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May Day March from Howard Terminal 8:30 am
May Day March from Howard Terminal @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Come march with Oakland IWOC, Bay Area IWW, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists this MayDay 2019. We will be showing up for the rally 830 at OGP an transporting people to Howard Terminal for the rally/march at 11.66418
International Workers Day Mobilization 3:00 pm
International Workers Day Mobilization @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
International Workers Day Mobilization @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Gathering at 3pm at Oscar Grant Plaza Rally starts at 3:30pm March starts at 4pm Closing Rally at Lake Merritt Amphitheater For This years March: There will be a designated section at the front of the March for youth and people with disabilities who wish to lead the March. There will be several accessibility cars following the March for folks who cannot or would prefer not to walk (contact Jenny to reserve a seat Jenny.tighe@gmail.com). Please show up to the event scent-free. We will have community security, medics, food and … Continued
Sunrise Movement Green New Deal 7:30 pm
Sunrise Movement Green New Deal @ Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunrise Movement Green New Deal @ Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
The Sunrise Movement, whose sit-in in Nancy Pelosi’s office last fall helped create momentum for a Green New Deal, will hold town hall meetings on the Green New Deal in more than 100 cities in April and May. Speakers will range from members of Congress and local politicians,  to people already working to transform local economies,  to  performers, musicians, and community leaders who are getting behind the movement for a Green New Deal. They will share plans for the coming months and provide time for discussion of local strategies for … Continued
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Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission 5:00 pm
Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 2 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pertinent agenda items: 4. 5:15pm: UC Berkeley’s Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic – presentation of draft Privacy Principles; review and take possible action. 5. 5:30pm: Federal Task Force Transparency Ordinance – OPD – presentation of inaugural annual report for FBI/JTTF; review and take possible action. 6. 5:40pm: Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – Hofer/Patterson – proposed amendment to prohibit use of facial recognition technology; review and take possible action. 7. 6:00pm: Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – Remote Camera Impact Report and draft use Policy – review and take possible … Continued
From SDS to the present 7:00 pm
From SDS to the present @ Longhaul
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Alan Haber is one of the creators of Students for a Democratic Society as well as a founder of the Long Haul in Berkeley in 1979. Odile Hugonot-Haber is the co-chair of the US Middle East Committee of the Women International League for Peace and Freedom and co-operated Long Haul from 1986-1993. This event will be a wide-ranging discussion featuring Alan, Odile and the audience on: 1. The history of the Long Haul and the history Berkeley politics in general 2. Their current peace-related and community work now 3. Activism … Continued
Ralf Ruckus: The Communist Road to Capitalism 7:00 pm
Ralf Ruckus: The Communist Road to Capitalism @ Tamarack
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join us for a presentation by Ralf Ruckus on his forthcoming book with PM Press, The Communist Road to Capitalism: Rupture and Continuity in China since 1949 “Since the reforms started in China in the 1970s, the CCP has never declared the official end of its socialist project, and its leadership still uses Mao Zedong and Marxism as ideological references. Meanwhile, Chinese labor activists use the same references today to justify their opposition against capitalist exploitation under the CCP regime. This confusion is reflected in the positions of outside … Continued
When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System 7:00 pm
When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
SURJ Bay Area is excited to invite you to a special event in Oakland, When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System, featuring CURB Statewide Coordinators Amber-Rose Howard and Ivette Al, Sandra Johnson, Senior Organizer with Legal Services for Prisoners with Children / All of Us or None, and Eric Henderson, Policy Director of Initiate Justice. These four incredible movement leaders will share insights from recent fights — and victories — in the struggle to dismantle the prison system in California, from repealing sentence enhancements, … Continued
When We Fight We Win: Dismantling the Prison System 7:00 pm
When We Fight We Win: Dismantling the Prison System @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Recent years have seen important fights – and important wins – in the struggle to dismantle the prison system in California. From repealing sentence enhancements, to shutting down jail expansion plans, to working to restore voting rights to folks on parole. Come hear from four incredible movement leaders at the frontline of these struggles about victories, strategies, and the importance of campaigns and coalitions in the continuing movement to dismantle the Prison Industrial Complex. Their stories will highlight the small and big ways you can also contribute to creating a … Continued
Cuba Libre, Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution that Changed World History 7:30 pm
Cuba Libre, Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution that Changed World History @ Hillside Club
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cuba Libre,  Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution that Changed World History @ Hillside Club
TONY PERROTTET with Steve Wasserman CUBA LIBRE!  Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution that Changed World History Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Pegasus Books (3 sites),Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books, $15 door, This is a KPFA benefit.   The surprising story of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Celia Sanchez, and the scrappy band of young men and women who followed them. Cuba Libre! is an absorbing look back at a liberation movement that captured the world’s imagination with its spectacular drama, foolhardy bravery, tragedy, … Continued
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Berkeley Book Festival
Berkeley Book Festival
May 4 all-day
Welcome to our 2019 schedule of literary conversations! These events take place on 10 indoor stages throughout Downtown Berkeley and on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Outdoor Fair. Indoor events are accessed via a $10 Priority Ticket to guarantee your seat (link beside each event below) or with a $15 General Admission Wristband covering all events, all weekend, on a space-available basis. Since some events fill up, we recommend Priority Tickets for your top choices. A few of the more political talks (scan all the talks and get tickets here): Us vs. Them: … Continued
