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Mar
12
Mon
Pack the BART Police Citizen Review Commission Meeting: Justice 4 Sahleem @ BART Boardroom, 20th Street Mall, Third Floor
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We’re asking everyone who can to support the family of Sahleem Tindle in their struggle to get justice for Sahleem, who was murdered by BART officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. BART was forced to release the body cam video of his murder, where it was exposed for all to plainly see that 28 year old Sahleem was shot in the back three times with his hands up and no weapon in sight! We have been with the family to two BART Board meetings in the past few weeks, where the family and community have pressed hard to get Mateu fired and charged with murder. Through this effort BART has finally added a point about this added to the BART Police Citizen Review Board agenda on Monday, 3/12 at 4pm. Please help us pack this meeting. See the Facebook event here for further info:
Pack the BART Police Citizen Review Board

But we’re not stopping there! The family’s demands are to fire, charge and prosecute this murderer! So the next morning, Tuesday, 3/13, at 10am, we’re going to have a talk with DA Nancy O’Malley, who has the power to prosecute him. Mind you, she’s never prosecuted a single killer cop, so we have to press hard to make her break that record. Here’s the event info for that:
Demand DA O’Malley Charge Mateu with Murder

We’re not stopping there, either! OPD is in charge of the investigation, since Mateu murdered Sahleem across from West Oakland BART, not on BART property. So on Tuesday, 3/13, at 6pm, we’re going to visit OPD HQ at Broadway and 7th St to demand that they charge Mateu with murder! The event info for that is here:
Demand OPD Charge Mateu with Murder

Please Show up and support this family! For general information about Sahleem Tindle, you can go to the Justice 4 Sahleem Tindle Facebook group here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/794128510798194/

 

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Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Mar 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us this–and every Monday for an hour of singing in front of the old Oaks Theater at the top of Solano Avenue, Berkeley. Demonstrators have kept this rally going for over six years with their “Tax the Rich” and other timely signs and good spirits. We provide music; songbooks available. Come for a song, come for an hour.

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Climate Change and Labor: Challenges and Opportunities @ ILWU Local 4
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

How will the transition to a clean-energy economy affect workers and unions?  How is organized labor responding to this transition?  What policies and strategies can best address workers’ concerns?  A panel of labor and climate leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities at this free public forum.

Workers in a range of fields—steelworkers, pipe fitters, teachers, electricians, hospitality and service employees, government, communications, healthcare and autoworkers—will be affected differently by this transition.  Even within the same trade unions, some workers will see new job opportunities, some will be less affected, others will face job losses.

During this transition, labor unions must be at the table.  Opportunities may come in the form of job growth, project labor agreements, skill standards, and organizing the unorganized.  Challenges may be met through retraining programs, relocation assistance, and healthcare and pension guarantees.

This forum is one attempt to help set that table.  Its purpose is to grow communication channels between labor representatives, policy experts and climate advocates in order to create promising pathways to a prosperous and equitable future.

PANELISTS
JB Tengco, Moderator. West Coast Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
Betony Jones, Labor and Climate Policy Researcher
Susan Reed, International Representative, United Auto Workers
Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595
Marguerite Young, Service Employees International Union, Climate and Environmental Justice Coordinator
A member of the United Steel Workers
6:30 PM: snacks and refreshments
7 – 9  PM: panel discussion

 

Ample on-site parking.
Convenient BART-MUNI access.

PLEASE RSVP:  SEATING IS LIMITED.

 

SPONSORED BY

League of Women Voters • Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville
Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco Chapters of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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OccupyForum: The threat to net neutrality @ Local 2 UNITE HERE
Mar 12 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum
Tracy Rosenberg of Media Alliance on the threat to net neutrality

The fight for net neutrality:  an update & what we in SF can do at all levels of government to protect and promote equal access to the internet

Trump’s FCC has announced its intention to end net neutrality a step which undermines equal access for all to the internet in our country. But the fight is not yet over. Get an update about the current attack on net neutrality; why net neutrality is crucial to our democracy and must be preserved; and what steps we can take to protect it in Congress, in the California legislature and in San Francisco.

Tracy Rosenberg is the executive director of Media Alliance. She organizes and advocates for a free, accountable and accessible media system; monitors the mainstream media for accuracy and fair representation; and has facilitated the training of many groups in effective communications. She serves on the board of the Alliance for Community Media (Western Region), on the steering committee of the Media Action Grassroots Network and co-coordinates Oakland Privacy.

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

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Mar
13
Tue
Demand DA O’Malley Charge Mateu for Sahleem’s Murder
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? Join us to demand that Nancy O’Malley do her job and charge and prosecute Mateu for murder. O’Malley has yet to prosecute a single killer cop. It’s time to break that unjust record!

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

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Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance Vote @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bring secret government surveillance out of the shadows. Tell the Berkeley City Council to vote yes!

