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Oct
21
Sat
Single-Payer Canvass, South Berkeley – DSA @ RSVP for address
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RSVP for address

The campaign for single-payer healthcare is gaining momentum, but we still have a lot of work to do. Only by going door-to-door in every neighborhood in every district can we build a movement large enough to overwhelm the money that the private insurance companies will throw against it.

By talking to our neighbors about how joining the campaign for single-payer healthcare can benefit them and the people they know, we also strengthen our capacity to articulate the daily anxieties and traumas inflicted on all of us by capitalism into a socialist agenda to dismantle the perverse system of capitalism.

If you that sounds like the kind of structure you want to help build, come out to one of our district canvassing events. You can be an experienced canvasser or totally new to canvassing. Training, lunch, and materials will be provided.

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Indian Land Forever, Reflecting Alcatraz Art Exhibit @ Intertribal Friendship House
Oct 21 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Through art, photos, music, poetry and video, native artists help to educate the public about indigenous peoples’ efforts to recognize and protect their lands and rights. With work by many native artists, Dignidad Rebelde &#HonorNativeLand.

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Support Black Trans Liberation! – House Party!
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Support Black Trans Liberation! SURJ Queer and Trans Committee House Party to Benefit TGIJP

Save the Date! The Queer and Trans Committee of SURJ Bay Area is throwing a party, and you’re invited!

Please join us in eating, drinking, and dancing to support TGI Justice Project. We’ll be celebrating and fundraising to support the critical work TGI Justice Project does to make our communities safer for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex folks of color. We’ll also be discussing what white folks can do to be in solidarity with Black Trans Liberation — and how important it is for us as white people to move our resources and make reparations to support this work — so invite your friends!

Please RSVP here: http://www.surjbayarea.org/qt_houseparty

Can’t make it? Please donate here: http://www.tgijp.org/donate.html

More details to come! Please email queertrans@surjbayarea.org with accessibility questions.

Read more about TGI Justice Project’s work here: http://www.tgijp.org/

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Oct
22
Sun
SURJ Direct Action Training
Oct 22 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Are you interested in direct action but just don’t know how to go about it? Are you ready to know the ins and outs of participating in blockades and protests while also learning about how to handle police interactions? Do you want to learn how to be at actions in a way that is accountable to and working in solidarity with people of color- led groups?

Now is an important moment in the movement. The white supremacists are openly mobilizing in the Bay Area and the state has an active strategy of criminalizing dissent. This is a critical time to develop our skills and be in community with each other.

Join SURJ Bay Area in our Direct Action Training workshop dedicated to teaching you the framework and the hard skills needed to participate in direct actions for racial justice. This interactive workshop is designed to give you real-time experiences of being in an action and dealing with police and white supremacist interactions. It also aims to build an understanding of direct action from the perspective of white people centering Black and POC voices in the movement for racial justice.

Space is limited to 60 people per workshop and you must pre-register to attend.

Cost: The workshop has a suggested donation of $10 – $25 to cover event expenses, and support future organizing within SURJ Bay Area and our partner organizations. No one turned away for lack of funds – please contact mobilization@surjbayarea.org with ticket requests or questions. Lunch and light snacks will be provided.

Materials: Please take a moment if you have not already done so to familiarize yourself with the SURJ Mission, Vision and Values (http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/about). Also, another document that guides a lot of our work is the BASAT Protocol and Principles for White People Working to Support the Black Liberation Movement (https://baysolidarity.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/protocolandprinciples/).

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms are ADA compliant. Please refrain from wearing perfume or heavily scented products our of respect for people with chemical sensitivities. There will *not* be sign language interpretation during the workshop, however, HOH folks will be accommodated with prioritized seating during group discussions and participatory activities. Inform people from our SURJ team, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

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Rally: the powerful momentum the progressive movement has built here in California @ Sproul Plaza
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

COME OUT to Sproul Plaza this Sunday to hear from Jovanka Beckles and fellow progressive candidate Nurse Dotty Nygard who is running for Congress in CD 10!

On the same steps where CAL Berkeley students launched the Free Speech Movement in the 1960’s, Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles and Congressional District 10 candidate Nurse Dotty Nygard will talk about the powerful momentum the progressive movement has built here in California. United across the state, progressive candidates are in positions to bring true change to the State and Country!

