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Feb
25
Sun
No Eviction Without Representation @ MLK Room, Unitarian Universalist Center
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

“No Eviction Without Representation”

Dean Preston is an attorney and founder/executive director of the tenant rights organization “Tenants Together”.  He’s one of the authors and organizers of the SF petition drive to create an SF ballot measure for: “No Eviction Without Representation”.

Jen Snyder is a leader of Democratic Socialists of America-SF and is the field director of the “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign.

On January 26, 2018, the San Francisco “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign submitted 21,946 petition signatures (which is more than double the number needed) to the SF Department of Elections, to qualify a tenant protection initiative for the June 5, 2018 San Francisco ballot.  Passage of this ballot measure would make SF the first city in California, and the second in the nation, to provide a right to counsel to tenants facing eviction. On February 25, hear directly from the organizers of “No Eviction Without Representation” about the causes of the housing crisis in SF and what San Franciscans can do this year to reduce the impact of that crisis in our city.

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. 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 meet at 4 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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. 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

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (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: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
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: antirepression@occupyoakland.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

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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“The Great Debaters” Oakland Greens Free Dinner & Movie Discussion Series @ It's Your Move
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
In celebration of Black History Month The Oakland Green Party presents Denzel Washington staring in “The Great Debaters” — a two-hour film based on the true story of the debate team at Willey College Texas that took on the Harvard College elite in 1935. This screening will be the Oakland Green’s second in a series on the “Last Sundays” of every month
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. The movie will provide a forum for discussions of debate value in a democracy and of how many stories are not told about triumph under backdrops of racial violence. The discussion is meant to be a community building event held in a relaxed fun space and organized by Green Party members to discuss solutions to local issues that hurt us and many others.
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Feb
26
Mon
Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us this–and every Monday for an hour of singing in front of the old Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley. Demonstrators have kept this rally going for over six years with their “Tax the Rich” and other timely signs and good spirits. We provide music; songbooks available. Come for a song, come for an hour.

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Occupy Forum: Authoritarian Tactics: U.S. Immigration Policy and Race @ Local 2 UNITE HERE
Feb 26 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Authoritarian Tactics: U.S. Immigration Policy and Race
with Professor George Wright

Designation of “the Other”, and scapegoating people for the deep problems in the state are classic authoritarian tactics. Currently, the Trump Regime plans to publish a weekly list of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants; ICE claims that those targeted in a raid have criminal records. But people who have had arrests or convictions have endured profiling in a justice system with shocking racial and class disparities.

George Wright will analyze U.S. immigration policy and race, and trace the history of scapegoating, incarceration, and deportations of “the Other” in the United States. He will include other instances of this tactic in dictatorships, and ways the citizenry fought, and won, the eventual legal freedom of their brothers and sisters.

George Wright taught Political Science at California State University, Chico between 1969 and 2003.  He also taught History at Skyline Community College between 2004 and 2013.   His major research includes United States Politics, International Political Economy, and the Politics of International Sport.   He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at the University of Leeds (UK).

Time will be allotted for announcements.

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Feb
27
Tue
RACE & INEQUALITY IN AMERICA. THE KERNER COMMISSION AT 50 @ Haas Institute, MLK Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit their website for more information.

Register here

In the mid-1960s, a series of violent police encounters with Black Americans sparked uprisings in more than 100 American cities. Shaken by the civil unrest across the nation in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the immediate causes of the rebellions, as well as the underlying conditions of racial segregation and discrimination that gave rise to them. Headed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, with Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York as vice chairman, the Commission issued its landmark report, which became commonly known as the “Kerner Report,” on February 29, 1968.

The Kerner Report, unanimously signed by the bipartisan and politically mainstream commission, was wide-ranging and dramatic, and concluded that white society had denied opportunity to Black Americans living in poor urban neighborhoods. The report offered both dire warnings along with a bold plan of federal action. Its most famous line, cited again by the US Supreme Court as recently as 2015, was: “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” In its other most memorable passage, the commission said: “What white Americans have never fully understood—but what the Negro can never forget—is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”

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Stop Urban Shield – Alameda County Board of Supervisors @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be considering Sheriff Ahern’s request to accept funding from the Department of Homeland Security for Urban Shield, 2018.

