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Mar
30
Mon
Occupy Forum: DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE @ Global Exchange, at 16th St. BART
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

OOPS!!!
After consideration of the wishes of members of the trans community, Deep Green Resistance will not be presenting at OccupyForum on Monday March 30th. I apologize to the trans community for insensitivity and ignorance about these issues. We offer the trans community the opportunity to schedule an OccupyForum to explain their position. On Monday, we will open the Forum to discussion about how we can work together as a movement to strengthen our understanding of each other, and persevere in our work. We also appreciate the unique understanding of the dire straits of our planet and the strategic thinking that DGR has revealed to us.

Information, discussion & community!
Monday Night Forum!!
 

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogueon all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presentsDEEP GREEN RESISTANCE
 An Analysis, a Strategy, and a Movement for Justice

Deep Green Resistance is an organization committed to the protection of nature above all else. The threat posed by industrial civilization on our planet is far too great for us to wait around and ask nicely for the destruction to stop. Two-hundred species a day are going extinct and every ecosystem on the planet is in decline. It is time to meet the scale of the problem head on with a strategy that can actually win.Deep Green Resistance is an analysis, a strategy, and the only organization of its kind. As an analysis, it reveals civilization as the institution that is destroying life on Earth. As a strategy, it offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction. As an organization, Deep Green Resistance is implementing that strategy. As an aboveground organization, DGR works to build community, restore habitat, and promote sustainable living tactics in the fight to save our planet. Understanding the severity of the problem, we also argue for the necessity of an underground that can strategically target the infrastructure of industrialization. The different branches of a resistance movement must all be working in tandem. The aboveground and belowground, the militants and the nonviolent, the frontline activists, and the cultural workers all must do what needs to be done to stop the destruction.

First and foremost, members of DGR recognize that all of us currently living in the United States of America, with the exception of surviving indigenous peoples, are living on stolen land. Over the last 500 years, the ongoing genocide of indigenous people has been carried out by the U.S. Government and its allies in an effort to illegally occupy the land beneath our feet. Deep Green Resistance uses a radical analysis to reveal that the current dominant culture, and civilization as a construct, is irredeemable and fundamentally unsustainable. We are living in a society based on violence, oppression, and resource depletion. It is the most destructive and exploitative culture that that planet has ever known and it must be stopped immediately and decisively if future generations are to have any hope of a livable planet.

The liberal movement has created many environmentalist groups who, for the last 40 or so years, have fought a hard battle against the institutionalized destruction of the planet. Unlike many other environmentalist groups, Deep Green Resistance is rooted in radicalism as opposed to liberalism. By identifying the underlying, concrete power structure of society, we can have a fighting chance to confront and dismantle the oppressive system that is at the root of the destruction. Capitalism, patriarchy, race and gender oppression, and the threat of violent state repression all help to sustain the system of destruction. DGR seeks to build a culture of resistance to dismantle these systems and to utilize our strategy of DEW (Decisive Ecological Warfare) to build a movement capable of gaining the power back which has been stolen from all of us. Unlike most environmental and social justice organizations, DGR asks “What must we do to be effective?”; not “What will those in power allow us to do?”

Members from Deep Green Resistance will be speaking and answering questions at tonight’s forum. A short presentation of the analysis, strategy, and current projects will be followed by a discussion about future goals and solidarity building. Come by for a meet and greet and learn more about what membership of Deep Green Resistance is about.

Discussion and Announcements to follow.OccupyForum welcomes donations, no one turned away.

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Mar
31
Tue
Palestine: A laboratory for global repression. A Presentation by journalist Rania Khalek @ 105 NorthGate Hall
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Occupy The Farm: The Film @ New Parkway Theater
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

PolicyLink and Food First present “Occupy The Farm”, the story of 200 urban farmers who plant 2 acres of crops on a publicly owned research farm in order to save the land from becoming a real-estate development. The Village Voice calls the film, “Riveting from start.” The New Parkway Theater screening is for one night only. Q&A to follow screening will include Effie Rawlings from Occupy the Farm

Facebook event.

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Which Way For the ILWU – Militant Unionism or Business Unionism?
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm

Which way for the ILWU-

Militant Unionism or Business Unionism?

