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Oct
22
Mon
Capitalism: Six Part Documentary Series @ Oakland Peace Center
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/lXyMwgGT6yg

6:30 PM – Introduction
6:40 PM – Film Screening
7:40 PM – Discussion
8:30 PM – Closing

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Please bring snacks and other things to share if you can!!!

The economic system of capitalism has undermined democracies throughout the world, created huge income disparities, wrecked our ecosystem and isolated us from our own communities. Yet very few people truly understand its roots.

This six-part documentary series from Icarus Films is an ambitious but accessible series that looks at both the history of ideas and the social forces that have shaped the capitalist world. Featuring interviews with some of the world’s great historians, economist, anthropologists and social critics (including Noam Chomsky, Thomas Piketty and more), CAPITALISM questions the myth of the unfettered free market, explores the nature of debt and commodities, and retraces some of the great economic debates of the last 200 years.

If we are going to challenge our current system, we first need to understand it. Join us, each Monday for a FREE screening and informal discussion. Please bring food to share for a collective potluck meal!!

All screenings will be inside Shelton Hall at the Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave.

Monday, 9/17 – Episode One: Adam Smith, The Birth of the Free Market – Capitalism is much more complex than the vision Adam Smith laid out in The Wealth of Nations. Indeed, it predates Smith by centuries, and is rooted in the predatory practices of colonialism and the slave trade.

Monday, 9/24 – Episode Two: The Wealth of Nations: A New Gospel? – Adam Smith was both economist and moral philosopher. But his work on morality is largely forgotten, leading to tragic distortions that have shaped our global economic system.

Monday, 10/1 – Episode Three: Ricardo and Malthus: Did You Say Freedom? – The roots of today’s global trade agreements lie in the work of stockbroker David Ricardo and demographer Thomas Malthus. Together, they would restructure society in the image of the market.

Monday, 10/8 – Episode Four: What If Marx Was Right? – Have we gotten Marx wrong by focusing on the Communist Manifesto instead of his critique of how capitalism works – a critique that is as relevant and penetrating as ever?

Monday, 10/15 – Episode Five: Keynes vs. Hayek: A Fake Debate? – The ideological divide between the philosophies of John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek has dominated economics for nearly a century. Is it time for the pendulum to swing back to Keynes? Or do we need a whole new approach that goes beyond this simple dualism?

Monday, 10/22 – Episode Six: Karl Polanyi, The Human Factor – An exploration of the life and work of Karl Polanyi, who sought to reintegrate society and economy. Could the commodification of labour and money ultimately be as disastrous as floods, drought and earthquakes?

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Free Tools to Help People Challenge Debt @ First Baptist Church
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Stop the Deportation of Berkeley’s Benavides-Pineda Family @ Barrows Hall, Room 175, UC Berkeley
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us to her the Benavides-Pineda family speak of their experience in their fight against deportation and for citizenship rights. Also, we will draw lessons from the victories we’ve had, the challenges we now face and also the opportunities.

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The Legacy of 1968: Global to Local with Activist-scholars @ Moe's Books
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of three books, Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man, Testimony, and The Trouble with Music, editor of Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook, and The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.

George Katsiaficas lives in Gwangju, South Korea, and in Ocean Beach, California. A student of Herbert Marcuse, he is the author of The Subversion of Politics (AK Press) and the two-volume Asia’s Unknown Uprisings (PM Press). Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he coedited Liberation, Imagination, and the Black Panther Party (Routledge). His newest work is the updated edition of The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution (PM Press, 2018).

Max Elbaum has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. He is the author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che (Verso, 2002; paperback 2006), termed by Pultizer Prize-winning historian David Garrow “an absolutely first-rate work of political scholarship” (Village Voice, July 3-9, 2002). Elbaum’s writings have appeared in many publications including The Nation, Radical History Review, Z Magazine and the Encyclopedia of the American Left.

