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Feb
19
Wed
Beloved Oakland – Homeless Benefit Concert @ Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Gangsta Revolution, Transform, Until, When the Panthers Died @ Freedom and Movement Center
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Feb 19 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

ant to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

You will hear about SURJ’s pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We’ll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

LOCATION AND ACCESS
The Movement Strategy Center is located at 436 14th St., Ste 500, (5th floor) at the corner of Broadway (right next to 12th St station).

There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive by 6:45 to check-in and get settled so we can begin promptly at 7 pm. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot. Street parking is generally available in a 2-3 block radius.

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APTP General Membership Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We’ll discuss our current efforts to build responses to mental health crisis and Intimate Partner Violence that do not lead with law enforcement intervention.

The East Side Arts Alliance is wheelchair accessible.

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Feb
20
Thu
Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism @ Center for Latin American Studies
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
unnamedJohn Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of US policy in Latin America for 30 years. Currently he coordinates Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange, and serves as California Healing Justice Associate of the American Friends Service Committee, with a focus on police demilitarization.
His award-winning book Plan Colombia narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military’s atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war.

Organizers:
Alejandro Múnera, Daniel Payares, and Milo Buitrago-Casas
Colombian working group – UC Berkeley
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East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program Orientation @ East Oakland Collective
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Do you have a goal to clear debt, start a business, and/or enhance your quality of life? Do you face barriers to loans from traditional financial institutions? Want to improve your credit score? Ever heard of a lending circle? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program is just for you!

Join us for an orientation to learn exactly how East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program works.

*Light refreshments provided.
*Ages 18+ welcome.

*Facilities are wheelchair accessible.

RSVP>>.

ABOUT

The East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program is a self-help tool connecting East Oakland residents of color, particularly Black low and middle income individuals who fall between 30-80% of the area AMI and small business owners to collectively pool monetary resources for personal and group economic advancement. The program offers individuals a 0% interest savings loan combined with free monthly financial empowerment workshops and resources to expand participant financial awareness in personal budgeting, debt management, first time home ownership, and small business incubation. Typical monthly payments range between $50-$200 over 6-12 months. We encourage participants to save within our three savings tracks: business development, debt management, and a better quality of life. Using culturally relevant and traditional practices stemming from West Africa and the Caribbean, the SuSu program is also designed to establish a culturally safe and fun way to build trust in group economics.

WHAT IS SUSU?

Su – Su /‘soōsoō/ – is an informal means of collecting and saving money through a savings club or partnership. This means of saving money is a cultural tradition that is widely used in the Caribbeans, West and East African territories, to name a few.

Thu Feb 20th 6:30pm – 8:00pm MEETING

The East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program connects East Oakland residents of color, particularly Black low and middle income individuals who fall between 30-80% of the area medium income (AMI) and small business owners, to collectively pool monetary resources for personal and group economic advancement.

Join the 2020 cohort of the East Oakland SuSu Lending Circle Program to socially lend with your community! In partnership with Esusu, the lending circles are FDIC insured and help boost your credit score.

Next Steps
  1. Complete the participant questionnaire by February 13, 2020.
  2. Download the Esusu application.
  3. Attend the orientation on February 20, 2020, 6:30 PM at EOC’s office @ 7800 MacArthur Blvd.
  4. Lending starts February 22!
  5. Attend the monthly workshops– as little or many as you can.

Learn more at eastoaklandcollective.com/econempowerment

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Screening: The First Rainbow Coalition @ Tenderloin Museum
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

America thinks they know about the Black Panthers. But just wait until they hear about the Rainbow Coalition.

The Rainbow Coalition was a broad coalition of diverse, freedom struggle organizations, from the Black Panthers and Young Lords to working class white groups like the Young Patriots. Standing in solidarity in their class struggle against economic and racial injustice, the group both challenged—and changed—the face of 1960s politics in Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in postwar America. Collectively confronting issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, the Rainbow Coalition is a little-known yet historically significant political group that paved the way for future generations of activists.

