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Oct
23
Thu
Living the New Economy Convergence @ Thursday and Friday will be at the California Endowment Conference Center (1111 Broadway, Oakland). Saturday and Sunday will be at Impact HUB Oakland (2323 Broadway, Oakland)
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 am

More than a conference

LNE Oakland is designed to be different from any event you’ve attended before. Drawing inspiration from hackathons, conferences, networking events, festivals, and jams, the result is a unique event that has components of each. More than a conference, this is a convergence.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers, but you’ll do more than listen to talks. You’ll meet and collaborate with other participants and launch project ideas. You’ll learn about New Economy initiatives here in the Bay Area, and draw connections between them while connecting with each other.

Be part of the first of an annual event that will introduce you to new ideas and new people, and leave you inspired to co-create a new economic reality in the Bay Area and beyond.

LEARN MORE

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Oct
25
Sat
Helping Hearts to Heal. @ Center of Hope Community Church
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Impromptu Noon Meeting to Coordinate Mobilization Against Sale of Post Office @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
26
Sun
The Cost of Injustice: From Ferguson to Oakland @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Oct 26 @ 1:30 am – 4:30 am

The event will coincide with the earlier Helping Hearts 2 Heal event sponsored by the Alan Blueford Foundation Participants will proceed to ESAA for our From Ferguson, Florida, Georgia, Chicago to Oakland event. There they will be joined by other mothers and family members of slain youth, including the family Kendrick Johnson-Georgia, the family of Joseph Andrews-Tampa Florida, the family of Emmett Till-Chicago, the family of Marlon Brown-Deland Florida, the family of Jordan Davis-Jacksonville Florida, and families from California – Alan Blueford, Kenneth Harding, Ernest Duenez, James Rivera, Dinyl New, Mario Romero, and many others.

The program:
1. Introduction and Libation
2. Performance and presentation (Prosperity Movement)
3. ABPsi presentation
4. Report back from Ferguson (Ferguson youth)
5. Recognition of families from out of state
6. Families speak

Joining Us Elaine Brown, Only female chairman of BBP
Ferguson Youth from the front line

Also joining us Tef Poe of Ferguson
Hip Hop artist and activist from an area just outside of Ferguson, Missouri. Tef Poe has been organizing in Ferguson since the beginning of protests and is partly responsible for bringing the incidents to national attention via social media. Tef Poe has written for Time Magazine and was recently honored by The National Association of Black Journalists for his work in documenting the events in Ferguson.

This is a Love Not Blood Campaign sponsored Event

Link to Facebook event

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Block The Boat! @ Meet at West Oakland BART
Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 3:00 am

UPDATE 10/25/14 10:00 PM. Press release:

 

All Out for Palestine on Sunday!
Our community power is disrupting Israeli business as usual. Our strength is challenging US-Israeli repression

The Israeli Zim ship is on the run, but we are closely tracking the ship. And based on our calculations, the Zim Beijing cannot make it this weekend,  but it could change course and arrive this week. Let’s show Zim what they can expect if they try to come back. Let’s show the world that the Bay Area says no to Zionism. 

SUNDAY, October 26th
3pm
Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Port of Oakland

@blocktheboat | #blocktheboat |info@araborganizing.org

We are calling on all to join us on Sunday and take a stand to stop the US and Israeli relationship, their wars, militarization and repression by disrupting international commerce. Lets make sure Zim knows it will be met with the strength of our sustained movement should it attempt to come this week. As we mobilize at the Port, Block the Boat protests are being planned all over North America with solidarity actions taking place in New York, Long Beach, Tacoma and Vancouver. ALL OUT on Sunday to show our strength and to remind Zim that Israeli business is not welcome on the West coast! Please spread the word.

 

UPDATE 10/24/14 9:30 PM:
Zim is on the run, but we are tracking the ship closely!
Based on our calculations, the Zim Beijing cannot make it this weekend, but it could change course and arrive this week. Let’s show Zim what they can expect if they try to come back. Meet at West Oakland BART at 3pm SUNDAY to march and rally at the Port of Oakland. It is important we are ALL OUT on Sunday to show our strength and to remind Zim that Israeli cargo is not welcome on the West coast!

