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Oct
23
Wed
Final Planning & Banner&Poster Making for Facing Urban Shield Action. @ Oakland Peace Center
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The countdown is on, just three days left til our big day! There’s already been a lot of media attention. We have had interviews with the Oakland Tribune, Oakland North, tomorrow on Hard Knock, Thurs on Kpfa’s Morning Show and several other local publications.

Now we just need to finalize some last minute logistical plans.

We have a meeting Wednesday where we’ll make posters, and the banner, at the Oakland Peace Center at 6:30 tomorrow… so please bring any cardboard and/or supplies you have lying around.

Noura, Lynn and Ali

(Also, there’s an important Berkeley Police Review Board meeting that Copwatch needs folks to come out to, at the same time as tomorrow’s meeting…so if you can’t be in Oakland, hope you can go to that. :) Good luck Andrea & CopWatch!!)

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Oct
24
Thu
Justice for Kayla (Xavier) Moore @ South Berkeley Senior Center (just a few blocks from the Ashby Bart)
Oct 24 @ 2:00 am – 3:30 am

Berkeley Copwatch has collected enough signatures to require the Berkeley Police Review Commission to hold a Special Meeting to hear from the public their concerns about what went wrong when Kayla died in police custody.

Please Come to the next Police Review Commission Meeting!

Read the just released People’s Investigation: In-Custody Death of Kayla Moore.

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Oct
25
Fri
Take Back the Plaza! #O25 Discussion, potluck, march, vigil @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 9:30 am

During the early hours of October 25, 2011, hundreds of violent police officers stormed into Occupy Oakland’s home base at Oscar Grant Plaza, near city hall, to evict protesters & to remove their belongings. 96 of our comrades were arrested after the cops used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and less-than-lethal munitions to subdue the crowd.

Occupy Oakland’s spirit was not damaged, we were emboldened and radicalized as thousands returned that afternoon to stand up and fight back. Unforgettably, so did the p…olice. The battle for the plaza went on into the night, turning downtown Oakland into what looked like a war zone. Hot canisters of tear gas flew through the air, rubber bullets crashed into the bodies of our fellow occupiers, one hitting an Iraq war veteran in the head, putting his life in serious danger.

This year we say, FIGHT BACK! Let’s re-converge and re-claim our home!

Meet at Oscar Grant Plaza at 3PM for an open forum to discuss how to effectively combat state and police oppression before the 7PM FTP march on OPD. Let’s show these pigs we will never back down in the face of violent oppression!

After the march, let’s hold down the plaza all night and continue our conversations on how to better serve our community and how to empower each other to stand up and fight back against the OPD street gang who puts so many Oaklanders in danger.

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Please join us for a day of discussion on how to effectively combat
state and police oppression on October 25th at Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall) at 3PM.

Schedule of events:

 

  • Converge on OGP at 3 PM to begin the open forum
  • Dinner/break out groups at 5 PM
  • FTP March at 7 PM
  • Occupy OGP and continue conversations all night.

 

Please bring: Tents, warm clothes, shields, a defensive attitude and hella friends!

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Added 10/16/12 –

Roughly 10 organizers for this event have been meeting regularly to make sure this night is a success, meaning no arrests or casualties. Knowing that we cannot and will not control autonomous actions & respecting the various forms of anger within those who will be participating, we would like to make it clear that un-targeted property damage is not part of the plan and is discouraged in the interest of extending our presence past the march. This is not to say that a second autonomous march later in the night is out of the question.

Rather than the tactic of smashing, this night would be a great time to exercise our defensive tactics. (Bring shields, “tools of violence,” work together and act smart!)

There are multiple goals to achieve through this action including, holding space through out the night, calling out OPD violence in a very public way & celebrating our unity against oppression.

The march will make stops at various downtown locations where the OPD has shown their ugly side against dissenters. We would like to stop at each location and project video and images of what the police have done to us there, on the walls of a near by building or on our mobile slide show screen. Calling out OPD is such a public way will be a huge win for the Occupy Oakland community by showing the general public what true violence is.

The march will then end at one of three undisclosed locations where we will hold that space through out the night. Remember to bring items that will help you accomplish this goal: Warm clothes, blankets, tents… (For those bringing small easy to erect tents, it would be awesome to see them go up on the return end of the march, and held high above our heads as we zero in on our target.)

