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Jan
22
Mon
Occupy Forum: Privatization, capitalism, trade unions and the Democrats @ Unite Here Local 2
Jan 22 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Steve Zeltzer to speak on Privatization, capitalism, trade unions and the Democrats Announcement to follow!

Wheelchair access

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Jan
23
Tue
No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!

ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND

No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.

Check NCIO Events Calendar for court dates
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Shut Down Oakland Whole Foods in Support of Anti-Racism @ Whole Foods
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The the last two years the Oakland whole Foods store has demonstrated it’s position on race relations, by creating a environment where people of color have been targeted and profiled. Security guards have done everything from physically assault African American individuals resulting in permanent disabilities, to pepper spraying a photojournalist for helping a mentally i’ll man on whole foods property, to racially profiling a young African American teenager as he shopped on their premises. The community is tired of these assaults and demands immediate accountability. We will take a stand!

#SHUTWHOLEFOODSDOWN

Adam Turner was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by the Whole Foods security guard. While assisting a man with mental disabilities, Adam was pepper sprayed and called a fucking nigger! A few months before the Adam Turner incident, another North American African male was beaten unconscious by a security guard at the same store. Numerous NA Africans have encountered racism and white supremacy. One AA male employee quit working because he claimed his fellow employees called the NAA customers niggers! It is clear Oakland Whole Foods is a toxic environment for NAA. We therefore call for a rally against this racist environment. We invite the community to stand and demonstrate effectively. We will not tolerate racism in our community.

When: Tuesday, January 23 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST
Where: Whole Foods Market (Oakland, CA)
230 Bay Pl, Oakland, California 94612

ALL PRESS WELCOME
#FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS
#SHUTDOWNWHOLEFOODS

What to do: Come support Anti-Racism efforts by demonstrating and showing community can impact and disrupt business operations. We will reach national attention to show we will not tolerate any form of racism in out community.

Whole Foods has been attacking folks of color and in the past two years—going as far as attacking and racially profiling two black men, and a young, black teenager in recent reports. Their gentrifying organization must be held accountable for the threat they have posed to our community and it’s time we demonstrate we can reach the top of their organizational structure to show resistance and intolerance to racial terror on any and all fronts.

We will we hold a demonstration in front of the store showing our our stance and position of intolerance for racism in our communities. Please bring any safe objects you have to make noise, signs and bright spirits as we show up for the folks who have become affected and targeted by this racist institution. It is imperative we address racism at the root on all fronts in our communities—especially in recent light of honoring King’s legacy and the path he has helped to pave with his work. We must continue to take action at every level reaching the streets, to circulating though data on social media by addressing and standing for issues we see as matters which affect the lives of many.

Hope to see you all there! Solidarity!

We’ve invite the following activists.

Angela Davis
Danny Glover
Cornell West
Bobby Seale
Elaine Brown
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

https://peppersprayedbywholefoodssecurity.link/

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Medicare for All National Town Hall Live Stream @ Temescal Brewing
Jan 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Medicare for All National Town Hall Live Stream

Bernie brought millions of Americans together during the 2016 election with the shared vision for a more fair and just society—and he hasn’t stopped!

If you’re still feeling the Bern, join us at Temescal Brewing Thursday afternoon for the Medicare for All town hall livestream.

DSA is proud to collaborate in promoting this event. If you’re interested in learning more about our campaign for Medicare for All, visit the DSA Medicare for All Facebook Page.

Watch and Share the Livestream

RSVP ON FACEBOOK (show less)

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ACLU Webinars on Getting Involved With Civil Rights @ Internet
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

REGISTER TODAY

Join us for one of several webinars and in-person trainings on critical civil liberties issues facing our state and the nation:

  • Voting Rights: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • California has one of the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turn-out in the country. 2018 is a critical year for ballot measures, local elections like the DA races, and of course, changing who holds the keys to power. In this webinar, we’ll give you the resources you need to get all eligible California voters to the polls, starting now!
  • Reproductive Justice & Sex Education: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • We’re in a critical moment. Sexual harassment and abuse is being both challenged and normalized. Discrimination against LGBTQ people is on the rise. Here in California, we have the power to make a change. Our schools are required to teach sex ed that addresses healthy relationships and consent and that challenges stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation. But many school districts need extra encouragement to provide the required instruction. They need to hear from you. In this webinar, you will learn how to be a parent advocate for sex education in your district.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Right now, a powerful coalition of conservative law enforcement is targeting California mayors and city councils with a cynical misinformation campaign. Their goal is to increase support for mass incarceration and roll back the clock on criminal justice reform. We need you to counter their lies with the truth. In this webinar, we’ll set you up with the skills you need to advocate for local initiatives that truly promote public safety and healthy communities.

