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Oct
23
Tue
Press Conference – UN Report on Homelessness @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Press Conference
For Immediate Release
Bay Area Curbside Communities Respond To UN Special Report On Homelessness
Naming Oakland, San Francisco As Human Rights Violators
On October 19th, the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Right to Adequate Housing, Lelani Farha, released her new report documenting the “global scandal” of homeless encampments. In January of 2017, Farha spent time in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California to meet with unhoused residents and housed advocates and described the conditions as “cruel and inhumane”. The only U.S. cities explicitly called out for violations in the UN’s report on global homelessness are San Francisco and Oakland.She states that while the existence of “informal settlements” are human rights violations due to local government’s lack of will to provide permanent housing to all residents, these encampments are also people’s assertion to their denied human right of housing. She declares curbside communities are acts of resilience, resourcefulness and ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. Rather than criminalize or ignore these settlements, until permanent housing can be offered to all, it is the duty of local governments not to evict curbside communities but to upgrade them and residents of these encampments should participate in all areas of the upgrading, including sanitation, clean water, food services and support services.

Homeless leaders and advocates in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland hosted Ms. Farha, including Coalition on Homelessness, Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP), The East Oakland Collective, The Village/Feed The People, and First They Came For The Homeless. Ms. Farha was able to hear and speak directly with people living in encampments and on our streets about the oppression, hatred and police violence they experience everyday. Representatives from these organizations, curbside leaders who are survivors of continued human rights abuses at the hands of government agencies, as well as legal advocates from Ella Baker Center For Human Rights and the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute will be speaking a Tuesday’s Press Conference.

In Ms. Farha’s report she frames the encampments and street dwelling in the United States under the same vein as the informal settlements around the world. Finding that “the scope and severity of the living conditions in informal settlements make this one of the most pervasive violations of human rights globally,” states the report. The Oakland conditions of discrimination and harassment of encampment residents and punitive denials of access to basic services constitute “cruel and inhuman treatment and is a violation of multiple human rights. Such punitive policies must be prohibited in law and immediately ceased.”

This assertion falls in line with the 9th Circuit Courts Sept 4th decision that criminalization of homelessness violates curbside communities’ 8th amendment rights and constitutes as cruel and unusual punishment.

“The Report of the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing As a Component of the Right to an Adequate Standard of Living, and on the Right to Non-Discrimination in this Context” is being presented at the United Nation’s office in New York on October 19th. In solidarity with this presentation at the UN, events are planned in New York City; Denver, Colorado, and Oakland, CA October 23.

Writing in support of WRAPs Right to Rest acts in California, Colorado, and Oregon, the Rapporteur summed up her visit in California:

“In my capacity as the UN Rapporteur on Housing, I visited California and saw firsthand the human right violations being experienced by people who are homeless. They are the victims of failed policies – not the perpetrators of crime. The state of California must take action to remedy the criminalization of homeless individuals. While I toured encampments and drop-in facilities serving homeless people, the community repeatedly expressed that they simply wanted to be treated as human beings. It is dehumanizing, demoralizing, and unjust to criminalize hundreds of thousands of people due to their housing status.”

The report concludes with step by step recommendations to enhance the lives of over 800 million people around the world who live in informal settlements and inhumane conditions concluding:

“That truth is that by any measure  – moral, political or legal  – it is unacceptable for people to be forced to live this way. Refusing to accept the unacceptable is where we must begin. All actors must mobilize within a shared human rights paradigm around the imperative of upgrading all informal settlements by 2030.”

The UN Press release on the report can be found here:   https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23737&LangID=E

The report can be found here:

Legal Research

Bay Area PRESS CONTACTS:

Paul Boden, Executive Director, Western Regional Advocacy Project
415-621-2533  pboden@wraphome.org

Candice Elder, Executive Director, The East Oakland Collective
510.326.2486, Candice@eastoaklandcollective.com

Needa Bee, Founder & Lead Organizer, The Village; Program Director Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
510-355-7010, maowunyo@gmail.com

Mike Zint, First They Came For The Homeless
mzint04@gmail.com

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Court Support: Pack the Courtroom for Whole Foods Suit!
Oct 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

COURTROOM SUPPORT NEEDED!