Medicare for All Potluck Picnic 11:30 am
Medicare for All Potluck Picnic @ Adams Point Picnic Area at Lake Merritt 
May 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  East Bay DSA’s Medicare for All Committee is hosting a lakeside potluck picnic and you’re invited! Whether you have been active in our M4A work or are looking to get more involved, please bring a dish or drinks of your choice and join us! Accessibility: Parking lot off of Bellevue Ave. Closest AC Transit stop is on Grand Avenue at Perkins Street, served by the NL, 12, and 805. Public restrooms available.    66449
Desperate Holdings Real Estate & LandMind Spa 12:00 pm
Desperate Holdings Real Estate & LandMind Spa
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Friday, April 5, please visit DESPERATE HOLDINGS REAL ESTATE & LandMind Spa, an immersive art installation organized by Cassie Thornton of the Feminist Economics Department (the FED). See our full website at http://www.desperateholdings.com. Installation available for viewing through May 11th. In 2015 Cassie Thornton, recently displaced from her San Francisco apartment, walked past the Salesforce Tower construction site in downtown San Francisco. Workers were digging 200 ft below, where they found Barbary Coast beams and thick clay-like soil. The foreman offered her and her friend a truckload of this clay, which would otherwise … Continued
People’s Park at 50: a Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum 2:00 pm
People’s Park at 50: a Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum @ Starry Plough
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
People’s Park at 50: a Suds, Snacks & Socialism forum @ Starry Plough
Join the Peace and Freedom Party’s Alameda County chapter for the monthly Suds, Snacks and Socialism forum  All are welcome to discuss the topic of People’s Park. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of People’s Park, the University is developing a new plan to destroy it. Michael Delacour, Carol Denney, Aidan Hill, and Eddie Monroe will discuss the history of the Park and the continuing struggle to preserve it as a community-run space. Doors open at 2pm. The program will start promptly at 2:30pm and will wrap up by 4:30pm, but folks can … Continued
What is Democratic Socialism? 3:00 pm
What is Democratic Socialism? @ Bushrod Park
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  Democratic socialist politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are calling for Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. Teachers across the country are striking for public education and winning, and tens of thousands of people across the country are getting involved in the project of building democratic socialism in the US. But what is democratic socialism? Let’s talk about it. Since the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign brought democratic socialism back into the mainstream, the Democratic Socialists of America went from about 6,000 members to 60,000 nationwide, … Continued
Richmond housing challenges with Randy Shaw 4:00 pm
Richmond housing challenges with Randy Shaw @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  Did you see the New York Times article everyone is talking about (“When Uber and Airbnb go public, San Francisco will drown in millionaires,” March 7), on how the 2019 IPO boom in the Bay Area is going to make the housing affordability crisis even worse? Just another reason to join us for a discussion with local author and highly successful housing activist, Randy Shaw! We will discuss his new book: “Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America” and particularly how it relates to … Continued
Green New Deal Town Hall 7:00 pm
Green New Deal Town Hall @ BFUU, Fellowship Hall
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Big Green Wave Headed West Headed Your Way! BFUU will share information on the Green New Deal, host a panel of local leaders, and provide time for discussion of local strategies for educating the public and getting politicians to endorse the Green New Deal. Sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Committee66402
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Berkeley Book Festival
Berkeley Book Festival
May 5 all-day
Welcome to our 2019 schedule of literary conversations! These events take place on 10 indoor stages throughout Downtown Berkeley and on the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Outdoor Fair. Indoor events are accessed via a $10 Priority Ticket to guarantee your seat (link beside each event below) or with a $15 General Admission Wristband covering all events, all weekend, on a space-available basis. Since some events fill up, we recommend Priority Tickets for your top choices. A few of the more political and social justice related talks (scan all the talks and get tickets … Continued
Panel with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives” 2:00 pm
Panel with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives” @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author of “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives” @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences. The result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee. Join authors Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joseph Azam, Meron Hadero, and Somdeng Danny Thongsee for a reading and panel discussion. Hosted by Michael Tran. Today the world faces an enormous refugee crisis: 68.5 million people fleeing persecution and conflict from Myanmar to South … Continued
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Book Debut: The Battle for People’s Park 7:00 pm
Book Debut: The Battle for People’s Park @ Moe's Books
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This is a pre-publication launch for The Battle for People’s Park, due out mid-month from Berkeley’s own Heyday Books. Get an early copy, and meet author Tom Dalzell. Join us, fifty years after, for this “only in Berkeley” event! In eyewitness testimonies and hundreds of remarkable photographs, The Battle for People’s Park, Berkeley 1969 commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most searing conflicts that closed out the tumultuous 1960s: the Battle for People’s Park. In April 1969, a few Berkeley activists planted the first tree on a University … Continued
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing 7:00 pm
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing @ ACCE
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. 4/15 – Housing 4/22 – Economy 4/29 – Education 5/6 – Public Health 5/13 – Neighborhood Life 5/20 – Public Safety The first week’s workshop on the Housing Indicators is the first of a 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. Join us for this deeper … Continued
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RALLY TO SAVE KAISER GARDENERS! 5:00 pm
RALLY TO SAVE KAISER GARDENERS!
