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May
1
Mon
Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real!
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherrif Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE!
NO jail expansion!
NO militarization of our communities!
#NoBanNoWalNoRaids
#SanctuaryForAll
#ThisSanctuaryFightsBack

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International Workers’ Day: ILWU Rally and March @ ILWU Hall
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Feed-in March to May Day, Picket Line, Symbolic Wall, and Donald Trump Piñata
May 1 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

JOIN US as East Bay hotel workers walk off the job to join the national May Day strike against Donald Trump and his administration’s attacks on immigrant workers.

We will gather at 1:30 at the site of a proposed hotel on Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Ave, where a developer is proposing to build a new hotel and has refused to make a commitment not to retaliate against workers who organize for rights on the job.

The site is less than a mile from the former Woodfin Suites hotel, where ten years ago the owner called in ICE in the midst of a worker organizing campaign for a living wage, causing many of those workers to lose their jobs.

By breaking a Trump piñata and tearing down a symbolic wall, we will send a message to Trump and to all employers, including hotel owners and developers, that we won’t allow that to happen again. Following the action, we will head to Fruitvale Plaza to join the main May Day march.

What: Feed-in March to May Day, Picket Line, Symbolic Wall, and Donald Trump Piñata, “Miss Housekeeper” sashes

When: 1:30pm Picket Line, 4pm May Day march on Monday, May 1, 2017

Who: UNITE HERE Hotel Workers on Strike, Community Allies

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Invisible Labor: May Day Meetup and March Participation
May 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Invisible Labor bloc & cacerolazo! Bring pots & pans

Global Women’s Strike Bay Area and US PROStitutes Collective will be marching at the May 1 March for Immigrant and Labor Rights called by Oakland Sin Fronteras. We will be meeting up at 2:30 pm at 12th St and 38th Ave. We are marching in an Invisible Labor Bloc called by the Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective under two banners, Resources for Caregivers not for Walls and Feminism of the 99%.

On Mayday, we will march to make visible the caring work that is integral to reproducing society every day. Caregiving, cleaning, cooking, emotional labor, sex work. These and other forms of caring work are often made invisible, because they are not valued.

We will form ourselves as a group of “invisible laborers”. We will take pots and pans, the implements of domestic labor, and make noise with them. We will march through residential areas of Fruitvale, to bring the protest to domestic workers, children, disabled people, and others in their homes and to invite anyone who is able to join us.

Please bring your pots and pans, and look for us! We will get back in time for the march, and likely do a second “cacerolazo” (pots and pans banging march) during the rally at the park.

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May Day March: Workers, Immigrants, Women’s Bloc @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

CALL TO ACTION
https://oaklandsinfronteras.wordpress.com/
Visit our website to add your organizations name to the lsit of endorsers.

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay#HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Endorsed by:

La Voz de l@s trabajadores/ Workers’ Voice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Migrante Northern California
Restaurant Opportunities Center Bay Area
Socialist Organizer
GABRIELA San Francisco
Undergraduate Workers Union (UWU)
Asian Educators Alliance
The Our Power Richmond Coalition
BoomShake Music
VietUnity – Bay Area
Ella Baker Center ofr Human Rights
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Climate Workers
SEIU USWW
Jobs with Justice SF
Workers World Party
Anti Police-Terror Project
Transition Express Inc
Solidarity-Bay Area
Sunflower Alliance
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Planting Justice
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
North Oakland Resistance
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
Peoples Climate Movement-Bay Area
Friends of the Earth
Catalyst Project

 

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Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

CALL TO ACTION
Call to Action

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay #HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

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Vigil for Kayla Moore @ Trumpetvine Court
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

A vigil and reading of Moore’s poetry will be held in tribute to Kayla Moore and all Trans victims of police violence. #Justice4KaylaMoore

We welcome participants to read poetry, offer remembrances, and voice support for Trans POC.
Presented in collaboration with Justice for Kayla Moore + Copwatch Berkeley
Sponsored by Southern Exposure

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May
2
Tue
Tell Mayor Schaaf to keep Measure HH out of the General Fund! @ Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland City Hall
May 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

CALL TO ACTION

JOIN OFPC AT CITY HALL TUESDAY, MAY 2nd at 5:30pm in efforts to urge Mayor Schaaf keeps her word!

On Friday, we learned that the Mayor is proposing to use Measure HH funds to fill a gap in the general Oakland budget. WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN! Check out these articles by the East Bay Express and @SFGate on Mayor Libby Schaaf’s proposed plan.

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2017/04/28/oakland-councilmembers-accuse-mayor-schaaf-of-bait-and-switch-with-soda-tax-revenue

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Authors-of-Oakland-s-soda-tax-say-mayor-is-11107037.php

We expect to receive an oral report about the Mayor’s budget proposal at the Tuesday, May 2nd City Council Meeting, commencing at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers, 3rd floor.

OFPC stands behind Oakland’s community efforts to use these funds to increase healthy options throughout the neighborhoods that need it most!