On September 19th, Wayne Hsiung and DxE were served with a lawsuit from Whole Foods asking for a restraining order and monetary damages because of our protests. On September 21st, there was a hearing for a temporary restraining order. Whole Foods asked for all of DxE to be banned from all of its California stores. Luckily, the judge only granted a restraining order for the Telegraph location, where we had a successful week of protest anyway, ending in a historic action at a factory farm in Petaluma that supplies Whole Foods’s parent company, Amazon. October 23rd is a briefing date where the judge will hear arguments from both sides.

We need YOU to come to court *in your blue DxE shirt* and show your support for these activists. We must demonstrate that the public cares about animals and supports activists who make sacrifices to save them. Take off work or school if you can!

WHERE: Meet us outside the County Administration Building in Oakland. (1221 Oak St, Oakland, CA 94612)

WHEN: October 23 at 2:30pm

WHAT TO EXPECT: We will need to be quiet and respectful in the courtroom and all phones will have to be turned off. We may have to wait patiently for the case to be called. There is no talking or whispering allowed while the judge is present.

WEAR/BRING: Wear a blue DxE shirt, if you don’t have one either post in this event page or message Eva Hamer directly through Messenger and we will try to bring you one. Bring as little stuff with you as possible because we will have to go through metal detectors to enter. Do not bring signs or other protest materials. Do not wear shorts or open toes shoes.

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Environmental Justice Panel: A Dialogue About Racial Disparities @ UC Berkeley Multicultural Center, 220 MLK Jr. Student Union
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As part of Climate Justice Week, the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley (SERC) is sponsoring a panel on environmental racism featuring two very powerful warriors for environmental justice.

Join them for an evening of critical dialogue surrounding race and its intersection with social justice within the environmental movement.  Both environmental degradation and benefits are distributed among racial and socioeconomic lines: toxic environmental racism works alongside the structural violence of poverty.  Yet, these forms of violence receive little to no exposure or priority in the environmental movement, which only reinforces these same institutions.

Panelists:

Rose Whipple – Youth Leader from Honor the Earth, winner of Brower Youth Awards
mark! Lopez – 2017 Goldman Prize Recipient of North America, Executive Director from East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in Southeast L.A.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.  Free admission, reserve a seat via Facebook.

Hosted by SERC in partnership with Students of Color Environmental Collective , UC Berkeley’s Multicultural Center, and Office of ASUC Senator Whitney.

 

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Oct
25
Thu
Gender and Race in the 2018 Elections – Wellstone Club Meeting and Talk @ Humanist Hall
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“Gender and Race in the 2018 Elections”
Carroll Fife
Oakland Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment(ACCE)
Black Lives Matter
Carole Joffe
Prof of Ob/Gyn at UCSF; Pro-Choice Activist
potluck at 6PM; meeting at 6:45PM
please bring something to share

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Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Blind Tiger
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social!

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

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Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) Night @ Omni Commons
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) is a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform. Imagine if Facebook or Twitter was run by its users, could be extended by anyone, offered cryptographic security, and required no centralized infrastructure!

Come by and learn more about SSB, ask questions, get set up on one of the several client programs, and be free from oppressive centralized social networks.

Read more at https://www.scuttlebutt.nz

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Six by Ten: Stories from Solitary @ WOLFMAN BOOKS
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a night of readings with Voice of Witness, a non-profit human rights organization in the Mission who publishes oral histories of human rights abuses. With a new book releasing this October with Haymarket Books, 6 x 10 —Voices from Solitary. This will be an event with author Mateo Hoke and a few of the narrators from the book centered around experience and mass incarceration throughout the US and beyond.

Press Release Below:

“Six by Ten is a deeply moving and profoundly unsettling wake-up call for all citizens. The use of solitary confinement is deeply immoral and we must insist that it be banned in all of our nation’s prisons. Immediately.”
—Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Blood
in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

This compelling collection of stories told by people directly impacted by solitary confinement is the first book in a new partnership between Voice of Witness and Haymarket Books.

Each chapter presents an individual’s story and shows how Americans across the country and all walks of life find themselves held in solitary for years or even decades. In addition to fourteen evocative firsthand accounts, the book also includes essays and analysis on how solitary became such a prominent feature of the
US prison system today.

Narrators include:

Brian Nelson, who was taken by the Illinois Department of Corrections from solitary cell to solitary cell in prisons across the state for more than seven years in the 1980s and ‘90s as part of
an unofficial program that came to be known as “the Circuit.”

Mohammed Ali, who grew up in the Bay Area after his family immigrated to the United States from Fiji. Growing up romanticizing gang life, he escalated through youth detention, jails, and prisons before landing in solitary in a private immigration detention facility in Arizona.

