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Jun
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Fri
Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference @ Impact Hub
Jun 14 all-day

Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 6:30 PM – Sat, Jun 15, 2019, 6:00 PM PDT

It’s time to have a family meeting.

The objective of this event is to provide a space for people of color and white allies–including activists, policy-makers, business leaders, employees, community organizers, or other residents or community members –to have an explicit conversation about dismantling systemic white supremacy (and the many discussions that come up around white supremacy) in a community-led forum.

This event is critically important because we believe that naming, disrupting, and dismantling white supremacy is a necessary precondition to creating an inclusive economy that works for everyone.

This event will be an Unconference.

An Unconference empowers the attendees to drive the conversation. There will be no keynote speakers or pre-set “content tracks.” The people who show up for the Unconference are the ones who decide what topics and sessions they want to organize.

Please note that we will have security for this event. See our conference page for more details about our approach to safety.

Who are the organizers?

The Dismantle Collective (a fiscally sponsored project of Community Ventures, a 501c3 non-profit) is a person of color-led group of Certified B Corps, including:

Members of the Dismantle Collective have experience in running successful social enterprises, all while being deeply involved in activism, grassroots organizing, community engagement, facilitating difficult conversations, and supporting movement work.

We hope to help elevate the conversation around dismantling white supremacy in partnership with socially responsible business leaders and social justice allies.

Overview / FAQ / Contact

For more details, including information on donations, sponsorships, security, event agenda and more, please click here to view our full Overview and FAQ about this event. Folks who would like to apply for scholarships can do so here. If you still have questions, you can contact us at 12@dismantlecollective.org.


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Women’s Visionary Conference @ Omni Commons
Jun 14 all-day

11TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S VISIONARY CONGRESS

Date And Time

Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 3:00 PM PDT

After a three-year hiatus, the Women’s Visionary Congress will gather again!

Twenty-four activists, researchers, healers and artists will present their work. Information about the speakers and their presentations is below.

The Women’s Visionary Congress promotes women and their allies who create groundbreaking strategies for healing and social change.

For the first time, the gathering will take place at the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA. The Omni Commons was created by and for community activist collectives.

Tickets are $125 for the entire weekend or $65 per day. People of all genders are welcome.

Presenter biographies here

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#ImpeachTrump San Francisco: Act to Defend Democracy @ Federal Building
Jun 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Come join our educational and family-friendly theatrical event as we read aloud Trump’s many Articles of Impeachment, plus the Mueller Report Executive Summary, and as we explain how the impeachment process works – while dressed as founding fathers. Come in costume!!!
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VIGIL FOR CHELSEA, JULIAN AND ALL OUR HEROIC WHISTLE BLOWERS
Jun 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

EVERY FRIDAY
MACARTHUR AND FRUITVALE OAKLAND CA.

Ok, folks, here’s the deal: the Main stream media (MSM) is so full of lies, it’s got the masses confused!!  There’s only a few places we can get the truth.

Chelsea and Julian, were two of the most important WHISTLE BLOWERS to tell the truth about USA’s illegal, immoral WARS. That’s why our “US leadership” wants them dead. USA is the largest TERRORIST country in history, killing, wounding, and forcing immigration on millions of folks all over the world!!

To us, saving Chelsea and Julian is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT! They told us the truth about the wars! And all the NEW MACARTHYISM.  is due to blaming Julian for being a puppet of Russia.  So much of all our issues stem from the honesty of Chelsea and Julian!! That’s why our govt. wants to kill them!

Please join us Fridays at our vigil/demo/music/potluck  at MacArthur and Fruitvale, and if you know other organizations around the state and the country, contact them and encourage them to organize to protect Chelsea and Julian as well!! We have some pretty good posters, but also bring your own. Thanks. gg and Orion

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TAKE BACK THE POWER! – PG&E Social @ &th West
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet comrades who want to stand up to PG&E’s corruption and criminal treatment of our communities and learn more about how to get involved in the fight for energy democracy!

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The Battle for People’s Park – Author Event @ Pegasus Bookstore
Jun 14 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969

Author Tom Dalzell will be in conversation with Steve Wasserman, publisher and executive director of Heyday, to reflect on the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s: the Battle for People’s Park.

