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Dec
10
Sat
#OpSafeWinter – Worldwide Day of Compassion @ Everywhere
Dec 10 all-day

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Dec
11
Sun
Bill of Rights Day @ Impact Hub
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The first 100 people to arrive will get a free pocket Constitution!

You’re invited to the 2016 Bill of Rights Day when we celebrate the goals we’ve achieved together and look ahead to even greater challenges.

We know that you may be concerned about the presidential election results. Many of the proposed policies are unlawful and unconstitutional. The ACLU is swinging into high gear, ready for whatever awaits us.

Since our founding, we’ve worked together to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Californians. Rest assured we’ll continue to do so. We’ve got your back!

Join us in Oakland on December 11 to celebrate the Bill of Rights and continue the fight together. With supporters like you, failure is not an option.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern California

ACLU. Because freedom can’t protect itself.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Humanism vs. fascism @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution:
Humanism vs. fascism, opposing capitalism then and now

Hailed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Hungarian revolutionaries in 1956 not only created a new form of direct democracy in Workers’ Councils but raised Marx’s humanism as freedom from Communism. “The goal of human development, the form of human society,” which Marx had warned is not communism, took center stage against the single-party-state.

Today various forms of humanism, from Black Lives Matter to Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement, also project humanism as an answer to global capitalism. Can Marx’s humanism help our age in is search for a way to unite the idea of freedom with a new post-capitalist reality? (see “Spontaneity of action and organization of thought. In memoriam: Hungarian Revolution”, Nov-Dec N&L at newsandletters.org)

Sponsored by Bay Area News and Letters Committees

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Dec
12
Mon
@ Global Exchange, 2nd floor
Dec 12 @ 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!

Alan Haber, SDS:
The Port Huron Statement, Occupy, and a Blueprint for Action

In the 50 years since its initial publication, Tom Hayden has attracted the bulk of media attention surrounding the Port Huron Statement. He wrote much of the original text and served as its high-profile articulator and leader of its execution. But it’s the lesser-known Robert Alan (Al) Haber who is credited as the “big brain,” the “visionary,” and the “indispensable element” of the student movement.

As the founder of SDS, Haber was elected its first president in 1960. He spent the first few years building the organizational and intellectual foundation that would support Henry David Thoreau’s call of “voting with your whole body.” In the SDS, Haber had established an educational association that, in his words, was “concerned with building a responsible and articulate left in universities and to extending the influence of this community into the political life of society more generally.” After one of the organization’s first meetings he wrote, “Pessimism and cynicism have given way to direct action.”

Haber, Hayden, and a handful of SDS members organized a conference to discuss Hayden’s working treatise. In the course of five days, more than 60 student activists from New York to California hunkered down at Port Huron’s FDR Camp to hash out, then publish the consensus document that would change the course of American social and political history.

Join us at OccupyForum to hear from Al Haber, and discuss the implications and applications of the Port Huron Statement, and Occupy, for today’s precarious times.

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

http://www.sds-1960s.org/PortHuronStatement-draft.htm

http://michigantoday.umich.edu/a8402/

http://markmaynard.com/2012/05/alan-haber-on-the-origins-of-sds-the-similarites-to-the-occupy-movement-ann-arbor-at-the-height-of-mccarthyism-and-why-he-never-built-a-second-bomb/

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/10/tom-hayden-sds-port-huron-counterculture-protest-vietnam/

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Stop Eviction: Honor the Dead, Fight for the Living @ Grand Lake Theater
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Anti Police-Terror Project ~ Sustaining the Soul of Activism Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This workshop for APTP comrades supports the resilience and wellbeing of front line change-makers, justice seekers, organizers, and activists.

Together we will explore:

• How to keep alive and vital that place within us where the motivation to work for social change arises

• How to not only “keep on keeping on,” but to keep on in a way that is transformative for us as individuals, for the organization, the movement, and the community

• How to stay connected to the larger vision and purpose that inspires, uplifts, and sustains each of us to be our best and most whole selves in every area of our lives

• How to process and clear trauma

The workshop will be held in Shelton Hall of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC).

This is the building of the First Christian Church of Oakland (the big white church at the corner of Fairmount Ave and 29th St.) You will need to enter through the glass office door via the parking lot (enter parking lot from Fairmount Ave). Please arrive early if possible. After 7pm the door will be locked and you can text the number posted to be let in.

