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Feb
26
Mon
What’s Going On?” A Teach-In on People’s Park  @ Maud Fife Room – 315 Wheeler Hall, UC Berkeley
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

People’s Park is currently barricaded by stacked shipping containers topped with razor wire and guarded round-the-clock, following a midnight raid in early January by combined police forces from UC, CSU, Alameda County, San Francisco City and County and the California State Highway Patrol, organized by the UC Berkeley administration.   Why?   “The existing legal issues will inevitably be resolved, so we are taking this necessary step now to minimize the possibilities of conflict and confrontation, and of disruption for the public and our students, when we are cleared to resume construction,” said Chancellor Carol Christ (The Berkeleyan, January 16, 2024).  Like others in the flood of official campus public relations communications with which students, faculty and staff have been inundated since the Chancellor’s 2017 announcement of plans to build student housing on the park, this response falls short of explaining why there is such fear of “conflict and confrontation” and such strong opposition to these plans, even from students whose interests the plans are supposed to serve.

For a broader range of perspectives on what was and is going on at People’s Park, Teach-Ins have been organized by UC Berkeley students (January 24) and by community groups (February 4).  Please join us for the next one.  There will be ample time for Q and A.   Fiat Lux!

Presenters:

Harvey Smith, organizer of the People’s Park Historic District Advocacy Group and project advisor for The Living New Deal, UC Berkeley Department of Geography

Tom Dalzell, labor lawyer and author of The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969

Tony Platt, author of The Scandal of Cal:  Land Grabs, White Supremacy and Miseducation at UC Berkeley and affiliated scholar at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society

Steve Wasserman, publisher of Heyday Books and park activist since 1969

Sylvia T, recent UC Berkeley graduate, independent archival researcher and People’s Park defender

Sara Pech, Historic Preservation Club, a UC Berkeley student group

Representative from the Suitcase Clinic, a UC Berkeley student group

Moderator:

Kristin Hanson, Professor of English, UC Berkeley

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Feb
29
Thu
Insure Communities, Not Fossil Fuels @ Montgomery BART
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The global Insure Our Future campaign focuses on pressuring insurance companies to stop insuring fossil fuel projects. Join a global week of action to bring this demand to the streets.

Insure Our Future writes:

“In order to build a new fossil fuel project, companies need three things: permits, money and insurance. Without insurance, most new fossil fuel projects cannot go ahead, and existing ones must close. This makes insurance the Achilles heel of the fossil fuel industry. . . .

Insurance campaigning has already made new coal power plants almost uninsurable, threatening their viability, Coal companies are finding it increasingly difficult to access insurance cover even for their ongoing operations. Now we need your help to do the same for oil and gas expansion.”

The Oil and Gas Action Network is hosting the Bay Area action.

RSVP

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Mar
9
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: How Infrastructure Works @ Online
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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

For our February meeting we will be reading the first half (Chapters 1 -6) of How Infrastructure Works, Inside the Systems that Shape our World by Deb Chachra.  (MIT Press) For our March meeting we will finish reading the book.

“A new way of seeing the essential systems hidden inside our walls, under our streets, and all around us.

Infrastructure is a marvel, meeting our basic needs and enabling lives of astounding ease and productivity that would have been unimaginable just a century ago. It is the physical manifestation of our social contract—of our ability to work collectively for the public good—and it consists of the most complex and vast technological systems ever created by humans.

A soaring bridge is an obvious infrastructural feat, but so are the mostly hidden reservoirs, transformers, sewers, cables, and pipes that deliver water, energy, and information to wherever we need it. When these systems work well, they hide in plain sight. Engineer and materials scientist Deb Chachra takes readers on a fascinating tour of these essential utilities, revealing how they work, what it takes to keep them running, just how much we rely on them—but also whom they work well for, and who pays the costs.

