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Feb
23
Sun
Harriet Tubman as a Military Figure @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Al Sargis: Harriet Tubman as a Military Figure

The recent (2019) film, Harriet, left many aspects of Harriet Tubman’s life and work unexplored, but ICSS member Al Sargis has been researching Tubman’s military exploits as head of military intelligence of the Army of the Potomac and her planning, organizing and leading the only amphibious assault by a woman in US (and possibly world) history.

I would place her skills and talents in the context of what she learned in the Underground Railroad and her collaboration with John Brown in the raid on Harper’s Ferry.  Little known is both her co-planning of the raid and furnishing many of John Brown’s troops.  I want to open a whole new perspective on Tubman, as one book describes her as “America’s more unsung Civil War general.” Why did General Grant regard Harriet Tubman as “worth many regiments in the Northern forces” and John Brown call her “General”?

Tubman was the top military intelligence commander in the Department of the Potomac, the only woman to plan and lead an amphibious assault and a nurse in an army hospital.  She also collaborated with John Brown on his Harper’s Ferry raid.  While known for her work in the Underground Railroad, little is mentioned about how this prepared her for her later activities with John Brown and during the Civil War. This lecture will cover how each phase of her life groomed her for the next one: from before and during the Underground Railroad, her relationship with John Brown and, finally, her little known Civil War exploits.

Tubman’s turn to armed revolutionary struggle to abolish slavery in contrast to many, if not most, abolitionists and its political, moral and religious basis will be an underlying theme.
Gerald Smith may join us to say a few words from a Black HISTORICAL context.

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) 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.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the warmer months we meet at 4 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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 & Movie Discussion Night – Hotel Rwanda @ It's Your Move
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In attendance will be journalist Ann Garrison who received the 2014 Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region.

The Oakland Greens look forward to seeing you at the second of this years Free Dinner & Movie Discussion Night series with MC and producer Vicente Cruz on the Last Sundays of every month from January through October.

February 23rd will screen the movie Hotel Rwanda (2004) — a film based on the Rwandan genocide staring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana. The movie explores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence

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Feb
25
Tue
Know Your Rights Training @ Grassroots House
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Feb
26
Wed
The Revolution That Wasn’t @ Banatao Auditorium, Surtajda Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Feb 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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The internet has been hailed as a leveling force that is reshaping activism. From the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, digital activism seemed cheap, fast, and open to all. Now this celebratory narrative finds itself competing with an increasingly sinister story as platforms like Facebook and Twitter—once the darlings of digital democracy—are on the defensive for their role in promoting fake news. While hashtag activism captures headlines, conservative digital activism is proving more effective on the ground.

Schradie’s talk, based on her book, The Revolution That Wasn’t, identifies the reasons behind this previously undiagnosed digital-activism gap. Large hierarchical political organizations with professional staff can amplify their digital impact, while horizontally organized volunteer groups tend to be less effective at translating online goodwill into meaningful action. Not only does technology fail to level the playing field, it tilts it further, so that only the most sophisticated and well-funded players can compete. The findings from her southern case U.S. case – from both online quantitative data analysis and offline in-depth ethnographic observations and interviews – have national and even international implications for a growing right-wing populist movement.

About Jen Schradie

Jen Schradie is a sociologist and Assistant Professor at the Observatoire sociologique du changement at Sciences Po in Paris. Her work on digital democracy has been featured on CNN and the BBC and in the New Yorker, Washington Post, Newsweek, WIRED, Time, Vox, and Buzzfeed, among other media. She was awarded the Public Sociology Alumni Prize at the University of California, Berkeley, and has directed six documentary films.

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Movement Lawyering and Community Organizing in Practice @ Berkeley Law, Rm 105, UC Berkeley
Feb 26 @ 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

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Feb
27
Thu
E. J. Dionne: Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country @ Hillside Club
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne sounds the alarm in Code Red, calling for an alliance between progressives and moderates to seize the moment and restore hope to Americas future for the 2020 presidential election.

Will progressives and moderates feud while America burns? Or will they take advantage of the greatest opportunity since the New Deal Era to strengthen American democracy, foster social justice, and turn back the threats of the Trump Era?

