Chairman Omali Yeshitela, leader of the Uhuru Movement and African People’s Socialist Party returns to Oakland to discuss his lifelong work organizing for the liberation of Africa and African people everywhere, the state of today’s crisis of imperialism under Trump and the struggle for black socialism.
The event will take place in a relaxed setting with time for questions and discussion from the floor.
Bakari Olatunji, Market Manager for Uhuru Foods and Pies will also participate along with Penny Hess, chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee
Food will be served.
In honor of #BlackSolidarityWeek, and in light of the recent released FBI report on so-called “Black Identity Extremists,” CRC will host a political education panel on the repression of Black dissidents.
Join leaders from the Anti Police-Terror Project and special guests Mama Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. for an evening of radical truth telling, solidarity building, and self defense.
On March 4, 1968 (exactly one month before King was assassinated), FBI Director Edgar Hoover issued this directive:
Prevent the Coalition of militant black nationalist groups. In unity there is strength, a truism that is no less valid for all its triteness. An effective coalition…might be the first step toward a real “Mau Mau” in America, the beginning of a true black revolution.
Prevent the rise of a “messiah” who could unify, and electrify, the militant black nationalist movement.
The assassination of 21 year old Chicago Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. about 18 months later was a very clearly documented case of the U.S. government killing an African-American leader on American soil. The historic significance of this brutal act of repression cannot be overstated, and at this event, we will have opportunity to hear the testimony of survivors of the attack.
In August of 2017, the FBI released another internal memo: “Black Identity Extremists Likely to Target Law Enforcement Officers” conflating the upsurge in organized, political resistance to police terror with a violent and criminal threat.
In this historical moment, it is clear that Black leaders are being targeted for repression and neutralization. As a community, how can we defend the rights of Black people to organize and defend their communities from State violence?
We call on all who want to be in solidarity with Black people to attend this event and to help us spread the word. SHOW UP and show the State that your eyes are open to the repression of Black people by the U.S. government.
This is a fundraiser for the Black Solidarity Fund. Ticket sales will benefit Black-led organizations.
This is a Black Solidarity Week Self Defense Event.
In the past two years only nine percent of work hours on City of Oakland-funded construction projects went to African-Americans
At the same time, some elected officials are moving ahead on a Project Labor Agreement with Buildings Trades unions that would ensure that almost no Black workers or contractors are hired on future city-funded projects.
Plans for the agreement are being discussed without considering the impact on Black contractors and workers though the city has not completed its long-awaited disparity study that will examine discrimination in city contracts that impacts minorities and women.
The next Post Salonwill discuss the need for a city equity-based jobs policy and related issues.
For more information contact the Oakland Post at (510) 287- 8200.
Join us for the first Open Session of the 2018 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Training Program!*
Colonization and Resistance
Puerto Rico. Palestine. Oakland and Berkeley. Three visionary community leaders will speak with us about the ongoing colonization of these places, and the politics and strategies of indigenous resistance. Come learn about how we can stand with these powerful liberation movements.
We are particularly excited to be flying in Alicia Rodríguez, a former political prisoner who has been part of the Puerto Rican independence movement for the last 40 years. She will join local movement leaders Corrina Gould, currently leading the fight to save the West Berkeley Shellmound and return sacred land to native stewardship, and Lara Kiswani, Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center.
We will be livestreaming this event! Check into this facebook event page day of to follow it!
Childcare available (please RSVP to childcare@collectivelibera
This event is wheelchair accessible
We will be providing projected live transcription
Please email us at accessibility@collectiveli
This will be a reduced-scent space and there will be fragrance-free seating area. Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved community members with chemical injuries and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. Please prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance-free, non-toxic products. For more info on what this means, visit here.
Artwork above by Annie Morgan Banks
Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She is an acclaimed speaker locally, nationally and internationally on the work of sacred sites protection and preservation, as well as the invisibility of her people. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichuin. She is the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a Native run grassroots organization that works on Indigenous people issues. In 2011 Corrina, Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo and a committee of others, joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te in Vallejo CA, an occupation that lasted for 109 days and set precedence for future struggles to protect sacred sites. Her current work includes the Co-Founding of a Native women led urban land trust, the Sogorea Te Land Trust.
Alicia Rodríguez is a Puerto Rican independence fighter who was incarcerated for almost 19 and a half years as a political prisoner. She was born in Chicago in 1953. Living in the U.S. did not protect her from racism and poverty. In the early 1970s, her first trip to Puerto Rico was a turning point in her life. She witnessed the devastating effects of industrial pollution and resolved to join the anti-colonial struggle. In 1980, Alicia and ten other compañeras and compañeros were arrested and convicted of seditious conspiracy, the act of attempting to overthrow the government of the United States in Puerto Rico. She was sentenced to 85 years in prison. Alicia and other Puerto Rican political prisoners were released from prison on September 10, 1999, after a victorious campaign of solidarity forcing President Bill Clinton to grant clemency but with conditions. She lives in Puerto Rico. She has taught pottery making workshops in different cities in the United States and in Puerto Rico. Before the Puerto Rican economic crisis and Hurricane María’s destruction, Alicia taught clay classes in the town where she lives.
