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Sep
16
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Policing and Prisons
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

logoAs we mark the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, we take a moment to reflect upon the ways that policing exists within prisons, the impact, and how conditions can be addressed.

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OAKLAND POLICE COMMISSION @ Online
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

To observe the meeting by video conference, please click on this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83722596537 at the noticed meeting time.

Agenda items of possible interest:

  • Vote to Ratify DGO K-03 Use of Force Policy.
  • Community Policing Policy revision
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Sep
17
Fri
CLIMATE EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION TASK FORCE SERIES @ Online
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force (CEMTF) a Bay Area coalition of elected officials, city & county staff, nongovernmental organizations, youth, environmental activists, social activists, and front line communities addressing the inequities and causes of the climate emergency. We meet Fridays from 9am-noon, from July-November 2021.

Below are our planned meetings. Visit our website to learn more: https://www.cemtf.org/.

July 30th: Fossil Fuel Free Bay Area

August 20th: Clean and Just Transportation

September 17th: Ecological Protection

October 15th: Just Transition & Green New Deal

November 19th: United Climate Actions

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The Struggle for Peoples Park
Sep 17 @ 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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Stop Funding Fossil Fuels- Wells Fargo @ Wells Fargo
Sep 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/september-17th-end-fossil-finance-build-a-renewable-future/

We’ve got a big action in the works and we need you! Driven by the climate crisis, fires, droughts, and floods are happening everywhere. Financial institutions continue to fund new fossil fuel projects which will only increase the destruction. This needs to STOP!
On Friday, September 17th, join us at the Wells Fargo world headquarters in downtown San Francisco for the kickoff of a new round of actions demanding Wells shifts away from funding fracking and tar sands — and into clean energy and the green economy.

Let’s make some noise and let Wells know that they need to FORGO FRACKING, cancel funding for Line 3 and make measurable commitments to divesting their portfolio from planet-heating, ecosystem-destroying, treaty-violating fossil fuels.

Find out more about what we have in store at our website: https://extinctionrebellionsfbay.org/posts/2021/09/stop-funding-fossil-fuels/
And please help us spread the word on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/2HzJOdqOl

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Free Them All
Sep 17 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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Author Reading, Book Launch Party: Blessed Disillusionment: Letting Go of What Cannot Save Us, Turning to What Can – Michael Goldstein @ Outdoors at a private residence near Mills College in Oakland. Address on registration page.
Sep 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Admission is free, but you must RSVP here

Are you ready for a politics that goes beyond asking those beholden to the wrong people to do the right thing?

Hint: that snippet from the Declaration of Independence at the bottom of the book’s cover reads, “Whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it.” (More on the book’s content at https://www.amazon.com/Blessed-Disillusionment-Letting-Cannot-Turning/dp/0578978318.)

On the 10th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (and the 172nd of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery), come hear author Michael Goldstein read from Blessed Disillusionment: Letting Go of What Cannot Save Us, Turning to What Can.

And see why Cornel West, author/teacher/activist Joanna Macy, veteran Longshore Workers’ activist Clarence Thomas, KPFA & KPOO host Avotcja, East Point Peace Academy founder Kazu Haga, and others are endorsing the book

Meet the author. Ask him your questions.  Enjoy the end of your week with complimentary finger food and nonalcoholic beverages and—with an online purchase of the book or eBook—free wine (over 21; another thank-you gift for youth).

If you can’t come, please consider 1) sharing this event and 2) buying the book or ebook on Amazon (sorry!) on Friday, the launch day, which will increase its visibility among those who can make good use of it.

“Goldstein offers a way to radically change our economic and political systems for the benefit of everyone—including the ecosystems that support life.”

— Molly Brown, ecopsychologist, teacher, co-author of “Coming Back to Life”

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The Black Panther Party Legacy @ Online
Sep 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Sep
18
Sat
Rose Foundation Virtual Film Fest
Sep 18 all-day

2021 VIRTUAL FILM FEST

 

Celebrate the power of grassroots activism and community resilience with the Rose Foundation! 2021 Film Festival will run from September 1-21.

Watch a curated selection of short and feature-length films showcasing the power of grassroots activism. Join the live event on September 18th, including an exciting collection of shorts, youth-led film Q&A, and a toast to the grassroots.

Visit Event Website >>

Cost: $25

We hope our 2021 Film Fest trailer gets you excited for our biggest collection of films yet, featuring over 25 independent shorts and feature-length productions.

Learn more about our 2021 film lineup and watch some trailers here. Then buy your ticket to access all these films between September 1 – 21!

Buy your tickets today to get full access to the Film Fest and your fun and festive Film Fest Party Kit, while supplies last.

Ticket Info

Ticket purchase includes access to the Themed Film Segments and the Live Event, plus an extra special “Film Fest Party Kit” while supplies last.

Can’t make the Live Event on 9/18? Buy a ticket, and we’ll send you a recording of the Live Event so you won’t miss a thing!

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Care Village @ Marcus Garvey Park
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A black and white flyer with large black cursive text in the center reading “care village pop-up.” Surrounding the center text are small illustrations paired with text. Starting at the top left going clockwise the words “wound care” is paired with an image of a first-aid kit, “fresh cooked food, coffee, and pantry items” with a bowl of hot food and a spoon, “basic veterinary care and pet food” it’s a cat and dog, “cop watch training” with a pad of paper, “clothing and outdoor gear” with a rolled up sleeping bag and a pair of socks, “showers” with a shower head spray water, “harm reduction supplies” with a syringe and a vial, and “haircuts” with a pair of scissors. The bottom quarter of the flyer is black with white text reading “Saturday, September 18, 1-4pm at Marcus Garvey Park (Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 36th, across from Eli’s Bar.) All services and items provided for free for those in need.” Rogers and Rosewater and West Oakland Punks with Lunch logos are in the bottom right.

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Net Zero Carbon Emissions: A Beginner’s Guide to An Imperialist Fraud @ Revolution Books
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presentation and discussion: Net Zero Carbon Emissions: A Beginner’s Guide to An Imperialist Fraud

We confront a planet on fire, and a global system of capitalism-imperialism that has done nothing to stop climate change except inject more and more carbon into the air. “Net zero” is NOT the answer, why this is so, and why revolution is what we need.

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Sep
19
Sun
Stop the giveaway of City College (CCSF) @ Online
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

unnamedCity College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been under attack for nearly a decade as part of the attempts to privatize public education. But faculty, staff, students and community members have been able to stave off the attempts to decertify the college and lay off full time faculty.

Join CCSF activists who will discuss strategies to ensure that the college is able to maintain and expand courses and programs that working class residents depend on. Share your thoughts in the discussion that will follow and join in the fight.

  http://tinyurl.com/FSP-Sept19Mtg 

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Sep
20
Mon
Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All @ Online
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

cd0854c2-5688-4479-bd0f-db5900f9f251Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for a webinar, “Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All!” where you will receive updates on Congress’s budget reconciliation process, who could get covered by the path to citizenship that has been included in the budget resolution, and how you can take action NOW to get citizenship for all across the finish line.

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Sep
21
Tue
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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Sep
22
Wed
The Future of Roe v. Wade @ Online
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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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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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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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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