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Jun
5
Sat
Alameda County Budget Training
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Alameda County’s budget decisions will have many implications for communities throughout the County. This training on Saturday morning is open to the public.
To register:
 
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The Solidarity of Community and Organized Labor @ Online
Jun 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us as community leaders discuss how labor and community can work in partnership together. Let’s build people power.

Wednesday, May 5th, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Register: bit.ly/EBCmeeting

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Jun
6
Sun
Mutual Aid Day – Hayward @ Weekes Park
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Come celebrate the new mural, “The world is on fire” @ Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come celebrate the unveiling of Extinction Rebellion San Francisco Bay Area’s new mural, “The world is on fire,” with music performances, art activities, storytelling and some surprises!

The mural is larger than life and has to be seen in person to fully appreciate the love and detail that our Art Working Group painters put into this over many months during COVID lockdown in 2020. Now that we can finally be out on the streets again, come celebrate and find community in the power of creativity to help us #TellTheTruth and turn the tide on the climate and ecological emergency.

Our first date got rained out, but we are going to reschedule for early June. We will be screen printing posters on-site for you to take home, and have painting stations for children and adults alike.

This event is outdoors and COVID-safe, so please follow community health guidelines, wear a mask, and bring hand sanitizer.

Contact leanarosetti@gmail.com for more info about Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area’s Art Working Group.

Email clarionalleymuralproject@gmail.com for info about the Clarion Alley Mural Project.

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Jun
7
Mon
Vaccine Clinic – Get Vaxxed! @ Laney College
Jun 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

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Berkeley Copwatch – New Member Mondays
Jun 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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Jun
8
Tue
Oakland Public Safety Cmte: Militarized Police Equipment Ordinance @ Online
Jun 8 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee hearing is tomorrow at 1:30 pm; public comment will be at the beginning. We hope for a unanimous vote of support, which could mean the ordinance goes on the full City Council’s consent calendar, as early as next week. This may be the principal time for telling City Council why we have worked for this measure.

We have two asks of you to put this over the finish line:

1.  Join us tomorrow Tuesday at 11:30 am for a brief Facebook Live event with Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan and community sponsors of the military equipment ordinance. We will voice the broad community support for this ordinance

2. Show up on zoom on Tuesday at 1:30 pm to make a public comment in support of the military equipment ordinance. This is our chance to make ourselves heard. If the ordinance passes unanimously in Public Safety with no harmful amendments, it could go onto the full City Council’s consent calendar. See talking points on the ordinance here. The zoom link is here. A graphic for social media is attached also.

Berkeley passed a similar ordinance in April, and California is considering another, but neither is as encompassing as the Oakland ordinance, which explicitly applies to mutual aid deployments from other city’s police in Oakland, has a private a right of action, and stronger reporting requirements. Let’s make this ordinance a reality.

American Friends Service Committee
California Healing Justice Program
Tel: 510-282-8983

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Socialist Night School: Black Reconstruction in America: The General Strike @ Online
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

With Juneteenth quickly approaching, we dive into WEB DuBois’ classic book Black Reconstruction in America, specifically looking at the chapter “The General Strike”.

Join us as we discuss this important part of American history and how we can apply these lessons today.

Readings:

The General Strike

 

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Jun
9
Wed
Vaccine Clinic – Get Vaxxed! @ Laney College
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

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American Reckoning: A Conversation on Anti-Blackness in Post George Floyd America @ Online
Jun 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Register online using this form(link is external)

 

 

 A Conversation on Anti-Blackness

 

 

About the Speakers

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Keisha Blain, Ph.D.

Dr. Keisha N. Blain is an award-winning historian of the 20th century United Stated with broad interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She completed a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. She is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, the president of the African American Intellectual History Society, and a columnist for MSNBC. She is currently a 2020-2021 fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University. Blain is the author of Set the World on First: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle For Freedom (2018) & Until I am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America (2021).

