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September – October 2014

Sep
13
Sat
Ongoing: Berkeley Staples Table/Occupation and Boycott. @ Staples, Downtown Berkeley
Sep 13 @ 12:00 am – Sep 16 @ 11:45 pm

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

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

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

 

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Sep
15
Mon
Occupy Forum: Film and Speaker: The Ghosts of Jeju. @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
 OccupyForum presents

Film and Speaker:

The Ghosts of Jeju

The Ghosts of Jeju is an award-winning documentary directed by Regis Trembly about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea. Set in the context of the American presence in Korea after World War II, the film reveals horrible atrocities at the hands of the U.S. Military Government of Korea. Jeju Island is off South Korea and has three International Heritage Sites.The United States is building a huge Naval Base on the island. The film describes the brave, peaceful resistance of the indigenous people to the base today and the history of the genocide of native people during the “Korean War.” The spirit of the villagers and those who have joined their resistance movement is inspiring.

Using previously secret and classified photos, film and documents, this is the first English-language documentary about the struggle of the brave people of Gangjeong Village who are opposing the military advance of the United States, just as their parents and relatives did in 1947. As then, they are being arrested, jailed, fined, and hospitalized for resisting the construction of a massive naval base that will accommodate America’s “pacific pivot” and will destroy their 400 year old village and their UNESCO-protected environment.

The United States is a war-based economy and has been one since WW I and reconfirmed by WW II, the Korean War, the Vietnam wars and up to, and including the Gulf War in Iraq and the Afghanistan War. Sadly, the vast majority of Americans have been conditioned to accept our serial wars and to “Support Our Troops” without questioning.

Our speaker has previously spoken OccupyForum. Discussion and announcements will follow. Donations accepted; no one turned away.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/64077154

Background: http://subversivepeacemaking.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-ghosts-of-jeju.html

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Sep
17
Wed
3rd Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street @ Liberty Plaza
Sep 17 all-day

On this day 3 Years after the birth of Occupy Wall Street we welcome all of those who participated in OWS and those are or may be interested in joining/rejoining the movement.

During this time of our anniversary we also welcome people and group to mix, mingle, network and build/rebuild relationships that may have been lost due to time or to start new ones that will help re-build community and connect to one another on deeper levels.

Schedule of events at Zuccotti Park.

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Rally: Community Response to Police Militarization. @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, next to City Hall
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is having a rally at Oakland City Hall on the 17th.

There will be first person report backs from Ferguson, including one from Nadia Kayali, a lawyer with the EFF.

There will be a handful of speakers followed by music from a PA and food and an opportunity for people circulating in parallel, yet disconnected, circles to meet one another and expand the organizing potential across the greater Bay Area.

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Strike Debt Bay Area: Politics of Debt Reading Group: Bay Bucks Discussion with Special Guest Chong Kee Tan @ OMNI Collective in the basement - buzz to get in (near Lanesplitter Pizza on Telegraph)
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Or next Politics of Debt meeting will be a presentation by Chong Kee Tan on Bay Bucks, a local alternative currency.  We’ll hear him speak and then have a Q&A period, perhaps leasing into a broader discussion.

Or next meeting will be one week following, on September 24th,  instead of two. We’ll discuss chapters 21-23 of Ellen Brown’s Web of Debt.

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Sep
18
Thu
The Present and Future of California Prisons. Lecture. @ Dwinelle Hall, Room 370
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“The Present and Future of California Prisons”

Professor Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, is coming to Berkeley’s campus this week!
She is a founding member of CURB and also part of our National Advisory Board.

As a member of IGNITE – Invest in Graduations, Not Incarceration, to Transform Education – which seeks to break the school to prison pipeline and ensure that students can reach UC campuses, I’m particularly excited for our campus to learn more from Ruthie’s analysis.

She will be speaking on the long and complex genealogies of prison and its affiliated domains: probation, parole, intensive policing, a totality of human experience we are calling “carceral geographies.”

