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Aug
30
Thu
Habeas Data Panel Discussion @ South Hall (UC Berkeley) Rm 202
Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar, whose new book, Habeas Data, explores how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy. Habeas Data explores ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matches them against the capabilities of modern technology. Mitch Kapor, co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the book was “Essential reading for anyone concerned with how technology has overrun privacy.”

The panel will be moderated by 2017 and 2018 CTSP Fellow Steve Trush, a MIMS 2018 graduate and now a Research Fellow at the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC). He was on a CTSP project starting in 2017 that provided a report to the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission.

The panelists will discuss what public governance models can help local governments protect the privacy of citizens – and what role citizen technologists can play in shaping these models. The discussion will showcase the ongoing collaboration between the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission (OPAC). Attendees will learn how they can get involved in addressing issues of governance, privacy, fairness, and justice related to state surveillance.

Panel:
Cyrus Farivar, Author, Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech
Deirdre Mulligan, Associate Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
Catherine Crump, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.
Camille Ochoa, Coordinator, Grassroots Advocacy; Electronic Frontier Foundation
Moderated by Steve Trush, Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity

The panel will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

RSVP at https://ctsp.berkeley.edu/habeas-data-panel-discussion/ to attend.

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Aug
31
Fri
Biking While Black – Court Support @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

We need all your support in helping Naj K. Smith get justice! On Friday Aug. 3 naj took a group of young people on a first Friday ride. As usual Naj had his speaker and typical rig he always rides with. He was jammin his usual non offensive tunes when an OPD OFFICER grabbed his handle bars and stopped his bike. Naj politely got off his bike and proceeded to understand what the cops issue was. Being an example to the youth he was leading he remained calm and respectful even the youth were outraged. He had to dessculate the youth and talk with this cop who was upset about Najari’s music. He first stated he was giving a citation for the loud music so naj turned it off altogether next thing you know naj was in handcufffs bike rig and speaker have all been confiscated and he was booked and sent to Rita where he spent his weekend.

He was able to make bail but can you believe this?? Where is the crime?? How sway how?? I’m asking all the fellow bike riders to please make this post go viral so we can get some awareness to what’s going on. Clearly the OPD was threatened by the power naj was exuding from his pores and couldn’t take it. We want all our fellow bikers riders to please show up to downtown Oakland 6th n Washington traffic division 9am Aug 31st. court building with bikes and music in solidarity to support or community leader who did nothing wrong. We want his bike rig and speaker all back in mint condition along with the bail money returned compensation for missing work dramatizing youth and file harassment charges. Let do this bikers 🚴🏾‍♀️🤜🏽🤛🏽 #bikingwhileblack the picture shows what has been taken by OPD. 

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Sep
1
Sat
Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Omni Commons
Sep 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 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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Sep
2
Sun
Climate Non-Violent Direct Action Training @ Greenpeace Warehouse
Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Get ready to take bold action for the climate during Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit September 12 – 14.

Diablo Rising Tide will conduct a non-violent direct action training session that will take participants through the strategies and tools used in non-violent direct action. It will include a a know-your-rights training.

This training will be an important place, not only to learn or refresh your skills, but to plug into upcoming street actions around the Global Climate Action Summit.

More information on the Solidarity to Solutions week of action leading up to and during the Global Climate Action Summit here

 

More info/RSVP

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 2 @ 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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Sep
3
Mon
Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 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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Sep
6
Thu
Tell the Council to Support the Public Bank of Oakland
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland needs a public bank!

The future Public Bank of Oakland will save our city millions of dollars in bank fees and interest charges. And it will earn millions more every year! It’s the best way to divest from Wall Street and keep our money in Oakland to benefit our community, not private banks’ shareholders. All around the country, the movement for state and municipal public banks is growing rapidly. To find out how public banking works, visit

friendsofpublicbankofoakland.org and publicbanking.org.

What’s happening now with Public Bank of Oakland?

Global Investment Company, the group doing the PBO feasibility study, has turned in their report to the City of Oakland staff and to staff in Richmond, Berkeley, and the County of Alameda, which all contributed funds for the study. The study will be presented to the Oakland City Council finance committee on September 11. We want the committee to accept the study, and recommend to the full Council that it direct staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the business plan.

