Calendar

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Nov
10
Sat
California Food Not Bombs Gathering @ Omni Commons
Nov 10 all-day
  • AB 2178
  • Criminalization of the homeless
  • 40th anniversary planning
  • Response to mental health issues, addiction and access to healthcare
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Internet Archive Hackathon – Oakland Privacy Presenting. @ Internet Archives
Nov 10 all-day

2018 SAN FRANCISCO – HACKATHON & EVENING EVENT SCHEDULE

TICKETS HERE

SATURDAY:

11:00 am -Doors Open

11:30 am – Welcome to Aaron Swartz Day – Introduction by Lisa Rein

Noon – Internet Archive Updates:
“New at the Internet Archive” Tracey Jaquith (TV/News Archive) &
Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

12:45 pm – The Decentralized Web and the Dat Project  Danielle Robinson, PhD  (Co-Executive Director, Code for Science and Society) & Karissa McKelvey (Digital Democracy,  Open Source DeveloperDanielle and Karissa will explain exactly what the “open source decentralized web” is and how it can be implemented in the real world. (Complete with use cases!) Also, why you need to know and understand what the decentralized web is, and why it’s important. Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

1:30 pm How to Make Law Enforcement Accountable by Implementing A Surveillance Policy Framework – Tracy Rosenberg (Oakland Privacy), Dave Maass (EFF), Lisa Rein (Co-founder, Aaron Swartz Day).  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A

2:30 pm – TBA

3:30 pm – TBA

4:30-5:30 pm  A conversation with Barrett Brown about his new book (My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir& the Pursuance Project with Claire Peters (Director of Strategy). Hosted by Lisa Rein.  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A. Including Questions all the way from ThoughtWorks’ Melbourne and Brisbane’s “Internet Freedom Hackathons”

5:30-6:00pm – TBA

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Hackathon Reception

7:30 pm – 8:00pm – Start migrating upstairs

8:00 pm SHARP! Evening event Begins (Upstairs in the Great Room)

Evening Event Speakers (8:00pm-9:30pm):

8pm – 9:30 pm Evening Event – Special Guests Speaking or Performing (or both)

Hosted by: Lisa Rein (Aaron Swartz DayCreative CommonsThe Swartz-Manning VR DestinationASD Police Surveillance ProjectASD Solar Survival Project)

Guests so far (More Special Guests TBA):

A mixed-media presentation by DJ Spooky (Multimedia ArtistDJ/MusicianAuthor, HistorianEducator)

A Conversation with Journalist Barrett Brown & Trevor Timm (Executive Director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation) (Barrett Brown won a National Magazine Award for his prison columns, & is the Author of the upcoming book: My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A MemoirHe is the Co-founder of the Pursuance Project, a Journalist, and a Former Political Prisoner.)

Jen Helsby (Lead Developer, SecureDrop) (CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs)

Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive)

A conversation with Danielle Robinson (Dat Project, Code for Science & Society) and Karissa McElvy (Digital Democracy, Open Source Developer)

Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

Plus More Special Guests – We will be making daily updates here!

After event gathering at The Emporium – 616 Divisadero St.
To play games, drink and dance to DJs till 2am. (Sunday doesn’t start till 11 am 🙂

Sunday Schedule:

11:00 Brunch- Hackathon Information and Sync up

11:30 – 12:15 pm Keynote 1: Ashley Boyd, VP Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation

12:15-12:55 pm Keynote 2: Erin Gallagher – Mapping Complex Social Networks to Create Useful Visualizations

Speakers in order (lengths will vary between 10, 20, & 30 minutes) – and all will have at least 5 minutes of Q & A:

1:00-1:25pm – Isaiah Johnson (Social Entrepreneur & Game Developer) – Diversifying the Video Game Industry

1:30-1:55 – Tatyana Griffin – Sound Design for VR: Best Practices & Practical Tips (w/ a Live QuickStart Demo!)

2pm-2:20 – Tracey Jaquith – Internet Archive and AR, AR for Architecture

2:20 pm – 2:50 Ryan Sternlicht – The Future of Virtual Reality

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm – William Clark (Programmer, Year UpParticipant)– New Options for Community-Based Education (That Is Also Good For Business)  – How the “year up” program represents a positive trend of community education, which gives free education and job placement to college age youth.

3pm-3:20 – Bernice Chua (Game and Algorithm Developer)                   – Intro to ROS (Robot Operating System)

3:20 pm-3:55pm Matteo Borri (Robots Everywhere, NASA Contractor, The Aaron Swartz Day Solar Survival Project) – Re: Matteo’s latest inventions and robots and lasers and NASA Mars Rover fun.

