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Jul
1
Wed
Ella Baker Meeting @ Online
Jul 1 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We will be hosting our first virtual monthly member meeting on July 1st! More to come on this, follow our social media for updates.

Register for the Member Meeting here.

Email Monifa@ellabakercenter.org for more info!

About the Membership:

Anyone, anywhere can join our membership and become connected to campaigns to move money away from prisons and police, and towards what our communities need: jobs, education, healthcare, and housing.

Through our membership, people come together to create more opportunity in our communities, and end injustice. We prioritize the needs and experiences of people who have been harmed by the justice system.

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Jul
2
Thu
Planet to Win Reading Group – Chapter 4: Internationalism @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Members of the DSA Green New Deal Committee will discuss chapter 4 of “A Planet to Win”.

Anyone who has read the chapter is encouraged to attend.

 

Details
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88237561151?pwd=S0FocjZ3TjBzeU5vVE5ySHJDZVZTUT09

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Jul
3
Fri
Julian Assange – Global Birthday Vigil @ British Consulate
Jul 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Global Birthday Vigil

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Jul
4
Sat
Demilitarize Banner Drop @ Highland Avenue Bridge over the San Jose exit/entrance to Interstate 280
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

National CODEPINK is calling for us to organize car caravans and other peace actions on July 4th with the theme being “Independance from War.”
For this banner drop action, we’ll have these messages on banners:
DEMILITARIZE, and MAKE AMERICA LOVE AGAIN.
Thanks to our friend, Barbara for generously offering to make these banners while being totally “sheltered in place!”

All are welcome to join, though we’d most like to be joined by those of you who could walk or ride your bike to the location. (Bernal/Mission/Noe/Glen Park) We already have a smallish crew and plan to stay socially distanced. Please let me know if you’d like to join us: mhubert7 [at] earthlink.net

I also have PEACE and VOTE banners that we could use, and there’s another bridge, within sight (Richland Ave.) that could accommodate additional banners.
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INDEPENDENCE from WAR! Banner Drops. @ I80 Overpass Pedestrian Bridge
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Meet up in parking lot in southwest corner of I-80 & University Ave. at 9:50am.
National CODEPINK is calling for July 4th mobilizing under this theme: “Independence from War.”
Local chapters are organizing small group banner drops to Plaster the Bay with Peace & Justice. We invite you to organize your own banner drop or join one of ours. Bring your own banner, or use one of ours.
Our main large banners:
-DEFUND the POLICE, DEFUND the PENTAGON
-DEMILITARIZE!
-HEALTHCARE not WARFARE!

All are welcome to join, though we’d prefer you walk or bike to the location. Additional banners available. We already have a small crew and plan to stay socially distanced. Please let us know if you will organize your own group, the place, time and contact info, and we will promote!
Toby Blomé: ratherbenyckeling [at] comcast.net
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Black Out @ Lake Merritt
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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DSA General Meeting
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a voting General Meeting of East Bay DSA! This month, we will hear from committees and hear several candidate endorsements. Virtual voting rules & procedures will be explained during the meeting. Please RSVP and invite other comrades to hear updates on our campaigns and events.

The agenda is available here.

The meeting will be conducted via ZOOM. RSVP here and we will confirm your membership and you’ll receive an email with the Zoom link. If you are not a member, the meeting will be available to stream via YouTube. 

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San Francisco 4th of July Freedom Caravan: Defund Police, Defund War, Fund Life! @ San Francisco City Hall
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’re making 4 stops to call for liberty, with a speaker and activity at each stop, and a cool video to be made of the event. We’ll have flags and posters for decorating your cars.

We are partnering with SF Bay Extinction Rebellion, DSASF IRIS, and other groups.

The stops will center on: defunding police, defunding the Pentagon, funding community, protecting the Earth.