Lara Kiswani is a Palestinian born in the Bay Area. She got her Masters in Education with an emphasis on equity and social justice where her work focused on Arab youth, language and culture. As a student organizer, she helped to establish the Middle East South Asia Studies program, cofounded Students for Justice in Palestine and organized with Third World Forum at UC Davis. She has worked as a youth and adult educator, and is currently a member of Al-Juthoor of the Arab Shatat, a local Palestinian folkloric dance troupe, is a lecturer at San Francisco State University in the College of Ethnic Studies, and the executive director of the the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).
Bay Area Remembrance 2018
Carrying the Light for Justice.
30th Anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.
And A National Alternative Multi-Media Network
Public Forum Opens at 6:30 PM Event Starts at 7:00 PM
The Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP), Kehilla Community Synagogue, Plymouth Church of Jazz and Justice, Bend the Arc, Temple Sinai, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, Oakland Community Organizations and the Alameda Labor Council invite you to a rapid response training. Join ACILEP´s team of volunteer responders to resist the raids and deportations. Learn how to verify ICE activity and be a legal observer in order to protect our communities from ICE! Rehearse critical and creative tactics for effective action!
* refreshments and pizza provided
Please REGISTER by filling out this form here.
Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP) is a partnership
of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance,
Causa Justa Just Cause, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Mujeres Unidas y Activas,
Oakland Community Organizations, Street Level Health, the Vietnamese American Community
Center of the East Bay, Centro Legal de la Raza, and the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office.
Theater of the Oppressed Assistance from Starr King School for the Ministry.
THE TIME TO SHOW UP FOR AUNTI FRANCES IS NOW! We will be gathering next Wednesday 2/21 at 8am in Hayward to support Aunti Frances at her settlement date with a huge breakfast rally. Please share widely! RSVP & coordinate rides: http://bit.ly/breakfastrally
THE TIME TO SHOW UP FOR AUNTI FRANCES IS NOW! We will be gathering next Wednesday 2/21 at 8am in Hayward to support Aunti Frances at her settlement date with a huge breakfast rally. Please share widely! RSVP & coordinate rides: https://t.co/OYriEwxjkp #DefendAuntiFrances pic.twitter.com/nsFuzVmqWV
— Defend Aunti Frances (@defendauntif) February 13, 2018
there’s been a lot of interest in Betty Reid Soskin’s soon-to-be-released autobiography, Sign My Name To Freedom, as well as to the Bay Area book launch event we’ve organized for her.
Because of that interest in the book launch event, we’ve taken a couple of measures in order to make sure we can comfortably accommodate all those who may come.
First, we’ve moved back the opening hour of the event to 5 pm. While there will be a brief program in the middle of the book launch, you will be able to come any time between 5 pm and 8 pm to meet and talk with Betty, to have your book signed by her, and to enjoy the entertainment and Geoffrey’s well-known soulfood cuisine. Come and stay a few minutes, or stay the whole time.
Second, we’ve set up an Eventbrite page in order to gauge interest in the book launch.
This will help us a great deal in planning for Betty’s book launch.
Meanwhile, looking forward to seeing you on the 21st at Geoffrey’s. Indeed, it’s going to be a historic event for Oakland and all of the Bay Area.
We have the dreadfully ominous prospect of President Donald Trump – just as the U.S. is sinking ever deeper into hard times for the vast majority of the population. More economic downturns are coming. Capitalism’s instability, inequalities, and failures to meet our needs are provoking rising opposition. Considering the increasing problems of drought, poverty, debts, job conditions, and a worsening environment, the American dream is now a past vision. Our political leaders are controlled by corporate giants and lobbies. Democracy fizzles. North Korea provokes.
In 1988 Wolff co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. Later he published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It. This was followed byOccupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (with David Barsamian), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian (with Stephen Resnick), and Democracy at Work. The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”
Event Host Sabrina Jacobs is the host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 – 4pm.
advance tickets: $15, 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s $18 door, KPFA benefit info: kpfa.org/events
2/22/18 9M BART BOARD MEETING
JUSTICE FOR SHALEEM TINDLE
Join the family of Shaleem Tindle who was murdered by officer Joseph Mateu at the BART Board meeting and demand justice
Thomas Mariadason, member, NLG-SF
Liz Derias-Tyehimba, Center for Political Education
Kiilu Nyasha, former Black Panther and host of Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Tur-ha Ak, Community Ready Corps
Woods Ervin, TGI Justice Project
Zoé Samudzi, writer and activist
MLK, The Other America. (The Historic Stanford Speech).
By Filmmaker Allen Willis, Commemorating Black History Month 2018.
The Oscar Grant Foundation Hosts …. A Mother’s Day for Justice .