Candie Hailey, a young mother accused of a notorious crime, waits for her day in court while detained in one of America’s largest jails on Rikers Island in New York City. She is held in solitary
confinement for more than two years before she is finally acquitted of all charges and released from jail.

Heather Chapman, who is fighting for the life of her son, Nikko. He was diagnosed as bipolar at a young age and spent time in youth institutions in Florida before being sent to solitary as a teenager.

Sonya Calico, who was sent to solitary in a men’s jail in Texas, supposedly for her own protection, and whose story helped inspire change for other trans people facing incarceration in Dallas.

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Oct
26
Fri
Stop Trump’s Child Separation and Indefinite Family Detention Policies! @ Berkeley YWCA
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Shut down the  concentration camps! Free all immigrant detainees! No ban, no wall, sactuary for all!

10:00 AM : Teach-In

12:00 Noon : Youth Speak Out and March from Krober Hall Plaza (Bancroft & College).

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Movies Under the Stars: Labor Film Classics @ National Nursed United HQ
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Venezuela Under Siege: Challenges from Within and Without
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

National Speaking Tour: Steve Ellner.

Ellner has taught economic history in Venezuela since 1977. He is the author of numerous books and journal and magazine articles on Venezuelan history and politics. His most recent book: The Pink Tide Experiences: Breakthroughs and Shortcomings in 21st Century Latin America.

Campaign to end US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela.

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Oct
27
Sat
Wash House Free Laundry Event @ Poppy's Bubble Wash
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Luxe Laundromat Free Laundry Events will offer free laundry to the community. If you or someone you know is in need please reach out to our page and leave your contact information. Anyone can come and help support by volunteering. The event will include live music,food and prizes.

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Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

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Cuba Report-back with Cindy Sheehan @ BFUU
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Cindy Sheehan and gg Winter have a slide presentation and report from their recent trip to Cuba, including a celebration with four of the released Cuban 5 where Cindy was honored for her work in helping get them released. It was an amazing musical and dancing program put on for her and our group. Nice pictures of the occasion, and many others of the trip will be shown. Please attend and enjoy.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Social Justice Committee.

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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Oct
28
Sun
Hardships imposed on the Venezuelan people by US-Canadian Sanctions. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Hardships imposed on the Venezuelan people by US-Canadian Sanctions.

As part of a campaign to educate the public and organize a stronger movement against ongoing – and ever increasing – US and Canadian sanctions and intervention on the Venezuelan people, the Alliance for Global Justice is organizing a national speaking tour by Dr. Steve Ellner, who has taught at several U.S. and Latin American Universities.

FREE – but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

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

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than six years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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Oakland Greens: Free Dinner and a Movie @ It's Your Move Games
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Movie: 7:30 PM

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Whither China and humanity? @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Striking to Survive records workers’ views of their ongoing strikes in Pearl River Delta.

There is also a new movement of idealistic party youth in China for who are looking to Marxism to align with workers’ own aspirations. They have been rounded up by the party-state machine.

What future comes from “handling contradictions among the people” according to the “thought of Mao” or now the “thought of Xi Jinping”?

What is Marx’s philosophy of liberation in distinction from the party-state? How does it speak to the new movements in China and to the world facing a rise of fascism?

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2018 World Conference Against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs! @ BFUU
Oct 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Don’t miss this riveting report on the state of the world and what’s being done to back away from the nuclear brink.

A Slide Show & Talk by John Steinbach, Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area

Edging toward nuclear war, the world remains balanced precariously on the knife edge of nuclear annihilation.

Sponsored by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Committee.

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Oct
29
Mon
Rally to Support Youth Suing over Climate @ Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Rally to support the  #youthvgov plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States. They are suing the US government for knowingly violating their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change.

When their trial comes to federal court in Eugene, OR, on October 29, they will march into court to demand a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan. This plan would end the reign of fossil fuels and require the United States government to do its part to stop dangerous climate change for young people and all future generations.

Join the rally at the federal courthouse in San Francisco to be a part of the #TrialoftheCentury and support these young climate warriors.

 

Info/RSVP

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Revisiting Reparations @ Sierra Club
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

What are the origins of the racial wealth gap and how can we leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy? SURJ’s Fundraising Committee will provide historical context, map the limitations of existing institutional financial support for racial justice, and engage participants to rethink their own access to wealth, networks, and other resources in an effort to develop a “reparations mindset.”

All proceeds go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color.

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