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Jul
22
Mon
Tax the Rich Singalong with Occupella @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OCCUPELLA will be singing at the TAX THE RICH RALLY EVERY MONDAY from 5-6 on upper Solano Ave. in front of the (closed) Oaks Theater. Songbooks are provided.

(We’ll also be LEADING SONGS ON JULY 13 at NOON in Civic Center Park (across from Berkeley High and old City Hall). The City of Berkeley will officially recognize the human rights abuses at the border.)

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From West Virginia to Oakland: A Panel Discussion with Eric Blanc @ Babelab
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

East Bay DSA is proud to host author Eric Blanc and OEA  2nd Vice President Chastity Garcia for a panel discussion and Q&A on July 22 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Educators across the country are rising up against low pay, privatization, and austerity. Former high school teacher Eric Blanc has been on the ground reporting on this historic upsurge for The Nation, Jacobin, and The Guardian. His new book “Red State Revolt” describes the inspiring story of the teachers’ strike wave and analyzes why it points the way forward for all working people. Join us for a discussion of the strikes — from West Virginia, to Arizona, to Oakland — and their lessons for today’s struggles to defend our schools and public services for all.

Please join us from 6-7pm for an informal meet and greet, mingling, and refreshments!

Accessibility Information: 2nd Floor, accessible by stairs only

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Jul
24
Wed
Trump’s Asylum Ban – Pack the Court for a Temporary Restraining Order Hearing @ Federal Courthouse, 19th Floor, Judge Tigar
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant are the lead plaintiff suing the Trump Administration regarding the Third County Transit Ban. There will be a hearing on their REQUEST FOR A TRO (TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER) For more information https://ebsc.nationbuilder.com/?utm_campaign=ebsc_v_barr&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ebsc 

FACTS ABOUT THE THIRD COUNTRY BAN LAWSUIT

According to Michael Smith, EBSC’s Director of Refugee Rights, “Trump’s policy is illegal and usurps the power of Congress to make laws. Seeking asylum is clearly protected under U.S. and international asylum law. EBSC’s asylum clients are fleeing horrific violence in their home countries. EBSC has one of the largest affirmative asylum programs in the U.S. and has successfully helped almost 4,000 people to obtain asylum.

Over 97% of EBSC’s asylum cases are approved, showing that these claims are meritorious. These are people fleeing persecution and seeking safety under the law. Contrary to what the administration is claiming, this population is not safe in Guatemala or Mexico, where they are vulnerable to their persecutors and other forms of oppression. Many of EBSC’s clients, including LGBTQ people and survivors of gender-based violence, are fleeing persecution in Mexico. Asylum seekers crossing the U.S. southern border are not only from Central America. They may be from Russia, Africa, and Asia; some have traveled through South America, the jungles of Panama and Central America, with the hopes of reaching safety. Nearly all of EBSC clients are victims of atrocious forms of persecution – 80% have been raped or sexually abused, including male and female children. Going forward, 80% of EBSC clients would be unable to apply for asylum.

The ramifications of the Trump administration’s actions will be long-reaching for people who are genuinely deserving of asylum protection. EBSC’s 37-year old asylum program reaching the most traumatized populations would be terminated. Act Now! Write your congressional representatives! Join EBSC’s social media networks. Share accurate news and articles so more people are informed of the detrimental impact of these attacks on asylum law. Support EBSC by volunteering or donating – your support matters!

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Hold PG&E Accountable! @ Various
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Public Utilities Commission: Hold PG&E Accountable!

PG&E’s negligence has caused fires that killed dozens of Californians. Now they want to make us pay for their negligence. PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission  (CPUC) for permission to raise our rates to pay their expenses for liability payments and for the safety measures they were supposed to be doing all along.

