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Apr
24
Thu
Stop Staples: US Mail is Not for Sale! National Day of Action. @ San Francisco & San Leandro and all over the United States.
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

National website.

Local actions:

SAN FRANCISCO
Time: 10:00 AM
Address: 1700 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109

SAN LEANDRO
Time: 1:00 PM
Address: 15555 East 14th Street #200, San Leandro, CA 94578

Berkeley Post Office Defenders and Save the Berkeley Post Office will be supporting these actions.

 Staples attacks good jobs and public post offices.

Staples and the U.S. Postal Service have cut a deal that jeopardizes your mail service and your local post office. In fact, post offices across the country are at risk – along with thousands of good jobs.

The Staples deal will replace full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees.

A bad deal for workers and consumers.

You have a right to post offices staffed by workers who are accountable to you and the American people. You have a right to postal services provided by highly trained, uniformed Postal Service employees, who are sworn to safeguard your mail – whether it’s at the Post Office or Staples.

The Staples deal is bad for consumers like you who will pay the same for less service. And if Staples and the USPS move forward with this deal, it could lead to the end of the Postal Service as we know it.

Undermining good jobs.

In the meantime, the Staples deal is replacing good-paying jobs that our community depends on with low-wage jobs that hurt our economy.

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Apr
25
Fri
Free Dental and Medical Care Clinic @ Oracle Arena East Side Club
Apr 25 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free Dental and Medical Care at the Bridges to Health medical and dental clinic.

First come – first serve

100% FREE FOR EVERYONE!

Complete Dental (Surgery & Cleaning)
Eye Exam & Glasses
STD/HIV screening
Medical Care
Women’s Health
Meal & Childcare Provided

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How to Make an EcoSocialist Revolution @ Humanist Hall
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come hear

Ian Angus, Canadian EcoSocialist Activist, founder and editor of Climate and Capitalism, an ecosocialist journal. He is the author of The Global Fight for Climate Justice, Anticapitalist Responses to Global Wasrming and Ecological Destruction (2010).

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New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. @ BFUU
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. Films from the 30′s. Two evenings of double features: April 18th & April 25th.

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Apr
26
Sat
Displacing Gentrification: A people’s forum to build unity in the fight for our communities! @ Met West High School
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gentrification is HERE!  Organizations and neighbors in Oakland are fighting to stop it. Let’s join forces to make an even bigger impact.

Our vision is for self-determined communities where residents will thrive and make collective decisions about the resources in their neighborhoods.  We want to start this journey by building a citywide movement against gentrification and displacement.

� Learn what people are doing to fight gentrification
� Hear and share what is working and what is not.
� Plug in with other people who want to get involved in the fight
� Learn about opportunities for collaboration and citywide efforts.
� Find out about the “dirty dozen” — the top evictors in our city

Food, childcare and Spanish translation provided.

RSVP and more info HERE.

Organizers of the event, which includes different Bay Area social justice organizations, community groups and coalitions, seek to build a city-wide movement against gentrification and displacement. Our community meeting will focus on pulling together all of the folks that we know of that are doing good work to fight gentrification to learn about what folks are doing, share what’s working, plug in folks that want to get involved in the fight, and identify opportunities for collaboration and city-wide efforts.

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Occupy the Farm: Community Farm Day at the Gill Tract. @ Gill Tract (Jackson & Ahlone entrance)
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

A unique partnership between community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff has been preparing a 1.5 acre urban farm and research center on the Gill Tract. Come join us as we celebrate this new joint venture by planting, learning, playing, and eating together!

Schedule:
11:00 AM-2:30 PM: Planting, kid friendly activities, and educational workshops presented by UC Berkeley and community organizations
12:30 PM: Lunch provided by the Berkeley Student Food Collective
2:30-3:00 PM: Open community discussion about visions for the future of this space

Sponsored by The Gill Tract Farm Coalition, Student Organic Garden Association, UC College of Natural Resources, and UC Cooperative Extension

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Sandy’s Art Not Bombs Open House: Rewards For Your Activism @ Sandy & Mindy's old apartment
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Friends and Comrades! Hunter-Gatherers, Anti-Capitalists and Others Fighting the Powers-That-Be to Create a Sane & Sustainable Earth… Come visit my studio and take home some art… FREE! …

