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Intro to DSA @ Bushrod Park
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

“There is no other force, there is no other party, there is no other real ideology out there right now that is asserting the minimum elements necessary to lead a dignified American life.”

—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DSA member and likely future congresswoman, on democratic socialism in Vogue Magazine

It’s 2018 and socialism is ascendant. The political revolution that Bernie Sanders set in motion with his insurgent campaign in the 2016 presidential primary continues to build in intensity. More and more people are standing up to say that they’ve had enough with a system that puts profit over people, that puts the wealth of the few over the dignity and flourishing of the many.

Democratic socialists all over the country are fighting for an improved and expanded Medicare for All healthcare system, a federal jobs guarantee, universal rent control, tuition-free public education pre-K through college or trade school, a powerful, militant labor movement, and the abolishment of ICE.

We’re winning elections, we’re building explicitly socialist institutions, we’re training effective socialist organizers, and we’re introducing millions of people to real-world anti-capitalist politics.

Come on out to a picnic in the park to learn more about democratic socialism and get involved in our local activities here in the East Bay. New members and not-yet-members are welcome!

Accessibility: Bushrod Park is wheelchair-accessible from the sidewalk. Park bathrooms are not always open.

 

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Protest at Richmond Jail / Bay Area ICE Detention @ West County Detention Facility
Aug 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

MASS RESISTANCE TO MASS INCARCERATION IS GROWING! Please join your voice and stand together against he horrors of family separation, racist policing and imprisonment, and criminalization of immigrants this Sunday August 12th (11am-Noon) and demand WCDF and demand “Let Our People Go!” Please read details on parking and location below.

Sheriff Livingston announced an end to WCDF contract with ICE, in part due to growing protests. Immigrant detainees are in peril of being sent to private prisons in other states, and the sheriff will likely fill the ICE budget hole by increasing the general population at WCDF. Never forget, most of the people incarcerated there are interned only because they cannot post bail.

Livingston also blocked off the entire jail property and declared no protests are allowed and threatened anyone who steps on the property without “official business” will be arrested. This is a clear violation of first amendment rights. We won’t allow the Sheriff’s blatant disregard of free speech stop us from protesting the immorality of mass incarceration and inhumane treatment of general population and immigrant detainees.

Stand with our monthly multi-face action to demand that immigrant detainees be released, not transferred, hear about community bail funds and demand an end to the racist poverty imprisonment policies. We will gather and protest across the street (read on for details).

Across the country, the situation is dire. Kidnapped migrant children are being interned alone, the regime is rapidly building internment camps—some on toxic sites—where they plan indefinite internment of immigrant families. We have to end the normalization of millions of people separated from their families in the course of racist mass incarceration policies throughout the US.

This Sunday, August 12th from 11am-Noon across the street from WCDF at 1111 Giant Highway Richmond we will:

• HEAR Samba band Sistah Boom
• Patricia Contreras Flores, healer and writer, from ACUDIR Alameda County United in Defense of Immigrant Rights who will share an indigenous perspective with prayer, updates from dispatching the ACILEP hotline and song
• GET UPDATES from families whose loved ones are imprisoned at WCDF
• WRITE letters to individuals detained by ICE
• CREATE at the children’s art table
• SHOUT & MAKE NOISE so people inside can hear they are not forgotten

MUST READ: Parking & Location Info
1. There is no longer access to parking or entry at WCDF (Google Map is HERE). There are two choices for parking: the first is anywhere possible on the sides of Great Highway, and the second is to pay $3 at the Point Pinole parking lot that is located immediately south of WCDF.

2. The only bathrooms for public to use are located in the Point Pinole parking lot. We can no longer use the jail bathrooms.

3. We will have signs and volunteers indicating the flattest place to enter the field area to guide people to the field next to the large eucalyptus trees across from WCDF.

4. Some of the scrubby plants in the field are prickly. But it is not paved and therefore not easily accessible. We suggest closed shoes and longer pants to avoid prickly plants.

5. The sheriff’s “no entry” policy is unfair, we think illegal, and especially challenging to people with limited mobility. Last Saturday, a small group of people in wheelchairs and in camping chairs clustered with signs by the entrance barricaded by patrol cars, people with mobility challenges may choose this option again and there will be helpers to offer support for folks with mobility challenges reach the prostest on the field.

