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Oct
7
Fri
Building Democracy’s Library—Celebrate with the Internet Archive @ Online & In-Person
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us to help inaugurate Democracy’s Library and celebrate all the different efforts happening at the Internet Archive!

Why is it that on the internet the best information is often locked behind paywalls?  Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, believes it’s time to turn that scarcity model upside down and build an internet based on abundance. Join us for an evening event where he’ll share a new project—Democracy’s Library—a free, open, online compendium of government research and publications from around the world. Why? Because democracies need an educated citizenry to thrive.

This year’s event is hybrid. We will be celebrating in-person at our main library in San Francisco, and will be livestreaming the event itself from 7pm-8pm PT so that everyone who cares about democracy around the world can join in.

Register now for in-person or virtual attendance

Event details
5pm: Entertainment, Mingling and Food Trucks
7pm: Building Democracy’s Library presentation in our Great Room
8pm: Dancing in the Streets with “Hot Buttered Rum”

Registration is required: Register now for in-person or virtual attendance.

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Oct
8
Sat
Abortion is a Human Right @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, October 8th from 10am – 12pm for a Rally to protest the Supreme Court’s taking away legal abortion and to support expanding access to full reproductive care as part of the nationwide mass actions for reproductive rights!

RSVP

People all around the country are uniting for a Fall of reckoning. We will not sit back and accept the attacks on our families, future, and our freedom.

We are honored to follow the “A Day Without Us” on Sept 30th, Student Walkouts on October 6th, and to kick off the Yes on Prop 1 Weekend of Action to codify the right to an abortion in the CA State Constitution! Use the energy and momentum of our rally to launch you into concrete action that same day, or the next! Register for a phonebank shift here: https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/a/vote-yes-prop-1-statewide-phonebank

Join us.

Endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte & East Bay Democratic Socialists of America in collaboration with a growing list of groups and union and community activists.

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SUDS, SNACKS, AND SOCIALISM: “The California Propositions Demystified.” @ Online
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

 

The topic is “The California Propositions Demystified.” The November 8, 2022 ballot contains seven propositions. Some offer easy decisions for the left. Others raise questions about health care and environmental policy, and require us to scrutinize who really benefits and where the money is coming from. Join us with your questions and ideas. Speakers will include:

Marsha Feinland – Retired PPublic School Teacher, Peace and Freedom Party member

David Campbell – Peace and Freedom Party member

David Landry – Peace and Freedom Party Webmaster and Orange County PFP chair.

Please register in advance at
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvfu-uqDwrHNV44YFO7hGlZ_hhJHWqZRMz
to receive your personal link for this event.

For more information email: info@sudssnackssocialism.org.

This event is sponsored by the Oakland Greens, Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change, and the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party.

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Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: Doughnut Economics – 7 Way to Think Like a 21st Century Economist @ Online
Oct 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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

For October, 2022 we’re re-reading the first four chapters of  Doughnut Economics – 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth.  Order it via her website here.  For November, we will be re-reading the remaining chapters.

‘Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

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 TelescopeMission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Exploring Degrowth, The Origin of Wealth, Mine!, The Dawn of Everything  A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, and Beyond Money.

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Oct
9
Sun
Why the US Constitution Serves the Few @ Online
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Written by 55 of the richest white men, and signed by only 39 of them, the US constitution is the sacred text of American nationalism. Popular perceptions of it are mired in idolatry, myth and misinformation – many Americans have opinions on the constitution but have little idea what it says.

Our speaker’s new book examines the constitution for what it is – a rulebook for elites to protect capitalism from democracy. Social movements have misplaced faith in the constitution as a tool for achieving justice when it actually impedes social change through the many roadblocks and obstructions we call ‘checks and balances’. This stymies urgent progress on issues like labour rights, poverty, public health and climate change, propelling the American people and rest of the world towards destruction.

Robert Ovetz’s reading of the constitution shows that the system isn’t broken. Far from it. It works as it was designed.

