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Nov
1
Sat
Rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Nov 1 @ 10:30 am – 9:30 pm


post-office-day-33The Downtown Berkeley Post Office could be sold at any time now!
Come rally to show support and plan the resistance!

A detailed explanation of why it is now in imminent danger of being sold.

 

MOBILIZATION!

      HELP STOP THE SALE!

Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 2000 Allston Way on the steps of the  

Berkeley Post Office    

It’s now in contract TO BE STOLEN!

The fate of the downtown Berkeley Post Office has reached a crisis point. The transfer of the building to private ownership may be only days away. For this reason, Berkeley Post Office Defenders call for a collaborative mobilization of all those who oppose the threat of privatization. Individuals and organizations will gather to share music, establish an ongoing direct action presence, and provide updates and support for political and legal action including:

  –  An injunction to Stop the Sale

  -  Postal banking

Preservation of historic public property

  -  Boycott Staples profitization of postal services   

 

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  • Massive Rally, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,

1ST Action: Sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office

For more information please go to www.savethebpo.com

 

 

  • Jam the Sale, 1 pm till 10 pm

2nd Action: Coordinated by Berkeley Post Office Defenders,     berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com             

Come play music! Bring instruments — including your singing voice, spoken word and dancing body. We will not allow our Post Office to be sold, and nothing can sustain persistent resistance like music. We will play until USPS stops pretending not to hear us say that our Post Office is not for sale!” You’re welcome to pre- schedule at  http://tinyurl.com/mlxgpff

 

 

  • Direct Action Presence, (bring your pillows)

3rd Action: in Collaboration with First They Came for the Homeless
www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999

 It’s time to establish and support a physical presence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office. By taking direct action to defend our public goods, we affirm our reasons for living in community by sharing our energy and resources for the benefit of all.                                                                                                              ___________________________________________________

Please help us mobilize for a massive live and media protest.                      

Contact us electionamend@gmail.com

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Climate Leadership Summit @ 518 Valencia
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.

Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm each day.  RSVP now!

  
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Jam the Sale of the Berkeley Post Office @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Nov 1 @ 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jam the Sale of the Berkeley Post Office

Nothing’s better for sustaining persistent resistance like persistent music

Why: To create a physical boundary of bodies and voices blocking the transfer of ownership of our public post office

The fate of the Downtown Berkeley Post Office has reached a crisis point.� The transfer of that building to private ownership may be only days away.  For this reason, the Berkeley Post Office Defenders call for mobilization of all those who appreciate the danger of privatization.  It is time to establish and support a physical presence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office so that, with arms locked, we can block any poacher of our public property from taking possession.  By taking direct action to defend our public goods, we will affirm our reasons for living in community by sharing our energy and resources for the benefit of all.

The Board of Governors of the USPS has done a skillful job of narrowing the focus of the objections to the sale of the Downtown Berkeley Post Office to the issue of two New Deal works of art contained therein.  At this time, the position of the USPS is that they’ve done everything they can to satisfy the concerns of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (an agency formed by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966) and concerns of the City of Berkeley for the preservation of these artworks, even to the point of promising that the USPS will provide that protection themselves in perpetuity after the building is sold.

The Berkeley Post Office Defenders re-emphasize two objections that have been largely ignored in the struggle to save our post office:

  1. The sale that the USPS intends to process is one manifestation of the neo-liberal strategy of privatization, deregulation, union-busting, and the cutting of government services, pursued via the World Bank and the WTO, which  in the last half-century  have proved to to be so detrimental to the welfare of people living in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, the nations of the former Soviet Union, Iraq, and many others.  Locally, the privately-owned Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) is trying to bankrupt the publicly controlled City College of San Francisco.  The capital property of the USPS is a possession of the people of the United States as a public holding, meaning it is a component of national wealth and infrastructure, and the defense of that wealth is necessary for maintaining the viability of the national enterprise.  The Berkeley Post Office Defenders oppose the privatization of publicly owned property everywhere it is threatened, and we have mobilized our opposition locally to shield the erosion of the material foundation of community, of which the Downtown Berkeley Post Office is an element.
  2. With regard to the public ownership of the New Deal artworks, the promise of the USPS to preserve them  given its strategy of privatizatioon  is a deception.  By selling more than 300 of its properties since 2006, the Board of Governors of the USPS has undermined the capital foundation of the enterprise it is publicly charged with protecting.  This insidious strategy follows the steps to complete privatization of postal services pursued by other countries  the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany and The Netherlands.  Given that the Board of Governors is selling the USPS out of business, it is their intention that, very soon, they will no longer be in a position to preserve the public ownership of anything.