The country is at a crossroads. Principled opposition to Trumps presidency has drawn millions of previously disengaged citizens to the streets and to the ballot boxes. This growing activism for political change hasnt been seen since the days of Franklin Roosevelts New Deal policies and the Progressive and Civil Rights movements. But if progressives and moderates are unableand unwillingto overcome their differences, they could not only enable Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform.

Dionne calls for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future, encouraging progressives and moderates to explore common ground and expand the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. He offers a unifying model for furthering progress with a Politics of Remedy, Dignity, and More: one that solves problems, resolve disputes, and moves forward; that posits a positive future for Americans with more covered by health insurance, more with decent wages, more with good schools, more security from gun violence, more action to roll back climate change. Because at this point in our national story, change cant wait.

A thrilling book, from one of Americas most universally respected minds. —  Rachel Maddow

E.J. DIONNE, JR., is a columnist for The Washington Post, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, visiting professor at Harvard University, and professor at Georgetown University. He is a co-author of the recent New York Times bestseller One Nation After Trump and author of Why the Right Went Wrong.

KRIS WELCH is a veteran, very popular KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a devoted                grandmother.

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Feb
28
Fri
Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay – Performance and Panel @ Place
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A benefit for the 25th anniversary of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Free Sitawa Campaign~

Please join us  for a performance of Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison.

The one-hour two-person play with music by Fred Johnson and Charlie Hinton will be followed by a panel discussion with the producers alongside Dejohnette from CCWP to speak on the DROP LWOP (Life Without Parole) campaign and CCWP’s 25th anniversary, and Minister King with updates on the campaign to free Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and the resistance inside California prisons since the 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes.

Performance description: In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred). A 64 year old native of New York, Otis has been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. As they get to know each other, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

Learn more —
CCWP: https://womenprisoners.org/
DROP LWOP: https://droplwop.com/
Free Sitawa: https://sitawa.org/

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Puzzles for Justice Returns! @ ACCE
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Puzzles for Justice has returned!

Love jigsaw puzzles?
Love social justice?

Join us for three hours of solving puzzles Friday, February 28th from 7 to 10pm!

This quarter’s Puzzles for Justice is a fundraiser for CRC’s Safety, Survival & Self Determination Program. Think of it like a walk-a-thon except instead of raising money based how far people walk, we’re raising money based on how many puzzle pieces we can put together (a puzzle-a-thon?).

You can help out by either coming to the event and helping us put these puzzles together, or by sponsoring us by signing up to donate some money for each puzzle piece we put together here: https://puzzlesforjustice.typeform.com/to/QZKJKD.

It’s also a time to relax, chat, be social with fellow racial-justice-minded folks!

For participants, we’ll have tea and snacks and a chance to have fun and put your puzzle-solving skills to work for a great cause! This is a multi-racial, anti-racist, sober, and kid-friendly space. We also try to maintain a low-scent space, so please arrive as scent-free as possible!

Solve puzzles! Get to know your fellow activists better! Invite your friends!

Can’t attend, but still want to support this awesome cause? Sign up to be a Puzzles for Justice sponsor here: https://puzzlesforjustice.typeform.com/to/QZKJKD?fbclid=IwAR1R6WToteC1O1MyElyWAQ-VITGP6ghOn-Ah9LH-Jj9IZUGbisaRb9xU53s

Community Ready Corps (CRC) is a Black grassroots organization working to organize and empower disenfranchised communities the community towards self determination and equity. They believe that a community should be able to engage with power wherever power is expressed and that resistance must be rooted in achieving a self-determined existence. Because of this fundamental belief, they are launching their Safety, Survival & Self-Determination Program which has begun its efforts by giving out masks after recent devastating fires, and will continue with assembling & giving out Earthquake Kits for free to Black communities throughout Oakland. All money raised from the event will go to CRC for this program. Learn more about CRC & their Safety, Survival & Self Determination program here: https://www.getreadystayready.org.

