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Apr
1
Sat
The People’s Filibuster: San Francisco @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Please join thousands of other Americans to protest and rally against the extreme agenda of President Donald Trump, including his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court. The People’s Filibuster will take place in cities across the US and feature everyday Americans speaking on why they object to the extreme agenda of the President and how the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court would advance that agenda for decades to come.

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East Bay DSA Single Payer Healthcare Canvass @ South Berkeley Community Church
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please RSVP by filling out this short form: https://goo.gl/9nqgFo.
You can also join DSA here at dsausa.org/join.

At our February canvassing kick-off, 160 of our volunteers signed up 600 East Bay residents to stay informed and support the fight, before the bill was even introduced. Learn more about our last big canvassing event here:
https://eastbaydsa.org/news/2017/2/28/single-payer-campaign-kickoff-building-power-to-win-big

Now that SB-562 is out in the world, in the news and fresh in everyone’s minds, we’re ready to build on that momentum with another day of canvassing on April 1st. There’s no better time to get the word out, and no more pressing moment to show everyone a real socialist alternative to the broken system of private insurance.

You can learn more about the bill here: http://www.healthycaliforniaact.org/legislation/
and here: healthyca.org

We want all hands on deck for this exciting day! No prior experience necessary!

Anyone who comes will receive education on single payer and be trained on how to talk to your neighbors and friends about the issue. First-time canvassers will be paired with experienced organizers and canvassers to go spread the word about single payer, sign people up to be supporters, and recruit new members to DSA.

This is not only EBDSA’s a big day of organizing, but it’s also an opportunity for new members and people new to organizing to learn the ropes and build confidence for the work of socialist organizing we will be doing for years to come.

East Bay DSA is a member of the Campaign for a Healthy California coalition – learn more here: https://healthycaliforniacampaign.org/

And check out these articles:

http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-california-single-payer-healthcare-20170303-story.html

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/02/gaffney-single-payer-sanders-healthcare-obamacare-aca-clinton/

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Human Billboard: Black Lives Matter! No Trump Agenda in Oakland! @ Rockridge BART
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us at the Rockridge Bart station in Oakland, rain or shine, to call attention to racial injustice and demonstrate solidarity.

Throughout the East Bay and nationally, folks have been gathering on prominent street corners and freeway overpasses, holding signs and making visible our support for the Movement for Black Lives and communities targeted by Trump. These gatherings – or “human billboards” – have been a simple yet effective way of channeling anger and sadness over injustice into collective action and solidarity.

For those of us who are white, it’s a way to express a unified voice in opposition to Trump and the white nationalist politics he represents, and to commit to ending white silence and visibly supporting racial justice.

For all of us, it’s a concrete way to put our heart and soul into action. It’s being in community with each other, to share with like-minded people a belief that a loving, humane, compassionate world is possible, and to take a small step towards making that happen.

If you’ve been wanting to get more involved, this event is a great way to take action, meet people and gain further connections in the community we’re building.

Bring a sign with the following messaging!:

Will you show up for racial justice?
Black Lives Matter!
No Deportations! No Border Walls!
End Displacement of Black and Brown communities!
Solidarity with Undocumented Migrants!
Solidarity with Queer and Trans People of Color!
We Support Black Womxn!
We Support Our Muslim Neighbors!
Will you fight against Islamophobia?

This event called and organized by SURJ Bay Area.

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DeEscalation and Grounding Skills Intro Workshop @ Omni Commons Disco Room
Apr 1 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop offers two basic knowledge skillsets.
The deescalation skillset is intended to:
– identify potentially dangerous situations, particularly those of hateful victimization
– ensure the safety of the person or persons being victimized
– deescalate the rise in aggression and/or potential physical violence
– offer resources for help with no police involvement

The grounding skills workshop is intended to:
– become familiar with what grounding skills are and how can they help
– learn how to identify triggers
– identify bodily measurements of severe discomfort or anxiety once triggered
– learn what grounding skill is best to use based on the level of our discomfort/anxiety
– offer resources for help when all else fails
** Donations will go to Indigenous People Organizing for Change (IPOC). **
There will be snacks people can munch on throughout the workshop.
There will also be a short break between workshops.
Feel free to bring a notepad and pen to take notes; however, the central points of the workshops will be condensed in a zine for folks to take home, review, and pass on the knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Apr
2
Sun
Liberated Lens film night: FREISTUNDE – Doing Nothing All Day @ Omni Commons
Apr 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A documentary about democratic schools in England, Germany and Israel, where students have complete control over their time. No curriculum, no classes, no tests, no grades – unless the students ask for it. Students and staff run the school as a democratic community, with equal voices.

