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May
5
Sun
Drag Queen Story Time @ New Parkway Theater
May 5 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 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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May
6
Mon
Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Zoom Meeting
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Because of the COVID pandemic we will be meeting virtually via Zoom on the first Monday of the month.

Meeting ID: 828 0976 4186

If you wish to get the password please subscribe to the Oscar Grant Committee mailing list by sending an email to:

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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May
7
Tue
Justice 4 Alan Blueford @ Oakland City Hall
May 7 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Beloved Community,

Tomorrow Oakland City Council will vote on a resolution Honoring the Life of Alan Dwayne Blueford, who was murdered by Oakland Police Department 12 years ago today on May 6, 2012 at the age of only 18-years-old. His mother, and our sister in struggle, Jeralynn Blueford, is calling on us to show up in support.

We are asking you to show up tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7 at city hall to help this family, forever-impacted by OPD’s terror, continue to fight for Alan and his legacy.

WHAT: Support Oakland Resolution Honoring the Life of Alan Dwayne Blueford
WHERE: In person at City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612) or online on Zoom

  • All public speakers must submit a speaker card before the meeting. Members of the public must (1) Visit the City Of Oakland meeting calendar webpage (2) Click the hyperlink labeled ‘eComment’ in the far right column of the meeting you wish to participate, (You will be redirected to the specific meeting webpage); and (3) Register to ‘Sign In To Speak’ for agenda item 5.8
  • For more instructions, please refer to the meeting agenda

On May 6, 2012, then Oakland Police Department Officer Miguel Masso — a transplant from New York with a history of violence � rollled up in the nighttime hours, in an unmarked car with his lights off, on three young African-American men in deep East Oakland. Alan Blueford, a high school student with a 3.0 GPA, and two friends were walking to the corner store to grab a few snacks while they waited for their ride home. Officer Miguel Masso jumped out of the car, never asking for names or identification. He immediately threw one of the boys down on the curb.

Terrified, the teenagers asked, “What did we do?* Masso grabbed a second youth by the shoulder, pushing him forcefully against the fence and twisted his arm behind his back. Masso kept shouting and roughing them up. None of the children were placed under arrest or read their rights.

Alan started to walk away. Masso vigorously ran toward him. Alan ran, Masso gave chase. According to witness statements, Alan was yelling at the top of his lungs, “I didn’t do anything!” At this point, Masso turned off his lapel camera, chased Alan for five blocks, and shot him in the chest three times, as he lay on his back in the driveway of a residential home.

Masso would later claim to both the police and the press that Alan had shot him in the foot to explain the wound he was discovered to have. This claim proved to be false. A police investigation revealed that Masso had in fact shot himself. However, that initial lie interrupted what would have been swift and immediate outrage from the Oakland community. As a result, Jeralynn and her husband (Alan Sr.), would spend the next few years not only demanding justice for their son, but also trying to clear his soiled name. Meanwhile OPD and its association did everything it could to defend MAsso and cover up the evidence of his vile transgression.

Despite this litany of egregious behavior and attempts at cover up – the Blueford family was awarded one of the smallest settlements in the history of Oakland for the murder and slander of their son. But they have never stopped fighting.

Fighting for Alan and for any family that finds themselves in this exclusive club no one wants to join.

We are asking you to show up tomorrow and help them continue to fight for Alan, his legacy and all those impacted by the violence of the Oakland Police Department and the State. Fight for those who have not yet been impacted but one day may consider it luck to be a “survivor”, like myself. Fight so that this never happens again. Fight for all of our sakes and in the many names of too many ancestors slain by law enforcement in America.
Join us tomorrow to scream “Justice for Alan Blueford”! Let’s get this day passed for Alan, his family and all of us.

In service and solidarity,

Cat Brooks
Anti Police-Terror Project

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All Out for Rahah @ Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Golden State Energy, NOT PG&E! Richmond City Council @ Richmond City Council
May 7 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Why do we allow a private corporation with a history of convictions for manslaughter to keep making huge profits from selling us electricity?  Reclaim Our Power has developed an exciting proposal to make a Just Transition from PG&E to Golden State Energy, a nonprofit public-benefit utility.

On May 7, Richmond City Council will hold a hearing on a resolution endorsing this proposal.

You can support this transition by showing up and speaking out at the hearing.  Your organization can help by signing onto this letter of support.

