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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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Aug
30
Sat
Bay Area Planning and Strategy Meeting: October Month Of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Etc @ 1st Unitarian Church of Oakland
Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bay Area Planning and Strategy Meeting

October Month Of Resistance to

Mass Incarceration, Police Terror,

Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation!

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE NEXT BAY AREA STRATEGY MEETING for the October Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation.

People in Ferguson have repeatedly stood up in righteous rebellion to stop police terror! They have refused to back down in the face of dogs, tear gas, guns, and tanks. They are fighting back and simply demanding justice for Michael Brown — demanding these cops stop murdering young Black men. Here in the Bay Area, people have taken to the streets day after day to demand justice for Michael Brown and the many other victims of police murder, locally and nationally. The determined struggle of people is what’s changed the terrain throughout the U.S. This struggle has reverberated internationally. And, right now is time to step up the struggle; to take it to a HIGHER level; to involve a greater breadth of society. These very serious demands�to namme, indict and jail the cops who killed these people — have to be met now, not next week or next year.

Look at the reality of America: 1 in 3 Black male children born after 2001 will spend some time in prison in his lifetime. The US has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population and 35% of the world’s female prisoners! 2 million immigrants have been deported in the last 6 years, with 400,000 in detention each year. The U.S. is the only country in the world that sentences adolescents, children, to spend the rest of their lives in prison. These and many other horrors make clear the level of resistance to mass incarceration, police terror, repression and the criminalization of a generation needs to be taken to a much higher level. THIS MUST STOP… AND THAT IS UP TO US. All that’s happened these last couple of weeks make urgently clear the need to seriously step up resistance and that mounting resistance is the only way things will change.

Who needs to be at this meeting?
IF you are treated like a suspect, a gang banger or drug dealer, just because of the color of your skin,
IF you, or a loved one, is one of the 2.4 million locked up, or in the clutches of criminal “Injustice”,
IF you or your family are targeted, or detained, or deported cuz you came from “Somewhere Else”,
OR, IF you just HATE how other people are treated, and want to END IT
Then�
You need to be at this meeting!

At this meeting we will plan out many events, including (but not limited to) Faith Community Weekend against Mass Incarceration on Oct 3,4 and 5th, the protests for “Not One More Deportation!” on October 13th, the stops in the Bay Area of Dr. Cornel West and the big demonstration in Oakland on October 22, along with cities all across the country – as one part of a making October 2014 as powerful as possible. The college campuses, faith community, neighborhoods, and the culture and art scene all need to be holding events and taking action in October… we will further strategize and plan this out, with the objective of October 2014 making clear tens of thousands are willing to stand up and speak out today to awaken and rally forth millions. We should invite one and all via email, Twitter, phone calls, Internet postings, ads and PSA’S. While there are different understandings of why this is happening and what should be done about it, we need to unite all those who agree this must end to act together in October 2014. October will give all those who want to stop these horrors a vehicle to be part of doing just that and the actions of tens of thousands of us in October will challenge millions more people to stop closing their eyes to these horrors and join the resistance to them.

 

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Aug
31
Sun
35th Annual Xicana Moratorium Day: Displace Gentrification not OUR Hoods @ San Antonio Park
Aug 31 all-day
We cordially invite you to join us for the 35th Annual Xicana Moratorium Day: Displace Gentrification not OUR Hoods

xmd_web_engCome and bring friends and family to enjoy a day at the park full of music, art, and community hosted by the youth of Xicana Moratorium Coaliton – CoatlNecalli.  Dance and enjoy the beauty of Oakland while also finding out what is going on in our streets and how you could get involved in all the amazing movement work that is happening in our city.

5am – Sun Rise Ceremony
10-12pm – Aztect Danza Hosted by Danza Cuauhtonal
12-5pm – Festival
Ohlone Prayer, All Nation Drummers, Rey Lara, Ron San Miguel, Poor Magazine, Almas Fronterizas, 67 Suenos, Quebradita by Kreadores, Balet folklorico costa de Oro, La Ceiba Cumbia Band, Esai, Beats and Flows, Son Jarocho band – Tarimba, DJ Aztlan, and much more!

Kids Activities, Vendors, Free Food.

Why we continue holding Xicana Moratorium Day?

35th Annual Xicana Moratorium Day
Displace Gentrification, Not Our Hoods

In 1970, over twenty-thousand Raza people filled the streets of LA to call for an end the War crimes in Vietnam that not only took a toll on Vietnamese lives, but also took the lives of Raza and other folks of color being disproportionately put on the front lines to die for this capitalist for profit country.�  Chicana Moratorium Day called an end to the violence and crimes the U.S. government was committing abroad, but also called for an end to the violence, crime, and inhumane conditions that Raza and other communities of color were experiencing in barrios and ghettos all over the U.S. at the hands of police, the education system, the prison system and other arms of this capitalist system.�  More than forty years later we gather to continue calling an end to the terrorist criminal acts of the U.S. Government over sees and here on our streets.

