Calendar

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Jun
1
Wed
SF: #SaveMidTown #Rentcontrol rally
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

#savemidtown #rentcontrol rally. MOH wants to codify rent increases designed to drive out long term Black community from the #Fillmore#blackhomesmatter

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Stop Fracking in Alameda County Before it Begins! @ Food & Water Watch, 11th floor
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Help Food and Water Watch stop fracking before it begins in Alameda County.  They are bringing legislation before the County Board of Supervisors to outlaw the practice before it begins (there is currently no fracking in Alameda County, but you never know when it could start…)

Snacks.

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Vigil for Amilcar Perez-Lopez @ Mission Police Station
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless Coalition meeting @ YSA
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet with community advocates in the fight against homelessness, those without houses, Berkeley City Councils staffers and interested citizens to discuss progress on Tiny Homes solutions to homelessness, and starting a Tiny Homes village.

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A Film Taking on Gentrification: The Other Barrio @ New Parkway Theater
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Eastbay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open as MANY homes as possible…

Hold them as long as possible…

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Jun
2
Thu
Justice 4 Jessica Williams Press Conference @ Bayview Police Station
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Stop the New Alameda County Jail @ Ella Baker Center Offices, suite 1125
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Sheriff wants to build a new $55 million jail expansion at Santa Rita for treating mentally ill inmate.  It needs to be stopped in its tracks and the money redirected to mental health treatment outside of jail.

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“Occupy the Farm” film & discussion @ Fellowship Hall
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Transition Berkeley & the Ecology Center Present: “Occupy the Farm” film & discussion
6:30 refreshments, 7 pm event

Please join us to witness an incredible drama that took place in our own back yard in 2012 and that continues to unfold today. Occupy the Farm tells the story of 200 urban farmers who walk onto a publicly-owned farm in Albany, California and plant two acres of crops in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. This direct action set up a vibrant tent village on land destined to become condos, while their crops blocked the development plans of UC Berkeley.

Director Todd Darling will be present for Q&A, and the event will include updates on the current status of the farm and the developers. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase at the event. Sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee, and the Ecology Center.

Bring: a local snack or refreshment to share at 6:30 pm if you like

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Jun
3
Fri
Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office Steps
Jun 3 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

jill-steinBerkeley Post Office Defenders presents Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for US President.

In addition to Ms. Stein, there will be other speakers who will cover such topics as

–       Preservation of Berkeley’s main post  office and other public resources in the face of privatization manipulations by high profit corporations
–       Unified protection of union jobs as USPS  attempts to move postal services to Staples
–       Eco-wise use of common space resiliance after  destruction of our community information, clothing, book, plant and seed sharing Center
–       Access to the Berkeley Post Office Community  Garden -Remove the ugly metal postal police fence
–       Support for tiny houses initiatives as pro developer politicians criminalize homelessness
–       Postal Banking-  no more bail outs, debt  slavery,predatory lenders and private banking fraud
–      UPSURGING Political voice/action in the face of  corporate control of government and media
–       An update on Berkeley’s response to Department of Justice attempt to threaten the cities ordinance to protect historic commons
       –        An update of community garden with over the fence seed ball planting

Join us for MUSIC with Hali Hammer and postal worker and activist Dave Welsh

Speakers may include:
– Mike Wilson from Berkeley Post Office Defenders
– Shirley Taylor, from the APWU (postal workers’ union)
– Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Councilor whose district the downtown Post Office is in, and candidate for Berkeley Mayor.
– Mike Zint, First They Came for the Homeless

Rally with Jill Stein-21

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Jun
4
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley @ Downtown & MLK Park
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

On the weekend of June 4th and 5th, 2016, the Bay Area Book Festival will once again fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of food writing or poetry or science fiction or children’s literature or biography, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet. Free to the public!

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An electoral process that goes beyond Bernie – A Communist presentation @ Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley) invites you to a discussion of ‘An electoral process that goes beyond Bernie’. As background the following short articles are suggested reading.

John Bachtell, ‘Left Strategy in 2016: Building Real Political Independence’
http://www.cpusa.org/article/left-strategy-in-2016-part-1-grasping-the-key-link-of-struggle/

C. Hass, ‘The Other Progressive Challengers Take on the Democratic Establishment’
http://inthesetimes.com/features/bernie_sanders_democrats_political_revolution_candidates.html

Linda Burnham, ‘Notes on the Election’ http://portside.org/2016-04-25/notes-election

Reese Ehrlich, ‘Why the Left Should Support Trump’
https://reeseerlich.com/2016/04/26/why-the-left-should-support-donald-trump/

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A Forum on Police Accountability @ Senior Center, Suite 201
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

June 4 flyer

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A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time
Jun 4 @ 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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Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ La Coquelet, backroom
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 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!
  • organizing for public banking
  • advocating for Postal banking
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Tiny Homes for the homeless.
  • student debt resistance
  • fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitive ticketing and fining schemes
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contract
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early and meet one or two of us before the formal meeting starts, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com .