Background

In 2016, Oakland Food Policy Council worked with collaborators on helping pass the recent Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax or Measure HH.

In November 2016, Oakland voters passed Measure HH, a one cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverage distribution in the city of Oakland to bring in approximately, 8 -9 Millions dollars in revenue to supports efforts to improve health and nutrition for youth and our community.

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May
3
Wed
Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa: “What Really Happened in Iguala.” @ 5125 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

sm_la-verdadera-noche-de-iguala.jpg Journalist Anabel Hernandez presents her new book, What Really Happened in Iguala.

On September 26, 2014, Mexican police and military forces attacked and disappeared 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college in Iguala, Guerrero. Faced with such events, no country can go forward without knowing the truth to which the victims the society have a right. The events in Iguala force us to reflect on what is occurring in Mexico: they show crudely the degradation of state forces who are supposed to carry out justice and protect. At the same time, they show the society’s deepest fears – and also its hopes.

In What Really Happened in Iguala (La Verdadera Noche de Iguala), Hernandez traverses the labyrinth of the Ayotzinapa case, its traps, it darkness and light. The reader sees the streets where the events took place, the bullet casings, and sandals left on the ground; hears the voices of the Ayotzinapa students; visits the places where torture was applied to manufacture guilt, as well as the offices of high-level officials who carried out the cover-up.

Anabel Hernandez is among the most important investigative journalists in Mexico and the winner of numerous national and international journalism awards. She was a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley in 2014-2016. She has reported for The Guardian, Le Monde, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Reforma, Proceso, Univision and Telemundo. She is the author of The Presidential Family (2005, co-authored with Areli Quintero), Party Over in Los Pinos (2006), The President’s Accomplices (2008), Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers (2010), and Mexico in Flames: Calderon’s Legacy (2012).

On May 3, we will also show the 26-minute documentary, Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico. Through testimony of victims, activists and journalists, the film exposes the U.S. role in violence in Mexico affecting so much Mexican communities and migrants seeking refuge.

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May
4
Thu
Displacement & Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it? @ Sierra Club
May 4 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Gentrification comes up constantly in the Bay Area, but few of us feel equipped to take action against it. Is it inevitable? What can we do now to prevent displacement?

This SURJ workshop will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You’ll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities.

The analysis that we are presenting is based on the work of Causa Justa :: Just Cause and we are asking for $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support CJJC’s work challegning gentrification and fighting displacement. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Our workshop has space for 66 people. To reserve your spot in advance, please purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2935823

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email surjbasebuilding@gmail.com, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

SCENT FREE: We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the EastBay Meditation Center for more information on what that means. There will be a scent free section of seating offered. http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

http://www.cjjc.org/

SPREAD THE WORD, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!

*Though intended for a white allied audience – people of color are also welcome.*

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May
5
Fri
Liberated Lens Film Night: “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock.” @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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May
6
Sat
SURJ Bystander Intervention Workshop @ Location Suigetsukan Dojo
May 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annie Danger, Mike Esmailzadeh and Heather will lead a two hour workshop on the basics of intervening in public as a bystander. They will cover the basics of stance, assertiveness, and situational awareness as well as go into depth about different potential scenarios, legality of bystander intervention, physical and social skills and tactics for successful intervention, de-escalation, police involvement, knowing your place, and aftercare.

This workshop cannot cover all possibilities of intervention, but will provide a baseline for reducing harm and acting in effective solidarity with people being harassed or assaulted.

If you have any physical disabilities or differences in ability organizers should know about, please email basebuilding@surjbayarea.org.

Tickets are sliding scale $10 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody Movie Showing @ Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County, AFL-CIO
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Health Care for All – Contra Costa County Chapter and Indivisible Central Contra Costa County will sponsor a showing of a powerful new documentary, Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody.

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt, millions may lose their health insurance. Medicare and Medi-Cal are under attack. This documentary explains what single payer healthcare is and how it saves money. It shows what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperceptions that has kept us from moving forward.

Q&A and Discussion about newly-introduced State Senate Bill 562,The Healthy California Act (Lara/Atkins).

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May
7
Sun
Canvass for Single Payer Healthcare w/ East Bay DSA
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/shmW9eipJ1ZFxEjn2

This is a key moment in the fight for single-payer health care. On April 26, the CA Senate Health Committee approved SB-562, a single-payer bill that will make healthcare free for all California residents. No more co-pays, no more expensive premiums. We have been calling our senators relentlessly to urge them to support the bill – now we need to develop more people power to usher SB-562 through the Senate appropriations committee, and through the CA legislature!

Since our February canvassing kick-off, we’ve had 250 volunteer canvassers sign up 1,260 East Bay residents to stay informed and support the fight. Learn more about one of our past big canvassing events here:http://www.eastbaydsa.org/single_payer_campaign_kickoff_building_power_to_win_big

Anyone who comes will receive education on single payer and be trained on how to talk to your neighbors and friends about the issue. First-time canvassers will be paired with experienced organizers and canvassers to go spread the word about single payer, sign people up to be supporters, and recruit new members to DSA. We want all hands on deck for this exciting day! No prior experience necessary!

