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Sep
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Sat
Rose Foundation Virtual Film Fest
Sep 18 all-day

2021 VIRTUAL FILM FEST

 

Celebrate the power of grassroots activism and community resilience with the Rose Foundation! 2021 Film Festival will run from September 1-21.

Watch a curated selection of short and feature-length films showcasing the power of grassroots activism. Join the live event on September 18th, including an exciting collection of shorts, youth-led film Q&A, and a toast to the grassroots.

Visit Event Website >>

Cost: $25

We hope our 2021 Film Fest trailer gets you excited for our biggest collection of films yet, featuring over 25 independent shorts and feature-length productions.

Learn more about our 2021 film lineup and watch some trailers here. Then buy your ticket to access all these films between September 1 – 21!

Buy your tickets today to get full access to the Film Fest and your fun and festive Film Fest Party Kit, while supplies last.

Ticket Info

Ticket purchase includes access to the Themed Film Segments and the Live Event, plus an extra special “Film Fest Party Kit” while supplies last.

Can’t make the Live Event on 9/18? Buy a ticket, and we’ll send you a recording of the Live Event so you won’t miss a thing!

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Care Village @ Marcus Garvey Park
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A black and white flyer with large black cursive text in the center reading “care village pop-up.” Surrounding the center text are small illustrations paired with text. Starting at the top left going clockwise the words “wound care” is paired with an image of a first-aid kit, “fresh cooked food, coffee, and pantry items” with a bowl of hot food and a spoon, “basic veterinary care and pet food” it’s a cat and dog, “cop watch training” with a pad of paper, “clothing and outdoor gear” with a rolled up sleeping bag and a pair of socks, “showers” with a shower head spray water, “harm reduction supplies” with a syringe and a vial, and “haircuts” with a pair of scissors. The bottom quarter of the flyer is black with white text reading “Saturday, September 18, 1-4pm at Marcus Garvey Park (Martin Luther King Jr. Way and 36th, across from Eli’s Bar.) All services and items provided for free for those in need.” Rogers and Rosewater and West Oakland Punks with Lunch logos are in the bottom right.

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Net Zero Carbon Emissions: A Beginner’s Guide to An Imperialist Fraud @ Revolution Books
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presentation and discussion: Net Zero Carbon Emissions: A Beginner’s Guide to An Imperialist Fraud

We confront a planet on fire, and a global system of capitalism-imperialism that has done nothing to stop climate change except inject more and more carbon into the air. “Net zero” is NOT the answer, why this is so, and why revolution is what we need.

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Sep
19
Sun
Stop the giveaway of City College (CCSF) @ Online
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

unnamedCity College of San Francisco (CCSF) has been under attack for nearly a decade as part of the attempts to privatize public education. But faculty, staff, students and community members have been able to stave off the attempts to decertify the college and lay off full time faculty.

Join CCSF activists who will discuss strategies to ensure that the college is able to maintain and expand courses and programs that working class residents depend on. Share your thoughts in the discussion that will follow and join in the fight.

  http://tinyurl.com/FSP-Sept19Mtg 

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 19 @ 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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Sep
20
Mon
Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All @ Online
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

cd0854c2-5688-4479-bd0f-db5900f9f251Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for a webinar, “Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All!” where you will receive updates on Congress’s budget reconciliation process, who could get covered by the path to citizenship that has been included in the budget resolution, and how you can take action NOW to get citizenship for all across the finish line.

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Sep
21
Tue
The Right to a Speedy Trial @ Hallof (In)Justice
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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War Is Killing the Planet/ International Day of Peace @ Pelosi's front door
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

“War is Literally Killing the Planet”. The war economy is brought to you by these players: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, BlackRock Worldwide Investments, Lockheed Martin, and Chevron, and you and I bought front row seats. We’re funding it.

With our votes and taxes, we are enabling the destruction of life on earth. We need a peace economy to replace this suicidal situation. We are angry that these players profited handsomely from the 20-year war in Afghanistan. We are grieving that they are destroying the planet worldwide. We are outraged that they are siphoning over 50% of the U.S. federal budget for continuing wars, while people all over the planet are suffering from the climate emergency, pandemic, going hungry, seeing their clean water and air destroyed by wars, resource extraction and fossil fuel emissions, and fearing the future for their children and all beings.

The war economy supplies huge short-term profits to these war profiteers and we are calling them out!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority in Congress siphons over 50% of our federal budget to fund the skyrocketing costs of war and Pentagon operations with their huge greenhouse gas emissions. Pelosi insists on spending our money on continual wars and refuses to support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, affordable housing, education, elder and child care, clean water, air, and food — the things that give life and peace a chance.

BlackRock is making a killing on killing with its investments in the war economy and planet destroying fossil fuel and nuclear industries, earning a handsome profit for its investors (https://blackrocksbigproblem.com/the-problems/).

Lockheed buys Congress with it’s generous campaign contributions, acting as the U.S. State Dept. and Pentagon’s master, weaponizing space and urging a war on China, and selling weapons to human rights violators like the Israeli government and the Saudis — who beheaded a journalist, attacked the World Trade Center, and bombed a school bus in Yemen killing 40 children with a 500 pound Lockheed bomb. The Saudis are U.S. allies, thanks to Lockheed, Pelosi, Chevron and BlackRock.