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  KAISER HAS LOST ITS WAY. IT’S ON US TO GET KAISER BACK ON TRACK. JOIN US FOR A RALLY TO SAVE KAISER GARDENERS! LABOR, COMMUNITY, ELECTED OFFICIALS AND INTERFAITH LEADERS WILL JOIN US AND SEIU-UHW FOR THEIR MAY 7TH/MAY 8TH ACTIONS AT ONE KAISER PLAZA, OAKLAND, CA AGAINST KAISER PERMANENTE. ONCE KNOWN AS A LEADER FOR GOOD JOBS, KAISER IS NOW AGGRESSIVELY OUTSOURCING JOBS TO LESS EXPERIENCED WORKERS FOR POVERTY WAGES AND NO BENEFITS. TUESDAY, MAY 7TH · 5PM: RALLY/PRESS CONFERENCE · 6PM: SET UP GARDENING AREA/SET UP TENTS … Continued
Let Schaaf and City Council Know it’s Time to Defund OPD! 5:30 pm
Let Schaaf and City Council Know it’s Time to Defund OPD! @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Let Libby Schaaf know how we can fix Oakland’s broken budget when she presents her budget at the Oakland City Council Meeting on May 7th. Tell her we need to Defund OPD and Invest in Community!! [Event] Defund OPD and Invest in Communityhttps://t.co/aEDPOYzE6Z— Indybay (@Indybay) May 6, 2019 66422
KPFA Documentary Film Night: Healing Justice 6:30 pm
KPFA Documentary Film Night: Healing Justice @ New Parkway Theater
May 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, … Continued
HABEAS DATA paperback edition launch party! 7:00 pm
HABEAS DATA paperback edition launch party! @ Ale Industries
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
You are being watched. Whether through your phone or your car or your credit card, caught on a CCTV camera or tracked through your online viewing history, government agencies know where you are, and are quietly collecting your most intimate, mundane, and personal information. Is this even legal? Habeas Data shows how the explosive growth of surveillance technology has outpaced our understanding of the ethics, mores, and laws of privacy. Award-winning tech reporter Cyrus Farivar makes the case by taking ten historic court decisions that defined our privacy rights and matching … Continued
Socialist Night School: Imperialism 7:00 pm
Socialist Night School: Imperialism @ East Bay Community Space
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Throughout the history of capitalism, wealthy elites from a handful of countries have managed to impose their dominance across the world, subjecting people, land, and resources in the Global South to intense forms of exploitation. Socialists call this system imperialism, and see it as a central feature of the capitalist global economy. But it’s often difficult to see how exactly imperialism works, who it benefits, or how it manages to maintain control. Join East Bay DSA on Tuesday, May 7th as we discuss imperialism in the 21st century, its roots … Continued
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World 7:30 pm
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
May 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ANAND GIRIDHARADAS: Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World @ Sydney Goldstein Theater
In Conversation with Courtney E. Martin  Buy Tickets 415.392.4400 CITY ARTS & LECTURES Anand Giridharadas is the author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, which explores the ways in which the global elite’s efforts to “change the world” through philanthropy preserve the status quo and obscure their own role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. His past books include India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking and The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, which has been adapted into a film, to be released in 2019. He is also an … Continued
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Uber/Lyft Strike
Uber/Lyft Strike
May 8 all-day
Don’t use #uber, #lyft tomorrow! Drivers on strike! #LA, #SanDiego, #SanFrancisco, #Chicago, #Atlanta, #Connecticut, #WashingtonDC, #Philadelphia, #NewYork, #Boston pic.twitter.com/bd66vTVnGk— Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) May 8, 2019 66490
Billionaires Can’t Teach Our Kids! 5:00 pm
Billionaires Can’t Teach Our Kids!
