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January – February 2015

Jan
28
Wed
All out to stop the Privatization of OUSD @ Escuelita Elementary School
Jan 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

On Wednesday OUSD will be discussing proposals to privatize Fremont HS, Castlemont HS, McClymonds HS, Frick MS and Brookfield Elementary and make it easier for charter schools to recruit public school families. This is tied to changes the district is pushing to the teacher union contract that will make these turnarounds easier to implement.

OEA is fighting for the resources needed to create stable schools and bottom-up school transformation!

Let’s show up unified as teachers, students, parents and community members to shut down the Superintendent Wilson’s proposals to continue the experimentation on flatland schools and the implementation of top-down school turnarounds.

Facebook event.

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Radical Women Meetup San Francisco
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event for radical women in San Francisco,: discussion about the importance of women of color being involved and given a voice.
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Jan
29
Thu
Court Support: New Year’s Even kettle arrests. @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Dept 107
Jan 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The folks in this kettle rang in the New Year with arrests. Let’s show them 2015 will be full of solidarity!

Come out to Wiley Manuel on both Thursday, 01/29 and Friday, 01/30 at 9am in Department 107 for their arraignments!

Always check Antirepression website and facebook for last minute changes.

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KPFA Fundraiser Film Screening: THE THROWAWAYS @ International House
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

6:00 pm and 8:00 pm screenings

KPFA Radio 94.1FM and International House, UC Berkeley, present:

THE THROWAWAYS
An award winning documentary film
With Bhawin Suchak (Director/Producer) & Ira McKinley (ex-felon & homeless filmmaker)

Tickets: 800-838-3006 or at independent bookstores, student discount at door, KPFA benefit

The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black men in America. Told through the eyes of homeless ex-felon Ira McKinley, the film documents his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to give voice to the people on the streets fighting for survival, McKinley confronts the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. More than an illumination of marginalized people in trouble, this film is a call to action, a narrative of engaging in the fight for justice.

“The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color.”
-Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow

Featured on Democracy Now!

WINNER Best Documentary, Long Beach Indie Film
WINNER New York Hi-Light, Harlem International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION at eight other film festivals

Bhawin Suchak, Director/Producer
Sam Pollard, Executive Producer, an award-winning feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose career spans almost thirty years. He has edited several Spike Lee films (Four Little Girls, Jungle Fever, Mo Better Blues) and served as the producer for Henry Hampton’s historical civil rights documentary Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads.

Website: http://throwawaysmovie.com

Tickets via Brownpapertickets.

 

 

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Jan
30
Fri
Court Support: New Year’s Even kettle arrests. @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Dept 107
Jan 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The folks in this kettle rang in the New Year with arrests. Let’s show them 2015 will be full of solidarity!

Come out to Wiley Manuel on both Thursday, 01/29 and Friday, 01/30 at 9am in Department 107 for their arraignments!

Always check Antirepression website and facebook for last minute changes.

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Film Screening: The Throwaways. Discussion Re Police Terror and Related Activism. @ OMNI Collective
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Screening of ‘The Throwaways’ w/ discussion around police terrorism and related activism.

Note: Time is uncertain. Not listed in the original posting on the #BlackLivesMatter calendar, and not currently on the Omni calendar.

 

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Jan
31
Sat
Security/Privacy/Surveillance Workshop for Activists @ Liberating Ourselves Locally
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

LOL will be hosting a free Security and Privacy Workshop which will include practical sessions on phone security apps, operational security, risk assessment, and other tools you can use to enhance your safety and privacy across your devices.

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Continue Work on the Berkeley Post Office Community Garden. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The planting was last week.  The gardening work continues. Join us!

More information on  the Berkeley Post Office Defense against the sale and privatization here.

Pictures and videos of the soil preparation and planting here.

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Global Day Against Torture @ Everywhere
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Facebook page.

In late November the Senate Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of Torture was released. This report has since been swept under the rug and nearly forgotten.