On Tuesday, February 27th, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition will be rallying to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting where we anticipate a presentation and vote on Urban Shield. The coalition continues  to demand investments in life affirming resources that will support us in emergencies, while Sheriff Ahern continues to press for the militarized policing program and weapons expo known as Urban Shield.

TIME:   10 am to 1 pm – people are needed the entire time, try to come at 10 am but if not come when you can during those hours.  Signs will be available to hold.

Please go to the Facebook page and mark yourself as going  Use it to invite others you think might be able to turn out

CAN’T COME ON 2/27?  CALL YOUR ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR.  Call-in days are targeted for Thursday, 2/22 and Monday, 2/23 but you can call anytime that is convenient for you.

Contact your Supervisor and tell them to vote NO on Urban Shield. Find your district here: http://acgov.org/ms/addresslookup/

District 1: Supervisor Haggerty //
shawn.wilson@acgov.org (510) 272-6691

District 2: Supervisor Valle //
christopher.miley@acgov.org (510) 272-6692

District 3: Supervisor Chan //
jeanette.dong@acgov.org (510)272-6693

District 4: Supervisor Miley //
anna.gee@acgov.org (510)272-6694

District 5: Supervisor Carson //
amy.shrago@acgov.org (510)272-6695  (Berkeley)

FACEBOOK PAGE

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Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Eli's Mile High Club
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Are you an awesome democratic socialist who is involved in the labor movement or wants to be? Are you looking to socialize and scheme with others who share your interests? Then come out to the East Bay DSA Labor Social! Come hear about other DSA chapters’ labor work and give input on the direction of East Bay DSA’s own labor work. Socializing starts at 6 p,m. at Eli’s Mile High Club. Brief report-backs and discussion start at 7 p.m.

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Feb
28
Wed
EPA Listening Session on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan @ SF Public Library, Koret auditorium
Feb 28 all-day

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a “listening session” in San Francisco and two other cities on its intention to repeal what is commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. According to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, this will “ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input.” (What impact this has on the future of the current Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units remains to be seen.)

Three sessions throughout the day will be structured and run identically:

– Session 1 from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM;
– Session 2 from 1:00 to 4:45 PM; and
– Session 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM PST.

During the on-line registration, you must choose which of these three segments you prefer to attend.

Pre-registration information and more details are posted here.  Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.  Registration will close on February 21st, or once the available seats or speaking slots are filled.  Those who register will receive an email confirmation within two business days.

Spanish translation will be available at the listening session.

Written comments can be submitted through April 26, 2018.  EPA assures us that written statements and supporting information submitted during this period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the listening sessions.

Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and can be submitted by one of the methods listed on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Repeal: How to Comment page.

Here is some commentary that might help focus our thinking about the Clean Power Plan and shape our comments to the EPA and its Administrator Scott Pruitt:

The Clean Power Plan Is Not Worth Saving.  Here Are Some Steps to Take Instead.”  (Truthout, January 19, 2018)

What Is the Clean Power Plan, and How Can Trump Repeal It?”   (New York Times, October 10, 2017)

 

WHEN
Wednesday, February 28, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

WHERE
San Francisco Main Public Library
Koret Auditorium
30 Grove St.
San Francisco 94102

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All Eyes on California: Maximizing Our Influence for a Safer Climate @ Ed Roberts Campus
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition is kicking off its 2018 climate convenings with an event to strengthen our citizen power to push forward on climate issues.  Climate advocates all over the world look to California for cutting edge climate policy and action.  The battles that we fight at the local level have a much larger impact than we imagine.  But many of us don’t know how to get our voices heard.  We need a road map.  At this Climate Convening, you will learn effective ways to influence local government and the regional agencies that hold power over large-scale solutions and the major polluters fouling our air and changing the climate.  Meet elected officials and learn effective strategies from veteran activists.

Featuring confirmed speakers:

Sach Constantine, Managing Director for Vote Solar and former Senior Regulatory Analyst for CPUC
Kathy Dervin, co-founder of 350 Bay Area and climate change and health consultant
Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember and member of Bay Area Air Quality Management (BAAQMD) Board
Linda Maio, Berkeley City Council Member since 1992 and led the charge against crude by rail through California

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Please RSVP.

