Calendar

9896
Mar
24
Fri
Court Support for Man Beaten by Vallejo Police @ Fairfield Superior Court, Dept 9
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Dear Community,

We need everyone who can get to Fairfield this Friday come show support for Dejuan Hall.

Dejuan Hall is a 23-year old Black man who was brutally beaten by a Vallejo police officer Spencer Muniz-Bottomley on 3/10/2017. Dejuan Hall is currently held in Solano County jail, charged with battery on police officer.

Please come support!

62613
Mar
26
Sun
East Bay Democratic Socialists Picnic! @ Ohlone Park
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

These socialists have been busy! It’s time to just hang out and socialize. Join your fellow comrades for a casual picnic. Bring lunch, a blanket, friends, and family to meet and catch up in the sun.

We will try to find seating near Grant & Hearst. Wear your DSA shirt for easier spotting!

62597
Solidarity Training: Migra Watch Hotline @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Please register here: http://bit.ly/2muAGBH

By attending a Solidarity Training you will receive training to volunteer your time to document and monitor ICE officials during raids in real-time. The Solidarity Training will cover:
Overview of ICE raids, tactics and strategies
Operation of Migra Watch hotline
Documentation
Rights & Risks of legal observers
Accompaniment overview

The goal is to equip you with the tools and information for you to register with ILM as a legal observer and be ready to respond to ICE raid alerts through our Migra Watch hotline. By monitoring and documenting ICE enforcement we’ll gather probable evidence to fight an individual’s detention.

Migra Watch is a program of the Immigrant Liberation Movement (ILM), which was created by the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition, Faith in Action Bay Area/PICO California, and Pangea Legal Services in the Fall of 2016.

62618
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Mar 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

 

59239
Green Sunday @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Mar 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Special March 26 Green Sunday: Emeryville Mayor Scott Donahue Registers Green, and Talks About Local Issues Also, a Report-Back on the March 11-12 State Green Party Meeting

Emeryville Mayor Scott Donahue has decided to register Green at our next Green Sunday, on March 26 – please join us to celebrate! (Note: due to the March 11-12 state Green Party meeting, we will not be holding Green Sunday this month on the second Sunday – instead, it will be held on the 4th Sunday of March).

Four years after graduating art school in Philadelphia, Scott discovered that Emeryville had an abundance of empty warehouse space, and he’s been in Emeryville ever since. He is a co-founder of the Emeryville Artist Cooperative, and is also an avid biker and longtime proponent of bikeability in Emeryville.

Scott was elected to the City Council in 2014, and became Mayor a few months ago. Scott will talk about why he’s decided to register Green, and about local Emeryville issues. In addition, we will also have a report-back about the March 11-12 state Green Party Meeting in Bakersfield, which will be the best-attended state meeting in many years, with Jill Stein being the featured Saturday evening speaker.

62518
Mar
27
Mon
Oakland Privacy Advisory Committee – Cooperation With Ice @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

62604
Mar
28
Tue
First Response Opiate Overdose Workshop: Know Your Options @ Qulture Collective
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 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: The “Know Your Options: Chronic illness” workshop

This workshop is designed to increase people’s understanding of how policing, incarceration and gentrification drive health inequalities manifest as chronic illnesses and to empower folks who live with them to access the care they need with minimal contact with law enforcement. The workshop ends with the problem of substance use and specific training on responding to and reversing drug overdoses.

The “Know Your Options” workshop series aims to increase people’s access to the healthcare they need and to decrease people’s contact with law enforcement. Workshops are facilitated by healthcare workers and community organizers.

Accessibility: Please come fragrance free to this event to minimize fragrance in this space.

62603
Apr
1
Sat
Human Billboard: Black Lives Matter! No Trump Agenda in Oakland! @ Rockridge BART
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us at the Rockridge Bart station in Oakland, rain or shine, to call attention to racial injustice and demonstrate solidarity.

Throughout the East Bay and nationally, folks have been gathering on prominent street corners and freeway overpasses, holding signs and making visible our support for the Movement for Black Lives and communities targeted by Trump. These gatherings – or “human billboards” – have been a simple yet effective way of channeling anger and sadness over injustice into collective action and solidarity.

