The Grease Diner will be hosting an in-progress screening and fundraiser for Benjamin Welmond’s Renew Vietnam, a film about Project Renew – an organization removing bombs, mines and other dangerous explosives from the Quang Tri province of Vietnam. The event will take place on July 17th from 6 – 9pm at the Grease Diner in Oakland. In addition to an in-progress screening of the unfinished 20 minute film, there will be a Q & A with director Benjamin Welmond, and the founder of Project Renew, Chuck Searcy. Bill Creighton (head of SF’s Veterans for Peace chapter) will be talking about the legacies, and current fight for institutional support to victims of Agent Orange. As this event is a fundraiser, the Grease Diner will be offering live-screenprinting of Renew Vietnam t-shirts and tote bags, which can be purchased during the event. Proceeds will go towards funding of the film, which is still in post-production. Welmond has been using indiegogo to raise the essential funds for the film, which are needed for a composer, translator and animator. The screening will be an opportunity to get involved and learn about Project Renew.
During the Vietnam War, the Quang Tri province became one of the most heavily bombed places in history, and it is estimated that 800,000 tons of bombs did not detonate as designed. The United States government also sprayed Agent Orange to kill the crops, which utilizes a deadly chemical with severe biological repercussions. These bombs have left a powerful legacy on the area, injuring and killing thousands of unsuspecting civilians. In 2001, The NGO Project Renew was established by Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam Veteran, an active member of Veterans for peace, in order to find ways to make Quang Tri a safer place. Project Renew trains local Quang Tri citizens to work around the clock to disarm leftover explosives, lend support to victims, and educate local populations on how to be alert and aware. In December of 2014, Benjamin Welmond went to the Quang Tri province to film a short documentary about Project Renew, in order to raise awareness of their efforts, and spark discussions on the powerful impact of war.
You can RSVP to the event and invite friends through this facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/events/379579128905685/) . Sliding scale donations (recommended donation of $5 and up) will be taken at the door. The Grease Diner is located at 6604 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, CA. The Grease Diner is an art gallery, gift shop, and screen printing studio with a DIY feel and radical attitude. Owners, Jon Jon and Laurie are excited to be working with Benjamin Welmond to help him raise the additional funds needed to finish the film while providing a space for folks in the bay area to learn about Project Renew and the aftermath of the Vietnam war. As well as addressing the US’s impact on Vietnam, the film also brings up important questions dealing with the US’s foreign military policy. All are welcome to come to the event, and the Q & A sessions will be an important time to address questions about what the effect of war is.
To donate and see the trailer for the film, please go here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/renew-vietnam-the-documentary#/story
To learn more about the film please see: http://www.renew-thedoc.com
Join regular copwatch patrols every Thursday evening or at a time best suited for you. Shift leaders will orient you as to how we document police activity and keep safe!
It’s time to see what’s really going on in your city – attend our training and then join us for a shift!
FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
(60 min) (2014) by Sam Mayfield
This film documents the days, weeks and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority and injustice. They were fighting back against newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s action stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees. This fight took place in the same period as the Arab spring, and workers in both struggles saw their common fight.
Discussion to follow.
An Injury To One Is An Injury To All
The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10
On May 1, 2015 ILWU Local 10 called for a stop work meeting to protest the police terror and murders of African Americans, Latinos and other working people. Two thousand marched to demand justice and human rights. ILWU made history as the only union in the United States to not only to challenge the epidemic of police murders, but also to take action on the job.
This educational forum will look at why the ILWU Local 10 took this action and how their members have been affected by the increasing militarization of the police and repression in working class communities.
There will also be a screening of a new documentary about the ILWU Local 10’s initiated action.
Henry Schmidt room is on the second floor of the smaller building at the location.
Join the discussion as Lamont Lilly, of Workers World Party Durham Branch talks about the fight against police terror and capitalism’s need to have a police state. Lilly was recently in Baltimore People’s Power Assembly during the rebellion there in response to the police murder of #Freddie Grey. He has been active in the struggle to free Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley Jr. Lilly is an activist and an author, writing frequently for Workers.org newspaper, a contributing editor for Triangle Free Press, and also published in Truth-out.org. You can find him on Twitter @LamontLilly .
