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Apr
24
Mon
Art Build for May Day March & Strike – SURJ
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for an Art Build Monday April 24th from 4-8pm. This art build is in preparation for the general strike and May Day actions on May 1st.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/

This is a great way to come talk about messaging and find ways to participate in the national day of action. You don’t need art skills to come (but much appreciated!), and youth and families are welcome.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email mobilization@surjbayarea.org, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

SCENT FREE: We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the EastBay Meditation Center for more information on what that means: https://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

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Occupella: Tax the Rich Rallies
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tax the Rich Rallies every Monday from 5-6 pm on upper Solano in front of the Oaks Theater and the Chase Bank.

All are welcome!

Also We’ll be at  SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice) event that starts at the Grand Lake Theater on Saturday April 1st from noon-1 :00 PM.

For our calendar of events, songs to download and more: www.occupella.org.

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Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland Organizers’ Meeting @ Greenlining Institute Building
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The feasibility study proposal submitted by Global Investment Company and endorsed by The Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland was selected by Oakland city administrators. However, at Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting, the recommendation from city staff will be to postpone funding until the 2017-2019 budget cycle.

It’s critical that the Oakland City Council Finance Committee vote to allocate money for a feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland now. Postponing funding the study only further delays the creation of the bank.

Please call the members of the Finance Committee before Tuesday morning’s meeting ask them to Vote YES on Agenda Item #7:

  • Noel Gallo (510-238-7005)
  • Abel Guillen (510-238-7002)
  • Dan Kalb (510-238-7001)
  • Annie Campbell Washington (510-238-7004)

Donate to Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland

Thanks to the generous support of our fiscal sponsor, HERA (Housing and Economic Rights Advocates), you can now make a tax-deductible donation to support our work. Our main expenses at the moment are related to outreach materials and mechanisms.

Click here to donate

*Important: Select “Other” from program and include “Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland” in the Honoree’s name section.

Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland t-shirts are available for a $20 donation! Email us at contact@friendsofpublicbankofoakland.org for details.

Donate to Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland

Thanks to the generous support of our fiscal sponsor, HERA (Housing and Economic Rights Advocates), you can now make a tax-deductible donation to support our work. Our main expenses at the moment are related to outreach materials and mechanisms.

Click here to donate

*Important: Select “Other” from program and include “Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland” in the Honoree’s name section.

Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland t-shirts are available for a $20 donation! Email us at contact@friendsofpublicbankofoakland.org for details.

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OccupyForum Film in Celebration of Earth Day: A Fierce Green Fire by Mark Kitchell @ The Black and Brown Social Club
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!


​This past Saturday was Earth Day with worldwide demonstrations such at Saturday’s March For Science, where tens of thousands took to the streets of San Francisco to tell the Trump regime that science and facts are more important than personal hunches and short term profits for fossil fuel investments. There probably has never been a time when we needed greater awareness of our natural world and the peril it’s in than now. Virtually all climate scientists agree that life on our planet is under dire threat from global warming and climate chaos, and that the time to take action was yesterday, but that if we engage in large-scale programs of conservation and remediation, we may stave off the worst effects of this crisis.

It’s against this backdrop that the new US administration proceeds with its agenda to dramatically cut back on the budgets of the EPA and most other environmental programs which would have reduced carbon emissions. It is also aggressively cutting regulations of the fossil fuel industry to greatly increase their extraction and burning. An argument could be made that this approach is not only about short term greed but may even have a suicidal, apocalyptic aspect – the Trump administration is full of zealots.

Awareness of how people have fought against giant corporations and government agencies which threatened our well-being, and that of the planet, could be very helpful now as we plan our paths of resistance against these insane, fossil-fuel addicts. That’s where this film comes in! Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.
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The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

  • 1
  • ​.​ David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  • 2
  • ​.​ Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  • 3
  • ​.​ Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
  • 4
  • ​.​ Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
  • 5
  • ​.​ Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change ​

Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, going back to the land, and movements of the global south such as Chipko in India and Wangari Maathai in Kenya. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews shed light on the events and what they mean. The film, which is directed by Mark Kitchell,
​(​husband of Occupy Forum’s own Ruthie Sakheim​) offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

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Apr
25
Tue
Funding for a Public Bank Study: Oakland City Council Finance Cmte
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Oakland City Council Finance Committee will be voting on whether to allocate money for a feasibility study for the Public Bank of Oakland, or wait until the summer to take the money from next year’s budget.

