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Jul
24
Sun
Community Democracy Project Meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Community Democracy Project is your connection to direct democracy in Oakland! Convened out of Occupy Oakland in Fall 2011, we’re gathering steam on a campaign to bring the people back in touch with the city’s resources through participatory budgeting.

Picture this: Across Oakland, Neighborhood Assemblies are regularly
held in every community. People come together to tackle the important issues of their neighborhoods and of the city. At these assemblies, people don’t just have discussions–they learn from one another, from city staff, and they make fundamental decisions about how the city should run. They decide the city budget.

Democratic, community budgeting is a powerful step toward building strong communities, real democracy, and economic justice–and it’s being done all over the world.

The budget of the City Oakland totals more than $1 billion per year. Although part of the budget must be used for specific purposes, still over half of the budget–over $500 billion per year–consists of general purpose funds paid by the taxes, fees, and fines of the people of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council decide the city budget, with minimal input from the community.

Working together, we will not only get a seat at the table–we will REBUILD the table itself. Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People, Local Resources, Local Power!

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St. Andrews Plaza “Dinner & a Movie”
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join the Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition for free community dinner, film screening of Purple Rain and participatory visioning:

The future of West Oakland is at a crossroads, as massive displacement continues to threaten long-term residents, especially low-income people of color. The closure and imminent redevelopment of St. Andrews Plaza – along with the related closure of Alliance Metals, a crucial source of livelihood and self-determination for many people – is an opportunity to create a new way forward for community power and design that protects Black, brown, poor and disabled Oakland residents.

The shuttering of St. Andrews had an immediate impact on some of our most marginalized neighbors, especially the unhoused, the elderly and people with disabilities, who relied on the park as a place to sit, lie and sleep. These individuals were not adequately included or consulted in the City-led redesign process, and none of the current plans under consideration include water fountains, benches or other provisions for those with access needs. Instead of more policing, we support autonomous initiatives for participatory design led by those most impacted by development.

As with other struggles against the privatization of public land, gentrification, and for racial justice, we believe St. Andrews must become an example of #PublicLandForPublicGood. How can we stop displacement, keep our people in their homes, all while laying the path of a better way forward?

Please join us on Sunday July 24th to break bread, meet neighbors, hang out and ask the question: What does a just future for the San Pablo Corridor look like?

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Jul
26
Tue
Oakland City Council: Police Commission Charter Amendment Measure @ City Hall, 3rd floor
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Agenda Item #21:

Subject: Police Commission Charter Amendment Measure

From: Councilmembers Noel Gallo And Dan Kalb

Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution On The City Council’s Own Motion Submitting To The Voters At The November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election

1) A Proposed Amendment To The City Charter To Create The Oakland Police Commission, The Community Police Review Agency, And A Process For Police Discipline And

2) A Proposed Enabling Ordinance Relating To The Oakland Police Commission And The Community Police Review Agency, And Directing The City Clerk To Take Any And All Actions Necessary Under Law To Prepare For And Conduct The Election

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Experimenting with Basic Income: A Q&A with GiveDirectly @ Covo
Jul 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

GiveDirectly is the nonprofit working to study the impact of unconditional cash transfer programs in Kenya and Uganda. Rated in the top 5 most effective charities in the world for its groundbreaking work, GiveDirectly is now making headlines for the $30 million universal basic income study they will be conducting in Kenya.

Joe Huston, regional director of special projects at GiveDirectly, will be visiting San Francisco, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to host a conversation with him. We’ll be talking about basic income, the research they’ve done so far, and discussing their upcoming study.

Program:
6:30 Doors open
7:00 Program starts
7:45 Program concludes, stay for networking and community

We’ll be hosting for the first time at Covo, a new coworking space just off of 6th and Mission. Snacks and drinks will be available.

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Jul 26 @ 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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Laborfest: Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, Labor and Zionism @ Uptown Body & Fender
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Forum – Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, Labor and Zionism


Palestinian workers are under attack and they and their families face apartheid conditions. At the same time, legal efforts are being made to prevent an international boycott of Israel and labor action. Bay Area ILWU longshore workers played an important role in supporting Palestinian workers by boycotting the Israeli controlled Zim shipping line. This forum will look at the history of Zionism including the collaboration with the Nazis, and the present attack on UK Labor Party members critical of Israel who are being attacked as anti-Semites.


We will also look at the struggle of UAW 2865 to support the international boycott, and how their national leadership nullified their efforts.


Video from ILWU Zim Action On Port of Oakland will be screened.


