Join with us across the generations in celebrating and continue the fight for social, environmental, economic, civil and racial justice and world piece.
Save CCSF Coalition General Assembly: Hear about about Restoration status, the legal suit, Board of Trustees status and elections, etc. Plus update on Alex Nieto case.
COME TO SET DIRECTION AND PLAN ACTIONS
To influence the Board of Trustees race, to lobby the Board of Governors to bring back our democratically elected BOT, fight against enrollment sabotage and class cuts, etc. etc…
COME TO HELP SAVE OUR CITY COLLEGE
Keep our college a community college!
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.
March to STOP Evictions & Luxury Condos in the Mission &
Support PROP G
Gather Sat. Oct. 4, 1PM @ Brava Theater York & 24th
March 2pm for affordable housing!
Rally 3PM @ 16th & Mission
Dear Causa Justa family:
Our fights are many, on both sides of the bay and we know we are asking a lot from you tenant meetings, city hall hearings, marches, rallies, etc but our people are in the eye of the storm. Stand with us as we fight for our very survival here in this Bay Area gold rush.
This weekend we march in San Francisco’s Mission district to send a message loud and clear: we will not roll over without a fight. Join Our Mission No Eviction and the Plaza 16 Coalition in a historic march to demand affordable housing. And to fight against the biggest development the Mission has ever seen planned for the 16th St. Plaza the proposed looming monster development by Maximus Real Estate, which includes luxury housing, retail space, and 10-story towers. We’re also marching to support Prop G � the anti-spec tax that would stop the flipping of properties by speculators. Read more here and here
RSVP here for No Monster in the Mission March
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.
Come hang out, eat (pot luck if you can swing it), get yourself heard on pirate radio and generally enjoy yourself at the Staples occupation.
The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland Directions (GA meeting time was 2 PM for most of the last 3 years, but has been changed to 4:00 PM. This was meant to be a temporary summer adjustment, but appears to be popular enough to continue through the Fall & perhaps beyond.)
OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than three years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally . Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.
The bulk of the work of Occupy Oakland does NOT happen in the General Assembly. It happens in various committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives voluntarily come to the GA and report on past and future actions. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.
General Assembly Standard Agenda
- Welcome & Introductions
- Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
- Discussion Topic
Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.
Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (email@example.com)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders: http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Justice 4 Alan Blueford: justice4alanblueford.org
Oakland Privacy Group: oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: email@example.com
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Albany Bulb Defense: sharethebulb.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: sudoroom.org
Information, discussion & community — Monday Night Forum!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Occupy Forum presentsF R A C K I N G:
Building a Diverse Movement to Win
Hosted by Californians Against Fracking
Tia Lebherz, Food & Water Watch
David Braun, Americans & Californians Against Fracking
As fracking continues to expand at an unrelenting pace in California, a movement to stop it is rising up and, like New York, is preparing to win a moratorium. But these wins aren’t easy, and this one will be hard won. The good news is that powerful networks exist and smart organizing is going on in multiple communities to stop the oil and gas industry and their toxic processes.Come hear about what the membership of Californians Against Fracking is planning for the fall,share your ideas, and find out how you can plug in for the win.
Tia Lebherz is the Northern California organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oakland; she works to engage activists and hold elected officials accountable on a range of issues across the region including fracking, water privatization, and food issues including factory farms and genetic engineering. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tia worked extensively in the Midwest organizing on campaigns for clean energy and fair food. Tia most recently worked as the Michigan organizer for Food & Water Watch based in Detroit.
David Braun is a co-founder of Americans Against Fracking and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and has recently relocated back to his home state of California to fight fracking where he works with Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of over 150 organizations fighting for a ban. While in New York, David founded and worked with several grassroots anti-fracking organizations` including United for Action, Sane Energy Project, among others. Previously, he was the grassroots coordinator for the films, GASLAND and GASLAND II. Before working on the fracking issue, he worked with MoveOn and has also engaged with numerous other social, environmental and economic justice campaigns.
WE DID IT! AFTER 14 MONTHS OF WORK, THE ZONING OVERLAY ORDINANCE PASSED ON SEPTEMBER 30th.
Nonetheless the Postal Service still has the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!!
And the Postal Service outsourced Post Office services to Staples, replacing union jobs with low-paying, low benefit work.
We’re still fighting against both!
Come help us plan our next steps.
On July 29th, at our invite, Ralph Nader spoke on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office against privatization and corporatism. Watch and listen to his talk here.
We began the “Don’t Shop at Staples” campaign with some awesome… what else? … postcards to send to Staples management! Here’s the front of the postcard. The campaign has been adopted by a large number of national and local unions, including teachers’ unions and the AFL-CIO.
Check out our correspondence with the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein. The APWU has been leading the charge against Staples.
For three months the Berkeley Staples has been ‘occupied’ 24/7 by an intrepid band of San Francisco occupiers with solidarity and support from BPOD members distributing literature and convincing people not to shop at Staples. They’re still there! Come hang out with them outside Staples at Durant & Shattuck.
The Advisory Commission on Historical Preservation came out with its report, recommending that sales of Historic Post offices be halted until the USPS conforms with historical preservation law. Here is our response. The Post Office has ignored the report, recently selling historic Post Offices in The Bronx and Burlingame, CA.
We need to be prepared if the Post Office announces a sale!
We have joined with other activists in Berkeley to put a ballot initiative on the ballot to cement the rezoning of the Berkeley Post Office and other areas in the Historic District to prevent privatization, and also to insure a better Downtown Berkeley. (The City Council could undo what they just wrought at any time; a ballot initiative become law can only be undone by another vote of the people).
Come help us plan our next steps.
Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by optional discussion after the film.
YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
Episode 6: Winds of Change
Created by · Joel Bach and David Gelber
For a description of this film, see the website shown below.
Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible around the corner at 411 28th Street
Berkeley Police want to have Tasers. But week after week there are incidents all across the country of people being tased by police to death, or for no reason, or to torture them for their alleged “crime” of disrespect.
Come help put a stop to this insanity.
Dramatic and compelling stories of human beings imprisoned unjustly, often for decades, and then exonerated by DNA evidence. The film shows the emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild lives with little or no support. SJC is working hard for California State Ballot Prop. 47 which if it passes will make a huge difference in reforming our broken criminal justice system.
More info: http://www.afterinnocence.net/index.html
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector Series for the 99%
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.
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.
Directions: From 580, take Park Blvd west one long block; turn right on McKinley Avenue, turn right again on Home Place East, park in the parking lot to your left. Entrance is there, walk past the cafeteria to the auditorium.
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:
Inside Urban Shield Fact Sheet and Forum Schedule (PDF): IUS-Schedule-Fact-Sheet