The Downtown Berkeley Post Office is not only a monument to public organization, it is an organ of our common body; without it we grow weaker.  The agents of privatization are chiseling away at the investment our ancestors made to the survival of democracy.  Our post office was built by the sweat equity of our great-grandparents, and financed by their tax dollars.  As such, the Postal Service has NO RIGHT to sell it.  Berkeley Post Office Defenders DEMAND that this sale be halted and that the building continue to serve our – and our great-grandchildren’s – common good.

For more on the current status of the Downtown Berkeley Post Office: https://occupyoakland.org/2014/10/berkeley-post-office-contract-sold/

Berkeley Post Office Defenders: http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/

First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999?ref=br_tf

BPOD is affiliated with Strike Debt Bay Area: http://strike-debt-bay-area.tumblr.com/

For more on the Staples boycott:

The Seeds of Protest Bloom. Staples Boycott Goes National.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/12/1313465/-The-Seeds-of-Protest-Bloom-Staples-Boycott-Goes-National#

For background on the fight to Save Berkeley’s Post Office:

Those Damned Hippies, They’re Saving the Post Office


USPS mission:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/39/101

For more on the privatization of the USPS:

Saving the United States Postal Service as a Public Enterprise: http://tinyurl.com/ltqq7ng

Privatization Is Social Cancer; Saving the US Postal Service: http://tinyurl.com/mbcbzrf

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Nov
2
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Nov 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Should Occupy Oakland Endorse a Human, a Dog, or NO ONE for Mayor? And Other GA Proposals!

The four proposals below will be on the agenda of the Occupy Oakland General Assembly for Sunday, November 2 – the third anniversary of the General Strike, one of the largest protests in Oakland’s history. The GA will be held at Oscar Grant Plaza at 4:00PM.  If a quorum of 70 people is reached, then these proposals will be voted on and could become OO resolutions.  No matter what your feelings are about these proposed endorsements, your judgment will have an effect on whatever consensus is resolved.

Along with two queued proposals, Occupy Oakland organizers have recently received a proposal that OO endorse Dan Siegel for Mayor (see below), which raises the question, should OO get involved in electoral politics by encouraging its members to vote for any creature – even if it’s our lovably outspoken canine comrade Einstein, who is also running in the Mayor’s race?

In response to the proposed endorsement of Dan Siegel, a member of the Committee to Elect Einstein has submitted a counter-proposal (also below) that Occupy Oakland could consider a write-in vote for Einstein as a vote against executive political power and for direct democracy.  As Einstein’s platform states:

Without a fallible human in the Mayor’s Office, we must all play our parts in determining the route Oakland will take into the future. No longer will we ask what the City Government can do for us.  Instead, we will see the way clear to changing the City ourselves, to expanding the power of residents of modest income, to shrinking the power of the rich by establishing a larger and more representative City Council.  No longer will we have a single individual to blame for our problems.  After all, how can a very good dog like Einstein cause social problems?

Dan Siegel has provided a great deal of support for Occupy Oakland comrades and has fought long-and-hard for social justice, but this proposal of OO’s endorsement of his campaign for Mayor (not submitted by his campaign) calls for a discussion of the role Occupy Oakland can play in our City’s politics, or whether it should.

Note: The two endorsement proposals are not necessarily mutually exclusive. With Oakland’s Ranked Choice Voting System it is possible to write in Einstein AND vote for Dan Siegel (or someone else, or no one). Your Mayoral ballot will not be voided with a vote for Einstein; your other choices will count.

