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Sep
1
Tue
OptikAllusions weekly meeting and Video workshop @ Omni Commons Basement
Sep 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

 

OptikAllusions is a digital filmmaking collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to help each other tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We make films in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity, share a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops.

Join us for our weekly meeting and a workshop!

We usually, meet briefly and then work on projects. It’s open to all!

 

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Sep
2
Wed
Mobilize to Sacramento to End Racial Profiling @ Capitol Building
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Statewide action to expose and address racial profiling by law enforcement. The action seeks to ensure that the Senate passes, and the Governor signs AB 953 (racial profiling reporting bill).

WHAT WE NEED: As many people to attend the action as possible.

​To attend the event and/or get a ride, register at: ​ tinyurl.com/statewideaction

Communities ​United ​Coalition ​is ​calling ​for ​a ​statewide ​day ​of ​action to ​demonstrate ​the ​urgency ​for ​the ​California ​Legislature ​and ​Governor ​Brown ​to ​take ​action ​that ​will ​curb ​racial ​profiling ​and ​demonstrate ​that ​black ​and ​brown ​lives ​matter ​in ​California ​and ​improve ​public ​safety ​for ​everyone. ​ ​ 

There will be a public program on the Capitol ​lawn and delegations ​will ​​meet ​with California ​State Senators. 

AB 953 Bill Summary

ALCU AB 953 Blog Post

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BACE Timebank General Meeting @ Omni Commons: Treatment Room
Sep 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

BACE Timebank General Meeting
Every 1st Wed of the Month @ the Omni.

The Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) Timebank promotes and facilitates the use of Time instead of money in the exchange of goods and services. The foundation of the Timebank is a free, open source online directory, reputation and accounting system.

These exchanges help develop stronger, more resilient connections between individuals and community service organizations which participate in them, by improving communication and the distribution of skills and resources among our participants. We work to help people meet their needs regardless of economic status.

Please join our Meetup Group:

Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank

San Francisco, CA
333 Members

The Bay Area Community Exchange Timebank promotes and facilitates the use of Time instead of money in the exchange of goods and services.The foundation of the Timebank is a f…

Next Meetup

Timebank Monthly General Meeting & Potluck

Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015, 6:30 PM
3 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

And our timebank at:
http://www.bace.org

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Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting @ Omni Commons
Sep 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

DAC Opposition photo no-surveillance-city-council_zps7d741c77.jpgJoin 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, to support privacy ordinances now being considered by the Oakland City Council emerging from the effort to fight the DAC, oppose Urban Shield, fight against Predictive Policing, Stingray and help in other fights to preserve and restore our privacy around the Bay Area, in California and nationwide.

OPWG was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network, and its members helped draft the Privacy Policy that puts further restrictions on the now Port-restricted DAC.

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

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Sep
3
Thu
A “TEACH-IN” ON URBAN WARFARE IN OUR BACKYARD. @ Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A “TEACH-IN” ON URBAN WARFARE IN OUR BACKYARD.
WHY ARE OUR POLICE BEING MILITARIZED?
WHY IS THIS TREND SO DISTURBING?
WHAT IS THE “URBAN SHIELD” CONFERENCE?
HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?

PANEL INCLUDES:
George Lippman – Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission
ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ARE BEING CONFIRMED – CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

6 PM Potluck, 7 PM Presentation

This is a FREE EVENT— Please bring a dish to share if attending potluck.
Tax deductible donations will be accepted to help us cover costs.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT SO THAT WE CAN KEEP YOU INFORMED AS SPEAKERS ARE CONFIRMED AND TO ASSESS SPACE NEEDS. GO ONLINE TO: www.ourpeacecenter.org
Presented by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
511 Tactical

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Art Crit Group at the Omni Commons @ The Omni Commons
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Bay Area Public School will be hosting a free, horizontally-organized, art critique group every other Thursday starting August 6th. The crit group will be geared towards the creation of new works, with each artist presenting work each class.

All media are welcome. Time based work should be limited to 8 minutes of work per artist per meeting. Work can be at any stage of development.

For more info:

https://bayareapublicschool.org/events/art-crit-group/

http://bayareapublicschool.prg

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Sep
4
Fri
Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change @ Memorial Civic Center Complex
Sep 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Practicing Sustainable Agriculture to Restore Ecosystems and Mitigate Climate Change @ Memorial Civic Center Complex | Richmond | California | United States

Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shiva’s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.

The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-level and inter-ethnic alliance of over 50 organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals coordinated by the Biosafety Alliance.

Join international leaders, farmers, scientists, community members and environmental and food justice advocates for workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.

Get the knowledge you need to support the movement and advocate for a sustainable future for all living beings. For more information, registration or volunteering opportunities go to: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/application-for-conference-proposals-2/about-the-conference/

or contact us at: soilnotoilcoalition@gmail.com

Dr. Vandana Shiva keynote speech is on Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm

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PARIS IS BURNING: Optik Allusions film screening @ Omni Commons
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

1990 American documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. The film is considered to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, and critics have praised it as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.

Group discussion will follow the film. Snacks will be served.

