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Feb
12
Fri
How the Other Half Banks (A Plea for Postal Banking) – by Professor Mehrsa Baradaran @ Green Arcade Bookstore
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In conjunction with Strike Debt Bay Area
Mehrsa Baradaran talks about her new book
How the Other Half Banks:
Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

How the Other Half BanksHow the Other Half Banks is a history of banking for the masses in the United States, the story of how it has failed in the last thirty years – to be replaced by predatory payday lenders and their ilk – and the case for Postal Banking (find out about this!)  as the way to once again provide banking services at reasonable rates for the tens of millions of unbanked and underbanked.

Mehrsa Baradaran is Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law

See Mehrsa Baradaran on YouTube

Friday: At the Green Arcade Bookstore in SF.

Also in Oakland on Saturday at 6:00 PM a the Laurel Bookstore at Oscar Grant Plaza.

Event flyers:

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COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act @ Troupe Studio
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SF Mime Troupe presents:  “COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act”, by L.M. Bogad on February 12 & 13 in SF

Follow Special Agent Christian White on a cheerfully creepy tour of declassified government surveillance documents. White probes the redacted (blacked-out) texts of the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence Programs, searching for the words erased in the name of the Freedom of Information Act.

Learn fun techniques for the infiltration of activist groups, how to earn benefits and a pension as an agent provocateur, and how to, in the words of J. Edgar Hoover, “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize” your neighbors!  Read on!

Tickets: FREE but you must reserve a seat!

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Late Night Mass Berkeley Copwatching @ See below.
Feb 12 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 13 @ 1:00 am

JOIN US FOR A SHIFT: LATE NIGHT MASS COPWATCHING

· February 12, 10 PM – 1 AM
· February 27, 8 PM – 11 PM

Since October 2015, Berkeley Copwatch has been holding “mass copwatch” events that invite folks to join us for a shift. It’s been fun and very empowering to have up to five cars full of copwatchers patrolling our city and on the scene when police stop people.

This month we have two shifts scheduled. Please join us; we will train you in the essentials of copwatching, how to document and how to stay safe!

Contact us at (510) 548-0425 or berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com to learn where we will be meeting.

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Feb
13
Sat
Omni Commons Love Party and Fundraiser @ Omni Commons
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Food Not Bombs will be hosting a fundraiser for Oakland’s Omni Commons, and YOU’RE invited! This event will last pretty much ALL DAY– from 2pm until late in the evening (10 or 11pm).

Come prepared for:

*A DANCE PARTY! (or several)
*Readings and book signings!
*Open mic!
*A DELECTABLE vegan meal!
*Meeting the best friends you’ll EVER have!
…and MORE!!!!

FEATURING: (And this list has only just begun…)

Antioquia: https://antioquia.bandcamp.com/
Carol Denney: http://www.caroldenney.com/
Bicicletas por la Paz: www.bicicletasporlapaz.com/the-band/
Maracatu Pacifico: http://www.maracatupacifico.com/#!/bio
V.E.X.:
http://moirascar.blogspot.com/
http://thebaybridged.com/2015/06/10/get-to-know-moira-scar-and-v-e-x/

Interested in performing? Decorating? Cooking? Promoting? Reach out to Saryta at srod622@gmail.com and Arthur at arnoldmcpeebles@gmail.com.

Presale tickets coming soon!

PRESALE suggested donation: $10 to party, plus $10 to guarantee your seat at the FEAST! Nom nom nom nom nom.

DOOR suggested donation: $15 to party, $10 to eat, $25 for the Full On Experience.

ABOUT THE COMMONS:

The Omni Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision—one that privileges a more equitable commoning of resources and meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.

We invite you to join us in establishing a safe, productive place to pool resources for the collective use and stewardship of the greater community. A space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individual collectives, creating a living model for future radical spaces. https://omnicommons.org/

CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

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The Mario Woods Case & the Struggle Against Police Terror
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

ANSWER Coalition Forum
The Mario Woods Case & the Struggle Against Police Terror

On Dec. 2, 2015, the life of 26-year-old Bayview resident Mario Woods tragically ended by police firing squad. The SFPD, led by notorious Chief Suhr, claimed Woods attacked the officers, but video exposed that lie. Since the shooting, the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition (J4MWC) has come together and shut down police commission meetings, disrupted Mayor Lee’s inauguration and “Super Bowl City.” As a result, the federal government has been forced to open an investigation of the racist corrupt SFPD.

Join us to learn more about the case, what’s next, and how you can join the growing struggle against racism and police brutality!