4pm – 4:30 – Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

4:30– 6pm+ Lightning Talks – mostly on Hackathon Projects

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Resist Eviction of Homeless Women by Libby Schaaf at Housing and Dignity Village @ Housing and Dignity Village
Nov 10 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
While Libby Schaaf was giving her first press conference post re-election at the St. Vincent De Paul homeless shelter, her administration was delivering an eviction notice to two Deep East Oakland encampments, including The Housing and Dignity Village.
Located at S Elmhurst Ave and Edes Ave in Deep East Oakland, The Housing and Dignity Village (HDV) is an intentional community for unsheltered women, their families, and support networks, and doubles as a community resource center serving the area’s unhoused and housed Black and Brown residents.
At least seven residents of HDV will resist this eviction, risking arrest, and are calling for advocates and press to join them on Saturday, November 10, beginning at 7:30 AM, for copwatch, support, and to witness unsheltered peoples asserting their right to safe shelter on public land.
County Supervisor Nate Miley and his staff visited HDV the day before the eviction notices were posted and expressed support, appreciation, and the desire to upgrade – not evict – the encampment.
HDV is a clean and sober curbside community led by women of color, both housed and unhoused. Its creation was in protest of the sexual violence unsheltered women endure, and the City of Oakland’s ongoing gross neglect of Black & Brown communities. It provides meals, medical services, free winter clothing, and a community garden for everyone in the neighborhood. The HDV is supported by Brookfield residents, The East Oakland Collective, The Village, The Ron Dellums Institute for Social Justice, Omni Commons, and other organizations and advocates for the human rights of curbside communities.
Schaaf’s threat of eviction comes less than a month after the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farhai, released a report on global unsanctioned settlements like the Housing and Dignity Village. Policies “denying access to water, sanitation and other basic necessities, constitute cruel and inhuman treatment and violate the rights to housing, health, water and sanitation and the right to life,” Farhai wrote. HDV echoes Farhai’s report in stating that housing is a human right, and housing should be available to all.
The United Nations report also cited the “unique vulnerability to violence and sexual assault” of women and girls in curbside communities. HDV highlights that homelessness is a women’s issue. They denounce the Mayor’s hypocrisy for publicly supporting the #MeToo movement while creating conditions that make unhoused women and LGBTQIA people extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse. HDV also calls on the recent 9th Circuit Court decision in Martin vs. Boise, which declares “as long as there is no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property, on the false premise they had a choice in the matter.”
About The Village:
The Village began as a grassroots movement in December of 2016, creating autonomous encampments on public and private land in Oakland. Providing those who have been displaced by gentrification with basic needs and rights: housing, food, provisions, healing, and dignity. Using a diversity of tactics to reach our goals is necessary in the current political, economic and historic moment we are in: direct action and policy reform. Adverse possession and purchasing lands; reparations and self-determination; serve the unsheltered and self-governance of the unsheltered. Learn more at https://thevillageinoakland.org.
About The East Oakland Collective:
The East Oakland Collective (EOC) is a member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity. With programming in economic development, civic engagement and leadership, and homeless services and solutions, we help amplify underserved communities from the ground up. We are committed to driving impact in the landscape, politics and economic climate of deep East Oakland. ​Learn more at http://www.eastoaklandcollective.com.
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‘Doughnut Economics’ Reading Group – 1st Meeting @ Omni Commons
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Doughnut Economics Reading Group starts Nov 10th
Creating a world with neither human suffering nor planetary peril

Doughnut Economics: 7 ways to think like a 21st century economist

By Kate Raworth Chelsea Green Publishing (2017)

The capitalist economic system defines every aspect of our lives: the schooling and medical care we get, where we live, and how we sustain ourselves. The system works for a lucky few and exploits everyone else. And it’s a real threat to the survival of our species (and many others) on this planet.

We know the system needs to change—but we can’t change what we don’t understand. We have to know what we’re talking about.

Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics lays out traditional economic theory—still taught as gospel at all the major temples of capitalism—with clarity, authority, lots of graphics, and quite a bit of humor. She exposes the flawed models and persistent myths that keep the system in place. Even more importantly, she presents seven big, basic ideas with which to begin creating the world we want to see. We can indeed build an economy in the “doughnut”—meeting the needs of all while maintaining the biospheres that support us.

All of us need to read this book. We’ve all grown up in this deeply unfair and absurd system; seeing it clearly and getting free of it require a group effort.