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  On May 8th, the NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF) will hold its annual conference in Oakland. NSVF — funded by billionaire donors is a venture capital fund that works to expand charter school proliferation in local communities like Oakland. Unchecked charter growth already costs OUSD schools over $57 million a year. Oakland kids deserve better — and Oakland won’t let NSVF hold a conference in our Town without a response. Join us in the streets on May 8th as the conference begins, and we’ll tell NSVF to get out of … Continued
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Oakland Police Commission 6:30 pm
Oakland Police Commission @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Full Agenda Some agenda items of interest: Pawlik Investigation Update The Commission will discuss CPRA’s recent findings on the Pawlik investigation. Karen Tom and Joan Saupe will review the process. This is a new item. (Attachment 4) IX. R-02: Searches of Individuals on Probation and Parole The Commission will review an amended version of R-02: Searches of Individuals on Probation or Parole, and will discuss the status of collaboration with OPD. X. Oakland Black Officers Association (OBOA) Letter The Commission will discuss allegations in the OBOA letter in the Oakland … Continued
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AIN’T I A MOTHER TOO: Conversations about Housing Instability 6:00 pm
AIN’T I A MOTHER TOO: Conversations about Housing Instability @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for a FREE thought-provoking conversation about housing instability in the Bay Area – and to be a part of the solution! The Ella Baker Center is thrilled to be co-hosting “Ain’t I A Mother Too?” at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Register here While many applaud and appreciate the innovations of modern society, we know that our society has failed to keep up with adequate housing supply to meet the needs of the people. This is why our coalition is looking to change the narrative and engage with … Continued
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Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing 8:00 am
Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing @ San Leandro Marina Park
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
1000 MOTHERS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE Hosts 10th Mourning Mothers “Walk for Healing” For Families and Friends of Homicide Victims and those impacted by PTSD” (San Leandro – May 11, 2019) Hundreds are expected to join 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence 10th annual “Mourning Mothers Walk for Healing” at the San Leandro Marina Park (Heron); The Mourning Mothers Walk was started by Lorrain Taylor, founder and executive director of “1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence” to help grieving families dealing with PTSD and to raise awareness to the ongoing impact of violence … Continued
Desperate Holdings Real Estate & LandMind Spa 12:00 pm
Desperate Holdings Real Estate & LandMind Spa
May 11 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Opening Friday, April 5, please visit DESPERATE HOLDINGS REAL ESTATE & LandMind Spa, an immersive art installation organized by Cassie Thornton of the Feminist Economics Department (the FED). See our full website at http://www.desperateholdings.com. Installation available for viewing through May 11th. In 2015 Cassie Thornton, recently displaced from her San Francisco apartment, walked past the Salesforce Tower construction site in downtown San Francisco. Workers were digging 200 ft below, where they found Barbary Coast beams and thick clay-like soil. The foreman offered her and her friend a truckload of this clay, which would otherwise … Continued
Report Back from Haiti 3:00 pm
Report Back from Haiti
May 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Report Back from Haiti
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Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing 7:00 pm
Jenny Odell: How to Do Nothing @ Tamarack
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join us for a talk by Jenny Odell in celebration of her new book How to Do Nothing / Resisting the Attention Economy. ”A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . … Continued
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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library 10:30 am
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sun, May 12 Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in … Continued
Socialism: An American Story (Sneak Preview + Q&A) 1:00 pm
Socialism: An American Story (Sneak Preview + Q&A) @ New Parkway Theater
May 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  ~~~~~THE FILM~~~~~~ A feature-length documentary about the history and resurgence of socialism in America. Socialism: an American Story (socialismmovie.com) features the stories of ordinary Americans across the United States. From a Marine veteran turned socialist legislator, to a teacher on strike, to the son of Cuban immigrants organizing to free deportees, today’s surging interest in socialism manifests across demographics. Through their stories and a historical road trip through the old socialist hub of Wisconsin, we learn what a uniquely American form of socialism might look like. Two years ago, 13 … Continued
Intro to Marxism – Marx on the US Civil War (Pt.2) 3:00 pm
Intro to Marxism – Marx on the US Civil War (Pt.2)
May 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for part 2 of Marx on the US Civil War! This class was created with the intention of bringing in folks who are unfamiliar with Marx. Come through! Here is the handout from the previous class: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DpOmmMkhyrzYxNQXIuonwi3To93v2RJnJsRdUArFLNU/edit?usp=sharing Note: The meeting space is up a flight of stairs.66495