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50 Years of Pegasus Books: 1969-2019
A week of special events celebrating 50 years of independent bookselling in Berkeley and Oakland. 
From June 11-17. View the full schedule here.
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“Resplendent…. A masterwork of history.”—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch

In eyewitness testimonies and hundreds of remarkable photographs, The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s: the Battle for People’s Park. In April 1969, a few Berkeley activists planted the first tree on a University of California-owned, abandoned city block on Telegraph Avenue. Hundreds of people from all over the city helped build the park as an expression of a politics of joy. The University was appalled, and warned that unauthorized use of the land would not be tolerated; and on May 15, which would soon be known as Bloody Thursday, a violent struggle erupted, involving thousands of people. Hundreds were arrested, martial law was declared, and the National Guard was ordered by then-Governor Ronald Reagan to crush the uprising and to occupy the entire city. The police fired shotguns against unarmed students. A military helicopter gassed the campus indiscriminately, causing schoolchildren miles away to vomit. One man died from his wounds. Another was blinded. The vicious overreaction by Reagan helped catapult him into national prominence. Fifty years on, the question still lingers: Who owns the Park?

Tom Dalzell has lived in Berkeley since 1984. He has worked as a lawyer for the labor movement for his entire adult life. He has written extensively about slang. He has been methodically walking the streets of Berkeley since late 2012 in search of quirky stuff, blogging about it since 2013. The New York Times described him as looking “too strait-laced to be the arbiter of the eccentric.” He accepts this verdict.

Steve Wasserman, raised in Berkeley and a graduate of Cal, is Heyday’s publisher and executive director. He is a former editor-at-large for Yale University Press and editorial director of Times Books/Random House and publisher of Hill & Wang and The Noonday Press at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

 

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Jun
15
Sat
Dismantling White Supremacy Unconference @ Impact Hub
Jun 15 all-day

Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 6:30 PM – Sat, Jun 15, 2019, 6:00 PM PDT

It’s time to have a family meeting.

The objective of this event is to provide a space for people of color and white allies–including activists, policy-makers, business leaders, employees, community organizers, or other residents or community members –to have an explicit conversation about dismantling systemic white supremacy (and the many discussions that come up around white supremacy) in a community-led forum.

This event is critically important because we believe that naming, disrupting, and dismantling white supremacy is a necessary precondition to creating an inclusive economy that works for everyone.

This event will be an Unconference.

An Unconference empowers the attendees to drive the conversation. There will be no keynote speakers or pre-set “content tracks.” The people who show up for the Unconference are the ones who decide what topics and sessions they want to organize.

Please note that we will have security for this event. See our conference page for more details about our approach to safety.

Who are the organizers?

The Dismantle Collective (a fiscally sponsored project of Community Ventures, a 501c3 non-profit) is a person of color-led group of Certified B Corps, including:

Members of the Dismantle Collective have experience in running successful social enterprises, all while being deeply involved in activism, grassroots organizing, community engagement, facilitating difficult conversations, and supporting movement work.

We hope to help elevate the conversation around dismantling white supremacy in partnership with socially responsible business leaders and social justice allies.

Overview / FAQ / Contact

For more details, including information on donations, sponsorships, security, event agenda and more, please click here to view our full Overview and FAQ about this event. Folks who would like to apply for scholarships can do so here. If you still have questions, you can contact us at 12@dismantlecollective.org.


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Women’s Visionary Conference @ Omni Commons
Jun 15 all-day

11TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S VISIONARY CONGRESS

Date And Time

Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 3:00 PM PDT

After a three-year hiatus, the Women’s Visionary Congress will gather again!

Twenty-four activists, researchers, healers and artists will present their work. Information about the speakers and their presentations is below.

The Women’s Visionary Congress promotes women and their allies who create groundbreaking strategies for healing and social change.

For the first time, the gathering will take place at the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA. The Omni Commons was created by and for community activist collectives.

Tickets are $125 for the entire weekend or $65 per day. People of all genders are welcome.