 

 

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Mar
1
Thu
Protect Our Oak Woodlands & Water Future @ BFUU
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Transition Berkeley presents:
Protect Our Oak Woodlands & Water Future

Did you know that Napa has the highest concentration of oak woodlands of any county in California? And that the Napa River is the second largest fresh water source emptying into San Francisco Bay? Meet the two dynamic authors of a June 5th initiative to protect these treasures  Mike Hackett and Jim Wilson. Watch their film that tells the story of the Napa Valley watershed and the initiative they created to protect it – the Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative of 2018.  Also special guests from Forests Forever will share their work. Find out how you can help protect the forests, oak woodlands and watershed of Napa Valley from the ever-expanding wine industry.

Event is hosted by Transition Berkeley and co-hosted by The Ecology Center, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter and the Social Justice Committee of the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Bring: An earth-friendly, vegetarian potluck dish to share at 6:30pm if you like! 7 pm event begins
Info: click here

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Mar
2
Fri
Picket Line at ICE: STOP DEPORTATIONS and harassment of immigrants and refugees. @ ICE San Francisco
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the picket line with SEIU Service Employees Union EVERY FRIDAY.
STOP DEPORTATIONS and harassment of immigrants and refugees.

​Also…​

SF Labor Council Calls for a Clean Dream Act Now,
No Compromises;
Urges Labor Movement to Take Action!

[Resolution Adopted Unanimously by the Feb. 12, 2018, Delegates Assembly of the San Francisco Labor Council]

� For a Clean Dream Act Now and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth!

� Not One More Deportatioon!

� No Funding for the Wall of Shame!

� No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement!

• Stop the I-9 Audits!

� No Workplace Raids!

� Defend Our Sanctuary Cities!

� Maintain TPS!

Whereas, on Feb. 9, 2018, both houses of the U.S. Congress adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that does not include any protections for the close to 800,000 undocumented youth (Dreamers) brought to this country when they were children;

Whereas, United We Dream and thousands of undocumented youth organized actions and lobbied Congress in support of a Clean Dream Act — that is, continued protections and a path to citizenship for the 800,000 undocumented youth, WITHOUT any funding for the Wall of Shame and WITHOUT any further funding for ICE immigration enforcement;

Whereas, March 5, 2018, has been set as the deadline by the Trump administration for the adoption of any legislation that would extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);

Whereas, House Speaker Paul Ryan — taking his lead from the Trump administration — has stated that any protection for undocumented youth, would require, in exchange, millions of dollars more to build the Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and millions of dollars more for immigration enforcement;

Whereas, Sanctuary Cities — particularly in California — are under increased attack by the Trump administration;

Whereas, on Nov. 20, 2017, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke cut off Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for 60,000 Haitians and for more than 240,000 other immigrants from 10 nations (mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua);

Whereas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 77 I-9 audits took place in Northern California at the end of January 2018 — audits that are expected to increase and become workplace raids and deportations if and when a deal is struck on protections for undocumented youth in exchange for increased immigration enforcement and funding for the Wall; and

Whereas, undocumented youth — just like all 11 million undocumented immigrants, and just like all hundreds of thousands of TPS recipients — are part of the U.S. working class and deserve protections and a path to citizenship through a just immigration reform; in particular, they deserve the labor movement’s protection and support.

Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council reaffirms its stance in support of the following demands: “For a Clean Dream Act and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth! Not one More Deportation, No Funding for the Wall of Shame, No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement! Stop the I-9 Audits! No Workplace Raids! Defend Our Sanctuary Cities! Maintain TPS!”

Be it further resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council will work closely with our community partners to call on our elected representatives to take a firm and unwavering stand for a Clean Dream Act Now; and

Be it finally resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council calls on the California Federation of Labor and the national AFL-CIO to issue statements in support of a Clean Dream Act Now and to call for mobilizations, where possible, in alliance with our immigrant sisters and brothers and their organizations, to promote the above-stated demands.

Respectfully submitted by:

Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87; member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Rudy Gonzalez, IBT 856, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Susan Solomon, UESF, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 29.

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Mar
4
Sun
The fight for net neutrality: an update @ MLK Room, Unitarian Universalist Center
Mar 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

“The fight for net neutrality:  an update & what we in SF can do to protect and promote equal access to the internet”

Trump’s FCC has taken steps to do away with net neutrality, which would undermine equal access to the internet in our country.  But the fight is far from over.  We will get an update from two outstanding Bay Area leaders and activists about the attack on net neutrality; why net neutrality is so crucial for our democracy and must be defended; and what we can do in San Francisco to protect it at all levels of government.