 
– Hear ILWU Longshore Activists Speak on the Recent Longshore Contract Negotiations
– Open Discussion on the Tentative Agreement 
–Longshore Members & Caucus delegates invited (EVERYONE IS WELCOME!)
 
WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 31 @ 7PM
WHERE: 1187 Franklin St., SF (across the street from ILWU International Headquarters)

 

 
The ILWU has a proud history of class struggle and the fight for democratic principles codified in the Ten Guiding Principles of the ILWU. Today ILWU officials flaunt these union principles, using top down control to direct longshore workers to cross picket lines and keep contract negotiations secret while the PMA gives the contract to the maritime employers’ Journal Of Commerce. This contract gives employers a free hand to automate without counter demands of shorter shifts tied to wage increases and follows on the tail of the concessionary grain contracts at EGT and the Northwest Grain agreements. Left unchecked, it will gut ILWU’s coastwide power and bury arguably the last militant union in the United States.

 

Speakers:
- Anthony Leviege, activist member ILWU Local 10
- Stacey Rodgers, Executive Board member ILWU Local 10
- Jack Mulcahy*, member ILWU Local 8 Portland, grain negotiator
- Dan Coffman*, former president of Longview ILWU Local 21
- Howard Keylor, retired member of ILWU Local 10, an organizer of the historic 1984 longshore anti-apartheid strike
- Jack Heyman, retired member of ILWU Local 10, organizer of militant port actions
* speaking by skype
 
 
Organized by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee (www.transportworkers.org)

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Apr
1
Wed
Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice @ Omni Commons
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

Join Movement Generation us for a Meal & Conversation

Behind that delicious #2 Burger & Fry Combo is a billion dollar fast food industry that not only erodes our soil, contaminates our water and destroys our health, but also serves up poverty wages and deadly working conditions to millions of fast food workers.

As food justice activists fighting to transition our food system away from industrial farming toward local, sustainable agriculture, how do we unite our frontlines with the very workers who plant, harvest, pack, transport, cook, serve, and compost our food?

As workers organizing for $15/hour and a union, how do we win not just respect and a fair wage, but also the power to transform the food industry itself into one that is good for both people and planet, for both our customers and our children?

From farm to plate, warehouse to compost, loading dock to drive thru, workers are the scholars of this rotten food system, placing them front and center in crafting solutions to the food, climate and economic crises.

Join us for a delicious meal and powerful conversation between food sovereignty activists and farmworkers, grocery workers, fast food workers, and restaurant workers about the future of our food system.

Visit http://bit.ly/1CouOAk to co-sponsor the event.

Free event. Accessible space. Program will be bilingual – Spanish & English. Childcare provided. For more information,

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Film Showing: Century of Enslavement @ Humanist Hall
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by optional discussion after the film.

CENTURY OF ENSLAVEMENT

by James Corbett

Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street

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Apr
2
Thu
Caravana 43: BERKELEY con AYOTZINAPA (Disappeared Mexican Students) @ Martin Luther King Civic Center Park
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

We’re all very honored to be having 2 parents from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero and 2 surviving students come to UCBerkeley from April 2nd to April 3rd. We’ve been working very hard planning events where everyone can come and see the parents speak on their journey and on their continuous fight to find their missing children. We want the whole community, non-students and students, to come out and come together to welcome them to UCBerkeley and show them what international solidarity looks like.
We are asking you all to spread the word of their anticipated arrival and attend the spaces we are holding for them because their testimonies are direct evidence as to why, we, thousands of miles away from Ayotzinapa, should continue to carry on this struggle and denounce the injustices of their government.

Agenda/ Here is the schedule for the 2 days.

April 2nd:
2PM-4PM Martin Luther King Civic Center Park (2151
M.L.K. Jr Way)

Bienvenida a los padres y normalistas/Welcoming the parents

6PM-8PM 110 Boalt Hall
Discusión/ Discussion with Jim Cavallaro
Commisioner, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights/Berkeley Law School

April 3rd
1PM -3PM
“Ayotzinapa: Mexico at the Crossroads”
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

5PM
Vigilia/ Vigil at Campanile

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Screening of : American Revolutionary – The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for an award winning film about Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American philosopher, writer and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times.

