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August – October 2014

Aug
27
Wed
Ongoing: Berkeley Staples Table/Occupation and Boycott. @ Staples, Downtown Berkeley
Aug 27 @ 12:00 am – Sep 1 @ 11:45 pm

Peeps are continually staffing a table outside of Staples, 24-7, ongoing for more than three weeks now (and about a month in July, then a short break). 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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Sep
2
Tue
CIVIL LIBERTIES UNDER ATTACK — WHAT WE CAN DO @ Unitarian Universalist Center - Martin Luther King Rm
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meeting with Program featuring Norman Solomon of Roots Action!

SF 99% Coalition
Free and open to the public

6 – 6:30 PM: Potluck Dinner
6:30 – 7:25: Meeting
Agenda:
Welcome & Intros
UU updates-Treasurer’s Report
Environmental News/Actions
Other Recent Actions Reportbacks
Sept 20 OccupySF Street Theatre Update
Sept 21 Climate March Update
Announcements

7:30 – 9:00 Program
Speakers:Norman Solomon, journalist and media critic
followed by
Janet Weil & Susan Harman on opposing Urban Shield (with brief powerpoint presentation);
Zaki Manian of Restore the 4th on state & natl legislation.

Q and A to follow.

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Sudo Room Newbie Night. @ OMNI Collective
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Show up and learn about Sudo Room! Make friends. Have fun.

We encourage other collectives to host similar events for the community (and each other) to learn about us.

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Sep
3
Wed
Strike Debt Reading Group: The Politics of Debt. @ The Omni (ring buzzer)
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We meet, usually every two weeks, to discuss various readings in the theory and practice of debt, from personal to corporate to sovereign.

Readings for this meeting:

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And this: Out of thin air – Why banks must be allowed to create money.

And a video: State Money Versus Bank Money.

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Sep
4
Thu
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm

TaserFreeBerkeleygraphic2PUBLIC FORUM:

SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON

THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

 

Thursday September 4th at 7pm

1939 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

(two blocks from BART)

 

Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. Some critics believe that tasers are part of the militarization of our city. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision about whether to acquire the weapons. We invite members of the public, city employees and even police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community to attend, ask questions and participate.

 

Panelists include:

 

  • Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
  • Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP Vice President and Community Mental Health Professional
  • James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
  • Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers

 

 

This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley

taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com

(510) 548-0425

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PUBLIC FORUM: SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY? @ Two blocks from BART.
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PUBLIC FORUM:

SHOULD BERKELEY POLICE USE TASERS ON THE PEOPLE OF BERKELEY?

Berkeley Police are asking the City Council for tasers. The City Council wants a study. The Coalition for a Taser Free Berkeley is convening a diverse panel to discuss their experiences with tasers and to help Berkeley make an informed decision. We invite members of the public, city employees and police officers who are genuinely concerned about how tasers will affect the community. We will consider taser effects on various communities, mentally ill people, previous cities’ experience with tasers and how taser use would be monitored and police officers be held accountable?

Panelists include:

  • Aram James, Activist and former Public Defender Palo Alto
  • Barbara Ann White, Berkeley NAACP representative and Berkeley Mental Health
  • James Chanin. Founding member of the Police Review Commission, Civil Rights lawyer
  • Jeremy Miller, Program Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Co-organizer of the successful campaign to stop San Francisco from getting tasers

More speakers to be announced! Public discussion to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. It is wheelchair accessible.

Contact: CoalitionforTaserFreeBerkeley.org or taserfreeberkeley@gmail.com

COPWATCH AT UC BERKELEY

Berkeley Copwatch is working with UC students to offer Copwatch for Credit this Fall. This class is free and welcomes ALL members of the public. Fortunately, through the DeCal class at UCB, students can get up to 2 units of credit for reading, attending class and going on actual Copwatch shifts in the community. The first part of the class will focus on knowing your rights during police encounters and from there we will study community control, civilian review, specific cases including Eric Garner, Andy Lopez, Kayla Moore and more. Students will hear guest speakers on current topics in policing and the struggle for police accountability.

