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Sep
21
Tue
Hoodwinked in the Hothouse: COP26 Webinar @ Online
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RSVP here for the zoom link.

We are fast moving into the UN Climate Conference COP 26, where the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be negotiated.  At Glasgow, participating climate justice advocacy groups and social movements will have to overcome a complex array of corporate climate schemes.  Their challenge will be to push lawmakers away from these false solutions and towards a Just Transition framework for tackling the climate crisis.

A number of neoliberal policy agendas and unproven, corporate technofixes — from Net Zero Emissions and Carbon Capture to Nature-based Solutions — continue to subsidize the expansion of fossil fuel industries, while further impacting communities on the frontlines of climate chaos.

Join an international panel of climate justice organizers and frontline community leaders in a discussion about the multi-billion dollar climate investments promoted by the fossil fuel industries and disaster capitalists.  This panel builds on the momentum created by the most recent edition of Hoodwinked in the Houthouse (Third edition), co-created by the coalition of organizations constituting the ClimateFalseSolutions.org collective, listed below.

The speakers are:

Eriel Deranger,       Indigenous Climate Action
Jacqui Patterson,  Chisholm Legacy Project
Moñeka De Oro,     Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance
Tom Goldtooth,      Indigenous Environment Network

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War Is Killing the Planet/ International Day of Peace @ Pelosi's front door
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“War is Literally Killing the Planet”. The war economy is brought to you by these players: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, BlackRock Worldwide Investments, Lockheed Martin, and Chevron, and you and I bought front row seats. We’re funding it.

With our votes and taxes, we are enabling the destruction of life on earth. We need a peace economy to replace this suicidal situation. We are angry that these players profited handsomely from the 20-year war in Afghanistan. We are grieving that they are destroying the planet worldwide. We are outraged that they are siphoning over 50% of the U.S. federal budget for continuing wars, while people all over the planet are suffering from the climate emergency, pandemic, going hungry, seeing their clean water and air destroyed by wars, resource extraction and fossil fuel emissions, and fearing the future for their children and all beings.

The war economy supplies huge short-term profits to these war profiteers and we are calling them out!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority in Congress siphons over 50% of our federal budget to fund the skyrocketing costs of war and Pentagon operations with their huge greenhouse gas emissions. Pelosi insists on spending our money on continual wars and refuses to support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, affordable housing, education, elder and child care, clean water, air, and food — the things that give life and peace a chance.

BlackRock is making a killing on killing with its investments in the war economy and planet destroying fossil fuel and nuclear industries, earning a handsome profit for its investors (https://blackrocksbigproblem.com/the-problems/).

Lockheed buys Congress with it’s generous campaign contributions, acting as the U.S. State Dept. and Pentagon’s master, weaponizing space and urging a war on China, and selling weapons to human rights violators like the Israeli government and the Saudis — who beheaded a journalist, attacked the World Trade Center, and bombed a school bus in Yemen killing 40 children with a 500 pound Lockheed bomb. The Saudis are U.S. allies, thanks to Lockheed, Pelosi, Chevron and BlackRock.

Chevron sits on Lockheed’s Board of Directors and is a major Pentagon contractor, supplying fossil fuels for the military’s immense greenhouse gas emissions. Chevron’s short term thirst for profits, polluting, pillaging and extracting fossil fuels, aided by militarized police forces and private armies, is adding to the planet’s death spiral. Chevron is a criminal enterprise.

We are “connecting the dots” to show that divesting from the war economy — represented by Pelosi, the Pentagon, BlackRock, Lockheed and Chevron– and investing instead in the peace economy we deserve, is the way out of this tragic situation.

For International Day of Peace, CODEPINK and allies are going to expose the war financiers, war profiteers, and war climate destroyers and call for funding a peace economy instead.

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Public Bank of the East Bay @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We meet over Zoom. If you’d like to join us, and aren’t on our organizers’ list, drop us an email and we’ll send you an invitation.

If you would like to join the meeting early and get an introduction to the concepts of public banking, or more locally to who we are and what we do, please email us and we’ll see you online at 6:30.

Donate to keep us moving forward

It is the mission of Public Bank East Bay to provide community oversight and stewardship in the formation and functioning of the Public Bank of the East Bay to base its decisions on the values of:

Equity

PBEB is committed to a public bank which acknowledges and attempts restitution of the  historical burdens carried by disenfranchised communities, including  communities of color and many other marginalized groups.