Because the Bank will be able to start saving Oakland money almost from Day 1, we need the Committee to take the funding from this year’s budget, and move this project along asap. Please call the members of the Finance Committee [Noel Gallo (238-7005), Abel Guillen (-7002), Dan Kalb (-7001), and Annie Campbell Washington (-7004)] and ask them to vote YES on Agenda Item #7 on the Finance Committee Agenda for 4/25.

You can also attend the Finance Committee. meeting and testify in support.  1st floor hearing room, City Hall.

To register to speak: https://solar.oaklandnet.com/Speaker/form

Our message is Vote YES on Item #7.

Our Bank, our money!
Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland

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Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights @ Berkeley Adult School
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to fight for a livable wage for all Bay Area workers! We collaborate in principled reflection and action on what the Bay Area livable wage would be and where we are at on the right to a livable wage.
Living-wage

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds Community and Power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

Our work together encompasses:

(1) The concerns of precarious, care and contingent workers,
(2) 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.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 PM at the SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall, 436 14th Street #200, Oakland, CA

Please love and support one another ~ We have a duty to fight ~ We have a duty to win!

olwa.org

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1568668586707336/

Since 1978

 

 living_wage

 

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Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Tuesday 4/25: All Out to Berkeley City Council

In an unprecedented move, the Berkeley City Council is considering fully withdrawing their  participation in Urban Shield. A decision in favor of pulling out of Urban Shield by the Berkeley City Council paves the way for other cities in the Bay Area to do the same. Join us on Tuesday to show mass opposition to Urban Shield’s war on our communities.

Can’t attend on Tuesday? Support with CALL IN DAY: Monday, April 24th,.
Call Berkeley City Council and demand that they end police militarization. Here is sample call in language and contact info:

“Dear Councilperson _________,
I am writing to urge you and all Berkeley City Council members to take leadership in putting an end to Berkeley’s engagement with the militarization of police and disaster preparedness represented by the annual Urban Shield exercises and weapons expo, funded by DHS through the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Urban Shield’s emphasis on SWAT teams as the response to emergencies – including natural disasters – as well as the extremely militarized scenarios, diminishes resources for responding to the ordinary emergencies community members face every day. Berkeley should not be participating in war games funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which involve not only nine Bay Area counties, but teams from around the United States.That is why I ask you to exercise your leadership and reject any future funding from UASI, Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and to stand with Alameda County communities, and people across the country.
Regards,
_______”

CONTACT INFO FOR BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Map of Berkeley Council Districts

Mayor Jesse Arreguin/ (510) 981-7100/ mayor@cityofberkeley.info
District 1/Linda Miao/(510) 981-7110/  lmaio@cityofberkeley.info /
District 2/Cheryl Davila/ (510) 981-7120/ cdavila@cityofberkeley.info
District 3/  Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130/  bbartlett@CityofBerkeley.info
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 /  kharrison@CityofBerkeley.info
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 / shahn@CityofBerkeley.info
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 / swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 / kworthington@CityofBerkeley.info
District 8/  Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 / ldroste@CityofBerkeley.info

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Women’s Strike Planning Meeting for May 1st General Strike @ Omni Commons basement
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Continue the momentum of the Women’s March in January and the Women’s Strike March 8th, planning towards a May 1st General Strike!

All welcome!

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Women’s Strike Planning Meeting for May 1st General Strike
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Instead of meeting up at Omni as usual, we’re going to spend this Tuesday evening making banners, flyers, and t-shirt designs at Edith’s house. It’ll be a much warmer environment and we can eat too. Bring food, bring drinks, bring art supplies. If you’re a designer bring your computer so we can get this t-shirt design finalized in time to screenprint.