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Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism @ First Presbytarian Church of Berkeley
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Democracy at Work present:

RICHARD D. WOLFF
Understanding Socialism
With Sabrina Jacobs

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events

“Richard Wolff’s book is the best accessible and reliable treatment we have of what socialism is, was, and should be.” – Cornel West

A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and the challenges of various socialist experiments throughout history, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy. The crises of global capitalism (inequality, instability, unsustainability, and incipient fascism) deepen daily. Consider Trump’s and Boris Johnson’s desperate extreme-right efforts to be re-elected, and consider that total global debts (of corporations, governments, and households) tripled between 1999 and 2019. Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Leonardo di Caprio for burning the Amazon. Vast crowds in Chile, Lebanon, and France are in the streets demanding basic economic change. These and many other symptoms expose a declining system in mounting troubles.

“In the same accessible style that has made his programs and lectures such a hit, he explains his subject in a way that’s not only smart, but makes the rest of us feel smart. It’s actionable intelligence for every person.” – Laura Flanders

“Lucid, brilliant and uncompromising in his dissection of the capitalist system, he also provides a sane and just socialist alternative to capitalist exploitation, one we must all fight to achieve.” – Chris Hedges

Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA Radio Monday afternoons. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices.

$12 advance, $15 door.

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Feb
29
Sat
Heading for Extinction Talk @ Sports Basement
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Reserve a spot: https://www.facebook.com/events/242973056729410/

In this in-person, public talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

The talk itself goes from 9:00 – 10:15. Afterwards, until 10:50, we’ll answer any questions, including how to get involved in XR SF Bay!

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Leap Day Action – Declare Climate Emergency – extravagant spectacle, roving street party @ Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Use your Extra Day to Declare Climate Emergency and keep carbon in the ground

*For life, beauty and joy & against eco-destroying robber barons!
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The earth is not dying – it is being killed.
The corporations killing it have locations near you
(including in downtown Berkeley)

*Roam downtown visiting, decorating and disrupting banks and corporations*
*Build zero waste compostable altars for the 1 billion dead animals at each target*
*Dress as an Australian or Amazonian animal*
*Marching band / mobile bike sound system*
*Kid friendly *

Bring disguises, decorations, musical instruments, pogo sticks, your heart and dreams

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REVOLUTION BOOKS 40th Anniversary Celebration! @ Revolution Books
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Sahar Delijani, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Julia Scheeres and Andy Zee to Celebrate Revolution Books’ 40th Anniversary.

6pm Reception with wine and light refreshments $25-50
7pm Program & champagne toast $5-up

This is a celebration – as well as a renewed and urgent call for people to support the bookstore. Right as now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a better world and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes rise, and as we confront environmental disaster–Revolution Books embodies the potential bright future for humanity.

For 40 years Revolution Books has fought for revolution and a different future for humanity. And right now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a different future and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes take root here and around the world, as we confront environmental disaster, as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock is now advanced to 100 seconds to midnight.

Revolution Books embodies the potential bright future for humanity. You feel this when you first walk through the door and find the literature, poetry, history, science, art, and the revolutionary theory for a radically different world. You experience programs and engagements with us and with each other that percolate with emancipatory possibility. What you feel at RB is precious and especially so in these dark times, when a beacon that lights the way forward is so greatly needed.

Revolution Books is alive with the scientific understanding that a different and better world is possible. RB is the political, intellectual, and cultural center of a movement for an actual revolution and that is why it is a unique, incredible bookstore—a resource for the world. The animating heart of the store is the framework for unleashing the revolutionary potential of humanity: the breakthrough in scientifically knowing and radically changing the world through revolution, the new communism developed by Bob Avakian. Avakian emerged from the 60s in Berkeley, and is a leader who never gave up asking the hard questions of the road forward to human emancipation and developing the path to that future.

Also buy tickets at  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/188944268875822/

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Mar
1
Sun
The Art of Protest: on Display March 1 – April 30 @ Brown Gallery, Ground Floor of the Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Exhibit on display from March 1 through April 30, 2020

Reception in the Morrison Library on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm

This exhibit showcases original silk screen political posters from the 1960s and 1970s on the 50th Anniversary of the Great Poster Workshop in Wurster Hall in May 1970, triggered by the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. U.C. Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, paved the way for mass protests and prolonged student strikes across the country against the Vietnam War and the draft, for black liberation and ethnic studies, and a variety of other struggles for social justice. This legacy of protest continues to be felt in the social movements of today.

