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Jun
1
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office Steps
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.

The postal service wanted to sell the post office to Hudson-Mcdonald, a local developer. The City of Berkeley sued the post office to stop the sale. Hudson-Mcdonald backed out of the deal in early December.

 There was a hearing in Federal Court on December 11th. There was another hearing in March 26th. Federal Judge William Alsup decided to dismiss the lawsuit because the Postal Service says it is not currently selling the building.  But we’re not fooled. The Postal Service could “find” a buyer at any moment. Fortunately, the Judge ordered the Postal Service to provide 42 days notice before any sale, so that the lawsuit could be refiled.

Check out our response to the Judge’s order.

Check out the Community Garden at the Post Office.

Also check out our website and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website, and First they Came for the Homeless Facebook for updates.

BPOD is an offshoot of Strike Debt Bay Area, which itself is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and a chapter of the national Strike Debt movement, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

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Occupy Forum: Understanding the Role of Cyberspace and Social Change @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

2011: Understanding the Role of Cyberspace and Social Change

In 2011 demonstrations, direct action, revolt, and revolution swept the world. This wave of revolt, the largest since 1989 and 1969, was in part a product of ongoing technological changes and how people used them to bring about social change. Beginning in Tunisia and ending in Hong Kong the wave of revolt was born in a digital sea.

How cyberspace and digital technology facilitated the upheaval of 2011 is an element that is well-known and becoming better understood all the time. Mobile technology, social media, and the growth of the Internet have made it possible for a handful of activists to achieve unprecedented exposure and impact. Through examining how the 2011 movements used computer and communication technology to plan, organize, and mobilize for action we can achieve even greater successes.

Join Occupy Forum, facilitated by Ryan Smith, for a talk and discussion of how cyberspace made 2011 possible and what we can learn from that year. Working together we can better use the developments of the Digital Revolution to bring about social justice for everyone.

Q&A and Announcements to follow.

Donations to OccupyForum gladly accepted; no one turned away!

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Jun
2
Tue
EXTRA Occupy Forum: DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTH @ Local 2
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

EXTRA OccupyForum 

DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTHJoin the coming together of two great clean energy movements!

David Braun of CALIFORNIANS AGAINST FRACKING, Linda Seeley
and Harvey Wasserman
of the movement to SHUT DIABLO CANYON, (California’s last two reactors), will join together to facilitate a union of these two great campaigns.

This unique, pathbreaking collaboration will allow us to join forces and free our state of its addiction to technologies that destroy our water supply and threaten us all.

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The movements for No Nukes and an end to fracking have run parallel for many years. They’ve been especially critical in California, where we’re threatened by a Diablo Canyon complex ringed by earthquake faults and a fracking industry that’s destroying our water supply. Citizen activism has closed the reactors at Humboldt, Rancho Secoand San Onofre, and stopped proposed projects at Bakersfield, Bodega and elsewhere. PG&E’s Diablo is two 1200+ megawatt monsters surrounded by earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone, out of compliance with clean water and fire safety regulations, lacking a credible evacuation plan and now completely priced out of the market by clean, cheap, safe and job-producing renewable energy.Anti-Fracking activists have had big successes in places like San Benito County and Los Angeles in CA, and in many jurisdictions across the nation using Community Rights Ordinances, and other strategies and campaigns.

Now these two great movements come together. On June 2nd, the Occupy Forum will host an activist gathering of frack and nuke activists to jointly plot strategy for getting to a green-powered California and Earth.

DAVID BRAUN has campaigned throughout the US for an end to fracking, with a great and growing focus on the problem in California.LINDA SEELEY is a founding member of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, a 40-year-old citizens group that intervened against the Diablo nukes way back in the 1960s.

HARVEY WASSERMAN helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” in 1973 and was arrested at Diablo in 1984. He writes and speaks worldwide on a safe “Solartopian” future.

This coming-together is a unique and powerful event.  Be a part of it!!!!

Donations welcome. Announcements will follow. Wheelchair accessible.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/14/indian-point-transformer-fire/

Faith Against Fracking 15 minute film here:

https://vimeo.com/125489886  Password: faithagainstfracking

Community Rights Ordinances  www.movementrights.org/aboutus.html

 

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Oakland City Council – 12th St. Parcel Fire Sale – Item 17 @ City Hall, off Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Note: This is the topic that caused activists to shut down the City Council meeting last month.

Sign the petition against the sale!

Subject: DDA For 12th Street Remainder Parcel From: Economic & Workforce Development Department

Recommendation: Adopt An Ordinance Authorizing: (1) The City Administrator, Without Returning To The City Council, To Negotiate And Execute A Disposition And Development Agreement And Related Documents Between The City Of Oakland, And A Development Entity Comprised Of Urbancore Development, LLC, And UDR, Inc., (Or Its Related Entities Or Affiliates) For Sale Of The 12th Street Remainder Parcel Located At E12th Street And 2nd Avenue For No Less Than $5.1 Million And Development As A Residential Mixed-Use Project, All Of The Foregoing Documents To Be In A Form And Content Substantially In Conformance With The Term Sheet Attached As Exhibit A; (2) Set -Aside Of No More Than $500,000 From Land Sales Proceeds For Remediation Of Property, And (3) Appropriation Of $200,000 From Land Sales Proceeds To Fund An Asset Portfolio Management Plan

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Oakland City Council – DAC Privacy Policy. Item S-20 @ City Hall, off Oscar Grant Plaza amphiteater
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

The Domain Awareness Center Privacy policy is up for a vote, along with related measures to be discussed. For background see The Oakland Privacy Working Group blog post “All Out for the Oakland City Council Meeting” and other posts on that site.

