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Mar
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Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference @ The California Endowment’s Oakland Conference Center, 7th Floor
Mar 5 all-day
Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference @ Oakland Conference Center, 7th Floor
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

clean-energy-conference.jpgThis conference promotes the development of locally-controlled clean energy economies as a necessary path to a sustainable future. The conference is a diverse gathering of policy makers, entrepreneurs, and community advocates engaged in a thoughtful and inspiring exploration of strategies and programs for advancing a local clean energy transition in the Bay Area.

To learn more about Conference goals and to register, please visit the event website.

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Solidarity Rally with Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Facebook event.

On the 2nd Anniversary of Hugo Chávez’s death, we celebrate his legacy, embodied
in the people and their struggle

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March 5 is the second anniversary of the tragic passing of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Yet, despite his short life, he transformed Venezuela by his courageous struggle to make the Venezuelan masses the protagonists of their destiny.

Before Chávez, Venezuela’s natural resources enriched only the oil companies and ruling class. Today the country’s wealth has been harnessed for true development — hundreds of thousands of homes, healthcare and schools throughout the country.

The goal of the Bolivarian Revolutionary process is socialism, where every human being can enjoy guaranteed rights of healthcare, education, housing, jobs, equality, culture, social peace, and international solidarity.

But the U.S. government is working to destabilize the Venezuelan revolutionary government, financing right-wing organizations, encouraging coup attempts and terrorist attacks on the population. Now, the U.S. Congress is applying sanctions on Venezuela to punish the government and people for defending their sovereignty.

It is up to us, the people of the United States, to demand that our government stop the attacks and destabilization of Venezuela, respect International Law and Venezuela’s right to live.

Join us on Thursday, March 5, 5 pm, 24th and Mission, S.F., for a rally to celebrate: “Chavez Vive! La Lucha Sigue!”

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Sponsored by Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition. Endorsed by ANSWER Coalition, SOA Watch-San Francisco; FMLN-Nor. California; FSLN-Nor. California; Haiti Action Committee; Hondurenos en Resistencia del Norte de California; Task Force on the Americas; Nicaragua Center for Community Action; Party for Socialism and Liberation; Workers World Party

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The Many Faces of Anonymous @ Omni Commons
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Mar
6
Fri
Fresh Juice Party at the Alan Blueford Center for Justice @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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Mar
7
Sat
50th Anniversary of Selma Bloody Sunday Commemorative Bridge Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge and Rally @ South (San Francisco Side) Parking Lot Golden Gate Bridge
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

50th Anniversary of Selma Bloody Sunday Commemorative Bridge Walk and Rally

Walk across the span in solidarity with the marchers in Selma, Alabama
Bring Signs, Banners and your voice against InJustice

USA, 1965: Black people in Selma, Alabama, viciously attacked by cops and the Klan for seeking the right to vote, beaten with baseball bats and billy clubs, tear gas, and whips; … people murdered by brutalizing police, by racist vigilantes; … “whites only” Jim Crow segregation still prevails across the South, and in the North Black people crammed into crrumbling ghettos; forced to attend overcrowded, underfunded inner city schools; arrested, beaten, and murdered by police; kept in the lowest-paying, most dangerous jobs, if they find work at all…

USA, 2015:a full half-century later a New Jim Crow of criminalization and mass incarceration of Black and men still in full effect; more Black men in prison today than were enslaved in 1850; soaring unemployment for Black people in cities across the entire country; public schools more segregated now 60 years since the U.S. Supreme Court put an end tto the hateful “separate but equal doctrine” than they were in the late 1960s; And increasingly, Black people denied the right to vote, supposedly the most “sacred” right of U.S. citizenship, at a rate seven times higher than that for white people.

On top of that, there’s the increasing number of Black men and youths murdered by police in every city of this country choked tto death on a sidewalk in New York; shot and killed walking down the street in Ferguson, Missouri, in a park in Cleveland, on a train in Oakland; racist vigilantes murdering Black youth in cold blood, being let free by courts at every level, up to and including the Federal government. The system is once again forcefully reminding us of the Dred Scott Decision that Black people have “no rights which the white man was bound to respect”.

But, also in August 2015, the defiant youth of Ferguson stood up. They sparked a powerful movement to stop the murder of people at the hands of the police. Tens of thousands of people, of different ethnicities and all over the country, blocked highways and bridges, marched through shopping malls, did “die-ins” everywhere, walked out from school, and left work. These actions shook this country to its core.

Now We Are At a Crossroads Will we allow the system to suppress this movement and continue business as usual, or will re-take the offensive and bring even more massive waves of struggle to STOP the murder of Black, Brown and all people by the police?

