October – November 2014
He’s a very good dog,
and he’ll make a very good Mayor.
What? A press conference to formally announce Einstein’s candidacy.
Why? The Oakland Mayoral campaign needs a voice for the City’s oppressed residents.
A dog for Mayor of Oakland?! Sound crazy? But the question, as we see it, is not, “Can a dog run the City?” The question we should all ask is, “Can any individual be accountable for running the City?”
Of course, the Mayor doesn’t run the City single-handedly. Nevertheless, who do we hold responsible when residents suffer from mismanagement of the City’s tremendous wealth of resources? Is it not the highest elected official in City Government? This system allows residents to blame the Mayor for not solving the social problems facing Oakland.
Without a fallible human in the Mayor’s Office, we must all play our parts in determining the route Oakland will take into the future. Please read Einstein’s Platform and Blog (links are provided below) and see if you agree that if Einstein is elected, the interaction of residents with City officials – and with each other – will change, radically. No longer will we ask what the City Government can do for us. Instead, we will see the way clear to changing the City ourselves, to expanding the power of residents of modest income, to shrinking the power of the rich by establishing a larger and more representative City Council. No longer will we have a single individual to blame for our problems. After all, how can a very good dog like Einstein cause social problems?
Please come and show your support for the only dog in the race!
A selection of planks in Einstein’s platform:
- Greatly expanded democratic representation for the residents of Oakland
- An end to Orwellian surveillance and a restoration of privacy
- The rights of Oaklandâ€™s residents supersede the rights of police officers.
- Einstein will facilitate the creation of the Public Bank of Oakland and the Oakland Debtorsâ€™ Assembly.
- Maximum-wage requirement to eliminate the inflationary pressures that render minimum-wage requirements ineffective at increasing the purchasing power of Oaklandâ€™s hardest-working and most unappreciated residents
- Penalties for crimes must be apportioned according to wealth.
Einstein intends be a voice in this campaign for what is right and what is needed by many Oakland residents, without concern for what is legal or politically feasible. A role in government for everyone is what is meant by democracy; financial independence for all benefits all; and the protection of civil rights by governing officials is necessary for full democratic participation in our society.
Einstein in the media:
Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive?
Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for an inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the face of this catastrophe. The Wisdom to Survive features thought leaders and activists in the realms of
science, economics and spirituality: Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy, Gus Speth, Roger Payne and more.
We’ll meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:00. Please bring locally grown snacks to share. The film will be at 7:00 and followed by a discussion about how we can form strong communities to meet the challenges we face.
According to Joanna Macy:
“ If you want an adventure, boy! What a time to be alive! Don’t waste time in self-pity over darkness. Don’t waste time trying to figure out better circumstances that you might like. You’re born into this and you’re here to love it! And to see that it goes on ..”
This evening promises to be thought-provoking and action promoting. See you there.
For more info: info [at] transitionberkeley.com
This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Obsidian Farm and BFUU’s Social Justice Ctee.
Award winning poet, comedian and storyteller Josh Healey will perform.
Advance tickets start at just $12.25, but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. You can get your tickets here.
Historic March and Festival.
Affordable Housing Now!
A ten-story monster development is proposed for 16th & Mission. The Mission needs deeply affordable housing, not more luxury towers!
1 pm: Gather.
2 pm: March begins.
3 pm: Rally/Festival at 16th St. BART Plaza.
Food :: Music: :: Art :: Community.
The Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal will examine the violations of nature’s rights and human rights caused by the fossil fuel industry, using Chevron’s refinery in Richmond as a case study. By highlighting the impacts on people and nature from the Chevron refinery and Big Oil’s activities, the Tribunal will also place on trial current legal and economic systems that advance the destruction of nature.
Tribunal judges include:
Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities; Urban Habitat)
Brian Swimme (California Institute of Integral Studies; Journey of the Universe)
Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute)
Courtney Cummings (Arikara and Cheyenne; Native Wellness Center, Richmond)
Bill Twist (Pachamama Alliance)
The day will also include:
The Web of Life Labyrinth, created by local artists
Local music; food for purchase
Insights from Bay Area ecological justice, human rights, local economy, indigenous, women’s, and other groups.
Save your space for this important event;
(Directions: Lake Merritt BART. Located on north campus off 10th St, across from the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.)
FREE; registration is required – Register now!)
*Please arrive 20 minutes early to experience the Web of Life Labyrinth.
Presented by the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance: bringing people together to advance the rights of nature in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more, visit: therightsofnature.org/events/bayareatribunal
On Facebook: Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance
A call for white people to stand in solidarity with African resistance in Ferguson and around the world. Reparations and justice for African people everywhere!
- Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and author of An Uneasy Equilibrium: the African Revolution Versus Parasitic Capitalism.
- Penny Hess, Chairwoman, African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of Overturning the Culture of Violence.
OCTOBER 10-13, 2014
We are in a movement moment.
Droves of people, many of them young and black, took to the streets of Ferguson to demand justice for Mike Brown. Millions stood in solidarity as protestors were met by a brutal and militarized response by local police departments.
Our country can no longer deny the epidemic of police violence facing Black and Brown communities. Mike Brown is now part of a long list of people like John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and countless others who have been unjustly killed by police. And, their lives mattered.
JOIN HANDS UP UNITED AND OUR PARTNERS IN FERGUSON FROM OCTOBER 10-13TH FOR A SERIES OF EVENTS, MARCHES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO CONTINUE BUILDING OUR MOVEMENT FOR REAL CHANGE.
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
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.
Report-back from activists who “went inside” the Urban Shield convention and trade show in Oakland September 4th-7th and were “volunteers” at some of the exercises. And discussion of next steps.
Join Shane Bauer and others on this, the 3rd anniversary of the occupation of Oscar Grant Plaza.