Green Sunday: the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? 5:00 pm
Green Sunday: the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
What is the state of rule of law and the role of precedent in our federal courts? With the appointment of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, the United States Supreme Court accelerates the federal courts’ return to early 20th century jurisprudence on legal disputes long considered settled concerning labor rights, women’s rights, minority rights, and proportional electoral power. For example, last year’s Janus vs. AFSCME decision overturned over four decades of precedent that public employees must pay fees to unions to cover the costs of collective bargaining. Eduard Meleshinsky … Continued
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Help Stop Police Murders 8:00 am
Help Stop Police Murders @ SEIU Building
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
AB 392 simply mandates that law enforcement must exhaust every possible alternative before they use deadly force.  This is common sense legislation that will save lives. Yet and still, some of our legislators at the State Capitol are hesitant – or flat out refusing – to vote for the bill.  The Law Enforcement Lobby is strong. But nothing is stronger than the power of the people! On Monday, May 13th – we are heading up to Sacramento to spend the day lobbying legislators.  Impacted families, advocates and organizers will gather … Continued
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing 7:00 pm
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing @ ACCE
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. 4/15 – Housing 4/22 – Economy 4/29 – Education 5/6 – Public Health 5/13 – Neighborhood Life 5/20 – Public Safety The first week’s workshop on the Housing Indicators is the first of a 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. Join us for this deeper … Continued
Bhaskar Sunkara: The Socialist Manifesto 7:30 pm
Bhaskar Sunkara: The Socialist Manifesto @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Bhaskar Sunkara The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality MONDAY, MAY 13, 7:30 PM First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley Hosted by: Sasha Lilley advance tickets: $12: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4069692: T: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Books Inc (Berkeley), Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info: kpfa.org/events “Accessible, irreverent and entertaining. Bhaskar Sunkara has delivered a razor-sharp guide to socialism’s history, transformative promise, and path to power. This book … Continued
The Case for Radical Politics in an Age of Extreme Inequality 7:30 pm
The Case for Radical Politics in an Age of Extreme Inequality @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
May 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Case for Radical Politics in an Age of Extreme Inequality @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Books Inc (Berkeley), Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s “Accessible, irreverent and entertaining. Bhaskar Sunkara has delivered a razor-sharp guide to socialism’s history, transformative promise, and path to power. This book also serves as an irresistible invitation to join in building that power, and in shaping the radically democratic future that is our best hope in these make-or-break times.” — NAOMI KLEIN   The success of Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign revived … Continued
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Defend West Oakland homeless 8:00 am
Defend West Oakland homeless @ Raimondi Park
May 14 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The City of Oakland is planning to push homeless West Oakland residents onto a sanctioned site on May 14th. Residents that do not comply run the risk of arrest and having their property confiscated. Join up with homeless residents, people in the area need support be it moving their things or in not complying with the city of Oakland unreasonable request The new site is small and lacks many of the services that homeless residents have been demanding.66494
CloseTheLoopholes in Oakland Rent Control 12:30 pm
CloseTheLoopholes in Oakland Rent Control @ Oakland City Hall
May 14 @ 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Did you know that if a tenant lives in a duplex or triplex in Oakland & the owner or their relative moves into one of the units ALL of the tenants lose rent stabilization & protections from both harassment & landlords that refuse to make necessary repairs? Do you think that the housing affordability crisis in Oakland is out of control and that all tenants in Oakland deserve strong protections against displacement, homelessness, and rent gouging? Then come out and demand City Council close a loophole that already exempts ~3,000 … Continued
Still Fighting for Justice: Saleem Tindle 1:00 pm
Still Fighting for Justice: Saleem Tindle @ West Oakland BART
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Still Fighting for Justice: Saleem Tindle @ West Oakland BART
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Stop Surveillance – SF Board of Sups 2:00 pm
Stop Surveillance – SF Board of Sups @ San Francisco City Hall
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The SF Board of Supervisors will consider a Surveillance Equipment Regulation Ordinance, including a provision to ban all use of facial recognition technology by City/County agencies. Passage of the ordinance would force the City to reveal all of its currently used surveillance equipment, and bring the request and purchase of new equipment and the use of new surveillance techniques before the Board of Supervisors for a hearing and approval (or denial) before it could be used.66489
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Memorial for the Homeless Who Have Died on Berkeley’s Streets 12:00 pm
