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Nov
10
Tue
One Fare System for Bay Area Transit @ Online
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Learn about the plan for a fully unified system that would enable riders to travel seamlessly across the nine-county Bay Area with a single transit fare and free transfers.

This webinar will explain the Integrated Transit Fare Vision recently proposed by Seamless Bay Area, with a map on their website showing how it would work.

The Bay Area has 27 transit agencies with different fare structures — so using transit can be confusing, expensive, and sometimes unfair.  What if there were one simple map to figure out how much you pay — no matter what type of transit you take, how many times you transfer, or how many different transit agencies you used?

Seamless Bay Area’s just-published Integrated Transit Fare Vision Map explains how it would work.

In this webinar:

Christof Spieler, the Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars and the author of “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit,” will discuss what’s wrong with fares in many U.S. regions and what a good fare structure should do.

Ian Griffiths, director of Seamless Bay Area, will talk in more detail about the development of the Fare Vision Map, how integrated fares would benefit riders across the region, and what our region needs to do to make them a reality.

They will also talk about actions you can take to get our transit agencies and leaders to advance the reforms that could bring about integrated fares.

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Chris Hedges: The Culture of Despair @ Online
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Eventbrite webinar link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chris-hedges-the-culture-of-despair-tickets-120320183909

 With the election over, it’s the perfect time to get the reliably candid response of one of our few great journalists. 

“Chris Hedges has been telling truth to (and against) power since his earliest days as a radical journalist. He is an intellectual warrior who confronts American empire in the most incisive, challenging ways. The insights he provides into the deeply troubled state of our nation cannot be found anywhere else. Like many of our most important thinkers, he has been relegated to the margins because of ideas deemed too radical—or true—for public consumption. Whether it is covering the dissolution of former Soviet states or embedding in the Middle East to understand

the post-9/11 world, he has been a singular voice pushing against mainstream media disinformation and the amnesia of establishment received wisdom. He is an intellectual heir to American radical heroes such as Thomas Paine and Noam Chomsky, and is dedicated to reigniting a shared commitment to radical equality and honesty.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning Chris Hedges spent nearly two decades as a correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with 15 years at the New York Times.  His books include Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning; Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt; and Wages of Rebellion. He currently writes a weekly column for Truthdig.

Mickey Huff is the Director of Project Censored, President of the Media Freedom           Foundation, and executive producer/co-host of the Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio. His latest books include Censored 2020: Though the Looking Glass (co-edited with Andy Lee Roth) from Seven Stories Press and United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It) co-authored with Nolan Higdon from City Lights Publishing. He is currently professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College, where he is co-chair of history as well as the chair of the journalism program. www.projectcensored.org

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Public Bank of the East Bay @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We meet over Zoom. If you’d like to join us, and aren’t on our organizers’ list, drop us an email and we’ll send you an invitation.

If you would like to join the meeting early and get an introduction to the concepts of public banking, or more locally to who we are and what we do, please email us and we’ll see you online at 6:30.

Donate to keep us moving forward

It is the mission of Public Bank East Bay to provide community oversight and stewardship in the formation and functioning of the Public Bank of the East Bay to base its decisions on the values of:

Equity

PBEB is committed to a public bank which acknowledges and attempts restitution of the  historical burdens carried by disenfranchised communities, including  communities of color and many other marginalized groups.

Social Responsibility

Decisions regarding who gets loans, what projects get invested in, and who benefits should take into account investing our money into the wealth and health of local communities and the environment.

Accountability

The bank is accountable to the  residents of the East Bay, who have a right to fully transparent explanations of  the Bank’s actions and choices.

Democracy

The bank will be governed using  democratic processes which consciously and intentionally adhere to the values/principles listed above.

JOIN A WORKING GROUP!

We have five committees working together to create a Public Bank in the East Bay:

  • Advocacy builds relationships with community groups and city governments.

  • Communications assists other committees with content creation and promotion.