1:00 pm: Meet up at SF City Hall to decorate cars, get instructions and route maps. 1 Carlton Goodlet Place, SF.
1:30 pm: First Caravan Stop, 762 Fulton St., to demand “Defund the Police; Fund Communities!”
2:00 pm: Second Caravan Stop, Broadway @ Divisadero, Nancy Pelosi’s house, to demand “Defund War, Fund Life!” Health Care, Housing, Clean Energy, Education
3:00 pm: Third Caravan Stop, Bay View Hunters Point, location TBD
4:00 pm: Pie and lemonade picnic, Bay View Hunters Point

While the 4th of July is traditionally celebrated by the United States to celebrate “independence” and “freedom”, CODEPINK goes against it by saying there is no true freedom until we are independent from war! No one is free until we are all free! Join us for a safe, socially distant peace caravan where we will call to #DivestFromWar, #HealthcareNotWarfare, #SanctionsKill, and more.

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Fuck the 4th Rally and March @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library: What to a Slave is the Fourth of July? @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 4 @ 8:03 pm – 9:03 pm

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass, who escaped slavery in 1838 at age 20, gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” to the Ladies Antislavery Society of Rochester, New York. We will begin by listening to actor and activist Danny Glover reading a six-minute selection from the speech during a performance of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States“ on October 5, 2005, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles. <https://vimeo.com/1275332>

Following a brief introduction by ICSS member Gene Ruyle, we will have a group discussion of the speech and its significance for today. Come prepared to share your views!

The full text (over 2800 words) of the speech may be found at:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

Moderator: ICSS Member Sharon Rose

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Jul
5
Sun
Sunflower Alliance Zoom Meeting, @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’re looking forward to getting together with you for a regular meeting. We’ll discuss the latest developments in our fight to keep new oil and gas wells out of eastern Contra Costa County! Plus we’ll catch up on other campaigns and check in with each other. We need your participation and your voice!

RSVP to action@sunflower-alliance.org for link

The Sunflower Alliance is committed to environmental justice and the health and safety of all Bay Area communities threatened by toxic pollution and climate change.  We are fighting against the poisoning of our communities and the destruction of our planet, and for an equitable and sustainable economy fueled by renewable energy sources—wind, water and solar.

We seek an end to the ruinous extractive economy and its replacement with a life-sustaining system that meets people’s real needs and nurtures the planet we live on.

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

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:

occupyoakland-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

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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Jul
6
Mon
Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ https://meet.jit.si/OGC
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 Because of the COVID pandemic we will be meeting virtually at https://meet.jit.si/OGC.

Point your computer web browser at that URL at 7 PM on the first Monday of the month. Chrome is said to work better than some of the alternatives, but Firefox, etc. work as well. If your computer does not have a camera and/or microphone you can use your smart phone.

Download the JITSI app here:

For Android search for ‘jitsi’ in the Play Store or go here:

For iPhone/IOS search for ‘jitsi’ in the App Store or go here:

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

oscargrantcommittee-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

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Jul
7
Tue
Community Meeting on Police Brutality @ Willow Park
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Socialist Night School: The Police – What’re they Good for Anyway?
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every time protests erupt after yet another innocent black person is killed by police, “reform” is meekly offered as the solution. But what if drastically defunding the police – not reform – is the best way to stop unnecessary violence and death committed by law enforcement against communities of color?

The alternative is not more money for police training programs, hardware or oversight. It is to dramatically shrink their function. We must demand that local politicians develop non-police solutions to the problems poor people face. Instead of giving them more money for pointless training programs, let’s divert that money into building up communities and individuals so we don’t “need” violent and abusive policing.

What is the origin of the modern police force? What functions do police serve in a capitalist society? What does defunding the police actually look like? Could society really function without the police?

Join us on Zoom as we discuss these questions and more, with a talk from featured speaker Brian Bean.

