As head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano implemented programs such as Secure communities and 287g which have deported almost 2 million undocumented immigrants. Her only background on education is getting rid of in-state tuition for undocumented youth in Arizona.
We’ll be having a rally on Tuesday at 11:00AM on Upper Sproul to protest Napolitano’s nomination. At 12:00PM students from the Multicultural coalition are going to meet with Napolitano and present their demands.
It’s important that we show that we are one! Napolitano thinks this will be a quick and easy meeting. However, we will make it clear that she is not welcome in our UC System!
Therefore, around 11:20 We’ll head out from Upper Sproul to Oakland. Where her office is located.
From October 25th -28th, 2013 in Oakland, California, Urban Shield – a trade show and training exercise for SWAT teams and police- will bring together more than 150 local, state, federal, int’l and private sector partners and defense contractors. Urban Shield has taken place over the past six years, and is hosted by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
Last week at the city of Oakland’s public safety meeting, community groups challenged the notion of funding for Urban Shield – being hidden in the language and process, by requesting a mere $200,000, to be used for “safety drills” for the Fire Department. Meanwhile, Alameda county record’s indicate that the sheriff’s office is being paid up to $7.5 million in federal funding for Urban Shield – and activities couched as anti-terrorist “safety drills” when the record demonstrates that these methods are also used on civilians in ‘scenarios’ that include public protest, stop and frisk, deportation, and the criminalization of poverty and mass incarceration.
This is our opportunity to make our voices heard again at City Hall, and say:
1) We do not want a gun show that sells militarized weapons to the police in the heart of downtown Oakland.
2) We want to know why City Council is permitting known human rights violators, to operate in the heart of the city?
3) We demand a clear budget of all public funds that are being spent on Urban Shield.
Facing Urban Shield Action Network (FUSAN) is composed of 30 diverse Bay Area groups who believe that hosting Urban Shield in Oakland is the wrong direction for public policy. FUSAN firmly rejects the use of city space and funding for Urban Shield, to practice “war games”. This partnership between police with human rights violations from Bahrain, Israel, Guam, and Brazil, deepens the possibility of continued misconduct and human rights violations already on record. Urban Shield ‘exercises’ further militarizes police responses to all kinds of emergencies, like people in crisis with mental health issues with devastating results. Urban Shield is militarizing police with more weapons, which results means increased harm to African-American, Latino and Arab and Muslim communities.
To prevent the eviction of its current residents and explore solutions.
POTLUCK + DOCUMENTARY SCREENING.
Bring your own water, camping gear, and love of the land.
The Berkeley Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on a proposed Zoning Ordinance that would preclude the downtown Berkeley Historic District (which includes the Post Office building) from being used for commericial purposes.
While this sounds incredibly boring it is also very important. The Post Office is very scared about the potential for this ordinance to inhibit their imminent sale of the the 2000 Allston Way Post Office building to private developers.
Come make your voice heard for a strong zoning ordinance, against the sale of the Post Office, and against the privatization of our commons!
Strike Debt’s “Politics of Debt” study group will be discussing the video “Money Masters” We’ll be meeting at Au Coquelet cafe and restaurant in Berkeley, 2 blocks northwest of the downtown Berkeley BART station. The link to the “Money Masters” video (which is 3 1/2 hours long) is here.
In addition to discussing this video, we’ll also discuss which books (or articles) we’d like to read for the next several sessions, so bring your ideas.
this coming Wednesday, October 2nd, at 7:00 pm.
As millions around the country flock to theaters to watch the acclaimed film, ‘Fruitvale Station’, there is little said about the role of Oscar Grant’s father in his life. But stepping forward for the first time to tell this tale is Oscar Grant’s cousin, Samuel Morris, who will discuss the wrongful imprisonment of Oscar Grant’s father for the past 27 years and the outrage felt by many who see an innocent relative held behind bars while the man who clearly murdered Oscar walks free after a miniscule 11 month jail sentence.
Read the Liberation News’ article that discusses the Oscar Grant Jr. case:
Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation as we discuss the story of Oscar Grant’s father and the connections between economic oppression, mass incarceration, and police brutality.
Your support is needed, all out for a critical day for the ACAC 19: anti-colonial, anti-capitalist comrades arrested last Columbus Day weekend in San Francisco.
All Out for a Settlement Hearing on Friday, October 4th!
