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Apr
21
Sat
Earth Day Celebration – Living on Ohlone Land @ Planting Justice Nursery
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Regenerating the Land
  • Kids Activities
  • Plant Sale
  • Community Lunch
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Bail Clinic! @ East Bay Community Law Center
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bail Clinic!

If you’ve ever used a bail bonds company in California, we might be able to help. We may be able
to help with the following issues:

Confusing contracts
Co-signers and thos e who have signed a contract
on behalf of a loved one
Debt
High payment plans
Those at risk of losin g a home or car
Harassment from debt collectors
Bad credit
Being sued by a bail bonds company

Please contact Tamura Rosby at trosby@ebclc.org to schedule an appointment. Walkins
will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.
Childcare & Food will be provided.
Email: bailclinic@lccr.com
Phone Number: 415-578-0841

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Performance: “Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison” @ Black Repertory Group Theater
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison
A Benefit for the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
Performed by Charlie Hinton & Fred Johnson
Written by Charlie Hinton
Music by Fred Johnson
Directed by Mark Kenward

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In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred), a 64 year old native of New York City, whos been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. During the visit, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

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Following the performance – a Panel Discussion with:
José Villarreal – formerly incarcerated in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay SHU; published artist and author; prisoner advocate
Marie Levin – sister of “Brutha Sitawa,” one of the four “main reps” who helped organize the 2011 & 2013 hunger strikes; co-founder of The Prisoner Advocacy Network/PAN, member of CA Families Against Solitary Confinement/CFASC
Anne Weills – co-counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights on Ashker v. Brown, the case that ended indefinite solitary confinement in California. She continues to fight for enforcement of the settlement.

About Fred and Charlie:

Fred Johnson is a formerly incarcerated person that has gone on to address the human rights issues of drug users and formerly incarcerated persons, as well as the wider community, guided by harm reduction principles. He has worked in a variety of settings, including policy analysis and syringe access programs throughout the US. He plays trumpet, mostly in the New York City area, and has recorded a CD, History Speaking (A Tribute to my Mentors).

Charlie grew up in Joplin, MO and spent 3 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. He attended the founding meeting of Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL, began his prison work. He worked for 19 years at Inkworks Press, a collectively owned and managed printing company in Berkeley, CA that closed its doors in 2015, leaving him retired. Besides writing and visiting prisoners, Charlie works with Haiti Action Committee and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee to End Sleep Deprivation. Solitary Man is Charlie’s second theatrical endeavor, after his solo show Life Wish. He is the author of Life Wish: Essays, Letters, Songs, Solo Performance, Haiku written over time.

Responses to Solitary Man:

I/WE want to Thank Mr. Charles Hinton for the wonderful work he is doing on our (Prisoners in California) behalf. We need for the world to see a glimpse of our daily suffering through this play, Solitary Man!!! 
Brutha Sitawa
Pelican Bay Hunger Striker
Signer, Agreement to End Hostilities, 2012

i/WE applaud Charlie Hinton for using his time, talent and creativity to help our tortured Class get the true story of our ordeal out to the World. A Solidarity Power Salute To You Charlie for your Solitary Man play.
Brutha Baridi
Pelican Bay Hunger Striker
Signer, Agreement to End Hostilities, 2012

Im a mother of a son that been in the prison system now 10 years. To hear Charlie put a voice to my silent pain lifted me. It gave me hope and strength that I need to finish this journey with my son. 
–Denise Jones

You should definitely not miss this show.  Very important, very appropriate, right on time.
–Kiilu Nyasha

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Revolution in the Air @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

West Coast release event for new edition of REVOLUTION IN THE AIR: SIXTIES RADICALS TURN TO LENIN, MAO, AND CHE.

Released during the 50th anniversary of the worldwide 1968 protests, the new edition of Revolution in the Air shares lessons that are as salient as ever. CPE is honored to host author, #MaxElbaum in conversation with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and author of the new edition’s foreward.

