Abolition Then and Now: Robin D. G. Kelley and Isaac Julien @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join historian Robin D. G Kelley and artist Isaac Julien for an online conversation about the anti-slavery movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and current abolitionist uprisings against racist police brutality and the prison industrial complex. The conversation is informed by “Lessons of the Hour-Frederick Douglass” (2019), Julien’s immersive, ten-screen film installation about the famed abolitionist currently on view at McEvoy Arts. The conversation takes place online via Zoom on Wednesday, December 1, 2020 at 12pm PST. Attendance is free with registration.

With excerpts of his speeches and dramatizations of his private and public milieus, ‘Lessons’ offers a contemplative, poetic journey into Douglass’ zeitgeist and a forceful suggestion that the lessons of the abolitionist’s hour have yet to be learned. The installation is joined by Julien’s tintype portraits and mise-en-scenes photographs of the film’s subjects as well as “When Living is a Protest,” an exhibition of modern and contemporary photography from the McEvoy Family Collection curated by Mark Nash and “New Labor Movements” a daily resonant film program curated by Leila Weefur that explores contemporary visions of America and concepts of transnational Blackness. The exhibitions are on view through March 13, 2021. Admission is free.

Isaac Julien’s pioneering artistic practice incorporates the moving image, photography, and installation to create open-ended narratives through physical and sensorial immersion. Robin D. G. Kelley is a Professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA. His research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa; black intellectuals; music; visual culture; contemporary urban studies; historiography; poverty studies; and ethnography. This event is co-presented with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz as part of UC Santa Cruz’s ‘Visualizing Abolition’ series.


Community Dialogs – Mass Incarceration and Higher Education @ Online
Dec 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re excited to announce Community Dialogs, a public education program offering events on topics related to mass incarceration and higher education. Events will feature guest speakers including students, our local community, and national experts; film and book discussion groups featuring Mount Tamalpais College faculty; and online workshops free of charge.

The first event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 6:30pm-7:45pm, and will feature the premiere screening of With This Knowledge, a short documentary series following two former students on their reentry journey. Film subjects Sumit Lal and Sajad Shakoor, and filmmaker R.J. Lozada will discuss the film, facilitated by Aly Tamboura. Please RSVP for this free virtual event here.

We hope to see you there!

With warm regards,
Mount Tamalpais College


Socialist Night School: Why the Working Class? @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Socialists talk a lot about the working class. Why is that? Well, we think workers play a particular role under capitalism that makes them central in the fight for socialism. As the main producers of society’s wealth, workers have the potential power to halt the system. What does it mean to build this power and how does that inform our organizing today?

Join the East Bay DSA Political Education Committee for a discussion of these questions and more!

Reading + Listening

Hal Draper, Why the Working Class

Vivek Chibber, Why the Working Class

Video: Why Do Socialists Talk So Much About Workers? with Vivek Chibber (Optional)


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Anti-Racism 101: How to Show Up For Racial Justice @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
If you are feeling called to action but are not sure how to or where to begin, this workshop is for you.
In this introductory workshop, we’ll start by understanding systemic racism as a system of advantage rooted in the beliefs and institutionalization of white supremacy, rather than a product of individuals who are “good” or “bad”.
We’ll also discuss how individuals can engage in an ongoing practice of anti-racism to actively dismantle racism in their daily lives.
Attendees will have opportunities to engage in small-group dialogue and create a plan for taking at least one action in support of racial justice within their personal spheres of influence. Join us as we come together in community to learn, empower, and participate in change.
This workshop welcomes anyone who would like to participate, but it is especially well-suited for white people who are:
In the early stages of exploring what it means to be a white anti-racist
Seeking to grow their skills in analyzing and discussing the effects of racism
Feeling compelled to take action to create a more just world
This event will be held on Zoom, and a computer or smartphone will be required.
Closed captioning can be offered.
This event will be offered only in English; we have not yet built capacity for translation to other languages.
This workshop has a suggested registration fee on a sliding scale of $0-30 to accommodate participants of all class backgrounds. Please contribute what feels right to you.
At least 70% of all registration fees collected will be passed to SURJ Bay Area’s accountability partners, who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led organizations doing racial justice movement work. A small portion of funds will be allocated to support SURJ’s operations.
Ectopia 2050 – Ecology Center Lecture Series @ Online
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Ecotopia 2050 is designed as a 5 Episode speaker discussion series with the first episode serving as an introduction/prelude to the event. The speaker discussion series is paired with corresponding book club meetings that give participants a more intimate opportunity to discuss the themes of the book in the community.

Based on the 1975 blockbuster utopian novel Ecotopia, this discussion and book club event series revisit some of the futuristic visions of the Ernest Callenbach classic. His visionary ideas, and those of his generation, that he so skillfully captured in Ecotopia are a fascinating amalgam of technical, economic, societal, and cultural transformations. They are predictive on so many levels, and the series will explore what has come true, what remains on the list of things to do that were proposed, and what new visions we might begin to pull together in the construction of an updated Ecotopian vision of today.

