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Apr
20
Fri
Trump, The Rightwing & The Targeting and Assault On Academics and Education Workers @ Finnish Hall
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

There is an organized attack on professors and education workers by Turning Point USA and other rightwing organizations funded by billionaires like the Mercer family and Tea Party politicians like Illinois governor Bruce Rauner. This forum will hear from academics who have been targeted, what this has meant to them and how they and their unions have fought back.

Turning Point USA with a budget of over $8 million dollars has organized events for racists and neo-nazis throughout the US, and set up chapters not only on college and universities but also on high school campuses. They are hiring political operatives who are coordinating a national organized witch hunt of professors and education workers who have challenged the racist and growing fascist attacks in the United States. They are also operating internationally to link up with racist and neo-nazi movements around the world.

This forum will also look at the historic connections between the Nazi movement and the growing rightwing attacks developing in the US, and how the unions and working class can organize against these new threats to democratic and worker rights. They have also been trained on how to use social media including Facebook to organize their targeting and witch hunts against those on their “Professors Watchlist”.

Professor Wendy Lynne Lee was targeted by right-wing Turning Point USA using a Facebook conflagration of verbal assault, threats in person harassment, character assassination and efforts to get her University officials to punish her.
Ph.D University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student Tariq Khan who is a unionist and anti-racist activist was also targeted by Turning Point USA and framed up by this organization to get him arrested and terminated from the University.

These organized attacks by this reactionary organization is part of their plan to “cleanse” the university and campuses of anti-racists and union activists as well as recruiting young people to a fascist movement.

Educational Forum with:

Professor Lynne Wendy Lee – Professor of Philosophy Bloomberg University of Pennsylvania, and active union member in the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF)

Tariq Khan – Graduate Student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and member of AFT GEO Local 6300 UIUC IFT/AFT AFL-CIO

Sponsored by:
Defend Public Education NOW! – https://www.facebook.com/DefendPublicEducationNOW/
KPFA WorkWeek Radio – https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio

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Apr
21
Sat
Earth Day Celebration – Living on Ohlone Land @ Planting Justice Nursery
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Regenerating the Land
  • Kids Activities
  • Plant Sale
  • Community Lunch
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Bail Clinic! @ East Bay Community Law Center
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bail Clinic!

If you’ve ever used a bail bonds company in California, we might be able to help. We may be able
to help with the following issues:

Confusing contracts
Co-signers and thos e who have signed a contract
on behalf of a loved one
Debt
High payment plans
Those at risk of losin g a home or car
Harassment from debt collectors
Bad credit
Being sued by a bail bonds company

Please contact Tamura Rosby at trosby@ebclc.org to schedule an appointment. Walkins
will be seen on a first come, first serve basis.
Childcare & Food will be provided.
Email: bailclinic@lccr.com
Phone Number: 415-578-0841

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Performance: “Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison” @ Black Repertory Group Theater
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison
A Benefit for the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper
Performed by Charlie Hinton & Fred Johnson
Written by Charlie Hinton
Music by Fred Johnson
Directed by Mark Kenward

*****
In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred), a 64 year old native of New York City, whos been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. During the visit, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

*****

Following the performance – a Panel Discussion with:
José Villarreal – formerly incarcerated in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay SHU; published artist and author; prisoner advocate
Marie Levin – sister of “Brutha Sitawa,” one of the four “main reps” who helped organize the 2011 & 2013 hunger strikes; co-founder of The Prisoner Advocacy Network/PAN, member of CA Families Against Solitary Confinement/CFASC
Anne Weills – co-counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights on Ashker v. Brown, the case that ended indefinite solitary confinement in California. She continues to fight for enforcement of the settlement.

About Fred and Charlie:

Fred Johnson is a formerly incarcerated person that has gone on to address the human rights issues of drug users and formerly incarcerated persons, as well as the wider community, guided by harm reduction principles. He has worked in a variety of settings, including policy analysis and syringe access programs throughout the US. He plays trumpet, mostly in the New York City area, and has recorded a CD, History Speaking (A Tribute to my Mentors).

