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August – September 2014

Aug
27
Wed
Ongoing: Berkeley Staples Table/Occupation and Boycott. @ Staples, Downtown Berkeley
Aug 27 @ 12:00 am – Sep 1 @ 11:45 pm

Peeps are continually staffing a table outside of Staples, 24-7, ongoing for more than three weeks now (and about a month in July, then a short break). They are protesting the privatization of the Post Office and Staples role in it, outsourcing living wage Postal Service personnel for subsistence wage Staples employees.

Tents have gone up along the Durant sidewalk with ‘Stop Staples’ signs!

Come by and say hello, hang out, bring ‘em a bit to eat and drink, and give them your support!

 

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Sep
1
Mon
BPOD MEETING CANCELLED. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Sep 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

There will be no meeting of the

Berkeley Post Office Defenders

on Labor Day.  


The next meeting will be one week from today, September 8th.

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Sep
2
Tue
CIVIL LIBERTIES UNDER ATTACK — WHAT WE CAN DO @ Unitarian Universalist Center - Martin Luther King Rm
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meeting with Program featuring Norman Solomon of Roots Action!

SF 99% Coalition
Free and open to the public

6 – 6:30 PM: Potluck Dinner
6:30 – 7:25: Meeting
Agenda:
Welcome & Intros
UU updates-Treasurer’s Report
Environmental News/Actions
Other Recent Actions Reportbacks
Sept 20 OccupySF Street Theatre Update
Sept 21 Climate March Update
Announcements

7:30 – 9:00 Program
Speakers:Norman Solomon, journalist and media critic
followed by
Janet Weil & Susan Harman on opposing Urban Shield (with brief powerpoint presentation);
Zaki Manian of Restore the 4th on state & natl legislation.

Q and A to follow.

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Sudo Room Newbie Night. @ OMNI Collective
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Show up and learn about Sudo Room! Make friends. Have fun.

We encourage other collectives to host similar events for the community (and each other) to learn about us.

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Sep
3
Wed
Strike Debt Reading Group: The Politics of Debt. @ The Omni (ring buzzer)
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We meet, usually every two weeks, to discuss various readings in the theory and practice of debt, from personal to corporate to sovereign.

Readings for this meeting:

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And this: Out of thin air – Why banks must be allowed to create money.

And a video: State Money Versus Bank Money.

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Sep
4
Thu
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm

TaserFreeBerkeleygraphic2PUBLIC FORUM:

SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON

THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

 

Thursday September 4th at 7pm

1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

(two blocks from BART)

 

Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. Some critics believe that tasers are part of the militarization of our city. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision about whether to acquire the weapons. We invite members of the public, city employees and even police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community to attend, ask questions and participate.

 

Panelists include:

 

  • Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
  • Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP Vice President and Community Mental Health Professional
  • James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
  • Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers

 

 

This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley

taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com

(510) 548-0425

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PUBLIC FORUM: SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY? @ Two blocks from BART.
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PUBLIC FORUM:

SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision. We invite members of the public, city employees and police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community. We will consider taser effects on various communities, mentally ill people, previous cities’ experience with tasers and how taser use would be monitored and police officers be held accountable?

Panelists include:

  • Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
  • Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP representative and Berkeley Mental Health
  • James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
  • Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers

More speakers to be announced! Public discussion to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.

Contact: CoalitionforTaserFreeBerkeley.org or taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com

COPWATCH AT UC BERKELEY

Berkeley Copwatch is working with UC students to offer Copwatch for Credit this Fall. This class is free and welcomes ALL members of the public. Fortunately, through the DeCal class at UCB, students can get up to 2 units of credit for reading, attending class and going on actual Copwatch shifts in the community. The first part of the class will focus on knowing your rights during police encounters and from there we will study community control, civilian review, specific cases including Eric Garner, Andy Lopez, Kayla Moore and more. Students will hear guest speakers on current topics in policing and the struggle for police accountability.

Contact: berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com

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Sep
5
Fri
Justice For James Rivera, Mario Romero, and Andy Lopez. BBQ & March to Urban Shield Rally. @ Plaza Park (2 blocks from Old Parkway Theatre)
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: ELAINE BROWN.
Please join in unity with the families, friends, and supporters of James Rivera Jr, Mario Romero, and Andy Lopez; Oakland California, September 5th, 2014.The people will gather for a free community BBQ and March for justice, starting at 11:30am @ Plaza Park. Come out and enjoy free food, hear the families and friends of these young men speak about the growing trend in police violence and how it effects ALL OF US.Around 3:30 we will march to the Marriott in downtown Oakland to join the protest rally against Urban Shield.