Featured Speakers:
Phelicia Jones, union organizer & coordinator of J4MWC
Eugene Puryear, Stop Police Terror Project—DC and Justice First
Frank Lara, ANSWER Coalition

 

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How the Other Half Banks @ Laurel Books
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Strike Debt Bay Area

Writer and lawyer Mehrsa Baradaran will be at Laurel Bookstore to read from her new book How the Other Half Banks and talk about credit inequality in modern American banking.

The United States has two separate banking systems today—one serving the well-to-do and another exploiting everyone else. How the Other Half Banks contributes to the growing conversation on American inequality by highlighting one of its prime causes: unequal credit. Mehrsa Baradaran examines how a significant portion of the population, deserted by banks, is forced to wander through a Wild West of payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities—all thanks to deregulation that began in the 1970s and continues decades later.

Corporate megabanks with trillions of dollars in assets believe, with some evidence, that they can run the government and control how money works in the lives of people and the budgets of local governments. Baradaran explains how banks and governments have always been in complex relationships with each other; governments need banks to provide money services to people, and banks need governments for protection against economic fluctuations and to provide credit on favorable terms. But in the 21st century, American banks in particular have shed their social contract with the American people and the U.S. government, demanding to be treated as a private industry while enjoying all the benefits of a public service industry.

Baradaran proposes a solution: reenlisting the U.S. Post Office in its historic function of providing bank services. The post office played an important but largely forgotten role in the creation of American democracy, and it could be deployed again to level the field of financial opportunity.

Mehrsa Baradaran is Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Also Friday 2/12 At the Green Arcade Bookstore in SF.

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Event flyers:

strike debt – baradaran flyer color

strike debt – baradaran flyer color 4up

strike debt – baradaran flyer bw

strike debt – baradaran flyer bw 4up

mehrsa-anouncement

 

 

 

 

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COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act @ Troupe Studio
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SF Mime Troupe presents:  “COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act”, by L.M. Bogad on February 12 & 13 in SF

Follow Special Agent Christian White on a cheerfully creepy tour of declassified government surveillance documents. White probes the redacted (blacked-out) texts of the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence Programs, searching for the words erased in the name of the Freedom of Information Act.

Learn fun techniques for the infiltration of activist groups, how to earn benefits and a pension as an agent provocateur, and how to, in the words of J. Edgar Hoover, “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize” your neighbors!  Read on!

Tickets: FREE but you must reserve a seat!

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Feb
14
Sun
34th Monthly Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Bahai Center
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland.

The Baha’i community of Oakland is organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

In April, it was two years since we started holding these prayer meetings at the Baha’i Center. Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. We will serve a simple breakfast.

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Feb
16
Tue
No Coal In Oakland! City Council Meeting. @ Oakland City Hall
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

1-coal-train-dust.pngThe Oakland City Council has the power to halt a reckless proposal to bring in coal by rail and ship it overseas from its port. It can do that on the basis of the proposal’s significant health and safety impacts. At its Feb 16 meeting the council will discuss the issue and there may be a vote on options. We need to make sure the council votes for the option to ban coal outright.

Three Ways to Help Ensure the Council Bans Coal
These are not mutually exclusive. But you need to act now.

1. Help the No Coal in Oakland campaign campaign do outreach and build pressure on the Oakland City Council. To find out more about joining the Sunflower Alliance team, contact Margaret Rossoff, margaretmft@gmail.com

2. Sign up ASAP to be a speaker at the Feb. 16 city council meeting. You don’t need to speak but we ask you to cede time to No Coal in Oakland activists and supporters so they can speak. You do have to be present to cede time. Sign up here. For Item, enter “coal” You don’t need to say if you are for or against. You can also sign up for open forum instead or on a second card.

3. If you live in Oakland, write a letter to your city council member and to Rebecca Kaplan, the at-large council member (districts, names, contact information). Urge him or her to vote to ban coal outright. If you live in another Bay Area city, write Mayor Libby Schaff (contact information).

Background
For meeting updates, flyers, media coverage and more, please visit our No Coal in Oakland campaign page. And for more background on this hazardous proposal, see A Coaltastrophe Threatens Oakland.

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Alameda City Council: Rent Control Ordinance @ Alameda City Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Alameda City Council will once again consider various proposals for tenant protection, including rent control, just cause eviction and moving-out compensation.  Come support the Alameda Renters Coalition in its battle against the powers-that-be in Alameda.

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Feb
18
Thu
Webinar: How San Francisco Stopped a New Jail @ Internet
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join CURB on Thursday, February 18, from 12pm-1pm (PT) for a webinar about how the No New SF Jail Coalition stopped San Francisco’s proposed new jail, and learn valuable lessons on how to stop a jail in your town!