NEW PROPOSAL

Occupy Oakland endorses Dan Siegel for Mayor of Oakland

Whereas, Dan Siegel has worked as a civil rights attorney in Oakland for over thirty years.  In addition to fighting for justice for Oscar Grant and Nubia Bowe, he has been a friend and advocate of Occupy Oakland and its offshoot organizations for three years.  To all the efforts listed below (a far-from-complete list  for more information on his electoral positions, please visit http://siegelforoakland.org/materials.php), Dan has provided his knowledge, experience, and his access to the media as an advocate for radical progressivism in Oakland.

  • He showed his loyalty to Occupy activists on Nov. 14, 2011 when he resigned as adviser to Mayor Jean Quan in protest against her brutal and authoritarian destruction of the Occupy Oakland encampment, calling her a government facilitator of the strategies of the 1%.
  • He acted as defense attorney for Khali (2011-12), fighting against the cruel treatment of Khali while in custody, against the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department’s misrepresentation of the facts of Khali’s arrest and incarceration, and against the denial of Khali’s fair and proper access to attorney’s counsel.
  • He participated in the defense of Occupy Oakland activists known as the Ice Cream Three in the spring of 2012 against unfounded charges of robbery and hate crimes.
  • He provided legal counsel to the family of Alan Blueford as they sought justice for the murder of their son by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso.
  • In May-June 2013, he defended the members of Occupy the Farm who were arrested for growing food on vacant land in Albany.
  • He has provided legal counsel to the Oakland Privacy Working Group in their opposition to the expansion and collation of surveillance data.
  • He has frequently spoken out in opposition to the reckless militarization of local law enforcement and to the Urban Shield weapons and tactics trade show.

There is no other official candidate in this year’s Oakland Mayors race who represents the values of the Occupy Movement so well as Dan Siegel.  There is no other official candidate so strongly committed to holding police officers and Oakland City Government accountable to the people of our city. For this reason, Occupy Oakland feels that Dan Siegel is the voters’ best choice for Oakland Mayor.

Therefore, Occupy Oakland endorses Dan Siegel for Mayor.

 

NEW PROPOSAL

 

Occupy Oakland Endorses Einstein for Mayor of Oakland

einstein-buttonA dog for Mayor of Oakland?!  Sound crazy?  But the question, as we see it, is not, “Can a dog run the City?”  The question we should all ask is, “Can any individual be accountable for running the City?”

Of course, the Mayor doesn’t run the City single-handedly.  Nevertheless, who do we hold responsible when residents suffer from mismanagement of the City’s tremendous wealth of resources?  Is it not the highest elected official in City Government?  This system allows residents to blame the Mayor for not solving the social problems facing Oakland.

Whereas, Without a fallible human in the Mayor’s Office, we must all play our parts in determining the route Oakland will take into the future.  Please read Einstein’s Platform and Blog and see if you agree that if Einstein is elected, the interaction of residents with City officials  and with each other  will change, radically.  No longer will we ask what the City Government can do for us.  Instead, we will see the way clear to changing the City ourselves, to expanding the power of residents of modest income, to shrinking the power of the rich by establishing a larger and more representative City Council.  No longer will we have a single individual to blame for our problems.  After all, how can a dog who prioritizes caring connection over status and profit cause social problems?

A selection of planks in Einstein’s platform:

  • Greatly expanded democratic representation for the residents of Oakland
  • An end to Orwellian surveillance and a restoration of privacy
  • The rights of Oakland’s residents supersede the rights of police officers.
  • Penalties for crimes must be apportioned according to wealth.
  • Einstein will facilitate the creation of the Public Bank of Oakland and the Oakland Debtors’ Assembly.
  • A maximum-wage requirement to eliminate the inflationary pressures that render minimum-wage requirements ineffective at increasing the purchasing power of Oakland’s hardest-working and most unappreciated residents
  • Single payer health care.

Whereas Einstein intends be a voice in this campaign for what is right and what is needed by many Oakland residents, without concern for what is legal or politically feasible.  Democracy means We govern together; financial independence for all benefits all; and the protection of civil rights by governing officials is necessary for full democratic participation in our society.