Jeff Chang

Jeff Chang, Bay Area native and UC Berkeley alumnus, has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. Jeff serves as the Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, he is a graduate of ‘Iolani School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the

University of California at Los Angeles. Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke — now known as the Center for Cultural Power — and ColorLines. He has written for a number of publications, including The Guardian, Slate, The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, and Buzzfeed.

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Rosa Clemente

Rosa Alicia Clemente is an award-winning organizer, speaker, political commentator, producer, independent journalist, scholar-activist and former vice presidential candidate. A leading voice Of her generation, the Bronx-born Black Puerto Rican is frequently sought out for her insight and commentary on Afro-Latinx identity, Black and Latinx liberation movements, police violence, colonialism in Puerto Rico, hip-hop feminism, third-party politics and more. In 2008, Clemente made herstory when she became the first Afro-Latina to run for vice president of the United States on the Green Party ticket. She and her running mate, Cynthia McKinney, are to this date the only women of color ticket in U.S. presidential history. Since then, Clemente has continued to be a powerhouse. She is the creator of Know Thy Self Productions, under which she has organized multiple national tours; PR on the Map, an independent, unapologetic, Afro-Latinx-centered media collective founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; and the Black Diasporic Organizing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to combating anti-Blackness within the wider Latinx community. Recently, she was also associate producer on the 2021 Oscar-winning biographical drama film Judas and the Black Messiah. She is currently completing her PhD at the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.

Wise has also trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racial inequity in their institutions, and has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide and internationally, in Canada and Bermuda.

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Surviving In Oakland @ Online
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

How does intercommunal violence impact public health? Join Three Girls Theatre on June 9th for a conversation on the Black murdered, missing and trafficked women and girls in Oakland. 3GT Investigates Program Director, Cat Brooks and Dr. Ayodele Nzinga will lead a town hall about the recent homicides in Oakland and the impact on Black women and girls.

Featured panelists: Dr. Nikki Jones, professor of African American Studies at University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Aisha Mays, the director of Adolescent and School Based Programs at Roots Community Health Center.

Facebook Event: https://bit.ly/3w3zkSG

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Jun
10
Thu
WORLD REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT DAY
Jun 10 all-day

In honor of World Refugee & Immigrant Day, a weekend of free streaming access to the documentary “A Place to Breathe” is available from June 18 to 20th.

The film explores the universality of trauma and resilience through the eyes of immigrant and refugee healthcare practitioners and patients as well as highlights the strategies by which immigrant communities in the U.S. survive and thrive.

Visit https://screening.gooddocs.net/a-place-to-breathe-wrid and see the Facebook event at https://fb.me/e/2fBp9es6q

Visit https://underexposedfilms.com/a-place-to-breathe to watch a trailer and read more about the film and its accomplishments to date.

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DHS and Amazon Building Biometrics Database #EyesOnAmazon @ Online
Jun 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For years, Amazon has used its technological power to supercharge the criminalization of immigrants by providing cloud services to ICE and its partners. Now, the tech giant is an integral part of a $4.3 billion dollar biometrics database that would track and identify millions of immigrants and US citizens in real time. If we dont stop it, the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) project would expand policing of immigrants and their families by connecting biometrics databases across federal agencies and granting access to police departments.

Join panelists from Mijente, Immigrant Defense Project, Just Future Law.

Register here

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Oakland Jericho’s Political Prisoner Writing Sessions @ Online
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Oakland Jericho’s monthly online events focus on Political Prisoners, their cases, dedication to the community, and guidelines for writing to them. This month we will discuss and write to: Ed Poindexter and Keith LaMar (Bomani Shakur).

You must register for your free ticket on Oakland Jericho‘s Eventbrite page to receive the zoom link.
Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oakland-jerichos-political-prisoner-writing-sessions-tickets-154792064231

You will receive an email from Eventbrite confirming your ticket and then you will receive an email from Oakland Jericho within 2 days with the Zoom link. You will also receive a reminder email 1 day prior to the event. All ticket sales end the day before the event (June 9th) at 10pm PST for processing.
We look forward to seeing you!
Free em All!

