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May
2
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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Fracking SHOWDOWN at the Planning Commission
May 2 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Guess what, oil industry: the game is up. The SHOWDOWN is on!

We’ve been pushing to ban fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in Alameda County for years. At every turn, the oil industry has thrown up roadblocks. But the people of Alameda County have a message: we’re tired of waiting. We demand the strongest ban on fracking and extreme extraction possible. It’s the only thing that will protect our water, our families, and our health. And we won’t be silent.

Join us for the most critical hearing of the campaign yet: a showdown at the Planning Commission. You bet the industry will be there in force, trying to water down our hard-fought protections. They’re a formidable opponent. But we’re stronger. We have people power on our side. Now’s the time to show it.

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Occupy Forum: Move to Amend
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

OccupyForum presents…

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Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!

Move To Amend:
Waging Non-Violent Revolution through Constitutional Amendment
With David Cobb

 

Corporations do not merely exercise power, they rule over us. The wealthy elite have stolen our sacred right to self-government, and the illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines of “corporate constitutional rights” and “money is political speech” legalize the theft.

All across the country ordinary folks are crying ENOUGH!!!! Come hear how you can get involved in a concrete campaign to abolish these doctrines via a constitutional amendment. Move To Amend’s strategy incorporates art and culture, grassroots organizing and educating, resolutions and initiatives, and we are beginning to explore direct action strategies.

Come help us!

The session will be facilitated by David Cobb, a people’s lawyer and an engaged citizen. Cobb has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He ran for Attorney General of Texas pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that violate health, safety and environmental protection laws. In 2004 he was the Green Party nominee for President of the US, and filed for the Ohio Recount that helped to launch a movement for election integrity and against the use of electronic voting machines.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Stop Sprouts! Save the Gill Tract! @ Sprouts, Oakland
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The plans for the commercial development of Sprouts Farmer’s Market on the south side of the Gill Tract are on their way. Earlier this week trees were cut just 20 feet from the banks of Village Creek— one of the last remaining open air tributaries of Marin Creek.Join us to tell Sprouts Farmers Market that there will be “no business as usual until you pull out of paving over the Gill Tract farm.” Folks will be holding signs, handing out leaflets, and letting Sprout’s customers know about the harm Sprouts is doing to our local community.

We’ll make sure folks know that Sprouts Farmers Market will be paving over the Gill Tract farm, where the local community has been proposing a community center for regenerative agriculture, education, and ecological demonstration. This is also where the Gill Tract Community Farm currently farms on an acre and a half of the total 20 acre tract that the development is taking over.

COME DEFEND THE GILL TRACT AND TELL SPROUTS TO STOP ITS DESTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT!!!

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Ilan Pappe: Why Palestine is Still the Issue. @ First Congregational Church
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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May
3
Tue
Fire Chief Suhr March/Press Conference @ Raymond Kimball Playground (for march)
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

San Francisco’s Police Chief Greg Suhr has blood on his hands. Specifically, the blood of Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Amilcar Perez-Lopez, Kenneth Harding, and a whole host of others who his officers have gunned down. Every time SFPD murders Black, Brown, and poor people you can count on Chief Suhr lying to the community and creating a false narrative of officers fearing for their lives.

The Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition demands the immediate firing or resignation of Chief Suhr. With the hunger strikers putting their lives on the line for this demand, Chief Suhr should have been fired yesterday. There will be no peace and definitely no business as usual until our demand is met. Join us in a march and press conference on Tuesday May 3rd, before Suhr is scheduled to participate in a “police accountability forum” and demand #FireChiefSuhr!

We are meeting at 5pm near Divisadero and Geary at Raymond Kimbell Playground and then marching at 5:30 over to the “police accountability forum” at 2266 California Street for a 6pm press conference, demanding‪#‎FireChiefSuhr‬

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Liberated Lens Local Filmmaker Series: THE WAITING ROOM @ Omni Commons
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

Directed by Peter Nicks.
Director will be present for Q7A after the film.

Doors open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm.

Free popcorn!

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Oakland City Council Action on Coal @ Oakland City Hall
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Event: No Coal in Oakland

Come to the May 3 meeting of the Oakland City Council to insist that the Council hire public health experts as an essential component of the review of the health and safety risks of shipping coal through Oakland’s bulk terminal.