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Dec
13
Tue
“Faulty Towers: Where do we go from here in contingent academic labor organizing?” @ SEIU Local 1000 union hall, 2nd floor
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

“Faulty Towers: Where do we go from here in contingent academic labor organizing?”

 By Jessica Lawless, who is a former adjunct professor and current organizer for SEIU 1021’s Northern California Faculty Forward Campaign.

This is part of the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting.  The talk will be preceded by introductions and a short business meeting. This will be OLWA’s last meeting for 2016.

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Dec
14
Wed
Unite Here: CHRISTMAS LABOR ACTION at CASINO SAN PABLO @ Casino San Pablo
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Casino San Pablo makes millions. Its workers are struggling to get out of poverty. This holiday season, stand with them!

Casino San Pablo made $263 million* in FY 2014-15. But its workers make as little as $11 per hour – less than the minimum wage in nearby towns like Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland. And the Casino’s proposed raise for its lowest-paid workers in 2017 is just 22 cents per hour!

State labor laws don’t apply at the Casino, so workers are denied many of the basic rights that other California workers take for granted – from California workers’ compensation benefits to a smoke-free workplace. And the Casino’s contract only provides for 3 months of medical leave – so workers can be fired if they need more time to recover from surgery or childbirth.

Workers are standing up to demand the Casino do better. Join them!
In Solidarity,  UNITE HERE Local 2850

*gross gaming revenue 2014-15

UNITE HERE Local 2850, 1440 Broadway, Suite 208, Oakland, CA 94612 | www.unitehere2850.org

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Dec
15
Thu
Defund Police Militarization: No Urban Shield 2017
Dec 15 all-day

Take action here!

Urban Shield is a regional, national and global weapons exposition and SWAT training. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security via the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Every year, local police, fire and health departments from cities all over the Bay Area (and a few foreign countries) come together to perform drills and practices throughout the region, all mandated to have a nexus to terrorism.

By focusing the majority of the training given to local departments on extremely violent responses, Urban Shield immerses local SWAT teams in war-like practices and encourages disproportionately violent responses. Urban Shield events are filled with disturbing themes including macho t-shirts disparaging social justice movements (the best-selling one a few years ago was called “Black Rifles Matter”), glorification of  hi-tech military-style equipment flowing into local police departments including tanks and drones, and scenarios triggered almost inevitably by people of color as the villains.

For a video of an Urban Shield SWAT training – click here.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the 2017 funding request to Homeland Security on December 20 on January 10th.

Send an email to them now saying that you want them NOT TO APPROVE funding for a 2017 Urban Shield exposition in the Bay Area.

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Convergence at the Border Berkeley Report Back @ BFUU
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hear from a delegation from the Marin County Task Force that traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to to participate at the US-Mexican Border to raise issues of immigration justice:

(1) participate in a national convergence at the border to highlight the militarization of the southern border and the U.S.-sponsored militarization of Central American borders, and the human rights crisis of an unjust immigration system
(2) support maquiladora workers, highlight the failures of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in protecting workers rights and demonstrate the dangers of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) in further depressing wages in Mexico and the United States

This is part of the Alliance for Social and Economic Justice participating organizations: Bay Area Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Global Exchange, Marin Task Force on the Americas, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition, Trabajo Cultural Caminante, School of the Americas Watch West.

 

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Dec
16
Fri
Defund Police Militarization: No Urban Shield 2017
Dec 16 all-day

Take action here!

Urban Shield is a regional, national and global weapons exposition and SWAT training. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security via the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Every year, local police, fire and health departments from cities all over the Bay Area (and a few foreign countries) come together to perform drills and practices throughout the region, all mandated to have a nexus to terrorism.

By focusing the majority of the training given to local departments on extremely violent responses, Urban Shield immerses local SWAT teams in war-like practices and encourages disproportionately violent responses. Urban Shield events are filled with disturbing themes including macho t-shirts disparaging social justice movements (the best-selling one a few years ago was called “Black Rifles Matter”), glorification of  hi-tech military-style equipment flowing into local police departments including tanks and drones, and scenarios triggered almost inevitably by people of color as the villains.

For a video of an Urban Shield SWAT training – click here.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the 2017 funding request to Homeland Security on December 20 on January 10th.

Send an email to them now saying that you want them NOT TO APPROVE funding for a 2017 Urban Shield exposition in the Bay Area.