Therefore, Occupy Oakland asks everyone to write-in “Einstein” as one of their ranked-choice votes for Mayor of Oakland.

 

QUEUED PROPOSAL

 

Whereas the General Assembly of Occupy Oakland has continued to meet every week,

Whereas the last resolution regarding quorum set quorum at 70 attendees,

Whereas the General Assembly is generally attended by less than 20 people,

Whereas the current quorum makes it impossible for Occupy Oakland to pass official resolutions endorsing new committees or actions,

Therefore it is resolved to set quorum at 25 attendees until such time as typical attendance increases and this number can be re-evaluated.

 

QUEUED PROPOSAL

 

da3-colorOccupy Oakland participants in Strike Debt Bay Area are requesting official recognition of the Occupy Oakland Strike Debt committee.

The goal of the committee is to educate and mobilize around the issue of debt.  The committee will work with Strike Debt Bay Area and the national Strike Debt movement to develop and share information about the role of debt in 21st century capitalism.  We will help organize collective resistance to debt, which may include forming debtors’ unions, supporting free check cashing services, negotiating debt reductions with institutions, promoting alternative economies, etc.  There are many possible ways to protest the current debt system and create alternatives.

The goals of the Occupy Oakland Strike Debt committee include increasing participation by OO activists in Strike Debt activities and bringing the resources of OO to support these activities.  We have organized the first Bay Area Debtors’ Assembly, which was held in East Oakland on February 2, and the second, on May 18 in San Francisco.

Membership in the committee is open to anyone interested in participating.  We meet monthly at a time and location posted on the OO website calendar.  We will create a committee page on the OO website with an email address through OO.  And we will announce our activities at the General Assembly.  We can also be reached through the contacts for Strike Debt Bay Area: website http://strike-debt-bay-area.tumblr.com/
and email address: strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com.

 Therefore Occupy Oakland participants in Strike Debt Bay Area are requesting official recognition of the Occupy Oakland Strike Debt committee.

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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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Nov
3
Mon
O C C U P Y F O R U M F I E L D T R I P: Occupy the electoral process!! @ Prop G headquarters
Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O C C U P Y  F O R U M  F I E L D  T R I P :
 
Occupy the electoral process!!
YES on G

After our last OccupyForum, Addressing the Housing Crisis Head-On, we’ve decided to do just that:

OccupyForum will be joining the YES on G peeps at their headquarters the night before the election to do whatever it takes

to pass this local ballot measure and keep our brothers and sisters from being kicked out of their homes.

Prop G stops evictions by penalizing speculation and quick “flipping” of rental property.

(Only multi-unit properties that are bought and resold within five years will face surtaxes under the law.

Single family homes, condos, and owner-occupied housing will never be taxed under Prop G.)

Let’s throw our might against the rampaging capitalist speculators determined to turn all but the wealthiest out of our fair city.

(Over 10,000 SF tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997.) Let’s fight the national, state and local realtors associations

(which have put well over $1.5 million into stopping it), and resist one of the Bay Area’s most detested corporations, PG & E,

(which just threw $180,000 into the fight to defeat G!)

We will take to the streets to rally the 99% to vote YES on G!All hands on deck! We are legion! Expect Us!(We will regroup for a drink after helping get out the vote.)

Solidarity with our brothers and sisters to keep our homes!

www.speculationfreesf.com

YES on G is asking us to drop off polling location information for the western end of SF (transportation provided) and make phone calls.

The larger effort will start around 5 pm  but volunteers can stop by any time after 10 am. Food will be provided.

Yes on G also needs volunteers on Saturday, Sunday and especially Tuesday, election day. Please contact Yes on G at:

San Franciscans Against Real Estate SpeculationProp G: “Shall the City impose an additional tax of between 14% and 24% on the total sale price of certain multi-unit residential propertiesthat are sold within five years of purchase or transfer, subject to certain exceptions?”

Prop G will penalize flipping properties and evicting all the tenants; or in plain English (or Spanish),

“S T O P   T H E  E V I C T I O N S ! ”  “ ! A L T O � A   L O S  D E S A L O J O S ! ”

 

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Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Nov 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE ”UNDER CONTRACT.” !!!!!!!!!!!