So we at Strike Debt Bay Area are sponsoring a group discussion of Doughnut Economics. We’re thinking of seven meetings so we can talk about one chapter per meeting. Please join us!

First meeting:

4:00 – 5:15pm, Saturday, November 10th
Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland

Bring the book (available at your favorite online bookseller and in select local bookstores) and/or your thoughts on the first chapter (available online – http://tinyurl.com/ycysqtde ‘Look Inside’).

https://www.kateraworth.com/doughnut/

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Films to The People Film Festival @ Omni Commons
Nov 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

sm_official_flyer_2_.jpg Films to The People (FTP) short film festival gives a platform to independent filmmakers whose work might not find a place in larger, mainstream festivals. We like to showcase filmmakers of various ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds, and subject matter that is pertinent to our times. We prefer to work with local filmmakers, but we have made exceptions. Films are selected for quality and diversity of perspectives.

We will screen 19 politically relevant films and discuss local shorts with the directors.

Doors open at 3pm, program starts at 4pm

There will be food, raffle and awards!

To attend the festival for free, contact liberatedlens [at] omnicommons.org for volunteer opportunities.

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Films 2 The People Short Film Festival @ Omni Commons
Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Films 2 The People is a film festival highlighting short films of 20 minutes or less with social justice themes. We like to showcase filmmakers of various ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds, and subject matter that is pertinent to our times. While we prefer to work with local filmmakers, submissions are opened to everyone. Films are selected for quality and diversity of perspectives.

https://filmfreeway.com/filmstothepeople

Hosted by Liberated Lens.

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Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland @ Vogue Theater
Nov 10 @ 10:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Say Her Name:

The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

(w/ Q&A)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1205551416252636/

Tickets: 

You’re invited to a limited theatrical screening of Say Her Name: The Life & Death of Sandra Bland. On July 10, 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African-American woman, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “heartbreaking..one of the most galvanizing episodes of this generation’s civil rights struggle…poignantly explored”, Say Her Name follows her family and their legal team as they try to make sense of what happened, presenting a compelling look at her life as well as her death. It’s both a vigorous, engrossing mystery and a disturbing account of systemic racism and neglect.

Following the documentary, there will be a moderated discussion with Sharon Cooper (film subject & sister of Sandra Bland).

Join us for this important discussion!

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Nov
11
Sun
Internet Archive Hackathon – Oakland Privacy Presenting. @ Internet Archives
Nov 11 all-day

2018 SAN FRANCISCO – HACKATHON & EVENING EVENT SCHEDULE

TICKETS HERE

SATURDAY:

11:00 am -Doors Open

11:30 am – Welcome to Aaron Swartz Day – Introduction by Lisa Rein

Noon – Internet Archive Updates:
“New at the Internet Archive” Tracey Jaquith (TV/News Archive) &
Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive) Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

12:45 pm – The Decentralized Web and the Dat Project  Danielle Robinson, PhD  (Co-Executive Director, Code for Science and Society) & Karissa McKelvey (Digital Democracy,  Open Source DeveloperDanielle and Karissa will explain exactly what the “open source decentralized web” is and how it can be implemented in the real world. (Complete with use cases!) Also, why you need to know and understand what the decentralized web is, and why it’s important. Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A.

1:30 pm How to Make Law Enforcement Accountable by Implementing A Surveillance Policy Framework – Tracy Rosenberg (Oakland Privacy), Dave Maass (EFF), Lisa Rein (Co-founder, Aaron Swartz Day).  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A

2:30 pm – TBA

3:30 pm – TBA

4:30-5:30 pm  A conversation with Barrett Brown about his new book (My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A Memoir& the Pursuance Project with Claire Peters (Director of Strategy). Hosted by Lisa Rein.  Audience Q & A. Internet Q & A. Including Questions all the way from ThoughtWorks’ Melbourne and Brisbane’s “Internet Freedom Hackathons”

5:30-6:00pm – TBA

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Hackathon Reception

7:30 pm – 8:00pm – Start migrating upstairs

8:00 pm SHARP! Evening event Begins (Upstairs in the Great Room)

Evening Event Speakers (8:00pm-9:30pm):

8pm – 9:30 pm Evening Event – Special Guests Speaking or Performing (or both)

Hosted by: Lisa Rein (Aaron Swartz DayCreative CommonsThe Swartz-Manning VR DestinationASD Police Surveillance ProjectASD Solar Survival Project)

Guests so far (More Special Guests TBA):

A mixed-media presentation by DJ Spooky (Multimedia ArtistDJ/MusicianAuthor, HistorianEducator)

A Conversation with Journalist Barrett Brown & Trevor Timm (Executive Director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation) (Barrett Brown won a National Magazine Award for his prison columns, & is the Author of the upcoming book: My Glorious Defeats: Hacktivist, Narcissist, Anonymous: A MemoirHe is the Co-founder of the Pursuance Project, a Journalist, and a Former Political Prisoner.)