For those of us who are white, it’s a way to express a unified voice in opposition to Trump and the white nationalist politics he represents, and to commit to ending white silence and visibly supporting racial justice.

For all of us, it’s a concrete way to put our heart and soul into action. It’s being in community with each other, to share with like-minded people a belief that a loving, humane, compassionate world is possible, and to take a small step towards making that happen.

If you’ve been wanting to get more involved, this event is a great way to take action, meet people and gain further connections in the community we’re building.

Bring a sign with the following messaging!:

Will you show up for racial justice?
Black Lives Matter!
No Deportations! No Border Walls!
End Displacement of Black and Brown communities!
Solidarity with Undocumented Migrants!
Solidarity with Queer and Trans People of Color!
We Support Black Womxn!
We Support Our Muslim Neighbors!
Will you fight against Islamophobia?

This event called and organized by SURJ Bay Area.

62609
DeEscalation and Grounding Skills Intro Workshop @ Omni Commons Disco Room
Apr 1 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop offers two basic knowledge skillsets.
The deescalation skillset is intended to:
– identify potentially dangerous situations, particularly those of hateful victimization
– ensure the safety of the person or persons being victimized
– deescalate the rise in aggression and/or potential physical violence
– offer resources for help with no police involvement

The grounding skills workshop is intended to:
– become familiar with what grounding skills are and how can they help
– learn how to identify triggers
– identify bodily measurements of severe discomfort or anxiety once triggered
– learn what grounding skill is best to use based on the level of our discomfort/anxiety
– offer resources for help when all else fails
** Donations will go to Indigenous People Organizing for Change (IPOC). **
There will be snacks people can munch on throughout the workshop.
There will also be a short break between workshops.
Feel free to bring a notepad and pen to take notes; however, the central points of the workshops will be condensed in a zine for folks to take home, review, and pass on the knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

62554
Apr
2
Sun
Liberated Lens film night: FREISTUNDE – Doing Nothing All Day @ Omni Commons
Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A documentary about democratic schools in England, Germany and Israel, where students have complete control over their time. No curriculum, no classes, no tests, no grades – unless the students ask for it. Students and staff run the school as a democratic community, with equal voices.

In partnership with AERO http://educationrevolution.org/ and the
Alliance for Self-Directed Education http://self-directed.org/
Homepage of the documentary: https://doingnothingalldayengl.wordpress.com/

Doors open at 6:30pm, film stars at 7pm
A panel of students and staff from local self-directed environments will answer your questions after the film!

Free snacks and popcorn

62565
Apr
5
Wed
Pretrial for Cesar @ Rene Davidson Courthouse, Dept 7
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Come to support Cesar, who was arrested at an anti trump demo on election day. Lets pack the court!
62601
Apr
6
Thu
Film and Presentation: CAPITALISM & DEMOCRACY: Can They Co-Exist? @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Transition Berkeley Presents…

How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?

Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: “How Class Works”, an animated overview by Richard Wolff.
The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy – Can They Co-exist?

Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? We’ll discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

62607
Electrifying! Toward Fossil Fuel-Free Homes @ Oakstop
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Want to know what you can do in your own home to contribute to a more sustainable future?  In this debut event of the Local Clean Energy Alliance Presents series, learn how you can help your city meet climate action plan goals, and increase the effectiveness of Community Choice energy (CCE), a public alternative to PG&E for electricity.

Guest presenter Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will discuss how to slash emissions from natural gas appliances like furnaces and water heaters, and why it matters.

This is the first in a series of public-interest events on issues related to renewable energy and a sustainable future hosted by Local Clean Energy Alliance.  The Alliance is a non-profit membership organization working for equitable, sustainable communities through local renewable resource development.

RSVP ON FACEBOOK!

