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Jul
26
Sun
Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:

occupyoakland-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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)
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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What to do instead of calling the police @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Online Event
We are thrilled to invite YOU and 2-3 of YOURS! Into a virtual (via zoom) open share creative sharing about how you are considering, dreaming, engaging, and employing alternatives to policing systems when you face threats to your security and safety.
While we have been learning and building together in the Bay Area, a national Black–led movement and uprising for the abolition of white supremacist policing systems is forcing a national conversation and shift in practice about how we will invest in community, neighborhood, and personal systems of community solidarity, mutual aid, and safety – rather than relying on violent and white supremacist policing systems when we are afraid, or need help. What amazing times, and openings! Such appreciation for courageous Black youth, in particular.
Alongside this powerful movement, we seek to continue to support one another in the East Bay, especially those of us in largely/majority white communities and institutions, to develop our tools, resources, and practices for engaging alternatives to policing systems when we face fear and crises. Let’s help each other not become #karens and #kens, while building a supportive and robust, caring network that holds our concerns. Please join us for a series of loving and courageous conversations in July to learn more, and to share our ideas and resources for community investments and alternatives to policing systems.
1) Please join with the “Alternatives to Policing Coalition” and community to listen and participate in the upcoming Town Hall on investments needed for community safety, hosted by the Anti Police-Terror Project and Defund OPD Coalition. Please RSVP and join here to listen and learn together:

https://www.facebook.com/events/275393990570476/
2) Please BRING two friends from one of your communities (because we can’t do this work alone) for a follow up conversation, especially for those of us in white communities (neighborhoods, friends, organizations, faith communities). In this conversation, we will exchange ideas on who to call, and how to engage, and who to be so that we can rely on each other and community resources for help, rather than policing systems. This will be a creative, open source, small group & big group sharing and conversation on Sunday, July 26 by Zoom from 4:00–5:30. RSVP here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodOmopzorEtQ_xX8o__QGMoOyzoa_d2Hf
Sunday, July 26 4-5:30pm
Via Zoom
PLEASE REGISTER TO RECEIVE THE INVITATION TO JOIN: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcodOmopzorEtQ_xX8o__QGMoOyzoa_d2Hf
Accessibility: ASL interpretation and closed captioning will be provided.
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Solidarity with Portland – @OGP
Jul 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Jul
27
Mon
Speak Out Against Illegal Caltrans Evictions
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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People’s Park and the Overreach of UC Berkeley @ Online
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

By the People’s Park Historic District Advocacy Group

People’s Park is at the center of fifteen other officially recognized city landmarks, which collectively are a de facto historic district. They represent the heritage of the 1960s and the context of the larger theme of a century of town/gown relationships. Berkeley became a major target of the New Right conservative backlash with Ronald Reagan promising to “clean up the mess in Berkeley.” The preservation of the community-built park is again threatened by UC Berkeley because of the pressures of over-enrollment that has engendered overreach through university expansion into Berkeley and an attendant drain on city resources. UCB proposes to cover People’s Park with concrete housing monoliths, possibly to be erected by a private firm that will profit from student occupants. This would destroy both a historical legacy and much needed open space when reasonable alternatives are available. If Berkeley all but invented the sixties, surely the city and its university should be able to commemorate that decade by preserving People’s Park as the heart and soul of a vital historic district.

Register here. Space limited.

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Tax the Rich to Fund Schools and Services: Three Parts @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Zoom connection link

 

EBDSA members have the opportunity to help pass the largest tax increase in history on California’s wealthiest commercial property owners, raising $10-12 billion per year for public education and social services. With the Movement for Black Lives uprising deepening into the call for defunding the police, it will be necessary to expand revenues required to build alternative, sustainable public services, and practices. Progressive taxation—especially taxing the rich—is an essential path to accomplish that goal. “Schools and Communities First” (SCF), on the November 3 ballot, is backed by labor and opposed by the most reactionary sectors of capital.

A three-part education series will provide background for EBDSA participation in the campaign. Part I reviews the story of austerity politics and increasing inequality in California with Prop 13—which SCF proposes to reform—from 1978 to the present. Part II looks at the history of public-sector unionism and how a left-wing labor-community coalition won Prop 30, a ‘tax the rich’ ballot measure, in 2012. Part III will supply an overview of the SCF campaign, and explore how EBDSA members can plug in effectively. Biweekly on ZOOM, beginning Monday, June 29, presented by labor historian Fred Glass for EBDSA Labor Committee.

