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Aug
5
Mon
Oppose ICE: Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, and Environmentalists @ ICE, San Francisco
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

What: Climate Justice, Environmental Justice, and Environmentalist day of action during the Month of Momentum.

Why: We are outraged and ashamed about the inhumanity at the border.  We want to show up as environmental activists in solidarity with other progressive, issue-focused groups in opposition to the brutally corrosive policies and politics of the current administration.

Many people around the world are fleeing their homes because of war, gang violence, poverty – and increasingly, people are becoming climate refugees, moving because their homes are becoming unlivable due to climate change (sea level rise, desertification, extreme heat, fires, etc.).

Details: Bring a sign or an idea for a sign linking the climate crisis to the immigrant crisis.  We will chant, sing, and walk in front of the ICE headquarters during the lunch hour.

This is an opportunity to contribute to strengthening social justice movements across a range of too-often-siloed issues and to contribute to strengthening the broad progressive movement that is necessary to counter rabid nationalism, racism, and greed at the rotten heart of forces aiming to destroy Earth for its current and future inhabitants.

Facebook page for the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/676106659497090/

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Locksmithing Lab @ Omni Commons
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Homes Not Jails is hosting a Locksmithing Lab. Learn about locks. Even learn to Lockpick.

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Tax the Rich Singalong with Occupella @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Aug 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OCCUPELLA will be singing at the TAX THE RICH RALLY EVERY MONDAY from 5-6 on upper Solano Ave. in front of the (closed) Oaks Theater. Songbooks are provided.

(We’ll also be LEADING SONGS ON JULY 13 at NOON in Civic Center Park (across from Berkeley High and old City Hall). The City of Berkeley will officially recognize the human rights abuses at the border.)

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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 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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Aug
6
Tue
Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Nuclear Weapons Protest Rally & March at Livermore Labs @ Livermore Labs
Aug 6 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

ANNIVERSARIES OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI ATOM BOMB DROPS:
Nuclear Weapons Protest Rally & March at Livermore Labs

Come commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima (Aug. 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) at the place where new nuclear weapons of mass destruction are being created today.

Hear from atom bomb survivor Nobuaki Hanaoka, famed author and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and other speakers and musicians.

Following the rally will be a procession to the West Gate where those who choose may risk arrest.

The resurgent risks of nuclear war and unresolved climate danger have caused the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to keep the Doomsday Clock set at 2-minutes to the apocalyptic midnight hour. This is as close to global Armageddon as the clock has been since it was introduced in 1947.

By gathering on August 6, we will use the visible power of our presence to transform U.S. policy from violence to peace.

PARKING: Free parking is available. There will be van pools to and from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station. Call Tri- Valley CARES, 925.443.7148 to reserve your seat -space is limited.

THE LIVERMORE CONVERSION PROJECT NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES

We agree to abide by the following guidelines in all of the August 6 actions:
–We will be open and respectful to everyone we meet
–We will not use verbal or physical violence
–We will not destroy property
–We will not bring drugs or alcohol except for medicinal purposes
–We will not bring weapons
–We will not run, which can cause panic
–If arrested, we will not resist
–If legal consequences follow our actions, we will treat all those we encounter in the process with openness and respect.

FLYER with event’s information & list of co-sponsors: http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/TVC_FLYER_FRONT_FNL.jpg

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A Legal History of Whiteness @ Legal Cafe Law Centrer Office
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This workshop will discuss the legal and social history of whiteness and how this impacts us today on a legal, economic, social, and spiritual level. RSVP below!

After setting up the framework for how whiteness developed in the early colonialism in the United States, we will engage in discussion questions about our own consciousness around whiteness and the way whiteness  works in our workplaces and lives. Bringing the historical and the spiritual together, we will together imagine what is beyond white supremacy. This workshop will draw from research from the Racial Equity Institute and an emerging organization that Tracy helped to start called Freedom Beyond. Read Tracy’s blog post People & Planet Over Programs & Profit here.

About the presenter: Tracy Bindel is a current intern for the Sustainable Economies Law Center. She is a white woman who has spent the last four years working to organize (mostly) white people to dismantle white support for white supremacy through the Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston and through Freedom Beyond, an emergent collective that creates space for white people to face their whiteness in holistic community.  Tracy lives at the intersection of spirituality, justice, and alternative economies and loves creating spaces of ritual and practice in order to move people through grief and pain through healing.

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Public Bank of the East Bay
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Info TimeTuesday, July 9, 5:30 p.m.