According to the district court judge overseeing PG&E’s probation for its felony criminal convictions, PG&E “pumped out $4.5 billion in profits and let the tree [trimming] budget wither.” They have not yet paid anything to victims of the Camp Fire — but they found $204,800 to contribute to Gov. Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign

Tell the CPUC to stop the rate hikes and hold PG&E accountable! Join The Utility Reform Network, the No PG&E Bailout Coalition, and others at CPUC hearings on the proposed rate hikes. The CPUC will hold these hearings throughout the PG&E service area in July in August. In the Bay Area:

San Francisco, July 9, 1 PM
CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave.
* Webcast: www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
* Listen-only phone line: 1-877-937-0554, passcode: 7031793

Oakland, July 24, 1 PM and 6 PM
Elihu M. Harris State Office Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St.,

Santa Rosa, July 31, 1 PM and 6 PM
Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.
* Webcast: www.youtube.com/user/CityofSantaRosa or www.facebook.com/CityofSantaRosa
* Listen-only phone line: 1-877-937-0554, passcode: 7031793
* Santa Rosa residents will also be able to view the broadcast through the television on the Government Channels (Comcast 28 or AT&T 72)

Complete list of hearings here

To get more info and take action online:

The Utility Reform Network petition demanding no PG&E rate hikes before holding PG&E fully accountable for its negligence.

No PG&E Bailout petition demanding
* No public bailout of PG&E and other private monopoly utilities
* Public takeover of the monopoly utilities’ electricity grid infrastructure
* Implement a climate-justice model for development of clean energy resources
* Make the California Public Utilities Commission accountable to its mandate to protect the public.

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Say NO to PG&E!! @ Elihu M. Harris State Bldg
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PG&E wants to make you PAY for their destruction! Come to this special CPUC Public Hearing and say HELL NO to this terrible idea. NO to the increased utility fees! NO to PG&E-caused deadly megafires! Let’s Own PG&E!

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“The Response” documentary premiere & discussion @ Pro Arts Gallery & Commons
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

You’re invited to the global premiere of “The Response,” Shareable’s 30-minute documentary about community-led disaster response and recovery featuring on-the-ground efforts in communities across Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In the midst of all the hurricane-driven chaos, a quiet revolution has been slowly percolating on the island. The film explores how an impromptu community kitchen meant to help feed survivors in the town of Caguas quickly grew into an island-wide network of mutual aid centers (Centros de Apoyo Mutuo) with the ultimate aim of restoring power — both electric and civic — to the people.

Launching at Oakland’s legendary Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS with the Northern California Resilience Network and film producer, Tom Llewellyn, this benefit screening for Shareable will also feature an all-star panel discussion and celebration afterwards.

We’ll also celebrate NorCal Resilience Network’s ‘Resilience Hubs’ initiative (a community-led network of spaces ready for anything). To catalyze more community action, all participants will get Shareable’s new guide, “How to Create a Resilience Hub in Your Community”.

One night only on July 24th. Buy your tickets today to join a celebration of “disaster collectivism,” those instances when communities make the bold decision to make transformational social change in the wake of disasters.

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Jul
25
Thu
Close the SF County Jail! @ Steps of City Hall
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Poor People’s Campaign: Report Back on the Moral Action Congress @ Taylor Memorial Church
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

INVITATION: Reflections from the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Congress The Poor People’s Campaign is entering its next phase, and we want you with us as we continue to build this moral fusion movement. Please join or a report-back event on the Moral Action Congress that was held in Washington DC last month.

We’ll hear from Poor People’s Campaign members who attended the Congress, laying out the vision for the campaign and how we’re going to build a people-powered movement, making it impossible for our elected officials to ignore the struggles of the 140 million poor people in this country. We hope you’ll join us for this event. Please RSVP  by emailing info@ppcbayarea.org.

The event will begin at 6pm. We’ll have light refreshments at the start. Childcare will be available on request — please let us know in your RSVP if you’ll be needing that.

Forward together, not one step back! The Bay Area Poor People’s Campaign Steering Committee

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DSA Labor Social @ Eli's Mile High Club
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

oin East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for our monthly social!

