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Jul
18
Thu
Rally to Get Coal Out of Richmond! @ City Hall steps
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Rally and Press Conference: 5:30 PM
Planning Commission meeting: 6:30 PM

Come support Richmond residents suffering from health problems aggravated by coal and petroleum coke dust! Turn out for a key rally before the Planning Commission meets to consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance, which prohibits new coal operations on private land in the city, prevents existing facilities from expanding, and provides for a graduated phase-out of coal operations.

We are urging the Planning Commission to recommend approval of this ordinance with a phase-out period of three years. A three-year phase-out will safeguard terminal workers’ jobs and allow the terminal enough time to convert their operations to safer bulk commodities. The commission’s recommendation will then go before the City Council in September.

This ordinance is designed with a rock-solid legal basis for getting rid of coal. It relies on the city’s police powers to regulate businesses in the interest of residents’ health and safety.

If you are a Richmond resident and want to speak at the hearing, please contact action@sunflower-alliance.org and put “Planning Commission testimony” in the subject line. This is your chance to voice your experience, or that of family members, of suffering health problems such as asthma and COPD.

If you live outside Richmond, come to support Richmond residents — and to help stop one of only three coal-export terminals on the West Coast. Exporting coal enables climate catastrophe!

No Coal in Richmond has collected 1,600 signatures on a letter to the City Council urging them to act to end coal and petroleum coke handling and storage at the Levin-Richmond Terminal. We already suffer from the areas’s highest levels of asthma and other health problems caused by bad air quality.

To read the ordinance and learn more about the health effects of coal and petroleum coke dust, please visit the No Coal in Richmond website: https://ncir.weebly.com/.

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Jul
19
Fri
VIGIL FOR CHELSEA, JULIAN AND ALL OUR HEROIC WHISTLE BLOWERS
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

EVERY FRIDAY
MACARTHUR AND FRUITVALE OAKLAND CA.

Ok, folks, here’s the deal: the Main stream media (MSM) is so full of lies, it’s got the masses confused!!  There’s only a few places we can get the truth.

Chelsea and Julian, were two of the most important WHISTLE BLOWERS to tell the truth about USA’s illegal, immoral WARS. That’s why our “US leadership” wants them dead. USA is the largest TERRORIST country in history, killing, wounding, and forcing immigration on millions of folks all over the world!!

To us, saving Chelsea and Julian is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! They told us the truth about the wars! And all the NEW MACARTHYISM.  is due to blaming Julian for being a puppet of Russia.  So much of all our issues stem from the honesty of Chelsea and Julian!! That’s why our govt. wants to kill them!

Please join us Fridays at our vigil/demo/music/potluck  at MacArthur and Fruitvale, and if you know other organizations around the state and the country, contact them and encourage them to organize to protect Chelsea and Julian as well!! We have some pretty good posters, but also bring your own. Thanks. gg and Orion

VIRAL CHELSEA 2 MIN VIDEO TO ABOLISH ICE

https://youtube/R7qpQGGQqa8

AFTER U WATCH THE VIRAL VIDEO  PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TO CHELSEA (only hand written and no post cards no pictures do not write any thing on the outside of the letter to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning
William G. Truedale Adult Detention Center
2001 MILL ROAD
ALEXANDRIA VA 22314

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Living Wage Coalition Annual Awards Dinner – Dave Welsh @ SEIU Local 1021 Hall
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Webinar: How Can I Support Migrants Coming to the Bay Area? @ On the Internet
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The images are jarring. Immigrant kids in cages. No room to lie down. No running water. Immigrant detention centers are the concentration camps of our time. Our duty is to #Closethecamps and give respite to and welcome those who have had to endure them. Join SURJ-BA and the Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Project for an informative “webinar” t find out how you can sponsor (host) and/or accompany folks who have arrived in the current migratory wave.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please download the free Zoom app.

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Jul
20
Sat
Laborfest: W.P.A. Berkeley Walk @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WPA Berkeley Walk

This walk will explore the “New Deal nexus” in Berkeley that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, the old UC Press Building (now being repurposed as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the old Farm Credit Building. The tour will also include the incredible mosaic mural on the UC Berkeley campus, photographs of the California Folk Music Project, Western Museum Laboratory, WPA prints at the Berkeley Public Library, and WPA projects on the UC Berkeley campus.

