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Feb
24
Sat
Bree Newsome Panel Discussion: Black and Empowered. @ Tolman Hall, UC Berkeley
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Support Youth Suing Government on Climate Change @ South Berkeley Library
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Come to a meet-up to support the twenty-one youth who are suing the US government for failing to protect their future from climate change. Their strong voices and the hopefulness of the YouthvGov case are an inspiration to youth and adults alike as they work to secure the right to science-based action to ensure a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.
In this meetup, staff from Our Children’s Trust will provide an overview and update on the case. We’ll introduce ourselves and talk about how we can build on a Bay Area YouthvGov support network for local climate activists, teachers, and youth advocates. We’ll share ways of utilizing the YouthvGov case as a learning opportunity to engage and empower local youth. We’ll also brainstorm ways of supporting the twenty-one youth and Our Children’s Trust as the case proceeds to trial.
There will be time for announcements and we will share upcoming learning opportunities and actions. Refreshments will be provided.
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Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Omni Commons
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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.

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com .

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at our Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
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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Film Screening & Panel Discussion: You A Nomad @ Omni Commons
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In a single generation, Oakland’s black population has dwindled from 44% to an estimated 26%.
At this event we’ll watch YOU A NOMAD, a 20-minute documentary deconstructing the systemic roots of gentrification.
Then we’ll discuss possible SOLUTIONS. Confirmed panelists:
– Khafre Jay of HipHop4change
– Wanda Stewart, Food Justice Activist
… and more to come.
Don’t miss this event — LIKE and SHARE!!!

Doors open at 4:30 pm

Presented by Liberated Lens Film Screenings at Omni Commons

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Feb
25
Sun
No Eviction Without Representation @ MLK Room, Unitarian Universalist Center
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

“No Eviction Without Representation”

Dean Preston is an attorney and founder/executive director of the tenant rights organization “Tenants Together”.  He’s one of the authors and organizers of the SF petition drive to create an SF ballot measure for: “No Eviction Without Representation”.

Jen Snyder is a leader of Democratic Socialists of America-SF and is the field director of the “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign.

On January 26, 2018, the San Francisco “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign submitted 21,946 petition signatures (which is more than double the number needed) to the SF Department of Elections, to qualify a tenant protection initiative for the June 5, 2018 San Francisco ballot.  Passage of this ballot measure would make SF the first city in California, and the second in the nation, to provide a right to counsel to tenants facing eviction. On February 25, hear directly from the organizers of “No Eviction Without Representation” about the causes of the housing crisis in SF and what San Franciscans can do this year to reduce the impact of that crisis in our city.

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Sunflower Alliance @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Feb 25 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing campaigns and plans for the future.

Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice. Come early to share a potluck lunch.

 

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DSA General Membership Meeting @ Omni Commons Ballroom
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

General Membership Meeting

The February general meeting is going to be a big one!

For one, we’ll be voting on whether or not to join the campaign to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, which severely restricts local governments in California from implementing rent control. See the text of the resolution.

We’ll also be voting on a major set of revisions to our Chapter’s bylaws! You can see the proposed revisions as well as a reader guide with some explanation for those proposed revisions.

And if you’d like to propose an amendment to those proposed bylaws, you can submit your own.

Democracy requires many hands, so please RSVP and volunteer. See you on February 25!

RSVP (and volunteer and get more information about venue accessibility and accommodations)

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Indvisible East Bay @ Sports Basement
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the warmer months we meet at 4 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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. 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
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (Note: we meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months,  once Daylight Savings Time springs forward we tend to assemble at 4 PM).

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over five 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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“The Great Debaters” Oakland Greens Free Dinner & Movie Discussion Series @ It's Your Move
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In celebration of Black History Month The Oakland Green Party presents Denzel Washington staring in “The Great Debaters” — a two-hour film based on the true story of the debate team at Willey College Texas that took on the Harvard College elite in 1935. This screening will be the Oakland Green’s second in a series on the “Last Sundays” of every month
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. The movie will provide a forum for discussions of debate value in a democracy and of how many stories are not told about triumph under backdrops of racial violence. The discussion is meant to be a community building event held in a relaxed fun space and organized by Green Party members to discuss solutions to local issues that hurt us and many others.
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Feb
26
Mon
Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us this–and every Monday for an hour of singing in front of the old Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley. Demonstrators have kept this rally going for over six years with their “Tax the Rich” and other timely signs and good spirits. We provide music; songbooks available. Come for a song, come for an hour.

