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Jan
19
Thu
Human Billboard: Expose Libby Schaff’s Racism and Reject Trump @ Rockridge Bart
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Join SURJ for a human billboard and flyering at Rockridge BART in conjunction with the APTP call to Resist Fascism & Reclaim MLK – 120 Hours of Direct Action. We’ll expose Mayor Libby Schaaf’s refusal to address police terror in Oakland.

Under Libby’s watch, the Oakland Police Dept. has murdered eight Black people in and around Oakland. Yet, she has not denounced even one of these killings. White supremacy has no place in Oakland. The police who committed these acts and those involved in the police department sex scandal have faced no prosecution and remain completely unaccountable for their racist actions. Meanwhile, Libby has increased OPD’s budget, AND she appointed a new police chief without any community input, contrary to Measure LL, which was passed by Oakland voters.

In addition, SURJ and our community partners are calling out Libby’s pro-developer policies that have displaced thousands of Oaklanders, especially Black and Brown community members. As we work to hold our local officials accountable, we believe now is the time to express our outrage over Donald Trump’s agenda and its open threats towards communities of color. We call on Libby to reject this agenda, not just in words but with bold action.

We refuse to stand idly by in the shadow of a potential Muslim registry, the deportations of millions of migrants, a government run by corporate interests, and the continued police terror wreaked upon Black and Brown communities across the US. We wish we could say that Oakland is poised to serve as an oasis where no one is affected by the draconian, racist policies of the incoming Trump administration. However, the record of Mayor Schaaf does not give us confidence that Oakland’s communities of color will be immune to their effects. This is why we as SURJ feel that it is critical to disrupt business as usual, whenever and wherever necessary.

As SURJ, we are lifting up these demands:
  -End police terror in Oakland and across the Bay Area
  -Development without displacement of Black and Brown communities
  -End the displacement caused by corporate coaxing of local government
  -Denounce Trump’s agenda with bold action, not just words
  -Maintain a sanctuary city ensuring real protections for undocumented people
  -Refuse to cooperate with any attempted Muslim registry
  -Maintain healthcare for all -Fight for the lives of queer and trans people, especially Black and Brown trans women
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Inauguration Eve Meditation & Prayer @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We will be meditating on Inauguration Eve at 12 noon at Oscar Grant Plaza. This is a loosely organized event and you are welcome to participate in your own way. We will be meditating silently for an hour, in anticipation of the battle to come.

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Last Spokescouncil Meeting for MLK Week of Action!
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

As is our custom, we will host a Spokescouncil meeting to plan and coordinate actions in the SF Bay Area. PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES in your calendar.

Tues Jan 3 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Sat Jan 7 – 2-5pm – First AME Church
Tues Jan 10 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Sat Jan 14 – 2-5pm – First AME Church
Tues Jan 17 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Thurs Jan 19 – 6-9pm – 955 7th St.

What is a spokescouncil?

A spokescouncil is a collective framework for direct action mobilizations, where large masses of people organize themselves into smaller teams called “affinity groups”. Affinity groups plan their actions independently with the intention of advancing the larger goal of the spokescouncil. Affinity groups are represented by at least one person (“a spoke”) at the meetings, where they are able to share resources and coordinate their actions with other groups.

Why a spokescouncil?

We propose the spokescouncil as a solution to many of the shortcomings of unstructured mass assemblies. We intend to provide a highly structured organizing space with clear tactical and messaging guidelines, that empowers participants to organize independently and in parallel. We intend to inspire a multitude of diverse actions and awaken the massive potential we have as a community engaging in direct action.

** for questions or more information about the spokescouncil please contact aptpspokescouncil@gmail.com

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NOISE DEMO! Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion! @ Santa Rita Jail
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n honor of Martin Luther King and everyone who’s struggling against the prison industrial complex, the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition will be holding a noise demo at Santa Rita Jail. This action is organized as part ofAnti Police-Terror Project‘s call for 120 hours of direct action. #120Hours,#HellNawguration, #ReclaimMLK.

Noise demos break the isolation and alienation of cages and is a way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned and remembering those held captive by the state. This will be a family friendly event and it will not be arrestable. We are holding the event during the Thursday evening jail visiting hours to connect with people who are visiting their loved ones inside.

BRING: pots and pans, non-amplified noisemakers, drums, prayers, music, warm clothes, and signs.

RIDES:
If you need help getting to demo, a caravan will be leaving from Telegraph/20th in Oakland (near the Bank of the West pull off) at 4:30pm.

We will also be running free shuttles from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the jail from 5:30-6:15pm.

To reserve a spot in the caravan from Oakland or Shuttle from BART please email emily@ellabakercenter.org.

