Calendar

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Apr
1
Thu
Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission @ Online
Apr 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85817209915

Agenda Items of interest:

4. Sanctuary Contracting Ordinance – CPO – presentation of annual report – review and take possible action.
5. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – DOT – Chinatown Camera Grant impact report and proposed use policy – review and take possible action
6. Mobile Parking Payment Systems for Parking Management and Enforcement – review and take possible action.
7. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – presentation of Annual Reports – review and take possible action:
a. Cell-site Simulator
b. Live Stream Transmitter
c. Mobile ID
d. GPS Tag Tracker

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Apr
3
Sat
150 years since the Paris Commune @ Online
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
An online meeting streamed at wsws.org/live
On March 18, 1871, workers in Paris rose up to stop an attempt by the French army to steal cannons that had been purchased for the city’s defense in the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian war. The French government of Adolphe Thiers fled the city in panic, and power passed into the hands of the armed working class. Elections were held on March 26 that created the Paris Commune, the first workers state in history.

The Commune was an entirely new form of state power that set out to build a classless society based on equality. But in the infamous Bloody Week of May 21-28, Thiers and the French army stormed Paris with heavy artillery—indiscriminately murdering men, women and children suspected of having fought for, participated in or sympathized with the Commune.

At enormous cost in blood, the Commune lives on as a priceless experience for the international working class of today, whose lives, health, and living standards depend on their struggle for state power in every country.
The speakers will include David NorthAlex Lantier, and more to be announced.
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Silicon Values: The Future of Free Speech under Surveillance Capitalism @ Online
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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What is the impact of surveillance capitalism on our right to free speech? The internet once promised to be a place of extraordinary freedom beyond the control of money or politics, but today corporations and platforms exercise more control over our ability to access information and share knowledge to a greater extent than any state. From the online calls to arms in the thick of the Arab Spring to the contemporary front line of misinformation, Jillian C. York charts the war over our digital rights. She looks at both how the big corporations have become unaccountable censors, and the devastating impact it has had on those who have been censored.

In Silicon Values, leading campaigner Jillian C. York looks at how our rights have become increasingly undermined by the major corporations’ desire to harvest our personal data and turn it into profit. She also looks at how governments have used the same technology to monitor citizens and threatened our ability to communicate. As a result our daily lives, and private thoughts, are being policed in an unprecedented manner. Who decides the difference between political debate and hate speech? How does this impact on our identity, our ability to create communities and to protest? Who regulates the censors? In response to this threat to our democracy, York proposes a user-powered movement against the platforms that demands change and a new form of ownership over our own data.

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Apr
5
Mon
Shut Down Golden Gate Fields: Public Comment at Albany City Council @ Online
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Zoom connect

Join us to ask Albany City Council to take a stance against horse racing.
More than 500 horses have died at the Golden Gate Fields horse racing track since 2007. Last November, the track was forced to shut down after a coronavirus outbreak there infected more than 300 people. But it reopened this year and already more than 5 horses are dead. It’s time to shut this place down for good, for the horses and the workers.

WHERE: Online, RSVP to receive the call-in link
WHEN: Monday, April 5th 7:30pm
WHO: Everyone is welcome!

How to watch the meeting from home:

1. Meetings are streamed live and recorded on YouTube (www.YouTube.com/AlbanyKALB)
2. To listen to the meeting by phone, please call at the noticed meeting time 1 (669) 900-9128, then enter Webinar ID 979 7011 4482, follow by ?#?. When asked for a participant id or code, press ?#?. Instructions on how to join a meeting by phone are available at?https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362663
3. To observe the meeting by video conference, please go to https://zoom.us/s/97970114482 at the noticed meeting time. Instructions on how to join a meeting by video conference is available at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193%20
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Apr
6
Tue
Digital Dragnet- How the Surveillance State is Spying on You @ Online
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Introduction to the Green New Deal @ Online
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Grandmothers for a Green New Deal, a small group of elder women (members of 1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations), invite you to a 90-minute, interactive zoom workshop to examine the Green New Deal as a blueprint toward a sustainable future.

Sign up for one of these workshops by clicking on the registration links below

Register for Thursday, March 18, 4-5:30 PM

Register for Friday, March 26; 4-5:30 PM

Register for Thursday, April 1, 4 – 5:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE:

Each presentation is limited to 12 participants so everyone has a chance to share their ideas. Please register early!

