Calendar

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Feb
22
Wed
East Bay DSA at Cal: Community Meetup
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The entrance to the building is down a corridor that runs between Addison and Center St – we’ll be meeting on the 6th floor in the UAW offices.

Hear from East Bay DSA members who study and work at Cal about what DSA is, what our East Bay chapter is working on, and what we’re involved in at Cal – and hope to be in the future!

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Occupy Forum: At the River I Stand: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike @ Black and Brown Social Club
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents…

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

At the River I Stand:
The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike,

the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Strike as Strategy

Film and Discussion with George Wright

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life, and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

In the 1960s, Memphis’ 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers recall their fear about taking on the entire white power structure when they struck for higher wages and union recognition.
But local civil rights leaders and the Black community soon realized the strike was part of the struggle for economic justice for all African Americans. Through stirring historical footage we see the community mobilizing behind the strikers, organizing mass demonstrations and an Easter boycott of downtown businesses. The national leadership of AFSCME put the international union’s full resources behind the strike. One day, a placard appeared on the picket lines, which in its radical simplicity summed up the meaning of the strike: “I am a man.”

Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains won by public employees, and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present racial quandary may well be found in what happened in Memphis.

We are very lucky to have George Wright with us to help disentangle the issues and tease out the strategies applicable to ourselves today.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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What Is Fascism? Is It Here, Now? @ Workers World
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Does the Trump presidency mean fascism is here, now? Let’s talk about what is fascism. We’ll start with a couple of short presentations, then open up for discussion, including how do we fight back?
We will have light refreshments. The space is wheelchair accessible.

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RICHARD WOLFF: An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit @ First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Democracy at Work present

RICHARD WOLFF
“An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit”
Hosted by Anita Johnson

Richard Wolff, an American Marxist economist, well known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, has rapidly become famous as well for his Pacifica Network Radio program, Economic Update, which is syndicated on over 60 stations. Additionally, Professor Wolff has made appearances on various television shows, radio shows and films including: Real Time with Bill Maher, The Young Turks, Moyers & Company, Charlie Rose, Al Jazeera America, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Charlie Rose, CrossTalk, The David Pakman Show, Democracy Now! The Empire Files, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, and The Real News Network (TRNN).

We have the enormously ominous prospect of President Donald Trump – just as the U.S. is sinking ever deeper into hard times for the vast majority of its population. More economic downturns are coming. Capitalism’s instability, inequalities, and failures to meet our needs are provoking rising opposition. Considering the increasing problems of drought, poverty, debts, job conditions, and a worsening environment, the American dream is now entirely out of reach. Our political leaders are controlled by corporate giants and lobbies that defy anything like democracy. And President Trump.

In 1988 Wolff co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. Later he published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It, This was followed by Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (with David Barsamian), and Democracy at Work. The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”

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Feb
23
Thu
Mobilization for Yuvette Henderson @ Oakland Federal Courthouse
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Yuvette Henderson was murdered by Emeryville police on 2/3/2015 who shot her with an AR-15 assault rifle for alleged shoplifting.

The city of Emeryville has filed a motion to dismiss her family’s lawsuit.

We need everyone to turn up in the Federal Courthouse on Thursday 2/23/2017 to show that the community stands with Yuvette’s family and demands Justice for Yuvette.

#sayHerName
#Justice4Yuvette

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Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimagining Justice @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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A conversation on ending mass criminalization and incarceration with:

• Fania Davis, Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

• Dorsey Nunn, Co-Founder, All of Us or None

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Oakland Women’s Strike Planning Meeting @ Omni Commons
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A call has gone out. It asks us to begin organizing a general strike on March 8, in response to Donald Trump’s oppressive administration and the neoliberal attack that threatens our livelihood.

We are heeding the call. Given the short amount of time, we are not planning for a strike in the traditional sense. We are instead planning a 5 pm demonstration.

By organizing this, we hope to create the tools and infrastructure necessary to organize a women’s bloc for the national general strike called for May 1 in Oakland.

Join us at the Omni Commons to discuss, plan and work towards building our collective power.

— Planning Meetings will be held Tues and Thurs leading up to March 8.

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Feb
24
Fri
Black History Month Film Series @ Oakland City Hall, City Council Chambers
Feb 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free. Each documentary will begin promptly at 5:30 PM, discussion afterwards.  Food provided.

Feb 3 – John Henrik Clarke – A Great and Mighty Walk

Feb 10 – The House I Live In

Feb 17 – The Night Tulsa Burned

Feb 24th – 13th

 

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Feb
25
Sat
Know Your Options Before Calling 911 @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

POLICING IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE
Because policing fails to meet people’s needs, and puts people in danger of arrest, imprisonment, and/or even death, we must eliminate connections between policing and healthcare.
Critical Resistance Oakland and The Oakland Power Projects present: “Know Your Options: Acute Emergencies” workshop
When: Saturday February 25th, 11am-1:30pm
Where: East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, California 94606
RSVP: croakland@criticalresistance.org

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Single Payer Healthcare Kickoff event @ California Nurses Association
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

This will be the first major organizing drive for our campaign to make single-payer health care a reality in California. You can learn more about this issue here. We want all hands on deck for this exciting kick-off day! No prior experience necessary!

