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Apr
17
Wed
A Poor People’s Hearing, Part II @ Laney College Forum
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Rally for Kaiser workers! @ 1 Kaiser Plaza
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Kaiser National Union of Healthcare Worker (NUHW) members have been in bargaining with Kaiser management for almost nine months. They staged a five-day strike in December, including a picket in front of Richmond Kaiser, which drew electeds such as Councilmember Eduardo Martinez.

Despite tremendous support from various allies, with over 80 elected and community leaders signing strong letters of support, Kaiser has still refused to budge on key issues: ensuring patients have timely access to mental health services (some patients seeking mental health services have to wait two months!) and ensuring NUHW members receive the same wages and benefits other Kaiser union members already have.

NUHW, frustrated by Kaiser’s years of negligence and inaction, has decided to circulate a petition throughout its whole membership which will give them the authority to call for up to an open-ended strike. While the union and its members do not want to strike, they are prepared to fight for their patients and for a fair contract.

NUHW Kaiser members are holding a series of actions to raise awareness around mental health access and the specific issues that exist within the Kaiser system. The next one is this week!

Please support Kaiser health care workers in support of their fight for a fair contract that improves patient access to mental health services!

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Nurses Present on Medicare for All @ Taylor Memorial Church
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Our for-profit health care system has failed communities of color and struggling families and individuals.  Even after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, our health care system still leaves nearly 30 million individuals uninsured and at least 40 million who can’t afford to use the insurance they have.

The ability to see a provider or the ability to afford needed medications have not improved for communities of color, regardless of the expansion of insurance coverage.

Insurance continues to be confusing, constantly changing, and unaffordable, having harsh impacts on communities of color.  Race and income impact the care you get—or don’t get.

Medicare for All can and will address the discrimination in our health care system and refocus our health care system on patient care.

Want to learn more?  Join National Nurses United at their presentation on Medicare for All.

 

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APTP General Membership Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

APTP meets the third Wednesday of every month. This month we’ll be talking about our state and local campaigns to limit the police use of force. We’ll also have some updates on organizing in Vallejo in response to multiple police killings and brutality.
Join us to find out how you can get involved.
This space is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for any additional accessibility questions or concerns.

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Apr
18
Thu
Press Conference: Oakland City Council Resolution Supporting AB392, Redefining Police Use of Force @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre, City Hall steps
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Introduction of joint resolution by District 2 Councilmember Nikki Fortunato Bas, District 6 Councilmember Loren Taylor, District 1 Councilmember Dan Kalb, and City Councilmember At-Large Rebecca Kaplan in support of State Assembly Bill 392, which just passed out of the State Public Safety Committee on April 9.

Confirmed speakers include Cat Brooks, Anti Police-Terror Project; Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, Love Not Blood Campaign; Attorney John Burris; Attorney Dan Siegel, APTP; and Jose Pavon of CURYJ.

The Oakland City Council Rules Committee meets right after this press conference at 10:45. This proposed resolution will be brought before that committee.

APTP is also looking into introducing a similar control on OPD’s use of force as a city ordinance.

“AB 392 is known as the California Act to Save Lives because it seeks to strengthen the rules for police use of force, particularly deadly force. The current legal standard on police use of force was written in 1872 and allows police to shoot and kill an individual whenever it is considered “justified.” According to a fact sheet from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, the current legal standard not only “fails to include best practices but authorizes deadly force that would violate the U.S. constitution.”

“Furthermore, according to the ACLU, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color with PolicyLink, Anti Police-Terror Project, Black Lives Matter – California, the California Faculty Association, and PICO of California, among others, police kill people at a rate 37% higher in California than the national average, and in 2017, California police officers killed 172 people, half of whom were unarmed. Presently, police kill more people in California than in any other state with three out of four of those people being people of color. Black people are three times more likely to be victims of police violence.”

“The controversy surrounding the recent shooting death of a sleeping homeless man in Oakland illustrates our urgent duty to follow through on amending the Oakland Police Department’s use of force policy and fully supporting our independent Police Commission in doing this necessary work.”

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NATIONAL RELEASE OF “PUSHED TO THE BOTTOM” @ St. Mary's Center
Apr 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Time to Move Beyond Income – For the first time in history the US was included in the worldwide effort to redefine extreme poverty.

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Oakland First Fridays Community Meeting @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

About Oakland First Fridays:
Our vision is to be the premier Oakland First Fridays Event as the epicenter for the community to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts.Our Mission:
Preserve Oakland First Fridays as an all inclusive, safe and vital community-driven platform to showcase the emerging artists, makers, gourmet food vendors, musicians, cypher circles (dance battles, spoken word), drumming circles, acrobats, magicians, and many uniquely talented street performers and their audience.

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Author Event: How to Do Nothing @ East Bay Book Sellers
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Jenny Odell to discuss her new new book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy.

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world

Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.

So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress.

Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford, has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department, and has exhibited her art all over the world. She lives in Oakland.

