House
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Meet UCR candidates for KPFA’s Local Station Board.

Kris Stewart, LaTasha Warmsley, Jeremy Miller, TM Scruggs, Marilla Arguelles, Tom Voorhees.

KPFA needs new people with new ideas and energy to bring more community news, public affairs,  cultural programming and new technology to the KPFA and the Pacifica network. United for Community Radio is seeking candidates to run on our free speech radio slate which represents individuals and organizations throughout KPFA’s signal range and beyond.  We particularly seek those with geographic, racial and cultural diversity to join in our campaign as candidates and campaigners.

2016 Platform

KPFA and Pacifica are irreplaceable, strategic and transformative resources for amplifying the voices of millions who are overlooked, marginalized or silenced by corporate media in the face of police militarization, racism and housing, health, water, economic educational and environmental depredation. We force a vital radio station and network by balancing often difficult news reports with programming that heals and facilitates human connections.

  • Insure Relevant Programming
  • Decreased pro-corporate perspective
  • Join the global media revolution
  • Support all staff
  • Responsible financials
  • Strengthen the Pacifica Network
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Talk by: USS Liberty Survivor Don Pageler @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Don Pageler will give his first hand account of how the USS Liberty, a virtually unarmed American navy ship, was attacked by Israeli planes and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967. 34 American sailors were killed and 174 injured that day, a casualty rate of 70%. This is among the highest casualty rates ever inflicted upon a U.S. naval vessel. President Lyndon Johnson recalled the planes that responded to the distress call, saying he didn’t care if they all died, he did not want to embarrass an ally.

Hear about one of the biggest cover ups in American military history.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Cmte

For occasional email notices of peace/eco/social justice alerts and related events at BFUU, send any email to:
bfuusjev-subscribe [at] lists.riseup.net

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Rally For Housing @ One Fam Community Event Ctr
Jun 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Jun
26
Sun
Puerto Rico: The Fight Against Colonialism, Capitalism, and Imperialism @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

We are inviting three Bay Area Puerto Rican activists to discuss the the history and current situation of the deepening crisis and the fight against colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism. Confirmed speakers include:

Katherine Adames Rodríguez is  a pro-independence socialist from Puerto Rico who moved to the Bay Area last year. She has been a member of the Organización Socialista Internacional, the Puerto Rico Network of Solidarity with Palestine, and the Committee Against Homophobia and Discrimination. As a militant teacher, she was very active in the Puerto Rico Federation of Teachers, whose organizing efforts she supported and with which she mobilized against the government’s attack on public education and its neoliberal policies.
Roberto Pastrana Pagés is a nonprofit worker and a member of SEIU Local 1021. In 2014, he moved from Puerto Rico, where he had been a member of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations on the islands, such as Puerto Rico para Tod@s, and the Committee against Homophobia and Discrimination at the University of Puerto Rico. A militant pro-independence socialist, Roberto was part of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) and the Federación Universitaria Pro Independencia (FUPI). He was part of the push for LGBT rights and worked for visibility and solidarity within the working class.
Ricardo Ortiz is a past and former member of the Frente Socialista of Puerto Rico. He has been part of the student, worker, nd community struggles both in the island and participated in the 1990 general strike in Puerto Rico as well as other struggles. Currently he lives in the Bay Area and is active in social struggles for revolution.

Seating is limited, so plan to come early. We start promptly.
FREE – but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at] mac.com
For our full schedule, go to icssmarx.org

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Join the Climate Mobilization @ Humanist Hall
Jun 26 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join The Climate Mobilization for an afternoon of activism, entertainment, education, refreshment and fellowship. Become a first responder to the greatest public health emergency that humankind has ever faced.

Stop the lethal fossil fuel pollution now plaguing our communities. We demand a World War II scale peaceful mobilization to battle climate change and achieve full employment in transitioning to a renewable energy economy.

Learn how we can all join in peaceful combat on behalf of life.

PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

ANDRES SOTO (Communities for a Better Environment)
Reverend KEN CHAMBERS (Westside Baptist Church)
MICHAEL EISENSCHER (Labor Against War)
JUDY POPE (350 Bay Area)
The award-winning poet and activist singer TOM NEILSON will perform.