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Mar
5
Thu
The Art of Protest: on Display March 1 – April 30 @ Brown Gallery, Ground Floor of the Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Exhibit on display from March 1 through April 30, 2020

Reception in the Morrison Library on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm

This exhibit showcases original silk screen political posters from the 1960s and 1970s on the 50th Anniversary of the Great Poster Workshop in Wurster Hall in May 1970, triggered by the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. U.C. Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, paved the way for mass protests and prolonged student strikes across the country against the Vietnam War and the draft, for black liberation and ethnic studies, and a variety of other struggles for social justice. This legacy of protest continues to be felt in the social movements of today.

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Mar
6
Fri
Defies Measurement – Movie Screening @ Red Bay Coffee
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Mar
8
Sun
Interfaith Prayers for Healing @ Bahai Center
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to healing.

The Bahá’í community of Oakland is organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. Refreshments will be served.

Doors open: 10:00 AM
Prayers: 10:30-11:30 AM
Refreshments and socializing: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Marxists Behaving Badly @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


Why don’t Marxists study the Soviet experience in order to learn what these pioneers of the communist movement did, and what we can learn from them?
For Marx, as for all materialists, practice was – is — primary. Theory must be tested through practice. To base theory on the basis of a false understanding of reality is as fatal to knowledge as it would be to base theory, as idealists do, on ideas alone, without regard to material reality.
The Stalin era was the heroic era of the worldwide communist movement. Indeed, the 20th century may be fairly described as the “Soviet century,” since all the important political and social events and upheavals took place with reference to the Soviet Union.
If, following Marx, we want to build an egalitarian, communist society, we must study the practice of those who came before us in this endeavor. That means studying the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik Revolution, especially the period when Joseph Stalin was in the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and the Soviet state.
Why don’t today’s Marxists do this? My talk will explore the reasons for this fatal neglect and urge a corrective. — Grover Furr, Montclair State University

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International Working Women’s Day @ Fruitvale Village
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RALLY, MARCH, and CELEBRATION for International Working Women’s Day 2020!

Join grassroots women’s organizations and allies from throughout the Bay Area for a Rally, March & Celebration on Sunday, March 8th to commemorate the 112th International Working Women’s Day anniversary in honor of the first women strikers in 1908.

Join us as we Uphold the Legacy and Power of Women’s Resistance Here & Abroad! Together, we will be lifting up the internationalist struggles and stories of women, trans, and GNC communities around the world.

Let us take the streets and RISE Up to demand an end to gender based violence against women and TGNC communities, RESIST militarization and displacement, and UNITE for self determination. Join us as we collectively protest singing “Un Violador en tu Camino.”

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Mar
9
Mon
Red State Revolt Reading Group @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The largest strike wave in the US in decades has been occurring for the last two years, and it is not over! Teachers and other public education workers have responded to austerity politics, poor working conditions, low pay, and the erosion of opportunity for their students with a newfound militancy. From West Virginia to Oakland and Los Angeles, this is a national phenomenon. What are its roots? Who are its leaders? What does it mean for the future of public education? For organized labor?

These are the topics explored by Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strikes and Working Class Politics (Verso Press, 2019).

Come to the reading group launch on March 9th where we will:

  • Hear Oakland teachers reflect on their experiences in the OEA strike of last spring
  • See a presentation on the history of California education unionism from Fred Glass

Who should join? Educators, labor activists, parents, Easy Bay DSA members, and anyone else interested in learning more about the power of working class solidarity. We will meet every other week for ten weeks (four sessions).

Red State Revolt is the second book chosen in a series of Labor Reading Groups sponsored by the East Bay DSA Labor Committee. Copies of the book will be available for a suggested donation at the March 9 event (NOTAFLOF).

To RSVP in advance, go here.

 

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