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Jan
19
Fri
No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 19 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!

ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND

No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.

Check NCIO Events Calendar for court dates
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Land Honoring and Celebration @ Planting Justice
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sogorea Te Land Trust is partnering with Planting Justice to repatriate a piece of land in East Oakland. The shared vision includes the creation of an indigenous cultural site with a traditional arbor, a place for ceremony, and a place to remain true to the original teachings and pass them onto the next generations. Please Join us to bless this land and celebrate this collaboration.

11am: Blessing of the Land at 319 105th Ave, Oakland, CA

12:30-3: Walk from Planting Justice to Intertribal Friendship house

3-6 prayer and meal at the Intertribal Friendship House 523 International.

Sogorea Te Land Trust is an Urban Indigenous Women led land reclamation project calling on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

To find out more visit http://sogoreate-landtrust.com/

Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate food sovereignty, economic justice and community healing.

To find out more visit http://plantingjustice.org/

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Federal Building Vigil – We Refuse to Tolerate Ethnic Cleansing @ Oakland Federal Building
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The California Sanctuary Campaign, the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership, ACLIP, the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, the Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR-SF Bay Area, the Oakland Justice Coalition, and the Coalition for Police Accountability will come together in front of the Oakland Federal Building to stand vigil against current White House policies which directly threaten the lives of people of color in this country and abroad.

According to Rev J Alfred Smith Jr of Allen Temple Baptist Church, “the president’s stated policies and actions will promote the ethnic cleansing of whole swaths of Black and Brown people whether native born, immigrant or refugee, seeking opportunity and the ability to raise their families in dignity. The president repeatedly makes racist and misogynistic statements which result in directives from his DOJ and the Congress while families are separated by federal authorities, children are left without healthcare, jails fill with our youth, and refugees are refused asylum.  We must take a moral stand against the president and his party before these destructive attitudes and actions do any more damage.”

The vigil is being held the day prior to the historic Women’s March which will take place in cities and towns across the country to assert that women’s rights are human rights. The vigil calls attention to the special jeopardy that women of color face as a result of current policies which threaten not only their economic well-being but their safety in the streets, at their workplaces, and in their homes.

We call on other cities to protest outside local federal buildings at noon on Friday, January 19th. If we cannot look to our president or the Congress to uphold the moral authority of our country’s stated values, then we must do it ourselves.

 

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Book discussion: The End of Policing @ Diesel
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative

Join Alex Vitale for the launch of his new book “The End of Policing” and a conversation on current organizations working to end police violence.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression—most dramatically in Ferguson, Missouri, where longheld grievances erupted in violent demonstrations following the police killing of Michael Brown. Among activists, journalists, and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. “Broken windows” practices, the militarization of law enforcement, and the dramatic expansion of the police’s role over the last forty years have created a mandate for officers that must be rolled back.

This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of the new book The End of Policing.

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Jan
20
Sat
Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

@AROCBayArea
www.araborganizing.org

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The hidden history behind segregated cities @ Richmond City Hall
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Richmond: Author to discuss hidden history behind segregated cities

RICHMOND — The process that led to segregated cities is not what most people think. That’s the contention of author Richard Rothstein, who will present his case at a free talk.

“The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” is the title of both the talk and the 2017 book by Rothstein that is a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award.

“In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Rothstein explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies,” notes an announcement from the Richmond Museum of History and the Richmond Public Library, which are hosting the talk.

“Rather, ‘The Color of Law’ uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day. ‘The Color of Law’ concludes that because residential segregation was created by government action in violation of the constitution, we are obligated to remedy it.”

Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and at the Haas Institute and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley.

Admission to the talk is free and an RSVP can be made at www.eventbrite.com/e/richard-rothstein-the-color-of-law-tickets-41720558313.

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First They Came for the Homeless Benefit: Empower Our Needs! @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Jan 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Labor Notes Fundraiser and Party @ Omni Commons
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Every two years in April, Labor Notes hosts a conference of about 2,000 labor organizers in Chicago. Labor Notes is the rabble-rousing left wing of the labor movement, and it works to support bottom-up, militant, democratic unionism and to empower rank-and-file members to hold union leadership accountable. This event is a crucial chance for rank-and-file members from across the country to come together and get important skills, learn about each others’ fights, and draw much-needed inspiration from stories of victory.

