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Sep
30
Fri
Stand with our service workers!
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join and support the dedicated Social Workers and Eligibility Workers who provide services to the homeless, victims of child and elder abuse, and families in need of food assistance. They are fighting to make sure they have the safety, resources and staffing to do their jobs.

The County’s failure to recruit and retain staff puts crucial public assistance programs at risk. Workers who have spoken out on have been targeted and threatened by County management.

Contra Costa has one of the lowest salary and benefit packages in the Bay Area, leaving many employees to lean on the very public assistance services they administer.

This strike highlights a major political issue to working families in Richmond. We need your support on the line!

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Autonomous Worker Organizing and Organized Labor: A Lecture. @ Wildavsky Conference Room, Center for Research on Social Change
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Only 11% of United States workers today are unionized. Unions under our labor law regime and economic system have become smaller for almost a half century. Thus wages have stagnated or declined for the 89% of U.S. workers who are now not in unions and, for the unionized, they have barely kept pace with inflation.

If greater union density improves wages and work life conditions for all workers: (1) how do we grow actually existing unions, and (2) how do we organize workers who are not unionized? The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (“OLWA”) is an experiment towards some solutions. www.olwa.org https://www.facebook.com/groups/1568668586707336/

With now five years in Oakland of volunteer autonomous organizing experience based on and inspired by the Zapatista and Occupy models, I will both document OLWA’s two year history and situate our collective work in the relevant human sciences, labor economics/history, and community/labor organizing literatures. I welcome help with both recruiting more OLWA participants and a publication agenda. Written scholarly work product is to be determined. As a rank and file SEIU Local 1000 union shop steward, I thank my union for the meeting space for OLWA’s ongoing work.

The Bio:

John Hayakawa Torok is a participant in the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly and is an SEIU Local 1000 rank and file worksite shop steward at his State of California day job in San Francisco. After receiving a 1991 JD from the CUNY Law School he was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow and then participated in the Critical Race Theory workshops. His 2008 Berkeley Ethnic Studies PhD dissertation sounds in immigration, legal and civil liberties history focusing on immigration policy enforcement in Cold War New York Chinatown. As an ISSI/CRSC Visiting Scholar, he will situate five years of labor and community organizing in Occupy Oakland, his union, and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly in the relevant literatures.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF HAITI @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Haiti Action Committee to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a coup that continues to inform the present struggle of the Haitian people for democracy and justice.

SEPTEMBER 30th – 4:30 PM DEMONSTRATION meets at 14th & Broadway in Oakland

OCTOBER 2nd – 3PM EVENT at Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Why is it important to remember September 30, 1991?

It is a battle of memory against forgetfulness, because we think that we cannot build the democracy we want for this country if we continue to erase what happened. It is impossible. – Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

September 30, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was the candidate of Haiti’s popular movement Lavalas in the 1990 presidential election; he won with 67% of the vote.

Aristide’s Feb. 7, 1991 inauguration marked a huge victory for Haiti’s poor majority after decades living under the Duvalier family dictatorship and military rule. The inauguration signaled the participation of the poor in a new social order. This radical change was represented by Aristide’s first act as President when he invited several hundred street children and homeless to join him for the inaugural breakfast at the National Palace.

A brave young democracy set out to reverse centuries of exclusion of Haiti’s poor majority in the country’s political, economic and social life against the backdrop of right wing death squads and a corrupt Haitian military tied to former dictators and Haiti’s wealthy elite. Just four days before the inauguration, an orphanage founded by Aristide – Lafanmi Selavi – was torched, killing four street children.

The new administration began to implement programs in adult literacy, health care, and land redistribution; lobbied for a minimum wage hike; proposed new roads and infrastructure to create jobs. Aristide renounced his $10,000 a month salary. He enforced taxes on the wealthy and dissolved the rural section chief infrastructure that empowered the Ton Ton Macoute. He denounced the treatment (akin to slavery) of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic, and called for improved working conditions.

