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May
29
Wed
Chevron: Stop Plan for Oil Drilling in the Arctic! @ Chevron Park Auditorium
May 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Join the SF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club — and many others — outside the annual Chevron shareholders meeting. We’ll tell Chevron not to move forward with a plan they’re considering to begin drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There are no words. Just come.

Please bring signs, water, and good energy.

We will meet at the plaza across the street near Peet’s Coffee. There is no parking in front of Chevron Park, but there is parking at the plaza where we will convene.

Carpool: If you are driving to the rally and can pick up other activists from your area or a nearby BART station, or if you are in need of a ride, please contact julia.foote@sierraclub.org and we will try to arrange carpools.

RSVP

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Support the Coalition for Police Accountability’s Effort to Intervene in Oakland’s Negotiated Settlement Agreement @ Federal Courthouse, Dept 2, 17th Floor
May 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Coalition for Police Accountability filed a motion to be Intervenors in the 16 year-long Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA). Our motion was opposed by the City, by Plaintiffs’ Attorneys and, of course, the OPOA.   Here’s an excerpt of the City of Oakland’s response to our motion:

“Today is a much different day than when the NSA began.   For one thing, the City is in compliance with all but four tasks.   Dkt. No. 1238.   The City is faithful to the idea that with strong  medicine like the new policies the Department has put into place and a bench of strong, committed  leaders, the Department can be the trustworthy guardian the community deserves.    Today is a much different day than when the NSA began.”

REALLY??????*

We need to have a strong representation of supporters at the hearing a week from today*!

*(It’s possible that the Judge will notify us of his determination and cancel the hearing  –  if so, we’ll cerrtainly let everyone know well ahead of time,)

Can we count on you?

Please help to spread the word and come to the hearing (you must have a valid, non-expired ID to get into the building). We ask:

  • Why is the City opposed to our involvement?
  • How many more years and millions of dollars must we spend to reform OPD?
  • Why shouldn’t the community have a voice in this process after 16 years of gridlock?

We need to be visible to Judge Orrick to advance our argument that the community cannot continue to be a silent partner or a hostage in this ongoing, expensive enterprise.

Basta!

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Forum: Eyewitness Venezuela with Gloria La Riva
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
With guest speakers:
David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective
Carolina Morales, Venezuelan activistOn the heels of a month-long trip through Venezuela in the midst of growing U.S. aggression, anti-war activist Gloria La Riva will speak on the current situation in Venezuela, with a progressive perspective on the crucial issues facing the Venezuelan people: the U.S. economic sanctions, the U.S. media blockade, and the people’s organizing efforts to overcome the aggression. La Riva will show exclusive first-hand video footage from her trip and answer the questions:
• What is the Bolivarian revolution all about?
• Is Venezuela suffering an economic collapse?
• What is the role of the U.S. and is the danger of U.S. war near?
• How can people in the United States get involved?

$5-10 donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Wheelchair accessible. Refreshments provided.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464500407626348/

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May
30
Thu
Earthstrike @ Downtown Berkeley Starbucks
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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Rally for Berkeley’s Homeless Community @ MLK Civic Center Park
May 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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People’s Park Movie Night – Sorry to Bother You @ People's Park
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Screening of ‘The One Percent’ @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s almost time for May’s monthly potluck and free movie at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center!

This month we will be screening The One Percent (1h 16m)

Schedule: 6:30pm Potluck / 7pm Screening

Join us on May 30 for the documentary The One Percent, created by Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune. The film examines the system that allows a growing divide between the wealthy and the poor in America. Johnson interviews a number of America’s richest people and asks them about the inherent dangers of having the majority of America’s money in the hands of less than one percent of its citizens. Also interviewed are Chuck Collins and Bill Gates Sr., estate tax proponents and Johnson’s own father, James Johnson who earlier in his life was interested too in the subject of inequality.

Johnson also discusses the economic and societal pitfalls of our current economic imbalance with Milton Friedman, Robert Reich and Ralph Nader. Using real-world examples of the wealth gap, Johnson takes a tour of a dilapidated housing project in Chicago, rides around with an enlightened taxi driver, and sees the human toll of the unfair economics of the Florida sugar industry.

The money that flows into the system shapes who gets what in the economy. At the end people who give the money have the greatest benefits. Yet not all rich people see the wealth gap a good sign and think the problem should be reversed. Is there truly equality in life? Are there solutions to the problem?

This is a free monthly event at BBPC that falls on the last Thursday each month. Mark your calendar for upcoming films:

June 27 – Flow: for Love of Water
July 25 – Tapped

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May
31
Fri
Free Chelsea Manning Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

TILL SHE IS FREE OR MARYTRED YEAH IT/S VERY SERIOUS
BASTA !!! FREE CHELSEA MANNING WEEKLY VIGIL
optional after meeting/party rain cancels.

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Jun
1
Sat
Community Foods Market Grand Opening @ Community Foods Market
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Impeach on the Beach
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us at Ocean Beach (near the Cliff House) at 11:00 AM on Saturday June 1st as we help the legendary Brad create a brand new I-M-P-E-A-C-H human banner. It’s CADem weekend and MoveOn presidential forum weekend so every big name D will be in town, including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris & Kirsten Gilibrand.

The helicopter arrives at midday, so get there early and don’t miss out!

This is a great opportunity to make ourselves seen and heard, and immediately after the event we plan to head off to the MoveOn forum and the CADem event with our IMPEACH signs and banners – so BRING IMPEACH SIGNS AND BANNERS, & be prepared for a long and impeachful day!!!

Please sign up HERE if you would like to VOLUNTEER, and sign up at the official event page (link under the ‘tickets’ tab) if you’d just like to attend.

Let’s ITMFA!!!

Please amplify on social media using the hashtag #ImpeachOnTheBeach.

Facebook event. 

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DSA Medicare for All Committee @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Jun 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come join East Bay DSA’s Medicare for All Committee as we discuss updates from the fight for single-payer healthcare and upcoming organizing projects. We’ll circulate some a short reading in advance, so please RSVP. All East Bay DSA members interested in getting involved with the Medicare for All campaign are welcome!

 

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U.S. Imperialism and the Struggle for Venezuela’s Future @ Starry Plough
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Suds, Snacks, and Socialism at the Starry Plough Pub

U.S. Imperialism  and the Struggle for Venezuela’s Future

Roger Harris and Mehmet Bayram, both recently returned from Venezuela, will discuss this key battleground in the U.S. ruling class’s ongoing war to overthrow independent and left-wing governments world wide. The will be joined by the National President of Veterans for Peace, Gerry Condon, who was beaten by police when he was delivering food to the activists defending the Venezuelan Embassy in Washinton, DC. All speakers have recently visited Venezuela.

Questions and comments will follow the presentations. Doors open at 2:00.  All ages welcome.

This forum is co-sponsored by the Oakland Greens,
the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party and
Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change

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Jun
2
Sun
International Sex Worker Day @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Author Event: Bill Fletcher discusses ‘The Man Who Fell From The Sky’
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Noted social justice activist Bill Fletcher has written his first novel, The Man Who Fell From The Sky. In it, Fletcher looks at the issues of race, ethnicity, power, history and politics through the eyes of a young reporter in Cape Cod investigating a murder in 1970. In the course of the novel, he weaves together portraits of Cape Verde, Portuguese, African American and white communities. (Books will be available for purchase.)

Please register at the Eventbrite page so we can get a good headcount: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bill-fletcher-book-talk-tickets-62069395232?fbclid=IwAR0-MHqTF9K9B_sbv8L5XemusaK-3NJ2-b078GR9kwvy2-sMEg9zmXpYO_k

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Migrants At The Border: What’s Really Happening? What Can We Do? @ RSVP for location (see text)
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

How can we show up in solidarity with migrants at the southern border who have fled gang violence and government brutality to endure traveling on foot for months, family separation, and further persecution?

Please join us on June 2 to hear how you can volunteer with Al Otro Lado, (AOL), a wonderful organization known as the “most loving place in Tijuana.” Al Otro Lado, is mostly volunteer-run and provides asylum seekers with know-your-rights training, legal consultation, document support, meals and medical care.Bay Area SURJ members who spent several days at the border will share their experiences working with asylum seekers. Volunteering is a great way for you to work against white supremacy and for human rights, and Spanish is not required.

RSVP via Facebook

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:

occupyoakland-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

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 Screening: The Lobby @ Redwood Gardens Community Meeting Room
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The suppressed Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel lobby in the U.S.

Al Jazeera produced a documentary on the Israel Lobby in Britain that had an explosive impact. Then they
produced a documentary on the Israel Lobby in the United States. But powerful Israel partisans from the
U.S. traveled to Qatar and succeeded in pressuring Al Jazeera not to release it. However, the attempt to
censor this information failed when the film was leaked and posted on the Internet.

In the film, the head of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Department was filmed by an undercover reporter
discussing Israel’s secret coordination with American pro-Israel groups:

” … the Israeli government decided to be a key player, it means a lot. We can bring things that usually
don’t exist in NGOs and civilian entities …. We are a different government working on foreign soil and
we have to be very, very cautious. We have three different sub-campaigns which are very, very
sensitive.Regarding data gathering, information analysis, working on activist organization, money
trail. This is something that only a country, with its resources, can do the best…”

1 hour film followed by a discussion

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Film Screening: THE LOBBY, ABRIDGED @ Redwood Gardens Community Meeting Room
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

“If Americans Knew” presents a 1-hour version of the censored Al Jazeera documentary, “The Lobby, Abridged”.