East Bay DSA labor organizers are hosting a huge fundraiser and dance party to raise money to attend the Labor Notes conference. We’ll start the night off with a small program highlighting several Bay Area struggles then it’s time to dance! Local labor unions members will also be in attendance, so this is a great opportunity for East Bay DSA members to meet union folks and support them from the bottom up!

Details

  • Cover: $5–35, (no one turned away for lack of funds)
  • Free food and alcohol by donation
  • All proceeds go to travel scholarships for Bay Area workers to attend the Labor Notes conference in April in Chicago. The scholarship money raised is sent to Labor Notes, which distributes it to applicants. Priority is given to low-wage workers, young workers, and workers who are not yet represented but trying to form unions.

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Jan
23
Tue
No Coal in Oakland: Lawsuit Heads to Trial! @ Federal District Court of San Francisco
Jan 23 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Coal lawsuit heads to trial

Currently-scheduled trial dates/times are:

  • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 — 10:00 am until 3:30 pm
  • Friday, Jan 19, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 — 8:30 am until 2:00 pm

As many of you know from press coverage in the East Bay Express and elsewhere, the coal trial begins this coming Tuesday, Jan 16th in the case that local developer Phil Tagami and his coal industry backers have brought against the City of Oakland.

No Coal in Oakland asks its supporters to attend the trial, even if only for a single day or a few hours. It is important for the court to see our community’s grave concern about the proposed coal terminal’s threat to health, safety, and the environment.

At issue in the trial will be whether the Oakland City Council was presented with substantial evidence of a danger to public health and safety before it voted in 2016 to ban coal storage and handling in Oakland. Constitutional issues raised by Tagami’s lawyers — asserting that the City of Oakland’s jurisdiction over the proposed coal terminal is preempted by federal law — will be considered only if and only after the judge finds that there was indeed the substantial evidence required to authorize the City to ban coal under the terms of its contract with Tagami.

When you come to court, please wear a red No Coal in Oakland t-shirt if you have one; otherwise, any red shirt will signal to the court where you stand. Dozens wore NCIO t-shirts at this past week’s hearing, so Judge Vince Chhabria and the attorneys on both sides recognized how seriously Oakland is taking the decisions before the court.

Any changes to the trial schedule will be posted on the No Coal in Oakland Events Calendar — judges sometimes need to juggle their calendars, so please check for updates before heading to San Francisco! We intend to update the Events Calendar by 5pm the day before any court date for which there is a change or cancelation, but if you check after 8pm you are virtually certain to see any new information.

Location: Philip Burton Federal Building / 450 Golden Gate Avenue (between Larkin and Polk) / San Francisco. The closest BART station is Civic Center. To enter the building you will need to go through a metal detector (airport style security, no boarding pass required). The trial will take place in Judge Chhabria’s courtroom on the 17th floor.

No Coal in Oakland encourages all supporters to respect courtroom decorum: our red shirts will convey our message clearly. Cell phones that go off during the hearing may be confiscated.  To get into the courthouse, you need to bring government-issued picture ID.

We’ll see you in court!

ABOUT NO COAL IN OAKLAND

No Coal in Oakland is a grassroots organization founded by the Oakland Fossil Fuel Resistance in 2015 to fight an attempt by local developer Phil Tagami and Kentucky coal company Bowie Resource Partners to convert a corner of the former Oakland Army Base into the largest coal export facility in the Western United States. For the latest information and news of upcoming events, check out our website at nocoalinoakland.org or come to one of our open community meetings.

Check NCIO Events Calendar for court dates
Follow on Twitter
Friend on Facebook
Visit Our Website

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Shut Down Oakland Whole Foods in Support of Anti-Racism @ Whole Foods
Jan 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The the last two years the Oakland whole Foods store has demonstrated it’s position on race relations, by creating a environment where people of color have been targeted and profiled. Security guards have done everything from physically assault African American individuals resulting in permanent disabilities, to pepper spraying a photojournalist for helping a mentally i’ll man on whole foods property, to racially profiling a young African American teenager as he shopped on their premises. The community is tired of these assaults and demands immediate accountability. We will take a stand!