Have questions about public banking? Want to find out more about what we’re doing to make our own East Bay bank a reality? Come to Info Time! Volunteers will be available to talk with you for the half hour before our monthly meeting (location below)

NEWS:

California public banking bill clears another state Senate committee as momentum generates a swell of press coverage

On July 3rd, California’s Public Banking Act, AB 857, passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee 4 Aye’s to 3 No’s. In the extended hearing, Assemblymember David Chiu, the bill’s co-author, emphasized, “Something is truly broken with the present financial system.” The bill has one more committee  – Senate Appropriations  – before the Senate floor vote.
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Watch the hearing video here (bill discussion starts at 1:25).

Meanwhile, publications in San Jose, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, North Bay, Marin County, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Monterey Bay each published robust articles recently detailing what a public bank could mean to their local communities. The journalistic push indicates a high-water mark for interest in public banking, and provides advocates around the country with excellent talking points to share.

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People want DIVESTMENT.

The cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond (not to mention Seattle, Santa Fe, etc., etc.) have all voted for divesting from pipelines and fossil fuels, but none of them have carried through. Why not? Because there is literally no clean bank big enough to handle their deposits.

People want LOCAL REINVESTMENT.

Our cities are teeming with urban problems, almost all of them disproportionately affecting black and brown populations: homelessness, gentrification pushing out marginalized communities, desperate infrastructure needs, impoverished parks and recreation programs, struggling local businesses, lack of local jobs, and so much more. Yet we send between 7 and 15 cents out of every tax dollar out of our cities forever, and into the hands of Wall Street bank shareholders, who couldn’t care less about our streets and our schools. When those banks profit from our tax revenues, they send the money straight into their own pockets. It’s like paying sales tax on our own money to greedy corporations.

People want A PUBLIC BANK.

The Bank of North Dakota, one of two public banks currently existing in the United States, not only saves the state of North Dakota that 7 to 15 cents per dollar, but also makes money. In 2017, its return on investment was 17%! In 2008, North Dakota didn’t have a foreclosure crisis, because the Bank of North Dakota didn’t invest in risky mortgages. And if you live in North Dakota, or go to college there, the bank will buy back your student loan … and restructure it to give you a 4% interest rate.

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Community Discussion on Attacks on Immigrants
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

I.C.E. here, coups there – U.S. out of everywhere!
Striking at the root of the attack on our communities

From the horrific border concentration camps, to family separations, to the string of deaths of detained children, to the arrest of solidarity activists leaving water for those crossing the border – the brutality and human rights violations by the U.S. government against immigrants are on the rise.

To fight back and win, we must have a deep understanding of the root cause of our oppression. Join us to look at the exploitative policies — followed by successive U.S. governments — that have ravaged nations over the last few decades, creating violence and poverty leaving our people no choice but to migrate to the United States. We’ll connect our struggles as oppressed peoples fighting for self-determination and invite folks to get involved in the organizing efforts for an upcoming mass action to demand no wall, no ban, no I.C.E., no concentration camps, and full rights and amnesty NOW!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2901498863210683/

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Loper Chapel, First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Aug 6 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

You will hear about SURJ’s pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We’ll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

LOCATION AND ACCESS:
The Loper Chapel is located on the west side of Dana Street, at the corner of Dana and Durant Avenue. The chapel has no address, but is part of the First Congregational Church of Berkeley.

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Aug
7
Wed
30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps. Every day in August at Noon. ICE. SF @ ICE Offices, San Francisco
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Protests, actions, poetry readings…to demand that immigration detention centers be closed and families reunited.

Daily schedule: https://bit.ly/32MTXEs

A month-long protest outside ICE in downtown San Francisco, organized through word of mouth, networking, and social media, will take place every day from Noon to 1pm during the month of August, by a different sector, group, or organization: librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
WHEN: Every day in August from Noon to 1pm

WHERE: ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111

WHO: Librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
THIS WEEK

Mon Aug 5: Climate & Environmental Justice: No Coal in Oakland, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations and other groups

Tues Aug 6: Bend the Arc: Rabbi Shifra Tobacman, Speaker. Also in attendance: Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember

Wed Aug 7: Mothers/Families

Thurs Aug 8: Refuse Fascism

Fri, Aug 9 (11:30am-12:30pm): Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (monthly vigil) and CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Sat, Aug 10: Tenants Rights

Sun, Aug 11: Students/Educators

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Aug
8
Thu
30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps. Every day in August at Noon. ICE. SF @ ICE Offices, San Francisco
Aug 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Protests, actions, poetry readings…to demand that immigration detention centers be closed and families reunited.

Daily schedule: https://bit.ly/32MTXEs

A month-long protest outside ICE in downtown San Francisco, organized through word of mouth, networking, and social media, will take place every day from Noon to 1pm during the month of August, by a different sector, group, or organization: librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
WHEN: Every day in August from Noon to 1pm

WHERE: ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111

WHO: Librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
THIS WEEK

Mon Aug 5: Climate & Environmental Justice: No Coal in Oakland, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations and other groups

Tues Aug 6: Bend the Arc: Rabbi Shifra Tobacman, Speaker. Also in attendance: Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember

Wed Aug 7: Mothers/Families

Thurs Aug 8: Refuse Fascism

Fri, Aug 9 (11:30am-12:30pm): Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (monthly vigil) and CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Sat, Aug 10: Tenants Rights

Sun, Aug 11: Students/Educators

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Aug
9
Fri
30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps. Every day in August at Noon. ICE. SF @ ICE Offices, San Francisco
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Protests, actions, poetry readings…to demand that immigration detention centers be closed and families reunited.

Daily schedule: https://bit.ly/32MTXEs

A month-long protest outside ICE in downtown San Francisco, organized through word of mouth, networking, and social media, will take place every day from Noon to 1pm during the month of August, by a different sector, group, or organization: librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
WHEN: Every day in August from Noon to 1pm

WHERE: ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111

WHO: Librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
THIS WEEK

Mon Aug 5: Climate & Environmental Justice: No Coal in Oakland, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations and other groups

Tues Aug 6: Bend the Arc: Rabbi Shifra Tobacman, Speaker. Also in attendance: Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember

Wed Aug 7: Mothers/Families

Thurs Aug 8: Refuse Fascism

Fri, Aug 9 (11:30am-12:30pm): Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (monthly vigil) and CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Sat, Aug 10: Tenants Rights

Sun, Aug 11: Students/Educators

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Vigil for Chelsea and Julian
Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

SAVE CHELSEA & JULIAN

hI aLL HOPE TO SEE YA oRION
EVERY FRI 530PM TO 7PM “BASTA SAVE CHELSEA AND JULIEN ” VIGIL DEMO POTLUCK MUSIC (7PM AFTER PARTY/MEETING ) FRUITVALE &MACARTHUR OAKLAND

WE HOPE TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO OUR ON-GOING CAMPAIGNS IN THE BAY.

Here is a link to the bay area action for Julian which includes CHELSEA SUPPORT PLEASE SIGN UP
https://bayaction2freeassange.org
TELL EVERY ONE

Thanks for your letters you can write a letter directly to Chelsea here’s her address tell her who you are and why you want to save her don/t be shy
PLEASE WRITE LETTERS TO CHELSEA (only hand written and no post cards no pictures do not write any thing on the outside of the letter to Chelsea Elizebeth Manning

William G Truedale Adult Detention Center
2001MILL ROAD
ALEXANDRIA VA 22314

also join the #LettersToJulian campaign,writejulian.com

WE NEED TO HIP PEOPLE TO THE YOU TUBE SHOWS AND WEB SITES AND TWITTER FEEDS
We find the BEST INFO IS FROM CHELSEA (xychelsea.is) AND JULIEN WEB SITES and twitter feeds YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER of TWITTER JUST TYPE IN twitter.com/xychelsea or twitter.com/defendassange and you/ll be able to read and see the latest INTERNATIONAL news and support via the links
also Consortium News ,HAS A Unity4J every friday on line LIVE STREAM vigil for Julian and of course support the work of ongoing wekileaks.org

PLEASE Google the following you tube shows ADD COMENTS ..AND TELL OUR FRIENDS

JIMMY DORE show and chelsea Manning 80,000 HITS SO FAR .. news flash now 90,000 hits
REDACTED TONIGHTt Julien Assange and Chelsea Manning
our own BAY ARE STEVE ZELTZER LABOR VIDEO project  Julien and Chelsea Manning
and SECULAR TALK & julien and Chelsea Manning
and CROSS TALK Julien and Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning/s Youtube site
TULSI 2020
VETERANS FOR PEACE
CODE PINK
BLACK AGENDA REPORTS
JILL STEIN
DANIEL ELSBERG
FLASHPOINTS KPFA 5PM EVERY DAY
BRITS LABOR PARTY LEADER JEREMY CORBIN
CHRIS HEDGES FORMER NYT JOURNALIST
Thanks Orion
BELOW IS THE LINK TO her letter she wrote to judge

https://www.aaronswartzday.org/chelsea-manning-letter.