In partnership with AERO http://educationrevolution.org/ and the
Alliance for Self-Directed Education http://self-directed.org/
Homepage of the documentary: https://doingnothingalldayengl.wordpress.com/

Doors open at 6:30pm, film stars at 7pm
A panel of students and staff from local self-directed environments will answer your questions after the film!

Free snacks and popcorn

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Apr
3
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Rallies
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tax the Rich Rallies every Monday from 5-6 pm on upper Solano in front of the Oaks Theater and the Chase Bank.

All are welcome!

Also We’ll be at  SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice) event that starts at the Grand Lake Theater on Saturday April 1st from noon-1 :00 PM.

For our calendar of events, songs to download and more: www.occupella.org.

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Apr
4
Tue
Community Security Training Series @ Main Branch, SF Public Library - Learning Studio
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches and hard-fought battles against unlawful mass surveillance programs underscore that the public needs practical information about online security. We know more about potential threats each day, but we also know that encryption works and can help thwart digital spying. Lack of knowledge about best practices puts individuals at risk, so EFF will bring lessons from its comprehensive Surveillance Self-Defense guide to the SFPL.

EFF has tailored this series for technology beginners who may be unaware of potential privacy dangers, but already use smart phones or computers. Library patrons are invited to bring their devices to EFF’s introductory classes which include discussions of basic online security concepts and privacy tools. Lisa Wright and Willie Theaker, members of EFF’s TechOps Team, will facilitate Digital Privacy and Security: A Beginner-to-Intermediate Workshop followed by Encryption Apps for your Phone: An Intermediate Workshop. There will be two opportunities to attend each class.

Event details are included in each link to the EFF calendar above. Space is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis so attendees should prepare to arrive early. We encourage all EFF supporters to help people in their circles learn more about online rights issues and how to keep themselves—and each other— safer.

At the end of April, EFF’s spring Bay Area Members’ Speakeasy will feature a more advanced workshop on email encryption and key generation open to EFF members and their guests—we encourage you to bring a friend! Following the workshop, all EFF members will be invited to join our PGP keysigning party to help bring the community together and further expand the web of trust. If you are a current Bay Area member accepting email, you will receive a personal invitation including event details. Not a member yet? Join today!

With the Surveillance Self-Defense project and these local events, EFF strives to help make information about online security accessible to beginners as well as seasoned techno-activists and journalists. We hope you will consider our tips on how to protect your digital privacy, but we also hope you will encourage those around you to learn more and make better choices with technology. After all, privacy is a team sport and everyone wins.

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Apr
5
Wed
Pretrial for Cesar @ Rene Davidson Courthouse, Dept 7
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Come to support Cesar, who was arrested at an anti trump demo on election day. Lets pack the court!
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Apr
6
Thu
Film and Presentation: CAPITALISM & DEMOCRACY: Can They Co-Exist? @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Transition Berkeley Presents…

How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane?

Please join Transition Berkeley for a short film: “How Class Works”, an animated overview by Richard Wolff.
The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by local author and distinguished Marxist scholar Richard Lichtman, who has taught at UC Berkeley, SF State, and the Wright Institute. His topic will be Marxism 101: Capitalism and Democracy – Can They Co-exist?

Is capitalism the root cause of the climate crisis? How can we shift our economic structure to be more equitable and humane? If capitalism is the problem, what alternatives do we have? We’ll discuss these issues and more.
Meet and greet at 6:30 pm before the film. Bring healthy vegetarian snack or a refreshment to share if you can. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

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Electrifying! Toward Fossil Fuel-Free Homes @ Oakstop
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Want to know what you can do in your own home to contribute to a more sustainable future?  In this debut event of the Local Clean Energy Alliance Presents series, learn how you can help your city meet climate action plan goals, and increase the effectiveness of Community Choice energy (CCE), a public alternative to PG&E for electricity.

Guest presenter Pierre Delforge of the Natural Resources Defense Council will discuss how to slash emissions from natural gas appliances like furnaces and water heaters, and why it matters.

