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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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TheGreenNewCity March & Rally for Housing, Climate Justice and Animals @ Near Golden Gate Fields
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Southwest of Golden Gate Fields, West of Gilman houseless encampment
(Golden Gate Fields horse track, 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710)

Marching to Berkeley City Hall, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704

WHERE: Southwest of Golden Gate Fields, West of Gilman houseless encampment
(Golden Gate Fields horse track, 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, CA 94710)

Housing, climate justice, and animal rights activists are wearing GREEN and marching from the houseless encampment at Golden Gate Fields to Berkeley City Hall to demand #TheGreenNewCity.

Join this plant-based food serve and trash pick-up, then march with us to City Hall as we rally to demand housing, climate justice, and animal rights.

The city’s houseless population has increased by 42% to 1000+ people, and wildfires driven by climate change threaten thousands more. Meanwhile, the ultra rich use huge swaths of land for cruel purposes such as horse-racing, even as ordinary people live in squalor right across the street.

We are in a moment of crisis, and our community needs the government to take urgent action — NOT to cater to business interests or allow bureaucracy to bury solutions. We need, in short, to make Berkeley #TheGreenNewCity — one where we bravely confront the climate crisis, enshrine housing as a human right, and live with respect towards our planet and all its inhabitants.

The residents of the Gilman encampment have asked for our help, but remember that this is THEIR home. Please be respectful of their needs and instruction.

WHERE: Meet at Golden Gate Fields, West of Gilman encampment

WHEN:
1:00pm – Food serve and trash pickup
2:00pm – Rally and march begins
4:00pm – Expected end time

WEAR: Please wear a green hoodie/t-shirt

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will include a 3 mile walk which will be done at a moderate pace. We have an accessibility car for anyone who may need it. If you have questions or need support to attend this event, email sfbay-protest [at] directactioneverywhere.com.

ABOUT: Direct Action Everywhere

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

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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!
*

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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Mar
12
Thu
DSA Beer and Roses Labor Social @ Telegraph Beer Garden
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the 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 EBDSA Labor Committee & learn how you can get involved.

 

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Mar
14
Sat
Human Billboard: Expose Amazon’s Connection to ICE
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

We‌ ‌are‌ ‌gathering‌ ‌to‌ ‌say:‌ ‌Stop‌ ‌Supporting‌ ‌Family‌ ‌Separation,‌ ‌Detention‌ ‌and‌ ‌Deportation!‌ ‌We‌ ‌won’t‌ ‌pay‌ ‌our‌ ‌grocery‌ ‌money‌ ‌into‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌(Immigration‌ ‌&‌ ‌Customs‌ ‌Enforcement)‌ ‌violence!‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌not‌ ‌feed‌ ‌ourselves‌ ‌and‌ ‌our‌ ‌families‌ ‌on‌ ‌white‌ ‌supremacy!‌ ‌

Whole‌ ‌Foods‌ ‌is‌ ‌owned‌ ‌by‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌and‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌is‌ ‌profiting‌ ‌from‌ ‌major‌ ‌contracts‌ ‌with‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌and‌ ‌Custom‌ ‌Border‌ ‌Patrol.‌ ‌And‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌depends‌ ‌on‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌to‌ ‌do‌ ‌its‌ ‌business.‌ ‌More info below*

Furthermore,‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌is‌ ‌helping‌ ‌accelerate‌ ‌the‌ ‌climate‌ ‌crisis‌ ‌with‌ ‌its‌ ‌support‌ ‌of‌ ‌oil‌ ‌extraction‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌documented‌ ‌worker‌ ‌abuses.‌ ‌

We‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌outside‌ ‌Whole‌ ‌Foods‌ ‌with‌ ‌signs‌ ‌and‌ ‌banners.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌handing‌ ‌flyers‌ ‌to‌ Whole‌ ‌Foods’‌ ‌customers,‌ ‌informing‌ ‌them‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌ICE-Amazon‌ ‌connection,‌ ‌providing‌ ‌alternatives‌ ‌to‌ ‌using‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌services‌ ‌and‌ ‌asking‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌call‌ ‌the‌ ‌Whole‌ ‌Foods‌ ‌CEO‌ ‌and‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌CEO‌ ‌to‌ ‌cut‌ ‌ties‌ ‌with‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌and‌ ‌stop‌ ‌their‌ ‌war‌ ‌on‌ ‌people‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌planet.‌ ‌ ‌

Join‌ ‌us‌ ‌to‌ ‌say‌ ‌NO‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌normalization‌ ‌of‌ ‌Amazon/ICE‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌communities.‌ ‌

#CloseTheCamps‌,‌ ‌‌#DisarmICE‌,‌ ‌‌#NoTech4Ice‌,‌ ‌‌#FamiliesBelongTogetherandFree‌ ‌

*Amazon‌ ‌Helps‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌&‌ ‌Profits‌ ‌from‌ ‌Trump’s White Nationalism:‌ ‌