All 19 defendants have been ordered to appear at a “settlement hearing” on Friday, October 4 at 850 Bryant St., Department 23. Rally at noon on the steps and fill the courtroom for the hearing immediately following. This will be a key moment where the case could be settled – let’s pack the court and pressure the Judge and the DA to drop the charges!
At the settlement hearing a judge will try to negotiate a deal between the DA and the defendants. The judge will likely call all attorneys into chambers and try to convince both sides to come to an agreement that will avoid trial. Sometimes that means convincing the defense attorneys to try to sell their clients on a deal because the judge thinks that they may be convicted at trial. In this case, however, it could be more likely that the judge will tell the DA what we already know; the DA doesn’t have a case. The state may also be influenced to capitulate in order to avoid trial when they see the amount of support that the ACAC 19 has and get a taste of what trial will be like. It would be great if the last thing that the Judge and the DA see before they go into chambers was a courtroom overflowing with support for these comrades.
Please, join the support committee and the ACAC 19 at a rally at noon on the steps of the courthouse at the end of which, we will fill that courtroom with solidarity !
We will read the names of those killed by police in Northern California.
We remember. Please join us.
Stand against systemic racism and violence that cost us the lives of too many young black and brown men
causing long-lasting, detrimental affects on all our communities.
The Interfaith Tent for Justice grieves with all victims of violence and their families. Whether victims of drone attacks, bombings, torture, oppression, gang shootings, domestic violence, rape culture, systemic racism, or increased violence from police and security forces, we stand with you. No one is immune to the effects of violence, including those who are involved in the systems that use violence as a means of social control.
We will continue to work for justice for all, to the best of our abilities.
A program called Operation Ceasefire works to stop gang violence. This isn’t enough. Police must be held accountable for extrajudicial killings and violence. This is why we call for 100% Ceasefire. A long term goal, but one worth working toward.
Come check out the Justice 4 Alan Blueford table as we interact with the readily available masses of people, spreading the word about JAB’s upcoming work & direction, which is to:
•continuing to raise awareness about what Masso did to Alan & the associated coordinated cover-up
• mounting a campaign demanding Kamala Harris to prosecute Masso
• opposing Gallo’s proposed youth curfew
• educate the community & help build JAB’s base of support
• spread the word about Oct 22nd–National Anti-Police Brutality Day.
• standing in solidarity w/local labor struggles such as the upcoming BART strike.
The ONYX Organizing Committee, Healthy Hoodz, Young Oakland, oakland artists, cultural workers and families invite you to continue cultural resistance in the plaza!
OCTOBER ART OUT!
FROM COLUMBUS, TO OAKLAND TO SYRIA
WHY 14TH AND BROADWAY/OSCAR GRANT PLAZA?
A town plaza is a central meeting place for the people of the community. OG Plaza is our town center, our neutral meeting place for free speech and public dialouge. it was the epicenter of a bay area youth movement in the ’90s were hundreds of thousands of youth and their supporters closed down public schools to open freedom schools; halted the construction of new juvenile detention centers; interupted major corporations profit flow. it was the epicenter of the largest uprising in response to police terrorism in the history of the United States during the days of rage around oscar grant’s murder. it became the epicenter for occupy oakland.
People will be staffing a table with information about California solitary confinement conditions in solidarity with the suspended prisoners’ hunger strike.
Come on down and hang out and help pass out literature.
The Debt2Space Program is going to be shooting debt to space, (aiming to break through this debt ceiling) quickly and nicely.
Your debt will be turned into a sonic material (when you scream about it) and the recording will be mixed and put onto a record with other screams from other people with financial hardships. This record will be played at various radio stations across the US. The radio waves will arrive at or near the sun in about 8 minutes from the time the DJ plays them, allowing the woes to burn to smithereens ASAP
More info: Debt2Space website
The Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and Movement presents
Strike Debt Bay Area
As individuals, families, and communities, most of us are drowning in debt for the basic things we need to live, including housing, education, and health care. All of us are affected by predatory lending and the effects of speculative Wall Street gambling. Our essential public services are cut because our cities and towns are held hostage by the same big banks that have been bailed out by our government. All of us are outraged that big banks don’t have to pay their debts, but we do.
Strike Debt is building a movement to challenge this system while creating alternatives and supporting each other. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits. Join members of Strike Debt Bay Area to talk about debt, contemporary capitalism, and emerging tactics of resistance and solidarity.
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 • 2pm-4:30pm
At the Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave, at Prince St in Berkeley
FREE! (But please buy food & drink at the Pub.) FREE!
