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Apr
17
Thu
Local’s Walk of Shame – San Francisco @ 24th & Bryant
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

To the naked eye, Local’s Corner looks like any other overpriced restaurant that’s popped up in the Mission in recent years. But it’s even worse. It has denied service–at least twice–to groups of Mission residents of color who tried to order food. Its owner, Yaron Milgrom, owns three other businesses in the neighborhood: Local’s Eatery, Local’s Market and Local’s Cellar. A server at Local’s Eatery has filed suit for sexual harassment. Join us as we tell Milgrom to respect civil rights, issue a public apology, and give back to the community through local hire, affirmative action and community benefits agreements.

At a time of massive displacement, and at a time when Alex Nieto, an unarmed man, can be killed by police at the top of Bernal hill while eating a burrito, it’s time to send a message that long-time residents and people of color have a right to live, eat and enjoy life in their own communities!

Sponsored by Mission/Bernal ACCE and Our Mission No Eviction

Facebook event.

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International Day of Peasant Resistance: A REPORT BACK FROM BRAZIL & BENEFIT CONCERT @ La Pena Cultural Center
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
A celebration and inquiry into the international struggle for land, food and our own labor:  Who is Movimento Sem Terra?

In February a delegation of 15 representatives from U.S. social movements traveled to Brazil to attend the National Congress of the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or MST). The Congress was a celebration of the MST’s thirty-years of struggle, and a debate about its future.

This event is a report-back to the Bay Area community at large, with insights into the MST’s structure and strategy, and examples of how they’re changing relations to land and labor.

Followed by a concert by local artists: Cradle Duende, Diana Gameros, & The Black Riders Liberation Party!

Report back by Bay Area Delegates: Effie Rawlings of Occupy the Farm, Shango Abiola of The Black Riders Liberation Party, and Rebecca Tarlau of Friends of the MST

This event is in solidarity with The International Day of Peasant Resistance which commemorates the massacre of 19 MST activists at the hands of state military police on April 17th, 1996.

Tickets are $10-20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

All proceeds benefit ongoing political organizing between the Bay Area and the MST.

Purchase advance tickets at http://tinyurl.com/n6t6cb5

RSVP and invite friends to the facebook event!

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Apr
18
Fri
“No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant” Oakland Book Release @ East Side Cultural Center
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

“Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on January 1, 2009; he would be murdered by the courts and the media soon thereafter.”

Join the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, ONYX, and Davey D in a discussion with award winning journalist and author, Thandisizwe Chimurenga on her recently released book, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant”. Watch the book trailer.

Chimurenga uses her writing as political activism. In ‘No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,’ she connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males through the case of Oscar Grant’s murder by police on January 1, 2009 in California’s Bay Area.

Thandisizwe is a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (1990) and is currently a member of Black August Los Angeles. She has received awards from New America Media for “Outstanding Reporting on Health and Health Care” (2013 Ethnic Media Awards), the All African Women’s Revolutionary Union as a “Grassroots Media Advocate” (2010 Mawina Kouyate Daughters of Africa Award), and she was recognized by the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-­Determination as a “Pioneer for African Unity and Victory” (Atlanta, 2009). She came to journalism through activism and sees her writing as a form of activism.

Food will be provided. Books will be available for purchase.

Facebook.

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New Deal Film Festival by Save the Berkeley Post Office. @ BFUU
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. Films from the 30′s. Two evenings of double features: April 18th & April 25th.

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Apr
19
Sat
Save Knowland Park Rally @ Oakland Zoo entrance
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

SATURDAY, April 19, 10 am-1pm: SAVE THIS DATE for our big Friends of Knowland Park Earth Day Rally at the Oakland Zoo entrance!

SPECIAL GUESTS: COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD and the duo of Hali Hammer and Randy Berge! If you can only come out to help with one thing, this is it! Our goal is to turn out even more people than our last successful rally, so please come and bring your friends!

SHOWING UP MATTERS. Homemade signs are great—we will have a bunch, but bring your own if you can (or organize your own sign-making party and we’ll contribute materials!) We’ll have music, fun, some surprises and inspiration! The great places that have been saved, from Yosemite down to small bayside parcels, have been saved because lots of ordinary people took a stand and fought to protect them. This is ours – time to take to the street and stand up for what you believe in! Watch our new video!