Please view the agenda for instructions about submitting public comments and/or participating in the meeting.  The Item No. is Q.1., which means that it will be some time after the meeting’s start before the Resolution in Support of the Implementation of Golden State Energy is heard.

WHEN

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 PM—starts with Item G; Golden State Energy is Item Q.1.

Click this zoom link to join the meeting.  Passcode: ccmeeting

77809
SudoRoom Hardware Hacking Tuesdays + Fixit Clinic @ Omni Commons
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Hardware Hacking Tuesdays are better than ever! Plus Fix-It Clinic!

Each Tuesday we welcome all to bring their hardware (and software and firmware) projects to Omni Commons, or simply come by to learn and tinker! All welcome, about 7:30pm until ∞ …whomever’s left standing!

We are inside the Omni Commons at 48th and Shattuck, see the link at the end of this text to call in in case the doors are locked!

○ Projects: can range from building course materials for teaching local kids electronics to a robotic arm that draws, to light projection art, to people building their own microchip boards! We provide the space, tools and peer learning – you bring your project and enthusiasm!

○ Group Sewing: Learn to do simple mending or get help with technical fabric and textile projects. In addition to regular machines our Sewing Lab features heavy-duty industrial sewing machines and sergers. Our in house sewing guru CC has worked for Academy or Art College, Tesla, SuitX, and Zipline and has vast sewing machine repair and maintenance experience; bring your own machine to tune up for tip-top operation and sew alongside others.

○ General Repair: Fix it Clinic’s weekly Oakland residency: bring your broken, non-functioning things – electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, fabric items, etc.– for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. First-time repairers and “Fixing Families” are heartily invited. Learn more at https://www.fixitclinic.org/

Join us every Tuesday evening for a trifecta of awesomeness; you can also jump in virtually via our zoom-like video conference at this link: https://meet.waag.org/turtlesturtlesturtles

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May
8
Wed
Public Bank of the East Bay @ Online
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

THE FRIENDS OF PUBLIC BANK EAST BAY HOST GENERAL ORGANIZING MEETINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 6PM VIA ZOOM

If you’d like to join us, send us an email and one of our members will be in touch.

WE CAN MATCH YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILL SET TO OUR NEEDS

Volunteer Organizing Committees

ADVOCACY

builds relationships with community groups, financial institutions and city governments.


COMMUNICATIONS

assists other committees with content creation and promotion.


FUNDRAISING

develops our organization’s budget and raises funds for our business plan.


ACADEMY

plans trainings for Board members and others.

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May
11
Sat
Toxic Tour of Richmond Zeneca Site
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

For over a century, the Stauffer Chemical Company manufactured herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and sulfuric acid at the 86-acre site, dumping hazardous waste onsite and filling in the Bay.  Many Richmond residents living nearby don’t know its history, nor are they aware that it was never fully cleaned up.

The site on Richmond’s southeast shoreline has been leaking highly contaminated water and vapors for decades, from the 550,000 cubic yards of hazardous material left behind after more than 100 years of chemical, fertilizer, and pesticide manufacturing.

Boasting million dollar views and located only yards from the Bay Trail, the site is slated for a development project of up to 4,000 residential units.  In 2018, the Richmond city council endorsed a cleanup to the highest residential standard.  However, after a developer promised millions of dollars to local groups, the council retracted that recommendation and approved an agreement to clean up the site to a lower standard for mixed-use development.  Deed restrictions for the development include residential housing only above the first floor and no onsite K-12 schools, pre-schools, or senior facilities—and no contact with the soil.

The Richmond Shoreline Alliance maintains that the cleanup plan approved by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) in 2019 is inadequate in light of recent State of California guidance on sea level rise.  They also claim that DTSC ignored a recent CalEPA protocol on the risks of volatile organic compounds.  The state’s cleanup plan calls for removal of less than two percent of the 550,000 yards of contaminated soil, in-situ chemical remediation, and installation of a concrete cap.  Because the site lies 1.5 miles from the Hayward Fault, on Bay fill subject to liquefaction, earthquakes will likely crack or otherwise disturb a cap.

“The site is open on the sides and bottom,” says nearby resident Faris Jessa, “so a concrete cap won’t prevent the toxics from moving inland with sea level rise.  We don’t want a carcinogenic toxic soup coming up under our homes.”