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FOLK FIGHTS BACK – A BENEFIT FOR THE ELLA BAKER CENTER @ The Back Room
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Folk Fights Back Bay Area is proud to present a benefit for Racial Justice, to support the Ella Baker Center – featuring The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol, the KTO Project, Evie Ladin’s MoToR/dance, Austin Willacy, Cascada de Flores and the Oakland Youth Chorus. FFB-BA takes pride in presenting a diversity of Folk Music from/for our Bay Area communities.

https://backroommusic.com/events
https://www.facebook.com/folkfightsback

Folk Fights Back is a nationwide musician-led organization that seeks to raise awareness for critical issues in today’s political climate, and fund local organizations actively fighting for social and political change through simultaneous concerts in cities across the US. Founded by Rachel Baiman, Kaitlyn Raitz and Lily Henley in Nashville, concerts are volunteer-powered every few months. FFB Bay Area is spearheaded by Michael Rufo and Evie Ladin.”

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The Ecology Center Fall Film Series: Princess Mononoke @ Ecology Center
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

We are excited to announce our Fall Film Series at the Ecology Center! In an effort to open up our space to the community, while providing an accessible format for fostering discussions around the various climate issues we cover, we will be hosting free monthly screenings of select films at our Ecology Center store.

Check out a new film, or one of your favorites, with other members of the community for a fun-filled and family-friendly evening. All screenings are free and open to the public (and include free popcorn!).


Princess Mononoke (1997)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 2:13

Kicking off the Ecology Center film series is Princess Mononoke, from legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli team. This A classic animated film that explores the relationship between human activity and the environment through heavy symbolism to highlight the need for sustainable practices and greater consideration of the environment in day-to-day life. Miyazaki crafts a captivating tale of man vs. nature, where the exploitation of natural resources leads to the manifestation of deadly beasts that threaten an all out war between a mining village and the creatures of the forest.

Themes: Sustainability

Preview Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OiMOHRDs14

Future Showings and Event Links:

October 22nd: Chasing Ice

November 19th: King Corn

December 17th: Wall-E

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Liberated Lens film night and fundraiser: “October” by Sergei Eisenstein @ Omni Commons ballroom
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

 

In commemoration of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, Liberated Lens is hosting a viewing of the classic feature film October by Sergei Eisenstein.  October was commissioned in 1927 for the tenth anniversary of the world-historic 1917 workers’ revolution and is based on the first-hand account of American journalist John Reed’s book, Ten Days That Shook the World.

Liberated Lens is committed to bringing to the conscious public the very best films available to stimulate your intellect, lift your spirits, and stiffen your backbone. As usual, there will be a discussion following the film.

$5 notaflof, but this event will also be a fundraiser for our collective.  Dinner and drinks will be sold starting at 6:30pm, film starts at 7:30pm. Please buy dinner in advance if you can, so we can prepare: visit our Eventbrite page. If you can’t attend in person but would like to help with our fundraising effort, we also have a “donation” ticketing option. Thank you!

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Oct
23
Mon
Medicare for All in California – Rally in Sacramento @ State Capitol
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The movement for Medicare for All in California continues! Join us in Sacramento on October 23rd and 24th to rally in support for SB 562 at the State Capitol during the Select Committee Hearing on Healthcare.

Instead of moving SB 562 forward,  Speaker Rendon has blocked the democratic process by stalling the bill, and created a “Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage,” with absolutely no legislative authority. The first select committee hearings will be held on these 2 days in Sacramento with apparently little time scheduled for public comment.

We will hold rallies on the North Steps of the State Capitol building from 11am  12pm to urge legislators move SB 562 forward without delay. Join us and bring a friend or two!

 

Medicare for All activists made history last weekend in California!  We organized over 100 grassroots actions in ALL 80 Assembly Districts statewide and hundreds of volunteers spent the entire weekend knocking on doors, collecting petition signatures and making phone calls to their local Assemblymembers and CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.  We spoke with over ten thousand of our neighbors to build support for guaranteed healthcare for all Californians and to urge our elected officials to move SB 562, the Healthy California Act, forward in the legislature.

