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Mar
26
Thu
Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex @ Red Poppy Art House
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Red Poppy Art House is pleased to present Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex on March 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015.

In a series of interactive discussions, Marcus Shelby will delve into our justice system, its flaws, and how music can be used as a tool for reform and change; both in front and behind bars. This lecture series will culminate with a performance on Friday, March 27th.These engaging discussions will explore the blues, the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, restorative justice, prison abolition, and more led by Marcus Shelby. Using readings, recorded music, poetry, video, these events are open to anyone interested in reforming our criminal justice system and how art can be part of that process.

Discussion and Performance Schedule

March 12:  History of Prisons, Rockefeller Laws, School-to-Prison Pipeline

March 19:  Mass Incarceration, The Prison Industrial Complex, Black Prison Movement; Incarcerated Women with guest speaker Naima Shalhoub

March 26:  Ending the Death Penalty, Restorative Justice, Prison Abolition

March 27:  Performance by Marcus Shelby Quartet: Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex

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Mar
28
Sat
Community Forum on Building a People Powered Economy in Richmond @ Grace Lutheran Church
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

  • Invitation to all people interested in planning a new economy for Richmond based on pro-people values are invited to join. To RSVP contact Ellen Choy at ellen@movementgeneration.org

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Mar
29
Sun
Sunday at the Marxist Library: The Dreyfus Affair @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Dreyfus Affair

In a scandal hat divided France from 1894 to 1906, Captain Alfred Dreyfus was convicted of treason based on falsified evidence and blatant anti-Semitism and spent five years on Devil’s Island before being completely exonerated.

Elazar Friedman, a member of ICSS, will discuss this case and its continuing significance, including: 1.) A synopsis of the case and frame up of Dreyfus, 2.) The role of antisemitism in the army, society at large , 3.) The direct linkage to the League of Human rights on the one hand and to Accion Francaise and the Vichy regime. 4.) How the Dreyfus Affair split French Society and set the intelligentsia at each others throats. 5.) The role of Emil Zola and other important Dramatis Persona and conspiratorial aspects of the case. 6.) The role of the left and the workers movement. Rosa Luxembourg essay on Dreyfus and the need for the left to intervene.

For our full schedule, go to:  http://icssmarx.org

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Fundraiser for Jabari Shaw. @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jabari Shaw, a well-known Oakland activist, his daughter and friend were nearly killed by US Marshalls and Oakland Police in a case of “mistaken identity.”

Come show your support for Jabari!

Check out this video for more info.

And these articles:

http://www.crc4sd.org/blog/2015/3/17/the-6-phases-of-engagement-of-power

http://www.crc4sd.org/blog/2015/3/16/black-oakland-activist-attacked-by-opd-feds

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Mar
30
Mon
Justice 4 O’Shaine Evans: Press Conference. @ Hall of Justice
Mar 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

O’Shaine Evans was shot and killed by SFPD Officer David Goff October 7th.

Join his family as they file for damages!

O’Shaine was a Caribbean immigrant raised in Oakland, an aspiring boxer, an enthusiastic uncle, and a beloved community member whose life was tragically cut short just five months ago.

Since O’Shaine’s death, his mother Angela, his sister Cadine, and his brother and brother-in-law Troy and Raheim, have become incredibly active in the anti-police brutality movement–attending rallies and marches, speaking to draw connections between immigrant rights, racial discrimination, and police misconduct.

Now it’s our time for all Bay Area residents fighting the criminalization of Black and Brown young people to come together and support O’Shaine’s fight for justice!

Facebook event.

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Occupy Forum: DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE @ Global Exchange, at 16th St. BART
Mar 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Information, discussion & community!
Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents

DEEP GREEN RESISTANCE
 An Analysis, a Strategy, and a Movement for Justice

Deep Green Resistance is an organization committed to the protection of nature above all else. The threat posed by industrial civilization on our planet is far too great for us to wait around and ask nicely for the destruction to stop. Two-hundred species a day are going extinct and every ecosystem on the planet is in decline. It is time to meet the scale of the problem head on with a strategy that can actually win.

Deep Green Resistance is an analysis, a strategy, and the only organization of its kind. As an analysis, it reveals civilization as the institution that is destroying life on Earth. As a strategy, it offers a concrete plan for how to stop that destruction. As an organization, Deep Green Resistance is implementing that strategy. As an aboveground organization, DGR works to build community, restore habitat, and promote sustainable living tactics in the fight to save our planet. Understanding the severity of the problem, we also argue for the necessity of an underground that can strategically target the infrastructure of industrialization. The different branches of a resistance movement must all be working in tandem. The aboveground and belowground, the militants and the nonviolent, the frontline activists, and the cultural workers all must do what needs to be done to stop the destruction.