Her keynote lecture “The Present and Future of California Prisons” will begin at 5pm this Thursday in Dwinelle Hall in Room 370. This lecture will kick off the launch of the new Carceral Geographies Course Thread

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Sep
21
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Sep 21 @ 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
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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David Id (IndyBay) vs BART: US District Court @ US District Court
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

An article about the lawsuit.

David Id writes:

 

September 8th marks the three-year anniversary since BART police arrested me during a protest inside the Powell Street BART station. Numerous other journalists were kettled by BART police, yet I was the only credentialed reporter to be handcuffed, arrested, and held in police custody for three hours. I was also the only journalist virtually every BART police officer knew by name. I know that for a fact now.

Up to that point, I had posted over 250 separate pieces related to the murders of Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009, Charles Hill on July 3, 2011, and BART’s disabling of cell phones in San Francisco stations on August 11, 2011. This coverage included photos, video, and audio from speak-outs, protests, tribunals, and community town halls. It included updates, transcripts, and exhibits from Mehserle’s various court hearings. It included reports from protests at the trial in Los Angeles, Sacramento legislative hearings on BART police, Oakland BART board meetings, BART subcommittee meetings on police oversight, and much more.

I became intimate with a number of members of Oscar Grant’s family, activists, organizers, community and religious leaders, legislative assistants, members of the BART board of directors and other BART administrative employees. My reporting was named in Mehserle’s motion to change venue. I’d regularly walk into BART meetings and see their employees reading my latest articles on their phones.

And BART police were definitely watching. They knew I wasn’t shy about calling out their lies, incompetence, and corruption. They regularly read my reports and then set out to target me for arrest, as the evidence shows. Ever since my arrest on September 8, 2011, I have been pursuing a civil rights lawsuit for retaliatory animus and violations of my First Amendment rights. It’s taken me three full years to get to this point.

On September 22, just two short weeks from now, my case against BART PD deputy chief Dan Hartwig goes to trial at the United States District Court in San Francisco. The trial is expected to last five days starting on Monday, September 22, Tuesday being an off day, and then continuing through the following Monday.

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Hell in Paradise: My visit to Pelican Bay State Prison @ Monday Night Marsh. 24th Street BART - 3 1/2 block walk
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hell in Paradise: My visit to Pelican Bay State Prison

4 people will be performing 20 minutes of new material, including Charlie Hinton
Please stay until the end if at all possible
There’s a parking garage on 22nd between Valencia and Mission. Street parking is difficult
Doors open at 7:00

From the playright:

This show has developed organically over the past year, and surprised even me. I responded to an action alert to support the hunger strikers at Pelican Bay last summer. A number of them wrote me back, and i’ve written a prison visit dialogue based on sections of their letters, as well as my observations of the prison itself and the natural beauty of Crescent City, where it’s located .

The man I focus on the most, Clyde Jackson, is a native San Franciscan who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime that he committed at age 17 (in which no one was killed). He’s now 51, so he’s been in prison 2/3 of his life, 31 years in solitary confinement. I’m happy to report that since my visit to Pelican Bay, he’s been transferred to general population and has a parole hearing next year.

To quote his words, “My life story is basically short, I transgressed the law of society as a juvenile, one night myself and a few people from the neighborhood were out wilding, and just having plain old teenage delinquent fun. One misstep led into two, two into four, four into eight, and after all is said and done, Diane Feinstein was campaigning for the mayorship on juvenile delinquency, used four juveniles as an example, and today is the repercussions of that misbehavior…Growing up, even in a life of little, I advanced myself until the age of 17, when I took the wrong turn. Ignorance guided me to this present predicament. Over the decades I’ve made vast improvement in faculty development,” which indeed he has.
 

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Sep
24
Wed
Prisoner Letter Writing @ Qilombo
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Prisoner Letter Writing

Join us for prisoner letter writing every month at Qilombo. Usually this event happens the last Wednesday of every month.
Please feel free to write to whomever you want, including your own friends, family, and loved ones. Paper, envelopes, pens, stamps provided. Bring a snack for social time. Bring your thoughts and reflections for quiet writing time.

