Calendar

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May
24
Sun
The War on Yemen and the Struggle for Self-Determination: Community Forum @ AROC
May 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Film screening on Judi Bari Day @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the attack on “Earth First!” activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney by car bomb in Oakland in 1990 as Redwood Summer dawned. We will commemorate this in several ways.

At 7 pm doors to Historic Fellowship Hall will open for a Judi Bari Day evening event sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) Social Justice Committee.

NOTE: Earlier in the day of Sunday, May 24, people will gather to mark the moment of the bombing itself where the bomb blew up Judi’s car with Darryl and Judi in it. The location is across from the intersection of E. 33rd and Park Blvd, in front of Oakland High. Gather at 11:30 am sharp. Bring signs, songs, drums for a speak out and commemoration.

Following the film, the audience can join in the discussion for a Q & A session.

Volunteers appreciated!

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Committee, www.bfuu.org/events

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May
26
Tue
Oakland Public Safety Committee on DAC / Privacy Policy. @ Oakland City Hall, off Oscar Grant Plaza
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

After a period of public comment, the Oakland Public Safety Committee will again take up recommendations from the ad hoc Committee on the Domain Awareness Center Privacy Policy.

(This was postponed from May 12th, to provide time for things to be forumulated into an ordinance)

— a strong privacy policy in place for the DAC.
— creation of a privacy policy for the City of Oakland
— a surveillance equipment acquisition ordinance, demanding open and transparent processes before acquiring such devices.

The Oakland Privacy Working Group asks you to come and stand and speak in support of these proposals, which will make Oakland a model for privacy across the nation.

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West Oakland Community Forum: Beyond Coal @ St. Patrick's Church
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

beyond-coal-250.jpgThe Oakland neighborhood at Ground Zero for the proposed coal export terminal is getting informed and mobilizing.  Join neighbors and friends to keep West Oakland coal-free and say NO to coal exports!

Help get the word out about the forum.  If you can contribute an hour or two to canvassing, please contact Katy at katypolony@gmail.com.  Here’s a flyer you can print and distribute.

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May
27
Wed
ARC Monthly Prisoner Letter Writing Night @ Qilombo
May 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Announcing a new monthly event organized by the Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee! Last Wednesday of every month!!

Come write letters to prisoners of the state. It’s our responsibility to support those who have directly faced state repression as a result of their involvement in political struggle. All movements face repression, and we need to do what we can to ensure that those who are shouldering the biggest burden have support, love, and care.

This Wednesday we will be focusing on writing letters to the Ferguson 3. They were arrested in the rebellions that took place this past fall after the murder of Mike Brown and have just been sentenced. They are feeling isolated and want as much communication as possible. Come take a few minutes to drop them a line! We will provide paper and envelopes, addresses and stamps, and will even make sure all the letters get dropped in the mail the next day.

We will also have snacks and music, and encourage you to bring food and BYOB so we can generally chill and enjoy each other’s company.

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Berkeley Police Review Commission – Report on December Protests by Police Chief @ South Berkeley Senior Center, near Ashby Bart
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The PRC is meeting almost every Wednesday for the next couple months, focused on the investigation of the December 6 protest response.

Next week on Wednesday, May 27 the PRC has summoned Chief Meehan to appear and answer our questions.  The questions are extensive and pretty pointed.  They can be found in:

http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Police_Review_Commission/Commissions/4-22-15%20PRC%20Minutes%20Approved.pdf

<http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Police_Review_Commission/Commissions/4-22-15%20PRC%20Minutes%20Approved.pdf>

These minutes also contain the approved PRC Policy Investigation Plan, including the meeting dates through July.

Chief Meehan also promised to release the long-awaited internal report on December and there will probably be questions about that.

I highly recommend people come to this meeting.  In general, public attendance has dwindled to almost nothing.  That’s too bad, because this is a setting in which important questions about how to constrain police behavior are being publicly debated.

A couple weeks ago the PRC voted to recommend more restrictions on the Suspicious Activity Reporting  to the NCRIC fusion center.  This puts more explicit language about constitutional protections in the BPD General Order N-17 on SARs.  It is not the abolition of ties to NCRIC that many people have sought, but it is an opening to talk about this domestic spying network that Berkeley participates in.  And unlike the other item, on crowd control, this one is a final recommendation that is on its way to the city council.

