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October – November 2014

Oct
23
Thu
Living the New Economy Convergence @ Thursday and Friday will be at the California Endowment Conference Center (1111 Broadway, Oakland). Saturday and Sunday will be at Impact HUB Oakland (2323 Broadway, Oakland)
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm

More than a conference

LNE Oakland is designed to be different from any event you’ve attended before. Drawing inspiration from hackathons, conferences, networking events, festivals, and jams, the result is a unique event that has components of each. More than a conference, this is a convergence.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers, but you’ll do more than listen to talks. You’ll meet and collaborate with other participants and launch project ideas. You’ll learn about New Economy initiatives here in the Bay Area, and draw connections between them while connecting with each other.

Be part of the first of an annual event that will introduce you to new ideas and new people, and leave you inspired to co-create a new economic reality in the Bay Area and beyond.

LEARN MORE

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Oct
25
Sat
Helping Hearts to Heal. @ Center of Hope Community Church
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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The Cost of Injustice: From Ferguson to Oakland @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The event will coincide with the earlier Helping Hearts 2 Heal event sponsored by the Alan Blueford Foundation Participants will proceed to ESAA for our From Ferguson, Florida, Georgia, Chicago to Oakland event. There they will be joined by other mothers and family members of slain youth, including the family Kendrick Johnson-Georgia, the family of Joseph Andrews-Tampa Florida, the family of Emmett Till-Chicago, the family of Marlon Brown-Deland Florida, the family of Jordan Davis-Jacksonville Florida, and families from California – Alan Blueford, Kenneth Harding, Ernest Duenez, James Rivera, Dinyl New, Mario Romero, and many others.

The program:
1. Introduction and Libation
2. Performance and presentation (Prosperity Movement)
3. ABPsi presentation
4. Report back from Ferguson (Ferguson youth)
5. Recognition of families from out of state
6. Families speak

Joining Us Elaine Brown, Only female chairman of BBP
Ferguson Youth from the front line

Also joining us Tef Poe of Ferguson
Hip Hop artist and activist from an area just outside of Ferguson, Missouri. Tef Poe has been organizing in Ferguson since the beginning of protests and is partly responsible for bringing the incidents to national attention via social media. Tef Poe has written for Time Magazine and was recently honored by The National Association of Black Journalists for his work in documenting the events in Ferguson.

This is a Love Not Blood Campaign sponsored Event

Link to Facebook event

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Oct
27
Mon
The Trial to Save CCSF, and Demonstration. @ .California State Superior Court
Oct 27 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

DEMONSTRATE ON MORNING OF TRIAL
THE STAKES?
OPEN ACCESS FOR ALL vs SUCCESS FOR A FEW!

Join us At the long awaited trial in the lawsuit of SF City Atty Dennis Herrera vs the ACCJC.

Join us On the street to demonstrate against the ACCJC and its corporate allies who are trying to downsize and change the mission of California Community Colleges.

Join us In the courtroom to let Judge Curtis Karnow know that San Francisco supports CCSF!
Please sign up for shifts at AFT 2121 website:  www.aft2121.org/justice

Demonstration on Monday, Oct 27th, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Court sessions start at 9:00 am daily
Read highlights of the long legal fight

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Opposing the Militarization of Police. What’s Next? How Do We Proceed? @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are holding a followup to “Inside Urban Shield” based on the ideas that were thrown out and briefly discussed at that Community Forum.  Please come to discuss how we can most effectively act locally and influence things nationally and at the state level.

Just a few of the many ideas that were proposed:

  • Opposing the acquisition of the San Leandro tank with a demonstration.
  • Attending Bay Area UASI meetings.
  • Pushing for privacy legislation in Oakland.
  • Cutting off funding to police organizations that violate human rights.
  • Opposing California’s Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights.
  • Looking at Richmond and Salt Lake City models of policing
  • Using the series ‘Overcriminalized.” and the action kits that go with it.
  • Opposing pre-trial detention.
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Oct
31
Fri
Jack London’s The Iron Heel: a benefit performance for the RPA & Sunflower Alliance @ Berkeley City Club
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jack London’s The Iron Heel: a benefit performance

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A Readers Theater, Puppetry and Music adaptation of the visionary dystopian science fiction tale of anti-capitalist rebellion & rise of authoritarianism.

