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February – March 2014

Feb
9
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or SUDOROOM if raining
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: If it is raining (not merely misting) GA will be at the SUDOROOM at 2141 Broadway.  Entrance is on 22nd Street. Directions

Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally and has equal decision-making power. Occupy Oakland’s General Assembly uses a participatory decision-making process appropriately called, “Occupy Oakland’s Collective Decision-Making Process.” Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

Autonomous Action & the General Assembly
The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and associated groups that report back to the general assembly. Everyone participating in Occupy Oakland should be part of at least one associated group. Occupy Oakland encourages autonomous actions that do not require consensus from the General Assembly. This encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome
  2. Welcome Announcements
  3. Agenda Overview
  4. Forum
  5. Reports from Committees, Subcommittees, Caucuses, & Working Groups
  6. Action Announcements
  7. General Announcements  
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Feb
10
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office (inside if it is really cold)
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.   The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it. The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them.  Encouraging articles have come out just recently about using  Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that.  And Barbara Lee has introduced even stronger language into legislation to stop the sale of Historic Post Offices.

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

WE MAY BE WINNING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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Feb
15
Sat
STRIKE DEBT BAY AREA MEETING: IDEAS INTO ACTION. @ UC Student-Workers Union (cross street Milvia)
Feb 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

New to Strike Debt?? Don’t walk cold turkey into a bunch of radicals talking about debt! Show up a half hour early at 2:30 PM for an informal pre-meeting intro session. If you’d like to attend this pre-together please email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com and let us know you’re coming.

Join Strike Debt Bay Area in working on some exciting projects locally and nationally to fight unjust debt.

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– The latest on our coalition efforts to Save the Berkeley Post Office and fight the privatization of our commons.

– The latest on our efforts to help Richmond and NGO allies push for principal reduction for Richmond’s homeowners. Read an article written by two Strike Debt Bay Area members on the Richmond principal reduction / eminent domain case.

In addition, we are exploring the use of a public bank to help Richmond, CA and other communities escape the thrall of Wall Street.

- Work on our radio segment on KPFA

– Other projects include efforts to fight against student debt in conjunction with peeps at UC Cal via a Strike Debt UC Berkeley chapter of Strike Debt, a book group with semi-weekly discussions, investigations into the legitimacy of mortgage ownership and therefore the right to foreclose, efforts to thwart payday loan usury and more.

“Just as bosses are dependent on workers, so are lenders dependent on borrowers. If workers walk out, the enterprise stops. If borrowers refuse to pay their debts, the lenders could be in real trouble. Each side depends on the other. The millions of underwater mortgage holders, of student debtors and credit card holders, need the bank loans –  but so do the banks need those borrowers, and they especially need them to cooperate by paying their monthly charges. Otherwise, the capital that the banks list on their books begins to drain away.” ~Francis Fox Piven

Check out our website, our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Check out the Berkeley Post Office Defenders website too.

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Feb
17
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.  The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it. The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them. The next one is Saturday, Feb 15th, two days before our meeting. Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that. And Barbara Lee has introduced even stronger language into legislation to stop the sale of Historic Post Offices.

We are planning an outreach event for sunday, February 23rd, a Conscious Commons Festival. Come help us plan and execute it!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

WE MAY BE WINNING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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Feb
19
Wed
Strike Debt Bay Area Reading Group: Politics of Debt. @ Public School Space (entrance on 22nd St, use buzzer)
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
For the next Politics of Debt class we will be discussing ideas coming from the American Monetary Institute in Stephen Zarlenga’s brochure and Jamie Walton’s critique of Ellen Brown’s Web of Debt.  We’ll try to understand what AMI believes about debt, money, and the Federal Reserve system as well as their proposed solution in monetary reform.
Here are the three essays:
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Feb
24
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it.

The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them. We have some ideas of our own too!

Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that. And Barbara Lee has introduced even stronger language into legislation to stop the sale of Historic Post Offices.

We are planning an outreach event for sunday, February 23rd, a Conscious Commons Festival. Come out and enjoy the experience!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

WE MAY BE WINNING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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Feb
25
Tue
Oakland Privacy Group: Privacy Policy & Coordination Working Meeting. @ Sudo Room (entrance on 22nd St, buzzer)
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On February 26th (6pm-8pm) the City of Oakland will host a session in City Council Chambers for “Public Input to the DAC Privacy Policy Framework.” The Oakland Privacy Working Group will conduct a meeting the day before (Tuesday, February 25th 7pm) at the Sudo Room. If you are an active participant please attend this meeting. We will be discussing and solidifying our overall approach and plan for addressing City Council as one voice.