 Come help us plan our next steps in opposition to their proposed theft of our public commons.

Get an overview of the sale announcement here.

Here’s a good more general overview piece.

Also CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE. and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website, and First they Came for the Homeless Facebook for updates.

BPOD is an offshoot of Strike Debt Bay Area, which itself is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and a chapter of the national Strike Debt movement, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

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Nov
4
Tue
Maya Schenwar: “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better!” @ Impact Hub
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Book Launch and Conversation

RSVP

Join us November 4th, for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration, for the Bay Area launch of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better“!
Author Maya Schenwar will read from her book and discuss the impact of prison on families and communities — and how people around the country are taking action to create a world without prison.

CURB will also have two special speakers there!

  • Alex Berliner, new Organizer with All of Us or None a Project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, will talk about her experience with having a loved one inside.
  • Emily Harris, Statewide Coordinator of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), will speak about the movement to reduce prison populations and close prisons throughout the state of California.

Join CURB members, allies, friends for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration!

See Michelle Alexendar and Angela Davis’ reviews of the book on our event RSVP.

 

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Author Reading: “A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country,” @ Montclair Library
Nov 4 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Oakland author Michael Goldstein will be reading from his Return of the Light at the Montclair
Branch of the Oakland Public Library Tuesday night, November 4. The book, subtitled “A
Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country,” has been endorsed by
political commentators Michael Parenti and Don Hazen, Executive Editor of Alternet, spiritual
teachers Michael Lerner and Wes (“Scoop”) Nisker, and Wavy Gravy, among others.

Goldstein finds the library’s scheduling him for election night to be fortuitous. “The book is
really for those with doubts that the two-party system can give us the ‘change we can believe in’
that we are perennially promised.”

Return of the Light is set on the night of the Winter Solstice in 2120. At one of thousands of
community gatherings across the United States, a storyteller does the annual retelling of how,
back in 2023, a decade-long movement culminated in the people taking over their own
government, making it a means for mobilizing their collective power to promote peace, social
justice, environmental sustainability, and a society hospitable to the needs of the human spirit.
Goldstein says it is intended to be a vision of the road forward for today’s concerned citizens.
According to Parenti, it is “clearly written, hopeful and useful for those interested in building a
real democracy,” and Hazen describes it as “a very encouraging read, in a time of little
optimism.”

For more information or a review copy, contact:
Leslie Keenan 415 897-0413
leslie@printedvoice.com

 

Michael Goldstein blogs on the Huffington Post and OpenSalon.com, focusing on the need to move beyond the teeter-totter of the two-party system and the means to do so. Goldstein works as a mediator and death-penalty appeals lawyer in Northern California.

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Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression. Monthly Meeting. @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Nov
5
Wed
Court Support for Ali Baba @ Vallejo Superior Court dep 24
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Comrade Ali was arrested at a Ferguson/ Mike Brown Solidarity Action in Vallejo. Please come out and support him at his court date .

Facebook event & RSVP.

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Million Mask March in San Francisco. @ Civic Center Plaza
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Facebook event.

National Facebook event.

March to Chelsea Manning Plaza.

This 5th of November, we call on those of you that see the wrongs of society, those that can see we are on a collision course with oblivion. This 5th of November, we ask those of you that can see the fabric of our civilization unraveling before our very eyes to take a stand against the corruption, lies, deceit and greed threatening our very existence. This 5th of November, we ask that you look through the veil of obscurity the shady and corrupt individuals in leadership are desperately trying to perpetuate in order to continue with their obscenities. This 5th of November, we ask that you dawn your mask, take a stand and refuse to live a lie any longer. Let us stand united against the wrongs of this world on Anonymous’ Million Mask March and let us give them a 5th of November they will never, ever forget!

 

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— Starting Position: Civic Center Plaza (near the center of the plaza) —

10:00AM-10:30AM: Gathering the Armada – This is the time we have for the majority of the attendees to arrive and get together; mingle, discuss the upcoming march, advertise to passers-by about our cause and get ready to march. We are not going to be doing too much in the way of preparation here, mostly just waiting for people to arrive.

