One year after police murdered Michael Brown and rebellions shook cities across this country, candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties are flocking to the presidential race. What do the elections have to do with the Black Lives Matter movement? What about Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump? What role should revolutionaries and anti-racist forces play in this election?
Join the discussion.
Hear John Parker, West Coast leader of Workers World Party, a member of the National Committee of Workers World Party and its presidential candidate in 2004. He works in Los Angeles organizing to build a unified movement against police terror, war, and against racism and homophobia and for worker and immigrant rights. He witnessed and investigated U.S. war crimes against the people of Iraq, Syria, Haiti and Sudan and here in the U.S. against the people of Ferguson, Baltimore and Los Angeles.
Currently Parker has written and is the main proponent of a ballot initiative for the City of Los Angeles requiring a $15 minimum wage that would take effect immediately upon voter approval.
Hear Clarence Thomas, former Secretary/Treasurer ILWU, Local 10 and Co-Chair Million Worker March. Thomas was one of the organizers of the Million Worker March, convened in Washington, D.C. less than a month before the 2004 presidential elections. Organizers called for universal health care, a national living wage, guaranteed pensions for all working people, an end to the outsourcing of jobs overseas, a repeal of the Patriot Act, increased funding for public education, free mass transit in every city, a reduction of the military budget and cancellation of pro-corporation pacts. The union bureaucracy accused the organizers of diverting energy from support for the Democratic Party in the elections. See “Election validates premise of Million Worker March” By Larry Holmeshttp://www.workers.org/ww/
On October 23, 2010, Thomas, as part of the ILWU Local 10 Executive Board, helped to lead the ILWU in shutting down all Bay Area ports to support justice for Oscar Grant. https://www.indybay.org/
Most recently, he supported Local 10’s May Day shutdown of the Port of Oakland to demand justice for Walter Scott and an end to police terror.http://www.workers.org/
Wheelchair accessible * Refreshments served * For more information call (510) 600-5800
Remember When We Trashed the Golf Course
Ghost Note Ensemble
Proceeds benefit Bay Area Anti Repression Committee
The Bay Area Anti Repression Anti Repression Committee (BAARC) stands against political repression and is in solidarity with all those who challenge the state, capitalism and other forms of systemic oppression and domination. They provide support for actions that are anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-imperialist & anti-capitalist. Proceeds with go to the anti-repression bail fund for those who are arrested at actions and do not have the resources to bail or bond themselves. They also do court support. We need to have each other’s backs as the Bay Area continues to rise up, and the state attempts to intimidate through police, courts and jails.
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Spac
A crucial community Berkeley conversation, sponsored by the NAACP and other organizations, that everyone should try to attend. The struggle for racial justice, for African Americans in particular, is one that must be engaged seriously by government bodies on all levels.
Out of Oakland comes a very positive initiative: a Department of Race and Equity, unanimously approved by the City Council.
It’s true that the meaningful social change has always come from the efforts of grassroots community actions. But local governments must also work for equality for marginalized communities. The NAACP and others are calling for a Berkeley department on race and equity similar to Oakland’s. Come join the conversation on Saturday on how to hold our government accountable for continuing racial injustice.
SPEAKERS – COMMUNITY CONVERSATION – ACTION
**City of Oakland Councilmember Desley Brooks**
**Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion**
Individual consultation with attorneys, info about new Drivers Licenses requirements, DACA & Citizenship process applications, U VISA, and Prop 47 reclassification. Free rap sheets for the first 50 individuals. Alameda County Public Defender’s office representatives will be present to assist. En Espanol.
Sponsored by: Oakland Community Organizations (OCO), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), Centro Legal De La Raza (CLDLR) and Catholic Charities East Bay.
Information, discussion, community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Historical context, response, and vision for the future
On July 13, Sandra Bland became the latest casualty in the war on black lives and bodies. Pulled over for the minor infraction of changing lanes without signaling, Sandra Bland was brutalized, arrested, and three days later found dead in her Texas jail cell. Her arrest and death has sparked national outcry for answers after police reported that Bland committed suicide.