* Lunch and snacks will be served. Free to the public

 

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Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence

~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.

~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.

~ Working groups: tbd

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
#Justice4ThemAll

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting:
omnicommons.org/connect

 

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater 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.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If 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.  On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over four 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)
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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Community Democracy Project Meeting @ Omni Commons
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Community Democracy Project is your connection to direct democracy in Oakland! Convened out of Occupy Oakland in Fall 2011, we’re gathering steam on a campaign to bring the people back in touch with the city’s resources through participatory budgeting.

Picture this: Across Oakland, Neighborhood Assemblies are regularly
held in every community. People come together to tackle the important issues of their neighborhoods and of the city. At these assemblies, people don’t just have discussions–they learn from one another, from city staff, and they make fundamental decisions about how the city should run. They decide the city budget.

Democratic, community budgeting is a powerful step toward building strong communities, real democracy, and economic justice–and it’s being done all over the world.

The budget of the City Oakland totals more than $1 billion per year. Although part of the budget must be used for specific purposes, still over half of the budget–over $500 billion per year–consists of general purpose funds paid by the taxes, fees, and fines of the people of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council decide the city budget, with minimal input from the community.

Working together, we will not only get a seat at the table–we will REBUILD the table itself. Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People, Local Resources, Local Power!

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Jazz Fundraiser for the Oakland Justice Coalition @ Geoffrey's Inner Circle
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Support the Oakland Justice Coalition, have a great soul food buffer dinner, and listen to Jazz.

The Oakland Justice Coalition is a coalition of organizations and individuals that came together around common goals for the 2016 Oakland elections. Our aim is to build people power and advance radical change through the arena of electoral politics. It is time for us to unite around the causes we all believe in ­ stronger protections for workers and renters, an end to displacement and police violence, a public education system that serves all its students well ­ and act in solidarity together to advance a political agenda that serves the people of Oakland.

We’re building a people’s movement driven by the power of organizations with different goals coming together as one to support each other and build collective strength. We have anchored our 2016 work in three demands, all captured in ballot initiatives proposed by community-led grassroots organizations.

  • Strengthen rent control and other tenant protections to stabilize rent prices and stop displacement of Black, Brown and poor people from the community they helped to build; as proposed by the Oakland Tenants Union and Citywide Network
  • Create a police commission with the authority to fire the police chief and conduct independent investigations of incidents of police violence; as proposed by the Coalition for Police Accountability
  • Establish a $20 minimum wage by 2020 and fair scheduling regulations, and mandate enforcement for both; as proposed by the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly
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Jun
27
Mon
BAN Coal in Oakland – Special City Council Meeting
Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First vote on a Coal Ordinance.

Rally at 4:00 PM, Fill the Council Chambers at 4:30 PM.

Come to the special City Council meeting and speak out for a complete ban!

Will the Council vote to ban coal storage and export from Oakland? Or will they compromise and allow coal with some phony “mitigtions” that won’t protect Oakland from coal dust and won’t stop the global climate impact of the coal burned overseas?

 

 

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Justice for Kayla Moore Organizing Meeting @ Grassroots House
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By ANDREA PRICHETT

So it has been more than three years since Kayla was killed by Berkeley police. And yes, I believe that she was killed by the police. Perhaps unintentionally, but with an arrogance that should be considered criminal nonetheless: they killed her. Six cops participated in the killing of Kayla Moore. This transgender, African American woman who weighed almost 350 pounds, found herself underneath about 1,200 pounds of agitated police. By the time they got off of her enough to realize that she wasn’t breathing, it had also become clear that none of them would put their mouths to hers to offer CPR and assisted breathing.

So now these cops are going to go on trial in October as part of a civil lawsuit. There is no telling how much of the treatment she received from BPD had to do with her race, her gender identity, her size or her disability. But we know that her life was devalued by those officers to the point where they stopped listening to her. One officer characterized the sound of her last words as “verbiage” that he had learned not to hear.

JOIN THE NEXT ORGANIZING MEETING

Next meeting is June 13, and the following on June 27

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Jun
28
Tue
Antioch March for Justice @ the corner Mahogany and Manzanita Way
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

IN THE PAST YEAR, THE ANTIOCH POLICE HAVE KILLED TWO PEOPLE IN THEIR CUSTODY… THIS IS INEXCUSABLE!!.. IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO ON JUNE 25th 2015 A STILL NAMELESS MAN WAS KILLED IN THE APARTMENTS AT THE END OF CLAUDIA CT. THE OFFICERS INVOLVED, OFFICERS BROGDON AND KIDD. AND MOST RECENTLY, ON FEBRUARY 5TH THIS YEAR, WENDELL CELESTINE, JR. WHO WAS APPARENTLY SLEEPING IN A CAR WAS CONFRONTED BY CORPORAL MORTIMER AND OFFICER MORAGA. AFTER WHAT THE OFFICERS CLAIM WAS A “VIOLENT STRUGGLE” WENDELL CELESTINE, JR. WAS DEAD. THESE ARE JUST 2 INCIDENTS, THERE ARE PLENTY MORE.

WELL WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE OFFICERS? HAVE THEY BEEN DISCIPLINED OR PUNISHED? OR WILL THEY RECEIVE PROMOTIONS AND AWARDS?
JOIN US FOR A MARCH AND RALLY PLUS A SPEAK OUT ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALL TUESDAY JUNE 28TH LET CITY OFFICIALS AND THE MAYOR KNOW THIS MUST STOP!

@ 4 pm We will gather at Contra Loma Estates Park then @ 5 pm we will head out on a march thru the neighborhood and on to the Antioch police station…

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No Housing in Peoples Park! @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Jun 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of the new economic development plan for Telegraph Avenue, aka the “Telegraph Public Realm Plan”, the economic development manager for the city of Berkeley (Michael Caplan) is recommending that Berkeley city council support new student housing in People’s Park.

Show up to the city council special session at 5:30PM (this is not the regular meeting which starts at 7PM) and speak during the public comment period. Show your support for keeping People’s Park as an open space.

2019 will be the 50th anniversary of People’s Park. In 2019, the public can demand that People’s Park be turned into a California State Park, as to be preserved in perpetuity. People’s Park could also be placed on the national historical register. Developers and UC Berkeley are well aware that there is mass support for People’s Park’s preservation, but they ignore public sentiment by continuing to place People’s Park under threat of development.

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Tell Regulators to Stop Subsidizing Dirty Energy @ Oakland City Hall, Third floor
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

cpuc logoCome to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rate Design Forum and tell them our tax dollars should not subsidize natural gas, but support clean energy generation and storage.

This forum, one of eight held throughout the state, is intended to explain CPUC’s new structure of electricity rates. The agency says the new rates will more closely reflect costs and promote cleaner electricity. Some of the changes modify the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which is intended to provide subsidies for “distributed” (decentralized) electricity generation and storage projects that help reduce greenhouse gases. Electricity industry analysts at GTM Research report that the changes will be positive in “democratizing” the development of clean energy storage.

But there’s a catch. So far most of the subsidies have gone to a company that produces fuel cells by burning natural gas – a fossil fuel that emits greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants. And natural gas itself is mostly methane – a greenhouse gas 84 times as powerful as carbon dioxide.

The rate changes will help other companies share in the program, but will still subsidize the use of fossil fuel. The CPUC staff recommended ending subsidies for fuel cells produced with natural gas and biogas, so the subsidies could go to truly green energy production and storage. But policy makers ignored this recommendation.

Come tell regulators to stop subsidizing pollution and climate catastrophe!

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Jun 28 @ 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.
Living-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!

olwa.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1568668586707336/

Since 1978

 

 living_wage

 

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Film Screening: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS @ Omni Commons
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Directed by Grace Lee

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs (June 27, 1915 – Oct. 5, 2015) was a Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. The documentary film, AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY: THE EVOLUTION OF GRACE LEE BOGGS, plunges us into Boggs’s lifetime of vital thinking and action, traversing the major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labor to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7:30. Free popcorn and snacks, as always.

