Join with us across the generations in celebrating and continue the fight for social, environmental, economic, civil and racial justice and world piece.
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.
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.
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
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
From Ferguson To The Bay Area: Connecting the Dots
KPFA 94.1 FM
Pacifica Live Programming On The Streaming Channel
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
On October 11, 2014 thousands of working people and youth will be converging in Ferguson to protest the continuing racism, discrimination and failure to arrest the policeman who murdered Michael Brown. KPFA WorkWeek will provide live streaming program from the station’s channel with activists and teachers from Ferguson and also will connect the dots to Northern California. We will hear from working people and trade unionists about militarization of police departments in the bay area, the censorship of education by the Oakland school district of the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, and the same economic and social conditions in Northern California that exist in Feruguson. We will also have video from Ferguson from the rallies and struggles. SEIU 1021 Social and Economic Justice Committee and other organizations are supporting this program.
There will be a gathering at Eastshore park near Lake Merritt right where Lakeshore Blvd. meets El Embarcadero. We’re excited to be joined by Oakland City Councilman Dan Kalb, the talented Occupellas, Students Against Fracking and other wonderful allies fighting Big Oil in the state.
Bring a light-colored t-shirt to screen print an awesome “I support a Frack-Free California” logo, a blanket to sit on and your smart phone for our interactive social media booth to tweet at Jerry Brown. There will also be a 10ft tall mock fracking rig and other great ways to take action to stop fracking in California.
This event is not meant to be a rally, rather a day of action and community building. So please stop on by anytime between 12-3pm.
Hear the stories of how the German state infiltrated animal liberation struggles and spied on activists.
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.
“FROM DENZIL DOWELL TO MIKE BROWN..IT’S STILL GOIN DOWN”
48th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party
The 10 Point Platform
“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.