Speakers:
Fadi Saba, President Luther Burbank Education Association CTA*, VP of The Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation www.defendingdissent.org, www.bordc.org
Jeff Blankfort, Editor Of Labor Bulletin On The Middle East and Radio Host of KZYX&Z Takes on The World
Lenni Brenner, Historian and author of Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators
Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 retired and Chair Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
* for identification only
Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action.

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Jul
28
Thu
Justice for Mario Woods Coalition
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to Justice for Mario Woods Coalition Meetings: The demand for justice is happening and needs you!
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“Get In Where You Fit In: White Folks Discerning Our Places in The Movement @ First Congregational
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Collaboration between Seminary of the Street and Beyond Separation
Facilitated by Nichola Torbett and Elana Isaacs

Suggested donation *$20-$5 to cover the cost of the space.
No one turned away. Donations in excess of room cost will go toward reserving space for a similar conversation facilitated by and for people of color

The systemic killing of black people at the hands of the police, most recently #altonsterling and #philandocastile, are leading many of us white folks*** to yearn to be more effective and in deeper solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the larger Movement for Black Lives.
* How do we tune into and discern our part? What actions do we take?
* What does it mean to practice both humility and a commitment to taking risks?
* How do we get unstuck and move forward?
* How do we practice bringing our whole selves, assets, and resources to the moment and the movement?

Whether you are already involved in anti-racist work or just getting started, please join us for a facilitated dialogue, community-building, and supportive conversation around our next steps and actions in the movement for Justice and Liberation.. You do not have to identify as an activist to attend this event!

Our time together will include:
* Small group discussions to move through where we get stuck
* Asset mapping- what strengths, resources, and community connections can we bring to the movement?
* Supporting and inspiring each other to keep going

Elana Isaacs is a White, Jewish, queer anti-oppression facilitator who uses kinesthetic tools to engage our whole selves in the work of solidarity and liberation. She is a Senior Consultant with The Justice Collective and co-develops and facilitates Beyond the Culture of Separation classes and trainings in partnership with Gregory Mengel, Angela Sevin, and Impact Hub Oakland.

Nichola Torbett is a White, queer anti-oppression trainer, writer, and spiritual teacher whose passion is fostering communities of recovery from and resistance to white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism. She engages the movement via Second Acts Christian Nonviolent Direct Action Affinity Group, the Interfaith Committee for Black Lives, and BASAT.

*Childcare provided upon request: please contact Elana at sparkshiftconsulting@gmail.com if you will attend and need childcare

Parking and Room location: You are welcome to park in the adjacent parking lot in any spot labeled “Church” or “Church and Center.” The church is also a short walk from the 19th St BART station and is on several bus lines. Once you arrive, enter through the brown door on Harrison Street, directly across from the Whole Foods loading docks. This door will bring you directly into the meeting room.

Accessibility: The room is wheelchair accessible. Please join us in ensuring accessibility for community members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not wearing fragrances or scents on your body or clothes from perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance or scents, and by using fragrance free, non-toxic products. If this is new for you, here are a couple resources on how to be scent reduced and scent free: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html and http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15

***We believe that, as white-identified people, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves about racism. In addition, coming together in a white-only space can enable us to be more honest about feelings and experiences that might otherwise be held back out of embarrassment or fear of causing pain to people of color. Honest dialogues about race among white-identified people also disrupts the white social norm that ordinarily discourages us from having these conversations. It is our intention to support each other in this work so we can move into multiracial coalition building with more practices and tools to be effective in collaboration and solidarity.

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Jul
30
Sat
1946 Oakland General Strike Walk @ Latham Square
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk – “We Called It a Work Holiday”
With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society.


This year is the 70th anniversary of the Oakland General Strike. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking – mostly women – retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line was being broken by scabs escorted by police.


Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCKs-lhBgiM

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A Day to Remember Nate Greer – Killed by the Hayward Police @ Birchfield Park
Jul 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lets celebrate “A day to remember” for JAMES NATE GREER!

Join us for a BBQ at Birchfield Park in Hayward, same location as the march. Across the street from the HPD on the corner by the basketball courts!

Again, same rules apply, no drama, this is a peaceful event. A day to eat, drink, talk about Nate and chill!

If you are able to, please bring some meat for the grill, a side dish and some drinks, (enough for your family) and we will put it all together and share. (No alcohol will be served). Also bring your own chairs/blanket to sit on, paper plates, napkins, etc

Feel free to bring posters, banners and please share some of your favorite stories of our beloved. We are all in this fight together.
Lets show the HPD we’re NOT going away!!

Justice 4 James Nate Greer
ALWAYS

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Celebrate Coal-Free Oakland @ West Oakland Farm Park—City Slicker Farms
Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Let’s come together for a rousing NO COAL victory party!