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Occupy Forum: Authoritarian Tactics: U.S. Immigration Policy and Race @ Local 2 UNITE HERE
Feb 26 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Authoritarian Tactics: U.S. Immigration Policy and Race
with Professor George Wright

Designation of “the Other”, and scapegoating people for the deep problems in the state are classic authoritarian tactics. Currently, the Trump Regime plans to publish a weekly list of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants; ICE claims that those targeted in a raid have criminal records. But people who have had arrests or convictions have endured profiling in a justice system with shocking racial and class disparities.

George Wright will analyze U.S. immigration policy and race, and trace the history of scapegoating, incarceration, and deportations of “the Other” in the United States. He will include other instances of this tactic in dictatorships, and ways the citizenry fought, and won, the eventual legal freedom of their brothers and sisters.

George Wright taught Political Science at California State University, Chico between 1969 and 2003.  He also taught History at Skyline Community College between 2004 and 2013.   His major research includes United States Politics, International Political Economy, and the Politics of International Sport.   He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the University of Leeds (UK).

Time will be allotted for announcements.

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Feb
27
Tue
RACE & INEQUALITY IN AMERICA. THE KERNER COMMISSION AT 50 @ Haas Institute, MLK Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit their website for more information.

Register here

In the mid-1960s, a series of violent police encounters with Black Americans sparked uprisings in more than 100 American cities. Shaken by the civil unrest across the nation in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the immediate causes of the rebellions, as well as the underlying conditions of racial segregation and discrimination that gave rise to them. Headed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, with Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York as vice chairman, the Commission issued its landmark report, which became commonly known as the “Kerner Report,” on February 29, 1968.

The Kerner Report, unanimously signed by the bipartisan and politically mainstream commission, was wide-ranging and dramatic, and concluded that white society had denied opportunity to Black Americans living in poor urban neighborhoods. The report offered both dire warnings along with a bold plan of federal action. Its most famous line, cited again by the US Supreme Court as recently as 2015, was: “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” In its other most memorable passage, the commission said: “What white Americans have never fully understood—but what the Negro can never forget—is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”

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Stop Urban Shield – Alameda County Board of Supervisors @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be considering Sheriff Ahern’s request to accept funding from the Department of Homeland Security for Urban Shield, 2018.

On Tuesday, February 27th, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition will be rallying to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting where we anticipate a presentation and vote on Urban Shield. The coalition continues  to demand investments in life affirming resources that will support us in emergencies, while Sheriff Ahern continues to press for the militarized policing program and weapons expo known as Urban Shield.

TIME:   10 am to 1 pm – people are needed the entire time, try to come at 10 am but if not come when you can during those hours.  Signs will be available to hold.

Please go to the Facebook page and mark yourself as going  Use it to invite others you think might be able to turn out

CAN’T COME ON 2/27?  CALL YOUR ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR.  Call-in days are targeted for Thursday, 2/22 and Monday, 2/23 but you can call anytime that is convenient for you.

Contact your Supervisor and tell them to vote NO on Urban Shield. Find your district here: http://acgov.org/ms/addresslookup/

District 1: Supervisor Haggerty //
shawn.wilson@acgov.org (510) 272-6691

District 2: Supervisor Valle //
christopher.miley@acgov.org (510) 272-6692

District 3: Supervisor Chan //
jeanette.dong@acgov.org (510)272-6693

District 4: Supervisor Miley //
anna.gee@acgov.org (510)272-6694

District 5: Supervisor Carson //
amy.shrago@acgov.org (510)272-6695  (Berkeley)

FACEBOOK PAGE

https://www.facebook.com/events/1581712215246344/

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Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Eli's Mile High Club
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Are you an awesome democratic socialist who is involved in the labor movement or wants to be? Are you looking to socialize and scheme with others who share your interests? Then come out to the East Bay DSA Labor Social! Come hear about other DSA chapters’ labor work and give input on the direction of East Bay DSA’s own labor work. Socializing starts at 6 p,m. at Eli’s Mile High Club. Brief report-backs and discussion start at 7 p.m.

