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Dec
4
Sun
Shellmound Vigil @ Berkeley Shellmound, Near Spengers
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

A 24 Hour Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Standing Rock, coinciding with the recent eviction notice that the Water Protectors were issued. Taking to heart the ongoing requests from Water Protectors for us to pray together, we plan to hold vigil as they face these threats.

Working with Ohlone leadership, this vigil will be held at the West Berkeley Shellmound, drawing the connection between justice in North Dakota and justice locally.

This is a powerful time for us to come together, stronger than ever, in prayer and as relatives because we will win! Please spread the word. We hope to see you and your communities there. We will be fundraising for Standing Rock, as well as for legal support for Ohlone elder, Corrina Gould, and her work with Indian People Organizing for Change. http://ipocshellmoundwalk.home stead.com/

For more information, you can visit our facebook event here:
https://www.facebook.com/event s/338070569888433/

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Dec
5
Mon
APPARENTLY CANCELLED: SEIU Local 1000 – 1 Day Strike @ State Building
Dec 5 @ 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Apparently cancelled.

C.f. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article118694613.html

SEIU LOCAL 1000, California State employees are conducting a 1 day strike on December 5, 2016. Grab a picket sign and march @ 1515 Clay Street (State bldg) Oakland or 111 Grand Ave (Caltrans).

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Candlelight Vigil for Warehouse Fire Victims @ Lake Merritt Pergola
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Dec
6
Tue
Spokescouncil Meetings for MLK Week of Action! @ GPW
Dec 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

As is our custom, we will host a Spokescouncil meeting to plan and coordinate actions in the SF Bay Area. PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES in your calendar.

> Tuesday Dec 6th, 6:30pm orientation and kickoff meeting, GPW 955 7th Street.
> Tuesday Dec 13th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons
> Tuesday Dec 20th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway
> Tuesday Dec 27th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting, OMNI Commons
> More dates TBA
* If it”s your first meeting, please make sure to show up early to attend the orientation!

What is a spokescouncil?

A spokescouncil is a collective framework for direct action mobilizations, where large masses of people organize themselves into smaller teams called “affinity groups”. Affinity groups plan their actions independently with the intention of advancing the larger goal of the spokescouncil. Affinity groups are represented by at least one person (“a spoke”) at the meetings, where they are able to share resources and coordinate their actions with other groups.

Why a spokescouncil?

We propose the spokescouncil as a solution to many of the shortcomings of unstructured mass assemblies. We intend to provide a highly structured organizing space with clear tactical and messaging guidelines, that empowers participants to organize independently and in parallel. We intend to inspire a multitude of diverse actions and awaken the massive potential we have as a community engaging in direct action.

** for questions or more information about the spokescouncil please contact aptpspokescouncil@gmail.com

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Dec
7
Wed
One Last Push in 2016 for Refinery Emissions Cap @ Bay Area Air Quality Management Offices
Dec 7 @ 9:45 am – 12:45 pm

tar sands Alberta -- Kris Krug

Emission caps on pollution from oil refineries—greenhouse gases, toxic gases (NOx and SOx), and dangerous particulate matter are crucial not only for protecting our health and safety and the planet, but for preventing the Bay Area from becoming a major outlet for tar sands crude oil.  Refining tar sands crude produces much higher levels of both health-harming air pollution and greenhouse gases.  With a cap on refinery emissions in place, a tsunami of tar sands into Bay Area refineries could be effectively prevented.

The Refinery Emissions Cap (Rule 12-16) is so important to Air District Staff, they tried to suppress public comment at the Nov 16th Board of Directors meeting. They placed their status update as the very last item on the agenda, after yet another lengthy “secret” closed legal session.  But a strong community turn-out side-stepped these crude efforts by signing up for public comment on BOTH the closed legal sessions and the report back, allowing us to speak before the closed session.  The Board helped further by moving the closed session to the front of the agenda to support public comment.

