Join us tomorrow in Oakland for a rally and press conference in support of the CA Values Act, an omnibus state bill that would prohibit local law enforcement, school police, and other state agencies from getting in the business of deportations.
The CA Values Act will:
• Keep California law enforcement out of painful deportations.
• Make sure California plays no part in creating any kind of national registry to profile Muslims or other groups at risk of discrimination.
• Bolster confidentiality practices at state agencies so immigrants can continue to successfully interact with our state government.
• Keep our schools, hospitals, and courthouses safe and accessible to all Californians.
Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, Hear Yourself Think, Claire Conner, and others, Jen Senko’s “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation, and greater division of our country. For more info:http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/trailer
Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.
Alan founded Long Haul in 1979 and is returning to the “scene of the crime.” In 1960 he founded Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
Topics may include
–history of the long haul
–some comments on SDS
–Alan’s decades of work regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
–Modern organization Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)
Hear messages of hope from two powerful guest speakers at EcoViva’s anniversary event: author-activist Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Avi Lewis.
Learn about the resilient communities in Central America combatting climate change through grassroots organizing. Lewis will screen his short film “Keepers of the Future” about the social movement our partners have built in El Salvador, and Solnit will speak about organizing in the face of global challenges. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with both speakers at the event. Come enjoy delicious Salvadoran food, drinks at the open bar, lively beats, and good company, too.
EcoViva is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with Central American partners to protect the environment and improve quality of life for rural communities.
More info: https://ecoviva.org/20years
DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, has seen a massive influx of new members in the few weeks since the election.
Here in the East Bay and across the country thousands of people have committed to building a left alternative that demands material improvements in our lives.
DSA is dedicated to fighting for single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a living wage for all workers, and an end to white supremacy.
We are coming together to oppose the emboldened right wing, protect our targeted brothers and sisters, and build a future that puts people above profit.
Join us on Saturday, December 10th to learn how DSA East Bay is organizing locally. Meet new members, plug into opportunities for action, and enjoy a potluck among friends. Former mayor of Berkeley (and Bernie Sanders surrogate) Gus Newport will speak.
This event is open to new members, old members, friends, family, and anyone who is interested in DSA.
DSA is open to a wide spectrum of beliefs (at least on the left) and you certainly do not need to identify as socialist to attend or participate.
We need people to volunteer to bring food, beverages and utensils, and setup/breakdown the meeting space! To sign up, please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UD8wvboYTEAZKvZaRxGIZrhDVAZpRRYb2PQf54e9sVw/edit#gid=0
Here’s the agenda:
1. Info about DSA. What has happened over the last month and where we’re going
2. Speech by Gus Newport (former Mayor of Berkeley)
3. Breakout sessions for members and non-members
5. Campaigns info
6. Committee info sessions
Note: The building has a security door. There will be someone at the door between 9:45 and 10:15. If you arrive later than that text (510) 776-9291 and someone will come let you in.