10:30AM-11:00AM: Time for a little Chat – At this time, we will be mostly assembled and will listen intently as Alfred gives us the “pre-flight safety guidelines” for our march and following rally. Please pay attention as we do want you guys to be safe through-out the duration of the event. In addition to the safety briefing, we will also be reciting the cadences that will be used during the march.

11:00AM-~12:00PM: We will begin our progression to the set destination: Justin Herman Plaza. Our route will be as follows:

Civic Center Plaza –> Larkin St.

Larkin Street –> Golden Gate Avenue

Golden Gate Avenue –> Market Street

Market Street –> Justin Herman Plaza

—- End Position: Justin Herman Plaza —-

12:00PM-~3:00PM: May the Speakers Stand Up – We will have our confirmed speakers give their stance on the issues facing our country and world. This will also be a time for those in the audience to give their points of view as well. Please keep in mind though, that we will be on a time limit permit-wise, so if you do have something you would like to say, be sure to have a general idea what you are saying before you step up.

3:00PM-???: Time for dispersal of our fine march. Great work to all and pats on the back all around!

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Politics of Debt Reading Group, an effort Strike Debt Bay Area and the Public School. @ OMNI Collective, probably the lower floor area
Nov 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Devoted to understanding debt, how it interacts with our financial system, and theorizing about what to do about it.

Readings for the 29th:

http://www.pieria.co.uk/articles/martin_wolf_proposes_the_death_of_banking

http://coppolacomment.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-imf-proposes-death-of-banking.html

Below is the Wolf article the first link refers to. All 3 of these together really isn’t very long. Also,  we can review the last reading (found here), which still has a lot to it that is not quite clear.

Strip private banks of their power to create money

By Martin Wolf
The giant hole at the heart of our market economies needs to be plugged

Printing counterfeit banknotes is illegal, but creating private money is not. The interdependence between the state and the businesses that can do this is the source of much of the instability of our economies. It could  and should be terminated.

I explained how this works two weeks ago. Banks create deposits as a byproduct of their lending. In the UK, such deposits make up about 97 per cent of the money supply. Some people object that deposits are not money but only transferable private debts. Yet the public views the banks’ imitation money as electronic cash: a safe source of purchasing power.

Banking is therefore not a normal market activity, because it provides two linked public goods: money and the payments network. On one side of banks’ balance sheets lie risky assets; on the other lie liabilities the public thinks safe. This is why central banks act as lenders of last resort and governments provide deposit insurance and equity injections. It is also why banking is heavily regulated. Yet credit cycles are still hugely destabilising.

What is to be done? A minimum response would leave this industry largely as it is but both tighten regulation and insist that a bigger proportion of the balance sheet be financed with equity or credibly loss-absorbing debt. I discussed this approach last week. Higher capital is the recommendation made by Anat Admati of Stanford and Martin Hellwig of the Max Planck Institute in The Bankers’ New Clothes.

A maximum response would be to give the state a monopoly on money creation. One of the most important such proposals was in the Chicago Plan, advanced in the 1930s by, among others, a great economist, Irving Fisher. Its core was the requirement for 100 per cent reserves against deposits. Fisher argued that this would greatly reduce business cycles, end bank runs and drastically reduce public debt. A 2012 study by International Monetary Fund staff suggests this plan could work well.

Similar ideas have come from Laurence Kotlikoff of Boston University in Jimmy Stewart is Dead, and Andrew Jackson and Ben Dyson in Modernising Money. Here is the outline of the latter system.

First, the state, not banks, would create all transactions money, just as it creates cash today. Customers would own the money in transaction accounts, and would pay the banks a fee for managing them.

Second, banks could offer investment accounts, which would provide loans. But they could only loan money actually invested by customers. They would be stopped from creating such accounts out of thin air and so would become the intermediaries that many wrongly believe they now are. Holdings in such accounts could not be reassigned as a means of payment. Holders of investment accounts would be vulnerable to losses. Regulators might impose equity requirements and other prudential rules against such accounts.