Grab food and drinks, 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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Film screening – Tapped @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for July’s monthly potluck and free movie at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center.

In light of the global Plastic Free July movement, we are going to watch Tapped (1 hr, 15 min) and additional clips about the plastic pollution crisis.

Tapped looks into the effects of plastic bottled water on issues such as pollution, human health and climate change. Plastic bottles ideally can be recycled but many of them end up in landfills or the ocean where they pose a threat to marine life. Also presented is an overwhelming amount of evidence that will change the way anyone thinks about bottled versus municipal water.

Since China’s ban on most plastic import, our plastic waste has been flooding Southeast Asian countries that lack the capacity to manage such amount. And yet more plastics are being manufactured as the industries want to educate us that recycling, instead of avoiding waste at its source, is the key solution to single-use petrochemical products although our recycling management is inadequate to catch up with the rate the plastic waste is being produced.

Join us and explore how our reliance on single-use disposable products leave us swimming in plastic pollution. Bring some food to share…and…your own re-usable foodware if you can.

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The French Yellow Vest Movement @ Berkeley City College Auditorium
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Since November of 2018, there have been weekly protests, sometimes involving hundreds of thousands of people, from students to housewives to workers to retirees, angry at the high cost of living and the government’s policies.
Come and hear a presentation by Camille Chauchat, a French school teacher and an activist with the Fraction L’Etincelle in the NPA (New Anti-Capitalist Party) and participant in the Yellow Vest Movement in Lyons, France.

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Jul
26
Fri
Film Screening: ‘Our Island’s Treasure’ (Okinawa) @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

EastSide Arts Alliance, the Global Uchinanchu Alliance (GUA) and the Okinawa Kenjinkai Study Group (OKSG) present:
Final Fridays Films of Solidarity & Resistance
“Our Island’s Treasure”

film screening, Q and A with the filmmaker, and yuntaku/talk story

Have you heard about what’s been going on in Henoko, Okinawa? What is #RiseForHenoko? Maybe you’ve heard about how local residents have been protesting the building of a new U.S. military base in Oura Bay? The ongoing landfill work to create this base is destroying thousand-year-old coral reef structures, and threatens the aquatic life in the bay, including the Dugong, a manatee-like marine mammal that is close to extinction.

Maybe you’ve heard about the February 2019 Okinawan prefectural referendum, where 71.7% of Okinawans voted in opposition to the new base? Despite the democratic opposition of the indigenous Okinawans, the Japanese government continues to push forward with the land reclamation process.

A lack of U.S. media attention has meant that most people in the United States don’t know about the social and environmental crisis in Okinawa that worsens every day. Teenaged filmmaker Kaiya Yonamine created a documentary this year to shed light on what’s going on. She explains on her website, https://www.riseforhenoko.com:

My name is Kaiya, and I am a 17-year old Okinawan-American high school student from Portland, Oregon. I recently went back to Henoko this spring because I was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis.

I wanted to make a documentary to show the world what’s happening. My documentary, “Our Island’s Treasure,” focuses on the current destruction of the beautiful Okinawan ocean in Henoko and the fight by native Uchinanchu people to protect it. Please help spread awareness.

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Laborfest: Film: The Teachers’ Protest @ 16th St BART
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival

The Teachers’ Protest – 2019 (78 min.) Directed by Jon Seal (UK)

1942. Occupied Norway. Teachers must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms. 8,000 of them write protest letters. They are threatened with salary withdrawal and the sack. Still they refuse. In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government arrests 1000 male teachers and sends them to prison camps, 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. The education system is in chaos and now the battle begins.

The Teachers’ Protest is an opportunity to learn about one of the most remarkable stories of passive resistance in World War Two – a story unknown outside of Norway. The documentary brings these events to an international audience through the memories of those involved in the protest. The drawings of Herlov Åmland, made in the terrible conditions of the Arctic prison camp, are brought to life through animation and become the dramatic heart. The Teachers’ Protest tells us how ordinary people stood up to horrific oppression in an extra ordinary way. Sadly, it is as relevant today as ever.