Social Responsibility

Decisions regarding who gets loans, what projects get invested in, and who benefits should take into account investing our money into the wealth and health of local communities and the environment.

Accountability

The bank is accountable to the  residents of the East Bay, who have a right to fully transparent explanations of  the Bank’s actions and choices.

Democracy

The bank will be governed using  democratic processes which consciously and intentionally adhere to the values/principles listed above.

JOIN A WORKING GROUP!

We have five committees working together to create a Public Bank in the East Bay:

  • Advocacy builds relationships with community groups and city governments.

  • Communications assists other committees with content creation and promotion.

  • Fundraising develops our organization’s budget and raises funds for our business plan.

  • Membership brings on new members and volunteers and organizes educational events.

  • Governance is responsible for operations and the execution of PBEB’s business plan.

Email us with your interests and we’ll help you find a way to get plugged in!

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

The California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA) is an organization of 12 member regions, not of individuals. You can join the CPBA mailing list (link at the Alliance website) to receive updates on state and sometimes national progress, which we will also include on this site.

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Sep
22
Wed
The Future of Roe v. Wade @ Online
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Register

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow Texas’s law banning abortions after six weeks was a frontal attack on the constitutional rights of women’s and a very clear sign that the current court may disregard the longstanding precedent of Roe v. Wade.

If Roe goes, abortion will immediately become illegal in 10 states. (As of November, Oklahoma will make it 11.) As in the years immediately preceding Roe, when a few states had already liberalized their laws, the US will be a house divided. But otherwise, post-Roe won’t be like pre-Roe. In one way that will be all to the good: When it comes to illegal abortion, pills are much safer than coat hangers and knitting needles or a visit to an underground “doctor.”

In another way, though, post-Roe will be much worse than pre-Roe, as Nation columnist Katha Pollitt recently wrote. During the entire century or more that abortion was illegal in the United States, hardly any women went to prison for ending their pregnancies. They were subpoenaed, humiliated and harassed, but they were not themselves put on trial. Unless there was a death or serious injury, few providers were arrested. This time around will be different. When abortion was illegal, there was no organized, aggressive antiabortion movement with a wing of violent fanatics.

What is the future of Roe and how best can abortion rights be defended? Join the conversation with Pollitt, The Nation’s “Subject to Debate” columnist well-known for her wit as well as her incisive, long-standing defense of reproductive rights and investigative reporter Amy LittlefieldThe Nation’s new abortion access correspondent.

Tickets are $10. All proceeds directly support The Nation’s journalism. We hope you will join us! There will be ample time devoted to audience questions and conversation. All ticket-holders will also be sent a link to the recording the following day. If you have any questions, please email us at events@thenation.com.

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CAMPAIGN PLANNING: SETTING GOALS AND IDENTIFYING TARGETS – ACLU Northern CA @ Online
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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It can be hard to go from a vision of how the world should to be to winnable goals. In this session, we’ll talk about ways to create goals that build up towards a long term vision and fundamentally shift power to the people so that wins become lasting change. We’ll also go over tools that help you identify the key power-holders along the way that can give you what you want.

This is part of a series where we will cover different tools and skills community organizers need to build winning

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Afghanistan Support @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

If you are looking for ways to support our local Afghan community in Alameda County, check out this upcoming conversation

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DeSaulnier’s “New Energy Economy” Town Hall @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join an important town hall on the “New Energy Economy and Contra Costa”  sponsored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, author of H.R. 1817, Protecting Workers for a Clean Future Act.  You don’t have to be a resident of District 11 to attend.  The Representative will share his perspective on the impacts of transitioning away from dirty energy in Contra Costa and the East Bay, and his “efforts in Congress to support the workforce so that no one gets left behind as we move to a clean energy future.”

RSVP here to submit a question before 3:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, September 22.

Please ask Congressman DeSaulnier to discuss his position on:

  • The proposed conversion to “renewable” diesel refining by Phillips 66 and Marathon,
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage provisions in the Build Back Better Act,
  • Massive subsidies for the fossil fuel industry in the Build Back Better Act,
  • The Fossil Free Finance Act introduced in Congress this week that requires the Federal Reserve to hold big banks accountable for financing fossil fuels.

