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Jul
7
Thu
#CancelPG&E — SF Press Conference and Hearing @ SF City Hall, Polk St. Steps
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the Reclaim Our Power coalition at a  press conference and hearing where San Francisco Supervisor Connie Chan will lead a resolution calling on Governor Newsom to #CancelPGE and initiate Golden State Energy, “a democratic alternative to California’s utility nightmare!”

Newsom has approved a plan to give PG&E permission to continue operating as it emerges from bankruptcy court. Environmental justice groups say this would be a “License to Burn.” They point out that a federal judge found PG&E responsible for causing “at least 31 wildfires, burning nearly 1.5 million acres, destroying nearly 24,000  structures and killing 113 Californians.”

Chan’s resolution calls on Newsom not to issue the planned certificate allowing PG&E to continue operating, and instead, to follow the process put in place by the bankruptcy court: to declare PG&E a failure and begin plans to create a new public benefit corporation, Golden State Energy, to take its place.

Reclaim Our Power writes:

“We need a new energy future, beyond PG&E, one that centers the lives of the Black, brown, disabled, low income, and other communities punished the most by this deadly, dirty, extractive, expensive energy utility.

“San Francisco Supervisors are joining with Reclaim Our Power to lead the way toward a safe, reliable, affordable,

Info/RSVP

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‘Presumed Guilty: How SCOTUS Empowered Police & Subverted Civil Rights’ Book Talk w/ AFJ @ Online
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Please join Alliance for Justice for a conversation with Berkeley Law Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, and ACLU National Board President, Deborah Archer.

RSVP: https://secure.everyaction.com/LbODdMaw9Eik0uc39PluAw2

For decades, the Supreme Court has knelt to police power, and communities of color have suffered disproportionate levels of harm and police violence as a result.

Apart from the brief decade during which the Warren Court narrowly expanded the rights of the accused, the Supreme Court has historically sided with police and enabled racist practices. The chipping away at those rights has caused too many to become victim to police brutality and violence.

Join a discussion with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on his most recent book, “Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered Police and Subverted Civil Rights”, and the Supreme Court’s compliance in expanding police violence.

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‘Presumed Guilty: How SCOTUS Empowered Police & Subverted Civil Rights’ Book Talk w/ AFJ @ Online
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please join Alliance for Justice for a conversation with Berkeley Law Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, and ACLU National Board President, Deborah Archer.

RSVP: https://secure.everyaction.com/LbODdMaw9Eik0uc39PluAw2

For decades, the Supreme Court has knelt to police power, and communities of color have suffered disproportionate levels of harm and police violence as a result.

Apart from the brief decade during which the Warren Court narrowly expanded the rights of the accused, the Supreme Court has historically sided with police and enabled racist practices. The chipping away at those rights has caused too many to become victim to police brutality and violence.

Join a discussion with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on his most recent book, “Presumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered Police and Subverted Civil Rights”, and the Supreme Court’s compliance in expanding police violence.

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Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission @ Online
Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85817209915

Relevant Agenda:

5. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – Annual Report (Automated License Plate Readers)
a. Review and take possible action on the annual report
6. Document Submission Proposal – Vice Chair Katz – Proposed policy regarding submission of documents to PAC by staff
a. Review and take possible action on proposed policy
7. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – Crime Lab DNA Instrumentation Policy
a. Review and take possible action on the proposed use policy
8. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – DVP – Apricot 360 database
a. Review and take possible action on Impact Report and proposed Use Policy
9. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – DOT – Mobile Parking Payment System
a. Review and take possible action on Impact Report and proposed Use Policy

