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Jan
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Fri
No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!

ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND

No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.

Check NCIO Events Calendar for court dates
Follow on Twitter
Friend on Facebook
Visit Our Website

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Land Honoring and Celebration @ Planting Justice
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sogorea Te Land Trust is partnering with Planting Justice to repatriate a piece of land in East Oakland. The shared vision includes the creation of an indigenous cultural site with a traditional arbor, a place for ceremony, and a place to remain true to the original teachings and pass them onto the next generations. Please Join us to bless this land and celebrate this collaboration.

11am: Blessing of the Land at 319 105th Ave, Oakland, CA

12:30-3: Walk from Planting Justice to Intertribal Friendship house

3-6 prayer and meal at the Intertribal Friendship House 523 International.

Sogorea Te Land Trust is an Urban Indigenous Women led land reclamation project calling on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

To find out more visit http://sogoreate-landtrust.com/

Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice and community healing.

To find out more visit http://plantingjustice.org/

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Federal Building Vigil – We Refuse to Tolerate Ethnic Cleansing @ Oakland Federal Building
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The California Sanctuary Campaign, the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership, ACLIP, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR-SF Bay Area, the Oakland Justice Coalition, and the Coalition for Police Accountability will come together in front of the Oakland Federal Building to stand vigil against current White House policies which directly threaten the lives of people of color in this country and abroad.

According to Rev J Alfred Smith Jr of Allen Temple Baptist Church, “the president’s stated policies and actions will promote the ethnic cleansing of whole swaths of Black and Brown people whether native born, immigrant or refugee, seeking opportunity and the ability to raise their families in dignity. The president repeatedly makes racist and misogynistic statements which result in directives from his DOJ and the Congress while families are separated by federal authorities, children are left without healthcare, jails fill with our youth, and refugees are refused asylum.  We must take a moral stand against the president and his party before these destructive attitudes and actions do any more damage.”

The vigil is being held the day prior to the historic Women’s March which will take place in cities and towns across the country to assert that women’s rights are human rights. The vigil calls attention to the special jeopardy that women of color face as a result of current policies which threaten not only their economic well-being but their safety in the streets, at their workplaces, and in their homes.

We call on other cities to protest outside local federal buildings at noon on Friday, January 19th. If we cannot look to our president or the Congress to uphold the moral authority of our country’s stated values, then we must do it ourselves.

 

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Book discussion: The End of Policing @ Diesel
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative

Join Alex Vitale for the launch of his new book “The End of Policing” and a conversation on current organizations working to end police violence.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of the new book The End of Policing.

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Jan
20
Sat
Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

@AROCBayArea
www.araborganizing.org

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ECONOMIC JUSTICE: REVERSING RUNAWAY INEQUALITY @ Western Institute for Social Research
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

John Borst, PhD, WISR Alumnus, Presenter

Advocates of neoliberalism or market fundamentalism envision a world free of government
intervention in which self-regulating markets replace political judgements in shaping and
determining economic equity for people.

As the guiding economic narrative/ideology in the United States since the election of President Reagan,
seminar participants will increase their awareness of the dystopian consequences of neoliberal
governance by our country’s ruling and financial elite (e.g., the “1%”), as well as be able to identify,
explore, and/or take steps to build an alternative democratic future intended to create a more just and
healthy “We the People” society.

For more information please see
http://YesToEconomicJustice.net.

Please RSVP johnb@wisr.edu if you plan to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a
phone# in case of technical difficulties.
Log on: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/727623581
You can also dial in using your phone.
(872) 240-3311; Access Code: 727-623-581

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Women’s March Oakland: “Hear our Vote!” March @ Lake Merrit Amphitheater
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
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RIOTcon @ East Bay Community Space
Jan 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Details
RIOTcon (Radical Interactive Open Technology Conference) is a new conference seeking to highlight the intersections between radicalism, art, and technology. Hosted in Oakland, CA

SCHEDULE
11 am
Main Room:
Advanced Tactics for Guerrilla Eco Street Art By Kasey Smith

Telegraph Room:
Hackerspace and The need for community By Mitch Altman

12 pm
Main Room:
Building a Better Opposition: The Pursuance System and the Second Wave of Online Resistance By Steve Phillips

Telegraph Room:
Free Crack Pipes For Better Public Health Outcomes By Maggie Mayhem

1pm:
Main Room:
Audience Choice Lighting Talks
Have a talk you didn’t get to submit but still want to talk? Come to this talk to let the audience decide what they want to hear. 15 minutes each.