What can I do?

Call City Council–especially the finance committee members! Say that you support public banking and you want to see the business plan RFP issued as soon as possible. In this election year our voices are especially strong. When you call the councilmember who represents your district, be sure to mention you’re a constituent.

District 1:             *Dan Kalb 510-238-7001

District 2:             *Abel Guillén 510-238-7002

District 3:             Lynette Gibson McElhaney 510-238-7003

District 4:             *Annie Campbell Washington 510-238-7004

District 5:             *Noel Gallo 510-238-7005

District 6:             Desley Brooks 510-238-7006

District 7:             Larry Reid 510-238-7007

At-large:              Rebecca Kaplan 510-238-7008

*Finance committee member

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Omni General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Sep 6 @ 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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Sep
7
Fri
Tell the Council to Support the Public Bank of Oakland
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland needs a public bank!

The future Public Bank of Oakland will save our city millions of dollars in bank fees and interest charges. And it will earn millions more every year! It’s the best way to divest from Wall Street and keep our money in Oakland to benefit our community, not private banks’ shareholders. All around the country, the movement for state and municipal public banks is growing rapidly. To find out how public banking works, visit

friendsofpublicbankofoakland.org and publicbanking.org.

What’s happening now with Public Bank of Oakland?

Global Investment Company, the group doing the PBO feasibility study, has turned in their report to the City of Oakland staff and to staff in Richmond, Berkeley, and the County of Alameda, which all contributed funds for the study. The study will be presented to the Oakland City Council finance committee on September 11. We want the committee to accept the study, and recommend to the full Council that it direct staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the business plan.

What can I do?

Call City Council–especially the finance committee members! Say that you support public banking and you want to see the business plan RFP issued as soon as possible. In this election year our voices are especially strong. When you call the councilmember who represents your district, be sure to mention you’re a constituent.

District 1:             *Dan Kalb 510-238-7001

District 2:             *Abel Guillén 510-238-7002

District 3:             Lynette Gibson McElhaney 510-238-7003

District 4:             *Annie Campbell Washington 510-238-7004

District 5:             *Noel Gallo 510-238-7005

District 6:             Desley Brooks 510-238-7006

District 7:             Larry Reid 510-238-7007

At-large:              Rebecca Kaplan 510-238-7008

*Finance committee member

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Sep
8
Sat
RISE for Climate, Jobs and Justice @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

10:00 AM – Lineup.

11:00 AM – March.

Will we choose a safe, healthy future where everyone benefits? Or will we be stuck with the status quo?

RISE for Climate, Jobs and Justice is drawing upon the  strengths of our movement – indigenous people, labor, youth, people of faith, communities of color, families and others to build a massive mobilization that demands what our communities and the planet really need – bold, immediate action towards a just transition away from the era of false solutions and fossil fuels and towards a just, equitable, and renewable economy that protects our families, our workers, our planet and ensures that everyone has enough to thrive.

Will you join us?

ca.riseforclimate.org

We demand Real Climate Leadership, which requires:

  • Environmental, racial, and economic justice for all
  • No new fossil fuel development and a managed decline of existing fossil fuel production
  • A just transition to 100% renewable energy that protects workers, Indigenous peoples and frontline communities — both in these extractive industries and more broadly — and ensures family-sustaining jobs with the right to unionize, that are safe for people and the planet
  • Just and equitable resiliency and recovery efforts led by the communities most impacted;
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Sep
9
Sun
Soil Not Oil Conference @ Grey Area/Grand Theater
Sep 9 all-day

This year’s Soil Not Oil Conference has an amazing lineup of keynote speakers including Vandana Shiva, Tom Goldtooth, Miguel A. Altieri, Starhawk, Wenonah Hauter and John Dennis Lu, with dozens of presentations from activists (including ourselves and allies, workshop TBA) working on community-powered solutions to climate change.

The conference will showcase agro-ecological practices—regenerative agriculture, no-till/bio-intensive farming, permaculture—as well as grassroots-originated solutions that people in the global south have creatively implemented to adapt and prevent the ecological and social impacts of climate change.