The workshop is centered around a 17 minute video,

http://www.vimeo.com/grandmothers4aGND/APathForward

Please watch the video before the workshop.

The video addresses the question: What is the Green New Deal and why does it matter?  It reviews the basics of the threat of climate catastrophe, the need for a radical restructuring of society for racial, gender, and economic justice, and why these things are inseparably connected. All in the voices of grandmothers talking about why this matters to them.

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Apr
7
Wed
Acting as if One is Already Free @ Online
Apr 7 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

The anarchist theorist and anthropologist David Graeber died last year—far too young—and produced an outpouring of grief across the global Left. Occurring as it did, during the last quarter of a long, bleak year, with few prospects of dramatic improvements ahead, the loss of Graeber’s optimism not only of the will, but of the intellect, was felt as a body blow.

Building on James Meadway’s article in Salvage #9, Annie Olaloku-Teriba and Barnaby Raine will host a conversation between James and Hannah Appel—David Graeber’s friend and collaborator—on the lessons offered to the Left by Graeber’s life and thought.

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event, and to receive email updates about this and other events. This event will also be recorded and have live captioning.***

This will be the first in the new ongoing Salvage Live events series, hosted by Haymarket Books.

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James Meadway is an economist and former economic advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. He is writing a book on the pandemic and capitalism

Hannah Appel is an anthropologist and activist. She teaches at UCLA, organizes with the Debt Collective, and and is a co-author of Can’t Pay Won’t Pay: the Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition

Annie Olaloku-Teriba is a writer and podcaster whose research focuses on how neoliberalism has transformed the theory and practice of ‘race.’

Barnaby Raine is writing his PhD at Columbia University on visions of ending capitalism. He teaches at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

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This event is co-sponsored by Haymarket Books and Salvage. While all of our events are freely available, we ask that those who are able make a solidarity donation in support of our important publishing and programming work.

*Registering will also add you to the Salvage email list, which will tell you about future events in the series. You can unsubscribe at any time*

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Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the U.S., and the Rise of the New Imperialism @ Online
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Grandin has always been a brilliant historian; now he uses his detective skills in a book that is absolutely crucial to understanding our present.”  —Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

“Greg Grandin knows the history of modern Guatemala better than anybody else in the world  outside of that country-and therefore understands the nature of U.S. attitudes and action toward Latin America at their most disturbing. This grants him keen insight into the manic ferocity behind U.S. imperialism across the globe today, which he describes in fine, rich, vivid, bitter detail.  Grandin also shrewdly observes that the outrages possible in little U.S. neo-colonies are not so easy to accomplish on a grand scale… —John Womack, author of Zapata

The British and Roman empires are often invoked as precedents to the Bush administration’s aggressive foreign policy. But America’s imperial identity was actually shaped much closer to home. In a brilliant excavation of long-obscured history, Empire’s Workshop shows how Latin America has functioned as a proving ground for American strategies and tactics overseas. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States’ imperial operations from Jefferson’s aspirations for an “empire of liberty” in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan’s support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush’s current policies back to Latin America, where many of the administration’s leading lights first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free market economics and enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, Empire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and the award-winning The Blood of Guatemala. An associate professor of Latin American history at New York University, and a Guggenheim fellow, Grandin has served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the Los Angeles Times,The Nation, The New Statesman, and The New York Times. 

Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the founder and co-host of UpFront, the morning drive-time public affairs program on KPFA Radio. He started his work in media helping to set up the Independent Media Center in Chiapas, Mexico, where he also did human rights work. He started at KPFA as a beat reporter covering environmental justice issues, during which time he served as a network correspondent during international climate negotiations and produced live national broadcasts covering elections and political conventions. In 2016, he was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

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Apr
8
Thu
Honoring Revolutionary Poverty Skola Shero Ancestors @ POOR Magazine
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Ancestor Forest at Homefulness-honors 3 powerFULL Revolutionary Poverty /Disability Shero Ancestors with a humble a tree planting and prayer bringing ceremony

Kiilu Nyasha, is a revolutionary journalist, Black Panther, Organizer, Poverty /Disability Skola and Mentor to POOR Magazine who transitioned on her spirit journey April 18, 2018