On April 14, we need to take our movement to STOP wanton police murder to a whole new level. NO SCHOOL! NO WORK! NO BUSINESS AS USUAL!

On this day, thousands of students walking out of school, taking over buildings and going on strike at colleges and high schools nationwide. People gathering and marching in cities all across the U.S. The normal routine of this society, which includes wanton police murder of Black and Brown people, must be brought to a Halt!

* The murder of Black and Brown people by the police MUST STOP.
* Justice for all the victims of brutal, murdering police.
* Indict, convict and send killer cops to jail: the whole damn system is guilty as hell.
* Stop the repression targeting the protests: Drop all the chargges against all those arrested.


 

Stopping Police Murder is NOT a Spectator Sport!

Stop Mass Incarceration Bay Area
2501 San Pablo
Berkeley, CA 94702

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Seed Swap & Celebration.
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Mar
8
Sun
Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Bahai Center
Mar 8 @ 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.

Please feel free to bring quotes or passages to share
All are welcome

As this meeting is during the Bahá’í fast, we will not serve breakfast. Breakfasts will resume in April.

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FifteenNow Rally at New Target in Berkeley. Demand That They Pay a Living Wage! @ Target Grand Opening
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Facebook event.  15NowBerkeley Facebook.

Join us March 8th at the Target Express grand opening in downtown Berkeley. We’ll have our own alternative grand opening with a target of $15/hr!

We’ll be rallying for higher minimum wages at noon in front of the Target. Drop by if you’re interested in helping out or if you have any questions. An increase in the Berkeley minimum wage doesn’t just make economic sense—it’s a necessity for workers, who literally can’t afford to pay rent in this city on less than $15/hour!

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March and Celebration of the 105th Anniversary of INTERNATIONAL WORKING WOMEN’S DAY @ Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Facebook event.

Join us for a March and Celebration of the 105th Anniversary of INTERNATIONAL WORKING WOMEN’S DAY

UPHOLD the LEGACY & POWER of WOMEN’S RESISTANCE HERE and ABROAD!

12PM Rally & Speak Out for Justice
12:30 PM March to Rise & Resist
1:30 PM Celebration for Women’s Strength & Resistance

In honor of the first women strikers in 1909, we will be commemorating the 105th Anniversary of International Working Women’s Day on March 8th. Join us as we uphold the Legacy and Power of Women’s resistance here and abroad!

At the forefront of global resistance against increasing violence and imperialism are women of color. Here in the United States, the state has continued to perpetuate violence against its own people, specifically people of color. Women in the U.S. will continue to be in the forefront of many battles — opposing U.S. wars and occupations while demanding funding for human needs, defending collective bargaining in their unions, demanding wages that allow their families to keep up with the cost of living, stopping foreclosures so they can stay in their homes, demanding contraceptives and other free preventive health care, and fighting for basic rights to affordable education, quality health care and housing, and good-paying jobs. Join us as we March to demand an end to gentrification, state violence, and militarization!

We will also have a cultural celebration after the march to remember and lift up all the women and Trans women who have come before us in the struggle. We will celebrate their legacies they have left behind and honor the women and Trans women who are fighting in the forefront today for self-determination, freedom, and liberation.

Bring your signs, banners, and noisemakers and march with us!

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Still Fighting for Our Rights & Equality
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This International Women’s Day we will be joining in the streets with women all around the world who are marching to demand their rights.

We will be out to stand against violence against women in all forms. Against the growing number of killings of transwomen, against police brutality, against racism, street harassment, domestic violence and more. We will be coming out as we struggle to support ourselves and our families in the face of ever increasing evictions and gentrification.
We march to stand in solidarity with our sisters around the world who are fighting back as well.

We are marching to demand equality and our right to dignified lives.

Facebook event.

 

Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD)

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Celebrate! Support low-wage workers including Adjuncts, Students, Food-service Workers, and Artists and Support the Fight for 15 @ The Lab
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join local artists, educators, unions, activists and workers to celebrate the recent excitement and organizing success of Adjuncts at SFAI, CCA, St. Mary’s College, Mills, Dominican University!

Performances! Installations! Speak-outs! Readings! Food! Art! Books! Socializing! Community-building!
ALL in support of low-wage precarious workers including Adjuncts, Students, Food-service Workers, Artists, Temporary Part Time Workers and the Fight for 15 campaign!

No Justice No Service is inspired by the solidarity building event, Art, Education Justice! Held in Los Angeles last Fall.

Help cultivate a cultural front for ongoing activism in arts, education, work and life.

Facebook event.

 

There will be an update about http://debtcollective.org, who just announced TODAY the first ever public strike against student debt generated for a profiteering university, and plans to gather debtors together to perform giant acts of solidarity!