62602
Apr
7
Fri
March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City for Luis Gongara Pat
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Friday April 7th, 2017 is the One Year Anniversary of the death of Luis Góngora Pat at the hands of the SFPD. Luis was a 45 year old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker and a family man who for a decade and a half supported his wife and three children in the small town of Teabo by sending remittances from his dishwasher and line cook earnings. In 2014, he and his brother were illegally evicted from their home in the Mission District during the peak housing crisis of San Francisco, after which they became homeless. Extended family helped his brother José get back on his feet, and the plan all along was to help Luis next, but his life was brutally ended before then; a victim of police terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco.

On the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will March Against Police Terror in The Sanctuary City of San Francisco. Your participation in the march is humbly requested. We will address Luis’s unjust killing, and heighten awareness of the systemic oppression that regularly takes the lives of people of color in the City of San Francisco through evictions, homelessness, discrimination, deportations, police violence, and other injustices.

March Schedule & Stops, (approximate times)

 

  • 10:00 a.m.—Shotwell and 19th – Memorial Altar at location of shooting. Spiritual ceremonies for Luis Góngora Pat, then march to: 
  • 11:00 a.m. Valencia and 17th -Mission Police Station. . Rally against police violence, then march to:
  • 12:00 p.m. Market and Valencia – Luis’s Stolen Home. Rally for housing rights, immigrant rights, and rights of the unhoused/ homeless, then march to:
  • 1:00 p.m. Polk and McAllister – City Hall, front steps. Key moment. A visceral comment by José, brother of Luís, press conference, and rally for Justice and Honor for Luís Góngora Pat, then cross the street to:

 

  • 2:00 p.m. Polk and McAllister – Civic Center Plaza. Healing Circle for Families Hurt by Police Violence. SFCOH will be providing a meal!

Please march with us against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City!
The family of Luis Góngora Pat is reaching out to you for support. They would like as many people as possible to attend the march.

RSVPs already include California families of victims of police murder; Asociación Mayab; Coalition on Homelessness; Causa Justa; Answer Coalition; The Brown Berets; Poor Magazine; members of the Shambhala Meditation Center of SF; Idriss Stelley Foundation; the Coalition for Justice For Amilcar Perez Lopez,  ​OccupySF, ​and many more. The march will include indigenous ceremonies and be led by Aztec dancers. Jaranero dancers from Yucatán will join us too! We will hear from speakers against SFPD violence and for civil rights, housing, immigration, and homeless rights. The family lawyer Adante Pointer will present on the Góngora Family lawsuit, and more! This is going to be a very large event, and mainstream media will be present.

A march against the systemic violence against black and brown in San Francisco is long overdue! Bring your signs, banners, and voices!

How can you help:

  • Please save the date for this very special day, and please outreach to all friends and colleagues! 
  • Please circulate the attached flyer (below) and The Facebook Page for the Event as widely as possible!
  • If you would like to co-sponsor this event, please reply to this email and we will add your name to a flyer for circulation and our website event post.
  • If you can help us with media outreach, or would like to offer other support, please reply to this email.
  • Please also stay tuned for an upcoming fundraising campaign to gather support for Luis Góngora Pat’s family in the Yucatán peninsula on this terrible date.


Articles

 

 

62582
Apr
8
Sat
Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Walk #1:  Saturday, April 8
(Scroll down for the additional walks)
We will begin near the Pittsburg Marina at 3 Marina Blvd in the City of Pittsburg, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Martinez Shoreline Park, end of Ferry Street in the City of Martinez, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.  We will walk to the shore and make our prayers.  Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your area to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Pittsburg.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be support vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Walk #2:  Saturday, May 20th

We will begin near the Martinez Shoreline Park at the end of Ferry Street

in the City of Martinez, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at the 9th Street Park in the City of Benicia, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Martinez.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 9.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.

Please consider CARPOOLING – You can sign up to give rides or receive a ride here:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/8wh0vr

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

Scroll down to see the map of the walk.

We will begin in Martinez and walk through the Shell Refinery in Martinez on the public road.  It gets exciting when we walk across the Martinez Benicia Bridge over the Carquinez Straights!  Once we get to Benicia, we head over to the Valero Refinery where we stop to pray for clean air, water, soil and safe jobs in our communities.   We then walk through town to the 9th Street Park for the closing circle, a meal and the final prayers for the waters.