Barbara Brust, is a Poverty /Disability Skola, warrior shero in the Come-Unity and founder of Consider the Homeless in Berkeley, transitioned on her spirit journey Feb 21, 2021

Geraldine Ambrose, a domestic worker, a gentrifUKation victim, poverty disability skola, mama of 3 and grandmomma of so many, who cleaned the toilets and washed the clothes of wealth-hoarders in SF only to be evicted from her home of 40 years to homelessness in Sacramento

Join us in a humble prayer and tree-planting ceremony for these warrior ancestors at the sacred Ohlone/Lisjan land us landless, houseless, indigenous peoples call #Homefulness

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The Fourth Branch: Media and Democracy @ Online
Apr 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Grassroots journalism is on the rise. In recent years, reporters on social media have set new journalistic norms to reach sources and break stories. Simultaneously, renewed interest in local news during COVID-19 has bolstered a movement for non-profit news, exemplified by startups like The Oaklandside and The American Journalism Project.

What is non-profit news? What do developments in the local news landscape mean for journalism’s civic mission? How can timeless philosophical questions about privacy and community; democracy and the public sphere, be brought to bear on this rapidly evolving landscape?

On Thursday, April 8 at 4pm, join California Humanities and Dr. Ray Briggs, Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University and co-host of the Philosophy Talk radio program, for an hour’s conversation with California journalists and thinkers.

Moderator

Panel

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Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Todd Miller discusses his new book “Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders”

About this Event

In personal stories from twenty years of activism and reporting, an award-winning journalist calls on readers to imagine a world without borders.

By the time Todd Miller spots him, Juan Carlos has been wandering alone in a remote border region for days. Parched, hungry and disoriented, he approaches and asks for a ride. Miller’s instinct is to oblige, but he hesitates: Furthering someone’s unauthorized entrance into the U.S. is a federal crime.

Todd Miller has been reporting from international border zones for over twenty-five years. In Build Bridges, Not Walls, he invites readers to join him on a journey that begins with the most basic of questions: What happens to our collective humanity when the impulse to help one another is criminalized?

A series of encounters—with climate refugees, members of indigenous communities, border authorities, scholars, visionaries, and the shape-shifting imagination of his four-year-old son—provokes reflections on the ways in which nation-states create the very problems that drive immigration, and how the abolition of borders could make the world a more sustainable, habitable place for all.

Is it possible to create a borderless world? How could it emerge, and how might it be better equipped to solve the global emergencies threatening our collective survival? Build Bridges, Not Walls is an inspiring, impassioned call to envision—and work toward—a bold new reality.

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Apr
9
Fri
GLOBAL JUST RECOVERY GATHERING
Apr 9 all-day

The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a free interactive 3-day online event focusing on designing a new path toward a better future.

There’ll be workshops, cultural sessions, artists and musicians from every corner of the world.  The event starts April 9, 2021.

350.org is hosting this event as a space for climate and social justice movements.

Once you’ve entered the virtual conference website, you’ll be able to: choose which sessions you want to attend, join both plenary presentations and smaller interactive workshops, chat 1-1 or in groups with other conference participants from around the world,

You’ll need is a decent internet connection and a mobile phone/computer.

For questions, or for more information, visit 350.org.

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College for All @ Online
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

https://sfsu.zoom.us/j/5981414758?pwd=ZFlFWG9ubTFDalk4RHF0SUNNUmZ0Zz09
Meeting ID: 598 141 4758
Passcode: college

Bay Area Debtors’ Union: We’ll be continuing our discussion on positive institutional change within higher education.  We’ll analyze two particular programs: University Leadership Network at UT Austin and First Generation Initiative in the UC system.

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Apr
10
Sat
GLOBAL JUST RECOVERY GATHERING
Apr 10 all-day

The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a free interactive 3-day online event focusing on designing a new path toward a better future.

There’ll be workshops, cultural sessions, artists and musicians from every corner of the world.  The event starts April 9, 2021.

350.org is hosting this event as a space for climate and social justice movements.

Once you’ve entered the virtual conference website, you’ll be able to: choose which sessions you want to attend, join both plenary presentations and smaller interactive workshops, chat 1-1 or in groups with other conference participants from around the world,

You’ll need is a decent internet connection and a mobile phone/computer.

For questions, or for more information, visit 350.org.

