Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing campaigns and future plans and identify upcoming actions we can take to fight fossil fuels and work for a just and sustainable world. Old friends and newcomers are equally welcome. We need your participation and your voice!
SAVE THE DATE:
No Coal in #RichmondCA Rally & Press Conference
Thursday 6/20 5:30 pm, City Hall Steps
Come for the rally, stay to tell the Planning Commission: we need the strongest possible ordinance to phase out #coal.#airpollutionkills #nocoalexportshttps://t.co/Vb0PhZJAtL pic.twitter.com/TqZ2j39hJb
— Sunflower Alliance (@SunflowerAction) May 28, 2019
The Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Insitute and MATATU will be co-hosting a joint screening of the film “Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route”. MCLI board members Walter Riley and Vicki Sawicki will be joining filmmaker Pamela Sporn and mail carrier Wendell Watkins to speak after the screening.
The film explores the rise, demise and contested resurgence of America’s “motor city” through a multi-generational choir of voices who reside in mail carrier Wendell Watkins’ postal route. The role of racism is woven throughout the film, exposing the wall built in the 40’s on the northwest side of Detroit. The wall once divided whites and blacks. A must-see movie for those interested in understanding the history of our country tainted by racism.
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Come by our open Delegates Meetings every other Thursday evening at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url: https://pad.riseup.net/p/omninom
This meeting usually happens in the Ballroom, but the the location may change depending on the access needs of people attending and other events taking place in the building.
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Ghost Fleet follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world. (Fully subtitled)
PG&E is holding their annual shareholder meeting and we want to let them know that their shareholders shouldn’t profit off the backs of ratepayers! Californians demand a seat at the table – let’s take back the power from this corrupt institution!
9am- we’ll meet in front of PG&E’s headquarters on Beale Street to gather together to honor the fire victims through a reading of names and sharing of stories.
10am – PG&E Shareholder meeting starts.
10am-1pm (speakers, letters from fire victims, spoken word, community art).
Please share widely! PM us with any questions.
Join Ethics In Technology for our Community Night and Comedy Show at the Internet Archive on June 21st at 6 PM.
Comedy acts interspersed with talks from NSA Comedy Host, former Amazon executive, and entrepreneur Vahid Razavi, author of Ethics in Tech, or The Lack Thereof and The Age of Nepotism.
Friday June 21st, 6PM Doors open for networking, Show starts at 7:00 PM at the Internet Archive.
Brett Wilkins- Independent Journalist and Board member of Ethics In Technology Will be Presenting Bug Splat.
Bugsplat: Can Technology Really Make War Less Deadly for Civilians?
There is a school of thought that posits advances in technology will make war less deadly for innocent civilians. But is that really true? We’ll examine the notion that “smart,” “precision” and other technologies have made armed conflicts less dangerous for civilians by looking at case studies from decades of US wars in the Middle East and beyond.
We will be showing the Movie “Drone” Directed by Tonje Hessen Schei and Produced by Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare
Bob Chandra has worked in high-tech since 1996; serving in Product Management roles for Twitter, Amazon, and Walmart Global E-Commerce. His talk is on the commercialization of military weapons including technologies such as Active Guardian (a pain beam used for crowd control) and LRAD (a long range acoustic weapon that produces ear splitting targeted sound).
Francesca Fiorentini is a correspondent, comedian and B-list internet celebrity. She was behind viral hits like “The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border” and “White Fragility in the Workplace”, and was host of the show Newsbroke on Facebook Watch. She has been in SF Sketchfest three years and counting and is currently host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room.
Chloe McGovern started doing stand-up comedy when she was 18 years old, a decision that proved to be irreparably damaging both morally and spiritually, but a true delight to audiences everywhere. She can be seen regularly opening for Rich Vos and competing in Roast Battles at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store.
Annette Mullaney is a software engineer and standup comic based in San Francisco. Named a “Comic to Catch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, her comedy is self-deprecating, feminist, existentialist, smart, vulgar, and full of big words to prove she’s been to grad school.
Abi See is a PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford University, where she specializes in Natural Language Processing – the application of Artificial Intelligence to human language. She comes from Cambridge, UK, and has performed comedy in New York and the Bay Area.
Vahid Razavi is the host of previous NSA Comedy Shows and Big Tech Comedy Roast. Previously employed at Amazon and many tech firms in the Valley. Author of a new book Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. Copies of the book will be shared with the audience.
All Net Proceeds from the sales of tickets will be donated to Ethics In Tech a new Non-Profit Organization.