On July 19, the Oakland City Council cast its second and final vote to ban coal. This means that the No Coal Ordinance is now law. No one can store or handle large quantities of coal anywhere in Oakland, including the former Oakland Army Base. What do you think about that, Phil Tagami?

It took 15 months of hard work by all of us to achieve this stunning victory for the people of Oakland, the Bay Area, and the planet. Now No Coal in Oakland invites us to join in celebration at the new West Oakland Farm Park. There will be food, music, dancing and an Open Mic where everyone can share highlights of the campaign.

This is a community potluck. Please bring appetizers, snacks, desserts, or non-alcoholic drinks to share.

 

 

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California Homelessness Emergency: A Rally of Love in Sacramento @ State Capitol
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A Rally of Love Sacramento is where we hold a Rally in front of the Sacramento Capitol Building to ask Governor Jerry Brown to Declare an Emergency on Homelessness in California.

A Convoy of 200 vehicles will be driving in from LA to arrive at the State Capitol Building at 5.00pm on Saturday the 30th, 2016.

We are asking you, all Northern Californians, from Sacramento, San Fransisco, Oakland, San Jose to join us at 5.00pm in front of the California State Capitol to Rally for an End to Homelessness in our State!

We will be bringing with us the Petition launched by the LA County Homeless Initiative and letters written individually by us to Governor Brown asking him to Declare an Emergency. During our Rally we will leave 6 actual tents used by our Homeless Angelenos in front of the Capitol Building.

Our event page for the drive from Los Angeles can be accessed here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1565576000411508/?ti=cl

Our Homeless Brothers and Sisters need us. It is time to act NOW!

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Jul
31
Sun
Sunflower Alliance General Assembly
Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Discussion with Paul Paz y Miño, who leads Amazon Watch’s campaign against Chevron in Ecuador and can tell us about opposition to Chevron’s toxic effects in communities around the globe. Plus updates on our campaigns. We need your participation and your voice.

 

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM 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 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 Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

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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SHOUT THEIR NAMES @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In response to another preventable and tragic death, advocates at the California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP) are reaching out to allies in the Bay to call further attention to the ongoing crisis occurring at California Institution for Women (CIW). CIW is at 130 percent capacity and has a suicide rate that is 8 times the national average for people in women’s prisons, and 5 times the rate for all California prisons. We will be holding a Town Hall on Sunday, July 31st at the Eastside Arts Alliance in Oakland.

The injustice and conditions of abuse and violence at CIW are happening inside and outside of prison walls across the country. Too often, lives are being lost to state violence and the majority of lives stolen are Black and Brown, queer and transgender. At CIW, people are dying as a result of direct neglect by cops, and from medical and mental health neglect. Outside, women are being killed by police. In 2013, Kayla Moore, a Black trans woman was killed by the Berkeley police in her home. On May 19, 2016, a Black woman named Jessica Nelson Williams was killed by San Francisco police in the Bayview neighborhood. There are no shortage of examples of punishing people and communities who have survived generations of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia with policing, incarceration and neglect.

Just two weeks ago Shaylene Graves, a 27 year old Black woman, died from this state violence. She was six weeks away from her release. Before Shaylene, Erika Rocha committed suicide. Erika was 35 years old and had been incarcerated for 21 years. She was one day away from her Youth Parole Hearing. Last November, five people at the CCWF women’s prison were physically abused, sexually harassed and placed in solitary confinement by prison guards. They are planning to bring a suit against the CDCR.

Legal advocates with CCWP are working with and supporting survivors inside and family members outside to get much needed attention and support to those suffering behind these walls. We are reaching out to you because more needs to be done.

We hope that the Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, July 31st, 2016 from 3-5pm at the East Side Arts Alliance can help us connect these struggles and bring more attention to the ongoing crisis at CIW.

Join us in demanding justice for Shaylene, Erika, Kayla Moore, Jessica Nelson Williams and all lives stolen by the CDCR and the police. BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME ALIVE!

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 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 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.  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 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)
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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Aug
2
Tue
We want a Community Choice Energy plan! @ Alameda County Bldg, 5th Floor
Aug 2 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Tell the Alameda County Board of Supervisors we want a Community Choice Energy plan that builds in community benefits right from the start. The supervisors will vote August 2 on a plan for Community Choice Energy (CCE).  Help make sure that plan prioritizes development of local clean energy and good jobs and includes community voices in decision-making.

You can do three things to make a difference:

Send a letter to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors telling them to shape a program that will create local jobs and cut greenhouse gas emissions by prioritizing the development of local renewable resources.  And to make sure the Community Choice Energy agency includes meaningful community participation in decision-making.