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Jul
9
Sat
SLAP Oakland Ed Conf: Fight Against the Destruction of Public Education & Public Services
Jul 9 @ 7:50 pm – 8:50 pm
July 9 Conference Call
The Fight Against the Destruction of Public Education and Public Services
School Closures, Class Cuts, Privatization, Charters, and Union Busting ILWU Local 6 Hall, 99 Hegenberger Rd., Oakland, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.
Our public schools and community colleges are undergoing many-sided attacks. School sites are being shut down and turned over to “charter schools.” Devastating class cuts in the community colleges have accelerated during the pandemic. The longstanding underfunding of public education in California despite a massive budget surplus is outrageous.
Privatization is affecting public services and public workers as their jobs and the services they provide continue to be turned over to private contractors and non- profit organizations. The plan to turn over the Howard Terminal in the Port of Oakland to A’s billionaire John Fisher to build a sports stadium and expensive condos would devastate longshore workers and the port, and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions.
The time has come for students, parents, educators, and school staff—all of us and all workers—to stand up and fight back! Schools and Labor Against Privatization (SLAP) will be holding an educational conference on July 9 from 10 to 5. This will be a hybrid conference, vaccination and masking is required to attend in person, vaccination status checked at the door. To participate on zoom, email labormedia1 [at] gmail.com to register. Social media information coming later.
We seek to bring together educators, students, community members and trade unionists to share and discuss the growing attacks on our public schools, the privatization of public services, why this is happening and what to do about it.
Conference Panels
Morning session: 1. What is happening in Bay Area school districts?
2. Impact of the cuts on students.
3. Privatization of public services; the role of non-profits; Howard Terminal plans. Afternoon session: 4. The Big Picture. Why is public education being downsized despite a $97 billion state surplus? The role of FCMAT. Charter schools. The efforts to weaken unions and the role of union leadership. What are the alternatives?
5. Plenary: What is to be done? Proposals to be put forward and discussed.
For more information,
SLAP website at http://www.slapbayarea.org
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Jul
12
Tue
Public Banking: Sustaining Economic Equity for the Bay Area @ Online
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To achieve economic equity, we must prioritize investing our money into the wealth and health of local communities and the environment. Public banking is a promising strategy with a century-old history that can help us align how we spend our tax and fee dollars with the values and needs of our communities. A public bank is owned and controlled by the people of the city, state, or region it serves. Profits earned are recycled back into the local government, helping to support social services and economic development activities. It is capitalized by local public funds; providing financing for local businesses, housing, and infrastructure; and reinvesting profits back into the community.

The first and only functioning public bank in this country started in 1919 in North Dakota. In October 2019, California passed AB 857 signing public banks into law and providing another avenue for equitable investment in affordable housing, small business sustainability, greening communities, and more. An effort is now underway to open California’s first public bank, Public Bank East Bay, by 2023.  Northern California Grantmakers, San Francisco Foundation, and East Bay Community Foundation are pleased to invite you to an informational session on public banking and to share details of the Public Bank East Bay that will serve our region.

The session will center on an expert panel made up of David Chiu, San Francisco City Attorney and author of the 2019 California Public Banking Act; Eric Hardmeyer, retired CEO of the public Bank of North Dakota; Henry (Hank) Levy, Alameda County Treasurer; Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation; Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, CFO of the East Bay Community Foundation; David Cobb, Humboldt County, and George Syrop, Board Member of Friends of the Public Bank East Bay.

Speakers

Fred Blackwell, CEO, San Francisco Foundation
Fred Blackwell is the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country. The San Francisco Foundation works hand-in-hand with donors, community leaders, and both public and private partners to create thriving communities throughout the Bay Area. Since joining the foundation in 2014, Blackwell has led it in a renewed commitment to social justice through an equity agenda focused on racial and economic inclusion.  Blackwell, an Oakland native, is a nationally recognized community leader with a longstanding career in the Bay Area. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as interim city administrator for the city of Oakland, where he previously served as the assistant city administrator. He was the executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Development in San Francisco; he served as the director of the Making Connections Initiative for the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the Lower San Antonio neighborhood of Oakland; he was a Multicultural Fellow in Neighborhood and Community Development at The San Francisco Foundation; and he subsequently managed a multiyear comprehensive community initiative for the San Francisco Foundation in West Oakland.Blackwell serves on the board of the Independent Sector, the Bridgespan Group, the dean’s advisory council for UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and the community advisory council of the San Francisco Federal Reserve. He previously served on the boards of the California Redevelopment Association, Urban Habitat Program, NCG, LeaderSpring and Leadership Excellence. He is a visiting professor in the department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He holdsa master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Morehouse College.