First and foremost, members of DGR recognize that all of us currently living in the United States of America, with the exception of surviving indigenous peoples, are living on stolen land. Over the last 500 years, the ongoing genocide of indigenous people has been carried out by the U.S. Government and its allies in an effort to illegally occupy the land beneath our feet. Deep Green Resistance uses a radical analysis to reveal that the current dominant culture, and civilization as a construct, is irredeemable and fundamentally unsustainable. We are living in a society based on violence, oppression, and resource depletion. It is the most destructive and exploitative culture that that planet has ever known and it must be stopped immediately and decisively if future generations are to have any hope of a livable planet.

The liberal movement has created many environmentalist groups who, for the last 40 or so years, have fought a hard battle against the institutionalized destruction of the planet. Unlike many other environmentalist groups, Deep Green Resistance is rooted in radicalism as opposed to liberalism. By identifying the underlying, concrete power structure of society, we can have a fighting chance to confront and dismantle the oppressive system that is at the root of the destruction. Capitalism, patriarchy, race and gender oppression, and the threat of violent state repression all help to sustain the system of destruction. DGR seeks to build a culture of resistance to dismantle these systems and to utilize our strategy of DEW (Decisive Ecological Warfare) to build a movement capable of gaining the power back which has been stolen from all of us. Unlike most environmental and social justice organizations, DGR asks “What must we do to be effective?”; not “What will those in power allow us to do?”

Members from Deep Green Resistance will be speaking and answering questions at tonight’s forum. A short presentation of the analysis, strategy, and current projects will be followed by a discussion about future goals and solidarity building. Come by for a meet and greet and learn more about what membership of Deep Green Resistance is about.

Discussion and Announcements to follow.

OccupyForum welcomes donations, no one turned away.

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Mar
31
Tue
Palestine: A laboratory for global repression. A Presentation by journalist Rania Khalek @ 105 NorthGate Hall
Mar 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Apr
1
Wed
Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice @ Omni Commons
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

Join Movement Generation us for a Meal & Conversation

Behind that delicious #2 Burger & Fry Combo is a billion dollar fast food industry that not only erodes our soil, contaminates our water and destroys our health, but also serves up poverty wages and deadly working conditions to millions of fast food workers.

As food justice activists fighting to transition our food system away from industrial farming toward local, sustainable agriculture, how do we unite our frontlines with the very workers who plant, harvest, pack, transport, cook, serve, and compost our food?

As workers organizing for $15/hour and a union, how do we win not just respect and a fair wage, but also the power to transform the food industry itself into one that is good for both people and planet, for both our customers and our children?

From farm to plate, warehouse to compost, loading dock to drive thru, workers are the scholars of this rotten food system, placing them front and center in crafting solutions to the food, climate and economic crises.

Join us for a delicious meal and powerful conversation between food sovereignty activists and farmworkers, grocery workers, fast food workers, and restaurant workers about the future of our food system.

Visit http://bit.ly/1CouOAk to co-sponsor the event.

Free event. Accessible space. Program will be bilingual – Spanish & English. Childcare provided. For more information,

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Picket Lines & Produce Stands: Worker Power in Food Justice: A Meal and Conversation @ Location TBA
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Check the Facebook event for location information.

Behind that delicious #2 Burger & Fry Combo is a billion dollar fast food industry that not only erodes our soil, contaminates our water and destroys our health, but also serves up poverty wages and deadly working conditions to millions of fast food workers.

As food justice activists fighting to transition our food system away from industrial farming toward local, sustainable agriculture, how do we unite our frontlines with the very workers who plant, harvest, pack, transport, cook, serve, and compost our food?

As workers organizing for $15/hour and a union, how do we win not just respect and a fair wage, but also the power to transform the food industry itself into one that is good for both people and planet, for both our customers and our children?

From farm to plate, warehouse to compost, loading dock to drive thru, workers are the scholars of this rotten food system, placing them front and center in crafting solutions to the food, climate and economic crises.

Join us for a delicious meal and powerful conversation between food sovereignty activists and farmworkers, grocery workers, fast food workers, and restaurant workers about the future of our food system.

Visit http://bit.ly/1CouOAk to co-sponsor the event.

Free event. Accessible space. Program will be bilingual – Spanish & English. Childcare provided.

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Apr
2
Thu
Caravana 43: BERKELEY con AYOTZINAPA (Disappeared Mexican Students) @ Martin Luther King Civic Center Park
Apr 2 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event.

We’re all very honored to be having 2 parents from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero and 2 surviving students come to UCBerkeley from April 2nd to April 3rd. We’ve been working very hard planning events where everyone can come and see the parents speak on their journey and on their continuous fight to find their missing children. We want the whole community, non-students and students, to come out and come together to welcome them to UCBerkeley and show them what international solidarity looks like.
We are asking you all to spread the word of their anticipated arrival and attend the spaces we are holding for them because their testimonies are direct evidence as to why, we, thousands of miles away from Ayotzinapa, should continue to carry on this struggle and denounce the injustices of their government.