Our speaker, Robert Ovetz, is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science at San José State University, California, USA. He is the author of the new book We the Elites: Why the US Constitution Serves the Few (Pluto, 2022).  His previous publications include When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921, and he was the editor of Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle. He is the book review editor of the Journal of Labor and Society and writes about labor for Dollars & Sense magazine.

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Green Sunday
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Green Sunday:  How can we support our local Green Party candidates?

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Being a Green Party candidate can often be an uphill battle, but this year 3 Alameda County Greens have risen to the challenge.  In this year’s June primary, Laura Wells ran for State Controller, and for the current November election, Aidan Hill is running for Berkeley City Council, District 7, and Brian Donahue is running for the Emery School Board.  Aidan was not able to commit for tonight, but Brian and Laura will join us this evening to discuss their campaigns and how we can help Green Party candidates, both before and after their elections.

What does it mean to run as a “third-party” candidate, and as a Green?  Is there more to helping candidates than making donations and helping them pass out literature?  How important are the final 3 weeks before the election compared to before and after that time window?  What should we be doing now, and what might we do in the near and not-so-near future?  Join Brian and Laura tonight to discuss these questions and much more.

Brian Donahue is running for the Emery School Board in the current November election.  He notes that in 2017, the Emery School Distict dropped from the 4th worst academically in Alameda county to “the bottom that year and it has remained on the bottom.”  To turn this around, he advocates empowering teachers and changing the “culture so that the administration morphs into a teacher helping culture.”  He also wants to get “major corporations in Emeryville to commit to supporting the schools with a special emphasis on Disney/Pixar.”  Brian has been an activist on school and other issues for many years and publishes the Emeryville Tattler blog.  He also was a co-founder of Residents United for a Livable Emeryville (RULE), which was able to elect every City Council member during their 14-year existence, but which came to a close earlier this year after having been sidelined by the pandemic..

Laura Wells ran for State Controller in the June, 2022 election as a member of the Left Unity Slate. She lives in Oakland and is a political activist in California and in solidarity with Latin America. She has been a Green Party organizer and also ran for Congress in 2018, and for Governor after the global financial meltdown in 2010. A former financial systems analyst, Laura focuses her platform on public banking, taxing the rich, and saving money and lives by shifting California’s financial priorities away from destructive uses like the prison and war industries, and toward meaningful work including an improved Medicare for All healthcare system, tuition-free high-quality schools and universities, and restoration of our environment. Her webpage for this past June’s campaign is here:  https://laurawells.org/controller-2022/


Green Sundays
are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Oct
11
Tue
Sacramento Rally to Defend Rooftop Solar @ West Steps and Lawn, California State Capitol
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join rooftop solar defenders to tell the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)  to reject the plans of corporate utilities like PG&E to impose high costs on households with rooftop solar panels:  large monthly fees to connect to the grid and much lower payment for electricity they sell back to the grid.

Soon the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is expected to release a new proposal that will determine the fate of rooftop solar from now on. There will then be a 30-day public comment period, followed by a final vote of the five-person commission.

The Solar Rights Alliance, an organization of solar panel installers, says, “We don’t know what the CPUC will propose. We do know that utility lobbyists are still pushing a Solar Tax and deep cuts to the credit for sharing surplus energy with the grid.”

The Solar Rights Alliance is hosting “the biggest pro-solar event yet,” Everyone Under the Sun Rally & Festival at the State Capitol, to remind the CPUC, Governor Newsom, and the media:

  • No Solar Tax or other changes that make rooftop solar unaffordable for everyday people.
  • Keep rooftop solar growing so that more Californians can get it, not fewer.

RSVP

If you can’t make it to the rally, you can sign up here to be alerted when the CPUC releases its next solar rooftop proposal

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Albany Film Festival @ Landmark Albany Twin Theater
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Albany FilmFest 2022 is thrilled return to Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre with a great lineup of thought-provoking, original, and entertaining films from independent filmmakers in the Bay Area, the US, and beyond.

Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

October 4: Our Beautiful Planet Home Living in, coping with, and learning from our changing environment: coyotes in San Francisco, cattle ranching in Silicon Valley, vertical cave diving in China.

October 5: Ai Wei Wei: Yours Truly Bay Area directors Cheryl Haines and Gina Leibrecht tell the powerful story of the outspoken artist and activist Ai Wei Wei’s Yours Truly exhibition at the former island penitentiary of Alcatraz.

October 6: On the Edge People following their own unique paths: America’s desert “hairstorian,” a boy’s quest to become a butler, a young woman’s quest to be more animated, genderqueer partners in love, an animated East Bay punk band chases fame during a pandemic.

October 11:  Somewhere Else Instead Understanding where we are and might be: a wandering puzzle piece, a drag artist and an unusual request, a man who lives with Parkinson’s, dancing on the Albany bulb, a strange night in LA.

October 12: Transformations Exploring people and ideas in the midst of change: an LGBTQ+ generation gap, reclaiming the swastika as a message of peace, a circus seeking to do what others cannot do, two counties approach criminal justice differently.

October 13: Engaging with Life Living an authentic life: An artist of many “firsts,” a nonbinary social worker/activist, brave students resisting Nazis, and an aging magician looking for connection.

At Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre October 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13 / Doors open 7pm / All shows start 7:30pm / Tickets available online or at the box office.  Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

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Oct
12
Wed
Albany Film Festival @ Landmark Albany Twin Theater
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Albany FilmFest 2022 is thrilled return to Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre with a great lineup of thought-provoking, original, and entertaining films from independent filmmakers in the Bay Area, the US, and beyond.

Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

October 4: Our Beautiful Planet Home Living in, coping with, and learning from our changing environment: coyotes in San Francisco, cattle ranching in Silicon Valley, vertical cave diving in China.

October 5: Ai Wei Wei: Yours Truly Bay Area directors Cheryl Haines and Gina Leibrecht tell the powerful story of the outspoken artist and activist Ai Wei Wei’s Yours Truly exhibition at the former island penitentiary of Alcatraz.

October 6: On the Edge People following their own unique paths: America’s desert “hairstorian,” a boy’s quest to become a butler, a young woman’s quest to be more animated, genderqueer partners in love, an animated East Bay punk band chases fame during a pandemic.

October 11:  Somewhere Else Instead Understanding where we are and might be: a wandering puzzle piece, a drag artist and an unusual request, a man who lives with Parkinson’s, dancing on the Albany bulb, a strange night in LA.

October 12: Transformations Exploring people and ideas in the midst of change: an LGBTQ+ generation gap, reclaiming the swastika as a message of peace, a circus seeking to do what others cannot do, two counties approach criminal justice differently.

October 13: Engaging with Life Living an authentic life: An artist of many “firsts,” a nonbinary social worker/activist, brave students resisting Nazis, and an aging magician looking for connection.

At Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre October 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13 / Doors open 7pm / All shows start 7:30pm / Tickets available online or at the box office.  Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

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Oct
13
Thu
Albany Film Festival @ Landmark Albany Twin Theater
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Albany FilmFest 2022 is thrilled return to Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre with a great lineup of thought-provoking, original, and entertaining films from independent filmmakers in the Bay Area, the US, and beyond.

Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

October 4: Our Beautiful Planet Home Living in, coping with, and learning from our changing environment: coyotes in San Francisco, cattle ranching in Silicon Valley, vertical cave diving in China.

October 5: Ai Wei Wei: Yours Truly Bay Area directors Cheryl Haines and Gina Leibrecht tell the powerful story of the outspoken artist and activist Ai Wei Wei’s Yours Truly exhibition at the former island penitentiary of Alcatraz.

October 6: On the Edge People following their own unique paths: America’s desert “hairstorian,” a boy’s quest to become a butler, a young woman’s quest to be more animated, genderqueer partners in love, an animated East Bay punk band chases fame during a pandemic.

October 11:  Somewhere Else Instead Understanding where we are and might be: a wandering puzzle piece, a drag artist and an unusual request, a man who lives with Parkinson’s, dancing on the Albany bulb, a strange night in LA.

