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Feb
16
Sun
Prison Truth @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Revolutionary journalism and Prisoner Human Rights Movement

… freedom of the press … is an embodiment of freedom….Freedom is so much the essence of the human that even its opponents realize it … No human fights freedom; they fight at most the freedom of others. Every kind of freedom has therefore always existed, only at one time as a special privilege, at another time as a universal right. Karl Marx

A new book, Prison Truth, “The Story of the San Quentin News” by William J. Drummond (UC Press, 2020) tells of prisoners’ self-transformation through journalism, even under prison’s censorship. Does Prison Truth itself suffer from this self-censorship? Is there a deeper truth, a new humanism, within prisoners themselves?

The most visible manifestation of such a new humanism emerged in the torturous hell-hole of perpetual solitary confinement in Pelican Bay. Their successful mass hunger strikes (2011-13), based on their Agreement to End Hostilities, undermined gang-based identification of prisoners fomented by the prison authorities. The strikes brought an end to indeterminate solitary confinement and “changed the face of race relations” in prison according to strike representative, Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa (see reverse side). That struggle continues against the ongoing abuse of “confidential information” which creates discord and racial animosity between prisoners.

We’ll explore the contrast between the practice of revolutionary journalism shaped by freedom as human essence and freedom as a “special privilege” in press freedom under censorship.

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The Frontlines of the Chilean Revolution (Film Screening & Discussion) @ La Pena
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a film screening of On the Frontlines of the Chilean Revolution, followed by a discussion with Vee Bravo and Rodstarz, Chilean activists and media makers documenting the nations social crisis. Featuring a special performance by Rodstarz of Rebel Díaz!

Doors open at 7:30 pm / Event starts at 8pm

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Feb
18
Tue
Socialist Night School: The Socialist Feminist Case for Bernie Sanders @ East Bay Community Space
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Isn’t Bernie just another old, white man? Shouldn’t feminists instead support one of the smart, competent women on the primary ticket?

These are valid questions, but whether we’re talking about the environment, healthcare and reproductive rights, immigration, or strengthening unions, Bernie’s policies are fundamentally feminist ones. His program addresses not only issues of gender, but tackles all of the intersecting oppressions that exist under capitalism. No other candidate can make that claim.

Join East Bay DSA’s Socialist Night School on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for a panel a discussion featuring reproductive rights organizer and East Bay DSA Steering Committee member Allie Lahey, Kaiser RN Luci Riley, and OEA member and organizer Vilma Serrano for discussion of why “leaning in” is not an effective strategy for winning the 2020 election, and how a President Sanders can help improve the lives of all women. East Bay DSA organizer and SEIU 1021 member Ashley Payne moderates.

This event is the final installment in our four-part series on Bernie 2020, capitalism, and democratic socialism. We will discuss what is absent from some Marxists’ analyses of capitalism: social reproduction and the many ways labor — waged or unwaged — is divided along lines of gender, race, and class.

See the assigned readings here: https://www.eastbaydsa.org/night-school/

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Feb
19
Wed
End Oil Extraction in California @ State Capitol (meet at 1003 L St, Sacramento, CA 95814)
Feb 19 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Can you join us in Sacramento on Wednesday, February 19th for a mass rally and banner drop to let Gavin Newsom know that we’re fed up?

Jp, the date has been set.

On February 19, Governor Newsom will deliver his second State of the State speech in Sacramento. He’ll tackle a lot of important issues – but with the climate crisis unfolding all around us, we need him to prioritize ending California’s oil problem.�

We must show up in force to make it clear that Californians are watching and that any plan that allows fossil fuel production in California to continue is unacceptable. The bigger the crowd, the stronger our message will be!

On his big day, Gavin is going to be looking at the press to gauge the reactions to his speech. When he sees a photo of us outside the Capitol with beautiful art and the full power of this movement on display  – he’ll knoow that we mean business and that inaction on our demands will have political consequences.

As the Governor of a major oil producing state, Governor Newsom has an opportunity to stand up to an oil industry that – for decades – has polluted Californian communities and destroyed our climate future. But he won’t act unless we demand it.

Join 350.org and the Last Chance Alliance outside of the Governor’s State of the State in Sacramento on February 19, as we rally to urge Newsom to phase out oil extraction in California.