Saturday April 26, 2014

Noon to Midnight 

2200 Adeline St., #250A (Adeline St. & Grand Ave.)

(The front entry is on Adeline, sometimes the buzzer doesn’t work. If so, call 510-763-1935 and we will come down & let you in.)
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Mindy and I are moving to Oregon to spread out a bit and grow some food. My studio space will be smaller. I have lots of perfectly good works of art washed ashore with me by the decimating Reagan-Thatcher economic torpedoing of the 99% in the 80′s; survival wage slavery since; and a complete lack of enthusiasm for the processes and products of the art-(now fashion)-as-commodity-gallery empire. So. Why not give a lot of it away freely for people to enjoy? As Occupy does, as Mother Earth has done…make it free!
 
I owe a lot to all you wonderful Oakland and Bay Area activists that freely give of your time, resources and passion to make a better planet. Now is my time to pay back and pay forward some of that, to you guys.
 
So hunter-gatherers, come pick some art-off-the-tree, as it were, like before capitalists turned everything into a proprietized “marketplace”. Sharing, trade, local currency, time banks, swaps, freecycling and collectives are the way of the future… so why not now?
 
There are many paintings and mixed media pieces, photographs, over 160 posters (many are used and have been used through the battles against the Evil Empire), over 50 art prints and lots more. You can preview most of them through the thumbnail pages on the link below. Clicking on a thumbnail brings the larger image, click on an area of interest in that image and it zooms in on that spot…


http://www.bluejayway.net/sandys_art_not_bombs/sandys%20art%20not%20bombs.html

 
If you find something you like please come take it home. If you find something you really like in advance, email me with the choice and we’ll put a hold on it with a red dot.
Snacks and Beverages available as long as they last. Hope to see you there! Please spread the word!
We love you all! (And will really miss you all!!!)
Cheers!

Sandy

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SAT AND SUNDAY DON’T EVICT OUR BULB ALBANY BULB CRISIS JOIN US IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST THE ONE PERCENT TABLING LOVERS OF BULB SNAP SHOTS @ Albany Bulb picnic benchs
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Readings and collecting testimony from lovers of the Albany Bulb.
  • Acoustic Music!
  • Food (Pot Luck – bring something!).
  • Bring your dog and enjoy the beach because you might not be able to soon.
Orion interview on KPFA, Saturday March 22

2014/03/16 Share The Bulb – Light Brigade Action in Support of the Homeless in Albany, California from user15944994 on Vimeo.

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Gray Panthers fundraiser for Lynne Stewart @ Age Song Cafe
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Gray Panthers fundraiser for Lynne Stewart, defender and fighter to free political prisoners and fight racist mass incarceration

Includes singer Red Welch (of Save the Berkeley Post Office fame)

“This is Lynne’s first trip to the Bay Area since her release from Federal prison. We’ll celebrate her life and struggle and focus on the work ahead to free all political prisoners and fight racist mass incarceration. Because of a determined people’s movement, Lynne is finally home with  her family. But she has urgent medical needs and costs to fight cancer and this event is to help raise the needed money. Lynne gave a lifetime of courageous legal help to those of us who needed it the most. Now it’s our turn to help her. Please come”

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People’s Park 45th Anniversary Symposium @ Art House
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Open Free Speech Mic.

Are more People’s Parks the solution? Running candidates? Is Revolution possible?
What kind of organizations do workers need? How should we deal with Climate Change? What about the tree-protest on campus? What about the homeless?

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Apr
27
Sun
45th Anniversary Concert at People’s Park @ People's Park
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Featuring Antioquia, Hali Hammer, Carol Denny, Cool Whipe, All Nation Singers, Too Much Funky, St Steven, Five Boys, Yukon Hannibal, Jim Bow the Hobob.

Special Guest: Hateman.

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Apr
29
Tue
Special Meeting of the Berkeley City Council on Drones @ Berkeley City Hall
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
May
1
Thu
Macroeconomic Perspectives on Student Debt: Did you Know the Federal Govt Has the Ability to Eliminate Student Debt Forever? @ Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250
May 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion featuring:

  •   Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics U Missourci,
  •   Debbie Cochrane, Research Director, Institute for College Access & Success
  •   Hannal Appel, UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar, Anthropology, and Strike Debt Bay Area member.

