Calendar

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Jun
25
Mon
March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Planning Meeting
Jun 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join APEN, CEJA, Idle No More SF Bay, Jobs With Justice, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER, SEIU 1021, and 350.org with the support of the Peoples Climate Movement and over 50 other organizations on June 25 as we organize to build a bold, visionary action that demands real climate leadership to keep fossil fuels in the ground and move towards a just, equitable and resilient 100% renewable energy economy that rapidly expands economic opportunity, creates family sustaining jobs, and protects vulnerable communities, workers,and future generations. : Rise for Climate Jobs & Justice March on Saturday September 8th.

The whole world is coming to San Francisco for the Global Climate Summit from Sep 12-14.

Climate disruption is impacting all of our communities from jobs to justice and everything in between. And we want you, your organizations, friends, and family to rise up with the world on September 8th to demand real solutions.

You are invited to come to a meeting to build the movement leading up to the largest march for climate jobs & justice on the West Coast. There’s lots to do and your talents and gifts are welcomed!

Join your sisters and brothers as we look forward to creating a world of equity, justice, and a sustainable and safe future for the next seven generations to come. It’s up to us.

This will be a powerful day you won’t want to miss.

RSVP

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Mass Organizing Meeting for Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice @ The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist
Jun 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join our second mass mobilization meeting in SF for Rise for Climate. In less than three months, thousands of people will be taking the streets of San Francisco demanding real climate leadership at the largest climate mobilization ever held on the West Coast - and we want you with us.

On September 8th, we will march in San Francisco, and at hundreds of actions around the country and the world to demand real climate leadership on the local level.

Can you join us on Monday, June 25th in San Francisco for the second Mass Organizing Meeting for Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice? RSVP now.

If you joined Tuesday night’s US Rise National Call, you already know there are over 100 actions already planned and more being added every day. San Francisco is going to be the focal point and it’s up to us to set the tone for this day of action.

California has the potential to make history – we can push Governor Brown to center racial and economic justice, phase out fossil fuels and set a global benchmark for climate action, but it will take movements working hard these next few months to make it happen.

Help make this action the biggest California has ever seen � RSVP to join us on Mondaay, June 25th for the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice Mass Organizing Meeting.

APEN, CEJA, Idle No More SF Bay, Jobs With Justice, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER, SEIU 1021, 350.org and over 50 other organizations will be discussing and building people power around the September 8th Global Day of Action.

This will be your opportunity to bring your talents, gifts, and joy to our movement and demand local leaders support a just transition away from fossil fuels toward 100% renewable energy for all.

RSVP now to let us know you’re coming.

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Jun 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Tenant And Neighborhood Council (TANC) Meeting @ Omni Commons
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Let’s get organized against the housing market. Come through!
———-
We are a group of Bay Area tenants who are fed up with rising rents, evictions, and harassment at the hands of landlords. We are fed up with our neighbors having no option but to live unsheltered and at constant risk of police harassment. We want to stop landlords, developers, and cops from looting our communities.

A council is a group of tenants who work together to wield collective power against a shared landlord in order to improve their conditions. While, in general, councils may organize for more affordable, habitable, and safer housing, the issues that a council decides to organize around is ultimately dictated by its members. Councils can be powerful because they can directly apply their collective pressure on their landlord without the permission of city hall or other third parties.

TANC will help organize councils and bring them together as a network. While councils interface directly with their landlord, they can find support from other councils who rent from different landlords. We will assist in getting the word out to tenants and researching landlords. Neighbors will get to know each other during dinners, BBQs, and other events that TANC will support. We will compile complaints that are common across councils and aid in seeking their resolution. Councils will discuss and demand timely repairs, and support tenants threatened with eviction. Ultimately, the point is to reconfigure power dynamics of landlords and tenants in the Bay Area.

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Jun
26
Tue
Day of Action at West County Detention Facility @ West County Detention Facility
Jun 26 all-day

The only ICE facility in the Bay Area is located within the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA and operated by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. On any given day, approximately 200 (adult) immigrants are detained there. Contra Costa County Sheriff John Livingston refuses to permit local organizations and elected officials to inspect the facility.

One of his deputies was recently arrested and charged with sexual assault against two inmates. We are working with Richmond-based community organizations, labor unions and immigrant rights groups to protest Trump’s cruel immigration policies as well as the racial disparities in our justice system that contribute to mass incarceration of people of color, particularly African-Americans.

