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Aug
20
Sun
Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Aug 20 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for a potluck lunch followed by our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. Lots going on, lots to talk about — what’s happening, and what we’re doing to stop fossil fuels from doing any more damage. New people encouraged to join us! We need your participation and your voice.

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Aug
21
Mon
Eternal Summer Back-to-School Happy Hour @ Starline Social Club
Aug 21 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event here. Please share widely!

Calling all teachers, educators and anyone else with those first day of school blues! Come pick up a drink for a rad cause. 15% of all bar proceeds go directly to support the work of Critical Resistance. @SUP! TV Street Food from 6pm onward. Starline kitchen open from 3-6pm on.

– Free screenings of CR’s new “Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex” video series & learn how to bring the video + curriculum into your classroom
– Free copies of The Abolitionist bilingual newspaper
– And many more resources for bringing abolition into your classroom!

Not an educator or student? Just down for abolition? Come through to chill with some rad organizers, activists and other cool folks trying to dismantle the prison industrial complex!

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Occupella Sing Along – Tax the Rich @ Solano Avenue in front of the old Oaks Theater
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area occupation sites, marches and at BART stations. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, especially in support of the Occupy movement.

Music has the power to build spirit, foster a sense of unity, convey messages and emotions, spread information, and bring joy to participants and audience alike. See spirited clip of an action at BART. Check out the actions calendar and come add your voice. There are lots of ways to participate and everyone is welcome.

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Aug
22
Tue
forum to discuss this administration’s enforcement and deportation policies- Barbara Lee @ International Community School Gymnasium
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This week, East Bay residents Maria and Eusebio Sanchez were forced to say goodbye to their three daughters, their home, and the community they have lived in for more than twenty years.

Their deportation is a devastating blow to our community. Maria and Eusebio are model neighbors and friends. Maria has dedicated her life to caring for cancer and cardiac patients at Highland Hospital. Eusebio has worked as a truck driver for the last twelve years. Just last year, they fulfilled their dream of purchasing a home in Oakland. In their spare time, they give back to our community.

But despite their contributions, ICE rejected our calls for compassion and targeted Maria and Eusebio for deportation. I am saddened beyond words by this decision, but my commitment to protecting our immigrant community remains unshaken.

Next week, I will be holding a community forum to discuss this administration’s enforcement and deportation policies, as well as next steps for immigration reform. I hope you and your family will be able to join me for this important discussion. Immigration experts and translators will also attend to contribute to our conversation.


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Equity in the Time of Trump @ New Parkway Theater
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Panel Discussion: “Equity in the Time of Trump.”

We’ll focus on how we can advance justice and build community at a time when exclusion and hate are so prominent in the news. I’ll be joined by Kat Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank; Mauricio Miller, author of The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong; Nwamaka Agbo, senior new-economy fellow at the Movement Strategy Center; and journalist and author Pendarvis Harshaw.

Admission is FREE but space is limited so you have to RSVP:  (get there at 6 p.m. if you’d like to order food from their kitchen to take into the theater!)

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Aug
25
Fri
Friday Night Faith Vigil: Stand Against White Suprremacy @ 16th St. BART
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Join us at a Faith Vigil to denounce the racism on blatant display in Charlottesville last weekend and the hatred that is coming to our own backyard in 10 days, with white supremacist groups planning a similar rally at Crissy Field. On Friday evening, interfaith voices will lead us in prayerful and powerful resistance against white supremacy, and call out Governor Brown for enabling mass deportation of immigrants through his attempts to amend SB 54 Statewide Sanctuary Bill. This event is jointly sponsored by the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese Office of Human Life and Dignity, Mission Night Walks, and Faith in Action Bay Area.

Sponsor: Faith in Action Bay Area

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How public banking can help address climate change @ Oakland City Hall
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’re excited to announce the next forum on public banking! Visiting from Berlin, Wolfram Morales of the Sparkassen public banks will discuss the role of public banking in financing renewable energy projects. Joining him on the panel will be Nicholas Chaset, CEO of the brand-new East Bay Community Energy agency, and renewable energy activists. Hosted by councilmembers Dan Kalb and Rebecca Kaplan.

