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Dec
10
Mon
Fundraiser to benefit the Camp Fire Relief Fund @ Revival Bar and Kitchen
Dec 10 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
This is a fundraising event to benefit the Camp Fire Relief Fund. Our goal is $5k. Help us break it, break latkas and have a blast !

Join us for the BIGGEST Latka Jam yet! Celebrate community, make new friends, experience kick ass local entertainment (see acts below) AND support survivors of the devastating fires in Butte County, all while enjoying the best goddamn potato cakes and libations in the Bay Area.

Our goal is to raise $5,000. Help us break potato, break this goal, bring hope to our neighbors to the north in need, and bring warmth to our community as we celebrate the festival of lights!

ABOUT THIS EVENT created by Berkeley-resident David Hermele…..

FOR THE LAST DECADE, I’ve gathered friends and neighbors to celebrate this holiday called Chanukah — which mostly gets me excited about making fried potatoes for friends! I love cooking, but I love community even more. Opening my home to friends old and new is a joy—and serving them up tasty latkas, sauces, and sides each year is one of my favorite passions. Last year, I cooked 150 pounds of latkas in my backyard with two little deep fryers and fed hundreds of people! This year we’re going big instead of going home . . .

HISTORICALLY, this has been a free private potluck, but in light of recent events and inspiration to be of service, an amazing Latkamorphisis has occurred! I’m joining forces with Revival Bar + Kitchen to take these potatoes public and raise funds for the North Valley Community Foundation.

TICKETS are $25 and will include a righteous serving of latkas with homemade sauces and other sides, plus a variety of entertainment (see details below). We’ll have $5 wine, beer, and specialty cocktails available as well. All proceeds will go directly to https://www.nvcf.org/

Leftovers will be distributed to the homeless at People’s Park and other homeless outreach groups (TBD).

Join us for Great food, Great people, and a Great purpose!

LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY!!

We have several artists we are thrilled to feature who are donating their time and talents for this event…..

INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED COMEDIAN ALICIA DATTNER.

Alicia has performed in London, Bali, Hollywood, and New York. She’s been voted Best Comedian in both the SF Weekly & SF Bay Guardian. Her new standup show One Life Stand is headed to New York! Check out her workshops at http://soloshowdown.com/

EXOTIC DANCE TROUPE LED BY ANASTASIA LATTANAND.

AWARD-WINNING SINGER-SONGWRITER MARY REDENTE…

Mary is a recording artist, classically trained multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter. Mary’s heartfelt music speaks of hope, healing, & her personal journey of awakening. Her mission with music is to open hearts. It’s through grace and the transformative power of music that she offers her voice and musical craft with healing intention for the world. Mary is currently working on her second album entitled ‘Sleeping Giant’ due for release in Spring 2019.

LOCAL POP-ROCK DUO LAVADIO & SUMATI…

Lavadio is a San Francisco-based composer & multi-instrumental musical artist who has spent a lifetime playing many genres from classic rock, to jazz, reggae & blues. Sumati is a singer, guitarist & lyricist from Oakland.

In addition to their catchy original songs, they love covering recognizable blues-based rock and roll anthems that force their audience to their feet and inspire them to sing along!

CELLO JOE…

the world’s only beatboxing, long distance bicycle touring cellist.

Cello Joe plays the cello while beatboxing, looping, and singing. It’s Classical Hip Hop. He creates fat beats with a cello and his mouth and he does it live!

His lyrics weave together sustainability, environmental justice, and social awareness. They entertain, inspire, and make you wonder.

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Protest the Eviction of #HousingAndDignityVillage @ ACCE Oakland
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Dec 10 @ 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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Dec
11
Tue
Fight for a Green New Deal @ Outside Nancy Pelosi's Office
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Sunrisers across the West Coast will show up at Representative Pelosi’s office in San Francisco with candles (electric) to memorialize the 85 people burned in the most recent fires, and carrying items that represent what they are fighting to protect from the climate crisis. Speakers will share stories of why they are in this fight and why a Green New Deal is our only hope to protect the communities we come from and hold dear from the fires increasing in frequency and severity at an alarming rate. In California people are already experiencing climate change; climate change is here in the form of drought-induced infernos across the state. We are calling on our leaders to take action in alignment with what science and justice demand. Join us.