This is the first in a series of public-interest events on issues related to renewable energy and a sustainable future hosted by Local Clean Energy Alliance.  The Alliance is a non-profit membership organization working for equitable, sustainable communities through local renewable resource development.

RSVP ON FACEBOOK!

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Apr
7
Fri
March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City for Luis Gongara Pat
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Friday April 7th, 2017 is the One Year Anniversary of the death of Luis Góngora Pat at the hands of the SFPD. Luis was a 45 year old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker and a family man who for a decade and a half supported his wife and three children in the small town of Teabo by sending remittances from his dishwasher and line cook earnings. In 2014, he and his brother were illegally evicted from their home in the Mission District during the peak housing crisis of San Francisco, after which they became homeless. Extended family helped his brother José get back on his feet, and the plan all along was to help Luis next, but his life was brutally ended before then; a victim of police terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco.

On the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will March Against Police Terror in The Sanctuary City of San Francisco. Your participation in the march is humbly requested. We will address Luis’s unjust killing, and heighten awareness of the systemic oppression that regularly takes the lives of people of color in the City of San Francisco through evictions, homelessness, discrimination, deportations, police violence, and other injustices.

March Schedule & Stops, (approximate times)

 

  • 10:00 a.m.—Shotwell and 19th – Memorial Altar at location of shooting. Spiritual ceremonies for Luis Góngora Pat, then march to: 
  • 11:00 a.m. Valencia and 17th -Mission Police Station. . Rally against police violence, then march to:
  • 12:00 p.m. Market and Valencia – Luis’s Stolen Home. Rally for housing rights, immigrant rights, and rights of the unhoused/ homeless, then march to:
  • 1:00 p.m. Polk and McAllister – City Hall, front steps. Key moment. A visceral comment by José, brother of Luís, press conference, and rally for Justice and Honor for Luís Góngora Pat, then cross the street to:

 

  • 2:00 p.m. Polk and McAllister – Civic Center Plaza. Healing Circle for Families Hurt by Police Violence. SFCOH will be providing a meal!

Please march with us against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City!
The family of Luis Góngora Pat is reaching out to you for support. They would like as many people as possible to attend the march.

RSVPs already include California families of victims of police murder; Asociación Mayab; Coalition on Homelessness; Causa Justa; Answer Coalition; The Brown Berets; Poor Magazine; members of the Shambhala Meditation Center of SF; Idriss Stelley Foundation; the Coalition for Justice For Amilcar Perez Lopez,  ​OccupySF, ​and many more. The march will include indigenous ceremonies and be led by Aztec dancers. Jaranero dancers from Yucatán will join us too! We will hear from speakers against SFPD violence and for civil rights, housing, immigration, and homeless rights. The family lawyer Adante Pointer will present on the Góngora Family lawsuit, and more! This is going to be a very large event, and mainstream media will be present.

A march against the systemic violence against black and brown in San Francisco is long overdue! Bring your signs, banners, and voices!

How can you help:

  • Please save the date for this very special day, and please outreach to all friends and colleagues! 
  • Please circulate the attached flyer (below) and The Facebook Page for the Event as widely as possible!
  • If you would like to co-sponsor this event, please reply to this email and we will add your name to a flyer for circulation and our website event post.
  • If you can help us with media outreach, or would like to offer other support, please reply to this email.
  • Please also stay tuned for an upcoming fundraising campaign to gather support for Luis Góngora Pat’s family in the Yucatán peninsula on this terrible date.


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Apr
8
Sat
Refinery Corridor Healing Walks
Apr 8 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Walk #1:  Saturday, April 8
(Scroll down for the additional walks)
We will begin near the Pittsburg Marina at 3 Marina Blvd in the City of Pittsburg, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Martinez Shoreline Park, end of Ferry Street in the City of Martinez, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.  We will walk to the shore and make our prayers.  Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your area to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Pittsburg.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be support vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Walk #2:  Saturday, May 20th

We will begin near the Martinez Shoreline Park at the end of Ferry Street

in the City of Martinez, California

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony & Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at the 9th Street Park in the City of Benicia, California

Please feel free to join us for the prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters in the Carquinez Straights  (where the Delta meets the Bay) in Martinez.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 9.5 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – please bring your reusable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.

Please consider CARPOOLING – You can sign up to give rides or receive a ride here:
https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/8wh0vr

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

Scroll down to see the map of the walk.

