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Jun
24
Sat
Movement School For Revolutionaries @ Richmond Progressive Alliance
Jun 24 @ 8:30 am – 4:15 pm

This conference is sure to be an inspiring journey for all in attendance. This is our opportunity to come together and shake off the dust from the 2016 election season and start anew with a revived and refreshed determination to transform the political ground under our feet!

Check out these sample agenda items and let us know what you think!
Explore the context we are operating in, under our present political reality, and flesh out the norms embedded in our cultural assumptions.
See also:
Movement School For Revolutionaries | event | Richmond

https://www.facebook.com/events/630917560446700/
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[The conference is being presented by Green Party members David Cobb (who was Jill Stein’s 2016 campaign manager) and Meleiza Figueroa (who was Jill Stein’s 2016 media coordinator).].

Imperialism
White Supremacy
Capitalism
Patriarchy
9:30-10:30
(60 min.)

Current Historical Moment
Introduce and explore concept of conjuncture Neofascism
Mel
10:30-12:00
(90 min.)

LUNCH
12:00-12:30

Analytical Toolbox
Why the electoral terrain is important
Political realignment in the 2016 election
Translating revolt into revolution
Real Pragmatism: the Philosophy of Praxis
Hegemonic apparatus
12:30-1:30
(60 min.)

How Should Revolutionaries Engage in Elections?
Changing the strategic question
Developing symbiotic relationships
Rebel cities
1:30-2:30
(60 min.)

Brief presentations of revolutionary opportunities
Democratic Party
Green Party
Progressive Alliances
2:30-3:00
(30 min.)

Looking Ahead
How can we collaborate in our County?
3:00-4:00
(60 min.)

Wrap Up
Workshop evaluation
Likes / Wishes
4:00-4:15
(15 min.)

Note: We will be accepting donations for food costs to cover breakfast and lunch. No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

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East Bay DSA – Intro, Election and General Meeting @ California Nurses Association
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

9:30 AM:

If you’re new to DSA, come learn how we are organizing locally, what our plans are for the future, and how you can get involved!

This orientation is open to members and nonmembers alike who are interested in DSA. It is open to the public and you do not need to be a member to attend.

Those interested in becoming members can sign up at: https://dsausa.nationbuilder.com/join.

10:30 AM

On June 24, we come together for a beautiful demonstration of democracy and solidarity. We’ll elect the new Local Council (formerly the Executive Committee) to carry out the chapter’s bold vision of a socialist East Bay through the organizing structure outlined in our new bylaws. We need your participation!

Be sure to check out the candidates before the meeting.

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Free Health Screenings, Free Legal Assistance – Oakland Family Festival @ Verdese Carter Park
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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SOLAR SIMPLIFIED II: THE DEEPER DIVE @ Ecology Center
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Residential solar technologies are evolving at a fast clip, as are the policies that support solar generation. Expert Doug McKenzie will discuss the latest solar products and technologies that can extend solar’s reach in your life, plus the policies that are advancing or limiting the future of solar in our region, state, and country. This presentation and Q&A is useful for people who have already gotten solar, and those who are still considering and want to take a deeper dive. Bring your questions!

Topics include:

  • Panels & Inverters
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Batteries: Can you be independent from the grid? Even in a power outage?
  • Getting Off Gas: electrification of the systems in your home
  • Community Choice Energy: what CCE is and how it works with solar customers.
  • Policies: policies and efforts that promote or stymie solar
  • The Future of Solar

Bio: Doug McKenzie retired early from HP after almost 20 years in software development and customer support. Before HP, he received a degree in Applied Math from UC Berkeley. After HP, he is living his dreams as a solar educator and consultant and as a career coach helping people through career transitions. He’s the East Bay development manager for non-profit solar installer SunWork.org and is on the Board of NorCal Solar. Doug lives in Berkeley and drives an electric car powered by rooftop solar.

Co-sponsored by Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter.

Space is limited for this free event — RSVP online appreciated.

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Theater of the Oppressed Workshop @ Fellowship Hall, BFUU
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jiwon ChungTheatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a set of techniques, games & practices for using theater as a vehicle for transforming individuals and their communities, and effecting social and political change. It is a method of harnessing the theatrical process as a powerful tool for healing communities and breaking cycles of oppression; resulting in empowered and engaged individuals and groups that have the tools to dialogue, educate, problem-solve, and effect change. TO is a collective, creative, whole-brained problem-posing/solving technique of learning and transformation.

Jiwon Chung studied with Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed and has been teaching Theatre of the Oppressed for over 30 years in several countries.

 

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Justice4Pedie Community Meeting @ Richmond Public Library, Whittlesey Community Room
Jun 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Members of the Oscar Grant Committee and the Perez family are organizing a special community meeting to review the Pedie Perez case and discuss how we can ensure justice is done. Co-sponsored by Richmond Progressive Alliance

Justice4Pedie Update, June 2017 Special Investigator Hired to Look into Perez Shooting

The City of Richmond has hired Mr. Lucky Narain, for the part-time position as special investigator for the Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission. Relatively unknown to the Richmond community, Mr. Narian was a candidate for Oakland School Board in 2016, when he listed his occupation as “Military Lawyer.” Narain’s first assignment, we understand, will be a full and independent investigation of the police shooting of Richard “Pedie” Perez III, shot and killed by Richmond Police Officer Wallace Jensen just minutes after midnight on September 14, 2014.

