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Sep
23
Sun
DSA: Knock Doors for Housing Justice & Yes on Prop 10 @ Mclymonds Mini Park
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The housing crisis in the Bay Area and beyond is a wholly preventable disaster, created and maintained by the notion that housing is a commodity and not a human right.

On Saturday, September 23, join us in the campaign for the Yes on Prop 10, also called the Affordable Housing Act — a ballot initiative that that will give our cities and counties the power to adopt rent control necessary to address the state’s housing affordability crisis by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act upholds landlord interests, and — in tandem with the housing crisis — has deeply exacerbated social disparities, displaced longtime communities, driven homelessness, and dealt a blow to working-class power by making housing ever more insecure and inaccessible.

Come learn more about Prop 10 and repealing Costa-Hawkins, and then we’ll hit the streets to talk with our neighbors about housing justice and the Affordable Housing Act!

We will be meeting within the park. Look for the big DSA flag!

Accessibility: McClymonds Park is ADA-accessible.

 

 

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Oakland Justice Coalition @ ACCE
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Our Agenda is as follows:

1PM – Brief introductions and agenda check in
1:15 to 2:30PM – Candidate oral statements and Q & A
2:30PM – Ranked-Choice Voting discussion
3:00PM – Endorsement Vote
3:15PM – Fall Strategy Conversation
4PM – Adjourn

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Save People’s Park Rally @ People's Park
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing eco-campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice. Come early to hang out and share a potluck lunch.

Potluck lunch: 12:30 PM

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 23 @ 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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Film Screenings: Dystopia Down Under: Stare Into The Lights My Pretties/iRony @ Omni Commons
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Oakland Privacy Movie Night

Come and celebrate the big win at BART at Oakland Privacy’s Movie Night.

Two great films from the land down under, free snacks, and a bit about how we’re wiping out secret surveillance across the Bay.

Join Oakland Privacy for two award-winning Australian films about our dystopian techno-state. Cosponsored by Liberated Lens Film Collective.

Doors open at 5:30pm
Program starts at 6pm

RSVP

iRony, directed by then 19-year old Radheya Jegatheya, is an 8 minute animated film exploring the relationship between human and technology …. told from the perspective of a phone. The hand drawn animated film is based on a poem by the director which won 2 national poetry awards in Australia and has received 14 “Best of” awards in film festivals around the globe.

Stare Into The Lights My Pretties, directed by Jordan Brown, investigates questions of how did we get here and who benefits to form a critical view of technological escalation driven by rapacious and pervasive corporate interests. Covering themes of addiction, privacy, surveillance, information manipulation, behavior modification and social control, the film lays the foundations as to why we may feel like we are sleep running into some dystopian nightmare with the machines at the helm. The film won the “Edward Snowden Award” in Argentina, “Most Challenging Film” from Indie Lincs in Lincoln United Kingdom, “Most Unforgettable Film” Silver Award from the Spotlight Film Festival, United States; and winner and semi-finalist accolades from events in Poland, Bangladesh, Russia, Ireland and Belgium.

With a brief q+a with Privacy Advisory Commission chair Brian Hofer about what we can do to slow down dystopia right here in our backyard.

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Sep
24
Mon
Occupy Whole Foods @ Whole Foods Berkeley
Sep 24 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
As Whole Foods continues to exploit and kill millions of animals, we are occupying the Berkeley Whole Foods for an entire week from 7am until 10pm. We will be doing outreach, running workshops, playing music and taking nonviolent action together. We will end this week-long occupation on Saturday September, 29th with a dramatic demonstration. We will put pressure on Whole Foods to show us the farms and give customers the right to know!

“As an act of protest, occupation is a strategy often used by social movements and other forms of collective social action in order to take and hold public and symbolic spaces, buildings, critical infrastructure such as entrances to train stations, shopping centers, university buildings, squares, and parks.”

Whole Foods claims to treat their animals humanely by following the “5 step Animal Welfare Rating.” But we know this is far from the truth. Our investigations inside their farms have found animals without access to food and water, hens rotting to death and turkeys so densely crowded in indoor sheds that they could not move.

On their website, Whole Foods claims to be committed to transparency, yet they’ve refused to talk to us when we asked them if they supply from factory farms. They went as far as arresting two nonviolent activists simply because they asked where Whole Foods animal products are coming from.

You can help us demand a response from Whole Foods by joining this nonviolent occupation!

WEAR: Whatever you like!

ACCESSIBILITY: This event will include walking which will be done at a moderate pace. If you have questions or need support to attend this event, email sfbay-protest [at] directactioneverywhere.com.

WHO: Everyone welcome! If you’re nervous about protesting, you can come observe or hold a sign quietly. All forms of participation are appreciated!

Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) is a grassroots network of animal rights activists. Through open rescue, demonstration, and disruption, we are creating a world where every animal is safe, happy and free.

DxE cultivates a welcoming and supportive community. We ask that all those who attend our events (online and offline) respect our Code of Conduct which can be reviewed at http://dxecodeofconduct.wikispaces.com/Code+of+Conduct.