Note: This item is late on the agenda as it stands. Agenda items can be moved around.  There is no real way to know approximately what time it will come up, as there are other controversial items on the agenda.

OPWG has a few talking points specific to this item:

  • The policy is an important demonstration of how citizenry, staff and the Council can work together. Pass it as presented, with no additional exceptions, especially any allowing OPD to spy on residents w/o reasonable suspicion under ANY circumstances.
  • A policy is ineffective without a means of enforcement.
  • “Injunctive relief,” as proposed, is a good enforcement mechanism, neither overly burdensome nor toothless.
  • Without enforcement the work of nine citizens who donated their time and expertise for an entire year of meetings and analysis will have been thrown out the window.
  • A City-wide privacy committee, which will be coming before you in the future, is a must. The risks to privacy are only going to get bigger as technology becomes more sophisticated. As such their first task should be drafting a Surveillance Equipment Acquisition Ordinance, as recommended by the Ad Hoc DAC Privacy Committee.
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Oakland City Council – FBI-OPD Joint Workspace – Item S-22 @ City Hall, off Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Note: This item is last on the City Council Agenda.  There is no good estimate of what time it will come before the Council.

This item has raised many questions, among them being why the FBI needs an office inside OPD when they have offices in downtown Oakland already; whether they are really installing a mini-DAC and not telling anyone, whether Oakland would be implicitly or explicitly cooperating in FBI investigations of marijuana operations, spying on Muslims and undocumented immigrants, harassing and tracking  protesters and activists, and why such sophisticated and expensive computer equipment is needed for such a simple thing as a “Shared Work Space.”

Subject: FBI-OPD Joint Workspace From: Oakland Police Department

Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator Or Designee To Enter Into A Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) With The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) Violent Criminal Threat Section (VCTS), To Facilitate The Joint Purchase And Installation Of A Computer Network Infrastructure, Computers And Furniture At The Police Administration Building (PAB) To Create A Shared Work Space For The Safe Streets Taskforce, And Waiving The Advertising And Bidding Requirements For The City’s Expenditure Of $63,000.00 Toward The Purchase Of Said Items

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Oakland City Council – the Toxic Destruction of the East Bay Hills – item S-21
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Please come speak out against the toxic destruction of the East Bay Hills at Tuesday’s Oakland City Council meeting, where they will decide whether to accept the FEMA grant for the project.”

check out these websites for more information about the project:

http://www.saveeastbayhills.org/

http://milliontrees.me/

http://www.eastbaypesticidealert.org/
(especially: http://www.eastbaypesticidealert.org/wildfire.html and http://www.eastbaypesticidealert.org/wpad.html for the decade long history of this project)

http://hillsconservationnetwork.org/

http://treespiritproject.com/sfbayclearcut/
(sign up to participate in the July 18 nude photo shoot in the threatened forest)

Via email alert:

There’s been a lot of activity recently on the FEMA vegetation management front. For those who don’t know, despite 12,000+ comments opposing the plan to clearcut the Berkeley/Oakland hills FEMA released a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that called for the destruction of up to 400,000 healthy trees and the application of unprecedented amounts of toxic herbicides over a 10 year period. As a result of this unfortunate decision HCN filed suit agains FEMA in Federal court in March, also naming the City of Oakland, East Bay Regional Park District, and UC Berkeley.

Last Tuesday we had a press conference at City Hall. That night the Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee recommended the Oakland City Council accept $4 million of FEMA money and commit the City to spend an additional $1.5 million in taxpayer matching funds and a CEQA EIR. All this to implement a plan that will actually increase the risk of fire in the hills. Imagine, a City that’s broke spending $1.5 million to cut down hundreds of thousands of trees for no good reason.

Together we have a lot of work to do to raise awareness to stop the clear-cut and poisoning of the hills.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Tell the city of Oakland that you don’t want them to take the FEMA money to kill trees for 2 generations and douse the hills with TOXIC herbicides for at least a decade.

Tuesday June 2nd at 6 pm, the Oakland City Council is going to vote on whether to accept $4,000,000 in federal FEMA funds to deforest and poison the Oakland hills and to increase local taxpayer contribution to the effort to more than $880,000.

The City of Oakland appears intent on clearcutting 100+ acres of forests and spreading thousands of gallons of toxic herbicides in wildlife corridors, recreation areas, dog parks, and residential neighborhoods. Please contact council members and urge them to vote No.