Agenda/ Here is the schedule for the 2 days.

April 2nd:
2PM-4PM Martin Luther King Civic Center Park (2151
M.L.K. Jr Way)

Bienvenida a los padres y normalistas/Welcoming the parents

6PM-8PM 110 Boalt Hall
Discusión/ Discussion with Jim Cavallaro
Commisioner, Inter-American Commission of Human Rights/Berkeley Law School

April 3rd
1PM -3PM
“Ayotzinapa: Mexico at the Crossroads”
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

5PM
Vigilia/ Vigil at Campanile

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Apr
8
Wed
Politics of Debt Reading Group: The Latest on Syriza, Greece, Its Debt, Austerity and the Troika. @ Omni Commons basement
Apr 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

We’ll be checking up on what’s happened in Greece 2 1/2 months after Syriza, the anti-austerity party, won the election.

Check back soon for links to articles to read before the discussion.  Here’s one to start off with:

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Apr
9
Thu
Black Community Control of the Police: Featuring Omali Yeshitela @ Uhuru House
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Demand the power to hire, fire and discipline the police be in the hands of a community-selected committee.

Culture. Speakers. Food.

Keynote by Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and leader of the Uhuru Movement.

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Apr
15
Wed
Fight for Fifteen: Oakland to Berkeley. @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly and march to Berkeley for the giant FF15 assembly there.


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Apr
18
Sat
Richmond Town Hall Meeting on Crude By Rail @ To be announced
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • There will presentations about the history of dangerous Crude By Rail, the threat from the Kinder Morgan operation in Richmond and strategies to fight for our rights to safety.

For more information contact: Andrés Soto, CBE Richmond Organizer at 510.282.5363 or at andres@cbecal.org

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Apr
25
Sat
Anarchist Book Fair @ The Crucible
Apr 25 – Apr 26 all-day

The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair is an annual event for people interested and
engaged in radical work to connect and learn through book and information tables,
workshops, panel discussions, skillshares, films and more! We create an inclusive space
to introduce new folks to anarchism, foster productive dialogue between various political
traditions and anarchists from different milieus, and create an opportunity to dissect
our movements’ strengths, weaknesses, strategies, and tactics.

Facebook event.

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May
9
Sat
Million Moms March
May 9 – May 10 all-day
Friday, May 8th:
8:00AM-12:00PM: The Coalition For Justice Lobbying Campaign on Capitol Hill
1:00PM – 6:00PM: Afternoon Social at Lincoln Memorial Park for the Mothers
-Will Include: Mother’s Speak Out, Special Guest Speakers, Special Guest
Musicians, Presentation of the Ribbons !
 
Saturday, May 9th:
9:00AM-10:00AM: Prayer Circle
11:00AM-2:00PM: Million Mother’s March
-Begin in China Town Mt. Vernon Square> South on 7th Street > West on Pennsylvania Avenue> End at Federal Department of Justice Building 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
 
Sunday, May 10th:
9:00AM-11:00AM: Check Out
12:00Noon: Brunch
3:00PM: Leave Washington D.C. !!

A more detailed master outline to come. The master outline will include detailed agendas that will breakdown; time, addresses, speakers, and logistics of each location. 

 

Website.

Facebook.

 

In the wake of the recent unjust murders of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Derek Williams, Brandon Johnson, Larry Jenkins, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and so many more at the hands of police officers and racist vigilantes, people in cities across the nation have risen up to demand Justice in their communities. For every individual killed, there is a mother who has suffered a loss greater than any one person should have to bear. We, the mothers of this movement, are calling on all concerned community members to join us in our fight. Together we unite to stand against police brutality and racial injustice and to demonstrate our love and determination to protect our children and our country. On May 9th, 2015, Mother’s Day Weekend, The Mothers for Justice United will march on the US Department of Justice in our nation’s capitol, Washington DC. Will you stand with us?

“My name is Maria Hamilton and I am Dontre Hamilton’s mother. I am overwhelmed bearing the loss of my son to police brutality. I ask with a humble heart – Join us in Washington on Mother’s Day as we take this fight directly to our elected officials. We need you.” – Maria Hamilton, Founder of Mothers for Justice United.

Mothers for Justice United is an organization of mothers whose unarmed children have been killed by police officers and white vigilantes. It is also comprised of concerned mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, clergy, and other citizens nationwide who care about the loss of these valuable lives cut short unnecessarily. We are committed to halting the epidemic of the killing of unarmed people of color by police and white vigilantes in this country through direct action, legislation, and community building.