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Divest the Globe @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world’s largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People’s rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and many more. Mazaska Talks is calling on indigenous people and allies everywhere to join us for 3 days of mass global action that make it clear to the banks: Financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples will result in a massive global divestment movement.

Join us in a prayer circle in front of Oakland city hall at 11:30 a.m. where we will gather together for a teach in, round dance, and a prayerful walk with opportunities for people to divest from banks. Please come with positive intentions and willingness to learn about the importance of divestment and a refresh about the Standing Rock movement.

Idle No More SF Bay, DOME (defenders of mother earth) Huichin, SF Defund DAPL and others including around the globe invites you to join us October 23rd for an afternoon teach in and prayer walk to #DivesttheGlobe

Are you still waiting on the right moment to divest yourself from these banks? This action will give you that opportunity to divest yourself as we will be having a “bank of shame” walk to Citibank, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase banks to do so. We are here to support you during this transition and will have members from credit unions and benifical banks from Oakland to teach us more about these community based banks.

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Divest the Globe Huichin @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world’s largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to vote on a policy that upholds indigenous people’s right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent  (FPIC) to allow or disallow projects on their lands. These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and more. As Energy Transfer (the company behind DAPL) made clear in their lawsuit against Greenpeace and others,

DIVESTMENT WORKS.

There is a coalition working on divestment in Huichin (East Bay of San Francisco). Join us in a prayer circle outside of the plaza in front of Oakland city hall. Many active environmental/social justice members and organizations will gather together for a teach in, round dance, and a prayerful walk with opportunities for people to divest from banks listed above that day.

For more information please contact inmsfbay@gmail.com

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Tax the Rich rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing songs with Ocupella and hold signs, use a sign created by Tax the Rich or create your own on the GOP-Trump tax plan.

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OccupyForum: America’s colonial history in Puerto Rico @ The Black and Brown Social Club
Oct 23 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
OccupyForum presents
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

How America’s colonial history
in Puerto Rico is reflected in its current political and economic crises,
and how shock doctrine policy threatens us all

In Texas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still operating

50 Disaster Recovery Centers to help residents recovering from Hurricane Harvey. In Florida, FEMA is running 18 Disaster Recovery Centers to help residents there after Hurricane Irma. In Puerto Rico 83% of the people living there – all U.S. citizens – remain without power after being hit by Hurricane Maria. But Trump threatened Thursday to withdraw FEMA, the military and other federal officials from the struggling island. “We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders in P.R. forever!” he tweeted. It had been 22 daays since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.

To characterize Trump’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico vs. his response to the same in Texas as “racist” is a foregone conclusion. But to better understand the U.S./Puerto Rico relationship helps us to understand the “Shock Doctrine” politics   that threaten us all. As we have seen in a rapidly growing number of circumstances, when colonialism, imperialism, racism, free market capitalism, (including debt crisis), and climate change converge, the population is left reeling and vulnerable to man-made disaster.

Indeed, at a news conference last week, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló warned that without significant help, “millions” could leave for the U.S. mainland.

“You’re not going to get hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans moving to the States  you’re going to get millions,” Rosselló said. “You’re going to get millions, creating a devastating demographic shift for us here in Puerto Rico.” The draconian immigration policies introduced by the Trump regime are the icing on the cake.

OccupyForum will be led by our frequent contributor Professor George Wright, who will take us through Puerto Rican-American relations up to the present, and help us understand the warning signs for us all.

Time will be allotted for announcements. Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away

http://www.msnbc.com/nerding-out/watch/america-s-fraught-history-with-puerto-rico-494366787773

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Film: Dolores @ New Parkway Theater
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dolores

Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country’s first farm worker’s union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.

(95 Minutes)

The New Parkway – Theater 2
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Oct
24
Tue
Medicare for All in California – Rally in Sacramento @ State Capitol
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The movement for Medicare for All in California continues! Join us in Sacramento on October 23rd and 24th to rally in support for SB 562 at the State Capitol during the Select Committee Hearing on Healthcare.