Did you know that 50 percent of all American adults are in a face-recognition database? Are you aware that Stingray cellphone trackers can pinpoint your location within a matter of yards? Or that police departments collect sensitive location data about drivers that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is eager to exploit?

You can take action today to protect our diverse Bay Area community from unaccountable police surveillance. The Berkeley City Council is currently considering a crucial surveillance technology ordinance that would ensure transparency, accountability, and oversight of these technologies. Tell them to vote YES.

This ordinance comes at a crucial time. Right now, ICE is trying to access local databases as it escalates attacks on Bay Area neighborhoods.

With your help, Berkeley could be the first city in the Bay Area to adopt an ordinance that requires transparency for surveillance technologies. The people of Berkeley have the right to reject dangerous surveillance technologies before local law enforcement agencies can acquire them.

Law enforcement shouldn’t be able to acquire surveillance technology in secret, yet it happens every day. Our local elected leaders must be empowered to intervene.

The Berkeley City Council will be voting very soon on this ordinance. Similar legislation is under consideration by city councils in Oakland and Davis. The Bay Area is part of a nationwide movement to fight secret and discriminatory surveillance. Take action now to stand for community control of police surveillance.

Make sure the City Council votes YES on this ordinance.

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Berkeley Action Alert: help bring surveillance transparency to Berkeley. @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

On March 13 Berkeley is poised to become the first California city to follow in Santa Clara County’s footsteps and adopt a comprehensive surveillance transparency framework. Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinances (SERO) mandate use policies for all spying equipment and audits of how the equipment was used. They get rid of secret surveillance and let the community know what is happening.

Berkeley’s ordinance has been in development since July of 2016. It is time to make it law. Come out to show your support and mark this historic occasion. There is an alternative proposal on the agenda which waters down real transparency. We need you to defeat it and pass the real thing.The meeting starts at 6pm. We expect the item to come up in the 7-8pm range.The meeting could go quite late.  Light Brigade at sunset outside the Berkeley Council Chambers.

Berkeley Can Become A City of Refuge
by Sameena Usman and Brian Hofer

The Time For Surveillance Transparency is Now
by Tracy Rosenberg

This message was brought to you by the folks at Oakland Privacy. Oakland Privacy has been fighting for transparency in law enforcement surveillance operations since 2013.

The Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission, the first municipal citizens privacy commission in the country, was built out of Oakland’s resistance to the Domain Awareness Center.

You may be interested in checking out the Oakland Privacy website, which has information about our other projects fighting against the surveillance state.

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Mar
14
Wed
Candle Vigil for Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon; One Year Anniversary
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 will be the one of anniversary of Elena “Ebbie” Mondragón, who was killed by two Fremont cops; Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez in an undercover operation.

Please join us as we remember Elena “Ebbie”, an not let her name just go in vain or be forgotten, by from the violence of the police.

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On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon was 16 years old and pregnant, when two Fremont Undercover Police officers; Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez where on an undercover sting operation.

Elena was with three of her friends at a apartment complex, near Cal State East Bay in Hayward, when Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez shot at the moving car, as the driver was backing out to leave the apartment complex, saying he was ” accelerating towards the police car” and that the officers “feared for their lives”.

Sgt. Jeremy Miskella & Det. Joel Hernandez ended up shoting 7 bullets at the car, missing the driver while 5 of the bullets hit Elena, killing her.

Sgt. Jeremy Miskella is now the Board of Directors President for the Fremont Police Association and Det. Joel Hernandez is still a detective for the Fremont Police Department.

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Want to endorse this vigil?

Feel out this google form: https://goo.gl/forms/27VNE98HbgmEUQXr1

Endorsements:

– Anti Terror Police Project
– Idriss Stelley Foundation
– Justice For Josiah
– National Brown Berets
– Prisoners Reentry Program
– Resistance SF
– South Beach District 6 Democratic Club Of San Francisco
– Together We Stand
– Youth Leadership Council LGBT center SF

 

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UC BERKELEY BOOK TALK: CITY OF INMATES @ Hearst Memorial Mining Building Room 290, UC Berkeley
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

UC Berkeley Book talk: Kelly Lytle-Hernandez – City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965

Join UCLA Professor of History Kelly Lytle Hernandez for a discussion about her upcoming book: City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965. The event will feature a conversation about the Ella Baker Center’s current work led by Eric Henderson, Policy Associate.

This event is being hosted by the UC Berkeley Center for Research on Social Change.

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SF Taser Policy Hearing @ SF City Hall, Room 400
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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El Cerrito Shows Up #Enough #IceOutOfCA @ El Cerrito Plaza
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us from 6 to 7 PM at the west entrance to El Cerrito Plaza, intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. We’ll meet on the side nearest to Daiso.

The ECSU goals are to create a significant community presence to speak out in favor of equality, justice, inclusiveness and more. We say NO to hatred, racism, white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.

You can bring your own sign with your own words expressing what you stand for and against. Use BIG lettering so people in cars can see! We’ll also have some sign-making materials.

