Fighting for $15/hour and a union: when we stick together we are heard.
Join us this Thursday in Oakland!
It’s just wrong that so many fast food workers aren’t paid enough to afford our basic needs, like food, transportation and housing. We’re united for a $15/hour wage floor and the right to form a union without retaliation. Raising pay will lift up our families and our community.
More on facebook: East Bay Fast Food Workers & Twitter: @fairfastfood
#StrikeFastFood: Join us as we ramp up efforts for $15 and the right to unionize without retaliation. For respect, fair treatment, and against extreme income inequality. WE DESERVE MORE!
- organizing for public banking in Oakland
- nonprofit check cashing and public finance study initiatives through the participatory budgeting process
- saving the Berkeley Post Office and stopping the Staples non-union takeover of good Post Office jobs
- working with the City of Richmond and other municipalities for eminent domain seizure of underwater mortgages from the banksters
- participating in Occupy San Francisco’s third anniversary convergence
- ongoing study group
- distribution of Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual
- student debt resistance
- and much more!
The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!
The Postal Service outsourced 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.
On July 29th, at our invite, Ralph Nader spoke on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office against privatization and corporatism. Watch and listen to his talk here.
We’ve began the “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign with some awesome… what else? … postcards to send to Staples management! Here’s the front of the postcard. The campaign has been adopted by Postal Unions, the San Francisco Labor Council and has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, and has gone national!
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 privatization of services. The California Federation of Teachers passed a resolution in support of opposition to Staples. Just recently the American Federation of Teachers, AFCSME and UNITE HERE did too.
Check out our correspondence with the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein. The APWU has been leading the charge against Staples.
For most of July the sidewalk in front of Staples was ‘occupied’ 24/7 by an intrepid band of San Francisco occupiers with solidarity and support from BPOD members distributing literature and convincing people not to shop at Staples. They’re back! Come hang out with them outside Staples at Durant & Shattuck.
And we need to be prepared if the Post Office announces a sale! The Advisory Commission on Historical Preservation came out with its report, recommending that sales of Historic Post offices be halted until the USPS conforms with historical preservation law. Here is our response. Also the Office of Inspector General’s report on the sale of Historic Post Offices came out recently – anything could happen now since Congress’ “request” that no historic Post Offices be sold until it had come out has been honored and no further Congressional request or mandate has come down. Come help us plan our response.
We have joined with other activists in Berkeley to put a ballot initiative on the ballot to rezone the Berkeley Post Office and other areas in the Historic District to prevent privatization, and also to insure a better Downtown Berkeley. We succeeded in getting the necessary signatures; it will be voted on in November, but Tom Bates and the City Council have nefarious plans to undermine our coalition. The Berkeley Planning Commission passed a similar zoning ordinance (finally) on August 27th. It will go before the City Council on September 9th.
Encouraging articles are still coming out about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked. The National Conference of Mayors recently endorsed Postal Banking. Pew Research held a day-long seminar on Postal Banking. The Postal unions and other groups have announced plans for a conference on postal banking in November.
We are planning our next event, ‘Jam the Sale.’ Spread the work and come help us out!
Let’s fill the room and make sure the Ordinance – more than a year after it was proposed – gets passed! It will rezone the downtown Historic District to prevent usages of the buildings or land for other than civic purposes, thereby rendering a sale of the Post Office or the other historic buildings around the downtown park to a developer not worth it to the developer, who won’t be able to build a twenty story office building with a McDonald’s at street level.
Come lend your support and speak about preserving the public commons!
If you have never come before, come and get involved!
If you have been participating, come and get re-energized!
Although we have made tremendous gains, the fight is not over. We are still fighting for the college we want and the college all of our students deserve. We agree with the City Attorney who says that the issue at City College is the principle of open access education for all versus success for a few.
COME TO HEAR UPDATES
Restoration, the legal suit, Board of Trustee status and elections, etc.
COME TO SET DIRECTION AND PLAN ACTIONS
To influence the BOT race, to lobby the Board of Governors to bring back our democratically elected BOT, etc. etc
COME TO HELP SAVE OUR CITY COLLEGE
Keep our college a community college!
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Short history and where we are at this point
5:30 � 6:00 pm
Reports from students, lobby committee, etc.
6:00 � 6:15 pm
6:15 – 6:45
Brainstorming for activities of Coalition for Fall and beyond.
6:45 – 7:15
Discussion of Coalition structure.
7:15 – 7:30
Announcements and wrap up.
7:45 � 8:00 pm
Oakland California, to Ferguson, Missouri
FUCK THE POLICE MARCH
Wear all Black
To the good people of Ferguson, resisting fascism – and taking your streets: You are not alone. We will continue to take the streets here in Oakland in solidarity!
On August 31st, @LostVoices14 found a noose hanging in the Ferguson camp, showing the KKK are alive & well.
We will take the streets behind an Anti-Fascist banner. We will march against the fascism of racist police forces everywhere, and the racists they empower. KKK impunity ends with the barbaric acts of Aug 31 and the finding of a hanging noose.
The time has come for more than state justice for these atrocities. The time has come to draw a line in the sand and say “no more racist police killings or beatings.”
Newly awoken resistance groups across the USA, Anonymous, Occupy alumni, East Bay radicals, and many others are drawing a line in the sand that runs right down the middle of Main Street in Ferguson, Missouri. We will no longer watch the powerful oppress the downtrodden without letting our anger sing. We are simply defending ourselves and our sisters and brothers against racism and abuse of power.
Feed each other, keep each other safe – and stay in the streets until we are totally victorious in all our demands!
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On the 21st, there will be a massive march. On the 22nd, the day before their summit, as politicians have meetings with the corporate oligarchs who profit from the disasters they are creating, we are going to take action. We will Flood Wall Street. Be there. Climate Change is here, and the only solution is a movement.
RSVP page for #floodwallstreet: https://www.facebook.com/events/832215646797522/
Learn More: http://floodwallstreet.net
NOTE: For now the OPWG is meeting at the Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, subject to change. When the Omni-Collective gets more sorted out we may decide to shift to that facility at 4799 Shattuck Ave.
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
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