Video recording of the stage will be taking place at this event.
Download Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. A Free Book By Vahid Razavi at https://MyAWSStory.com
Water Harvesting Design Principles w/ Brennan Blazer Bird of SolutionCraft
Gardening On A Budget w/ Khadija Khansia
Community Assembly on the Equitable Climate Action Plan with Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Disaster Preparedness with Sharena Thomas of People’s Community Medics (workshop sponsored by the NorCal Resilience Network)
The Colors of Us: A Natural Dying Skillshare w/ Grace
- Rainwater Catchment Earthworks
- Building a Cob / Adobe Wall
- Creating a Wishing Well
- Building Edging for Garden Beds
- Weeding, Planting, and Mulching
- Building Natural Benches for Students & Crossing Guards
- MOOP (Matter Out of Place) Clean Up
- Painting Educational Signage
- Extending the Chicken Run off the Coop
- Installing Solar Panels on the Outdoor Kitchen
Good Night & Good Luck.
Independent Journalism vs. The Reactionary Right
“Good Night, and Good Luck” chronicles the clash between Edward R. Murrow, American broadcast journalist, and right-wing Senator Joseph McCarthy. At the height of the Cold War, McCarthy whipped up fear by accusing anyone who opposed him politically of being a communist.
Once again, right-wing leaders like Trump, Duterte, Erdogan, and Bolsonaro utilize fear and prejudice to scapegoat immigrants, national minorities, LGBTQ folks and people of color for problems brought on by the global profit system.
Independent media are key in exposing the bigotry of the reactionary right. The Freedom Socialist newspaper has been on the frontlines of radical reporting that highlights working class struggles and lessons. Share your thoughts about the film in the discussion following the screening.
Doors open at 1:30pm, door donation
Light lunch available for $7
Auspices: Freedom Socialist Party
http://www.socialism.com or visit us on Facebook at Freedom Socialist Party-Bay Area.
Grown Women Dance Collective (GWDC) presents the 10th annual Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance, featuring powerhouse performances honoring musical greats and civic leaders whose legacies continue to inform and inspire.
All stars of the dance world come together to celebrate dance, music & American history. This event honors the legacy of African American artists such as Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Nipsey Hussle & Maya Angelou. Former soloists with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Martha Graham Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, & over 40 Broadway shows, perform beautifully crafted pieces to iconic songs by these artists. Using dance and music to teach and celebrate African American history, the power of dancers in their 40’s & 50’s uplift, inspire, and create a family-friendly, can’t sit still in your seat celebration of who we are as Americans that will have you singing to yourself for weeks.
Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance pays homage to the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States – Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865 enslaved people in Texas were informed by Union soldiers that the Civil War had ended and they were free. The news came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. GWDC’s production reflects the larger themes of the Juneteenth holiday: Jubilation, self-development, respect for all cultures and the betterment of community. The show is a joyful, inspiring and family-friendly evening of dance, music and American history.
Her Legacy, Anarchy, and Complexities, and Occupy
By Candace Falk, Founding Editor/Director,The Emma Goldman Papers, UC, Berkeley
Please spread the word to your friends and social media contacts!
Candace will speak about Emma Goldman, her legacy, her complexities, and the often misunderstood range of her definition of anarchism, and the spontaneity and collaborative nature of Occupy that resonates with her imagined vision of the future. Candace is founding editor of the Emma Goldman Papers at UC Berkeley, which has collected, identified, and published 22,000 documents by and about Emma Goldman, and which is now available on open access through archive.org. She is also editor of three of a four-volume fully annotated selected book edition of Emma Goldman’s American years, from 1890, when she entered the political stage, to her deportation in 1919; as well as various school curricula and traveling exhibitions. Candace will read some choice excerpts from her papers, and discuss why Emma Goldman lives on.
Candace’s work began when she was in her 20s and serendipitously discovered Emma’s love letters in a guitar shop in Chicago’s Hyde Park. The treasure trove became the basis of her book, Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman, (about to be re-issued this month on June 27th, Emma Goldman’s 150th birthday)– a respectful, and steamy story of the complexity of matching one’s vision and reality– in love and in politics.
* Founding Editor/Director,The Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley (as of July 1st: The Emma Goldman Papers Public History Project).
* Author: Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman
* Collaborative author, Emma Goldman: A Documentary History of the American Years 1890-1919, a four volume series.
* Guggenheim Fellowship recipient
* Hamer Award from the Society of American Archivists.
