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Dec
3
Sat
Free All Political Prisoners @ Starry Plough
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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No Alt-Right in White House: Stephen Bannon Peaceful Protest @ Downtown Berkeley BART
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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For those who do not know, Stephen Bannon is Donald Trump’s newly appointed Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor. He is a white supremacist: infamous for his Alt-Right website Breitbart News, and specifically for his racist, anti-LGBTQI, anti-immigrant, anti Semitic views and disrespect of women and people of color. The KKK and other hate groups celebrate his appointment.

It is extremely dangerous to have this type of influence in the White House, and so close to the president-elect!

It’s also very straightforward: it is preposterous to have someone who represents these openly hateful views in high office.

We must have OUR voices heard! Join us in coming together to take a stand against White Supremacy in the White House!

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Solidarity Vigil for Oceti Sakowin Camp @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

STANDING ROCK OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE REGARDING ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ATTEMPT TO SHUT DOWN THE CAMP http://standwithstandingrock.net/army-corp-closes-public-access-oceti-sakowin-camp-dec-5th/

The Bernie Sanders Brigade invites you to join us for a Solidarity Vigil in support of the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Oceti Sakowin Camp is a unified emcampment of Water Protectors decidated to protecting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land and water against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Army Corp of Engineers has threatened to forcibly shut down the camp on December 5th. #NoDAPL We are calling for a national and international day of action at U.S. Federal Buildings and U.S. Embassies around the world in support of Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Learn more about the camp here:
OSC official website:
https://www.facebook.com/OcetiSakowinCamp/
http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/

“Oceti Sakowin Camp values assuring the welfare of all people by honoring human rights, treaties, agreements and cultures. Our goal is to peacefully and prayerfully defend our rights. and rise up as one to sustain Mother Earth and her inhabitants.” – Oceti Sakowin Camp

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Dec
4
Sun
3rd Annual Howard Zinn Book Fair @ San Francisco City College Mission Campus
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small.

Program Listing.

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The New Path to Mumia’s Freedom @ Niebyl Proctor
Dec 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

The New Path to Mumia’s Freedom

A precedent-setting ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court provides the basis for a new legal action filed by Mumia Abu-Jamal, providing a path for the courts to overturn Mumia’s conviction and win his freedom. But we we can never forget the continuing importance of mass action to support Mumia’s legal case. Gerald Smith will discuss Mumia’s case to date, Mary McIlroy will discuss the latest in the effort to free Leonard Peltier, and Ricardo Ortiz will bring us up to date on Oscar López Rivera.

Seating is limited, so plan to come early. We start promptly.
FREE – but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at] mac.com

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Legal Observer Training – National Lawyers Guild @ Omni Commons
Dec 4 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Legal Observers work to insure that protesters’ right to express their political views are not violated by law enforcement. They do not participate in protests or actions, instead documenting law enforcements’ interactions with protesters. We need LOs now more than ever.

Get trained by civil rights attorney EmilyRose Johns, connect with other organizers and legal observers, and learn how you can put your legal knowledge to work to protect freedom of assembly and expression.

This training is FREE, but please register via EventBrite so that we can track how many folks will be attending and prepare accordingly: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legal-observer-training-tickets-29664269629

Donations to support the space always welcome, but NOTAFLOF!

Legal Observers are a program of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation’s oldest and largest progressive bar association. Learn more about the San Francisco chapter of the NLG at http://www.nlgsf.org/. Trainings are open to anyone who does not work for law enforcement; no legal background necessary.

Childcare: If you need childcare during the event please email kids AT omnicommons DOT org

Accessibility: The building is wheelchair-accessible on the ground floor, with a wheelchair lift to the ballroom from the entrance hall, and a currently usable but incomplete wheelchair-accessible bathroom that we aim to have finished by early next year.

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The Capitalist Climate: Organizing Against Climate Catastrophe @ City College Mission Campus, Lucy Parsons Room
Dec 4 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

This talk will discuss lessons from a grassroots working-class climate organizing effort, and how patriarchy and racism intersect with capitalism to perpetuate the climate crisis. Lara and Paul Messersmith-Glavin, the presenters, are members of the Institute for Anarchist Studies collective, editors of the IAS’s annual and on-line journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory and organizers with the Hella 503 Collective in Portland, Oregon.

This talk is part of the Howard Zinn Book Fair

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Building the Resistance – Next Steps. @ UC Berkeley, Barrows Hall Room 20
Dec 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Now is the time to get organized. Join Socialist Alternative in Berkeley for a public meeting discussing how we can build the resistance against Trump.

Trump’s white nationalist rhetoric has already led to a rise in attacks on Muslims, immigrants, women and LGBTQ people. We need to fight against discrimination in all its forms and defend each other. This has begun with mass protests in the streets. But Trump is also dangerous because he is a billionaire looking to deregulate financial institutions and line the pockets of rich shareholders. Come discuss how we can build the resistance against sexism, racism and Islamophobia and a movement for good jobs and high living standards in the long term. Socialist Alternative calls for an invigorated anti-racist working class movement and a new party to the left of the failed Democrats. Another world is possible!

Join us  for this important discussion.

RSVP to the event here: https://www.fb.com/events/1026206074175242/

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 2 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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Dec
5
Mon
APPARENTLY CANCELLED: SEIU Local 1000 – 1 Day Strike @ State Building
Dec 5 @ 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Apparently cancelled.