Jen Helsby (Lead Developer, SecureDrop) (CTO and co-founder of Lucy Parsons Labs)

Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive)

A conversation with Danielle Robinson (Dat Project, Code for Science & Society) and Karissa McElvy (Digital Democracy, Open Source Developer)

Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

Plus More Special Guests – We will be making daily updates here!

After event gathering at The Emporium – 616 Divisadero St.
To play games, drink and dance to DJs till 2am. (Sunday doesn’t start till 11 am 🙂

Sunday Schedule:

11:00 Brunch- Hackathon Information and Sync up

11:30 – 12:15 pm Keynote 1: Ashley Boyd, VP Advocacy, Mozilla Foundation

12:15-12:55 pm Keynote 2: Erin Gallagher – Mapping Complex Social Networks to Create Useful Visualizations

Speakers in order (lengths will vary between 10, 20, & 30 minutes) – and all will have at least 5 minutes of Q & A:

1:00-1:25pm – Isaiah Johnson (Social Entrepreneur & Game Developer) – Diversifying the Video Game Industry

1:30-1:55 – Tatyana Griffin – Sound Design for VR: Best Practices & Practical Tips (w/ a Live QuickStart Demo!)

2pm-2:20 – Tracey Jaquith – Internet Archive and AR, AR for Architecture

2:20 pm – 2:50 Ryan Sternlicht – The Future of Virtual Reality

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm – William Clark (Programmer, Year UpParticipant)– New Options for Community-Based Education (That Is Also Good For Business)  – How the “year up” program represents a positive trend of community education, which gives free education and job placement to college age youth.

3pm-3:20 – Bernice Chua (Game and Algorithm Developer)                   – Intro to ROS (Robot Operating System)

3:20 pm-3:55pm Matteo Borri (Robots Everywhere, NASA Contractor, The Aaron Swartz Day Solar Survival Project) – Re: Matteo’s latest inventions and robots and lasers and NASA Mars Rover fun.

4pm – 4:30 – Steve Phillips (Privacy software developer; creator of CrypTag and Cypherpunks Write Code)

4:30– 6pm+ Lightning Talks – mostly on Hackathon Projects

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DSA General Meeting @ Omni Commons
Nov 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

East Bay DSA’s general meetings (GMs) are held on the second Sunday of each month. These meetings are the highest governing body of our organization and include deliberation and voting on member-submitted resolutions, member announcements, reports from our committees, and more.

Volunteering at the GM is lively, easy, and low-commitment, and hugely benefits the meetings and thus our internal democracy. If you intend to come and would like to volunteer (!), let us know. Use this form, too, if you have child supervision or accessibility needs, including the need for an ASL interpreter.

With our new regular schedule, member-submitted resolutions will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please email them to resolutions@eastbaydsa.org. The submissions deadline for each meeting is two days after the previous one.

General meetings are run by the Meetings Committee. For questions or comments, or if you are interested in joining the committee, write us at meetings@eastbaydsa.org!

Accessibility: The Omni Commons ballroom is wheelchair-accessible via a lift and has wheelchair-accessible restrooms, and we provide child supervision and wireless microphones with runners. It is also accessible by BART (1/2 mile walk from MacArthur Station) and by AC Transit bus lines 18, 88, and 12. See more information on Omni accessibility.

 

 

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EAST BAY PEACE ACTION @ Fred Weaver Residence Center, St. Paul’s Tower
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

East Bay Peace Action invites you to their annual gathering featuring Eric See presenting a post-election analysis. This event takes place Sunday, November 11th at 2:00pm at the Fred Weaver Residence Center, St. Paul’s Tower, at 100 Bay Place in Oakland.

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (Note: we meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months,  once Daylight Savings Time springs forward we tend to assemble at 4 PM).

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

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

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

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

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

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

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

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Green Sunday:  An Assessment of the November 2018 Elections: A Bang or a Whimper? @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The next Green Sunday forum will come less than a week after election day in what has proven to be one of the most contentious and emotional electoral cycles (and related political turmoil) in recent memory.  Come participate in an evaluation of not only the results, but of the implications for our ongoing fight for independent politics and for a range of policies and struggles which might follow in their wake.  This discussion will examine our local electoral efforts, as well as what occurred on a regional, state and national level, “Blue Wave” or not.