Speakers:

Tracy Rosenberg is the executive director of Media Alliance. She organizes and advocates for a free, accountable and accessible media system; monitors the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation; and has facilitated the training of many groups in effective communications. She is published in newspapers and blogs around the country. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Community Media (Western Region), on the steering committee of the Media Action Grassroots Network and co-coordinates Oakland Privacy.

Katherine Trendacosta is a Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier foundation, focusing on intellectual property, net neutrality, fair use, free speech online, and intermediary liability. With a background as a writer and editor of science fiction and science, she  got her  JD at USC Gould School of Law, doing work with the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic.  She has major responsibility for Net Neutrality activism at EFF.

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Restore Voting Rights Fundraiser @ Panoramic Framing
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

A fundraising party to celebrate, learn about, and support the work of Initiate Justice and their campaign to restore voting rights to people who are incarcerated or on parole in California. The party will include homemade appetizers, beverages, and a silent auction of artwork by incarcerated artists and others. Space is limited, please RSVP.

SURJ Bay Area and Panorama Framing are jointly sponsoring this event to raise awareness about and funding for the current campaign, organized by Initiate Justice, to restore voting rights in California for people who are incarcerated. The Voting Restoration and Democracy Act of 2018 would, if passed in November, remove the restrictions that prevent people in prison or on parole in California from voting. Representatives from Initiate Justice will join us to give a presentation and answer questions.

Denial of voting rights to currently and formerly incarcerated people has a long and sordid history in the US as part of the effort to maintain white supremacy by preventing Black and Brown people from gaining political power. There are approximately 162,000-180,000 people in California who cannot vote simply because they are in prison or on parole. A vastly disproportionate number of these folks are people of color, given the inequities in our prison industrial complex.

Most other developed countries, and 2 states in the U.S. (Maine and Vermont), do not remove people’s right to vote when they are sent to prison. Restoration of the fundamental right to vote has been shown to lower the risk of recidivism, promoting public safety as well as upholding principles of democracy and universal suffrage. For more info: https://www.initiatejustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/VRDAFactSheet.pdf

We invite you to join us in supporting this historic challenge to white supremacy as we work together to knock down one of the pillars of systemic racial injustice in California.

Accessibility Information

Ground floor storefront space for the event is accessible from the sidewalk without steps. A large bathroom on ground floor (all genders). Food will include vegan, vegetarian, and GF choices and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Likely will be standing room only (except for wheelchairs or people needing a chair). We encourage guests to avoid using scented products. Questions can be directed to jkgrether@gmail.com.

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Mar
5
Mon
Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Mar 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us this–and every Monday for an hour of singing in front of the old Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley. Demonstrators have kept this rally going for over six years with their “Tax the Rich” and other timely signs and good spirits. We provide music; songbooks available. Come for a song, come for an hour.

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Mar
6
Tue
Bay Area premiere of “Transforming California from Red to Blue” @ Oakstop
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for the Bay Area premier of the new short film “Transforming California from Red to Blue: How Community Organizing Changed the Political Landscape”

The film documents the success of social movements in California in creating a more progressive political atmosphere in the state, pushing for policies and legislation that challenged dog whistle politics, xenophobia and structural racialization. Through interviews with key movement leaders and historical footage, the 10-minute video documents an important chapter in the California story. Following the film, a panel of activists will discuss the video and the significance of the gains made, as well as the challenges ahead.

Free. Wheel chair accessible. Food and drink will be provided

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Military Powerpoint Karaoke @ Internet Archive
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Internet Archive presents the first ever Military Powerpoint Karaoke: a night of “Powerpoint Karaoke” using presentations in the Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex collection at archive.org that were thoughtfully extracted during the Internet Archive’s most recent end-of-term web crawl. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:30pm at our headquarters in San Francisco. The show will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 pm, when doors will also open.

