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May
29
Mon
Occupy Forum: Left of the Left @ The Black and Brown Social Club
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents
Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff
With Anatole Dolgoff

Sam Dolgoff was a prominent anarchist from New York City, raised among the Wobblies and Anarchists of the latter two thirds of the 20th century. Sam’s activist life included encounters with Emma Goldman, Vladimir Lenin, Eugene Debs, MLK Jr., and many others.

A house painter by trade, Sam Dolgoff was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years. His political voyage began in the 1920s when he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited, and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin’s writings in English.

His story, told with passion and humor by his son, conjures images of a lost New York City – the Lower East Side, the strong immigrant and working-claass neighborhoods, the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture, the union halls and social clubs, the brutal cops and bosses, and the solidarity that kept them at bay.

His son, Anatole, a man now in his seventies who, as a child and young man, had a front-row seat to the world of proletarian politics and the colorful characters who brought it to life, will speak to us at OccupyForum and read from his book on his father.

“The American left in its classical age used to celebrate an ideal, which was the worker-intellectual – someone who toils with his hands all his life aand meanwhile develops his mind and deepens his knowledge and contributes mightily to progress and decency in the society around him. Sam Dolgoff was a mythic figure in a certain corner of the radical left … and his son, Anatole, has written a wise and beautiful book about him.” Paul Berman, author of A Tale of Two Utopias and Power and the Idealists

If you want to read the god-honest and god-awful truth about being a radical in twentieth-century America, drop whatever you’re doing, pick up this book, and read it. Pronto! If you’re not crying within five pages, you might want to check whether you’ve got a heart and a pulse.” Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Watterfront

Anatole Dolgoff is the son of Esther and Sam Dolgoff, two of the most important anarchists in the United States in the twentieth century. He has lived in New York City his entire life and teaches geology at the Pratt Institute.

If you were to attend one book talk this year this is the one.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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May
30
Tue
Defund OPD to Refund Oakland! @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 30 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We are going to be making sure that the people’s budget gets the support it needs, and making sure that the City Council knows where to get the funding we need for our communities – TAKE IT OUT OF THE POLICE BUDGET!

Rally at 4:30 PM. Get to city hall as early as you can! If you can’t get there till 6 or 7, it’s still worth it to come! Touch base with the action coordinators when you arrive and they’ll plug you in!

Contact defundopd@gmail.com if you would like to come to a meeting in preparation for this action, on Monday 5/29 at 6:30pm!

Defund OPD!

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Public Bank of Oakland Petition Presentation to City Council @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Important Meeting Tuesday May 30th City Hall Meeting and Petition Deadline 5:30pm

May 30th, we are looking to hand over our petition forms to the city council to put pressure on them to vote on adding the money needed for the feasibility and implementation study in this budget cycle. This will require the attendance of everyone that supports the Public Bank of Oakland. Ideally we will all be wearing our green t-shirts. We’re trying to get over 100 people to come out in support with signs and in our shirts.

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Press Conference: Berkeley Wells Fargo Divestment
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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May
31
Wed
Crucial BAAQMD Hearing on Rule 12-16 – caps on refinery emissions @ BAAQMD Offices
May 31 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

The fate of Rule 12-16, which would set transparent, enforceable caps on refinery emissions—and prevent a major switch to heavier and dirtier crude oil like tar sands—could be decided at this hugely important hearing of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Board of Directors.  Certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Rule 12-16 and a subsequent up-or-down vote by the board could well go forward if several significant problems with the EIR are not first resolved. Whether this is actually the last stand, or even the second-to-last stand, we really need you to show up.  Hold a sign, testify or bear silent witness to enable a successful outcome to this four-year long struggle to protect the health and safety of Bay Area communities.

For background, listen to this April 19th KALW report, which includes interviews with members of the Richmond community whose very lives depend on the passage of this rule.  (Both the broadcast and a transcript are available.)

Reporter Will Parrish has done excellent investigative work on the issue.  See his recent articles in the Monthly and the Nation.

The Sierra Club’s coverage is here.

