January – February 2015
The folks in this kettle rang in the New Year with arrests. Let’s show them 2015 will be full of solidarity!
Come out to Wiley Manuel on both Thursday, 01/29 and Friday, 01/30 at 9am in Department 107 for their arraignments!
Screening of ‘The Throwaways’ w/ discussion around police terrorism and related activism.
Note: Time is uncertain. Not listed in the original posting on the #BlackLivesMatter calendar, and not currently on the Omni calendar.
Long time occupier Kyle is having benefit show to raise funds for cancer treatment tomorrow night https://t.co/EbXGK41c2c Amnesia, SF 7:30pm
— Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) January 30, 2015
ALL $ FROM THE DOOR & some proceeds from the bar as well will be donated to Kyle to help him fight cancer.
Come protest landlord/speculator Ann Kihagi-Swain to get her to stop pushing out tenants in over 10 buildings, with harassment, fake notices, and multiple Owner Move Ins.
Lease violations evictions for minor things are way up in SF, especially from new building owners. Landlord Ann Kihagi-Swain is one of the worst; using multiple names she bought up over 10 buildings this last summer and fall. Soon after buying the buildings she has giving most tenants 3 day notices: for everything from shoes in the hallway, to illegal roommates for partners who have lived there over 10 years, to claiming an elderly tenant is selling drugs. Her and her lawyer, the infamous eviction lawyer Karen Uchiyama, give 3rd and final notices to tenants who never receiving a first notice. She sends tenants threatening texts at all hours and enters their units when they aren’t there.
Help us stop the harassment and keep teachers, seniors and families in their homes. We will meet at Harvey Milk Plaza and march to the landlords home.
In late November the Senate Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of Torture was released. This report has since been swept under the rug and nearly forgotten.
The Mainstream media, the government and a complicit American public are prepared to forget about the Senate Report on CIA torture AND WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN!
Join organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum for protests, rallies, and gatherings on Saturday January 31st to make sure America and the US government do not go unchallenged.
WAKE UP THE PUBLIC TO TAX PAYER FUNDED TORTURE!
1. This is Decentralized. Connect with activists in your community and plan rallies, protests, street theater, or reenactments of waterboarding or force-feeding. GRAB THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION!
2. Create a FB event and post it on the coordinating Facebook page! We will add it to the list below.
3. Create memes, write blogs, contact local media, indy media, talk to friends and families! Use the Hashtag #EndTorture Do whatever you can to spread the word through social media and in real life!
4. INVITE! INVITE! INVITE! Let’s get the invite list over 50,000 people by January 30th. We can do this! Share on FB pages, twitter, and more!
5. Hit the streets, inform the public and change the global conversation.
EVENTS as of 1/11/15. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
St. Pete, Florida https://www.facebook.com/
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Join us for our upcoming action to demand worker justice at HS Lordships!
As workers all across the U.S. and Bay Area are standing up to demand living wages and fair working conditions, restaurant workers in Berkeley are also defending their right to respectful treatment and healthcare in order to live dignified lives. At HS Lordships, workers have been without a contract for more than four years. At the restaurant, servers make $10 an hour and pay more than $500 per month for family insurance. The company is now proposing that workers pay $800 a month for family insurance. Workers are fighting for affordable medical insurance and saying “no more” to skyrocketing healthcare costs!
“My name is Rocio Ibarra and I have been working for HS Lordships restaurant since February 2000. Throughout these years, I have gained many rights as a result of becoming part of the union. In the last two years, my family, which includes my three sons and husband, has been living without health insurance. Over the last few years, the cost of health insurance at HS Lordships has gotten so high that I have to choose whether to pay for healthcare or rent and food for my children. It is urgent that HS Lordships respects our right to affordable health coverage. I humbly ask for your help in convincing HS Lordships to change its position on the issue. Together we can have a voice. Thank you.”
-Rocio Ibarra, hostess at HS Lordships
Questions or need a ride? Contact Nicole Zapata at firstname.lastname@example.org
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Imani Keith Henry is a longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and LGBTQ movements in the US. He is an organizer with The Peoples Power Assembly, which helped to coordinate emergency day of/day after actions in NYC and nationally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision. Imani has travelled to Ferguson, MO twice and most recently took part in a 36-person civil disobedience action on December 4th in response to the Garner grand jury decision.
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More on Imani Henry: Imani’s writing has appeared in several publications including the Lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press), Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries) and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, (World View Forum Publishing) and the newly released, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You, (Against Equality Publishing).
Under the brand, OD For the People, Imani is an Organizational Development Consultant and Diversity Trainer who provides change management services specifically for nonprofits and universities. Imani has a Masters in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from The Wagner School of Public Service. Follow Imani on Twitter Imani Henry
Dear Citizens of the World,
It has come to our attention that Beavercreek Officer Sean C. Williams has murdered a young, innocent, black man named John Crawford III, while he shopped at Walmart.
As a result of the gun fire, Angela D. Williams had a heart attack & died. These two innocent people should be alive today.
This injustice will not go unnoticed.
The no indictment of the officer responsible has only furthered the indictment a broken system, a system that’s time has come to a close.
