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Jan
23
Tue
Our Revolution East Bay Meeting @ Finnish Hall
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Jan
24
Wed
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 24 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment

Last week, New York City changed everything. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s pension system would be divesting from fossil fuels — that’s the nation’s fourth largest pension system. Exactly two weeks after that announcement, next Wednesday January 24th, San Francisco’s $20 billion pension system will vote to do the same.

San Francisco’s late, great Mayor Ed Lee published an op-ed1 just hours before his untimely passing calling on the pension system and the city to go fossil free. The implications of the second major US pension system moving to divest from fossil fuels within weeks of New York are huge.

As with all big and bold policy announcements, there is a backstory of a hard won grassroots struggle. Fossil Free SF has been pushing for this change for years. And in this last hour of the campaign we all need your help.

Help make this vote a big and beautiful people power moment. Please show up to the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment on January 24th to tell the board: our public funds need to be fossil free.

Fossil fuels are a poor investment and present significant risk to the stability of the pension system. Not only have fossil fuels underperformed the market over the last five years, but coal, oil and gas companies have sunk billions into burning fossil fuels that just can’t be burned.

Last year, San Francisco and Oakland announced they were suing five of the largest oil and gas companies2 for the harm climate change will cause their cities. As many know personally, the Bay Area has borne the brunt of some of the most recent extreme climate impacts.

This is a major moment for the Bay Area, so please don’t let it pass you by. Show up to 1145 Market Street for the 1pm meeting on January 24th and let’s get ready to celebrate.

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The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now.

Speakers are Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants and Willie Phillips of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, and Friends of Adeline Corridor. The Gray Panther Monthly Meeting.  All Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Affordable housing is under threat! Michael Kane of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants will speak on issues and organizing strategies in the Bay Area. He has a broad, up to date, and amazing knowledge of housing issues and regulations. National Alliance of HUD Tenants works to preserve and improve housing and tenants rights and promotes resident control.

Willie Phillips is a lifelong Berkeley advocate for economic equity and affordable housing. He will speak on our city’s housing crisis and the challenges and opportunities of building and preserving affordable housing here. Willie is Chair of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, a board member of Resources for Community Development, the City of Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund and a member of the Friends of Adeline Corridor in South Berkeley.

For information, contact Betsy@IC.org or 510-842-6224 or Eleanorewalden3@gmail.com

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Shut Down Oakland Whole Foods in Support of Anti-Racism @ Whole Foods
Jan 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS MOVED TO WEDNESDAY FROM TUESDAY!! (https://m.facebook.com/events/358126127995640)

 

The the last two years the Oakland whole Foods store has demonstrated it’s position on race relations, by creating a environment where people of color have been targeted and profiled. Security guards have done everything from physically assault African American individuals resulting in permanent disabilities, to pepper spraying a photojournalist for helping a mentally i’ll man on whole foods property, to racially profiling a young African American teenager as he shopped on their premises. The community is tired of these assaults and demands immediate accountability. We will take a stand!

#SHUTWHOLEFOODSDOWN

Adam Turner was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by the Whole Foods security guard. While assisting a man with mental disabilities, Adam was pepper sprayed and called a fucking nigger! A few months before the Adam Turner incident, another North American African male was beaten unconscious by a security guard at the same store. Numerous NA Africans have encountered racism and white supremacy. One AA male employee quit working because he claimed his fellow employees called the NAA customers niggers! It is clear Oakland Whole Foods is a toxic environment for NAA. We therefore call for a rally against this racist environment. We invite the community to stand and demonstrate effectively. We will not tolerate racism in our community.

When: Tuesday, January 23 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST
Where: Whole Foods Market (Oakland, CA)
230 Bay Pl, Oakland, California 94612

ALL PRESS WELCOME
#FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS
#SHUTDOWNWHOLEFOODS

What to do: Come support Anti-Racism efforts by demonstrating and showing community can impact and disrupt business operations. We will reach national attention to show we will not tolerate any form of racism in out community.

Whole Foods has been attacking folks of color and in the past two years—going as far as attacking and racially profiling two black men, and a young, black teenager in recent reports. Their gentrifying organization must be held accountable for the threat they have posed to our community and it’s time we demonstrate we can reach the top of their organizational structure to show resistance and intolerance to racial terror on any and all fronts.