Memorial for the Homeless Who Have Died on Berkeley’s Streets @ Civic Center Steps
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
a *MEMORIAL/VIGIL for all whom we know who have died in Berkeley in the last 12 months*. Many Consider The Homeless Volunteers will remember *KK… died June 2018*, and *Michelle Larson, died October 22018*. Some may remember hearing about *Lisa Blowers*, found dead on Telegraph Ave with her wheelchair and her dog back in *May 2018*, about a week after her encampment was raided… About a month later, her partner *RICHARD* died. In the last month a woman was found dead in her tent, her name was *MELINDA*. A few … Continued
#DefundOPD & support a #PeoplesBudget. 6:00 pm
#DefundOPD & support a #PeoplesBudget. @ Senior Center
May 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us tonight to ask Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney to #DefundOPD & support a #PeoplesBudget. District 3 City Budget Forum w/ Councilmember McElhaney’s Office Mayor Schaaf’s proposed budget underfunds crucial city services and efforts like affordable housing, public works, race & equity, and parks, recreation & youth – while policing consumes an ever-greater share of the city’s General Purpose Fund. 66561
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East Bay DSA Social 7:00 pm
East Bay DSA Social @ Arthur Macs
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come hang out with East Bay DSA members and talk about socialism, current events, historic events, the future, music, your cat, someone else’s cat, etc. We’ll tell you about upcoming East Bay DSA events and how you can get involved!  66498
Max Blumenthal: The Management of Savagery 7:30 pm
Max Blumenthal: The Management of Savagery @ St. Johns Presbyterian Church
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Max Blumenthal: The Management of Savagery @ St. Johns Presbyterian Church
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Ethics In Tech Reception and Comedy Show! 6:00 pm
Ethics In Tech Reception and Comedy Show!
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Ethics In Technology for our reception and comedy night in San Francisco on May 17th. 6 to 7 PM. Reception hosted by Ethics In Technology a new non-profit based in San Francisco. Brett Wilkins, Independent Journalist and Board Member of Ethics In Technology will be presenting Bug Splat. Bugsplat: Can Technology Really Make War Less Deadly for Civilians? There is a school of thought that posits advances in technology will make war less deadly for innocent civilians. But is that really true? We’ll examine the notion that “smart,” “precision” … Continued
“Legal Opening For Mumia” Film Night 7:00 pm
“Legal Opening For Mumia” Film Night @ Omni Commons
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film showing of “Manufacturing Guilt” (2013) with a discussion, and Q & A Facilitated by Gerald Sanders of the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal “Manufacturing Guilt” is the single best film explaining the police frameup of Mumia. It is available as an extra from the DVD “Long Distance Revolutionary” (produced by First Run Features and available from the LAC). [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0GbNwKmHaE] For more event information: http://www.laboractionmumia.org66503
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Roar Conference 8:30 am
Roar Conference @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
ROAR is a free conference, focused on Revolutionary anti-racism, solidarity, and strategy, rooted in the legacy of anti-colonial, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, feminist and queer movements and fighters who have come before us.66467
PUNKS With LUNCH Benefit 8:00 pm
PUNKS With LUNCH Benefit @ Dungeon Art Gallery
May 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
MISSION STATEMENT Punks With Lunch is a non-profit organization run by volunteers dedicated to building community by providing life-saving services, along with harm reduction resources to underserved and marginalized individuals. VISION STATEMENT Our vision is to promote consistent access to basic living necessities and harm reduction services for those in need – with non-judgmental unconditional compassion. Our volunteers engage in direct community outreach while encouraging destigmatization of drug use and poverty. By connecting with our program participants, we empower and provide a safe space for individuals to make informed decisions … Continued
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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library 10:30 am
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sun, May 12 Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in … Continued
Alternatives to Policing 3: Deep Culture 2:00 pm
Alternatives to Policing 3: Deep Culture @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In this third in our series of workshops to create alternatives to relying on policing, we’ll work together to identify elements of white supremacy culture, police and law enforcement culture. Then we’ll engage with just transition culture. We’ll examine the cultures of our own organizations and map them toward a just transition. We’ll imagine together some steps in that journey. ABOUT THE TRAINER We are thrilled to welcome Patricia St. Onge (Haudenosaunee and Quebecois, adopted Lakota) to lead us in this work. Patricia is the founder of Seven Generations Consulting … Continued
Free Films, Food, + Forum: Black Diaspora 4:30 pm
Free Films, Food, + Forum: Black Diaspora @ Omni Commons
May 19 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Liberated Lens invites you to a screening of short films across the Black Diaspora with a post-screening discussion with Aldane Walters & Marna Paintsil Anning. This event is free and food will be provided! Doors open at 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 19th at Omni Commons. This event is wheel chair accessible. For more information go to LiberatedLens.org or contact (510) 863-4331.66496
