July – August 2014
WILL SPEAK ON THE STEPS OF THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE.
ABOUT THE POST OFFICE, PRIVATIZATION OF OUR PUBLIC GOODS AND SERVICES & THE FIGHT TO DISMANTLE THE CORPORATE STATE
TUESDAY, JULY 29th
MUSIC FROM 2:00 PM
TALK AT 2:30 PM
2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
“Postmaster General Donahoe has demonstrated that he lacks the political courage to stand up to Congress and tell them that they caused this mess and they need to fix it. Instead, time after time, he has chosen to take the easy road and dismantle the USPS piece by piece – whether it is by cutting post office hours, closing post offices, cutting service and delivery standards, increasing postage rates, or now ending Saturday delivery.”
- Ralph Nader, February 6th, 2013.
“Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has helped us drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments for nearly five decades.”
There are two big competing plans for raising Oakland’s minimum wage. One plan from the Chamber of Commerce is slow and full of exceptions. The other, a ballot initiative from union and community coalition “Lift Up Oakland” is for a $12.25 minimum for everybody. Oakland workers need Lift Up Oakland’s proposal because we can’t wait years for a raise and can’t leave anyone behind making poverty wages.
Let’s stop the Chamber of Commerce’s countermeasure.
6:00 PM City Hall Tuesday July 29th. Tell all your friends.
Oakland needs a raise NOW!
We can’t survive on 8.25!
No more poverty wages and gentrification!
Wages delayed are wages denied!
City Council: Don’t raise your wage while you keep ours low!
Some background on the Oakland minimum wage:
Why Oakland needs a raise: Oakland is gentrifying at an astonishing pace. According to the East Bay Express purchase prices for Oakland homes jumped by 64% from 2012 to 2013. Workers need money to pay for food and rent. Workers need a decent wage for a decent life. If the lowest paid worker in Oakland makes $9 it drags the wages of other workers down. Workers can’t pay rent and groceries with money from raises that come years later.
What raise?: Let’s be real, 12.25 an hour is barely enough to survive in the Bay Area. If you adjusted the 1960’s minimum wage based on worker productivity today’s wage would be over 20 dollars. Seattle and San Francisco are on track to get 15 an hour in the next few years. One Oakland mayoral candidate, Dan Siegel is for an immediate 15 an hour minimum wage. It is utterly outrageous that some on City Council are considering slowing down the 12.25 raise. If this weren’t bad enough, the same council member planning to delay our raise is planning to raise her own on the same day.
The Good: There is chance to win a 12.25 per hour minimum wage on the Ballot for Oakland in November. 33,000 people signed a petition put forward by the “Lift Up Oakland” coalition to raise the minimum wage to 12.25 next year. This would be a 3.25 raise over next year’s 9 dollar California minimum wage. It includes 5-10 paid sick days for all workers.
The Bad: The Oakland Chamber of Commerce and their allies on the city council are now scheming to pass a confusing countermeasure. Because Lift Up Oakland’s proposal is wildly popular they crafted a measure that on paper sets a higher dollar amount but takes 3-5 years to come into effect. The measure includes many exceptions.
(1) Taking into account paid sick time, by time it comes into effect the plan by the Chamber of Commerce measure’s wage will have a wage that is the same or worse than Lift Up Oakland’s wage.
(2) Because of the delays and exemptions the chamber’s measure will cost (by a low estimate) 300 Million dollars in lost wages for workers over 5 years compared to Lift Up Oakland’s measure.
(3) The Chamber of Commerce’s measure does not include tipped workers who would remain at 9$, nor does it include homecare workers, or those in youth training programs.
What their side is doing: There are two council members who have come out publicly for the Chamber of Commerce’s Countermeasure. Pat Kernighan and Lynette McElhaney. These politicians are planning to pass the measure outright as an ordinance. They are trying to get other council members to back the chamber of commerce’s measure. They are hoping that by passing the worse measure they will be able to confuse voters into not voting for Lift Up Oakland’s measure.
What can we do: We have to mobilize to stop them from taking that 300 million from our pockets through a deceitful countermeasure. The chamber of commerce, anti-worker council members and the gentrifying developers have one vision for Oakland. We have a different vision and we can win our vision if we fight for it. Spread the word, call and email, invite your friends and neighbors, let’s tell them that Oakland needs a raise NOW!
It has been nearly 50 years and many subsequent crusades since consumer advocate Ralph Nader first captured the spotlight with the publication of “Unsafe at Any Speed.” One might think that the title of his latest book, “Unstoppable,” would indicate a memoir. Not so. Subtitled “The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State” (Nation Books, $25.99, 240 pages), the new book is an argument that the time is ripe for people on opposite sides of the political spectrum to wrest control over their futures away from big business.
Nader, 80, will talk about the book at two midweek appearances, beginning with Wednesday’s conversation with Harry Kreisler, UC Berkeley’s former executive director of the Institute of International Studies. The event is sponsored by KPFA Radio.
Occupy National Gathering 2014 (Natgat2014) will be held July 31 – Aug. 3 in Sacramento, CA. Please stay tuned as we add information about our gathering. Get involved helping us organize and plan on attending! Together We Rise!
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There is only one dog running for Mayor of Oakland. Here’s your chance to debate Einstein’s platform with the candidate his canine self.
Einstein will be keeping First Friday safe from Jean Quan and eagerly greeting his would-be constituents.
Einstein strongly opposes the Urban Shield weapons show in Oakland AND the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (!!!). Plank 6 of Einstein’s platform: “6. Stronger weapon-control laws shall apply to everyone within the City’s limits, including law enforcement officers.” The strategy of preventing crime with overwhelming force and intimidation is not well-conceived at all. Crime is not an issue for the same reason that smoke alarms don’t cause fires. A very simplistic argument is often made in the media when crime is related to the economy: crime goes up when the economy goes down. But you don’t hear anyone say that the economy goes down because crime goes up. This is just one way in which crime serves as an alarm telling us that a shortage of opportunities and of security – along with the curtailment of civil rights – puts stress on populations, and crime is the RESULT! Let’s focus on reducing the CAUSES of crime – of which brutal repression and the invasion of privacy are two! BAD Urban Shield! BAD!
At The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, our mission is to help heal the community in Alan’s name so that his memory lives on thru change directed at unity & love. We will be dedicating First Friday to Monique Robinson & her son Taylor, aka Fat Daddy.
“Honor Monique by supporting her child. Taylor has been lucky to have other loving caregivers who have shared in his upbringing, help them continue to love and support him.”
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/other/suppor…
Our special guests & featured performers for the night are Fresh Juice Party: http://www.freshjuiceparty.com/
PLEASE JOIN US TO HONOR MONIQUE’S LIFE W/FREE MUSIC & POSITIVE VIBES
The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience.
We do plays that make sense out of the headlines by identifying the forces that shape our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make our audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life.
To make this work accessible the Mime Troupe performs its shows in local parks at a price everyone can afford: FREE.
Gentrification and displacement are disrupting lives and communities all over the country, and the Bay Area is ground zero. With the San Francisco tech boom, and the redevelopment of neighborhoods resulting in the displacement of working class people and communities of color, living and working in Oakland and San Francisco is becoming more and more difficult. But gentrification is also nothing new, and the US has a rich history of fightback against housing discrimination and displacement.
Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor is a writer, public speaker, and activist in Chicago. She writes on black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A critical journal of black politics, Culture and Society, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Gaper’s Block, and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.