After the September 30th coup, Lavalas supporters turned out by the hundreds of thousands to defend the constitutional government. They were brutally suppressed, starting on the eve of Sept. 30th when National Police chief Lt. Col. Michel Francois led busloads of soldiers to the Champs de Mars where they machine gunned hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the National Palace.  Francois would later be convicted in absentia for the 1993 murder of Antoine Izmery, a prominent businessman and supporter of Aristide who was dragged from a church in broad daylight and executed. Aristide’s Justice Minister Guy Malary was murdered one month later.

Between the years 1991-1994, during the military regime headed by General Raoul Cedras, four to seven thousand supporters and activists of Lavalaswould be killed; others savagely tortured; rape as a political weapon was widespread; thousands fled or were driven into hiding. Poor neighborhoods were particularly targeted, as was the Ti Legliz (little church) – an important sector of the grassroots movement. Anti-coup journalists and radio stations were attacked. Haitian elites and the coup regime, with the support of US intelligence agencies, backed the formation of a violent paramilitary organization known as FRAPH, which emerged in August 1993. FRAPH operated as a death squad, and was responsible for thousands of deaths and human rights violations. Its leaders like Louis-Jodel Chamblain, associate of Guy Philippe, still operate freely in Haiti.

No commemoration of September 30th would be complete without remembering Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a psychologist and leading spokesperson for Lavalas, who was kidnapped and disappeared in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Lovinsky founded the Fondasyon Trant Septanm organization dedicated to justice for the victims of the September 30th coup and the release of political prisoners. He remains forever present at the forefront of Haiti’s struggle for justice and democracy.

Sources:

 

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Tracy Kidder: A Truck Full of Money @ First Congregational Church
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tracy Kidder, master of the nonfiction narrative and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, presents the inspiring story of Kayak.com founder Paul English, a kinetic, unconventional inventor and entrepreneur.

Growing up in working-class Boston, Paul English discovers the perfect medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. Despite suffering from what is later diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim journey through the surreal ups and downs of our brave new world. Relating to the Internet as if it was an extension of his own mind, English discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of individuals. His innovative management style, rapid success, and innate sense of fair play inspires intense loyalty. When English does make a fortune – as co-founder of the travel website Kayak.com (which sold for almost two billion dollars) – his first concern is how to give it away.

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our Culture. A Truck Full of Money is a unique portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, utterly original, and wonderfully unpredictable.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

Hosted by Mitch Jeserich, Host and Producer of KPFA’s Letters and Politics, is a veteran broadcast journalist. He got his start as KPFA’s California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court between 2003 and 2006. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, which became Letters & Politics.

KPFA benefit http://www.kpfa.org

$12 advance, $15 door.

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Colorstruck! @ Laney College Theater, Laney College
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

COLORSTRUCK! Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.,

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….
COLORSTRUCK!
Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party.
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Oct
1
Sat
Revolutionary University @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tools for Changing Society

Join us for two days of presentations and discussions on current world problems and possible solutions

Sat.   10/1

1:00-3:00 pm

Revisiting Black Marxism in the Wake of Black Lives Matter

Robin D. G. Kelley, is Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, and current Chair of the Department of African American Studies and a prolific author and editor

My talk reflects on the life and work of Cedric J. Robinson, who just passed this year, especially his magnum opus, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (published 33 years ago) in the wake of what may be the most dynamic Black radical movement to emerge in decades – the Movement for Black Lives.  I will suggest ways in which Robinson’s book anticipated M4BL and its recent policy platform, which in some ways offers a radical break from Marxism even as it builds from a critique of capitalism.