Registration Instructions
1. Choose your experience (single episode) or full series
2. Are you joining the book club? *choose the add on
Note: You must be registered for the full series if you register for book club.
3. Check out.
4. A secure Zoom link will be sent 24 hours ahead of event time to registered email.

Limited Income $60 full series $20 single episode
Membership $90 full series $25 single episode
General admission $110 series $35 single episode

No-one turned away for lack of funds.
EC Scholarship Request form here
Workers and Just Transition: A Global View @ Online
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am


Worldwide transitions deserve a worldwide response!  An exciting webinar produced by the Labor Network for Sustainability and the Just Transition Listening Project Organizing Committee will bring together labor and policy leaders to share perspectives, stories, and strategies from the frontlines of the struggle for a global just transition.  This webinar is the sixth in a series of the Just Transition Listening Project.  In addition to the webinar series, they have conducted interviews with more than 100 community leaders and workers to learn of their experiences and perspectives on Just Transition.  Their report from these interviews will be available in January.

With the election of a President who acknowledges the threats of climate change and of ongoing economic devastation for working people, we have an opportunity to seriously address how to make a transition to a climate-safe, socially-just, worker-friendly society.  The primary objective of the JTLP is to ensure that workers and community voices are central to the conversation of a Green New Deal and other climate policies.  From the experiences of metalworkers in South Africa to the coal miners in Spain, to workers across sectors in Latin America and across the world, the struggle for a just transition is truly global.  In order to effectively address the worldwide transitions we are facing in our jobs, environments, and homes, we must demand a worldwide response.


Richard Lipsitz
President, Western New York Area Labor Federation


Ana Belén Sanchez
Regional Specialist in Green Employment,
International Labor Organization

Samantha Smith
Director, Just Transition Centre
International Trade Union Confederation

Woodrajh Aroun
Former Education and Parliamentary Officer,
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Dinga Sikwebu
Education Director, NUMSA

Mariano Sanz Lubeiro
Confederal Secretary of Environment and Mobility,
Workers’ Commissions, Spain



Suds, Snacks, and Socialism…BYO Election 2020: WTF!? @ Online
Dec 5 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Speakers and themes include:
* Dr. Laurence Shoup: The factors behind the vote: Historical, economic, social and political

* Michael Rubin: The political reality revealed: What should socialists do now?

* Marsha Feinland: California politics unmasked: What ballot initiatives have become

This event is sponsored by the Oakland Greens, Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change, and the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party.

Strike Debt Bay Area Economics Book Group – Revenge Capitalism @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 5 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm



Revenge CapitalismStrike Debt Bay Area hosts a non-technical book group discussion monthly on new and radical economic thinking. Previous readings have included Doughnut EconomicsLimitsBanking on the PeopleCapital and Its Discontents, How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, and The Deficit Myth.

For our October discussion we will be reading the first two chapters of  ‘Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts‘ by Max Haiven (You can order it from Pluto Press.)

For our November discussion we’ll be reading the third and fourth chapters, and for our December discussion we’ll read the final chapters and closing material.

Join us – all are welcome! (This is a dense and intricate book, so if you want to join in on the discussion in December as opposed to just auditing the discussion and listening to the author we’d ask that you make sure you’ve read it…)

Capitalism is in a profound state of crisis. Beyond the mere dispassionate cruelty of ‘ordinary’ structural violence, it appears today as a global system bent on reckless economic revenge; its expression found in mass incarceration, climate chaos, unpayable debt, pharmaceutical violence and the relentless degradation of common life.

In Revenge Capitalism, Max Haiven argues that this economic vengeance helps us explain the culture and politics of revenge we see in society more broadly. Moving from the history of colonialism and its continuing effects today, he examines the opioid crisis in the US, the growth of ‘surplus populations’ worldwide and unpacks the central paradigm of unpayable debts – both as reparations owed, and as a methodology of oppression.

Revenge Capitalism offers no easy answers, but is a powerful call to the radical imagination.

Max Haiven is Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University, Canada. His books include Art after Money, Money after Art (Pluto, 2018), Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power (Zed Books, 2004), Cultures of Financialization (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and the Radical Imagination (Zed Books, 2014).

Health Care for All @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Health Care for All – Contra Costa County News / 12-06-19 Zoom

If you are interested in joining us, please email Yi Shepard.
Links to the draft agenda and draft October meeting notes.

And at this meeting we will elect directors and officers for 2021. Therefore Contra Costa County chapter members are highly encouraged to attend.