Finally, follow this link to more detailed coverage on this website—and talking points for the May 31st meeting.

(Arrive as early as possible to get a seat, ideally at 9 AM)

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Welcome Oscar López Rivera to the Bay Area @ First Presbyterian Church
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

After nearly 36 years in prison for struggling for the independence of Puerto Rico, Oscar Lopez Rivera will be free as of May 17th and he’s coming to the Bay Area on May 31st! It’s a real honor that he’s coming here, and I hope you can come to celebrate him, and help us raise money for him as he begins his life back in the community that fought for so long for his release.

If you aren’t able to attend but would like to donate to the fund for Oscar, you can do that here: gofundme.com/welcomeoscar

Buy tickets on-line!
Limited tickets at the door.

welcomeoscar.brownpapertickets.com
Tickets are sliding scale as shown below.
All proceeds go directly to Oscar.

5:30 Reception $75-250
Sponsored by
the National Lawyers Guild  nlgsf.org
(Cost includes program ticket.)

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to Oscar!
Food and drinks will be provided.
Posters by local artist Doug Minkler and signed by Oscar will be for sale.

7:00 Program $20-50

José López
Oscar López Rivera
John Santos, Rico Pabón, Quenepas

Arrive early, limited seating available.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Note on Brown Paper Tickets: Reception tickets appear first. Scroll down on the “date” field to select the 7:00 Program tickets.

Make a donation to help Oscar set up his new life in Puerto Rico:  gofundme.com/welcomeoscar
LIke Oscar on Facebook!  facebook.com/WelcomeOscartotheBayArea
For more information:  freeoscarnow@gmail.com

Partial List of Endorsers:
AIM-WEST, All of Us Or None, Altruvistas, ANSWER, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee, Center for Political Education, Critical Resistance of Oakland, Emory Douglas, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Haiti Action Committee, Int’l Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, LAGAI Queer Insurrection, La Raza Resource Center, La Tertulia Boricua, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Lynne Stewart Organization, Making Contact, Malcom X Grassroots Movement, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Prison Activist Resource Center, Prison Radio/Redwood Justice Fund, QUIT, Socialist Action, Socialist Workers Party, Task Force on the Americas, Veterans for Peace #69 (San Francisco), Workers World Party

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Richmond Post Office: Public Hearing on Proposed Closing @ Richmond City Council Chambers
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Post Office Update: Public Hearing Announced
A public hearing regarding the proposed closure of the Downtown Post Office has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 6pm, at Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804.
A notice posted at the post office announced the public hearing and information about submitting written remarks: for 30 days after the public meeting, anyone may submit written comments for the Postal Service’s consideration prior to its final decision.
Please come out to this important public hearing and submit your comments in writing to:
United States Postal Service
Attn.: Dean Cameron
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94188

LEARN MORE

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Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area @ First Presbyterian Church
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Oscar Lopez Rivera is coming to the Bay Area after 36 years in prison for his struggle to support  Puerto Rican Independence and sovereignity . For many of us, this is a welcome opportunity to celebrate his release and our shared victory.
He will be visiting the Bay Area for this unique one time only public appearance on May 31st.  Help us support Oscar as he continues his work while beginning his new life. Please make as generous a donation as possible. Let us show Oscar that the SF Bay Area community supports him as he continues to advocate for sovereignty and independence for Puerto Rico.

All proceeds go directly to Oscar.

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Jun
1
Thu
“DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN: STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA” @ Fellowship Hall, BFUU
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop DrillingLearn the sobering facts about oil production in California and the damage it’s doing to families, agriculture, our water and environment. Explore ways we can work together to challenge our Governor to be consistent in his environmental policies. We’ll watch a short film called DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN, STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA. The discussion afterward features representatives from Food and Water Watch, a leader in the anti-fracking movement, and several other organizations concerned about fracking in California. We’ll close out the evening with a postcard writing campaign.

Bring healthy vegetarian snacks or a refreshment to share for meet and greet at 6:30. The program begins at 7:00 pm. This event is sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Chapter, Sierra Club and BFUU Social Justice Committee.