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Court Support for Manny! @ Hall of Justice
Dec 16 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

We have received word from Manny’s attorney that this court appearance is important and that support in the audience is very likely to influence the judge!
Manny was arrested in Burlingame at the Anti Trump demonstrations outside the Hyatt Hotel. (Remember in the Spring when Trump was so scared by demonstrators he had to sneak in through the back??) He has been fighting his charges ever since!
We realize the peninsula is out of the normal area that we usually call for folks to give support, however, it would really mean a lot to Manny and his defense team to supporters in the audience!

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Dec
17
Sat
Hold Citibank Accountable for DAPL @ All Over the East Bay at Citibank Branches
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Standing Rock water protectors still urgently need our help.  Efforts continue in our own backyard to encourage divestment from Citibank, that perpetual bad actor and financial ringleader of the global investors bankrolling the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Because Energy Transfer Partners plans to go ahead with pipeline construction under the Missouri River despite the Army Corps of Engineers permit denial, it is more important than ever to stop the financing for this pipeline. Without investors, this project simply cannot move forward.

Join us on Saturday, December 17th at Citibank branches across the Bay Area to urge customers to close their bank accounts and demand that Citibank divest from DAPL.

We just need two to three people at each branch any time on Saturday.  Which of these branches can you target?   Please RSVP to both Carolyn (carolynclara [at] gmail.com) and Lora Jo  (ljfoo60 [at] gmail.com).   Here are four documents  that you can print and use: talking points, a flyer to distribute, a petition for signature-gathering, and a letter that customers can send to Citibank:

samplescript-forbanksdivestingfromdapl-12-7-16

divest-from-dapl-flyer

citibank-no-dapl-petition-2

citibank-divestment-letter

Citibank, Piedmont Branch

4101 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

Citibank, 4017 Macarthur Blvd Branch
4017 Macarthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Citibank, Fruitvale Village
3301 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94601

Citibank, Alameda-Downtown Branch
2420 Santa Clara Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501

Citibank, Oakland-Chinatown
801-A Franklin St.
Oakland, CA 94607

Citibank, Berkeley Square Branch
2000 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704

Citibank, San Leandro-Downtown
1300 E 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577

Citibank, San Lorenzo Branch
429 Paseo Grande
San Lorenzo, CA 94580

Citibank, Albany Branch
1377 Solano Ave.
Albany, CA 94706

Citibank, 280 El Cerrito Plaza Branch
280 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito, CA 95630

Remember to check their Saturday hours—best way to do that is enter the branch in Yelp. If you don’t live near any of the banks listed on the spreadsheet, go here to to find one nearest you.

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2016 East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book Event @ Humanist Hall
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book Event

This year’s theme is Community: for good or ill.

For anarchists the idea of community represents both an ideal and a practice. The ideal community is either explicitly anarchist, one that concerns itself with an anti-authoritarian rigor, challenging culturally normative standards like beauty, heterosexuality, diet, and bigotry or it is a broader group that allows anarchists to live within it, and listens to their concerns. The practice for anarchists, by and large, is identical to that of our neighbors— isolation, slavery to job and routine, and association only with a small subset of who is possible, even just within a geographical area.

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Alan Blueford Annual Birthday/Holiday Toy Giveaway @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers @ Omni Commons
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Speakers & Video Clips from the powerful documentary Tales of the Grim Sleeper on the serial murders of Black women in LA

Vigil:
Candlelit Procession
Time to Remember and
Honor those Lost

Potluck:
Fellowship Following the Vigil
Please bring a dish to share
Alcohol-free event

Focus:
The focus of the event is to honor those who have been affected by violence and as a fundraiser in support of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders who have been organizing to get justice for the victims and families and to erect a permanent memorial for the over 200 missing or murdered Black women, many of them sex workers, in LA and to press for victims compensation for their children and families.

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers was originally conceived as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington. It has evolved into an annual international event. The day calls attention to violence committed against sex workers worldwide, including police violence and abuse. It also calls for the removal of criminalization, stigma, indifference and discrimination that have contributed to violence against sex workers. Sex workers demand justice, an end to state controls and prohibitionist laws that perpetuate such violence. Sex workers are plaintiffs in a lawsuit to decriminalize prostitution that is currently in the CA Federal Court.

