We have invited Richard Becker from the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) to discuss their new book: Imperialism in the 21st Century: Updating Lenin’s Theory a Century Later. The book includes chapters from the PSL on imperialism as well as Lenin’s original pamphlet, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. PSL’s new publication is intended to make a significant contribution to the ideological development of revolutionaries today and to the Marxist movement and struggle. Copies of the 210 page book will be available for purchase ($14.95)
For our full schedule, go to:
At the Assembly we will discuss and organize pickets and shutdowns for May Day, May 1, in affinity and working groups.
This week we are meeting with the Oakland Open Circle at the OMNI basement, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, and will continue a bit after they have finished their meeting. The Open Circle will have a potluck lunch at the Omni beginning at 3 PM and start their regular meeting at about 3:45 PM. Occupy Oakland’s own GA will begin at about 5 PM or so after the Open Circle finishes up.
The Occupy Oakland General Assembly generally meets Sundays, at 4 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland Directions
We have met on a continuous basis for more than three years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.
The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. 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
- Welcome & Introductions
- Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
- Discussion Topic (Optional)
Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.
Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (email@example.com)
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:45 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!
Open circle will begin with updates and announcements of upcoming actions followed by reflection and dialogue around the current state and thoughts or approaches on how to effect change.
We will end with working groups to organize and plan our next steps in the struggle.
Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
Notes from last meeting:
Invitation To Attend Planning Meeting For *BIG* Earth Month Rally To Support Launch Of CleanPowerSF
350 SF is going to hold a very important organizing meeting to help plan a big rally that is being held by Sierra Club, 350, and others, to support CleanPowerSF (see CleanPowerSF details below).
The rally will be on April 28, 12:30pm at San Francisco City Hall – see https://www.facebook.com/events/418190375008487
(Save the date.)
For his entire tenure, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee has attempted to block CleanPowerSF due to campaign donations and other influence from fossil fuel energy corporation PG&E. But in January 2015 that all changed, and a decade of grassroots community campaigning has finally gotten the mayor to reverse his position.
Now that the historically anti CleanPowerSF Mayor Lee is finally saying he supports launching CleanPowerSF by the end of the year, we need to show a BIG public presence during Earth month to make clear to Lee that he needs to keep that promise.
Here are the basic details about CleanPowerSF..
HOW IT WORKS
California Community Choice law allows any city or county to group its electricity customers into a powerful builders and buyers cooperative for installing and purchasing clean energy and efficiency for those customers. Community Choice joins together the buying power of all those customers, as a not-for-profit community service, and so gives consumers the leverage they need to get cleaner electricity at lower prices than those offered by for-profit monopoly utilities like PG&E.
Under a Community Choice program like CleanPowerSF, PG&E still maintains the wires and distribution of electricity and still sends the bill, while the Community Choice program is free to choose the energy sources, and so can ensure a cleaner and better deal on the energy itself.
The two counties that already have Community Choice (Marin and Sonoma) are delivering greener energy at lower prices than PG&E.
CleanPowerSF is planned to run the city on 50% local clean electricity by 2025!
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— Revolution Club (@RevClub_bay) April 18, 2015
Get involved with the fight against solitary confinement.
Become a human rights pen pal: Contact email@example.com
Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.
The postal service wanted to sell the post office to Hudson-Mcdonald, a local developer. The City of Berkeley sued the post office to stop the sale. Hudson-mcdonald backed out of the deal in early december.
Federal Judge William Alsup will decide whether the lawsuit will continue or be dismissed – he should decide sometime in the next several weeks. See our response to the Postal Service’s response to Judge Alsup’s request for them to rescind their decision to sell.
Information, discussion & community!
Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Rebels With a Cause:
A Film by Helen Garvy
Descended from the Intercollegiate Socialist Society started in 1905, SDS held its first meeting in 1960. Its political manifesto, the Port Huron Statement drafted by Tom Hayden, criticized the political system of the United States for failing to achieve international peace. It critiqued Cold War foreign policy, the threat of nuclear war, and the arms race. In domestic matters, it criticized racial discrimination, economic inequality, big businesses, trade unions and political parties. In addition to its critique and analysis of the American system, the manifesto also suggested reforms: a need to reshape into two genuine political parties, for stronger power for individuals through citizen’s lobbies, for more substantial involvement by workers in business management, and for an enlarged public sector with increased government welfare, including a “program against poverty.” The manifesto provided ideas of what and how to work for and to improve, and also advocated nonviolent civil disobedience as the means by which student youth could bring forth a “participatory democracy.”
But When, in 1965, United States President Johnson dramatically escalated the war in Vietnam, SDS held the first teach-in against the war, and then hundreds more, all over the country. SDS worked to organize the march against the war in Washington that attracted 25,000 anti-war protesters, and SDS became the leading student group against the war on most U.S. campuses.
SDS pursued civil-rights and anti-war activities, was in 1967 the scene of an SDS-generated free speech movement (the University Freedom Movement) that mobilized thousands of students in massive demonstrations and other activities and coordinated series of demonstrations against the draft.
In the spring of 1968, National SDS activists led an effort on the campuses called “Ten Days of Resistance” and local chapters cooperated with the Student Mobilization Committee in rallies, marches, sit-ins and teach-ins, which culminated in a one-day strike on April 26. About a million students stayed away from classes that day, the largest student strike in the history of the United States.
The student shutdown of Columbia University in New York, led by an inter-racial alliance of Columbia SDS chapter activists and Student Afro Society activists. As a result of the mass media publicity given to Columbia, SDS activists such as Columbia SDS chairperson Mark Rudd during the Columbia Student Revolt, the organization was put on the map politically and “SDS” became a household name.
SDS in San Francisco played a major role in the Third World Student Strike at San Francisco State College. This strike, the longest student strike in U.S. history, led to the creation of Black and other ethnic studies programs on campuses across the country.
A new incarnation of SDS was founded on January 16, 2006, and by 2010 had grown to over 150 chapters around the United States. It has held five national conventions to date, including the fifth in 2010.
Come watch Rebels with a Cause and find out how they did it!
Q&A and Announcements to follow.
Donations to OccupyForum gladly accepted; no one turned away!
Forum on Community Choice Energy in Berkeley
Learn about Alameda County’s plans to create a not-for-profit Community Choice Energy program with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create clean energy jobs and provide stable electricity rates for Berkeley and other Alameda County communities. This panel discussion is presented by the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Ecology Center and David Brower Center.
The event is open to the public, free of charge and wheelchair accessible.
Shawn Marshall, Executive Director of LEAN Energy, former mayor of Mill Valley and former Vice-Chair of Marin Clean Energy
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Conservation Program Manager at Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
Woody Hastings, Renewable Energy Implementation Manager at Climate Protection Campaign, Sonoma County Community Choice campaigner
Luis Amezcua, Community Choice Energy Working Group, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition
The discussion moderator is Kira Stoll, Sustainability Manager, UC Berkeley.
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.
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
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
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.
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.**