* Frequent speaker – radio interviewee -and contributor to various books, including an essay “Nearer My Subject to Thee: Over 30 years of documentary engagement with Emma Goldman”
This engagement brought to you by the participants in the Occupy Oakland General Assembly.
The talk will be followed by the General Assembly, possibly abbreviated, wherein we will discuss the area’s activist events that have happened over the last week and the upcoming week’s events. And other political/activist/social justice topics that anyone wishes to bring up.
The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)
On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.
OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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
Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
(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: (email@example.com)
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
PUBLIC COMMENT – HEAL NOT HARM
Show up for the Life Enrichment Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 25th, 4 PM, Sgt. Mark Dunakin Room – 1st Floor at Oakland City Hall.
Councilmember Nikki Fortunado Bas and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan are championing “Item 9. Supplemental Report for Encampment Management Policy And Program.”
If you can’t make the hearing but would like to leave an electronic comment that will become a part of the official record the link is here – https://bit.ly/2RlfYoy
Here are some general talking points:
- Housing is a human right. A key function of our city government is to make sure that everyone has shelter. We must bring together residents, developers, and housing advocates — and collaborate with the county and state — to co-construct win-win solutions to improve and increase affordable housing, and provide options for our unsheltered neighbors.
- Public lands must be used for public good. We must ensure our public lands are used for public good by supporting a public lands policy that prioritizes affordable housing and permanent supportive housing projects, and designates city-owned parcels for sanctioned camps that provide sanitation and services and move homeless neighbors off dangerous streets.
- Providing wrap around services. We must increase resources to provide essential services to our homeless neighbors, with rapid measures that move people into stable temporary housing while we work toward permanent housing solutions, as well as provide increased wraparound health services and sanitation to our homeless community. We must treat each person with compassion, keeping families and communities together.
- Shelter options for the unhoused. We must approach our homelessness crisis in as humane and compassionate ways as possible. Our commitment needs to be on solutions that create long-term stability for unhoused neighbors and focus on permanent shelter. We cannot displace unhoused residents from one part of the city to another. We need to upgrade their conditions — otherwise we’re not solving the issue, we’re just forcing people to move around. Each person that the City evicts today and tomorrow needs the opportunity to speak with a service provider about their situation and have adequate shelter to move to, which does not force them to lose all of their belongings or put them in an unsafe situation.
- Independent Audit and Workgroup. We support a full, independent performance audit of the Encampment Management Team (EMT) to ensure that unhoused residents are being treated fairly and with dignity. In addition, we support the creation of a collaborative workgroup that includes Councilmembers, City Staff, and representatives of the homeless and advocacy community to advance new strategies addressing the homelessness crisis, for instance, developing self-governed encampments or implementing the city’s public lands policy. Finally, we support proposals to create a Homeless Commission to address the broad issues of homelessness and policies impacting the unsheltered population across the city.
Also, please share your personal stories or experiences.
This proposal changes every aspect of how Oakland Engages the Unsheltered:
- Encampment Management and Closures
- Providing Services to the Unsheltered
- Self-Governance and Sanctioned Encampments
- Community Cabins and Other Shelter Options.
- Safety at Encampments and Community Policing Alternatives
- Employment Opportunities for the Unsheltered.
- Transparency and Accountability
- Ongoing Evaluation and Audit
Read Councilmember Bas’ updated report – http://bit.ly/2YTkMEv
Oakland , CA
Agenda Item 4:
Subject: Face Recognition Technology
From: Council President Kaplan
Recommendation: Adopt Ordinance Amending Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 9.64 To Prohibit The City Of Oakland From Acquiring And/Or Using Face Recognition Technology
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & St. John’s Presbyterian Church present:
JOHN CARLOS FREY
“Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border”
Hosted by Miguel Guerrero
Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 or
Pegasus Books (3 sites):
Books Inc (Berkeley),
Walden Pond Bookstore,
East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s
Benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM
“Sand and Blood: America’s Stealth War on the Mexico Border” is a damning portrait of the southern border, where militaristic fantasies are being unleashed and violent technologies are being tested, always targetting impoverished immigrants.
The groundwork for our current situation began in the 1980s and 1990s. But after 9/11, while Americans’ attention was trained on the Middle East, a War on Terror was ramping up on our own soil—aimed not at terrorists but at economic migrants, refugees, and families from South and Central America seeking jobs, safety, and freedom in the US. The Border Patrol grew exponentially, ICE detention centers cropped up across the country, and the southern border has become more militarized than ever before. But we are no safer. Instead, families are being ripped apart, undocumented people are living in fear, and thousands of migrants have died in detention or crossing the border.
