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Jul
16
Mon
Stand with Haiti: Rally for Solidarity @ Montgomery BART
Jul 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The powerful protests going on in Haiti expose the violence of intractable poverty, misery, hunger, racism, repression and exclusion. After 14 years of UN/US imposed policies and military occupation supported by a corrupt, US-backed dictator, the Haitian people have had enough.

For years, many thousands of Haitians have protested peacefully month after month against foreign occupation, stolen elections, government corruption, poverty, land grabs, and rising prices. The international media has ignored their struggle and helped stifle their voices. Foreign investors and Haitian elite have continued to amass enormous wealth while popular resistance has been met with bullets, teargas, imprisonment and even death at the hands of Haitian police and paramilitary forces.

The current crisis kicked off when the Haitian government raised the price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene — which were already high and out of reach for most. It has been building as numerous arson fires over the past months have targeted Haitian market women, wiping out dozens of public markets which sustain women’s economic activity, upon which the livelihood of so many Haitian families depends.

Faced with deepening misery and unbearable living conditions, the Haitian people have no choice but to resist. Fanmi Lavalas, the party of Haiti’s poor majority, has supported the courage and determination of the Haitian people in the face of dictatorship and oppression:

“The cauldron of corruption and lies has been boiling non-stop 24 hours a day. The time has come to overturn it for Haitians to begin to see the light of peace. Haiti is for all Haitians.” – Fanmi Lavalas, July 8, 2018

This is a time for solidarity. A time to stand with Haiti.

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Jul
17
Tue
Real Justice Political Action Committee. @ Everett and Jones BBQ, Jack London Square
Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This week, the East Bay Express published the results of a review of civil rights settlements for police misconduct by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department. Not surprisingly, they found that Alameda County leads the region in civil rights payouts. The article describes the brutal and often fatal lawless behavior that has cost us millions of dollars in just the last 3 years.

We know that the Alameda County Sheriff and deputies invested heavily in the re-election of incumbent District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to protect and preserve the status quo. We also know that O’Malley has publically stated that she will NOT swiftly, thoroughly and transparently investigate officer-involved shootings and police brutality and make her findings publicly available. Without that check, lawlessness rules the day and the taxpayers will continue to pay.

We cannot give up the fight! We have to continue the political fight to hold all law enforcement agencies and public officials in Alameda County accountable. Civil rights attorney Glenn Katon (quoted in the East Bay Express article) says it best:

“Apart from the obscene amount Alameda County taxpayers are paying for the sheriff’s incompetence and/or malice, more disturbing is the emotional trauma that has been inflicted behind those numbers, . . . The dead and maimed bodies, grieving families, and emotional trauma people will live with for the rest of their lives.”

I invite you to join us  for the first organizing meeting of local activists by the Real Justice Political Action Committee. The public is welcome to attend and help us plan the way forward. I hope to see you there. Bring a friend.

Thank you in advance for your courage and continued support,

Pamela Price

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Jul
19
Thu
SAFETY IS: RETHINKING VIOLENCE USING A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE LENS @ Mechanics Bank Community Room
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Safety Is… Rethinking Violence Using a Restorative Justice Lens

The Ella Baker Center will host a panel discussion and planning session where community members can engage with advocates on how we can re-envision safety. The panel discussion will be followed by small group facilitated action planning. Dinner will be provided.

Moderated by Payal Patel of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.

Panelists include:

Tamisha Walker (Safe Return Project), John Jones III (East Oakland Black Cultural Zone) and Kim Carter (Time for Change Foundation).

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Jul
21
Sat
Zero Hour SF Bay March for Youth Rights @ ICE San Francisco
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The one thing that everyone working towards justice can agree on is that kids are the future. As youth living in the Bay Area we demand that adults treat kids better- no border cruelty, no climate chaos.

On July 21st, young people will march in San Francisco and demand climate change legislation. We march to protect the rights of the youth: we demand an end to border cruelty and greenhouse gas emissions. While this is a youth-led movement, the march is open to all people passionate about defending the safety and prosperity of future generations. Our movement is called This is Zero Hour.

We say:
Dear Decision-Makers (Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and our Senators)
-Replace all Fossil Fuel extraction with renewable energy sources and sustainable jobs!
-Stop the Delta Tunnels!
-Get Fossil Fuel money out of politics! Don’t accept money from the Fossil Fuel industry!
-A liveable planet means climate justice– we need justice for youth from our climate policy to our immigration policy.

Can your group help us by spreading the word and inviting participants, especially youth?

Where: ICE Headquarters, 230 Sansome Street, San Francisco, marching to Aquatic Park, Beach Street, SF
What: Our event will include drumming, chanting, a speak-out, and a live mural painting project that anyone can participate in.
Who: Zero Hour is organized by youth ages 11-18. Youth and allies encouraged to participate!
Why: My generation did not create climate change, but as the climate crisis unfolds and elected officials fail to take meaningful action, young people are standing up to defend our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer: we must ensure that our elected officials stop ignoring the needs of young people and their right to a safe, healthy, and clean environment.