 

Where: Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81851574731?pwd=Y1RITkRZQjZPSFRvQmxoMENXeXpGUT09

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Jul
28
Tue
Defund OPD – Speak Out! @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Court Hearing on Tear Gas Use in Oakland @ ONLINE
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

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 Is Police Accountability Possible in Oakland? @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Is Police Accountability Possible in Oakland?

A national conversation is taking place about reforming, defunding, and re-imagining policing. Please join in the dialog!

The Oakland Police Department has caused untold suffering to families of mostly black and brown residents and has cost taxpayers $74 million dollars in legal settlements over the last 10 years. Being under a consent decree has failed to resolve problems in spite of 17 years of court oversight.

How could this happen?  What can we do about it?  Representatives from The Coalition for Police Accountability will share recent history of the Oakland Police Department and update us on Measure LL – the upcoming ballot initiative that hopes to strengthen police oversight and accountability.

It’s time for Oakland residents to make our police department accountable to the people of Oakland that they are sworn to serve.

The Zoom meeting is hosted by Reverend Theresa Soto, the Journey Towards Wholeness Transformation Team, and the Justice Team of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

 

 Please RSVP for this free event:
 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-police-accountability-possible-in-oakland-tickets-112869447556

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Aug
1
Sat
Caravan for Amazon Workers & All Essential Workers
Aug 1 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Bay Area Amazonians, Tesla workers, Gig Workers Collective, People’s Strike Bay Area, Workers United Against COVID-19, & other essential workers on a creative caravan for worker safety, workers’ rights, & worker solidarity.

RSVP: https://bayareaamazonians.org/petition-delivery-action

Or just show up!

Meet very early in the morning this Saturday outside the Amazon San Leandro warehouse,  at the nearby Walmart parking lot.

Amazon is putting workers’ lives at risk. Drivers don’t have access to COVID data from the warehouse workers and vice versa, even though they interact daily. Amazon is even delaying release of information about infections because they’re required to pay people to quarantine at home, so sometimes they wait until after the quarantine period is over before they tell people they might have been exposed!

We will deliver signatures on this petition demanding that Amazon shut down the warehouse for 14 days of deep cleaning: https://www.coworker.org/petitions/close-dsf4-for-deep-cleaning-and-pay-workers-for-the-time-off-work

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All Power to the People Rally @ West Oakland Bart
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Aug
2
Sun
San Quentin Prison Protest: No State Execution by COVID-19 @ Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking Lot
Aug 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Over 2,000 prisoners at San Quentin are infected with COVID-19. This pandemic should not be a death sentence. We will be holding a rally and protest at the West Gate of San Quentin State Prison on Sunday, August 2. We will start at 12 noon from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal Parking Lot and march and caravan to the West Gate to demand:

Our demands:
* Mass Releases Now!
* Stop transfers between prisons
* Provide COVID testing to 100% of the prison population and employees
* Limit staff movement in prisons
* Expand credit-earning opportunities
* Provide hygiene supplies
* Provide free televisiting and unlimited stamps
* Provide free phone calls
⠀Help spread the word. Join us!

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Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Aug 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:

occupyoakland-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

 

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
Announcements
(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)
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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Aug
3
Mon
National Day of Resistance in Oakland #EquityOrElse
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
National Day of Resistance
We demand safe, healthy, equitable schools.
Rally and Car Caravan
4pm – meet at La Escuelita 1050 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA
4:30pm – Rally
5:00pm – Car Caravan leaves for the superintendent’s house
This event will practice social distancing.
The rally and speakers will be broadcast on FM radio.
If/when you leave your car please wear a mask.
Demands:
No reopening until the scientific data supports it
Police-free schools
All schools must be supported to function as community schools with adequate numbers of counselors and nurses and community/parent outreach workers
Safe conditions including lower class sizes, PPE, cleaning, testing, and other key protocols
Equitable access to online learning
Support for our communities and families, including moratorium on evictions/foreclosures, cancel rent and mortgages, providing direct cash assistance to those not able to work or who are unemployed, and other critical social needs
Moratorium on new charter or voucher programs and standardized testing
Massive infusion of federal money to support the reopening funded by taxing the billionaires and Wall Street
Endorsed by:
OPEN
Journey for Justice
OEA
East Bay DSA
California Educators United
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Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ https://meet.jit.si/OGC
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 Because of the COVID pandemic we will be meeting virtually at https://meet.jit.si/OGC.