“John Carlos Frey is one of the finest examples I know of a journalist who cares. His tireless efforts for years to expose injustices along America’s southern border are particularly impressive when gathered together in one book. We need more … journalists like this.” —Fred Peabody, director, All Governments Lie and The Corporate Coup d’État
John Carlos Frey is an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. A five-time Emmy Award winner, he is a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour, a former correspondent for The Marshall Project, and a longtime Type Investigations journalist at the Type Media Center. His investigative work has been featured on 60 Minutes, PBS, and Dan Rather Reports, and in the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Salon, Need to Know online, the Washington Monthly, and El Diario. His documentary films include “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon”, “The Invisible Chapel”, “The 800 Mile Wall”, and “The Real Death Valley.” He is the 2012 recipient of the Scripps Howard Award, the Sigma Delta Chi award, the IRE Medal, and the Polk Award, among others, for his investigative work.
Miguel Guerrero was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and has been working for KPFA since 2004. He Is a graduate of the KPFA Apprenticeship Program and is currently the Technical Producer for the Music Department. Miguel hosts the weekly Latin alternative music show Rock en Rebelión, which includes commentaries on social and political issues. He also contributes to the programs La Raza Chroniclesand Ritmo.
Please join us for an office warming as we celebrate our new home with food, drink, and community!
Parking: Parking near the office is limited.
ublic Transporation: The Ella Baker Center’s new space is at the intersection of International Blvd and 34th Ave, just two blocks north of the Fruitvale BART station. Multiple AC transit lines also stop nearby.
Join us for a cocktail hour conversation with Harold Feld, Senior Vice President of Public Knowledge, and Mike Swift, Chief Global Digital Risk Correspondent of mLex. They’ll have a one-on-one interview about Harold’s new book, The Case for the Digital Platform Act. Then, a panel of experts from the tech industry and public interest sector will offer their responses. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served for what we expect will be a lively discussion on the “Big Tech” regulation debate.
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & Democracy at Work present:
“Save Capitalism? Why? We Can Do Better”
Hosted by Sabrina Jacobs
Advance tickets: $15: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006 or
Pegasus Books (3 sites): Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s
Benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Democracy at Work
Still reeling from the 2008 crash, capitalism’s next recession looms large. Inequality deepens. Politics spins out of control. The system’s leaders worry about “saving” it. A better idea: system change. Let’s focus on that.
Richard David Wolff (born April 1, 1942) is an American Marxian economist, known for his work on economic methodology, and class analysis. He is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the New School University in New York. Wolff has also taught economics at Yale University, City University of New York, University of Utah, University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and The Brecht Forum in New York City.
In 1988 he co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. In 2010, Wolff published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It, also released as a DVD. He released three new books in 2012: Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, with David Barsamian (San Francisco: City Lights Books), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian, with Stephen Resnick (Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London: MIT University Press), and Democracy at Work (Chicago: Haymarket Books).
Wolff hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI, 99.5 FM, New York City (Pacifica Radio) and is featured regularly in television, print, and internet media.
The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist”. Wolff lives in Manhattan with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Harriet Fraad, a practicing psychotherapist.
Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 -4 PM. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices. Ms. Jacobs is also currently serving as staff representative/vice chair of Pacifica Radio’s National Board.
Love jigsaw puzzles?
Hate white supremacy?
Join us at the ACCE office in Oakland for three hours of solving puzzles.
We’ve gotten a bunch of new puzzles donated since the last event, so we’ll be breaking some of those out for this one.
Puzzles for Justice is both a fundraiser for the Black Solidarity Fund*, and 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.
Solve puzzles! Get to know your fellow activists better! Invite your friends!
*The Black Solidarity Fund
Black communities have been continually dispossessed and Black organizations routinely pitted against each other in competing for limited resources. Community READY Corps has created an alternative funding mechanism, the Black Solidarity Fund, to unify and distribute micro-grants to Black organizations doing work on the ground in the Bay Area. This is the first Black-owned fund of its kind in the country!
Accessibility: This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. We ask that folks arrive sober and as reduced-scent as possible to make sure the space is safe and accessible for everyone! There are no steps to enter the building. The nearest 62 bus stop is 0.3 miles away and the nearest 1 stop is 0.2 miles away. Fruitvale Bart station is 0.8 miles away.
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.