Calendar

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Apr
19
Fri
Court Support for the Homeless – Oakland Union Point Dwellers @ Federal Courthouse, Room 6
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance @ Omni Commons
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance meeting to discuss plans, outreach, organizing regarding regional homeless communities and organizations.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/541837129562482/

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Defend & Defy: A Community Panel Discussion @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Key community representatives will come together to discuss urgent immigration issues that are threatening our most vulnerable communities. Drawing on diverse backgrounds, the panelists will share their expertise and perspectives on a range of issue-areas affected by recent anti-immigration policies. Learn how each of us can effectively defend our communities and defy anti-immigration policies and attitudes. Confirmed panelists include Catherine Tactaquin, (Executive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), Martha Ockenfels-Martinez (Researcher, Human Impact Partners), and Lara Kiswani (Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center). Moderated by Eddie Yuen.

Co-presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and San Francisco Poster Syndicate.

RSVP Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defend-defy-a-community-panel-discussion-tickets-59140288194

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Apr
20
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area: You Are Not a Loan! @ Omni Commons
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Come get connected with SDBA’s projects – we have exciting work to do in 2019!
  • NEW: Relieving millions in local Medical Debt through pennies-on-the-dollar buyback programs.
  • NEW: A book group and seminar focused on Economic Inequality and Economic Theory for the modern age.
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at the local Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

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Apr
21
Sun
Berkeley Earth Day! @ David Brower Center
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Berkeley Earth Day is an exciting day of inspiring, life changing fun!

Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate our vision for a sustainable future. Get inspired and connect with eco-minded comrades and learn how you can further reduce your impact on the planet and have fun doing it! This event features dozens of vendors sharing their eco-friendly products and epic activism. Hear educational and inspirational talks from experts, activists, enjoy delicious sustainable food, films and more! Compassionate Living, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area, is proud to be the sponsor of this event.

Join us for inspiring speakers, crafts, activism, veggie food, dozens of eco-vendors and much more!  

Berkeley Earth Day is excited to host the Wild & Scenic Film Fest. One of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from The South Yuba River Citizens League’s annual film festival which is now in its 16th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. These Films showcase frontline activism and stunning cinematography. Tickets for the FilmFest are sold separately.

Berkeley Earth Day 2019
Speaker Schedule

11:00  – 11:40 am – Hannah Evans, Population Connection

11:45 – 12:25 pm – Corrina Gould, Indigenous Perspectives on Earth Day

12:30  – 12:40 pm – Announcing Green Monday: Amy Halpern-Laff, & Councilmember Cheryl Davila

12:45 – 1:25 pm –  Chema Hernandez Gil, Seed the Commons

1:30 – 2:10 pm – Tim Rumisel, Vital Action

3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

THIS EVENT IS PRESENTED BY

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Earth Day at the Gill Tract @ Gill Tract
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 

The UC Gill Tract Community Farm invites you to their 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration.

This celebration features music, food, and children’s activities. For details, call 510.292.3418.

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Vehicular Residents Meet & Greet BBQ @ People's Park
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

No photo description available.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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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Film Showing: STRUGGLES IN STEEL @ Omni Commons
Apr 21 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 

Liberated Lens hosts a screening of Black Labor’s “Struggles in Steel”.

Discussion follows.

 

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Apr
22
Mon
Public Bank East Bay General Membership Meeting @ East Bay For Everyone
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Vote approaching – take action now!

AB 857, the crucial local public banking bill, will soon come up for a vote in the Assembly’s Banking Committee and Local Government Committee. The deadline for public comment is Wednesday, April 17. Please take a moment right now to send a letter to your Assemblymember and voice your support! You can bet our representatives are hearing from the bill’s powerful opponents, the big Wall Street banks.

And join us at our meeting to help support the public banking. Everyone welcome! Get involved!

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Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing @ ACCE
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies.

4/15 – Housing
4/22 – Economy
4/29 – Education
5/6 – Public Health
5/13 – Neighborhood Life
5/20 – Public Safety

The first week’s workshop on the Housing Indicators is the first of a 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies.

Join us for this deeper dive into the Equity Indicators Report for the City of Oakland. Released last year, it clearly shows the effects of white supremacy on our community. Oakland posted a failing score of 33.5 out of a possible 100 across all indicators. This was the lowest score of all cities that participated in this national study.