 

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Jun
3
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley, all over
Jun 3 all-day

To guarantee access to indoor sessions, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $8. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

Schedule.

Map of Festival.

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Swing District Resistance Canvass @ Congressperson Denham's district
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
A key to the success of the resistance in California is people from the Bay Area going to swing districts! Congressman Denham of nearby Modesto voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (after telling his constituents he wouldn’t) and to leave millions of Americans without healthcare. Over the next two months the Senate will debate and vote on healthcare repeal, followed by a House vote on the final bill.  We need to bring the fight for affordable healthcare and accountability to the voters in areas like Modesto.

RSVP now for a free spot on the bus. Buses leave from San Francisco and Oakland at 9am and return by 530pm. Or meet us in Modesto by 11am. Box lunch provided. Please RSVP!

Sponsored by Bay Resistance and SEIU California
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Envisioning Community Care for People with Mental Illness @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition for a Town Hall envisioning what it would look like to provide #CareNotCages to members of our community with mental illness.

A space for learning and discussion for directly impacted people, their family and friends, service providers, activists, elected officals and all others concerned with the over incarceration of people with mental illness.

If you are in need of childcare, please contact hollydelanycole@gmail.com to RSVP. Please includes the number and ages of kids, any allergies, if they will do best with a 1 on 1 aid, and anything else you think is important to share.

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San Francisco Rally in Support of #MarchForTruth @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There is more than sufficient cause for alarm about the role Russian state-led hacking and information warfare played in the 2016 election, and there are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between the Russian state and Donald Trump, his associates and his campaign. The legitimacy of the United States government may hinge on the answers to these questions. If the President was elected even in part due to collusion with a foreign effort to interfere in our democratic process, then the will of the people has been subverted.

We call for a #MarchForTruth to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that American citizens want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any President. So, we will rise together to call for a fair and impartial investigation, for the pursuit of truth, and for the restoration of faith in our electoral system and the Office of the Presidency.

Our goals are simple:

1. Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests, or an independent investigation must be established;

2. As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;

3. Donald Trump should release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;

4. If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.

 

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Jun
4
Sun
Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley, all over
Jun 4 all-day

To guarantee access to indoor sessions, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $8. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.

Schedule.

Map of Festival.

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Liberated Lens Film Showing: Beyond Recognition @ Omni Commons
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A film exploring the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

 http://www.beyondrecognitionfilm.com/
After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized Ohlone tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition explores the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

Q&A with the director, Michelle Steinberg and Corrina Gould, lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change after the screening.

Michelle Steinberg will also show a preview of her new film MET(T)A

free snacks and popcorn!

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Jun
8
Thu
Mexico Report: Indigenous peoples form parallel government @ Omni Commons
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

A Report on the National Indigenous Congress’ constituent assembly held over Memorial Day weekend to form a parallel government for Mexico. We’ll also have a report from the Chiapas Support Committee’s recent delegation to Zapatista Territory with photos and video footage. Discussion following reports

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Jun
9
Fri
The Welcome Home Project Opening Night @ Hayward City Hall
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please come to the exhibit of the The Welcome Home Project Opening night.
The panel will feature moving stories by several of the participants in the Welcome Home Project. The photographer, Ruth Morgan, will be present and refreshments will be served.

I know it is a schlepp to Hayward, but the BART stops a block from the city hall gallery. I promise that you will be moved in many ways by hearing these powerful and compelling speakers talk about their many years of experience in the criminal justice system and how they turned their lives around. They all will share deeply personal stories of redemption, restitution, and restoration – true healing.

The exhibit is a powerful and compelling collection of photographs and stories of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents that have turned their lives around after many years of involvement with the criminal justice system.  Ruth Morgan, is a nationally acclaimed photographer and Executive Director of Community Works West whose work was recently in the The Sentence Unseen show on Alcatraz. The Welcome Home Project humanizes the formerly incarcerated while adding a deeper understanding of the challenges of reentry. These stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face.