See you all on the 25th & seriously, FUCK THE POLICE!

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Urban Shield Day of Protest @ Marriott Hotel
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 1:00 am

Join the demonstrations against “Urban Shield,” a war game and weapons show that will be held in the Bay Area from October 25th-28th. This convention brings together more than 150 local, state, federal, international and private sector partners defined as “first responders” to “critical events” in “our high-threat, high-density urban area.” They includes human rights violators such as police departments from BART’s to Bahrain’s, together with private security corporations and weapons manufacturers.

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Join the Facing Urban Shield Action Network on October 25 to confront the weapons manufacturers and the local officials who are working with them as their exhibition kicks off in downtown Oakland, and let them know that Urban Shield is not welcome here. The last thing Oakland needs is a further militarization of the police in our neighborhoods. A real shield for our city would provide jobs, healthcare, affordable housing, and good schools!

What/when:
* Community witness/walking picket 9am to 5pm
* Rally 5pm
* March to Oscar Grant Plaza at 6:00 PM.
* “The Battle For Oscar Grant Plaza.” A new documentary by Jacob Crawford about 025 and N2, 2011, will be shown after it gets dark.

Who we are:
* The Facing Urban Shield Action Network consists of 30 Bay Area community organizations.

Why you should join us in taking action against Urban Shield:

* Urban Shield deepens the militarization of police in our neighborhoods, which results in harassment and violence, disproportionately against African-American, Latino and Arab/Muslim communities.

* Urban Shield provides training and information sharing among SWAT teams and international police forces, many of which are guilty of major human rights violations – including teams from Israel, Bahrain and Qatar among others.

* Urban Shield normalizes the use of ‘non-lethal’ chemical weapons, surveillance drones, armored cars and other military weapons against Muslims, people of color and peaceful protestors.

* Urban Shield spends up to $7.5 million of public monies – to fund big “defense” contractors that turn disaster and deadly conflict into profit. We see this trend in attempts to purchase tanks and drones by police forces and sheriffs across the Bay Area.

* Urban Shield targets people expressing their right of freedom of assembly and protest through scenarios presenting activists as a danger to public safety. By promoting fear of ‘terrorism’, Urban Shield justifies Islamophobia, stop and frisk, and other intrusions into our constitutional rights.

What you can do:
* Come out on October 25 and show your opposition to further militarization of the police.
* Join the Facing Urban Shield Action Network and help us make sure this is the last time Urban Shield comes to Oakland. Email us at beitconvivencia [at] gmail.com or facingteargas [at] warresisters.org

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Oct
26
Sat
Rally Against Police Violence: Facing Urban Shield and OO. @ Marriott Hotel, then Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 26 @ 12:00 am – 4:00 am

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It will be two years to the day since Oakland Police tear-gassed, beat and dragged Occupiers from Oscar Grant Plaza, then later in the day shot Scott Olsen in the head with a bean-bag round and then flash-bang-grenaded his rescuers.

Join Urban Shield protesters and Occupy Oakland peeps at a rally at the Marriott Hotel to protest the Urban Shield convention – aka warrior cops loose on our streets. Urban Shield promotes the use of so-called “non-lethal weapons” against peaceful protesters, the same weapons that nearly killed Scott Olsen and have resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries here in the US.

Cephus Johnson (“Uncle Bobby,” Oscar Grant’s uncle) will be speaking. OtherSpeakers are TBA, and may include Scott Olsen.

“There will be a walking picket/public witness all day from 9:00AM-5PM in front of the Marriott where the giant gun show will be taking place (see the listing for the Urban Shield protest earlier in the day).

After the rally we will march to Oscar Grant Plaza, symbolically retaking it. At the amphitheatre we will perhaps have a few brief talks, definitely food (roast suckling pig as our entree), and likely music.

We will be showing “The Battle For Oscar Grant Plaza.” A new documentary by Jacob Crawford about 025 and N2, 2011, after it gets dark.

Food provided will be limited. We are asking those that can to please bring a dish, salad or dessert. (aka pot-luck)

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Solidarity Against Police Violence at Oscar Grant Plaza. @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Oct 26 @ 1:30 am – 4:00 am

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See Urban Shield Day of Protest and Rally Against Police Violence: Facing Urban Shield and OO for events happening earlier in the day and more details.