At the event, we’ll hear from climate and environmental justice activists from around the region and rally outside the State of the State demanding climate justice.

Our demands to Newsom are simple:

  1. Stop new fossil fuel projects by issuing no new permits.
  2. Drop existing oil production by announcing a phase-out of existing production.
  3. Roll out setback limits that create a 2,500-foot health-and-safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools and other sensitive sites.

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A Public Conversation on Privacy – Panel at Twitter @ Twitter
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

February’s Privacy Lab, hosted by Twitter, will be a panel on the topic of: A Public Conversation on #Privacy. Panelists will discuss why taking a global approach to privacy matters, and what the future of privacy-first product development looks like.

Panelists include:

  • Damien Kieran, Global Data Protection Officer, Twitter
  • Lea Kissner, Chief Privacy Officer, Humu
  • Jules Polonetsky, CEO, Future of Privacy Forum

Please note that Twitter requires an ID for building entry and will receive a list of guests who have RSVPd for the event. Check-in will be open until 6:15 at the latest.

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Beloved Oakland – Homeless Benefit Concert @ Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

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Changing Climates! Lessons Learned from Community Organizing in Puerto Rico @ Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Changing Climates! Lessons Learned from Community Organizing in Puerto Rico

Oscar López Rivera
Foundation OLR-Libertá

Co-sponsored by: Boricuas in Berkeley, Bay Area Boricuas, Alt Breaks P.R. Berkeley, Department of Ethnic Studies, Big Ideas Prison Class, Berkeley Underground Scholars, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Research on Social Change, Chicanx Latinx Student Development, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Ethnic Studies Library, Hispanic Engineers and Scientists, Latinx Research Center, Multicultural Community Center, Poetry for the People, The American Cultures Center, UCB Graduate Assembly

Oscar López Rivera is a Puerto Rican ex-political prisoner who will discuss how to transform the U.S. prison system and lessons learned from community organizing on the island. The event will be focused on community organizing and the specific projects that are currently being undertaken by Foundation OLR-Libertá to mentor student activists and create more resilient communities in Puerto Rico. This UC Berkeley event is part of a larger national tour throughout U.S. university campuses with the aim of raising funds for the Foundation OLR-Libertá, whose purpose is to raise awareness of and organize community projects in marginalized and disenfranchised communities in Puerto Rico.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

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Tell East Bay Community Energy: No Nuke! @ Hayward City Council
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At its next meeting, the East Bay Community Energy Board of Directors will be considering and perhaps voting on whether to accept nuclear energy from PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

PG&E has proposed making allocations of carbon-free energy, 70% nuclear from their Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and 30% from large hydroelectric generators,  to EBCE and other community choice programs.. The proposal is tied to the exit fee that all community choice customers pay to PG&E.

The coalition of community organizations that helped create EBCE is fighting to oppose bringing nuclear energy into its power mix.

The money EBCE might save by accepting nuclear energy  is trivial compared to what could be saved by closing Diablo Canyon early, as proposed in a motion by the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility currently before the CPUC. A large part of the exit fee that community choice customers pay to PG&E goes to the very high cost of keeping Diablo Canyon open. Acceptingt this nuclear energy could give the California Public Utilities Commission an excuse to turn down the proposal to close Diablo Canyon early.

Diablo Cany0n is an aging facility sitting next to the ocean on several earthquake faults, now known to be more dangerous than was claimed when the reactor was built.

More info

Sign the petition here

East Bay Express article on this controversy here

 

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Gangsta Revolution, Transform, Until, When the Panthers Died @ Freedom and Movement Center
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Feb
20
Thu
Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism @ Center for Latin American Studies
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
unnamedJohn Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. He has written about, researched and organized action for human rights and demilitarization of US policy in Latin America for 30 years. Currently he coordinates Stop US Arms to Mexico, a project of Global Exchange, and serves as California Healing Justice Associate of the American Friends Service Committee, with a focus on police demilitarization.
His award-winning book Plan Colombia narrates a 2005 massacre in the San José de Apartadó Peace Community and the subsequent investigation, official cover-up, and response from the international community. He examines how the multibillion-dollar U.S. military aid and official indifference contributed to the Colombian military’s atrocities. Drawing on his human rights activism and interviews with military officers, community members, and human rights defenders, Lindsay-Poland describes grassroots initiatives in Colombia and the United States that resisted militarized policy and created alternatives to war.