All walkers are encouraged to carry the water for at least five minutes in prayer for the life of the waters around the world.

Please go to the “What to Expect” page for more information:
http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/what-to-expect.html

 

Walk #3 – Sunday, June 11th

We will begin at Ninth Street Park in Benicia

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are two places along the walk where folks can join us – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Lone Street Park in Rodeo

Please join us for prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters that we will be carrying in prayer along the walk and putting into the Bay at the end of the walk.

Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

We also request that walkers keep the Four Agreements in mind:
1) Be impeccable with your word
2) Don’t take anything personally
3) Don’t make assumptions
4) Always do your very best
For more information:  The Four Agreements

This walk is 10.8 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

There will be three “return” points where people can be taken back to their cars at mile 4 and mile 6 (see map) and at the end.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end. 

Sure you’re coming?  Please carpool to the walk by offering a ride or accepting a ride  as soon as possible by signing up here:
CARPOOL

Let us know you’re coming!  RSVP BELOW!

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

We will begin in Benicia, home to the Valero Refinery, and proceed through Vallejo.  Crossing the Carquinez Bridge is always a treat!  Then we head toward the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo , ending at Lone Tree Park.

Walk #4 in July

Sunday, July 16th
Rodeo Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery to Richmond Chevron Refinery California

We encourage folks to walk with us the entire day.  It is truly a beautiful, profound and inspiring way to make a difference.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony – Feel free to bring water from your watershed!
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Keller Beach in Richmond 

You can join us at any time during the day of the walks.
Call this number to find out where we are: (510) 619-8279

Make sure to keep the phone number on you if you are joining us on the walk!

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.   Carpool:  Sign up to drive or be a passenger here: CARPOOL

There will be two points where folks can get rides back to the beginning in Rodeo, at the Hilltop stop in Richmond and at the end at Keller Beach.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo within sight of the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery and walking to Richmond, stopping to pray at several places including the Kinder Morgan facility and the gates of the Chevron refinery.  We will end at Keller Beach in Richmond, the last natural beach left in the San Francisco Bay where we will all enjoy a delicious meal made by Mike Bear and his family and  youth from Urban Tilth in Richmond!

Can’t come but want to support?  Welcome us at Keller Beach in Point Richmond and feel free to bring a dish to share if you would like. 

62536
West Oakland Holistic Community Clinic & Cafe @ West Oakland Healing Arts
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Offerings:

  • Massage therapy
  • Energy work
  • Acupuncture
  • Birth Doula Practitioners
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Resource library
  • Free Hot Meal
  • Free Store
  • Cafe Space to hang out, eat, make art and discuss what healing means to us by us and for us.
62423
Responding to Mental Health Crisis Without the Police: A Community Conversation @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BERKELEY COPWATCH PRESENTS

What can mental health care and crisis response look like without police involvement? Join the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition and Berkeley Copwatch for a forum to address that question. The forum will feature individuals and organizations who are fighting for, building and living out mental health alternatives to the police. We will also discuss next steps for our campaign to fight for changes in how our communities and the City of Berkeley approach mental health crises.

62596
Apr
12
Wed
The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America @ Hillside Club
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
sm_the_other_slavery.berkeley_.jpg “Andres Reséndez vividly recounts the harrowing story of a previously little-known aspect of the histories of American slavery and of encounters between indigenes and invaders.” — Publishers Weekly
The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America Is an eye-opening, landmark history of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Native Americans across America, from the time of the conquistadores to the early 20th century. This is a key missing chapter of American history. Resendez offers a startling contemporary insight: today’s global human trafficking has its roots less in the black slavery we have studied since grade school, and more in the other slavery we have failed to see. Unlike African slavery, Native American slavery was technically illegal on most of the American continent since the time of Columbus. Practiced as an open secret for centuries, there was no abolitionist movement to protect the indigenous people who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadores throughout the 18th Century, or made to serve Mormon settlers and other Anglos as servants. Resendez builds the incisive, original case that mass slavery was more damaging than the disease epidemics that decimated indigenous populations across North America. He also sheds light on how and why the European enslaving incited Native Americans to enslave their own, through compelling anecdotes from priests, merchants, Indian captives, and Anglo colonists. What started as a European business passed into the hands of indigenous operators and spread across the entire American Southwest. Every now and then a new book comes along that…makes us see ourselves.
For more event information:
http://www.kpfa.org/events
62520
Apr
15
Sat
Blueprints for a Future: Transforming Education Conference @ 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Blueprints for Our Future
Emergency California Education Conference