No Coal in Oakland has been concerned about the Council’s intention to hire Environmental Science Associates (ESA).  At this point, our best hope is that they also hire Health Impact Partners (HIP) to analyze the health and safety concerns documented in the evidence.  HIP is a national leader in the field of health impact assessment based here in Oakland and would work with PSE Healthy Energy, an Oakland-based energy science and policy institute, and a panel of Bay Area public health experts with a variety of backgrounds, including environmental health (including air quality, water quality and noise), environmental justice, occupational health and medicine, and epidemiology.

By contrast, ESA is a firm known for producing reports favoring developers.  It is notorious in the Bay Area for writing the Environmental Impact Review that gave the green light to Valero’s contested crude-by-rail project in Benicia.  Many critics, from environmental and community groups to the California’s attorney general, have called that review inadequate because it fails to fully report the many negative impacts that project would cause.

Activists question ESA’s commitment to a fair review of the health and safety dangers of coal.  The team ESA proposes to do the review doesn’t include a single public health expert. No Coal in Oakland is insisting that the city also hire public health experts to summarize and synthesize the information received at a hearing on the impacts coal shipments would have on public health and safety in Oakland.

On February 16, at the urging of the Mayor who is strongly opposed to coal, the Council dropped a proposal to hire ESA.  No Coal in Oakland was hopeful that the idea of using ESA was dead.  Now a revised proposal from ESA seems headed for approval and needs to be supplemented with analysis by public health experts.  Strong public pressure is needed to tell the Council to hire HIP for this essential component of the review, and make sure the investigation of evidence is valid and unbiased. Come help push the No Coal in Oakland campaign over the finish line.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:  SIGN UP TO SPEAK OR CEDE TIME

The City Council allows public input on major agenda items such as coal, but each speaker only gets one minute to speak.  You can sign up to speak and then yield your time to someone else so that a speaker who needs three or four minutes can use your time.   We always need some people who have signed up to cede their time to others.

To get started, please use this link to sign up:

SIGN ME UP!

On the form enter your name, the date of 5/3/16, ‘coal’ in the “Item Number”, ‘City Council’ as the choice for “Comm/CouncilName.”

Finally enter ‘Yes’ as the choice for “Wish to Speak Concerning this Item,” if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also enter the name of the person you want to cede time to so that that person can have more time for full expression.  You can also cede your time by giving it up at the meeting even if you entered in the online form that you wish to speak.

After entering your speaker card form, you will get a confirmation number.  Bring this with you to the meeting.

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May
4
Wed
North America Premiere of Drone Whistleblower Doc NATIONAL BIRD @ Pacific Film Archive
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the North American Premiere of our feature documentary National Bird at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and the West Coast Premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May.

National Bird follows the journeys of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the veterans to Afghanistan where she learns about one of the worst U.S. airstrikes to have impacted civilians. For the first time, the Afghan survivors, men and women, speak openly about what has happened to them.

National Bird was made by a team of mostly women – in front of the camera and behind.

We would love to share our film with you on the big screen and hope you can make it to one of our screenings. Each will be followed by a Q&A with protagonist Lisa and director Sonia Kennebeck.

Sunday, May 1, at 8 PM
The Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Monday, May 2, at 3 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, San Francisco

Tuesday, May 3, at 4 PM
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

For tickets, please visit the SFIFF website for more information.

And please forward this email, follow, like and promote us on Facebook and Twitter!

We hope to see you soon!

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May
5
Thu
Certificate of Rehabilitation Workshop @ Suite 300
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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May
6
Fri
First Friday tabling with Oakland Justice Coalition @ South End of First Friday
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Oakland First Friday to table and canvass! We’ll focus on collecting signature for our three Oakland ballot initiatives, as well as voter registration.

We haven’t been assigned a space yet, but the political groups are always located together at the south end of the event on Telegraph between Grand and 23rd. We’ll have a table with two chairs and signage.

Please share this event with your friends! There is so much foot traffic at Oakland First Fridays that we’ll need all the help we can get.

We’re working to get these three measures on the ballot:

From the Coalition for Police Accountability: Measure X turns the current Citizens’ Police Review Board into a Police Commission that has power to approve police policies and discipline officers who are found guilty of misconduct.

From the Oakland Tenants Union: Oakland’s “Renters Upgrade” would expand Oakland’s current “Just Cause for Eviction” law and provide greater ability for the city to enforce existing laws amidst a wave of unfair evictions and widespread harassment as demand for housing in Oakland grows.

From Oakland Livable Wage Assembly: A Minimum Wage/Fair Scheduling ordinance that will raise Oakland’s minimum wage to $14/hr in 2016 and $20/hr by 2020, as well as implement fair scheduling similar to San Francisco’s recent ordinance and mandate enforcement of both.