If you are in CA or on the West Coast and interested in attending this powerful action remembering lives already lost and staking a claim to a right for our generation not to be left to burn in the years to come, please register for the action here.

Mon. Dec. 10th 6-9pm – Action training ***required in order to attend the action***
Tues. Dec. 11th 8:15am – ACTION DAY

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Pressure Nancy Pelosi to Create a Green New Deal @ Civic Center BART plaza
Dec 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The last day of Congress is Dec. 13th, which means we have just a few days to push the agenda on climate change and build support for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal. There will be opportunities for civil disobedience

Join us in San Francisco on Dec. 11th to demand Congress make a real plan to address climate change.

The time for transformative climate action is NOW. Entire towns are burning to the ground. Fossil fuels are poisoning our communities and our planet.

There’s no time to waste, and we’re calling on Representative Pelosi to STEP UP to create a Select Committee for a Green New Deal. One day after Sunrise leaders take action in DC, we are gathering at Representative Pelosi’s office in San Francisco to share stories of why we are fighting climate change and why a Green New Deal is we policy we need to protect the communities we come from and hold dear.

FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE –> http://www.bit.ly/cagnd

The last day of Congress is Dec. 13th, which means we have just a few days to push the agenda on climate change and build support for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal.

In California, people are already experiencing climate change, most recently in the form of drought-induced infernos across the state, which are increasing in frequency and severity at an alarming rate. We are calling on our leaders to take action in alignment with what science and justice demand.

If you are in CA or on the West Coast and interested in attending this powerful action remembering lives already lost and staking a claim to a right for our generation not to be left to burn in the years to come, please register for the action here: http://www.bit.ly/cagnd

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*SCHEDULE*

Sat. Dec. 8th 10am-1:30pm – Action prep work party

Mon. Dec. 10th 6-9pm – Action training ***highly encouraged (required for high riskers) in order to attend the action***

Tues. Dec. 11th 9:30am – ACTION DAY

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No PG&E Bailout! Clean, Safe Public Energy Now! @ Embarcadero Plaza
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PG&E’s unsafe electrical lines started the Camp Fire—and 12 other deadly fires last year.   Now they want us to pay for their continuing negligence.  We, the ratepayers, already picked up the tab for last year’s fires, while PG&E’s CEO took home $8 million.

We won’t keep bailing out a private company that turns a profit by putting our lives at risk.  It’s time for the people to take back the power grid, lead a transition to local clean energy, and tackle the climate crisis.

Sign this petition, and join the demonstration.

Facebook RSVP here.

 

WHEN

Tuesday, December 11, 12 Noon – 5 PM

 

WHERE

Embarcadero Plaza
San Francisco 94105

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Call for support at City Hall – No loans for luxury developers!
Dec 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Eastlake United for Justice

 

We recently learned that Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen is orchestrating a giveaway of millions of dollars in city funding to luxury apartment developer UrbanCore, after the developer failed to raise enough financing to pay for the E12th Street parcel and failed to meet project deadlines for the development.

Please join us at the Oakland City Council meeting this Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm to speak out against this giveaway of public funds to a dirty developer.

UrbanCore is currently facing a lawsuit from the City of San Francisco for $5.5 million dollars in unpaid loans for a failed project in the Fillmore district (https://bit.ly/2El48Yb Now, UrbanCore has lapsed on it’s financial commitments to the City of Oakland, and has violated the timeline approved by the City Council for its development on E12th St. UrbanCore does not deserve a multi-million dollar loan of Oakland taxpayer money!

Will you join us on Tuesday at City Hall to tell the City Council not to approve this sweetheart deal for UrbanCore? We are calling for the Council to pull this item from the agenda, allow more time for a public process, and let the new city council to take up the issue after it convenes in January. In order to win, we will need a strong turnout.

Please sign up for a speaker card in advance here: https://bit.ly/2klMglm Indicate that you are speaking on Agenda Item Number 17. The meeting starts at 5:30pm, although our item may not be discussed until later.

If enough of us show up to speak, we can stop the council from giving away millions in city funds to an irresponsible developer. Please join us Tuesday at City Hall! #SaveE12th

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Sudo Mesh: Save the Internet @ Omni Commons, Upstairs
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hello we are here to Save the Internet!

