Friends of Postal Banking Conference Call Series w/ Guest Speakers, 1st&3rd Tuesdays each month
This free conference call is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about postal banking and to discuss its possibilities. The first 5 minutes of each call is a straightforward review of the basics of existing USPS money services and how they can be extended to include functions such as bill pay, payroll advances, and short-term, small dollar credit. The next 10-15 minutes is time for the guest speaker to speak on any postal banking topic s/he may wish. This is followed by a 30-40 minute open discussion among invited participants. Screenshare capability, if needed, will be provided.
The list of scheduled speakers is:
April 21st, Sheldon Garon, Professor of History, Princeton University, Author of book, Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves. Presentation: Postal Financial Services, A Global Perspective, Presentation: http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/Assets/2014/07/FIN_Panel-2–Postal-Financial-Services-A-GlobalHistorical-Perspective-by-Sheldon-Garon.pdf
May 5th, David C. Williams, USPS Inspector General, OIG published Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved (see https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/rarc-wp-14-007.pdf )in January, 2014. Follow up report to be published before this conference call.
WE FORCED THE STATE TO CONCEDE!!!!
This was the SECOND time we have delivered this letter. The first time, even after shutdowns of the Emeryville Police Department and Home Depot, they still said NO. But the people are persistent and …
THIS TIME … THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE FORCED THEIR HAND!
Yuvette’s family will be viewing the videos THIS WEEK at the Oakland Police Department. We are concealing the date and time to provide much-needed privacy for the family, but will get back to you with updates – and next steps – soon!
IMPORTANT CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, APRIL 21!
There is an Oakland City Council meeting beginning at 5:30pm and we need APTP to show up in force!
Over the last few months, police have killed two women of color. Both Guadalupe Ochoa and Yuvette Henderson were unarmed when they were gunned down by police.
In both cases, police deliberately withheld reports and spread misinformation. And in both cases, the people-led APTP investigations called into question (and disproved) statements made by the police and the media.
And with both women, OPD actively engaged in the dehumanization of these mothers, wives and grandmothers, while causing extreme emotional stress for their loved ones.
COPS CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO INVESTIGATE COPS!!!
That is why we are joining the Coalition for Police Accountability in demanding that all investigations of police misconduct and crime be transferred OUT of Internal Affairs and INTO the hands of the people.
And we are demanding that the investigations into the state’s murders of Yuvette Henderson and Guadalupe Ochoa be transferred over to a community-led investigation team.
We know the CRPB is not a silver bullet, and it is a looooong way from dismantling a system built to oppress, incarcerate and kill people of color. But we believe this is a good step in the right direction toward accountability for officer-involved crimes.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
SHOW UP TO CITY COUNCIL TOMORROW. Bring signs with our demands or just show up as we will have some to distribute.
SIGN UP TO SPEAK. Let City Council know that we have ZERO faith in police investigations of police crimes and we want the CRPB to be made up of everyday people, and survivors of police terror, to review ALL complaints of police terror. The CRPB should have the power to discipline offending officers.
You can sign up for a speaker card here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373
You do not have to speak if you fill out a card, you can cede your time to another speaker who needs more time. But PLEASE fill out a card!
Some additional reading about why we NEED a CRPB in Oakland and the dirty history of OPD:
Oct 2011 Deadly Secrets: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/deadly-secrets/Content?oid=3012922
Nov 2011: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/opd-facing-more-legal-trouble/Content?oid=3048080
Dec 2011: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/opd-used-violent-cops-against-occupy/Content?oid=3076433
Aug 2012: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/the-high-costs-of-outsourcing-policeandnbsp/Content?oid=3306199
March 2013: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2013/03/04/thomas-frazier-appointed-opd-compliance-director
April 2013: Deanna Santana Blocks Reform of Internal Affairs: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/deanna-santana-blocks-reform-of-internal-affairs/Content?oid=3530211
May 2013: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/frazier-to-reexamine-police-misconduct/Content?oid=3541392
Sept 2014: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/why-oakland-cant-fire-bad-cops/Content?oid=4074076
Feb 2015 OPD Still Appears to be Targeting Blacks: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/opd-still-appears-to-be-targeting-blacks/Content?oid=4185368
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE STATE OF THE PLANET
with Florence Windfall
Earth Day is Everyday
We invite you to participate in our Earth Awareness meeting at Humanist Hall. Come and share your own impressions of the current state of the Earth whether your impressions come from your own experiences and ideas or from those of someone you recommend we read. You are welcome to read from material that you bring to our group or to talk about your own experiences and/or ideas. What do you think is the current condition of planet Earth and its short term and/or long term fate? And what is your reaction to these thoughts you have?