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Feb
28
Wed
EPA Listening Session on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan @ SF Public Library, Koret auditorium
Feb 28 all-day

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a “listening session” in San Francisco and two other cities on its intention to repeal what is commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. According to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, this will “ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input.” (What impact this has on the future of the current Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units remains to be seen.)

Three sessions throughout the day will be structured and run identically:

– Session 1 from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM;
– Session 2 from 1:00 to 4:45 PM; and
– Session 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM PST.

During the on-line registration, you must choose which of these three segments you prefer to attend.

Pre-registration information and more details are posted here.  Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.  Registration will close on February 21st, or once the available seats or speaking slots are filled.  Those who register will receive an email confirmation within two business days.

Spanish translation will be available at the listening session.

Written comments can be submitted through April 26, 2018.  EPA assures us that written statements and supporting information submitted during this period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the listening sessions.

Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and can be submitted by one of the methods listed on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Repeal: How to Comment page.

Here is some commentary that might help focus our thinking about the Clean Power Plan and shape our comments to the EPA and its Administrator Scott Pruitt:

The Clean Power Plan Is Not Worth Saving.  Here Are Some Steps to Take Instead.”  (Truthout, January 19, 2018)

What Is the Clean Power Plan, and How Can Trump Repeal It?”   (New York Times, October 10, 2017)

 

WHEN
Wednesday, February 28, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

WHERE
San Francisco Main Public Library
Koret Auditorium
30 Grove St.
San Francisco 94102

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All Eyes on California: Maximizing Our Influence for a Safer Climate @ Ed Roberts Campus
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition is kicking off its 2018 climate convenings with an event to strengthen our citizen power to push forward on climate issues.  Climate advocates all over the world look to California for cutting edge climate policy and action.  The battles that we fight at the local level have a much larger impact than we imagine.  But many of us don’t know how to get our voices heard.  We need a road map.  At this Climate Convening, you will learn effective ways to influence local government and the regional agencies that hold power over large-scale solutions and the major polluters fouling our air and changing the climate.  Meet elected officials and learn effective strategies from veteran activists.

Featuring confirmed speakers:

Sach Constantine, Managing Director for Vote Solar and former Senior Regulatory Analyst for CPUC
Kathy Dervin, co-founder of 350 Bay Area and climate change and health consultant
Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember and member of Bay Area Air Quality Management (BAAQMD) Board
Linda Maio, Berkeley City Council Member since 1992 and led the charge against crude by rail through California

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Please RSVP.

 

 

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Anti-War March Planning Meeting @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Groups are forming to stage the first nation-wide anti-war protests in years. Save the date – April 15 for a march and rally in Oakland. If you are interested in helping, you can attend the next organizing meeting.

There are so many wars with US involvement that we become numb. “In 2013, the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) – one of thee nine organizational units that make up the Unified Combatant Command – had special operations forces (SOFs) in 134 countries, where they were either involved in combat, special missions, or advising and training foreign forces.” There is even greater involvement now, most likeley. It is kind of crazy that we are fighting wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and several African countries – not counting all the special operations units causing chaos everywhere. And it doesn’t seem to matter which political party has control of the white house – we are war mongers – so please plan to show up and voice your dissent.

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Mar
1
Thu
Omni General Assembly
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come by our open Orientations every First and Third Thursday of the month at 6pm! We’ll introduce you to the variety of ways you can get involved at the Omni, whether through joining a working group or a collective—or starting one of your one. Write our Communications Working Group with questions: comms@omnicommons.org

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url: https://pad.riseup.net/p/omninom

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