To learn about our vision, goals, strategy and more check out the San Francisco Bay Area chapter Activist Handbook here: https://dxe.io/sfbayhandbook

If you have any questions or concerns, please email sfbay [at] directactioneverywhere.com.

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Sep
25
Tue
Cancel the ICE Contract: Dreamforce @ Moscone Center
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Last week, one of the largest consulting and management firms in the world cut ties with ICE. McKinsey and Company showed just how easy it is to stay true to its values. McKinsey’s contract did not deal directly with immigration enforcement but the company still took a stance stating they, “will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere in the world, that advances or assists policies that are at odds with our values.”

McKinsey’s move to cancel their ICE contract comes amid growing outcry over company’s contracts with ICE, including more than 100,000 people signing petitions and participating in-person protests at Salesforce, Amazon, and Northeastern University.

Meanwhile, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, has claimed since the company’s contract with CBP does not deal directly with activities at the US-Mexico border, Salesforce will not drop their contract.

Facebook event and more info

Demand letter

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Sex Worker Solidarity: Come Out & Speak Against Bad Laws in Oakland @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Council Person Abel Guillen is proposing the Nordic Model for East Oakland otherwise known as End Demand legislation. The law would target clients, thereby creating a smaller pool of paying clients. This is the last thing we need while we are reeling from FOSTA/SESTA.

Every time this kind of bad legislation is put into law, anywhere in the world, it causes more violence against sex workers and unsafe working conditions. We need folks to come pack the meeting and fax City Council before hand at https://tribunus.typeform.com/to/ABrd2T

Accessibility info – This is at City hall – on the 3rd floor, there is an elevator up to the 3rd floor, in terms of scents, it is City Hall, so it’s not scent free

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Sep
26
Wed
Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

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.

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.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we just got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

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

Check out our sister site DeportICE.

 

“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 Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

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Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Sep 26 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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Organizing in the Gone City: Tech & the Dark Side of Prosperity
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

ORGANIZING IN THE GONE CITY
A conversation with Dick Walker on his latest book,
Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity
in the San Francisco Bay Area

Join LeftRoots and the The Center for Political Education for an
evening with radical geographer Dick Walker. He will be joined by on-the-ground organizers against gentrification, displacement, and exploitation by the tech industry in the Bay Area, including:

• Vanessa Moses, of Causa Justa Just Cause
• Alex Tom, of Chinese Progressive Association
• Divya Sundar, of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

The San Francisco Bay Area is a jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. The Bay boasts of being the Left Coast, home of green cities, and the best place for workers in the USA. So, what could be wrong?

Join us to examine the dark side of this success: overheated, exploding inequality, and severe environmental damage—and how Pictures of a Gone City can help us build power and win in these changing and challenging times.

Dick Walker is one of those rare scholars who helps us understand the world in order to change it. A professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, he has long been a resource for Bay Area activists seeking to understand where we live and work, its local dynamics and global context. Pictures of a Gone City—sweeping in scope and exquisitely detailed—examines the political economy and class structure of the region; displacement, internal migration and the growth of its cities; and its history of environmental and political organizing.

Wheelchair accessible.

For more information, email bayareacc@leftroots.net or center@politicaleducation.org

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Sep
27
Thu
Make AB 617 Really Work for Impacted Communities @ Byron Sher Auditorium
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The California Air Resources Board takes testimony this week on the new state Community Emissions Reduction Program, established by Assembly Bill 617.  The CARB board will decide whether to adopt their staff’s “blueprint,” and will set the communities receiving emissions reduction plans and requirements for the first year.  Your important testimony could make all the difference between a weak, inequitable program and one that lives up to its promise.

  • Ask the Board to include a longer list of communities receiving a Community Emission Reduction Plan, adding RichmondEast Oakland, Southeast Los Angeles, East Coachella, and others.
  • Ask the Board to clean up oil refineries, implement zero emission transportation, address cumulative impacts from small stationary sources, and start a plan to Phase Down Oil Refineries.

What exactly is AB 617?

AB 617, the “Community Air Protection Act” was adopted in the summer of 2017 as a companion bill—and justification—for AB 398, which extended the much-protested state cap-and-trade program.  This greenhouse gas trading program allows big polluters to pay to pollute, instead of directly cleaning up fossil fuels in impacted communities.  AB 617, its intended antidote, is supposed to cut toxics and smog “co-pollutants.”  These are emitted at the same time as greenhouse gases when fossil fuels are burned or evaporated in industry and transportation, especially in most impacted communities of color.

Now that AB 617 is in place, environmental justice organizations that first opposed it are working to get as much pollution cleanup as they can.  Some 617 concepts do include important measures community members have long sought, such as community-level plans to cut cumulative stationary, transportation, and other emissions.  But here’s the problem:  only ten communities in the state are proposed to get any plan the first year, and only seven of these would get an emission reduction plan.  (The rest get only air monitoring plans!)   This is not enough: dozens of seriously impacted communities need such cleanup.

In the Bay Area, we’re very happy that West Oakland was chosen to receive an emission reduction plan.  But East Oakland and Richmond were left out!  And in southern California, Southeast Los Angeles was also passed over.