Chevron sits on Lockheed’s Board of Directors and is a major Pentagon contractor, supplying fossil fuels for the military’s immense greenhouse gas emissions. Chevron’s short term thirst for profits, polluting, pillaging and extracting fossil fuels, aided by militarized police forces and private armies, is adding to the planet’s death spiral. Chevron is a criminal enterprise.

We are “connecting the dots” to show that divesting from the war economy — represented by Pelosi, the Pentagon, BlackRock, Lockheed and Chevron– and investing instead in the peace economy we deserve, is the way out of this tragic situation.

For International Day of Peace, CODEPINK and allies are going to expose the war financiers, war profiteers, and war climate destroyers and call for funding a peace economy instead.

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Public Bank of the East Bay @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We meet over Zoom. If you’d like to join us, and aren’t on our organizers’ list, drop us an email and we’ll send you an invitation.

If you would like to join the meeting early and get an introduction to the concepts of public banking, or more locally to who we are and what we do, please email us and we’ll see you online at 6:30.

Donate to keep us moving forward

It is the mission of Public Bank East Bay to provide community oversight and stewardship in the formation and functioning of the Public Bank of the East Bay to base its decisions on the values of:

Equity

PBEB is committed to a public bank which acknowledges and attempts restitution of the  historical burdens carried by disenfranchised communities, including  communities of color and many other marginalized groups.

Social Responsibility

Decisions regarding who gets loans, what projects get invested in, and who benefits should take into account investing our money into the wealth and health of local communities and the environment.

Accountability

The bank is accountable to the  residents of the East Bay, who have a right to fully transparent explanations of  the Bank’s actions and choices.

Democracy

The bank will be governed using  democratic processes which consciously and intentionally adhere to the values/principles listed above.

JOIN A WORKING GROUP!

We have five committees working together to create a Public Bank in the East Bay:

  • Advocacy builds relationships with community groups 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.

  • Membership brings on new members and volunteers and organizes educational events.

  • Governance is responsible for operations and the execution of PBEB’s business plan.

Email us with your interests and we’ll help you find a way to get plugged in!

JOIN THE ALLIANCE

The California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA) is an organization of 12 member regions, not of individuals. You can join the CPBA mailing list (link at the Alliance website) to receive updates on state and sometimes national progress, which we will also include on this site.

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Sep
22
Wed
The Future of Roe v. Wade @ Online
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Register

The Supreme Court’s recent decision to allow Texas’s law banning abortions after six weeks was a frontal attack on the constitutional rights of women’s and a very clear sign that the current court may disregard the longstanding precedent of Roe v. Wade.

If Roe goes, abortion will immediately become illegal in 10 states. (As of November, Oklahoma will make it 11.) As in the years immediately preceding Roe, when a few states had already liberalized their laws, the US will be a house divided. But otherwise, post-Roe won’t be like pre-Roe. In one way that will be all to the good: When it comes to illegal abortion, pills are much safer than coat hangers and knitting needles or a visit to an underground “doctor.”

In another way, though, post-Roe will be much worse than pre-Roe, as Nation columnist Katha Pollitt recently wrote. During the entire century or more that abortion was illegal in the United States, hardly any women went to prison for ending their pregnancies. They were subpoenaed, humiliated and harassed, but they were not themselves put on trial. Unless there was a death or serious injury, few providers were arrested. This time around will be different. When abortion was illegal, there was no organized, aggressive antiabortion movement with a wing of violent fanatics.

What is the future of Roe and how best can abortion rights be defended? Join the conversation with Pollitt, The Nation’s “Subject to Debate” columnist well-known for her wit as well as her incisive, long-standing defense of reproductive rights and investigative reporter Amy LittlefieldThe Nation’s new abortion access correspondent.

Tickets are $10. All proceeds directly support The Nation’s journalism. We hope you will join us! There will be ample time devoted to audience questions and conversation. All ticket-holders will also be sent a link to the recording the following day. If you have any questions, please email us at events@thenation.com.

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CAMPAIGN PLANNING: SETTING GOALS AND IDENTIFYING TARGETS – ACLU Northern CA @ Online
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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It can be hard to go from a vision of how the world should to be to winnable goals. In this session, we’ll talk about ways to create goals that build up towards a long term vision and fundamentally shift power to the people so that wins become lasting change. We’ll also go over tools that help you identify the key power-holders along the way that can give you what you want.

This is part of a series where we will cover different tools and skills community organizers need to build winning

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Afghanistan Support @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

If you are looking for ways to support our local Afghan community in Alameda County, check out this upcoming conversation

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DSA Medicare for All Cmte @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 With the pandemic and its multiple, intersecting crises, and the polling popularity of Medicare for All, our commitment to the movement is more important than ever. Come learn about our committee’s efforts, as well as local, state, and national initiatives around Medicare for All and single-payer healthcare. All are welcome!

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 812 3504 8894

Passcode: M4A

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Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America @ Online
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Drawing on confidential documents from leaders of the real estate industry, Gene Slater reveals how realtors systematically created and justified residential segregation.