Charlie grew up in Joplin, MO and spent 3 years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. He attended the founding meeting of Bay Area Gay Liberation in 1975, and through BAGL, began his prison work. He worked for 19 years at Inkworks Press, a collectively owned and managed printing company in Berkeley, CA that closed its doors in 2015, leaving him retired. Besides writing and visiting prisoners, Charlie works with Haiti Action Committee and the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Committee to End Sleep Deprivation. Solitary Man is Charlie’s second theatrical endeavor, after his solo show Life Wish. He is the author of Life Wish: Essays, Letters, Songs, Solo Performance, Haiku written over time.

Responses to Solitary Man:

I/WE want to Thank Mr. Charles Hinton for the wonderful work he is doing on our (Prisoners in California) behalf. We need for the world to see a glimpse of our daily suffering through this play, Solitary Man!!! 
Brutha Sitawa
Pelican Bay Hunger Striker
Signer, Agreement to End Hostilities, 2012

i/WE applaud Charlie Hinton for using his time, talent and creativity to help our tortured Class get the true story of our ordeal out to the World. A Solidarity Power Salute To You Charlie for your Solitary Man play.
Brutha Baridi
Pelican Bay Hunger Striker
Signer, Agreement to End Hostilities, 2012

Im a mother of a son that been in the prison system now 10 years. To hear Charlie put a voice to my silent pain lifted me. It gave me hope and strength that I need to finish this journey with my son. 
–Denise Jones

You should definitely not miss this show.  Very important, very appropriate, right on time.
–Kiilu Nyasha

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Revolution in the Air @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

West Coast release event for new edition of REVOLUTION IN THE AIR: SIXTIES RADICALS TURN TO LENIN, MAO, AND CHE.

Released during the 50th anniversary of the worldwide 1968 protests, the new edition of Revolution in the Air shares lessons that are as salient as ever. CPE is honored to host author, #MaxElbaum in conversation with Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and author of the new edition’s foreward.

Join us to celebrate people’s movements for change then and now!

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Poor People’s Campaign’s East Bay Mass Meeting! @ Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As the new Poor People’s Campaign spreads across the country, we wanted to invite you and your networks to the Poor People’s Campaign’s East Bay Mass Meeting! The Poor People’s Campaign is dedicated to ending systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality, and is co-chaired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis.

On April 21st, join us for the East Bay Mass Meeting. We will…
> LEARN from our neighbors affected by unjust policies
> GEAR UP for 40 Days of Action
> CONNECT with other activists, people of faith, and all those who care about justice
> Pastor Eddie Anderson, McCarty Memorial Christian Church, will deliver the keynote. The Rev. Lynice Pinkard will emcee.
> We hope to see you there! You may RSVP on Eventbrite:  or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739363892807808

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Film Showing: Mumia – Long Distance Revolutionary @ Omni Commons
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come see the acclaimed movie “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” on the big screen. Sponsored by Labor Action for Mumia and Liberated Lens.

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Rev. Dr. William Barber Comes to Oakland @ Allen Temple Baptist Church
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Congresswoman Barbara Lee bringing William J. Barber, II to Oakland! Let’s pack the house to be inspired by Rev. Dr. William Barber and to learan about the Poor People’s Campaign Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

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ROY ZIMMERMAN: REZIST @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

RoyZimmerman nyc 17scaledReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.

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Apr
22
Sun
Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 22 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

APRIL 22: Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s

Join the Ecology Center for TWO events on April 22nd.
From 10:00am – 6:00pm at the David Brower Center, join us for Berkeley Earth Day where Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, will be speaking about the history of Earth Day, its power and its future.
Berkeley Earth Day includes inspiring speakers, music, up-cycled crafts, bamboo bikes, great food and much more!
Learn more at BerkeleyEarthDay.org


Join our staff from 5:00-10:00pm at Gio’s Pizza & Bocce for a fun night of drinks and food! Ecology Center will get to keep a percentage of all sales.  At 8:30pm we will have a raffle with lots of great prizes!
Kalin Freeman will be serenading on his Alto Sax. This free event is all ages, bring the family and bring your friends!