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Workers and the Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University and author of the recent book “Workers and Thieves” will discuss the struggles of the working classes and unemployed in Egypt and Tunisia and their roles in the 2011 popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

7:00-9:00 pm

The Refugee Crisis in Europe & Social Movements in France

Pauline Casy. activist in the French revolutionary group “L’Etincelle” (The Spark) and Toni Robert, activist in the German revolutionary group Sozialistische Arbeiterstimme (Socialist Workers Voice)

Sun. 10/2

10:30am -12:30 pm

How Capitalism Shreds Our Personal Lives

Harriet FraadHarriet Fraad  is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has been an activist in the feminist movement and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For 40  years, she has been a radical committed to transforming US personal and political life.

1:30-3:30 pm

Crisis: It’s How Capitalism Works 

Richard Wolff, Marxist professor of economics, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the New School University, New York City. He is the author of numerous books and articles and host of the weekly radio show, Economic Update, and Co-founder of the projectDemocracy at Work

4:00-6:00 pm

Our Role In Transforming The World

Activists in Speak Out Now, will present a revolutionary socialist perspective on the challenges and choices we all confront today

Followed by time to discuss and socialize – refreshments provided


7:30-8:30

The Artist as Activist 

Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisian singer, songwriter, social commentator and participant in the Arab Spring – will take us through her musical and political journey. He song Kelmti Horra (my word is free) became well-known throughout Tunisia during the struggles against the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali


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On Her Own Film Viewing and Discussion with Morgan Schmidt-Feng and Nancy Prebilich    @ University of the Pacific Center
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Her Own tells the story of Nancy Prebilich and her family as they struggle to save their 5th-generation farm during the Great Recession. When both of Nancy’s parents suddenly pass away, Nancy, her sister, niece, and nephews fight to stay afloat in the face of loss and financial instability. On Her Own represents what is happening all across the U.S. as houses are foreclosed, families are forced to move for purely economic reasons, and small farms face ruthless competition from larger factory farms and land developers. Chronicling Nancy’s personal journey over a 5-year span, this extraordinary story explores the roles that history and ancestry play in our present-day lives, asking: what happens when the cost of preserving family heritage is the family itself? Learn more about the film at https://onherownfilm.com.     

Bio
Morgan Schmidt-Feng, the founder of Filmsight Productions, is an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer for TV, documentaries, and independent feature films. His feature documentary, On Her Own, premiered at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival and had its international premiere at Hot Docs in Toronto. Morgan won the 2011 regional Emmy® for Best Documentary for The Next Frontier, a TV documentary about solutions for climate change. Morgan’s feature film experience began as an actor and associate producer on Morgan’s Cake, collaboration with his father and the film’s director, Rick Schmidt. Morgan lives in his hometown of Berkeley, California and graduated from CCA in Oakland.      

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A Night to Urge Justice 4 Kayla Moore (featuring Cat Brook’s Tasha) @ Ashkenaz
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Support the Moore family as they go to court to hold Berkeley police accountable for Kayla’s death. The event will feature a dramatic play performance, a vigil for Kayla and for all Black, Brown and Poor women killed by state-sanctioned violence, and will be followed by a transformational celebration of Black life and resilience.

– 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30 p.m.) ~ Tasha
Tasha is Cat Brooks’ one-woman play based on the 2015 murder of Natasha McKenna by Virginia police.

-9:30 p.m. ~ A vigil for Kayla and all Black, Brown, trans, disabled and poor women killed by state-sanctioned violence.

-10 p.m. ~ A Transformational Poetry & Dance Party
with Po’ Poets, Kaila Love, Maria Moore and more musicians, activists and allies

The event is sponsored by Justice 4 Kayla Moore, Berkeley Copwatch,Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Trans Women’s Lives Matter.

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Website: JusticeForKaylaMoore.wordpress.com
For more info email: Justice4KaylaMoore@gmail.com or call (510) 548-0425

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Colorstruck! @ Laney College Theater, Laney College
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

COLORSTRUCK! Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.,

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND….
COLORSTRUCK!
Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party.
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Oct
2
Sun
Revolutionary University, Day 2 @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm

Day One (Saturday, 10/1) Here

Sun. 10/2

10:30am -12:30 pm

How Capitalism Shreds Our Personal Lives

Harriet FraadHarriet Fraad  is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has been an activist in the feminist movement and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For 40  years, she has been a radical committed to transforming US personal and political life.

