Calendar

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May
4
Wed
North America Premiere of Drone Whistleblower Doc NATIONAL BIRD @ Pacific Film Archive
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We are pleased to announce the North American Premiere of our feature documentary National Bird at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and the West Coast Premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in May.

National Bird follows the journeys of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the veterans to Afghanistan where she learns about one of the worst U.S. airstrikes to have impacted civilians. For the first time, the Afghan survivors, men and women, speak openly about what has happened to them.

National Bird was made by a team of mostly women – in front of the camera and behind.

We would love to share our film with you on the big screen and hope you can make it to one of our screenings. Each will be followed by a Q&A with protagonist Lisa and director Sonia Kennebeck.

Sunday, May 1, at 8 PM
The Victoria Theatre, San Francisco

Monday, May 2, at 3 PM
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, San Francisco

Tuesday, May 3, at 4 PM
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley

For tickets, please visit the SFIFF website for more information.

And please forward this email, follow, like and promote us on Facebook and Twitter!

We hope to see you soon!

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NO POVERTY HOTELS IN OAKLAND @ Oakland City Hall
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Almost 40 East Bay hotel and food service workers flooded City Hall last week to tell the City Council that we don’t need poverty-wage hotels in Oakland – we need good jobs that support workers, families and communities of color. The workers will be back at City Hall tomorrow night – stand with them!

This winter, employees at the Holiday Inn Express on Hegenberger complained that their bosses were breaking Oakland’s minimum wage law. The City of Oakland investigated and issued a report showing many violations, and ordered the owners to pay back wages and a $5,000 fine.

But the very next month, the City gave the Holiday Inn Express owners a permit to open a new Hampton Inn in Chinatown.

Local 2850 appealed that decision, and our appeal will be heard by the Planning Commission tomorrow night. Please come out and show the City that our community has low-wage workers’ backs. This is our chance to support development that supports our community, and stop a project from hotel owners with a history of mistreating low-wage workers.

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May
5
Thu
Certificate of Rehabilitation Workshop @ Suite 300
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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May
6
Fri
First Friday tabling with Oakland Justice Coalition @ South End of First Friday
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Oakland First Friday to table and canvass! We’ll focus on collecting signature for our three Oakland ballot initiatives, as well as voter registration.

We haven’t been assigned a space yet, but the political groups are always located together at the south end of the event on Telegraph between Grand and 23rd. We’ll have a table with two chairs and signage.

Please share this event with your friends! There is so much foot traffic at Oakland First Fridays that we’ll need all the help we can get.

We’re working to get these three measures on the ballot:

From the Coalition for Police Accountability: Measure X turns the current Citizens’ Police Review Board into a Police Commission that has power to approve police policies and discipline officers who are found guilty of misconduct.

From the Oakland Tenants Union: Oakland’s “Renters Upgrade” would expand Oakland’s current “Just Cause for Eviction” law and provide greater ability for the city to enforce existing laws amidst a wave of unfair evictions and widespread harassment as demand for housing in Oakland grows.

From Oakland Livable Wage Assembly: A Minimum Wage/Fair Scheduling ordinance that will raise Oakland’s minimum wage to $14/hr in 2016 and $20/hr by 2020, as well as implement fair scheduling similar to San Francisco’s recent ordinance and mandate enforcement of both.

These three measures represent a people’s legislative agenda, enacted through direct democracy at the ballot box. The Oakland Justice Coalition invites anyone who is concerned about Oakland’s housing crisis, police repression of communities of color and rampant income inequality to join us in building a grassroots movement for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

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First Friday: Alan Blueford 4th Anniversary @ Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With Green for the Heart Chakra & Peace for what we Cultivate in the Space- Alan Blueford Center for Justice (First Friday). May 6th is the exact day Alan Blueford’s life was taken at 18 years old by an Oakland police officer. So we come together- hearts open, creativity flowing, band live- to transcend, so are you coming through?

 

‪#‎TatuVision‬ ‪#‎OneLove‬ ‪#‎ABC4J‬

60897
May
7
Sat
Police Militarization, a Discussion. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Communist Party USA (Oakland/Berkeley)
invites you to a discussion: Police Militarization
Suggested Readings:

Ana Conner &Tara Tabassi, ‘Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time’
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33001-ending-police-militarization-one-city-at-a-tim

Stephen Graham, Cities Under Seige, The New Military Urbanism
http://libcom.org/files/Graham,%20Stephen%20-%20Cities%20Under%20Siege.%20The%20New%20Military%20Urbanism_0.pdf This is a book length piece – worth reading introduction and skimming the rest

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Suds, Snacks, & Socialism: U.S. Imperialism II Hands Off the Americas @ Starry Plough Pub
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

From the Peace and Freedom Party Platform: “The drive for greater profits by multi-national corporations which direct U.S. foreign policy is a major cause of war. We stand for peace between nations and the right of all peoples to self-determination. We support an ongoing socialist transformation everywhere.” We have confirmed speakers to address issues of war, imperialism, revolution, and socialism in Haiti (Pierre Labossiere), Puerto Rico (Ricardo Ortiz), and Venezuela (Laura Wells).

FREE! Please buy food & drink at the Pub. All ages welcome! FREE!

This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like.

