BERKELEY ORGANIZING CONGREGATIONS FOR ACTION
– Unlocking the Power of People.
ACLU & NAACP Panel Discussion
“Why the new ‘Fair and Impartial’ Police Policy
is important for Berkeley”
Public Invited – No Charge
Board of Trustees Meeting
The Agenda includes a discussion of audio-taping or videotaping the Board of Trustees’ meetings as well as an Affordable Housing Presentation by the Council of Community Housing Organizations.
The Save City College Coalition is working with affordable housing advocates to fight for the principle that scarce and irreplaceable public land must go toward the public good, and truly affordable housing – not toward yet more luxury condos and profits for market rate developers! (See opinion editorial by Fernando Marti and Peter Cohen, Public land ideal for affordable housing, March 4, 2015 which brings in other needs.
The deal at 33 Gough is being guided by CBRE, a huge commercial real estate company that has a long track record of stripping out public assets at fire sale prices. Three Inspector General Reports and a book length study show that CBRE sold off 52 main post office buildings at 70% of fair market value, often to their own business partners (Peter Byrne, Going Postal). We should not be fooled by vague language about “below market rate” units – there are clear affordable housing guidelines that are legally and morally required.
One year after police murdered Michael Brown and rebellions shook cities across this country, candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties are flocking to the presidential race. What do the elections have to do with the Black Lives Matter movement? What about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump? What role should revolutionaries and anti-racist forces play in this election?
Join the discussion.
Hear John Parker, West Coast leader of Workers World Party, a member of the National Committee of Workers World Party and its presidential candidate in 2004. He works in Los Angeles organizing to build a unified movement against police terror, war, and against racism and homophobia and for worker and immigrant rights. He witnessed and investigated U.S. war crimes against the people of Iraq, Syria, Haiti and Sudan and here in the U.S. against the people of Ferguson, Baltimore and Los Angeles.
Currently Parker has written and is the main proponent of a ballot initiative for the City of Los Angeles requiring a $15 minimum wage that would take effect immediately upon voter approval.
Hear Clarence Thomas, former Secretary/Treasurer ILWU, Local 10 and Co-Chair Million Worker March. Thomas was one of the organizers of the Million Worker March, convened in Washington, D.C. less than a month before the 2004 presidential elections. Organizers called for universal health care, a national living wage, guaranteed pensions for all working people, an end to the outsourcing of jobs overseas, a repeal of the Patriot Act, increased funding for public education, free mass transit in every city, a reduction of the military budget and cancellation of pro-corporation pacts. The union bureaucracy accused the organizers of diverting energy from support for the Democratic Party in the elections. See “Election validates premise of Million Worker March” By Larry Holmeshttp://www.workers.org/ww/
On October 23, 2010, Thomas, as part of the ILWU Local 10 Executive Board, helped to lead the ILWU in shutting down all Bay Area ports to support justice for Oscar Grant. https://www.indybay.org/
Most recently, he supported Local 10’s May Day shutdown of the Port of Oakland to demand justice for Walter Scott and an end to police terror.http://www.workers.org/
Wheelchair accessible * Refreshments served * For more information call (510) 600-5800
Remember When We Trashed the Golf Course
Ghost Note Ensemble
Proceeds benefit Bay Area Anti Repression Committee
The Bay Area Anti Repression Anti Repression Committee (BAARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination. They provide support for actions that are anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-imperialist & anti-capitalist. Proceeds with go to the anti-repression bail fund for those who are arrested at actions and do not have the resources to bail or bond themselves. They also do court support. We need to have each other’s backs as the Bay Area continues to rise up, and the state attempts to intimidate through police, courts and jails.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Spac
Strategy/Organizing Training for people working to end solitary confinement and for people wanting to get involved.
Free event, food included!
Hosted by Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition (PHSS)
A crucial community Berkeley conversation, sponsored by the NAACP and other organizations, that everyone should try to attend. The struggle for racial justice, for African Americans in particular, is one that must be engaged seriously by government bodies on all levels.
Out of Oakland comes a very positive initiative: a Department of Race and Equity, unanimously approved by the City Council.
It’s true that the meaningful social change has always come from the efforts of grassroots community actions. But local governments must also work for equality for marginalized communities. The NAACP and others are calling for a Berkeley department on race and equity similar to Oakland’s. Come join the conversation on Saturday on how to hold our government accountable for continuing racial injustice.