These three measures represent a people’s legislative agenda, enacted through direct democracy at the ballot box. The Oakland Justice Coalition invites anyone who is concerned about Oakland’s housing crisis, police repression of communities of color and rampant income inequality to join us in building a grassroots movement for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

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First Friday: Alan Blueford 4th Anniversary @ Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With Green for the Heart Chakra & Peace for what we Cultivate in the Space- Alan Blueford Center for Justice (First Friday). May 6th is the exact day Alan Blueford’s life was taken at 18 years old by an Oakland police officer. So we come together- hearts open, creativity flowing, band live- to transcend, so are you coming through?

 

‪#‎TatuVision‬ ‪#‎OneLove‬ ‪#‎ABC4J‬

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May
7
Sat
Police Militarization, a Discussion. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley)
invites you to a discussion: Police Militarization
Suggested Readings:

Ana Conner &Tara Tabassi, ‘Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time’
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33001-ending-police-militarization-one-city-at-a-tim

Stephen Graham, Cities Under Seige, The New Military Urbanism
http://libcom.org/files/Graham,%20Stephen%20-%20Cities%20Under%20Siege.%20The%20New%20Military%20Urbanism_0.pdf This is a book length piece – worth reading introduction and skimming the rest

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Suds, Snacks, & Socialism: U.S. Imperialism II Hands Off the Americas @ Starry Plough Pub
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From the Peace and Freedom Party Platform: “The drive for greater profits by multi-national corporations which direct U.S. foreign policy is a major cause of war. We stand for peace between nations and the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support an ongoing socialist transformation everywhere.” We have confirmed speakers to address issues of war, imperialism, revolution, and socialism in Haiti (Pierre Labossiere), Puerto Rico (Ricardo Ortiz), and Venezuela (Laura Wells).

FREE! Please buy food & drink at the Pub. All ages welcome! FREE!

This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

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May
9
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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Will Oakland Ban Petroleum Exports? @ Oakland City Hall
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come tell the City Council to ban exports of crude oil, fuel oils, and gasoline — as well as coal — from the new Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal (OBOT). The City Council has announced it will hold a hearing May 9 to consider this expanded fossil-fuel ban at OBOT, the marine terminal that is the focus of the campaign to keep coal out of Oakland.  We don’t yet know who will be providing expert testimony.  But certainly everyone who cares about local health and safety and global climate change –- especially those with expertise on these products — should come and speak in favor of the expanded ban.   To sign up to speak, go to:

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373

For “item,” you can put “oil.”  There is only one item on the agenda

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The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program @ First Congregational Church
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jeremy Scahill in Berkeley

The Assassination Complex reveals stunning details of the government’s secretive and horrific drone warfare program, based on documents supplied by a confidential source in the intelligence community.

Drones are a tool, not a policy. The policy is assassination. Proponents of drone warfare, however, prefer the term “targeted killings.” But drone strikes Frequently kill people who are not the intended target. Unless it can be proven otherwise, the government refers to these unintended victims as “enemies killed in action.” These deaths – all too often of women and children – dwarf the number of actual combatants who have been murdered by drones. They have generated among foreign populations intense anger toward the U.S., and they have become a recruiting tool for jihadists.

Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues on The Intercept obtained a cache of classified slides from a source within the intelligence community that provides a startling window onto the Inner workings of the U.S. military’s drone operations. These documents make it possible to begin the necessary, long-overdue debate about this 14-year campaign of targeted killing that has been deliberately hidden from the public, and exactly why it is conducted so ruinously in so many places.

Jeremy Scahill, one of the three founding editors of The Intercept, is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, author of the internationally bestselling books Dirty Wars and Blackwater, and twice a recipient of the George Pol Award.  He will also discuss The Intercept, the investigative web magazine founded by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, a publication of First Look Media.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert, host of this one-time event, is the daily host of UpFront, KPFA’s popular hour-long news magazine with a strong focus on state and local issues.

 

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May
12
Thu
FILM SCREENING: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“This Changes Everything” is the great critically acclaimed film inspired by Naomi Klein’s book and directed by Avi Lewis about how the challenges of climate change can lead us to a post-fossil fuel, post-capitalist future. This is an ultimately encouraging film, which everyone must as most if not all people do care about justice.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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May
14
Sat
Film: Traces of the Trade @ Niles Discovery Church
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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May
16
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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