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Solidarity With John Crawford & Walmart Workers @ Walmart Oakland - Edgewater Dr
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Solidarity With John Crawford & Walmart Workers

“How can a black man walk into walmart and Not come out alive?”

It’s been a year since the police killing of John Crawford at an Ohio Walmart. Local “OW” and racial justice activists are linking walmart police brutality with walmart economic brutality. “Shopping while black is not a crime and working for walmart should not be a death sentence” We Demand Justice for John Crawford and demand a living wage for walmart workers.

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Why Should the Bay Area SAY NO to Urban Shield? @ Uptown Body and Fender
Sep 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Urban Shield is a county-wide war games, swat training and weapons expo, held each year involving hundreds of local, federal and international agencies including those from Apartheid Israel. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition successfully stopped the Urban Shield expo from being hosted in Oakland any longer. But activities still take place in Oakland, and the expo still happens in our backyard and still involves local agencies, local money and targets our local communities. Join us in a town hall on why we should all join forces to stop this from happening anywhere.

Featuring:
Art exhibit curated by Art Forces, art and sign making for upcoming actions, and community testimonies.

Part of Art Forces Dispossession(s) event series.

Hosted by The Stop Urban Shield Coalition

 

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Sep
6
Sun
Phat Beets Produce Fall Plant Sale n’ Benefit @ Dover St. Edible Park
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Phat Beets Produce at Dover St. Edible Park for a plant sale to benefit a paid job for William Jackson. Phat Beets Produce and Jackson have propagated numerous perennial and annual veggies including:

-Purple/Green Tree Collard
-Kosmic Perennial Kale
-Cape Goosbery
-Mint (Chocolate, Pinapple, Apple, Moroccan, Persian, Laotian n’ more)
-Thyme (lemon, lime, silver, creeping, n’ more)
-lemon grass
-Horseradish
-New Zealand Spinach
-Cuban Oregano
Plus lots of annuals…

Jackson is an elder and recycler in our community, who was helped take care of Dover St Edible Park for over 3 years as a volunteer. Support green jobs in our neighborhood! Stay for some tasty garden treats too!

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Save Our Seeds March and Rally @ Embarcadero
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

SOS MARCHJoin Biosafety Alliance & the CSG (formerly known as the California State Grange), in the historic:

SOS Save Our Seeds March and Rally

Fight back the California Seeds Law AB-2470

We will meet in Sunday September 6th at 11:00 AM at the Embarcadero, to walk to Civic Center for a rally.

Speakers – Information – Music – Solidarity

FACTS About the California Seed Law AB-2470

– AB-2470 makes it illegal for a farmer to sell, trade, exchange or barter their seeds more 3 miles from their farm or garden

– AB-2470 redefines “neighbor” as not to exceed 3 miles from one another

– AB-2470 makes illegal community seed exchanges, swap meets, and seed libraries due to the 3 mile restriction

– AB-2470 makes it illegal for a farmer to share their seeds to a friend 3 miles down the road

– AB-2470 unfairly creates competition and threatens the disruption of organic, heirloom seeds, favoring genetically modified (GMO) seeds

– AB-2470 gives the Secretary of Food & Agriculture full authority to dictate what can and cannot be grown in California counties and cities

– AB-2470 provides that any ordinance adopted by a county or municipality after January 1, 2015 that would restrict the production of GMO crops is subject to a veto by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)

– AB-2470 limits the rights of local governments from making decisions for the health and safety of it’s citizens and constitutes a state preemption of local control

– AB-2470 redefines “person” to include “corporations”

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets 1st, 3rd & 5th 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 Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. On second and fourth Sundays we meet at 2 PM at the Omni so we can also meet with the Open Circle folks at 3:45. There is a potluck at the Omni starting at about 3PM between the meetings.

ooGAOO General Assembly has 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.

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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Sep
7
Mon
The Coup at Hiero Day @ Hiero Day
Sep 7 all-day

2015s Line Up will host another monumental day of performances in Oakland as this years list of performers is better than ever! We also have unannounced special guest that will grace the stage!. You know Hiero always has a top notch line.

 

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Sep
8
Tue
Alameda Fracking Ban Hearing @ Alameda County Building, Room 160
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

fracking-well.jpgA comprehensive proposal—not simply to prohibit fracking, but all additional oil and gas extraction—is up for approval by the Alameda County Planning Commission.  Under the current East County Area Plan and the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance, conditional use permits can be granted for oil and gas operations.  Under the proposed changes to the zoning regulations, such conditional use permits would no longer be available, effectively preventing the expansion of oil extraction in Alameda County.

Opposition includes E & B Natural Resources, operator of wells in East Alameda County, which objects to any limitation on its current operations, and Californians for Energy Independence, a petroleum industry front group, which argues that the County should defer to the State of California in these matters, despite—or because of—the many failures of state agencies to adequately regulate oil producers.

Because we expect opposition to come out in force, we need to pack the auditorium with our own folks, pumped up (you should pardon the expression) and ready to testify, or to hold signs during the hearing.