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Terry Amons Rally & Speak Out at Pittsburg City Council 6:30 pm
Terry Amons Rally & Speak Out at Pittsburg City Council @ Pittsburg City Council
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Terry Amons Rally & Speak Out at Pittsburg City Council @ Pittsburg City Council
Monday, May 20, 2019 6:30 pm SHARP Rally 7:00pm Speakout During Public Comment Period at the City Council Meeting Pittsburg City Council 65 Civic Ave Pittsburg, CA 94565 (One block North on Railroad Ave Exit off HWY 4) (Railroad Drive Stop at End of Line BART Extension Trolley) Contact Info: 510-674-8181 or 925-565-8393 or email: oscargrantcomittee.ogc@gmail.com Demand Number One: FIRE KILLER COP DILLON TINDALL The people of Pittsburg are NOT safe with trigger happy cop Dillon Tindall on the police force. He has shown bad judgement in killing Terry Amons … Continued
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing 7:00 pm
Equity Indicators and the People’s Budget: Week 1 – Housing @ ACCE
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. 4/15 – Housing 4/22 – Economy 4/29 – Education 5/6 – Public Health 5/13 – Neighborhood Life 5/20 – Public Safety The first week’s workshop on the Housing Indicators is the first of a 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City’s budget and policies. Join us for this deeper … Continued
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Anti-Chevron Day: Confronting Corporate Bullies 12:00 pm
Anti-Chevron Day: Confronting Corporate Bullies @ Chevron Refinery, Gate 19
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Anti-Chevron Day: Confronting Corporate Bullies @ Chevron Refinery, Gate 19
Join Amazon Watch, Diablo Rising Tide, Greenpeace USA, Idle No More SF Bay, and  Sunflower Alliance in Richmond at Chevron’s gates to protest its  brutal violations of environmental and human rights at home and all over the world. Speakers include: Amazon Watch Idle No More SF Bay Stand.Earth Andres Soto and more More info (if details aren’t up yet, check back in a few hours) 66514
Audit the Sheriff – Rally and Press Conference 4:30 pm
Audit the Sheriff – Rally and Press Conference @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre
May 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday May 21: Turn out for a rally and press conference followed by public comment. We need you to help us push #AuditAhern forward. The abuses committed by ACSO are unacceptable. We will not be silent. We will not be complacent. pic.twitter.com/WpsviplSC6— Ella Baker Center (@ellabakercenter) May 16, 2019 66572
CloseThe Loopholes in Oakland Rent Control 5:30 pm
CloseThe Loopholes in Oakland Rent Control @ Oakland City Hall Council Chambers,
May 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We don’t have to wait to repeal Costa Hawkins to fight displacement and stabilize the homes of thousands of tenants in Oakland NOW. Oakland City Council has the power to remove rent-control exemptions on thousands of currently owner-occupied duplex and triplex units in Oakland and protect the futures of families in thousands more. It’s time we demand they take action to stop displacement and rent gouging. Closing the rent stabilization loophole for owner-occupied 2-3 unit buildings would immediately: • Protect an estimated 5,100 tenants already living owner-occupied duplexes or triplex … Continued
Tell the City Council: Coal Outta Richmond 6:30 pm
Tell the City Council: Coal Outta Richmond @ Richmond City Hall
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Tell the City Council: Coal Outta Richmond @ Richmond City Hall
We need to tell the Richmond City Council to phase out coal operations at every meeting of the council.  A couple of people speaking  at each meeting can be effective in keeping council members aware of the urgency of this issue and the popular support for the ordinance phasing out coal, presently with the city attorney’s office.  In addition, it publicizes the issue to those who watch the televised (and archived) meeting or read the on-line minutes. The opportunity to speak up about coal is during the Open Forum. This time … Continued
Socialist Night School Film Night: The Battle of Chile 7:00 pm
Socialist Night School Film Night: The Battle of Chile @ East Bay Community Space
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Socialist Night School takes a post-convention breather on May 21 for our first film night, the second session in our three-part series on imperialism and internationalism. We’ll be holding a special screening of Part I of Patricio Guzman’s The Battle of Chile, the legendary documentary about the social revolution that brought Salvador Allende to power in Chile in the 1970s and its violent repression. Here’s your chance to see what the Village Voice called “the major political film of our times.” We will also have LaCroix and snacks! See the … Continued
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Lawsuit Trial Date: Berkeley’s Homeless v City of Berkeley 8:00 am
Lawsuit Trial Date: Berkeley’s Homeless v City of Berkeley @ Federal Courthouse, Courtroom 12, 19th floor
May 22 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
A trial will be held to determine whether the City of Berkeley persecuted First They Came for the Homeless, aka The Poor Tour, a group of politicized homeless individuals, for their political activities. Jury selection commences on the 20th.66470
LIBERATE THE CAGED VOICES 7:00 pm
LIBERATE THE CAGED VOICES @ Octopus Literary Salon
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
California Prison Focus presents “Liberate the Caged Voices”, to foster engagement between the community and those living behind bars through music, letters, and poetry. 66569