  • Fundraising develops our organization’s budget and raises funds for our business plan.

  • Membership brings on new members and volunteers and organizes educational events.

  • Governance is responsible for operations and the execution of PBEB’s business plan.

Email us with your interests and we’ll help you find a way to get plugged in!

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

The California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA) is an organization of 12 member regions, not of individuals. You can join the CPBA mailing list (link at the Alliance website) to receive updates on state and sometimes national progress, which we will also include on this site.

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Socialist Night School: What Just Happened? Election Recap and Analysis @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the East Bay DSA Political Education Committee for an analysis of what’s happened since election day.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84783105991?pwd=Tlk5SENqWHFHV216M1lSZkRtUGk2dz09

Meeting ID: 847 8310 5991

Password: 897028

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Nov
11
Wed
DSA Green New Deal Committee Monthly Meeting @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Nov 11 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Green New Deal Committee meets on the second Wednesday each month. We will discuss eco-socialist issues, upcoming events and actions, committee priorities, and campaigns. All are welcome! Please RSVP to receive the URL to the meeting or email green-new-deal@eastbaydsa.org.

Zoom – please RSVP for the URL & instructions.

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Nov
12
Thu
Where We Go From Here: All In For Climate & Equitable Communities w/ Sierra Club @ Online
Nov 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Livestream here: https://www.facebook.com/SierraClub/

Take a good rest everyone, because our work begins again now! To secure a more stable climate and equitable communities, it will take a mass movement uniting to fight for climate, racial and economic justice for all.

Join us for the third in our series of Sierra Club mass calls, where we’ll be talking about the path towards historic climate action under a Biden-Harris administration, drilling down into the specifics of our plan to get there (hint: it involves you!), and sharing next steps for how each of us can be part of creating the change we need.

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Intro to Socialism — What is Socialism and Economic Democracy @ Online
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join DSA San Francisco’s education committee as we dive into the topics of socialism, economic democracy, and what a more just world could look like. This event is for people of all background but will taught with those new to socialism in mind.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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One More Time: No Nuclear Energy for the East Bay @ Online
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The proposal to put nuclear energy into East Bay Community Energy’s power mix was defeated in April, but it’s back! Join the Local Clean Energy Alliance, first in a webinar, then at the EBCE directors’ meeting to tell them: No nukes!

In April, the board voted 10-5 against a proposal  to accept PG&E’s offer of nuclear energy from its Diablo Canyon power plant, after 64 community members spoke out against accepting it.

However, EBCE staff has once again proposed accepting PG&E’s nuclear energy. This time the issue is being framed as using relatively low-cost nuclear energy to rescue EBCE’s Brilliant 100 product (100% carbon-free), which some East Bay cities lean on to reduce their city’s GHG emissions.

For decades California communities have been fighting back against Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and its many risks. In indigenous desert-rural communities, people are resisting the mining of uranium and the dumping of nuclear waste. Join us for a very special webinar panel on the battle against nuclear energy—a false solution to climate change that derails us from a just transition to clean renewable energy.

First, hear from a panel of activists and experts who have been fighting and winning victories against nuclear power in their communities. Then show up (via Zoom) to tell the board (once again) to reject this false and dangerous solution.

WEBINAR: FROM EAST BAY, CA TO NEW MEXICO, COMMUNITY POWER AGAINST NUCLEAR ENERGY 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020, 6 PM

Speakers:

Leona Morgan is a young Diné activist and organizer, from the Navajo nation fighting uranium mining and nuclear dumping in New Mexico

Jill Zamack of Mother’s For Peace a longtime anti-nuke movement group in San Luis Obispo, home of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

Robert Gould President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Board Member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Dan Hirsch retired Director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at the University of California, Santa Cruz and President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a 50-year-old nonprofit organization focused on nuclear issues.

 

EAST BAY COMMUNITY ENERGY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING, NOVEMBER 18

For more information and links to join this meeting, check back for updates here or at www.localcleanenergy.org
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Demanding Transformative Politics in an Era of Resegregation @ California Endowment
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

As resegregation reshapes the Bay Area, low-income communities of color are increasingly living at the expanding edges of our region, where they struggle to find quality jobs, schools, and public transportation, decent affordable housing, and a political voice.

Generating policy alternatives to the region’s unjust land use, housing, and transportation systems have not been enough to stop this trend. To truly achieve regional equity in an era of resegregation, we must demand transformative politics that increases the political power of disenfranchised communities.

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Ectopia 2050 – Ecology Center Lecture Series @ Online
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ECOTOPIA 2050 5-PART SPEAKER SERIES

Ecotopia 2050 is designed as a 5 Episode speaker discussion series with the first episode serving as an introduction/prelude to the event. The speaker discussion series is paired with corresponding book club meetings that give participants a more intimate opportunity to discuss the themes of the book in the community.

Based on the 1975 blockbuster utopian novel Ecotopia, this discussion and book club event series revisit some of the futuristic visions of the Ernest Callenbach classic. His visionary ideas, and those of his generation, that he so skillfully captured in Ecotopia are a fascinating amalgam of technical, economic, societal, and cultural transformations. They are predictive on so many levels, and the series will explore what has come true, what remains on the list of things to do that were proposed, and what new visions we might begin to pull together in the construction of an updated Ecotopian vision of today.

Registration Instructions
1. Choose your experience (single episode) or full series
2. Are you joining the book club? *choose the add on
Note: You must be registered for the full series if you register for book club.
3. Check out.
4. A secure Zoom link will be sent 24 hours ahead of event time to registered email.

Pricing:
Limited Income $60 full series $20 single episode
Membership $90 full series $25 single episode
General admission $110 series $35 single episode

No-one turned away for lack of funds.
EC Scholarship Request form here
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Nov
13
Fri
The Coming Extinction and What to do about it @ Online
Nov 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Sierra Club’s  Green Friday programs are back — and now, virtual! This educational and entertaining monthly series brings you speakers on the most important environmental issues of our time. Join us the second Friday of each month. The Zoom room opens at 7:00 PM and the program begins at 7:30 PM.

Please register to receive meeting sign-in info:
https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q0000020SiSAAU&mapLinkHref=

On November 13th, Extinction Rebellion speakers will address “The Coming Extinction and What to do about it.”

Founded by youth in Britain in 2018, Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse. It has spread like wildfire across the globe—our local chapter XR SF Bay is aimed at nothing less than radical system change. Our rebellion is fueled by our love for humanity and for all life on earth. Come for some truth-telling about our climate emergency and to learn how XR SF Bay is in solidarity with local organizations to affect the necessary change in our world- and how you might support or join us!

Members, Chris Conrad and Diana Strong from XR SF Bay will talk about why they joined Extinction Rebellion, and XR member Molly Arthur will give a presentation of her story of being called to be an XRebel as a journey of awakening and “going public.” The presentation will include more details on the history of XR and the work we are doing in the Bay Area.

Chris Conrad is a rising senior at Haverford College, majoring in political science. After being exposed to XR UK in London while studying abroad, he realized the scale of the threat posed by the climate crisis and joined XR to help make a difference. He plans to write his senior thesis on the emergent climate movement, and enjoys spending time in nature in his free time.

Diana Strong is an accomplished music performer, composer and instructor. Her musical background is grounded in classical piano along with a lifetime of folk music camps. She teaches accordion and piano in the East Bay. She has supported XR SF Bay with her unique skills and heart and brings her perspective as a young musician to her work.

Molly McGettigan Arthur- In looking for the roots of our current desperate times, Molly learned that the last six generations of her ancestors were implemental in their creation. The intimate and current collusion she has with white supremacy and how embedded she is in the societal structures of racism and white privilege are foundational understandings for her. She is endeavoring to address the current effects of these parts of her lineage by launching her Waking Up to Our Own History, Lineage and Legacy Initiative.

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Nov
14
Sat
The Elections are Over – But the Problems Remain @ Online
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This pandemic has drawn the priorities of this society into focus, and they are neither our well-being nor the health of the planet. And with the elections over, working people still face the continued threat of this virus, a planet that continues to heat up, increasing economic uncertainty, a wave of cuts to social services, and more. Our power to confront these problems was never in the ballot box, but in our collective strength when we can stand together. This is the challenge we face today.

Join us for a townhall discussion on this topic. Please share widely.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82158800683?pwd=N2J6UjgxNWhNak1WRWdUdm9CUit4QT09

Meeting ID: 821 5880 0683
Passcode: 340756

Link to Facebook event

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Nov
15
Sun
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Ongoing War on Syria & Why it Matters |
Rick Sterling will discuss the current situation in Syria and future prospects if Biden assumes the Presidency. Unreported in mainstream media, the US and allies continue to wage hybrid warfare on Syria – economically, politically, judicially and militarily. Why does the US persist in attacking Syria, preventing it from recovering and harming millions of Syrians? Will this change with a Democrat in the White House?  Why has this struggle become a focal point of East – West conflict? What are the best and worst things that could happen?
   Rick Sterling is on the Steering Committee of Syria Solidarity Movement.

He is an independent journalist who has written many articles about Syria..
LOGIN INFORMATION
The meeting will be opened up, as usual, at 10:15 for anyone to join and discuss technical matters, catch up with each other, say Hi, etc. We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open for informal discussion.

Raj Sahai’s Zoom Meeting. (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:15am – 1:15pm Pacific Time

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2591082607?pwd=TTdlcFlnZEVCdWt2VlRHeWZLeHNKQT09

Meeting ID: 259 108 2607

Passcode: 6MwQP7

 

Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm


How the US Dominates the World Economy: Failings of Modern Monetary Theory and why the US can print trillions of dollars and not experience inflation.


Stansfield Smith will explain how the US control of the world economy since the end of World War II has enabled it to bully the world’s countries into depending on the US dollar and using it as the international currency. This requires world countries to amass quantities of dollars to operate and to pay the cost of upholding the value of the dollar, which includes investing in the growing US debt. This also explains how the US can use its economic sanctions to punish countries that seek independence from US control. While Modern Monetary Theory gives an account of why the US can continue to print vast sums of money and suffer little inflation, its explanation avoids confronting the reality of US control of the world financial structure.

Stansfield Smith’s presentation is based on his articles: Inadequacy of Modern Monetary Theory and the Power of the US Dollar in the World Economy and Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation.
Stan Smith has been involved in the Freedom for the Cuban Five movement and the movements in defense of the sovereignty of El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, and other Latin American countries for 40 years. He has written numerous articles such as: First Two Months in Power: Hitler vs. TrumpWhat North Koreans ThinkFraming North KoreaIs Russia imperialistChina’s International Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona PandemicChomsky and Other Liberal Intellectuals Ask Us to Join Them in Throwing in the Towel. He produces a weekly compendium of articles on Latin America at https://chicagoalbasolidarity.wordpress.com/.

 

Sun, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (Thanksgiving weekend)
TENTATIVE: Abhinav Sinha on the International Working Class
Our speaker is editor of the renowned Hindi magazine ‘Muktikami Chhatron-Yuvaon ka Aahwan.’

Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Logic of Capitalist Production and Marx’s Ecology
Even many Marxists are convinced that Marx believed in production without limitations, and thus Marx was oblivious to the question of ecology of the planet. Today the world is caught in a double jeopardy: on one hand capitalism is reducing workers’ organized bargaining power by production shifted to lowest wage countries pitting workers of one country against another and on the other capitalist production is consuming the resources of the planet provided by Nature rapidly while massively polluting land, water, and air. Since the fall of the USSR, China has been touted as the successful model of socialism using the capitalist market, or what is termed as “Market-Socialism”. This leads workers in US with no hope unlike in 1930s when they saw hope after the revolution in the USSR and workers had state power and were constructing socialism. A section of the US workers were drawn to a demagogue, namely Trump in the US and in India a majority of workers followed another demagogue: Modi in India. This trend is also developing in other countries. Raj Sahai will analyze this situation in the first hour and then in the second invite comments from the audience.

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DSA General Meeting @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for our November nonvoting General Meeting of East Bay DSA!

Please RSVP and invite other comrades to hear updates on our campaigns and events.

Agenda TBA.

The meeting will be conducted via ZOOM. RSVP and you’ll receive an email with the link.

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Single-Payer Health Organizing
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Nov
16
Mon
Hey Fred! Keep Your Hands Off of The Town!! @ Offices of Game Changer, LLC.
Nov 16 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rally to Oppose billionaire Fred B. Craves (via his shell company, Game Changer LLC) and the city of Oakland’s attempt to further gentrify West Oakland!

Game Changer LLC, the Alameda Sheriff, and the Oakland Police department are evicting homeless people in West Oakland, displacing the poorest Oaklanders in a time of global Pandemic! Game Changer is planning to develop land in Oakland to turn a profit and leave the people with nothing! Let’s take the struggle to their front door!

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Nov
17
Tue
Transitioning from Fossil Fuel Dependency @ Online
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a conversation about the transition away from a fossil fuel economy and learn about some of the implications and strategies for facilitating a just transition.  Speakers will address will national-level economics, state approaches, and community initiatives at the center of our clean energy transition.

Panelists are:

    • Patrick Heller, Natural Resource Governance Institute
    • Roger Lin, UC Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic
    • Sarah White, Governor’s Office of Planning & Research

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law.

Register here.

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Nov
18
Wed
Utility Service is a Human Right @ Online
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register here

The economic disasters affecting so many people during this pandemic have made even it more clear that we must stop shutoffs of energy and water — basic human needs.  Join the Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings for a webinar on protecting the right to these basic necessities.

Leading innovators will share stories on how they are changing the narrative in this country on energy justice and utility service as a human right. Learn from a local organizer who mobilized during the pandemic to stop the harm perpetuated on people living with low incomes by winning a new program on debt relief from the CARES Act and from two attorneys who will share for the first time their proposal for a Bill of Rights for all utility customers

This collaborative discussion will educate, strategize for impact, and connect powerful local action to bold ideas about what it means to be “essential” before and after COVID.

Hear from:

Agustin Cabrera, Director of the RePower Los Angeles Network at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. He will tell about how the multi-sectoral organizing of RePower led to securing a new utility-debt-forgiveness program from the nation’s largest municipal utility company, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Their innovative activism and advocacy, grounded in the principles of energy democracy, backed this program with $50 million of dedicated funding from the CARES Act. Agustin will share details that can inform how to replicate their work across the country.

Karen Lusson and Charlie Harak, attorneys at the National Consumer Law Center, will share their proposal for a national Utility Customers’ Bill of Rights. Their national perspective across multiple jurisdictions and utility governance models have informed their development of a concrete list of the obligations of state and federal policy makers, utility service providers (municipal and investor-owned), and advocates within these systems in order to end a punitive approach to poverty, utility debt, and energy insecurity.

 

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Understanding the Moment: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going w/ Women’s March @ Online
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/womensmarchaction/event/363000/

For the past four years, we’ve been marching, organizing millions of women voters, and mobilizing this women-led movement to defeat Trump.

We’re beyond proud of this moment, but what does it mean? What do the exit polls tell us, or not? What if Trump doesn’t concede? Where do we go from here? What else can we do?

Join Women’s Marchers on Wednesday evening for an hour-long webinar to celebrate our collective win, reflect on how we got here, understand the moment we’re in, and what is still
to come.

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