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Jul
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Thu
Stop the War on Children. @ Ron Dellums Federal Building
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Stop the War on Children from Gaza to the U.S./Mexican Border!

Say No to Racism and War! Stand with children and youth under attack. Solidarity with Palestine and the people of Central America. In support of the call for a national week of actions from 7/17 – 7/24. A united action initiated by the International Action Center – Bay Area and supported by the AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, EBIYC – East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition, Middle East Children’s Alliance, and American Friends Service Committee.

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City of Oakland Privacy Committee Meeting @ Oakland City Hall Council Chambers
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Meeting of the City of Oakland’s “Privacy and Data Retention Ad Hoc Advisory Committee” – open to the public.

When:
2nd & 4th Thursdays
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:
Council Chambers
Oakland City Hall
14th & Broadway

Read the announcement from the City of Oakland City Administrator’s Weekly Report (April 25, 2014):

This committee was created by City Council action during the discussions earlier in the year about the Port Domain Awareness Center (DAC). The goal of the DAC is to improve readiness to prevent, respond to and recover from major emergencies in the Oakland region and ensure better multi-agency coordination across the larger San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the Privacy and Data Retention Policy is to ensure there are safeguards to protect against potential misuse of the data or violations of individuals’ privacy rights and civil liberties. The meeting is open to the public. For questions about the Ad Hoc Committee, please contact Joe DeVries, Assistant to the City

We need to show up to these meetings and pressure the City to adopt a privacy policy that makes privacy a priority, not only “security” or administrative convenience.

StopTheDAC

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Coalition for a Taser-Free Berkeley. @ Grassroots House
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come help stop Berkeley Police from getting tasers!

After each mishap or tragedy that occurs these days in Berkeley, we are told that it could have been averted “if only” the police had been issued tasers. The mayor of Berkeley made this claim after six Berkeley police killed a mentally ill transgender woman in her own home last year. BPD officers made the same claim again when a mentally ill man stabbed himself several times. This week, Chris Stines of the Berkeley Police Association (BPA) went to great pains to spread the notion that if a Berkeley police officer had had a taser this past week, he wouldn’t have been assaulted. It is regrettable that the BPA uses these incidents as nothing more than a way to win political points. The issue of how to protect officers as well as the human rights of the citizenry is far more complex than simply giving cops more hardware on their belts.

Of course, these kinds of statements can never be proven. No one can know whether a taser would have prevented the confrontation in which the officer was involved in a fistfight with a suspect who was believed to be mentally ill. The BPA continues to apply steady political pressure to our local politicians and insists that somehow, real safety resides in our ability to meet suspects with electric shocks. At Berkeley Copwatch, we disagree. We believe that it is the duty of the officers to place the well being of the community at the forefront of their efforts. We believe that mentally ill people have a right to treatment and should not be subjected to torture because of a condition which they do not control. It is time for the City of Berkeley to return to the humane approaches for which it was once famous and reject the militarization of care which has overtaken our approach to community health and safety.

Top ten reasons against tasers.

 

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Jul
25
Fri
Hands Off The Trayvon 2 – Court Support! @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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Justice For Yanira (We Want Answers!) @ Half Moon Bay Volunteer Fire Department
Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the family, friends and community as they demand justice for an innocent life stolen by law enforcement. Yanira Serrano Garcia was murdered on June 3, 2014 by San Mateo County Sheriff’s.

The family seeks accountability from law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office.

Please join us on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5pm as we meet at the Half Moon Bay Fire Station located at 1191 Main St, Half Moon Bay CA for a rally and march.

The family has asked that you please wear white.

Learn more here: http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/yanira-serrano-garcia/

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Forum: Eyewitness Palestine. The People Resist Colonial Occupation
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A professor of literature and Black Studies, GAThomas recently traveled to Palestine in May 2014 as part of contingent of college and university professors working out of North America in support of Palestinian solidarity, liberation and freedom from occupation, apartheid and colonization. Replete with photographic images, this talk is a first-hand report-back from the Occupied West Bank facing more and more bombings, repression and kidnappings everyday with the support of what Malcolm X dubbed “dollarism.”

Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

More info:  www.ANSWERsf.org.

 

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Fracking Initiatives Benefit @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fracking Initiatives Benefit. Friday, July 25.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, scientist, author, and mother, will discuss strategies for building the movement to stop fracking and protect our communities and climate

This event is a special fundraiser for the dedicated residents of 3 California counties who have collected signatures to put fracking ban measures on their county ballots in November. The oil industry has already shown it will fight these measures. We must show the Bay Area’s strong support for local communities standing up for their rights to clean air, water, energy and a safer climate for our children.

Tickets are $20 but donations beyond the ticket price are encouraged to help fight the power of Big Oil.