Note: Our regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28th, at 8:30 PM in the same location (Sudo room), after the Privacy Policy Framework meeting at City Call.

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Feb
26
Wed
Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting @ The Sudoroom
Feb 26 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm

NOTE: We are meeting at 8:30 tonight so we can attend the first public meeting on the DAC “privacy” policy.

http://oaklandwiki.org/Public_Meeting_on_DAC_Privacy_Policy

Join Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub.

We aim to have 2 monthly meetings, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30 at the SUDOROOM.  Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to: oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

The entrance to the sudoroom is on 22nd Street, ring the buzzer and come up the stairs or take the elevator.

For more information on the DAC check out the DAC FAQ, the Oakland Wiki Domain Awareness Page and the Oakland Privacy WordPress.

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Feb
27
Thu
Speak out against a proposed coal export terminal at Jack London Square @ Port of Oakland Commissioners' Meeting (2nd floor)
Feb 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 A Kentucky-based company called Bowie Resource Partners wants to turn Oakland’s Jack London Square into a hub for shipping dirty coal to Asia.

CREDO activists have helped fight off similar proposals in Oregon and Washington over the past few years, but the coal industry is desperate to ship its dirty product overseas, so it is now targeting California for coal exports.

The Port of Oakland’s Board of Commissioners will be discussing the proposal at its meeting on Thursday � and it wants to hear whatt local residents think. Can you be there to urge the Board of Commissioners to reject the disastrous proposal to export dirty coal through the Port of Oakland

We’d recommend arriving at 3 p.m. to sign up to speak.

Allowing coal to be exported through the Port of Oakland would pollute our air and water with dangerous coal dust and undermine our efforts to fight climate change. It’s a bad deal for Oakland and the Port’s Board of Commissioners needs to reject it without delay.

The Board of Commissioners’ own staff report detailed several problems with the proposal, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, coal dust pollution, conflicts with the port’s policies and the likelihood of community opposition.

It is outrageous that the Port of Oakland is even considering proposals to export dirty coal. With a big turnout at Thursday’s public meeting we can make it clear to the Port’s Board of Commissioners that the Bay Area won’t stand for a dirty coal export terminal at Jack London Square.

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Mar
1
Sat
Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition Meeting.
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

JAB is currently focused on the demand that California Attorney General Kamala Harris do her job & prosecute ALL killer cops. Everyone is welcome, we will meet at The Alan Blueford Center for Justice at 2434 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, please check here for late changes.

Our latest action was a civil disobedience “standin” at Oakland’s State Building that resulted in eight people being arrested, but the good news is that all the charges are being dropped.

Upcoming events we will be discussing include

  • - April 8 – Families United March on State Capital
  • - April 25 – Civil trial begins in support of Ernest Duenez, Jr. in Sacramento
  • - May 8 – Civil trial begins in support of Alan Blueford
  • - May 31 – statewide mobilization in support of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa
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Mar
3
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office (inside if it is really cold)
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it.

The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them. We have some ideas of our own too! One will be presented at this meeting.

Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that. And Barbara Lee has introduced even stronger language into legislation to stop the sale of Historic Post Offices.

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

WE MAY BE WINNING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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Mar
5
Wed
Pack Albany City Hall, Defend the Gill Tract @ Albany City Hall
Mar 5 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Dearest friends, family and fellow farmers,

We need your voices and bodies in Albany this Wednesday!  Despite a successful referendum, citizen appeal, 2 current lawsuits, and 15 years of public comments against the commercial development of the Gill Tract Farm, Albany City Council will be voting on a development plan to place a large parking lot and chain grocery store (“Sprouts”) on the south side of the Gill Tract. The city council moved this vote up from the original date of March 17th, so please help us get the word out about the new date and time!

This a very important vote and the outcome will greatly impact the struggle for the Gill Tract.  Please join us to voice your opposition to this development:

If you can’t come, please email or call UCB Vice-chancellor of Real Estate Rob Lalanne (415-908-1500) and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (510-642-7464).  Tell them we want preserve this land as a center for agroecological research and local, sustainable urban farming, and demand that they stop commercial development of public farmlands!

Original notice.

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Strike Debt Bay Area Reading Group: Politics of Debt. @ Xolo Cafe, one block from the 19th St. BART
Mar 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

We meet on a once-every-two-week-or-so schedule, discussing debt, money, how our financial system does (and usually does not) work, and the politics of it all.