Third, the central bank would create new money as needed to promote non-inflationary growth. Decisions on money creation would, as now, be taken by a committee independent of government.

Finally, the new money would be injected into the economy in four possible ways: to finance government spending, in place of taxes or borrowing; to make direct payments to citizens; to redeem outstanding debts, public or private; or to make new loans through banks or other intermediaries. All such mechanisms could (and should) be made as transparent as one might wish.

The transition to a system in which money creation is separated from financial intermediation would be feasible, albeit complex. But it would bring huge advantages. It would be possible to increase the money supply without encouraging people to borrow to the hilt. It would end “too big to fail” in banking. It would also transfer seignorage – the benefits from creating money – to the public. In 2013, for example, sterling M1 (transaactions money) was 80 per cent of gross domestic product. If the central bank decided this could grow at 5 per cent a year, the government could run a fiscal deficit of 4 per cent of GDP without borrowing or taxing. The right might decide to cut taxes, the left to raise spending. The choice would be political, as it should be.

Opponents will argue that the economy would die for lack of credit. I was once sympathetic to that argument. But only about 10 per cent of UK bank lending has financed business investment in sectors other than commercial property. We could find other ways of funding this.

Our financial system is so unstable because the state first allowed it to create almost all the money in the economy and was then forced to insure it when performing that function. This is a giant hole at the heart of our market economies. It could be closed by separating the provision of money, rightly a function of the state, from the provision of finance, a function of the private sector.

This will not happen now. But remember the possibility. When the next crisis comes – and it surely will – we need to be be ready.

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Nov
6
Thu
Film Viewing: Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes @ South Berkeley Library
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Don’t miss your opportunity to see Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes, a documentary that chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do to fix the system, on November 6 in Berkeley.

One solution discussed in the film is giving “we the people” the tools to combat this big money takeover of our democracy and California Common Cause is already committed to this effort in our campaign to pass H.R. 20, the Government By The People Act.

Sign up to see Pay 2 Play for FREE and to learn more about H.R. 20!

Pay 2 Play is a documentary full-feature film that unmasks the enigma that is money’s role in today’s politics and explores the need to level the playing field for individuals running for U.S. office to ensure that the BEST candidate wins; NOT necessarily the richest. The documentary features our National Board President Robert Reich, and CA Common Cause Executive Director Kathay Feng! View the trailer here.

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Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction. @ Tamalpais Room
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On a recent rainy Saturday in Washington, D.C., hundreds of people took to the streets for the biggest and most successful protest in front of the World Bank annual meetings in a decade. The World Bank is currently revising its policies to protect people and the planet, and we were there to prevent the World Bank from weakening these protections.

On the heels of that mobilization, I am pleased to invite you to a special event featuring my friend and longtime World Bank advocate Bruce Rich. Bruce will be in the Bay area next week to talk about his new book, Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction. He will be giving talks in San Francisco and Berkeley.

What: Book talk with Bruce Rich

Click here to email me your RSVP.

Bruce’s new book shows how the World Bank’s failure to address the challenges of the 21st century has implications for everyone. He recounts a story of larger-than-life personalities, international intrigue, and human suffering brought about by a winner-take-all economic globalization — and identifies the changes necessary if the World Bank and the world’s governments are to make real progress in helping the poorest and sustaining the environmental resources on which all of us depend.

Please join us for an exciting discussion and refreshments. Email me your RSVP today!

 

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In Our Power, US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine @ La Pena Cultural Center (2 blocks from Ashby BART)
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Book Release Celebration with Journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman
IN OUR POWER: U.S. STUDENTS ORGANIZE FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE
(Just World Books)

The Middle East Children’s Alliance is thrilled to host this celebration of award-winning reporter Nora Barrows-Friedman’s new book which documents the emergence and success of the Students for Justice in Palestine movement, using many of Nora’s investigative interviews with activists nationwide. Her journalistic experience in Palestine and close engagement with Palestinian solidarity activism give Nora a unique ability to help these inspiring student leaders tell their stories!

Special Guest MALIHE RAZAZAN, who cohosts KPFA’s “Voices of the MIddle East” program, will interview Nora about her book. And activists from Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will participate in the Q and A with Nora.