Message from Chapter Co-Chairs

We hope this finds you well.  We are relieved at the outcome of the federal election, which makes any effort to legislate health care reform at the State level, though not easy, more of a possibility.  Despite and because of what COVID has revealed about problems in our health care system, our work advocating for single-payer reform continues with more commitment than ever.

As most of you know, meetings of Newsom�s Healthy California for All Commission have been postponed until February.  In the meantime, we can write letters to the editor, continue to educate our friends and contact our legislators about the need for single-payer healthcare reform.

We continue to look for someone willing to post our newsletter every other month. If you are willing to do so and have some knowledge of HTML, please contact us.

We hope that you continue to stay healthy and wish you the best.

Susan Buckland and Janet Thomas

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 6 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Ongoing War on Syria & Why it Matters |
Rick Sterling will discuss the current situation in Syria and future prospects if Biden assumes the Presidency. Unreported in mainstream media, the US and allies continue to wage hybrid warfare on Syria – economically, politically, judicially and militarily. Why does the US persist in attacking Syria, preventing it from recovering and harming millions of Syrians? Will this change with a Democrat in the White House?  Why has this struggle become a focal point of East – West conflict? What are the best and worst things that could happen?
   Rick Sterling is on the Steering Committee of Syria Solidarity Movement.

He is an independent journalist who has written many articles about Syria..
The meeting will be opened up, as usual, at 10:15 for anyone to join and discuss technical matters, catch up with each other, say Hi, etc. We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open for informal discussion.

Raj Sahai’s Zoom Meeting. (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:15am – 1:15pm Pacific Time

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Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

How the US Dominates the World Economy: Failings of Modern Monetary Theory and why the US can print trillions of dollars and not experience inflation.

Stansfield Smith will explain how the US control of the world economy since the end of World War II has enabled it to bully the world’s countries into depending on the US dollar and using it as the international currency. This requires world countries to amass quantities of dollars to operate and to pay the cost of upholding the value of the dollar, which includes investing in the growing US debt. This also explains how the US can use its economic sanctions to punish countries that seek independence from US control. While Modern Monetary Theory gives an account of why the US can continue to print vast sums of money and suffer little inflation, its explanation avoids confronting the reality of US control of the world financial structure.

Stansfield Smith’s presentation is based on his articles: Inadequacy of Modern Monetary Theory and the Power of the US Dollar in the World Economy and Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation.
Stan Smith has been involved in the Freedom for the Cuban Five movement and the movements in defense of the sovereignty of El Salvador, Cuba, Venezuela, and other Latin American countries for 40 years. He has written numerous articles such as: First Two Months in Power: Hitler vs. TrumpWhat North Koreans ThinkFraming North KoreaIs Russia imperialistChina’s International Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona PandemicChomsky and Other Liberal Intellectuals Ask Us to Join Them in Throwing in the Towel. He produces a weekly compendium of articles on Latin America at


Sun, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (Thanksgiving weekend)
TENTATIVE: Abhinav Sinha on the International Working Class
Our speaker is editor of the renowned Hindi magazine ‘Muktikami Chhatron-Yuvaon ka Aahwan.’

Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Logic of Capitalist Production and Marx’s Ecology
Even many Marxists are convinced that Marx believed in production without limitations, and thus Marx was oblivious to the question of ecology of the planet. Today the world is caught in a double jeopardy: on one hand capitalism is reducing workers’ organized bargaining power by production shifted to lowest wage countries pitting workers of one country against another and on the other capitalist production is consuming the resources of the planet provided by Nature rapidly while massively polluting land, water, and air. Since the fall of the USSR, China has been touted as the successful model of socialism using the capitalist market, or what is termed as “Market-Socialism”. This leads workers in US with no hope unlike in 1930s when they saw hope after the revolution in the USSR and workers had state power and were constructing socialism. A section of the US workers were drawn to a demagogue, namely Trump in the US and in India a majority of workers followed another demagogue: Modi in India. This trend is also developing in other countries. Raj Sahai will analyze this situation in the first hour and then in the second invite comments from the audience.

Know Your Rights Training @ Online
Dec 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Berkeley Copwatch:

An introduction to your constitutional rights as they pertain to filming the police.

The training will cover:
I.    Introduction and Principles of Copwatching
II.   Legal Rights and how they play into filming the police
III.  Three Types of Stops, Violations, and Police Misconduct
IV.  Copwatching Techniques
V.   How to Film
VI.  How Can You Fight Back

Sliding scale donations start at $0

DSA East Bay General Meeting @ Online
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for a voting General Meeting of East Bay DSA! This month, we will hear a resolution to approve a campaign plan as we launch our push for California single-payer system, and hear how to get involved with some of our chapter’s new organizing projects.

The full agenda will be available shortly.

The meeting will be conducted via Zoom — please register here!