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No Justice No Service: Bay Area Art & Education Justice Festival in Support of Precarious Workers @ The Lab
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join local artists, educators, unions, activists and workers to celebrate the recent excitement and organizing success of Adjuncts at SFAI, CCA, St. Mary’s College, Mills, Dominican University!

Performances! Installations! speak-outs! readings! Food! Art! Books! Socializing! Community-building!
ALL in support of low-wage precarious workers including Adjuncts, Students, Food-service Workers, Artists, Temporary Part Time Workers and the Fight for 15 campaign!

No Justice No Service is inspired by the solidarity building event, Art, Education Justice! Held in Los Angeles last Fall.

Help cultivate a cultural front for ongoing activism in arts, education, work and life.

Facebook event.

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DISABILITY LIBERATED: MOURN THE DEAD AND FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING. @ Kroeber Plaza outside Kroeber Hall
Mar 8 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

DISABILITY LIBERATED: MOURN THE DEAD AND FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING.

Performance by Sins Invalid, Part 1.

Part 1 of the performance curated by Sins Invalid begins with the construction of an altar, built in part with community participation. The altar will commemorate disabled children policed and killed by parents/caregivers for not performing “ablebodied-ness”; people with disabilities who have died from incarceration in nursing homes or jails/prisons; and those who are locked up and fighting for their freedom.

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Fundraiser: CeCe McDonald on racism, mass incarceration and trans liberation @ Humanist Hall
Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Facebook event.

CeCe McDonald, an aspiring fashion student living in Minneapolis, was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to the grocery store in July of 2010. One of her attackers, intoxicated and adorned with a swastika tattoo, died days following the incident. CeCe was charged with two murders and was threatened with up to 80 years in a cage for simply defending herself.

While imprisoned, she discovered that her story was not unique, but that she was among many Black people—particularly Black, trans women—railroaded to prison. The stories of Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her own freedom but for all the trans women who have been slain or made victims of the criminal injustice system. Since her release in January of 2014, CeCe has become a leading and outspoken activist, inspiring many to take action against mass incarceration and for racial justice and trans liberation.

Community Event & Fundraiser
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization.

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Mar
9
Mon
DISABILITY INCARCERATED: A SYMPOSIUM @ Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School (Room 175),
Mar 9 @ 9:15 am – 9:00 pm

DISABILITY INCARCERATED: A SYMPOSIUM
Information on visiting the Law School can be found here.

9:15 am
Coffee in the Goldberg Room (Room 297), Berkeley Law School

10:00 am
Welcome and Introduction
Susan Schweik, UC Berkeley, and Na’ilah Nasir, UC Berkeley
Opening Remarks
Angela Davis, UC Santa Cruz

Panel 1: A Discussion with the Editors of Disability Incarcerated
Liat Ben-Moshe, University of Toledo
Allison Carey, Schippensburg University
Chris Chapman, York University

Panel 2: Responses to the Book by Berkeley Faculty
Jonathan Simon, Berkeley Law
Na’ilah Nasir, School of Education and African American Studies
Peter Manoleas, School of Social Welfare
Scott Wallin, Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-2:30

Panel 3:  What now, what next? Responses by scholars, artists and activists
D. L. Adams, University of Toledo
Ella Callow, National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families
Sascha Altman DuBrul, Icarus Project
Nora Wilson, Justice Now

2:30-3:30:  Film Showing: Deaf in Prison
Followed by discussion with Talila A. Lewis, H.E.A.R.D., Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf
3:30-4:30 Break

4:30-5:30: Performance: Disability Liberated (Part II).
Sins Invalid performs live on stage in Booth Auditorium, culminating in leading the audience back to the altar space in 120 Kroeber.

5:30-6:30
Disability Liberated Sins Invalid performance concludes.
Location: 120 Kroeber

6:15 Reception/Dinner
Registration for limited number of audience members. RSVP by March 2 on our EventBrite page.
Location: Goldberg Room (Room 297), Berkeley Law School

7:15 PM Film Showing: Bethel.
Followed by discussion with filmmaker Karen Nakamura. Location: Goldberg Room (Room 297), Berkeley Law School

This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. If you need any other disability accommodations in order to attend, including communication services, please contact Susan Schweik at sschweik@berkeley.edu.