 

ACLU Trainings for Change Makers

Start your year off right by learning how you can get involved in on-the-ground campaigns to make 2018 a visionary year!

Webinars (free)
� Voting Rights, Jan. 16
� Reproductive Justice, Jan. 23
� Criminal Justice Reform, Feb. 6

In-person trainings (free)
� San Francisco, Jan. 27
� Sacramento, Jan. 28
� San Jose, Feb. 3
� Fresno, Feb. 10

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Jan
24
Wed
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 24 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment

Last week, New York City changed everything. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s pension system would be divesting from fossil fuels — that’s the nation’s fourth largest pension system. Exactly two weeks after that announcement, next Wednesday January 24th, San Francisco’s $20 billion pension system will vote to do the same.

San Francisco’s late, great Mayor Ed Lee published an op-ed1 just hours before his untimely passing calling on the pension system and the city to go fossil free. The implications of the second major US pension system moving to divest from fossil fuels within weeks of New York are huge.

As with all big and bold policy announcements, there is a backstory of a hard won grassroots struggle. Fossil Free SF has been pushing for this change for years. And in this last hour of the campaign we all need your help.

Help make this vote a big and beautiful people power moment. Please show up to the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment on January 24th to tell the board: our public funds need to be fossil free.

Fossil fuels are a poor investment and present significant risk to the stability of the pension system. Not only have fossil fuels underperformed the market over the last five years, but coal, oil and gas companies have sunk billions into burning fossil fuels that just can’t be burned.

Last year, San Francisco and Oakland announced they were suing five of the largest oil and gas companies2 for the harm climate change will cause their cities. As many know personally, the Bay Area has borne the brunt of some of the most recent extreme climate impacts.

This is a major moment for the Bay Area, so please don’t let it pass you by. Show up to 1145 Market Street for the 1pm meeting on January 24th and let’s get ready to celebrate.

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The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now.

Speakers are Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants and Willie Phillips of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, and Friends of Adeline Corridor. The Gray Panther Monthly Meeting.  All Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Affordable housing is under threat! Michael Kane of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants will speak on issues and organizing strategies in the Bay Area. He has a broad, up to date, and amazing knowledge of housing issues and regulations. National Alliance of HUD Tenants works to preserve and improve housing and tenants rights and promotes resident control.

Willie Phillips is a lifelong Berkeley advocate for economic equity and affordable housing. He will speak on our city’s housing crisis and the challenges and opportunities of building and preserving affordable housing here. Willie is Chair of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, a board member of Resources for Community Development, the City of Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund and a member of the Friends of Adeline Corridor in South Berkeley.

For information, contact Betsy@IC.org or 510-842-6224 or Eleanorewalden3@gmail.com

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Jan
25
Thu
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 25 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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When They Call You a Terrorist: Hosted by Cat Brooks @ First Congregational Church
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

BLACK LIVES MATTER PATRISSE CULLORS & ASHA BANDELE

 


Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006
or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s Books, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, 
East Bay Books
$15 door, wheelchair access

 

The emotional and powerful story from the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it came to be.

“It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades…This remarkable book … forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, the hashtag that turned into a movement and global network, Patrisse Cullors, comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir On Sale: January 16, 2018), co-written with award-winning author and journalist asha bandele, asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST takes an intimate look at Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends, and weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors and bandele show how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival.

In WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST, a meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, the writers seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

 PATRISSE CULLORS is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. In​ 2016, Patrisse received the Defender of the Dream Award from the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the Revolution Award for Freedom from ImageNation Cinema Foundation, the Justice Award from National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Community Change Agent Award from BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., and the Glamour Women of the Year Award for The Justice Seekers. In 2017, Cullors received the Sydney Peace Prize.

asha bandele, author of the best-selling and award-winning memoir, The Prisoner’s Wife, and four other works,

has been honored for her work in journalism, fiction, poetry, and activism. A mother and a former senior editor at Essence magazine, asha serves as a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

“Patrisse Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory of politics and resistance in America.” —Eve Ensler

CAT BROOKS is KPFA Radio’s UpFront Co-Host, and a long-time performer and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant and is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP). The actions organized by Brooks and her associates with groups that include the BlackOUT Collective, ONYX Organizing Committee and the Anti-Police Terror Project, have stood out both for their clear focus and their dramatic flair.