Please join us this Tuesday, all day, as we stand against ICE and Trump’s racist policies. JOIN US!

We’re working on a shuttle to/from Richmond BART. AC Transit #71 also runs from BART to the jail about every 30 minutes.

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Our Revolution: Where Do We Go From Here? @ Finnish Hall
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Jun
27
Wed
AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS — causes, connections, and organizing for radical change      @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Jun 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

YES, WE HAVE A CRISIS!
AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
— causes, connections, and organizing for radical change

                                        With Boona Cheema and Steve Barton


Stephen E. Barton, PhD is a long-time consultant to the Rent Stabilization Board, former Housing Director of the City of Berkeley, and an independent researcher/writer in evolutionary economics and community-based democracy. His analysis of rapidly rising rents in Berkeley led to passage of Measure U1 in 2016, increasing business license fees for commercial landlords, and providing the basis of the $100 Housing Bond on the ballot this November.

Boona Cheema is a recognized social justice pioneer, a Unitarian minister and founder/Executive Director (retired) of Better Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency. For 40 years, she, and BOSS, continue working with people experiencing poverty, disability, and the lack of affordable housing in Berkeley and Alameda County, providing jobs, shelter, and respectful aid while addressing root causes and solutions.

 Berkeley-East Gray Panthers *  PO Box 1126, Berkeley, CA4701  510-842-6224 * berkgraypanthers@aol.org

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Jun
28
Thu
Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Eli's Mile High Club
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social! Hang out with other members who are interested in getting involved in the labor movement, and hear from fellow East Bay DSA members about their experience at this spring’s national Labor Notes conference. (show less)

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Franki and Co. Fight CBRE at the Rent Board @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On May 30th, Franki Velez’s eviction hearing was postponed because the landlord decided to change their argument; now we’re hearing that Franki and the collective are having so much success in their eviction battle that it may be a year before the fight is heard in Hayward again, when they expect to conclusively defeat the landlord.

In the meantime, this Thursday at 7pm Franki and co. will be heard by the Oakland Rent Adjustment Board, downtown at city hall at 1 Oscar Grant (“Frank Ogawa”) Plaza, in Hearing Room 1. The plan is to keep on winning, and you’ve been invited to join—not only to show these tenants your support, but to also let the Rent Board know during open comment that Oakland takes all tenants’ needs seriously and that we demand an end to exploitation by the landlord class. More info below.

*The Fight*

The fight all started when the collective’s building was bought by real estate mega-speculator CBRE (the largest commercial real estate services and investment firm in the world). Selling to CBRE, the landlord denied the collective their contractually guaranteed first dibs on buying the building.

At the Rent Board two matters will be under consideration. First—are the collective members valid tenants with a right to live in the building (YES!). Second—how much does CBRE owe the collective for having extensively neglected their responsibilities at landlord, by refusing to remediate lead contamination, replace and repair the rotten wall, and deal with the mice that have taken up residence ($$$!). If the collective wins the Board’s support on the first matter alone, this will mean when they return to Hayward a win is straightforward—since the landlord is trying to evict simply on the grounds that the collective aren’t legitimate tenants.

So, please join us this Thursday, ready to show the rent board we stand solid and speak righteously, with Franki and co, and all tenants.

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Jun
29
Fri
All Eyes on The Sheriff Mobilization @ Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

All Eyes on The Sheriff Mobilization  from 12-2pm. The action outside will be at 12pm and we will head into the board chambers at 1pm.

Did you know that in the past 10 years the Alameda County jail population has decreased by half, but the sheriff’s budget keeps increasing? The Ella Baker Center and our allies are calling for an audit of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department because taxpayers deserve to know how our money is being wasted. The county supervisors will be voting to adopt the Alameda County’s $3.1 billion budget on Friday and we will be there to demand sheriff accountability and budget transparency!

The CAO just submitted a $3.1 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 18-19 to the Board. The BOS will be voting to adopt a final budget on June 29th. We are turning up to make our concerns heard by both Supervisors and media and expose the sheriff’s wasteful spending.

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Jun
30
Sat
Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

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Copwatch: Know Your Rights Training @ Grassroots House
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Families Belong Together: Berkeley Mobilization @ Old City Hall Steps
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Family separation is another Trump-created crisis. This is not at all required under current law — despite the lies coming out of Trump’s mouth — and Trump could put an end to this with a phone call. And like so many other Trump-created crises, Republicans in Congress are letting it happen. Some may have expressed concerns about the policy, but none have done anything about it. That’s where you come in. Join our rally as part of a national day of action (like the airport protests) in support of keeping families together. (Why do we even need to say that?!)