1:30-3:30 pm

Crisis: It’s How Capitalism Works 

Richard Wolff, Marxist professor of economics, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the New School University, New York City. He is the author of numerous books and articles and host of the weekly radio show, Economic Update, and Co-founder of the projectDemocracy at Work

4:00-6:00 pm

Our Role In Transforming The World

Activists in Speak Out Now, will present a revolutionary socialist perspective on the challenges and choices we all confront today

Followed by time to discuss and socialize – refreshments provided


7:30-8:30

The Artist as Activist 

Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisian singer, songwriter, social commentator and participant in the Arab Spring – will take us through her musical and political journey. He song Kelmti Horra (my word is free) became well-known throughout Tunisia during the struggles against the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

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U.S. Hands Off Haiti! – Public Meeting. @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Oct 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Haiti Action Committee to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a coup that continues to inform the present struggle of the Haitian people for democracy and justice.

SEPTEMBER 30th – 4:30 PM DEMONSTRATION meets at 14th & Broadway in Oakland

OCTOBER 2nd – 3PM EVENT at Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Why is it important to remember September 30, 1991?

It is a battle of memory against forgetfulness, because we think that we cannot build the democracy we want for this country if we continue to erase what happened. It is impossible. – Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

September 30, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was the candidate of Haiti’s popular movement Lavalas in the 1990 presidential election; he won with 67% of the vote.

Aristide’s Feb. 7, 1991 inauguration marked a huge victory for Haiti’s poor majority after decades living under the Duvalier family dictatorship and military rule. The inauguration signaled the participation of the poor in a new social order. This radical change was represented by Aristide’s first act as President when he invited several hundred street children and homeless to join him for the inaugural breakfast at the National Palace.

A brave young democracy set out to reverse centuries of exclusion of Haiti’s poor majority in the country’s political, economic and social life against the backdrop of right wing death squads and a corrupt Haitian military tied to former dictators and Haiti’s wealthy elite. Just four days before the inauguration, an orphanage founded by Aristide – Lafanmi Selavi – was torched, killing four street children.

The new administration began to implement programs in adult literacy, health care, and land redistribution; lobbied for a minimum wage hike; proposed new roads and infrastructure to create jobs. Aristide renounced his $10,000 a month salary. He enforced taxes on the wealthy and dissolved the rural section chief infrastructure that empowered the Ton Ton Macoute. He denounced the treatment (akin to slavery) of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic, and called for improved working conditions.

After the September 30th coup, Lavalas supporters turned out by the hundreds of thousands to defend the constitutional government. They were brutally suppressed, starting on the eve of Sept. 30th when National Police chief Lt. Col. Michel Francois led busloads of soldiers to the Champs de Mars where they machine gunned hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the National Palace.  Francois would later be convicted in absentia for the 1993 murder of Antoine Izmery, a prominent businessman and supporter of Aristide who was dragged from a church in broad daylight and executed. Aristide’s Justice Minister Guy Malary was murdered one month later.

Between the years 1991-1994, during the military regime headed by General Raoul Cedras, four to seven thousand supporters and activists of Lavalaswould be killed; others savagely tortured; rape as a political weapon was widespread; thousands fled or were driven into hiding. Poor neighborhoods were particularly targeted, as was the Ti Legliz (little church) – an important sector of the grassroots movement. Anti-coup journalists and radio stations were attacked. Haitian elites and the coup regime, with the support of US intelligence agencies, backed the formation of a violent paramilitary organization known as FRAPH, which emerged in August 1993. FRAPH operated as a death squad, and was responsible for thousands of deaths and human rights violations. Its leaders like Louis-Jodel Chamblain, associate of Guy Philippe, still operate freely in Haiti.