Gather at OGP for food and serious discussion about police violence.

We will be showing “The Battle For Oscar Grant Plaza.” A new documentary by Jacob Crawford about 025 and N2, 2011, after it gets dark.

Food provided will be limited. We are asking those that can to please bring a dish, salad or dessert. (aka pot-luck)

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Strike Debt Bay Area Meeting: Ideas Into Action! @ Cassie's art studio
Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:30 am

Join Strike Debt Bay Area in working on some exciting projects locally and nationally.

– The latest on our coalition efforts to Save the Berkeley Post Office and fight privatization
of our commons. Watch the video of Peter Bryne speaking at our September 28th rally on the steps of the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office.

– The latest on our efforts to help Richmond and NGO allies push for principal reduction for Richmond’s homeowners. Read an article written by two Strike Debt Bay Area members on the Richmond principal reduction / eminent domain case.

In addition, we are exploring the use of a public bank to help Richmond, CA and other communities escape the thrall of Wall Street.

– Other projects include efforts to fight against student debt in conjunction with peeps at UC Cal, an action to bring awareness about the Federal Reserve on our near it’s hundredth birthday on December 23rd, 2013, support for tenants’ rights in Oakland, a Debtors’ Union, a book group with semi-weekly discussions, and more.

Check out our website, our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Note: Strike Debt’s own resident debt artist, Cassie Thornton, has a show up at Royal Nonesuch, and has generously volunteered the gallery space for our meetings!

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Oct
27
Sun
Foreclosure Defense Group Meeting @ by the statues
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Our weekly open meeting for members and supporters to discuss the weeks tasks and projects. Come get plugged into ongoing housing defense work! We have abundant and varied work for all folks in any number of meaningful projects.

Rain location: SF Pizza, 1500 Broadway, Oakland

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Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group Meeting @ 19th & Telegraph, in the park by the statues
Oct 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Our weekly open meeting for members and supporters to discuss the week’s tasks and projects. Come get plugged into ongoing housing defense work! We have abundant and varied work for all folks in any number of meaningful projects.

Rain location: SF Pizza, 1500 Broadway, Oakland

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ONYX: Feed the People Day! @ Defemery (Lil' Bobby Hutton) Park
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

ONYX Organizing committee is once again doing are FTP program on October 27th.

We will be taking donations.You will able to donate if you wish. We would also love if you are low on monetary funds volunteer. We will be handing out bag lunches and hygiene products. Help help the homeless by helping us hand these basic necessities out to the under privileged. We are also looking for people that do not mind interacting with people having conversations. handing out political and community information.

Facebook event & RSVP.

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Oct
28
Mon
Emergency Rally Monday in SF: Governor Brown, Climate Leaders Don’t Frack @ Cisco-Meraki
Oct 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Fracking for dirty oil in California is a major threat to our climate. Yet, Governor Brown–an advocate of action to avert catastrophic climate change–has given Big Oil a green light to frack our Golden State. We just learned that on Monday, Gov. Brown will be in San Francisco to sign a climate change agreement with the governors of Washington and Oregon and the British Columbia Premier. Will you join MoveOn members and our allies with Californians Against Fracking for an emergency rally outside the signing ceremony to tell Gov. Brown: “Climate leaders don’t frack?”

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Oct
29
Tue
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Oct 29 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am

The Post Office has put the Berkeley Post Office up for sale!! Come and help plan our next actions in defense of our post office and against privatization.

Three weeks ago we learned that perfidious Post Office Executives, who only the week before had sent a letter to the Berkeley City Council offering to negotiate until at least November 12th, had had CBRE (Richard Blum’s company) list the downtown Berkeley Post Office for sale.

Check out the video of Peter Byrne’s talk last week at our Save the Post Office Rally!

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March & Vigil for Andy Lopez – 13 Year Old Gunned Down by Sheriff’s Deputies in Santa Rosa @ Santa Rosa Junior College
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

STOP THE KILLING! STOP THE LIES. ANDY LOPEZ DID NOT HAVE TO DIE!

Facebook event & RSVP.