We will we hold a demonstration in front of the store showing our our stance and position of intolerance for racism in our communities. Please bring any safe objects you have to make noise, signs and bright spirits as we show up for the folks who have become affected and targeted by this racist institution. It is imperative we address racism at the root on all fronts in our communities—especially in recent light of honoring King’s legacy and the path he has helped to pave with his work. We must continue to take action at every level reaching the streets, to circulating though data on social media by addressing and standing for issues we see as matters which affect the lives of many.

Hope to see you all there! Solidarity!

We’ve invite the following activists.

Angela Davis
Danny Glover
Cornell West
Bobby Seale
Elaine Brown
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

https://peppersprayedbywholefoodssecurity.link/

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Jan
25
Thu
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 25 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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STOP DEPORTATION DEMONSTRATION @ ICE
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

STOP DEPORTATION DEMONSTRATION
at ICE immigration holding center (deportations)


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When They Call You a Terrorist: Hosted by Cat Brooks @ First Congregational Church
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

BLACK LIVES MATTER PATRISSE CULLORS & ASHA BANDELE

 


Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006
or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s Books, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, 
East Bay Books
$15 door, wheelchair access

 

The emotional and powerful story from the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it came to be.

“It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades…This remarkable book … forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, the hashtag that turned into a movement and global network, Patrisse Cullors, comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir On Sale: January 16, 2018), co-written with award-winning author and journalist asha bandele, asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST takes an intimate look at Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends, and weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors and bandele show how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival.

In WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST, a meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, the writers seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

 PATRISSE CULLORS is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. In​ 2016, Patrisse received the Defender of the Dream Award from the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the Revolution Award for Freedom from ImageNation Cinema Foundation, the Justice Award from National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Community Change Agent Award from BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., and the Glamour Women of the Year Award for The Justice Seekers. In 2017, Cullors received the Sydney Peace Prize.

asha bandele, author of the best-selling and award-winning memoir, The Prisoner’s Wife, and four other works,

has been honored for her work in journalism, fiction, poetry, and activism. A mother and a former senior editor at Essence magazine, asha serves as a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

“Patrisse Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory of politics and resistance in America.” —Eve Ensler

CAT BROOKS is KPFA Radio’s UpFront Co-Host, and a long-time performer and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant and is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP). The actions organized by Brooks and her associates with groups that include the BlackOUT Collective, ONYX Organizing Committee and the Anti-Police Terror Project, have stood out both for their clear focus and their dramatic flair.

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Jan
26
Fri
Hands Off Afrin! @ Powell St. BART
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Power Not Paranoia: a Discussion About Digital Surveillance
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. It’s vital that organizers protect their digital security so we can continue to work for social change.

The Ella Baker Center and The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action, would like to invite you to an evening of dialogue on 21st century policing, the impact on our community, and what we can do to protect ourselves and defend our rights.

Join us for a panel presentation about the current state of surveillance. Our panel will feature:

Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Media Justice
Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor:*
Tunisia Owens, Policy Manager of The Ella Baker Center for Human RIghts
And more!

Immediately following the panel presentation we will have a mixer with light refreshments.

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor – https://virginia-eubanks.com/books/

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Jan
27
Sat
12th Annual Social Justice Symposium @ Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Jan 27 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The 12th Annual Social Justice Symposium will be on Saturday, January 27, 2018, with the theme: Raising Voices, Driving Action.

The Social Justice Symposium (SJS) is a student-organized event that serves as space for the community to meet and discuss social justice work in the Bay Area.

Strike Debt Bay Area will be presenting one of the seminars, from 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon, entitled

Financial Inequality: How We Got Here and How We Get Out

The Social Justice Symposium is an annual FREE event organized by students in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.

We are thrilled to have Zion I as our keynote speaker. Zion I is a Bay Area native and concious rapper that speaks to the social and political challenges of our time.

No automatic alt text available.The Social Justice Symposium aims to integrate critical analysis and academic learning with direct practice and action efforts. We challenge the belief that social justice is limited to civil and political rights. As such, we seek actions emphasizing liberatory principles that also support economic, social, cultural, environmental, and collective rights.

Due to our event space capacity of 400 people, we are offering 325 registration slots for guaranteed attendance. Once these slots have been filled, registration will be closed and the remaining 75 spaces will be allotted for first-come-first-serve arrival on the day of the event. You must register through the ticketing website in order to reserve your spot ahead of time.

