Calendar

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May
26
Thu
No Coal in Oakland Meeting @ West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This week’s meeting will focus on planning for a large rally on Saturday, June 25, two days before the City Council will be voting on whether to ban coal.   We encourage allies to join us in this effort to demonstrate strong community support for a complete ban on coal.  Our weekly planning meetings are jam-packed with ideas and energy.  Newcomers are welcome; come one-half hour early and we’ll be happy to give you a brief personal orientation on the No Coal in Oakland campaign and our various activities.

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Stop the New Alameda County Jail @ Ella Baker Center Offices, suite 1125
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Sheriff wants to build a new $55 million jail expansion at Santa Rita for treating mentally ill inmate.  It needs to be stopped in its tracks and the money redirected to mental health treatment outside of jail.

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May
27
Fri
Community Connect Oakland @ Omni Commons
May 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Calling all Social Change Agents Who Want to Get Support in Achieving Their Life Enhancing Goals


Join us for an evening ofInteractive activities and intentional conversations during a potluck meal designed to help you connect in meaningful ways based on Open Space Technology. They include:

Revitalize your passion for creating a better world

Share your knowledge and gifts

• Find co-collaborators and kindred spirits

Nourish established connections

Workshop and Conversation Topics include:

Mutual Aid Networks: Redesign your own work life and build a more equitable sustainable and enjoyable

Transition Town: Making changes locally in ways that profoundly affect your neighborhood and local influence.

Timebanking: Decreasing dependence on using traditional money and enhancing  a sense of community

Tiny Home Villages: Building self-governing communities that meet the needs of homeless and marginalized people

The Recession Generation: Creatively and courageously meeting the unique challenges facing millennials of all ages

Aging in Community: Living a rich life in the golden years among people who joyfully can support you until death.

Cooperative Living: Living together harmoniously and sustainably in all types of intentional communities

Simplifying & Organizing: Sorting out and then keeping only that which gives you joy and finding a place for everything

Plus Your Topic/Presentation: Anyone who wants to facilitate a 1 hour workshop or a 1/2 hour conversation that relates to enhancing the lives of Social Change Agents is welcome to do so. Just show up and we will support you!

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Neighborhood Copwatch in Berkeley
May 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

MAY COPWATCH DAYS AND TIMES

– FRIDAY 5/6 – 8pm
– FRIDAY 5/13 – 8pm
– SATURDAY 5/21 – 8pm
– FRIDAY 5/27 – 8pm

You’re invited to join Berkeley Copwatch on one of our weekly copwatch shifts. We’ll be out in the streets witnessing and documenting police activity and doing outreach. No experience is required – we’ll train you in the essentials for documenting police activity and staying safe in the process.

DETAILS:
* Please RSVP (no deadline) by calling/texting 510-224-5950 or emailing CRivka@sonic.net to let us know which day(s) you plan to come. That way we can update you if we make any changes to the schedule.

* If you are able to bring a car and be a shift driver, that would be GREAT! Please let us know when you RSVP.

* Dress prepared for being outdoors

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Honoring the life of Jessica Williams
May 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

On Thursday May 19, 2016 SFPD proved his statement right, when a Sergeant assassinated Jessica with a single shot.

She was murdered on National Say Her Name Day, a day created to uplift the names of Black Women, Girls and Femmes who are murdered by State Sanctioned Violence.

“It is apparent that the lives of ALL Black people are under attack, however, the stories, experiences, and needs of Black women, girls, and femmes are left out all too often. And it is imperative that we work intentionally to bring them to the center.” -BYP100

We are calling the community out to help us honor our sister JESSICA WILLIAMS’ life. We are asking the community to come together collectively and lift up her name. We will say her name!

We are going to meet at 3rd and Palou for a rally and march to the Bayview police station to hold a healing circle honoring Jessica!

please bring candles, and items for her altar.

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May
28
Sat
Afrikatown Anti-Eviction Block Party @ Qilombo
May 28 all-day

Recently, the Qilombo Collective has been ordered to move the garden, and the people feel like there should be space in the city for people to learn, organize and work free of corporate pressure. So the fight is beginning to take shape, and on May 28, everyone is invited to the Anti-Eviction Block Party at the Afrikatown Garden. I hope to see you there.

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A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, 1-5pm

Using news photographs, memorabilia, reconstructed objects, documentary fragments, and original documents, contemporary artist Kate Haug re-tells the story of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last monumental social protest prior to his assassination. The exhibition features images and objects culled from Haug’s extensive research in the archives of the Associated Press, the popular press, and eBay, which have not been seen together before, bringing to life the complex ambition of King’s vision.

King began organizing the Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) in 1967 to unify America’s poor across class rather than racial lines, believing that economic parity was key to African American equality within the United States. The PPC culminated with a 3,000 person shanty town named Resurrection City, constructed on the National Mall in Washington DC. Resurrection City drew people from all over the country, was the nineteen sixties version of the 1932 Bonus March and a predecessor to “Occupy”. The exhibition time frame for this show mirrors many of the actual dates of the campaign, tracing the Resurrection City’s opening day to its final destruction.

The PPC echoes aspects of current social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fight for Fifteen, and Our Walmart. In San Francisco, a city with one the highest rates of income inequality in the United States, King’s work asks pointed questions about the contemporary social contract and the democratic promise of America.

News Today: A History of the Poor People’s Campaign in Real Time runs from April 9, 2016 to June 25, 2016.