*** If you’re not yet a member of DSA, but want to be, you can join here: https://dsausa.nationbuilder.com/join
Akratic Behavior || http://akraticbehavior.tumblr.com
Art Activist Nia || http://artactivistnia.com
Asswipe || http://asswipemagazine.storenvy.com
Awkward Ladies Club || http://awkwardladiesclub.com/
Bagger sampler 4 || http://bagger43.com
Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop || http://www.facebook.com/groups/batww/
Bibliophiliac Zines || http://bibliophiliac.bigcartel.com
Breenache || http://breenache.tumblr.com/
Bubblesort Zines || http://bubblesort.io/
Cake and Comix || http://www.cakeandcomix.tumblr.com
Chicken Milkshake Zines || http://chickenmilkshakezines.tumblr.com
Coin-Op || http://coinopbooks.com
comics by Nomi Kane and Kat Efird || http://www.brewforbreakfast.com
Cool Dog || http://miquelacomics.tumblr.com
Courtenberry Comics || http://courtenberrycomics.tumblr.com/
Damian Le || http://calamityhorror.tumblr.com
David Polka || http://davidpolka.com
Deth P. Sun || http://www.dethpsun.com
DisCantBeLife Press (DCBL Press) || https://mkt.com/store/DCBL
E. Sjule Comics || http://www.erikasjule.com
Elise Bernal || http://elisebee.etsy.com
FLOSS Editions || http://flosseditions.bigcartel.com
Fox and Redwood || https://www.etsy.com/shop/FoxandRedwood
Gimme Action || http://www.gimmeaction.com
gracie ct ||
Hunter Savoy Jaffe || http://huntersavoyjaffe.com/a>
irrelevant press || http://irrelevantpress.com
ivy atoms || http://ivyatoms.com
Jamie Oliveira || “http://www.jamie-oliveira.com
Jool’s Comix || http://Jooliefiveash.tumblr.com
Lauren Lim || http://www.lauren-lim.com
Lawrence Lindell Studios || https://facebook.com/lawrencelindellstudios
Lazer Zine || http://alexsodari.com
Lemon Drop Press/COME FIND OUT || http://www.etsy.com/shop/lemondroppresss
Lisa Sy || http://pluralsandnoun.tumblr.com
Lucretia Samuel || http://lucretiarhyssamuel.bigcartel.com/
Maximum Rocknroll || http://www.maximumrocknroll.com
ME(め) || https://mehome.wordpress.com/
MFA in Comics, California College of The Arts || http://comics.cca.edu/
Milvia Street || Minnie Phan || http://minniephan.com
Mixed Race Queer Feminist || http://mrqfzine.tumblr.com/
Mixed Rice Zines || http://www.jesswuohlson.com
MochaMixZines || http://maryaerrinjones.com
Nicole Goux || http://nicolegoux.com
Oatmeal Magazine || http://www.oatmealmagazine.com
Paradox Creations || http://etsy.com/shop/ParadoxNowCreations
Queer Anxiety Babiez Distro || http://queeranxietybabiezdistro.tumblr.com
Re/SEARCH || http://www.researchpubs.com/
Rock Paper Scissors Collective || http://rpscollective.org
Ryan King || http://www.ryankingwrites.com
Sabrina Barekzai || http://sabrinabarekzai.com
Scumburbia || http://www.samgrinberg.com
Silver Sprocket || http://www.silversprocket.net/
Snack Bar Collective || http://thesnackbarcollective.tumblr.com
STIMULUS || http://stimuluscomic.com
The Grand Newsstand || http://www.thegrandnewsstand.com/
The Stay At Home Girlfriend || http://www.missmuffcake.com
Thick Thigh Collective || https://www.facebook.com/ThickThighCollective
THREE, SADHANA and 100 YEARS FROM NOW OUR BONES WILL BE DIFFERENT || http://anandvedawala.com
Two Photon Art || http://www.twophotonart.com
Unity Press || http://www.jeffreycheung.com
Zines Rasquache || http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZinesRasquache
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Organized by ESPU, SWOP Bay, and the US PROS Collective, the event will include a potluck, presentation with speakers and video clips from the powerful documentary “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” on the serial murders of Black women in LA, vigil, candlelit procession and short walk through Oakland. 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 & families and to erect a permanent memorial for the over 200 missing and murdered Black women, many of them sex workers in LA and to press for victims’ compensation for their children and families.
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.
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…
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.
OO 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
- Welcome & Introductions
- Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
- (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: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (email@example.com)
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
You’re invited to the march on Monday to #ReclaimMLK, which also launches #120Hours of direct actions of protest and resistance leading up to the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump. March will start at Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland.
This year, we will begin our week of action with the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March. We will then launch into 120 hours of autonomous direct action in resistance to the fascist Trump agenda. This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” – Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Please see the related event on the 120 hours of direct action: