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Jul
19
Sat
Ongoing: Berkeley Staples Table/Occupation and Boycott. @ Staples, Downtown Berkeley
Jul 19 @ 6:00 am – Jul 23 @ 11:45 pm

Peeps are continually staffing a table outside of Staples, 24-7, ongoing for more than a month now now. They are protesting the privatization of the Post Office and Staples role in it, outsourcing living wage Postal Service personnel for subsistence wage Staples employees.

Tents have gone up along the Durant sidewalk with ‘Stop Staples’ signs!

Come by and say hello, hang out, bring ‘em a bit to eat and drink, and give them your support!

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Jul
22
Tue
Undermining the $12.25 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative @ City Hall
Jul 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Community & Economic Development Committee of the City Council will take up a proposed ballot initiative which would conflict with and undermine the $12.25 min wage and paid sick leave ballot initiative that will appear on the ballot in November. This is a cynical attempt by the one percent and their Council lackeys to destroy what 33,000+ voters of Oakland have already said they support (by their signatures on the ballot petition).

 Oakland Sustainable And Fair Compensation Act Of 2014 From: Council President Patricia Kernighan Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Submitting, On The Council’s Own Motion To The Electors At The November 4, 2014 Statewide General Election, The “Oakland Sustainable And Fair Compensation Act Of 2014″, A Proposed City Ordinance Establishing A City Minimum Wage And Requiring Paid Sick Leave; And Directing The City Clerk To Fix The Dates For Submission Of Arguments And Provide For Notice And Publication In Accordance With The Law

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Jul
24
Thu
Stop the War on Children. @ Ron Dellums Federal Building
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Stop the War on Children from Gaza to the U.S./Mexican Border!

Say No to Racism and War! Stand with children and youth under attack. Solidarity with Palestine and the people of Central America. In support of the call for a national week of actions from 7/17 – 7/24. A united action initiated by the International Action Center – Bay Area and supported by the AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center, EBIYC – East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition, Middle East Children’s Alliance, and American Friends Service Committee.

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Jul
25
Fri
Hands Off The Trayvon 2 – Court Support! @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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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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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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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
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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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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