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Dec
6
Tue
Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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UC and Railroad Worker Solidarity Rally @ Upper Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Dec 6 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Dec
7
Wed
Building a Resilient and Equitable Grid @ Online
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 pm

Online. Register here

Retiring fossil fuels means we’ll need more and more electricity—so it’s crucial that the electric grid be not only clean, but reliable and just.  Join The Climate Center for Building a Resilient and Equitable Grid for the Future, the second in their series, Envisioning a Climate-Safe California: Stories and Solutions.

The webinar will lay out a vision for the future of California’s electricity system and highlight the people and organizations working to create it.  It will explore the role of local governments, Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), and others in helping to plan for the use of clean, distributed energy in a way that maximizes benefits to the community and provides reliable, affordable electricity for all.

Speakers:

Jesse Hernandez, urban sociologist
Alexandra McGee, director of strategic initiatives, MCE
Lorenzo Kristov, energy systems consultant

 

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Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ online
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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 2021, 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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Dec
8
Thu
Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Social Infrastructure for Healthy, Happy, and Equitable Cities @ Online
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

REGISTER FOR ERIC KLINENBERG
PEAGUSUS BOOKS
BOOKS INC.

Professor Klinenberg is a sociologist and scholar of urban studies, culture, and media. His book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, demonstrates that beautiful, respectful, community-supporting spaces are key to well-being.

Professor Klinenberg will discuss how cities like Berkeley can design and invest in support of social infrastructure.His special love for public libraries mirrors our community’s and the parallels he draws invite us to consider dedicating the same care to our shared outdoor and other civic spaces.

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Dec
10
Sat
Hookers in the House of the Lord @ St. Francis Lutheran Church
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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Human Rights Day! Event – by Ethics In Technology and Vahid Razavi @ Online
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Every year on December 10th, people across all nations, from all different backgrounds, religions, creeds, and orientations, come together to celebrate, commemorate, and remember the day the United Nations General Assembly implemented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Originally ratified on December 10th, 1948, the UDHR is the most translated document in the world. It is the first official landmark of its time documenting the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being “regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or another status.

We at EthicsInTech.com believe that every human being is entitled to the inalienable rights described by our founding forefathers and that every human being has a voice – and a choice to stand up and speak up for what they believe in. We understand that our world does not receive redemption nor judgment for the acts of only a few people. It takes the heart, soul, and action of every individual to build and form a nation. It is only after we educate and boost the well-being of all countries that we will be able to come together to form a better world.

At EthicsinTech.com, we believe that technology has the power to do amazing things. Technology gives us more power to do, act, and promote social justice and change. We believe that with this immense power of Big Tech comes immense responsibility – to use this new instrument ethically, humanely, and responsibly to improve the lives of ALL human beings versus just an elite few.

One of the most severe, widespread human rights violations that still exist today is digital censorship, digital rights, women’s rights, and the right of the disabled. Whether we are reviewing cases of imprisonment, violence, or social inequity in the workplace, multiple studies have shown us that our society still has a long way to go to support, raise awareness and promote digital rights, women’s rights, and human rights.

On December 10th, EthicsInTech.com will host a special event to present the inhumanity faced by digital rights and civil liberty activists from around the world. We will host a panel of speakers, activists, and technology leaders to hear their journeys, perspectives, and wisdom on how to do better to promote equal digital rights with dignity and respect for all.

 

Host:

Vahid Razavi -A technology Veteran of Silicon Valley. Vahid has founded, advised, and worked in senior management roles in Silicon Valley. He has published two books, The Age of Nepotism and Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. As a lifelong activist and humanitarian, he has published hundreds of articles and videos on various social issues, including the tech industry and social injustice. He has previously worked for companies such as Amazon Web Services, Fast Search, Exodus Communications, Qwest Communications and was the founder of the Cloud Computing Company BizCloud and Ethics In Technology.

Speakers:

Norman Solomon is the national director of RootsAction.org and the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He is the author of a dozen books, including “War Made Easy.” His next book, “War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine,” will be published in Spring 2023 by The New Press.

Peter B. Kaufman is Senior Program Officer at MIT Open Learning. He is the author of The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge and a forthcoming book called The Fifth Estate. He also has served as president and executive producer of Intelligent Television; Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for Teaching and Learning; a member of the Audiovisual Research Alliance at Netherlands Sound and Vision; co-chair of the JISC Film & Sound Think Tank in the United Kingdom; co-chair of the Copyright Committee of the Association of Moving Image Archivists; a member of the Scholar Advisory Committee of WGBH’s American Archive of Public Broadcasting; a member of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure in the Humanities and Social Sciences; and a consultant to the Library of Congress’s National Audiovisual Conservation Center, the largest archive of moving images and recorded sound in the world. He also speaks Russian, and nobody knows why.

Tracy Rosenberg has worked as Media Alliance’s Executive Director since 2007. She has organized and advocated for a free, accountable, and accessible media system, focusing on the protection and sustainability of alternative media outlets, monitored the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation, and facilitated the training of numerous nonprofit organizations and citizen’s groups in effective communications. She blogs on media policy and is published frequently around the country. Tracy currently sits on the board of the Alliance for Community Media Western Region, serves on the anchor committee of the MediaJusticecoalition, and co-coordinates Oakland Privacy, the Bay Area surveillance coalitionthat works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment. Oakland Privacy won an EFF Pioneer Award on September 12, 2019, and two James Madison Freedom of Information Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2021 and 2022.