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Oct
23
Tue
Press Conference – UN Report on Homelessness @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Press Conference
For Immediate Release
Bay Area Curbside Communities Respond To UN Special Report On Homelessness
Naming Oakland, San Francisco As Human Rights Violators
On October 19th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Right to Adequate Housing, Lelani Farha, released her new report documenting the “global scandal” of homeless encampments. In January of 2017, Farha spent time in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California to meet with unhoused residents and housed advocates and described the conditions as “cruel and inhumane”. The only U.S. cities explicitly called out for violations in the UN’s report on global homelessness are San Francisco and Oakland.She states that while the existence of “informal settlements” are human rights violations due to local government’s lack of will to provide permanent housing to all residents, these encampments are also people’s assertion to their denied human right of housing. She declares curbside communities are acts of resilience, resourcefulness and ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. Rather than criminalize or ignore these settlements, until permanent housing can be offered to all, it is the duty of local governments not to evict curbside communities but to upgrade them and residents of these encampments should participate in all areas of the upgrading, including sanitation, clean water, food services and support services.

Homeless leaders and advocates in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland hosted Ms. Farha, including Coalition on Homelessness, Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), The East Oakland Collective, The Village/Feed The People, and First They Came For The Homeless. Ms. Farha was able to hear and speak directly with people living in encampments and on our streets about the oppression, hatred and police violence they experience everyday. Representatives from these organizations, curbside leaders who are survivors of continued human rights abuses at the hands of government agencies, as well as legal advocates from Ella Baker Center For Human Rights and the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute will be speaking a Tuesday’s Press Conference.

In Ms. Farha’s report she frames the encampments and street dwelling in the United States under the same vein as the informal settlements around the world. Finding that “the scope and severity of the living conditions in informal settlements make this one of the most pervasive violations of human rights globally,” states the report. The Oakland conditions of discrimination and harassment of encampment residents and punitive denials of access to basic services constitute “cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights. Such punitive policies must be prohibited in law and immediately ceased.”

This assertion falls in line with the 9th Circuit Courts Sept 4th decision that criminalization of homelessness violates curbside communities’ 8th amendment rights and constitutes as cruel and unusual punishment.

“The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing As a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to Non-Discrimination in this Context” is being presented at the United Nation’s office in New York on October 19th. In solidarity with this presentation at the UN, events are planned in New York City; Denver, Colorado, and Oakland, CA October 23.

Writing in support of WRAPs Right to Rest acts in California, Colorado, and Oregon, the Rapporteur summed up her visit in California:

“In my capacity as the UN Rapporteur on Housing, I visited California and saw firsthand the human right violations being experienced by people who are homeless. They are the victims of failed policies – not the perpetrators of crime. The state of California must take action to remedy the criminalization of homeless individuals. While I toured encampments and drop-in facilities serving homeless people, the community repeatedly expressed that they simply wanted to be treated as human beings. It is dehumanizing, demoralizing, and unjust to criminalize hundreds of thousands of people due to their housing status.”

The report concludes with step by step recommendations to enhance the lives of over 800 million people around the world who live in informal settlements and inhumane conditions concluding:

“That truth is that by any measure  – moral, political or legal  – it is unacceptable for people to be forced to live this way. Refusing to accept the unacceptable is where we must begin. All actors must mobilize within a shared human rights paradigm around the imperative of upgrading all informal settlements by 2030.”

The UN Press release on the report can be found here:   https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23737&LangID=E

The report can be found here:

Legal Research

Bay Area PRESS CONTACTS:

Paul Boden, Executive Director, Western Regional Advocacy Project
415-621-2533  pboden@wraphome.org

Candice Elder, Executive Director, The East Oakland Collective
510.326.2486, Candice@eastoaklandcollective.com

Needa Bee, Founder & Lead Organizer, The Village; Program Director Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
510-355-7010, maowunyo@gmail.com

Mike Zint, First They Came For The Homeless
mzint04@gmail.com

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East Bay DSA Stands With UC Workers on Strike! @ Sproul Plaza, Bancroft & Telegraph
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On October 23, more than 35,000 University of California workers across the state will be walking off the job!