Will Alameda join Santa Cruz, Mendocino, San Benito and Butte counties in saying no pasaran to the oil industry?  Passage of this proposal by the Planning Commission is the last hurdle before the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision.  Come join this historic effort!

Need a ride?  Contact bstebbins14@gmail.com.

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Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Sep 8 @ 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 Tuesday 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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Sep
10
Thu
Dante’s Sentencing @ Superior Court of California County of Alameda, Dept 11
Sep 10 @ 8:15 am – 12:45 pm

After many months of appearances, Dante is accepting a felony plea deal. Let’s show up to send him onward to probation and moving forward with his life! The sentencing appointment was specific to the minute, so be on time! That is not, of course, a guarantee that the courts will be prompt.

Check the anti-rep website and Facebook for any change or postponement before going!

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Sep
11
Fri
Stop Urban Shield! @ Alameda County Administration Building
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Protest Alameda County Sheriff Ahern’s

militarized police exhibit and exercises

 

Stop Urban ShieldOrganized by American Friends Service Committee, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition, Civilize the Cops, Code Pink, Critical Resistance, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justice for James Rivera, Million Hoodies, Oakland Privacy Working Group, Oscar Grant Committee, Palestinian Youth Movement, Restore the 4th, San Leandro-SAFE, School of the Americas Watch-Oakland & San Francisco, UAW Local 2865, War Resisters League, Xicana Moratorium Coalition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CANCELLED: Urban Shield Protest in Pleasanton. @ Doubletree Hotel
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Anastasio Project; a performance on race relations, state brutality and border violence. @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Sep 11 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

THE ANASTASIO PROJECT RETURNS TO OAKLAND
The widely acclaimed multidisciplinary arts project brings to life  local stories of state violence

WHEN: September 11 – 13 and 18-20, @ 8:00 pm

Across the country, the #blacklivesmatter movement has forced to the surface a conversation that has been happening under the mainstream radar in communities of color for centuries. Today, America can no longer ignore the epidemic of state violence that she is enacting on Black, Brown and poor communities by her various law enforcement agencies.

For two weekends – September 11-13 & 18-20 – in partnership with Eastside Arts Alliance, José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama of NAKA Dance Company surface these conversations once more by returning to the stage their acclaimed production of the The Anastasio Project; a multidisciplinary performance investigating race relations, state brutality and border violence.

Combining interactive video, original music, a large-format mural, spoken word and dance, The Anastasio Project draws on personal experiences of violence endured by people of color living in Oakland to create a profound and moving community event.

Prior to the performance, audience members are encouraged to explore the art galleries where pieces by various local artists will kick start conversations on the impacts of state violence in communities of color. For the complete list of artists, visithttp://nkdancetheater.com/anastasio/.

The Anastasio Project was inspired by the tragic story of Hernandez-Rojas, a Mexican national who was beaten to death by a dozen customs and border patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010.

“When we saw the cell phone footage of the beating of Hernandez-Rojas, we were devastated as we watched the Border Patrol inflict so much pain on another human being,” said Kajiyama in an interview with The Triangle Lab. “People were screaming at the Border Patrol to stop; Anastasio was asking for clemency; but nothing stopped the officers, and they continued to beat him.”

These are the kinds of stories flooding the daily airwaves and social media platforms of America and why the return of The Anastasio Project is so timely and critical. “The youth that we’ve worked with at Eastside Arts Alliance are not afraid to tell the truth and have themselves become the vehicles for social change,” said Navarrete. “We are concerned about their future, and the legacy that we leave for them. Most people from East Oakland are people of color, and youth are likely targets for racial profiling and police brutality. We want to learn from them; we want to share their perspectives.”

The Anastasio Project asks how we can avoid repeating the tragedies of Hernandez-Rojas, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Natasha McKenna, Tamir Rice and thousands like them in cities across the country.

Three of the performances will include pre-show conversations with community activists and organizers including Bertha Gutierrez & Families of San Diego (9/12), Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project (9/13) and Mujeres Unidas y Activas with Matt Gonzalez from the SF Public Defenders Office (9/19). These dialogues will explore the complexities of state sponsored terror: ICE, the police, FBI, the military and their supporters. All conversations begin at 4:00 pm and will be followed by a light reception prior to the performance.

Development of The Anastasio Project is supported by: The MAP Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; William & Flora Hewlett Foundation; City of Oakland Cultural Funding; The Kenneth Rainin Foundation; The East Bay Community Foundation’s East Bay Fund for Artists; The Open Circle Foundation; the Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant; EastSide Arts Alliance; Theatre Bay Area’s CA$H Grant; the Zellerbach Family Foundation; the Akonadi Foundation; the Della Davidson Prize; the California Arts Council Creating Places of Vitality Grant, California Shakespeare Theater’s Triangle Lab, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, and many generous individual donors.

NAKA Dance Theater and Eastside Arts Alliance present the return of The Anastasio Project

TICKETS: To purchase tickets online visit brownpapertickets.com.

For more information visit nkdancetheater.com or eastsideartsalliance.org.

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