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page.
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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Community Remembrance in Honor of Yanira Serano
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

June 2016 marks two years since the unjustly killing of our beloved Yanira at the hands of the Police in San Mateo County, pain and sorrow still present, but hope and love is even bigger.

The death of my sister two years ago brought a community together, I met so many kind and generous people who were willing to give their time and energy to help my family. People who did not know me, or my family but they knew what happened to my sister was a tragedy and wanted to fight for what was right.
Justice never came, but the struggle continues …

Everyone is invited to celebrate the life of my sister in commemoration of her second angelversary, in which not only will celebrate her spirit and the beauty of who she was, but we will also let the county and corrupt system know that we are still hungry for justice. Yanira is in the heart of each and every one who still remembers her.

Saturday June 4th, 2016 we will be joining our voices together with dozens of families that have also been affected by police violence in an effort to say enough is enough.

»There will be a ceremony led by Aztec dancers at The “Mariposa” Mural located at the “Our Lady of the pillar” catholic church in Half Moon Bay, Danzantes will lead us in a procession through the streets of the city.

»We will all meet at the “Mac Dutra” Plaza where we have an altar to honor the families victims of police brutality who have suffered and still suffer the loss of a loved one at the hands of the police. Families will share their stories of love, faith and hope.

»There will be a special performance, “Moonraised” is an example of what dedication and hard work can achieve. A group of young people who continue to be a motivation through their music for future generations. We repeatedly criminalize our youth by making them responsible and accountable for systemic faillures on the part of our social and educational system as well as the legal system, it is time to empower our kids to do more.

#JusticerForYanira #MentalillnesIsNotACrime

“Mental illness is so much more complicated than any pill that any mortal could invent.”

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Jill Stein in SF: Challenging the Two-Party System @ The Women's Bldg
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Come hear from Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, speak about building a movement to put people, planet and peace over profit. Dr. Stein is committed to continuing the political revolution to Election Day and beyond, so no matter who you’re supporting in the primary, join us to hear Jill’s plan to win power for the people!

As she says, “Unfortunately, our country has been concentrating wealth and losing democracy. And now it’s reaching its logical conclusions–it’s the inevitable final stages of predatory capitalism that’s creating an unlivable world. Not only is our economy increasingly unfair, but now we’re putting the very future of the planet at stake.

All these crises really converge on the backs of the younger generation–especially the crisis of police brutality and mass incarceration. This generation is suffering, up close and personal, the ravages of unbridled capitalism. So it’s absolutely logical that millions of people are rejecting that system and moving toward a more just system that many people see in the promise of economic democracy–in other words, a more socialist type of economic system.” https://socialistworker.org/2016/05/09/thinking-outside-the-two-party-box

This event is hosted by the Bay Area International Socialist Organization. The ISO has endorsed Jill Stein’s campaign as an important step in the fight to break up the pro-corporate, two-party system.

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Jun
5
Sun
Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley @ Downtown & MLK Park
Jun 5 all-day

On the weekend of June 4th and 5th, 2016, the Bay Area Book Festival will once again fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of food writing or poetry or science fiction or children’s literature or biography, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet. Free to the public!

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COINTELPRO Then and Now: Breakfast Forum @ First Unitarian Universalist Church, Martin Luther King room
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 
“COINTELPRO Then and Now” with Claude Marks and Nathaniel Moore of the Freedom Archives

COINTELPRO is the FBI’s secret and illegal program to undermine and destroy popular movements for social justice that swept the US, beginning with the early civil rights movement and Puerto Rican independence movement in the 1950s, continuing to the 1960s/1970s. Orders to misdirect, discredit, disrupt, and neutralize progressive and radical organizations and leaders, up to and including outright assassination of leaders resulted.

9:00:    Coffee/socializing.  Breakfast is available for nominal fee.
9:30:    Program
10:30:    Questions, Comments, Discussion
10:45:    Adjourn
11:00:    Worship Services (in the Sanctuary)

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For more information about the Freedom Archives, go to:  http://www.freedomarchives.org)

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 5 @ 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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