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The Block the Boat Coalition calls on the SF Bay Area to join us as we stop ZIM at the Port of Oakland once again.
Stay tuned for updates!

Subscribe to text-alerts by texting “join” to (510) 346-5951
Follow us on twitter @BlockTheBoat
To get involved, contact info@araborganizing.org
Facebook event & RSVP.

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August 2014
Longest Blockade of Israeli Ship in History
ZIM ship turned away from SSA in Oakland!

For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the SSA. And today, we salute the rank and file workers of ILWU local 10 for standing with us against Israeli Apartheid by honoring our pickets and letting the ship go from the SSA terminal yesterday afternoon!

Saturday we mobilized thousands of our community to show the world that Oakland does not welcome racism, apartheid or Zionism, from Ferguson to Palestine. We flooded the streets and marched towards the Port only to discover that the ZIM ship decided to stay at Sea rather than dock and be confronted by the power of our numbers. The ship attempted to dock and unload on Sunday, but within a half hour’s time hundreds of us organized community pickets requesting that workers to stand with us on the side of justice and not unload the Apartheid ship. And as ILWU rank and file always have, and as they did during South African Apartheid, they demonstrated their solidarity with the global fight against oppression and honored our picket. The following Monday and Tuesday saw both an organized call to action as well as autonomous protests determined to keep the ship from being unloaded. These efforts coupled with worker solidarity continued the success of the weekend’s total blockade of the ZIM ship.

Tuesday we declared a historic victory for Palestine as Oakland held down the longest blockade of an Israeli ship. Not only did we block the boat, but we also showed the world that racist exclusionary state of Apartheid Israel has no place on our port, and will soon find that it has no place on any port on the West Coast. After being blocked from unloading at the SSA Terminal, the ZIM ship was forced to leave and unload at another Terminal where it was met with protests by autonomous activists. This even further delayed the unloading of the ship.

From the use of tear gas to the training of police by Israeli military, Oakland feels firsthand the brutality of Israeli war-making. And Palestine knows too well the role the US plays in facilitating the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinian people. From the policing and militarization of our local communities perfected with Israeli tactics of repression to the billions that the US provides Apartheid Israel, the connections are clear and are made for us. And over the last four days we showed the world that we stand shoulder to shoulder from Palestine to Oakland to Ferguson as we struggle bring down every wall, every Apartheid system and every racist state.

Palestine will be free.

Block the Boat was organized by a coalition of autonomous activists and the following organizations:

AF3IRM
Al-Awda New York
All African People’s Revolutionary Party (AAPRP)
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
ANSWER Coalition
APEN: Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
ASATA: Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Bay Area Women in Black
BAYAN-USA
Bay Area CodePink
Bay Area Latin America Solidarity Coalition
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Black Organizing Project (BOP)
Black Organizing Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)
Black Workers For Justice
Catalyst Project
CodePink Washington
Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
Communist Party of San Francisco
Critical Resistance – LA
Critical Resistance – Oakland
Critical Resistance – Portland
Descoloniza a Oakland/Decolonize Oakland
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
Fuerza Mundial/Pueblos en Movimiento
General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
Global Women’s Strike
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Green Party of Alameda County
Haiti Action Committee
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
International Solidarity Movement – West Bank/Gaza
International Socialist Organization
International Tribunal of Conscience for Camilo
ISM-Nor Cal
IWW Bay Area Branch
Jewish Against Genocide
Jews for Palestinian Right of Return
Justice for Palestinians
La Voz de l@s trabajadores/Worker’s Voice
Labor for Palestine
Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Marcha Patriotica (Colombia) – California chapter
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Movement Generation
National Lawyers Guild SFBA Chapter
Noam Chomsky
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Occupy SF Action Council
ONYX Organizing Committee
The Palestine-Israel Action Committee
Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
Palestinian Youth Movement
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
San Francisco Green Party
School of the Americas Watch East Bay
Socialist Alternative – Bay Area Branch
Socialist Organizer
SOUL: School of Unity and Liberation
Southern Anti-Racism Network
Stanford Students for Justice
Stop the War Machine
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
Totally Radical Muslims
UAW Local 2865 (Academic Student Workers at the University of California)
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
US Palestinian Community Network
Veterans For Peace Chapter 69
World Can’t Wait Bay Area
Workers World Party
Xicana Moratorium

 

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Oct
27
Mon
Is Diablo our Fukushima? @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Oct 27 @ 2:30 am – 4:00 am

Is Diablo our Fukushima?