Presenter biographies here

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Impeach Trump @ Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building plaza
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Impeach Trump

HOST(S):
Heidi R. Rosemary J. Nancy L
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Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance – You Are Not A Loan! @ Omni Commons
Jun 15 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Come get connected with SDBA’s projects – we have exciting work to do in 2019!
  • Our medical debt erasure campaign with RIP Medical Debt is doing well (but needs more signal-boosting). We joined another Alameda County campaign, and together we’re more than two-thirds of the way to our minimum goal. Our donation page is here. The online version of our flyer, with live links, is here. Our FAQ is here. We can also link you to a printable version of the flyer if you have places to hand them out. Press release: press-release-after-1m-raised-final
  • Continuing our discussion group on new economic thinking., which began by reading and Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth, and is continuing with Take Back the Economy by Gibson-Graham et al.  This month, the book group discussion will take place immediately following the Strike Debt Bay Area meeting.
  • Organizing for public banking in the East Bay! Public Banking East Bay (which overlaps significantly with our group) is also an active member of the California Public Banking Alliance. The Green New Deal envisions financing through public banks! AB857, which will pave the way for local and regional California public banks, is in committee hearings next week in Sacramento.
  • Supporting student debt resistance, working with our sister organization, The Debt Collective. At the end of last year, the Debt Collective won a huge victory against Betsy DeVos and the Trump Department of “Education.”
  • Supporting the progress of bail reform law, better than the 2018 California law (including the new end of cash bail policy in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Charlotte’s county), while also fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization (an Oakland institution) and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Advocating for postal banking, now a national conversation because of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s bill to restore it to U.S. law
  • Fighting the current proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, while promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Organizing for Tiny Homes, better sanctioned encampments than Oakland is now currently creating, and other ways to help homeless people get housing and support
  • Promoting the concept of universal basic income
  • 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.
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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Economics Book Group – “Take Back the Economy.” Hosted by Strike Debt Bay Area. @ Omni Commons (check the whiteboard for our room location)
Jun 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Reading for June 15th Meeting: Introduction and First Chapter of ‘Take Back the Economy.’

Reading for July 13th Meeting: Fourth Chapter: Take Back the Market.

What can we, as individuals do, to seek a more just, sustainable and equitable world?

“Take Back the Economy dismantles the idea that the economy is separate from us and best comprehended by experts. Instead, the authors demonstrate that the economy is the outcome of the decisions and efforts we make every day. The economy is thus reframed as a space of ethical action – something we can shape and alter according to what is best for the well-being of people and the planet.

“The book explores what people are already doing to build ethical economies, presenting these deeds as mutual concerns: What is necessary for survival, and what do we do with the surplus produced beyond what will fulfill basic needs? What do we consume, and how do we preserve and replenish the common – those resources that can be shared to maintain all? And finally, how can we invest in a future worth living in?”

Strike Debt Bay Area hosts this economics-oriented, non-technical book discussion group, meeting approximately once a month. The first month’s discussion was about the introduction to and first chapter of ‘Take Back the Economy’ by J K Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy.   The second month’s discussion is about  Chapter 4 of the book: Take Back the Market. It’s easy to catch up, the Intro and First Chapter are easy reading.  All are welcome!

The book is available via online (e.g. Minnesota Press), the introduction is available via ‘Look Inside’, and a few copies exist in local libraries.

Bring your questions, comments and intellectual curiosity!

“Take Back the Economy is the single most farsighted and practical work enlightening us on the path to a steady transition toward a genuine postcapitalist world…” – Arturo Escobar, University of North Carolina

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Storytelling Party + Restore Oakland Fundraiser
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come join us for a storytelling and fundraising party! Listen to wonderful stories on the theme “Oops//Redemption” and build community.

We will also hear from the Ella Baker Center’s Executive Director Zachary Norris about their exciting new building, Restore Oakland, and ways for you to get involved.

7:00 pm Community Potluck
8:00 pm Storytelling (please contact willyrogers@gmail.com if you want to sign up in advance to be a story teller)

What is Restore Oakland?
A joint initiative between the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Restore Oakland is a community advocacy and training center that will mobilize Bay Area community members to transform our economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families.

Learn more at http://www.restoreoakland.org/

Accessibility:
Event will take place in a grassy backyard, chairs provided. There are several steps leading up to the house.

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Jun
16
Sun
Women’s Visionary Conference @ Omni Commons
Jun 16 all-day

11TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S VISIONARY CONGRESS

Date And Time

Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – Sun, Jun 16, 2019, 3:00 PM PDT

After a three-year hiatus, the Women’s Visionary Congress will gather again!

Twenty-four activists, researchers, healers and artists will present their work. Information about the speakers and their presentations is below.

The Women’s Visionary Congress promotes women and their allies who create groundbreaking strategies for healing and social change.

For the first time, the gathering will take place at the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA. The Omni Commons was created by and for community activist collectives.

Tickets are $125 for the entire weekend or $65 per day. People of all genders are welcome.

Presenter biographies here

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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sun, May 12
Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism
Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in the Middle East, Turkey has been relegated to a position where it is only trying to find who to follow.  Such is the position of those who accept imperialism instead of standing up to it. ICSS member Mehmet Bayram will present and lead our discussion. TENTATIVE

Sun, May 19
¡VIVA MEXICO!
Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) famously commented: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”
Diaz got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich in many ways, yet it also has been impoverished. And Mexico has been greatly underappreciated by North Americans. This presentation will emphasize the many poorly known accomplishments of Mexico, while uncovering the role of US imperialism.
Mexico is bucking an international right-wing tide, shifting its government from right to left-of-center with the presidential inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) on December 1. Speaking for international capital, The Economist is worried. The other 99% of humanity is hopeful.
Roger Harris will present a PowerPoint-illustrated cautionary history of this trice conquered land. A longtime activist with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Roger is on the board of the Task Force on the Americas (http://taskforceamericas.org/), a 33-year-old human rights organization, and is active with the Campaign to End US-Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela (https://tinyurl.com/yd4ptxkx). He last visited Mexico in March.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sun, May 26, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Report from Venezuela Delegation
Venezuela is in the cross hairs of imperialism.  It has the largest oil reserves in the world, but more than that, Venezuela is determined to use its resources for the benefit of its own people instead of handing them over to transnational corporations or imperialist rulers.  In the age of imperialism, these trends are enough to make any country the target of imperialist plunderers.  We are under a media barrage of lies, misinformation, and open US propaganda about Venezuela. With this intense muddying of waters it becomes very hard to know and understand the events happening around this Latin American, Bolivarian, country.
In order to observe what is really going on there, recently Bay Area residents Mehmet Bayram, ICSS member and journalist, and Laura Wells, Green Party Congressional Candidate, visited Venezuela with the “End Venezuela Sanctions” delegation.  They will present their experience and lead the discussion afterwards.

Sun, June 9, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
After 24 years in the USA, 38 years in the (East) German Democratic Republic as a McCarthy-era exile, then nearly 30 years in unified Germany, Victor Grossman, the ex-pat journalist and author examines the rise and fall of a socialist experiment as he observed and participated in it. He tries to clear through a fog of misinformation and distortion regarding it, describing its achievements, its successes as well as its blunders and negative aspects. Its position regarding Nazis and fascism is compared with that in West Germany. Its school system, women’s rights, both models in many ways, cultural questions and other matters are examined from a personal, anecdotal and sometimes humorous perspective. 
The book then turns to a broader examination of possible lessons to be learned when searching for solutions to present-day problems: the growing gap between rich and poor, alarmingly malevolent dangers for a crippled environment, the menace of racism and new fascist movements, the almost ignored danger of atomic annihilation – and who is to blame for them. But the book also looks at newly invigorated hopes for a better, a socialist future despite the many barriers to its realization – seen through the prism of a veteran of the “old Left” in the USA, Communist rule and the Cold War in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, and expresses his views on current fears and hopes on both sides of the Atlantic – and the Pacific. 
(Copies of Victor’s book will be available for purchase, cash or checks only, NO CREDIT CARDS.

