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Apr
25
Tue
Statewide Day of Action – Call and Email for Universal Health Care for California Today!
Apr 25 all-day

Join the Statewide Day of Action – Call and Email for Healthy California Today!

As you know, SB 562, The Healthy California Act, will have its first hearing in the Senate Health Committee this Wednesday, April 26th.  The hearing is critical to moving the bill forward and it’s time for all hands on deck!  Senators on the committee need to hear from you today.

It is vital that we let them know that Californians will hold them accountable for their votes on Wednesday.  Please call today!

Click here to be connected to your Senator >>

WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU CALL? IT’S SIMPLE.  When you click on the link you will also find a sample of what to say when you call the Senator. And if you can’t call, click here to email them!  Let’s make guaranteed healthcare a reality for all Californians!

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Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights @ Berkeley Adult School
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Tuesday 4/25: All Out to Berkeley City Council

In an unprecedented move, the Berkeley City Council is considering fully withdrawing their  participation in Urban Shield. A decision in favor of pulling out of Urban Shield by the Berkeley City Council paves the way for other cities in the Bay Area to do the same. Join us on Tuesday to show mass opposition to Urban Shield’s war on our communities.

Can’t attend on Tuesday? Support with CALL IN DAY: Monday, April 24th,.
Call Berkeley City Council and demand that they end police militarization. Here is sample call in language and contact info:

“Dear Councilperson _________,
I am writing to urge you and all Berkeley City Council members to take leadership in putting an end to Berkeley’s engagement with the militarization of police and disaster preparedness represented by the annual Urban Shield exercises and weapons expo, funded by DHS through the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Urban Shield’s emphasis on SWAT teams as the response to emergencies – including natural disasters – as well as the extremely militarized scenarios, diminishes resources for responding to the ordinary emergencies community members face every day. Berkeley should not be participating in war games funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which involve not only nine Bay Area counties, but teams from around the United States.That is why I ask you to exercise your leadership and reject any future funding from UASI, Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and to stand with Alameda County communities, and people across the country.
Regards,
_______”

CONTACT INFO FOR BERKELEY CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

Map of Berkeley Council Districts

Mayor Jesse Arreguin/ (510) 981-7100/ mayor@cityofberkeley.info
District 1/Linda Miao/(510) 981-7110/  lmaio@cityofberkeley.info /
District 2/Cheryl Davila/ (510) 981-7120/ cdavila@cityofberkeley.info
District 3/  Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130/  bbartlett@CityofBerkeley.info
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 /  kharrison@CityofBerkeley.info
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 / shahn@CityofBerkeley.info
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 / swengraf@CityofBerkeley.info
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 / kworthington@CityofBerkeley.info
District 8/  Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 / ldroste@CityofBerkeley.info

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Apr
26
Wed
Immigrant Family Day at SF City Hall @ San Francisco City Hall
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join AROC, as part of SFILEN, in holding Immigrant Family Day at City Hall, where we gather our community members to raise their concerns, speak about the issues they are facing, and demand that SF fight for immigrant rights and continue supporting SFILEN in providing critical legal services, education and outreach to immigrant communities throughout the city.

San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN), a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations, including some of the region’s pioneering immigrant service providers and some of the city’s leading legal advocacy organizations – each with decades of experience providing free and low cost immigration legal services and community education to low income immigrants in San Francisco. We represent immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latinx communities.

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Single Payer: Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Cmte Hearing – SB 562’s 1st Vote! @ Sacramento Convention Center Complex
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s here! The first vote on our Healthy California Act, SB 562 (Lara & Atkins), will be on Apri 26th. Please join us for a rally, march and then pack the room to show that we urgently need to move SB 562 forward and guarantee healthcare for all in California.

Details:
*Noon Rally
*March to the Capitol
*1:00pm Hearing in Senate Health (plan to stay as long as it takes to get a Yes vote!!!)

Bus pick ups in many locations! You must RSVP here for a seat:www.goo.gl/VIwz1x

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Apr
27
Thu
BART Board: Sanctuary Policy @ BART Boardroom, 20th Street Mall, Third Floor
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BART Board will be holding three evening meetings this year to create greater access to board meetings for BART riders and constituents. The first evening meeting of the year will be held on April 27th. At this meeting the Board will consider a sanctuary policy, energy policy, sustainability policy, legislative positions, and other items.

Please join us at this evening meeting to share input on these items or any other BART issue. There will be time at the beginning and end of the meeting for general public comment for items not on the agenda.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can watch it online:http://www.bart.gov/about/bod/multimedia.aspx

The meeting agenda will be available online on Friday, April 21st:http://www.bart.gov/about/bod/meetings/2017

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Invest in People, not Punishment.
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County will be hosting a Town Hall on April 27th at The Way in Berkeley with our elected reps to hold them to their commitment to create a program that results in Alameda County hiring formerly incarcerated persons for permanent, full time benefited jobs including training to meet minimum requirements and pass the Civil service exam.

We want to pack the house!

If you or someone you know is formerly incarcerated and can benefit from this jobs program we especially need you to tell your story. Please text to 510-246-5901.