We will begin in Martinez and walk through the Shell Refinery in Martinez on the public road.  It gets exciting when we walk across the Martinez Benicia Bridge over the Carquinez Straights!  Once we get to Benicia, we head over to the Valero Refinery where we stop to pray for clean air, water, soil and safe jobs in our communities.   We then walk through town to the 9th Street Park for the closing circle, a meal and the final prayers for the waters.

All walkers are encouraged to carry the water for at least five minutes in prayer for the life of the waters around the world.

Please go to the “What to Expect” page for more information:
http://www.refineryhealingwalks.com/what-to-expect.html

 

Walk #3 – Sunday, June 11th

We will begin at Ninth Street Park in Benicia

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are two places along the walk where folks can join us – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Lone Street Park in Rodeo

Please join us for prayers for the water at 8:00 a.m.   Feel free to bring a small bottle of water from your watershed to join the waters that we will be carrying in prayer along the walk and putting into the Bay at the end of the walk.

Registration for the walk will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

We also request that walkers keep the Four Agreements in mind:
1) Be impeccable with your word
2) Don’t take anything personally
3) Don’t make assumptions
4) Always do your very best
For more information:  The Four Agreements

This walk is 10.8 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

There will be three “return” points where people can be taken back to their cars at mile 4 and mile 6 (see map) and at the end.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end. 

Sure you’re coming?  Please carpool to the walk by offering a ride or accepting a ride  as soon as possible by signing up here:
CARPOOL

Let us know you’re coming!  RSVP BELOW!

Make sure you keep this phone number with you on the walk:
(510)
  619-8279

We will begin in Benicia, home to the Valero Refinery, and proceed through Vallejo.  Crossing the Carquinez Bridge is always a treat!  Then we head toward the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo , ending at Lone Tree Park.

Walk #4 in July

Sunday, July 16th
Rodeo Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery to Richmond Chevron Refinery California

We encourage folks to walk with us the entire day.  It is truly a beautiful, profound and inspiring way to make a difference.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo

8:00 a.m. Water Ceremony – Feel free to bring water from your watershed!
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Walk Begins
There are several places along the walk where folks can join the walk – please see the details of the route below.

The walk will end at Keller Beach in Richmond 

You can join us at any time during the day of the walks.
Call this number to find out where we are: (510) 619-8279

Make sure to keep the phone number on you if you are joining us on the walk!

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Walkers will be asked to agree to the Nonviolent Principles.  For details on what to bring/not bring, please go to “What To Expect” in the tabs above.

This walk is approximately 13 miles from beginning to end.  There will be vehicles available for people who wish to take breaks during the walk.  Medics will also be available.   Water will be provided – Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Everyone will be taken back to their vehicles at the end of the walk.  If you are coming to the walk with friends and have two vehicles, please consider leaving one vehicle at the end.   Carpool:  Sign up to drive or be a passenger here: CARPOOL

There will be two points where folks can get rides back to the beginning in Rodeo, at the Hilltop stop in Richmond and at the end at Keller Beach.

We will begin at Lone Tree Park in Rodeo within sight of the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery and walking to Richmond, stopping to pray at several places including the Kinder Morgan facility and the gates of the Chevron refinery.  We will end at Keller Beach in Richmond, the last natural beach left in the San Francisco Bay where we will all enjoy a delicious meal made by Mike Bear and his family and  youth from Urban Tilth in Richmond!

Can’t come but want to support?  Welcome us at Keller Beach in Point Richmond and feel free to bring a dish to share if you would like. 

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Planting Justice Work Party! @ Planting Justice Nursery
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Happy Equinox! Spring is here ~ plants are leafing out, peaches and plums are blooming, and folks are planting our perennial plants throughout the country.  It is the busiest time of the year for the nursery with finishing up cuttings, seeding, grafting fruit trees, weeding and fertilizing, potting up bare root plants, and shipping out plant orders.  We are very grateful to the many volunteers that have gotten their hands dirty with us this past month.  We had nearly 30 volunteers come through at our work party on March 4th, had about 40 college students on Alternative Spring Break from Penn St. and University of LaVerne come through for tours and volunteer work, and had teachers from Slide Ranch on the coast come out.  Our work and plant knowledge is being spread to youth in many places.  Much thanks to all of the hands that have helped us in the busyness of Spring!

