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Jan
18
Wed
Open Circle Direct Action! – Repeal the Policeman’s Bill of Rights! @ SF Police Association
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Open Circle Community for a Direct Action as part of the APTP Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King and Resisting the Fascist Trump Agenda.

The focus of this action is to address the Police Officer Bill of Rights which protects killer cops from prosecution. This Bill of Rights needs to be REPEALED!

Meet us at the Police Officers Association, 800 Bryant Street, San Francisco. We’ll have an introduction to the families directly impacted by police terror and a speakout on how the Police Officer Bill of Rights has obstructed justice for their loved ones.

Let’s bring a light snack to share and something in small bags to offer to the community.

Dress warm and bring an umbrella.
We’ll be sure to keep the event brief pending rain.

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Interfaith Candlelight Vigil and Walk – MLK 120 Hours of Action @ First Presbyterian Church
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this family-friendly event in remembrance of the work of Dr. King and in recognition of the work we need to do to make the Beloved Community a reality. Bring a candle, glowstick or other source of light. After a brief gathering ceremony, we will begin our candlelight walk to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Clergy and faith leaders are invited to wear vestments or other garments relevant to their ministry.

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Film Screening: “At the River I Stand” @ Omni Commons
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A recounting of the two months leading to the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
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Jan
19
Thu
Human Billboard: Expose Libby Schaff’s Racism and Reject Trump @ Rockridge Bart
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Join SURJ for a human billboard and flyering at Rockridge BART in conjunction with the APTP call to Resist Fascism & Reclaim MLK – 120 Hours of Direct Action. We’ll expose Mayor Libby Schaaf’s refusal to address police terror in Oakland.

Under Libby’s watch, the Oakland Police Dept. has murdered eight Black people in and around Oakland. Yet, she has not denounced even one of these killings. White supremacy has no place in Oakland. The police who committed these acts and those involved in the police department sex scandal have faced no prosecution and remain completely unaccountable for their racist actions. Meanwhile, Libby has increased OPD’s budget, AND she appointed a new police chief without any community input, contrary to Measure LL, which was passed by Oakland voters.

In addition, SURJ and our community partners are calling out Libby’s pro-developer policies that have displaced thousands of Oaklanders, especially Black and Brown community members. As we work to hold our local officials accountable, we believe now is the time to express our outrage over Donald Trump’s agenda and its open threats towards communities of color. We call on Libby to reject this agenda, not just in words but with bold action.

We refuse to stand idly by in the shadow of a potential Muslim registry, the deportations of millions of migrants, a government run by corporate interests, and the continued police terror wreaked upon Black and Brown communities across the US. We wish we could say that Oakland is poised to serve as an oasis where no one is affected by the draconian, racist policies of the incoming Trump administration. However, the record of Mayor Schaaf does not give us confidence that Oakland’s communities of color will be immune to their effects. This is why we as SURJ feel that it is critical to disrupt business as usual, whenever and wherever necessary.

As SURJ, we are lifting up these demands:
  -End police terror in Oakland and across the Bay Area
  -Development without displacement of Black and Brown communities
  -End the displacement caused by corporate coaxing of local government
  -Denounce Trump’s agenda with bold action, not just words
  -Maintain a sanctuary city ensuring real protections for undocumented people
  -Refuse to cooperate with any attempted Muslim registry
  -Maintain healthcare for all -Fight for the lives of queer and trans people, especially Black and Brown trans women
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Inauguration Eve Meditation & Prayer @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We will be meditating on Inauguration Eve at 12 noon at Oscar Grant Plaza. This is a loosely organized event and you are welcome to participate in your own way. We will be meditating silently for an hour, in anticipation of the battle to come.

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NOISE DEMO! Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion! @ Santa Rita Jail
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n honor of Martin Luther King and everyone who’s struggling against the prison industrial complex, the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition will be holding a noise demo at Santa Rita Jail. This action is organized as part ofAnti Police-Terror Project‘s call for 120 hours of direct action. #120Hours,#HellNawguration, #ReclaimMLK.

Noise demos break the isolation and alienation of cages and is a way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned and remembering those held captive by the state. This will be a family friendly event and it will not be arrestable. We are holding the event during the Thursday evening jail visiting hours to connect with people who are visiting their loved ones inside.