It’s an extreamly well researched LETTER TO THE JUDGE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SECRET GRAND JURIES Don/t ever forget about what she said in response to her 2nd Grand Jury Trail which they imposed a $500.00 daily fine after 30 days and a $1000.00 daily fine after 60 days “I/D RATHER STARVE THEN ANSWER YOUR SECRET GRAND JURY”

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Community-Scale Carbon Drawdown @ Canticle Farm
Aug 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we tour one of our Oakland nodes, Canticle Farm and learn how we can take part in carbon drawdown at the community-scale.

Register

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Person of the Planet Film Series: Woman at War @ Arlington Community Church
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a FREE screening of Woman at War a new film from Magnolia Pictures, written & directed by Benedikt Erlingsson.

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.

Trailer

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Surveillance and Facial Recognition Technology: A Conversation With Brian Hofer @ Yaseen Burlingame Center
Aug 9 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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Aug
10
Sat
30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps. Every day in August at Noon. ICE. SF @ ICE Offices, San Francisco
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Protests, actions, poetry readings…to demand that immigration detention centers be closed and families reunited.

Daily schedule: https://bit.ly/32MTXEs

A month-long protest outside ICE in downtown San Francisco, organized through word of mouth, networking, and social media, will take place every day from Noon to 1pm during the month of August, by a different sector, group, or organization: librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
WHEN: Every day in August from Noon to 1pm

WHERE: ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), 630 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111

WHO: Librarians, lawyers, public health and health care workers, poets, drummers, journalists, tenants rights activists, educators and students, mothers and families, bar and restaurant workers, environmental activists, grandmothers, the interfaith community…
THIS WEEK

Mon Aug 5: Climate & Environmental Justice: No Coal in Oakland, 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations and other groups

Tues Aug 6: Bend the Arc: Rabbi Shifra Tobacman, Speaker. Also in attendance: Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember

Wed Aug 7: Mothers/Families

Thurs Aug 8: Refuse Fascism

Fri, Aug 9 (11:30am-12:30pm): Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (monthly vigil) and CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)

Sat, Aug 10: Tenants Rights

Sun, Aug 11: Students/Educators

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2ND ANNIVERSARY OF CHARLOTTESVILLE @ Pelosi's Office, Federal Building
Aug 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

People’s Alliance invites you to their “Second Anniversary of Charlottesville: Act Against White Supremacy.” This is part of a national day of action. The peaceful protest takes place on Saturday, August 10th from 1:00 to 2:30 PM at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Office, Federal Building, 90 – 7th street in San Francisco.

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Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance – You Are Not A Loan! @ Omni Commons
Aug 10 @ 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, continued with Take Back the Economy by Gibson-Graham et al, and for our August meeting will read the introduction and first chapter of Ellen Brown’s latest book, Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age. 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: “Banking on the People.” Hosted by Strike Debt Bay Area. @ Omni Commons
Aug 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Beginning on August 10th, the Strike Debt Bay Area Economics Book Group began discussing Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital AgeWe tackled the introduction and first chapter, available through the ‘Look Inside’ feature on Amazon, for the August 10th meeting.

For our September 7th meeting, we will be discussing the rest of the first section, Chapters 2-6.

For our October 12th meeting, we will be discussing Chapters 7-9, the first part of the second section.

For our November 16th meeting, we will be discussing Chapters 10 – 13.

All are welcome!

The Economics Book Group began with Doughnut Economics and continued with Take Back the Economy.  We read a few chapters every month.

“Today most of our money is created, not by governments, but by banks when they make loans. This book takes the reader step by step through the sausage factory of modern money creation, explores improvements made possible by advances in digital technology, and proposes upgrades that could transform our outmoded nineteenth century system into one that is democratic, sustainable, and serves the needs of the twenty-first century.”

“In Banking on the People, attorney Ellen Brown provides a much-needed roadmap for reforming monetary and credit systems and the central banks now strangling our common human future. More lucidly that any other expert I know, she shows how we can break the grip of predatory financialization now extracting value from real peoples’ productive activities all over the world. Her in-depth research and systemic overview of the global and local politics of money-creation and credit allocation include all the viable proposals of global experts and reformers. She reviews many of these reforms: from financial transaction taxes, to a universal basic income to provide purchasing power for the cornucopia of goods and services now produced, to expanding the public banks she so ably promotes via the Public Banking Institute, to returning the Fed and all banks to serving the public utility functions that economies require. This book is a must read for citizens in all societies who see the promising future as we seek to widen democracies and transform to a cleaner, greener, shared prosperity, based on the renewable abundance of free daily energy from our sun.” – Hazel Henderson, CEO of Ethical Markets Media and author of Mapping the Global Transition to the Solar Age and other books.

 

 

 

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