#SHUTWHOLEFOODSDOWN

Adam Turner was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by the Whole Foods security guard. While assisting a man with mental disabilities, Adam was pepper sprayed and called a fucking nigger! A few months before the Adam Turner incident, another North American African male was beaten unconscious by a security guard at the same store. Numerous NA Africans have encountered racism and white supremacy. One AA male employee quit working because he claimed his fellow employees called the NAA customers niggers! It is clear Oakland Whole Foods is a toxic environment for NAA. We therefore call for a rally against this racist environment. We invite the community to stand and demonstrate effectively. We will not tolerate racism in our community.

When: Tuesday, January 23 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM PST
Where: Whole Foods Market (Oakland, CA)
230 Bay Pl, Oakland, California 94612

ALL PRESS WELCOME
#FREEDOMOFTHEPRESS
#SHUTDOWNWHOLEFOODS

What to do: Come support Anti-Racism efforts by demonstrating and showing community can impact and disrupt business operations. We will reach national attention to show we will not tolerate any form of racism in out community.

Whole Foods has been attacking folks of color and in the past two years—going as far as attacking and racially profiling two black men, and a young, black teenager in recent reports. Their gentrifying organization must be held accountable for the threat they have posed to our community and it’s time we demonstrate we can reach the top of their organizational structure to show resistance and intolerance to racial terror on any and all fronts.

We will we hold a demonstration in front of the store showing our our stance and position of intolerance for racism in our communities. Please bring any safe objects you have to make noise, signs and bright spirits as we show up for the folks who have become affected and targeted by this racist institution. It is imperative we address racism at the root on all fronts in our communities—especially in recent light of honoring King’s legacy and the path he has helped to pave with his work. We must continue to take action at every level reaching the streets, to circulating though data on social media by addressing and standing for issues we see as matters which affect the lives of many.

Hope to see you all there! Solidarity!

We’ve invite the following activists.

Angela Davis
Danny Glover
Cornell West
Bobby Seale
Elaine Brown
Congresswoman Barbara Lee

https://peppersprayedbywholefoodssecurity.link/

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ACLU Webinars on Getting Involved With Civil Rights @ Internet
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

REGISTER TODAY

Join us for one of several webinars and in-person trainings on critical civil liberties issues facing our state and the nation:

  • Voting Rights: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • California has one of the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turn-out in the country. 2018 is a critical year for ballot measures, local elections like the DA races, and of course, changing who holds the keys to power. In this webinar, we’ll give you the resources you need to get all eligible California voters to the polls, starting now!
  • Reproductive Justice & Sex Education: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • We’re in a critical moment. Sexual harassment and abuse is being both challenged and normalized. Discrimination against LGBTQ people is on the rise. Here in California, we have the power to make a change. Our schools are required to teach sex ed that addresses healthy relationships and consent and that challenges stereotypes about gender and sexual orientation. But many school districts need extra encouragement to provide the required instruction. They need to hear from you. In this webinar, you will learn how to be a parent advocate for sex education in your district.
  • Criminal Justice Reform: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Right now, a powerful coalition of conservative law enforcement is targeting California mayors and city councils with a cynical misinformation campaign. Their goal is to increase support for mass incarceration and roll back the clock on criminal justice reform. We need you to counter their lies with the truth. In this webinar, we’ll set you up with the skills you need to advocate for local initiatives that truly promote public safety and healthy communities.

 

ACLU Trainings for Change Makers

Start your year off right by learning how you can get involved in on-the-ground campaigns to make 2018 a visionary year!

Webinars (free)
� Voting Rights, Jan. 16
� Reproductive Justice, Jan. 23
� Criminal Justice Reform, Feb. 6

In-person trainings (free)
� San Francisco, Jan. 27
� Sacramento, Jan. 28
� San Jose, Feb. 3
� Fresno, Feb. 10

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Jan
24
Wed
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 24 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment

Last week, New York City changed everything. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s pension system would be divesting from fossil fuels — that’s the nation’s fourth largest pension system. Exactly two weeks after that announcement, next Wednesday January 24th, San Francisco’s $20 billion pension system will vote to do the same.

San Francisco’s late, great Mayor Ed Lee published an op-ed1 just hours before his untimely passing calling on the pension system and the city to go fossil free. The implications of the second major US pension system moving to divest from fossil fuels within weeks of New York are huge.

As with all big and bold policy announcements, there is a backstory of a hard won grassroots struggle. Fossil Free SF has been pushing for this change for years. And in this last hour of the campaign we all need your help.