BRING: pots and pans, non-amplified noisemakers, drums, prayers, music, warm clothes, and signs.

RIDES:
If you need help getting to demo, a caravan will be leaving from Telegraph/20th in Oakland (near the Bank of the West pull off) at 4:30pm.

We will also be running free shuttles from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the jail from 5:30-6:15pm.

To reserve a spot in the caravan from Oakland or Shuttle from BART please email emily@ellabakercenter.org.

Buses #1 and #14 also pick up at the Dublin/Pleasonton Bart Station and drop off at Broder Blvd & Santa Rita Jail.

#SantaRitaJailFail #CareNotCages

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Know Your Rights: A training in support of 120 Hrs of Protest @ Grassroots House
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n support of the call by Anti Police Terror Project for 120 Hours of Protest (from the Martin Luther King holiday through Inauguration Day), Berkeley Copwatch is sponsoring a special KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training to help people get ready to deal with massive police presence in the streets. We will also practice techniques for gathering evidence, challenging racist practices and dealing with police intimidation even after the protests are over.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
– At a protest
– On the street
– When observing and recording
– What/how to document
– Non-violence principles

This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

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Jan
20
Fri
Bay Area Resist Trump – SF @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

On January 20th, Donald Trump’s inauguration begins a presidential term marked by outright xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, corporate giveaways and hate-fueled policies. We must reclaim our democracy, and show the nation how the Bay Area stands together to defend our communities and fight for justice. On this historic day, stand shoulder to shoulder with your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to RESIST TRUMP and join the movement to protect our healthcare, public education, civil liberties, unions, and environment. #rebelcitiesrising #J20

8 AM – 12PM Meet at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (Embarcadero BART) and march to Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Peter Thiel, ICE, and other groups supporting Trump’s hate-fueled policies. Greeters will be at Justin Herman Plaza anytime between 8AM and 12PM to direct you where to join the march.

11 AM: Children’s March

12 PM: Rally at 555 California St., San Francisco [Trump owned property]

Rallies and marches will be family-friendly!

This event is being organized by Jobs with Justice – San Francisco (jwjsf.org) and Bay Rising (bayrising.org). 

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J20 General Strike – Mutual Aid Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NO WORK! NO SCHOOL!

#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

Teach-ins/Workshops, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, A Free Store, Speakers and Music

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J20 Strike Community Organizing – Alchemy Cafe @ Alchemy Cafe
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

In solidarity with the J20 Strike, the cafe will be closed for business, but will offer free coffee and tea for organizers and people who want to collaborate with local groups to make a difference in our communities. We’ll also be collecting donations for: Standing Rock Water Protectors, Ghost Ship, and a domestic violence resistance org. Details TBA on facebook soon: @alchemycollective

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Technology for Racial Justice @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecting Racial Justice Organizations with Tech. Resources (part of the All Day Mutual Aid Fair: https://www.facebook.com/events/1862566130646162/)

If you’re with a not-for-profit organization or activist/advocacy group working on racial/social justice causes to support, defend, and uplift underserved and marginalized communities throughout the Bay Area and beyond, and could use help from technology resources, we’re here to help!

Fortunately, there are a growing number of people with diverse technical skills – often working in software start-ups and big tech companies, or as independent freelancers – who would gladly volunteer their time to support your technology needs upon request, for things like:

– Website set-up, hosting, and management
– Email newsletter setup and membership management tools
– How to create a crowdfunding page
– How to create and promote Facebook events
– File and document management & other cloud services
– Basic computer/wifi/website troubleshooting

Whether you work with a social justice organization or are a tech. specialist looking to volunteer, stop by our booth on #J20 for more information and to sign-up!

Are you a tech. person and able to volunteer at the event? Sign-up here:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fEPc-hOr3w71HGdHbzxT4muS5DkIGK1WWBfAVMxYTIQ/edit?usp=sharing

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J20 General Strike – Open Mic / Speak Out @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

NO WORK! NO SCHOOL!

#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

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Requiem for a Dream: A Resurrection of Hope @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A public interfaith ritual to give voice to the grief over our loss of faith in our nation’s public institutions and systems, looking toward a resurrection of hope through solidarity and community to strive for the world we imagine.