What do environmental justice groups want?

Community Selection – Add Community Emission Reduction Plan (CERP) for ► Richmond ► East Oakland ► Southeast LA.

  • East Coachella is also seeking an emissions reduction plan.  This is a rural community and coalition partner in the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), a part of the South Coast Air Basin.  Heavily impacted rural communities frequently are left out of receiving enough monitoring and pollution reduction measures.
  • The state list should include far more than seven communities for emissions plans.  Dozens of communities needing cleanup throughout the state have sought emissions reduction plans.

State Blueprint – Need Oil Industry Requirements:

  • Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for existing Refinery Catalytic Cracking units—to drastically reduce deadly particulate matter responsible for thousands of additional deaths.
  • Replace massive, polluting old refinery boilers & heaters to meet Best Available Control Technology (BACT) standards.
  • Stop expanding oil refineries.
  • Develop a plan to phaseout oil refineries by 2050.
  • 2,500-foot buffer zone between oil extraction sites and neighbors.

 

 

JOIN US ON AMTRAK!  Capitol Corridor #522 to Sacramento:  Oakland: 6:25; Emeryville: 6:34; Berkeley: 6:38; Richmond: 6:45; Martinez: 7:11; Sacramento: 8:25 AM

 

Communities for a Better Environment handout w/ graphs

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No DAC For BART – The Suburban Meeting @ Pittsburg City Hall
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

On September 13, BART unanimously adopted a surveillance transparency ordinance, the 6th Bay Area entity to do so and the first transit agency in the country. Thanks to you, there will be no more secret surveillance on BART. But BART still has plans for enhanced security and has scheduled a meeting in the suburbs. What BART does affects all of its riders, so your voice should be heard – even if they make you travel a long way to do it. Pittsburg City Hall, to be exact.

Free shuttle from the Pittsburg Center BART station.

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Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Telegraph Beer Garden
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social!

Hang out with other members who are interested in the labor movement, hear about what’s happening in the East Bay DSA Labor Committee, and learn how you can get involved!

 

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Vigil for Marcellus Toney
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On September 27 it will be one year since OPD brutally murdered Marcellus Toney, a Black man who had gotten into a car accident. We will meet to honor his memory and provide support to his wife.

Here is more information about the murder:
https://oaklandnorth.net/2017/11/09/protestors-demand-answers-to-death-of-man-tased-by-oakland-police/

For more event information:
http://www.antipoliceterrorproject.org/

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Sep
28
Fri
Landless People’s Meeting @ HERE/THERE, across from Sweet Adeline
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Regional bimonthly meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Futbolistas 4 Life @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Futbolistas 4 Life takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

The film also features the fighting spirit of their coach Dania – a former professional soccer player. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world have used their platform to speak out on injustices in the U.S., Dania also uses her role to help players understand the inequities that exist in their community. A former professional athlete and the daughter of political refugees from Chile, Dania uses her love for the game and her family’s own immigrant experience to connect with and empower her players.

Futbolistas 4 Life sheds light on the overwhelming stress experienced nationwide by immigrant youth living in communities with high rates of poverty and violence – communities increasingly in the crosshairs of harsh federal immigration policies.

Director’s Bio
Jun Stinson is an Oakland based independent filmmaker and a producer at AJ+. She has been a post-production producer and editor with Al Jazeera America, produced segments for Current TV and KQED, among others. She was also on the post-production team of the feature documentary Spark: A Burning Man Story that premiered at SXSW in 2013. Her work is published in the Washington Post, Associated Press, espnW, and SFGate.com. She is a former BAVC National MediaMaker Fellow and San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse resident. Jun was raised in both Oakland and Kobe, Japan and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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Sep
29
Sat
Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

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Rally To Legalize Psychedelic Medicine & Nude Love Parade @ SF City Hall
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Psychedelics are non-addictive, mind-altering plant-based medicines that do not harm the human body and pose no danger when consumed in safe conditions and within reasonable dosage.

The most known psychedelics are psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), DMT, ayahuasca, ibogaine, 5-MeO-DMT or Bufo Alvaris (frog medicine), salvia devinorum.

Psychedelic medicine has been used mostly underground to successfully cure PTSD, depression, different types of headaches, addiction to hard drugs and pharmaceuticals, autism, as well as an array of other mental and emotional conditions.

Despite their tremendous healing properties, most psychedelics are illegal in the United States.

In recent years new studies have been launched with the intent to legalize psychedelics. But the process of FDA approval is so tedious, so expensive and so prohibitively long that activists have decided to take matters in their own hands and start a movement to end prohibition of psychedelics.

Famous body freedom activist and founder of a psychedelic clinic and rehab for street kids in Mexico (Jerry Garcia Family Healing Clinic) Gypsy Taub organized the first legalization rally on August 19, 2018. It took place at Jane Warner Plaza in San Francisco and was followed by the 3rd annual Nude Summer of Love Parade.

The second rally will take place in front of the San Francisco City Hall on Saturday, September 29th and will be followed by a Nude Love Parade through Haight Street.

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