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May
23
Sat
March Against Monsanto – Oakland @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 23 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

In solidarity with the global movement to take back our food, that is… REAL FOOD FROM REAL SEED as Mother Nature and human evolution intended…

Please save the date and take part in the groundswell of PEOPLE RISING in defense of unadulterated SEEDS, PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY, RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF THE SOIL, ETHICAL PRACTICES, TOXIN FREE FOOD SYSTEM AND THE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WE ALL WANT.

Millions of years of natural evolution and diversity of seeds are being wiped out in a generation if we don’t leverage our collective outrage to DIVEST from systematic poisoning of HUMANITY and PROTECT our children’s future.

Join us as we MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO!

11:30 – Meet Up & Welcome at Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza
12:00 – March begins
1:00 – Reassemble at Lake Merritt Pergola Area for RALLY!

http://www.labelgmos.org/realfoodforall

A note from OccupyTheFarm:

Occupy the Farm organizer Vanessa Raditz will be speaking tomorrow at the rally following Oakland’s March Against Monsanto! Come on out and join the Occupy the Farm contingent! We will have a banner so you can find us at Frank Ogawa Plaza before the march takes off.

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March Against Monsanto @ Ferry Building
May 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Global Unity for a Sustainable Future.

Come dressed as your favorite pollinator (Bees, Butterflies, Etc)

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Stop The Torture: End Solitary Confinement @ Mosswood Park, Webster St. Side
May 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Monthly rally to end Solitary Confinement.

 

fill in the details for your action!

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EFF Privacy Workshop @ Random Parts Gallery
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Privacy Workshop

It’s easy to succumb to privacy nihilism. That’s the idea that digital security and privacy are simply impossible. But that’s simply wrong. Better security and more privacy are possible. It is true that trying to protect yourself from 100% of the threats you face 100% of the time is a recipe for failure. But perfection is not the goal of digital security. Each person is faced with different threats—potential events that could undermine your efforts to defend your data. By determining what you need to protect and whom you need to protect it from, you can figure out how to counter the threats to your data.

The first step to good security is doing a threat modeling assessment. Using EFF’s Surveillance Self-Defense materials, EFF Activist Nadia Kayyali will talk about some of the threats to your privacy and security, walk you through modeling your own threats, and give a basic overview of some of the most commonly used tools.

EFF is a proud co-sponsor of The Dissidents, the Displaced, and the Outliers, a transbay visual art exhibition about housing security and digital privacy at Random Parts in Oakland and Incline Gallery in San Francisco. This digital security workshop is part of a series of events. For more information, check out the exhibition page.

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Richmond Progressive Alliance
May 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Talking Richmond, Talking Politics!

Our focus this month: Talking Housing
The RPA Housing Action Team reports. Learn about the work the HAT’s doing on affordable housing, in lieu fees, city planning & neighborhoods.

And much more…

Participate and guide RPA Standing Committees and possible new Action Teams.

The Membership Committee wants your input
Health Action Team (HAT: DMC/Health related),
Education Action Team (EAT);
Police/Community Action Team (P-CAT: Pedie Perez/Justice/Community Safety) ,
Global Campus.

And we’ll revisit RPA’s mission statement: What’s our aim?

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May
24
Sun
The War on Yemen and the Struggle for Self-Determination: Community Forum @ AROC
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre at 14th Street & Broadway, often on 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

OO General AOccupy Oakland GAssembly has met on a continuous basis for more than three 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)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@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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Film screening on Judi Bari Day @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the attack on “Earth First!” activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney by car bomb in Oakland in 1990 as Redwood Summer dawned. We will commemorate this in several ways.

At 7 pm doors to Historic Fellowship Hall will open for a Judi Bari Day evening event sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) Social Justice Committee.

NOTE: Earlier in the day of Sunday, May 24, people will gather to mark the moment of the bombing itself where the bomb blew up Judi’s car with Darryl and Judi in it. The location is across from the intersection of E. 33rd and Park Blvd, in front of Oakland High. Gather at 11:30 am sharp. Bring signs, songs, drums for a speak out and commemoration.