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Earth Day at the David Brower Center @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate a shared vision for a sustainable future. A festival including music, food, and “eco-friendly products,” it will also include reports from the front lines of the struggle for a sustainable climate, including:

  • PANEL: Youth on the Front Lines of Environmental Advocacy, including Our Childern’s Trust (the kids suing the federal government for failing to protect them from climate catastrophe) and local youth who are organizing and speaking out about the critical environmental issues of our time,
  • Hope Bohanec, animal rights activist
  • Martin Borque, executive director of the Ecology Center
  • Lauren Ornelas, executive director of the Food Empowerment Project, which works for justice and sustainability in the food system
  • Sailesh Rao, executive director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate.
  • Jennifer Molidor, activist against industrial animal agriculture

The event will also include the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. an annual showing of environmental films aiming to inspire activism.

The event is free but tickets ($0 – $15) are required for the film festival. Tickets and details on the films available here

 

 

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Earth Day Celebration – Living on Ohlone Land @ Gill Tract
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

EARTH DAY IS ALMOST HERE

FIRST, join us on April 21st from 10-3 at Planting Justice Nursery (319 105 Ave. Oakland CA 94603) for a morning of community farm work, kids activities, a plant sale, and community lunch.

for more info check out plantingjustice.org

THEN join us on April 22nd at the UC Gill Tract Farm for the annual Earth Day Festival. We will kick the morning off with some good ol’ community farming to the tune of a few local DJ’s. Then together we will enjoy a FREE lunch of soup, bread and salad made with fresh produce. Our day will then focus on an enriching community conversation on working with local indigenous communities and issues titled “Living on Ohlone Land.” There will also be kids activities and tabling throughout the day.

Sign up to volunteer below!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848abaa29a0fe3-2018

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Apr
23
Mon
Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 23 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!

RSVP ON FACEBOOK

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Apr
24
Tue
Youth Spirit Artworks – Tiny Homes Proposal. Berkeley City Council. @ Berkeley City Council, Old City Hall
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Youth Spirit Artwork’s Tiny House Village project will be considered for very important permit & fee waivers, as well as other project benefits, by the Berkeley City Council. Our youth and project team are asking that as many of our supporters as possible attend this important Council meeting and speak on behalf of our item.
The proposal is sponsored by Council Members Ben Bartlett and Cheryl Davila and is being amended with input from the Mayor and City Manager. We will pass out the most up to date version of this proposal at the meeting, along with signs for everyone to hold.

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Apr
25
Wed
Malcolm Margolin to speak on Lessons from the Ohlone Way @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present Malcolm Margolin, author, publisher, and cultural bridge-builder, to speak on  Becoming Fully Human: Lessons From The Ohlone Way  in honor of Earth Day. Margolin is founder and  former executive director of Heyday Press, an independent nonprofit  publisher and cultural institution based in Berkeley, CA. His 1974 book,  The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area  was named by the SF Chronicle as one of the hundred most important
books of the twentieth century by a western writer.

He will share his experiences from his four-decades of involvement
with the Native communities of California. They reshaped his view of the world
and the East Bay. “The battle for a healthy, diverse, and abundant world is
first won or lost in the human imagination.”  Under his guidance, Heyday launched
News from Native California in 1987, a quarterly magazine devoted to the history
and ongoing cultural concerns of California Indians, and Bay Nature, in 2001 on
the natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

After retiring from Heyday, he founded the California Institute for Community,
Art, and Nature
(http://californiaican.org/) in 2017 to expand upon the work that
he began more than forty years ago. Friends of the California Institute for Community,
Art, and Nature, and the Alliance for Landless Peoples will join us on April 25th.