Telegraph Room:
A History of Fire in California’s Ecosystems By Natalie Wilkinson

2pm:
Main Room:
F[oia] the Police by Freddy Martinez

Telegraph Room:
Fighting Cyber Dystopia with Tech Solidarity and the Digital Commons By Mai Ishikawa Sutton

3pm:
Main Room:
Internet Art, Aesthetics, and Activism By Jeff Ray

Telegraph Room:
Using the blockchain to create a token backed by a land trust by Josh Wolf

 

TALK SUMMARIES
Advanced Tactics for Guerrilla Eco Street Art By Kasey Smith
Generally, guerrilla gardening is employed to support a narrow range of social causes. How can we borrow from their toolkit to expand our tactics and augment other forms of protest art? We’ll cover the basics, delve into some underutilized tactics, and ideate on additional implementations.

Hackerspace and the need for community by Mitch Altman
The hackerspace movement has grown as big as it has because of the need for community. Community takes a lot of effort, yet the benefits are incredibly rewarding. This talk covers these and other aspects of creating effective communities.

Building a Better Opposition: The Pursuance System and the Second Wave of Online Resistance By Steve Phillips
Our free, open source, and secure Pursuance System software enables participants to: create action-oriented groups called “pursuances”, discuss how best to achieve their mission, rapidly record exciting strategies and ideas in an actionable form (namely as tasks), divvy up those tasks among one other, share files and documents, get summoned when relevant events occur (e.g., when they are assigned a task, or when mentioned), request help from others, receive social recognition for their contributions, and to delegate tasks to other pursuances in this ecosystem in order to harness its collective intelligence, passion, and expertise.

Pursuance can be used for a great many things. But we, its creators, have certain interests. Specifically, we are focused on organizing activists, journalists, and non-profits in order to solve serious problems we face as a society — the surveillance state, the police state, the drug war, and many more.

Free Crack Pipes For Better Public Health Outcomes By Maggie Mayhem
Although controversial, harm reduction strategies have been proven to be successful in reducing infection and negative health outcomes among substance users. The benefits of needle exchanges are numerous: people are tested for HIV and Hep C and linked to care if needed, fewer discarded needles are found in public spaces, people are trained on how to prevent overdoses and what to do if someone is experiencing one, wound care is available, and case management and support is offered. Most of all, infections are prevented by providing people with the clean supplies they need so they aren’t reliant on sharing or re-using equipment.

Although many cities begrudgingly accept the benefits of syringe access programs, providing similar resources to crack cocaine and methamphetamine users is almost uniformly forbidden even in some of the most progressive cities due to stigma and fear of substance users. The risks associated with smoking increase when substance users share pipes, especially when the glass is broken or mouth wounds from burns are present. Given that pipes are classified as drug paraphernalia, they can be difficult to access and costly to carry so ad hoc pipes are made from unsafe materials such as broken light bulbs and discarded trash. This presentation will outline why safer smoking supplies are needed, how they work, and what you can do to support them.

A History of Fire in California’s Ecosystems
By
Natalie Wilkinson presents historical context of fire in California’s ecosystems utilizing several texts by experts such as Neil Sugihara, Stephen Pyne, and Raymond Clar. An analysis of the history of fire practices of the Native American Era and how they changed during colonization up until present practices, will address governor Jerry Browns statement, that the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change. The talk will end with a discussion about steps forward; what should be expected from our national resource agencies after such a catastrophic fire season.

F[oia] the Police by Freddy Martinez
F[OIA] the Police is a high-level overview of different techniques used when sending Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to police departments in the United States. The talk tells the story over the last two years of using public record to inform activism, drive journalism, and help change laws. FOIA laws, like all systems, can be hacked and worked around using creative tricks, some of which this talk will highlight. Finally we will address the need for democratizing this internal knowledge and spreading it throughout civil society.

Fighting Cyber Dystopia with Tech Solidarity and the Digital Commons By Mai Ishikawa Sutton
These days it seems impossible to go a week without news of a major scandal involving a large, networked computing platform. Infamous stories include Google image search algorithms that return racist and sexist results to users, or Twitter’s repeated failure to moderate aggressive trolling and systematic intimidation that aim to silence marginalized voices. Why do many tech companies neglect to address (or foresee) such glaring problems with their user platforms, even despite good intentions? What does a different approach to technological innovation look like?