Everyone will have at least 15 minutes to make their point or express their feelings. Discussion will follow each participant’s presentation. The time allowed for discussion will be longer or shorter depending on how many participants there are. If you are not so familiar with current developments in climate change science or politics, please see the list of articles, photos, and a radio program for your reading/viewing/listening pleasure that’s on our website, shown in the link below! For more articles and videos, check out our past Earth Awareness programs that are shown on our website.
Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street.
$5 donations are expected.
Film screening of subMedia.tv’s “Street Politics 101″ about the 2012 student strike in Montréal, Canada. Plus a screening of the latest Stimulator episode with updates from the student strike currently unfolding in Montréal.
Description of Street Politics 101 from subMedia.tv:
In the spring of 2012, a massive student strike in opposition to a tuition hike, rocked the streets of the Montréal for over six months. Protests and militant street actions became part of the daily and nightly reality of this Canadian metropolis. Several times during this tumultuous spring, the numbers in the streets would reach over one hundred thousand. Police routinely clubbed students and their allies, and arrested them by the hundreds. Some were even banned from entering the city. But every time the cops struck, the student movement got bigger and angrier.
This is a story about how the arrogance of a government, underestimated a dedicated group of students, who through long term organizing laid the foundation for some of the largest mass demonstrations in Canada’s history. But it is also a story of how a crews of determined anarchists, educated a new generation of students, in the importance of owning the streets.
In Street Politics 101, subMedia.tv features some of the best footage from what some called “the maple spring.” It also features interviews with students, teachers and anarchists involved in one of the most militant rebellions in Quebec.
No matter the topic, Roman Mars, creator of the wildly popular “99% Invisible” podcast, will blow your mind with his observations on everything from architectural heists to barcodes, from cow tunnels to DIY space suits. Join the “Ira Glass of Design” and his Radiotopia colleagues for a fascinating evening.
+ Roman Mars / 99% Invisible
+ Sam Greenspan / 99% Invisible
Pre-registration is required for this event. Please use the links below to sign up.
Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our benighted City Government
Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:
oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT lists.riseup.net
For more information on the DAC check out
Compensation for rape or other violent crimes is crucial to recovery, yet many victims are denied it. Find out
what can be done!
Build on a victory: In 2013 a campaign spearheaded by US PROStitutes Collective, with key support from other sex worker organizations and women’s and prisoners rights campaigners, pushed the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) to drop a discriminatory regulation that denied compensation to sex workers for involvement in the crime of prostitution. Sex workers who are victims of rape, sexual assault or had suffered domestic violence can now get compensation.
• Compensation is still denied to victims who have suffered other violence, or who are prisoners or formerly incarcerated people (FIPs).
• A “cooperation with police” requirement is a further obstacle to compensation, particularly for immigrants and people of color, and any who fear retaliation, deportation, and/or police racism or other bias.
• Similar criminalization and discrimination exists in other countries, and we are campaigning together internationally against this.
Linda Evans, All of Us or None – the impact of compensation programs on prisoners and FIPs.
Nina Lopez, English Collective of Prostitutes and Legal Action for Women, UK – opposing criminalization based on the ‘Swedish model’; the use of anti-trafficking laws to target sex workers & immigrants.
Margaret Prescod, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders – fighting for justice over the murders of 100 Black women in South Central LA, dismissed by law enforcement as “no humans involved.”
Rachel West, US PROStitutes Collective – what’s next in the struggle for compensation.
From Ferguson and NYC to Los Angeles and Oakland sexism and racism ensure criminalization and even murder. In campaigning for justice we draw on our experiences to demand what we are entitled to.
Event called by: US PROStitutes Collective. Planning Group: All of Us or None, Erotic Service Providers Union: Global Women’s Strike; In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project; Queer Strike; Sin Barras; Kate Grünke-Horton, UCSF PhD Student; Meleiza Figueroa, and other individuals.
Wellstone Club Meeting
“What’s Happening with Greece, Spain and the European Union”
Potluck at 6PM; Meeting at 6:45PM
please bring something to share
Help Movement Generation send Brooke to Palestine this summer!
Join MG for a screening of the provocative film “Enduring Roots” and take a stand against the greenwashing of the Israeli occupation.
Movement Generation is proud to send a delegate – collective member, Brooke Anderson – on the 2015 Land Defense Delegation to Palestine, hosted by the Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Campaign.
The delegation connects international activists involved in land-based struggle, indigenous sovereignty movements and environmental/climate justice work to Palestinians working to defend their land from further colonization by the Jewish National Fund. Through the collection of charitable donations for “environmentalism,” the JNF confiscates land, uproots olive trees, and builds parks and fake forests over Palestinian villages to hide ethnic cleansing and to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes.