MILITARIZATION OF LOCAL POLICE
A Talk and Discussion with
Code Pink activist
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Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written, and performed by playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner, this limited engagement opens Saturday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.
Smith garnered a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012 and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy. Now she turns her attention to the school-to-prison pipeline, which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. In act one, Smith performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. She will be joined by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby.
In act two, Smith invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents to help dissolve the school-to-prison pipeline and inequities in the education system. With the compelling and inspiring Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.
“I’m pleased to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter at Berkeley Rep,” says Smith. “This is my coming home project. By that I mean that I come from teachers who in my generation gave their lives to changing the lives of young Baltimoreans through belief in the potential of public education. I feel that the Bay Area is the perfect place for conversations about the school-to-prison pipeline to start and possibly for solutions to emerge. I’ve had a long history with Berkeley Rep and the Bay Area where I have presented my work since the early 1980s.”
Smith continues, “There’s a lot of research being conducted and has been done about the relationship of early suspensions and how that perpetuates a cycle of incarceration. Though the focus of fixing racial inequity is currently focused on problems with urban policemen, as President Obama cautioned us, in the midst of riots in Baltimore, the problem is broader and deeper than that. I believe that we have a chance to reimagine and recreate a new war on poverty. Education is a crucial part of that. Through this special presentation I hope that we can build a model for art to be in direct connection to advocacy. We can bring people forward to ask not just what they think, but what they can do. I hope this process will help us understand more about our children, our teachers, our judges, and our criminal justice system.”
To cultivate participation in the dialogue by as many voices as possible, Berkeley Rep is offering a wide array of ticket discounts including:
· 1,000 free community tickets are available by application to nonprofit, and government organizations serving populations impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and indviduals for whom cost would be a barrier; details available at http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1415/9293.asp#tabbed-
“Mogi and I are in need of some help. I need to move at the end of July and I won’t have enough to cover a deposit and last months rent for a new home. So, I’m throwing a Rent Party & Art Show.”
Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.
Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!
~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence
~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.
~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.
~ Working groups: tbd
Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
Notes from last meeting:
A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices
With members of the Committee to Save the Berkeley Post Office
The U.S. Postal Service, now headed by those favoring privatization, is closing and selling off many post offices listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reducing postal services and cutting public sector union jobs. Many of these historic post offices have murals and art created during the New Deal. The City of Berkeley, however, prevailed in federal court saving the historic post office building and setting a precedent for others. The case promises to save union jobs by requiring the USPS to follow the law. Come hear the story of how a spirited group of Berkeley residents set a national precedent.
Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office fought for their historic building and art for three years. They made the nation aware of the issue with articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 510-684-0414
For 3 years, the commercial development project that is slated to pave the southern 7 acres of the historic Gill Tract has been held off by a lawsuit. On June 16th, the courts ruled in favor of the UC, citing that their polluting, privatizing, pavement project breaks no state laws.
But we hold ourselves accountable to the laws of nature:
Did you know the neighborhood surrounding the Gill Tract already ranks in the top 2% nationwide for traffic congestion? Now imagine how many cars and diesel trucks the addition of a Sprouts grocery store would bring to the area. Did you know that same neighborhood ranks in the top 22% nationwide for asthma rates? Now imagine the air pollution and health implications of that traffic (approximately 6500 cars per day) on the community.
Join us Thursday, July 16th, one month after the court’s mis-ruling, to take a stand and demonstrate refusal to accept the misuse of public land in utter disregard of environmental and public health. We will be gathering to take action at the proposed development site on the corner of Monroe & San Pablo, from 4-5pm.
Song and Story from Occupy
Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents a celebration of the Occupy movement, in song and story. The audience is invited to sing along: lyric sheets will be provided. Founded in 1999, the Labor Chorus helps keeps working-class culture alive, in four-part harmony. We will also have special guests.
- Door Time: 8:00 PM
- Restrictions: 18 & over
Under 21 must buy $5 non-alcoholic drink ticket at the door.
Come to the RPA Summer Picnic!
RPA will provide compostable paper ware, ice, some beverages, and charcoal for the grills from noon to 1:30, if conditions allow fires. Bring food to share. Please invite friends, family, neighbors.