See also: http://www.newdeallegacy.org

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Webinar: How Can I Support Migrants Coming to the Bay Area? @ On the Internet
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The images are jarring. Immigrant kids in cages. No room to lie down. No running water. Immigrant detention centers are the concentration camps of our time. Our duty is to #Closethecamps and give respite to and welcome those who have had to endure them. Join SURJ-BA and the Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Project for an informative “webinar” t find out how you can sponsor (host) and/or accompany folks who have arrived in the current migratory wave.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please download the free Zoom app.

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Speak out for immigrant rights! @ BART plaza
Jul 20 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us to speak out against the outrageous detention of child migrants, and the torturous concentration camps along the border.

Let them in — full rights for all immigrants!

The workers’ struggle has no borders!

Down with U.S. imperialism in Latin America!

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Jul
21
Sun
Alternatives to Policing 4: Transformative Justice @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

How do we respond to violence within our own communities without relying on the police, prisons or other state systems? This event will offer a basic introduction to and overview of the core concepts of transformative justice. It will be a space for participants to learn about transformative justice and how to begin thinking about community-based responses to violence. We will also cover the concept of “pods” from the BATJC. This will be an educational event with a Q&A.

We ask for a sliding scale donation of any amount to support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

The workshop will be led by Mia Mingus from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. Mia is a writer, public speaker, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer physically disabled korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee from the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependency and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love. As her work for liberation evolves and deepens, her roots remain firmly planted in ending sexual violence.

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP SERIES

A growing coalition of organizations in the Bay Area is coming together to explore alternatives to calling the police to our campuses and into our neighborhoods. Over the coming year, we will be offering a series of workshops to explore alternatives to calling the police. Some of these workshops, like this one, will provide deepening analysis and a grounding in alternative ways of thinking about community safety. Others will provide practical skills. All of them will lift up a transformative justice framework and emphasize the importance of self care.

The Coalition includes First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Agape Fellowship, Qal’bu Maryam, Jewish Voice for Peace, Skyline Community Church, Oakland Peace Center, Oakland LBGTQ Community Center, the Omni Collective, and Black Organizing Project. We are eager to partner with additional organizations so please contact us if you are interested!

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BALPA Picnic at Aquatic Park @ Aquatic Park, South of Dreamland Kids Park and South of the end of Bolivar Dr.
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Folks from the Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance will be convening once again for a grill on Sunday the 21st this month; we’re trying to make this a monthly event. If you’d like to join the festivities, feel free to come on down. And if you’re able to bring something to contribute to the food we’ll have there, it will be greatly appreciated, but don’t let it stop you from joining us if you don’t have something to bring.

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Santa Rita jail support @ Lake Merritt BART
Jul 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us in offering hot food, drinks, snacks, and solidarity to releasees and visitors at Santa Rita Jail!

Sign up here: https://forms.gle/MD3k85stxBkWTfL4A

Prisons function to repress, warehouse and extract labor from those that our state deems “criminal”, primarily those of us who are Black, poor, or mentally ill. We believe that solidarity is a weapon of resistance, and that we must respond to the basic needs of our community while also confronting state terror.

In honor of Dujuan Armstrong Jr. who entered Santa Rita Jail for a weekend sentence and never came home, we’re providing material support and direct care to folks at Santa Rita Jail as a small but meaningful way to address the harm caused by incarceration in our community. We do not positively engage with the racist pigs who work at the jail, as they are willing agents of the state that criminalizes and incarcerates us.

We’d love to see you there! Meet us outside of the Lake Merritt BART station at 4pm – we’ll drive out to the jail together from there. All are welcome, no experience required. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/MD3k85stxBkWTfL4A

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BLACK: 400 Years in America Film Series: Black Utopia @ Omni Commons
Jul 21 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

Free public cultural film series centered on the historic commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans brought to British North America. The series will feature a monthly film screening over 7 months, from February 2019 for Black History Month, through August 2019.