Gallery Talks:
Sat May 14, 2pm:
Justin Gomer Ph.D., Lecturer, American Studies, UC Berkeley
A discussion of the images in News Today as they relate to the shifting political landscape in the years after 1968.

Sat May 21, 2pm:
E.C. Feiss, Ph.D. Student, Art History, UC Berkeley
The Politics of Display

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The History of Socialism in America @ South Berkeley Library
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bernie Socialist Workshop
The History of Socialism in America
from Robert Owens’ utopian experiment in 1825
to Bernie’s political revolution of 2016.

A slide presentation by Eugene Ruyle,
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Cal State, Long Beach

As a democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders is leading a political revolution to transform a political system run by the billionaire class into one that represents working and middle class Americans and creates more opportunity for everyone. This workshop will take a closer look at Bernie’s socialism by placing it within the global context of two centuries of struggle against the capitalist system. This will allow a better understanding of how Bernie has adapted socialism to the United States in the Twenty First Century

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Dinner and a Movie: Pride @ SEIU Local 1021
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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An Evening in Support of Political Prisoners @ OneFam
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us on Saturday May 28th at 6pm for an evening of food, speakers and music to support long term Political Prisoner, Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, and to build solidarity around US Political Prisoners.

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May
29
Sun
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
May 29 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. 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.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. 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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David Swanson & Cindy Sheehan: War Is A Lie @ Fellowship Hall
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

warisalieJohnDavidJoin David and Cindy to mark the publication of the new, 2nd edition of War is A Lie, a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, countering the theory that war is an inevitable part of human nature and drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, especially those wars that have been widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, a manual to be used in debunking future lies before future wars have a chance to begin. Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.

Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie, When the World Outlawed War, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush, and Tube World (a childrens’ book). He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
cindysheehanCindy Sheehan has authored five books, including Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey Through Heartache to Activism and Revolution, A Love Story, her latest, a love note to Venezuela. Cindy’s oldest child, Casey, was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 in a war that neither she nor he supported. Cindy garnered international notoriety in the summer of 2005 when she camped out at George Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tx. Cindy is mother to three surviving children and four grandbabies. She divides her time between writing, traveling to work for peace and justice, playing with her grandchildren, and hosting The Soapbox radio show http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

Autographed Copies of War Is A Lie will be for sale.

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May
30
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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May
31
Tue
Film Screening: Killing Them Safely. (Anti-Taser Documentary) @ Roxie theater
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the San Francisco theatrical premiere of Killing Them Safely, an explosive 2015 Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection on the controversy over police use and misuse of Tasers.

Following the screening, stay for an important discussion featuring filmmaker, Nick Berardini, and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi about the film and its implications for the upcoming decision of the San Francisco Police Commission to possibly start outfitting SFPD officers with Tasers.

Co-sponsored by ACLU of Northern California, San Francisco Public Defender’s Racial Justice Committee, Coalition on Homelessness, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter, 48 Hills.
Hundreds of deaths. Zero oversight. In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly force—so why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since? At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, Killing Them Safely brings together startling archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate to shed much-needed light on an urgent issue.

Directed by Nick Berardini. 2015. USA. 100 min.

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What’s Going On In Venezuela? An Eye Witness Report Back. @ Unitarian Universalist Hall
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An update on the current political situation and women’s empowerment, including food sovereignty projects. Teri Mattson, Executive Director of Task Force on the Americas, will do a power point presentation followed by Q&A

Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee and Task Force on the Americas

Wheelchair accessible.

For occasional email notices of peace/eco/social justice alerts and related events at BFUU, send any email to:
bfuusjev-subscribe [at] lists.riseup.net

For weekly notices of BFUU services etc. go to:
http://www.bfuu.org/signup.html

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Jun
1
Wed
Vigil for Amilcar Perez-Lopez @ Mission Police Station
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Tiny Houses for the Homeless Coalition meeting @ YSA
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Meet with community advocates in the fight against homelessness, those without houses, Berkeley City Councils staffers and interested citizens to discuss progress on Tiny Homes solutions to homelessness, and starting a Tiny Homes village.

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Jun
2
Thu
Stop the New Alameda County Jail @ Ella Baker Center Offices, suite 1125
Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Sheriff wants to build a new $55 million jail expansion at Santa Rita for treating mentally ill inmate.  It needs to be stopped in its tracks and the money redirected to mental health treatment outside of jail.

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Jun
4
Sat
Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley @ Downtown & MLK Park
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

On the weekend of June 4th and 5th, 2016, the Bay Area Book Festival will once again fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book.

Whether you’re a fan of food writing or poetry or science fiction or children’s literature or biography, come experience one of the best book festivals on the planet. Free to the public!

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An electoral process that goes beyond Bernie – A Communist presentation @ Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley) invites you to a discussion of ‘An electoral process that goes beyond Bernie’. As background the following short articles are suggested reading.

John Bachtell, ‘Left Strategy in 2016: Building Real Political Independence’
http://www.cpusa.org/article/left-strategy-in-2016-part-1-grasping-the-key-link-of-struggle/

C. Hass, ‘The Other Progressive Challengers Take on the Democratic Establishment’
http://inthesetimes.com/features/bernie_sanders_democrats_political_revolution_candidates.html

Linda Burnham, ‘Notes on the Election’ http://portside.org/2016-04-25/notes-election

Reese Ehrlich, ‘Why the Left Should Support Trump’
https://reeseerlich.com/2016/04/26/why-the-left-should-support-donald-trump/

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