Please invite friends whether Greens or not, including those who may have voted for the corporate parties. We can anticipate a lively discussion.

Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are usually held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 pm.  Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.

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StopCVE: Race Islamophobia Mass Incarceration in Alameda County @ Lighthouse Mosque
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office applied for and received a grant targeting incarcerated Black Muslims in Alameda County, according to the East Bay Express. The Homeland Security CVE, or Countering Violent Extremism program, has been criticized for solely targeting Muslims as susceptible to violence and extremism, while not addressing the rising threat of white supremacists.

The “#StopCVE: Race, Islamophobia, Policing and Mass Incarceration in Alameda County” panel will discuss the CVE grant program, how the “E Pluribus Unum” project in Alameda County came to be, history of surveillance of Muslims, and community efforts to increase transparency in the sheriff’s operation of the county’s jails and other social service facilities.

Panelists include: Imam Abu Qadir Al Amin, imam, SF Muslim Community Center; Sally Horna, legal fellow with Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Bay Area; Fatima Ladha, community advocate, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus National Security and Civil Rights Program, and Jose Bernal, senior organizer, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Journalist Rasheed Shabazz will facilitate the conversation.

Event is free and open to the public.

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Nov
12
Mon
Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Nov 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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Nov
13
Tue
Stop the Eviction of Homeless Women at #HousingAndDignityVillage: Court Support @ Federal Building, Courtroom 2, 4th floor
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 

Thanks to community members holding it down we were able to resist our eviction this weekend, but we’re still fighting for a court order to keep #HousingandDignityVillagethriving. Pack the court TUESDAY @ 2pm (Courtroom 2 on the 4th floor at Clay Street) to show your support for autonomous community driven solutions to this crisis! #homesforall #solidarity

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Bay Area Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice @ International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building on the strong labor contingent in the September 8 march for climate, jobs, and justice, Bay Area labor activists and allies are continuing to meet to talk about  next steps.  The next meeting will discuss whether to  establish a Bay Area chapter of Labor Network for Sustainability and how to best go forward to shape labor’s response to climate change.

Food will be provided. Pot luck contributions are welcome but not required. PLEASE RSVP to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.

 

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How Game Apps Collect Children’s Data @ ICSI, 6th Floor
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), where Serge Egelman will share his research on how game apps have been collecting kids data. Serge’s work has been covered by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Serge’s team examined more than 5000 of the most popular kids apps and more than 50% appear to be failing to protect kids privacy.

Serge Egelman is the Research Director of Usable Security and Privacy at ICSI and is a returning Privacy Lab speaker.

ICSI will host us at 1947 Center Street in Berkeley (6th floor). Doors will open by 6pm for networking and Serge’s presentation will start at 6:30pm.

If you arrive after 6pm, someone will be there to help with after hours admissions (the front doors and elevators require key cards after 6pm).

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Nov
14
Wed
Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

Check out our sister site DeportICE.

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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No Coal in Richmond Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Photo: KPIX News

Join Richmond community activists to discuss initiatives to stop the export of coal from Richmond’s Levin Terminal.   Get updated on the various connected efforts to make Richmond coal-free:  implementing air monitoring under AB 617, maintaining momentum with the Richmond City Council, and developing a bulletproof anti-coal ordinance. Learn how you can help monitor the coal trains that are leaking their toxic load throughout Richmond’s residential neighborhoods, and find out how activists in Oakland, Richmond and Vallejo are coming together to just say no to coal.

 

 

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Nov
15
Thu
Stop Insuring Climate Change @ Hilton
Nov 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Insurance companies are supposed to protect us from catastrophic risks.  Yet when it comes to climate change, the largest threat to humanity, U.S. insurance companies are doing the exact opposite.  With their massive investments in fossil fuel companies and insuring of drilling and mining projects, the U.S. insurance industry is making a terrible problem worse.  This has to stop.  Hundreds of lobbyists for the U.S. insurance industry are coming to downtown San Francisco for a convention.  Join us at lunch time to send them a message:  Insure Our Future—Stop Insuring Climate Change!

Meet us at the corner of Taylor and O’Farrell at 11:45 AM.  We’ll have colorful costumes (Aflac duck, anyone?), signage, and some great guest speakers. This will be an enjoyable, non-arrestable action.

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