July – August 2014
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.
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!
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There is only one dog running for Mayor of Oakland. Here’s your chance to debate Einstein’s platform with the candidate his canine self.
Einstein will be keeping First Friday safe from Jean Quan and eagerly greeting his would-be constituents.
Einstein strongly opposes the Urban Shield weapons show in Oakland AND the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (!!!). Plank 6 of Einstein’s platform: “6. Stronger weapon-control laws shall apply to everyone within the City’s limits, including law enforcement officers.” The strategy of preventing crime with overwhelming force and intimidation is not well-conceived at all. Crime is not an issue for the same reason that smoke alarms don’t cause fires. A very simplistic argument is often made in the media when crime is related to the economy: crime goes up when the economy goes down. But you don’t hear anyone say that the economy goes down because crime goes up. This is just one way in which crime serves as an alarm telling us that a shortage of opportunities and of security – along with the curtailment of civil rights – puts stress on populations, and crime is the RESULT! Let’s focus on reducing the CAUSES of crime – of which brutal repression and the invasion of privacy are two! BAD Urban Shield! BAD!
At The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, our mission is to help heal the community in Alan’s name so that his memory lives on thru change directed at unity & love. We will be dedicating First Friday to Monique Robinson & her son Taylor, aka Fat Daddy.
“Honor Monique by supporting her child. Taylor has been lucky to have other loving caregivers who have shared in his upbringing, help them continue to love and support him.”
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/suppor…
Our special guests & featured performers for the night are Fresh Juice Party: http://www.freshjuiceparty.com/
PLEASE JOIN US TO HONOR MONIQUE’S LIFE W/FREE MUSIC & POSITIVE VIBES
In Solidarity with Palestinians, especially those beseiged and bombarded in Gaza, we will block 2 Israeli ZIM Ships from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland.
The Palestinian people are under attack from the state of Israel. Palestinian children are being murdered, their hospitals are being bombed, and Palestinian workers are being fired, beaten, arrested, and killed for striking in response. We call on a broad coalition of Pro-Palestinian labor, human rights, and anti-war organizations to join us for direct actions and pickets against the Israeli Shipping company ZIM!
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The Plan for August 2nd:
-Meet at West Oakland BART at 5 AM where we will march to SSA Berth 57 of the Port at 5:10 SHARP!
-If you can’t make the 5 am shift show meet at Berth 57 ASAP where we will be picketing all day!
Shuttles will be provided back and forth from the West Oakland Bart to the SSA Terminal.
There is no parking at the port! If driving, you can park at West Oakland BART for free, and/or shuttle folks to the port!
Bring food, water, layers, comfortable shoes, and picket signs!
Use our HashTags!
#BlockTheBoat and #PicketForPalestine to spread the word!
Also #SF2Palestine and #Youth4Palestine to connect to local networks
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On Monday July 21st there was a General Strike in Israel protesting the bloody and violent occupation of Palestinian lands. We believe that the working class must take a stand to defend the human rights of Palestinians.
An Injury to One is An Injury to All!
Tear Down The Apartheid Wall!
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.
Gentrification and displacement are disrupting lives and communities all over the country, and the Bay Area is ground zero. With the San Francisco tech boom, and the redevelopment of neighborhoods resulting in the displacement of working class people and communities of color, living and working in Oakland and San Francisco is becoming more and more difficult. But gentrification is also nothing new, and the US has a rich history of fightback against housing discrimination and displacement.
Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor is a writer, public speaker, and activist in Chicago. She writes on black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A critical journal of black politics, Culture and Society, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Gaper’s Block, and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.