Carroll Fife, the founder of Black Women & Elected Leadership, the Executive Director of Oakland ACCE, and one of the founding members of Community READY Corps, will join us as a guest speaker to provide some deeper analysis of the report’s findings and point us to actual solutions that will advance racial justice and equity in our housing market.

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Apr
23
Tue
Bay Area Student Loan Debt Summit @  Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Apr 23 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Please RSVP to join us on April 23rd!

The San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco invite you to join us on April 23rd for the first ever Bay Area Student Debt Summit, a gathering of researchers, advocates, policy makers and practitioners concerned with the growing student debt crisis and its particularly pernicious impact on the financial well-being and economic mobility of low-income communities and communities of color.

Join local, state and national policy experts, advocates and practitioners to discuss the implications of important new research on student loan borrowing and repayment across the Bay Area and strategies to address this growing crisis.

Please RSVP to reserve your place at the Summit (Registration begins 8:30am)

Who:                    Policy advocates, researchers, local and state government officials,  education leaders, nonprofits, funders, and other concerned  stakeholders

We need your voice and your participation! The Summit will highlight new evidence about the face of the student loan crisis in the Bay Area and inform the Office of Financial Empowerment’s new student loan debt initiative. We look forward to seeing you on April 23rd.

Register Here

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Apr
24
Wed
Sunrise Movement Green New Deal @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Apr 24 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunrise Movement Green New Deal Events

Berkeley event registration here

The Sunrise Movement, whose sit-in in Nancy Pelosi’s office last fall helped create momentum for a Green New Deal, will hold town hall meetings on the Green New Deal in more than 100 cities in April and May.

Speakers will range from members of Congress and local politicians,  to people already working to transform local economies,  to  performers, musicians, and community leaders who are getting behind the movement for a Green New Deal.

They will share plans for the coming months and provide time for discussion of local strategies for educating the public and getting politicians to endorse the Green New Deal.

The town halls will also feature new videos produced by Means of Production, the group behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign ad, featuring young Sunrise leaders sharing why their communities need a Green New Deal.

Find dates and times for town halls near you here.
Scroll down to enter your zip code to find nearby events.

Here are some Bay Area events already scheduled, with links to RSVP:

April 22, 6 PM
Shannon Leigh Associates
1455 Hayes St., San Leandro

April 24, 1:30 PM
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St., Berkeley

April 24, 6:30. PM
Sierra Club National Headquarters
3101. Webster St., Oakland #1300

April 27, 3:30 PM
San Jose Public Library”
150 East San Fernando St., San Jose

May 1, 7:30 PM
Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

May 4, 4:30 PM
Wally Pond (Irvington) Community Center
41885 Blacow Road, Fremont

May 7, 7 PM
Riconada Library
1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

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Green New Deal Town Hall @ Octopus Literary Salon
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Who stands to benefit from the Green New Deal? What’s at stake?

Join us at this Town Hall to hear leaders in our community share about how the Green New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest in the American people, and what that looks like for us.

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Sunrise Movement Green New Deal Events @ Sierra Club
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Sunrise Movement, whose sit-in in Nancy Pelosi’s office last fall helped create momentum for a Green New Deal, will hold town hall meetings on the Green New Deal in more than 100 cities in April and May.

Speakers will range from members of Congress and local politicians,  to people already working to transform local economies,  to  performers, musicians, and community leaders who are getting behind the movement for a Green New Deal.

They will share plans for the coming months and provide time for discussion of local strategies for educating the public and getting politicians to endorse the Green New Deal.

The town halls will also feature new videos produced by Means of Production, the group behind Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign ad, featuring young Sunrise leaders sharing why their communities need a Green New Deal.

Find dates and times for town halls near you here.
Scroll down to enter your zip code to find nearby events.

