Calendar

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Dec
15
Tue
Sign a Petition for the Strongest Refinery Pollution Rule, Testify
Dec 15 all-day

The Bay Area Air Quality Monitoring District (Air District) is planning to finalize a rule that would reduce pollution from the Chevron and PBF (formerly Shell) oil refineries in Richmond and Martinez—two of the largest refineries in the world.  Due to pressure from the fossil fuel industry, the Air District is seriously considering a weak version of the rule.

This is where you come in.   The Air District will be meeting to consider this rule on December 17th, which is why we need your (or your organization’s) signature by December 15th, 2020.** 

If the Air District were to adopt the strongest rule possible, this would be the boldest action they will have taken in years to cut their pollution to stop harming communities of color.  We all need to push the Air District to adopt the strongest rule possible.

To learn more about Rule 6-5, the Cat Cracker Rule, and why it needs to be as strong as possible, please read this short CBE fact sheet, or a slightly more technical brief here.

The Air District’s regulation page with ongoing updates for Rule 6-5 is here.

** If you or your organization’s members are able to give testimony at the Thursday, December 17th Air District meeting, please email Andres Soto at andres@cbecal.org.

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The Racial Justice Act – Now What? @ Online
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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COVID’s Hidden Toll: Discussion with Filmmakers and Policy Leaders @ Online
Dec 15 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Register

Join the Berkeley Food Institute for screening of clips from the FRONTLINE PBS film, “COVID’s Hidden Toll” and discussion with the film’s creators. Along with Assemblymember and Agriculture Committee Chair Robert Rivas, and other esteemed guests, we will examine the inequities for farmworkers’ health being exposed amid the current pandemic.

The film, of which select clips will be shown, examines how the COVID crisis has hit vulnerable immigrants and undocumented workers. The documentary, follows the pandemic’s victims who are essential workers often invisible to many people relying on them, including crucial farm and meat-packing workers who lack protections and are suffering higher rates of illness.

Access Coordinator
Nathalie Muñoz, namc93 [at] berkeley.edu, 510-529-1533

CART Captioning will be provided. If you require any other accommodation for effective communication in order to fully participate in this virtual event, please contact Nathalie Muñoz at least 7–10 days in advance.

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Community Training: How to Request Release For Medically Vulnerable People in ICE Custody @ Online
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join our “Community Training: Requesting ICE Release For Medically Vulnerable People in ICE Custody” webinar.

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/community-training-requesting-ice-release-for-medically-vulnerable-people-in-ice-custody

Did you know that individuals in ICE custody with COVID-19 risk factors can submit
a request for release? YES!

Earlier this year, a federal district court issued a decision requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to protect medically vulnerable people in their custody and
review the medical records of those detained for potential release

This is good news! There are so many who could benefit, but unfortunately not many know about this opportunity. If you have family or community members currently in ICE detention who have COVID-19 risk factors, it’s important that you find out if this applies to them!

RSVP now to save up your spot!
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Dec
16
Wed
The legacy of police violence against Black Panthers and the Attica uprising. @ Online
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Heather Ann Thompson, Flint Taylor, and Darrell Cannon discuss the legacy of police violence against Black Panthers and the Attica uprising.

This event marks the paperback release of Taylor’s book The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago and is also framed by Thompson’s Pulitzer-prize winning book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

RSVP to attend…

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM' - SEE BELOW
Dec 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay and nationwide.

op-logo.2.1We fight against spy drones, facial recognition, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones; we oppose “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” —  to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Check out some of what we worked on in 2019.
Check out some of what we worked on in 2020.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.  We helped fight and helped win the fight against Urban Shield.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), supporting and opposing state legislation as appropriate, battling mass surveillance in the form of facial recognition, mass aerial surveillance, and other analytics, and pushing back against ICE.

On September 12th, 2019 we were presented with a Barlow Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for our work.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/

Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in various municipalities around the Bay.  To help slow down the encroaching police and surveillance state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Anti Police Terror Project Meeting
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Dec
17
Thu
Beyond the War @ Online
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88134190271 

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Join CODEPINK and Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation for a conversation with multi-media artist, Alia Ali about her installation “The Red Star”. The “Beyond the War” Yemen cultural series will attempt to showcase Yemen outside the realm of tragedy with an emphasis on Yemeni history, celebrations, and excellence! Make sure to check out The Red Star installation before you tune in, and view Alia’s short film (14min) “مهجر // Mahjar (2020)” for engaging dialogue and questions. We will be reading questions from the audience to Alia throughout the webinar. CODEPINK’s Danaka Katovich and Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation’s Arwa Mokdad will be hosting this webinar.

Alia Ali is a Yemeni-Bosnian-US multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-seven countries, lived in and between seven, and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through photography, video, and installation. Her travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences and the belief that the damage of translation and interpretation of written language has dis-served particular communities, resulting in the threat of their exclusion, rather than a means of understanding. Alia’s work reflects on the politics of contested notions of linguistics, identity, borders, universality, colonization, mental/physical confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in each of them.

Her work has been featured in the Financial Times, Le Monde, Vogue, and Hyperallergic. Alia has won numerous awards and has exhibited internationally at Galerie Peter Sillem in Frankfurt, Galerie Siniya 28 in Marrakech, Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, PhotoLondon, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the Lianzhou Photo Festival in China, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in the Netherlands, the Katzen Museum of Art in Washington DC, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Alia also serves on the board of Clockshop in Los Angeles, California.

Alia Ali lives and works in Los Angeles and Marrakech, and is currently in residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (RAiR) in Roswell, New Mexico.

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Bill of Rights Day 2020 Celebration Webinar w/ ACLU NorCal @ Online
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Bill of Rights Day 2020: Celebration & Presentation to be Followed by Breakout Sessions

Host: ACLU Northern California

Thursday December 17th at 5:30 PM PT

RSVP: https://action.aclu.org/webform/bill-rights-day-2020

Despite the pandemic, the misinformation, and the tumult of 2020, our democracy persists. We’re grateful to everyone who helped make progress in a challenging year.

Celebrate and regroup with us at our annual Bill of Rights Day. This event will begin with a short program followed by rotating breakout sessions that will give you a chance to learn from ACLU staff about what’s next for our organizing and advocacy work and how you can get involved in moving forward a justice and civil liberties agenda in 2021.

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What is National Bill of Rights Day?

https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/bill-of-rights

Bill of Rights Day on December 15th is a “celebration of the Bill of Rights, the first
10 amendments to the Constitution, which spell out our rights as Americans. It guarantees
civil rights and liberties such as freedom of speech, press, and religion. It sets rules for due process of law and reserves all powers not delegated to the Federal Government to the people or the states. The original joint resolution proposing the Bill of Rights is on permanent display at the National Archives in Washington, DC.”

For more Bill of Rights history, go to the ACLU webpage: https://www.aclu.org/united-states-bill-rights-first-10-amendments-constitution

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End Violence Against Sex Workers: Decriminalization, Justice & Compensation @ Online
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Zoom RSVP https://bit.ly/usprosd17

details sent day of Event

The event aims to uplift sex workers’ historic and current struggles against violence and poverty and to honor those who have lost their lives along the way. It will build support for the campaign in California that won compensation for violence against sex workers and formerly incarcerated people; uplift the work of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, who are campaigning for justice and to establish a permanent memorial for the scores of Black women serial murder victims in South Los Angeles, and stand in solidarity with those campaigning for justice for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2 spirits. Slideshow, video clips, speakers, music. On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Event convened by US PROStitutes Collective.

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68387
End Violence Against Sex Workers: Decriminalization, Justice & Compensation @ Online
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Zoom details sent day of Event RSVP @ bit.ly/usprosd17 get link.
End Violence Against Sex Workers: Decriminalization, Justice and Compensation – A Virtual Gathering,

The event aims to uplift sex workers’ historic and current struggles against violence and poverty and to honor those who have lost their lives along the way. It will build support for the campaign in California that won compensation for violence against sex workers and formerly incarcerated people; uplift the work of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, who are campaigning for justice and to establish a permanent memorial for the scores of Black women serial murder victims in South Los Angeles, and stand in solidarity with those campaigning for justice for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2 spirits. Slideshow, video clips, speakers, music. On the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Event convened by US PROStitutes Collective.
RSVP https://bit.ly/usprosd17
For more information: contact uspros [at] prostitutescollective.net or call 415 626-4114

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68405
Oakland Police Commission – Dept. of Race and Equity @ Online
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

4. Department of Race and Equity Presentation and Training
Department of Race and Equity Director Darlene Flynn will present an overview of the
Department’s goals and objectives. She will also deliver a training on Racial Equity as
required by OMC 2.45.190(M). This is a new item. (Attachment 4).

To observe the meeting by video conference, please click on this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81331204296 at the noticed meeting time.

68416
Ectopia 2050 – Ecology Center Lecture Series @ Online
Dec 17 @ 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
68153
Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution screening @ Online
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

RSVP 

The Medicare for All Committee and Racial Solidarity Committee will be co-hosting night school with a screening of “Power To Heal: Medicare And The Civil Rights Revolution”. This is a 60-minute documentary that exposes the history of Medicare in the USA, and how it helped desegregate hospitals around the nation.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Dec
19
Sat
Help Build Tiny Homes
Dec 19 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Hey Friends!

Wanted to extend an invite to housing activist folks to come visit Youth Spirit’s Tiny House Empowerment Village some weekend soon. We are doing “builds” Sat and Sun 930 to 4pm every weekend at 633 Hegenberger Rd near the Coliseum and its a ton of fun. Deeply Spirited and also Covid safe. Text 510-282-0396 for directions from BART.

Stop by and say hello!! We would love to show folks around!

68419
Direct Action Training Series
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to learn effective techniques to intervene in an unjust world?
Do you want to plan effective and powerful direct actions?

East Bay DSA’s Direct Action Working Group is excited to continue our Direct Action Training series this weekend! The training will take place on Zoom from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Attending both days is highly recommended. This training will cover the same ground as the previous Direct Action training which was very well received.

As racist violence, unemployment, evictions, and climate chaos keep increasing, we need to expand our capacity to leverage our collective power. This training series will introduce creative ways to escalate ongoing campaigns, participate in mass uprisings, and keep each other safe in our confrontations with capital and the state.

The training is 4 hours spread across two days. Please attend both days.

Direct Action Part 1: Sat Dec 19 (10 am-noon)
•History and examples of Direct Action
•Action Team roles, action design
•De-Escalation
•Affinity Groups & Decision-Making
•The Police

Direct Action Part 2: Sun Dec 20 (10amnoon)
•Gear/equipment
•Messaging
•Security Culture
•Basic First Aid

 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdeqhqjkuEt0GhjejXGHpkw-AyFwtvcnf

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

68408
Dec
20
Sun
Direct Action Training Series
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Do you want to learn effective techniques to intervene in an unjust world?
Do you want to plan effective and powerful direct actions?

East Bay DSA’s Direct Action Working Group is excited to continue our Direct Action Training series this weekend! The training will take place on Zoom from 10 am-12 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Attending both days is highly recommended. This training will cover the same ground as the previous Direct Action training which was very well received.

As racist violence, unemployment, evictions, and climate chaos keep increasing, we need to expand our capacity to leverage our collective power. This training series will introduce creative ways to escalate ongoing campaigns, participate in mass uprisings, and keep each other safe in our confrontations with capital and the state.

The training is 4 hours spread across two days. Please attend both days.

Direct Action Part 1: Sat Dec 19 (10 am-noon)
•History and examples of Direct Action
•Action Team roles, action design
•De-Escalation
•Affinity Groups & Decision-Making
•The Police

Direct Action Part 2: Sun Dec 20 (10amnoon)
•Gear/equipment
•Messaging
•Security Culture
•Basic First Aid

 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqdeqhqjkuEt0GhjejXGHpkw-AyFwtvcnf

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Online
Dec 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Current login info here

Sun, Dec 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm


CONFIRMED: The Present Farmers’ Movement in India: A Working Class Perspective
The present farmers’ movement in India has evoked a lot of interest among progressive and democratic circles around the world. In this context, certain questions need to be answered: What do these farmers actually want? What are their principal demands? What are the three Farm Bills and whom does they benefit? Where are the demands of poor peasantry and agricultural proletariat in this entire picture? Where do the urban working class of India figure in this scenario? As Plekhanov once said, living people think on living questions and these are some of the living questions of our times. As Marxists, we need to answer these questions in order to articulate a proletarian position on these issues
Our speaker is Abhinav Sinha (Editor, ‘Mazdoor Bigul‘, Writer ‘Red Polemique‘ Blog and Political Activist, Delhi, India) to speak on this topic.

 

Sun, Dec 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
CONFIRMED: The Three Concepts of Freedom

Synopsis: In this session we will compare and contrast the Liberal, Democratic, and the communist concepts of freedom. We will discuss that the Liberal freedom consists of the legal guarantees against outside intrusions. Democratic freedom emphasizes the right to participate in the life of the community, and the communist understanding of it consists of self-determination, i.e. non-alienated life.

Our speaker, Kambiz Sakhai, was born and educated in Iran. His studies included: Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies and Psychology. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years. He is one of the founders of ICSS

Moderator: Raj Sahai

 

Sun, Jan 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open Planning Meeting
CONFIRMED: Group Discussion: 2020-2021 The Year in Review and Preview.
Time to get together, talk about what happened in 2020, and discuss our hopes, fears, and tasks for 2021. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion. Concrete proposals welcomed and will be  considered by the Program Committee.

 

Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
CONFIRMED: Michael Roberts,  The Story of the Year of the COVID: But What Now for 2021?
2020 will go down in history – a worldwide pandemic from a previously unknown virus deadly to humans, killing millions or leaving them with permanent health problems; forcing lockdowns across the world that destroyed the world economy in the worst slump in the history of capitalism; and driving millions globally into poverty and loss of livelihood.  Where did all this come from?  Can capitalism come out of this unscarred?  With vaccines on the way is the crisis over?  What are the prospects for lives and livelihoods in 2021?

 

Raj Sahai is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join the 12/27 Zoom Meeting

Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:15am – 1:15pm Pacific Time

Raj Sahai is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Labor Film Screening: The Killing Floor @ Online
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The DSA Labor Ed Study Series: Lessons from the 1930s for the 2020s presents a film screening of The Killing Floor, which highlights the plight of workers fighting to build an interracial union in the meatpacking industry in the years leading up to the Chicago race riot of 1919.

The screening is open to everyone. Participants of our Labor reading groups are encouraged to join and reflect on this period leading up to the Great Depression, as we currently read about Black workers and the fight against racism in the 30s. We’ll host a short discussion after the film for those who stick around.

RSVP for Zoom link.

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The Oakland Greens Monthly Business Meeting @ Online
Dec 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Oakland Greens is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97697733389?pwd=aTlqSitGU3RHTHhzSWdXcktKbHVXdz09

Meeting ID: 976 9773 3389
Passcode: 245368
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