“Is Diablo our Fukushima? Beat the Devil Diablo.” with Joanna Macy & Harvey Wasserman. “Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plan cannot withstand a major earthquake. Close the plant now.” — Michael Peck, Senior ENgineer and Safety Inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2013 NRC report.
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The Trial to Save CCSF, and Demonstration. @ .California State Superior Court
Oct 27 @ 2:30 pm – 7:00 pm

DEMONSTRATE ON MORNING OF TRIAL
THE STAKES?
OPEN ACCESS FOR ALL vs SUCCESS FOR A FEW!

Join us At the long awaited trial in the lawsuit of SF City Atty Dennis Herrera vs the ACCJC.

Join us On the street to demonstrate against the ACCJC and its corporate allies who are trying to downsize and change the mission of California Community Colleges.

Join us In the courtroom to let Judge Curtis Karnow know that San Francisco supports CCSF!
Please sign up for shifts at AFT 2121 website:  www.aft2121.org/justice

Demonstration on Monday, Oct 27th, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Court sessions start at 9:00 am daily
Read highlights of the long legal fight

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Oct
28
Tue
Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Oct 28 @ 1:00 am – 1:45 am

 

THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS
THE BERKELEY POST OFFICE
“UNDER CONTRACT.” !!!!!!!!!!!

 Come help us plan our next steps in opposition to their proposed theft of our public commons.

 Obtain more information of the status of the sale here.

Also CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE. and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website for updates.

BPOD is an offshoot of Strike Debt Bay Area, which itself is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and a chapter of the national Strike Debt movement, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

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Occupy Forum: ADDRESSING THE HOUSING CRISIS HEAD-ON @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Oct 28 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

 


Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Occupy Forum presents

ADDRESSING THE HOUSING
CRISIS HEAD-ON:

Prop G and CARES Campaigns
Attack Roots of San Francisco’s Housing Woes

Most of us have heard the grim statistics: Ellis Act evictions up 170% in the last three years; 10,000 San Francisco tenants have been displaced by the Ellis Act since 1997, and most of us know many people who’ve been evicted, often long time residents, and with low incomes so they can’t afford to stay in SF and must leave their community behind. And we also know how the tech boom has brought a wave of young, single people with high salaries to the city which has resulted in huge hikes in rents and house prices making housing unaffordable to people with low or even average incomes.

And while the tech companies take in astronomical profits every month, they aren’t the only ones raking in the dough. Real Estate companies and speculators have been making a killing with their investments in housing, often seeing at least a 25% return on their investment in a year. Much of the current crisis has been fueled by these large speculators who don’t live in the city, don’t intend to live in the buildings they buy and don’t even want to be landlords – their interest is purely profit. When their financial speculation includes our homes, we say “Enough is enough.”

While there have been several attempts to address this crisis, they have mostly dealt with small symptoms of the overall problem such as making in-law units rent-controlled. And neo-liberal politicians have approved every development in hopes that more expensive condos would somehow dilute the market — (this has been a complete failure). Efforts to reform the Ellis Act by State Sen. Mark Leno were defeated by Real Estate-funded Republicans. However, this coming election on Nov. 4, Prop G is on target to become the first significant legislation to address real estate speculation head-on.

Proposition G would levy a hefty tax on real estate speculators in San Francisco if they buy and then flip a mutli-unit building in less than 5 years. So Prop G would act as a significant disincentive for speculators to buy buildings, evict tenants and then resell them for huge profits. It’s supported by most progressive and moderate politicians such as Mark Leno, Tom Ammiano, David Campos, John Avalos, Jane Kim and by groups like the SF Democratic Party, the SF Tenants Union, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and many more.

Of course the real estate agents who profit so handsomely by selling our homes from under us aren’t going to let this huge source of wealth generation be slowed in any way and so the national, state and local realtors associations have put well over $1.5 million into the NO ON G campaign, providing them with ten times the budget of YES ON G which is mostly grass roots. They also know that this prop could be a trend-setter for other parts of the country which are also experiencing speculation-fueled increases in housing costs. We need all hands on deck to get this legislation passed and to cool the artificial boom in SF real estate.

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer is an organizer with Housing Rights Committee and a founder of Eviction Free SF. Benito Santiago is also an Eviction Free SF member who has successfully fought the eviction of he and his neighbours from their Mission area homes. Both are active workers for the YES ON G campaign and they will explain in more detail what the Proposition is and how it will significantly help reduce evictions and slow increases in rents and house prices.

Then Julien Ball of ACCE will discuss the current state of the housing crisis in SF and what other measures are being proposed such at ACCE’s CARES program. This is based on the City of Richmond’s bold plan to use eminent domain to take over foreclosed upon homes from banks when they won’t re-negotiate loans to keep people in their homes. ACCE is hoping to get San Francisco to join Richmond and adopt CARES to help the thousands of people whose homes are currently or may enter foreclosure here.

ACCE Action is part of Families for an Affordable San Francisco, a community labor coalition that’s been campaigning for YES ON J (increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour); YES ON G; and David Campos for State Assembly.


James Tracy, a long-time Bay Area activist and author will discuss the crisis and his new book on the topic Dispatches Against Displacement in which he promotes the vision of cities constructed, not just for profit, but “developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running.”

Q & A and Announcements will follow.
Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!
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Opposing the Militarization of Police. What’s Next? How Do We Proceed? @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Oct 28 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

We are holding a followup to “Inside Urban Shield” based on the ideas that were thrown out and briefly discussed at that Community Forum.  Please come to get involved: organizing and acting to most effectively influence things locally, nationally and at the state level.

Just a few of the many ideas that were proposed:

  • Opposing the acquisition of the San Leandro tank with a demonstration.
  • Attending Bay Area UASI meetings.
  • Pushing for privacy legislation in Oakland.
  • Cutting off funding to police organizations that violate human rights.
  • Opposing California’s Peace Officers’ Bill of Rights.
  • Looking at Richmond and Salt Lake City models of policing
  • Using the series ‘Overcriminalized.” and the action kits that go with it.
  • Opposing pre-trial detention.
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Press Conference: Suing Santa Rita. @ Board of Supervisors Chamber, 5th floor, just outside
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
On Oct, 27, 2014, Anne Weills , noted civil rights activists, long time lawyer and resident of Oakland, and 3 other civil rights activists, Tova Fry, Alyssa Eisenberg and Mollie Costello filed a class action lawsuit against Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern, alleging that Sheriff Ahern deprived plaintiff and other women who were incarcerated in Santa Rita jail “with the minimal civilized measure of life’s necessities, and have violated their basic human dignity and their right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.”

On February 13, 2014, members of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition were protesting at the State Building in Oakland.  Anne Weills was there as a legal observer from the National Lawyers’ Guild.  The protesters and Attorney Weills were arrested, driven to Santa Rita and placed in the custody of the Sheriff.

The sheriffs’ deputies demanded that the women take off their shirts in front of male deputies and other male prisoners.  When Attorney Weills refused, considering the request to be sexual harassment, she was thrown into a solitary closet, denied access to a toilet.  Then she and the other plaintiffs were then placed in severely overcrowded cells, which were filthy with feces, blood, urine, garbage and rotting food on the floors and walls.  Women who were bleeding were denied feminine hygiene supplies.

They will be at the Board of Supervisors meeting to demand that the Board end sexual harassment and improve conditions at Santa Rita Jail.

At the press conference the four plaintiffs will describe their experiences.

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Oct
29
Wed
STOP MILITARIZATION OF BERKELEY POLICE @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Oct 29 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

Speak out at Berkeley City Council  against renewal of Police Department Agreements with
Homeland Security/FBI programs!

The first Action Calendar item on the agenda is a Public Hearing on renewing
the Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) agreement with Federal, local and State
law enforcement agencies.

To stop militarization of police departments we must demand that City
Councils not renew the agreement with the Homeland Security program, Urban
Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which gives grants to local police
departments for military equipment, such as tasers, drones, tanks and more.
Stopping UASI at our local City Councils would help to stop Police
Departments’ shopping spree at the annual URBAN SHIELD convention, stocked
with Homeland Security corporate merchandise.

Surveillance goes hand in hand with militarization. Ask the Council to also
vote to not renew the BPD agreement with the Northern California Regional
Intelligence Center (NCRIC), a data fusion center coordinated by the FBI’s Bay
Area Joint Terrorism Task Force, to which Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)
are sent: e.g. taking a photo of a building or taking notes, especially if
you’re of a suspicious ethnic/color group.

SuperBOLD (Berkeleyans Organizing for Liberty Defense)

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Berkeley Copwatch
2022 Blake St
Berkeley, CA 94704

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Oct
30
Thu
Wear Orange on October 30th. @ Everywhere
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

On October 30 people across the country will be wearing orange – as a powerful visible symbol of opposition to mass incarceration.

On campuses, in the streets, in high schools, at work, on public transportation – everywhere you go that day, wear orange. Gather in public spots in your city town or campus with groups of people in orange, challenging others to join you and be part of the crew.

We will be wearing Orange because it is the color prisoners are forced to wear – from the torture chambers in Guantanamo, to the infamous SSHU units in California, to the work gangs on Texas prison farms, to teeming youth detention centers coast to coast. We’re wearing orange and turning this around – orange will become the color of resistance, and knnown for that far and wide in society. It will help galvanize and give expression to our opposition.

This country has the highest incarceration rate in world history. 2.4 million people, a huge number of them Black and Latino youth are in prison. Black men are incarcerated at a rate over 6 times that of white men, and given on average much higher sentences for the same offenses. We live in a society that offers no future to masses of Black and Latino youth except prison and punishment.

This is unacceptable! Throughout October resistance has been mobilized to the slow genocide of mass incarceration and police terror The month was opened by taking the Pledge of Resistance in cities across the country. This was followed by sermons in dozens of religious institutions; symposiums at Columbia Univ, UC Berkeley and other campuses; more than a thousand people gathering for Ferguson October and now we’re coming off a successful mobilization for October 22, the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. October 30 will be a day to make our resistance resonate further thruout society and deliver a message to one and all that mass incarceration and all its consequences must be stopped; and that we are determined to STOP it!

Be creative. Be bold. Be determined. Make a lot of noise, get a lot of attention.

WEAR ORANGE OCTOBER 30! STOP MASS INCARCERATION!

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The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It @ Revolution Books (at Telegraph, under parking structure)
Oct 30 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom reads from and discusses her new book, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It”

What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? These are the questions at the heart of Suspicion Nation.
Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom covered the murder trial and was appalled by what she witnessed. Bloom now exposes the injustice, conducting new in-depth interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. Suspicion Nation outlines the six biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this “winnable case,” and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.

Read a transcript or Listen to an mp3 audio of Michael Slate interviewing Lisa Bloom on March 28, 2014 on the Los Angeles Pacifica affiliate KPFK. Lisa Bloom says: “I think that fifty years from now, people are going to look at this case as the Emmett Till case of the early 21st century.”

The only nonwhite juror tells her story of painful isolation in the jury room. Rachel Jeantel, the state’s star witness, reveals how poorly the state prepared her to testify and what went through her mind on the stand. The medical examiner reveals scientific evidence he wasn’t allowed to present. And a new examination of Trayvon’s school suspensions raises questions about racial profiling, all in a country divided over issues of race, gun laws, and violence. Suspicion Nation is a riveting courtroom drama that shines a bright light on a case we only thought we knew.

 

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Politics of Debt Reading Group: POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT WEEK.
Oct 30 @ 2:30 am – 4:30 am
Music and Protest: Panel & Discussion @ Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Music and Protest: 

Music has always played a key role in protest movements. As part of the campus’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, the On the Same Page program has organized this panel, along with a concert (co-sponsored by Cal Performances) the same evening.

Waldo Martin, Professor, UC Berkeley History Department;
Kim Nalley, Jazz and Blues Vocalist; Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley History Department;
Mavis Staples, Singer;
Chris Strachwitz, Founder and President, Arhoolie Records

Mark Peterson, Professor, UC Berkeley History Department

College of Letters & Science

Free and open to all on a first-come, first-seated basis

reception to follow event

 

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Where Can We Pee? Houseless, Disabled Black and Brown Elders and Community Lose their Porta Pottie to Pressures from New Residents and Gentrification @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, Oakland City Hall
Oct 30 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Facebook & RSVP

“We were just trying to provide a dignified, safe and clean place for homeless people to use the restroom,” said Frances Moore, lifelong resident of North Oakland and founder of Auntie Frances’ Self-help Hunger Program.

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, after months of harassment by newer residents in the North Oakland community of “Driver Plaza” where the Self-Help Hunger Program feeds poor and houseless elders and families of color every week, Oakland officials succumbed to pressure by newer residents and instructed the Porta Pottie company to remove the toilet from Driver Plaza.

Auntie Frances’ Love Mission and Self-Help Hunger Program was launched 5 years ago by Frances Moore, a life-long resident of South Berkeley/North Oakland who herself dealt with homelessness, hunger and poverty in one of the richest countries in the world. The Porta Pottie was rented by the Self-Help Hunger Program in March 2014 for a Black History Celebration to provide the houseless North Oakland community with a dignified place to use the bath room.

“When my mother and I were houseless no business or home would ever let us use the bathroom,” said Lisa Tiny Gray-Garcia, author of “Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America,” and co-founder of POOR Magazine, who has been working alongside community members and groups like Phat Beets Produce to fight City-backed gentrification of the Love Mission and all of Oakland.

Several months ago, many residents not historically from Oakland that have moved into the area near Driver Plaza began harassing Aunti Frances and others at Driver Plaza for feeding and supporting poor and homeless people, as well as claiming that folks at Driver Park were defecating and urinating in public. Some newer residents began to launch more attacks on the people at Driver Park, claiming that the Porta pottie increased blight and criminal activity, despite it being an action taken for self-determined. In fact, the Porta pottie was fundraised for by Aunti Frances and the Self-Help Hunger Program, Driver Park residents, POOR Magazine and Phat Beets Produce. When Driver Park had no toilet, they were criminalized for relieving themselves in public. When they raised money to maintain a toilet and went to the bath room in a dignified manner, they had it taken away.

Oakland City Council Member Dan Kalb of District 1 in North Oakland and Oakland Public Works Agency refuses to support the life-long African-American community of this neighborhood, taking no action at all to ensure that residents have a dignified place to use the restroom, the same way people utilizing others city parks do. Marginalized in their own neighborhood by new residents and their different vision for Driver Park, people have begun speaking out, specifically the youth.

“All they wanted was a dignified place to use the bathroom, said Kimo Umu, 11 years old, student at Deecolonize Academy- an Oakland based school who have been supporting Auntie Frances Love Mission and Self-Help Hunger Program as part of their report on Bay Area gentrification for their Revolutionary Journalism class. Students and teachers of the Academy will be building a Porta pottie to install in the Oakland Mayors Office on Thursday.

Self-Help Hunger Program supporters say that It is important to work with neighbors new and old, but the city is putting the power in the hands of the privileged to decide what is best for a long-time working class, African-American community. What Kalb fails to acknowledge is that many people in the park are neighbors as well, and when he speaks about approval from the community he is not considering Driver Park users constituents or the community.

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POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE is a very grassroots, poor people of color-led arts organization providing media, education and art to very low and no-income youth, adults and elders of color locally and globally.

Co-sponsors/endorsers for this emergency press conference are the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper, Manilatown I-Hotel Center, Deecolonize Academy and Healthy Hoodz.

 

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Nov
1
Sat
Jack London’s The Iron Heel: a benefit performance for the RPA & Sunflower Alliance @ Berkeley City Club
Nov 1 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Jack London’s The Iron Heel: a benefit performance

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A Readers Theater, Puppetry and Music adaptation of the visionary dystopian science fiction tale of anti-capitalist rebellion & rise of authoritarianism.

This performance is a benefit for the Richmond Progressive Alliance & the Sunflower Alliance in their fight for the climate, health and safety of Bay Area communities threatened by big oil and for building a just, sustainable economy.

Featuring
Jack London’s great granddaughter Tarnel Abbott & great-great grandson, Devin O’Keefe.
Live Saxophone musical score by master musician Andrés Soto.
Introduction by Jonah Raskin, editor of The Radical Jack London: Writings on War & Revolution.

Please “join” the Facebook Event page here  and invite friends.

But also order tickets to hold your spot and let us know how many to expect:
$10-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds).  All proceeds after expenses to support local environmental/climate justice groups.

The one-night-only performance will start promptly and run approximately 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission. The performance is in conjunction with the international Jack London Symposium, held this year in Berkeley.

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“Battle of Chicago” from the Iron Heel canastoria by Regina Gilligan

Written by Tarnel Abbott & The Iron Heel Theater Collective
Art Director: Regina Gilligan
Puppetry Director: David Solnit
Readers Theater Director: Alicia Littletree Bales

And a special request
It’s Halloween so come in costume! Want suggestions? A police state figure, your favorite 99% rebel, or an incarnation of a post-capitalist future.

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Rally to Save the Berkeley Post Office. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 2 @ 4:30 am


post-office-day-33The Downtown Berkeley Post Office could be sold at any time now!
Come rally to show support and plan the resistance!

A detailed explanation of why it is now in imminent danger of being sold.

 

MOBILIZATION!

      HELP STOP THE SALE!

Sat. Nov. 1, 2014 2000 Allston Way on the steps of the  

Berkeley Post Office    

It’s now in contract TO BE STOLEN!

The fate of the downtown Berkeley Post Office has reached a crisis point. The transfer of the building to private ownership may be only days away. For this reason, Berkeley Post Office Defenders call for a collaborative mobilization of all those who oppose the threat of privatization. Individuals and organizations will gather to share music, establish an ongoing direct action presence, and provide updates and support for political and legal action including:

  –  An injunction to Stop the Sale

  –  Postal banking

–  Preservation of historic public property

  –  Boycott Staples profitization of postal services   

 

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  • Massive Rally, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,

1ST Action: Sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office

For more information please go to www.savethebpo.com

 

 

  • Jam the Sale, 1 pm till 10 pm

2nd Action: Coordinated by Berkeley Post Office Defenders,     berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com             

Come play music! Bring instruments — including your singing voice, spoken word and dancing body. We will not allow our Post Office to be sold, and nothing can sustain persistent resistance like music. We will play until USPS stops pretending not to hear us say that our Post Office is not for sale!” You’re welcome to pre- schedule at  http://tinyurl.com/mlxgpff

 

 

  • Direct Action Presence, (bring your pillows)

3rd Action: in Collaboration with First They Came for the Homeless
www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999

 It’s time to establish and support a physical presence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office. By taking direct action to defend our public goods, we affirm our reasons for living in community by sharing our energy and resources for the benefit of all.                                                                                                              ___________________________________________________

Please help us mobilize for a massive live and media protest.                      

Contact us electionamend@gmail.com

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Climate Leadership Summit @ 518 Valencia
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – Nov 3 @ 2:00 am

Today, there is unprecedented momentum in the effort to stop fossil fuels and win climate justice.

However, with most of our attention focused on fighting short-term battles, we often forget to ask the question:What would the world look like if we won?

Change the Course, a new program from Rainforest Action Network, is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future.

We are launching a series of climate-focused workshops and visioning sessions — in cities across the country as well as through a new online platform. Through this program, we will crowd-source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would look like — and develop the strategies and tactics that will get us there.

Our opponents in the fossil fuel industry have their own vision for the future, one defined by rising oceans and ever-increasing carbon emissions — a future where extreme energy practices fly in the face of science and common-sense, and where the worst impacts of climate change are shouldered by the communities least able to bear them.

It’s not too late to define the future we want to live in.

Together, let’s change the course.

Please join us at the upcoming Climate Leadership Summit to kick this project off. This 2 day event will bring communities together from across the region for an innovative visioning, strategic development and skills summit. We will strengthen and grow local groups and prepare our movement to take action together, with our end goals in mind.

This summit will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-6pm each day.  RSVP now!

  
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