We have two upcoming volunteer work parties  on Saturdays in April:
April 8th 10am-4pm
April 22nd (Earth Day!) 9am-4pm

On Earth Day, join us for a Volunteer Day of fruit tree planting, weeding, cleaning and more including a Super Citrus Fruit Tree Sale, a Sale of Salves and Tinctures from our gardens, a bounce house for kids, and a Kale Smoothie Pop Up.  Please bring your own Water, Pot Luck Food and Good Attitude!  We are building community as well as growing plants!

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West Oakland Holistic Community Clinic & Cafe @ West Oakland Healing Arts
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Offerings:

  • Massage therapy
  • Energy work
  • Acupuncture
  • Birth Doula Practitioners
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Resource library
  • Free Hot Meal
  • Free Store
  • Cafe Space to hang out, eat, make art and discuss what healing means to us by us and for us.
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Responding to Mental Health Crisis Without the Police: A Community Conversation @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BERKELEY COPWATCH PRESENTS

What can mental health care and crisis response look like without police involvement? Join the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition and Berkeley Copwatch for a forum to address that question. The forum will feature individuals and organizations who are fighting for, building and living out mental health alternatives to the police. We will also discuss next steps for our campaign to fight for changes in how our communities and the City of Berkeley approach mental health crises.

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Apr
10
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Rallies
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tax the Rich Rallies every Monday from 5-6 pm on upper Solano in front of the Oaks Theater and the Chase Bank.

All are welcome!

Also We’ll be at  SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice) event that starts at the Grand Lake Theater on Saturday April 1st from noon-1 :00 PM.

For our calendar of events, songs to download and more: www.occupella.org.

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Apr
11
Tue
Community Security Training Series @ Main Branch, SF Public Library - Learning Studio
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches and hard-fought battles against unlawful mass surveillance programs underscore that the public needs practical information about online security. We know more about potential threats each day, but we also know that encryption works and can help thwart digital spying. Lack of knowledge about best practices puts individuals at risk, so EFF will bring lessons from its comprehensive Surveillance Self-Defense guide to the SFPL.

EFF has tailored this series for technology beginners who may be unaware of potential privacy dangers, but already use smart phones or computers. Library patrons are invited to bring their devices to EFF’s introductory classes which include discussions of basic online security concepts and privacy tools. Lisa Wright and Willie Theaker, members of EFF’s TechOps Team, will facilitate Digital Privacy and Security: A Beginner-to-Intermediate Workshop followed by Encryption Apps for your Phone: An Intermediate Workshop. There will be two opportunities to attend each class.

Event details are included in each link to the EFF calendar above. Space is limited and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis so attendees should prepare to arrive early. We encourage all EFF supporters to help people in their circles learn more about online rights issues and how to keep themselves—and each other— safer.

At the end of April, EFF’s spring Bay Area Members’ Speakeasy will feature a more advanced workshop on email encryption and key generation open to EFF members and their guests—we encourage you to bring a friend! Following the workshop, all EFF members will be invited to join our PGP keysigning party to help bring the community together and further expand the web of trust. If you are a current Bay Area member accepting email, you will receive a personal invitation including event details. Not a member yet? Join today!

With the Surveillance Self-Defense project and these local events, EFF strives to help make information about online security accessible to beginners as well as seasoned techno-activists and journalists. We hope you will consider our tips on how to protect your digital privacy, but we also hope you will encourage those around you to learn more and make better choices with technology. After all, privacy is a team sport and everyone wins.

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Film Screening: Thirty Seconds to Midnight @ Star King School
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Three Threats to Life on the Planet:

  • Nuclear Technology
  • Nuclear Armaggedon
  • Climate Change

A powerful film about the danger of nuclear war and climate change and the struggle of people around the world to challenge these dangers. Please spread the word  to the larger community and hope to see you there.

Producer Regis Tremblay will be at the showing.