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Jan
26
Fri
Power Not Paranoia: a Discussion About Digital Surveillance
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. It’s vital that organizers protect their digital security so we can continue to work for social change.

The Ella Baker Center and The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action, would like to invite you to an evening of dialogue on 21st century policing, the impact on our community, and what we can do to protect ourselves and defend our rights.

Join us for a panel presentation about the current state of surveillance. Our panel will feature:

Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Media Justice
Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor:*
Tunisia Owens, Policy Manager of The Ella Baker Center for Human RIghts
And more!

Immediately following the panel presentation we will have a mixer with light refreshments.

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor – https://virginia-eubanks.com/books/

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Jan
27
Sat
Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

@AROCBayArea
www.araborganizing.org

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Neighborhood assemblies: the possibility of direct democracy @ West Berkeley Library
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What can we do to have a real voice in political issues?

                  Neighborhood assemblies:

the possibility of direct democracy

Lessons from People’s Assemblies in Jackson, MS

and Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies

 with Steve Martinot, neighborhood activist and Berkeley Planning Commissioner

Why do important issues never seem to get resolved?

�      Affordable housing
�      An end to rent increases and rent-gouging displacement
�      Shelter if not housing for the homeless
�      Policing that serves people rather than impose social control
�      An end to industrial and infrastructure pollution

These issues become endless issues because we give them to people who are not effected by them – the elite we elect too speak for us, but are not us.

What would give us a voice in our own affairs?

�      Local assemblies in which to discuss among ourselves what to do.
�      Neighborhood assemblies in which to make our own autonomous decisions
�      Community Councils that would bring together the decisions of neighborhood assemblies

Where do we see this kind of system working? In Jackson, Mississippi, and in Cuba, in its system of Municipal Assemblies. Cuba’s local assemblies are legislative for neighborhoods and cities. Composed of people elected from neighborhoods, they are composed of delegates representing 100 to 200 people. These local assemblies make policy on real issues: city maintenance, land use, housing, labor disputes, and sports facilities.

Their meetings are open and permit dialogue between people and delegates. People are not limited to “comments,” as in Berkeley. The delegates live in the neighborhoods and environments about which they pass measures.

Please join us on January 27, West Berkeley Library, to learn about neighborhood assemblies, Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies, and the possibility for “direct democracy.”

Steve Martinot has been a union and community organizer, lecturer at the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs at SFSU, and written extensively on the structure of racism and white supremacy in the US, as well as on corporate economics and culture.

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Jan
28
Sun
Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Tickets are sliding scale $15 – $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact basebuilding@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions.

Accessibility Information

The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities – please see https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/fragrance-free-at-ebmc/ for helpful information.

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Medicare for All Social and Political Discussion @ Mudrakers Cafe
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

South Berkeley Medicare for All Social and Political Discussion

Come out to connect with DSA, learn more about our Medicare for All campaign, meet your neighbors, and join us for a political discussion!

RSVP

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jan 28 @ 2:00 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

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (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: (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/
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: 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
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

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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Support ICE Detainees in West County Jail Facility – Benefit Concert @ Ashkenaz
Jan 28 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
sm_benefit_concert.2__1_.jpg Raise your voice, rouse your body, and move to the rhythms of the highly spirited Dance Chants and smooth jazz of Humanistic on Sunday, the 28th of January. Calpulli Huey Papalotl, a Danza Mexica and cultural circle open the days cultural jamboree with danza and songs to honor the fight for justice for all immigrants. Danza Mexica,a vibrant meditation in movement, connects the dancers to the Cosmos and to their Indigenous Ancestors through the movements of their bodies, accompanied by the beat of the Huehuetl, the Ancient drum.

The opening ceremony will set the stage for Humanistic, a diverse soulful jazz band with a flare for funk. The group features international artist, Otoe Mori on the saxophone, Greg German on drums, and Vince Khoe on keys. Grab a preview of their music here. Poetry by local artist Pennie Opal Plant will lead us to the highly energetic finale featuring Dancechant, a unique gathering of 12 musicians who cultivates love, joy, and community with simple meaningful chants and melodic phrases that invite listeners to join in and sing and dance along with the band.