Across the U.S. and elsewhere, these systems are suffering from systemic neglect and the effects of climate change, becoming unavoidably visible when they break down. Communities that are already marginalized often bear the brunt of these failures. But Chachra maps out a path for transforming and rebuilding our shared infrastructure to be not just functional but also equitable, resilient, and sustainable. The cost of not being able to rely on these systems is unthinkably high. We need to learn how to see them—and fix them, together—before it’s too late.”

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, Beyond Money, Less is More,  Cannibal Capitalism,  Debt, the First 5000 Years , Poverty, By America, End Times, Jackson Rising Redux and The Feminist Subversion of the Economy.

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Mar
28
Thu
Bioneers Conference, March 28 – 30 — Earlybird Rates Before February 21 @ UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley
Mar 28 all-day

Bioneers, “Revolution from the Heart of Nature,” will hold its 35th annual conference in Berkeley this year. Leaders, activists, and healers will give talks and lead discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics including: indigenous rights and wisdom, climate issues, digital rights and democracy, many approaches to personal healing, effective persuasion, reproductive justice, dealing with conflict, debtors’ rights, just transition, fossil fuels in the Amazon, the danger of rising fascism — and many more.

The conference will also include films, social gatherings, and more.

The introduction to this year’s conference says:

“We’re already in overtime. The driving question is whether we have sufficient time to make the transformational change necessary to begin to heal and regenerate people and planet.

“We need to connect and scale the constellation of brilliant social movements to reach critical mass and enact . . . breakthrough systemic solutions.”

Members of the Sunflower Alliance community can get a 20% discount using the code: Sunflower20

 WHERE

UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley

REGISTER EARLY FOR LOWER COST!

Rates go up February 21 and again March 13

Register here

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Mar
29
Fri
Bioneers Conference, March 28 – 30 — Earlybird Rates Before February 21 @ UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley
Mar 29 all-day

Bioneers, “Revolution from the Heart of Nature,” will hold its 35th annual conference in Berkeley this year. Leaders, activists, and healers will give talks and lead discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics including: indigenous rights and wisdom, climate issues, digital rights and democracy, many approaches to personal healing, effective persuasion, reproductive justice, dealing with conflict, debtors’ rights, just transition, fossil fuels in the Amazon, the danger of rising fascism — and many more.

The conference will also include films, social gatherings, and more.

The introduction to this year’s conference says:

“We’re already in overtime. The driving question is whether we have sufficient time to make the transformational change necessary to begin to heal and regenerate people and planet.

“We need to connect and scale the constellation of brilliant social movements to reach critical mass and enact . . . breakthrough systemic solutions.”

Members of the Sunflower Alliance community can get a 20% discount using the code: Sunflower20

 WHERE

UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley

REGISTER EARLY FOR LOWER COST!

Rates go up February 21 and again March 13

Register here

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Mar
30
Sat
Bioneers Conference, March 28 – 30 — Earlybird Rates Before February 21 @ UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley
Mar 30 all-day

Bioneers, “Revolution from the Heart of Nature,” will hold its 35th annual conference in Berkeley this year. Leaders, activists, and healers will give talks and lead discussions and workshops on a wide range of topics including: indigenous rights and wisdom, climate issues, digital rights and democracy, many approaches to personal healing, effective persuasion, reproductive justice, dealing with conflict, debtors’ rights, just transition, fossil fuels in the Amazon, the danger of rising fascism — and many more.

The conference will also include films, social gatherings, and more.

The introduction to this year’s conference says:

“We’re already in overtime. The driving question is whether we have sufficient time to make the transformational change necessary to begin to heal and regenerate people and planet.

“We need to connect and scale the constellation of brilliant social movements to reach critical mass and enact . . . breakthrough systemic solutions.”

Members of the Sunflower Alliance community can get a 20% discount using the code: Sunflower20

 WHERE

UC Berkeley Zellerbach Hall and locations in downtown Berkeley

REGISTER EARLY FOR LOWER COST!

Rates go up February 21 and again March 13

Register here

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