For the current policy, see

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Police/Level_3_-_General/GO%20N-17_18Sept12.pdf

<http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Police/Level_3_-_General/GO%20N-17_18Sept12.pdf>

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May
28
Thu
Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. – Building a National Movement against Police Terror @ Omni Commons Ballroom
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr (the son of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the US government) is visiting the Bay Area to build relationships and discuss strategy with activists organizing against police terrorism. This event, sponsored by CRC (Community Ready Corps) & APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project) will a panel of Oakland anti-policing activists in conversation with Chairman Fred. It will also serve as a fundraiser to send a delegation of APTP/Black Lives Matter activists to Chicago later this summer and build a national campaign to end the reign of terror by law enforcement on Afrikan communities.

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May
30
Sat
Displacement and Police Terror @ Station 40, Apt B
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More than just a discussion on what’s wrong, the speakers will also talk about how regular people are getting organized in their neighborhoods and fighting back.

James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement

Linda Grant, Community organizer at Qilombo

Rachel Jackson, Harm reduction & anti-police brutuality activist

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May
31
Sun
Oakland Book Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

One Day • Seven Hours • 90 Writers • 40 Events

Schedule here.

Readings and conversations with Ben Fong-Torres, Edwidge Danticat, Tracy K. Smith, Matthew Zapruder, Jenny Offill, Novella Carpenter, and others

Panels with Paul Beatty, Astra Taylor, Vikram Chandra, Elaine Brown, Leo Hollis, Anthony Marra, and many more

Rick Prelinger with Lost Landscapes of Oakland

Children’s Area by Fairyland, MOCHA, and Oakland Public Library

Music by HipHop4Change, Oakland Youth Chorus, and Oakland School for Arts

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Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg, Revolutionary Transgender Warrior @ Humanist Hall
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 50 years Leslie Feinberg, revolutionary activist, transgender warrior in the LGBTQI community fought for justice. Leslie, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, after decades of illness.

Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  Feinberg authored Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History; the novel Drag King Dreams; and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba.

Feinberg was a member of the Workers World Party and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Most recently, Feinberg was working with her life partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, on publishing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues. The online edition will be dedicated to CeCe McDonald and contain a slideshow called “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” documenting the Free Cece campaign.

This event is convened by Workers World Party, LAGAI-Queer Insurrection, and SF Gray Panthers. If you would like to support or help organize this event contact Judy Greenspan at judygreenspan1952@gmail.com or Patricia Jackson at patricia.lee@sonic.net

Wheelchair accessible, refreshments will be available

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Press the Police – With Ali Winston @ Laurel Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Presented by Mother Jones

From Baltimore to Ferguson to the streets of Oakland, unjust shootings by cops have put law enforcement under the microscope. How is the media covering a changing police force? This panel will explore how reporting and activism can help hold cops accountable to those they are charged to protect.

JAEAH LEE is a reporter at Mother Jones. Her recent work includes investigations into police shootings and officer accountability, and a multimedia package on the cost of gun violence. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Guardian, and Wired, among others. She was a 2013–2014 Middlebury fellow in environmental journalism and her work has been named a finalist in the Data Journalism Awards. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.

LATEEFAH SIMON became executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development starting at age 19. In 2004, she joined Kamala Harris to create a re-entry program in San Francisco’s City Hall and then served as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Currently the director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California Future Initiative, Lateefah is a MacArthur fellow award winner and is a nominee for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s “Visionary of the Year.”

ALI WINSTON covers law enforcement, criminal justice, and surveillance for the Center for Investigative Reporting. His writing has won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York City Community Media Alliance, CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley.

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Jun
2
Tue
EXTRA Occupy Forum: DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTH @ Local 2
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

EXTRA OccupyForum 

DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTHJoin the coming together of two great clean energy movements!

David Braun of CALIFORNIANS AGAINST FRACKING, Linda Seeley
and Harvey Wasserman
of the movement to SHUT DIABLO CANYON, (California’s last two reactors), will join together to facilitate a union of these two great campaigns.

This unique, pathbreaking collaboration will allow us to join forces and free our state of its addiction to technologies that destroy our water supply and threaten us all.

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The movements for No Nukes and an end to fracking have run parallel for many years. They’ve been especially critical in California, where we’re threatened by a Diablo Canyon complex ringed by earthquake faults and a fracking industry that’s destroying our water supply. Citizen activism has closed the reactors at Humboldt, Rancho Secoand San Onofre, and stopped proposed projects at Bakersfield, Bodega and elsewhere. PG&E’s Diablo is two 1200+ megawatt monsters surrounded by earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone, out of compliance with clean water and fire safety regulations, lacking a credible evacuation plan and now completely priced out of the market by clean, cheap, safe and job-producing renewable energy.Anti-Fracking activists have had big successes in places like San Benito County and Los Angeles in CA, and in many jurisdictions across the nation using Community Rights Ordinances, and other strategies and campaigns.