Because of this, we have taken matters into our own hands.
With the start of #FloodTheStreets, We are bringing an end to this current police state.
We are calling for a mass protest on February 1st to show support against this tragedy caused by our own public servants.
Starting at your local Walmart at 11:00PM EST, we will begin to flood the streets, all day, in an act of peaceful civil disobedience.
Until the grip of the police force has loosened, our grip grows tighter.
That is not a threat.
That is a promise.
This is not a fad, we are not going away.
The mass protests will continue.
The shut downs will continue.
This is only the beginning.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
- Original Pastbin post.
According to the Contra Costa Times, “Recommendations from the meeting ((The #BlackLivesMatter City Council forum held on January 24th)) will be considered ((at the February 3rd City Council meeting)) .”
On February 7th thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership. Across the state wells are drying up, more than a dozen cities are in real danger of running out of water, & there’s no question it’s being made worse by climate change.
But instead of reigning in the oil and gas industry & putting an end to incredibly dangerous and water-intensive practices like fracking, Governor Brown has been letting companies continue with business as usual. Join people from all corners of California this February in telling Governor Brown that if he won’t be a real climate leader, that if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry, then we will. Because this is about our water, our health, & our California.
For more information: http://marchforclimateleadership.org/
The following items, postponed twice, are scheduled for early consideration.
D. Berkeley Police Department Use of Police Vehicle In-Vehicle and Body-Worn Cameras
Recommendation: Refer to the City Manager to develop a plan to implement the use of dash cameras and body-worn cameras for the Berkeley Police Department. The report should be presented to the City Council within 3 months.
Contact: Darryl Moore, Councilmember, District 2, 981-7120
E. Support the National Demands by Ferguson Action
Recommendation: 1. Adopt a motion endorsing the National Demands from Ferguson. 2. Advocate for changes to the Alameda County District Attorney policy to include investigations to all in-custody deaths. 3. Issue a statement of concern and support for people of color and their families who have been affected by injury or death by law enforcement agencies.
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember, District 4, 981-7140
F. Amendments to BPD General Orders C-64 (Crowd Control), M-2 (Mutual Aid) and U-2 (Use of Force) (Continued from January 20, 2015 – Item includes revised recommendation.)
1. Refer to the Police Review Commission (PRC) and City Manager the attached changes to BPD General Orders C-64, M-2, U-2, and request that they return to the City Council with recommended revisions to the General Orders. The proposed changes are modeled after the Oakland Police Department’s recent amendments to their Crowd Control Policy and address issues raised with the police response to the December 6, 2014 Ferguson protests.
2. Adopt a motion declaring as a temporary City of Berkeley policy that the use of chemical agents (tear gas etc.), Specialty Impact Less-Lethal Weapons (“projectiles” or rubber bullets, wooden dowels, stinger grenades, rubber bullets) and over the shoulder baton strikes, are prohibited uses of force in responding to crowd situations, until such time as an investigation is conducted as to the Police response to the December 6, 2014 protests, and a review of General Orders C-64, M-2, and U-2 is completed.
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember, District 4, 981-7140
G. Independent Investigation of Police Response to December 6, 2014 Protests
Recommendation: Direct the City Manager to initiate an independent investigation into the police response to protests on December 6, 2014 and to return to Council as soon as possible, but no later than 60 days with a contract to hire a qualified independent investigator. In considering who to select to conduct the investigation, the City Manager should give preference to former police chiefs or law enforcement officials with experience conducting internal investigations. To avoid the appearance of or possibility of conflicts of interests, the City Manager should avoid selecting an individual or firm who previously worked for the Berkeley Police Department or who previously or currently worked for any law enforcement agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. The City Manager shall ensure that the selected individual or firm has no apparent conflicts of interest.
The Council also refers the questions attached to the report for the City Manager and outside investigator to consider in conducting their investigation.
Contact: Jesse Arreguin, Councilmember, District 4, 981-7140
Domain Awareness Center Teach-In
Here are video highlights from the last teach-in on January 18th.
KPFA Benefit: $12 advance tickets, $15 /door. Tickets available in Berkeley: Pegasus (3 locations), Marcus Books, Moes, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore In S.F: Modern Times.
Radical economist Richard Wolffs most recent book, Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a passionately concerned response to current events, chronicling Wolffs brilliant public response to what he sees as an unworkable economic system. He closely monitors international economic shifts, much as Noam Chomsky does political happenings, and presents us with clear new perspectives.
Richard Wolff is the leading social economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy. Cornel West
A powerful and challenging vision that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!
—Gar Alperovitz, author American Beyond Capitalism
Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. In recent years he has been delivering public lectures at colleges and universities, and community centers and trade union gatherings. His speaking style has become famous for its charismatic wit, frankness, and sardonic charm.
Richard Wolff is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, as well as Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian, Truthout.org, and the MRZine.
Presentations will be given by Attorneys Tony Rossmann (lawyer for the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the Post Office) and Brian Turner (lawyer for the National Trust’s similar lawsuit against the Post Office).
Others will also be there to share information about the Community Garden, the Occupation, and anything else relevant to the fight to Save the Berkeley Post Office.