OccupyForum will bring together activists working to address the racism and brutality that continues to tear apart our society. We will hear from Open Circle and the Idriss Stelley Foundation (including Mesha Irizarry), ground zero for families who have suffered a death at the hands of police; The Anti-Police Terror Project committed to ending state sanctioned murder of Black, Brown & Poor People; and CODEPINK which helped amplify the voices of mothers who have lost their children to police brutality. We will also have a representative from the Oscar Grant Committee in Oakland and a historians to situate state/police repression in America.� We will be attempting to contextualize the Sandra Bland case, and talk about the vision ahead to move from protest to the broadest movement to stop the murder of African Americans on the systemic level.
Mesha Irizarry: (whose son was killed in 2002 by police) Idriss Stelly Foundation
Antoinette Gaggero: Open Circle: Addresssing Police Terror and Systemic Oppression
Jeremy Miller: Idriss Stelly Foundation
Dr. James Garrett, Historian
Nancy Mancias: CODEPINK
Cat Brooks: Anti-Police Terror Project
Francis (Civil Rights Singer)
Facilitated by: Gerald Smith, Black history scholar, longtime member of the Black Panther Party, and the Oscar Grant Committee (Investigating Cases of Police Brutality)
Anti Police Terror Project Cat Brooks: https://vimeo.com/124791337
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/07/22/what-cops-are-saying-about-the-sandra-bland-video/ (this has a video of the arrest)
ON TWITTER: #sandyspeaks, #sandystillspeaks, #sandrabland, #sandrablandmurder, #sayhername
In February, Emeryville police killed Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year old Black woman and mother of two after she was assaulted at the Home Depot. It was clear from the different sizes of the bullet holes that multiple weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle, had been fired at her.
It has been more than 6 months and not one official police report on Yuvette’s killing has been made public. The Alameda coroner is unnecessarily withholding the autopsy results of Yuvette’s death, which is key to the family’s ongoing fight for answers and accountability.
Come to the Emeryville City Counsel meeting to demand that the Council directs the coroner to release Yuvette’s autopsy report to her family.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR A “TEACH-IN” ON URBAN WARFARE IN OUR BACKYARD.
WHY ARE OUR POLICE BEING MILITARIZED?
WHY IS THIS TREND SO DISTURBING?
WHAT IS THE “URBAN SHIELD” CONFERENCE?
HOW CAN WE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE?
George Lippman – Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission
ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ARE BEING CONFIRMED – CHECK WEBSITE FOR UPDATES
6 PM Potluck, 7 PM Presentation
This is a FREE EVENT— Please bring a dish to share if attending potluck.
Tax deductible donations will be accepted to help us cover costs.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT SO THAT WE CAN KEEP YOU INFORMED AS SPEAKERS ARE CONFIRMED AND TO ASSESS SPACE NEEDS. GO ONLINE TO: www.ourpeacecenter.org
Presented by Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center
The Bay Area Public School will be hosting a free, horizontally-organized, art critique group every other Thursday starting August 6th. The crit group will be geared towards the creation of new works, with each artist presenting work each class.
All media are welcome. Time based work should be limited to 8 minutes of work per artist per meeting. Work can be at any stage of development.
For more info:
Inspired by Dr. Vandana Shivaâ€™s book, Soil Not Oil, the 2015 Soil Not Oil Conference examines the crisis on food security while highlighting the implications of oil-based agro-chemicals and fossil fuels in soil depletion and climate change. The first edition of this conference will focus on educating, through national and international experiences, about the multiple problems and possible practical solutions that surround the profound consequences resulting from synthetic enhanced agriculture in industrialized nations.
The conference organizer, Soil Not Oil Coalition, is a cross-sector, multi-level and inter-ethnic alliance of over 50 organizations, scientists, farmers, businesses and individuals coordinated by the Biosafety Alliance.
Join international leaders, farmers, scientists, community members and environmental and food justice advocates for workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.
Get the knowledge you need to support the movement and advocate for a sustainable future for all living beings. For more information, registration or volunteering opportunities go to: http://soilnotoilcoalition.org/application-for-conference-proposals-2/about-the-conference/
or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Vandana Shiva keynote speech is on Friday, Sept. 4, 7:00 pm
Urban Shield is a county-wide war games, swat training and weapons expo, held each year involving hundreds of local, federal and international agencies including those from Apartheid Israel. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition successfully stopped the Urban Shield expo from being hosted in Oakland any longer. But activities still take place in Oakland, and the expo still happens in our backyard and still involves local agencies, local money and targets our local communities. Join us in a town hall on why we should all join forces to stop this from happening anywhere.