Amazon‌ ‌provides‌ ‌essential‌ ‌technological‌ ‌infrastructure‌ ‌to‌ ‌DHS‌ ‌and‌ ‌ICE,‌ ‌enabling‌ ‌the‌ Trump‌ ‌administration’s‌ ‌raids‌ ‌on‌ ‌immigrant‌ ‌communities‌ ‌and‌ ‌detentions‌ ‌in‌ ‌dangerous‌ ‌camps‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌border.‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌Web‌ ‌Services‌ ‌is‌ ‌Amazon’s‌ ‌cloud‌ ‌technology‌ ‌that‌ ‌mass‌ ‌
hosts‌ ‌and‌ ‌stores‌ ‌information.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Homeland‌ ‌Security,‌ ‌and‌ ‌ICE,‌ ‌use‌ ‌AWS‌ ‌cloud‌ ‌technology‌ ‌to‌ ‌store,‌ ‌sort,‌ ‌and‌ ‌share‌ ‌massive‌ ‌amounts‌ ‌of‌ ‌data‌ ‌to‌ ‌target‌ ‌immigrants,‌ ‌including‌ ‌through‌ ‌information‌ ‌provided‌ ‌states‌ ‌by‌ ‌residents‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ ‌drivers‌ ‌
licenses.‌ ‌Without‌ ‌Amazon’s‌ ‌tech,‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌function.‌ ‌As‌ ‌communities‌ ‌in‌ ‌support‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌immigrants,‌ ‌we‌ ‌demand‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌cut‌ ‌its‌ ‌ties‌ ‌to‌ ‌ICE‌ ‌now.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Amazon‌ ‌Fuels‌ ‌Climate‌ ‌Change‌:‌ ‌‌

While‌ ‌there‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌some‌ ‌recent‌ ‌positive‌ ‌changes‌ ‌following‌ ‌an‌ ‌employee‌ ‌walkout‌ protesting‌ ‌their‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌policies,‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌bad‌ ‌climate‌ ‌actor,‌ ‌seeking‌ to‌ ‌profit‌ ‌off‌ ‌increased‌ ‌fossil‌ ‌fuel‌ ‌extraction‌ ‌even‌ ‌as‌ ‌our‌ ‌climate‌ ‌and‌ ‌ecosystems‌ ‌collapse.‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌Web‌ ‌Services‌ ‌for‌ ‌Oil‌ ‌&‌ ‌Gas‌ ‌initiative‌ ‌is‌ ‌devoted‌ ‌to‌ ‌helping‌ ‌fossil‌ ‌fuel‌ ‌companies‌ ‌accelerate‌ ‌and‌ ‌expand‌ ‌oil‌ ‌and‌ ‌gas‌ ‌extraction.‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌generates‌ ‌an‌ ‌enormous‌ ‌carbon‌ ‌footprint‌ ‌through‌ ‌their‌ ‌operations,‌ ‌shipping‌ ‌millions‌ ‌of‌ ‌items‌ ‌and‌ ‌using‌ ‌immense‌ ‌amounts‌ ‌of‌ ‌power‌ ‌to‌ ‌service‌ ‌the‌ ‌data‌ ‌centers‌ ‌that‌ ‌run‌ ‌its‌ ‌cloud‌ ‌operations.‌ ‌

They‌ ‌have‌ ‌donated‌ ‌to‌ ‌many‌ ‌climate‌ ‌deniers‌ ‌in‌ ‌Congress.‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌has‌ ‌also‌ ‌threatened‌ ‌to‌ ‌fire‌ ‌critics‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌outspoken‌ ‌on‌ ‌its‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌policies.‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Amazon‌ ‌Exploits‌ ‌Its‌ ‌Workers:‌ ‌

‌‌Some Amazon workers have protested Amazon’s collaboration with ICE and said, “We learn from history, and we understand how IBM’s systems were employed in the 1940s to help Hitler…We will not let that happen again. The time to act is now.”

Many‌ ‌workers‌ ‌say‌ ‌that‌ ‌Amazon‌ ‌treats‌ ‌them‌ ‌like‌ ‌more‌ ‌like‌ ‌robots‌ ‌than‌ ‌humans, that they ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌have‌ ‌enough‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌bathroom‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌some‌ ‌cases‌ ‌have‌ ‌had‌ ‌to‌ ‌pee‌ ‌in‌ ‌bottles‌ ‌just‌ ‌to‌ ‌meet‌ ‌their‌ ‌goals.‌ ‌The‌ ‌company‌ ‌is‌ ‌also‌ ‌under‌ ‌fire‌ ‌for‌ ‌racial,‌ ‌gender,‌ ‌and‌ ‌religious‌ ‌discrimination,‌ ‌for‌ ‌retaliating‌ ‌against‌ ‌workers‌ ‌who‌ ‌speak‌ ‌out,‌ ‌and‌ ‌low‌ ‌wages.‌ ‌We‌ ‌demand‌ ‌an‌ ‌end‌ ‌to‌ ‌all‌ ‌workers’‌ ‌abuses‌ ‌by‌ ‌creating‌ ‌a‌ ‌humane‌ ‌rate‌ ‌and‌ ‌workload,‌ ‌paying‌ ‌workers‌ ‌living‌ ‌wages,‌ ‌and‌ ‌respecting‌ ‌workers’‌ ‌voices‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌job.‌

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Sanctions Kill: Build a Movement Against all US Wars! @ Restore Oakland
Mar 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop the US War on the World!
Part of the International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War
Learn more at Sanctionskill.org

Sanctions Kill!
Sanctions are War!
End Sanctions Now!

