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November – December 2014

Nov
21
Fri
Continuous Occupation of the Berkeley Post Office. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Nov 21 @ 12:00 am – Nov 26 @ 10:45 am

With the imminent threat of a sale, First They Came for the Homeless has moved from Staples to the downtown Post Office, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders.  Come hang out with them and show solidarity as we all take a stand against the privatization of our commons.  Music and other activities are in the offing.

 

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Nov
24
Mon
Convergence at OGP After the Indictment Decision of Darren Wilson @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

10421592_10205466962053002_7042848675072366031_nOfficials have announced that a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown has been reached, but what the decision is is not public yet.  The decision itself is to be announced later today, sometime between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

The call associated with the picture to the left.

 

The call from Stop Mass Incarceration Bay Area email:

If Wilson Walks, America Halts!
No Business As Usual in NYC!
Anything Less Than a Murder Charge Is Unacceptable
Charge Darren Wilson With Murder Now!
When Announced Immediately Go to 14th and Broadway and Into the Streets!
Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner,
and All Victims of Killer Cops!

 

 

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CANCELLED: Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly.
Nov 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 MEETING CANCELLED TODAY!

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

THE POSTAL SERVICE WANTS TO SELL THE POST OFFICE TO HUDSON-MCDONALD DEVELOPMENT GROUP.

THE CITY OF BERKELEY HAS SUED THE POST OFFICE TO STOP THE SALE. A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IS IN PLACE UNTIL DECEMBER 17th.

 A hearing will take place in Federal Court on December 11th.

 Come learn about continuing developments and help us plan our next steps in opposition to this theft of our public commons.

Get an overview of the sale announcement here.

Here’s a good more general overview piece.

Davic Rovics gave a concert on the Post Office steps last Monday. Check out pictures and video of him playing.

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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Movie Night at the Berkeley Post Office Occupation. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defender peeps for a free movie on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office!

Movie title to be announced.

Ed not Bombs is your host.

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Nov
25
Tue
Marissa Alexander Pre-Trial Solidarity Rally @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us for a community gathering and rally that will coalesce community organizers and members in solidarity with Marissa Alexander on the “eve” of her retrial. This will be an occasion to gather in poetry, song and more as we share words of struggle, resistance and hope in addition to raising greater awareness about and critical funds for Marissa. This will also be an opportunity for organizers to share with attendees ways in which people can involve themselves in work in the Bay Area around prison abolition, ending mass incarceration, domestic violence awareness and more.

The Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander will be present and will bring items from the online store to sale where every dollar raised will be donated to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

Please share widely. If you’d like to share a poem, please email us at FreeMarissaChicago at gmail dot com.

Facebook event.

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Movie Night at the Berkeley Post Office Occupation. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defender peeps for a free movie on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office!

Movie title to be announced.

Ed not Bombs is your host.

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Nov
27
Thu
Thanksgiving at the Berkeley Post Office, with BPOD, Occupy Oakland and First They Came for the Homeless. @ Berkeley Post Office
Nov 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come enjoy Thanksgiving at the people’s Berkeley Post Office.

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Nov
28
Fri
Black and Blue Friday: a celebration presented by 350Marin @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Black and Blue Friday: a celebration presented by 350Marin

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350Marin invites you to Black and Blue Friday, “a celebration of climate justice and life on our hot little blue planet.” The lively event offers music, speakers, poetry, dance and art. Performers include JIG, Wendy Johnson, Jon Symes, Lucia Iman, Robert Steiner, Love Rockit and others.

Donations requested but no one turned away.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page on the 350Marin website.

Download flyer.

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Nov
29
Sat
MARCH FOR ANDY LOPEZ !!!! @ Roseland Village Shopping Center
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Its been one year since deputy erick gelhous shot and killed 13yr old andy lopez and we still have no justice so we will keep fighting and marching til we get JUSTICE, please join us saturday nov. 29 at 1pm in the dollar tree parking lot on Sebastopol road from there we will march to the courthouse square come show your support if you really care.

 

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Nov
30
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Omni Collective
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

For the rest of 2014 GA will meet at the Omni Collective basement at its regular time, 4PM Sunday, beginning November 30th.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meeting time has been changed to 4:00 PM. This was meant to be a temporary summer adjustment, but appears to be popular enough to continue through the Fall & perhaps beyond.

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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Dec
4
Thu
East Bay Fast Food Rally for $15 & a Union @ Fruitvale Bart Station Plaza
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Fruitvale Bart plaza to bring attention to widespread inequality and our shared struggles for a living wage ($15/hour) and the right to unionize without retaliation.

Nov. 29th marks the 2nd anniversary of when the first 100+ fast food workers, fed up with low wages, poor treatment and disrespect walked off the job in New York.

Let’s make it known that a minimum wage hike isn’t all we’re fighting for in Oakland and beyond!

Hosted by East Bay Fast Food Workers.

 

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Dec
5
Fri
Cops vs. Free Speech @ La Pena Cultural Center
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How police are targeting political enemies with attempts to restrict free speech. Everyone, from black an d Latino youth, anti-war activists, labor militants and rap artists are in their cross-hairs. We can fight back against police attack on speech and school curriculums!