The shooting—and subsequent efforts by the Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson to justify the shooting and blame Pedie for being shot—have raised serious concerns within the Richmond community, concerns which led to changes in the City code on the police commission and the hiring of a Special Investigator. In February 2016, responding to public concern following exposure of law enforcement’s cover-up in the shooting of Perez, the Richmond City Council voted 4-3 to instruct the police commission to hire an independent investigator not connected to the police department to investigate the Perez murder. At the same time, the name of the Richmond Police commission was changed to “Richmond Citizens Police Review Commission.” The City Council also voted to require the Police Commission to automatically investigate any future police shootings and/or use of physical force resulting in serious injuries.

These accomplishments result from the efforts of the Perez family with the support of the Oscar Grant Committee (OGC) and the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) to bring this miscarriage of justice to the attention of the people of Richmond and the Bay Area. Members of the Perez family and OGC have been active in raising Justice4Pedie issues in a variety of venues, including the May Day celebration of the ILWU, which included “Stop Police Terror” as one of its demands. In another development earlier in May 2017, DA Peterson, who played a key role in the cover-up of Pedie’s killing, was accused of “willful or corrupt misconduct” by a Contra Costa grand jury that recommended that he be fired. These impressive accomplishments do not mean we can rest on our laurels. We must continue our vigilance to make sure that those who led the earlier cover-up do not attempt to influence the course and conclusions of this special investigation. Special Investiagator Narian owes his job and allegiance to the community, rather than to city officials and the politicians ________________________________________________________________

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Jun
25
Sun
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jun 25 @ 3:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM in the winter) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. 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 colder months we meet at 3 PM.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than 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. 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
Jun 25 @ 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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Film Night: “The Antifascists” @ Omni Commons ballroom
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A low, intense war is being fought on the streets of Europe and the aim is on fascism. This documentary takes us behind the masks of the militant groups called antifascists.

In 2013 a group of armed nazis attacks a peaceful demonstration in Stockholm where several people are injured. In Greece, the neo-nazi party Golden Dawn becomes the third largest in the election. In Malmö, the activist Showan Shattak and his friends are attacked by a group of nazis with knives and he ends up in a coma.

In this portrait of the antifascists in Greece and Sweden, we get to meet key figures that explain their view on their radical politics but also to question the level of their own violence and militancy.

Doors at 7pm, screening at 7:30. Free snacks and popcorn!

~Liberated Lens~

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Indivisible Berkeley General Assembly @ Finnish Hall
Jun 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 Special guest, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin!  Arreguin will be speaking and answering questions.

We’ll have updates from our teams, and community event announcements, followed by team breakouts and discussions.

Bring snacks to share! Bring friends!

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Jun
26
Mon
#DefundOPD – City Council Final Budget Hearing @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join APTP in demanding Oakland City Council pass a progressive budget that ensures ZERO % increase in the Oakland Police Department Budget

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Jun
27
Tue
Radio Reading of ‘1984’ @ The Airwaves
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 pm

There will be a 15-hour reading of 1984 across the country on June 27.

This includes KPFA here in the Bay Area, and KPFK in Socal, which is the largest radio transmitter west of the Mississippi and can be heard from Santa Barbara to Tijuana. As well as NY, Houston, DC and a few hundred smaller stations across the country..

“The reading of George Orwell’s 1984 is going to be a Pacifica national event, using the 1975 recording from the 64GB USB drive from PRA”.

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Press conference on racial profiling by the Berkeley Police @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The ACLU, Copwatch, NAACP, NLG & UC Berkeley Black Student Union are holding a press conference to demand the chief release the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) report on racial profiling, and that the City of Berkeley commit to a program to address racial profiling by the BPD. Press conference on the steps of Old City Hall ahead of the City Council meeting.

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Jun 27 @ 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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Jun
28
Wed
Prisoners Literature Project @ Grassroots House
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Volunteer with us!

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways.

We currently meet on Sundays from 2-5pm and on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm at the Grassroots House.  This is located at 2022 Blake St. (at Milvia), Berkeley, CA 94704.  (Map – there’s plenty of local parking, and the office is walkable in 11-15 minutes from downtown Berkeley BART or Ashby BART  – also, AC Transit bus #18 stops nearby.)

(Please note that we can’t accept prisoner book requests at this address.  Book requests from U.S. prisoners must be mailed to PLP; c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117.)

We welcome helpers of any age and experience at our volunteer sessions (here’s what they look like!), and are also very happy to host students looking for community service.  You should read a lot, have neat legible handwriting, and be able to follow the rules to get books into prisons. We don’t make the rules, but we do have to follow them!

Bringing more than four people? Please contact us first so we can better accommodate your group. (BTW, we maintain ‘call for volunteer’ listings on VolunteerMatch.org, on Idealist.org, and on AllForGood.org, so you might have seen us there!)