To RSVP, make a donation, or buy some symposium swag, visit https://ucbsjs.bpt.me/

SCHEDULE:
Doors and breakfast begin: 8:30 am
Keynote: 9:30-10:30 am
Workshop sessions: 10:30-12:00, 1:30-3:00, and 3:10-4:30
There will be a silent auction throughout the day with all proceeds going to future symposiums. Lunch will be provided at the event.

Directions and parking information: http://socialwelfare.berkeley.edu/social-justice-symposium-directions-parking-and-site-notes

The following fantastic organizations and people will be presenting workshops at the symposium: Destiny Arts Center, HIV Education Project, Community Works West, The Center for Harm Reduction and Therapy, Haven Connect, Coalition on Homelessness, Strike Debt Bay Area, The Dellums Institute for Social Justice, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Safe Return Project, BAYPeace, and GRADD

We are committed to alternative perspectives and collaboration with community groups to achieve a sustainable movement for social change. The objectives of the symposium are:

● To raise awareness, build knowledge and reflect on social justice work;
● To provide a space for participants to network, discuss, and share strategies to work toward social change;
● To bridge the gap between micro and macro practice areas and social change;
● To share successful social justice strategies from different perspectives or professions;
● To encourage participants to explore creative, radical ways to serve as change agents; and
● To develop the practical skills to further a sustainable and action-oriented movement for social justice in participants’ professional lives and in their communities.

Our working definition of social justice is:
Social justice is a process, not an outcome, which seeks fair (re)distribution of resources, opportunities, and responsibilities; challenges the roots of oppression and injustice; empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential; and builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action.

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Grassroots Digital Security Training
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Register here

Bay Area activists of color and allies: Learn how to protect yourself from surveillance at a digital security training!

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. As organizers, it’s vital that we protect our digital security so we can continue to work for social change.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action and United We Dream, would like to invite activists and organizers to join us for a FREE digital security training to protect community activism and protest.

Our team of expert security practitioners are flying in from around the country to share the history and current reality of surveillance in a digital age and under the Trump Administration, and use interactive practices and learning-in-action to get your phone, computer, apps, and services secure.

Where:

  • Oakland, CA (Exact location will be sent to you via email upon completion of pre-registration survey. Event space is wheelchair-accessible.)

What you will learn: Participants will learn surveillance self-defense — including sustainable digital security practices to keep you and your personal or social movement networks safe from 21st century threats including

  • Direct police and government surveillance of activists
  • Indirect government surveillance using third-party developers
  • Spying by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Doxxing, exposure, and online harassment

*Please be sure to bring your mobile devices with you as you will be working to secure them throughout the day!

This training is grounded in cultural relevance, self-determination, relationships, and racial justice – and driven by art, community organizing, generative somatics and popular education.

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Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

@AROCBayArea
www.araborganizing.org

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SF Bay Area Interfaith Drone Warfare Conference @ Pacific School of Religion
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This interfaith gathering includes presentations, three half-hour videos, and Q&A time to inform faith communities and others about the dangers and realities of drone warfare. Action suggestions for followup.

Panel Presenters include:

Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar, political analyst and social critic who is editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

Lisa Hajjar, is a professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Global and International Studies, and Middle East Studies. She is a contributor to Life in the Age of Drone Warfare. Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, military courts and occupations, human rights and international law, and torture and targeted killing.

Lisa Ling, is a former technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She is featured in the heralded documentary National Bird, which, according to The Washington Post, is “artful, profoundly unsettling.” In an article for The Guardian, Ling noted how little the public knew about the U.S. drone program and its consequences.

Two films produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for congregations will be screened along with a half-hour version of National Bird

Issues addressed include:
Why is the faith community concerned about drone warfare?

What is the effect of drone warfare on drone operators?

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RALLY FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
Jan 27 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/151943795433074/

On January 27th at 11:30 a.m., people of the Bay Area will unite to stand up for reproductive justice. This coalition will come together this year and in future years to drown out the voices of the Walk for Life, a mass march organized by sexist, right-wing, Christian fundamentalists.

They are building a movement to take away our right to have an abortion and to limit access to reproductive healthcare, contraception, and sex education. They oppose the basic rights of women and other oppressed people to bodily autonomy and self-determination.

We are residents of the Bay Area – women and trans folks, anti-sexist men, people of color, working class people, leftists, liberals, and others. We stand together to defend our right to have an abortion and to confront sexist hate on the streets of San Francisco.