Buy tickets now (page on 350BayArea website)
Download flyer (PDF)

To appreciate the power and clarity of Ms. Steingraber’s voice, you could no better than reading the 2012 Huffington Post article summarizing her statement to the Democratic Conference of the New York Senate, in which she addresses both the dangers of fracking and the corruptibility of the legislative process. (New York state subsequently passed a 5-year moratorium on fracking. Challenges to local bans on fracking are now being heard by the state Court of Appeals.)

Visit Ms. Steingraber’s website at http://steingraber.com/

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Jul
26
Sat
Laborfest: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk @ Latham Square
Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meet at the fountain in Latham Square, in the intersection where Telegraph and Broadway converge across from the Rotunda Building (Oakland City Center/12th St. BART), Oakland.

With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking, mostly women, retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line was being broken by scabs escorted by police.

Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S.. until the November 2nd, 2011 General Strike called by Occupy Oakland, albeit only a one-day event. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.

See also:

http://www.flyingpicket.org/node/15

http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm

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100th Birthday Party for the Berkeley Post Office @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Us for a Birthday Party
for the Berkeley Post Office

It’s the 239th Birthday of the United States Post Office and the One Hundredth Birthday of the Berkeley Post Office!  Please join us! These festivities will be one of many events throughout the country commemorating National Postal Heritage Day.

Celebration will include Music, Birthday Cake and a Group Photo!

Be sure to be there!

Brought to you by Save the Berkeley Post Office.

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March For Palestine. @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

March for Palestine….Chelsea Manning Plaza aka Justin Herman Plaza, Market @Embarcadero in SF. 

6,000 people this past Sunday; 20,000 this coming Saturday.

ANSWER COALITION.

On July 16th, Israeli Defense Forces deliberately targeted a group of children playing soccer on a Gaza beach, killing four from the same family and maiming the others—another war crime committed against the Palestinian people.

WE DEMAND THAT 

Stop US Aid to the Apartheid State of Israel! 
Free all Palestinian political prisoners! 
End the collective punishment of Palestinians!
End colonial occupation of Palestine!
Stop the massacre in Gaza! End the blockade of Gaza!

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San Francisco Mime Troupe. Plus Community Forum on Albany Bulb. @ Live Oak Park
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Forum on the Albany Bulb: 1:00 PM
Music: 1:30 PM
Performance: 2:00 PM

The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience.

We do plays that make sense out of the headlines by identifying the forces that shape our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make our audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.

To make this work accessible the Mime Troupe performs its shows in local parks at a price everyone can afford: FREE.

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Kickoff Meeting For Oct 2014 Nationwide Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Etc @ First Unitarian Church (at Castro, right next to 980 Freeway)
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Major Bay Area Kickoff Meeting
October 2014 Nationwide Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

Just in the past few weeks we have witnessed:

​ **1000′s of children being driven across the border by US devastation of their homelands and then finding themselves caught between Homeland Security rounds-ups and flag-waving racists

​**The District Attorney in Santa Rosa California refusing to charge the cop who murdered 13-year old Andy Lopez

​**2 videos that went viral showing cops brutally and unjustly beating Black women

All these and more outrages only serve to underscore more than ever the need for powerful outpourings of resistance in October as envisioned in the Call for a Month of Ressistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation (www.stopmassinceration.net) that was adopted at the meeting convened in New York in April 2014.

Let’s all come together, individuals and organizations and make real plans so this October, so our determination to end all this reverberates across the country and around the world!

October 2014 needs to be a full month of many diverse forms of resistance.

Already, prominent and respected voices are signing the Stop Mass Incarceration Network’s Call for the Month of Resistance.� Join�  Ayelet Waldman, novelist, lawyer ; Alice Walker, author; Peter Coyote, actor, author, director; Cornel West,� author, educator, voice of conscience;� Carl Dix,� Revolutionary Communist Party; Noam Chomsky,� Professor (ret.), MIT*; Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson; Michelle Alexander, and 100’s of others who have pledged to be part of the Month of Resistance

Stop Mass Incarceration Network, San Francisco Bay Area 
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Know Your Rights Training: Berkeley Copwatch. @ Grassroots House
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Eyewitness Palestine “The People Resist Colonial Occupation” @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A professor of literature and Black Studies, GAThomas recently traveled to Palestine in May 2014 as part of contingent of college and university professors working out of North America in support of Palestinian solidarity, liberation and freedom from occupation, apartheid and colonization. Replete with photographic images, this talk is a first-hand report-back from the Occupied West Bank facing more and more bombings, repression and kidnappings everyday with the support of what Malcolm X dubbed “dollarism.”

Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

 

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Jul
27
Sun
Prison Abolition BBQ!
Jul 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Critical Resistance members, allies, friends and other anti-prison activists for an abolitionist liberation BBQ! We will eat, drink, play, dance, share stories from these past exciting months, and affirm our ongoing fight to end the caging of our communities!