Followed by Q&A.

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May Day March in Oakland @ Fruitvale Bart Station Plaza
May 1 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

March with community members from across the Bay Area in the streets of Oakland!

3:30PM: Fruitvale Bart Plaza Opening Rally
4 pm: March Starts
5:30: Return to Fruitvale Bart Plaza for Closing Rally and Celebration!

Hosted by Oakland Sin Frontera (OSF) and Partners

WHY ARE WE MARCHING?
Oakland Sin Frontera

· LEGALIZATION FOR ALL UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS
· STOP THE DEPORTATION OF ALL IMMIGRANTS & SHUT DOWN DETENTION CENTERS
· UPHOLD WORKERS RIGHTS
· STOP FEDERAL AND LOCAL POLICE VIOLENCE, AND BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME FROM PRISONS AND JAILS
· BUILD AND DEFEND STRONG AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
· END U.S. MILITARY AGGRESSION & POLICIES THAT FORCE MIGRATION

Facebook Event & RSVP.

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From Marikana, South Africa to Oakland, California: The Struggle for Workers Power @ ILWU Hall, Henry Schmidt Room
May 1 @ 7:00 pm

FROM MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA TO OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS POWER

The fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 was a watershed victory. It culminated decades of struggle by the Black and Colored South African masses, a struggle supported by millions in the U.S. and around the world. The victory brought to power the Tripartite government of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

Now, two decades later, the ANC-led Tripartite government represents big business’s interests — especially the interests of U.S. and European-based banks and corporations. This has led the government to brutally attack workers who fight back against austerity. Indeed, in 2012, at the Marikana mine, this government massacred 34 striking miners at the behest of the mine owners.

Black poverty has worsened. Inequality has worsened. Trade union officials collaborate with employers against workers, youth, and unemployed. Does this sound familiar? Isn’t the situation similar in the US, with union officials not fighting employer and government attacks on workers, like the machinists at Boeing?

But in South Africa, there’s an exciting new development: for the first time since the fall of Apartheid, there’s a serious challenge to the Tripartite government’s rule, and it comes from the largest and most militant union in Africa. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has broken with the COSATU leadership and called for South Africans not to support the ANC in this year’s elections. It is currently building a workers’ party and united front to lead the struggle against the capitalist onslaught of deregulation, privatization, and strike breaking.

We are privileged to present Brother Mphumzi Maqungo, the national treasurer of NUMSA and past chair of NUMSA’s autoworker shop steward network, to discuss these developments.

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7:00 PM
ILWU Hall, Henry Schmidt Room
400 N. Point St./Mason, San Francisco

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 12 NOON
UC Berkeley, McCone Hall (Room 575)

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2:00 PM
Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline, Berkeley
(one block south of Ashby BART)

For updates or to get involved in building for these events, contact the May Day Committee in Solidarity with South African Workers at: twsc [at] transportworkers.org. Reach us directly at (510)325-8664 or (415)282-1908

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From Marikana, South Africa to Oakland: Building the Struggle. @ ILWU Local 10 Union Hall, Henry Schmidt Room
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are privileged to present Brother Mphumzi Maqungo, the National Treasurer of NUMSA, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa.

Speaking of the massacre of 34 miners in Marikana, South Africa in August, 2012, and for building a workers’ party to lead the workers’ struggle against the capitalist onslaught of deregulation, privatization and strike breaking.

 

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May
2
Fri
From Marikana, South Africa to Oakland, California: The Struggle for Workers Power @ UC Berkeley, McCone Hall (Room 575)
May 2 @ 12:00 pm

FROM MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA TO OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS POWER

The fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 was a watershed victory. It culminated decades of struggle by the Black and Colored South African masses, a struggle supported by millions in the U.S. and around the world. The victory brought to power the Tripartite government of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

Now, two decades later, the ANC-led Tripartite government represents big business’s interests — especially the interests of U.S. and European-based banks and corporations. This has led the government to brutally attack workers who fight back against austerity. Indeed, in 2012, at the Marikana mine, this government massacred 34 striking miners at the behest of the mine owners.

Black poverty has worsened. Inequality has worsened. Trade union officials collaborate with employers against workers, youth, and unemployed. Does this sound familiar? Isn’t the situation similar in the US, with union officials not fighting employer and government attacks on workers, like the machinists at Boeing?