Now these two great movements come together. On June 2nd, the Occupy Forum will host an activist gathering of frack and nuke activists to jointly plot strategy for getting to a green-powered California and Earth.

DAVID BRAUN has campaigned throughout the US for an end to fracking, with a great and growing focus on the problem in California.LINDA SEELEY is a founding member of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, a 40-year-old citizens group that intervened against the Diablo nukes way back in the 1960s.

HARVEY WASSERMAN helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” in 1973 and was arrested at Diablo in 1984. He writes and speaks worldwide on a safe “Solartopian” future.

This coming-together is a unique and powerful event.  Be a part of it!!!!

Donations welcome. Announcements will follow. Wheelchair accessible.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/05/14/indian-point-transformer-fire/

Faith Against Fracking 15 minute film here:

https://vimeo.com/125489886  Password: faithagainstfracking

Community Rights Ordinances  www.movementrights.org/aboutus.html

 

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Jun
4
Thu
Fund Raiser for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network @ Awaken Cafe
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Jun
6
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

Schedule here.

The festival is free, including the keynotes, interviews and panels on various downtown stages during the day. But we expect many of those indoor sessions to be full. How to make sure you get in? Stand in line for a couple of hours? Who wants to spend valuable festival time doing that when you could be exploring exhibitors, visiting the 50,000-book Lacuna installation, or having lunch?

Solution: Tickets! By two means:

(1) Best is to get single tickets in advance. Reserve single tickets. There is a button next to each session on the schedule, and you can reserve your place via Eventbrite for a small processing fee for each session.

(2) Get tickets on the day of the festival. A quantity will be held in a Box Office at the event site, first come first served, for free.

Or.. a standby line outside each venue will allow people without tickets access to any seat five minutes before the start of the session.

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Debtors’ Assembly: You Are Not a Loan! @ Omni Commons Ballroom
Jun 6 @ 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

 photo debtors-assembly-6-6-15-fp_zpsd4iiri17.jpgYou are not a loan! Are you in debt? Are you outraged by the debt system? Join the growing resistance! Attend the 4th Strike Debt Bay Area’s Debtors’ Assembly.

Come to the Assembly to learn about tools for escaping the closing walls of debt, to share resources and skills, and to magnify our assembled energy. As we share our experiences we can begin to take back from the financiers what they have taken from us….. our freedom and our future.

Organized by Strike Debt Bay Area. Facebook, Website, Twitter

More information: strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

Strike Debt Bay Area is affiliated with strikedebt.org, rollingjubilee.org, and debtcollective.org

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Jun
10
Wed
Court Support for McKenzie @ Wiley Manual, Dept 104
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
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Jun
13
Sat
12th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Continuous Music outdoors and in Cafes.

Crafts, Bazaar, Kids Zone.

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Jun
19
Fri
Queers for Palestine ‘Outside the Frame’ Film Festival @ Brava Theater
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 3:30 pm

More info: OutsideTheFrameFest website

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Saturday @ 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM

Sunday @ 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM

Outside the Frame will present cutting edge films, as well as live performance, that place the gay/lesbian agenda in the context of broader international movements for justice. Outside the Frame brings together filmmakers and performance artists opposed to Israeli policies in Palestine and in protest of the pinkwashing of the SF LGBT film festival through the Israeli Consulate’s cash donations.

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Jun
29
Mon
Court Support for Janaye
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
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Sep
8
Tue
Alameda Fracking Ban Hearing @ Alameda County Building, Room 160
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

fracking-well.jpgA comprehensive proposal—not simply to prohibit fracking, but all additional oil and gas extraction—is up for approval by the Alameda County Planning Commission.  Under the current East County Area Plan and the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance, conditional use permits can be granted for oil and gas operations.  Under the proposed changes to the zoning regulations, such conditional use permits would no longer be available, effectively preventing the expansion of oil extraction in Alameda County.

Opposition includes E & B Natural Resources, operator of wells in East Alameda County, which objects to any limitation on its current operations, and Californians for Energy Independence, a petroleum industry front group, which argues that the County should defer to the State of California in these matters, despite—or because of—the many failures of state agencies to adequately regulate oil producers.

Because we expect opposition to come out in force, we need to pack the auditorium with our own folks, pumped up (you should pardon the expression) and ready to testify, or to hold signs during the hearing.

Will Alameda join Santa Cruz, Mendocino, San Benito and Butte counties in saying no pasaran to the oil industry?  Passage of this proposal by the Planning Commission is the last hurdle before the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision.  Come join this historic effort!

Need a ride?  Contact bstebbins14@gmail.com.

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