This talk will explore some recent trends and innovations within the tech solidarity movement, such as platform cooperativism and digital commoning projects. It will explain how they may offer an alternative to the dominant model of profit-fueled tech development — projects and enterprises that instead center equity, diversity, and democratic control by design. It will end with ideas on how technologists and artists can help bolster this movement to democratize control over our internet infrastructure.

Internet Art, Aesthetics, and Activism By Jeff Ray
In this lecture and visual presentation, we will be exploring current and past internet art and artists including the political collage animations of Ken Tin Hung, the digital interventionist work of Paolo Cirio, and the computer game manipulation of Jodi (art collective). We will talk about the genre as a whole and its capacity to be one of the most political of all art genres. We will discuss some of the tools to create this kind of work including open source, inexpensive software tools and various other resources including Bay Area classes and organizations. There will be a 15-minute questions and answers period at the end of the presentation. My artist website is jeffrayarts.com.

Bio: Jeff Ray is an artist, musician, digital arts instructor, and arts activist. He is currently teaching net art and web design at Cal State University San Marcos. He recently taught Game Art at the University of Nevada, Reno, and in the past has taught sound art and conceptual information arts at San Francisco State University. He currently helps develop the programming and artist outreach at Escondido’s “A Ship In The Woods” art gallery.

Using the blockchain to create a token backed by a land trust by josh wolf
While much of the attraction to cryptocurrency is its ethereal nature, is it possible to apply the technology to build a real-world intentional community that relies on a new form of cryptocoin as its primary currency? A round-table discussion.

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The hidden history behind segregated cities @ Richmond City Hall
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Richmond: Author to discuss hidden history behind segregated cities

RICHMOND — The process that led to segregated cities is not what most people think. That’s the contention of author Richard Rothstein, who will present his case at a free talk.

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” is the title of both the talk and the 2017 book by Rothstein that is a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award.

“In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Rothstein explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies,” notes an announcement from the Richmond Museum of History and the Richmond Public Library, which are hosting the talk.

“Rather, ‘The Color of Law’ uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day. ‘The Color of Law’ concludes that because residential segregation was created by government action in violation of the constitution, we are obligated to remedy it.”

Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and at the Haas Institute and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley.

Admission to the talk is free and an RSVP can be made at www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-rothstein-the-color-of-law-tickets-41720558313.

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First They Came for the Homeless Benefit: Empower Our Needs! @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Jan 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Labor Notes Fundraiser and Party @ Omni Commons
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Every two years in April, Labor Notes hosts a conference of about 2,000 labor organizers in Chicago. Labor Notes is the rabble-rousing left wing of the labor movement, and it works to support bottom-up, militant, democratic unionism and to empower rank-and-file members to hold union leadership accountable. This event is a crucial chance for rank-and-file members from across the country to come together and get important skills, learn about each others’ fights, and draw much-needed inspiration from stories of victory.

East Bay DSA labor organizers are hosting a huge fundraiser and dance party to raise money to attend the Labor Notes conference. We’ll start the night off with a small program highlighting several Bay Area struggles then it’s time to dance! Local labor unions members will also be in attendance, so this is a great opportunity for East Bay DSA members to meet union folks and support them from the bottom up!

Details

  • Cover: $5–35, (no one turned away for lack of funds)
  • Free food and alcohol by donation
  • All proceeds go to travel scholarships for Bay Area workers to attend the Labor Notes conference in April in Chicago. The scholarship money raised is sent to Labor Notes, which distributes it to applicants. Priority is given to low-wage workers, young workers, and workers who are not yet represented but trying to form unions.

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Jan
21
Sun
Remembering and Honoring the Life of Angel Ramos – March 4 Justice
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

1) Justice 4 Angel Ramos
In January of 2017, 21-year-old Angel Ramos was violently murdered by the Vallejo Police Department.  Since that time, the State has refused repeated requests from the family to retrieve the coroner’s report.

