April – May 2014
“Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on January 1, 2009; he would be murdered by the courts and the media soon thereafter.”
Join the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, ONYX, and Davey D in a discussion with award winning journalist and author, Thandisizwe Chimurenga on her recently released book, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant”. Watch the book trailer.
Chimurenga uses her writing as political activism. In ‘No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,’ she connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males through the case of Oscar Grant’s murder by police on January 1, 2009 in California’s Bay Area.
Thandisizwe is a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (1990) and is currently a member of Black August Los Angeles. She has received awards from New America Media for “Outstanding Reporting on Health and Health Care” (2013 Ethnic Media Awards), the All African Women’s Revolutionary Union as a “Grassroots Media Advocate” (2010 Mawina Kouyate Daughters of Africa Award), and she was recognized by the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-Determination as a “Pioneer for African Unity and Victory” (Atlanta, 2009). She came to journalism through activism and sees her writing as a form of activism.
Food will be provided. Books will be available for purchase.
SATURDAY, April 19, 10 am-1pm: SAVE THIS DATE for our big Friends of Knowland Park Earth Day Rally at the Oakland Zoo entrance!
SPECIAL GUESTS: COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD and the duo of Hali Hammer and Randy Berge! If you can only come out to help with one thing, this is it! Our goal is to turn out even more people than our last successful rally, so please come and bring your friends!
SHOWING UP MATTERS. Homemade signs are great—we will have a bunch, but bring your own if you can (or organize your own sign-making party and we’ll contribute materials!) We’ll have music, fun, some surprises and inspiration! The great places that have been saved, from Yosemite down to small bayside parcels, have been saved because lots of ordinary people took a stand and fought to protect them. This is ours – time to take to the street and stand up for what you believe in! Watch our new video!
Oakland Zoo is at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Mountain Blvd. Allow time for parking on nearby streets and walking to zoo entrance; please carpool, if possible. Let us know if you have something special you could contribute to make it a fun and fruitful rally. Bring water, sunscreen, lunch and plan a picnic in Knowland Park after the rally! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we have a rough head count for planning purposes.
The Earth Day Action Parade
is Sat. April 19th, in conjunction with The Earth Day San Francisco Festival (EDSF). The March/Parade will be from Justin Herman Plaza at 11:30 to the main EDSF Festival at the UN Plaza, with a short Rally at the Main Stage, at 1pm. Pre-events (rallies, marches) as feed-ins from local groups across the Bay Area are being planned.
Impact – Bringing Political Action Back to Earth Day
Earth Day is the single largest day of environmental action. This year, the SF theme is “Action”. Last year 8,000 attended EDSF, aiming for 10,000 this year. Climate and environmental activism is front and central this year.
Your Message, Artistic
Not your “standard” march, The Earth Day Action Parade will be in sections that emphasize themes/messages with artistic visuals or small floats, including: Why/Morality: Children’s Brigade and faith groups Environmental Justice: Impacted Communities, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels, Problems/Dangers: Keystone XL, Fracking, Big Oil refinery expansions, Extreme Weather, and Solutions: Solar, Wind, Mass Transit, Bicycles, Electric Vehicles (EV’s), Resilient Communities…
See www.350bayarea.org/earthday-sf (under Events):
For more information
To Endorse or become a Sponsor
To post your organization’s Demands
To Volunteer (many roles are available) Make The Earth Day Action Parade a significant statement and spread the word about your organization!
Organizations Contact: Rand Wrobel (email@example.com, 510.914-2349) Volunteers Contact: John Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Oakland Privacy Working Group will show the movie Terms & Conditions May Apply at the sudoroom on Sunday, April 20th at 6 PM. There will be some food and drink, as well.
The movie will be shown after the sudoroom Cryptoparty, where you can learn how to protect your digital privacy. Make a day of it!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
All the President’s Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
The relationship between Washington and Wall Street isn’t really a revolving door. It’s a merry-go-round. As Prins shows, the merriest of all are the bankers and financiers that get rich off the relationship, using their public offices and access to build private wealth and power. Nomi Prins follows the money. She used to work on Wall Street. And now she has written a seminal history of America’s bankers and their symbiotic relationship with all the presidents from Teddy Roosevelt through Barack Obama. Prins is a born story-teller. She turns the history of the moneyed class into a breathless romance – the tawdry affairs of bankers and the presidents who love them.
Nomi Prins is an American author, journalist, and Senior Fellow at Demos. She has worked as a director at Goldman-Sachs and as an analyst at Bear Stearns. It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street, was her loudest whistleblower book so far.
Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum
to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!
The movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against the State of Israel has taken major strides recently in the United States. With divestment votes moving forward on campuses across the country, and votes to boycott Israeli institutions passed by the American Studies Association and other organizations, discussions of the movement and its objectives have entered the mainstream.
At the same time, others have redoubled their efforts to suppress discussion of Israel’s escalating war against Palestinians, promoting legislation to defund institutions that participate in boycotts, and pressuring university administrations to punish students and faculty who support BDS.
ALI ABUNIMAH is the author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine. MAX BLUMENTHAL is the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.
They will discuss their acclaimed new books, recent developments in the Middle East and United States, and the prospects for justice in Palestine.
Time: 10:00 AM
Address: 1700 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
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.
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
Meal & Childcare Provided
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.
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!
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
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.)
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?
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.
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
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
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.