It is time to speak out against sexism in our society and take action to keep each other safe. We represent a majority, like the millions who participated in the Women’s March and the #MeToo campaign. We hope to demonstrate that sexist bigots are unwelcome in the Bay Area, a place where women, the queer community, immigrants, and others have historically fought to defend their communities from those who would take away our agency. This year, we stand together in solidarity to confront the right-wing now, so that their movement cannot make further advances. This cannot wait until November 2018 or 2020.

Please join us at the Rally for Reproductive Justice in San Francisco on January 27! Confront the sexist bigots of the Walk for Life! Stand in solidarity with women and all oppressed people!

Endorsed by:
UC Student-Workers Union – UAW Local 2865
United Educators of San Francisco
International Socialist Organization
Workers’ Voice / La Voz de los Trabajadores
Democratic Socialists of America SF
Left Party / Partido de Izquierda

Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Socialist Action

Bay It Forward

CODEPINK San Francisco
ResistanceSF
South Beach District 6 Democratic Club of San Francisco
Democratic Socialists of America Lower Peninsula branch of Silicon Valley

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Divest from Fossil Fuels/Invest in a Healthy Future @ North Berkeley Library
Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop: Divest from Fossil Fuels/Invest in a Healthy Future

Join us for a workshop on the whys and hows of personal divestment from fossil fuels —  a powerful tool in the struggle for climate justice. This 90-minute workshop will explain why fossil fuel divestment matters, the role divestment has played in civil rights movements throughout history, and how you can do it! This workshop is for everyone even if you are thinking about opening your first bank account or have been investing for many years.

We will be debuting an ongoing divestment mentorship program that can continue to provide information and support beyond the workshop. Come get connected and join the divestment movement for a more beautiful world.

 

We will meet in the community room downstairs from the main library room.

This workshop is sponsored by Fossil Free CA. http://fossilfreeca.org/

Info/RSVP

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Build Your Own Internet: discussion, demos, hands-on workshops @ Omni Commons
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
What if the internet wasn’t about connecting to Comcast, AT&T, Google, or Facebook?
What if it meant connecting directly with your friends, neighbors, and community…?Let’s discuss how the internet works, how to build your own, and talk about existing community network projects like the Oakland-based People’s Open Network.
2:00pm Introduction
2:15pm Panel discussion: Net neutrality is dead — or is it?
3:00pm Hands-on workshops and demos
5:00pm End / clean up
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Neighborhood assemblies: the possibility of direct democracy @ West Berkeley Library
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What can we do to have a real voice in political issues?

                  Neighborhood assemblies:

the possibility of direct democracy

Lessons from People’s Assemblies in Jackson, MS

and Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies

 with Steve Martinot, neighborhood activist and Berkeley Planning Commissioner

Why do important issues never seem to get resolved?

�      Affordable housing
�      An end to rent increases and rent-gouging displacement
�      Shelter if not housing for the homeless
�      Policing that serves people rather than impose social control
�      An end to industrial and infrastructure pollution

These issues become endless issues because we give them to people who are not effected by them – the elite we elect too speak for us, but are not us.

What would give us a voice in our own affairs?

�      Local assemblies in which to discuss among ourselves what to do.
�      Neighborhood assemblies in which to make our own autonomous decisions
�      Community Councils that would bring together the decisions of neighborhood assemblies

Where do we see this kind of system working? In Jackson, Mississippi, and in Cuba, in its system of Municipal Assemblies. Cuba’s local assemblies are legislative for neighborhoods and cities. Composed of people elected from neighborhoods, they are composed of delegates representing 100 to 200 people. These local assemblies make policy on real issues: city maintenance, land use, housing, labor disputes, and sports facilities.

Their meetings are open and permit dialogue between people and delegates. People are not limited to “comments,” as in Berkeley. The delegates live in the neighborhoods and environments about which they pass measures.

Please join us on January 27, West Berkeley Library, to learn about neighborhood assemblies, Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies, and the possibility for “direct democracy.”

Steve Martinot has been a union and community organizer, lecturer at the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs at SFSU, and written extensively on the structure of racism and white supremacy in the US, as well as on corporate economics and culture.

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Jan
28
Sun
Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Tickets are sliding scale $15 – $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

Accessibility Information

The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities – please see https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for helpful information.

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Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Jan 28 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice. Come early to share a potluck lunch!

potluck lunch: 12:30PM
meeting: 1 – 3 PM

 

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