LET OUR PEOPLE GO protests are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 11am, to oppose the immorality of mass incarceration and deportations with activist debriefs, music, art, stories, poetry, interactive small groups and more. We demonstrate at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, which holds both county jail and Bay Area ICE detainees. We stand/sit outside the front entrance, adjacent to both public parking and the visitors’ waiting room, which has public bathrooms, making this an accessible action.

Let Our People Go was initiated by members of Kehilla Community Synagogue’s Immigration Committee, modeled in part on the 1st Saturday vigils held by our partners at Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. A grassroots effort, Let Our People Go protests are organized ongoing by a few volunteers from Kehilla’s Immigration Committee, Congregation Beth El and Solidarity Sundays. The participation of a multitude of organizations, artists and regular attendees creates a powerful community circle to send a sustained message of resistance. **If your school, network, affinity group or congregation is interested in getting involved, contact us at letourpeoplego@kehillasynagogue.org.**

This one-hour Sunday morning protest is one way that Bay Area residents—especially those who currently enjoy the privileges of citizenship—can shine a spotlight on this immoral site of internment right in the East Bay. It’s our responsibility to fight the right wing’s racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynist ramp up of authoritarian policing, incarceration, and deportation practices—if not now, when?

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Medicare for All National Weekend of Action – DSA Canvass @ Bushrod Park
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join East Bay DSA for the second-ever Medicare for All National Weekend of Action! DSA has been at the forefront of the fight to guarantee healthcare as a human right, and our weekends of action are exciting opportunities to flex the collective power of DSA’s national membership towards winning Medicare for All—a much needed piece of democratic socialism for the American working class.

East Bay DSA will join dozens of DSA chapters from coast to coast to build the movement for Medicare for All. Join us in Bushrod Park on August 12 from noon — 4:00 p.m. for a Medicare for All Rally and canvass with Jovanka Beckles, a DSA member and candidate for State Assembly in AD-15. Jovanka has been a champion for a single-payer Medicare for All system in California, and after the rally, we’ll head out into the neighborhood to knock doors for Jovanka and Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act.

Medicare for All is benefiting from unprecedented popularity, but in order to get our politicians to buck their billionaire donors and side with the majority, we have to threaten them with a mass political movement. Join us on August 12 to build the movement to win Medicare for All and to support our electoral campaigns for Jovanka Beckles and the Affordable Housing Act!

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Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice.

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Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Omni Commons
Aug 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at the local Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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
Announcements
(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: (web@occupyoakland.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: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
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

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Green Sunday: Child Internment Camps in the American Refugee Crisis @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Aug 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Our presentation looks at the practice of separating children from their parents – a United States policy designed to be a deterrrent to refugees, many of them from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, who have been forced to immigrate and seek asylum at the southern border. Ten thousand children ripped away from their parents are currently in internment camps – a situation far more than cruel and unusual, but indispuutably evil because this brutal traumatization of children is unnecessary.  To help us look into the abyss and understand what we are seeing, we have four activists this evening to inform us.

Karma Bennet is a Marketing Content Strategist who runs an Oakland company to help creative people publicize their books and build websites. She was arrested for her participation in the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation campaign and she protested at George Bush’s stolen election, the G8, the World Bank and the School of the Americas.

Liz DeCou is a nurse and grandmother affiliated with Solidaridad Con los Niños.  She was arrested for trespassing at a detention center in Fairfield when trying to deliver a doll to immigrant kids separated by ICE from their parents. Her arrest got over a million views on Twitter.

Jesse Smith is an Oakland community organizer and an activist focused on police corruption.  As a practitioner of civil disobedience, he recently joined with a California human rights group to engage an internment camp at the southern border.

Nohelya Zambrano is an Ecuador-born, New York City-raised Latina student from Mount Holyoke College who is interning this summer in the Bay Area. She is a proud immigrant who fights for immigrant and reproductive justice.

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25th Birthday Party for Long Haul Infoshop @ Longhaul
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Long Haul Infoshop opened August 13, 1993

Come celebrate 25 years!
— free t-shirt raffle
— silk screen your own t-shirt – bring a blank shirt
— vegan chocolate cake / celebratory food items
— tell funny stories

The Infoshop is accepting donations on its website and otherwise to continue for another 25 years.