The march will have 2 meeting places. At 12pm, people can either meet at The Old Court House Square or Santa Rosa Junior College. Those that choose to go to the Court House will begin marching to the SRJC at 1 pm. Those that choose to protest at the SRJC will meet at 12 and rally while they await the arrival of those marching from the Old Court House Square. Once the two parties are united, we will all march toward the Sheriffs Department. There, we will have another protest with both parties and those who can join at the Sheriffs department around 3pm.

Bus from Oakland to Santa Rosa October 29 8 am Oscar Grant Plaza. March for Andy Lopez – 13 yr old boy murdered by Santa Rosa pigs.

Addresses:
Santa Rosa Junior College(12pm): 1501 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca, 95401
Old Courthouse Square (12pm): Old Courthouse Square Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Sheriffs Department (3pm): 2796 Ventura Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Huffington Post article on the killing.

The Alan Blueford Center For Justice will be joining the March For Andy Lopez.
AN INJURY TO ONE SHOULD BE THE CONCERN OF ALL!

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Wells Fargo Spreads Cash, Our Communities Lose @ Wells Fargo HQ
Oct 29 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 12:00 am

Press Conference and Action to release a report, titled “Wells Fargo Spreads Cash, Our Communities Lose: How Wells Fargo’s Political Spending Harms California Communities” highlights the millions spent by Wells Fargo to influence legislation and lobby politicians to keep the current property tax system. This is revenue that should go towards funding our schools and vital public services. Join ACCE Home Defenders as we deliver the report to Wells Fargo Headquarters in Downtown San Francisco.

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Oct
30
Wed
“Default” Screening & Panel Discussion at City College of SF @ Multi-Use Building Room 140
Oct 30 @ 12:30 am – 2:00 am

CCSF Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) will be hosting a screening of “Default” and a panel discussion on student debt for Campus Equity Week!

Please join us and spread the word, dinner will be provided!

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Screening of “FOR PROFIT,” Discussion and Pizza Party. The For-Profit College Industry. @ Meiklejohn Hall RM 2031, CSU East Bay
Oct 30 @ 1:00 am – 3:30 am

Screening and discussion, with pizza. Meiklejohn Hall 2031 Showing of the film FOR PROFIT, a Solo-Play written & performed by Aaron Calafato. The film version of the performance provides a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss a wide range of current issues in higher education—not just the for-profit college industry, but also the broader “for profit” mindset towards higher education today that is behind so many problems facing us, our students, and our society’s educational future. followed by discussion and pizza party.

Original listing.

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STOP VEOLIA UNION BUSTING! HANDS OFF THE BOSTON SCHOOL BUS UNION 5! @ Veolia's Para-transit Office
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Demonstration.

Say NO! to Veolia Union Busting! Defend the Boston School Bus Union 5!

More info.

STOP VEOLIA UNION BUSTING! HANDS OFF THE BOSTON SCHOOL BUS UNION 5!

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Direct Action at a Big Corporation @ Donahue Labor Statue
Oct 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Sponsored by ACCE:

In addition to Wells Fargo, there are a number of Big Corporations who are aggressively lobbying and spending money on politicians to deceive voters and in the name of more profit to hold back the recovery. We will be targeting a company that has been holding back our campaign to fix the housing crisis.

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Oct
31
Thu
HALLOWEEN ACTION at the OAKLAND AIRPORT!! @ Oakland Airport, Terminal 2
Oct 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

HALLOWEEN ACTION at the OAKLAND AIRPORT!!

Ghosts and zombies are scary – organizing your workplace shouldn’t be!

Non-union fast food workers at the Oakland Airport are fighting for the right to organize without fear. They want their restaurants to sign card check agreements – so they can decide freely whether to join a union, without retaliation or intimidation from their bosses. This Halloween, come stand with them!

Costumes not required, but highly encouraged!
Featuring face painting and Halloween snacks!

For questions or rides, contact Sarah Norr at 510-502-5344 or snorr@unitehere.org.

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March to Protect SF City College @ CCSF Civic Center Campus
Oct 31 @ 10:30 pm – Nov 1 @ 12:00 am

Sponsored by ACCE:

Join us for a big mobilization to Protect San Francisco City College. Our week of action will culminate in a march to deliver several thousand postcards to Mayor Lee asking him to protect City College. We need our City College to keep its broad mission and protect educational access for low-income and immigrant communities, veterans, older adults, displaced workers, and so many others.

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