Oakland Zoo is at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Mountain Blvd. Allow time for parking on nearby streets and walking to zoo entrance; please carpool, if possible. Let us know if you have something special you could contribute to make it a fun and fruitful rally. Bring water, sunscreen, lunch and plan a picnic in Knowland Park after the rally! Please RSVP to info@friendsofknowlandpark.org so we have a rough head count for planning purposes.

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Earth Day Parade and Rally: San Francisco @ Chelsea (Bradley) Manning Plaza, foot of Market St
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

 

The Earth Day Action Parade

is Sat. April 19th, in conjunction with The Earth Day San Francisco Festival (EDSF). The March/Parade will be from Justin Herman Plaza at 11:30 to the main EDSF Festival at the UN Plaza, with a short Rally at the Main Stage, at 1pm. Pre-events (rallies, marches) as feed-ins from local groups across the Bay Area are being planned.

Impact – Bringing Political Action Back to Earth Day

Earth Day is the single largest day of environmental action. This year, the SF theme is “Action”. Last year 8,000 attended EDSF, aiming for 10,000 this year. Climate and environmental activism is front and central this year.

Your Message, Artistic

Not your “standard” march, The Earth Day Action Parade will be in sections that emphasize themes/messages with artistic visuals or small floats, including:  Why/Morality: Children’s Brigade and faith groups  Environmental Justice: Impacted Communities, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels,  Problems/Dangers: Keystone XL, Fracking, Big Oil refinery expansions, Extreme Weather, and  Solutions: Solar, Wind, Mass Transit, Bicycles, Electric Vehicles (EV’s), Resilient Communities…

See www.350bayarea.org/earthday-sf (under Events):
 For more information
 To Endorse or become a Sponsor
 To RSVP
 To post your organization’s Demands
 To Volunteer (many roles are available) Make The Earth Day Action Parade a significant statement and spread the word about your organization!
Organizations Contact: Rand Wrobel (rand.wrobel@gmail.com, 510.914-2349) Volunteers Contact: John Anderson (p8ton.anderson@gmail.com).

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The Art Party
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Music.

Food.

Live Art.

 

 

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Apr
20
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Apr 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays, 2-4 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 2:00 PM we meet inside at the Sudoroom, 2141 Broadway, the  entrance is on 22nd St between Telegraph and Broadway. Ring the buzzer and say you are here for the OO GA.  Directions

We have met on a continuous basis for almost two and a half 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.

The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. 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. Discussion Topics

Occupy Oakland GAOccupy 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/
Justice 4 Alan Blueford: justice4alanblueford.org
Oakland Privacy Group: 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
Albany Bulb Defense: sharethebulb.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: sudoroom.org

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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Movie: Terms & Conditions May Apply @ The Sudoroom
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

The Oakland Privacy Working Group will show the movie Terms & Conditions May Apply at the sudoroom on Sunday, April 20th at 6 PM.  There will be some food and drink, as well.

The movie will be shown after the sudoroom Cryptoparty, where you can learn how to protect your digital privacy.  Make a day of it!

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Apr
21
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

We’ve started a “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign with some awesome… what else? … postcards to send to Staples management!  Here’s the front of the postcard.

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All four Postal Unions have joined together to support maintaining full service, public Post Offices in every community, with expansion to include postal banking, and to oppose subcontracting and privaztization of services. We need to support them in these endeavors!

The Berkeley City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it.

And we need to be prepared if the Post Office announces a sale! The Office of Inspector General’s report on the sale of Post Offices was supposed to come out before the end of March – anything could happen after it comes out. Come help us plan our response.

Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked. We held a forum on postal and public banking on March 29th on the Post Office steps.

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE.