Janet Johnson, Richmond Shoreline Alliance co-chair, adds that “the threat of sea level and groundwater rise keeps us up at night. When VOCs enter sewer lines connected to schools, workplaces and homes, people will be exposed to chemicals that have lethal health effects.  This is a 21st-century Love Canal unfolding before our eyes, and the time to stop it is now, before nearby residents are exposed and before homes are built and occupied.”

The online self-guided tour of the contaminated Zeneca property will be available soon on the STQRY story-telling app.  See the demo here. The tour is sponsored by the Richmond Shoreline Alliance (RSA).  More information about the Zeneca site can be found on the RSA website.

 

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May
12
Sun
Students Protest against US Universities’ ties to the Ongoing Genocide in Gaza @ Online
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Students Protest against US Universities’ ties to the Ongoing Genocide in Gaza – a panel presentation and discussion.

Columbia University students started the movement against the University’s connection with the wars, seeking divestment. It is clear to all who have not closed their eyes that a genocide of Palestinians in Gaza by Israel is ongoing with the support and means to conduct it by the US government. The protest took the form of encampments on university general outdoor premises. But these peaceful protestors were attacked by police and supporters of Israel, both from inside and some apparently from outside of the campuses, accusing them of violence and of being antisemites, even as as Jewish students themselves are part of these protests. But the movement swiftly spread to other campuses in New York, California and other states.

“In fact, academic institutions are hubs of fundamental research and development that are used in military technology and serve as pipelines into the military and defense industry by educating and training their future leaders….Today, academic institutions are increasingly controlled by corporate and military interests. Instead of intellectual freedom, the research we pursue is defined by those that have the resources to fund it. And as a result, instead of the pure pursuit of knowledge for a brighter future, we do science and technology for war, imperialism, profit, and exploitation.” (quoted from the current edition of the PSL Newspaper article by Nishad Gothoskar, a PhD student at MIT.)

The ICSS Sunday at The Marxist Library program will have selected clips from the movement and there will be discussions, led by members of the ICSS Program Planning Committee members and possibly others. Participants are urged to come prepared to share their knowledge and thoughts on the subject.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89531900427?pwd=mXg1rSZe3ONl4pfWlALW4ornc32Eez.1

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 12 @ 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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Green Sunday: Women to the Front! @ Online
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Women to the Front!
We are celebrating Mothers’ Day for Justice and Peace. Hear how the women-led group CODEPINK is addressing militarism, patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism, climate catastrophe and the war economy, from local CODEPINK activists Marjorie Mikels and Cynthia Papermaster, coordinator of the Bay Area Codepink chapter. Tune in to get informed and inspired! There will be plenty of time for your questions and discussion.

Cynthia Papermaster is the Coordinator of the Golden Gate Bay Area Chapter of CODEPINK. She has BA and Masters degrees from UC Berkeley and is a retired law librarian and mother of a brilliant, beautiful, sassy daughter who lives in Oakland. Cynthia is a master pie baker who is interested in peaceful, loving, femin ist revolution and Jack London’s 1906 The Iron Heel, a cinematic novel of uprising and revolution in the United States that is set in Northern California. Her service dog Luck-Key is a trusted colleague who accompanies her everywhere for actions and travel.

Marjorie Mikels is an attorney, with a BA in Sociology and a Law Degree from UCLA, who has been practicing law for over 40 years.  She is a mother of 3 daughters and grandmother of 8 all living in the Bay Area. Marjorie ran as an Attorney/Peace Advocate for Congress against Nancy Pelosi in the March primary, and has been an outspoken Peace advocate, joining with Code Pink, opposing the Weapons Industry and arming Israel. She is an avid gardener and she sings and plays the accordion, having once been arrested for playing her song, “Save the Children”.

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. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows at 7:00 pm, after a 30-minute break. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

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Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88083342274
Meeting ID: 880 8334 2274

Dial by your location
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/k39IUnw59

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May
13
Mon
Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
May 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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May
14
Tue
SudoRoom Hardware Hacking Tuesdays + Fixit Clinic @ Omni Commons
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Hardware Hacking Tuesdays are better than ever! Plus Fix-It Clinic!

Each Tuesday we welcome all to bring their hardware (and software and firmware) projects to Omni Commons, or simply come by to learn and tinker! All welcome, about 7:30pm until ∞ …whomever’s left standing!

We are inside the Omni Commons at 48th and Shattuck, see the link at the end of this text to call in in case the doors are locked!

○ Projects: can range from building course materials for teaching local kids electronics to a robotic arm that draws, to light projection art, to people building their own microchip boards! We provide the space, tools and peer learning – you bring your project and enthusiasm!