Shane Bauer is a journalist who, with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattel, were kidnapped by Iranian border guards and imprisoned in solitary in Iran for many months. After his return to the US. Shane wrote about Pelican Bay, California’s notorious solitary confinement facility for inmates.
As he was observing one of the Urban Shield exercises as a official member of the press he was ordered to stop taking pictures and leave.
Urban Shield, a convention devoted to the glorification of the militarization of the police, has been happening in Oakland since 2007. The Mayor announced that it would not be held in Oakland next year, but it will still be held, probably somewhere else in Alameda County. It should be stopped once and for all or, barring that, Oakland and Oakland’s police should not participate.
Older flyer and poster versions:
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.
“U.S. officials have portrayed the coup regime that came to power in Kiev, Ukraine, early this year as a beacon of democracy. These photos document a very different reality,” asserted Butterfield.’
“War crimes are being committed daily by the Kiev government against its own citizens, with funding and political support from Washington,” Butterfield charged. “People in the Donbass region and throughout Ukraine are resisting a far-right regime dedicated to austerity and NATO expansion to Russia’s border, which includes openly pro-Nazi elements.”
“Before we are dragged into a dangerous confrontation with Russia, poor and working people in the U.S. need to understand what our taxes are really paying for in Ukraine,” concluded Sara Flounders.
Light refreshments served, wheelchair accessible.
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!
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.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED. STAY TUNED.
On Behalf of the Serrano Family, we are asking our beloved Community, to join in solidarity, to demand justice for Yanira Serrano, who was mercilessly gunned down , June 3, 2014, in front her family, by San Mateo County Sheriff.
Please come and support our effort to STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL, during the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Let’s remind the city, county, state and the nation, that while this is a time when most families are enjoying the happy joy and harvest of the season; the Serrano family will not be celebrating this love & bounty because of senseless police brutality.
FOR THOSE OF YOU, WHO HAVE ACCESS TO CARS AND VANS, OR HAVE THE RESOURCES TO RENT VEHICLES, LET’S ORGANIZE CARPOOLING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOLKS IN SF BAY AREA, EAST BAY, NORTH BAY, SOUTH BAY, STOCKTON, SANTA ROSA, AUBURN, ETC. ♥
19th Annual Nation Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.
Press Conference & Rally 12 Noon.
Rally & March at 4:00 PM.
A video from the Alan Blueford Center for Justice regarding October 22nd.
More than a conference
LNE Oakland is designed to be different from any event you’ve attended before. Drawing inspiration from hackathons, conferences, networking events, festivals, and jams, the result is a unique event that has components of each. More than a conference, this is a convergence.
We have an exciting lineup of speakers, but you’ll do more than listen to talks. You’ll meet and collaborate with other participants and launch project ideas. You’ll learn about New Economy initiatives here in the Bay Area, and draw connections between them while connecting with each other.
Be part of the first of an annual event that will introduce you to new ideas and new people, and leave you inspired to co-create a new economic reality in the Bay Area and beyond.
Bay Area Book Launch and Conversation
Join us November 4th, for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration, for the Bay Area launch of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better“!
Author Maya Schenwar will read from her book and discuss the impact of prison on families and communities — and how people around the country are taking action to create a world without prison.
CURB will also have two special speakers there!
- Alex Berliner, new Organizer with All of Us or None a Project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, will talk about her experience with having a loved one inside.
- Emily Harris, Statewide Coordinator of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), will speak about the movement to reduce prison populations and close prisons throughout the state of California.
Join CURB members, allies, friends for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration!
See Michelle Alexendar and Angela Davis’ reviews of the book on our event RSVP.
March to Chelsea Manning Plaza.
This 5th of November, we call on those of you that see the wrongs of society, those that can see we are on a collision course with oblivion. This 5th of November, we ask those of you that can see the fabric of our civilization unraveling before our very eyes to take a stand against the corruption, lies, deceit and greed threatening our very existence. This 5th of November, we ask that you look through the veil of obscurity the shady and corrupt individuals in leadership are desperately trying to perpetuate in order to continue with their obscenities. This 5th of November, we ask that you dawn your mask, take a stand and refuse to live a lie any longer. Let us stand united against the wrongs of this world on Anonymous’ Million Mask March and let us give them a 5th of November they will never, ever forget!
— Starting Position: Civic Center Plaza (near the center of the plaza) —
10:00AM-10:30AM: Gathering the Armada – This is the time we have for the majority of the attendees to arrive and get together; mingle, discuss the upcoming march, advertise to passers-by about our cause and get ready to march. We are not going to be doing too much in the way of preparation here, mostly just waiting for people to arrive.
10:30AM-11:00AM: Time for a little Chat – At this time, we will be mostly assembled and will listen intently as Alfred gives us the “pre-flight safety guidelines” for our march and following rally. Please pay attention as we do want you guys to be safe through-out the duration of the event. In addition to the safety briefing, we will also be reciting the cadences that will be used during the march.
11:00AM-~12:00PM: We will begin our progression to the set destination: Justin Herman Plaza. Our route will be as follows:
Civic Center Plaza –> Larkin St.
Larkin Street –> Golden Gate Avenue
Golden Gate Avenue –> Market Street
Market Street –> Justin Herman Plaza
—- End Position: Justin Herman Plaza —-
12:00PM-~3:00PM: May the Speakers Stand Up – We will have our confirmed speakers give their stance on the issues facing our country and world. This will also be a time for those in the audience to give their points of view as well. Please keep in mind though, that we will be on a time limit permit-wise, so if you do have something you would like to say, be sure to have a general idea what you are saying before you step up.
3:00PM-???: Time for dispersal of our fine march. Great work to all and pats on the back all around!