Please RSVP to let us know if you need childcare, what kind of transportation you will bring, etc
https://goo.gl/forms/shmW9eipJ1ZFxEjn2

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May
10
Wed
Film Screening: To the Ends of the Earth @ Roxie
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“To the Ends of the Earth” follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.

The people we meet are uniquely positioned to watch this global crossroads unfold. For example, the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada’s high Arctic who is concerned that seismic testing for oil in the ocean is blowing up the eardrums of the animals that the Inuit hunt to survive. Or the environmental lawyer who goes on a journey to areas that produce energy for the tar sands of Alberta — he learns of the massive inputs of energy that have to be put into this resource — and the reasons why the second largest oil project in the world is economically unsustainable. Or the river conservationist in Utah who fights to protect the Colorado River from oil shale projects that would disturb its headwaters.

“To the Ends of the Earth” brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.

A film by David Lavallee. Narrated by Emma Thompson. 80 min. DCP.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Gar Smith, formerly from the Earth Island Institute and Ash Lauth, with the Center for Biological Diversity, moderated by Tracy Rosenberg, film partner and the ED of Media Alliance

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May
11
Thu
Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement  
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

“Readers interested in labor activism, history, economics, industrial relations, or immigration studies will find this book to be compelling and captivating, as Rosenblum captures the story of this unifying, important, and successful fight for economic equity.”Booklist

Join us for a book talk with author Jonathan Rosenblum to discuss his new book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement. With captivating narrative and insightful commentary, labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum reveals the inside story of the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, which renewed a national labor movement through bold strategy and broad inclusiveness. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. Digging deep into the root causes of poverty wages, Rosenblum gives a blunt assessment of the daunting problems facing unions today. Beyond $15 provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased online from Beacon Press.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; please register for the event.

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State of Emergency: Unifying Our Struggles @ Gallery 2301
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us, build with us and unite around an issue that affects all families and all communities. Featuring music, poetry and moderated dialogue with local activists, performing artists and literary icons.

Among other pertinent issues of the day, this event will aim to increase awareness for the missing Black girls in D.C. through catalyzing both conversation and action around the growing epidemic of abducted Black youth nationwide. Although this tragedy has afflicted families and communities on the east coast, we are here in the spirit of solidarity. We will also discuss the horrific conditions of the prison system, the importance of knowing our civil and human rights, and we will address many other injustices faced by oppressed people here and abroad.

Presented by The Hijabi Chronicles in conjunction with Anti Lab

Confirmed participants:
Cat BrooksAnti Police-Terror Project / KPFA Radio
Zahra Billoo-Executive Director of CAIR – San Francisco Bay Area
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.-Black Panther Party Cubs / POCC
Dave ‘Davey D-Oakland’ Cook– DJ / Hard Knock Radio – 94.1
Alia Sharrief -MC/Music Artist/Founder The Hijabi Chronicles
Christina Krea Gomez – Indigenous community
Field Marshall Tur-Ha AkPocc Panther Cubs /ARMED Combatives
Ras Ceylon -Educator/Organizer/MC
Yahsmin M. B. Bobo- Writer/Speaker/Educator
Richelle Scales – Songstress/Live band
Candice Antique Davis -Songstress
Edil Yousuf-Poetry
CamishaFatimah Gentry-Ford and daughters – Poetry
Kamilah Mahasin Bilalian Shuaibe -Songstress
Amelah El-Amin – Poetry
*More speakers, performers and special guests TBA soon!*

WHERE: Anti Lab & Chapter 510
2301 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

WHEN: THURSDAY May 11th, 2017
Doors open at 6PM

Admission: FREE

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Community Choice 101 @ Ecology Center
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
East Bay Community Energy is launching soon in Alameda County, as an alternative to PG&E for electricity!  Soon there will be more voice and more choice about where our electricity comes from.  Learn more about how Community Choice energy programs work and what means this means for you.

Local Clean Energy Alliance is partnering with the Ecology Center for a free presentation on:

  • The basics of Community Choice energy programs
  • What benefits they can bring to communities
  • What’s happening with Alameda County’s brand new Community Choice program, East Bay Community Energy
  • Other Community Choice programs in California
  • Plus a Q&A session!

 

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May
13
Sat
Support Bo Brown: An Evening of Culture and Politics @ First Unitarian Church
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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May
14
Sun
Janye’s Release Date!
May 14 all-day

Janye Waller has been in prison for too long, but we hope to have him back on the outside in a month and a half! He’s really going to need our support when he’s out! He got evicted right before his imprisonment so he’ll need to sort out housing and everything else to get back on his feet. Please, please consider making a donation to his support fund!

rally.org/supportjanye

Noelle, one of his main supporters, was recently interviewed on the anarchist radio show, The Final Straw. Check it out, it’s really good: https://thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org/post/2017/03/19/support-janye-waller-anarchist-thoughts-on-tactics-at-standing-rock/

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