Sunflower Alliance @ Online
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’re looking forward to getting together with you for our regular meeting. We’ll discuss the latest developments in the campaigns we’re participating in: fighting local fossil fuel expansion, coal exports, and refinery pollution. And local work to plan for a just transition and sustainable future. Plus most important, check in with each other.

We need your participation and your voice!


Sunday, December 6, 1 – 3 PM


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Not My Dirty Money: Youth Power in Divestment to Fight the Climate Emergency @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tune in on December 6th to hear from young people fighting the climate emergency by leading divestment work in their communities, school systems, and college campuses.

Join us in taking the first step to divest from Wall Street and big banks like Chase who are poisoning the water we drink and the air we breathe, and reinvesting in the community-based solutions we need.


Are you in the beginning stages of deciding who you want to bank with? Do you have a checking account with Chase bank? Are you concerned about the growing climate crisis affecting communities across the world?

Join the Youth Power in Divestment Webinar hosted by Not My Dirty Money on Sunday, December 6th at 4pm PST / 7pm EST. We will hear stories from youth from across the country who are fighting various pipelines through a variety of direct action tactics.

We will also be in conversation with young organizers about how they empower their communities in solidarity with the frontlines to advocate for climate justice and dismantle systems that continue to put profits before people.

JPMorgan Chase is one of the largest funders of fossil fuels, but they aren’t alone. Big banks and Wall Street seek profit at any cost, and we are fighting back. Chase must move their investments out of fossil fuels and into renewable energy!

Young people have the power to make their voices heard and push banks like Chase to divest, and bring an end to pipelines and the environmental, patriarchal, and cultural violence that they bring… MOVE THE MONEY.

COALITION: Not My Dirty Money


divestment info:

Future Coalition
Earth Guardians
Power Shift Network
Divest Ed

DSA Green New Deal for Transit Meeting @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us to win power for:
Free Public Transit
Greatly expanded service, accessibility, and schedule
Protection of union workers and expansion of union jobs
Social equity to overcome transportation discrimination
Conversion of Public Transit to Zero Emissions vehicles

RSVP for Zoom link.

Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 Because of the COVID pandemic we will be meeting virtually at

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:

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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

Truth Act Forum – Alameda County @ Online
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join community members and advocates for the third TRUTH Act forum in Alameda County to demand transparency and accountability! If we uphold our values, we’ll move Alameda County forward together.

Under the TRUTH Act, any jurisdiction that has allowed ICE access in the past year is required to hold a community forum bringing transparency to local jail entanglement with immigration enforcement.

At #AlamedaTruthForum2020, we’re calling on the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to end all collaboration with ICE. Regardless of a community member’s convictions, they are valued and should not be funneled to ICE, which could be a death sentence. Collaborating with ICE is one of the many things the Sheriff spends money on that ends up harming communities of color and immigrant communities. For this reason, we participate in this forum in solidarity with the many Alameda community racial justice organizations and their demands to #DefundThePolice & #DefundTheSheriff, and invest in Black communities.

Prison Letter Writing Night @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Prison Mail Night – Holiday Cards Edition!

Elaa Baker Center will host a virtual mail night to send out our annual holiday card to people who are currently incarcerated across the country. Our mailing list has grown to over 7,000 incarcerated people! This may be the only holiday card many will get this season, and with so much tragedy and loss, a bit of hope and light is always welcome. Please join us for our holiday themed mail night. RSVP to for Zoom link.

Green New Deal Reading Group – Our History is the Future by Nick Estes @ ONLINE, VIA 'ZOOM'
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We will be reading the prologue and the first chapter ahead of this meeting. Anyone interested in learning and discussing with others is welcome to join us.

The book is about how two centuries of Indigenous resistance created the movement proclaiming “Water is life”. In Our History Is the Future, Nick Estes traces traditions of Indigenous resistance that led to the #NoDAPL movement. Our History Is the Future is at once a work of history, a manifesto, and an intergenerational story of resistance.


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

We are now meeting every two weeks on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. We meet over Zoom. If you’d like to join us, and aren’t on our organizers’ list, drop us an email and we’ll send you an invitation.

If you would like to join the meeting early and get an introduction to the concepts of public banking, or more locally to who we are and what we do, please email us and we’ll see you online at 6:30.


It is the mission of Public Bank East Bay to provide community oversight and stewardship in the formation and functioning of the Public Bank of the East Bay to base its decisions on the values of:


PBEB is committed to a public bank which acknowledges and attempts restitution of the  historical burdens carried by disenfranchised communities, including  communities of color and many other marginalized groups.

Social Responsibility

Decisions regarding who gets loans, what projects get invested in, and who benefits should take into account investing our money into the wealth and health of local communities and the environment.


The bank is accountable to the  residents of the East Bay, who have a right to fully transparent explanations of  the Bank’s actions and choices.


The bank will be governed using  democratic processes which consciously and intentionally adhere to the values/principles listed above.