If you know of any mothers in your own community who have lost loved ones to police brutality and racist violence and you think they may be interested in joining us on Mother’s Day, please let us know. We are working to raise funds and to secure transportation and housing for the moms to be able to make this trip. We are also in search of people to help us in our endeavor by organizing and spreading the word in your own communities

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May
10
Sun
Benefit Play: Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, a Play Through Letters @ La Pena
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join California Coalition for Women Prisoners for a performance of Mariposa & the Saint and a conversation about the shocking conditions in California’s women’s prisons and what can be done to change them.

In 2012, Mariposa was sentenced to fifteen months in solitary confinement. In 2015, she is still in a special confinement unit. Through letters with longtime friend Julia Steele Allen, who met her through a CCWP prison visiting team, Mariposa brings her experience to the stage.

Written by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca & Julia Steele Allen
Directed by Noelle Ghoussaini

A Benefit for the California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Doors open at 7:00 pm, play begins promptly at 7:30 pm

Facebook event.

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May
16
Sat
Book Launch Party! “Like Water” by T. Thorn Coyle @ The Alan Blueford Center For Justice
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PF Publishing invites you to celebrate T. Thorn Coyle’s first novel, dedicated to Alan Blueford, and to all victims of police violence.

Like Water:
a story of love and sudden violence.
a story of a ghost and a city.
a story for our times.

Welcome to the streets of Oakland, CA.
Meet Alex and Jonah.

Best friends since childhood: one poet, one professor, one black, one white. One dead–killed by police with a Taser to the heart–and one bereft, trying to figure out how to go on living…and how to find justice.

“One day he was laughing on a bright summer sidewalk. What seemed liked seconds later, he was gone.”

http://www.pfpub.com/

Facebook event.

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Oct
25
Sun
Take Back the Plaza! #O25 Discussion, potluck, march, vigil @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 25 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 2:30 am

During the early hours of October 25, 2011, hundreds of violent police officers stormed into Occupy Oakland’s home base at Oscar Grant Plaza, near city hall, to evict protesters & to remove their belongings. 96 of our comrades were arrested after the cops used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and less-than-lethal munitions to subdue the crowd.

Occupy Oakland’s spirit was not damaged, we were emboldened and radicalized as thousands returned that afternoon to stand up and fight back. Unforgettably, so did the p…olice. The battle for the plaza went on into the night, turning downtown Oakland into what looked like a war zone. Hot canisters of tear gas flew through the air, rubber bullets crashed into the bodies of our fellow occupiers, one hitting an Iraq war veteran in the head, putting his life in serious danger.

This year we say, FIGHT BACK! Let’s re-converge and re-claim our home!

Meet at Oscar Grant Plaza at 3PM for an open forum to discuss how to effectively combat state and police oppression before the 7PM FTP march on OPD. Let’s show these pigs we will never back down in the face of violent oppression!

After the march, let’s hold down the plaza all night and continue our conversations on how to better serve our community and how to empower each other to stand up and fight back against the OPD street gang who puts so many Oaklanders in danger.

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Please join us for a day of discussion on how to effectively combat
state and police oppression on October 25th at Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall) at 3PM.

Schedule of events:

 

  • Converge on OGP at 3 PM to begin the open forum
  • Dinner/break out groups at 5 PM
  • FTP March at 7 PM
  • Occupy OGP and continue conversations all night.

 

Please bring: Tents, warm clothes, shields, a defensive attitude and hella friends!

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Added 10/16/12 –

Roughly 10 organizers for this event have been meeting regularly to make sure this night is a success, meaning no arrests or casualties. Knowing that we cannot and will not control autonomous actions & respecting the various forms of anger within those who will be participating, we would like to make it clear that un-targeted property damage is not part of the plan and is discouraged in the interest of extending our presence past the march. This is not to say that a second autonomous march later in the night is out of the question.

Rather than the tactic of smashing, this night would be a great time to exercise our defensive tactics. (Bring shields, “tools of violence,” work together and act smart!)

There are multiple goals to achieve through this action including, holding space through out the night, calling out OPD violence in a very public way & celebrating our unity against oppression.

The march will make stops at various downtown locations where the OPD has shown their ugly side against dissenters. We would like to stop at each location and project video and images of what the police have done to us there, on the walls of a near by building or on our mobile slide show screen. Calling out OPD is such a public way will be a huge win for the Occupy Oakland community by showing the general public what true violence is.

The march will then end at one of three undisclosed locations where we will hold that space through out the night. Remember to bring items that will help you accomplish this goal: Warm clothes, blankets, tents… (For those bringing small easy to erect tents, it would be awesome to see them go up on the return end of the march, and held high above our heads as we zero in on our target.)

See you all on the 25th & seriously, FUCK THE POLICE!

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