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Jul
25
Fri
Forum: Eyewitness Palestine. The People Resist Colonial Occupation
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A professor of literature and Black Studies, GAThomas recently traveled to Palestine in May 2014 as part of contingent of college and university professors working out of North America in support of Palestinian solidarity, liberation and freedom from occupation, apartheid and colonization. Replete with photographic images, this talk is a first-hand report-back from the Occupied West Bank facing more and more bombings, repression and kidnappings everyday with the support of what Malcolm X dubbed “dollarism.”

Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

More info:  www.ANSWERsf.org.

 

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Fracking Initiatives Benefit @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fracking Initiatives Benefit. Friday, July 25.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, scientist, author, and mother, will discuss strategies for building the movement to stop fracking and protect our communities and climate

This event is a special fundraiser for the dedicated residents of 3 California counties who have collected signatures to put fracking ban measures on their county ballots in November. The oil industry has already shown it will fight these measures. We must show the Bay Area’s strong support for local communities standing up for their rights to clean air, water, energy and a safer climate for our children.

Tickets are $20 but donations beyond the ticket price are encouraged to help fight the power of Big Oil.

Buy tickets now (page on 350BayArea website)
Download flyer (PDF)

To appreciate the power and clarity of Ms. Steingraber’s voice, you could no better than reading the 2012 Huffington Post article summarizing her statement to the Democratic Conference of the New York Senate, in which she addresses both the dangers of fracking and the corruptibility of the legislative process. (New York state subsequently passed a 5-year moratorium on fracking. Challenges to local bans on fracking are now being heard by the state Court of Appeals.)

Visit Ms. Steingraber’s website at http://steingraber.com/

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Jul
26
Sat
Laborfest: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk @ Latham Square
Jul 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meet at the fountain in Latham Square, in the intersection where Telegraph and Broadway converge across from the Rotunda Building (Oakland City Center/12th St. BART), Oakland.

With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking, mostly women, retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line was being broken by scabs escorted by police.

Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S.. until the November 2nd, 2011 General Strike called by Occupy Oakland, albeit only a one-day event. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.

See also:

http://www.flyingpicket.org/node/15

http://www.laborfest.net/2014/2014schedule.htm

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100th Birthday Party for the Berkeley Post Office @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Us for a Birthday Party
for the Berkeley Post Office

It’s the 239th Birthday of the United States Post Office and the One Hundredth Birthday of the Berkeley Post Office!  Please join us! These festivities will be one of many events throughout the country commemorating National Postal Heritage Day.

Celebration will include Music, Birthday Cake and a Group Photo!

Be sure to be there!

Brought to you by Save the Berkeley Post Office.

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March For Palestine. @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

March for Palestine….Chelsea Manning Plaza aka Justin Herman Plaza, Market @Embarcadero in SF. 

6,000 people this past Sunday; 20,000 this coming Saturday.

ANSWER COALITION.

On July 16th, Israeli Defense Forces deliberately targeted a group of children playing soccer on a Gaza beach, killing four from the same family and maiming the others—another war crime committed against the Palestinian people.

WE DEMAND THAT 

Stop US Aid to the Apartheid State of Israel! 
Free all Palestinian political prisoners! 
End the collective punishment of Palestinians!
End colonial occupation of Palestine!
Stop the massacre in Gaza! End the blockade of Gaza!

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San Francisco Mime Troupe. Plus Community Forum on Albany Bulb. @ Live Oak Park
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Community Forum on the Albany Bulb: 1:00 PM
Music: 1:30 PM
Performance: 2:00 PM

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.

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Know Your Rights Training: Berkeley Copwatch. @ Grassroots House
Jul 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Eyewitness Palestine “The People Resist Colonial Occupation” @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A professor of literature and Black Studies, GAThomas recently traveled to Palestine in May 2014 as part of contingent of college and university professors working out of North America in support of Palestinian solidarity, liberation and freedom from occupation, apartheid and colonization. Replete with photographic images, this talk is a first-hand report-back from the Occupied West Bank facing more and more bombings, repression and kidnappings everyday with the support of what Malcolm X dubbed “dollarism.”

Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

 

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Jul
27
Sun
Prison Abolition BBQ!
Jul 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Critical Resistance members, allies, friends and other anti-prison activists for an abolitionist liberation BBQ! We will eat, drink, play, dance, share stories from these past exciting months, and affirm our ongoing fight to end the caging of our communities!