Join us for a Bay Area educational forum as part of the international days of protest against US-imposed sanctions and war on Saturday, March 14, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Restore Oakland, 1419 34th Avenue (at International) in Oakland. Help us build a strong movement against US-imposed sanctions and war. Sponsored by the International Action Center – Bay Area.

Speakers include:
Rhonda Ramiro-Director, BAYAN
Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee
Bilal Mafundi Ali, Black Alliance for Peace
Teresa Walsh and Nesbit Crutchfield, Venceremos Brigade – Bay Area
David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective

Local endorsers include: BAYAN-USA, Black Alliance for Peace, Task Force on the Americas, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Action Center – Bay Area, Venceremos Brigade, Bay Area, David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective, Workers World Party – Bay Area, Socialist Action, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal.

Sanctions are imposed by the United States and its junior partners against countries that resist their agendas. They are a weapon of Economic War, resulting in chronic shortages of basic necessities, economic dislocation, chaotic hyperinflation, artificial famines, disease, and poverty. In every country, the poorest and the weakest – infants, children, the chronically ill and the elderly – suffer the worst impact of sanctions.

US imposed sanctions, violate international law and are a tool of regime change. They impact a third of humanity in 39 countries. They are a crime against humanity used, like military intervention, to topple popular governments and movements. They provide economic and military support to pro-US right-wing forces.

The US economic dominance and its +800 military bases worldwide demands all other countries participate in acts of economic strangulation. They must end all normal trade relations, otherwise they risk having Wall Street’s guns pointed at them. The banks and financial institutions that are responsible for the devastation of our communities at home drive the plunder of countries abroad.

Many organizations have been fighting Sanctions and Economic War for some time. NOW is an opportunity to combine efforts to raise consciousness on this crucial issue.

This broad campaign will include protests and demonstrations, lobbying, petition drives and all forms of educational efforts.

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Mar
15
Sun
What White People Don’t See: Applying the Lens of Privilege @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

You believe in making a difference, but when it comes to racial justice, are your actions aligned with your beliefs? The work begins with looking in the mirror. Without intentional learning and reflection, white people may uphold beliefs and systems that perpetuate injustice. Join us for an intimate and interactive workshop in which we will unpack how whiteness has shaped our lives and discuss how white people who care can take action for racial justice.

This workshop offers those who are new to racial justice work an opportunity to reflect on and analyze the role that whiteness has played in their lives. Through individual, small-group, and whole-group activities, participants will be invited to:

*Reframe racism as a system, rather than a product of individuals who are “good” or “bad”
*Reflect on how their own racial identity has influenced their experiences in the world
*Create a plan for taking at least one action in their own lives to deepen their commitment to racial justice

This workshop welcomes anyone who would like to participate, but it is especially well-suited for white people who are:

*In the early stages of exploring what it means to be white
*Seeking to grow their skills in analyzing and discussing the effects of racism
*Feeling ready to take action to create a more just world

ASL Interpretation: Requests must be made at surjbasebuilding@gmail.com no later than Thursday, March 12 at 9 PM.

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Mar
21
Sat
Town Hall of OPD Use of Force @ St. Louis Bertrand's Church
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Police Commission is considering changes to the Oakland Police Department’s use of force policy. This is an opportunity to let the Commissioners know your thoughts and experiences to help them make the right decisions!Image may contain: possible text that says 'LET'S TALK ABOUT OAKLAND POLICE AND USE OF FORCE Are You Safe? What Needs to Change? Share Experiences Oakland's new independent Police Commission brings community oversight to OPD policies and practices. They are revising the current OPD Use of Force directives and want to hear from the community. The Police Commissioners will be there to listen to you! Saturday, March 21, 1pm -3pm 3pm St. Louis Bertrand's Church 1410 100th Avenue International, Oakland Refreshments will provided'

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Mar
28
Sat
The East Bay Needs a Public Bank
Mar 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Main Street’s Victory over Wall Street:

New California Law Creates Public Banking Pathway

Starting a bank costs money. Starting a public bank is no exception. So we’ve invited Assemblymember David Chiu, one of the two co-authors of AB 857, to come speak about the law and the future of public banking in California. We’re hosting a brunch in a lovely backyard spot in Berkeley.

Tickets are limited, and the cost for an individual is $50.00 ($20 seniors/students/unemployed/ no one turned away for lack of funds). We’d love to have you join us. To purchase a seat, click the donate button at the top the right of

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