How you can help:
1. Sign up to co-sponsor!
2. Spread the word and encourage your member/contacts to attend!
3. Are you in touch with youth (or adult allies) who could help with tasks like planning, art-making, chant-leading, and social media? Please put them in touch with us by messaging Youth Vs. Apocalypse on Facebook, or email <lpaczkowski20@sandomenico.org>
4. Please share our event page widely!

#zerohour #justice #environment #familiesbelongtogether#youthvsapocalypse

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Film: Freedom Summer @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Freedom Summer recalls the events of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, when more than 700 student activists worked together to register African-American voters in violently segregationist Mississippi and shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Fifty years later, Stanley Nelson’s documentary film takes a look back at the epochal campaign.

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Jul
22
Sun
Liberated Lens film night: Albatross @ Omni Commons
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Exquisitely beautiful, immensely touching and ultimately inspiring, Albatross takes us on a journey to the Midway island where these amazing birds come to mate and breed.
We are brought into intimate contact with the albatrosses, get to witness their mating dances and caring for the young.
The beauty is soon to be broken as when the time comes to fly away, many of the young stay behind and face a long painful death. Their bellies filled with ocean plastic make them unable to fly and feed…

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Jul
23
Mon
Stop Urban Shield – Berkeley City Council Vote. @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Berkeley City Council will hold a special meeting on the 2018 Police MOU compendium and the recommendations of the Ad-Hoc Subcommittee on NCRIC and Urban Shield.

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Jul
24
Tue
Alameda County Residents—Petition Supervisors to End Oil Drilling! @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Jul 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

The Board of Supervisors hearing will finally decide whether a polluting oil company, E&B Natural Resources, has the right to keep producing oil from its Livermore wells for another ten years.  In the meantime, please sign this petition to the supervisors.

E&B is a fossil fuel company with a disturbing track record of accidents and spills.  Since 2007, the oil company has reported at least 48 spills of oil or other hazardous materials in four different California counties—including Alameda.   Multiple agencies have cited the company for violations of environmental and safety protections, and E&B has demonstrated time and time again that it cannot be trusted to follow regulations.  Its operations in eastern Alameda County put our drinking water at risk of contamination from the undisclosed chemicals used in the oil-production process.

Nonetheless, on May 24 the East Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments voted 2-0 to approve two conditional use permits for E&B Natural Resources.  The permits would allow E&B to dispose of oil-drilling waste by injecting it into local aquifers, and nearly triple the area it can inject with wastewater, from 26 to about 70 acres.

Ten more years of oil extraction in the county would fly in the face of California’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change.  Alameda County should be leading the way toward a safer and sustainable energy future—not signing up for another decade of dirty, climate-destroying oil extraction.

Now it’s up to the Board of Supervisors to weigh in.  Please sign this petition urging them to take bold action and deny E&B’s permit application!

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TRUTH Forum – hold the Contra Costa Sheriff accountable! @ Board of Supervisors, Room 107
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

SB 54, the California Values Act (signed into law in 2017) curtails use of state and local resources from engaging in deportations; and creates safe spaces at schools, health facilities, and court houses. A related law, the TRUTH Act (signed into law in 2016), requires that records related to ICE be considered public and that the governing body of any city or county in which a local law enforcement agency has provided ICE access hold at least one public community forum during the following year, to provide information publicly and to receive comments.

Through the advocacy efforts of the Contra Costa Immigrant Rights Alliance and others, the Board of Supervisors finally scheduled a TRUTH forum to ensure that our community can obtain information and ask questions about how our county works with ICE. The Forum will be on Tuesday July 24 at 2pm at the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 651 Pine Street, Room 107, Martinez. This will be the first TRUTH Forum in the state, and Sheriff David Livingston will be at the forum to answer questions from the Board of Supervisors and the community. Media reports indicate that Livingston has helped ICE organize ambushes of immigrants to help ICE arrest and deport immigrants – even permanent residents.

Given the many abuses that have been exposed under Sheriff Livingston’s watch, including ICE-related ones, the RPA and the Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition urge people to come out to this important Forum!

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Jul
26
Thu
Emma’s Revolution – Protest Songs @ Fellowship Hall
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, progressive activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and acoustic guitars, the duo’s songs cover issues from reproductive injustice to refugees and Black Lives Matter to the sustaining power of love. You can find more about them and get tickets at emmasrevolution.com.

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Jul
27
Fri
National #NOPIPEINES Actions: DIRECT ACTION AGAINST CHASE BANK @ Chase Bank
Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join a  Bay Area direct action against Chase Bank funding of oil and fracked-gas pipelines, as part of the national Rise Up! resistance weeks July 16-31. Frontline communities resisting these pipelines, including the L’eau Est La Vie Camp, Appalachians Against Pipelines. Camp White Pine, and more, are calling on people across the country to join with them in these weeks of action against banks funding  pipelines and extreme energy projects.

They write:
“The pipeline projects we are fighting are all facing key moments and critical deadlines. If we are to stop these projects we must act now. It is with this backdrop that we are calling on you to rise up in solidarity with our frontline resistance. Join us from July 16th-31st as we #RiseTogether and take direct action to stop all pipelines and all extreme energy projects.”

The Bay Area action is hosted by Diablo Rising Tide, which is also hosting trainings on direct action and street mural painting in the weeks before.

 

More info/RSVP

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Jul
28
Sat
Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

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San Francisco Mime Troupe: Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical @ Live Oak Park
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

It’s Election Night 2018 and Bob swears she’ll never vote again. A lifetime of fading fortunes made this former Obama voter take a chance on the new guy promising change-Donald J. Trump. But it’s two years into his presidency and Bob’s still waiting to start winning. Tonight she’s telling everyone in her small-town bar that all politicians are liars, the system is rigged, and nothing’s ever gonna change.

Along comes a mysterious stranger with an intriguing offer. He’ll show her an America where working people come together to demand a brighter future, where socialism isn’t a dirty word. He’ll take her all the way … to 1912.

Bob soon finds herself traveling back to a time when the Socialist Party was winning millions of American votes; uncovering a hidden history and realizing that she may have more in common with those pesky progressives on the coasts. She begins to ask: what will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? When did our electoral choices get so limited? And isn’t it time to get off the swinging pendulum that’s left us at our current impasse?

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Report back from the International May Day Brigade to Cuba @ BFUU
Jul 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

180728CubaReportBack500Join us to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the attack on the Moncada bar­racks that marked the beginning of the Cuban Revolution. The program will include Bay Area Participants of the XIII May Day International Brigade to Cuba and US graduated from the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba. Music by DUAMUX – Marci Valdivieso and Ricardo Valdivieso. Co-sponsored by National Network on Cuba, BFUU SJC, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Photo by Bill Hackwell

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Jul
29
Sun
Canvass for housing justice in South Berkeley @ RSVP for location (see text)
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

join us in the campaign for Proposition 10: the Affordable Housing Act — a ballot initiative that that will give our cities and counties the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act upholds landlord interests, and – in tandem with the housing crisis – has deeply exacerbated social disparities, displaced longtime communities, driven homelessness, and dealt a blow to working class power by making housing ever more insecure and inaccessible.

Come learn more about repealing Costa-Hawkins and then we’ll hit the streets to talk with our neighbors about housing justice and the Affordable Housing Act!

RSVP

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San Francisco Mime Troupe: Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical @ Live Oak Park
Jul 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

It’s Election Night 2018 and Bob swears she’ll never vote again. A lifetime of fading fortunes made this former Obama voter take a chance on the new guy promising change-Donald J. Trump. But it’s two years into his presidency and Bob’s still waiting to start winning. Tonight she’s telling everyone in her small-town bar that all politicians are liars, the system is rigged, and nothing’s ever gonna change.

Along comes a mysterious stranger with an intriguing offer. He’ll show her an America where working people come together to demand a brighter future, where socialism isn’t a dirty word. He’ll take her all the way … to 1912.

Bob soon finds herself traveling back to a time when the Socialist Party was winning millions of American votes; uncovering a hidden history and realizing that she may have more in common with those pesky progressives on the coasts. She begins to ask: what will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? When did our electoral choices get so limited? And isn’t it time to get off the swinging pendulum that’s left us at our current impasse?

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Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM during cooler months) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During Daylights Losing Time in the Winter we meet at 3 PM at the plaza, & again, we retreat to the Omni if the rain is a pain.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than six years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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Oakland Greens: Free Dinner and a Movie @ It's Your Move Games
Jul 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Movie: 7:30 PM

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Jul
30
Mon
TANC: Last Monday Monthly Social @ Stay Gold Deli
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

onspire against the vicious housing market over drinks and/or food. Break bread, drink beer, and be merry with your neighbors. Meet some new friends. All ages friendly.

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Aug
1
Wed
San Francisco Mime Troupe: Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling Musical @ Edoff Memorial Bandstand
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s Election Night 2018 and Bob swears she’ll never vote again. A lifetime of fading fortunes made this former Obama voter take a chance on the new guy promising change-Donald J. Trump. But it’s two years into his presidency and Bob’s still waiting to start winning. Tonight she’s telling everyone in her small-town bar that all politicians are liars, the system is rigged, and nothing’s ever gonna change.

Along comes a mysterious stranger with an intriguing offer. He’ll show her an America where working people come together to demand a brighter future, where socialism isn’t a dirty word. He’ll take her all the way … to 1912.

Bob soon finds herself traveling back to a time when the Socialist Party was winning millions of American votes; uncovering a hidden history and realizing that she may have more in common with those pesky progressives on the coasts. She begins to ask: what will it take to get people to stop voting against their interests? How do we overcome the divide-and-conquer tactics that keep us all down? When did our electoral choices get so limited? And isn’t it time to get off the swinging pendulum that’s left us at our current impasse?

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