Brett Wilkins is a staff writer at Common Dreams and a communications coordinator for San Francisco Bernicrats. He has published articles at Salon.com, Truthout, the Asia Times, teleSur, the Jakarta Post, and Yahoo News, among other outlets. He was also a member of Collective 20, whose members included Michael Albert, Medea Benjamin, Noam Chomsky, Bill Fletcher Jr., and other leftist writers and activists.

Rev. Dr. Dorsey Odell Blake, Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation, was officially installed as Presiding Minister of The Church for The Fellowship of All Peoples in October 1994. Dr. Blake served as Dean of Faculty and Visiting Professor of Spirituality and Prophetic Justice at Starr King School for the Ministry for six years. He continued to serve on the Core Faculty until his resignation in January 2015. He currently serves as a Faculty Associate, Leadership and Social Transformation at the Pacific School of Religion.

Dr. Karen Melander-Magoon discovered Unitarian Universalism in 2004. In her studies, writings, and songs, she draws on all spiritual traditions—the multi-layered Sufi stories, the Christian, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, and the complexity of secular and spiritual values that allow us to reach out and connect with each other. Dr. Melander-Magoon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Indiana University, sang major roles in opera for two decades in Europe, and has composed four one-woman musical portraits of historical figures, including Clara Barton, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lillie Langtry, and the French poet, Colette. She is listed in the European Publishers VIP Who is Who. Karen has a Master in Education and Counseling from Boston University, a Master of Divinity equivalency through the G.T.U., and her Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Sonya Nahid, from Oklahoma City, OK. Sonya has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma and has recently left medical school to pursue her passion for flying. Her father was the youngest helicopter instructor pilot for the Shah of Iran. He refused to salute the new revolutionary flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran and was then offered to be court marshaled or leave the country. He left and thus endured extensive hardship, as many immigrants do. She is inspired by her country’s brave people and continues fighting for them even though she is far away.

 

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Dec
11
Sun
Ella Baker’s Birthday Celebration @ New Parkway Theater
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

“What These Walls Won’t Hold” Screening and Panel discussion
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Join us for our annual birthday party for our namesakeвзять займ на карту 10000 рублей, Ella Baker! This year, we’ll be celebrating the art and organizing of Adamu Chan and the organizers of the #StopSanQuentinOutbreak campaign. Join in community to learn more about this campaign, its successes, and how it’s pushed the movement forward.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:

occupyoakland-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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)
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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Sunflower Monthly Zoom: Prep to Testify on CARB Scoping Plan @ Online
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The final vote on the state’s new draft Climate Scoping Plan is coming up fast on December 15.  It’s not too late to send written comments to the California Air Resources Board, and public comments will be needed at the Sacramento hearing as well.  Luckily, there’s a wealth of local expertise on the proposed Scoping Plan, and a number of those folks will be with us at this monthly webinar to help prepare us to testify.  This will be lively, interactive coaching session.  Bring your questions!  Please register to receive the Zoom link.

Co-sponsored with 350 Bay Area.

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David Rovics Concert @ Art House Gallery & Cultural Center
Dec 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
David Rovics Concert @ Art House Gallery & Cultural Center

David sings songs of social significance. Check out his web page here:

Welcome to my website…

Or watch a few vids here:

https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidRovics1

 

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Dec
12
Mon
Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

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Dec
13
Tue
Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Dec
14
Wed
Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Dec
15
Thu
Free Covid Testing @ Allan Temple Baptist Church
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Defense of Mumia Rally @ Federal Bldg
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Defense of Mumia Rally
Mumia Is innocent!

But this innocent, framed-up man has been held for over four decades in prison. Mumia is an internationally known political prisoner. As a former Black Panther and MOVE supporter, Mumia was framed for a crime he did not commit because he criticized the racist criminal justice system as a radio journalist. The evidence that should free him has now come to light, after being kept in the dark by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office.
Now, he will hear a judgement on his case for freedom in the Philadelphia PA Court of Common Pleas on the 16th of December.

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Ella Baker Center’s Annual Holiday Card Mailing to People Inside Prison @ Online
Dec 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

EBC’s Annual Holiday Card Mailing to People Inside Prison

It’s that time of year again – we are doing our annual Holiday Mailing to almost 9,000 people inside prisons and jail! The Holiday Mailing Sign-up form is live – click here.

You can sign up to pick up packets in increments of 25 cards/each. Each packet will be ready to go with: blank holiday cards, envelopes, stamps, newsletters, and instructions for you. You will be able to sign the holiday cards, donate stamps if you wish, stuff envelopes, and drop them off at the post office to bless our community inside. Sign up ASAP so that we can save a packet for you and so that you can tell us your preferences for when and how you want to pick up the cards. We are so grateful for all of the people who make such an impact on the lives of our community members inside by sending warmth and cheer during such a lonely time of year. You are appreciated!

RSVP to elliot@ellabakercenter.org for Zoom link

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Book launch – Sanctions: A Wrecking Ball in a Global Economy @ East Bay Media Center
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Live in Berkeley – Thurs. Dec.15 at 7 PM              


Intensifying US sanctions, imposed on a third of humanity, are sending shock waves through the world economy. Now this brutal form of economic warfare on civilian populations is being contested. Join a discussion of the latest developments in key regions of the world with several authors of the new anthology.

Lee Siu Hin – China, U.S. Solidarity Network
Ann Garrison – Pacifica Journalist, Black Agenda Report
David Paul – Venezuela Embassy Protectors

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