Self-determination and freedom lie at the heart of ecological justice. Free the Land. Free the People. Free Palestine.
Join us on Thursday, April 23rd at the Orchard (Gopal’s place). We’ll watch the film, hear from activists working to stop the JNF, and enjoy some brew and snacks. Please bring a cash or check donation.
If you can’t make the event, you can still make a donation at http://www.gofundme.com/BrooketoPalestine.
For more information about the JNF, visit:
- Challenges to Getting Appropriate Medical or Mental Health Care On The Inside: Tools For More Effective Advocacy and Better Outcomes for Incarcerated People and Supporters On The Outside
- RSVP & Survey: Please complete to shape venue, content, and number of copies for the series.
Email List Sign up for announcements here http://eepurl.com/7WwfL
- Materials, resources, and flyers for this training series are available here http://caitlinkellyhenry.com/support/
Cost If you can afford to, please donate to cover expenses http://www.nlgsf.org/contribute.
- This training will teach participants the legal rights of inmates with medical or mental health needs. The trainer(s) will focus on strategies to advocate for better treatment, including evaluations, medications, and emergency care, for individuals in jails and prisons. Examples will be drawn from experiences with individual and systemic legal advocacy.
- 1.5 Hours General CLE Credit
Invite Here https://www.facebook.com/events/699605036802805
Trainers will include: Aaron Fischer, Esq., Associate, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP (San Francisco) Attorney expeerienced in disability rights, Eighth Amendment rights, systemic jail mental health reforms, diabetes anti-discrimination issues. http://rbgg.com/attorneys/associates/aaron-j-fischer
Come help plan continued actions in the fight for justice for Yvette Henderson, gunned down by Emeryville police.
|Jewish Voice for Peace – Bay Area presents “Life in Occupied Palestine”: To Exist Is to Resist! a journal launch, music and fundraiser featuring contributors to a special issue of the journal Biography on Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m, at La Pena!
This evening of readings and music will feature: Magid Shihade (faculty member at Birzeit University, Palestine), Sarah Ihmoud (PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Univeristy of Texas at Austin), and Cynthia Franklin (Biography co-editor, University of Hawai’i faculty member, USACBI Organizing Collective, and co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace – Hawai’i). There will also be sweets for all to enjoy.
Come hear timely insights and analyses from these outstanding academics and activists. Invite your friends!
La Pena, our wonderful community resource, has agreed to host this evening as a special “La Pena Presents!” event.
Check out the La Pena website for tickets in advance: http://lapena.org/event/life-in-occupied-palestine-to-exist-is-to-resist/
Selma James and Nina Lopez of Global Women’s Strike:
“Invest in Caring Not Killing”, A talk on Sex, Race, and Class plus A Living Wage for Mothers and Caregivers
Selma James is a women’s rights and anti-racist campaigner and author. From 1958 to 1962 she worked with C.L.R. James in the movement for West Indian federation and independence. In 1972 she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 helped launch the Global Women’s Strike whose strategy for change is “Invest in Caring not Killing”. She coined the word “unwaged” which has since entered the English language. In the 1970s she was the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. She co-authored the classic The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community which launched the “domestic labour debate.” Other publications include A Woman’s Place (1952), Women, the Unions and Work, or what is not to be done (1972), Sex, Race and Class (1974), Wageless of the World (1974), The Rapist Who Pays the Rent (1982), The Ladies and the Mammies—Jane Austen and Jean Rhys (1983), Marx and Feminism (1983), Hookers in the House of the Lord (1983), Strangers & Sisters: Women, Race and Immigration (1985), The Global Kitchen—the Case for Counting Unwaged Work (1985 and 1995), and The Milk of Human Kindness—Defending Breastfeeding from the AIDS Industry and the Global Market (2005).
Nina López is the joint co-ordinator of the Global Women’s Strike. Her writings and edited volumes include: Prostitute Women and AIDS—Resisting the Virus of Repression (1988), Some Mother’s Daughter: The Hidden Movement of Prostitute Women Against Violence (1998), The Milk of Human Kindness (2002), and Creating a Caring Economy: Nora Castañeda and the Women’s Development Bank of Venezuela
WiFi Mesh General Meeting
When: Every Thursday @ 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Where: 4799 Shattuck Avenue – Oakland, CA
(corner of 48th and Shattuck)
Contact: Jenny Ryan – email –
We’re building a community wireless mesh network!