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Apr
12
Wed
The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America @ Hillside Club
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
sm_the_other_slavery.berkeley_.jpg “Andres Reséndez vividly recounts the harrowing story of a previously little-known aspect of the histories of American slavery and of encounters between indigenes and invaders.” — Publishers Weekly
The Other Slavery: Indian Enslavement in America Is an eye-opening, landmark history of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Native Americans across America, from the time of the conquistadores to the early 20th century. This is a key missing chapter of American history. Resendez offers a startling contemporary insight: today’s global human trafficking has its roots less in the black slavery we have studied since grade school, and more in the other slavery we have failed to see. Unlike African slavery, Native American slavery was technically illegal on most of the American continent since the time of Columbus. Practiced as an open secret for centuries, there was no abolitionist movement to protect the indigenous people who were kidnapped and enslaved by the conquistadores throughout the 18th Century, or made to serve Mormon settlers and other Anglos as servants. Resendez builds the incisive, original case that mass slavery was more damaging than the disease epidemics that decimated indigenous populations across North America. He also sheds light on how and why the European enslaving incited Native Americans to enslave their own, through compelling anecdotes from priests, merchants, Indian captives, and Anglo colonists. What started as a European business passed into the hands of indigenous operators and spread across the entire American Southwest. Every now and then a new book comes along that…makes us see ourselves.
For more event information:
http://www.kpfa.org/events
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Apr
15
Sat
Blueprints for a Future: Transforming Education Conference @ 155 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Apr 15 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Blueprints for Our Future
Emergency California Education Conference

Let’s Fight for Free Public Education For All Students, Faculty and Staff

A strong public education system is the foundation of every just and democratic society. Yet for most working families—especially those from black and brown communities—the right to free, high-quality education seems further than ever: preschool is inaccessible to children whose parents can’t afford it; k-12 schools are starved of resources while the imposition of high-stakes tests penalizes low-income districts and the explosion of charters exacerbates segregation and inequality; college and graduate students are drowning in debt as tuition at the UC and CSU systems continues to rise; black and brown students are terrorized by police violence, constant raids, and ongoing deportations; LGBTQI students are brutally bullied for their sexual and gender identity; and most students are delivered an education that does not embrace their histories and experiences, and does not educate them for liberation.


Moreover, education workers are under attack, as universities insist on replacing tenure and tenure-track positions with precarious, contingent jobs and the prospect of right-to-work legislation threatens to weaken teachers’ unions, thereby undermining their working conditions and ability to advocate for themselves and their students. Now billionaire and privatization lobbyist Betsy DeVos begins her tenure as Secretary of Education, and she is planning to escalate the oppression and corporatization of the current education system.


For us, it’s time to propose another path: if we tax corp
orations and billionaires in our state, and if we get students and teachers to democratically run their schools, we can bring about the kind of education system we need. We must build a mass movement that can fight for our education and we must organize it democratically and independently from the Republican and the Democratic parties so we rely on our power and have the final say on what our students and teachers deserve.

 

To this end, we call on all California students, parents, and education workers to join us in building a collective vision and strategy for transforming public education, and to participate in the May 1st General Strike to defend immigrant and workers’ rights, and to defeat privatization and right-to-work legislation. We need a system that guarantees free, high-quality education from preschool to doctoral degrees as a universal right; provides just working conditions for all teachers and education employees; and centers the needs of our most vulnerable and marginalized students while openly combating racism, islamophobia, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression. It’s time to go on the offensive. Our students and education labor unions have a key role to play and we must unite across sectors and build power through independent, grassroots action!

At the Emergency California Education Conference we will:

• Discuss the multiple factors that have led to the current crisis at all levels of public education.

• Hold teach-ins and workshops on how to build collective power in our education workers’ unions and schools.

• Discuss strategies for taking action, in particular labor action (including May 1st), to fight privatization and build an education system that gives all people a future worth fighting for!

WE ARE ACCEPTING WORKSHOP PROPOSALS UNTIL APRIL 1: we encourage facilitators to submit workshop proposals on specific aspects of the education crisis, educational activism, and/or visions for the future of public education.
To submit a workshop proposal, please indicate your interest in the form below, and follow up by emailing your proposal to ever.upward.march@gmail.com with the subject header [Your Last Name] Conference Proposal!
Your proposal should be for a workshop of about one hour, and include:

Facilitator(s) name(s)
Title of Workshop
A short blurb about the workshop main idea (2-3 sentences)
A quick outline of your workshop (4-5 sentences)

Please use the survey to RSVP and submit your workshop proposals! While the workshops are open to all who’d like to facilitate, we especially encourage high school students, university students, teachers and education workers, university instructors, and parents to apply. People of color, women and queers, differently abled folks, immigrants, and the working class to the front!

RSVP AND FIND DIRECTIONS TO SUBMIT YOUR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/vIpBMmUx2thFxh0v1

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