This performance is a benefit for the Richmond Progressive Alliance & the Sunflower Alliance in their fight for the climate, health and safety of Bay Area communities threatened by big oil and for building a just, sustainable economy.

Featuring
Jack London’s great granddaughter Tarnel Abbott & great-great grandson, Devin O’Keefe.
Live Saxophone musical score by master musician Andrés Soto.
Introduction by Jonah Raskin, editor of The Radical Jack London: Writings on War & Revolution.

Please “join” the Facebook Event page here  and invite friends.

But also order tickets to hold your spot and let us know how many to expect:
$10-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds).  All proceeds after expenses to support local environmental/climate justice groups.

The one-night-only performance will start promptly and run approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission. The performance is in conjunction with the international Jack London Symposium, held this year in Berkeley.

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“Battle of Chicago” from the Iron Heel canastoria by Regina Gilligan

Written by Tarnel Abbott & The Iron Heel Theater Collective
Art Director: Regina Gilligan
Puppetry Director: David Solnit
Readers Theater Director: Alicia Littletree Bales

And a special request
It’s Halloween so come in costume! Want suggestions? A police state figure, your favorite 99% rebel, or an incarnation of a post-capitalist future.

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Nov
1
Sat
Rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Nov 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Downtown Berkeley Post Office could be sold at any time now!

Come rally to show support and plan the resistance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Together, let’s change the course.

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

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

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

Bay Area Book Launch and Conversation

RSVP

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

CURB will also have two special speakers there!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Facebook event.

National Facebook event.

March to Chelsea Manning Plaza.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Civic Center Plaza –> Larkin St.

Larkin Street –> Golden Gate Avenue

Golden Gate Avenue –> Market Street

Market Street –> Justin Herman Plaza

—- End Position: Justin Herman Plaza —-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Official trailer.

 

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Nov
9
Sun
WHISTLEBLOWERS AND THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA: A CHECK ON GOVERNMENT POWER @ ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our constitutional system of checks and balances is broken. A Congress in the hands of corporations and their lobbyists can no longer protect the public from special interests and government, with its surveillance and endless wars for oil and profit.

An independent media…..print, internet, billboards, has emerged as a powerful check on government abuses. Whistleblowers play an increasing and vital role in getting information to the public.

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

Moderator: Robert J. Jaffe, attorney
Our Panelists:

  • Daniel Ellsberg: Activist, Whistleblower, Co – Founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation.
  • Norman Solomon: Author, Activist, Co – Founder of Rootsaction.org; Co-Founder of Exposefacts.Org.
  • Trevor Timm, Journalist and Columnist for the UK Guardian, activist with Freedom of the Press Foundation.
  • Marjorie Cohn: Law professor at Jefferson School of Law, Author and Human rights activist, former President of the National Lawyers Guild.
  • Ahmed Ghappour, Hastings College professor of law, national security and cybersecurity litigator.

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

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Nov
15
Sat
A Summit about Ending Mass Criminalization in Oakland @ Laney College Forum
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

You are invited to join us in presenting Fruitvale, Florida, Ferguson and Beyond: A Summit about Ending Mass Criminalization in Oakland.

The summit will consist of workshops for youth on knowing your rights, for parents on how to keep our children out of jail, and for everyone on busting the school to prison pipeline and ending mass incarceration and deportation. This summit will be focused on youth and parents in the Oakland schools and lead up to a larger conference on these issues in April 2015.

Nationally, more than $60 billion is invested in correctional systems that incarcerate or supervise nearly 7 million people. Yet data shows that the US recidivism rate remains at approximately 67% (81% for youth)–one measure of the systems – failure to improve public safety. In 1970, there were 200,000 people in state and federal prison; in 2013, there were 1.5 million. 65% of prisoners are Black or Latino, though the combined percentage of the population for these two groups is around 30%. It costs $62,000 per year to keep someone in prison, while the California schools spend $9200 per student a year. The U. S. has the highest prison population in the world. According to one study, a Black man is killed by police, security forces, or vigilantes every 28 hours. This situation must change.
We know you understand the importance of this issue.

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