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Apr
26
Wed
Immigrant Family Day at SF City Hall @ San Francisco City Hall
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join AROC, as part of SFILEN, in holding Immigrant Family Day at City Hall, where we gather our community members to raise their concerns, speak about the issues they are facing, and demand that SF fight for immigrant rights and continue supporting SFILEN in providing critical legal services, education and outreach to immigrant communities throughout the city.

San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN), a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations, including some of the region’s pioneering immigrant service providers and some of the city’s leading legal advocacy organizations – each with decades of experience providing free and low cost immigration legal services and community education to low income immigrants in San Francisco. We represent immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latinx communities.

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Single Payer: Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Cmte Hearing – SB 562’s 1st Vote! @ Sacramento Convention Center Complex
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s here! The first vote on our Healthy California Act, SB 562 (Lara & Atkins), will be on Apri 26th. Please join us for a rally, march and then pack the room to show that we urgently need to move SB 562 forward and guarantee healthcare for all in California.

Details:
*Noon Rally
*March to the Capitol
*1:00pm Hearing in Senate Health (plan to stay as long as it takes to get a Yes vote!!!)

Bus pick ups in many locations! You must RSVP here for a seat:www.goo.gl/VIwz1x

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East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open as many homes as possible… Hold them as long as possible.

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Apr
27
Thu
BART Board: Sanctuary Policy @ BART Boardroom, 20th Street Mall, Third Floor
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BART Board will be holding three evening meetings this year to create greater access to board meetings for BART riders and constituents. The first evening meeting of the year will be held on April 27th. At this meeting the Board will consider a sanctuary policy, energy policy, sustainability policy, legislative positions, and other items.

Please join us at this evening meeting to share input on these items or any other BART issue. There will be time at the beginning and end of the meeting for general public comment for items not on the agenda.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can watch it online:http://www.bart.gov/about/bod/multimedia.aspx

The meeting agenda will be available online on Friday, April 21st:http://www.bart.gov/about/bod/meetings/2017

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Invest in People, not Punishment.
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County will be hosting a Town Hall on April 27th at The Way in Berkeley with our elected reps to hold them to their commitment to create a program that results in Alameda County hiring formerly incarcerated persons for permanent, full time benefited jobs including training to meet minimum requirements and pass the Civil service exam.

We want to pack the house!

If you or someone you know is formerly incarcerated and can benefit from this jobs program we especially need you to tell your story. Please text to 510-246-5901.


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Apr
29
Sat
People’s Climate Movement Bay Area @ Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On April 29th there will be a People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. All over the country there will be sister marches. In the Bay Area, we will be having a rally at Lake Merritt with a procession around the lake. We are trying to join hands around the entire lake. What a statement that would make to send an image of hands around all of Lake Merritt out to the world. If you’ve ever wondered if your presence at a rally really matters, well, it does at this one. To do this, we need each & every person, & we need you to commit to bringing at least 5 friends/family members/housemates with you!

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Apr
30
Sun
Indivisible East Bay Meeting @ Drake's Dealership
Apr 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join us for our April all-members meeting at Drake’s Dealership. Current and new members welcome!

Stick around afterward for a drink and a bite. RESISTANCE IS THE NEW BRUNCH.

• Group meeting: 9:30 – 10:30
• Breakouts 10:30 – 11
• Socializing and resisting 11 – ??

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM pn the summer) to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. 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. During the warmer months we tend to meet at 4 PM.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 3:00 PM during winter hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time ends).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 3 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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An Outspoken Evening with Vijay Prashad @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Children’s Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with
VIJAY PRASHAD
Hosted by DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
advance tickets: $12: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904804:: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit kpfa.org/events

Vijay Prashad’s recent book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, is a fast-paced and timely book and the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey. Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird’s-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. In 2013-2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. Prashad is the author of seventeen books.

Born in India, Prashad studied in the United States and has become a prominent scholar and journalist, taking on what he describes as a Marxist point of view when examining world affairs. As such, Prashad acquired a reputation as a harsh critic of American foreign policy, of Israel and its actions toward the Palestinians, and of Hindu nationalism.

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio.

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