You can RSVP by filling out this short form. And don’t forget to share the event on Facebook!

DSA members who come will receive education on single payer and be trained on how to talk to your neighbors and friends about the issue. Then, first-time canvassers will be paired with experienced organizers and canvassers to go spread the word about single payer, sign people up to be supporters, and recruit new members to DSA.

This is not only EBDSA’s first big day of organizing, but it’s also an opportunity for new members and people new to organizing to learn the ropes and build confidence for the work of socialist organizing we will be doing for years to come.

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OAKLAND JUSTICE COALITION @ Siegel & Yee, Suite 300
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

OAKLAND JUSTICE COALITION

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. Developing a coordinated agenda for local resistance and radical change in Oakland

a. Presentation and discussion on the impact of Trump’s election
b. Discussion of how Trump’s election impacts our work in Oakland
(1) Housing, gentrification and displacement
(2) Police accountability
(3) Education
(4) 2018 Oakland City Elections
c. How to build OJC to carry out this work

3. Responding to Trump’s attacks on immigrants – Presentation and discussion

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Roundtable discussion on a civic campaign for basic income in the United States @ Covo
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Enno Schmidt will be returning to San Francisco Saturday, Feb 25th.
He’ll be engaging with us in a deeper afternoon roundtable discussion: A Civic Campaign for Basic Income in the United States.

If you’re interested, you can RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/178774692617282/

What would a civic campaign for basic income look like in the United States? Join us for an afternoon roundtable conversation with Enno Schmidt, co-founder of the Swiss basic income campaign — we’ll discuss what’s happening right now in the US and how we can foster a strong civic and cultural movement in support of basic income here.

We’ll be starting the conversation promptly at 1:30pm, so make sure to arrive by then!

We’ll see you next Saturday!
The Universal Income Project team

P.S. We’re looking for volunteers to help on the web development front. If you’re interested, or know anyone who is, reply and let us know!

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Bob Moses – Lead Organizer for “Mississippi Freedom Summer” @ First Presbyterian Church
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series presents
BOB MOSES
President and Founder, The Algebra Project
Bob Moses served as Director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) Mississippi Voter Registration Project from 1961-1964, and was a lead organizer for the “Mississippi Freedom Summer.”
Moses’ civil rights work in the 1960s culminated in the national response to protect a fundamental right: the right to vote. His current work seeks a national response to establish a fundamental right: the right of every child to a quality public school education.
Co-produced by Merritt College and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center

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Feb
26
Sun
Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech on the Berkeley campus: A Discussion

Trump tweeted on Feb 2: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

We are inviting speakers to lead our discussion on this topic.

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM pn the summer) to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the warmer months we tend to meet at 4 PM.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. 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

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
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
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Feb 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 4:00 PM during summer hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time goes back into effect).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over five 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.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. 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

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
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
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

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Community Democracy Project @ Omni Commons Basement
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Community Democracy Project is your connection to direct democracy in Oakland! Convened out of Occupy Oakland in Fall 2011, we’re gathering steam on a campaign to bring the people back in touch with the city’s resources through participatory budgeting.

Picture this: Across Oakland, Neighborhood Assemblies are regularly
held in every community. People come together to tackle the important issues of their neighborhoods and of the city. At these assemblies, people don’t just have discussions–they learn from one another, from city staff, and they make fundamental decisions about how the city should run. They decide the city budget.

Democratic, community budgeting is a powerful step toward building strong communities, real democracy, and economic justice–and it’s being done all over the world.

The budget of the City Oakland totals more than $1 billion per year. Although part of the budget must be used for specific purposes, still over half of the budget–over $500 billion per year–consists of general purpose funds paid by the taxes, fees, and fines of the people of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council decide the city budget, with minimal input from the community.

Working together, we will not only get a seat at the table–we will REBUILD the table itself. Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People, Local Resources, Local Power!

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Liberated Lens Film Night: Within Our Gates @ Omni Commons ballroom
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Within Our Gates by Oscar Michaeux.

Oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director.

1920’s silent film. Portrays the contemporary radical situation in the United States during the early 20th Century – the years of Jim Crow, the revival of the Klan, the Great Migration of blacks to cities of the North and Midwest, and the emergence of the ‘New Negro.’

Free snacks and popcorn.

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Democratic Socialists of America, East Bay Executive Committee Meeting @ Omni Commons
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the country’s largest socialist organization. We are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics.

DSA East Bay holds Executive Committee meetings on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. All are welcome to attend and join in the discussion about the direction of our local chapter!

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Feb
27
Mon
Homeless Advocacy Working Group @ Hearing Room 3, Oakland City Hall
Feb 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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