Link to event information: https://actionnetwork.org/events/families-belong-together-indivisible-berkeley-mobilization

Event Issue Focus: Families Belong Together

RSVP

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Film Debut: “Homeless: The Story of America’s Economic Refugees.” @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Jun 30 @ 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

HOMELESS: A documentary film by internationally renowned writer & scholar Dr Samar Habib, exposing the state emergency crisis of homelessness in Berkeley & Oakland. Plus a documentary collage of information, interviews and stills from the Berkeley Emergency Storm Shelter at 9th & University.

Dr. Habib will introduce the film and be on hand to answer questions. There will be a homemade meal from the Fabulous Chefs at Consider the Homeless.

Sponsored by Consider The Homeless : We are a grassroots, community-based group of like-minded neighbors and friends who want to help those living on the streets of our city.
This is a fundraiser for Consider The Homeless!, a recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
RSVP: info@ConsiderTheHomeless.org, 510 560 4284
Please pay for all reservations with a check to Consider the Homeless! Please include your name on all reservations and US mail to PO Box 2771, Berkeley, CA or Paypal: paypal.me/ConsiderTheHomeless
PROGRAM (may be changed – not the films)
3:15PM: Doors open
3:20PM: Music & Slide Show
3:45PM: Welcome: Consider The Homeless! founder, Barbara Brust
3:55PM: Dr. Samar Habib introduces her film “HOMELESS”
4:05PM: Screening of the film, “HOMELESS: The Story of America’s Economic Refugees”
4:55PM: Screening of the short film, “BESS – April 2018”
5:10PM: Introductions – Special Guests
5:15PM: Q & A with our guests
6:00PM: Dinner is Served
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Jul
1
Sun
This Is America : A March Against Gentrification @ Lake Merritt, Cleveland Cascade
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Alena Museum presents artist activism event on gentrification. We will gather the creative voices and collective power of our community and allies to demonstrate and speak out against the private investors, developers, and politicians who are set out to broaden the gap of wealth at the expense of the people. We will share with you our plans moving forward and how the community can be involved in that process. Displacing the community will not be a silent fight. Stand up for you, your family, your neighbors, and your community as we are witnessing gentrification destroying the cultural fabric of Oakland.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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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Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at liberatedlens@lists.riseup.net

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

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Jul
2
Mon
Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland General Meeting @ Xolo, back courtyard
Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland was formed by members of Commonomics and Strike Debt Bay Area in August, 2016.

We pressure the Oakland City Council to pass enabling legislation that will create and fund a public bank for Oakland. Our overarching goal is to see a public bank flourish in Oakland while it helps the community, thereby providing an example for other jurisdictions wishing to rid themselves of their dependence on Wall Street banks.

We are meeting regularly, have dozens of people on our mailing list in support of our goals (to join the mailing list, contact us). We are broadening our coalition by adding to our list of Oakland and East Bay organizations that support our efforts.

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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

oscargrantcommittee-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

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Tenant And Neighborhood Council (TANC) Meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Let’s get organized against the housing market. Come through!
———-
We are a group of Bay Area tenants who are fed up with rising rents, evictions, and harassment at the hands of landlords. We are fed up with our neighbors having no option but to live unsheltered and at constant risk of police harassment. We want to stop landlords, developers, and cops from looting our communities.

A council is a group of tenants who work together to wield collective power against a shared landlord in order to improve their conditions. While, in general, councils may organize for more affordable, habitable, and safer housing, the issues that a council decides to organize around is ultimately dictated by its members. Councils can be powerful because they can directly apply their collective pressure on their landlord without the permission of city hall or other third parties.

TANC will help organize councils and bring them together as a network. While councils interface directly with their landlord, they can find support from other councils who rent from different landlords. We will assist in getting the word out to tenants and researching landlords. Neighbors will get to know each other during dinners, BBQs, and other events that TANC will support. We will compile complaints that are common across councils and aid in seeking their resolution. Councils will discuss and demand timely repairs, and support tenants threatened with eviction. Ultimately, the point is to reconfigure power dynamics of landlords and tenants in the Bay Area.

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