Join us every Tuesday in the Omni Commons mezzanine to help build a community-owned and -operated wireless mesh network in the East Bay!

Every Tuesday night, we meet to discuss on-going projects, technical bugs, community and media outreach, finances and budgeting, and upcoming events, such as node mounts, office hours, and workshops.  Newcomers are encouraged to come on the last Tuesdays of the month for general orientation, but are welcome at any meeting.

A wireless mesh network is a network where each computer acts as a relay to other computers, such that a network can stretch to cover entire cities.

Our goal is to create a wireless mesh network that is owned and operated by the community.

Want to help create an alternate means of digital communication that isn’t governed by for-profit internet service providers? Join us for the mesh hacknight! We need people of all backgrounds to help with everything from community involvement and grant writing to mounting antennas on buildings and developing software!

Learn more at https://peoplesopen.net and http://sudomesh.org/

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Unquestioned Integrity: The Hill-Thomas Hearings @ Live Oak Theater
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Those Women Productions presents a staged reading of Unquestioned Integrity: The Hill-Thomas Hearings by Mame Hunt, a docudrama adapted from the 1991 hearing transcripts, with a new epilogue added after the #MeToo events of October 2017. Directed by Erin Merritt. Net proceeds from this performance go to the Women’s Law Program: https://www.womenslaw.org/ “Because knowledge is power.”

Everyone welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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Dec
12
Wed
Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

Check out our sister site DeportICE.

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Planning meeting for the 5th Annual People’s March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy @ The Greenlining Institut
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

If you haven’t already saved the date, our 5th Annual People’s March to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy is on January 21, 2019 and we need your help to make it a reality.

Join us for a planning meeting next week to make this mass mobilization come true!

Near the 10th anniversary of the murder of Oscar Grant, Anti Police-Terror Project calls our comrades to come together in solidarity against police-terror and the corporate development in the Bay Area that is prioritized over affordable housing for the people.

RSVP today to let us know you can join us for the planning meeting.
RSVP
Hope to see you there!
APTP
Anti Police-Terror Project is not a non-profit.
We are a community group powered by people like you.

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Dec
13
Thu
ALAMEDA COUNTY CLEAN SLATE CLINIC @ Public Defender's Office
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

JOINT WALK‐IN CLINICS with Public Defender and EBCLC

*Please bring your statewide CA DOJ RAP sheet
if you have it or we can give information at clinic*

We may be able to help with:
 Dismissal of Conviction – PC 1203.4
 Felony Reduction / Prop 47 and 64 Relief
 Early Termination of Probation
 Certificate of Rehabilitation
 Sealing Arrest Record – Factual Innocence
 Juvenile Record Sealing
 Post-Conviction Relief for Immigrants and
Survivors of Human Trafficking
 Employment denials due to criminal background
reports
 Occupational Licensing Denials(DSS, Security
Guard)
 Voting Rights, Jury Service Rights

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Privacy Lab – Energy Data Privacy: How Climate Changes Everything @ UtilityAPI
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Energy data used to be boring. The utility read your meter 12 times a year, and no one cared much about seeing your utility bill history. Nowadays, things are very different. As the $10+ trillion energy transition to renewables ramps up to fight climate change, private energy data access is a critical requirement to deploy and manage distributed energy resources like solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, demand response, and energy efficiency. Also, to make things harder, smart meters are second only to smart phones in how much they know about your day-to-day life. They know when you’re home, when you’re at work, when you’re sleeping, when you’re watching TV, when you’re taking a shower, when you’re having sex. So how do we make the switch to a carbon-free future without compromising energy data privacy? What will the future of energy data privacy look like?

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Bio:

Daniel Roesler is the co-founder and CEO of UtilityAPI, a utility data

service that automates interactions with utilities. UtilityAPI is an

early adopter of the U.S. Department of Energy DataGuard Voluntary

Code of Conduct, which outlines best practices for handling private

energy data. Daniel is on the board of the Green Button Alliance,

which manages the international standard around personal utility data

access, and is technical contributor to the Customer Data Access

Committee at the California Public Utilities Commission, which comes

up with the next generation of regulations around utility data access

in California. In his spare time, Daniel maintains several open source

privacy and security projects.