Told through rare archival footage and interviews with former Coalition members, filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition took more than a decade to complete, and depicts the story of a powerful, multiracial  movement and the enduring legacy it left behind. Although short-lived, it had an outsized impact: breaking down barriers between communities, the movement created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for upcoming activists and politicians across the nation.

On February 20, 2020, the Tenderloin Museum will host a limited screening of veteran filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s documentary film, The First Rainbow Coalition, as well as a director panel with original Rainbow Coalition members.

A donation-based event, attendees will also have the opportunity to contribute funds to the Fred Hampton house in Chicago, which is facing foreclosure.

About the Director:

Director/Producer Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory, and political transfor!! so excited for thismation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – Passin’ It On (Co-Producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, Voices From Texas (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. Awards garnered include: a 1992 Student Academy Award (information division), a 1996 “Ideas In Action” Award from the National Tele-Media Alliance, a 1996 “Faculty of the Year” Award from the Chicano Studies Program, UW Madison, a 2016 San Antonio Artists Foundation Filmmaker Award, and a 2016 Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas.

About the Panelists:

Amy Sonnie is the co-author of “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times,” the first book to explore the First Rainbow Coalition in depth. Her young adult anthology, Revolutionary Voices, recently joined hundreds of literary classics, children’s books and young adult favorites on American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books.

Billy X Jennings is a founding member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He is one of the most important independent archivist of Panthers and New Left history and runs the It’s About Time website.

More panelists TBA.

Proudly in partnership with DSA-SF’s AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, Left Eye Cinema, and City College of San Francisco’s Labor and Community Studies Department.

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How to talk across lines of political difference (without blowing a fuse) @ Books, Inc
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Erica Etelson will talk about her new book, Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide.

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Omni General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every Thursday evening at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url: https://pad.riseup.net/p/omninom

This meeting usually happens in the Ballroom, but the the location may change depending on the access needs of people attending and other events taking place in the building.

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Video of Artist Dread Scott discussing the “Slave Rebellion Reenactment” @ Revolution Books
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Video of Artist Dread Scott discussing the “Slave Rebellion Reenactment with Andy Zee, spokesperson for Revolution Books, NYC.

“Slave Rebellion Reenactment” (November 2019) retraced the path of the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the history of the United States. This was the German Coast Uprising of 1811, just outside New Orleans.

“Instead of studying George Washington, a great enslaver, or Thomas Jefferson, a great enslaver, when they talk about freedom… we should be studying people who were actually trying to get free from a system of enslavement which was the foundation of the U.S. economy at the time.” — Artist Dread Scott

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Feb
21
Fri
21 Cherish and Protect – A March for Real Climate Leadership @ Merritt College
Feb 21 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cherish and Protect
an exhibition of art expressing our responses to
the crisis of our heating planet.

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Tent City Film Screening @ La Peña Cultural Center
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by La Peña Cultural Center and the San Francisco Foundation. Tent City highlights the impact of unprocessed grief on mental health in America, the toll that gentrification has taken on the city of Oakland (nation wide), and ignites a call to action to reclaim our humanity in the midst of our ever changing world. The screening also features live music, a resource fair, community discussion, Q&A, and more!

RSVP Free with RSVP / Donations Accepted
https://lapena.org/event/tentcity/?mc_cid=8e0269a1ab&mc_eid=83c795cf68

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Contra Costa County and the Green New Deal @ Antioch Community Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This Town Hall Symposium brings together experts, local leaders, activists, and frontline community members to exchange perspectives about how climate change impacts East County and the Bay Area, and how a Green New Deal can address these challenges.

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Mark Stemen, Professor of Geography and Planning, and Civics from California State University, Chico.
  • Youth leaders from the Sunrise Movement

Sierra Club Delta Group hosts.

RSVP on Facebook

 

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Feb
22
Sat
Racial Justice Through the Power of Public Policy @ YWCA
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join SURJ Bay Area’s Policy Committee for part two of our 2020 legislative workshop series!