Let’s Fight for Free Public Education For All Students, Faculty and Staff

A strong public education system is the foundation of every just and democratic society. Yet for most working families—especially those from black and brown communities—the right to free, high-quality education seems further than ever: preschool is inaccessible to children whose parents can’t afford it; k-12 schools are starved of resources while the imposition of high-stakes tests penalizes low-income districts and the explosion of charters exacerbates segregation and inequality; college and graduate students are drowning in debt as tuition at the UC and CSU systems continues to rise; black and brown students are terrorized by police violence, constant raids, and ongoing deportations; LGBTQI students are brutally bullied for their sexual and gender identity; and most students are delivered an education that does not embrace their histories and experiences, and does not educate them for liberation.


Moreover, education workers are under attack, as universities insist on replacing tenure and tenure-track positions with precarious, contingent jobs and the prospect of right-to-work legislation threatens to weaken teachers’ unions, thereby undermining their working conditions and ability to advocate for themselves and their students. Now billionaire and privatization lobbyist Betsy DeVos begins her tenure as Secretary of Education, and she is planning to escalate the oppression and corporatization of the current education system.


For us, it’s time to propose another path: if we tax corp
orations and billionaires in our state, and if we get students and teachers to democratically run their schools, we can bring about the kind of education system we need. We must build a mass movement that can fight for our education and we must organize it democratically and independently from the Republican and the Democratic parties so we rely on our power and have the final say on what our students and teachers deserve.

 

To this end, we call on all California students, parents, and education workers to join us in building a collective vision and strategy for transforming public education, and to participate in the May 1st General Strike to defend immigrant and workers’ rights, and to defeat privatization and right-to-work legislation. We need a system that guarantees free, high-quality education from preschool to doctoral degrees as a universal right; provides just working conditions for all teachers and education employees; and centers the needs of our most vulnerable and marginalized students while openly combating racism, islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression. It’s time to go on the offensive. Our students and education labor unions have a key role to play and we must unite across sectors and build power through independent, grassroots action!

At the Emergency California Education Conference we will:

• Discuss the multiple factors that have led to the current crisis at all levels of public education.

• Hold teach-ins and workshops on how to build collective power in our education workers’ unions and schools.

• Discuss strategies for taking action, in particular labor action (including May 1st), to fight privatization and build an education system that gives all people a future worth fighting for!

WE ARE ACCEPTING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS UNTIL APRIL 1: we encourage facilitators to submit workshop proposals on specific aspects of the education crisis, educational activism, and/or visions for the future of public education.
To submit a workshop proposal, please indicate your interest in the form below, and follow up by emailing your proposal to ever.upward.march@gmail.com with the subject header [Your Last Name] Conference Proposal!
Your proposal should be for a workshop of about one hour, and include:

Facilitator(s) name(s)
Title of Workshop
A short blurb about the workshop main idea (2-3 sentences)
A quick outline of your workshop (4-5 sentences)

Please use the survey to RSVP and submit your workshop proposals! While the workshops are open to all who’d like to facilitate, we especially encourage high school students, university students, teachers and education workers, university instructors, and parents to apply. People of color, women and queers, differently abled folks, immigrants, and the working class to the front!

RSVP AND FIND DIRECTIONS TO SUBMIT YOUR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/vIpBMmUx2thFxh0v1

62555
Apr
22
Sat
Science Talk At Cal: Food Systems, Water, Climate Change @ Blum Center, UC Berkeley
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

62562