Food at 4:30pm
Film at 5pm

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Jul
22
Mon
Tax the Rich Singalong with Occupella @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OCCUPELLA will be singing at the TAX THE RICH RALLY EVERY MONDAY from 5-6 on upper Solano Ave. in front of the (closed) Oaks Theater. Songbooks are provided.

(We’ll also be LEADING SONGS ON JULY 13 at NOON in Civic Center Park (across from Berkeley High and old City Hall). The City of Berkeley will officially recognize the human rights abuses at the border.)

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From West Virginia to Oakland: A Panel Discussion with Eric Blanc @ Babelab
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

East Bay DSA is proud to host author Eric Blanc and OEA  2nd Vice President Chastity Garcia for a panel discussion and Q&A on July 22 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Educators across the country are rising up against low pay, privatization, and austerity. Former high school teacher Eric Blanc has been on the ground reporting on this historic upsurge for The Nation, Jacobin, and The Guardian. His new book “Red State Revolt” describes the inspiring story of the teachers’ strike wave and analyzes why it points the way forward for all working people. Join us for a discussion of the strikes — from West Virginia, to Arizona, to Oakland — and their lessons for today’s struggles to defend our schools and public services for all.

Please join us from 6-7pm for an informal meet and greet, mingling, and refreshments!

Accessibility Information: 2nd Floor, accessible by stairs only

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Jul
24
Wed
Hold PG&E Accountable! @ Various
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Public Utilities Commission: Hold PG&E Accountable!

PG&E’s negligence has caused fires that killed dozens of Californians. Now they want to make us pay for their negligence. PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission  (CPUC) for permission to raise our rates to pay their expenses for liability payments and for the safety measures they were supposed to be doing all along.

According to the district court judge overseeing PG&E’s probation for its felony criminal convictions, PG&E “pumped out $4.5 billion in profits and let the tree [trimming] budget wither.” They have not yet paid anything to victims of the Camp Fire — but they found $204,800 to contribute to Gov. Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign

Tell the CPUC to stop the rate hikes and hold PG&E accountable! Join The Utility Reform Network, the No PG&E Bailout Coalition, and others at CPUC hearings on the proposed rate hikes. The CPUC will hold these hearings throughout the PG&E service area in July in August. In the Bay Area:

San Francisco, July 9, 1 PM
CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave.
* Webcast: www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc
* Listen-only phone line: 1-877-937-0554, passcode: 7031793

Oakland, July 24, 1 PM and 6 PM
Elihu M. Harris State Office Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St.,

Santa Rosa, July 31, 1 PM and 6 PM
Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chamber, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.
* Webcast: www.youtube.com/user/CityofSantaRosa or www.facebook.com/CityofSantaRosa
* Listen-only phone line: 1-877-937-0554, passcode: 7031793
* Santa Rosa residents will also be able to view the broadcast through the television on the Government Channels (Comcast 28 or AT&T 72)

Complete list of hearings here

To get more info and take action online:

The Utility Reform Network petition demanding no PG&E rate hikes before holding PG&E fully accountable for its negligence.

No PG&E Bailout petition demanding
* No public bailout of PG&E and other private monopoly utilities
* Public takeover of the monopoly utilities’ electricity grid infrastructure
* Implement a climate-justice model for development of clean energy resources
* Make the California Public Utilities Commission accountable to its mandate to protect the public.

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Jul
25
Thu
Film screening – Tapped @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join us for July’s monthly potluck and free movie at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center.

In light of the global Plastic Free July movement, we are going to watch Tapped (1 hr, 15 min) and additional clips about the plastic pollution crisis.

Tapped looks into the effects of plastic bottled water on issues such as pollution, human health and climate change. Plastic bottles ideally can be recycled but many of them end up in landfills or the ocean where they pose a threat to marine life. Also presented is an overwhelming amount of evidence that will change the way anyone thinks about bottled versus municipal water.