Join us to celebrate people’s movements for change then and now!

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Poor People’s Campaign’s East Bay Mass Meeting! @ Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As the new Poor People’s Campaign spreads across the country, we wanted to invite you and your networks to the Poor People’s Campaign’s East Bay Mass Meeting! The Poor People’s Campaign is dedicated to ending systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality, and is co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.

On April 21st, join us for the East Bay Mass Meeting. We will…
> LEARN from our neighbors affected by unjust policies
> GEAR UP for 40 Days of Action
> CONNECT with other activists, people of faith, and all those who care about justice
> Pastor Eddie Anderson, McCarty Memorial Christian Church, will deliver the keynote. The Rev. Lynice Pinkard will emcee.
> We hope to see you there! You may RSVP on Eventbrite:  or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739363892807808

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Film Showing: Mumia – Long Distance Revolutionary @ Omni Commons
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come see the acclaimed movie “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” on the big screen. Sponsored by Labor Action for Mumia and Liberated Lens.

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Rev. Dr. William Barber Comes to Oakland @ Allen Temple Baptist Church
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Congresswoman Barbara Lee bringing William J. Barber, II to Oakland! Let’s pack the house to be inspired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and to learan about the Poor People’s Campaign Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

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ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

RoyZimmerman nyc 17scaledReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.

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Apr
22
Sun
Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 22 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

APRIL 22: Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s

Join the Ecology Center for TWO events on April 22nd.
From 10:00am – 6:00pm at the David Brower Center, join us for Berkeley Earth Day where Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, will be speaking about the history of Earth Day, its power and its future.
Berkeley Earth Day includes inspiring speakers, music, up-cycled crafts, bamboo bikes, great food and much more!
Learn more at BerkeleyEarthDay.org


Join our staff from 5:00-10:00pm at Gio’s Pizza & Bocce for a fun night of drinks and food! Ecology Center will get to keep a percentage of all sales.  At 8:30pm we will have a raffle with lots of great prizes!
Kalin Freeman will be serenading on his Alto Sax. This free event is all ages, bring the family and bring your friends!

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Earth Day at the David Brower Center @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate a shared vision for a sustainable future. A festival including music, food, and “eco-friendly products,” it will also include reports from the front lines of the struggle for a sustainable climate, including:

  • PANEL: Youth on the Front Lines of Environmental Advocacy, including Our Childern’s Trust (the kids suing the federal government for failing to protect them from climate catastrophe) and local youth who are organizing and speaking out about the critical environmental issues of our time,
  • Hope Bohanec, animal rights activist
  • Martin Borque, executive director of the Ecology Center
  • Lauren Ornelas, executive director of the Food Empowerment Project, which works for justice and sustainability in the food system
  • Sailesh Rao, executive director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate.
  • Jennifer Molidor, activist against industrial animal agriculture

The event will also include the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. an annual showing of environmental films aiming to inspire activism.

The event is free but tickets ($0 – $15) are required for the film festival. Tickets and details on the films available here

 

 

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Earth Day Celebration – Living on Ohlone Land @ Gill Tract
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

EARTH DAY IS ALMOST HERE

FIRST, join us on April 21st from 10-3 at Planting Justice Nursery (319 105 Ave. Oakland CA 94603) for a morning of community farm work, kids activities, a plant sale, and community lunch.

for more info check out plantingjustice.org

THEN join us on April 22nd at the UC Gill Tract Farm for the annual Earth Day Festival. We will kick the morning off with some good ol’ community farming to the tune of a few local DJ’s. Then together we will enjoy a FREE lunch of soup, bread and salad made with fresh produce. Our day will then focus on an enriching community conversation on working with local indigenous communities and issues titled “Living on Ohlone Land.” There will also be kids activities and tabling throughout the day.