This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4:30 pm. The featured panel will start promptly at 2:30 pm and the forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.
The Peace and Freedom Party is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality.
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
- Welcome Announcements
- Agenda Overview
- Reports from Committees, Subcommittees, Caucuses, & Working Groups
- Action Announcements
- General Announcements
The Post Office could announce the sale of the Historic Downtown Berkeley Post Office any time now. Come and help plan our next actions in defense of our post office and against privatization.
Presentation will include police surveillance photos, cartoons and graphics documenting the student and faculty activism at the City College of NY spawned by the Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. This activism brought repeated crackdowns by the administration and culminated in the dismissal of 50 CCNY faculty & staff — the largest academic purge in US history.
The City of Albany plans on evicting the residents of the Albany Bulb sometime this month. The Albany Bulb is home to over sixty residents who have made the Bulb a home and a community like nothing else in the Bay Area. If evicted, the residents of the Bulb will have no where to go but the streets of Albany, a city with next to no support for its homeless.
Rally at the Albany City Council this Monday at 6:00pm! At 6:30 we will participate in the public comments meeting and make sure everyone in Albany knows about the Bulb and what’s at stake.
Afterwards there will be a march down Solano Ave. for an overnight camp out and demonstration.
Show your solidarity, lets save the Bulb!
Bring camping gear and tents!
Learn more at:
Lynne Stewart’s burthday is October 8th and rallies, vigils and speak outs will be held throughout the country. In the Bay Area, we will gather at 5 p.m. and speak out from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. outside the offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Market and Montgomery in San Francisco. Our goal continues to be to win compassionate release for our fellow Guild member, who is suffering from cancer and turning 74 years old. Senator Feinstein has a unique role to play as a member of the Judiciary Committee.
There are two things you can do. (1) Join us on October 8th to call on Feinstein to exert pressure over the Department of Justice and Bureau of Prisons to release Lynne Stewart and accelerate compassionate release for all people in federal prisons. And (2) click here to add your name to the new petition to free Lynne Stewart.
Sponsored by the National Lawyer’s Guild.
No Concessions for BART workers! Fight union-busting! Stop Scabbing! BART managers want to provoke a strike when the 60-day “cooling off period” ends at midnight on Oct. 10 and blame it on the transit unions. Thousands of other Bay Area workers are working without a contract.
All out on Oct. 10! BART is threatening to run scab trains and unleash cops to protect strikebreakers. We can’t allow this vicious anti-labor attack to prevail in the San Francisco Bay Area, a union stronghold!
Defend George Figueroa, former ATU strike coordinator. Demand the DA drop bogus misdemeanor charges of falsifying a police report: Full Amnesty for Brother Figueroa!
Fight the attacks on working people — cut transit fares; restore bus service and all other programs the community needs to survive; good jobs at living wages for all!
Stop the victimization of the black and brown community, especially the police murders of black and brown youth!
Stop letting them play divide and conquer! Come to a labor and community rally to stop the attacks on BART workers, labor, and the community. No More Austerity Cuts! Unity Rally organized by ATU Local 1555 & endorsed by SF Labor Council
For info visit www.atu1555.org or www.transportworkers.org
All Out to Sacramento Wednesday October 9!
11:30 am: Opening Rally
1:00-3:30 pm: California Public Safety Hearings on Solitary Confinement & Human Rights
4:00 pm: Closing Rally
During their historic 60-day hunger strike, California prisoners were able to endure incredible violence from prison administrators and garner international support for their cause. As a result, on October 9, California’s Public Safety Committee will hold the first of several promised hearings to address and take action around solitary confinement and human rights abuses in California prisons. Former prisoners, loved ones, lawyers, experts and advocates will testify before the legislature and rally with the people.
These Public Safety hearings provide a key opportunity for us to take the next steps toward ending solitary confinement. Mobilize, rally and continue to stand in solidarity with the Hunger Strikers! Continue the fight to win their demands!
“We will be with the prisoners in the courts, in the legislature, and out in the community. We will use every venue available to us, until the torture is ended.”
Bring signs and art to make the rallies visually stunning! Self-care and community-care: Bring a lawn chair if you want to rest at the rally and some water/snacks to stay healthy.
Need a ride? Have a car and can offer rides? Please RSVP to Tynan@curbprisonspending.org by Monday, October 7.
Carpools will leave from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 9:30am on Wednesday.