Sun, Jun 16, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba”s Democracy
Constitutional Referendum and grassroots political processes.
Cuba is always described as a “dictatorship” by the mainstream media and the U.S. government, thus providing a pretext for the economic blockade and talk about regime change. But Sharat G. Lin found a remarkable democratic process in the recent Constitutional Referendum in Cuba and months of nationwide discussions involving millions of voters. (Awaiting confirmation)

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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Jun 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sun, Jun 16, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba”s Democracy
Constitutional Referendum and grassroots political processes.
Cuba is always described as a “dictatorship” by the mainstream media and the U.S. government, thus providing a pretext for the economic blockade and talk about regime change. But Sharat G. Lin found a remarkable democratic process in the recent Constitutional Referendum in Cuba and months of nationwide discussions involving millions of voters. (Awaiting confirmation)

Sun, Jun 30, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fascism What It Is and How To Fight It
“Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It” – a two part talk including a historical overview of the events leading up to the rise of fascism in Europe leading up to WWII, and a political analysis of the failures of the communist movement at the time in preventing it. This all in light of the current rise of white supremacy and fascist movements in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and the lack of a united left movement to fight it. Supplemental handouts will be available, including a timeline. Presented by Peoples Alliance members Bill Bowers and Tova Fry (both former WWP) : Bill leading with the historical overview and TovaFry following with the political analysis, largely based on Trotsky’s work of the same name.

Sun, Jul 7, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital

This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We’ve finished Chapter One (after one year) and are now working our way through Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, p. 178.

Sun, Jul 7, 2019: 12:45-1:45 pm
Planning Session
We get together after the morning session on the first Sunday of every month to discuss things in general and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Also, please review our web site to familiarize yourself with our current proposals. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Jul 14, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
General Elections in India:
Modi’s Fascism vs. Social Democrats and the Left

Modi has completed 5 years in power, with his BJP having a majority in the Indian Parliament. In 2014, Modi won on the slogan of  “Be with everyone, development for everyone” in the background of major corruption scandals in the last 5 years of the 10 years that Congress Party ruled (2004 thru 2014), with Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as the Congress Party President.
Modi moved rapidly to consolidate power in his hands, ousting or sidelining veteran leaders in his own Party. Under his 5 years of rule, “cow protectors” have become emboldened. Several incidents of lynching of Muslims have taken place, religious bigotry is openly practiced, and assassinations of several public intellectuals, all secularists, have taken place while he mostly sat silently over such egregious violations of civil rights. Further he has tried to create a militarist posture and sought to portray himself as a strong PM, who is willing to take on the terrorists based in Pakistan aggressively. His policies of “demonetization” of 1916 created a great deal of small business distress. Unemployment is at 45 year high and farm distress and farmer suicides continue. But the mass media, now privately owned, and funded by big capital  has helped create him as a “the man of the people”.
Raj Sahai will present his views on what is beginning to boil under the surface of a seeming “all is well” scenario presented in India in the mass media and projected and globally.

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Extinction Rebellion General Meeting – Save the Planet @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Jun 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Whether you’re new to the Extinction Rebellion and looking for more info or if you are ready to get to work, this meeting’s for you!

Live Long & Rebel!

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East Bay DSA General Meeting and National Delegate Election @ Omni Commons
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Our next General Meeting, at which we will be electing delegates to the DSA National Convention, is on Sunday, June 16 at the Omni Commons. The meeting may also 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 volunteers participate fully in meeting business. The contribution is huge, though—meetings require a lot of hands, and our volunteers keep them lively, inspiring, and productive. Join up here. 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 three weeks in advance of the meeting itself.

General Meetings are run by the EBDSA 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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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 16 @ 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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BLACK: 400 Years in America Film Series: Black Pride @ Omni Commons
Jun 16 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Free public cultural film series centered on the historic commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the first Africans brought to British North America. The series will feature a monthly film screening over 7 months, from February 2019 for Black History Month, through August 2019.

Food at 4:30pm
Film at 5pm

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Putting the “Just” in Just Energy Transition @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Nick Mullins, a former coal minor now advocate for just transition, will address the divide between rural conservatism and urban liberalism and the jobs vs. environment debate based upon it. He considers the best and most important means of lessening this cultural disconnect lies within a just energy transition that provides immediate job alternatives to those who need them.

Using his own story and experiences, Mullins asks what a “just” transition truly means and seeks to help audiences understand the issues working-class communities face. By illustrating the need to rethink traditional environmental communication methods and work harder to establish common ground, he builds hope to achieve a sustainable future for generations to come.

You can read more about Nick at https://www.breakclean.com/ and https://thoughtsofacoalminer.com/about-the-author/.

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