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FREE film screening of “The Runner” @ Berkeley City College Auditorium
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Image may contain: 1 person, ocean and textPlease join the Arab Film Festival, Berkeley City College‘s Arabic Language instructor Gaye D. Walton-Price and Yalla Arabi: SF/East Bay Arabic Language Meetup for a FREE film screening of “The Runner” (Subtitled in English)

FILM TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/149860780
SYNOPSIS:
The Runner is a film by Saeed Taji Farouky about Salah Hmatou Ameidan, who uses his talent as a runner to protest against the occupation of his homeland, Western Sahara. The film suggests that the runner’s physical endurance is his political weapon. It is the story of a champion long-distance runner whose journey transformed him from an athlete into the symbol of a national liberation movement.

NO CHARGE to attend!

 

 

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Apr
29
Sat
People’s Climate Movement Bay Area @ Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On April 29th there will be a People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. All over the country there will be sister marches. In the Bay Area, we will be having a rally at Lake Merritt with a procession around the lake. We are trying to join hands around the entire lake. What a statement that would make to send an image of hands around all of Lake Merritt out to the world. If you’ve ever wondered if your presence at a rally really matters, well, it does at this one. To do this, we need each & every person, & we need you to commit to bringing at least 5 friends/family members/housemates with you!

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Apr
30
Sun
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM pn the summer) to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 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 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the warmer months we tend to meet at 4 PM.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@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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An Outspoken Evening with Vijay Prashad @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Children’s Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with
VIJAY PRASHAD
Hosted by DENNIS J. BERNSTEIN

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
advance tickets: $12: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904804:: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit kpfa.org/events

Vijay Prashad’s recent book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, is a fast-paced and timely book and the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey. Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird’s-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. In 2013-2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. Prashad is the author of seventeen books.

Born in India, Prashad studied in the United States and has become a prominent scholar and journalist, taking on what he describes as a Marxist point of view when examining world affairs. As such, Prashad acquired a reputation as a harsh critic of American foreign policy, of Israel and its actions toward the Palestinians, and of Hindu nationalism.

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio.

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Liberated Lens Film Night: America Recycled @ Omni Commons ballroom
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The film follows the cross-country bicycle trip of two brothers as they ride recycled bicycles through the American South for over two years, seeking radical locality amid rampant globalization.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

 

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May
1
Mon
May Day March: Workers, Immigrants, Women’s Bloc @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

CALL TO ACTION
https://oaklandsinfronteras.wordpress.com/
Visit our website to add your organizations name to the lsit of endorsers.

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay#HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Endorsed by:

La Voz de l@s trabajadores/ Workers’ Voice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Migrante Northern California
Restaurant Opportunities Center Bay Area
Socialist Organizer
GABRIELA San Francisco
Undergraduate Workers Union (UWU)
Asian Educators Alliance
The Our Power Richmond Coalition
BoomShake Music
VietUnity – Bay Area
Ella Baker Center ofr Human Rights
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Climate Workers
SEIU USWW
Jobs with Justice SF
Workers World Party
Anti Police-Terror Project
Transition Express Inc
Solidarity-Bay Area
Sunflower Alliance
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Planting Justice
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
North Oakland Resistance
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
Peoples Climate Movement-Bay Area
Friends of the Earth
Catalyst Project

 

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Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

CALL TO ACTION
Call to Action

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay #HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

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Vigil for Kayla Moore @ Trumpetvine Court
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

A vigil and reading of Moore’s poetry will be held in tribute to Kayla Moore and all Trans victims of police violence. #Justice4KaylaMoore

We welcome participants to read poetry, offer remembrances, and voice support for Trans POC.
Presented in collaboration with Justice for Kayla Moore + Copwatch Berkeley
Sponsored by Southern Exposure

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May
5
Fri
Liberated Lens Film Night: “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock.” @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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May
6
Sat
Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody Movie Showing @ Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County, AFL-CIO
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Health Care for All – Contra Costa County Chapter and Indivisible Central Contra Costa County will sponsor a showing of a powerful new documentary, Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody.

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt, millions may lose their health insurance. Medicare and Medi-Cal are under attack. This documentary explains what single payer healthcare is and how it saves money. It shows what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperceptions that has kept us from moving forward.

Q&A and Discussion about newly-introduced State Senate Bill 562,The Healthy California Act (Lara/Atkins).

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May
10
Wed
Film Screening: To the Ends of the Earth @ Roxie
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“To the Ends of the Earth” follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.

The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters.

“To the Ends of the Earth” brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.

A film by David Lavallee. Narrated by Emma Thompson. 80 min. DCP.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Gar Smith, formerly from the Earth Island Institute and Ash Lauth, with the Center for Biological Diversity, moderated by Tracy Rosenberg, film partner and the ED of Media Alliance

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May
11
Thu
Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement  
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

“Readers interested in labor activism, history, economics, industrial relations, or immigration studies will find this book to be compelling and captivating, as Rosenblum captures the story of this unifying, important, and successful fight for economic equity.”Booklist

Join us for a book talk with author Jonathan Rosenblum to discuss his new book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement. With captivating narrative and insightful commentary, labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum reveals the inside story of the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, which renewed a national labor movement through bold strategy and broad inclusiveness. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. Digging deep into the root causes of poverty wages, Rosenblum gives a blunt assessment of the daunting problems facing unions today. Beyond $15 provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased online from Beacon Press.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; please register for the event.

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May
13
Sat
Support Bo Brown: An Evening of Culture and Politics @ First Unitarian Church
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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