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Movie Night at Reem’s 6:00 pm
Movie Night at Reem’s @ Reem's Bakery
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Movie Nights at Reem’s The Arab Film and Media Institute and Reem’s are partnering to bring some of our favorite Arab films to Oakland. Screenings are free + the amazing team at Reem’s will be serving the full menu throughout the evening.  And that’s not all! There will be movie snacks (including za’atar popcorn!), April 11: Refugee Stories Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the … Continued
Wellstone Club: “Alameda County Politics, Urgent and Overlooked: Sheriff Ahern, Public Safety, Sanctuary, Housing 6:00 pm
Wellstone Club: “Alameda County Politics, Urgent and Overlooked: Sheriff Ahern, Public Safety, Sanctuary, Housing @ Humanist Hall
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Speakers Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, District 3 Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, District 5 Brian Hofer, Chair of Oakland Privacy Commission potluck at 6PM – meeting at 6:45PM Please Bring Something to Share 66452
Beer and Roses DSA Labor Social 6:30 pm
Beer and Roses DSA Labor Social @ Blind Tiger
May 23 @ 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!  65416
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Friday’s for the Future #FridaysForFuture 10:00 am
Friday’s for the Future #FridaysForFuture @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
By Young Adults from St. Paul’s Episcopal School About #FridaysForFuture #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. On the 8th of September, Greta decided to continue striking every Friday until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, i.e. in line … Continued
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Families Belong Together | Peaceful Action Protest 11:30 am
Families Belong Together | Peaceful Action Protest
May 25 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm
The U.S. government lost track of some 1,475 immigrant children, perhaps more, who were placed in sponsor homes. At least 389 migrant children have been separated from their families since a federal judge ruled to stop the practice in June 2018. Families are still being separated at an alarming rate. Babies and young children continue to be exposed to inhumane conditions. WE MUST CONTINUE TO BRING AWARENESS OF THIS ISSUE TO OUR COMMUNITIES AND TO MAKE A STAND AGAINST THIS PRACTICE. Please join us for a PEACEFUL PROTEST on SATURDAY, … Continued
Reception & Book Talk: Ghosts of Gold Mountain 1:00 pm
Reception & Book Talk: Ghosts of Gold Mountain @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Book talk and signing with Gordon H. Chang for Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad. GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, on sale May 7, 2019) by award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang is a groundbreaking account that draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, GHOSTS OF GOLD MOUNTAIN returns these … Continued
Earth Strike: Now or Never Rally 3:00 pm
Earth Strike: Now or Never Rally @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Governments worldwide, especially the US, are failing to act on climate change.  Hundreds of millions if not billions will face the wrath of natural disasters that an be prevented through cooperative action.  They won’t listen – we need to force them. Rally the world for a general strike!66592
KPFA Movie Matinee: Mi Familia 3:00 pm
KPFA Movie Matinee: Mi Familia @ New Parkway Theater
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“When I was born here, this was Mexico, and where I die, this is still Mexico.” El Californio, from Mi Familia. A second-generation Mexican immigrant narrates his family history, beginning with the journey of his father, Jose, across Mexico to Los Angeles where he meets Maria, and starts a family. Each subsequent generation contends with political and social hardships, ranging from illegal deportations in the 1940s to racial tensions and gang fights in the ’60s and ’70s. Yet through it all, or perhaps because of it, the family remains strong. Join … Continued
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Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library 10:30 am
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sun, May 12 Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in … Continued
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly 3:00 pm
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza | Oakland | California | United States
Feed The People! The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM during cooler months) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like. After the meal the Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant … Continued
Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night – Oakland Greens 6:30 pm
Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night – Oakland Greens @ It's Your Move Games
May 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night - Oakland Greens @ It's Your Move Games
The Oakland Greens 2019 FREE Dinner and a Movie discussion series. As usual, the doors at the It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies store will open at 6:30 p.m., a free dinner will be provided at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. 65437
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East Bay DSA Social – Berkeley 7:00 pm
East Bay DSA Social – Berkeley @ Moxie Beer Garden
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come hang out with East Bay DSA members and talk about socialism, current events, historic events, the future, music, your cat, someone else’s cat, etc. We’ll tell you about upcoming East Bay DSA events and how you can get involved!  66499
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