Miguel Robles, who started the annual conferences in 2011, writes:

“We trust the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and we honor the borderless collaboration among organizations leaded by women, caretakers of the land, elderly, youth and others that not always are fairly represented.  This year our goal is to provide a platform in which the voiceless can speak in behalf of their communities on live-streamed presentations.

Soil Not Oil is an educational event in which attendees learn the root causes, effects and solutions to climate change. We highly recommend it to students, educators, activists, farmers, scientists, investors, policy makers, health providers, parents, urban planners and everyone else concerned with life on earth.”

Promo trailer here.

Website here.

Sliding scale tickets here.

 

 

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Protest at Richmond Jail / Bay Area ICE Detention @ West County Detention Facility
Sep 9 @ 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?

64981
DSA General Membership Meeting @ Omni Commons
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Beginning in September, East Bay DSA will hold general membership meetings (GMs) every month. This is the first such GM.

If you intend to come and would like to volunteer (!), or if you have child supervision or accessibility needs, let us know.

Finally, the Meetings Committee is seeking members with A/V experience to help with the GMs. Training and subsequent work will not be overwhelming, and it will be an indispensable service to our dear organization. Please write us at meetings-committee@eastbaydsa.org.

 

 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 9 @ 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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Sep
10
Mon
Soil Not Oil Conference @ Grey Area/Grand Theater
Sep 10 all-day

This year’s Soil Not Oil Conference has an amazing lineup of keynote speakers including Vandana Shiva, Tom Goldtooth, Miguel A. Altieri, Starhawk, Wenonah Hauter and John Dennis Lu, with dozens of presentations from activists (including ourselves and allies, workshop TBA) working on community-powered solutions to climate change.

The conference will showcase agro-ecological practices—regenerative agriculture, no-till/bio-intensive farming, permaculture—as well as grassroots-originated solutions that people in the global south have creatively implemented to adapt and prevent the ecological and social impacts of climate change.

Miguel Robles, who started the annual conferences in 2011, writes:

“We trust the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and we honor the borderless collaboration among organizations leaded by women, caretakers of the land, elderly, youth and others that not always are fairly represented.  This year our goal is to provide a platform in which the voiceless can speak in behalf of their communities on live-streamed presentations.

Soil Not Oil is an educational event in which attendees learn the root causes, effects and solutions to climate change. We highly recommend it to students, educators, activists, farmers, scientists, investors, policy makers, health providers, parents, urban planners and everyone else concerned with life on earth.”

Promo trailer here.

Website here.

Sliding scale tickets here.

 

 

64988
Tell the Council to Support the Public Bank of Oakland
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Oakland needs a public bank!

The future Public Bank of Oakland will save our city millions of dollars in bank fees and interest charges. And it will earn millions more every year! It’s the best way to divest from Wall Street and keep our money in Oakland to benefit our community, not private banks’ shareholders. All around the country, the movement for state and municipal public banks is growing rapidly. To find out how public banking works, visit

friendsofpublicbankofoakland.org and publicbanking.org.

What’s happening now with Public Bank of Oakland?

Global Investment Company, the group doing the PBO feasibility study, has turned in their report to the City of Oakland staff and to staff in Richmond, Berkeley, and the County of Alameda, which all contributed funds for the study. The study will be presented to the Oakland City Council finance committee on September 11. We want the committee to accept the study, and recommend to the full Council that it direct staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the business plan.

What can I do?

Call City Council–especially the finance committee members! Say that you support public banking and you want to see the business plan RFP issued as soon as possible. In this election year our voices are especially strong. When you call the councilmember who represents your district, be sure to mention you’re a constituent.

District 1:             *Dan Kalb 510-238-7001

District 2:             *Abel Guillén 510-238-7002

District 3:             Lynette Gibson McElhaney 510-238-7003

District 4:             *Annie Campbell Washington 510-238-7004

District 5:             *Noel Gallo 510-238-7005

District 6:             Desley Brooks 510-238-7006

District 7:             Larry Reid 510-238-7007

At-large:              Rebecca Kaplan 510-238-7008

*Finance committee member

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Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Sep 10 @ 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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Sep
11
Tue
Soil Not Oil Conference @ Grey Area/Grand Theater
Sep 11 all-day

This year’s Soil Not Oil Conference has an amazing lineup of keynote speakers including Vandana Shiva, Tom Goldtooth, Miguel A. Altieri, Starhawk, Wenonah Hauter and John Dennis Lu, with dozens of presentations from activists (including ourselves and allies, workshop TBA) working on community-powered solutions to climate change.

