November – December 2014
With the imminent threat of a sale, First They Came for the Homeless has moved from Staples to the downtown Post Office, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders. Come hang out with them and show solidarity as we all take a stand against the privatization of our commons. Music and other activities are in the offing.
Black and Blue Friday: a celebration presented by 350Marin
350Marin invites you to Black and Blue Friday, “a celebration of climate justice and life on our hot little blue planet.” The lively event offers music, speakers, poetry, dance and art. Performers include JIG, Wendy Johnson, Jon Symes, Lucia Iman, Robert Steiner, Love Rockit and others.
Donations requested but no one turned away.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page on the 350Marin website.
Community outreach action to shoppers about Walmart’s connection to funding police terror.
* Ask John H Crawford III’s family – the 22 year old Black man was killed in an Ohio Walmart in August, for being a customer looking at one of their BB guns for sale.
* Number 1 on the Fortune 500, with net sales of $473.1 billion, Walmart rakes in $16 billion a year in profits and steals more than $8 billion a year from taxpayers forced to subsidize food, healthcare and housing for Walmart workers struggling to get by. The taxes they do pay provide significant funding for local police repression forces.
Walmart is the largest employer of African-Americans in the United States. About 19% of Walmart’s 1.4 million US workers are African-American. Unfortunately, Walmart jobs keep our communities in poverty—wages average just $8.81/hour. A full-time Walmart associate earns less than 70 percent of the 2013 federal poverty line for a family of four.
At the same time, workers at Walmart struggle to get the hours they need to make ends meet. People of color are also underrepresented in management jobs at Walmart
Walmart’s low wages are not good for any workers, but minorities are disproportionately represented in low-paying positions. While people of color made up 37% of Walmart’s US workforce in 2012, only 27% of first and mid-level officials and managers were minorities.
Walmart is a Job Killer in Our Communities
Walmart store openings destroy almost three local jobs for every two they create by reducing retail employment by an average of 2.7 percent in every county they enter.
Please support OurWalmart workers Black Friday, 11/28, protests at Walmart stores around the Bay area including the Oakland store at noon and the Richmond store at 9am. See link for more info: http://
This action is organized by Anti-Police Terrorism Project, a project of ONYX in coalition with CRT, Healthy Hoodz, Young Oakland, Workers World, Alan Blueford Center for Justice, and POOR Magazine/ Pensa Pobre.
GENERAL MEETINGS: Third Thursday of the Month, 7:00 PM, Eastside Arts Alliance.
RE:CONSTRUCTION – A celebration of life, community and culture, this 2-day multimedia performance arts event brings together many diverse collectives from across the Bay Area to mash it up and kick-off a crowd-funding campaign to bring back the Omni as a vibrant network of learning and commons.
Read our amazing Saturday and Sunday schedule, below!
SATURDAY, NOV 29TH
NOON Doors Open SPAZ Sound System
1PM Opening Water Ceremony
2PM Toddlers & Kids Zone: Walk About Clown, Instrument Zoo
Community Panel: Artists, Activists, Organizers, Educators
Workshop A: Rhythm & Movement
Workshop B: Instrument Making
3PM Radio Café (Open Mic, Readings, Forum Discussion)
4PM Pledge Drive
5PM Screenings (documentary, films)
6PM Chess Tournament
OMNI Media (Books, CDs, Print, Screen, Graphics, Podcast)
Workshop C: Healing Arts (Chi Kung, Flow, Yoga, Capoeira)
7PM Variety Show: Dragon Master, Stand-Up Comedian, Magician
Soul Sessions – Performance Dance Party
8PM DJ Zaki w/ Live Art
9PM Thee Hobo Gobbelins
10PM DJ Zion
11:30PM Mindful Drumming
MIDNITE The Aquarian Project
SUNRISE Closing Water Ceremony
SUNDAY, NOV 30TH
10AM FREE BRUNCH
NOON DJ Jixshi
1PM Open House!
2PM Creative Writing
Artmaking (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, etc)
Drum Language Workshop
Healing Corner (Massage)
3PM Counter Culture Lab
4PM OMNI Music Project
5PM Circle Singing
7PM The Gather – Community Potluck
This is a party for guests, as we need do more building, permitting, and other work before we officially declare that we are open to the public.
Its been one year since deputy erick gelhous shot and killed 13yr old andy lopez and we still have no justice so we will keep fighting and marching til we get JUSTICE, please join us saturday nov. 29 at 1pm in the dollar tree parking lot on Sebastopol road from there we will march to the courthouse square come show your support if you really care.
14 people are still in custody facing felony charges. Arraignments Monday at 9a (Dept 107) and 2p (Dept 112) at Wiley Manuel.