Pickets will happen all day at Sproul Plaza on October 23 through 25. We are particularly encouraging people to show up for a rally at noon on Tuesday, October 23.

Patient care workers from AFSCME 3299 — backed up with a solidarity strike by other AFSCME service workers and UPTE technical workers — are demanding improvements on wages and working conditions, no cutbacks on benefits, and an end to management’s weaponization of inequalities of race, gender, and immigration status to exploit and intimidate workers.

Back in May, East Bay DSA showed up big to the AFSCME and UPTE strike, and we are going to do so again!

Please sign up for the Labor Committee’s Rapid Response system if you’d like to receive text messages that let you know about labor actions around the East Bay.

Accessibility: The UC campus is ADA-accessible. This will be a live picket line.

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Court Support: Pack the Courtroom for Whole Foods Suit!
Oct 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

COURTROOM SUPPORT NEEDED!

On September 19th, Wayne Hsiung and DxE were served with a lawsuit from Whole Foods asking for a restraining order and monetary damages because of our protests. On September 21st, there was a hearing for a temporary restraining order. Whole Foods asked for all of DxE to be banned from all of its California stores. Luckily, the judge only granted a restraining order for the Telegraph location, where we had a successful week of protest anyway, ending in a historic action at a factory farm in Petaluma that supplies Whole Foods’s parent company, Amazon. October 23rd is a briefing date where the judge will hear arguments from both sides.

We need YOU to come to court *in your blue DxE shirt* and show your support for these activists. We must demonstrate that the public cares about animals and supports activists who make sacrifices to save them. Take off work or school if you can!

WHERE: Meet us outside the County Administration Building in Oakland. (1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94612)

WHEN: October 23 at 2:30pm

WHAT TO EXPECT: We will need to be quiet and respectful in the courtroom and all phones will have to be turned off. We may have to wait patiently for the case to be called. There is no talking or whispering allowed while the judge is present.

WEAR/BRING: Wear a blue DxE shirt, if you don’t have one either post in this event page or message Eva Hamer directly through Messenger and we will try to bring you one. Bring as little stuff with you as possible because we will have to go through metal detectors to enter. Do not bring signs or other protest materials. Do not wear shorts or open toes shoes.

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Environmental Justice Panel: A Dialogue About Racial Disparities @ UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, 220 MLK Jr. Student Union
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of Climate Justice Week, the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley (SERC) is sponsoring a panel on environmental racism featuring two very powerful warriors for environmental justice.

Join them for an evening of critical dialogue surrounding race and its intersection with social justice within the environmental movement.  Both environmental degradation and benefits are distributed among racial and socioeconomic lines: toxic environmental racism works alongside the structural violence of poverty.  Yet, these forms of violence receive little to no exposure or priority in the environmental movement, which only reinforces these same institutions.

Panelists:

Rose Whipple – Youth Leader from Honor the Earth, winner of Brower Youth Awards
mark! Lopez – 2017 Goldman Prize Recipient of North America, Executive Director from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in Southeast L.A.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Free admission, reserve a seat via Facebook.

Hosted by SERC in partnership with Students of Color Environmental Collective , UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center, and Office of ASUC Senator Whitney.

 

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Oct
24
Wed
Protest Homeless Evictions @ 12th St. remainder parcel
Oct 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Oct
25
Thu
Gender and Race in the 2018 Elections – Wellstone Club Meeting and Talk @ Humanist Hall
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Gender and Race in the 2018 Elections”
Carroll Fife
Oakland Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment(ACCE)
Black Lives Matter
Carole Joffe
Prof of Ob/Gyn at UCSF; Pro-Choice Activist
potluck at 6PM; meeting at 6:45PM
please bring something to share

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Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Blind Tiger
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social!

Hang out with other members who are interested in the labor movement, hear about what’s happening in the East Bay DSA Labor Committee, and learn how you can get involved!