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Apr
22
Tue
Sharethebulb.org film showing and update “Where do you go when it rains” and Bulb lovers Testimony @ 924 Gilman Street Albany ca
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Film Screening of Where do You Go When it Rains? and Bulb Lovers testimony ps:) Before films GG and Orion will be leading a short sing along of Orions songs Every body must get droned
and They never change they shoot us down without shame it’s the same ol’ dirty rotten capitalist game
ALSO GG will sing Woody Guthrie’s I ain’t got no home

When: Tuesday April 22, 7:30pm

Where: 924 Gilamn St

What: Come hear updates on the Bulb and more about our latest efforts

along with seeing a film about the residents an life on the landfill as well as testimonies from Bulb lovers

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Apr
23
Wed
Oakland Privacy Working Group meeting @ The Sudoroom
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub.

We aim to have 2 monthly meetings, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30 at the SUDOROOM.  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

The entrance to the sudoroom is on 22nd Street, ring the buzzer and come up the stairs or take the elevator.

For more information on the DAC check out the DAC FAQ, the Oakland Wiki Domain Awareness Page and the Oakland Privacy WordPress.

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The Future of Palestine: Ali Abunimah & Max Blumenthal in San Francisco @ Roxie theater
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the State of Israel has taken major strides recently in the United States. With divestment votes moving forward on campuses across the country, and votes to boycott Israeli institutions passed by the American Studies Association and other organizations, discussions of the movement and its objectives have entered the mainstream.

At the same time, others have redoubled their efforts to suppress discussion of Israel’s escalating war against Palestinians, promoting legislation to defund institutions that participate in boycotts, and pressuring university administrations to punish students and faculty who support BDS.

ALI ABUNIMAH is the author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine. MAX BLUMENTHAL is the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

They will discuss their acclaimed new books, recent developments in the Middle East and United States, and the prospects for justice in Palestine.

 

Sponsored by Haymarket Books and Lannan Foundation.

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Apr
24
Thu
Stop Staples: US Mail is Not for Sale! National Day of Action. @ San Francisco & San Leandro and all over the United States.
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

National website.

Local actions:

SAN FRANCISCO
Time: 10:00 AM
Address: 1700 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

SAN LEANDRO
Time: 1:00 PM
Address: 15555 East 14th Street #200, San Leandro, CA 94578

Berkeley Post Office Defenders and Save the Berkeley Post Office will be supporting these actions.

 Staples attacks good jobs and public post offices.

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office. In fact, post offices across the country are at risk – along with thousands of good jobs.

The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.

A bad deal for workers and consumers.

You have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable to you and the American people. You have a right to postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed Postal Service employees, who are sworn to safeguard your mail – whether it’s at the Post Office or Staples.

The Staples deal is bad for consumers like you who will pay the same for less service. And if Staples and the USPS move forward with this deal, it could lead to the end of the Postal Service as we know it.

Undermining good jobs.

In the meantime, the Staples deal is replacing good-paying jobs that our community depends on with low-wage jobs that hurt our economy.

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Apr
25
Fri
Free Dental and Medical Care Clinic @ Oracle Arena East Side Club
Apr 25 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Dental and Medical Care at the Bridges to Health medical and dental clinic.

First come – first serve

100% FREE FOR EVERYONE!

Complete Dental (Surgery & Cleaning)
Eye Exam & Glasses
STD/HIV screening
Medical Care
Women’s Health
Meal & Childcare Provided

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New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. @ BFUU
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. Films from the 30′s. Two evenings of double features: April 18th & April 25th.

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Apr
26
Sat
Occupy the Farm: Community Farm Day at the Gill Tract. @ Gill Tract (Jackson & Ahlone entrance)
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

A unique partnership between community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff has been preparing a 1.5 acre urban farm and research center on the Gill Tract. Come join us as we celebrate this new joint venture by planting, learning, playing, and eating together!

Schedule:
11:00 AM-2:30 PM: Planting, kid friendly activities, and educational workshops presented by UC Berkeley and community organizations
12:30 PM: Lunch provided by the Berkeley Student Food Collective
2:30-3:00 PM: Open community discussion about visions for the future of this space

Sponsored by The Gill Tract Farm Coalition, Student Organic Garden Association, UC College of Natural Resources, and UC Cooperative Extension

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Sandy’s Art Not Bombs Open House: Rewards For Your Activism @ Sandy & Mindy's old apartment
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Friends and Comrades! Hunter-Gatherers, Anti-Capitalists and Others Fighting the Powers-That-Be to Create a Sane & Sustainable Earth… Come visit my studio and take home some art… FREE! …