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a staff writer/editor with The Electronic Intifada and has contributed to Al-Jazeera English, Truthout.org and more. Past Senior Producer/co-host of KPFA’s investigative news magazine “Flashpoints”, in 2009 she received the Lifetime Achievement Media Freedom Award from the Media Freedom Foundation.

 

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Nov
7
Fri
Occupy the Farm – The Movie! @ UA Berkeley Theater
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm

200 urban farmers occupy the last piece of East Bay farmland and plant 15,000 seedlings to save it from becoming a shopping mall. This is a story about what we can accomplish through collective action, and it takes on one of the most powerful institutions in the world. Its about all of us!

We have showtimes! Occupy The Farm is playing at 12:00 pm, 2:20 pm, 4:50 pm, 7:00pm and 9:30 pm at the UA Berkeley 7 on 2274 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley starting November 7!

It’s playing several times a day for 7 days straight. Then we go to New York and Los Angeles. Please help get the word out so that theaters in more communities will take the plunge to book the film.

Later on, it will be available for community screenings and home, but right now we have the opportunity to bring wider awareness of the issues of sustainable food systems and urban farming to a whole new group of people who otherwise would not be aware.

Official trailer.

 

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Nov
9
Sun
Interfaith prayer meeting for healing @ Bahai Center
Nov 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Second Sundays:
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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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Nov 9 @ 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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A Public Forum with Speakers: Marjorie Cohn, Daniel Ellsberg, Ahmed Ghappour, Norman Solomon, Trevor Timm @ St. John's Presbyterian Church
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our constitutional system of checks and balances is broken. A Congress in the hands of corporations and their lobbyists can no longer protect the public from special interests and government, with its surveillance and endless wars for oil and profit. Independent media have emerged as a powerful check on government abuses. Whistleblowers play an increasing and vital role in getting information to the public.

Our five panelists will engage in a lively discussion of the public’s need for greater transparency and constitutional protection from government intrusion and abuse. How do “We the People” protect ourselves?

Our Panelists:

Daniel Ellsberg: Activist, whistleblower, co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Norman Solomon: Author, activist, co-founder of RootsAction.org; coordinator of ExposeFacts.org.

Trevor Timm: Journalist and Columnist for the UK Guardian, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Marjorie Cohn: Law professor at Jefferson School of Law; author and human rights activist; former president of the National Lawyers Guild.

Ahmed Ghappour: Hastings College professor of law; national security and cybersecurity  litigator.

This Forum is the third in a series of Civil Liberty forums presented by St. John�s Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California.

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Nov
14
Fri
A Food Initiative for the Gill Tract (Occupy The Farm) @ To be announced
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

On Friday Nov 14th, SEAL delegates will be meeting with Chancellor Dirks to present our proposal for a Food Initiative at the Gill Tract Farm.

We have years of visions and designs, years of petitions and public comments, years of community processes pointing towards a student and community desire for an alternative use of the land that does not exploit people and does not pollute the planet. We need the world-renown University of California to have a powerful Food Initiative amplifying the voices from the grassroots and producing community-driven research to find solutions to the pressing environmental problems we face today.

Nov 14th is the day. Let’s show our Chancellor the student and community power behind halting the development and engaging in a community-design process for all 20 acres of the Gill Tract Farm.

Facebook event & RSVP.  (Check for location details)

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How can you help?? So glad you asked!

> Get inspired at the Occupy the Farm Film! It is having its theatrical premiere right here in Berkeley! Nov 7th-Nov 14th.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1698666823691759/

> If you have not done so already, please sign our petition:
bit.ly/FoodInitiative

> Like us on Facebook and share our posts!
https://www.facebook.com/studentsforengagedandactivelearning?ref=br_tf

> You can use this form letter to email and message your friends and family:
http://sealstudents.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/sample-email-outreach.pdf

> We love our campaign co-sponsors! Are you part of a food justice, urban garden, environmental justice, local economies, or other related organization and would be interested in signing on as a co-sponsor? email us!
http://sealstudents.wordpress.com/community-support/

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