The Mainstream media, the government and a complicit American public are prepared to forget about the Senate Report on CIA torture AND WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN!

Join organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum for protests, rallies, and gatherings on Saturday January 31st to make sure America and the US government do not go unchallenged.

WAKE UP THE PUBLIC TO TAX PAYER FUNDED TORTURE!

DETAILS:

1. This is Decentralized. Connect with activists in your community and plan rallies, protests, street theater, or reenactments of waterboarding or force-feeding. GRAB THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION!

2. Create a FB event and post it on the coordinating Facebook page! We will add it to the list below.

3. Create memes, write blogs, contact local media, indy media, talk to friends and families! Use the Hashtag #EndTorture Do whatever you can to spread the word through social media and in real life!

4. INVITE! INVITE! INVITE! Let’s get the invite list over 50,000 people by January 30th. We can do this! Share on FB pages, twitter, and more!

5. Hit the streets, inform the public and change the global conversation.

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EVENTS as of 1/11/15.  Check the Facebook page for updates.

Portland, Oregon
https://www.facebook.com/events/700635680034377/

Seattle, Washington
https://www.facebook.com/events/1660749850819078/

Houston, Texas
https://www.facebook.com/events/385512068297291/

Grand Rapids, Michigan
https://www.facebook.com/events/1532735950317073/

Leesburg Florida
https://www.facebook.com/events/1525215821094777/.

St. Pete, Florida https://www.facebook.com/events/416528388499160

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
https://www.facebook.com/events/1546582688961423/

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Action for Worker Justice in Berkeley! Restaurant Workers Rising! @ HS Lordships Restaurant
Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for our upcoming action to demand worker justice at HS Lordships!

As workers all across the U.S. and Bay Area are standing up to demand living wages and fair working conditions, restaurant workers in Berkeley are also defending their right to respectful treatment and healthcare in order to live dignified lives. At HS Lordships, workers have been without a contract for more than four years. At the restaurant, servers make $10 an hour and pay more than $500 per month for family insurance. The company is now proposing that workers pay $800 a month for family insurance. Workers are fighting for affordable medical insurance and saying “no more” to skyrocketing healthcare costs!

“My name is Rocio Ibarra and I have been working for HS Lordships restaurant since February 2000. Throughout these years, I have gained many rights as a result of becoming part of the union. In the last two years, my family, which includes my three sons and husband, has been living without health insurance. Over the last few years, the cost of health insurance at HS Lordships has gotten so high that I have to choose whether to pay for healthcare or rent and food for my children. It is urgent that HS Lordships respects our right to affordable health coverage. I humbly ask for your help in convincing HS Lordships to change its position on the issue. Together we can have a voice. Thank you.”

-Rocio Ibarra, hostess at HS Lordships

Questions or need a ride? Contact Nicole Zapata at nzapata@unitehere.org

www.facebook.com/unitehere2850

UNITE HERE Local 2850

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From NYC to Ferguson to Oakland, Imani Henry Talks on Nationwide Fight Against Police Terror @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Imani Keith Henry is a longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and LGBTQ movements in the US. He is an organizer with The Peoples Power Assembly, which helped to coordinate emergency day of/day after actions in NYC and nationally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision. Imani has travelled to Ferguson, MO twice and most recently took part in a 36-person civil disobedience action on December 4th in response to the Garner grand jury decision.

He is also the founder of The Equality for Flatbush Project (E4F), which does grassroots anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the East Flatbush and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY.Additionally Gloria Verdieu of the San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality will report on what’s going on in San Diego. Community Activisit, Gloria Verdieu is an organizer with the Committee Against Police Brutality- San Diego and San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu Jamal and All Political Prisoners.Refreshments will be provided, wheelchair accessible, a few blocks from 19th St BART

Presented by Workers World Party
1305 Franklin, #411, Oakland 510-600-5800 Workers.org

Facebook event.