Families welcome – we’ll have plenty of activities for kids :)

Let’s celebrate our work, build our connections, and raise money so we can increase our capacity to fight prison industrial complex! Bring your friends, your comrades, and your wallet!

Facebook page & RSVP.

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Jul
28
Mon
Occupy Forum: Theater of the Oppressed. @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OccupyForum continues … 
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!! 

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

OccupyForum presents

Jiwon Chung and friends:

Theatre of the Oppressed

Internal Oppression

As we’ve previously experienced, Theater of the Oppressed is a collection of games, techniques and exercises for using theater as a vehicle for personal and social transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as a laboratory for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice and human suffering. Last time we focused on oppression by external power; this time we’ll explore how internal oppression controls us.

Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed has spread across the Americas and more than 70 countries worldwide. Theatre of the Oppressed is taught in classrooms and in the streets, bringing together students, scholars, administrators, policy makers, and community activists in the pursuit of social justice and human rights. Its use is particularly timely today given the worldwide attention to the rights of the indigenous peoples represented by the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

Jiwon Chung is a professional actor, director, and a key theorist of Theater of the Oppressed. He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, Adjunct professor at Starr King School at the Graduate Theological Union, and past President of the national organization for Theater of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, and performances, he is considered a pioneer in the integration of somatics, theater of the oppressed, and socially engaged art. The focus of his work is in the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theater of the Oppressed to challenge, resist, and transform systemic oppression and structural violence and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice. His approach to performance and social change is informed by his background as veteran, martial artist, and 3 decades of Vipassana meditation.

Announcements will follow.

 

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Jul
29
Tue
Ralph Nader on Privatization, the Post Office and the Fight to Dismantle the Corporate State @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Jul 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

RALPH NADER

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.”

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Tell City Hall We Demand a Raise Now! @ Oakland City Hall
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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!

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Jul
30
Wed
Ralph Nader Speaks About His New Book: “Unstoppable.” @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From the Mercury News:

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.

 

 

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Jul
31
Thu
Occupy National Gathering in Sacramento
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm

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!

Schedule of events.

Occupy California (organizers) Facebook

 

Help plan NatGat 2014

email lists http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/bulletin/helpplan/
Volunteer to help online, on the ground, or to offer activities. http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/volunteerform/

Attend NGWG Weekly Planning Calls Wednesdays @ 4 PM PT/7PM ET http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/events/natgat3-visioning-group-call-2014-04-02/

Facebook Planning Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/608059125975791/

fb event page for#NatGat2014 https://www.facebook.com/events/453810788051926/

fb Community page https://www.facebook.com/OccupyNationalGathering

twitter https://twitter.com/NATGAT2014

Help Plan NatGat 2014 | NatGat2014 interoccupy.net

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Aug
1
Fri
First Friday: Meet the Candidate. Meet the Dog. @ First Friday, we'll be somewhere in the mix, probably near the SDBA booth
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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.

He’ll be somewhere near the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Strike Debt Bay Area table.

Follow @EinsteinForMayor on Twitter and check out his Facewoof page. Here’s an excerpt:

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!

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First Friday: Strike Debt Bay Area. @ First Friday - We'll be somewhere in the mix!
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Strike Debt Bay Area will have a table at First Friday. Come hang out, pick up a DROM (Debt Resisters’ Operations Manueal, get your Public Bank of Oakland t-shirt and/or talk about the politics of debt.

Look for us between 24th and 25th on Telegraph.

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Black August: Passing It On: A Community Discussion in Honor of Yuri Kochiyama @ Qilombo
Aug 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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First Friday: Honoring Monique Robinson on ABC4J. @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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Aug
6
Wed
San Francisco Mime Troupe + Community Forum @ Edoff Memorial Band Stand (near Fairyland)
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Community Forum on Causa Justa / Just Cause & East Bay Solidarity Network: 6:00 PM
Music: 6:30 PM
Performance: 7:00 PM

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.

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Aug
18
Mon
Rats, Riots, Revolution: Gentrification and Fightback @ Oakland Peace Center, Shelton Hall
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Rats, Riots, Revolution: Gentrification and Fightback

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.

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