But in South Africa, there’s an exciting new development: for the first time since the fall of Apartheid, there’s a serious challenge to the Tripartite government’s rule, and it comes from the largest and most militant union in Africa. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has broken with the COSATU leadership and called for South Africans not to support the ANC in this year’s elections. It is currently building a workers’ party and united front to lead the struggle against the capitalist onslaught of deregulation, privatization, and strike breaking.

We are privileged to present Brother Mphumzi Maqungo, the national treasurer of NUMSA and past chair of NUMSA’s autoworker shop steward network, to discuss these developments.

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7:00 PM
ILWU Hall, Henry Schmidt Room
400 N. Point St./Mason, San Francisco

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 12 NOON
UC Berkeley, McCone Hall (Room 575)

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2:00 PM
Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline, Berkeley
(one block south of Ashby BART)

For updates or to get involved in building for these events, contact the May Day Committee in Solidarity with South African Workers at: twsc [at] transportworkers.org. Reach us directly at (510)325-8664 or (415)282-1908

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May
3
Sat
Alan Blueford Walk-A-Thon “Use your Heels to Heal” @ Lake Merritt, the Gazebo (near Fairyland)
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

As we Honor Alan Blueford on the 2nd year anniversary of his death The Blueford family would like to invite you to the Alan Blueford Walk-A-Thon “Use you Heels to help Heal” our community.

We have a flatbed truck w/professional sound, and 3 confirmed performers:
Zar The DipRas Ceylon, and Phanom, who is a rapper from Tracy who also happens to be Alan’s friend.

Check out the JAB website and also please join & share the Facebook event page.

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From Marikana, South Africa to Oakland, California: The Struggle for Workers Power @ Black Repertory Theater
May 3 @ 2:00 pm

FROM MARIKANA, SOUTH AFRICA TO OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THE STRUGGLE FOR WORKERS POWER

The fall of apartheid in South Africa in 1994 was a watershed victory. It culminated decades of struggle by the Black and Colored South African masses, a struggle supported by millions in the U.S. and around the world. The victory brought to power the Tripartite government of the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

Now, two decades later, the ANC-led Tripartite government represents big business’s interests — especially the interests of U.S. and European-based banks and corporations. This has led the government to brutally attack workers who fight back against austerity. Indeed, in 2012, at the Marikana mine, this government massacred 34 striking miners at the behest of the mine owners.

Black poverty has worsened. Inequality has worsened. Trade union officials collaborate with employers against workers, youth, and unemployed. Does this sound familiar? Isn’t the situation similar in the US, with union officials not fighting employer and government attacks on workers, like the machinists at Boeing?

But in South Africa, there’s an exciting new development: for the first time since the fall of Apartheid, there’s a serious challenge to the Tripartite government’s rule, and it comes from the largest and most militant union in Africa. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has broken with the COSATU leadership and called for South Africans not to support the ANC in this year’s elections. It is currently building a workers’ party and united front to lead the struggle against the capitalist onslaught of deregulation, privatization, and strike breaking.

We are privileged to present Brother Mphumzi Maqungo, the national treasurer of NUMSA and past chair of NUMSA’s autoworker shop steward network, to discuss these developments.

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7:00 PM
ILWU Hall, Henry Schmidt Room
400 N. Point St./Mason, San Francisco

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 12 NOON
UC Berkeley, McCone Hall (Room 575)

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2:00 PM
Black Repertory Theater
3201 Adeline, Berkeley
(one block south of Ashby BART)

For updates or to get involved in building for these events, contact the May Day Committee in Solidarity with South African Workers at: twsc [at] transportworkers.org. Reach us directly at (510)325-8664 or (415)282-1908

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Albany Bulb Art Festival @ Albany Bulb (Buchanan west of I80)
May 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Still under threat of eviction and destruction, the Albany Bulb remains a place where art, dogs, and people run unleashed and free. Join us for a fun day of making art! Graffiti boards will be provided but bring your own painting supplies! Open air!!

The Bulb is Gorgeous and tons of fun!
Community members of the Albany Bulb are being targeted and arrested — evicting folks to break up the “homeless” (not), group and develop the landfill they live on.

Please come to a party and dog show!

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