Join mothers from California and beyond who have lost their children to police and communal violence
Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico
The next Waffles & Zapatismo class, with an open membership meeting after class from 12 Noon to 1pm. This first class of a series begins with the origins of the EZLN: the formation of the FLN, its entry into the Lacandón Jungle, its interaction with the indigenous communities and the formation of the EZLN. There is discussion after the presentation and from 12-1 there will be an open members meeting and an opportunity for folks to become activist members of the Chiapas Support Committee.
Zapatista News & Analysis
!. 3 Dead in Oxchuc, Chiapas violence – Armed with high-powered weapons, supporters of the mayor-in-exile attacked supporters of an Indigenous movement that wants to oust the political bosses and govern by tradition in an indigenous Chiapas municipality.
2. EZLN: 24 years of dignity and ethical congruence – López y Rivas reminds us that when the EZLN rose up in arms on January 1, 1994, it spoke of a genocidal war. Now, he says, that war has worsened until making Mexico the 2nd deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. During all these years, the EZLN has been the incorruptible critical conscience vis a vis the State and society.
3. The word of Marichuy – María de Jesús never speaks in her own name, but rather in the name of the peoples that elected her. “She doesn’t use the word I, but rather we.”
4. The strategy of the 1% and ours – The preferred tactic of the 1% is electoral fraud. The 1% has has the power of money, legal and illegal weapons and the communications media.
En español: http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2018/02/02/opinion/019a1pol
Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
Join the picket line with SEIU Service Employees Union EVERY FRIDAY.
STOP DEPORTATIONS and harassment of immigrants and refugees.
SF Labor Council Calls for a Clean Dream Act Now,
Urges Labor Movement to Take Action!
[Resolution Adopted Unanimously by the Feb. 12, 2018, Delegates Assembly of the San Francisco Labor Council]
� For a Clean Dream Act Now and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth!
� Not One More Deportatioon!
� No Funding for the Wall of Shame!
� No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement!
• Stop the I-9 Audits!
� No Workplace Raids!
� Defend Our Sanctuary Cities!
� Maintain TPS!
Whereas, on Feb. 9, 2018, both houses of the U.S. Congress adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that does not include any protections for the close to 800,000 undocumented youth (Dreamers) brought to this country when they were children;
Whereas, United We Dream and thousands of undocumented youth organized actions and lobbied Congress in support of a Clean Dream Act — that is, continued protections and a path to citizenship for the 800,000 undocumented youth, WITHOUT any funding for the Wall of Shame and WITHOUT any further funding for ICE immigration enforcement;
Whereas, March 5, 2018, has been set as the deadline by the Trump administration for the adoption of any legislation that would extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);
Whereas, House Speaker Paul Ryan — taking his lead from the Trump administration — has stated that any protection for undocumented youth, would require, in exchange, millions of dollars more to build the Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and millions of dollars more for immigration enforcement;
Whereas, Sanctuary Cities — particularly in California — are under increased attack by the Trump administration;
Whereas, on Nov. 20, 2017, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke cut off Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for 60,000 Haitians and for more than 240,000 other immigrants from 10 nations (mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua);
Whereas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 77 I-9 audits took place in Northern California at the end of January 2018 — audits that are expected to increase and become workplace raids and deportations if and when a deal is struck on protections for undocumented youth in exchange for increased immigration enforcement and funding for the Wall; and
Whereas, undocumented youth — just like all 11 million undocumented immigrants, and just like all hundreds of thousands of TPS recipients — are part of the U.S. working class and deserve protections and a path to citizenship through a just immigration reform; in particular, they deserve the labor movement’s protection and support.
Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council reaffirms its stance in support of the following demands: “For a Clean Dream Act and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth! Not one More Deportation, No Funding for the Wall of Shame, No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement! Stop the I-9 Audits! No Workplace Raids! Defend Our Sanctuary Cities! Maintain TPS!”
Be it further resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council will work closely with our community partners to call on our elected representatives to take a firm and unwavering stand for a Clean Dream Act Now; and
Be it finally resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council calls on the California Federation of Labor and the national AFL-CIO to issue statements in support of a Clean Dream Act Now and to call for mobilizations, where possible, in alliance with our immigrant sisters and brothers and their organizations, to promote the above-stated demands.
Respectfully submitted by:
Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87; member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Rudy Gonzalez, IBT 856, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Susan Solomon, UESF, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 29.
In a single generation, Oakland’s black population has dwindled from 44% to an estimated 26%.
At this event we’ll watch YOU A NOMAD, a 20-minute documentary deconstructing the systemic roots of gentrification.
Then we’ll discuss possible SOLUTIONS. Confirmed panelists:
– Khafre Jay of HipHop4change
– Wanda Stewart, Food Justice Activist
… and more to come.
Don’t miss this event — LIKE and SHARE!!!
Doors open at 4:30 pm
Feed The People!
The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community. There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.
The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the warmer months we meet at 4 PM at the plaza.
The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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.
At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. 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
- Welcome & Introductions
- Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
- (Optional) Discussion Topic
Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.
Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (email@example.com)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: email@example.com
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
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area