C.f. http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article118694613.html

SEIU LOCAL 1000, California State employees are conducting a 1 day strike on December 5, 2016. Grab a picket sign and march @ 1515 Clay Street (State bldg) Oakland or 111 Grand Ave (Caltrans).

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Dec
7
Wed
One Last Push in 2016 for Refinery Emissions Cap @ Bay Area Air Quality Management Offices
Dec 7 @ 9:45 am – 12:45 pm

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Emission caps on pollution from oil refineries—greenhouse gases, toxic gases (NOx and SOx), and dangerous particulate matter are crucial not only for protecting our health and safety and the planet, but for preventing the Bay Area from becoming a major outlet for tar sands crude oil.  Refining tar sands crude produces much higher levels of both health-harming air pollution and greenhouse gases.  With a cap on refinery emissions in place, a tsunami of tar sands into Bay Area refineries could be effectively prevented.

The Refinery Emissions Cap (Rule 12-16) is so important to Air District Staff, they tried to suppress public comment at the Nov 16th Board of Directors meeting. They placed their status update as the very last item on the agenda, after yet another lengthy “secret” closed legal session.  But a strong community turn-out side-stepped these crude efforts by signing up for public comment on BOTH the closed legal sessions and the report back, allowing us to speak before the closed session.  The Board helped further by moving the closed session to the front of the agenda to support public comment.

Community speak-out was highlighted by video commentary from Richmond youth.  Those who couldn’t take off work or school to attend mid-day meetings finally had a voice!  Many speakers noted the hypocrisy of staff reporting on the many “Community Workshops” they have held to get public input on these rules. The only workshop on the emissions cap was cancelled –  all the reported workshops were advertising for the staffs proposed Rule 11-18 on Health Risk Assessments (HRA’s).

On the 16th, our legal team destroyed the myth that state climate policy, requires letting refineries pollute even more as long as they offset pollution outside of front-line communities. Scientists and technical experts tore into staff’s false claims that refinery emissions have no local impacts. Dozens spoke for protecting the health of our communities and climate from greater toxic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from energy intensive refining of dirty tar-sands crude stock.

The refineries took on a new strategy of challenging the “unpredictability” of Rule 11-18.  The decade long Health Risk Assessment process will ultimately require adoption of Best Available Retrofit Control Technologies (BARCT) to reduce health impacts.  The refinery speakers are now demanding completion of all this process PRIOR to adopting rules, so that they can know in advance where they will require implementation of BARCT.  Such demands will clearly make Rule 11-18 impossible to implement in anything resembling a timely manner.

This clearly makes the separation of the emissions cap (Rule 12-16) and the HRA process (Rule 11-18) even more vital to our health, safety and climate.

That is the agenda for the final Board of Directors meeting of 2016.  Thanks to Rebecca Kaplan, last July the Board committed to a December check-in. If rule 11-18 is slowing progress, they promised a vote on separating the  Environmental Impact Reports.  Now is the time to come and demand a separation vote!

 

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Dec
8
Thu
Screening of: The Brainwashing of My Dad @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, Hear Yourself Think, Claire Conner, and others, Jen Senko’s “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation, and greater division of our country. For more info:http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/trailer

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Wheelchair accessible.

Trailer

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Discussion with Alan Haber (founder of SDS and Long Haul) @ Long Haul
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Alan Haber for a free-form discussion about the state of the movement for justice — where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Alan founded Long Haul in 1979 and is returning to the “scene of the crime.” In 1960 he founded Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Topics may include
–history of the long haul
–some comments on SDS
–Alan’s decades of work regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
–Modern organization Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)

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Dec
9
Fri
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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EcoViva’s 20th Anniversary Celebration (w/ Rebecca Solnit & Avi Lewis) Fundraiser @ La Pena
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hear messages of hope from two powerful guest speakers at EcoViva’s anniversary event: author-activist Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Avi Lewis.

Learn about the resilient communities in Central America combatting climate change through grassroots organizing. Lewis will screen his short film “Keepers of the Future” about the social movement our partners have built in El Salvador, and Solnit will speak about organizing in the face of global challenges. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with both speakers at the event. Come enjoy delicious Salvadoran food, drinks at the open bar, lively beats, and good company, too.

EcoViva is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with Central American partners to protect the environment and improve quality of life for rural communities.

More info: https://ecoviva.org/20years

Tickets: https://bit.ly/ecoviva20

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#NODAPL Standing Rock Benefit @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Dec
10
Sat
#OpSafeWinter – Worldwide Day of Compassion @ Everywhere
Dec 10 all-day

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Mass Organizing Meeting for Jan. 20 SF Protest on Day of Trump’s Inauguration
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Volunteer and help build the fightback movement against Trump!

Join us for a mass organizing meeting to build for the Jan. 20 protest on the day of Trump’s inauguration.

You can also join an outreach session Tuesdays between 5:30 and 7:30pm or contact us and let us know when you are available. No experience is necessary! We need help making phone calls, putting up posters, handing out flyers, painting banners and making signs.

Come by any time to pick up flyers and posters or to help out. Only an organized people’s movement can push back the Trump program of racism, sexism and war! Join us!

Read the Jan. 20 Call to Action. http://www.answercoalition.org/j20_sf

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Oakland Justice Coalition @ Siegel & Yee, 3rd floor
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Oakland Justice Coalition for our final meeting of 2016.
Topics include:
National and Local Elections
What’s Next for OJC?
MLK Week Actions
2018 Elections
Hope to see you there! Bring a friend.

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Dec
11
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 2 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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