Point your computer web browser at that URL at 7 PM on the first Monday of the month. Chrome is said to work better than some of the alternatives, but Firefox, etc. work as well. If your computer does not have a camera and/or microphone you can use your smart phone.

Download the JITSI app here:

For Android search for ‘jitsi’ in the Play Store or go here:

For iPhone/IOS search for ‘jitsi’ in the App Store or go here:

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity. Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression. Sisters and brothers! The Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

We meet on the 1st Monday of each month
You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

oscargrantcommittee-subscribe@lists.riseup.net

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Public Bank of the East Bay @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Find out more about all the exciting new developments. Be part of the change to a people’s bank and people’s institutions. Email us for the Zoom link.

 

THIS IS THE TIME TO SUPPORT AN EAST BAY PUBLIC BANK!

The State Bank is a great start, but it’s one pillar of the new structure. In the East Bay, we’re moving forward with innovative funding sources and we hope to have a MAJOR announcement soon. While talking heads dither, we, the people, must create a new institution to address the systemic problems the pandemic has starkly revealed.

2019 saw the historic passage of state Assembly Bill 857, the Public Banking Act – tthanks to activists all over our state. Together we established the pathway for public banks to be created in California!

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Aug
4
Tue
Community Meeting on Police Brutality @ Willow Park
Aug 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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Aug
5
Wed
Ella Baker Meeting @ Online
Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

AUGUST MEETING

Join us for our monthly member meeting as we come together to build community and practice truth telling. Learn more about our work and get plugged into our campaigns. We will be meeting virtually this month and you must register to attend. This meeting is open to non-members so we encourage you to join and get to know us.

We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black hero of the civil rights movement. Following in her footsteps, we organize with Black, Brown, and low-income people to shift resources away from prisons and punishment, and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy, and strong.

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Aug
6
Thu
Protest San Leandro Police Killing
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Socialist Night School: Eco-Socialist Principles @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84693488061?pwd=M2t3S0dzdkhwN01oZm1hcFpHZS91UT09

In 2018 the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming report, stating that the world needed to steeply cut its carbon emissions and make radical changes in order to limit the planet’s temperature from rising to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. If that goal wasn’t met, the report predicted a horrifying increase in suffering for almost all life and ecological collapses.

In America, this report was met on the political Left by sustained calls for the abolition of capitalist exploitation of people and the planet. The rationale was that capitalism’s imperative for endless economic growth required massive amounts of energy, the vast majority of which is still produced through fossil fuels. Some of the specific responses were reinvigorated support for anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggles by Indigenous peoples, surges in attendance at climate strikes, and great support for proposals like the Green New Deal by elected officials.

East Bay DSA will explore this theme in a Socialist Night School mini-series, co-organized with our Green New Deal Committee. These 3 events will explore what it means to be an ecosocialist, the Red Deal and Indigenous struggle, and how to fight for a Green New Deal after Bernie.

In this first Night School, we’ll get an introduction to ecosocialism, its history, and how we can organize as ecosocialists today from the local to the national and international levels. Our readings will cover a broad swath of socialist history, and we’ll get started with 2 speakers:

Becca Miller has been a member of Boston DSA for two years and is a core member of the Take Back the Grid energy democracy campaign. She recently started her second term on DSA’s nationwide ecosocialism working group steering committee, where she’s been working on a new member onboarding process. Becca works as a campaign manager to increase state funding for a program that helps SNAP recipients afford more fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

Benny Zank is a member of the East Bay DSA Steering Committee and has previously served as co-chair of the chapter’s Green New Deal committee. He has organized as an ecosocialist for several years building strong coalitions with other organizations in the Bay Area and works professionally on addressing environmental issues, like supporting the California Energy Code. Follow him @bread_by_benny.

 

Priority Readings:

DSA Ecosocialist Working Group Principles

Care and Repair: Left Politics in the Age of Climate Change

 

Recommended Readings:

Karl Marx on the materials of production

An Ecosocialist Manifesto

 

 

 

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