We’ve reserved a shady picnic area at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline that’s close to the parking lot and not far from the ADA-accessible children’s play area and tot lot. The views are marvelous. The Golden State Model Railroad Museum is across the street, and their trains run on Sunday afternoons…
All of RPA’s friends, members, and their families are most welcome.
The families of O’Shaine Evans, Kenneth Harding Jr. & James Rivera welcome you to celebrate the lives of their loved ones whose lives were stolen by police terror in the month of July, as well as the birthday of Nelson Mandela.
Some good eats are in the works. This is a Family friendly event. The day will be filled with activities, music, and fun.
South Park is just yards away from where O’Shaine was executed. We will have a Libation Ceremony there.
It is about 1 mile from Powell St. Bart Station. Carpooling is encouraged.
Looking forward to sharing in this Celebration of Life with you all.
Orientation: A call for volunteers for a child care collective.
Come to the new member orientation to learn more. Contact Sonia or email email@example.com for location details. Visit the website for more info about what it looks like to be a part of their volunteer collective.
Hey activists, childcare providers, and folks who want to build power and spend time with kids…
The Bay Area Childcare Collective (BACC) is looking for new members!
The BACC offers childcare resources to grassroots organizations composed of a lead by m/others who face multiple opressions, primarily by providing competent and politicized childcare to low/no income immigrant m/others and m/others of color. They’re currently working with Causa Justa Just Cause, La Collectiva and LeftRoots.
If you want to:
-Support local grassroots organizing led by women and m/other of color
-Spend more time with kids
-Connect and build community with other folks who love working with kids
-Learn and share skills
Then BACC is a great fit for you!
We look forward to connecting with you!
Featuring representatives from
Bay Area Socialist Alternative,
Richmond Progressive Alliance
Bay Area People for Bernie
Join us Saturday, July 18th to hear from three groups working to elect candidates for the 99%.
Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant won 95,000 votes in the Seattle City Council election in November 2013. Kshama was the first openly Socialist city council member elected in almost 100 years. This November Kshama is up for reelection in what Chris Hedges has called “one of the most important elections in the country this year.” Come hear from Michael who just recently returned from a week of volunteering for the campaign in Seattle.
Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination for President and has a long history of running successful independent campaigns. Hear from a leading member in the Bay Area People for Bernie group about Bernie’s past success and what they’re doing to ensure his continued success.
Richmond Progressive Alliance was up against Chevron’s smear campaign this past November and prevailed. Their experience is the roadmap to success for grass roots Bernie supporters. The RPA candidates were outspent 20:1 in campaign ads. It was door to door, heart to heart communication with friends and neighbors that won the vote
Join us Saturday July 18 to hear a panel discussion on independent politics in Seattle, Bernie Sanders history of running as an independent and the work the Richmond Progressive Alliance in defeating Chevron this past election!
“Life A Shade Darker” is a Book, Album, & T shirt brand by award winning poet “Kleeane Ryhmen”
Life A Shade Darker (#LASD) the book consists of 45 of Kleeane Ryhmen’s most eloquent poems and the album consists of 7 all original tracks.
The #LASD T shirts consists of some of the most powerful quotes within the book and the album.
This event is free to the public.
This event will be held at The Alan Blueford Center For Justice
1/4 OF ALL PROFITS WILL BE DONATED TO THE ORGANIZATION AND EVERYTHING HELPS.
purchase the products we have inside and enjoy a free show!
There will be a book signing and reading.
We will have a live band and also, local poets, comedians, hiphop artist, and rnb singers performing.
We encourage anyone who wants to perform at this event to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a family friendly event, though i will not censor any artist for content in any way.
ALSO VISIT THE WEBSITE TO PURCHASE YOUR BOOK ALBUM AND T SHIRTS @
Stand up for Rent Control & Just Cause for Eviction Tenant Protections
Let’s speak up to get these important measures passed by Council in July. Tell the Council you want this ordinance on the books before the August recess! Staff will be bringing back draft versions. Let the Council know you want strong and effective protections. Last estimate was that Rent Control could apply to 9400 units here. Help promote Development without Displacement.