David Chiu, City Attorney, San Francisco

David Chiu is the 15th City Attorney of San Francisco and the first Asian American to hold the post. The City Attorney’s Office provides legal counsel to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors and over 100 departments, boards, commissionsand offices that comprise the City and County of San Francisco’s government.Before becoming City Attorney, David represented eastern San Francisco for 7 years as a State Assemblymember, authoring 75 state laws and chairing the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Previously, as District 3 Supervisor, he served as the only President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors elected to that post for three consecutive terms. Beforeholding public office, David was a civil rights attorney, criminal prosecutor, Democratic Counsel to the US Senate Constitution Subcommittee, a Ninth Circuit law clerk, and general counsel to a public affairs technology company. The son of immigrants, hereceived his undergraduate, master’s in public policy and law degrees from Harvard.
Eric Hardmeyer, Former President and CEO, Bank of North Dakota
Eric Hardmeyer is a Mott, North Dakota, native, and a graduate of the University of North Dakota and the University of Mary. He joined the Bank of North Dakota in 1985 as a loan officer. In 2001, he was named president and CEO. He retired in 2021.

Hank Levy, Treasurer-Tax Collector, Alameda County

Hank Levy is a CPA who has served as Alameda County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector since 2017 with oversight over a $7 Billion public portfolio, half of which is utilized for Alameda County-based public schools. He collects $12 Billion annually in tax receipts from the State and County residents and businesses and is the sole Plan Officer and Trustee for public employee trust funds.
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl, CFO, East Bay Community Fundation
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl of Cherokee ancestry, is the CFO of East Bay Community Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate structural barriers and advance racial equity. In this role she brings her experience as a financial professional to lead initiatives focused on 100% mission alignment of portfolio investments, impact investing, racial equity, social justice, ESG and diverse manager selections. She is also a Co-Founderof Known Holdings, a financial services platform dedicated to equitable distribution of capital and CEO/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc. Red-Horse Mohl has more than 25 years of in-depth experience in the financial services industry with specific expertise in asset management and investment banking.Red-Horse Mohl has raised, structured, and managed over $4 billion in capital (primarily for Native American tribal clients) and currently holds seven FINRA registrations.Red-Horse Mohl is the former Executive Director/CEO of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of impact investing.She is also the CEO/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company focused on bringing important documentaries to the screen for which Red-Horse Mohl directs, produces, and writes.She is the Advisory Board Chair of Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and teaches two undergraduate courses on Entrepreneurship for Social Impact and Racial Equity at Stanford. She serves as Board Chair for the National Boys and Girls Clubs Native Services; and is Board Co-Chair of American Sustainable Business Network. Red-Horse Mohl has been married since 1982 to former NFL professional Curt Mohl and they have three children.

George Syrop, Board Member, Friends of the Public Bank East Bay

George is a community organizer born & based in Hayward. He served as a peer-counselor for the Berkeley Free Clinic. He’s designed tech tools for social workers, progressive causes and candidates. George founded the Hayward Community Coalition (HayCoCoa) which spurred a city-wide conversation around racial justice, public safety, and police spending. He is a Community Services Commissioner for Hayward and a candidate for Hayward City Council.

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Jul
14
Thu
CA Prison Closure Campaign @ Online
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a CA Prison Closure Campaign Info Session – “Building Power Across Walls to #CloseCAPrisons”!

Why are Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB) and Critical Resistance (CR) fighting to close 10 prisons by 2025?  What are we doing to ensure that we win and that resources are being invested in the life-affirming infrastructure all of our communities need for true safety and sustainability? Want to know how to get involved?

Join us for Building Power Across Walls to #CloseCAPrisons, an online information session about the CA Prison Closure Campaign. We will share an overview of the campaign, share recent updates, and discuss in-depth how to get involved in the fight to close prisons in California, and build vibrant communities across the state.
Register for the event here and read more about the campaign on our website.