Since early 2013, CURB members and allies have fought tirelessly to stop plans for a new jail in SF, building an incredible network of allies and encountering obstacles of all shapes and sizes. Almost three years of organizing came to fruition in December when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected funding for the new jail.

While this was a historic victory, the fight is not over. SF won’t be building a new jail any time soon, but more than 40 other counties are still trying to build new jails, and the governor is looking to allocate another $250 million for jail construction in the upcoming state budget.

During this webinar, community leaders who have been at the center of SF’s jail fight will share their strategies, stories, victories, failures, and advice on what ultimately made their fight successful.

Panelists:
Mohamed Shehk
, Critical Resistance
Lisa Marie Alatorre, San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness
Roma Guy, San Francisco Taxpayers for Public Safety

Click here to register for the webinar.

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Feb
20
Sat
Gigi’s Birthday Party! @ Gigi's House.
Feb 20 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come celebrate Gigi’s birthday!

Friends, music and good cheer!

BBQ provided.  Pot luck BYO drinks and side dishes.

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Feb
21
Sun
Fundraiser for Richard Perkins Family @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Last year, on November 15th, 39-year-old Richard Perkins was tragically murdered by Oakland police near 90th and Bancroft. Richard Perkins is the 5th person to be killed by OPD this year. His murder has been extremely difficult for the family and they have put out a call to the community for support.

We will be showing our support for the Perkins family at Eastside Arts Alliance where there will be performances, art, and speakers by the incredible voices of our community. We are asking for a $10 dollar donation at the door. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds will go to the Perkins family.

There is an option to donate online if you cannot attend:
https://www.youcaring.com/richard-perkins-473065

Please share with you fam, friends, and loved ones.

PERFORMERS:
AFROFONIX

This event will be updated with more performers, vendors, and artist set to share their magical brilliance in the spirit of community love and solidarity.

organized by members of Anti Police-Terror Project & black.seed

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Feb
23
Tue
Connecting Oakland: Tech, Equity and Community @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room #4
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Feb 23 OpenOakland invites you to come and learn how technology can empower communities, and how you can use tech to get more civic too!

Technology plays a vital role in connecting people and their government- Connecting Oakland is an interactive event where you will learn about how Oaklanders have used tech to:

  • make city hall more accessible,
  • to improve transparency; and
  • promote civic engagement.

You’ll see first hand how an app is built in Oakland- from an initial idea, to a concept, to the data scraping to app design. Built in Oakland, for Oaklanders!

We’ll also host a design session to help you work on an app or technology project- to prepare for the next hackathon or to work with OpenOakland’s volunteers through the year. We’ll also have speakers from the City of Oakland showing us how to engage with them and influence decisions.

We’ll also be joined by some of Kamala Harris’s team (our Attorney General) to show us their new data app that shares data on police uses of force- Open Justice.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Presented by

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TEW

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Feb
24
Wed
Film: Merchants of Doubt @ David Brower Center
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

tillerson.jpgBased on the book by Naomi Orestes and Erik M. Conway, this documentary lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. The film explores the illusions created by these corporations in order distract the public from the harm their products create.

Purchase Tickets

Pictured: Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. Beginning in the late 1970s Exxon conducted climate research and then, without revealing what it had learned, worked at the forefront of climate denial and manufactured doubt about the scientific consensus that its own scientists had confirmed.

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Feb
25
Thu
Court Support for Janye @ Rene Davidson Courthouse
Feb 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Details forthcoming.  See here for some background.

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Feb
27
Sat
Late Night Mass Berkeley Copwatching @ See below
Feb 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

JOIN US FOR A SHIFT: LATE NIGHT MASS COPWATCHING

· February 12, 10 PM – 1 AM
· February 27, 8 PM – 11 PM

Since October 2015, Berkeley Copwatch has been holding “mass copwatch” events that invite folks to join us for a shift. It’s been fun and very empowering to have up to five cars full of copwatchers patrolling our city and on the scene when police stop people.

This month we have two shifts scheduled. Please join us; we will train you in the essentials of copwatching, how to document and how to stay safe!

Contact us at (510) 548-0425 or berkeleycopwatch@yahoo.com to learn where we will be meeting.

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Feb
28
Sun
Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence

~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.

~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.

~ Working groups: tbd

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
#Justice4ThemAll

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting:
omnicommons.org/connect

 

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Stealing Democracy-Haiti Fights Back! @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

STEALING DEMOCRACY – HAITI FIGHTS BACK FEB 28th 3-5PM at EASTSIDE ARTS ALLIANCE, OAKLAND

Join Haiti Action Committee to mark the 12th anniversary of the February 29, 2004 U.S.-backed coup d’état that overthrew the progressive, democratically-elected Lavalas government headed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide  and to stand with Haiti’s popular movement at a critical moment in its longstanding struggle for democracy.Eastside Arts Alliance Sunday, Feb 28th, 3-5PM2277 International Avenue, Oakland

See the statement issued by 68 grassroots organizations in Haiti calling for solidarity with their struggle for free and fair elections, dignity and justice.