Speakers: Keith Cook, Mumia’s brother.
Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson.

Sponsored by Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, Prison Radio and Teachers for Mumia.

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Dec
6
Sat
SING TO SAVE OUR POST OFFICE @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

COME TO  a brief rally at the Berkeley Main Post Office, 2000 Allston at Milvia,  IT WILL BE followed by a video shoot with all who attend, singing  “Our Post Office, It Shall Not Be Moved” (to the tune of We Shall Not Be Moved). Please feel free to wear costumes, your chorus attire if you are in one, or anything you’d like. This will take place rain or shine - if it’s raining we will sing under the sheltered area.

WE HOPE to get people across the country to do the same at their post offices and post their videos. If we get a few groups to participate, we can post the videos together. If we get enough, we can turn it into a video montage. We will encourage each group to add verses that reflect their struggle, and use one pertinent verse per group. With your HELP we can make this go viral!

Please be AT THE RALLY on December 6th by 12:20 at the latest, as we will have to organize into a visually effective group and do a couple of practice runs. We will sing in the key of D and ask other groups to do the same so we will be able to combine the videos successfully. The words will go as follows (of course if someone comes up with a terrific line we can add it or substitute):

Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
It shall not be moved
Built in 1914
The artwork is amazing
No to union busting
No privatization
Our post office

You do not have to be a strong singer – your enthusiasm is the most important thing. Please join us and feel free to pass this on to friends and other organizations whose members might want to join in.

This has already done this effectively on the 100th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birthday in 2012, when 33 groups around the country (and in several other countries) participated on Earth Day. You can go to the following You Tube link where you can see the video montage and see what we have in mind:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hGGf7G9W_s
and here is the video of the San Francisco shoot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-icfD6cgKko

In unity there is strength! In music there is collective power! Come and sing!!!

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Dec
7
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Omni Collective
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

For the rest of 2014 GA will meet at the Omni Collective basement at its regular time, 4PM Sunday, beginning November 30th.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meeting time has been changed to 4:00 PM. This was meant to be a temporary summer adjustment, but appears to be popular enough to continue through the Fall & perhaps beyond.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly generally meets Sundays, at 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland  Directions

We have met on a continuous basis for more than three 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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Dec
9
Tue
Closing Arguments in CCSF Accreditation/Survival Trial @ California State Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow (Dept 304)
Dec 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

COME TO CLOSING ARGUMENTS FOR TRIAL
 
For the entire week of Oct 27th, Superior Court Judge Karnow heard testimony from both the City Attorney’s Office and the ACCJC in the matter of the People of California vs. the ACCJC.

The Judge will hear oral closing arguments on Dec. 9th. After that he will issue a tentative ruling and send to the attorneys who will then get a chance to submit written objections within 15 days. After the judge considers these he will issue his final ruling. So this all sounds like not until at least January. Probably after the ACCJC meeting where they will decide whether or not to put us on Restoration.
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Here are some links to good coverage of it:

Tim Redmond (48 Hills)
AFT 2121
SF Examiner
Save CCSF website’s Latest News

Related reading:
FCMAT critique
OPEB Made Simple
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Dec
11
Thu
Federal Court Hearing on an Injunction to Stop the Sale of Berkeley Post Office @ San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 8 - 19th Floor
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Originally scheduled for November 10th, now scheduled for December 11th, although the time is not certain. Check back for additional possible changes and verification of time.

Plaintiffs City of Berkeley and Mayor and Members of the City Council of the
City of Berkeley have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary
injunction, to enjoin defendants United States Postal Service, Patrick R. Donahoe, Tom A.
Samra, and Diana Alvarado from completing a sale of the Berkeley Post Office. According to
that motion, “the City believes that USPS will attempt to convey the Post Office property at any
moment,” even though USPS reportedly has not performed the reviews required by the National
Historic Preservation Act or the National Environmental Policy Act.

This order hereby ENJOINS the named defendants from completing the sale of the
Berkeley Post Office until a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction can be conducted…

(signed)

WILLIAM ALSUP
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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Dec
13
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting: Ideas Into Action. @ OMNI Collective in the basement
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt!
Come get connected with SDBA’s many projects!
  • organizing for public banking in Oakland and elsewhere.
  • advocating for Postal banking.
  • 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
  • ongoing study group
  • distribution of Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual
  • student debt resistance
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • our famous Strike Debt radio program
  • and much more!
 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.
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Dec
14
Sun
Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Baha'i Center
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence

Second Sundays:

Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police terrorism 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 @ Omni Collective
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

For the rest of 2014 GA will meet at the Omni Collective basement at its regular time, 4PM Sunday, beginning November 30th.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meeting time has been changed to 4:00 PM. This was meant to be a temporary summer adjustment, but appears to be popular enough to continue through the Fall & perhaps beyond.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly generally meets Sundays, at 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland  Directions

We have met on a continuous basis for more than three 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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Dec
17
Wed
Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting. @ Impact Hub
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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NOTE: For now the OPWG is meeting at the Impact Hub2323 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, surveillance systems from facial recognition to license plate readers, Urban Shield and other invasions of privacy by our militarized police and 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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