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DSA Medicare for All Cmte @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 With the pandemic and its multiple, intersecting crises, and the polling popularity of Medicare for All, our commitment to the movement is more important than ever. Come learn about our committee’s efforts, as well as local, state, and national initiatives around Medicare for All and single-payer healthcare. All are welcome!

 

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Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Drawing on confidential documents from leaders of the real estate industry, Gene Slater reveals how realtors systematically created and justified residential segregation.

To defend all-white neighborhoods against the civil rights movement, realtors put the right to discriminate at the center of individual liberty, effectively redefining and weaponizing “freedom” and providing a roadmap for conservatives nationally. This far-reaching strategy reached its peak when realtors successfully campaigned for a California constitutional amendment that would permanently prohibit fair housing. In the process they created the script of color-blind freedom that polarizes America on issue after issue today.

Slater reveals how California and its powerful realtors would shape segregation for years to come. He shows why one of the first all-white neighborhoods was created in Berkeley, why the state was the perfect place for Ronald Reagan’s political ascension, and how Reagan’s early career—drawing on the realtors’ arguments—would lay the groundwork for current conservative narratives.

A landmark history told with supreme narrative skill, Freedom to Discriminate traces the increasingly aggressive ways realtors justified their practices, and how America’s divides and current debates are rooted in the history of segregated neighborhoods. Slater makes a case that shatters preconceptions about American segregation, connecting seemingly disparate features of the nation’s history in a new and galvanizing way.

Gene Slater has served as senior advisor on housing for federal, state, and local agencies for over forty years. He cofounded and chairs CSG Advisors, which has been one of the nation’s leading advisors on affordable housing for decades. He has advised on housing issues in thirty states. His projects have received numerous national awards, and in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009 he helped design the program by which the United States Treasury financed homes for 110,000 first-time buyers. He received degrees from Columbia, MIT, and Stanford, as well as a mid-career fellowship from Harvard. He has lived and worked in New York, Boston, rural Wisconsin, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently resides.

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ online
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will probably meet online in September due to Covid, as we did in August, although it is possible we will meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, as we have in the past before the pandemic, and did in July, assuming it is open and available. Please email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay and nationwide.

op-logo.2.1We fight against spy drones, facial recognition, tracking equipment, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones; we oppose “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” —  to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Check out some of what we worked on in 2020 and 2019.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.  We helped fight and helped win the fight against Urban Shield.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), supporting and opposing state legislation as appropriate, battling mass surveillance in the form of facial recognition and other analytics, mass aerial surveillance, ubiquitous license plate readers, and pushing back against ICE.

On September 12th, 2019 we were presented with a Barlow Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for our work, and on March 16th, 2021 s James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/

Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in various municipalities around the Bay.  To help slow down the encroaching police and surveillance state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Sep
23
Thu
How do we Create a World Without Prisons?
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Social and Economic Justice Film Festival @ Online
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sept 23-24 5pm-9pm, Sept 25-Sept 26 11am-9pm

The Social and Economic Justice Film Festival presents films made by independent filmmakers who are affirming labor and other human rights, and advocating social and economic justice. The film festival highlights films and videos that explore and encourage change around the world and promote a global culture of racial and economic equality. The festival showcases works that challenge exploitative and oppressive social and economic systems and structures on a local, national and global level.

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The sponsor is the Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, a unique coalition of labor and political activists, community organizers and cultural workers which came together to establish a Center for Social and Economic Justice in the Redstone Labor Temple. Originally built by the San Francisco Labor Council, the Redstone Labor Temple building has been a creative and activist center for labor unions, social-service organizations, non-profit community groups, artists and theater companies for more than a century. Continuing that tradition, the Center for Social and Economic Justice would provide community-serving advocacy, culture, media, and workshops using popular education methods for low-income residents, low-wage workers and immigrant workers.

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Sep
24
Fri
The Struggle for Peoples Park
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register or audit

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYwKCKZvC270piELHNDhnJ5zaxQ1-SoVcIlGihiAZF1f53gQ/viewform

The Struggle for People’s Park is a 2-unit student-led class offered to UC Berkeley Students during the Fall 2021 semester under the Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal) program.

You may apply by clicking the “take my class” button above.

Note: Grading will be based on a pass/fail framework depending on the participation and development designs regarding People’s Park.