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 such a free mesh network that is entirely controlled 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 have crowdfunded the purchase of our first 100+ routers and are preparing to deploy the first nodes in Oakland. We need people with both technical and non-technical backgrounds to help with everything from local community involvement and crowdfunding to mounting wifi routers on buildings and developing software!
Last Thursdays are General Meetings for planning, strategy, and orientation for new folks.
The Oakland-Santiago de Cuba Sister Cities Association
Celebrating 15 Years of the Oakland-Santiage de Cuba Sister City Association Relations Reception
Because of the latest Diplomatic Relations adjusting going on right now we have invited a representative from Cuba to join us (but that might not happen)
With Lisa Valanti, President of the US-Cuba Sister City Association
Highlighting the importance of normalizing relations between Cuba & the United States & preparing for a visit to Oakland from a Cuba delegation this July.
We cordially invite you to join us at:
3rd Floor at the Foyer
Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 10AM-12PM
There will be refreshments and snacks accompanied by the wonderful music of international Cuban musician Tito Gonzalez
Sponsorship is open and is most welcomed.
City of Oakland, Office of Rebecca Kaplan, INFOMED-USA, People to See, Places To Go, Quality Medical Relief, Building Alliances Coaching, We Tell Our Stories Film Collective, Cowan Success Solutions
For more information please contact: oakland.latinonet AT gmail DOT com
Neighbors for Justice for Amilcar are holding a vigil and march in honor of Amilcar Perez-Lopez, killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015.
On Friday, April 24th, on behalf of Amilca’rs family, Attorney Arnoldo Casillas will file a civil lawsuit against the City of San Francisco and officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli who killed Amilcar Perez-Lopez mere feet from his home. At 11:00am Casillas will hold a press conference and reveal information that dramatically contradicts the police narrative of the events of the night Amilcar was shot and killed.
We believe SFPD is involved in a cover-up of facts to avoid criminal and civil accountability for the unlawful killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez. Join us that evening to mourn this tragic loss in our community, resist the forces of gentrification, and DEMAND JUSTICE for Amilcar.
6:00pm – Vigil begins on the East side of Folsom between 24th and 25th, at the site of the shooting
6:30pm – March begins
7:00pm – Stop at Mission Police Station (630 Valencia)
March will end at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church (15th St between
Mission and Valencia))
**Please bring votive candles. We will lay these down at the Mission Police Station to symbolize the loss of Amilcar and other victims of police violence in San Francisco.**
Rising Tide North America is excited to host trouble-making authors Scott Crow, Alexander Reid Ross and others for a book event to talk about their new book “Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab”
Land grabs are a global phenomenon of our times, driven by the ever
increasing demands of both global corporations and the governments with
which they are allied.But ordinary citizens, small farmers and ordinary
citizens around the world are standing up to defend their own with passion
and ingenuity, and they are recording successes that are both
extraordinary and inspiring.
Join us for this exciting panel as scott crow, Alexander Reid Ross and
others discuss this disturbing phenomenon and the resistance fighting back
About the panelists
Alexander Reid Ross is an activist and journalist. He is currently a
member of the Earth First! Journal Collective and a co-founding moderator
of the Earth First! Newswire. He edited the forthcoming book /Grabbing
Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab/ (AK Press), and is working on a
Bakunin translation for a forthcoming Bakunin Reader, published by PM
scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied
life as an underground musician,coop business owner, political organizer,
trainer, strategist and ‘green collar’ worker advocating for anarchism. He
has been called a jackass, but thinks of those words as fond reflections
of noble animals. He is the author of *Black Flags and Windmills* (PM
Press) and a contributor to Grabbing Back, both of which can be found at
This is a fundraiser for Flood the System (an upcoming continental
mobilization organized by Rising Tide North America.
UNMUTE THE FUTURE–a benefit concert for KPFA 94.1 FM free speech radio media.
7 eclectic East Bay bands are playing, including Baja Sociedad, Punk Funk Mob, Sarchasm, Chuckleberries, Bankrupt District, and Public Safety, exploring a range of alternative music with political/cultural themes including social justice and equality challenges we face today. It will be livestreamed on kpfa.org with You Tube posting.
Sliding scale tickets, $8–$20 with a $2 Gilman annual membership can be purchased at the door
924 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA
This benefit for KPFA at the Gilman’s UNMUTES THE FUTURE with shared histories and missions of inclusive community. The Gilman is an all-ages, collectively organized music club and venue and was founded by members of KPFAs maximum Rocknroll program in 1986. Please help spread the work, buy tickets and bring your friends.
The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is an annual event for people interested and
engaged in radical work to connect and learn through book and information tables,
workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more! We create an inclusive space
to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster productive dialogue between various political
traditions and anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect
our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics.