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Nov
21
Fri
Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet @ Room 305
Nov 21 @ 1:30 am – 5:00 am

You are invited to join EFF next Thursday, November 20, for a free public event on the quickly unfolding national debate on net neutrality, to be hosted at San Francisco City Hall.

The event is Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet, where you are invited to testify at City Hall about why net neutrality matters to Bay Area communities. Attendees will also receive an update from the lawyers, policy analysts, and activists who have been working on the front lines to make sure the FCC takes the right path forward.

Before the hearing, supporters will rally outside City Hall at 5:30pm and are encouraged to bring cell phones, laptops, and flashlights for a cell phone vigil and to hold signs and colorful art to demonstrate support for Internet freedom. Download this image to display on your screen at the rally.

Who: Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps; Amy Sonnie, Outreach Director of the Oakland Public Library; Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco; Corynne McSherry, Director of Intellectual Property at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice; Tim Poznar of Fandor.com; and others.

PLEASE RSVP HERE
The People’s Hearing comes at a key moment in the debate over net neutrality. Last Monday, President Barack Obama issued a statement in support of full, clear net neutrality rules, echoing the demands of the 4 million Americans who have spoken out in favor of the same reforms throughout the year. The FCC is weighing its options now and is expected to act as early as December.

It’s time to make sure California voices are heard in the national discussions.The fight isn’t over yet; come meet us at the front lines.

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Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense. @ Berkeley City Club
Nov 21 @ 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Autumn brings Recipe, a profoundly funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, resident playwright for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Central Works serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.  But baking pies and cakes isn’t enough to satisfy these four intrepid refugees from the 60’s (and 50’s, and 40’s), and their burning desire to “Up the Revolution!”

Watch the trailer!

Read the Radical Recipe Blog!

Pay-what-you-can every Thursday, at the door as available

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Nov
22
Sat
Javier Arbona on the Architecture of Surveillance @ Gallery of California History, Oakland Museum
Nov 22 @ 3:00 am – 3:30 am

Pop-up Talk: Javier Arbona on the Architecture of Surveillance

Join geographer and artist Javier Arbona for a brief talk in the Gallery of California History. Arbona will discuss infrastructure and surveillance in the port city of Oakland. Using a foreboding downtown telecommunications building as jumping-off point, he will make connections between the long history of the telegraph in Oakland and state surveillance in our midst today.

This in-Gallery pop-up talk takes place during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, and more.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under.

Admission for OMCA Members is always free.

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STATE V. REED: An Award Winning Documentary About an Innocent Man on Death Row @ Sundiata Bookstore
Nov 22 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

 A documentary about Rodney Reed – an innocent man the State of Texas is preparing to “legally” lynch by execution on January 14th, 2015.

#Justice4Rodney

Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

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Free Occupy the Farm Screening at Wheeler Hall @ Wheeler Auditorium, Wheeler Hall
Nov 22 @ 5:00 am – 7:00 am

An inspiration film about the recent occupation of UC Berkeley land that saved 10 acres from the clutches of privatization. This film is still in theaters but we are hosting a FREE SCREENING in the Open University in Wheeler Hall!

http://occupythefarmfilm.com/

OCCUPY THE FARM tells the inspiring story of a community taking direct action to create a healthier and more just food system and question the stewardship of a precious resource: publicly owned urban farmland.

200 farmers occupy a last piece of farmland in California’s urban East Bay, plant 15,000 seedlings to feed the community and disrupt plans to build a shopping mall. What happens next will change the fate of the land and reveal a new strategy for activism.

From tilling soil to police raids, from lawsuits to overflowing harvests, OCCUPY THE FARM reveals a resourceful, creative, and determined community as it fights against the privatization of the land and responds with direct action to a serious social need: access to healthy food.

The Village Voice calls OCCUPY THE FARM “riveting from the start” and this true story will inspire your community in the power of people working together to make a profound difference. Please share to support!

– See more at: http://occupythefarmfilm.com/#sthash.5I5T7GOw.dpuf

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Earth At Risk 2014: Justice and Sustainability Conference, Nov. 22 – 23 @ Palace of Fine Arts
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – Nov 23 @ 11:00 pm

Earth At Risk 2014: Justice and Sustainability Conference, Nov. 22 – 23

From the Conference website: “This November, some of the world’s preeminent strategists in environmental defense, social justice,
Earth At Risk Logoand grassroots activism will come together to share their insights and speak toward ONE goal: crafting game-changing responses to address the converging crises we face.

Species extinction, racism, sexual warfare, deforestation, global warming, corruption — all stem from the same root.

For too long environmentalism has hinged on conformity to capitalism and the status quo. For too long social justice work has capitulated to this profoundly abusive culture. We may live on an EARTH AT RISK – but with this great challenge comes a GREAT OPPORTUNITY. This is your struggle, whether you acknowledge it or not. Will you sit on the sidelines as the world burns?”

Featuring four hugely important global activists: African-American author Alice Walker, Indian physicist-ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva, journalist Chris Hedges and author/philosopher Derrick Jensen. This is not a conference to miss, if you can help it!

For more details, please visit the Fertile Ground Environmental Institute website or the Event Schedule here.

 

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Socialist Alternative Political Day School @ Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez Branch
Nov 22 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 1:00 am

Why Does Capitalism Breed Inequality?

What’s the Socialist Alternative?

Organizing to Win.

 

 

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Nov
23
Sun
STATE V. REED: An Award Winning Documentary @ OMNI Collective
Nov 23 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

A documentary about Rodney Reed – an innocent man the State of Texas is preparing to “legally” lynch by execution on January 14th, 2015.

#Justice4Rodney

Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

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Wheeler Hall Occupation General Assembly @ Wheeler Hall lobby
Nov 23 @ 4:00 am – 6:00 am

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Change the Name! Change the Mascot! @ Levi Stadium
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A Northern California grassroots campaign to end the use of the racial slur as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. will be re-launched November 23rd at 10:00 AM. The campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to end the use of the racial epithet and its hurtful reminder of Indigenous peoples ongoing mistreatment. We also aim to develop institutionalized Indigenous oversight with the NFL to promote healing and restorative justice caused by our exploitation.

The American Indian Movement-West, Sacred Sites Protection & Rights of Indigenous Tribes, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, and others are organizing its largest grassroots demonstration in the San Francisco Bay Area. Diversity is welcomed, so join our efforts and become a part of history! Endorsements, organizations, volunteers, carpools, & event attendees are needed.

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Nov
24
Mon
Award Winning Documentary: STATE V. REED @ Out of Line Collective
Nov 24 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

A documentary about Rodney Reed – an innocent man the State of Texas is preparing to “legally” lynch by execution on January 14th, 2015.

#Justice4Rodney

Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

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Films From The Frontlines: Screening and discussion with the Global Uprisings media collective at Occupied Wheeler Hall @ Wheeler Auditorium, aka Occupied Wheeler Hall
Nov 24 @ 3:30 am – 5:30 am

Films From The Frontlines: Screening and discussion with the Global Uprisings media collective

Join the Global Uprisings media for a special screening of their films covering international social movements!

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. Since 2011, filmmaker Brandon Jourdan and researcher Marianne Maeckelbergh have produced 24 online viral documentary films about the uprisings, rebellions, revolts, and revolutions that have spread around the world. All of their films are completely free online at www.globaluprisings.org.

Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US. Their films cover strikes and demonstrations in the UK, the large-scale housing occupations and street mobilizations in Spain, the various general strikes, protests, and factory occupations in Greece, the revolution in Egypt, the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey, the 2014 social explosion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the revolt against austerity in Portugal, and the occupy movement in the United States.

The Global Uprisings series has received hundreds of thousands of online views, been translated into multiple languages, screened at various international film festivals, theaters, galleries, and other venues around the world, used in university and high school classrooms, screened on Democracy Now!, and on the US TV station Free Speech TV.

Global Uprisings Creators

Brandon Jourdan is a journalist and filmmaker who has contributed to Democracy Now!, the NY Times, CNN, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech TV. With over ten years of experience in documentary filmmaking and journalism, his films have played in film festivals around the world including DocLisboa, Movies That Matter, and the Aljazeera International Film Festival and featured in the 2005 Whitney Biennial, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, the Contemporary Art Meeting Point in Athens, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight. Since 2011, he has worked together with Marianne Maeckelbergh on www.globaluprisings.org, an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism.

Marianne Maeckelbergh is Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy (Pluto Press, 2009). She is co-founder of www.globaluprisings.org, an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. She is currently a Marie Curie fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Wheeler Hall Occupation General Assembly at UC Berkeley @ Wheeler Hall lobby
Nov 24 @ 4:00 am – 6:00 am

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Rally & March at Cal: UC-Wide Walkout Against the Fee-Hikes and for Accessible Public Education. @ Sproul Plaza
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

UC-Wide Walkout Against the Fee-Hikes and for Accessible Public Education
The general assembly in Wheeler hall has called for a day of action on Monday to continue our struggle for accessible public education.

We will have:

Morning teach-outs ~ come join discussions on a variety of topics

  • 11:30: Academic Workers’ Rally for Public Education: https://www.facebook.com/events/501511563323950/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
  • 12pm: Rally at Sather Gate in solidarity with statewide movements for public education

March through campus, then to downtown, passing big banks, BCC, and BHS. March returns to campus for a General Assembly to decide on a major action for Tuesday morning.

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Throughout the day, there will be Open University teach-outs on issues that cross student, worker, and community issues.

Check out the Open UC Website.

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Nov
25
Tue
Convergence at OGP After the Indictment Decision of Darren Wilson at 6:00 PM @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 25 @ 2:00 am – 7:45 am

10421592_10205466962053002_7042848675072366031_nOfficials have announced that a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown has been reached, but what the decision is is not public yet.  The decision itself is to be announced later today,  now officially stated to be at 6:00 PM Pacific Time.

The call associated with the picture to the left.

IndyBay announcement.

 

The call from Stop Mass Incarceration Bay Area email:

If Wilson Walks, America Halts!
No Business As Usual in NYC!
Anything Less Than a Murder Charge Is Unacceptable
Charge Darren Wilson With Murder Now!
When Announced Immediately Go to 14th and Broadway and Into the Streets!
Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner,
and All Victims of Killer Cops!

 

 

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Occupy Forum: Film: “Walmart: The High Cost of Low Prices.” @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Nov 25 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 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

Walmart is the cheapest place in the USA to shop. In some areas, it is the only place to get some things. So, the temptation to shop there is very high.

But Walmart does not create a level playing field. In areas where Walmart opens, other businesses close down, and downtowns are replaced by big box strip malls. Workers are forced to work there. And the conditions are not good.

Half the Walmart employees are paid so poorly that they qualify for Welfare, food stamps and Medi-Cal. Walmart also receives tax breaks, so the taxpayers are subsidizing it twice. Some Walmarts have provided workforce housing — by letting the workers live in their cars in the parking lot. Walmart workers have to work on Thanksgiving, which has now become BlackFriday. They run holiday food drives, in which the slightly higher-paid workers are asked to contribute money so that lower-paid employees can have food, probably canned, on the one day they don’t have to work, Christmas. Even minimum wage is too high for some Walmarts, which have gotten in trouble for hiring undocumented workers at sub-minimum wages. Meanwhile, the Walton family, which owns the franchise, are billionaires, and are only getting richer.

Understandably, the workers have been talking of striking for years. But Walmart has said that they will illegally fire all striking workers. Despite this, a strike is finally on. The demand is for a mere fifteen dollars per hour, which is becoming the standard minimum wage in many parts of the USA.

See Walmart, The High Price of Low Costs and then go out and support the striking workers.

Time will be allocated for announcements.

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CANCELLED: Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly.
Nov 25 @ 2:30 am – 3:30 am

 MEETING CANCELLED TODAY!

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

THE POSTAL SERVICE WANTS TO SELL THE POST OFFICE TO HUDSON-MCDONALD DEVELOPMENT GROUP.

THE CITY OF BERKELEY HAS SUED THE POST OFFICE TO STOP THE SALE. A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IS IN PLACE UNTIL DECEMBER 17th.

 A hearing will take place in Federal Court on December 11th.

 Come learn about continuing developments and help us plan our next steps in opposition to this theft of our public commons.

Get an overview of the sale announcement here.

Here’s a good more general overview piece.

Davic Rovics gave a concert on the Post Office steps last Monday. Check out pictures and video of him playing.

Also CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE. and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website, and First they Came for the Homeless Facebook 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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Movie Night at the Berkeley Post Office Occupation. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Nov 25 @ 3:30 am – 5:30 am

Join First They Came for the Homeless and Berkeley Post Office Defender peeps for a free movie on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office!

Movie title to be announced.

Ed not Bombs is your host.

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Nov
26
Wed
Oakland: Next Day After Ferguson Demonstratration! @ OPD HQ
Nov 26 @ 1:00 am – 2:00 am

WHAT: “The Next Day” Mobilization

The Oakland Uhuru Movement unites with the call put out by the Black is Back Coalition Social Justice, Peace and Reparations to engage in mass protest demanding justice for Mike Brown and the African with or without an indictment!

Bakari Olatunji, leader of the local Uhuru Movement says, “We stand up for Michael Brown, calling on police and military to withdraw from black neighborhoods across the county, including the Oakland police department. We also demand the release of all prisoners arrested during the Ferguson rebellions.”

Watch the dynamic call made by Chairman Lawrence Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress at the Peace Through Revolution march: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axL9UXZJl2A&list=UUIsoCw05eI4pWukrXLlOfoQ

Original IndyBay announcement.

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SF Protest: Another killer cop walks free! Justice for Mike Brown!
Nov 26 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

Protest the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. We are outraged at the freeing of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Just as in the murder of Alex Nieto, Andy Lopez, Eric Garner and so many more Black and Latino young men, officer Darren Wilson has been allowed to walk free. There is an epidemic of racist police killings across the country. Only the people organizing and fighting back can turn this around. Join with people across the country to say NO! to police killing and brutality.

Original notice on IndyBay.

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