— friesB4guys (@beingtherewith) November 27, 2014
Join us at Fruitvale Bart plaza to bring attention to widespread inequality and our shared struggles for a living wage ($15/hour) and the right to unionize without retaliation.
Nov. 29th marks the 2nd anniversary of when the first 100+ fast food workers, fed up with low wages, poor treatment and disrespect walked off the job in New York.
Let’s make it known that a minimum wage hike isn’t all we’re fighting for in Oakland and beyond!
Hosted by East Bay Fast Food Workers.
How police are targeting political enemies with attempts to restrict free speech. Everyone, from black an d Latino youth, anti-war activists, labor militants and rap artists are in their cross-hairs. We can fight back against police attack on speech and school curriculums!
Speakers: Keith Cook, Mumia’s brother.
Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson.
Sponsored by Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, Prison Radio and Teachers for Mumia.
COME TO a brief rally at the Berkeley Main Post Office, 2000 Allston at Milvia, IT WILL BE followed by a video shoot with all who attend, singing “Our Post Office, It Shall Not Be Moved” (to the tune of We Shall Not Be Moved). Please feel free to wear costumes, your chorus attire if you are in one, or anything you’d like. This will take place rain or shine - if it’s raining we will sing under the sheltered area.
WE HOPE to get people across the country to do the same at their post offices and post their videos. If we get a few groups to participate, we can post the videos together. If we get enough, we can turn it into a video montage. We will encourage each group to add verses that reflect their struggle, and use one pertinent verse per group. With your HELP we can make this go viral!
Please be AT THE RALLY on December 6th by 12:20 at the latest, as we will have to organize into a visually effective group and do a couple of practice runs. We will sing in the key of D and ask other groups to do the same so we will be able to combine the videos successfully. The words will go as follows (of course if someone comes up with a terrific line we can add it or substitute):
Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
It shall not be moved
Built in 1914
The artwork is amazing
No to union busting
Our post office
You do not have to be a strong singer – your enthusiasm is the most important thing. Please join us and feel free to pass this on to friends and other organizations whose members might want to join in.
This has already done this effectively on the 100th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birthday in 2012, when 33 groups around the country (and in several other countries) participated on Earth Day. You can go to the following You Tube link where you can see the video montage and see what we have in mind:
and here is the video of the San Francisco shoot:
In unity there is strength! In music there is collective power! Come and sing!!!
COME TO CLOSING ARGUMENTS FOR TRIAL
For the entire week of Oct 27th, Superior Court Judge Karnow heard testimony from both the City Attorney’s Office and the ACCJC in the matter of the People of California vs. the ACCJC.
The Judge will hear oral closing arguments on Dec. 9th. After that he will issue a tentative ruling and send to the attorneys who will then get a chance to submit written objections within 15 days. After the judge considers these he will issue his final ruling. So this all sounds like not until at least January. Probably after the ACCJC meeting where they will decide whether or not to put us on Restoration.
Here are some links to good coverage of it:
Originally scheduled for November 10th, now scheduled for December 11th, although the time is not certain. Check back for additional possible changes and verification of time.
Plaintiffs City of Berkeley and Mayor and Members of the City Council of the
City of Berkeley have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary
injunction, to enjoin defendants United States Postal Service, Patrick R. Donahoe, Tom A.
Samra, and Diana Alvarado from completing a sale of the Berkeley Post Office. According to
that motion, “the City believes that USPS will attempt to convey the Post Office property at any
moment,” even though USPS reportedly has not performed the reviews required by the National
Historic Preservation Act or the National Environmental Policy Act.
This order hereby ENJOINS the named defendants from completing the sale of the
Berkeley Post Office until a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction can be conducted…
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
During the Mario Romero Second Annual BBQ on September 1st folks marched in solidarity with the call-out from Ferguson to take to the streets & to halt traffic at busy intersections for 4’30″ to symbolize the 4 hours and 30 minutes that Mike Brown lay in the streets after he was murdered by officer Darren Wilson. The police began pushing people towards the side walk in an aggressive & intimidating manner. Noticing that all the police had lapel cameras that were not turned on Ali politely requested the officers to activate their cameras, and that is when he heard a threat from behind him from one of the officers to “get off the street or you know what is going to happen.” Ali asked him what he meant by that when he was confronted by a sergeant and threatened with arrest. Ali continued to ask the sergeant to order his officers to turn their lapel cameras on so the crowd would feel safer, knowing that their actions were being recorded. While Ali was talking to the sergeant on the edge of the side walk (the officer was in the middle of the street), the policeman came from the middle of the street and arrested Ali for PC 148, Obstructing a Police Officer.
Court support is requested to show solidarity with the families of Vallejo who have lost loved ones to arbitrary police violence and are being continuously harassed to this day.
Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence
Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police terrorism 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.