And to add insult to injury, as a result of their public demands for justice, the family of Angel Ramos is continuously harrassed by the VPD.  Police show up to the family’s home at all hours of the day and night, follow them in the street and one of his sisters was approached by a police officer at a club where she was told to stop doing what she was doing.  This family needs our support.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 21 @ 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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Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
Jan 21 @ 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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Jan
23
Tue
No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!

ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND

No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.

Check NCIO Events Calendar for court dates
Follow on Twitter
Friend on Facebook
Visit Our Website

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ACLU Webinars on Getting Involved With Civil Rights @ Internet
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

REGISTER TODAY

Join us for one of several webinars and in-person trainings on critical civil liberties issues facing our state and the nation:

  • Voting Rights: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • California has one of the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turn-out in the country. 2018 is a critical year for ballot measures, local elections like the DA races, and of course, changing who holds the keys to power. In this webinar, we’ll give you the resources you need to get all eligible California voters to the polls, starting now!
  • Reproductive Justice & Sex Education: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • We’re in a critical moment. Sexual harassment and abuse is being both challenged and normalized. Discrimination against LGBTQ people is on the rise. Here in California, we have the power to make a change. Our schools are required to teach sex ed that addresses healthy relationships and consent and that challenges stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation. But many school districts need extra encouragement to provide the required instruction. They need to hear from you. In this webinar, you will learn how to be a parent advocate for sex education in your district.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Right now, a powerful coalition of conservative law enforcement is targeting California mayors and city councils with a cynical misinformation campaign. Their goal is to increase support for mass incarceration and roll back the clock on criminal justice reform. We need you to counter their lies with the truth. In this webinar, we’ll set you up with the skills you need to advocate for local initiatives that truly promote public safety and healthy communities.

 

ACLU Trainings for Change Makers

Start your year off right by learning how you can get involved in on-the-ground campaigns to make 2018 a visionary year!

Webinars (free)
� Voting Rights, Jan. 16
� Reproductive Justice, Jan. 23
� Criminal Justice Reform, Feb. 6

In-person trainings (free)
� San Francisco, Jan. 27
� Sacramento, Jan. 28
� San Jose, Feb. 3
� Fresno, Feb. 10

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Jan
24
Wed
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 24 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment

Last week, New York City changed everything. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s pension system would be divesting from fossil fuels — that’s the nation’s fourth largest pension system. Exactly two weeks after that announcement, next Wednesday January 24th, San Francisco’s $20 billion pension system will vote to do the same.

San Francisco’s late, great Mayor Ed Lee published an op-ed1 just hours before his untimely passing calling on the pension system and the city to go fossil free. The implications of the second major US pension system moving to divest from fossil fuels within weeks of New York are huge.

As with all big and bold policy announcements, there is a backstory of a hard won grassroots struggle. Fossil Free SF has been pushing for this change for years. And in this last hour of the campaign we all need your help.

Help make this vote a big and beautiful people power moment. Please show up to the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment on January 24th to tell the board: our public funds need to be fossil free.

Fossil fuels are a poor investment and present significant risk to the stability of the pension system. Not only have fossil fuels underperformed the market over the last five years, but coal, oil and gas companies have sunk billions into burning fossil fuels that just can’t be burned.

Last year, San Francisco and Oakland announced they were suing five of the largest oil and gas companies2 for the harm climate change will cause their cities. As many know personally, the Bay Area has borne the brunt of some of the most recent extreme climate impacts.

This is a major moment for the Bay Area, so please don’t let it pass you by. Show up to 1145 Market Street for the 1pm meeting on January 24th and let’s get ready to celebrate.

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The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now.

Speakers are Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants and Willie Phillips of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, and Friends of Adeline Corridor. The Gray Panther Monthly Meeting.  All Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Affordable housing is under threat! Michael Kane of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants will speak on issues and organizing strategies in the Bay Area. He has a broad, up to date, and amazing knowledge of housing issues and regulations. National Alliance of HUD Tenants works to preserve and improve housing and tenants rights and promotes resident control.

Willie Phillips is a lifelong Berkeley advocate for economic equity and affordable housing. He will speak on our city’s housing crisis and the challenges and opportunities of building and preserving affordable housing here. Willie is Chair of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, a board member of Resources for Community Development, the City of Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund and a member of the Friends of Adeline Corridor in South Berkeley.

For information, contact Betsy@IC.org or 510-842-6224 or Eleanorewalden3@gmail.com

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Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 25 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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