No commemoration of September 30th would be complete without remembering Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a psychologist and leading spokesperson for Lavalas, who was kidnapped and disappeared in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Lovinsky founded the Fondasyon Trant Septanm organization dedicated to justice for the victims of the September 30th coup and the release of political prisoners. He remains forever present at the forefront of Haiti’s struggle for justice and democracy.

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Oct
4
Tue
Court Support for Omar Shakir @ Rene C. Davidson Courthouse, Dept. 7
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Omar Shakir is a brother who was arrested during a pre-dawn paramilitary OPD raid for an assault on a police officer that the cops KNOW Mr. Shakir did not commit. People are encourage to attend to show support and encourage the prosecutor to drop the charges.

Read more about this travesty.OmarShakirRaid

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Oct
5
Wed
Oakland Green Jobs Summit
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

East Bay community leaders are organizing a dynamic one day summit to build a shared vision and strategy for an inclusive green economy in Oakland and the wider East Bay.

Participants will hear from green businesses based in Oakland and East Bay, local officials, investors, faith leaders and more, and share input on how to bring more jobs and opportunity to our communities as we fight climate change. From clean tech to urban farming, green transportation to forestry, let’s build a local economy that works for everyone and protects the planet.

HOST COMMITTEE:
California Interfaith Power & Light, Green the Church, Episcopal Charities, West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church, Sierra Club

The Green Jobs Summit Host Committee is currently reaching out to businesses, organizations, and individuals who are interested in sponsoring this important gathering. To learn more please email: info@interfaithpower.org

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BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION SOLAR FOR ALL CONVENING @ South Berkeley Library
Oct 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The time is right for rooftop solar!  At our Solar for All Convening learn about opportunities for renters and time-limited discounts for homeowners through the Bay Area SunShares bulk purchasing program. Hear about financing options and tax credits from local solar advocate Doug McKenzie of SunWork Renewable Energy Project, and GRID Alternatives’ low-to-no-cost solar for qualified low-income homeowners. Solar vendors and zero-emission vehicle dealers participating in SunShares will be on hand to discuss their products and answer questions.  Light refreshments served.

Co-presented by the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition and the City of Berkeley’s Office of Energy and Sustainable Development.

All residents of the nine Bay Area counties are encouraged to learn more about SunShares! SunShares is a limited time program; enrollment ends November 4th. Attending this event is not required to participate in SunShares.

 

RSVP: Registration Required
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-area-sunshares-solar-for-all-workshop-berkeley-tickets-27077410263

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Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our weekly PARTY to get this hackerspace together, to provide a venue for those things that otherwise cannot be worked out through day-to-day practice.

Potluck! – bring your own tasty dish!

Sudo room, located in the southwast corner of the ground floor, is a creative community and hackerspace. We offer tools and project space for a wide range of activities: electronics, sewing/crafting, 3D and 2D manufacturing, coding, and good old-fashioned co-learning!

Hours: The space is open whenever a member is present. Come visit! Best times to drop in are evenings between 7 and 9pm. See the calendar for recurring meetups and upcoming events: https://sudoroom.org/calendar

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Oct
6
Thu
Carbon Pricing: Climate Game Changer @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us for an evening with Citizens’ Climate Lobby members, Amy Gorman and Harry Chomsky for a presentation and discussion on CCLs’ legislative proposal for a comprehensive and effective solution to the climate crisis. Learn about tools on how to pass climate change legislation. CCL is a national organization that is committed to creating the political will for a sustainable planet.
The presentation will include a specific nonpartisan proposal for pricing carbon emissions. CCL has an active chapter in Alameda County and will be talking about progress made locally toward garnering support for their proposed legislation. This includes recent unanimous passage by the Berkeley and Albany City Councils of resolutions supporting a fully rebated fee on all carbon emissions (differing from cap and trade plans) at the national level. Bring an earth-friendly snack or refreshment to share at 6:30 pm if you would like to.