Sponsored by: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Center for the Study of Law and Society; Haas Institute Race & Educational Disparities Cluster, Diversity and Democracy Cluster, and Disability Studies Cluster; Dean Judith Little, School of Education; Dean Carla Hesse, Division of Social Sciences; Dean Anthony J. Cascardi, Division of Arts and Humanities; Social and Cultural Studies Program, School of Education; Canadian Studies; The Doreen K. Townsend Center for the Humanities

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Occupy Forum: STOPPING A PIPELINE @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor (across from 16th St. Bart)
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

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

OccupyForum presents

STOPPING A PIPELINE

Effective Resistance

at the Unis’tot’en Blockade

Up in the forests near Houston, British Columbia, a permanent blockade has been constructed to stop the construction of a long list of proposed pipeline projects. Started as a grassroots effort 4 years ago, the Unis’tot’en camp now sees hundreds of supporters come through every year to help the Wetsu’wet’en people stand up to the Harper Government and its fossil fuel juggernauts.

The west coast of Canada is home to several indigenous territories whose lands have come under threat as the fossil fuel industry seeks to transport its product to empty tankers via numerous new pipeline projects. Freda and Toghestiy of the Wet’suwet’en nation decided 4 years ago to take action in helping their people stop the destruction of their lands. Exercising their right to practice their cultural customs on their land, they chose to build right in the path of the pipeline projects setting the stage for an ongoing blockade and reclamation of their lands at the Unis’tot’en camp.

In the ensuing years, they have confronted numerous pipeline employees who have come onto their lands, often without permission and by helicopter, to do surveying and other exploration activities. Support for the camp has been growing steadily in nearby towns and all across Canada as the camp raises the bar for what a non-violent resistance effort can achieve.

A website for the camp has been created and can be viewed here: http://unistotencamp.com/

First and foremost, the camp supports an effort to bring Wet’suwet’en people back to their lands to live traditionally and begin healing their families from the destruction wrought by western society on their culture. The plan for the future is to build homes and places of tribal gathering for those who wish to return to the land that sustains them. In order to make this happen, the camp needs the support of settlers and other indigenous tribes to hold off the development efforts of fossil fuel giants TransCanada, Enbridge, Chevron, and others. The camp organizers are opening their doors to anybody willing to provide their time and resources to building and maintaining the efforts at the blockade.

At tonight’s Forum, hear from a supporter who stayed at the camp for 3 weeks in February of this year, and how you or someone else can help get involved. Discussion and pictures of daily life at the camp will be shared. Success at the camp relies on spreading of information, fundraising, solidarity actions, and networking with other groups to find people willing to provide their labor on the grounds at the camp. There is a year round need for supporters at the camp with a couple specialized events planned for the summertime — an action camp for sharing skills and strategy, and a separate work camp for building new structures and implements needed at the camp. The continued organized effort will be desperately needed as pipeline crews converge on the eastern and western borders of the Wet’suwet’en territory sometime this year.

Other camps have started to emerge across Canada with the newest one going up only a few hundred kilometers north of the Unis’tot’en camp. This new blockade, known as Madii Lii, stands in the way of a new LNG project proposed by TransCanada. They will undoubtedly need the same outpouring of support to be successful. The continued existence of these ecosystems rests on the shoulders of those willing to put their bodies in the path of fossil fuel tycoons.

Discussion and Announcements to follow.

OccupyForum welcomes donations, no one turned away.

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Who Are The Zapatistas Study Sessions @ Qilombo
Mar 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

EVERY MONDAY IN MARCH FROM 600-800 PM AT THE QILOMBO.

THIS WILL BE AN ONGOING STUDY SESSION EXAMINING THE HISTORY OF THE ONGOING ZAPATISTA STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION.
SESSION I: First Declaration from the Lacandon Jungle http://www.struggle.ws/mexico/ezln/ezlnwa.html

Future sessions will likely be described at the Facebook event.

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Mar
11
Wed
Town Hall to End Homelessness @ Nourse Theater
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration.

The Town Hall to End Homelessness
Join Supervisors Jane Kim and Mark Farrell, Project Homeless Connect, and 1,000 other community leaders, volunteers, and San Francisco friends, as we rally behind new initiatives that can bring us closer to ending homelessness in our city. This solutions focused event will be different than anything you’ve ever seen before. We hope you can make it.

Agenda:
6:00 – 6:30: Doors open | Networking
 
6:30 – 6:45: Take your seats
 
6:45 – 7:00: Understanding Homelessness in San Francisco w/ Kevin Fagan (Chronicle)
 
7:00 – 8:00: New and Upcoming Solutions presented to the audience (10 minutes each with 5 minutes of Q&A)
 
8:00 – 8:50: Policy Panel w/ Supervisor Jane Kim, Supervisor Mark Farrell, The Chronicle’s Heather Knight, & Executive Directors from non-profit groups
8:50 – 9:00ish - Closing remarks w/ Greg Gopman (A Better SF) and Kara Zordel (Project Homeless Connect)
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Mar
14
Sat
Benefit Concert for Anti-Repression and the NLG
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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