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

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May
9
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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Will Oakland Ban Petroleum Exports? @ Oakland City Hall
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come tell the City Council to ban exports of crude oil, fuel oils, and gasoline — as well as coal — from the new Oakland Bulk and Oversize Terminal (OBOT). The City Council has announced it will hold a hearing May 9 to consider this expanded fossil-fuel ban at OBOT, the marine terminal that is the focus of the campaign to keep coal out of Oakland.  We don’t yet know who will be providing expert testimony.  But certainly everyone who cares about local health and safety and global climate change –- especially those with expertise on these products — should come and speak in favor of the expanded ban.   To sign up to speak, go to:

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityClerk/s/SpeakerCard/SpeakerCard/OAK032373

For “item,” you can put “oil.”  There is only one item on the agenda

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The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program @ First Congregational Church
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Jeremy Scahill in Berkeley

The Assassination Complex reveals stunning details of the government’s secretive and horrific drone warfare program, based on documents supplied by a confidential source in the intelligence community.

Drones are a tool, not a policy. The policy is assassination. Proponents of drone warfare, however, prefer the term “targeted killings.” But drone strikes Frequently kill people who are not the intended target. Unless it can be proven otherwise, the government refers to these unintended victims as “enemies killed in action.” These deaths – all too often of women and children – dwarf the number of actual combatants who have been murdered by drones. They have generated among foreign populations intense anger toward the U.S., and they have become a recruiting tool for jihadists.

Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues on The Intercept obtained a cache of classified slides from a source within the intelligence community that provides a startling window onto the Inner workings of the U.S. military’s drone operations. These documents make it possible to begin the necessary, long-overdue debate about this 14-year campaign of targeted killing that has been deliberately hidden from the public, and exactly why it is conducted so ruinously in so many places.

Jeremy Scahill, one of the three founding editors of The Intercept, is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, author of the internationally bestselling books Dirty Wars and Blackwater, and twice a recipient of the George Pol Award.  He will also discuss The Intercept, the investigative web magazine founded by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, a publication of First Look Media.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert, host of this one-time event, is the daily host of UpFront, KPFA’s popular hour-long news magazine with a strong focus on state and local issues.

 

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May
12
Thu
FILM SCREENING: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“This Changes Everything” is the great critically acclaimed film inspired by Naomi Klein’s book and directed by Avi Lewis about how the challenges of climate change can lead us to a post-fossil fuel, post-capitalist future. This is an ultimately encouraging film, which everyone must as most if not all people do care about justice.

The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

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May
14
Sat
Film: Traces of the Trade @ Niles Discovery Church
May 14 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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60891
May
16
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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May
20
Fri
Film: Care Not Cages: Breaking Down the Box @ Unitarian Church
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for the 30 minute film BREAKING DOWN THE BOX followed by an update on California solitary confinement by Laura Magnani of AFSC’s Healing Justice program. Jennifer Kim, Esq. Director of Programs for the Ella Baker Center will discuss the legislation on confinement and isolation for youth. Before and after, step into the mock solitary confinement booth to experience the dimensions of the solitary world. Learn how you can help.

Childcare available with 48 hour advance notice. This is a FRAGRANCE FREE event. For more information or to request childcare, contact Lauren Poole at lpoole53@gmail.com.

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May
22
Sun
Oakland Book Festival @ Oscar Grant Plaza / City Hall
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Oakland Book Festival

Free and open to the public
Read. Debate. Celebrate.

One day – Seven Hours – 90 Writers – 40 Events

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Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence

~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.

~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.

~ Working groups: tbd

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!
#Justice4ThemAll

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting:
omnicommons.org/connect

 

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May
23
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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May
29
Sun
Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
May 29 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally . Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (web@occupyoakland.org)
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (kitchen@occupyoakland.org)
Strike Debt Bay Area : strikedebtbayarea.tumblr.com
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:http://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:https://www.facebook.com/ABC4JUSTICE
Oakland Privacy Working Group:https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity: prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com/
Bay Area AntiRepression: antirepression@occupyoakland.org
Biblioteca Popular: http://tinyurl.com/mdlzshy
Interfaith Tent: www.facebook.com/InterfaithTent
Port Truckers Solidarity: oaklandporttruckers.wordpress.com
Bay Area Intifada: bayareaintifada.wordpress.com
Transport Workers Solidarity: www.transportworkers.org
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy) freshjuiceparty.com/chalkupy-gallery
Sudo Room: https://sudoroom.org
Omni Collective: https://omnicommons.org/
First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999
Sunflower Alliance: http://www.sunflower-alliance.org/
Bay Area Public School: http://thepublicschool.org/bay-area

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United: www.obau.org
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department: http://tinyurl.com/kpvb3rv

 

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David Swanson & Cindy Sheehan: War Is A Lie @ Fellowship Hall
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

warisalieJohnDavidJoin David and Cindy to mark the publication of the new, 2nd edition of War is A Lie, a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, countering the theory that war is an inevitable part of human nature and drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, especially those wars that have been widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, a manual to be used in debunking future lies before future wars have a chance to begin. Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.

Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie, When the World Outlawed War, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush, and Tube World (a childrens’ book). He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
cindysheehanCindy Sheehan has authored five books, including Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey Through Heartache to Activism and Revolution, A Love Story, her latest, a love note to Venezuela. Cindy’s oldest child, Casey, was killed in Iraq on April 04, 2004 in a war that neither she nor he supported. Cindy garnered international notoriety in the summer of 2005 when she camped out at George Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Tx. Cindy is mother to three surviving children and four grandbabies. She divides her time between writing, traveling to work for peace and justice, playing with her grandchildren, and hosting The Soapbox radio show http://cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

Autographed Copies of War Is A Lie will be for sale.

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May
30
Mon
Occupella: Tax the Rich Weekly Rally @ In front of the old Oaks Theater
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.

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