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Jun
11
Fri
Coding Democracy – How Hackers Are Disrupting Power, Surveillance, and Authoritarianism @ Online
Jun 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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CodingDemocracyHackers have a bad reputation, as shady deployers of bots and destroyers of infrastructure. Maureen Webb would like to offer another view. Hackers, she argues, can be vital disruptors. Hacking is becoming a practice, an ethos, and a metaphor for a new wave of activism in which ordinary citizens are inventing new forms of distributed, decentralized democracy for a digital era. Confronted with concentrations of power, mass

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Join City Lights, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and Gray Area for Revisions, a week-long festival exploring how technological bias shapes our cultural realities.

Our trust in mediated experiences has never been lower. Governed by algorithms that perpetuate the biases and weaknesses of their developers, our cultural consumption is increasingly shaped by undetectable forces that determine our reality. Images play an important role here: fake photos and videos created with deep neural networks threaten privacy, democracy, and national security. Vision recognition systems skew gender, race, and class differences and become vehicles of discrimination. Underdeveloped AI models misrepresent the health disparities faced by minority populations.

How can we illuminate the algorithmic bias embedded within technology and counter the perpetuation of bias? What innovative approaches can we develop to strengthen inclusion, diversity, and sustainability in technology?

This festival brings a network of luminaries together to share new perspectives and rewrite new visions advocating for justice and reclaiming power.

The festival is part of the project IMAGE + BIAS that critically engages with the cultural realities being increasingly determined by imperceptible technologies.

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Jun
12
Sat
Abolition and Socialism @ Online
Jun 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

As both socialism and abolition grow in popularity and relevance, this event seeks to explore the connection between the two. Come join the EBDSA political education committee and racial solidarity committee for this event and discuss the connection between the fight for a world without police and prisons and a world without capitalism. It is suggested to do the readings beforehand, but not required.

The Abolitionist Road to Socialism

Full Abolition, the Highest Stage of Socialism

From Detroit to Minneapolis: Police Brutality is Key to Containing Revolutionary Possibilities

Trump’s Tech Opposition – Jacobin interview

The Shallowness of What Tech Calls Thinking

Tech Workers – Friends or Foes?

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“SNCC”: Civil Rights Movement Film and Discussion w/ Director Danny Lyon @ Online
Jun 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
FPL presents a film screening of “SNCC”, by Danny Lyon, photographer. The screening is followed by a conversation with Danny Lyon and Lewis Watts, photographer.

Register: https://sfpl.org/events/2021/06/12/film-danny-lyons-sncc-screening-director-talk

Danny Lyon’s “SNCC” (2020), brings together hundreds of never-before-seen black-and-white photographs made by Lyon during the years that he was employed as the staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC.

Beginning in 1962 in Cairo, Illinois when Lyon, then a University of Chicago student, met John Lewis, Freedom Rider, the film traces the story of their friendship alongside the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States.

The images are layered with archival audio recordings of speeches by and conversations with Lewis, Julian Bond, and Dotty Zellner, among others, as well as freedom songs that were recorded by Alan Ribback in churches and meetings in Atlanta in the 1960s and recently rediscovered by Lyon.

ABOUT: Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon is a photo-journalist, writer and filmmaker. His website is bleakbeauty.com. Among his many books are The Bikeriders, Conversations with the Dead and Knave of Hearts. His latest non-fiction book is Like A Thief’s Dream, PowerHouse Books.

Daniel Joseph Lyon was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 16, 1942. Roosevelt was President. World War Two was on going in Europe, Africa and Asia. Segregation was the law of the land in 13 southern states. Native Americans were not allowed to purchase alcohol in New Mexico. Most Blacks could not or did not vote in the deep south.

Lyon attended NYC public schools in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, Queens, and in 1959 bought his first camera, an Exa SLR in Munich, Germany during a summer trip, then entered the University of Chicago, where he eventually majored in philosophy and ancient history.