To defend all-white neighborhoods against the civil rights movement, realtors put the right to discriminate at the center of individual liberty, effectively redefining and weaponizing “freedom” and providing a roadmap for conservatives nationally. This far-reaching strategy reached its peak when realtors successfully campaigned for a California constitutional amendment that would permanently prohibit fair housing. In the process they created the script of color-blind freedom that polarizes America on issue after issue today.

Slater reveals how California and its powerful realtors would shape segregation for years to come. He shows why one of the first all-white neighborhoods was created in Berkeley, why the state was the perfect place for Ronald Reagan’s political ascension, and how Reagan’s early career—drawing on the realtors’ arguments—would lay the groundwork for current conservative narratives.

A landmark history told with supreme narrative skill, Freedom to Discriminate traces the increasingly aggressive ways realtors justified their practices, and how America’s divides and current debates are rooted in the history of segregated neighborhoods. Slater makes a case that shatters preconceptions about American segregation, connecting seemingly disparate features of the nation’s history in a new and galvanizing way.

Gene Slater has served as senior advisor on housing for federal, state, and local agencies for over forty years. He cofounded and chairs CSG Advisors, which has been one of the nation’s leading advisors on affordable housing for decades. He has advised on housing issues in thirty states. His projects have received numerous national awards, and in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2009 he helped design the program by which the United States Treasury financed homes for 110,000 first-time buyers. He received degrees from Columbia, MIT, and Stanford, as well as a mid-career fellowship from Harvard. He has lived and worked in New York, Boston, rural Wisconsin, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where he currently resides.

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Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ online
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We will probably meet online in September due to Covid, as we did in August, although it is possible we will meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, as we have in the past before the pandemic, and did in July, assuming it is open and available. Please email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation 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 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 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 pushing back against ICE.

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

 

“WATCHING YOU WATCHING US”

Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in various municipalities around the Bay.  To help slow down the encroaching police and surveillance state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Sep
23
Thu
How do we Create a World Without Prisons?
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Social and Economic Justice Film Festival @ Online
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sept 23-24 5pm-9pm, Sept 25-Sept 26 11am-9pm

The Social and Economic Justice Film Festival presents films made by independent filmmakers who are affirming labor and other human rights, and advocating social and economic justice. The film festival highlights films and videos that explore and encourage change around the world and promote a global culture of racial and economic equality. The festival showcases works that challenge exploitative and oppressive social and economic systems and structures on a local, national and global level.

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The sponsor is the Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, a unique coalition of labor and political activists, community organizers and cultural workers which came together to establish a Center for Social and Economic Justice in the Redstone Labor Temple. Originally built by the San Francisco Labor Council, the Redstone Labor Temple building has been a creative and activist center for labor unions, social-service organizations, non-profit community groups, artists and theater companies for more than a century. Continuing that tradition, the Center for Social and Economic Justice would provide community-serving advocacy, culture, media, and workshops using popular education methods for low-income residents, low-wage workers and immigrant workers.

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Sep
24
Fri
The Struggle for Peoples Park
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register or audit

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfYwKCKZvC270piELHNDhnJ5zaxQ1-SoVcIlGihiAZF1f53gQ/viewform

The Struggle for People’s Park is a 2-unit student-led class offered to UC Berkeley Students during the Fall 2021 semester under the Democratic Education at Cal (DeCal) program.

You may apply by clicking the “take my class” button above.

Note: Grading will be based on a pass/fail framework depending on the participation and development designs regarding People’s Park.

For more information and updates, please contact our student facilitator, Aidan Hill at hillae@berkeley.edu

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Social and Economic Justice Film Festival @ Online
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sept 23-24 5pm-9pm, Sept 25-Sept 26 11am-9pm

The Social and Economic Justice Film Festival presents films made by independent filmmakers who are affirming labor and other human rights, and advocating social and economic justice. The film festival highlights films and videos that explore and encourage change around the world and promote a global culture of racial and economic equality. The festival showcases works that challenge exploitative and oppressive social and economic systems and structures on a local, national and global level.

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The sponsor is the Alliance for Social and Economic Justice, a unique coalition of labor and political activists, community organizers and cultural workers which came together to establish a Center for Social and Economic Justice in the Redstone Labor Temple. Originally built by the San Francisco Labor Council, the Redstone Labor Temple building has been a creative and activist center for labor unions, social-service organizations, non-profit community groups, artists and theater companies for more than a century. Continuing that tradition, the Center for Social and Economic Justice would provide community-serving advocacy, culture, media, and workshops using popular education methods for low-income residents, low-wage workers and immigrant workers.

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Screening “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) @ Revolution Books
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival drew 300,000 people over 6 weekends, yet the footage sat in storage for 50 years and few people have ever heard of it, until now.

Watch amazing musical performances, from blues to jazz to gospel and more, set in a political context, a time when revolution was in the air, the mass resistance to the war in Vietnam, the unprecedented urban rebellions, and the Black Liberation movement, with footage of the Young Lords and the Black Panther Party, and more.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Eg-vtSABE

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