Community speak-out was highlighted by video commentary from Richmond youth.  Those who couldn’t take off work or school to attend mid-day meetings finally had a voice!  Many speakers noted the hypocrisy of staff reporting on the many “Community Workshops” they have held to get public input on these rules. The only workshop on the emissions cap was cancelled –  all the reported workshops were advertising for the staffs proposed Rule 11-18 on Health Risk Assessments (HRA’s).

On the 16th, our legal team destroyed the myth that state climate policy, requires letting refineries pollute even more as long as they offset pollution outside of front-line communities. Scientists and technical experts tore into staff’s false claims that refinery emissions have no local impacts. Dozens spoke for protecting the health of our communities and climate from greater toxic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from energy intensive refining of dirty tar-sands crude stock.

The refineries took on a new strategy of challenging the “unpredictability” of Rule 11-18.  The decade long Health Risk Assessment process will ultimately require adoption of Best Available Retrofit Control Technologies (BARCT) to reduce health impacts.  The refinery speakers are now demanding completion of all this process PRIOR to adopting rules, so that they can know in advance where they will require implementation of BARCT.  Such demands will clearly make Rule 11-18 impossible to implement in anything resembling a timely manner.

This clearly makes the separation of the emissions cap (Rule 12-16) and the HRA process (Rule 11-18) even more vital to our health, safety and climate.

That is the agenda for the final Board of Directors meeting of 2016.  Thanks to Rebecca Kaplan, last July the Board committed to a December check-in. If rule 11-18 is slowing progress, they promised a vote on separating the  Environmental Impact Reports.  Now is the time to come and demand a separation vote!

 

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Dec
8
Thu
Screening of: The Brainwashing of My Dad @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, Hear Yourself Think, Claire Conner, and others, Jen Senko’s “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation, and greater division of our country. For more info:http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/trailer

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Wheelchair accessible.

Trailer

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Discussion with Alan Haber (founder of SDS and Long Haul) @ Long Haul
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Alan Haber for a free-form discussion about the state of the movement for justice — where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Alan founded Long Haul in 1979 and is returning to the “scene of the crime.” In 1960 he founded Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Topics may include
–history of the long haul
–some comments on SDS
–Alan’s decades of work regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
–Modern organization Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)

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Dec
9
Fri
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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EcoViva’s 20th Anniversary Celebration (w/ Rebecca Solnit & Avi Lewis) Fundraiser @ La Pena
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hear messages of hope from two powerful guest speakers at EcoViva’s anniversary event: author-activist Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Avi Lewis.

Learn about the resilient communities in Central America combatting climate change through grassroots organizing. Lewis will screen his short film “Keepers of the Future” about the social movement our partners have built in El Salvador, and Solnit will speak about organizing in the face of global challenges. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with both speakers at the event. Come enjoy delicious Salvadoran food, drinks at the open bar, lively beats, and good company, too.

EcoViva is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with Central American partners to protect the environment and improve quality of life for rural communities.

More info: https://ecoviva.org/20years

Tickets: https://bit.ly/ecoviva20

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#NODAPL Standing Rock Benefit @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Dec
10
Sat
#OpSafeWinter – Worldwide Day of Compassion @ Everywhere
Dec 10 all-day

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Democratic Socialists of America East Bay Orientation
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, has seen a massive influx of new members in the few weeks since the election.

Here in the East Bay and across the country thousands of people have committed to building a left alternative that demands material improvements in our lives.

DSA is dedicated to fighting for single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a living wage for all workers, and an end to white supremacy.

We are coming together to oppose the emboldened right wing, protect our targeted brothers and sisters, and build a future that puts people above profit.

Join us on Saturday, December 10th to learn how DSA East Bay is organizing locally. Meet new members, plug into opportunities for action, and enjoy a potluck among friends. Former mayor of Berkeley (and Bernie Sanders surrogate) Gus Newport will speak.

This event is open to new members, old members, friends, family, and anyone who is interested in DSA.

DSA is open to a wide spectrum of beliefs (at least on the left) and you certainly do not need to identify as socialist to attend or participate.