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Eco-Socialism Workshops @ Online
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Green Eco-Socialist Network – 3 part series with David Cobb, Meleiza Figueroa, David Bond, Chey Bell!

Join us for a deep dive into Eco-Socialism, and learn how the capitalist status quo deprives us of our human rights and aspirations. The first presentation in this 3-part series is an introduction to Eco-Socialism vs. Capitalism including a discussion of what Eco-Socialism may mean to you.
The world we need and deserve is not only possible, it is an imperative. We and our children will not survive the status quo.

Event is FREE – advance registration required: https://rebrand.ly/GreenEcoSocialism.

Here’s the Facebook event page.

Event opens with Comedian Chey Bell !

The two following presentations in the series will build on the first event and will be held on Feb. 20th and April 10th, 2021. Presentations will focus on Eco-Socialist platforms and programs and institutions being built around the country to shift away from capitalist systems and into a just, sustainable future.

2020 showed us how corporate America tripled their riches while we scrambled to feed our families and keep a roof over our heads. It’s time to break up big corporations! The Green Party platform and our Green New Deal seek to build an alternative economic system based on ecology and decentralization of power. We believe private ownership of production and state ownership of production are not ecologically sound, socially just, or democratic and that both contain built-in structures that advance injustices. We seek democratic decision making in communities and workplaces in balance with nature. This decentralized system is knows as co-ops, communalism, or ecological socialism (eco-socialism).

Please join the Ecosocialist Network for this kick ass kick off with California Greens: Cooperation Humboldt co-founder David Cobb, 2016 press director for Stein/Baraka presidential campaign & UC Berkeley PhD candidate Meleiza Figueroa, and David Bond of Los Angeles who was Kenneth Mejia’s campaign manager.  Cobb is an attorney who was the 2004 Green Party candidate for U.S. President.
This is sure to be a riveting panel, with kick ass comedy, to boot, to kick off the series!

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EcoSocialism: From Theory to Practice @ Online
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Green Party of California invites you to join us for a discussion on EcoSocialism cohosted with the Green EcoSocialist Network (GEN).\

Register to attend HERE and share the Facebook event page.

Many people are considering what it means to be an EcoSocialist these days. In this second presentation of our three-part series, we explore how we can build EcoSocialist programs in our own communities. Featuring Hip Hop Artist and Spoken Word Performer Shamako Noble, Guest speakers include Kali Akuno Cooperation Jackson, Misty Cross Moms4Housing, David Cobb Cooperation Humboldt, Mel Figueroa David Bond, and Green Party CA State Delegates – Noura Khouri, Nassim Nouri who will explore a number of issues including indigenous rights, housing, co-ops + solidarity economies and more. Presentations will be followed by breakout sessions focused on non-reformists reforms designed to help move us towards a general strike and ultimately an EcoSocialist future! Register to attend HERE and share the Facebook event page.

The first event in this series, on Jan. 16, was an introduction to EcoSocialism vs. Capitalism and the recording can be viewed HERE. The third and final event in this series on April 10th, 2021, will build on the first two. This event is open to all and free, but advance registration is required at https://rebrand.ly/GreenEcoSocialism


When two parties have effectively bought and sold US democracy, it exists to serve their corporate paymasters NOT the people. The Green Party platform represents the majority point of view within the U.S. and is no longer the alternative; the Green Party is the imperative. To build political power and get on the ballot, would take over 20 years for another party–and is very difficult to do unless you have billions of dollars. Unless people stop voting for ‘lesser evil’, then nothing’s going to change and we along with the planet, are doomed. Imagine for a moment however, if we were able to effectively focus our demands on the kind of agenda and electoral infrastructure the Green Party has with a strong and unified message and everyone actually stood for and voted for what they believed in – then everything not only could, but would actually change.

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Apr
11
Sun
GLOBAL JUST RECOVERY GATHERING
Apr 11 all-day

The Global Just Recovery Gathering is a free interactive 3-day online event focusing on designing a new path toward a better future.

There’ll be workshops, cultural sessions, artists and musicians from every corner of the world.  The event starts April 9, 2021.

350.org is hosting this event as a space for climate and social justice movements.

Once you’ve entered the virtual conference website, you’ll be able to: choose which sessions you want to attend, join both plenary presentations and smaller interactive workshops, chat 1-1 or in groups with other conference participants from around the world,

You’ll need is a decent internet connection and a mobile phone/computer.