Priority Reading

Interview with Alex Vitale “Policing Is Fundamentally a Tool of Social Control to Facilitate Our Exploitation” Jacobin (10 min read) **New York-based sociologist Alex Vitale weighs in on the  failures of police reform efforts and why reducing police power is one of the best solutions available for combating systemic racism and advancing working-class interests.**

Other Recommended Readings/Videos

Brian Bean The Socialist Case Against the Police Rampant (30 min read) **Police don’t solve, stop or prevent crime because they were never designed to. Cops are the tools of the bosses, from the day they were invented to today**

Brian Bean Abolish the Police Rampant (30 min read) **Cops are not part of the working class and perform no socially beneficial function. Only good things can result from abolishing the police.**

Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84783105991?pwd=Tlk5SENqWHFHV216M1lSZkRtUGk2dz09

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Jul
8
Wed
DSA Green New Deal Committee Monthly Meeting @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 8 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Green New Deal Committee meets on the second Wednesday each month. We will discuss eco-socialist issues, upcoming events and actions, committee priorities, and campaigns. All are welcome! Please RSVP to receive the URL to the meeting or email green-new-deal@eastbaydsa.org.

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Jul
9
Thu
California State Public Bank AB 310 – Virtual Press Conference @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Zoom Link
Webinar ID: 979 4670 3278
Password: 611741

In 2019, with your support, we passed AB 857, the Public Banking Act, empowering cities and regions to create our own banks. In 2020, economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing local governments across the state to cut staff, services, and vital programs at a time when they are most needed. We must bring desperately needed funds into urban and rural communities ignored by Wall Street banks.

AB 310 proposes emergency COVID-19 relief by transferring 10% of California’s Pooled Money Investment Account (PMIA) into the existing California Infrastructure Bank (IBank). It then requires the IBank to convert into a state depository institution which can leverage funds and lend directly to cash-strapped local governments and small businesses. A California State Public Bank can offer emergency lending and credit to community banks and credit unions, rescue small businesses, and help historically marginalized communities.

We only have 2 months to move this bill through two committees in the Senate, the Senate floor, two committees in the Assembly, and the Assembly floor.

With such a short window, we’re targeting outreach and endorsements to: local government, Democratic central committees, labor, civic organizations, credit unions and community banks, and national, regional and statewide organizations. Just as we did on AB 857, we’ll also coordinate lobbying outreach to over 90 Senate and Assembly offices – except this time, we will do almost all of it virtually.
The California Public Banking Alliance is a grassroots, people-powered effort led by a team of volunteers. We need your help once again in the fight to take on Wall Street and bring about economic recovery for the people of California!

Support the CA State Public Bank with 3 action steps below. Endorse AB 310, send a letter to the Senate from your organization, and use our Action Network letter to email your State Representatives directly. Reach out to calpba@gmail.com with questions, ideas, and support.

3 ACTION STEPS TO SUPPORT A STATE PUBLIC BANK:

1. Endorse AB 310: Organizational Endorsement Form
2. Email your Legislators via Action Network
3. Send a Senate Support Letter from your Organization
Links to our subject-specific one-pagers, fact sheet and FAQ are below, along with our template resolutions.

AB 310 RESOURCES:

AB 310 One-Pagers
AB 310 Fact Sheet
AB 310 FAQ
AB 310 Coalition Support Letter
AB 310 Resolution for Local Government Support
AB 310 Resolution for Democratic Central Committees

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Defund OPD Teach-In @ Online
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

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Jul
10
Fri
Mutual Aid Donation Drive @ Omni Commons
Jul 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

We are asking OUR HOUSED neighbors to contribute hygiene supplies, canned food, bottled water, rain gear, tarps, garbage bags, $$ et al on July 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 & 12 to be redistributed on July 19 to encampments in North Oakland dealing with the COVID 19. We will sanitize and package your donations add a hot packaged meal and fresh fruit to the care kits to be distributed to North Oakland Encampments and surrounding encampments.

In order to properly sanitize and maintain social distancing we are collecting the materials a week prior to when we distribute 500 hot meals and care kits. Overflow resources will be distributed by sister orgs throughout Oakland.

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Extinction Rebellion: Welcome Call @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Been to a “Heading for Extinction” Talk or seen us in the media? Want to get more involved? Attend a Zoom (video) Orientation Call! Note that this call is phone friendly! If you want to call in by phone, you can call in using the zoom meeting number (disclosed once you sign up).

Sign up here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcuuhqzMoG9Gkaji1tKcqCT_J6bDAEEqc

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