The statement was written as tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets – braving assassination, tear gas, beatings, and police torture – demanding the annulment of the fraudulent elections that gave the lead positions in the legislative and presidential races to the hand-picked candidates of President Michel Martelly, the corrupt “Haiti is Open for Business” government head imposed on Haiti. by Hilary Clinton.
 
The postponement of Haiti’s  rigged January 24th presidential run-off election is a dramatic and hard-won victory for the people’s movement, which has insisted that no election take place until it could be free and fair and democratic. The response of the Obama administration? Blame the protesters. The struggle for the right to vote and for all Haitians to participate in the political process continues.

See this August 2003 publication Hidden From The Headlines: The U.S.War Against Haiti. to understand the relentless U.S. campaign to sabotage and destroy Haiti’s democratic government that led to the 2004 coup d’etat and military occupation. Hidden from the Headlines exposed  a highly organized U.S. propaganda offensive against the Aristide government aimed at progressive activists who might otherwise have defended a democratically elected government committed to social change.

We invite you to attend this challenging and informative event and come out ready to support Haitians’ struggle for democracy.

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Mar
4
Fri
Qilombo Art Showcase & Gallery Night @ Qilombo
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The first thing you need to know is that Qilombo is having its FIRST of MANY Art Showcase and Gallery Nights. Our first event is March 4th at 7pm, right around the time when you are winding down (or up) from First Fridays. There will be hella dope art and music, food and beverages, as well as performances. The main goal is to have artists submit their work to get more recognition and the chance to win large cash prizes. Submission fee is $15-25 sliding scale (you can submit more than one piece, but please pay more on the sliding scale entry fee if you do so). The money we raise will go to the winning artists!

But to add a bit of context…

The question right now should be: “What is a Black Arts District without Black people?”

Last November, Qilombo Community Center of the Afrikatown and McClymonds district hosted it’s first Anti-Gentrification Block Party. The event celebrated the importance of communities standing together in solidarity against gentrification and announced that Qilombo won their fight against their own eviction. Qilombo received a lot of attention for being able to successfully fight to stay in their location— from their neighbors, from the larger Afrikan/Black communities, from dedicated local radicals…and also from the City of Oakland.

Qilombo was paid a visit from a representative from the Planning and Building Department of Oakland. She laid out their thick pamphlet of what Oakland will look like over the course of five to ten years— the much needed bike paths, turning a highway into a lane to increase business, the investors who will build high-rises of new businesses. There was even a Black Arts District. Our volunteers agreed that Oakland needed development, but the kind of economic development that would not displace low-income residents in the process.

And what of this Black Arts District the city is designating if it would be more of a museum to the past? AGAIN THE QUESTION SHOULD BE: “How can you have a Black Arts District without Black people?” These plans are designed around investors and developers and are trying to plug in social justice out of the concerns of Oakland residents rather being designed around human lives. The representative didn’t have any answers to Qilombo’s questions. Rather, she told them to take a seat at upcoming meetings “without any promises” that any of the suggestions from Qilombo and it’s community can be considered due to the City of Oakland’s current development plans.

Instead of attending those meetings, Qilombo decided it’s time to have another war-cry against gentrification. It’s time to make our own Black Renaissance and Black Arts District, one that Afrikans can be able to fight to stay in Oakland to enjoy what we have created.

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Submit your art of any expression (from paintings and sculpture to spoken word and performances). We do not want to put restrictions on your creativity. First place winners will win cash prizes! Afrikatown is dedicated towards making spaces that can economically sustain the most vibrant parts of our community— like the arts! So here’s to making our new Black Renaissance and POC arts thriving.

Guidelines: See the flyer for more information!

1. Artists should submit a high quality image or video of their artwork to info@qilombo.org and include the artists’ name, an art title, and the name of the contest theme they are submitting for. Submission deadline is February 3rd at midnight!
2. One must pay a $15 entry fee by the deadline via the Qilombo Paypal (finance@qilombo.org) which can also be found at our Qilombo Donate Page (qilombo.org/donate). Entry money will be used for the monetary contest prizes! Waivers may be given to those in true need.
3. Use the contest themes below!! :

• “Colonialism” or “Gentrification”
• “Ceremony” or “Generational Knowledge”
• “Liberate the Land” or “Black & Indigenous solidarity”
• “Resiliency” or “Community Power”
• “Decolonization” or “Resistance”
• “Afrofuturism” or “Indigenizing”

 

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