October 12: Transformations Exploring people and ideas in the midst of change: an LGBTQ+ generation gap, reclaiming the swastika as a message of peace, a circus seeking to do what others cannot do, two counties approach criminal justice differently.

October 13: Engaging with Life Living an authentic life: An artist of many “firsts,” a nonbinary social worker/activist, brave students resisting Nazis, and an aging magician looking for connection.

At Landmark’s Albany Twin Theatre October 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13 / Doors open 7pm / All shows start 7:30pm / Tickets available online or at the box office.  Full program and details www.albanyfilmfest.org.

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Oct
17
Mon
This Bell Still Rings: My Life of Defiance and Song. @ Freight and Salvage
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

TICKETS / MORE INFO AVAILABLE HERE

Please join KPFA Radio for a very special evening when we welcome the legendary Barbara Dane (and Friends) in celebration of the release of Barbara’s autobiography, This Bell Still Rings: My Life of Defiance and Song. This live, in-person event will be hosted by KPFA’s Kris Welch and will include special guests such as: Tammy Hall, Holly Near, Maureen Gosling, Avotcja, Mark Hummel and Pablo Menedez. Pegasus Books will be on-site selling copies of This Bell Still Rings, published by Heyday

The autobiography of a courageous singer-songwriter, activist, and American icon.

A renowned folk, blues, and jazz singer who performed with some of the twentieth century’s most celebrated musicians, from Louis Armstrong to Bob Dylan. A proud progressive who has tirelessly championed racial equality and economic justice in America, and who has traveled the world to sing out against war and tyranny. An organizer, a venue owner, a record label founder, and a woman who has charted her own creative and political path for more than ninety years. Barbara Dane has led an epic, trailblazing life in music and activism, and This Bell Still Rings tells her story in her own adventurous voice.

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Oct
19
Wed
Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman. @ Grand Lake Theater
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

TICKETS / MORE INFO AVAILABLE HERE

Please join KPFA Radio  when we welcome iconoclastic media personality Greg Palast for a very special screening of his brand new film, Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman. This live, in-person event will be hosted by KPFA’s Dennis Bernstein.

Greg Palast and his investigations team bust the most brazen, racist attack on voting rights yet – engineered by Georgia’s Brian Kemp to ensure victory in his rematch with Stacey Abrams. You’ll meet Kemp’s army of vigilante vote challengers. One dresses up like Old-West vigilante Doc Holliday with loaded six-gun, one of a posse of right-wing operatives who have challenged over a quarter million voters.

And there’s the hidden story of Brian Kemp, scion of the family that was the first to bring captive Africans to Georgia.

It’s not a story of Democrat versus Republican, but history versus smothered truth.

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Nov
13
Sun
Sunflower Webinar on CA Climate Justice Plan @ Online
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

oin leaders of the statewide environmental and climate justice movement to hear about the campaign to strengthen California’s (appallingly weak) draft climate plan—and how we can help.

 Register here

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a draft plan for state climate action over the next five years.  A broad coalition of climate justice organizations is pushing them to go beyond this business-as-usual proposal and take strong measures to phase out fossil fuel with just transition. Meanwhile CARB’s own Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) has outlined some specific steps, including:

  • A comprehensive plan to phase out refineries with just transition for communities and workers.
  • Strong limits on any “carbon capture, use, and storage” projects to make sure they don’t make air and water pollution worse or extend the life of fossil fuel infrastructure–and that include inputs from environmental justice stakeholders and independent experts.
  • An end to support for factory-farm “dairy methane” projects.
  • An overhaul of the state’s “low carbon fuel standards,” which currently incentivize destructive practices and environmental injustice.
  • Thorough review of the “cap and trade” program and less reliance on that to meet climate goals.

The Environmental Justice Advisory Committee includes representatives from many of the organizations that are leading the statewide movement for climate and environmental justice.

Speakers to be announced–watch this space!

 Register here

 

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