For questions, or for more information, visit 350.org.

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Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America @ Online
Apr 11 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

   Our speaker, Laura Wells, just returned from two weeks in Nicaragua with a delegation sponsored by Sanctions KillAlliance for Global Justice, and Friends of the ATC. When she received the announcement for the delegation, she felt instantly inspired. She had already visited the other two countries named as the “Troika of Tyranny” by Trump’s Secretary of State Pompeo. She knew “tyranny” was a lie about Cuba and Venezuela and wanted to see if it was also a lie about Nicaragua. She was especially interested because there is a common impression across the political spectrum that Daniel Ortega was good in the 1980s but became corrupt and authoritarian when he returned to the presidency in 2006. See more at https://laurawells.org/ten-things-for-us-to-understand-about-latin-america/

    Laura will report back on the struggles in Latin America and the Caribbean resisting US imperialism to create a better world, based on her visits and studies. In the Q&A, she would like to engage in a robust discussion of what we can learn from the shift in consciousness in Latin America and about their advances toward socialism.

   Laura Wells is a longtime political and social activist. She is a leader in the Green Party, running for Congress in 2018 and for governor in 2010. In 2002 she garnered nearly a half million votes in her run for California state controller. A former financial systems analyst, she supports taxing the rich, implementing public banks, and making significant changes to Proposition 13.

   We highly recommend her blog: http://laurawells.org/

 

LOGIN INFORMATION
We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible, but the Zoom room 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.. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open until about 1 pm for informal discussion.

 

Raj Sahai is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 259 108 2607
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DSA East Bay General Meeting @ Online
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for our April General Meeting of East Bay DSA!

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom — please register and find the call-in info below!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88197589947?pwd=eDJvajZYdUF1VlRxd1loRGI0QThBdz09

Meeting ID: 881 9758 9947
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Green Sunday: Julian Assange and Press Freedom @ Online
Apr 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Zoom connect here.

Capitalism and US imperialism are faced with a crisis of legitimacy brought about by first amendment rights given to the Press. Journalists are protected from control by laws passed by Congress. However, private control of the press has allowed corporations and the capitalist class to maintain gatekeeper status for most information, news and propaganda. The internet changed that by opening a door to information and publications not controlled by the power establishment. Organizations like Wikileaks were free to reveal the brutality, corruption and hypocrisy of Western governments and corporate pillaging. In response, the US and its allies are attempting to control journalism by defining a “journalist class” so they can delegitimize journalists and any news outlet outside their control.

Although Assange has been a member of the Australian MEAA journalist union since 2011, western governments and corporate media are attempting to characterize him as “illegitimate” and therefore not covered by first amendment rights, opening him to charges under the 1918 Espionage Act. This attack on Assange is designed to create fear within journalism and to set a precedent that state power to control information is global. The ruthless and illegal prosecution and imprisonment of Assange is not only about the vicious repression of an individual who defied western imperialism. These events reveal western governments’ desperate collusion to undermine all Press Freedom in an attempt to maintain the capitalist power structure.

For the April Green Sunday, Steve Zeltzer will discuss the role of Assange as a journalist, the attack on journalists and journalism by the capitalist class and the role of the media worker union and labor in general in taking up the case of Julian Assange. Kim White will provide an introduction to the Wikileaks archives so people will gain an understanding of what is contained within the archives with the goal of providing them with the tools to conduct their own searches.

Steve Zeltzer is a member of CWA Pacifica Media Workers Freelance unit, the Producer of WorkWeek and Executive Producer of Pacifica’s Covid, Race & Democracy. He is also a Founder of www.laborfest.net and a Member of United Front Committee For A Labor Party: https://www.facebook.com/masslaborpartyusa/

Kim White has been involved in many organizations including: Vallejo for Community Planned Renewal (VCPR), a grass roots group that staved off an attempt by Shell Oil and Bechtel to locate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on Mare Island; Occupy Oakland Research Group; Strike/Debt Bay Area; Occupy Forum San Francisco; and Vallejo Participatory Budgeting.
For more information see:

https://bayaction2freeassange.org/

https://assangedefense.org/about/

https://unity4j.com/

https://defend.wikileaks.org/take-action/

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