Organizers:
Alejandro Múnera, Daniel Payares, and Milo Buitrago-Casas
Colombian working group – UC Berkeley
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Screening: The First Rainbow Coalition @ Tenderloin Museum
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

America thinks they know about the Black Panthers. But just wait until they hear about the Rainbow Coalition.

The Rainbow Coalition was a broad coalition of diverse, freedom struggle organizations, from the Black Panthers and Young Lords to working class white groups like the Young Patriots. Standing in solidarity in their class struggle against economic and racial injustice, the group both challenged—and changed—the face of 1960s politics in Chicago, one of the most segregated cities in postwar America. Collectively confronting issues such as police brutality and substandard housing, the Rainbow Coalition is a little-known yet historically significant political group that paved the way for future generations of activists.

Told through rare archival footage and interviews with former Coalition members, filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s The First Rainbow Coalition took more than a decade to complete, and depicts the story of a powerful, multiracial  movement and the enduring legacy it left behind. Although short-lived, it had an outsized impact: breaking down barriers between communities, the movement created a permanent shift in Chicago politics and an organizing model for upcoming activists and politicians across the nation.

On February 20, 2020, the Tenderloin Museum will host a limited screening of veteran filmmaker Ray Santisteban’s documentary film, The First Rainbow Coalition, as well as a director panel with original Rainbow Coalition members.

A donation-based event, attendees will also have the opportunity to contribute funds to the Fred Hampton house in Chicago, which is facing foreclosure.

About the Director:

Director/Producer Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory, and political transfor!! so excited for thismation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, he has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – Passin’ It On (Co-Producer), the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, Voices From Texas (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of Visiones: Latino Art and Culture in the U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. Awards garnered include: a 1992 Student Academy Award (information division), a 1996 “Ideas In Action” Award from the National Tele-Media Alliance, a 1996 “Faculty of the Year” Award from the Chicano Studies Program, UW Madison, a 2016 San Antonio Artists Foundation Filmmaker Award, and a 2016 Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas.

About the Panelists:

Amy Sonnie is the co-author of “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times,” the first book to explore the First Rainbow Coalition in depth. Her young adult anthology, Revolutionary Voices, recently joined hundreds of literary classics, children’s books and young adult favorites on American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books.

Billy X Jennings is a founding member of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. He is one of the most important independent archivist of Panthers and New Left history and runs the It’s About Time website.

More panelists TBA.

Proudly in partnership with DSA-SF’s AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color Caucus, Left Eye Cinema, and City College of San Francisco’s Labor and Community Studies Department.

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How to talk across lines of political difference (without blowing a fuse) @ Books, Inc
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Erica Etelson will talk about her new book, Beyond Contempt: How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide.

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Video of Artist Dread Scott discussing the “Slave Rebellion Reenactment” @ Revolution Books
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Video of Artist Dread Scott discussing the “Slave Rebellion Reenactment with Andy Zee, spokesperson for Revolution Books, NYC.

“Slave Rebellion Reenactment” (November 2019) retraced the path of the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the history of the United States. This was the German Coast Uprising of 1811, just outside New Orleans.

“Instead of studying George Washington, a great enslaver, or Thomas Jefferson, a great enslaver, when they talk about freedom… we should be studying people who were actually trying to get free from a system of enslavement which was the foundation of the U.S. economy at the time.” — Artist Dread Scott

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Feb
21
Fri
Tent City Film Screening @ La Peña Cultural Center
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Presented by La Peña Cultural Center and the San Francisco Foundation. Tent City highlights the impact of unprocessed grief on mental health in America, the toll that gentrification has taken on the city of Oakland (nation wide), and ignites a call to action to reclaim our humanity in the midst of our ever changing world. The screening also features live music, a resource fair, community discussion, Q&A, and more!

RSVP Free with RSVP / Donations Accepted
https://lapena.org/event/tentcity/?mc_cid=8e0269a1ab&mc_eid=83c795cf68

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Contra Costa County and the Green New Deal @ Antioch Community Center
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

This Town Hall Symposium brings together experts, local leaders, activists, and frontline community members to exchange perspectives about how climate change impacts East County and the Bay Area, and how a Green New Deal can address these challenges.

Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Mark Stemen, Professor of Geography and Planning, and Civics from California State University, Chico.
  • Youth leaders from the Sunrise Movement

Sierra Club Delta Group hosts.

RSVP on Facebook

 

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Feb
22
Sat
Racial Justice Through the Power of Public Policy @ YWCA
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join SURJ Bay Area’s Policy Committee for part two of our 2020 legislative workshop series!

Workshop participants can expect to…
– Learn about lobby visits and how they fit into SURJ’s larger framework
– Hear about new opportunities to engage in the legislative process with SURJ
– Practice speaking about policy to a legislative staffer
– Hear from Ella Baker Center on their 2020 policy priorities

Guest Speaker:

Derick Morgan is the Policy Associate for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. As part of the Ella Baker Center’s legislative arm, he provides leadership on campaigns to expand principles of truth and reinvestment at the state level. Derick provides analysis of policy and helps the Ella Baker Center collaborate with different groups.

This workshop is also a fundraiser for Ella Baker Center. Please bring an additional cash donation that is meaningful for you.

We are eager to hear all of your voices and to help develop powerful advocates for racial justice in California. All levels of experience are welcome!

****This is the second workshop of a two part series. Attendance at the first workshop is not necessary to attend but may be helpful. All are welcome.
Part 1:

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Socialism 101: Why Capitalism Must Go @ Berkeley City College, Room 34
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Monthly reading and discussion series for those interested in a better understanding of a socialist perspective.

Suggested readings for this topic (readings are recommended but optional)
1) The Problem is Capitalism by Speak Out Now:
https://speakoutsocialists.org/capitalism-is-the-problem-2/
2) What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism by Monthly Review
https://monthlyreview.org/2010/03/01/what-every-environmentalist-needs-to-know-about-capitalism/
3) The Principles of Communism by Frederick Engels (1847):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1847/11/prin-com.htm
4)Ninety Years of the Communist Manifesto by Leon Trotsky (1937):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1937/10/90manifesto.htm
5) The Communist Manifesto (1847):
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/184

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Day of Remembrance @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Duncan Ryūken Williams discusses his book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Williams reveals the little-known story of how, in the darkest hours of World War II when Japanese Americans were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, a community of Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American.

Reverend Williams has taken part in Tsuru For Solidarity, a non-violent direct action protest lead by Japanese Americans formerly incarcerated in WWII internment camps and descendents to demand the closure of the inhumane immigrant families and children internment sites on the border today.

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Oscar López Rivera @ La Peña Cultural Center
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of tribute, music and conversation with Puerto Rican patriot and visionary, Oscar López Rivera. This event is part of a national U.S. speaking tour titled “Oscar López Rivera—Two Years Later: Resistance and Resilience”.

Two years after his release as a political prisoner for 36 years, Oscar López Rivera is returning to the Bay Area to share his current work in Puerto Rico post hurricanes Irma and Maria, and against a backdrop of a series of earthquakes that have stricken the island over the last few weeks.

Since his release in 2017, he founded the Oscar López Rivera Foundation, Libertá, through which he has been leading efforts to strengthen grassroots community organizing, demanding the auditing and cancelation of the island’s debt and advocating for the Puerto Rico’s sovereignty.

Pre-Event Reception: 4pm-5pm

Main Event: Doors open at 5pm / Event begins at 5:30pm

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Bay Area Labor Notes Scholarship Fundraiser dance Party @ Omni Commons
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Dance, eat, drink, and meet local labor activists at the Bay Area Labor Notes Dance Party Fundraiser Featuring local DJ Kream from 8:30PM-11:30PM.

A small donation of $5-$35 covers food, music, camaraderie, and stories about the Bay Area labor movement from local labor activists. Cash bar available, Venmo also accepted. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. All ages.

All proceeds will help low-wage workers attend the international Labor Notes conference in Chicago this April.

The Labor Notes Conference is a unique gathering of thousands of rank-and-file union members, local leaders, and activists who are putting the movement back in the labor movement.

It is an increasingly important space for labor activists to attend skill-building workshops and meet to share effective strategies that can win gains and amplify the voice of workers.

Your support will help to (re)build a fighting, democratic labor movement across the U.S. and around the world!

See here for information about Omni Commons accessibility.

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