Sign up to volunteer below!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848abaa29a0fe3-2018

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WORKSHOP ON AIR POLLUTION IN WEST OAKLAND @ Lincoln Child Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

West Oakland residents will get the results of three recent air monitoring studies  and discuss how to use this information and local knowledge to push for a truly comprehensive plan that minimizes air pollution in our neighborhoods.

The three studies were done in connection with a new Truck Management Program for West Oakland. The workshop will cover 100 x 100 air monitoring sensors placed throughout West Oakland; EDF/Google air mapping; and a study analyzing why filters on trucks are not working effectively at the Port of Oakland. The results of these studies will inform attendees of scientific findings about how black carbon — the main component of soot emitted from diesel engines, wood smoke, and other sources — varies throughout West Oakland.

Workshop participants will work together to set priorities and recommend ways that this information and residents’ local knowledge can inform the City and the Port of Oakland to produce a truly comprehensive plan that minimizes air pollution in our neighborhoods.

More info here

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APRIL 22nd MEETING IS CANCELLED: Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

April 22nd Meeting is CANCELLED: 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.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 22 @ 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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How YOU Can Help Get Rid of All* Nuclear Weapons @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*not “some,” not “theirs,” but every single one

FREE Workshop with NuclearBan.US co-founders Timmon Wallis, PhD and Vicki Elson, MA.
Celebrating two huge victories for the world:
1. The new UN Treaty banning nuclear weapons, signed by 122 nations!
2. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, for achieving the “impossible!”

Come learn how, together, we will compel divestment, legislation, and enforcement, even though the US government hasn’t signed on yet.

Presented by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee with NuclearBan.US Join the campaign:www.NuclearBan.US

Co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom East Bay Branch and Code Pink Golden Gate

Refreshments! Free! (donations requested) Wheelchair access

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Apr
23
Mon
Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 23 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Rising Tides, Rising Voices, @ Anna Head Alumni Hall
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This panel discussion on climate justice looks at the uneven racial and economic distribution of both environmental degradation and environmental benefits.   Come hear a lively conversation about these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those most marginalized.  The intersection of environmental and social justice must be put at the forefront of our environmental movement.

Panelists include Jessica Tovar from Local Clean Energy Alliance, Alvaro Sanchez from the Greenlining Institute, Rachel Morello-Frosch from UC Berkeley, and Esther Goolsby from the Communities for a Better Environment.

Sponsored by the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC).

FREE admission Brown paper Tickets RSVP.
Facebook here.

Refreshments will be provided!

ADA Accessible

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Apr
24
Tue
Community and Teacher March for a Fair Contract @ Lake Merritt Amphtheater
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Unite for Oakland Kids!!!

We are negotiating to prioritize STUDENT LEARNING over wasteful bloat in OUSD.

Oakland Teachers need a FAIR CONTRACT NOW. We are demanding SMALLER CLASS SIZE and FAIR COMPENSATION and the District has disrespected us over and over by offering us almost nothing.

On April 24th, we will show the District that Students, Families and Teachers are UNITED behind PUTTING STUDENTS AT THE CENTER! In order to provide the highest quality education, we need SMALLER CLASS SIZE and CASE LOADS! In order to have teachers stay in Oakland, we need FAIR COMPENSATION!

Teachers and Families have mobilized in West Virginia and Oklahoma! This is our turn, come out on April 24th!

#OEAContractNow
#StudentsAtTheCenter
#SmallerClassSize
#FairPay
#Equity

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Youth Spirit Artworks – Tiny Homes Proposal. Berkeley City Council. @ Berkeley City Council, Old City Hall
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Youth Spirit Artwork’s Tiny House Village project will be considered for very important permit & fee waivers, as well as other project benefits, by the Berkeley City Council. Our youth and project team are asking that as many of our supporters as possible attend this important Council meeting and speak on behalf of our item.
The proposal is sponsored by Council Members Ben Bartlett and Cheryl Davila and is being amended with input from the Mayor and City Manager. We will pass out the most up to date version of this proposal at the meeting, along with signs for everyone to hold.

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