We’re from the El Cerrito area. Our Show Up location is at the borders of El Cerrito, Richmond and Albany — all are welcome!

We will assemble lawfully, and won’t block the sidewalk. All locations we select will be wheelchair-accessible. To participate you must commit to non-violent and respectful conduct. Family-friendly.

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Free Speech Movement: How it was Fought and Won, Why it Must Be Defended @ Valley Life Sciences Bldg, Rm 2050, UC Berkeley
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Mar
15
Thu
Omni General Assembly
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come by our open Orientations every First and Third Thursday of the month at 6pm! We’ll introduce you to the variety of ways you can get involved at the Omni, whether through joining a working group or a collective—or starting one of your one. Write our Communications Working Group with questions: comms@omnicommons.org

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url: https://pad.riseup.net/p/omninom

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Mar
16
Fri
Emergency protest in response to reported Berkeley ICE arrests. @ Old City Hall
Mar 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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Uncolonized (a short documentary film) @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Mar 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

sm_uncolonized.jpg Uncolonized is a short documentary film about a native family who decided never to enroll their two daughters into the public school system, choosing instead to homeschool them from birth. Chris is Potawatomi and Chasity is Navajo. Their daughters Nathaney and Mimicah, ages 11 and 7 at the time of filming, carry both of their parents’ lineages in the their blood, but also in their way of being.

The film takes a critical look at the historical experiences of native children inside of the US public education system, and brings clarity to the decision of this family to keep their daughters out of the public school system, and therefore keep them UNCOLONIZED.

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Mar
17
Sat
Bay Resistance: Power Together in 2018: Mass Training @ Oakland Technical High School
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

REGISTER HERE: bit.ly/baypower (it’s FREE!)

2018 is going to be a big year. Let’s get ready to win big for our communities!

Join us to build power together in our second annual mass training on March 17th. Trainings will include how to build a sanctuary neighborhood, participate in direct action, win electoral campaigns, and get started in organizing. We have new trainings, a new campaign section, and caucus time including for youth, labor folks, and seniors and people with disabilities. Whether you’re a new or experienced activist, join us to skill up and find out how to plug in!

Childcare and lunch provided; please register at bit.ly/baypower. Space is ADA accessible; more accessibility details upon registration.

We will have silk-screening, so bring a shirt to print on!

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:15 Opening program
11:30 – 1:00 Skills trainings
1:00 – 1:30 Lunch provided
1:30 – 2:30 Campaigns and caucuses

Join your fellow Bay Area activists to build a strong community of resistance and justice – to build power for 2018!

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Medicare For All Open Strategy Meeting @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

East Bay DSA hosted its first ever Medicare-for-All strategy meeting in February, where we generated ideas for tactics to expand our healthcare campaign. Now we’re hosting a follow up meeting to continue developing these ideas into actionable plans that can make us an even stronger force in the struggle to decommodify healthcare!

Please join us on March 17 to keep the momentum going as we develop specific tactical plans around four areas of interest that emerged at the first meeting.

  • Labor Outreach (e.g. presenting at union meetings, joint town halls)
  • Media Development (e.g. YouTube channel, Facebook, informational socialist reporting)
  • Direct Action (e.g. against debt collection agencies, putting pressure on capitalists and politicians in their neighborhoods)
  • Direct Community Services (e.g. Medicaid enrollment, volunteer at free clinics)

During the meeting, we’ll spend ample time in small groups devoted to each of these interest areas and then reconvene for a large group discussion and debate on them. Please be sure to fill out the RSVP to indicate what strategies you’re most interested in discussing! All are welcome, whether or not you were there in February. We’re so excited to continue developing these ideas with you on March 17!

The venue is wheelchair accessible, and you can contact Matt with any accessibility questions.

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East Bay DSA Potluck Picnic @ Bushrod Park
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The South Berkeley canvass team cordially invites you to a friendly neighborhood potluck. After The Big Canvass on March 10, get together with your comrades for some tasty treats and socialist cheer.

All are welcome! It’s a potluck, so bring something tasty to eat or drink!

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Join the campaign for effective police oversight in Berkeley! @ Grassroots House
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the campaign for effective police oversight this weekend!

WHAT:  Fan out across Berkeley to gather signatures to put police oversight on the local November ballot!

All out for a fun day!  We’ll supply the petitions and will orient you on how to get the most signatures possible. You just bring your walking shoes.

We’ll be going out to talk to Berkeley voters for the next eight weekends.  Please reply to this email, or call 510.517-8379, to let us know you can join us Saturday at noon.

Outreach Committee

P.S. You may find today’s Daily Cal article on racial disparities in Berkeley policing helpful as you think about how to talk about why we need real oversight for the BPD.

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/03/12/berkeley-police-stop-search-black-residents-often-police-review-commission-finds/

Berkeley Community United for Police Oversight
P.O. Box 9312, Berkeley, CA 94709

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