American Revolutionary has won six Audience Awards from film festivals around the world, including the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. The film will be introduced by Alison Paskal, educator and urban gardener, and Hank Herrera, food justice activist, working to build new sustainable, local healthy food systems serving vulnerable neighborhoods, who have both known and worked with Grace in Detroit.

Come at 6:30 for conversation and snacks. At 7:00 the film will be preceded by a short presentation from the Gil Tract Community Farm and the Ashby Garden where gardeners are practicing their own style of remaking our world in a more just and sustainable way. The film begins at 7:15 and will be followed by small group discussions. Don’t miss this film!

For more info: info [at] transitionberkeley.com
website: http://www.transitionberkeley.com

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Victory Garden Foundation, We Bee Gardeners and BFUU’s Social Justice Ctee.

Wheelchair accessible.

For occasional email notices of peace/eco/social justice alerts and related events at BFUU, send any email to:
bfuusjev-subscribe [at] lists.riseup.net

For weekly notices of BFUU services etc. go to:
http://www.bfuu.org/signup.html

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Apr
3
Fri
Liberation Day: Save AfrikaTown! @ Qilombo
Apr 3 @ 7:00 am – 11:45 pm

We need the voices, bodies and the love of the local community to stop developers from destroying the vision of a successful African counterculture movement. AfrikaTown has provided the community with fresh fruits and vegetables, a comfortable environment to interact with one another, barbecues and a place to gain political awareness. We are asking for folks to show up, bring your bodies, signs and stand in solidarity with one of the last black-ran community spaces in West Oakland. With your help, AfrikaTown has the power to prevent the complete displacement of black and brown residents in West Oakland.

Join us on April 3rd as EARLY AS YOU CAN, as we take a stand and say “NO MORE!”

There will be food, performances and knowledge on ways to get involved in the protection of AfrikaTown and the movement.

Please stand in solidarity, and spread the word in a discreet manor, we do not want the landlord to get word of our plans.

We appreciate your support and discretion.

Asante,

AfrikaTown

Fireworks article on Afrikatown, interview with Linda Grant.

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Art Exhibit: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence, Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day. @ Uptown Body and Fender, Across from Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd 5:30-9pm: Art exhibit opening
FRIDAY, APRIL 17th 6-9pm: Round table discussion

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Art Forces, Eastside Arts Alliance and Critical Resistance present an art exhibit and discussion, Re-Visions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence, Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day.

Re-Visions art exhibit and round table discussion draws connections between community struggles and cultures of resistance to challenge state violence, policing and prisons.  Re-Visions will be used to inform curriculum that will be made  accessible to the community as part of the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural Project’s “Off the Wall”  programming.

The art exhibit will feature work from:
All of Us or None, AROC, Art Forces, Asian Prisoners Support Committee, BAYAN-USA, CAL Students for Justice in Palestine, California Coalition for Women Prisoners​, Critical Resistance, Dignidad Rebelde​, Eastside Arts Alliance, Eman Mohammed, Fred Alvarado, Haiti Action Committee​, Juan Fuentes, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Middle East Children’s Alliance​, Micah Bazant​, Nidal Elkhairy, Oceania Coalition of Northern California, Omiiroo, Onyx Organizing Committee, Oscar Lopez Rivera, Xicana Moratorium and many more.

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The Struggle for Justice in Mexico Continues!
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The struggle for justice for the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa continues. Protesters around the world are demanding justice for the students who disappeared in September 2014 at the hands of the mayor of Iguala in Guerrero, the police and the “Guerreros Unidos” gang. Many in Mexico are demanding the resignation of President Enrique Peña Nieto and an end to the impunity of the Mexican government towards murderous criminal gangs that have killed more than 100,000 people in recent years.

But the U.S. government and banks are not let off the hook either. The 1994 NAFTA free-trade agreement created Mexico’s economic crisis and the drug trafficking epidemic that filled that void. Why does the U.S. give so much military aid to Mexico? Why is the border between Mexico and the U.S. so militarized?

Join us for talks on the history of the U.S.-Mexico relations and the state of the current struggle for economic and social justice happening inside of Mexico.