Workshop participants can expect to…
– Learn about lobby visits and how they fit into SURJ’s larger framework
– Hear about new opportunities to engage in the legislative process with SURJ
– Practice speaking about policy to a legislative staffer
– Hear from Ella Baker Center on their 2020 policy priorities

Guest Speaker:

Derick Morgan is the Policy Associate for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. As part of the Ella Baker Center’s legislative arm, he provides leadership on campaigns to expand principles of truth and reinvestment at the state level. Derick provides analysis of policy and helps the Ella Baker Center collaborate with different groups.

This workshop is also a fundraiser for Ella Baker Center. Please bring an additional cash donation that is meaningful for you.

We are eager to hear all of your voices and to help develop powerful advocates for racial justice in California. All levels of experience are welcome!

****This is the second workshop of a two part series. Attendance at the first workshop is not necessary to attend but may be helpful. All are welcome.
Part 1:

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Socialism 101: Why Capitalism Must Go @ Berkeley City College, Room 34
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Monthly reading and discussion series for those interested in a better understanding of a socialist perspective.

Suggested readings for this topic (readings are recommended but optional)
1) The Problem is Capitalism by Speak Out Now:
https://speakoutsocialists.org/capitalism-is-the-problem-2/
2) What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Monthly Review
https://monthlyreview.org/2010/03/01/what-every-environmentalist-needs-to-know-about-capitalism/
3) The Principles of Communism by Frederick Engels (1847):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm
4)Ninety Years of the Communist Manifesto by Leon Trotsky (1937):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1937/10/90manifesto.htm
5) The Communist Manifesto (1847):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/184

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Who Killed Malcolm X: Selected Scenes Screening @ Suite 4400
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Moral Budget Poor People’s Campaign Reading Group @ CEL, 3rd Floor
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What will it take to truly address the systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and war economy plaguing our country today? The answer is presented in the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Budget, which lays out the policies and investments to address the widespread and systemic injustices we face.

We invite you to come together with other supporters of the Poor People’s Campaign to learn more about these solutions through our Moral Budget Reading Group. This will be a space for us to develop our collective understanding of the policies we’re working towards and how they will affect the lives of the people in our communities.

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Day of Remembrance @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Duncan Ryūken Williams discusses his book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American.

Reverend Williams has taken part in Tsuru For Solidarity, a non-violent direct action protest lead by Japanese Americans formerly incarcerated in WWII internment camps and descendents to demand the closure of the inhumane immigrant families and children internment sites on the border today.

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Oscar López Rivera @ La Peña Cultural Center
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of tribute, music and conversation with Puerto Rican patriot and visionary, Oscar López Rivera. This event is part of a national U.S. speaking tour titled “Oscar López Rivera—Two Years Later: Resistance and Resilience”.

Two years after his release as a political prisoner for 36 years, Oscar López Rivera is returning to the Bay Area to share his current work in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria, and against a backdrop of a series of earthquakes that have stricken the island over the last few weeks.

Since his release in 2017, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island’s debt and advocating for the Puerto Rico’s sovereignty.

Pre-Event Reception: 4pm-5pm

Main Event: Doors open at 5pm / Event begins at 5:30pm

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Bay Area Labor Notes Scholarship Fundraiser dance Party @ Omni Commons
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Dance, eat, drink, and meet local labor activists at the Bay Area Labor Notes Dance Party Fundraiser Featuring local DJ Kream from 8:30PM-11:30PM.

A small donation of $5-$35 covers food, music, camaraderie, and stories about the Bay Area labor movement from local labor activists. Cash bar available, Venmo also accepted. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. All ages.

All proceeds will help low-wage workers attend the international Labor Notes conference in Chicago this April.

The Labor Notes Conference is a unique gathering of thousands of rank-and-file union members, local leaders, and activists who are putting the movement back in the labor movement.

It is an increasingly important space for labor activists to attend skill-building workshops and meet to share effective strategies that can win gains and amplify the voice of workers.

Your support will help to (re)build a fighting, democratic labor movement across the U.S. and around the world!

See here for information about Omni Commons accessibility.

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