Here is the PDF for chapters 2 & 3 for Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.  These are the chapters we will discuss next meeting:

Shock Doctrine Ch2-3

Here is a link to the scan for the preface of Michael Hudson’s The Bubble and Beyond.  Please read it and come with an idea for which chapters you would like the class to read.  

Michael Hudson’s ‘The Bubble and Beyond.’

 

 

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Mar
7
Fri
Strike Debt Bay Area: Politics of Debt Reading Group. @ Xolo Cafe, one block from the 19th St. BART
Mar 7 @ 10:15 pm – 11:15 pm

We’ll be discussing chapters 6 & 7 from Michael Hudson’s The Bubble and BeyondHere’s a PDF.

HudsonCh6-7.

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Mar
8
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area General Meeting: Ideas Into Action! @ ARC, downtown Oakland, small door to left of main doors
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

New to Strike Debt?? Don’t walk cold turkey into a bunch of radicals talking about debt! Show up a half hour early—at 2:30 PM—for an informal pre-meeting intro session. If you’d like to attend this pre-together please email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com and let us know you’re coming.

Join Strike Debt Bay Area in working on some exciting projects locally and nationally to fight unjust debt.

 photo da3-color_zpsf9036587.jpg

– The latest on our coalition efforts to Save the Berkeley Post Office and fight the privatization of our commons.

– The latest on our efforts to help Richmond and NGO allies push for principal reduction for Richmond’s homeowners. Read an article written by two Strike Debt Bay Area members on the Richmond principal reduction / eminent domain case.

In addition, we are exploring the use of a public bank to help Richmond, CA and other communities escape the thrall of Wall Street.

- Work on our radio segment on KPFA

– Other projects include efforts to fight against student debt in conjunction with peeps at UC Cal via a Strike Debt UC Berkeley chapter of Strike Debt, a book group with semi-weekly discussions, investigations into the legitimacy of mortgage ownership and therefore the right to foreclose, efforts to thwart payday loan usury and more.

“Just as bosses are dependent on workers, so are lenders dependent on borrowers. If workers walk out, the enterprise stops. If borrowers refuse to pay their debts, the lenders could be in real trouble. Each side depends on the other. The millions of underwater mortgage holders, of student debtors and credit card holders, need the bank loans –  but so do the banks need those borrowers, and they especially need them to cooperate by paying their monthly charges. Otherwise, the capital that the banks list on their books begins to drain away.” ~Francis Fox Piven

Check out our website, our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Check out the Berkeley Post Office Defenders website too.

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Mar
9
Sun
Occupy the Farm: Community Strategy Meeting. @ Albany Senior Center
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On March 5th, we are sorry to report that Albany City Council chose to ignore the overwhelming crowd of farm supporters, and instead approved the UC’s development plan for the southern half of the Gill Tract.  This public farmland is an invaluable and rare resource, but if the UC Administration has its way, it will be developed it for purely commercial uses that have nothing to do with Berkeley’s mission and responsibilities as a public land grant university.

After the meeting, many of the people who had come to speak to City Council had an impromptu meeting and announced several followup events:

  • 1) A brainstorming and power-mapping forum for the community to propose and deliberate actions that might prevent the development.
  • 2) A kickoff event for campus organizing.  Let’s bring some pressure to bear on the UC Administration!
12 Noon, Wednesday March 12th
“Lunch with the Chancellor”
Meet in front of California Hall, on the UC campus
3) The Soils and Production Working Group is a part of the Gill Tract Stewardship Council, a body composed of UC representatives and community stakeholders charged with governing a UC-Community partnership on “Area A” on the north side of the Gill Tract. This partnership is open to any participants and will be made official through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dean of the College of Natural Resources.  Monday’s meeting will discuss recent soil testing and launch a student/community centered Spring project.
Soils and Production Working 10:00-11:00 AM, Monday, March 10th
Soil sGroup Meeting
112 Hilgard Hall on UC campus

 

Can’t come out?  Keep making calls!  

Please continue to email or call UCB Vice-chancellor of Real Estate Rob Lalanne (415-908-1500) and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks (510-642-7464).  Tell them we want preserve ALL of this land as a center for agroecological research and local, sustainable urban farming, and demand that they stop commercial development of public farmlands!

 
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Mar
10
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it.

The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them. We are going to start a “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign.

Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that.  We hope to holding a forum on postal and public banking soon on the Post Office steps.  Come help us plan it!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

WE MAY BE WINNING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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Occupy Forum (SF): Got Water? @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This Monday, we will start promptly at 6!!


Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
 

OccupyForum presents
Got water?
Our water commons is leaking away,
next thing you know they’ll be selling us air

Water is essential for life.  We are 65% water and are not likely to survive more than three days without it. Water is not just for drinking, but for other essential processes like growing food and for sanitation.  Fresh water is in limited supply. Despite its preciousness, however, water is being violated by pollution and waste, and commercialization all over the globe. Corporations are privatizing and exploiting water supplies where people can least afford it. Climate change is turning more and more of the earth’s surface to desert, and when the rains do come, they come more often as violent storms. California’s most recent drought has brought our regional water issues to the front pages, including the question of why Northern California reservoirs are empty and SoCal reservoirs are full. How can we cope with and reverse this global and local water crisis?

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla is the Executive Director for Restore the Delta, which works in the areas of public education and outreach so that all Californians recognize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta as part of California’s natural heritage, deserving of restoration. Prior to joining the campaign, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla served as the Business Development Manager for the Planning and Conservation League in Sacramento. Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has also worked in education, business and communications.  Over the last seven years, Ms. Barrigan-Parrilla has worked to give Delta residents a voice in the myriad of government processes leading to the proposed peripheral tunnels project, or Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Adam Scow is the California Director of Food & Water Watch, a national organization dedicated to protecting our right to safe food and clean water. He is responsible for developing strategy for local, state, and campaigns. Adam is a co-founder of Californians against Fracking and has won several campaigns to defeat attempts to privatize our water. He has served on the planning committee for the annual California Water Policy Conference.

Check out the Blue-Gold action plan!
http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com/actionplan/index.html

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Mar
15
Sat
Recovery From the Dominant Culture. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

We are a fellowship of people wanting to find aliveness, connection and survival in the face of social-political-economic overwhelm. We do this by recognizing and addressing our unspoken submission to historically entrenched, institutions and influences of the dominant culture. We observe cunning, baffling and powerful social ills perpetuated through inequities involving race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability. We explore how these impact our thoughts feelings and personal habits. We hope that as each of us becomes free from acquisition driven, socially divisive, militarized forces, we can catalyze change and establish a new way of living with care for each other and the earth.

We work with a modified version of AA’s twelve steps and traditions using practices of: anonymity, vulnerability in truth telling, intuitive inquiry, restorative amends, group service, non-hierarchical decision making and conscious action.

The first Recovery from the Dominant Culture meetings were created and held in west Oakland, Ca through Seminary of the Street. This flyer is a draft proposal for a new meeting in Berkeley. We welcome participation in the process of developing meeting agreements. And most of all we invite you to our upcoming meetings beginning on Saturday March 15th at 10 am

 

TWELVE STEPS 

                                                              Draft Version. Edited, Feb, 2014,

1. We admitted we were powerless over our thoughts, feelings, desires and actions shaped by the dominant culture and that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to rebuild our lives, seeking truth, love, and discernment through connection with intuitive wisdom, Great Spirit, God, Goddess and/or a Higher Power of our choice.

4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of how we treat ourselves and relate with others.

5. Admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our thinking, feelings and actions based on dominant culture conditioning

6. Were entirely ready to have our Higher Power remove coping habits and addictions not in alignment with our integrity.

7. Humbly asked our Higher Power to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons, living beings and earth sources we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people, living beings and the earth wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when acting under the influence of dominant culture patterns we promptly admitted it and sought more conscious ways of interacting.

11. Sought through study, writing, art, prayer and/or meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power, and to identify new ways of participating in life affirming culture, holding our well being in balance with the well being of others.

12. Having experienced transformative change with these Steps, we practice these principles in all our affairs, carry this message to those interested, and engage in actions that embody an alternative to the addictive processes of the dominant culture

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Mar
17
Mon
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Postal Service has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!

The Postal Service has started to outsource Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.

And we’re fighting against both!

Come help us plan our next steps.

The American Postal Workers Union is planning more actions against Staples; we need to support them. We are starting a “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign with some awesome… what else? … postcards to send to Staples management!

The City Council is on a path to pass some sort of Zoning Overlay which may protect the Post Office against various commercial uses, or be totally ineffective. We need to stay on top of it.

And we need to be prepared, despite the zoning effort, if the Post Office announces a sale!

Encouraging articles have come out recently about using Post Offices as banking facilities for the unbanked and we need to be on the leading edge of that.  We will be holding a forum on postal and public banking on March 29th on the Post Office steps.  Come help us plan it!

THINGS ARE HAPPENING!

AND CHECK OUT OUR SPIFFY NEW WEBSITE.

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