Tips for writing to prisoners.

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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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Politics of Debt. The Strike Debt Bay Area Reading Group. “Web of Debt.” @ The Omni (ring buzzer)
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We generally meet every other week.  We generally select a not-too-short, not-too-long reading related to debt for each meeting and discuss the reading. This week we’ll be reading Chapters 21-23 of Ellen Brown’s Web of Debt.  See you there!

Web-of-Debt-Complete

We are a subgroup of Strike Debt Bay Area.  Check it out!

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Sep
25
Thu
Oakland Underground Film Festival 2014 @ First movie showing: Grand Lake Theatre
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

7:00 pm @ Grand Lake Theater
THE INFINITE MAN

9:00 pm @ Grand Lake Theater
FALCON RISING

On Friday & Saturday, film showings will be at the Humanist Hall at 390 27th St.
Check the complete schedule here.

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Sep
27
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area: Ideas Into Action. Meeting. @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, right next to City Hall
Sep 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt!
 photo da3-color_zpsf9036587.jpgCome find out about and get connected to SDBA’s many projects:
 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
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Sep
28
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Sep 28 @ 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
29
Mon
Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Hosted by Jason Mark

$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or

Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times,

$15 door KPFA benefit   www.kpfa.org/events


Here is the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine.  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate clearly explains why we must soon abandon the core free market ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change, or radical changes will be violently visited upon us. Status quo is no longer an option.

Naomi Klein argues that climate change is not merely another issue to shrug off and file away for the future. It is an alarming certainty that demands we fix an economic system already failing in many terrible ways. Klein meticulously presents the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce the growing inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of would-be geo-engineers, and the tragic defeatism of far too many mainstream green initiatives. She demonstrates precisely why the market has not and can not fix the climate crisis, and will in fact make things worse, with ever more extreme, ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein reveals how the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond humanely to this crisis should not be viewed as grim penance, but as a kind of gift – a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and heal long-festering historical wounds. She documents the inspiring movements already involved, communities not simply refusing to be sites of further fuel extraction, but already building the next regeneration-based economies.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.” Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of 350.org and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Jason Mark is a co-manager at San Francisco’s Alemany Farm and the editor of the quarterly environmental magazine, Earth Island Journal. He is also a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

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Oct
4
Sat
Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing @ All around the World.
Oct 4 all-day

Listing of Actions.

Join the first Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing – October 4, 2014

As global citizens who believe in justice and the rule of law, we oppose weaponized and surveillance drones because their deployment:

  • violates democratic rights of freedom of speech and assembly and the right not to be unreasonably searched,
  • is used for extrajudicial “targeted” killings based merely on suspicion — murders — even of children inside and outside of war zones,
  • terrorizes populations in targeted territories, thereby fueling hatred and increasing the cycle of violence,
  • lowers the threshold to war and initiates a new round in the arms race,
  • leads to the development of autonomous killer robots, thereby making even more horrifying wars likely.

We demand that all governments cease the production and acquisition of armed drones, as well as their research and development, and work towards a worldwide ban of these weapons.

We further demand that our governments prohibit the use of drones for surveillance and prohibit using space satellites, ground stations, and military bases to enable drone surveillance and to trigger drone killings.

We call on people all over the world to join us in the Global Day of Action on October 4.

If you or your group are planning an action or event for October 4 and would like to post information about it on this website, please email a brief description to Anastasia of CODEPINK at anastasia@codepink.org.

The description may be in any language, but it is best to also include an English translation so that people around the world can read it.

Please include the address of your event, with the postal code, so that it will show up on the map.

You may also send for posting on the website a URL link or a PDF or JPEG attachment such as a photo, flyer, press release, or news coverage of your event.

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Oct
5
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Oct 5 @ 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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Oct
7
Tue
Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression. Monthly Meeting. @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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