Instead of moving SB 562 forward,  Speaker Rendon has blocked the democratic process by stalling the bill, and created a “Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage,” with absolutely no legislative authority. The first select committee hearings will be held on these 2 days in Sacramento with apparently little time scheduled for public comment.

We will hold rallies on the North Steps of the State Capitol building from 11am  12pm to urge legislators move SB 562 forward without delay. Join us and bring a friend or two!

 

Medicare for All activists made history last weekend in California!  We organized over 100 grassroots actions in ALL 80 Assembly Districts statewide and hundreds of volunteers spent the entire weekend knocking on doors, collecting petition signatures and making phone calls to their local Assemblymembers and CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.  We spoke with over ten thousand of our neighbors to build support for guaranteed healthcare for all Californians and to urge our elected officials to move SB 562, the Healthy California Act, forward in the legislature.

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“Beyond the Messy Truth, How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.” @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM present:

Advance tickets: $15: brownpapertickets.com T: 800-838-3006  or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

“We should all be listening to Van Jones… His vision for American politics calls forward the best of who we are, so that we can engage with humanity and solve real problems together.”
—Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

 “Those of us who truly believe in the power of love and aloha welcome Beyond the Messy Truth with open arms, in the hope that it will be read by those from all parts of the country and all points on the political spectrum. This book will help start conversations and bring people together to find common ground and work toward a better America.”
—Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. congress- woman, Hawaii

“Whether you agree or disagree with him, Van Jones’s voice has become an integral part of our national political debate. He is one of the most provocative and interesting political figures in the country.”
— Senator Bernie Sanders

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Jones founded the social justice accelerator the Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award, and he has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

David Talbot is an American progressive journalist, author and media executive. He is the founder, former CEO and editor-in-chief of one of the first web magazines, Salon, which he founded in 1995, Talbot has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for The San Francisco Examiner, and has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. His other books include Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Devil Dog, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, and the recent The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA,and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.

Signed copies of The Messy Truth will be available for purchase.

KPFA benefit

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VAN JONES “Beyond the Messy Truth, How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.” @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Jones founded the social justice accelerator the Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award, and he has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

David Talbot is an American progressive journalist, author and media executive. He is the founder, former CEO and editor-in-chief of one of the first web magazines, Salon, which he founded in 1995, Talbot has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for The San Francisco Examiner, and has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. His other books include Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Devil Dog, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, and the recent The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA,and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.

Signed copies of The Messy Truth will be available for purchase.

KPFA benefit

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Oct
25
Wed
Usher in the rise of coops in Richmond! @ Rich City Rides Bike Skate Cooperative Shop
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and controlled by the people who work in them. Coops provide a promising way for communities to create good, dignified jobs; and in the Bay Area, coops such as Arizmendi are long-standing community institutions.

Under the mayorship of Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond promoted coops in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis by creating a position to support the development of coops. Today, a relatively new organization, Cooperation Richmond, is continuing that mission by providing a range of services, including education, “matchmaking” for prospective cooperative starters and co-owners, coaching and a loan fund.

Want to learn more about how coops strengthen Richmond’s economy, or interested in joining/starting a coop yourself?  Join Cooperation Richmond – happy hour libations and snacks will be provided!

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Oct
26
Thu
A History of Fascism: Lessons for Today’s Anti-Fascist Resistance @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the National Lawyer’s Guild San Francisco Bay Area
for our October community-membership meeting.

In the United States and internationally fascism is on the rise and with it growing anti-fascist opposition. Explicitly and implicitly fascist parties and individuals are in the highest levels of government while vigilante forces are enacting racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic violence.

Furthermore, elements of the right-wing government and local and federal police forces are make false equations between fascist and anti-fascist action and collaborating to target anti-fascists and calling for vigilante protection of elected officials. From the rise of today’s fascism in Japan and Korea to Hindtuva to Europe to Black resistance in the United States, panelists will offer histories and current assessments of fascism and resistance. The discuss will focus on lessons for today’s strategies of opposition to fascism and white supremacy.

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The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan @ Ecology Center
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Join us for a fascinating slideshow presentation with Andy Couturier, author of the newly released book, The Abundance of Less. In his photos and essays, Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in ten profiles of ordinary-yet-exceptional-men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Space is limited, RSVP here.

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