Also known as “Battle Decks,” Powerpoint Karaoke is an improvisational and art event where audience members give a presentation using a set of Powerpoint slides that they’ve never seen before. There are three rules: 1) The presenter cannot see the slides before presenting; 2) The presenter delivers each slide in succession without skipping slides or going back; and 3) The presentation ends when all slides are presented, or after 5 minutes (whichever comes first). We’re thrilled to have Rick Prelinger, creator of Lost Landscapes and Prelinger Archive, and Avery Trufelman of 99% Invisible, joining us to deliver headlining Powerpoint decks. The rest of the presentations will be delivered by you — the audience members who sign up.

This event will use, as its source material, a curated collection of the Internet Archive’s Military Industrial Powerpoint Complex, a special project for the Internet Archive’s 20th Anniversary in which IA staff extracted all the Powerpoint files openly available from the government’s “.mil” web domain. This collection contains over 57,000 Powerpoint decks, each charged with material that ranges from the violent to the banal, featuring attack modes, leadership styles, harness types, and modes for requesting vacation days from the US Military. As a whole, this collection forms a unique snapshot into our government’s Military Industrial Complex.

This event is organized by artists/archivists Liat Berdugo and Charlie Macquarie in partnership with the Internet Archive.

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Merchants of Doubt @ New Parkway Theater
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MERCHANTS OF DOUBT, co-presented by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

A documentary that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change.

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Mar
7
Wed
Exploring the use of big data in policing @ Impact Justice
Mar 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register

We’re at an important crossroads on how law enforcement agencies and courts are using big data and new technologies. Will they be used to reduce incarceration rates or to exacerbate unjust, biased enforcement patterns in policing? This is the moment to ask hard questions about how these systems are developed, and what kinds of checks are in place to ensure they meet high ethical standards.

We’ll explore the challenges and opportunities of these new systems and offer ideas on ways forward with a distinguished panel of experts in law, policing, and big data. This forum is part of Impact Justice’s Impact:Ideas series of occasional conversations, book discussions and panels designed to provoke fresh ideas about the future of our criminal justice system. The panel will feature:

  • George Gascón, the District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to his appointment in 2011, Gascon served as Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. During his tenure as DA, Gascón has implemented a series of reforms and initiatives focused on bringing more data-driven solutions to preventing crime and recidivism. Most recently, he has led efforts to reduce the role of money in pre-trial decision-making, increasing the use of risk assessments and diversion programs in San Francisco bail and sentencing decisions.
  • Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, a professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and a nationally-recognized expert on the use of big data systems in policing. His new book, The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement, examines how surveillance technology and predictive analytics shape modern policing.
  • Christy Lopez, a distinguished visitor at Georgetown Law School and former Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. While at DOJ, Professor Lopez led the team that investigated the Ferguson Police Department as well as investigations of many other law enforcement agencies, including the Chicago Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. She also served as a federal court monitor of the Oakland Police Department.
  • Antoinette Davis (moderator), Director of Impact Justice’s Research and Action Center. She is an expert in research, analysis, and evaluation, particularly around criminal and juvenile justice system reform. Her work is centered on finding strength-based solutions to complex systemic and social issues. She is currently leading several multi-site, mixed method research projects and has authored research reports on such topics as youth incarceration and the harmful effects of adult incarceration on girls.

Please join us! Light refreshments will be served.

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Vegas Tenold: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism @ St. Johns Presbyterian Church
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
VEGAS TENOLD
“Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America”

Advance tickets: $12: 800-838-3006, Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s. East Bay Books, $15 door, KPFA benefit, wheelchair access, more info: kpfa.org/events

Born and raised in Norway, now living in Brooklyn, Vegas Tenold is an award-winning journalist. For years he has covered the far right in America, as well as human rights in Russia, conflict in central Africa and the Middle East, and national security in the United States. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, he has published work in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Al Jazeera America.

Six years ago, when Tenold began reporting from the inner circle of three American white Nationalist groups-the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party-he found himself deep in the midst of small, disorganized groups operating well outside the mainstream, and often covertly. But as the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville made clear, all that has changed. Everything You Love Will Burn is a startling inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their violent conventions to their backroom meetings with Republican operatives.

Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn, a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee, and a rising star in the far right movement nicknamed “the Little Fuhrer,” who sent Tenold a text on election night gloating, “Everything you love will burn.” Alternately frightening and fascinating, Everything You Love Will Burn shows us the onrushing future of hatred in America.

Kevin Cartwright has been a radio producer, media trainer and music programmer for Pacifica Radio station KPFA-FM since 1994.

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