Here are some Bay Area events already scheduled, with links to RSVP:

April 22, 6 PM
Shannon Leigh Associates
1455 Hayes St., San Leandro

April 24, 1:30 PM
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St., Berkeley

April 24, 6:30. PM
Sierra Club National Headquarters
3101. Webster St., Oakland #1300

April 27, 3:30 PM
San Jose Public Library”
150 East San Fernando St., San Jose

May 1, 7:30 PM
Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

May 4, 4:30 PM
Wally Pond (Irvington) Community Center
41885 Blacow Road, Fremont

May 7, 7 PM
Riconada Library
1213 Newell Rd., Palo Alto

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Apr
25
Thu
History of May Day @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Why do we celebrate Labor Day in the United States when the rest of the world has May Day? The history of May Day reveals that the struggle for the eight-hour day, general strikes, and the socialist roots of the holiday made it anathema to the ruling class, and a goal for workers everywhere, including here. Please join East Bay DSA for a presentation on May Day’s history.

Accessibility: NPML is ADA accessible.

 

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RPA movie night – The Hemp Revolution @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The next monthly potluck and (free!) movie night at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center will feature The Hemp Revolution:

6:30pm potluck and socializing
7-9:30pm screening and discussion

Join us for the HEMP REVOLUTION, a film that examines the history of hemp’s criminalization and the interests behind it.

A more durable fibre than thirsty cotton for making textiles. A sustainable crop requiring almost no pesticide to thrive, making farming a cleaner process for the environment. A higher quality material than wood pulp for paper making. A non-polluting fuel, providing a cleaner energy production than via petroleum. The medicinal qualities have been used for thousands of years. The list goes on.

America went from a country which produced vast quantities of the non-narcotic crop, to the complete ban on hemp production upon the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Why has a powerful plant that provides so many human needs been much condemned for decades? Grown properly, this can be a great plant to save the planet! Join us and investigate the controversy and confusion between industrial hemp and medical marijuana.

This is a free monthly event at BBPC that falls on the last Thursday each month. Mark your calendar for upcoming films:

May 30 – The One Percent
June 27 – Flow: for Love of Water

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Author Event: The Management of Savagry @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents:

 

MAX BLUMENTHAL

“The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State

  Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump”

 

Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Pegasus Books (3 sites),
Books Inc (Berkeley),
Moe’s,
Walden Pond Bookstore,
East Bay Books,
Mrs. Dalloway’s

 

 

Max Blumenthal has spent the last decade transforming himself into one of the

most vital voices in journalism today, always speaking truth to power

with fearlessness and integrity.”—Reza Aslan, author of Zealot

 

“The Management of Savagery” excavates the real story behind America’s dealings with the world and shows how the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of America’s imperial designs. Washington’s secret funding of the mujahedin provoked the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. With guns and money, the United States has ever since sustained the extremists, including  Osama Bin Laden, who have become its enemies. The Pentagon has trained and armed jihadist elements in Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya; it has launched military interventions to change regimes in the Middle East. These failed wars abroad have made the United States more vulnerable to both terrorism as well as native ultra-nationalism. The Trump presidency is the inevitable consequence of neoconservative imperialism in the post–Cold War age. Trump’s dealings in the Middle East are likely only to exacerbate the situation.

 

Blumenthal’s book is a damning indictment of the bipartisan national security    consensus and warning of its present danger to democracy.

 

“Max Blumenthal audaciously takes in-your-face, on-the-ground journalism into the realm of   geopolitics.” —Juan Cole, author,The New Arabs and Engaging the Muslim World

 

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Huffington Postand SalonAl Jazeera English and many other publications. He is Senior Editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project and the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, which won the 2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award, the New York Time’s bestseller Republican Gomorrah: Inside  the Movement that Shattered the Party, and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.      

Host Nora Barrows-Friedman is a journalist, Electronic Intifada Associate Editor, autho of In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine, and frequent KPFA Flashpoints’ guest.

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Apr
26
Fri
Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance @ Omni Commons
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance meeting to discuss plans, outreach, organizing regarding regional homeless communities and organizations.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/541837129562482/

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Apr
27
Sat
Richmond Progressive Alliance Quarterly Membership Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Should RPA endorse Bernie?

You never want to miss out on a quarterly RPA membership meeting, but you’ll be especially regretful if you don’t make our April meeting!

At the meeting we’ll be voting on whether the RPA should endorse Bernie Sanders for President — we encourage you to attend the meeting, share your thoughts, and vote. Full agenda coming soon. And of course, if you find that your membership has elapsed, you can always renew at the door.

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