Following the film, the audience can join in the discussion for a Q & A session.

Volunteers appreciated!

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee, www.bfuu.org/events

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May
26
Tue
Oakland Public Safety Committee on DAC / Privacy Policy. @ Oakland City Hall, off Oscar Grant Plaza
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

After a period of public comment, the Oakland Public Safety Committee will again take up recommendations from the ad hoc Committee on the Domain Awareness Center Privacy Policy.

(This was postponed from May 12th, to provide time for things to be forumulated into an ordinance)

— a strong privacy policy in place for the DAC.
— creation of a privacy policy for the City of Oakland
— a surveillance equipment acquisition ordinance, demanding open and transparent processes before acquiring such devices.

The Oakland Privacy Working Group asks you to come and stand and speak in support of these proposals, which will make Oakland a model for privacy across the nation.

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly @ SEIU 1000, Suite 200
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds community and power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at the SEIU Local 1000 union hall in downtown Oakland at 6:30 PM.

Our work together encompasses: (1) the concerns of precarious, contingent, and care workers; (2) current campaigns to improve wages for low-wage workers; and (3) efforts by unionized workers and unions to improve wages and quality of work life. We share stories and information in an egalitarian and participatory way to build relationships and build the movement.

We look forward to learning with you and making change for the better.

Please love and support one another. We have a duty to fight. We have a duty to win.

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West Oakland Community Forum: Beyond Coal @ St. Patrick's Church
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

beyond-coal-250.jpgThe Oakland neighborhood at Ground Zero for the proposed coal export terminal is getting informed and mobilizing.  Join neighbors and friends to keep West Oakland coal-free and say NO to coal exports!

Help get the word out about the forum.  If you can contribute an hour or two to canvassing, please contact Katy at katypolony@gmail.com.  Here’s a flyer you can print and distribute.

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May
27
Wed
ARC Monthly Prisoner Letter Writing Night @ Qilombo
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Announcing a new monthly event organized by the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee! Last Wednesday of every month!!

Come write letters to prisoners of the state. It’s our responsibility to support those who have directly faced state repression as a result of their involvement in political struggle. All movements face repression, and we need to do what we can to ensure that those who are shouldering the biggest burden have support, love, and care.

This Wednesday we will be focusing on writing letters to the Ferguson 3. They were arrested in the rebellions that took place this past fall after the murder of Mike Brown and have just been sentenced. They are feeling isolated and want as much communication as possible. Come take a few minutes to drop them a line! We will provide paper and envelopes, addresses and stamps, and will even make sure all the letters get dropped in the mail the next day.

We will also have snacks and music, and encourage you to bring food and BYOB so we can generally chill and enjoy each other’s company.

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Berkeley Police Review Commission – Report on December Protests by Police Chief @ South Berkeley Senior Center, near Ashby Bart
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The PRC is meeting almost every Wednesday for the next couple months, focused on the investigation of the December 6 protest response.

Next week on Wednesday, May 27 the PRC has summoned Chief Meehan to appear and answer our questions.  The questions are extensive and pretty pointed.  They can be found in:

http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Police_Review_Commission/Commissions/4-22-15%20PRC%20Minutes%20Approved.pdf

<http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Police_Review_Commission/Commissions/4-22-15%20PRC%20Minutes%20Approved.pdf>

These minutes also contain the approved PRC Policy Investigation Plan, including the meeting dates through July.

Chief Meehan also promised to release the long-awaited internal report on December and there will probably be questions about that.

I highly recommend people come to this meeting.  In general, public attendance has dwindled to almost nothing.  That’s too bad, because this is a setting in which important questions about how to constrain police behavior are being publicly debated.

A couple weeks ago the PRC voted to recommend more restrictions on the Suspicious Activity Reporting  to the NCRIC fusion center.  This puts more explicit language about constitutional protections in the BPD General Order N-17 on SARs.  It is not the abolition of ties to NCRIC that many people have sought, but it is an opening to talk about this domestic spying network that Berkeley participates in.  And unlike the other item, on crowd control, this one is a final recommendation that is on its way to the city council.