Buses #1 and #14 also pick up at the Dublin/Pleasonton Bart Station and drop off at Broder Blvd & Santa Rita Jail.

#SantaRitaJailFail #CareNotCages

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Know Your Rights: A training in support of 120 Hrs of Protest @ Grassroots House
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n support of the call by Anti Police Terror Project for 120 Hours of Protest (from the Martin Luther King holiday through Inauguration Day), Berkeley Copwatch is sponsoring a special KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training to help people get ready to deal with massive police presence in the streets. We will also practice techniques for gathering evidence, challenging racist practices and dealing with police intimidation even after the protests are over.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
– At a protest
– On the street
– When observing and recording
– What/how to document
– Non-violence principles

This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

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Jan
20
Fri
J20 General Strike – Picket to Shut Down the Federal Building @ Oakland Federal Building
Jan 20 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am

NO WORK! NO SCHOOL!

#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

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Bay Area Resist Trump – SF @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

On January 20th, Donald Trump’s inauguration begins a presidential term marked by outright xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, corporate giveaways and hate-fueled policies. We must reclaim our democracy, and show the nation how the Bay Area stands together to defend our communities and fight for justice. On this historic day, stand shoulder to shoulder with your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to RESIST TRUMP and join the movement to protect our healthcare, public education, civil liberties, unions, and environment. #rebelcitiesrising #J20

8 AM – 12PM Meet at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (Embarcadero BART) and march to Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Peter Thiel, ICE, and other groups supporting Trump’s hate-fueled policies. Greeters will be at Justin Herman Plaza anytime between 8AM and 12PM to direct you where to join the march.

11 AM: Children’s March

12 PM: Rally at 555 California St., San Francisco [Trump owned property]

Rallies and marches will be family-friendly!

This event is being organized by Jobs with Justice – San Francisco (jwjsf.org) and Bay Rising (bayrising.org). 

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Shutdown Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s and Green Burritto @ Carl's Junior locations (see below)
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

http://www.carlsjr.com/locations

On #J20 shut down Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s, Green Burrito stores wherever you are. Let Trump and Puzder know we won’t go back! The fight is on! Respond on Facebook with locations you will be holding down on #J20

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J20 General Strike – Mutual Aid Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NO WORK! NO SCHOOL!

#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

Teach-ins/Workshops, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, A Free Store, Speakers and Music

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J20 Strike Community Organizing – Alchemy Cafe @ Alchemy Cafe
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

In solidarity with the J20 Strike, the cafe will be closed for business, but will offer free coffee and tea for organizers and people who want to collaborate with local groups to make a difference in our communities. We’ll also be collecting donations for: Standing Rock Water Protectors, Ghost Ship, and a domestic violence resistance org. Details TBA on facebook soon: @alchemycollective

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Technology for Racial Justice @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecting Racial Justice Organizations with Tech. Resources (part of the All Day Mutual Aid Fair: https://www.facebook.com/events/1862566130646162/)

If you’re with a not-for-profit organization or activist/advocacy group working on racial/social justice causes to support, defend, and uplift underserved and marginalized communities throughout the Bay Area and beyond, and could use help from technology resources, we’re here to help!

Fortunately, there are a growing number of people with diverse technical skills – often working in software start-ups and big tech companies, or as independent freelancers – who would gladly volunteer their time to support your technology needs upon request, for things like:

– Website set-up, hosting, and management
– Email newsletter setup and membership management tools
– How to create a crowdfunding page
– How to create and promote Facebook events
– File and document management & other cloud services
– Basic computer/wifi/website troubleshooting

Whether you work with a social justice organization or are a tech. specialist looking to volunteer, stop by our booth on #J20 for more information and to sign-up!

Are you a tech. person and able to volunteer at the event? Sign-up here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fEPc-hOr3w71HGdHbzxT4muS5DkIGK1WWBfAVMxYTIQ/edit?usp=sharing

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United We Resist – General Strike @ Latham Square
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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J20 General Strike – Open Mic / Speak Out @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

NO WORK! NO SCHOOL!

#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

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Requiem for a Dream: A Resurrection of Hope @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A public interfaith ritual to give voice to the grief over our loss of faith in our nation’s public institutions and systems, looking toward a resurrection of hope through solidarity and community to strive for the world we imagine.

In light of the inauguration of a fascist, and in the week that we officially remember the radical legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we seek to connect the dreams of our past with the hopes for our future.

This is a space to bring your grief, your tears, your mourning and anger, and to hold each other in love and healing. Together we will honor our feelings and honor our spiritual practices of hope. There will be chaplains on hand for those who wish to speak with one.

Everyone is encouraged to wear white (or other funeral garb for your tradition) and bring candles for the procession.
If you are clergy of any faith, wear garments that signify your affiliation.