Tickets are limited to 40 people. Feel free to contact us if you have any trouble getting a ticket.

You are encouraged to read this relevant article on the legal status of smart meters before Daniel’s talk: https://www.lawfareblog.com/public-utilitys-recording-home-energy-consumption-every-15-minutes-search-seventh-circuit-rules

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Dec
14
Fri
Ending Urban Shield “As It Is Currently Constituted” – Task Force Meeting @ County Building, across the street from the Courthouse
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Meeting of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Ad Hoc Committee on Urban Area Security Initiative, charged with reconstituting and rethinking Urban Shield.

The committee was established by the Board of Supervisors in March 2018 in response to sustained community concerns about Urban Shield, which is funded in part by UASI grants from the Department of Homeland Security, and coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

The Board of Supervisors decided in March, 2018 that 2018 would be the last year the county would approve Urban Shield, as currently constituted, and asked the Ad Hoc Committee to make recommendations to the Board on the UASI-funded emergency preparedness training and exercise in 2019 and beyond.

The agenda will include a presentation and Q/A with county emergency preparedness officials (from ACSO, Public Health, and Social Services); a discussion of criteria for weighing recommendations; and a presentation about community-based emergency preparedness initiatives.

More information.

Agendas and materials for each meeting are posted at http://www.acgov.org/board/calendarcom.htm

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East Bay DSA Stands With NUHW on Strike! @ Oakland Kaiser Hospital
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join your East Bay DSA comrades on December 14 and support the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ strike!

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental healthcare workers will be on strike across California from December 10–14. The East Bay DSA Labor Committee calls on all East Bay DSA members to join the picket line at the Oakland Medical Center, 3600 Broadway, for their lunchtime rally on Friday, December 14, from 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Mental health clinicians across the state will be striking against Kaiser. As front-line healthcare workers, NUHW members understand that the conditions of their work are the conditions of their patients’ care. That’s why they are striking against Kaiser’s chronic understaffing, which burdens workers and creates extensive wait times for patients seeking mental healthcare.

Learn more about the strike. An injury to one is an injury to all!

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Big Tech Comedy Roast! @ Internet Archives
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Come fire up the grill on Big Tech, come laugh at our local tech firms!

Comedy acts interspersed with talks from NSA Comedy Host, former Amazon executive, and entrepreneur Vahid Razavi, author of Ethics in Tech, or The Lack Thereof and Age of Nepotism.

Friday Dec 14th, 6PM Doors open for networking, Show starts at 7:00 PM at the Internet Archive.

It’s better to laugh than cry. As the Romans used to say “illegitimi non carborundum,” “don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Come and make a difference with others who feel like you and have fun doing it too!

Besides the entertainment, it is a chance to have an amazing time while meeting others who are being the change they want to see in the world. Tickets available at EthicsInTech.com

Francesca Fiorentini is a correspondent, comedian and B-list internet celebrity. She was behind viral hits like “The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border” and “White Fragility in the Workplace”, and was host of the show Newsbroke on Facebook Watch. She has been in SF Sketchfest three years and counting and is currently host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room.

Chloe McGovern started doing stand-up comedy when she was 18 years old, a decision that proved to be irreparably damaging both morally and spiritually, but a true delight to audiences everywhere. She can be seen regularly opening for Rich Vos and competing in Roast Battles at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store.

The New York Times on Will Durst: “Quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” The Boston Globe: “A modern day Will Rogers.”

San Francisco Examiner: “Heir apparent to Mort Sahl & Dick Gregory.”

Nichole Spain was raised in Detroit and NY now by way of Philadelphia, Nichole is multiracial, multicultural, addicted to food, love men, and can’t keep a job.

Nichole has done theatre 9 years with comedic and dramatic rolls. She attended Philadelphia Comedy College and recently was a contestant at Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest. She recently debuted at Philly’s Punchline Comedy Club.

Nichole is a regular at Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan. Live cable tapings for Manhattan Neighbor Network and Tnos Comedy cable Show in Brooklyn.

Up and coming comedian Jared Horning, has performed at the Shippensburg Comedy Club and the Boomerang Bar and Grill.

Vahid Razavi is the host of previous NSA Comedy Shows. Previously employed at Amazon and many tech firms in the Valley. Author of a new book Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. Copies of the book will be shared with the audience.