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Film Screening: The Unruly Mystic : John Muir @ Albany Twin
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Feature documentary film, directed by Michael M. Conti, produced with Heather Boyle (USA) 70 minutes. “The Unruly Mystic: John Muir” explores the remarkable life and influential works of a patron saint of environmental activism. The film discusses the connection nature and spirituality, using the life and wisdom of John Muir, ecological preservationist and founder of Yosemite National Park, as a catalyst for how being outside in nature affects the lives of everyday people right now. John Muir played many roles in his life: mystic, prophet, author, poet, conservationist, radical, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature.  As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings have profoundly shaped the ways in which we understand and envision our relationship with the natural world today, and his work has become a personal guide into the natural world for countless individuals. The film interviews noted psychiatrists, therapists, theologians, writers, and every day people and asks them to discuss their relationship with nature, and its transformative effect in their lives.

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Apr
19
Fri
Court Support for the Homeless – Oakland Union Point Dwellers @ Federal Courthouse, Room 6
Apr 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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No PG&E Bailout! Stop the Next Wildfire Now @ Chelsea Manning (Embarcadero) Plaza
Apr 19 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Join a lively, creative action to demand that the state stop letting PG&E endanger our communities, as we head into the next wildfire season.

Nothing has changed since last year’s catastrophic wildfires.
PG&E is still in charge of the electrical grid, even though it has been responsible for 17 recent fires that killed dozens of people and endangered all Californians’ health.

PG&E gave $4.5 billion in dividends to shareholders in the last 5 years, $0 to Camp Fire victims, and $204,800 to Gov. Newsom’s gubernatorial campaign.

California can do better. We can take our power back from a corporation that values profits more than our lives, our health, and our planet. We can create a California Green New Deal, providing good jobs building a clean, safe, carbon-zero, publicly owned power grid.

Tell the legislature and Governor Newsome to stop the ongoing PG&E disaster and build a responsible clean-energy electricity system.

Info/RSVP

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Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance @ Omni Commons
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance meeting to discuss plans, outreach, organizing regarding regional homeless communities and organizations.

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/541837129562482/

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Defend & Defy: A Community Panel Discussion @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Key community representatives will come together to discuss urgent immigration issues that are threatening our most vulnerable communities. Drawing on diverse backgrounds, the panelists will share their expertise and perspectives on a range of issue-areas affected by recent anti-immigration policies. Learn how each of us can effectively defend our communities and defy anti-immigration policies and attitudes. Confirmed panelists include Catherine Tactaquin, (Executive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights), Martha Ockenfels-Martinez (Researcher, Human Impact Partners), and Lara Kiswani (Executive Director, Arab Resource & Organizing Center). Moderated by Eddie Yuen.

Co-presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and San Francisco Poster Syndicate.

RSVP Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defend-defy-a-community-panel-discussion-tickets-59140288194

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Apr
20
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area: You Are Not a Loan! @ Omni Commons
Apr 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Come get connected with SDBA’s projects – we have exciting work to do in 2019!
  • NEW: Relieving millions in local Medical Debt through pennies-on-the-dollar buyback programs.
  • NEW: A book group and seminar focused on Economic Inequality and Economic Theory for the modern age.
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at the local Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

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Apr
21
Sun
Berkeley Earth Day! @ David Brower Center
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Berkeley Earth Day is an exciting day of inspiring, life changing fun!

Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate our vision for a sustainable future. Get inspired and connect with eco-minded comrades and learn how you can further reduce your impact on the planet and have fun doing it! This event features dozens of vendors sharing their eco-friendly products and epic activism. Hear educational and inspirational talks from experts, activists, enjoy delicious sustainable food, films and more! Compassionate Living, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area, is proud to be the sponsor of this event.

Join us for inspiring speakers, crafts, activism, veggie food, dozens of eco-vendors and much more!  

Berkeley Earth Day is excited to host the Wild & Scenic Film Fest. One of the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festivals, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from The South Yuba River Citizens League’s annual film festival which is now in its 16th year. Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. These Films showcase frontline activism and stunning cinematography. Tickets for the FilmFest are sold separately.

Berkeley Earth Day 2019
Speaker Schedule

11:00  – 11:40 am – Hannah Evans, Population Connection

11:45 – 12:25 pm – Corrina Gould, Indigenous Perspectives on Earth Day

12:30  – 12:40 pm – Announcing Green Monday: Amy Halpern-Laff, & Councilmember Cheryl Davila

12:45 – 1:25 pm –  Chema Hernandez Gil, Seed the Commons

1:30 – 2:10 pm – Tim Rumisel, Vital Action

3:00 – 5:00 pm – The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

THIS EVENT IS PRESENTED BY

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Earth Day at the Gill Tract @ Gill Tract
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 

The UC Gill Tract Community Farm invites you to their 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration.

This celebration features music, food, and children’s activities. For details, call 510.292.3418.

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Vehicular Residents Meet & Greet BBQ @ People's Park
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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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Film Showing: STRUGGLES IN STEEL @ Omni Commons
Apr 21 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
 

Liberated Lens hosts a screening of Black Labor’s “Struggles in Steel”.

Discussion follows.

 

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Apr
22
Mon
Public Bank East Bay – Sacramento Hearing @ State Capitol, Banking and Finance Cmte
Apr 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Vote approaching – take action now!

AB 857, the crucial local public banking bill, will soon come up for a vote in the Assembly’s Banking Committee and Local Government Committee. The deadline for public comment is Wednesday, April 17. Please take a moment right now to send a letter to your Assemblymember and voice your support! You can bet our representatives are hearing from the bill’s powerful opponents, the big Wall Street banks.

And join us at our meeting to help support the public banking. Everyone welcome! Get involved!

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