All ages are welcome – Wheelchair Accessible

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Divest San Francisco – Rally & March to City Hall @ Bank of America
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us as we rally in front of Bank of America and march to San Francisco City Hall to demand the SF Board of Supervisors, SF Mayor, and SF Treasurer divest its 10+ billion dollar cash flow from Wall Street banks and create a People’s Bank that will operate with principles of equity, social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

April 25th is the day of Bank of America’s shareholder meeting and it is also one of the main banks that manages San Francisco taxpayer money. Bank of America currently invests in the Dakota Access Pipeline, fossil fuels, gun manufacturers, private prisons, the military industrial complex, and predatory loans that drive low-income people out of their homes.

It is clear that Bank of America is run to make money for wealthy shareholders and not the benefit of those living in San Francisco. The time is now to end our toxic relationship and to finally break up.

We call on everyone to come and say that Bank of America’s time is up and that City officials needs to move as quickly as possible to create a peoples bank now!

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS! More details to come and if you would like to get involved please email publicbanksf@gmail.com*

#DivestSF #SFPublicBankNow #defundDAPL #occupyWallStreet

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Tech Profiling, Policing And Disruption of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ @ 117 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Free & Open to the Public / ADA Accessible

A Conversation and Strategy Session with:
-Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center
-Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus,
-Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project
-Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst with Electronic Frontier Foundation
-Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, CIYJA
-facilitated by Leslie Dreyer, organizer with Housing Rights Committee and Artist in Residence with the UC ACES Program

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it and recentralized power, while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Social media, license plate readers, facial recognition and AI are aiding local police, ICE, the Pentagon and beyond, and the most terrifying and distopian applications yet to be approved for use by our government get shipped abroad impacting the privacy and lives of international communities.

Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we’ll explore the following questions: What cross-movement strategies can we employ to keep undocumented folks and targeted communities safe? How can we pressure politicians who advance policies that threaten vulnerable residents, including immigrants of color, to work toward those that bring about real sanctuary? And how can we leverage our proximity to Bay Area-based tech surveillance behemoths to demand justice for those most impacted locally and abroad?

*Cosponsored by UC Berkeley’s American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program, Housing Rights Committee of SF,
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Arts and Design Initiative

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Apr
26
Thu
Bail Reform Film Screening & Discussion @ Laurel Books, off Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Pack the Police Commission: Demand Accountability @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

From its inception, the Oakland Police Commission has been incredibly problematic. One of the most egregious elements is that it allows the Mayor to directly appoint three people to the commission with no vetting.

NOW – the Commission is dragging its feet to comply with community demands that the Chair of the commission, Thomas Lloyd Smith, who was directly appointed by Libby Schaaf, undergo an investigative process related to inappropriate actions he has taken as the Chair:

– On March 11, the night of the most recent police shooting in Oakland, Mr. Smith showed complete disregard for the community by getting on the media and parroting the police narrative of that shooting without any investigation having happened.

– Mr. Smith was not supposed to be at the scene in the first place. His mere presence at the scene violated the very procedures he was trained in and prevents him from later engaging in disciplinary procedures.

– Mr. Smith falsely claimed that the meetings needed to move from Wednesday to Thursday’s because that was the only day KTOP could broadcast in an effort to exclude a member of the commission who has been publicly critical of his behavior.

– There are multiple concerns about the actions of Mr. Smith, both on the dais and behind the scenes. These have been brought to him both from the community in public forum and privately, and as well have been expressed to him by several commissioners- mostly women. He remains unwilling to acknowledge or respond to these concerns.

Not only has his actions demonstrated a necessity for careful scrutiny of the behaviors of commissioners, but before this commission was even formed we knew it was compromised by the placement of Mayoral appointees without a clear transparent process for the skills, and characteristics of who the mayor would send to be on this commission. We knew this before the commission even began, but as a Mayoral appointee, he has simply proven our point.

We continue to maintain that all commissioners should be appointed by the community to represent the community, and should be always evaluated by and held accountable by the community. You cannot replicate the systems of oppression that exist within the police department by hiding facts, being dishonest and avoiding accountability.

Join APTP to demand an investigative process for Mr. Smith to be accountable for his actions.

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