Micky Duxbury

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Jun
10
Sat
SURJ Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether its about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. Well try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

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Jun
11
Sun
Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Walk #1:  Saturday, April 8
(Scroll down for the additional walks)
We will begin near the Pittsburg Marina at 3 Marina Blvd in the City of Pittsburg, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Martinez Shoreline Park, end of Ferry Street in the City of Martinez, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.  We will walk to the shore and make our prayers.  Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your area to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Pittsburg.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be support vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Walk #2:  Saturday, May 20th

We will begin near the Martinez Shoreline Park at the end of Ferry Street

in the City of Martinez, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at the 9th Street Park in the City of Benicia, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Martinez.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 9.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.

Please consider CARPOOLING – You can sign up to give rides or receive a ride here:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/8wh0vr

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

Scroll down to see the map of the walk.

We will begin in Martinez and walk through the Shell Refinery in Martinez on the public road.  It gets exciting when we walk across the Martinez Benicia Bridge over the Carquinez Straights!  Once we get to Benicia, we head over to the Valero Refinery where we stop to pray for clean air, water, soil and safe jobs in our communities.   We then walk through town to the 9th Street Park for the closing circle, a meal and the final prayers for the waters.

All walkers are encouraged to carry the water for at least five minutes in prayer for the life of the waters around the world.

Please go to the “What to Expect” page for more information:
http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/what-to-expect.html

 

Walk #3 – Sunday, June 11th

We will begin at Ninth Street Park in Benicia

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are two places along the walk where folks can join us – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Lone Street Park in Rodeo

Please join us for prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters that we will be carrying in prayer along the walk and putting into the Bay at the end of the walk.

Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

We also request that walkers keep the Four Agreements in mind:
1) Be impeccable with your word
2) Don’t take anything personally
3) Don’t make assumptions
4) Always do your very best
For more information:  The Four Agreements

This walk is 10.8 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

There will be three “return” points where people can be taken back to their cars at mile 4 and mile 6 (see map) and at the end.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end. 

Sure you’re coming?  Please carpool to the walk by offering a ride or accepting a ride  as soon as possible by signing up here:
CARPOOL

Let us know you’re coming!  RSVP BELOW!

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

We will begin in Benicia, home to the Valero Refinery, and proceed through Vallejo.  Crossing the Carquinez Bridge is always a treat!  Then we head toward the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo , ending at Lone Tree Park.

Walk #4 in July

Sunday, July 16th
Rodeo Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery to Richmond Chevron Refinery California

We encourage folks to walk with us the entire day.  It is truly a beautiful, profound and inspiring way to make a difference.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony – Feel free to bring water from your watershed!
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Keller Beach in Richmond 

You can join us at any time during the day of the walks.
Call this number to find out where we are: (510) 619-8279

Make sure to keep the phone number on you if you are joining us on the walk!

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.   Carpool:  Sign up to drive or be a passenger here: CARPOOL

There will be two points where folks can get rides back to the beginning in Rodeo, at the Hilltop stop in Richmond and at the end at Keller Beach.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo within sight of the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery and walking to Richmond, stopping to pray at several places including the Kinder Morgan facility and the gates of the Chevron refinery.  We will end at Keller Beach in Richmond, the last natural beach left in the San Francisco Bay where we will all enjoy a delicious meal made by Mike Bear and his family and  youth from Urban Tilth in Richmond!

Can’t come but want to support?  Welcome us at Keller Beach in Point Richmond and feel free to bring a dish to share if you would like. 

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Liberated Lens Film Night: Abundant Land @ Omni Commons
Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Director Natasha Florentino will be in attendance!

Abundant Land is a one-hour documentary about a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i opposing the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Agrochemical biotech corporations, including Monsanto and Mycogen Seeds, are depleting Moloka’i’s topsoil and fresh water while contributing to dust storms that spread pesticides into the ocean and surrounding communities. Abundant Land also offers a historical look at the intrusion and political underpinnings of chemical-intensive farming in Hawaii while portraying the rich legacy of traditional Hawaiian land management and farming self-sufficiency.

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