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May
6
Fri
#Frisco5 Vigil and Rally @ UN Plaza
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

As a showing of unity, let’s fittingly gather, connect and build as a community at the United Nations Plaza. As their health continues to decline, let’s gather in a peaceful loving show of support and solidarity for the FRISCO 5, those who have fallen in the struggle and victims of injustice. Meet new people and build new bridges. All power to the people! One love

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Remembering is Revolutionary – Alan Blueford
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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First Friday tabling with Oakland Justice Coalition @ South End of First Friday
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Oakland First Friday to table and canvass! We’ll focus on collecting signature for our three Oakland ballot initiatives, as well as voter registration.

We haven’t been assigned a space yet, but the political groups are always located together at the south end of the event on Telegraph between Grand and 23rd. We’ll have a table with two chairs and signage.

Please share this event with your friends! There is so much foot traffic at Oakland First Fridays that we’ll need all the help we can get.

We’re working to get these three measures on the ballot:

From the Coalition for Police Accountability: Measure X turns the current Citizens’ Police Review Board into a Police Commission that has power to approve police policies and discipline officers who are found guilty of misconduct.

From the Oakland Tenants Union: Oakland’s “Renters Upgrade” would expand Oakland’s current “Just Cause for Eviction” law and provide greater ability for the city to enforce existing laws amidst a wave of unfair evictions and widespread harassment as demand for housing in Oakland grows.

From Oakland Livable Wage Assembly: A Minimum Wage/Fair Scheduling ordinance that will raise Oakland’s minimum wage to $14/hr in 2016 and $20/hr by 2020, as well as implement fair scheduling similar to San Francisco’s recent ordinance and mandate enforcement of both.

These three measures represent a people’s legislative agenda, enacted through direct democracy at the ballot box. The Oakland Justice Coalition invites anyone who is concerned about Oakland’s housing crisis, police repression of communities of color and rampant income inequality to join us in building a grassroots movement for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

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First Friday: Alan Blueford 4th Anniversary @ Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With Green for the Heart Chakra & Peace for what we Cultivate in the Space- Alan Blueford Center for Justice (First Friday). May 6th is the exact day Alan Blueford’s life was taken at 18 years old by an Oakland police officer. So we come together- hearts open, creativity flowing, band live- to transcend, so are you coming through?

 

‪#‎TatuVision‬ ‪#‎OneLove‬ ‪#‎ABC4J‬

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May
7
Sat
Police Militarization, a Discussion. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley)
invites you to a discussion: Police Militarization
Suggested Readings:

Ana Conner &Tara Tabassi, ‘Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time’
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33001-ending-police-militarization-one-city-at-a-tim

Stephen Graham, Cities Under Seige, The New Military Urbanism
http://libcom.org/files/Graham,%20Stephen%20-%20Cities%20Under%20Siege.%20The%20New%20Military%20Urbanism_0.pdf This is a book length piece – worth reading introduction and skimming the rest

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Suds, Snacks, & Socialism: U.S. Imperialism II Hands Off the Americas @ Starry Plough Pub
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From the Peace and Freedom Party Platform: “The drive for greater profits by multi-national corporations which direct U.S. foreign policy is a major cause of war. We stand for peace between nations and the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support an ongoing socialist transformation everywhere.” We have confirmed speakers to address issues of war, imperialism, revolution, and socialism in Haiti (Pierre Labossiere), Puerto Rico (Ricardo Ortiz), and Venezuela (Laura Wells).

FREE! Please buy food & drink at the Pub. All ages welcome! FREE!

This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

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Richmond Progressive Alliance General Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Center
May 7 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Focus on Education & Environmental Justice

To join the RPA now, follow this link to the membership form. Print and complete the form and mail it in with a check for your dues, which start at $12/yr. Or, to avoid printing and snail-mailing, you can:

  • send an email to info@richmondprogressivealliance.net with the information requested on the form &</span>
  • go to the RPA web page & press the “Donate” button in the left column and make a payment for dues. Any additional contribution helps us keep dues more affordable for those with low income and is welcomed.

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Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ World Ground Cafe
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.
Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • organizing for public banking
  • advocating for Postal banking
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • student debt resistance
  • fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitive ticketing and fining schemes
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contract
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

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

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

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May
8
Sun
CANCELLED: Open Circle: Now Meeting Once a Month on the 4th Sunday. @ Omni Commons
May 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CANCELLED: Open Circle:  Now Meeting Once a Month on the 4th Sunday. @ Omni Commons | Oakland | California | United States

 

Now meeting once a month, on the fourth Sunday, instead of twice a month.