Contact: berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com

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Sep
5
Fri
Justice For James Rivera, Mario Romero, and Andy Lopez. BBQ & March to Urban Shield Rally. @ Plaza Park (2 blocks from Old Parkway Theatre)
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: ELAINE BROWN.
Please join in unity with the families, friends, and supporters of James Rivera Jr, Mario Romero, and Andy Lopez; Oakland California, September 5th, 2014.The people will gather for a free community BBQ and March for justice, starting at 11:30am @ Plaza Park. Come out and enjoy free food, hear the families and friends of these young men speak about the growing trend in police violence and how it effects ALL OF US.Around 3:30 we will march to the Marriott in downtown Oakland to join the protest rally against Urban Shield.

Join the call for California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris to indict trigger happy killer cops Gregory Dunn, Eric Azarvand, John Nesbitt (cops who killed James Rivera Jr); Dustin Joseph, and Sean Kenny (killers of Mario Romero); and Erick Gelhaus (deputy who shot and killed 13 year old Andy Lopez); on Charges of Murder. The people say NO MORE!!! All three of these victims were unarmed and assassinated by officers in their home towns.James Rivera was 16 years old and killed when officers fired 48 shots at him from 9mm pistols and one AR-15 assault rife.

Mario Romero, a father, brother, and friend to many, was murdered by Vallejo Police. Mario was not suspected of a crime and was sitting in his own car in front of his home when officers Dustin Joseph and Sean Kenny unloaded their guns on him, stealing him away from us for life.

Andy Lopez was only 13 years old when Sonoma County Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot him 7 times because he was playing with an airsoft rifle in a field near his home in Santa Rosa Ca.

 

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Urban Shield Protest Rally & Press Conference. @ Marriott Hotel
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the Coalition against Urban Shield for a Press Conference at 4:00 PM and immediately afterwards a Rally.  Tell the Marriott we don’t appreciate their holding the Urban Shield Conference, an event which glorifies the militarization of police.  Let Oakland and Oakland’s politicians know that in light of events in Ferguson, there is absolutely no excuse to arm the police  with the weapons of war.

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Sep
6
Sat
ANNIVERSARY SUSPENSION OF HISTORIC CA HUNGER STRIKE @ Mosswood Park
Sep 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

hunger-strike-commemoration

Join us in commemorating the suspension of the largest hunger strike in U.S. history-begun on July 8, 2013 by over 30,000 people.

At great cost to their health, dozens of incarcerated people in CA fasted nonviolently for 60 days, ending on September 5, 2013.

The 2013 hunger strike-the third since 2011-aimed to win 5 demands and end CA’s arbitrary and inhumane policy of isolating individuals in solitary confinement indefinitely- based on mere association without regard to actual conduct.

Food at 1:00 PM.

RSVP: bit.ly/RSVPSept6

Carpooling arranged from:
Southern CA (714) 290-9077
Northern CA PeoplesARC@gmail.com / (707)442-7465
Santa Cruz tashnguyen@gmail.com / (408) 499-7912

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March & Town Hall for Mike Brown: Not One More. @ Laney College
Sep 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Einstein for Oakland to appear on stage. @ OMNI Collective
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Oakland Nights Live will be having our next show a week from Saturday.
It will be the 1st part of a 2 month series covering the Oakland mayor’s race.

WHO:
BRYAN PARKER – bryanparker.org
JOE TUMAN – joetuman.com
EINSTEIN – einsteinforoakland.org

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Sep
8
Mon
Asa Sullivan, killed by SFPD 8 yrs ago on 6-6-06, wrongful death trial @ Ron Dellums Federal Building
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Trial is scheduled Monday – Thursday.

One writeup from 2006:

Kahlil Sullivan hasn’t had time to do much lately other than plan for his younger brother’s funeral. He hasn’t even had time to find out exactly why his brother is dead.

“We feel like we’re lost,” he said over the phone a week after his cornered and unarmed brother was shot and killed by the San Francisco Police Department.

The cops have offered two stories as to why officers fired a still-undisclosed number of bullets into the body of Asa Sullivan on June 6. And neither one seems to make much sense or explain why they shot Sullivan.