Help make this vote a big and beautiful people power moment. Please show up to the SF pension board special vote on fossil fuel divestment on January 24th to tell the board: our public funds need to be fossil free.

Fossil fuels are a poor investment and present significant risk to the stability of the pension system. Not only have fossil fuels underperformed the market over the last five years, but coal, oil and gas companies have sunk billions into burning fossil fuels that just can’t be burned.

Last year, San Francisco and Oakland announced they were suing five of the largest oil and gas companies2 for the harm climate change will cause their cities. As many know personally, the Bay Area has borne the brunt of some of the most recent extreme climate impacts.

This is a major moment for the Bay Area, so please don’t let it pass you by. Show up to 1145 Market Street for the 1pm meeting on January 24th and let’s get ready to celebrate.

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The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present The Housing Crisis: What We Must Do Now.

Speakers are Michael Kane, executive director of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants and Willie Phillips of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, and Friends of Adeline Corridor. The Gray Panther Monthly Meeting.  All Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Affordable housing is under threat! Michael Kane of the National Alliance of HUD Tenants will speak on issues and organizing strategies in the Bay Area. He has a broad, up to date, and amazing knowledge of housing issues and regulations. National Alliance of HUD Tenants works to preserve and improve housing and tenants rights and promotes resident control.

Willie Phillips is a lifelong Berkeley advocate for economic equity and affordable housing. He will speak on our city’s housing crisis and the challenges and opportunities of building and preserving affordable housing here. Willie is Chair of the Berkeley NAACP Economic Development Committee, a board member of Resources for Community Development, the City of Berkeley Revolving Loan Fund and a member of the Friends of Adeline Corridor in South Berkeley.

For information, contact Betsy@IC.org or 510-842-6224 or Eleanorewalden3@gmail.com

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Jan
25
Thu
Preparing People for Climate Change Conference @ California Endowment Conference Center
Jan 25 all-day

Mental health, social service, public health, social justice, climate, faith, disaster response, and other leaders are invited to attend this two day “conference to launch a movement to make California the first trauma-informed, human-resilience-enhancing state in the US for climate trauma and stresses,”

The call to the conference explains, “From high levels of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to job and financial struggles, racism and other forms of inequity and injustice, traumatic stress is epidemic today. Climate change is aggravating all of these existing adversities, and adding many new ones as well. Yet, California is leading the U.S. in finding innovative new ways to prevent personal, family, and community traumas–and reduce carbon emissions.

“Launching a statewide movement to build individual psychological and collective psycho-social-spiritual Transformational Resilience can not only prevent harmful mental health and psychosocial reactions to climate impacts, it can also help prevent ACEs and many other harmful traumatic experiences, while also advancing social equity and justice and motivating people to reduce carbon emissions.”

Speakers include Rick Hanson,Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley; Joanna Macy,scholar of systems thinking, deep ecology, and Buddhism; Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, cofounders of the Breakthrough Communities Project; Elaine Miller-Karas, Executive Director of The Trauma Resource Institute; Rev. Ken Chambers, pastor at West Side Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland; Caroline Farrell, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment: Amee Raval, Policy and Research Associate at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network: Theopia Jackson, Program Chair for Clinical Psychology in the Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology at Saybrook University, Oakland; and many more.

WHEN

Wednesday January 24
8:30 AM – 7 PM
Thursday, January 25
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

More info here

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When They Call You a Terrorist: Hosted by Cat Brooks @ First Congregational Church
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

BLACK LIVES MATTER PATRISSE CULLORS & ASHA BANDELE

 


Advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006
or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s Books, Walden Pond Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, 
East Bay Books
$15 door, wheelchair access

 

The emotional and powerful story from the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it came to be.

“It is a story our nation desperately needs to hear, especially right now. Our country has been at war with its own people for decades…This remarkable book … forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

From one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, the hashtag that turned into a movement and global network, Patrisse Cullors, comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Black Lives Matter Memoir On Sale: January 16, 2018), co-written with award-winning author and journalist asha bandele, asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST takes an intimate look at Cullors’ time growing up in Van Nuys, California, surrounded by a devoted family and supportive friends, and weaves her experiences into the larger picture of how predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods are under constant systemic attack. From an unrelenting and hostile police presence, to disproportionate punitive action, to lack of basic social and medical services, Cullors and bandele show how lack of personal security and dignity makes daily life an act of survival.

In WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST, a meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, the writers seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable.

 PATRISSE CULLORS is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, public speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. In​ 2016, Patrisse received the Defender of the Dream Award from the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights, the Revolution Award for Freedom from ImageNation Cinema Foundation, the Justice Award from National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Community Change Agent Award from BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., and the Glamour Women of the Year Award for The Justice Seekers. In 2017, Cullors received the Sydney Peace Prize.

asha bandele, author of the best-selling and award-winning memoir, The Prisoner’s Wife, and four other works,

has been honored for her work in journalism, fiction, poetry, and activism. A mother and a former senior editor at Essence magazine, asha serves as a senior director at the Drug Policy Alliance.

“Patrisse Cullors is a leading visionary and activist, feminist, civil rights leader who has literally changed the trajectory of politics and resistance in America.” —Eve Ensler

CAT BROOKS is KPFA Radio’s UpFront Co-Host, and a long-time performer and activist. She played a central role in the struggle for justice for Oscar Grant and is the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP). The actions organized by Brooks and her associates with groups that include the BlackOUT Collective, ONYX Organizing Committee and the Anti-Police Terror Project, have stood out both for their clear focus and their dramatic flair.

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Jan
26
Fri
Power Not Paranoia: a Discussion About Digital Surveillance
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The vast system of U.S. surveillance is in the hands of a President who is violating our constitutional and human rights. It’s vital that organizers protect their digital security so we can continue to work for social change.

The Ella Baker Center and The Center for Media Justice – home of the Media Action Grassroots Network – in partnership with Wellstone Action, would like to invite you to an evening of dialogue on 21st century policing, the impact on our community, and what we can do to protect ourselves and defend our rights.

Join us for a panel presentation about the current state of surveillance. Our panel will feature:

Malkia Cyril, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Media Justice
Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor:*
Tunisia Owens, Policy Manager of The Ella Baker Center for Human RIghts
And more!

Immediately following the panel presentation we will have a mixer with light refreshments.

Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor – https://virginia-eubanks.com/books/

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Jan
27
Sat
Saturday Brunch with AROC
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

In January, 5% of all Saturday brunch proceeds at Reem’s will be donated to the Arab Resource & Organizing Center!

Join AROC at Reem’s on Saturdays and support local Arab organizing!

AROC is a local grasssroots organization that builds power in the Arab and Muslim community through immigration services, organizing and mobilizing against racism, war, repression and Zionism.

@AROCBayArea
www.araborganizing.org

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Neighborhood assemblies: the possibility of direct democracy @ West Berkeley Library
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

What can we do to have a real voice in political issues?

                  Neighborhood assemblies:

the possibility of direct democracy

Lessons from People’s Assemblies in Jackson, MS

and Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies

 with Steve Martinot, neighborhood activist and Berkeley Planning Commissioner

Why do important issues never seem to get resolved?

�      Affordable housing
�      An end to rent increases and rent-gouging displacement
�      Shelter if not housing for the homeless
�      Policing that serves people rather than impose social control
�      An end to industrial and infrastructure pollution

These issues become endless issues because we give them to people who are not effected by them – the elite we elect too speak for us, but are not us.

What would give us a voice in our own affairs?

�      Local assemblies in which to discuss among ourselves what to do.
�      Neighborhood assemblies in which to make our own autonomous decisions
�      Community Councils that would bring together the decisions of neighborhood assemblies

Where do we see this kind of system working? In Jackson, Mississippi, and in Cuba, in its system of Municipal Assemblies. Cuba’s local assemblies are legislative for neighborhoods and cities. Composed of people elected from neighborhoods, they are composed of delegates representing 100 to 200 people. These local assemblies make policy on real issues: city maintenance, land use, housing, labor disputes, and sports facilities.

Their meetings are open and permit dialogue between people and delegates. People are not limited to “comments,” as in Berkeley. The delegates live in the neighborhoods and environments about which they pass measures.

Please join us on January 27, West Berkeley Library, to learn about neighborhood assemblies, Cuba’s Municipal Assemblies, and the possibility for “direct democracy.”

Steve Martinot has been a union and community organizer, lecturer at the Center for Interdisciplinary Programs at SFSU, and written extensively on the structure of racism and white supremacy in the US, as well as on corporate economics and culture.

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jan 28 @ 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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