If you have access needs, such as language interpretation, please email courtney@womenprisoners.org by Thursday, July 7, so we can do our best to accommodate!

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Jul
15
Fri
Climate, Equity, and Race, United Actions: Ecological Protection. @ Online
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join the Bay Area Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force for the first in its third summit series, Climate, Equity, and Race, United Actions.  The topic is Ecological Protection.

Facebook page

Register here

Summit Schedule:

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Land Acknowledgement

Corrina Gould, Tribal spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan & Co-Founder, Sogorea Te’ Land Trust

Welcome

Cheryl Davila, Chair of CEMTF/ Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley

Keynote speaker

Marcy Winograd, Code Pink, speaking about the military and climate

10– 11:00 AM Petrochemicals. Plastics and Climate

  • Ben Schleifer and Sarah Packer or Andrea Braswell. Center for Environmental Health
  • Carol Kiatkowski, Green Science Policy Institute

11:05 – 11:50 AM Deforestation and the Threat of Wildfire

  • Maya Khosla—Wildlife Biologist and Filmmaker
  • Greg Simon–Author of Flame and Fortune in the American West, about the 1991 Oakland fire

11:50 Announcements about coming summit events

 

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Jul
16
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group: The Red Deal – Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth @ Online
Jul 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com a few days beforehand for the the online invite.

For July, 2022 we’re reading The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth,
by The Red Nation, Amazon, Common Notions.

All are welcome!

When the Red Nation released their call for a Red Deal, it generated coverage in places from Teen Vogue to Jacobin to the New Republic, was endorsed by the DSA, and has galvanized organizing and action. Now, in response to popular demand, the Red Nation expands their original statement filling in the histories and ideas that formed it and forwarding an even more powerful case for the actions it demands. 

One-part visionary platform, one-part practical toolkit, the Red Deal is a platform that encompasses everyone, including non-Indigenous comrades and relatives who live on Indigenous land. We—Indigenous, Black and people of color, women and trans folks, migrants, and working people—did not create this disaster, but we have inherited it. We have barely a decade to turn back the tide of climate disaster. It is time to reclaim the life and destiny that has been stolen from us and rise up together to confront this challenge and build a world where all life can thrive. Only mass movements can do what the moment demands. Politicians may or may not follow–it is up to them–but we will design, build, and lead this movement with or without them.

The Red Deal is a call for action beyond the scope of the US colonial state. It’s a program for Indigenous liberation, life, and land—an affirmation that colonialism and capitalism must be overturned for this planet to be habitable for human and other-than-human relatives to live dignified lives. The Red Deal is not a response to the Green New Deal, or a “bargain” with the elite and powerful. It’s a deal with the humble people of the earth; a pact that we shall strive for peace and justice and a declaration that movements for justice must come from below and to the left. 

Strike Debt Bay Area hosts this non-technical book group discussion monthly on new and radical economic thinking. Previous readings have included Doughnut EconomicsLimitsBanking on the PeopleCapital and Its Discontents, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, The Deficit Myth,  Revenge Capitalism, the Edge of Chaos blog symposium , Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Optimist’s TelescopeMission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, Exploring Degrowth, The Origin of Wealth, Mine!, The Dawn of Everything and A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things.

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Hip Hop and Civil Rights @ Online
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Hip Hop and Social Justice Symposium

About this event

Members of NWA and World Class Wreckin Cru and Chris Clarke (Shock G on “All Eyez on Me”) are promoting their new books and are joined by social justice organizations to discuss the intersectionality of hip hop and the civil rights movement.

Performances, Meet and Greet, DJ Tribute and After Party to follow.

Confirmed Organizations:

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

ACLU NorCal

NAACP Nor Cal

NorCal Resist

Neighbor Program

Vanguard Media

Music by Lions in Paris

Video by Cisco Kuhl

Photography by Danzo Photography

Collaboration with Twelves Wax Records

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