For more information and updates, please contact our student facilitator, Aidan Hill at hillae@berkeley.edu

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Social and Economic Justice Film Festival @ Online
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sept 23-24 5pm-9pm, Sept 25-Sept 26 11am-9pm

The Social and Economic Justice Film Festival presents films made by independent filmmakers who are affirming labor and other human rights, and advocating social and economic justice. The film festival highlights films and videos that explore and encourage change around the world and promote a global culture of racial and economic equality. The festival showcases works that challenge exploitative and oppressive social and economic systems and structures on a local, national and global level.

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The sponsor is the Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, a unique coalition of labor and political activists, community organizers and cultural workers which came together to establish a Center for Social and Economic Justice in the Redstone Labor Temple. Originally built by the San Francisco Labor Council, the Redstone Labor Temple building has been a creative and activist center for labor unions, social-service organizations, non-profit community groups, artists and theater companies for more than a century. Continuing that tradition, the Center for Social and Economic Justice would provide community-serving advocacy, culture, media, and workshops using popular education methods for low-income residents, low-wage workers and immigrant workers.

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Screening “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) @ Revolution Books
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival drew 300,000 people over 6 weekends, yet the footage sat in storage for 50 years and few people have ever heard of it, until now.

Watch amazing musical performances, from blues to jazz to gospel and more, set in a political context, a time when revolution was in the air, the mass resistance to the war in Vietnam, the unprecedented urban rebellions, and the Black Liberation movement, with footage of the Young Lords and the Black Panther Party, and more.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Eg-vtSABE

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Sep
25
Sat
Bay Area Tenant Assembly @ Concord Community Park
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

unnamedOn September 25th, the Regional Tenant Organizing Network is hosting an assembly to celebrate tenant power across the Bay Area. Tenants have been fighting hard and we must continue to connect, build, organize, and win!

Help grow the movement for housing justice, sign up today to attend the Bay Area Tenant Assembly

Who should attend: Bay Area Renters

Live entertainment, free food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation will be provided. Interpretation for other languages will be provided as needed. Please email james@urbanhabitat.org if you have any questions or concerns.

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DSA Beer & Roses Labor Social @ Snow Park
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for our first Beer & Roses social in over a year and a half!

Meet, talk, and hang out with DSA members and fellow travelers who are interested in building worker power in the workplace and transforming the labor movement into a strong, militant, and democratic working-class force for change. Hear about what’s happening in the EBDSA Labor Committee and learn how you can get involved.

Some food and beverage will be provided, but feel free to bring something to drink and share with your friends. Also feel free to bring yard games and wear your union shirt (or if you aren’t in a union, a shirt that says something about what you do for work).

Close to BART and bus stops. Accessible restrooms.

***In an effort to be safe and responsible with Covid, we ask that all attendees bring a mask AND their vaccination card. We will be keeping a record of all in attendance in case we need to communicate with you afterward about anything Covid-related.***

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No Cops, No Fee, Make BART and MUNI Free
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NO COPS, NO FEE, MAKE BART AND MUNI FREE!
mask up and come out

gay shame – a virus in the system

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Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: The Origins of Wealth @ Online
Sep 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com a few days beforehand for the the online invite.

For September, 2021 we will be reading the first two sections of “The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society.” by Eric D. Beinhocker. (e.g. Amazon, Powell’s, possibly available in libraries.

Over 6.4 billion people participate in a $36.5 trillion global economy, designed and overseen by no one. How did this marvel of self-organized complexity evolve? How is wealth created within this system? And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a radical perspective on these age-old questions, with far-reaching implications. According to Beinhocker, wealth creation is the product of a simple but profoundly powerful evolutionary formula: differentiate, select, and amplify. In this view, the economy is a “complex adaptive system” in which physical technologies, social technologies, and business designs continuously interact to create novel products, new ideas, and increasing wealth… A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of Wealth will rewire our thinking about how we came to be here– 

Strike Debt Bay Area hosts this non-technical book group discussion monthly on new and radical economic thinking. Previous readings have included Doughnut EconomicsLimitsBanking on the PeopleCapital and Its Discontents, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, The Deficit Myth,  Revenge Capitalism, the Edge of Chaos blog symposium , Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Optimist’s Telescope, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, and Exploring Degrowth.

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Sep
26
Sun
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 26 @ 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

4/29/2018  start date

 

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM during cooler months) 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.

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

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