More on Imani Henry: Imani’s writing has appeared in several publications including the Lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press), Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries) and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, (World View Forum Publishing) and the newly released, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You, (Against Equality Publishing).

Under the brand, OD For the People, Imani is an Organizational Development Consultant and Diversity Trainer who provides change management services specifically for nonprofits and universities. Imani has a Masters in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from The Wagner School of Public Service. Follow Imani on Twitter Imani Henry

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Feb
2
Mon
Protest the San Leandro Tank! @ City Hall
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Feb
3
Tue
City Council to Consider #BlackLivesMatter, Police Violence Recommendations.
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

According to the Contra Costa Times, “Recommendations from the meeting ((The #BlackLivesMatter City Council forum held on January 24th)) will be considered ((at the February 3rd City Council meeting)) .”

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Feb
4
Wed
Court Support: Blackout Collective Dismissal Hearing @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Dept 115
Feb 4 @ 8:45 am – 11:30 am

Always check Antirepression website and facebook for last minute changes.

 

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Feb
7
Sat
March for Real Climate Leadership @ Snow Park
Feb 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On February 7th thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership. Across the state wells are drying up, more than a dozen cities are in real danger of running out of water, & there’s no question it’s being made worse by climate change.

But instead of reigning in the oil and gas industry & putting an end to incredibly dangerous and water-intensive practices like fracking, Governor Brown has been letting companies continue with business as usual. Join people from all corners of California this February in telling Governor Brown that if he won’t be a real climate leader, that if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry, then we will. Because this is about our water, our health, & our California.

For more information: http://marchforclimateleadership.org/

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Continue Work on the Berkeley Post Office Community Garden. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The planting was last week.  The gardening work continues. Join us!

More information on  the Berkeley Post Office Defense against the sale and privatization here.

Pictures and videos of the soil preparation and planting here.

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Feb
14
Sat
Continue Work on the Berkeley Post Office Community Garden. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The planting was last week.  The gardening work continues. Join us!

More information on  the Berkeley Post Office Defense against the sale and privatization here.

Pictures and videos of the soil preparation and planting here.

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Feb
15
Sun
Domain Awareness Center, Privacy Policy Teach-In @ OMNI Collective in the ballroom
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Domain Awareness Center Teach-In

 The Oakland Privacy Working Group has been active trying to get the city to adopt a privacy policy which will soon be voted on by the City Council. We wanted to have another teach-in accompanied by a security-state movie, with speakers and discussion afterward. There will probably be some food available, most likely just a few pizzas.

 

Here are video highlights from the last teach-in on January 18th.


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RICHARD WOLFF: Time To Change this Capitalist System: Oh Yes We Can. @ First Congregational Church
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Benefit: $12 advance tickets, $15 /door. Tickets available in Berkeley: Pegasus (3 locations), Marcus Books, Moes, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore In S.F: Modern Times.

Radical economist Richard Wolffs most recent book, Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a passionately concerned response to current events, chronicling Wolffs brilliant public response to what he sees as an unworkable economic system. He closely monitors international economic shifts, much as Noam Chomsky does political happenings, and presents us with clear new perspectives.

Richard Wolff is the leading social economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy. ­ Cornel West

A powerful and challenging vision that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!
—Gar Alperovitz, author American Beyond Capitalism

Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. In recent years he has been delivering public lectures at colleges and universities, and community centers and trade union gatherings. His speaking style has become famous for its charismatic wit, frankness, and sardonic charm.

Richard Wolff is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, as well as Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian, Truthout.org, and the MRZine.

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Feb
19
Thu
Community Meeting re Berkeley Post Office Sale, Report on Lawsuit, etc @ Bonnie's Art Space
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Presentations will be given by Attorneys Tony Rossmann (lawyer for the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the Post Office)  and Brian Turner (lawyer for the National Trust’s similar lawsuit against the Post Office).

Others will also be there to share information about the Community Garden, the Occupation, and anything else relevant to the  fight to Save the Berkeley Post Office.

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