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Jun
29
Wed
Protest the Deforestation and Poisoning of the East Bay Hills by UC Berkeley @ UC Berkeley (Southside Entrance)
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm

Protest the Deforestation and Poisoning

of the East Bay Hills by UC Berkeley

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 12 Noon
UC Berkeley (Southside Entrance)
Bancroft Way and Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, California

map of targeted east bay forests

(Black areas: Targeted East Bay forests –  From: FEMA EBH EIS)

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STOP THE DEFORESTATION AND
POISONING OF THE EAST BAY HILLS!

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UC Berkeley, the East Bay Regional Park District, the City of Oakland, and others, with funding from FEMA and other public moneys, plan to kill over 450,000 healthy trees in the East Bay hills, some over a hundred years old, on over 2,000 acres of public lands from Point Richmond to Castro Valley.
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The destruction has already started, and is expected to escalate as early as August, the end of the official nesting season, unless we stop it.
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Millions of animals will die from the loss of homes and food and the devastation left by bulldozers, chainsaws, and poison, and the air quality and climate in the Bay Area will suffer. Large amounts of herbicides are planned to be applied over a 10-year period, including Roundup (glyphosate, Monsanto), Garlon (triclopyr, Dow), and Stalker (imazapyr, BASF).
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These pesticides have been shown to cause serious health problems in both humans and animals, as well as complex negative ecological impacts on forest organisms. They persist in the soil, and have found their way into watersheds and ground water. Roundup has been banned in many countries because of its toxicity, and the World Health Organization recently classified glyphosate as a 2A probable carcinogen. The poison would affect everyone who uses the parks, and wash into the bay from the creeks. Do we need more cancer and chronic illness?
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When asked for public comment about one of the most important parts of cities — our parks and open space — of the 13,000 people who responded, 90% opposed the plans. Since then, over 65,000 have signed a petition demanding the projects be stopped. Why is the will of the people being ignored?
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Under the guise of fire safety, the agencies involved plan to kill moisture-rich forests that precipitate over 10 inches of water from fog drip in the midst of drought.  According to FEMA, the goal is to transform much of the East Bay parks landscape into “grassland with islands of shrubs”, but this will increase fire danger by creating a highly flammable environment where fires can spread quickly, driven by winds unimpeded by tall trees. Our once beautiful parks will be barren and desolate, and when the rains start, the landslides will come.
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These destructive actions are driven in large part by the ideology that the eucalyptus, acacia, and Monterey pines are non-native plants, that are harmful to native ecosystems. Conservation biologist David Theodoropoulos thoroughly debunked this ideology at a recent event in Berkeley, viewable online at youtube.com/watch?v=n1i3RP7eDFc
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Eucalyptus are the preferred nesting site for eagles, hawks, and large owls, and preferred resting site for migrating Monarch butterflies. They also feed hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. Monterey pines create incredible animal and plant diversity. A survey of 173 ornithologists reported that 47% of birds eat from non-native plants.
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In spite of the myths, eucalyptus are actually less flammable than native bay laurels. Firefighter David Maloney, appointed to the Oakland-Berkeley Mayors’ Firestorm Task Force to investigate the causes of the 1991 Hills Fire and make recommendations to prevent its recurrence, said:
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“The Task Force Report concluded that the spread of the fire was mostly due to the radiant heat generated by burning houses… The spread of the fire was not due primarily to burning trees — eucalyptus or any other species.”

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For more details, visit these websites:

SaveEastBayHills.org
MillionTrees.me
HillsConservationNetwork.org
EastBayPesticideAlert.org/wpad.html
TreeSpiritProject.com/sfbayclearcut
BAPD.org/trees.html

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Get in touch, and get involved:

Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests
Contact: defendeastbayforests@riseup.net
Alerts: lists.riseup.net/www/info/eastbayforests-info
Info: facebook.com/CoalitiontoDefendEastBayForests

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No Clearcuts, No Pesticides

Defend East Bay Forests!

 

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Code Pink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, flyers, …Additional signs and flyers provided.
Stand (or sit) with us and the huge PEACE banner.

On the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
Directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station.

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