In 2014, U.S. military is no longer in Vietnam, but people of color continue to be heavily recruited into the military to take part in ongoing Western Expansion and its never ending greed for profit, power and land.�  Today, U.S. military forcers play a lead role in the destruction of land, economy and lives of people in Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Philippines, Guam, Egypt, Syria, and the list can sadly continue for much too long.�  While millions of people in the U.S. are homeless or have no access to quality affordable housing, food, health care, social services or quality education, all under the guise of lack of funding, an endless sources of wealth continues being poured on the daily into funding terrorist governments such as the Zionist killing machine of Israel, or into funding U.S. military operations to continue for profit wars around the world.�

Today, Western powers play a predominant role in carrying out the displacements of Third World people’s not only from their home countries, but also the displacement and separation of families that have taken refuge here within the U.S.�  We could look at different places throughout the world and directly see the connection between displaced peoples and U.S. Involvement in this process.�  We could look at the Philippines as one of those places where the U.S. government and military has had its hand in taking over land, resources and has controlled its government in the best interest of U.S. economic profit since 1898.�  In 2014 the number one export from the Philippines is workers, particularly women, who often end up as low wage hotel workers, domestic workers and airport workers in the U.S. and in other nations across the globe.�  Filipino people flee their homeland due to the continual violence at the hands of the U.S. trained and supported military, the U.S. funded and trained counterinsurgency to the Filipino resistance movements, and U.S. funded and controlled puppet governments that work to keep Filipinos landless and living in extreme poverty.�

When we move further west, we can see Palestine as another perfect example of displacement at the hands of this Government.�  Mainstream media constantly justifies the ongoing genocide of Palestinian people at the hands of U.S. trained and funded Israeli military, but how could you justify 80% of the casualties at the hands of Israel being civilians, most of which are children and elders?�  Let’s not forget the backyard of the U.S., Central America, where the U.S. has funded, trained and controlled both puppet governments and its military at many different junctures throughout the history of the United States.�  The U.S. has caused so much instability and violence that today the violence in Honduras is comparable to the violence in Iraq during the peak time of the War.�  This violence has caused thousands of children to flee their home countries and brave the dangerous trek up north just to have a chance at survival.

As Third World Survivors of Western capitalist expansion build roots in barrios and ghettos through out the U.S., this government continues to remind our people that our existence is a threat to the system that seeks to keep us as a disposable labor force.�  When we try to build roots and create beauty in our communities, this system will always attempt to destabilize and uproot our people or dispose of them when they are in the way of economic profit. In the last decade we have seen this destabilization and uprooting come in the form of gentrification that with it brings racist laws and militarization of our communities that work to build fear amongst our people and criminalize our communities as a way to push us out.�  San Francisco and Oakland are two prime examples of this gentrification.�
When you visit the San Francisco Mission today � one of San Francisco’s most highly gentrified neighborhoods � its as iif there was no semblance of a once predominantly Raza neighborhood with a rich culture.�  The Mission today attempts to continue profiting off of the beautiful Raza culture, but the city has brought in gang injunctions that criminalize brown youth that once lived there, no loitering laws that specifically target homeless people, and condos that have made rents skyrocket and make housing no longer affordable for working class families.�  Now white young professionals can enjoy the culture of the Mission, eat at fancy new restaurants, enjoy the fancy new clubs, and park their beamers at $5 an hour meters without having to fear that the people who once lived there will be roaming the streets.� �  When you cross the bridge to Oakland, a very similar dynamic is taking place.�  We have seen gang injunctions, no loitering laws, proposed youth curfews, proposed stop and frisk laws and increased budgets for the police department who we know are intended to push out people of color from the streets and neighborhoods of Oakland.�  We have seen the condos and are seeing area specific plans like the West Oakland Specific Plan and the East Oakland Specific plan that attempt to “revitalize” and further develop areas to attract new residents that will bring with them more money and will attempt to displace working class communities of color from communities we have been long rooted in.

This long and ongoing history of displacement can cause anger and resistance towards this government, and for that reason, the U.S. has heavily funded their population control plan which takes the shape of prisons, detention centers, deportations, the heavy militarization of our streets, counter insurgency strategies here at home, and the heavy surveillance of its population.�  In September, Oakland plans to host and support the funding of the 9th Annual Urban Shield conference, a training for SWAT and Police agencies that brings together local, national and global law enforcement agencies with defense industry contractors to provide training and introduce new weapons and suppression tactics to these agencies that will later be used to further militarize our streets.�  Today prisons and detention centers have become for profit cages that force men, women and children to live in conditions that are so inhumane, that last year, 30,000 California prisoners engaged in sixty day hunger strike to demand basic human rights within these cages.�  Today the U.S. Senate mocks the humanity of our people by supporting new legislation that would reverse federal law that protects Central American children from deportation if they face the threat of violence in their home country, and calling that bill the “HUMANE Act.”�  This so called HUMANE Act would lead to the deportation of thousands of Central American children.

On the 35th annual Bay Area commemoration of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium Day we want to call attention to the displacement and gentrification we see in working class communities through out the country, but we also want to draw the connection of the different forms of displacement and terror that this country is causing through out the world.�  We still call for a Moratorium on the war against indigenous people, third world people, against our land and against what every community should hold as their treasure � the Chhildren!�  We ask that you all join us this year as we celebrate La Resistencia and we stand collectively to honor the struggle that we must continue upholding now more than ever!

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meeting time has been temporarily changed to 4:00 PM for the summer, anyway.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly generally meets Sundays, 2-4 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 2:00 PM we meet inside at the new Sudoroom, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland  Directions

We have met on a continuous basis for more then two and a half 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.

The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. 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. Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland GA

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/
Justice 4 Alan Blueford: justice4alanblueford.org
Oakland Privacy Group: 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
Albany Bulb Defense: sharethebulb.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: sudoroom.org

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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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
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.

This weeks readings will appear in this space soon.

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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

hunger-strike-commemoration

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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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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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
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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