Join the call for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to indict trigger happy killer cops Gregory Dunn, Eric Azarvand, John Nesbitt (cops who killed James Rivera Jr); Dustin Joseph, and Sean Kenny (killers of Mario Romero); and Erick Gelhaus (deputy who shot and killed 13 year old Andy Lopez); on Charges of Murder. The people say NO MORE!!! All three of these victims were unarmed and assassinated by officers in their home towns.James Rivera was 16 years old and killed when officers fired 48 shots at him from 9mm pistols and one AR-15 assault rife.

Mario Romero, a father, brother, and friend to many, was murdered by Vallejo Police. Mario was not suspected of a crime and was sitting in his own car in front of his home when officers Dustin Joseph and Sean Kenny unloaded their guns on him, stealing him away from us for life.

Andy Lopez was only 13 years old when Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot him 7 times because he was playing with an airsoft rifle in a field near his home in Santa Rosa Ca.

 

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Urban Shield Protest Rally & Press Conference. @ Marriott Hotel
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the Coalition against Urban Shield for a Press Conference at 4:00 PM and immediately afterwards a Rally.  Tell the Marriott we don’t appreciate their holding the Urban Shield Conference, an event which glorifies the militarization of police.  Let Oakland and Oakland’s politicians know that in light of events in Ferguson, there is absolutely no excuse to arm the police  with the weapons of war.

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Sep
6
Sat
ANNIVERSARY SUSPENSION OF HISTORIC CA HUNGER STRIKE @ Mosswood Park
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Join us in commemorating the suspension of the largest hunger strike in U.S. history-begun on July 8, 2013 by over 30,000 people.

At great cost to their health, dozens of incarcerated people in CA fasted nonviolently for 60 days, ending on September 5, 2013.

The 2013 hunger strike-the third since 2011-aimed to win 5 demands and end CA’s arbitrary and inhumane policy of isolating individuals in solitary confinement indefinitely- based on mere association without regard to actual conduct.

Food at 1:00 PM.

RSVP: bit.ly/RSVPSept6

Carpooling arranged from:
Southern CA (714) 290-9077
Northern CA PeoplesARC@gmail.com / (707)442-7465
Santa Cruz tashnguyen@gmail.com / (408) 499-7912

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March & Town Hall for Mike Brown: Not One More. @ Laney College
Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting: Ideas Into Action. @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater or City Hall steps
Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt!
 photo da3-color_zpsf9036587.jpgCome get connect with SDBA’s many projects:
  • 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!
 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Einstein for Oakland to appear on stage. @ OMNI Collective
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oakland Nights Live will be having our next show a week from Saturday.
It will be the 1st part of a 2 month series covering the Oakland mayor’s race.

WHO:
BRYAN PARKER – bryanparker.org
JOE TUMAN – joetuman.com
EINSTEIN – einsteinforoakland.org

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Sep
8
Mon
Asa Sullivan, killed by SFPD 8 yrs ago on 6-6-06, wrongful death trial @ Ron Dellums Federal Building
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Trial is scheduled Monday – Thursday.

One writeup from 2006:

Kahlil Sullivan hasn’t had time to do much lately other than plan for his younger brother’s funeral. He hasn’t even had time to find out exactly why his brother is dead.

“We feel like we’re lost,” he said over the phone a week after his cornered and unarmed brother was shot and killed by the San Francisco Police Department.

The cops have offered two stories as to why officers fired a still-undisclosed number of bullets into the body of Asa Sullivan on June 6. And neither one seems to make much sense or explain why they shot Sullivan.

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Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly.
Sep 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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!

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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 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!

AND CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE.

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Sep
9
Tue
Save the Berkeley Post Office, Fight Privatization: Demand the Berkeley City Council Pass the Zoning Ordinance. @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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!

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Sep
10
Wed
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF SAVE CCSF COALITION @ Mission Campus, Room 107/108
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you have never come before, come and get involved!
If you have been participating, come and get re-energized!
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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.
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COME TO HEAR UPDATES
Restoration, the legal suit, Board of Trustee status and elections, etc.
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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
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COME TO HELP SAVE OUR CITY COLLEGE
Keep our college a community college!
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AGENDA
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
Entertaining skit
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
Slide show

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Sep
14
Sun
Interfaith prayer meeting, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence in Oakland. @ Bahai Center
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police brutality in Oakland.

We are organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

Please feel free to bring quotes or passages to share
All are welcome

We will serve simple breakfast.

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Sep
22
Mon
Flood Wall Street in Support of Actions Against Climate Change. @ Downtown Manhattan
Sep 22 all-day

 

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

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Sep
24
Wed
Oakland Privacy Working Group meeting @ Impact Hub
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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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

 

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