For info: http://www.transitionberkeley.com or email: info [at] transitionberkeley.com

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee, Transition Berkeley, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby
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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Oct
7
Fri
Arab Film Festival 2016 Opening Night | US Premiere of CLASH @ Castro Theater
Oct 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

This year, the Arab Film Festival is going bigger and bolder than ever: we are honored to host the US premiere of Clash, the Egyptian entry to the 2017 Oscars. Tickets are on sale, and bound to sell out, so snatch yours right away. And we will be making a special announcement on Opening Night, you won’t want to miss it!

Described as “bravura filmmaking with a kick-in-the-gut message” by the Hollywood Reporter, Clash was widely praised after opening Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival just a few months ago. Mohamed Diab’s film is set entirely within a padded wagon, traveling through the streets of Cairo in 2013, as supporters of Morsi’s toppled government and pro-military supporters fight each other inside and out. It is a hard hitting, intense action movie that will leave you at the edge of your seat, while challenging you.

Synopsis: Cairo, summer of 2013 – two years after the Egyptian revolution. In the wake of the ouster of Islamist president Morsi, a police truck full of detained demonstrators of divergent political and religious backgrounds roams through violent protests. Can the detainees overcome their differences to stand a chance of survival?

Note: Clash is an intense movie, not for young children

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Oct
8
Sat
Life is Living Festival @ Lil Bobby Hutton, Defemery Park
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

THE 9TH ANNUAL LIFE IS LIVING FESTIVAL

LEGACY: A TRIBUTE TO THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY

 

This year marks the 9th Annual Life Is Living Festival in Oakland. Over the past 10 years, we have transformed deFremery Park (Little Bobby Hutton Park) from vacant to vibrant. We are indebted to the local West Oakland heroes and sheroes of The Black Panther Party for inspiring us to use culture as a vehicle for social change. That said, we are honored to pay tribute to the enduring legacy of The Black Panther Party at this year’s Festival.

Through efforts such as The Free Breakfast Program, we re-dedicate ourselves to sustaining the Panther’s revolutionary commitment to community generated solutions. From babies to grandparents, Life Is Living believes in intergenerational dialogue that honors the wisdom of children and elders. Our partners have been engaged in a year long process to envision, strategize and create a Festival that is inclusive, dynamic and democratic.

We hope you will join us for what is to be a beautiful day as we honor the 50 year legacy of the Black Panther Party.

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Payday Loans, Panama Papers and Poverty @ Saint Columbo Catholic Church
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Payday Loans, Panama Papers and Poverty

Why the fight to end extreme poverty is global, local and winnable

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Hanauer,

Campaigns Director at Jubilee USA in Washington, D.C.

 

We can heal our broken economy and build strong, safe and prosperous communities. Learn how predatory financial behavior from the East Bay to East Africa harms people and communities and what we can do about it.

Workshops will discuss predatory payday loans, anonymous shell companies, and how East Bay organizations, congregations and individuals can help stop the damage they do in our local communities.

 

To RSVP, email: Meg Bowerman  megbowerman@gmail.com

FAME is a network of clergy, spiritual leaders, and people of faith who work to educate and mobilize communities to stand with low-wage and immigrant workers.

 Jubilee USA is a coalition of 550 US faith communities working to address the structures and systems that perpetuate poverty and inequality here and around the world. Jubilee seeks to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable.

 Jubilee East Bay, a coalition of 20 congregations and individuals based in the Bay Area, works with Jubilee USA through education and local organizing.

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Beyond Occupy – Five Years Hence. @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Beyond Occupy!

An art show with music and speakers, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Occupy Movement, highlighting its achievements and the work that has continued since the heady days of October and November, 2011.

GA. Kitchen. Info. Medics.  Library. Garden. Media. Labor Solidarity. Anti-Repression. Occupy Forum. Foreclosure Defense. Occupy the Farm. Strike Debt. Anti-Surveillance. Berkeley Post Office Defense. And more!

 

A bit of history: The Port Shutdown Video featuring Boots Riley.

 

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