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over four years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally . Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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May
9
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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Will Oakland Ban Petroleum Exports? @ Oakland City Hall
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come tell the City Council to ban exports of crude oil, fuel oils, and gasoline — as well as coal — from the new Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal (OBOT). The City Council has announced it will hold a hearing May 9 to consider this expanded fossil-fuel ban at OBOT, the marine terminal that is the focus of the campaign to keep coal out of Oakland.  We don’t yet know who will be providing expert testimony.  But certainly everyone who cares about local health and safety and global climate change –- especially those with expertise on these products — should come and speak in favor of the expanded ban.   To sign up to speak, go to:

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373

For “item,” you can put “oil.”  There is only one item on the agenda

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

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The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program @ First Congregational Church
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jeremy Scahill in Berkeley

The Assassination Complex reveals stunning details of the government’s secretive and horrific drone warfare program, based on documents supplied by a confidential source in the intelligence community.

Drones are a tool, not a policy. The policy is assassination. Proponents of drone warfare, however, prefer the term “targeted killings.” But drone strikes Frequently kill people who are not the intended target. Unless it can be proven otherwise, the government refers to these unintended victims as “enemies killed in action.” These deaths – all too often of women and children – dwarf the number of actual combatants who have been murdered by drones. They have generated among foreign populations intense anger toward the U.S., and they have become a recruiting tool for jihadists.

Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues on The Intercept obtained a cache of classified slides from a source within the intelligence community that provides a startling window onto the Inner workings of the U.S. military’s drone operations. These documents make it possible to begin the necessary, long-overdue debate about this 14-year campaign of targeted killing that has been deliberately hidden from the public, and exactly why it is conducted so ruinously in so many places.

Jeremy Scahill, one of the three founding editors of The Intercept, is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, author of the internationally bestselling books Dirty Wars and Blackwater, and twice a recipient of the George Pol Award.  He will also discuss The Intercept, the investigative web magazine founded by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, a publication of First Look Media.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert, host of this one-time event, is the daily host of UpFront, KPFA’s popular hour-long news magazine with a strong focus on state and local issues.

 

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May
11
Wed
Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to fight for a livable wage for all Bay Area workers! We collaborate in principled reflection and action on what the Bay Area livable wage would be and where we are at on the right to a livable wage.
Living-wage

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

Our work together encompasses:

(1) The concerns of precarious, care and contingent workers,
(2) 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.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm at the SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall, 436 14th Street #200, Oakland, CA

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

olwa.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1568668586707336/

Since 1978

 

 living_wage

 

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Discussion: Two Sides of Sanders’ Campaign and Capitalist Elections @ Workers
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join a discussion on the Sanders campaign, capitalist elections, socialism and the mass movement.
We will start by reviewing an article published in the Workers World Newspaper entitled “Two sides of the Sanders Campaign” by Fred Goldstein: http://www.workers.org/2016/03/21/two-sides-of-the-sanders-campaign/

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Liberty City – Berkeley Police Review Commission @ South Berkeley Senior Center
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Liberty City, the protest organized by First They Came for the Homeless against anti-homeless ordinances considered and ultimately passed by the Berkeley City Council, was swept away by the Berkeley Police in late December.

The Police Review Commission will take up the matter. Details to follow.

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May
12
Thu
FILM SCREENING: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“This Changes Everything” is the great critically acclaimed film inspired by Naomi Klein’s book and directed by Avi Lewis about how the challenges of climate change can lead us to a post-fossil fuel, post-capitalist future. This is an ultimately encouraging film, which everyone must as most if not all people do care about justice.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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May
13
Fri
Neighborhood Copwatch in Berkeley
May 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

MAY COPWATCH DAYS AND TIMES

– FRIDAY 5/6 – 8pm
– FRIDAY 5/13 – 8pm
– SATURDAY 5/21 – 8pm
– FRIDAY 5/27 – 8pm

You’re invited to join Berkeley Copwatch on one of our weekly copwatch shifts. We’ll be out in the streets witnessing and documenting police activity and doing outreach. No experience is required – we’ll train you in the essentials for documenting police activity and staying safe in the process.

DETAILS:
* Please RSVP (no deadline) by calling/texting 510-224-5950 or emailing CRivka@sonic.net to let us know which day(s) you plan to come. That way we can update you if we make any changes to the schedule.

* If you are able to bring a car and be a shift driver, that would be GREAT! Please let us know when you RSVP.

* Dress prepared for being outdoors

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May
14
Sat
Housing for All – Film Festival @ Omni Commons
May 14 @ 12:00 pm – May 15 @ 8:00 pm

Liberated Lens hosts 2 days of films

Films screening:
1) Shelter
2) Edible City: Grow the Revolution
3) Occupy the Farm

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