Organized By:
US PROStitutes Collective / Sex Worker Outreach Project Bay / Erotic Service Providers Union

 

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Oakland Underground United: a Benefit for the Ghost Ship Fires @ Eli's Mile High Club
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:45 pm

Hey there everyone, we are all in mourning over the terrible tragedy of the Ghost Ship Fires this past weekend, and if you’re like us and want to help out, we’ll be holding a Fundraiser.

Doors @ 7pm
Performances from:
Zack Bateman and The Coal Minds
Blatherskite
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Georgia Sam
Mykee Ramen (Solo)
and LunaSol Music
Hosted by Kylo Montez (Of Animation KO… and stuff)

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We will also have Vegan Baked goods for sale from Sonni Marina Echeverria-Corzan, Original art from Jessica Sun Lee, and some spinnin’ from DJ Just Delicious!

Entry will be a Sliding scale of 5$ to whatever you can spare. All Proceeds will go to https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684

If you are unable to make it, then please Donate and support Oakland Underground!

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Dec
18
Sun
What Do We Do Now? With Harvey Wasserman @ BFUU
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Harvey Wasserman co-wrote THE STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016 (with Bob Fitrakis), soon to become THE STRIP & FLIP DISASTER OF AMERICA’S STOLEN ELECTIONS: FIVE JIM CROWS & ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT at www.freepress.org and www.solartopia.org

Funny things will happen on the way to the Trumpocalypse. We will fight like hell. We will win a few (already the TPP). And we’ll never lose, because it’s never over til it’s over. We will also take California (and then the world) to Solartopia, because we have no choice.

At this gathering we’ll discuss the 2016 Selection, including how it was REALLY rigged, how we will cope with the coming of The Donald, and how we will shut Diablo Canyon while making California the decentralized post-grid renewable energy capital of the world. And all because of you! Don’t miss this talk!!! No Nukes/4 Solartopia.
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee and Codepink Women for Peace.

S Refreshments provided. Volunteers appreciated!

*Note: This event will be in the Connie Barbour Room, which is not wheel-chair accessible. It’s on the second floor of the RE Building of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists at 1606 Bonita (@ Cedar) in Berkeley (next door to Fellowship Hall).

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Dec
19
Mon
Defund Police Militarization: No Urban Shield 2017
Dec 19 all-day

Take action here!

Urban Shield is a regional, national and global weapons exposition and SWAT training. It is funded by the Department of Homeland Security via the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Every year, local police, fire and health departments from cities all over the Bay Area (and a few foreign countries) come together to perform drills and practices throughout the region, all mandated to have a nexus to terrorism.

By focusing the majority of the training given to local departments on extremely violent responses, Urban Shield immerses local SWAT teams in war-like practices and encourages disproportionately violent responses. Urban Shield events are filled with disturbing themes including macho t-shirts disparaging social justice movements (the best-selling one a few years ago was called “Black Rifles Matter”), glorification of  hi-tech military-style equipment flowing into local police departments including tanks and drones, and scenarios triggered almost inevitably by people of color as the villains.

For a video of an Urban Shield SWAT training – click here.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be reviewing the 2017 funding request to Homeland Security on December 20 on January 10th.

Send an email to them now saying that you want them NOT TO APPROVE funding for a 2017 Urban Shield exposition in the Bay Area.

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Dec
22
Thu
Postal Service Sues Berkeley Over Its Post Office @ Courtroom 8, 19th Floor
Dec 22 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Federal Judge Alsup will hear the case of United States Post Office v City of Berkeley wherein the Postal Service is suing Berkeley for passing a Zoning Ordinance for its historic district (which includes the Post Office) which prevents commercial uses of the properties therein.

“If you are able, please be there. Tony Rossmann [Berkeley’s lawyer in the original lawsuit challenging the sale back in 2014-2015] reminds us that it’s important Judge Alsup know that there is still strong community concern about Berkeley’s Main Post Office.”

Berkeley Post Office Defenders, in August, 2013, and subsequently First They Came for the Homeless, for 17 months, Occupied the downtown Berkeley Post Office in protest of the possible sale and the privatization of postal services.

Background:

NO, YOU STILL CAN’T SELL THE PEOPLE’S POST OFFICE!

Berkeley Defends Against Post Office Lawsuit

Feds Sue Berkeley Over Historic Zoning Overlay Ordinance.

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