Saturday April 26, 2014

Noon to Midnight 

2200 Adeline St., #250A (Adeline St. & Grand Ave.)

(The front entry is on Adeline, sometimes the buzzer doesn’t work. If so, call 510-763-1935 and we will come down & let you in.)
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Mindy and I are moving to Oregon to spread out a bit and grow some food. My studio space will be smaller. I have lots of perfectly good works of art washed ashore with me by the decimating Reagan-Thatcher economic torpedoing of the 99% in the 80′s; survival wage slavery since; and a complete lack of enthusiasm for the processes and products of the art-(now fashion)-as-commodity-gallery empire. So. Why not give a lot of it away freely for people to enjoy? As Occupy does, as Mother Earth has done…make it free!
 
I owe a lot to all you wonderful Oakland and Bay Area activists that freely give of your time, resources and passion to make a better planet. Now is my time to pay back and pay forward some of that, to you guys.
 
So hunter-gatherers, come pick some art-off-the-tree, as it were, like before capitalists turned everything into a proprietized “marketplace”. Sharing, trade, local currency, time banks, swaps, freecycling and collectives are the way of the future… so why not now?
 
There are many paintings and mixed media pieces, photographs, over 160 posters (many are used and have been used through the battles against the Evil Empire), over 50 art prints and lots more. You can preview most of them through the thumbnail pages on the link below. Clicking on a thumbnail brings the larger image, click on an area of interest in that image and it zooms in on that spot…


http://www.bluejayway.net/sandys_art_not_bombs/sandys%20art%20not%20bombs.html

 
If you find something you like please come take it home. If you find something you really like in advance, email me with the choice and we’ll put a hold on it with a red dot.
Snacks and Beverages available as long as they last. Hope to see you there! Please spread the word!
We love you all! (And will really miss you all!!!)
Cheers!

Sandy

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Strike Debt Bay Area: Ideas Into Action. @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

New to Strike Debt?? Don’t walk cold turkey into a bunch of radicals talking about debt! Show up a half hour early—at 2:30 PM—for an informal pre-meeting intro session. If you’d like to attend this pre-together please email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com and let us know you’re coming.

Join Strike Debt Bay Area in working on some exciting projects locally and nationally to fight unjust debt.

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– The latest on our coalition efforts to Save the Berkeley Post Office and fight the privatization of our commons.

– The latest on our efforts to help Richmond and NGO allies push for principal reduction for Richmond’s homeowners. Read two articles here and here, written by two Strike Debt Bay Area members  on the Richmond principal reduction / eminent domain case.

In addition, we are exploring the use of a public bank to help Richmond, CA and other communities escape the thrall of Wall Street.

- Work on our radio segment on KPFA

– Other projects include efforts to fight against student debt in conjunction with peeps at UC Cal via a Strike Debt UC Berkeley chapter of Strike Debt, a book group with semi-weekly discussions, investigations into the legitimacy of mortgage ownership and therefore the right to foreclose, efforts to thwart payday loan usury and more.

“Just as bosses are dependent on workers, so are lenders dependent on borrowers. If workers walk out, the enterprise stops. If borrowers refuse to pay their debts, the lenders could be in real trouble. Each side depends on the other. The millions of underwater mortgage holders, of student debtors and credit card holders, need the bank loans –  but so do the banks need those borrowers, and they especially need them to cooperate by paying their monthly charges. Otherwise, the capital that the banks list on their books begins to drain away.” ~Francis Fox Piven

Check out our website, our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Check out the Berkeley Post Office Defenders website too.

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Apr
27
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays, 2-4 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 2:00 PM we meet inside at the Sudoroom, 2141 Broadway, the  entrance is on 22nd St between Telegraph and Broadway. Ring the buzzer and say you are here for the OO GA.  Directions

We have met on a continuous basis for almost two and a half 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.

The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. 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. Discussion Topics

Occupy Oakland GAOccupy 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/
Justice 4 Alan Blueford: justice4alanblueford.org
Oakland Privacy Group: 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
Albany Bulb Defense: sharethebulb.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: sudoroom.org

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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