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Aug
26
Sat
Waffles & Zapatismo: 23 years of Zapatista history and thought @ Omni Commons
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


(Look for our class down in the Basement)

This is the fourth in a series of classes and discussions that include Zapatista history, projects and thinking. The first session focused on the years before the Zapatista Uprising. The 2nd and 3rd classes focused on the 1994 Uprising, the Peace Talks, the San Andrés Accords, the first five Declarations from the Lacandón Jungle and the militarization. This fourth class will focus on the Good Government Boards (Juntas de Buen Gobierno) and the Other Campaign. Classes are free and open to all those interested in learning about the Zapatista movement, which governs its own territory through an anti-capitalist government parallel to that of the Mexican State. We’ll be serving waffles and Zapatista coffee again. Classes are held downstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

For more information:
Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA  94609
Email:

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East Bay DSA Single-Payer Healthcare Canvass in South Berkeley
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

South Berkeley District Canvass

This last Saturday, a team of ten canvassers knocked on doors and had some wonderful conversations with their South Berkeley neighbors about single-payer healthcare in California.

Come join us on Saturday, August 26, in South Berkeley for our next neighborhood canvassing event. For more information, email info@eastbaydsa.org.

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Empathy Tent Pop-Up at SF and Berkeley Right-Left Event @ Civic Center Park
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aug 26 at 1 PM to Aug 27 at 5 PM

Offering free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.
more: http://j.mp/2tWBVxK

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Film Screening: Hate Man, Street Philosopher @ Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

BERKELEY — The film “Hate Man, street philosopher,” about the former New York Times reporter Mark Hawthorne who quit the paper and became a colorful fixture of Berkeley street life for more than three decades, will be screened on Aug. 26 at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.

The free screening of the film, made by local filmmaker Ivan Jaigirdar, will occur at 2 p.m. as part of a city-sponsored event celebrating Hawthorne that also will include a city proclamation in Hate Man’s honor. The showing, appropriately, will be outdoors.

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Interfaith Secular Gathering to Affirm Solidarity @ Civic Center Park
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Beyt Tikkun Invitation to all faith communities, secular-humanists and atheists to join at Civic Center Park for inter-faith secular gathering, Saturday, August 26, 3:00 pm, gathering to assemble the day before to affirm solidarity with those who will be nonviolently protesting Sunday.

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Aug
27
Sun
Bay Area Rally Against Hate
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

We’re residents of the Bay Area — people of color, working class people, immigrants, queer, gay, bi, and trans people, liberals, leftists, and others. We think it’s time to get together, to celebrate our differences in solidarity, and peacefully speak out against the hateful currents in American society.

Fascists and white supremacists are meeting in Berkeley to try to intimidate us and incite violence. We’re meeting near UC Berkeley campus, blocks away and on the other side of the downtown, for a non-violent rally to speak to each other about the world we want. Join us, bring snacks, bring signs!

Endorsed by:

Alameda County Labor Council
Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT)
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – East Bay
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – San Francisco
Green Party
International Socialist Organization
Labor Rising (Bay Area)
Laurel Cyclery
Muslim Student Association – UC Berkeley
Oscar Grant Organizing Committee
Socialist Alternative
Solidarity – Bay Area
System Change not Climate Change – Bay Area
Tech Workers Coalition
UAW 2865, Berkeley Unit
Workers’ Voice / La Voz de los Trabajadores
Cathy Campbell, President, Berkeley Federation of Teachers*
Kathryn Lybarger, President, AFSCME-3299*

*Organization listed for identification purposes only

To endorse: https://goo.gl/forms/Io7CD7HI67qMm5ji1

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Protest the White Supremacist Rally: Communities Against Racism & Fascism @ Civic Center Park
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The bigotry, racism and violence that far-right organizers are bringing to Berkeley on August 27th cannot be allowed to go unanswered. Their event will be a magnet for white supremacists, Nazi enthusiasts, anti-Muslims and anti-Semites, feminist bashers, home/trasphobes, anti-communists and immigrant haters, all gathered under the theme “No Marxism in America.”

We want to build on Charlottseville, VA where 6,000 brave protesters shut down the neo-Nazi rally. Let’s stand shoulder to shoulder with those targeted by bogotry in a unified, orderly, and strong counter-demo. History has shown that by taking a stand we can stop the far right when the are still small. Ignoring them only encourages them!