We need people to volunteer to bring food, beverages and utensils, and setup/breakdown the meeting space! To sign up, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UD8wvboYTEAZKvZaRxGIZrhDVAZpRRYb2PQf54e9sVw/edit#gid=0

Here’s the agenda:

1. Info about DSA. What has happened over the last month and where we’re going
2. Speech by Gus Newport (former Mayor of Berkeley)
3. Breakout sessions for members and non-members
Break
5. Campaigns info
6. Committee info sessions
7. Food/celebration

Note: The building has a security door. There will be someone at the door between 9:45 and 10:15. If you arrive later than that text (510) 776-9291 and someone will come let you in.

*** If you’re not yet a member of DSA, but want to be, you can join here: https://dsausa.nationbuilder.com/join

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Mass Organizing Meeting for Jan. 20 SF Protest on Day of Trump’s Inauguration
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Volunteer and help build the fightback movement against Trump!

Join us for a mass organizing meeting to build for the Jan. 20 protest on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

You can also join an outreach session Tuesdays between 5:30 and 7:30pm or contact us and let us know when you are available. No experience is necessary! We need help making phone calls, putting up posters, handing out flyers, painting banners and making signs.

Come by any time to pick up flyers and posters or to help out. Only an organized people’s movement can push back the Trump program of racism, sexism and war! Join us!

Read the Jan. 20 Call to Action. http://www.answercoalition.org/j20_sf

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Oakland Justice Coalition @ Siegel & Yee, 3rd floor
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Oakland Justice Coalition for our final meeting of 2016.
Topics include:
National and Local Elections
What’s Next for OJC?
MLK Week Actions
2018 Elections
Hope to see you there! Bring a friend.

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This Is Not Normal – A March Against Trump @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Dec
11
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 4:00 PM during summer hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time goes back into effect).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

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

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

General Assembly Standard Agenda

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

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

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

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

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Bill of Rights Day @ Impact Hub
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The first 100 people to arrive will get a free pocket Constitution!

You’re invited to the 2016 Bill of Rights Day when we celebrate the goals we’ve achieved together and look ahead to even greater challenges.

We know that you may be concerned about the presidential election results. Many of the proposed policies are unlawful and unconstitutional. The ACLU is swinging into high gear, ready for whatever awaits us.

Since our founding, we’ve worked together to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Californians. Rest assured we’ll continue to do so. We’ve got your back!

Join us in Oakland on December 11 to celebrate the Bill of Rights and continue the fight together. With supporters like you, failure is not an option.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern California

ACLU. Because freedom can’t protect itself.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Humanism vs. fascism @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution:
Humanism vs. fascism, opposing capitalism then and now

Hailed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Hungarian revolutionaries in 1956 not only created a new form of direct democracy in Workers’ Councils but raised Marx’s humanism as freedom from Communism. “The goal of human development, the form of human society,” which Marx had warned is not communism, took center stage against the single-party-state.

Today various forms of humanism, from Black Lives Matter to Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement, also project humanism as an answer to global capitalism. Can Marx’s humanism help our age in is search for a way to unite the idea of freedom with a new post-capitalist reality? (see “Spontaneity of action and organization of thought. In memoriam: Hungarian Revolution”, Nov-Dec N&L at newsandletters.org)

Sponsored by Bay Area News and Letters Committees

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Dec
12
Mon
Anti Police-Terror Project ~ Sustaining the Soul of Activism Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This workshop for APTP comrades supports the resilience and wellbeing of front line change-makers, justice seekers, organizers, and activists.

Together we will explore:

• How to keep alive and vital that place within us where the motivation to work for social change arises

• How to not only “keep on keeping on,” but to keep on in a way that is transformative for us as individuals, for the organization, the movement, and the community

• How to stay connected to the larger vision and purpose that inspires, uplifts, and sustains each of us to be our best and most whole selves in every area of our lives

• How to process and clear trauma

The workshop will be held in Shelton Hall of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC).

This is the building of the First Christian Church of Oakland (the big white church at the corner of Fairmount Ave and 29th St.) You will need to enter through the glass office door via the parking lot (enter parking lot from Fairmount Ave). Please arrive early if possible. After 7pm the door will be locked and you can text the number posted to be let in.

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Dec 12 @ 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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