The conference will showcase agro-ecological practices—regenerative agriculture, no-till/bio-intensive farming, permaculture—as well as grassroots-originated solutions that people in the global south have creatively implemented to adapt and prevent the ecological and social impacts of climate change.

Miguel Robles, who started the annual conferences in 2011, writes:

“We trust the traditional knowledge of indigenous people and we honor the borderless collaboration among organizations leaded by women, caretakers of the land, elderly, youth and others that not always are fairly represented.  This year our goal is to provide a platform in which the voiceless can speak in behalf of their communities on live-streamed presentations.

Soil Not Oil is an educational event in which attendees learn the root causes, effects and solutions to climate change. We highly recommend it to students, educators, activists, farmers, scientists, investors, policy makers, health providers, parents, urban planners and everyone else concerned with life on earth.”

Promo trailer here.

Website here.

Sliding scale tickets here.

 

 

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Sep
12
Wed
Protest to Stop Financing of Oakland Coal Terminal
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Come protest the Bank of Montreal’s involvement in financing Oakland’s unwanted coal terminal.

We will be demonstrating outside the conference of Principles for Responsible Investment, running concurrently with Global Climate Action Summit. Inside the conference, bankers and investors will be discussing responsible investment.

Outside we will be asking why the Bank of Montreal won’t renounce its plan to finance the Oakland coal terminal.

The Bank of Montreal has been instrumental in attempting to raise the $$ to finance the proposed coal terminal on the Oakland waterfront. They lobbied to get $50 million from the State of Utah and proposed to raise $200 million from pension funds, downplaying if not outright concealing that coal is involved. You can read more about this at NoCoalinOakland.info.

We want to stop the Bank of Montreal (which claims to practice socially responsible financing) and warn pension funds and other institutions that they may be targeted for this toxic and risky investment.

If there is no funding, there will be no terminal!

This is an informational event with leafletting, colorful banners, creative picket signs, chants, singing, and possible street theater.

You can also sign our Open Letter to the Bank of Montreal at tinyurl.com/BMO-letter

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America, The Farewell Tour, Chris Hedges @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
America, The Farewell Tour is a book that should disturb and anger all of us. It is a profoundly sobering, upsetting portrait of our country as it is, not as we wish it to be. The road to taking our country begins with recognizing it for what it is.

 Chris Hedges shows us in America, The Farewell Tour, a country that should

Shame us, a land of rampant and deadly drug addiction, of escape into gambling and pornography, of zenophobic scapegoating – a country where the super rich exploit the poor and vulnerable. He is calling us out for having become a corporate state where the dignity and worth of the individual no longer matter.

This is a profound and provocative examination of America in crisis, convulsed by pathologies that have risen from the sense of hopelessness. Hedges examines our retreat into gambling, pornography, and drugs as Americans attempt to cope with an economic collapse that has left so many out of work and others working two or even three jobs just to stay afloat. As our society unravels, we also must face global upheavals, specifically the emerging catastrophes wrought by climate change. He argues that we must reverse the corporate coup d’etat destroying our country and combat the current crisis by waging a cultural, moral and even spiritual resistance.

 Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries. He spent 15 years at The New York Times as a foreign correspondent and bureau chief. He is the author of twelve previous books, including the bestselling American Fascists, Death of the Liberal Class,and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, The University of Toronto, and in  the New Jersey prison system. He is currently a senior fellow at The Nation Institute.  His work has appeared in Harper’s,

  The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Adbusters, Granta,  and Foreign Affairs.

 Norman Solomon is a  media critic, former U.S. Congressional candidate, and a journalist with ExposeFacts.org, a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy. He is also the author of numerous books and a co-founder of RootsAction.org.

Tickets: $15 brownpapertickets.com, Pegasus Books (3 stores), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Books Inc Berkeley), $18 door

 

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