SPEAKERS – COMMUNITY CONVERSATION – ACTION
**City of Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks**
**Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion**
Individual consultation with attorneys, info about new Drivers Licenses requirements, DACA & Citizenship process applications, U VISA, and Prop 47 reclassification. Free rap sheets for the first 50 individuals. Alameda County Public Defender’s office representatives will be present to assist. En Espanol.
Sponsored by: Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), Centro Legal De La Raza (CLDLR) and Catholic Charities East Bay.
Public awareness of the need for aggressive climate action grows stronger as we approach of the COP21 Conference in Paris in December. Join us for reports and discussion of activities aimed at fossil fuel resistance and promoting climate justice in our region.
At our next meeting, Steve Nadel will lead a discussion on the value of direct action in bringing about social and institutional change.
Newcomers especially welcome.
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.
OO 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
- Welcome & Introductions
- Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
- (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: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (email@example.com)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: firstname.lastname@example.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area
Information, discussion, community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Historical context, response, and vision for the future
On July 13, Sandra Bland became the latest casualty in the war on black lives and bodies. Pulled over for the minor infraction of changing lanes without signaling, Sandra Bland was brutalized, arrested, and three days later found dead in her Texas jail cell. Her arrest and death has sparked national outcry for answers after police reported that Bland committed suicide.
OccupyForum will bring together activists working to address the racism and brutality that continues to tear apart our society. We will hear from Open Circle and the Idriss Stelley Foundation (including Mesha Irizarry), ground zero for families who have suffered a death at the hands of police; The Anti-Police Terror Project committed to ending state sanctioned murder of Black, Brown & Poor People; and CODEPINK which helped amplify the voices of mothers who have lost their children to police brutality. We will also have a representative from the Oscar Grant Committee in Oakland and a historians to situate state/police repression in America.� We will be attempting to contextualize the Sandra Bland case, and talk about the vision ahead to move from protest to the broadest movement to stop the murder of African Americans on the systemic level.
Mesha Irizarry: (whose son was killed in 2002 by police) Idriss Stelly Foundation
Antoinette Gaggero: Open Circle: Addresssing Police Terror and Systemic Oppression
Jeremy Miller: Idriss Stelly Foundation
Dr. James Garrett, Historian
Nancy Mancias: CODEPINK
Cat Brooks: Anti-Police Terror Project
Francis (Civil Rights Singer)
Facilitated by: Gerald Smith, Black history scholar, longtime member of the Black Panther Party, and the Oscar Grant Committee (Investigating Cases of Police Brutality)
Anti Police Terror Project Cat Brooks: https://vimeo.com/124791337
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/22/what-cops-are-saying-about-the-sandra-bland-video/ (this has a video of the arrest)
ON TWITTER: #sandyspeaks, #sandystillspeaks, #sandrabland, #sandrablandmurder, #sayhername
Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.
The postal service wanted to sell the post office to Hudson-Mcdonald, a local developer. The City of Berkeley sued the post office to stop the sale. Hudson-Mcdonald backed out of the deal in early December.
Federal Judge William Alsup decided to dismiss the lawsuit in April because the Postal Service says it is not currently selling the building. But we’re not fooled. The Postal Service could “find” a buyer at any moment. Fortunately, the Judge ordered the Postal Service to provide 42 days notice before any sale, so that the lawsuit could be refiled.
In the latest developments, Berkeley has Declared War on Its Homeless, and an ordinance criminalizing the homeless came before the City Council on June 30th (see here and here) but was tabled until September.
No agenda or other information provided.
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!
In February, Emeryville police killed Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year old Black woman and mother of two after she was assaulted at the Home Depot. It was clear from the different sizes of the bullet holes that multiple weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle, had been fired at her.
It has been more than 6 months and not one official police report on Yuvette’s killing has been made public. The Alameda coroner is unnecessarily withholding the autopsy results of Yuvette’s death, which is key to the family’s ongoing fight for answers and accountability.
Come to the Emeryville City Counsel meeting to demand that the Council directs the coroner to release Yuvette’s autopsy report to her family.
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:
And our timebank at:
Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and other invasions of privacy by our benighted City Government, 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.
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
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?
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
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: