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On September 25th, the Regional Tenant Organizing Network is hosting an assembly to celebrate tenant power across the Bay Area. Tenants have been fighting hard and we must continue to connect, build, organize, and win!
Help grow the movement for housing justice, sign up today to attend the Bay Area Tenant Assembly
Who should attend: Bay Area Renters
Live entertainment, free food, childcare, and Spanish interpretation will be provided. Interpretation for other languages will be provided as needed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
At YSA we have found that it takes a village to build a village. If you’re interested in volunteering on Saturday’s from 9:30am to 4pm come join us @ 633 Hegenberger road Oakland, CA. For more info email email@example.com #tinyhousevillage #artwork #development pic.twitter.com/zmy40K0Bja
— Youth Spirit Artworks (@YouthSpiritArts) September 23, 2021
Join the East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for our first Beer & Roses social in over a year and a half!
Meet, talk, and hang out with DSA members and fellow travelers who are interested in building worker power in the workplace and transforming the labor movement into a strong, militant, and democratic working-class force for change. Hear about what’s happening in the EBDSA Labor Committee and learn how you can get involved.
Some food and beverage will be provided, but feel free to bring something to drink and share with your friends. Also feel free to bring yard games and wear your union shirt (or if you aren’t in a union, a shirt that says something about what you do for work).
Close to BART and bus stops. Accessible restrooms.
***In an effort to be safe and responsible with Covid, we ask that all attendees bring a mask AND their vaccination card. We will be keeping a record of all in attendance in case we need to communicate with you afterward about anything Covid-related.***
For September, 2021 we’re reading the first two sections of “The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society.” by Eric D. Beinhocker. (e.g. Amazon, Powell’s, possibly available in libraries.
For October, we’ll be finishing the book.
Over 6.4 billion people participate in a $36.5 trillion global economy, designed and overseen by no one. How did this marvel of self-organized complexity evolve? How is wealth created within this system? And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a radical perspective on these age-old questions, with far-reaching implications. According to Beinhocker, wealth creation is the product of a simple but profoundly powerful evolutionary formula: differentiate, select, and amplify. In this view, the economy is a “complex adaptive system” in which physical technologies, social technologies, and business designs continuously interact to create novel products, new ideas, and increasing wealth… A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of Wealth will rewire our thinking about how we came to be here–
Strike Debt Bay Area hosts this non-technical book group discussion monthly on new and radical economic thinking. Previous readings have included Doughnut Economics, Limits, Banking on the People, Capital and Its Discontents, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, The Deficit Myth, Revenge Capitalism, the Edge of Chaos blog symposium , Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons, The Optimist’s Telescope, Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism, and Exploring Degrowth.
Why the Cuban Revolution has Endured:
A Marxist Assessment of Cuba’s Historic Break with Capitalist Rule and its Lessons for Today
A young Fidel Castro and his July 26 Movement cadre faced critical questions immediately following their defeat of the Fulgenco Batista Army and Batista’s U.S.-backed dictatorship in 1958-59. Initially, Fidel, previously an attorney from a wealthy family, was characterized as a moderate reformer and past member of one of Cuba’s two main bourgeois parties, the Orthodox Party. Pledged to restoring Cuba’s 1941 constitution that dictator Batista abrogated, the Castro team appointed two bourgeois politicians to the top posts. Manual Urrutia became President and José Miró Cardona became Prime Minister. Both were prominent anti-Batista politicians and both were deeply committed to Cuban business interests and capitalism. The events that transpired in the following six months fundamentally transformed Cuban society, abolished capitalism, and established a revolutionary government dedicated to socialism. Understanding the Cuban road is critical to an understanding of the flawed course followed for decades and to this day in Nicaragua and Venezuela.
We have invited Jeff Mackler of Socialist Action to speak Jeff was the National Secretary of Socialist Action and its presidential candidate in 2016 and 2020. He was the coordinator of the 1999 “Dialogue With Cuba Conference” at UC Berkeley. Two thousand participated in this first institutionally-sponsored conference including a Cuban delegation of 30. Mackler, who has visited Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban government, is the author of several books and pamphlets on Cuba. He is the director of the Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, a founder/coordinator of the Bay Area End the Wars Coalition; an Administrative Committee member of the United National Antiwar Coalition, and on the Steering Committee of AssangeDrefense.org
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NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:
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
(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: (firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com
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
Tell Governor Newsom: The recall is over but the fight for Climate Justice is not!
Join climate, environment, and public health advocates to start the clock on Governor Newsom’s post-recall climate justice agenda with a demonstration on the steps of the Capitol Building in Sacramento.
As the public health cost of California’s rapidly worsening wildfire season mounts, the countdown to COP26 represents a new urgency for Governor Newsom to take action and end our state’s biggest contribution to greenhouse gas emissions: fossil fuel extraction.
Come to Sacramento to call on Governor Newsom to STOP issuing new fossil fuel permits, DROP existing production through a just transition, and ROLL out 2,500-f00t health and safety setbacks.
Sponsored by Last Chance Alliance, Food & Water Watch-California, Center for Biological Diversity, Oil and Gas Action Network, and allies including 350 Sacramento, 350 Bay Area, Fossil Free CA, and more.
Emergency Press Conference WEDNESDAY September 29 at 12pm (noon)PT.
Location: Intersection of 8th St. & Harrison, St. Berkeley, Ca.
Spread the word! Show up & show support for residents!#StopTheSweeps #NoMorePovertyTows #StopTheWarOnThePoor #HousingIsAHumanRight pic.twitter.com/8vIC7Iwlrd
— Berkeley Copwatch (@Copwatch411) September 29, 2021
The fossil fuel industry is successfully promoting a huge increase in the production of single-use plastics, adding GHG and toxic pollution at every step.
This webinar will explore how this strategy is increasing fossil-fuel production and worsening the climate crisis.
Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss the nexus between plastic production and climate change, including the immense environmental justice impacts.
Graham Forbes, Global Project Leader of the Plastic-Free Future campaign at Greenpeace, will discuss Greenpeace USA’s new report, The Climate Emergency Unpacked: How Consumer Goods Companies are Fueling Big Oil’s Plastic Expansion.
Digital Sanctuary Cities: Surveillance, Immigration, and Protecting Black Dissent
Featuring Jacinta González, Carin Kuoni, and Mizue Aizeki, moderated by Albert Fox Cahn
While the borders of the US are often conceived as clear lines, in reality they manifest as a labyrinth of agencies, individuals, and surveillance technologies. Border surveillance encompasses numerous technologies: US Customs and Border Protection drones can observe the majority of American homes, flying anywhere within 100 miles of a land border or coast; immigrants awaiting court dates are forced to wear electronic GPS shackles; conceits for a physical border wall increasingly give way to plans for an invisible wall of surveillance; and more. The speakers in this conversation will explain the variety of individual surveillance technologies used by Department of Homeland Security agencies, and how these technologies directly impact immigrant and BIPOC communities, as well as everyone living within the US.
Since its genesis in 1960, the US embargo of Cuba has been a criminal disaster.
US sanctions have besieged socialist Cuba for over six decades. While 2018 UN estimates have calculated a direct loss of $130b in trade alone, the toll of the embargo on Cuban life can hardly be quantified. Most recently, US economic interference has stymied Cuba’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in deteriorating conditions on the island. With escalating tensions coming from the Biden administration against the Cuban people, solidarity is more timely than ever.
The time has come for DSA to demand an end to the economic sanctions against the Republic of Cuba. In this panel, DSA International Committee joins the world community as we reaffirm our commitment to ending the immoral, illegal economic blockade, and calls upon our membership to mobilize against the outrageous injustice of the US embargo of Cuba.
Panelists: Gail Walker (Executive Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, and co-chair of National Network on Cuba), Manolo De Los Santos (Founder/Co-Director, The People’s Forum, and researcher at Tricontinental), and Daniel Montero (Havana journalist, and producer of Belly of the Beast).