For the current policy, see

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Police/Level_3_-_General/GO%20N-17_18Sept12.pdf

<http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Police/Level_3_-_General/GO%20N-17_18Sept12.pdf>

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May
28
Thu
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. – Building a National Movement against Police Terror @ Omni Commons Ballroom
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr (the son of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the US government) is visiting the Bay Area to build relationships and discuss strategy with activists organizing against police terrorism. This event, sponsored by CRC (Community Ready Corps) & APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project) will a panel of Oakland anti-policing activists in conversation with Chairman Fred. It will also serve as a fundraiser to send a delegation of APTP/Black Lives Matter activists to Chicago later this summer and build a national campaign to end the reign of terror by law enforcement on Afrikan communities.

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May
30
Sat
Displacement and Police Terror @ Station 40, Apt B
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More than just a discussion on what’s wrong, the speakers will also talk about how regular people are getting organized in their neighborhoods and fighting back.

James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement

Linda Grant, Community organizer at Qilombo

Rachel Jackson, Harm reduction & anti-police brutuality activist

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May
31
Sun
Oakland Book Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

One Day • Seven Hours • 90 Writers • 40 Events

Schedule here.

Readings and conversations with Ben Fong-Torres, Edwidge Danticat, Tracy K. Smith, Matthew Zapruder, Jenny Offill, Novella Carpenter, and others

Panels with Paul Beatty, Astra Taylor, Vikram Chandra, Elaine Brown, Leo Hollis, Anthony Marra, and many more

Rick Prelinger with Lost Landscapes of Oakland

Children’s Area by Fairyland, MOCHA, and Oakland Public Library

Music by HipHop4Change, Oakland Youth Chorus, and Oakland School for Arts

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Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg, Revolutionary Transgender Warrior @ Humanist Hall
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 50 years Leslie Feinberg, revolutionary activist, transgender warrior in the LGBTQI community fought for justice. Leslie, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, after decades of illness.

Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  Feinberg authored Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History; the novel Drag King Dreams; and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba.

Feinberg was a member of the Workers World Party and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Most recently, Feinberg was working with her life partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, on publishing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues. The online edition will be dedicated to CeCe McDonald and contain a slideshow called “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” documenting the Free Cece campaign.

This event is convened by Workers World Party, LAGAI-Queer Insurrection, and SF Gray Panthers. If you would like to support or help organize this event contact Judy Greenspan at judygreenspan1952@gmail.com or Patricia Jackson at patricia.lee@sonic.net

Wheelchair accessible, refreshments will be available

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Open Circle @ Omni Commons
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:45 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

Open circle will begin with speakers who have lost their loved ones to police violence, followed by reflection and dialogue around the current state and thoughts or approaches on how to effect change. Then report backs and announcements for upcoming events.

We will end with working groups to organize and plan next steps in the struggle.

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!

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Press the Police – With Ali Winston @ Laurel Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Presented by Mother Jones

From Baltimore to Ferguson to the streets of Oakland, unjust shootings by cops have put law enforcement under the microscope. How is the media covering a changing police force? This panel will explore how reporting and activism can help hold cops accountable to those they are charged to protect.

JAEAH LEE is a reporter at Mother Jones. Her recent work includes investigations into police shootings and officer accountability, and a multimedia package on the cost of gun violence. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Guardian, and Wired, among others. She was a 2013–2014 Middlebury fellow in environmental journalism and her work has been named a finalist in the Data Journalism Awards. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.

LATEEFAH SIMON became executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development starting at age 19. In 2004, she joined Kamala Harris to create a re-entry program in San Francisco’s City Hall and then served as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Currently the director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California Future Initiative, Lateefah is a MacArthur fellow award winner and is a nominee for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s “Visionary of the Year.”

ALI WINSTON covers law enforcement, criminal justice, and surveillance for the Center for Investigative Reporting. His writing has won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York City Community Media Alliance, CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley.

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