All Net Proceeds from this event will be donated to split between three Non-Profit Organization. These include Internet Archive, Freedom of the Press Foundation and The Church of Fellowship of All People.

Video recording of the stage will be taking place at this event.

Download Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. A Free Book By Vahid Razavi at http://MyAWSStory.com

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ROY ZIMMERMAN: RIZE UP @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In the current political horror show, do you need some laughter? Some encouragement? Perspective? Inspiration? RIZE UP is Roy Zimmerman’s latest extravaganza, full of funny songs about ignorance, war, and greed. “With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic.” – No Depression Magazine

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. More information, videos, and merch at https://www.royzimmerman.com

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Dec
15
Sat
Mass Solidarity Meeting to Support Public Education @ Omni Commons
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

**WEAR RED**

Endorse here:
https://goo.gl/forms/mioA4lTZSwSd2XOw1

California has the 5th largest economy in the world and the wealthiest in the nation but ranks only 48th in class size and 43rd in per-pupil funding. In terms of relative economic opportunity, California is 48th in cost of living and 49th in housing affordability.

Both United Teachers of Los Angeles and Oakland Education Association are fighting to improve student learning conditions that are their working conditions, for fair wages for educators and support staff, to decrease class size and caseload reductions, and support community schools, all made possible through increased funding that our students and schools deserve.

We are building towards coordinated local, regional, and statewide actions to fight for progressive and fully funded schools in all of California’s 1,050 districts; to defend public education against privatization and the further erosion of union sector jobs which fight to preserve decent working conditions for their workers, and to connect with struggles for social, racial, and economic justice so our students and communities can thrive.

OEA and UTLA are in intense contract negotiations and gearing up for possible strikes this coming winter. In response to the realtime needs of both UTLA and OEA, California Educators Rising is shifting the focus of this event on 12/15 (on the same day as UTLA’s “March for Public Education”) to a gathering of local union members, including OEA leaders and organizers, and community allies to build labor-community support for a possible OEA strike. We will engage in solidarity actions (photos, social media, art, etc) to support UTLA’s public march on the same day, and build our network of rank-and-file supporters that stand in solidarity with each other across the Bay. The more unions and adjacent organizations that participate in strike support, the better for the overall health and strength of the labor movement.

We envision this public meeting as an active participatory space that will build a network of rank and file union members and community allies who will support strike solidarity with OEA and UTLA and build towards future actions in the fight for fully and progressively funded public education in California. We welcome union members, community allies, and anyone in the Bay Area (and CA!) to join us on this date. We stand together with OEA and UTLA in the fight for the schools all our students deserve! Location and other details to be announced soon.

The meeting will include speakers, art, music, story shares and organizing meetings.

We welcome endorsements and participation from unions, organizations, and community groups for this mass meeting so that we can build the strongest base of support for OEA/UTLA and public education in California. We will also be showing our solidarity with UTLA’s “March for Public Education” happening on the same day.

If you are a member of a local union or community group, please bring this information back to your membership, and endorse here:
https://goo.gl/forms/Z5CNIWkSx8o2Y6Qw2

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Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Omni Commons
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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!
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions.
  • Relieving Medical Debt through pennies-on-the-dollar buyback programs.
  • A book group focused on Economic Inequality and Economic Theory for the modern age.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at the local Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
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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Dec
16
Sun
RPA winter meeting & holiday party @ Bridge Storage & Artspace
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

There will be an RPA membership meeting from 2-3:15 pm. Right after that, we will move into party mode and have our winter holiday party & fundraiser from 3:30 – 5:30. As usual, the meeting is for RPA members. But the party is open to all! Please invite friends, family and neighbors and help support the RPA in 2019.

About the party: Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided free of charge with donations accepted for beer and wine.

Our silent auction will provide an opportunity for you to bid on exciting gifts for others or for yourself, including: art work, art tour, piano tuning, dance lessons, Sushi and Cal-Mediterranean dinners, Cuban Rum and a 3 night stay in Cuba.

This event is open to the public and a great chance to get to know the RPA, build community, contribute to a great cause and pick up some wonderful gifts.

RSVP for the party here

After you register spread the free ticket link here, and spread the word via Facebook here

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