Since China’s ban on most plastic import, our plastic waste has been flooding Southeast Asian countries that lack the capacity to manage such amount. And yet more plastics are being manufactured as the industries want to educate us that recycling, instead of avoiding waste at its source, is the key solution to single-use petrochemical products although our recycling management is inadequate to catch up with the rate the plastic waste is being produced.

Join us and explore how our reliance on single-use disposable products leave us swimming in plastic pollution. Bring some food to share…and…your own re-usable foodware if you can.

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Jul
26
Fri
Film Screening: ‘Our Island’s Treasure’ (Okinawa) @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

EastSide Arts Alliance, the Global Uchinanchu Alliance (GUA) and the Okinawa Kenjinkai Study Group (OKSG) present:
Final Fridays Films of Solidarity & Resistance
“Our Island’s Treasure”

film screening, Q and A with the filmmaker, and yuntaku/talk story

Have you heard about what’s been going on in Henoko, Okinawa? What is #RiseForHenoko? Maybe you’ve heard about how local residents have been protesting the building of a new U.S. military base in Oura Bay? The ongoing landfill work to create this base is destroying thousand-year-old coral reef structures, and threatens the aquatic life in the bay, including the Dugong, a manatee-like marine mammal that is close to extinction.

Maybe you’ve heard about the February 2019 Okinawan prefectural referendum, where 71.7% of Okinawans voted in opposition to the new base? Despite the democratic opposition of the indigenous Okinawans, the Japanese government continues to push forward with the land reclamation process.

A lack of U.S. media attention has meant that most people in the United States don’t know about the social and environmental crisis in Okinawa that worsens every day. Teenaged filmmaker Kaiya Yonamine created a documentary this year to shed light on what’s going on. She explains on her website, https://www.riseforhenoko.com:

My name is Kaiya, and I am a 17-year old Okinawan-American high school student from Portland, Oregon. I recently went back to Henoko this spring because I was frustrated with the silence of the media around this crisis.

I wanted to make a documentary to show the world what’s happening. My documentary, “Our Island’s Treasure,” focuses on the current destruction of the beautiful Okinawan ocean in Henoko and the fight by native Uchinanchu people to protect it. Please help spread awareness.

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Jul
27
Sat
Reel Stories Film Festival @ Albany Twin Theater
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

You’re invited to the Reel Stories June Film Festival!

July 27th location is the California Theater, 2113 Kittredge, Berkeley, CA.

Reel Stories teaches young women and non-binary youth ages 12-18 how to create a film in only 10 days.  Institute and Beginner 1 filmmakers are debuting their films June 29th. Join us for the Reel Stories Film Festival and support the next generation of filmmakers!

 

Reel Stories believes that when women and non-binary people are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Reel Stories is a non-profit Oakland-based organization that empowers young women and non-binary people with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field.

More info and tickets here.

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Anarchist Gathering 2019
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Anarchist gathering 2019! Featuring speakers, poets, workshops, a fashion show, bands, and more!

Workshop- “What We Can Learn From Other Movements”: Images and stories of the Black Panther Party in South Berkeley by Billy X Jennings from 4pm-5pm

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Jul
28
Sun
350 Bay Area Climate Activism Picnic @ Pine Knoll Park (between E. 18th St. and Hanover Ave)
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join 350 Bay Area for an interactive, informative, and just plain fun afternoon celebrating its community of esteemed members, volunteers and donors.

Activities include:

  • Picking up your FREE T-SHIRT (must RSVP for this) – These shirts help us find each other at events and send the message that we are united in our concern and determination.  They are great conversation starters about the urgent climate situation we find ourselves in.
  • Chalk art contest.
  • Making activist art to use at events.
  • Chatting with fellow climate activists about how we go forward.
  • Chilling under our EZ up and/or in hammocks.
  • Snacking on chips and dip – Bring a chip or dip if you like (vegan or vegetarian items only).  But picnic planners will provide a lot, so feel free to just bring yourself and friends.
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Anarchist Gathering 2019
Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Anarchist gathering 2019! Featuring speakers, poets, workshops, a fashion show, bands, and more!

Workshop- “What We Can Learn From Other Movements”: Images and stories of the Black Panther Party in South Berkeley by Billy X Jennings from 4pm-5pm

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