Share the letter on Facebook , Twitter, and other social media platforms. Please use#cleanpowertothepeople on your posts!

Facebook Post: Link to re-share a Facebook post

Sample Tweet:  Want to create local clean energy jobs in #AlamedaCounty? Click here to send a letter to the board of supervisors: h/tinyurl.com/ComChoice

Come to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting,  Aug 2.
At this meeting, the Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to establish a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County. That would create a local public agency that would take control of supplying electricity away from PG&E.  The supervisors will also vote on a Joint Powers Authority agreement, the document that sets policies for the Community Choice program.

Please join us at this critical meeting to make sure the agreement includes a written commitment to our community benefit goals and a mechanism for direct community involvement in the governance of the program. We need a commitment to start planning nowfor investment in local renewable energy development that will provide important economic and environmental benefits to our communities.

8:30am – Community Press Conference

 

RSVP on our Facebook page!

If you have any questions please contact
Jessica Tovar (Jessica@localcleanenergy.org) or
Megan O’Neil (megan@localcleanenergy.org).

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Aug
4
Thu
Justice for Mario Woods Coalition
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to Justice for Mario Woods Coalition Meetings: The demand for justice is happening and needs you!
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Film & Discussion: Save the Delta “Over Troubled Waters” @ Fellowship Hall
Aug 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

delta sacramento 72dpiJoin us for this visually rich documentary, “Over Troubled Waters,” the story of the battle being fought by the people of the Delta to protect the region they love and to encourage saner water policies for the Golden State and all the people of California.
The evening will feature the controversial Delta Tunnels project. Our panel will include representatives from Restore the Delta and Sierra Club and Dr. Patty Oikawa, a UC Berkeley researcher investigating the climate benefits of Delta wetlands restoration. They are working furiously to save the Delta from the Tunnel project, which will seriously undermine this essential treasure.
This event sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists), and the Water Working Group (Berkeley Climate Action Coalition)

 

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Aug
5
Fri
2nd Annual Soil Not Oil Conference @ Richmond Memorial Convention Center
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm

The Soil Not Oil Coalition is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the historic gathering where the Ecology Center will be a co-sponsor. As you may know, inspired in the book “Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis” by Dr. Vandana Shiva, in 2015 we organized the first Soil Not Oil International Conference that was a very successful event with over 100 speakers and more than 1,000 attendees.

The Problem & Soil-ution
Deforestation, erosion and industrial agriculture cause the decay of soils and in consequence the release of carbon and other GHGs into the atmosphere. While the fight to stop fossil fuel extraction and consumption is essential, it is only half of the equation required if we are serious about mitigating climate change. Non‐sustainable management of soils through industrial agriculture causes over 30% of planetary carbon emissions, with 1/3 of the total global warming effects of industrialized nations attributed to an unsustainable food production system.

Scientists such Vandana Shiva, Rattan Lal, Richard Heinberg, Miguel Altieri, among others, teach us that we can mitigate climate change by returning carbon back into the soils. The impact of the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference was tremendous, as we now see that dozens of participating organizations are including in their speech the issue of soil as a main problem and potential solution. Soils have entered in the international conversation about climate change from Richmond, California to the COP 21 in Paris, France – but the implementation of soil-utions must come from the bottom up!

What can you expect?
During the 2016 Soil Not Oil Conference we will host presentations by grassroots organizers, farmers and renowned scientists. There will be plenaries and workshops during the two day conference as well as a gala and a multicultural celebration – Join us! Get the facts and the tools to fix the broken ecosystems – We are expecting a larger gathering because this year we are partnering with national and international organizations.

The Soil Not Oil Coalition is pleased to announce that, this year’s keynote speaker will be attorney, author and renowned activist: Andrew Kimbrell, Founder/Executive Director of Center for Food Safety.

Join scientists, farmers, environmental activists, elected officials, grassroots organizers, food justice advocates and community members from all backgrounds. Join plenaries/workshops/networking sessions on: Agro-Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Justice, Carbon Farming, Food Sovereignty, Legislation, Life Cycles, Ocean Health, Public Health, Regenerative Agriculture, Rights of Mother Earth, Seed Freedom, Clean Energy, Community Organizing and more.  Watch Promo Video

Before you purchase a ticket please take into consideration that we are doing our best to make this conference as affordable and inclusive as possible. The Soil Not Oil coaltion is a grassroots project supported by dozens of organizations and dedicated volunteers.

By purchasing a full price ticket you will help us to provide scholarships for low income people. 

“Being aware is not enough, you must be part of the movement and become the change”

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