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Sep
9
Tue
Save the Berkeley Post Office, Fight Privatization: Demand the Berkeley City Council Pass the Zoning Ordinance. @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Let’s fill the room and make sure the Ordinance – more than a year after it was proposed – gets passed!  It will rezone the downtown Historic District to prevent usages of the buildings or land for other than civic purposes, thereby rendering a sale of the Post Office or the other historic buildings around the downtown park to a developer not worth it to the developer, who won’t be able to build a twenty story office building with a McDonald’s at street level.

Come lend your support and speak about preserving the public commons!

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Sep
10
Wed
GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF SAVE CCSF COALITION @ Mission Campus, Room 107/108
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

If you have never come before, come and get involved!
If you have been participating, come and get re-energized!
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Although we have made tremendous gains, the fight is not over. We are still fighting for the college we want and the college all of our students deserve.  We agree with the City Attorney who says that the issue at City College is the principle of open access education for all versus success for a few.
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COME TO HEAR UPDATES
Restoration, the legal suit, Board of Trustee status and elections, etc.
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COME TO SET DIRECTION AND PLAN ACTIONS
To influence the BOT race, to lobby the Board of Governors to bring back our democratically elected BOT, etc. etc
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COME TO HELP SAVE OUR CITY COLLEGE
Keep our college a community college!
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AGENDA
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Short history and where we are at this point
5:30 � 6:00 pm
Reports from students, lobby committee, etc.
6:00 � 6:15 pm
Entertaining skit
6:15 – 6:45
Brainstorming for activities of Coalition for Fall and beyond.
6:45 – 7:15
Discussion of Coalition structure.
7:15 – 7:30
Announcements and wrap up.
7:45 � 8:00 pm
Slide show

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Sep
14
Sun
Interfaith prayer meeting, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence in Oakland. @ Bahai Center
Sep 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police brutality in Oakland.

We are organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

Please feel free to bring quotes or passages to share
All are welcome

We will serve simple breakfast.

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Sep
22
Mon
Flood Wall Street in Support of Actions Against Climate Change. @ Downtown Manhattan
Sep 22 all-day

 

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On the 21st, there will be a massive march. On the 22nd, the day before their summit, as politicians have meetings with the corporate oligarchs who profit from the disasters they are creating, we are going to take action. We will Flood Wall Street. Be there. Climate Change is here, and the only solution is a movement.

RSVP page for #floodwallstreet: https://www.facebook.com/events/832215646797522/

Learn More: http://floodwallstreet.net

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Sep
29
Mon
Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Hosted by Jason Mark

$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or

Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times,

$15 door KPFA benefit   www.kpfa.org/events


Here is the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine.  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate clearly explains why we must soon abandon the core free market ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change, or radical changes will be violently visited upon us. Status quo is no longer an option.

Naomi Klein argues that climate change is not merely another issue to shrug off and file away for the future. It is an alarming certainty that demands we fix an economic system already failing in many terrible ways. Klein meticulously presents the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce the growing inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of would-be geo-engineers, and the tragic defeatism of far too many mainstream green initiatives. She demonstrates precisely why the market has not and can not fix the climate crisis, and will in fact make things worse, with ever more extreme, ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein reveals how the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond humanely to this crisis should not be viewed as grim penance, but as a kind of gift – a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and heal long-festering historical wounds. She documents the inspiring movements already involved, communities not simply refusing to be sites of further fuel extraction, but already building the next regeneration-based economies.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.” Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of 350.org and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Jason Mark is a co-manager at San Francisco’s Alemany Farm and the editor of the quarterly environmental magazine, Earth Island Journal. He is also a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

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Oct
10
Fri
#LeaveNoOneBehind Homelessness is NOT a Crime!!! World Homeless Day @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

10/10/14 is World Homeless Day and as many cities criminalize peoples rights to exist, we feel it is necessary to rally in remembrance of those who have died on the streets from lack of shelter, to raise awareness for the need for more shelter as the upcoming winter approaches, and to put out a call to action to establish safe harbors if and when the city refuses to act.