This feature length documentary uses interviews, archive footage, and the fascinating animation of original drawings to tell the teachers’ story to an international audience for the first time.

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Jul
27
Sat
A unifying principle for Enviros, Labor, & Socialists @ The American Youth Hostel lobby
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

For those hungering for a plan, a scheme, a scenario, an idea that could draw together the centrifugal factional interests of the left [see Doonesbury for 7/21/19: https://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/2019/07/21] to form a concentrated, transformative movement, make time this Saturday morning to come on a free weekly walking tour that serves up a candidate plan for the task.

The Commons SF proposes, in the course of a tour of San Francisco social movement history, that treating planet Earth as a commonwealth can very well operate as a unifying principle for environmentalists, Labor advocates, socialist dreamers, poverty-busters, gender and race identity politics activists, and other niche lefties.

The walk builds upon the hypothesis that all oppressed and marginalized people seek “security in geography” (safety and stability in location) to argue for consensus that the privatization of of the economic value of “location, location, location” disrupts class solidarity, environmental integrity (and responsibility), and the conceptualization of universal equality of humanity. Further, and positively, specific public policy is proposed.

Advisory: this walk is heavy on details, eschewing vague generalities, and is therefore provocative and unnerving for those owning real estate.

Note: this walk will be offered to Libertarians, anti-Big government rhetoricians, Free Market haranguers, Republicans, and others next week. Treating land as a common wealth is a unifying principle for all people.

For more info: http://www.TheCommonsSF.org

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Reel Stories Film Festival @ Albany Twin Theater
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to the Reel Stories June Film Festival!

July 27th location is the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge, Berkeley, CA.

Reel Stories teaches young women and non-binary youth ages 12-18 how to create a film in only 10 days.  Institute and Beginner 1 filmmakers are debuting their films June 29th. Join us for the Reel Stories Film Festival and support the next generation of filmmakers!

 

Reel Stories believes that when women and non-binary people are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Reel Stories is a non-profit Oakland-based organization that empowers young women and non-binary people with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field.

More info and tickets here.

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Laborfest: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk @ Latham Square fountain
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk

With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society.

This year is the 73rd anniversary of the Oakland General Strike. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that spontaneously began with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking, mostly women retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores, where picket lines were broken by police-escorted scabs.

Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.

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Anarchist Gathering 2019
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Anarchist gathering 2019! Featuring speakers, poets, workshops, a fashion show, bands, and more!

Workshop- “What We Can Learn From Other Movements”: Images and stories of the Black Panther Party in South Berkeley by Billy X Jennings from 4pm-5pm

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Jul
28
Sun
Cuba and Culture @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm


An exploration of the situation in Cuba today, speakers to include Tony Ryan, founder of the Turquino Project, and Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday Books. Tony Ryan will moderate.

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350 Bay Area Climate Activism Picnic @ Pine Knoll Park (between E. 18th St. and Hanover Ave)
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join 350 Bay Area for an interactive, informative, and just plain fun afternoon celebrating its community of esteemed members, volunteers and donors.

Activities include:

  • Picking up your FREE T-SHIRT (must RSVP for this) – These shirts help us find each other at events and send the message that we are united in our concern and determination.  They are great conversation starters about the urgent climate situation we find ourselves in.
  • Chalk art contest.
  • Making activist art to use at events.
  • Chatting with fellow climate activists about how we go forward.
  • Chilling under our EZ up and/or in hammocks.
  • Snacking on chips and dip – Bring a chip or dip if you like (vegan or vegetarian items only).  But picnic planners will provide a lot, so feel free to just bring yourself and friends.
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Anarchist Gathering 2019
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Anarchist gathering 2019! Featuring speakers, poets, workshops, a fashion show, bands, and more!

Workshop- “What We Can Learn From Other Movements”: Images and stories of the Black Panther Party in South Berkeley by Billy X Jennings from 4pm-5pm

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