 

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Jun
3
Mon
Earth Strike Bay Area Meeting @ Longhaul
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Twitter: @EarthStrikeSFBA

Facebook: @EarthStrikeBA

We, the people of the world, are striking to save our planet. Leading climate scientists have warned that we only have until 2030 to prevent global temperature increases from exceeding 1.5ºC. At that time, many effects of Climate Change will be irreversible, and the consequences will be dire. If the global average temperature increases reach 2°C, the results will be catastrophic; famine, droughts, floods, wildfires, the spread of infectious diseases and mass extinction– all on an unprecedented global scale. It would mean the collapse of the human race. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2017 Carbon Majors Report, 71% of all industrial greenhouse gas emissions come from just 100 companies worldwide. Big business does not serve the interests of the environment or a sustainable future, and by extension, the interests of humanity and life itself. A drastic change in course is imperative to avert catastrophe. To address this potentially catastrophic event, our protests will raise awareness for the global general strike, beginning September 27, 2019. Until all the world’s corporations and governments are held accountable to the needs of the common person, we refuse to participate in a system that only serves to line their pockets. Under the provisions of our protests, there will be no banking, no offices full of employees, no schools full of children, until our demands are met. We refuse to function in a society and political system that is complacent in the environmental demise of our planet.

Earth Strike is not made up of political elites. We are not funded by Super PACs. We are not servants to corporate masters. We are not interested in being re-elected. We do not kowtow to institutions of power. We are people, common people, who understand the alarming situation we are facing, and we demand something be done. We have no vested interests, save one: the survival of all life on the planet. Earth Strike is a global movement with Chapters all over the world, building momentum and solidarity across country and state lines, through concerned communities, and spanning every person with the conscience to recognize the noble goal of the preservation of our home. Based in the idea of solidarity, Earth Strike is a coalition of horizontally-organized, popular, workers movement to save the very existence of life on earth. As an inhabitant of this earth, we urge you to join us, to mitigate and prepare for the effects of Climate Change. Spread our demands, organize with your community, and take a stand for the future, our future.

The Earth shall go on Strike!

Our Demands

  • Enact energy systems of community-led renewable energies
    • Wind-down and end all fossil fuel extraction, and become totally carbon neutral by 2035
    • End all pipeline projects
    • Guarantee the sovereignty of indigenous lands with regards to government and government sponsored projects involving their land
    • Democratically determine and allocate community led renewable energy initiatives
    • Fund and expand carbon neutral and fare-free public transit
  • Prepare for Climate Change and protect those most harmed
    • Aid communities displaced by climate catastrophes with a focus on rebuilding sustainable infrastructure, including providing state-level aid to United States territories for natural disasters
    • Increase funding for FEMA by at least 50%
    • Offer a grant program to people who lose their means of survival due to energy transition
    • Improve FEMA to better serve the needs of communities
      • End the FEMA 50% rule and all regulations that base community aid on market values of property.
      • Train FEMA and other disaster response personnel to work with low income and homeless, people of color, and other marginalized communities
      • End the use of military/police forces in disaster relief programs
      • Provide transportation and lodging in evacuation situations for everyone, prioritizing at-risk communities.
    • Protect workers by repealing the Taft-Hartley Act
    • Include climate change and environmental safety in collective bargaining and union negotiations with employers
    • Retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and disaster resilience
    • Build climate-adaptive infrastructure
  • Improve sustainability of agricultural processes
    • End all subsidies to the meat industry
    • Regulate large-scale agriculture to reduce methane emissions, limit hazardous runoff, and preserve biodiversity.
    • End factory farming and create significantly stricter regulations in regard to quality of life for livestock
    • Further research and development on addressing dairy and other animal agriculture related environmental concerns.
    • Cattle must be fed diet of at least 50% grass grazing and the rest will be supplemented with grain and forages with less than 10% corn
    • Enact non-retaliation policies to limit large company’s control over individual farmers’ agricultural practices
    • End seed patents on genetically modified crops
    • Incentivize planting native/food gardens on residential properties
    • In conjunction with the above, ban lawn grass.
    • Incentivize local production/consumption of food
  • Sustainably manage resources
    • Mindfully manage potable water resources, and the inclusion of rainwater into irrigation and waste systems
    • Limit logging to only what can be replanted in the span of 1 year and enforce that replanting occurs
    • Deprivatize and municipalize all water supplies
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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ https://meet.jit.si/OGC
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 Because of the COVID pandemic we will be meeting virtually at https://meet.jit.si/OGC.

Point your computer web browser at that URL at 7 PM on the first Monday of the month. Chrome is said to work better than some of the alternatives, but Firefox, etc. work as well. If your computer does not have a camera and/or microphone you can use your smart phone.

Download the JITSI app here:

For Android search for ‘jitsi’ in the Play Store or go here:

For iPhone/IOS search for ‘jitsi’ in the App Store or go here:

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

oscargrantcommittee-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

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