Art exhibit curated by Art Forces, art and sign making for upcoming actions, and community testimonies.
Part of Art Forces Dispossession(s) event series.
Hosted by The Stop Urban Shield Coalition
Join Biosafety Alliance & the CSG (formerly known as the California State Grange), in the historic:
SOS Save Our Seeds March and Rally
Fight back the California Seeds Law AB-2470
We will meet in Sunday September 6th at 11:00 AM at the Embarcadero, to walk to Civic Center for a rally.
Speakers – Information – Music – Solidarity
FACTS About the California Seed Law AB-2470
– AB-2470 makes it illegal for a farmer to sell, trade, exchange or barter their seeds more 3 miles from their farm or garden
– AB-2470 redefines “neighbor” as not to exceed 3 miles from one another
– AB-2470 makes illegal community seed exchanges, swap meets, and seed libraries due to the 3 mile restriction
– AB-2470 makes it illegal for a farmer to share their seeds to a friend 3 miles down the road
– AB-2470 unfairly creates competition and threatens the disruption of organic, heirloom seeds, favoring genetically modified (GMO) seeds
– AB-2470 gives the Secretary of Food & Agriculture full authority to dictate what can and cannot be grown in California counties and cities
– AB-2470 provides that any ordinance adopted by a county or municipality after January 1, 2015 that would restrict the production of GMO crops is subject to a veto by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
– AB-2470 limits the rights of local governments from making decisions for the health and safety of it’s citizens and constitutes a state preemption of local control
– AB-2470 redefines “person” to include “corporations”
A comprehensive proposal—not simply to prohibit fracking, but all additional oil and gas extraction—is up for approval by the Alameda County Planning Commission. Under the current East County Area Plan and the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance, conditional use permits can be granted for oil and gas operations. Under the proposed changes to the zoning regulations, such conditional use permits would no longer be available, effectively preventing the expansion of oil extraction in Alameda County.
Opposition includes E & B Natural Resources, operator of wells in East Alameda County, which objects to any limitation on its current operations, and Californians for Energy Independence, a petroleum industry front group, which argues that the County should defer to the State of California in these matters, despite—or because of—the many failures of state agencies to adequately regulate oil producers.
Because we expect opposition to come out in force, we need to pack the auditorium with our own folks, pumped up (you should pardon the expression) and ready to testify, or to hold signs during the hearing.
Will Alameda join Santa Cruz, Mendocino, San Benito and Butte counties in saying no pasaran to the oil industry? Passage of this proposal by the Planning Commission is the last hurdle before the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision. Come join this historic effort!
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After many months of appearances, Dante is accepting a felony plea deal. Let’s show up to send him onward to probation and moving forward with his life! The sentencing appointment was specific to the minute, so be on time! That is not, of course, a guarantee that the courts will be prompt.
Protest Alameda County Sheriff Ahern’s
militarized police exhibit and exercises
Organized by American Friends Service Committee, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition, Civilize the Cops, Code Pink, Critical Resistance, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Justice for James Rivera, Million Hoodies, Oakland Privacy Working Group, Oscar Grant Committee, Palestinian Youth Movement, Restore the 4th, San Leandro-SAFE, School of the Americas Watch-Oakland & San Francisco, UAW Local 2865, War Resisters League, Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Come support the Perez family in their continuing quest for Justice for their son, Pedie, shot and killed, unarmed, by a Richmond Police Officer one year ago. Learn about new developments in the ongoing lawsuit.
There may be a short march after the BBQ.
Climate Courage Forum.
Want to help protect our children’s climate, but have no idea where to start? Do climate activities seem way too complex, technical, and hopeless? Come to this introduction to climate activities in the East Bay. Meet with others to share your concerns, learn what’s up locally, and clarify how you might want to use your skills/interests to contribute in humanity’s biggest effort.
(No RSVP required. Just show up.)
Celebrate the launch of our national community-driven report that documents the experiences and resilience of families impacted by incarceration. The event will feature a gallery of data from the report and a panel discussion with formerly incarcerated individuals and their families.
Free event, light food provided. RSVP on Facebook.
Sponsored by: Forward Together, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Essie Justice and Causa Justa :: Just Cause.
Come support the family of Pedie Perez, shot and killed by the Richmond Police, as they and the community put forth a resolution to hold an open hearing whenever there is extreme use of force by the Richmond Police.