Other ways to help?

If you can’t make it in-person to our volunteer sessions, we’d still love your help.  In particular, we’re looking for donations — both one-time and recurring — to help pay for postage on the hundreds of book packages we send out monthly.

Other things we’d love help with include:  fundraising efforts, publicity, and contacting publishers and distributors to get multiple copies of our most sought-after books.  We need to keep building our reserves — and further reduce our request backlog.

Got more ideas?  Come to a meeting and share them with us!

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Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Climate Change @ Info upon RSVP
Jun 28 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Full address with RSVP

Hear a presentation of the research described in the new book by environmentalist and business leader Paul Hawken. The book, Drawdown, describes 100 solutions to the climate crisis and ranks them according to the researchers’ criteria.

Chad Frischman, research director for Project Drawdown, will present the research and lead a discussion after a potluck dinner at an event hosted by the group Climate Compassion in Berkeley on June 28.

Full address with RSVP

 

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Jun
29
Thu
Cuban Union Leader Speaks @ Communication Workers of America Local 9119 Union Hall
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Since 2001, representatives from Cuba’s nationwide central labor organization Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC) were granted U.S. visas to visit our cities.

Victor Manuel Lemagne, is the 55 year old Secretary-General of Cuba’s Health and Tourism union where he has served since 2011. As the leader of that nation-wide union he is also a member of the CTC Secretariat (executive committee). Lemagne is also a delegate to Cuba’s National Assembly (Parliament). He is Vice President of the International hotel and tourism union for the Americas and Caribbean affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions.

Mr. Lamagne will be in both Northern and Southern California. This community-labor event in Berkeley, on the 29th of June, will be a unique and special opportunity to hear directly from a Cuban union leader.

Initiated by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Endorsers: Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 Treasurer- Retired, Task Force on the Americas, Global Exchange, SOL Economics, Richmond Regla Friendship Committee, Workers World Party, Socialist Workers Party, International Action Center, Freedom Archieves, College of Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies Dept, SFSU-Cuba Educational Project, Clinica Martin Boro, Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter

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Jun
30
Fri
A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund – Poetry for Peace and Justice @ St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund,

will present readings by Susan Griffin,

Rafael Jesús Gonzalez,

Dennis Bernstein

and Shanga Labossiere,

followed by open mic

at wheelchair accessible St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (http://haitiemergencyrelief.org/) gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement  and grassroots community groups  organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

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Jul
1
Sat
Interfaith Vigil to Support Immigrant Detainees @ West County Detention Facility
Jul 1 all-day

Monthly Vigils

Interfaith Vigils to Support Immigrant Detainees 

1st Saturdays of every month.  

We invite you to join our vigils each month as we gather to pray and bear witness to the pain, suffering, and separation of immigrant detainees, and to call for real and immediate immigration reform. We invite you to join us to pray, sing, and act for just immigration solutions.  Please bring a noisemaker for our sacred Moment of Noise– where we let the detainees know that we have not forgotten them.

Why we vigil at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond

We do this to stand in solidarity with the (150-300) people being held here for deportation and thousands in the other 250 detention centers across the country. We know that many have not been convicted of any “crime”, but are charged with a civil immigration offense. We know that detained here and facing deportation are asylum seekers, green card holders, and long term residents. Often the chief breadwinner is taken away, putting children and families in economic jeopardy. We know that ICE’s implementation of our immigration laws makes communities insecure. THEREFORE…

We come here each month, to call attention to our government’s wasteful spending of resources, deporting 315, 943 in FY 2014 (865 people a day), while failing to address root causes of migration. We seek to stop this system of detention and deportation and change our nation’s policies.

We know that all the deportees held here have families, most came not just for a better life, but to survive and support families. Many have fled terrible violence and now face it here, in another form. And now, the children have come, many to reunite with families already here…. and even they, face expedited deportation processes.

We do this to give moral and spiritual support to the families whose loved ones are being held here. We know their trauma can be deep and their lives filled with fear. We seek to give practical advice and counsel on legal, medical, food and housing issues and to be a friendly face. And we also do this to provide opportunity for people directly impacted by our detention and deportation policies to share their truth – to give their testimony so that they know, they are not alone.

We pray together for a just and fair immigration policy closer to what our Statue of Liberty proclaims “Mother of Exiles … Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

We pray, knowing that all our faith traditions call upon us to welcome strangers and aliens, for they are our sisters and brothers and our families, like them, we were once strangers and aliens in this land.

For more information about immigration detention, go to:  Detention Watch Network, CIVIC.

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Anti-Policing Health Workers Two Day Training
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We’re excited to grow The Anti-Policing Health Workers cohort. Join us for a two day training on Saturday July 1st and Saturday July 8th, 10am-5pm in Oakland.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend an upcoming Know Your Options workshop so you have a clear sense of our program goals and politics.

Click here to see the schedule.

New cohort members will train alongside the 2015 OPP Health Workers and members of Critical Resistance- Oakland. New cohort members will be skilled up to facilitate and join us in offering more workshops to communities for 2017-2018.

Would you help us recruit? You can download the flyer here.

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