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May
23
Thu
Movie Night at Reem’s @ Reem's Bakery
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Movie Nights at Reem’s

The Arab Film and Media Institute and Reem’s are partnering to bring some of our favorite Arab films to Oakland. Screenings are free + the amazing team at Reem’s will be serving the full menu throughout the evening.  And that’s not all! There will be movie snacks (including za’atar popcorn!),

April 11: Refugee Stories
Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had.

May 23: Shorts (Playful Pondering)
From dating drama in Bahrain and an abandoned Qatari cinemaplex, to wacky Lebanese nuns and land mine explosions, this eclectic mix of 6 whimsical, albeit socially-concerned short format narrative works will take viewers on a journey of humor, self-discovery, and provocation.

June 13: Seventeen
The Jordanian under-17 women’s soccer team prepares for the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup, hosted by Jordan in 2016. Coming from different backgrounds, each of the girls has faced a different set of challenges as a national team player. But now they come together to face their biggest challenge yet.

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Wellstone Club: “Alameda County Politics, Urgent and Overlooked: Sheriff Ahern, Public Safety, Sanctuary, Housing @ Humanist Hall
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Speakers

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, District 3

Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District 5

Brian Hofer, Chair of Oakland Privacy Commission

potluck at 6PM – meeting at 6:45PM
Please Bring Something to Share

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Beer and Roses DSA Labor Social @ Blind Tiger
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social!

Hang out with other members who are interested in the labor movement, hear about what’s happening in the East Bay DSA Labor Committee, and learn how you can get involved!

 

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May
24
Fri
Free Chelsea Manning Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

TILL SHE IS FREE OR MARYTRED YEAH IT/S VERY SERIOUS
BASTA !!! FREE CHELSEA MANNING WEEKLY VIGIL
optional after meeting/party rain cancels.

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The Housed for the Unhoused @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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Memorial for Homeless Berkeley Resident William Caldeira, aka ‘300’
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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May
25
Sat
AFRICAN LIBERATION DAY @ Tassafaronga Center
May 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 

The All African People’s Revolutionary Party and Eastside Arts Alliance invite you to African Liberation Day, featuring solidarity statements from the Haiti Action Committee, performance by Mistah Fab, food and more!

 

 

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Reception & Book Talk: Ghosts of Gold Mountain @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Book talk and signing with Gordon H. Chang for Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad.

GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on sale May 7, 2019) by award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang is a groundbreaking account that draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga.

GORDON H. CHANG is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as director of the Center for East Asian Studies and codirector of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. Chang is the author of Fateful Ties and editor of four other books. He lives in Stanford, California.

Pre-Talk Reception Lecture by Chef David Soohoo
1 – 2 PM
The Diet of The Chinese Railroad Builders
Learn about the culinary findings of the early Chinese pioneers who built the Transcontinental railroad and the birth of present day Chinese American culture. Chef David SooHoo was born in San Francisco to Cantonese immigrants who owned Chinese-American restaurants in Sacramento. With more than 50 years behind the wok, SooHoo was the first chef from Sacramento invited to the Beard House, and most recent personal chef to Barron Hilton at his Venice Island Duck Club located in the reclaimed swampland of the San Joaquin Delta by the Chinese after the gold rush.

RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-talk-ghosts-of-gold-mountain-tickets-58873119084

More Information: http://oacc.cc/event/book-talk-ghosts-of-gold-mountain/

This event is sponsored by Oakland Asian Cultural Center and Eastwind Books of Berkeley.

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KPFA Movie Matinee: Mi Familia @ New Parkway Theater
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“When I was born here, this was Mexico, and where I die, this is still Mexico.” El Californio, from Mi Familia.

A second-generation Mexican immigrant narrates his family history, beginning with the journey of his father, Jose, across Mexico to Los Angeles where he meets Maria, and starts a family. Each subsequent generation contends with political and social hardships, ranging from illegal deportations in the 1940s to racial tensions and gang fights in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet through it all, or perhaps because of it, the family remains strong.

Join us at The New Parkway Theater as we screen Mi Familia with an after show discussion led by members of KPFA’s La Onda Bajita progr

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May
26
Sun
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sun, May 12
Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism
Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in the Middle East, Turkey has been relegated to a position where it is only trying to find who to follow.  Such is the position of those who accept imperialism instead of standing up to it. ICSS member Mehmet Bayram will present and lead our discussion. TENTATIVE

Sun, May 19
¡VIVA MEXICO!
Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) famously commented: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”
Diaz got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich in many ways, yet it also has been impoverished. And Mexico has been greatly underappreciated by North Americans. This presentation will emphasize the many poorly known accomplishments of Mexico, while uncovering the role of US imperialism.
Mexico is bucking an international right-wing tide, shifting its government from right to left-of-center with the presidential inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on December 1. Speaking for international capital, The Economist is worried. The other 99% of humanity is hopeful.
Roger Harris will present a PowerPoint-illustrated cautionary history of this trice conquered land. A longtime activist with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Roger is on the board of the Task Force on the Americas (http://taskforceamericas.org/), a 33-year-old human rights organization, and is active with the Campaign to End US-Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela (https://tinyurl.com/yd4ptxkx). He last visited Mexico in March.