In light of the inauguration of a fascist, and in the week that we officially remember the radical legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., we seek to connect the dreams of our past with the hopes for our future.

This is a space to bring your grief, your tears, your mourning and anger, and to hold each other in love and healing. Together we will honor our feelings and honor our spiritual practices of hope. There will be chaplains on hand for those who wish to speak with one.

Everyone is encouraged to wear white (or other funeral garb for your tradition) and bring candles for the procession.
If you are clergy of any faith, wear garments that signify your affiliation.

The plan:
Gather at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland) at 5pm.
Procession at 5:30 in a mournful, solemn tone to Interplayce (2273 Telegraph), with stops for prayer and lamentation along the way in places that are historically significant for the movement for black lives and other struggles for justice.
Arrive at Interplayce around 6:30 pm for Interfaith Requiem Liturgy.

About the organizers:
We are an ad-hoc group of seminarians of many faiths studying at the Graduate Theological Union and our friends. We are committed to providing an anti-oppressive spiritual space for people to mourn. We welcome feedback and participation from people of all spiritual and religious backgrounds. We conceived of this liturgy in response to the grief that we and others in our many communities have felt following the election. We would love to hear in the comments section about what you, personally, are mourning and grieving right now.

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Jan
21
Sat
Woman’s March – Oakland @ Madison Park -> OGP
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join women and allies across the country to stand for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all, on the day after the inauguration. Marches in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose will join the national Women’s March in Washington DC. The call to the national Women’s March describes its purpose as to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

The call continues: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government in their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

“We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.”

More information on the national Women’s March here

The Women’s March mission statement includes a commitment to nonviolence with a detailed description including, “attack forces of evil not persons doing evil” and “avoid internal violence of the spirit,” as well as embracing the concept of creating a “beloved community.”

Complete statement on nonviolence here

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Resist Trump – #OccupyInauguration @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This will be a family-friendly event to protest the inauguration of Trump.

We urgently need a movement to fight racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia!

– No Border Wall! Stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants!
– Tax rich millionaires like Trump! Fund healthcare for all! Make college free!
– Black Lives Matter!
– End rape culture — #PussyGrabsBack
– Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline — Green Jobs now! — #NoDAPL

The Democratic Party establishment claimed to be our only defense against Trump and the right wing. They have failed and now it’s time to create our own movement that can boldly fight against right-wing attacks on our rights and on our lives. It’s time to build a new party of the 99%, a mass organization which both runs in electi

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Womens March Bay Area – SF @ Civic Center Plaza
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

he Women’s March is a national movement to unite everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. There will be marches in D.C. and around the country, including in Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose and other communities/towns/cities in the Bay Area.

San Francisco: 3:00-5:00 Rally at Civic Center, followed by 5:00-8:00 Candlelight march To Chelsea Manning Plaza (previously Justin Hermann Plaza)

The march represents the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

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Holiday Appeal for Class-War Prisoners (FundRaiser) @ Oakstop
Jan 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Jan
22
Sun
Healthcare For All Alameda County Chapter Revival Meeting @ Berkeley Public Library
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We are very pleased to announce that our Health Care for All-California Alameda County chapter is re-forming after a long slumber! The chapter will hold a chapter revival meeting with a movie showing of the brand-new documentary about #singlepayer health care “Now Is The Time”.
They’ll also discuss the upcoming campaign to get a #singlepayer bill passed in the California legislature in 2017. The meeting and movie showing will be at the Berkeley Main Library in downtown Berkeley on Sunday Jan 22nd from 1-4pm. Admission is free but we will take donations!
The library allows food at the meetings so we’re looking into supplying some snacks but we’d also love some food donations. And we’re looking for volunteers to help out with the screening, so if you’re interested please add a comment! We’ve got room for about 110 people so please RSVP here so we know if we’re maxed out. More details to follow! Thanks everyone for reading and spreading the word! Disclaimer: This event is not being sponsored by the Berkeley Public Library. We are only using their facility.
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Jan
25
Wed
“When We Rise” – Cleve Jones
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Jan
27
Fri
Omni Commons Celebration Dinner @ Omni Commons ballroom
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

thank you dinner and party to celebrate our purchase of the building.

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