○ Group Sewing: Learn to do simple mending or get help with technical fabric and textile projects. In addition to regular machines our Sewing Lab features heavy-duty industrial sewing machines and sergers. Our in house sewing guru CC has worked for Academy or Art College, Tesla, SuitX, and Zipline and has vast sewing machine repair and maintenance experience; bring your own machine to tune up for tip-top operation and sew alongside others.

○ General Repair: Fix it Clinic’s weekly Oakland residency: bring your broken, non-functioning things – electronic gadgets, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, fabric items, etc.– for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. First-time repairers and “Fixing Families” are heartily invited. Learn more at https://www.fixitclinic.org/

Join us every Tuesday evening for a trifecta of awesomeness; you can also jump in virtually via our zoom-like video conference at this link: https://meet.waag.org/turtlesturtlesturtles

77804
May
15
Wed
Public Bank of the East Bay @ Online
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

THE FRIENDS OF PUBLIC BANK EAST BAY HOST GENERAL ORGANIZING MEETINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 6PM VIA ZOOM

If you’d like to join us, send us an email and one of our members will be in touch.

WE CAN MATCH YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILL SET TO OUR NEEDS

Volunteer Organizing Committees

ADVOCACY

builds relationships with community groups, financial institutions and city governments.


COMMUNICATIONS

assists other committees with content creation and promotion.


FUNDRAISING

develops our organization’s budget and raises funds for our business plan.


ACADEMY

plans trainings for Board members and others.

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Online
May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

(THE JANUARY 17TH MEETING, 2024 WAS MOVED TO JANUARY 24TH)


Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for privacy, surveillance regulation of both corporations and the state, and government transparency, around the Bay and nationwide.

op-logo.2.1We fight against spy drones, facial recognition, tracking equipment, police body camera secrecy, anti-transparency laws and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones; we oppose “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” —  to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government, and attempts to hide what government officials, employees and agencies are doing.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Check out some of what we worked on in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.  We helped fight and in 2018 helped win the fight against Urban Shield.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), supporting and opposing state legislation as appropriate, battling mass surveillance in the form of facial recognition and other analytics, mass aerial surveillance, ubiquitous license plate readers,  and street surveillance, and fighting to ensure local governments adhere to State privacy and transparency regulations.

On September 12th, 2019 we were presented with a Barlow Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for our work, and on March 16th, 2021 s James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

contact@oaklandprivacy.org


Check out our website: http://oaklandprivacy.org/

Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy, and/or on Mastodon at https://mastodon.social/@oaklandprivacy

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Copwatch Orientation @ Grassroots House
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RSVP here
We will cover our mission + vision, how we get stuff done, and our ongoing projects. You will leave with our handbook, other literature, and next steps to get involved!
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Upcoming Copwatch Committee Meetings

Communications Committee meeting: Thursday 5/16 at 5 PM
Casework Committee training + meeting: Tuesday 5/28 at 6 PM

Wanna join a committee? Come to orientation!

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May
16
Thu
Stop Bay Area Cop City!
May 16 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

77817
The fight for racial equity in Berkeley @ McGee Avenue Baptist Church
May 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In the midst of this critical election season, the Berkeley Faith and Justice Coalition has invited a broad array of city leaders to answer pointed questions about the fight for racial equity in Berkeley.  Your presence is needed to underline to the council and school board members and candidates, as well as senior leaders of city management and the police, that Berkeley’s people:

Demand that the needs and initiatives of the most vulnerable and marginalized members of our community are the focus of all city leaders!

A leader of the Coalition, Rev. Angela Jernigan, describes it this way:

Together we represent about 3,000 families in this community.

Our chief aim is to build an equitable Berkeley for the health, safety and wellbeing of all. To that end, we represent and prioritize the voices and interests of Black and Brown members of our community in South and West Berkeley who have been historically marginalized, criminalized, underserved, and underrepresented.

Our areas of focus are the issues most grave for our population: homelessness and housing, violence prevention and interruption, police accountability, youth development and educational equity,  health equity, climate justice and workforce development.

1.  See the May 16 Event Announcement here.

3.  There will also be a Zoom option. But if you are able to, the strongest way you can show city leaders you support racial justice is to come help fill the church.

4.  Please come early so the meeting can start on time!

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May
17
Fri
The People’s Clinic
May 17 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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