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Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) Night @ Omni Commons
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform. Imagine if Facebook or Twitter was run by its users, could be extended by anyone, offered cryptographic security, and required no centralized infrastructure!

Come by and learn more about SSB, ask questions, get set up on one of the several client programs, and be free from oppressive centralized social networks.

Read more at https://www.scuttlebutt.nz

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Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary @ WOLFMAN BOOKS
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a night of readings with Voice of Witness, a non-profit human rights organization in the Mission who publishes oral histories of human rights abuses. With a new book releasing this October with Haymarket Books, 6 x 10 —Voices from Solitary. This will be an event with author Mateo Hoke and a few of the narrators from the book centered around experience and mass incarceration throughout the US and beyond.

Press Release Below:

“Six by Ten is a deeply moving and profoundly unsettling wake-up call for all citizens. The use of solitary confinement is deeply immoral and we must insist that it be banned in all of our nation’s prisons. Immediately.”
—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Blood
in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

This compelling collection of stories told by people directly impacted by solitary confinement is the first book in a new partnership between Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books.

Each chapter presents an individual’s story and shows how Americans across the country and all walks of life find themselves held in solitary for years or even decades. In addition to fourteen evocative firsthand accounts, the book also includes essays and analysis on how solitary became such a prominent feature of the
US prison system today.

Narrators include:

Brian Nelson, who was taken by the Illinois Department of Corrections from solitary cell to solitary cell in prisons across the state for more than seven years in the 1980s and ‘90s as part of
an unofficial program that came to be known as “the Circuit.”

Mohammed Ali, who grew up in the Bay Area after his family immigrated to the United States from Fiji. Growing up romanticizing gang life, he escalated through youth detention, jails, and prisons before landing in solitary in a private immigration detention facility in Arizona.

Candie Hailey, a young mother accused of a notorious crime, waits for her day in court while detained in one of America’s largest jails on Rikers Island in New York City. She is held in solitary
confinement for more than two years before she is finally acquitted of all charges and released from jail.

Heather Chapman, who is fighting for the life of her son, Nikko. He was diagnosed as bipolar at a young age and spent time in youth institutions in Florida before being sent to solitary as a teenager.

Sonya Calico, who was sent to solitary in a men’s jail in Texas, supposedly for her own protection, and whose story helped inspire change for other trans people facing incarceration in Dallas.

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Oct
26
Fri
Stop Trump’s Child Separation and Indefinite Family Detention Policies! @ Berkeley YWCA
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Shut down the  concentration camps! Free all immigrant detainees! No ban, no wall, sactuary for all!

10:00 AM : Teach-In

12:00 Noon : Youth Speak Out and March from Krober Hall Plaza (Bancroft & College).

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Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance General Meeting @ Omni Commons
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Landless Peoples Alliance:

Regional meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Movies Under the Stars: Labor Film Classics @ National Nursed United HQ
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Venezuela Under Siege: Challenges from Within and Without
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

National Speaking Tour: Steve Ellner.

Ellner has taught economic history in Venezuela since 1977. He is the author of numerous books and journal and magazine articles on Venezuelan history and politics. His most recent book: The Pink Tide Experiences: Breakthroughs and Shortcomings in 21st Century Latin America.

Campaign to end US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela.

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Oct
27
Sat
Wash House Free Laundry Event @ Poppy's Bubble Wash
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Luxe Laundromat Free Laundry Events will offer free laundry to the community. If you or someone you know is in need please reach out to our page and leave your contact information. Anyone can come and help support by volunteering. The event will include live music,food and prizes.

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Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

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Cuba Report-back with Cindy Sheehan @ BFUU
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cindy Sheehan and gg Winter have a slide presentation and report from their recent trip to Cuba, including a celebration with four of the released Cuban 5 where Cindy was honored for her work in helping get them released. It was an amazing musical and dancing program put on for her and our group. Nice pictures of the occasion, and many others of the trip will be shown. Please attend and enjoy.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Social Justice Committee.

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