Families welcome – we’ll have plenty of activities for kids :)

Let’s celebrate our work, build our connections, and raise money so we can increase our capacity to fight prison industrial complex! Bring your friends, your comrades, and your wallet!

Facebook page & RSVP.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Jul 27 @ 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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Jul
28
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Jul 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

We’ve began the “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign with some awesome… what else? … postcards to send to Staples management!  Here’s the front of the postcard. The campaign has been adopted by Postal Unions, the San Francisco Labor Council and has been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, and has gone national!

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All four Postal Unions have joined together to support maintaining full service, public Post Offices in every community, with expansion to include postal banking, and to oppose subcontracting and privatization of services. The California Federation of Teachers passed a resolution in support of opposition to Staples.  Just recently the American Federation of Teachers, AFCSME and UNITE HERE did too. We are trying to get the Alameda Labor Council to pass a similar resolution.

Check out our correspondence with the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein. The APWU has been leading the charge against Staples.

For the last three+ weeks the sidewalk in front of Staples has been ‘occupied’ 24/7 by an intrepid band of San Francisco occupiers with solidarity and support from BPOD members, and they plan to continue there, distributing literature and convincing people not to shop at Staples, indefinitely.  Recently tents went up!  Go by and say ‘Hi!’ and help them out.

And we need to be prepared if the Post Office announces a sale! The Advisory Commission on Historical Preservation came out with its report, recommending that sales of Historic Post offices be halted until the USPS conforms with historical preservation law. Here is our response.  Also the Office of Inspector General’s report on the sale of Historic Post Offices came out  recently – anything could happen now since Congress’ “request” that no historic Post Offices be sold until it had come out has been honored and no further Congressional request or mandate has come down. Come help us plan our response.

We have joined with other activists in Berkeley to put a ballot initiative on the ballot to rezone the Berkeley Post Office and other areas in the Historic District to prevent privatization, and also to insure a better Downtown Berkeley.  We succeeded in getting the necessary signatures; it will be voted on in November, but Tom Bates and the City Council have nefarious plans to undermine our coalition.

Encouraging articles are still coming out about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked. The National Conference of Mayors recently endorsed Postal Banking.  Pew Research just held a day-long seminar on Postal Banking.

We are planning our next event, ‘Jam the Sale.’ Spread the work and come help us out!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE.

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Jul
29
Tue
Ralph Nader on Privatization, the Post Office and the Fight to Dismantle the Corporate State @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

RALPH NADER

WILL SPEAK ON THE STEPS OF THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE.

ABOUT THE POST OFFICE, PRIVATIZATION OF OUR PUBLIC GOODS AND SERVICES & THE FIGHT TO DISMANTLE THE CORPORATE STATE

TUESDAY, JULY 29th

MUSIC FROM 2:00 PM
TALK AT 2:30 PM

2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


“Postmaster General Donahoe has demonstrated that he lacks the political courage
 to stand up to Congress and tell them that they caused this mess and they need to fix it. Instead, time after time, he has chosen to take the easy road and dismantle the USPS piece by piece – whether it is by cutting post office hours, closing post offices, cutting service and delivery standards, increasing postage rates, or now ending Saturday delivery.”

-      Ralph Nader, February 6th, 2013.

 

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Jul
30
Wed
Ralph Nader Speaks About His New Book: “Unstoppable.” @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From the Mercury News:

It has been nearly 50 years and many subsequent crusades since consumer advocate Ralph Nader first captured the spotlight with the publication of “Unsafe at Any Speed.” One might think that the title of his latest book, “Unstoppable,” would indicate a memoir. Not so. Subtitled “The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State” (Nation Books, $25.99, 240 pages), the new book is an argument that the time is ripe for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum to wrest control over their futures away from big business.

Nader, 80, will talk about the book at two midweek appearances, beginning with Wednesday’s conversation with Harry Kreisler, UC Berkeley’s former executive director of the Institute of International Studies. The event is sponsored by KPFA Radio.

 

 

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Jul
31
Thu
Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm

Occupy National Gathering 2014 (Natgat2014) will be held July 31 – Aug. 3 in Sacramento, CA. Please stay tuned as we add information about our gathering. Get involved helping us organize and plan on attending! Together We Rise!

Schedule of events.

Occupy California (organizers) Facebook

 

Help plan NatGat 2014

email lists http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/bulletin/helpplan/
Volunteer to help online, on the ground, or to offer activities. http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/volunteerform/

Attend NGWG Weekly Planning Calls Wednesdays @ 4 PM PT/7PM ET http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/events/natgat3-visioning-group-call-2014-04-02/

Facebook Planning Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/608059125975791/

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twitter https://twitter.com/NATGAT2014

Help Plan NatGat 2014 | NatGat2014 interoccupy.net

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