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Indivisible Berkeley General Assembly @ Finnish Hall
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on August 12 for the next Indivisible Berkeley General Assembly! This month we will talk about our electoral strategy for the midterm elections and will spend some time contacting real-live voters to make sure they know about the upcoming election!

Come on down and bring a friend to the best way to get involved in making our city and country a better place!

Doors open at 7. We start promptly at 7:30. Please bring a laptop or tablet computer if you are able to. If you can’t, we would still love you to join us!

Questions? Email info@indivisibleberkeley.org.

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Aug
13
Mon
Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland, General Meeting @ Xolo, back courtyard
Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Agenda Posted When Available.

 

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

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Tenant And Neighborhood Council Assembly @ Omni Commons
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We’ll be getting updated on our local housing struggles, and we will take collective steps for tenant and neighborhood organizing.

Let’s get organized against the Bay Area housing market!

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We are a group of Bay Area tenants who are fed up with rising rents, evictions, and harassment at the hands of landlords. We are fed up with our neighbors having no option but to live unsheltered and at constant risk of police harassment. We want to stop landlords, developers, and cops from looting our communities.

A council is a group of tenants who work together to wield collective power against a shared landlord in order to improve their conditions. While, in general, councils may organize for more affordable, habitable, and safer housing, the issues that a council decides to organize around is ultimately dictated by its members. Councils can be powerful because they can directly apply their collective pressure on their landlord without the permission of city hall or other third parties.

TANC will help organize councils and bring them together as a network. While councils interface directly with their landlord, they can find support from other councils who rent from different landlords. We will assist in getting the word out to tenants and researching landlords. Neighbors will get to know each other during dinners, BBQs, and other events that TANC will support. We will compile complaints that are common across councils and aid in seeking their resolution. Councils will discuss and demand timely repairs, and support tenants threatened with eviction. Ultimately, the point is to reconfigure power dynamics of landlords and tenants in the Bay Area.

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Aug
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Tue
ELLA BAKER CENTER LOBBY DAY @ State Capitol
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ella Baker Center members, staff, and allies will be traveling to Sacramento to advance our policy agenda. We will focus on lobbying for the Fair & Just Sentencing Reform Act (SB 1393) and other criminal justice reform bills. Transportation and food will be provided.

RSVP required. Please RSVP here.

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ICE Detainee Bailout Volunteers Needed @ The Finnish Center
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We need volunteers to assist the detainees with their paperwork BEFORE WEST COUNTY closes for ICE detainees and they are forced to go to some facility somewhere else in the country, probably away from their families.

If you feel ready to take on this important role you’ll need to be trained – it’s a two hour training with Rebecca Merton from Freedom for Immigrants.

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.

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Habeas Data: Author Tour @ Octopus Literary Salon
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On behalf of the Northern CA chapter of Society of Professional Journalists – a book reading for Cyrus Farivar, author of the newly released Habeas Data.

Habeas Data shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy.

Award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar makes the case by taking ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matching them against the capabilities of modern technology. It’s an approach that combines the charge of a legal thriller with the shock of the daily headlines.

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Aug
15
Wed
Final Fridays: Political Education + Film Screening @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Final Fridays at EastSide Arts Alliance

Join us for a FREE evening of information, food, and film.

Join us on FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 at EastSide Arts Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606.

6-7 PM // Political Education to Build Community Power

This month’s topic: what is Black August and why should we celebrate it? Come out this Final Friday and learn more about why we should honor our People outside of February.

7-9 PM // Free film screenings on issues affecting our communities.

Refreshments provided at film screening.

Check www.eastsideartsalliance.org and www.eastoaklandcollective.com for more info.

Follow the Black Cultural Zone (BCZ) on Instagram #blackculturalzone

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APTP General Membership Meeting @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Aug 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Agenda will include presentations from families and discussion about Sheriff Ahern and Santa Rita Jail.

APTP meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.​

The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.

If you’re new to Anti Police-Terror Project, we began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee and are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color.

Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World, and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.

RSVP to Monthly Meeting
Then this Sunday, join us for the No Candlelight Vigil for Jessica St. Louis:

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Aug
16
Thu
Screening of ‘Zero Weeks’ @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A film examining paid family leave. The film and panel that follows highlight the state and national movement for Paid Family Leave.

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Omni General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues.

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