The plan:
Gather at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland) at 5pm.
Procession at 5:30 in a mournful, solemn tone to Interplayce (2273 Telegraph), with stops for prayer and lamentation along the way in places that are historically significant for the movement for black lives and other struggles for justice.
Arrive at Interplayce around 6:30 pm for Interfaith Requiem Liturgy.

About the organizers:
We are an ad-hoc group of seminarians of many faiths studying at the Graduate Theological Union and our friends. We are committed to providing an anti-oppressive spiritual space for people to mourn. We welcome feedback and participation from people of all spiritual and religious backgrounds. We conceived of this liturgy in response to the grief that we and others in our many communities have felt following the election. We would love to hear in the comments section about what you, personally, are mourning and grieving right now.

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Bang the Pots, Raise a Din @ Your porch, your driveway
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Many folks are looking for some way to register their dismay and disgust on Inauguration Day, Friday, January 20th. Not everyone can participate in a General Strike or in demonstrations. But everyone can gather on their porch or in their streets or in their cars or in public transit and bang their pots and pans or blow their horns for five minutes to show our absolute disgust for Trump, et al.

This event is in keeping with the Central and South American tradition of registering protest against the government by banging pots and pans. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacerolazo)

It would be great if we could call forth a weekly ‘Bang the Pots, Raise a Din’ protest – perhaps every Sunday at 6 p.m. But for now, let’s create a nationwide action on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This is a neighborhood action. Indeed it’s success will be ensured by people reposting this announcement on social media and by going house to house and alerting their neighbors. (Check back to this site soon for leaflets in Spanish, Mandarin and English that can be dropped on doorsteps.)

6:00 p.m. is a suggested time. The idea is to maximize the number of participants rather than coordinating with the idiocies taking place in Washington DC on January 20th. This event can take place at 6 pm in all of the time zones. Massive participation is more important than synchronicity.

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH YOUR  FRIENDS. THAT IS HOW THE WORD WILL GET OUT.

 

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Jan
21
Sat
Woman’s March – Oakland @ Madison Park -> OGP
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join women and allies across the country to stand for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all, on the day after the inauguration. Marches in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose will join the national Women’s March in Washington DC. The call to the national Women’s March describes its purpose as to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

The call continues: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government in their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

More information on the national Women’s March here

The Women’s March mission statement includes a commitment to nonviolence with a detailed description including, “attack forces of evil not persons doing evil” and “avoid internal violence of the spirit,” as well as embracing the concept of creating a “beloved community.”

Complete statement on nonviolence here

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Resist Trump – #OccupyInauguration @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This will be a family-friendly event to protest the inauguration of Trump.

We urgently need a movement to fight racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia!

– No Border Wall! Stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants!
– Tax rich millionaires like Trump! Fund healthcare for all! Make college free!
– Black Lives Matter!
– End rape culture — #PussyGrabsBack
– Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline — Green Jobs now! — #NoDAPL

The Democratic Party establishment claimed to be our only defense against Trump and the right wing. They have failed and now it’s time to create our own movement that can boldly fight against right-wing attacks on our rights and on our lives. It’s time to build a new party of the 99%, a mass organization which both runs in electi

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Womens March Bay Area – SF @ Civic Center Plaza
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

he Women’s March is a national movement to unite everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. There will be marches in D.C. and around the country, including in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose and other communities/towns/cities in the Bay Area.

San Francisco: 3:00-5:00 Rally at Civic Center, followed by 5:00-8:00 Candlelight march To Chelsea Manning Plaza (previously Justin Hermann Plaza)

The march represents the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

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Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners (FundRaiser) @ Oakstop
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Jan
22
Sun
Healthcare For All Alameda County Chapter Revival Meeting @ Berkeley Public Library
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We are very pleased to announce that our Health Care for All-California Alameda County chapter is re-forming after a long slumber! The chapter will hold a chapter revival meeting with a movie showing of the brand-new documentary about #singlepayer health care “Now Is The Time”.
They’ll also discuss the upcoming campaign to get a #singlepayer bill passed in the California legislature in 2017. The meeting and movie showing will be at the Berkeley Main Library in downtown Berkeley on Sunday Jan 22nd from 1-4pm. Admission is free but we will take donations!
The library allows food at the meetings so we’re looking into supplying some snacks but we’d also love some food donations. And we’re looking for volunteers to help out with the screening, so if you’re interested please add a comment! We’ve got room for about 110 people so please RSVP here so we know if we’re maxed out. More details to follow! Thanks everyone for reading and spreading the word! Disclaimer: This event is not being sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. We are only using their facility.
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