If at all possible, please plan on attending Tuesday’s meeting and speaking. This is your last opportunity to influence the City of Oakland!

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Optik Allusions: Community Media Project Mtg. @ Omni Commons
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

OptikAllusions is a digital filmmaking collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to help each other tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We make films in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity, share a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops.

If you’d like to make videos or want to become a member, join us for our weekly meeting and a workshop!

We usually, meet briefly and then work on projects. It’s open to all!

https://omnicommons.org/wiki/Optik_Allusions

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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality.  The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality. In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity.

Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression.

Sisters and brothers the Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

The Oscar Grant Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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Jun
4
Thu
Fund Raiser for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network @ Awaken Cafe
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jun
5
Fri
First Friday
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Oakland First Fridays street festival is here once again June 5th from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This month’s event will feature one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors, delectable eats, and unique entertainment to bring the diverse Oakland community together in a way only First Fridays can.

Five blocks of Telegraph Avenue, from West Grand to 27th Street, will be closed to through traffic making room for 30 food vendors, musical acts, and community groups and over 75 artists, makers, crafters and performers of all sorts. The music stages will have performances through the entire evening from Pistachio, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic and Baby & The Luvies among others. Event goers are encouraged to visit food trucks and entrepreneurs Antonik’s BBQ, Mama Africa, Hooked Crustaceans, Charlie Frank’s Pies, Bok Ssam, Girl Friday Zeppole, Kainbigan, The Stroopie Gourmet, Fist of Flour Pizza Co., Tacolicious, Sunrise Deli, Opies, Torpedo Sushi, and more offering up their hand crafted meals.

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Fuck the Curfew! @ First Friday
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jun
6
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

Schedule here.

The festival is free, including the keynotes, interviews and panels on various downtown stages during the day. But we expect many of those indoor sessions to be full. How to make sure you get in? Stand in line for a couple of hours? Who wants to spend valuable festival time doing that when you could be exploring exhibitors, visiting the 50,000-book Lacuna installation, or having lunch?

Solution: Tickets! By two means:

(1) Best is to get single tickets in advance. Reserve single tickets. There is a button next to each session on the schedule, and you can reserve your place via Eventbrite for a small processing fee for each session.

(2) Get tickets on the day of the festival. A quantity will be held in a Box Office at the event site, first come first served, for free.

Or.. a standby line outside each venue will allow people without tickets access to any seat five minutes before the start of the session.

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Uphold Berkeley’s need for affordable housing!
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Balloons Aloft! Uphold Berkeley’s need for affordable housing!
Balloons Aloft! Come to downtown Berkeley to see balloons aloft at 194 feet, marking the height and dimensions
of this LA developer’s monstrous 18-story luxury condo high rise for 2211 Harold Way: 
Demolish the Shattuck Cinemas and Habitot Museum and terminate their 50 employees for an 18-story luxury condo high rise across the street from the Berkeley Public Library?! Turn Downtown into a construction site for three years, intensifying traffic congestion and harming businesses? Make a mockery of Berkeley’s need for affordable housing? Block the view of the Golden Gate from UCB’s Campanile? Is this what we voted for? 

 

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Debtors’ Assembly: You Are Not a Loan! @ Omni Commons Ballroom
Jun 6 @ 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

 photo debtors-assembly-6-6-15-fp_zpsd4iiri17.jpgYou are not a loan! Are you in debt? Are you outraged by the debt system? Join the growing resistance! Attend the 4th Strike Debt Bay Area’s Debtors’ Assembly.

Come to the Assembly to learn about tools for escaping the closing walls of debt, to share resources and skills, and to magnify our assembled energy. As we share our experiences we can begin to take back from the financiers what they have taken from us….. our freedom and our future.

Organized by Strike Debt Bay Area. Facebook, Website, Twitter

More information: strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

Strike Debt Bay Area is affiliated with strikedebt.org, rollingjubilee.org, and debtcollective.org

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Jun
7
Sun
Planning Meetings for ‘Listen Up Mayors’ Actions During Annual Conference of Mayors @ The Redstone Bldg, 3rd Fl, Room 302
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

mayors-forum-listen-upSan Francisco is hosting the 83rd Annual Conference of Mayors June 19th, 2015 – June 22nd.. Around 250 Mayors will be in attendance. This is an opportunity to raise issues locally and nationally that are of concern to us.

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Gentrification
  • Homelessness
  • Privatization
  • Homophobia and Transphobia
  • Immigration
  • The Environment
  • Corporate Greed
  • Wars not People

All are welcome to help plan for actions.

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 7 @ 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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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 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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Jun
9
Tue
Oakland Livable Wage Assembly @ SEIU Local 1000, Suite 200
Jun 9 @ 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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Optik Allusions: Community Media Project Mtg. @ Omni Commons
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

OptikAllusions is a digital filmmaking collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to help each other tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We make films in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity, share a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops.

If you’d like to make videos or want to become a member, join us for our weekly meeting and a workshop!

We usually, meet briefly and then work on projects. It’s open to all!

https://omnicommons.org/wiki/Optik_Allusions

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