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Apr
4
Sat
Conscious Eating Conference @ David Brower Center
Apr 4 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

The Conscious Eating Conference brings expert speakers to Berkeley, California to share their ideas about the best food choices we can make for the planet, ourselves, and animals. This conference will feature a fearless investigator who went undercover to document the inside story of animal farming. We will reveal little known facts about fish and the fishing industry and explore how plant-based eating is going mainstream. You don’t want to miss this exciting day of information exchange! Registration includes vegan continental breakfast and lunch.

 

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Apr
8
Wed
Politics of Debt Reading Group: The Latest on Syriza, Greece, Its Debt, Austerity and the Troika. @ Omni Commons basement
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We’ll be checking up on what’s happened in Greece 2 1/2 months after Syriza, the anti-austerity party, won the election.

Check back soon for links to articles to read before the discussion.  Here’s some to start off with. This list will be updated and possibly culled as new information becomes available, so check back!

Greece Raids Public Health Service Kitty as It Scrambles for a Short-Term Lifeline; ECB Refuses to Cut a Break. Updated: No Deal, Greece Given Ultimatum

Greece – Plus ça change

The Troika’s Leverage Over Greece: The Ongoing Bank Run

CONFESSIONS OF AN ERRATIC MARXIST IN THE MIDST OF A REPUGNANT EUROPEAN CRISIS

Greek bailout in further doubt

Tsipras in Berlin: Germany and Greece pledge “cooperation” in imposing austerity

Greek Bailout Crisis 2015: Why Greece, Syriza Leader Alexis Tsipras Are Renegotiating Debt Reforms

The Politics of Debt Reading Group is affiliated with the Bay Area Public School and Strike Debt Bay Area.

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Apr
9
Thu
Black Community Control of the Police: Featuring Omali Yeshitela @ Uhuru House
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Demand the power to hire, fire and discipline the police be in the hands of a community-selected committee.

Culture. Speakers. Food.

Keynote by Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and leader of the Uhuru Movement.

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Apr
12
Sun
24th Monthly Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Bahai Center
Apr 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland.

We are organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

In April, it will be two years since we started holding these prayer meetings at the Baha’i Center. Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. We will serve a simple breakfast.

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Apr
15
Wed
Fight for Fifteen: Oakland to Berkeley. @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly and march to Berkeley for the giant FF15 assembly there.


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Apr
17
Fri
Round table discussion: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence, Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day. @ Uptown Body and Fender, Across from Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd 5:30-9pm: Art exhibit opening
FRIDAY, APRIL 17th 6-9pm: Round table discussion

Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Art Forces, Eastside Arts Alliance and Critical Resistance present an art exhibit and discussion, Re-Visions: Black and Brown Resisting State Violence, Commemorating Palestinian Prisoners Day.

ART EXHIBIT: Friday April 3rd, Oakland First Friday, 5:30-9pm
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Friday April 17th, Palestinian Prisoners Day, 6-9pm

SPEAKERS:
Rachel Herzing
Sagnicthe Salazar, Xicana Moratorium
Rabab Abdulhadi, AMED, Ethnic Studies, SFSU
Kiwi Illafonte, Mass Bass, San Quentin ROOTS program
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Moderated by: Maisha Quint, Eastside Arts Alliance

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Apr
18
Sat
Richmond Town Hall Meeting on Crude By Rail @ To be announced
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • There will presentations about the history of dangerous Crude By Rail, the threat from the Kinder Morgan operation in Richmond and strategies to fight for our rights to safety.

For more information contact: Andrés Soto, CBE Richmond Organizer at 510.282.5363 or at andres@cbecal.org

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Apr
19
Sun
CryptoParty: A Digital Security & Privacy Workshop @ SudoRoom
Apr 19 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
CRYPTOPARTY: A DIGITAL SECURITY & PRIVACY WORKSHOP
October 20, 2013 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

cryptoparty
PARTY LIKE IT’S 1984!!

• Learn security techniques & software.
• Understand why responsible security is important.
• Meet with other proactive residents!

Bring your laptop! Bring your phone!

All skill levels welcome, from novice to expert!

Sudo Room
2141 Broadway
Oakland,CA 94607 USA

Note: The entrance to the SUDO Room space is on 22nd St.

 

Cost: Free!
Contact: Bill E-mail
More info here and here.
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