Join us at 8am 10/10/14 at Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank OGawa Plaza) 14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland and let’s tell the world that we will #LeaveNoOneBehind

Church of Occupy

We will  march to Wiley W Manuel Court House, located at 661 Washington Street, Oakland CA. This march is to raise awareness to efforts across the bay area and the nation to criminalize homelessness with inhumane, uncompassionate, unconstitutional laws making it essentially illegal to exist. From “No Sit-Stand-Lie” ordinances to “No Camping” ordinances to the criminalization of sharing food, it is clear that there is war on the homeless and we promise to #LeaveNoOneBehind because Homelessness is NOT a Crime”.

Aaron Colyer, a formerly homeless, disabled, United States Marine Corps Veteran with PTSD was ticketed on July 24, 2014 for “Sleeping/Living in a Vehicle”. My Colyer was homeless at the time and was living in his van with his PTSD Service Dog Captain when Alameda Police violated his rights, threatened him with arrest, and essentially cited him with being homeless 500 yards away from the old Alameda Naval Station as seen in the following clip uploaded to YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1w3lZV91ak

The City Attorney has been asked to get the City Council to withdraw the ordinance in light of the June 19, 2014, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, decision in Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles, (No. 11-56957). In that case the Court overturned the City of Los Angeles’ ordinance banning use of vehicles as “living quarters”. The analysis set forth in Desertrain, applies to the City of Alameda’s ordinance as well.http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-homeless-vehicles-20140620-story.html

With our current economic situation and the ever increasing cost of rent and living in the bay area, more and more people are becoming homeless and/or living in their vehicles. As more and more states ban sleeping, camping, sitting, walking, sharing food and existing, Utah has taken a different approach, a Housing First approach.http://www.nationofchange.org/utah-ending-homelessness-giving-people-homes-1390056183 Instead of criminalizing homelessness, they are providing case management and housing and they are saving big bucks by doing so.

Barbara Thomas, former Vice Mayor and City Council Woman of Alameda City is representing Mr. Colyer and has scheduled a hearing for October 10/10/2014 at 9:00am in Department 102 at the Wiley W. Manuel Court House, 661 Washington Street, Oakland, CA this hearing was intentionally scheduled to coincide with World Homeless Day to raise awareness for the criminalization of the homeless and veteran homelessness. No one in America should be homeless, homelessness is NOT a crime and we will #LeaveNoOneBehind.

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Oct
18
Sat
2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run (San Francisco) @ Lake Merced Park (by SFSU)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run (San Francisco)

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K Walk/Run will benefit UNRWA’s psycho-social support program for children in Gaza suffering from psychological trauma and PTSD due to the devastating crisis of July-August 2014 and the prolonged blockade. Many of these already vulnerable children have now lived through three traumatic rounds of violence, witnessing death, destruction, and displacement. It’s estimated that 375,000 children in Gaza now require immediate counseling.

These children need our support now, and that’s why your participation is so critical. Whether you participate as a sponsor, runner, walker, or cheerleader, we want to see you there!

By participating, you will directly support UNRWA’s psycho-social support program to provide these children with critically needed counseling services, offering them a safe space to express their emotions and fears, and the opportunity to work with trained counselors to learn valuable coping skills.

Lace up your running or walking shoes, bring your friends, your family, and even your pets and we’ll see you October 18th!

GET SOCIAL

Join the conversation on social media by using #Gaza5K in your posts and tweets! Read our tips: https://unrwausa.org/gaza5K-spread-the-word

 

UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, is the primary provider of healthcare, education, and other basic social services to 5.3 million Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. UNRWA has been the largest humanitarian operation in the region since its inception in 1950, and continues to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development. In Gaza, UNRWA provides assistance and protection for over 1.2 million registered refugees. This includes mental health counseling for 50,000 refugees every year, and in 2014, individual counseling for an additional 12,600 refugee children to help them cope with the trauma of bombings and blockade in 2014. American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA) is the US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the work of UNRWA in the United States with fundraising, education, and advocacy work. All donations to UNRWA USA are tax-deductible.

 

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