In 1963 he became The Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) first photographer. Lyon’s photographs are in Museums and collections throughout the world. His most recent one man show was at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Lyon is represented by Gavin Brown Enterprises and the Etherton Gallery in Tucson, AZ.

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Jun
13
Sun
DSA June General Meeting & Chapter Social @ Snow Park
Jun 13 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

 Join us for East Bay DSA’s June General Meeting & Chapter Social!

We are excited to convene an outdoor general meeting and social this month — come and hear from our outgoing and incoming leadership, learn about our plans for the coming year, and meet and mingle with other members.

We’ll meet on Sunday, June 13 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Snow Park in Oakland, at the corner of Harrison Street and 19th Street.

Snacks and hand sanitizer will be provided. Friends, family, and kids are welcome!

RSVP and we’ll see you there!

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The Plastics Disaster: Sunflower Alliance Meeting
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 Vastly increasing the production of plastic is the new fossil fuel industry strategy to maintain its profits—which means increasing toxic pollution at every step, from oil/gas extraction to production to waste.

Join us to learn more about this racist and ecocidal campaign, and how people are fighting to stop it.  The program includes:

A short animated film, The Story of Plastic,which summarizes a longer documentary explaining the whole disastrous process.

Speakers:

— Julie Teel Simonds, Center for Biological Diversity, providing an overview of this strategy;

— Miriam Gordon, Upstream Solutions, sharing information about current state and federal bills to reduce plastics;

— Someone from RISE St. James, the community organization in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley leading the fight against the construction of the Formosa Plastics plant (not yet confirmed).

To get the link RSVP to
action@sunflower-alliance.org

Before the meeting:

Watch The Story of Plastic documentary for more background.  We have arranged for our participants to stream the film free at any time.

To receive our special link, email jeantepper[at]gmail.com

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Green Sunday: United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America
Jun 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (and what you can do about it)
***  With Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff  ***

The role of news media in a free society is to investigate, inform, and provide a crucial check on political power. But does it?

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It’s no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Journalism’s essential role has been drastically compromised, and Donald Trump’s repeated claims of “fake news” and framing of the media as an “enemy of the people” have made a bad scenario worse. That said, these concerns about media misinformation did not just disappear upon the election of Joe Biden and we must be ever vigilant against propaganda campaigns from the corporate press and both major political parties.

Written in the spirit of resistance and hope, United States of Distraction offers a clear, concise appraisal of our current situation, and presents readers with action items for how to improve it.  http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100388060

Dr. Nolan Higdon is an author and university lecturer of history and media studies. Higdon’s areas of concentration include youth culture, news media history, and critical media literacy. His most recent publications include The Anatomy of Fake News from University of California Press (2020) and United States of Distraction with Mickey Huff from City Lights Books. He sits on the boards of the Action Coalition for Media Education and Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education.

Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored and president of the nonprofit Media Freedom Foundation. He is currently professor of social science, history, and journalism at Diablo Valley College where he is co-chair of the history area and is chair of the journalism department. He is executive producer and host of the weekly syndicated public affairs program The Project Censored Show on Pacifica Radio. His most recent publications include United States of Distraction (City Lights Books) co-authored with Nolan Higdon, and Project Censored’s State of the Free Press 2021 (Seven Stories Press) co-edited with Andy Lee Roth. www.projectcensored.org

“Mickey Huff and Nolan Higdon emphasize what we can do today to restore the power of facts, truth, and fair, inclusive journalism as tools for people to keep political and corporate power subordinate to the engaged citizenry and the common good.” Ralph Nader

“The U.S. wouldn’t be able to hide its empire in plain sight were it not for the subservient ‘free’ press. United States of Distraction shows, in chilling detail, America’s major media dysfunction – how the gutting of the fourth estate paved the road for fascism annd what tools are critical to salvage our democracy. Abby Martin, The Empire Files

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. *We will start promptly at 5:00 pm each month — however, this month will be the final notice about that! The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows, at 6:30 pm. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

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