Moderated by Brendan James, co-host of Blowback (https://blowback.show).
Please register via the Eventbrite link above – Zoom info will be distributed through Eventbrite.
The Struggle for People’s Park is a 2-unit student-led class offered to UC Berkeley Students during the Fall 2021 semester under the Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal) program.
You may apply by clicking the “take my class” button above.
Note: Grading will be based on a pass/fail framework depending on the participation and development designs regarding People’s Park.
For more information and updates, please contact our student facilitator, Aidan Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Three weeks ago, getting an abortion in Texas became almost virtually impossible as Senate Bill 8 passed – making it illegal to get an abortion after 5 or 6 weeks no matter the circumstance. The US Supreme Court denied an emergency stay on this bill, and instead allowed it to go into effect immediately. With their upcoming ruling on the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, this lack of action represents a willingness of the court to appease right-wing bigots. With attacks on abortion rights poised to increase as the Supreme Court fails to defend them, and restrictive legislation spreading to other states, we need to act now to block these efforts to restrict abortion rights further – and beyond that, we need to demand that the right to safe, legal abortion be granted for everyone under federal law.
Joe Biden has pledged multiple times to make Roe v Wade, in his words, the “law of the land”. The Democrats have control of both the Presidency and Congress. As right-wing attacks spread, there is no excuse not to act immediately to make abortion legal on a national level; however, they have shown absolutely no willingness to act. It took a mass movement to earn abortion rights in the first place. It will take a mass movement now to defend them.
We will be at the women’s march in San Francisco Oct 2, demanding mass action to defend and extend reproductive rights. The march starts at 11am at Grove St. and Hyde St. in San Francisco – see you there!
Socialist Alternative Bay Area will also be holding a virtual public meeting the day after the event to discuss what our next steps in the fight should be, more information to come!
Saturday 10/2: Women's March Sacramento: Mobilize & Defend Reproductive Rightshttps://t.co/xxxQJLPVAu
— Indybay (@Indybay) September 18, 2021
WHY WE ARE MOBILIZING
Abortion has never been fully accessible, but we are at the risk of losing our reproductive freedom completely. The call to action is clear, and urgent. The relentless attacks from Texas to Mississippi are ramping up quickly.
Anti-choice extremists have a deep desire to return to a time when there was more clear and effective domination and control over queer and trans folks, women, and people of color; they want to revive those old values and societal norms to the point of re-acceptance. The authoritarian agenda of reproductive control is fueled by misogyny and racism – and we must challenge it, together.
We have this opportunity to invite all the people that know us and love us into this important movement and work united as we build something better for our families and communities. As a small powerful group tries to come for our human rights over and over again, we’ll never let go of our vision of reproductive justice; for unfettered abortion access and everything we need to support and grow our families to thrive and live healthy lives.
This is your fight. This is our fight. This impacts all of us. Rise up on October 2!
SAFETY DURING COVID
For pandemic safety, masks that cover the nose and mouth are required at all times when near people outside your household. Extra masks will be available in the First Aid and Information Tents.
Disclaimer: Please always keep 6 feet of social distance from any person who is not in your household and wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth.
Saturday 10/2: Women's March Sacramento: Mobilize & Defend Reproductive Rightshttps://t.co/xxxQJLPVAu
— Indybay (@Indybay) September 18, 2021
In partnership with Freedom Archives, the NLG-SFBA will host a series of virtual film screenings and discussions on Saturday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 9th. Topics will include COINTELPRO, the life of George Jackson, the Attica uprising, and “We Know Our Rights,” a multimedia toolkit produced by the chapter for people dealing with law enforcement. All panels, guided discussions, and films will be livestreamed.
October 2nd – Screening of COINTELPRO 101 and George Jackson Commemoration
October 9th – Scrrening of Attica (1974) & We Know Our Rights
These events commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Jackson’s assassination in San Quentin State Prison, the 50th anniversary of the Attica Uprising, and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and ongoing resistance against state targetting in the wake of 9/11.