Sun, May 26, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
What’s Happening in  India

ICSS member Raj Sahai will discuss the current situation in his native land, India

Sun, June 9, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
After 24 years in the USA, 38 years in the (East) German Democratic Republic as a McCarthy-era exile, then nearly 30 years in unified Germany, Victor Grossman, the ex-pat journalist and author examines the rise and fall of a socialist experiment as he observed and participated in it. He tries to clear through a fog of misinformation and distortion regarding it, describing its achievements, its successes as well as its blunders and negative aspects. Its position regarding Nazis and fascism is compared with that in West Germany. Its school system, women’s rights, both models in many ways, cultural questions and other matters are examined from a personal, anecdotal and sometimes humorous perspective. 
The book then turns to a broader examination of possible lessons to be learned when searching for solutions to present-day problems: the growing gap between rich and poor, alarmingly malevolent dangers for a crippled environment, the menace of racism and new fascist movements, the almost ignored danger of atomic annihilation – and who is to blame for them. But the book also looks at newly invigorated hopes for a better, a socialist future despite the many barriers to its realization – seen through the prism of a veteran of the “old Left” in the USA, Communist rule and the Cold War in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, and expresses his views on current fears and hopes on both sides of the Atlantic – and the Pacific. 
(Copies of Victor’s book will be available for purchase, cash or checks only, NO CREDIT CARDS.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba”s Democracy
Constitutional Referendum and grassroots political processes.
Cuba is always described as a “dictatorship” by the mainstream media and the U.S. government, thus providing a pretext for the economic blockade and talk about regime change. But Sharat G. Lin found a remarkable democratic process in the recent Constitutional Referendum in Cuba and months of nationwide discussions involving millions of voters. (Awaiting confirmation)

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM during cooler months) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. 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. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than six years! 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. 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

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (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)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@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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Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night – Oakland Greens @ It's Your Move Games
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Oakland Greens 2019 FREE Dinner and a Movie discussion series.

As usual, the doors at the It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies store will open at 6:30 p.m., a free dinner will be provided at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
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May
28
Tue
East Bay DSA Social – Berkeley @ Moxie Beer Garden
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come hang out with East Bay DSA members and talk about socialism, current events, historic events, the future, music, your cat, someone else’s cat, etc. We’ll tell you about upcoming East Bay DSA events and how you can get involved!

 

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May
29
Wed
Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
With guest speakers:
David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective
Carolina Morales, Venezuelan activistOn the heels of a month-long trip through Venezuela in the midst of growing U.S. aggression, anti-war activist Gloria La Riva will speak on the current situation in Venezuela, with a progressive perspective on the crucial issues facing the Venezuelan people: the U.S. economic sanctions, the U.S. media blockade, and the people’s organizing efforts to overcome the aggression. La Riva will show exclusive first-hand video footage from her trip and answer the questions:
• What is the Bolivarian revolution all about?
• Is Venezuela suffering an economic collapse?
• What is the role of the U.S. and is the danger of U.S. war near?
• How can people in the United States get involved?

$5-10 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464500407626348/

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May
30
Thu
Rally for Berkeley’s Homeless Community @ MLK Civic Center Park
May 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Screening of ‘The One Percent’ @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s almost time for May’s monthly potluck and free movie at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center!

This month we will be screening The One Percent (1h 16m)

Schedule: 6:30pm Potluck / 7pm Screening

Join us on May 30 for the documentary The One Percent, created by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. The film examines the system that allows a growing divide between the wealthy and the poor in America. Johnson interviews a number of America’s richest people and asks them about the inherent dangers of having the majority of America’s money in the hands of less than one percent of its citizens. Also interviewed are Chuck Collins and Bill Gates Sr., estate tax proponents and Johnson’s own father, James Johnson who earlier in his life was interested too in the subject of inequality.

Johnson also discusses the economic and societal pitfalls of our current economic imbalance with Milton Friedman, Robert Reich and Ralph Nader. Using real-world examples of the wealth gap, Johnson takes a tour of a dilapidated housing project in Chicago, rides around with an enlightened taxi driver, and sees the human toll of the unfair economics of the Florida sugar industry.

The money that flows into the system shapes who gets what in the economy. At the end people who give the money have the greatest benefits. Yet not all rich people see the wealth gap a good sign and think the problem should be reversed. Is there truly equality in life? Are there solutions to the problem?

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

June 27 – Flow: for Love of Water
July 25 – Tapped

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May
31
Fri
Free Chelsea Manning Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

TILL SHE IS FREE OR MARYTRED YEAH IT/S VERY SERIOUS
BASTA !!! FREE CHELSEA MANNING WEEKLY VIGIL
optional after meeting/party rain cancels.

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Jun
1
Sat
Community Foods Market Grand Opening @ Community Foods Market
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Impeach on the Beach
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us at Ocean Beach (near the Cliff House) at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 1st as we help the legendary Brad create a brand new I-M-P-E-A-C-H human banner. It’s CADem weekend and MoveOn presidential forum weekend so every big name D will be in town, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris & Kirsten Gilibrand.

The helicopter arrives at midday, so get there early and don’t miss out!

This is a great opportunity to make ourselves seen and heard, and immediately after the event we plan to head off to the MoveOn forum and the CADem event with our IMPEACH signs and banners – so BRING IMPEACH SIGNS AND BANNERS, & be prepared for a long and impeachful day!!!

Please sign up HERE if you would like to VOLUNTEER, and sign up at the official event page (link under the ‘tickets’ tab) if you’d just like to attend.

Let’s ITMFA!!!

Please amplify on social media using the hashtag #ImpeachOnTheBeach.

Facebook event. 

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Jun
2
Sun
International Sex Worker Day @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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