The cultural workers of Artists for Humanity are performing to raise funds for the Bay Area Bond Fund, a project of the Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC).
You can support men and women targeted by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) due to their citizenship status. ICE detainees at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond are not provided legal counsel if they cannot afford a lawyer. and often times, due to a backlog in the court system, wait years for a hearing. Imagine being forced to sit behind bars, unable to work, isolated from family and friends, and too poor to afford an attorney to pay for bail. The average bond of $3,411, is often times an impossible sum for detainees to raise. According to CIVIC, immigrants who secure bond during their case and find legal representation are about 8 times more likely to win their cases than those who remain incarcerated and unrepresented.

We need a revolving Bond Fund now! You can be a part of the movement to end the isolation and help build the Bond Fund to get our residents out of detention and back into society with family, friends and co-workers. Share out!

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Transit Equity Day Video Townhall @ Your computer
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

REGISTER HERE FOR THE VIDEO TOWNHALL

Transit Equity Day is a collaborative effort of several organizations and unions to promote public transit as a civil right and a strategy to combat climate change.

At a digital townhall on January 28th, hear from worker and community leaders as the Labor Network for Sustainability and its partners prepare for Transit Equity Day on February 5th.

On that day we will honor Rosa Parks’ February 4th birthday and the Civil Rights movement by dedicating Transit Equity Day to lift up the rights of all people to high-quality public transportation powered by clean/renewable energy.

The Sunday evening conversation at the video townhall (the weekend before Super Bowl Sunday) will highlight the importance of transit equity.  You’ll hear why public transit is important to everyone and learn of the local and state campaigns that are advancing the rights of workers and communities.  You’ll understand how public transit improves the quality of life of our communities and confronts the climate crisis.

Memories of our lives, or our works and our deeds will continue in others.”  —Rosa Parks

Sponsoring organizations:
Amalgamated Transit Union, Jobs with Justice, Institute for Policy Studies, Chainbreaker Collective, The LEAP, Labor Community Strategy Center, Americans for Transit, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Partnership for Working Families, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Labor Network for Sustainability

Endorsements:
Greenpeace, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, People’s Action

 

REGISTER HERE FOR THE VIDEO TOWNHALL

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Liberated Lens Film Night: “Ciutat Morta” @ Omni Commons ballroom
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

800 people illegally occupy an old movie theater in Barcelona in order to screen a documentary. They rename the old building after a girl who committed suicide in 2011: Cinema Patricia Heras. Who was that girl? Why did she kill herself and what does the city have to do with it? That’s exactly what the squatting action is about: letting everyone know the truth about one of the worse corruption cases in Barcelona, the dead city.

More information:
https://roarmag.org/essays/torturing-squatters-barcelona-4f/

Trailer:
https://ciutatmorta.wordpress.com/

Directed Xavier Artigas & Xapo Ortega. Associates of the filmmakers will be here to answer questions about the film’s subject matter.

Doors at 6pm, film at 6:30pm. $5 donation, no one turned away. Free popcorn!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/209970796244335/

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Jan
31
Wed
A New Way to Stop Police Brutality: #NoJusticeNoDeal @ The Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For too long, the San Francisco Police Officers Association (the police union) has taken hardline stances and used inflammatory tactics that destroy trust between residents and police. It has blocked or delayed common-sense reforms—like the city’s improved use-of-force policy—and has publicly attacked police accountability champions—including elected officials, prominent athletes like Colin Kaepernick, and its own police members. Unlike other unions focused on wages and benefits and reasonable working conditions for their employees, the SFPOA has used labor law to exert an enormous influence on public policy and public safety.

Right now, the SFPOA is negotiating a new labor agreement with the city. The city must not approve a new contract increasing police officer pay and benefits unless the SFPOA agrees to respect our values and increase public safety. The SFPOA shouldn’t be allowed to use its bargaining power to make San Francisco less safe.

We are a growing and diverse coalition of San Franciscans who care deeply about police accountability and community safety. We want to ensure the present negotiations of the SFPOA’s new labor contract reflects our values and our community’s need for safety. To influence these negotiations, we must act now before the contract is finalized by June 2018.

#NoJusticeNoDeal

Join us for a community town hall. We’ll share information about the campaign and get feedback on community demands.

When: Wednesday, January 31, 6pm
Where: St. John’s (corner of Julian and 15th Streets, two blocks from 16th Street BART)

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