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Empathy Tent Pop-Up at SF and Berkeley Right-Left Event @ Civic Center Park
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aug 26 at 1 PM to Aug 27 at 5 PM

Offering free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.
more: http://j.mp/2tWBVxK

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Aug
28
Mon
Occupella Sing Along – Tax the Rich @ Solano Avenue in front of the old Oaks Theater
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area occupation sites, marches and at BART stations. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, especially in support of the Occupy movement.

Music has the power to build spirit, foster a sense of unity, convey messages and emotions, spread information, and bring joy to participants and audience alike. See spirited clip of an action at BART. Check out the actions calendar and come add your voice. There are lots of ways to participate and everyone is welcome.

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Sep
9
Sat
TheaterFirst Fundraiser Party @ Omni Commons
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Break Space To Make SpaceTheatreFIRST invites you down to the beautiful Omni Commons Ballroom to dance, drink, eat, and explore what’s next for the arts organization that has been named “Best Theatrical Turnaround” (Oakland Magazine), and “Theater Most Likely to Make Your Diversity Initiative Look like Shit” (Bold Italic).

TheatreFIRST aims to crack the benefit model in favor of a party that celebrates the beautiful spectrum of humans who make the organization thrive. Meet the artists, see selections from the new season, learn how YOU can invest in T1’s future, and dance the night away.

 

What to wear? Whatever you need to look your finest while smashing imperialism.

Buy your sliding scale tickets HERE.

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Occupying Buildings the HNJ Way @ Omni Commons
Sep 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

To celebrate the release of the second edition of second zine “Ours,” our September Second Saturday Skillshare will explore the direct action tactic of occupying homes and other buildings in a public way. We will watch some footage of epic HnJ actions from years past and explore how this tactic might be used in a contemporary context.

We will collect donations to support East Bay Homes not Jails and the Omni Commons.

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Sep
10
Sun
Liberated Lens film night: local filmmaker Craig Baldwin @ Omni Commons ballroom
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

craig_baldwin_berkeleyside_icon.jpg Liberated Lens Film Collective presents an evening with award-winning filmmaker Craig Baldwin.

Craig Baldwin is an experimental filmmaker who uses found-footage from the fringes of popular consciousness as well as images from the mass media to undermine and transform the traditional documentary, infusing it with the energy of high-speed montage and a provocative commentary that targets subjects from intellectual property rights to rampant consumerism.

We will showcase three of his shorter films:

“Wild Gunman” (1978, 20 mins) – A manic montage of pop-cultural amusements, cowboy iconography and advertising imagery is re-contextualized within the contemporary geopolitical crisis in a scathing critique of US cultural and political imperialism.

“RocketKitCongoKit” (1968, 30 mins) – A barrage of found-footage images and rapid-fire narration traces a history of Zaire since its independence in 1960. The CIA, German munitions manufacturers, and American pop culture are all indicted in this comic critique of neocolonialism.

“Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America” (1991, 48 mins) – This “pseudo-pseudo documentary” is a skewed history of US intervention in Latin America and a hysterical satire of conspiracy theory.

Director will be present for Q&A.

September 10th at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave. Doors at 7, screening at 7:30.

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Sep
12
Tue
Film Screening: Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders @ Wendte Hall
Sep 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Justice Council and Young Adults of the the First Unitarian Church of Oakland invite you to a film showing.

Indivisible : Love Knows No Borders is an award wining feature-length documentary film about the people at the heart of our nation’s immigration debate and the fight to reunite families separated by deportation.

RSVP: oakland-indivisible.eventbrite.com

You are welcome to attend just the movie. We also encourage you to consider joining us for any part of the evening’s activities:

6pm: Community Dinner; Taco Tuesday! Bring a side to share or just a hungry tummy and an open heart. All leftovers are shared with our neighbors in West Oakland.

6:45: A simple and soulful worship service. Singing and silence to ground us in our work.

7:30: Black Lives Matter vigil led by Pastor Jacqueline on the front patio.

7:45: Our guest speaker will say a few words before the movie, and last but not least

8pm: INDIVISIBLE!

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