Wednesday, December 4 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Movement Lessons Since the 1999 Battle of Seattle
Join The Center for Political Education and Reimagine! Movements Making Media for a panel discussion reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the shutdown of the World Trade Organization (WTO) conference in Seattle. On November 30, 1999, more than 40,000 activists spanning organized labor, climate justice, migrant justice, Indigenous organizing, the peace movement, and the global justice movement, joined forces to disrupt the trade negotiations scheduled to take place at the Seattle WTO conference. This event will take stock of the movements and alliances that grew out of that mobilization, and draw lessons from the past two decades that will set our movements up for more decisive wins. Admission is free.
Location: Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland
A Racial Justice Guide to Thanksgiving for Educators and Families
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for many among us, this holiday is not a celebration about turkey and the Mayflower. The Center for Racial Justice in Education has compiled a list of resources for educators and families to discuss Thanksgiving by keeping Native narratives central to the discussion, and to help navigate difficult conversations about Thanksgiving. These resources are useful in the classroom and beyond. This resource will be continually updated.
November 16 – 23
Bay Area Housing Week of Action
The housing crisis has never been this bad — at least in our lifetimes. Low-income communities of color are being hit the hardest. People are literally dying on our streets, because they cannot afford housing. ACCE Action Oakland is calling on everyone who is being impacted in any way by the artificially created housing scarcity in Oakland, whether you are unhoused, housing-insecure, rent-burdened, or just tired of watching your friends, family, and neighbors being forced to leave, to help us SHUT IT DOWN! During this week we will be highlighting the damage being done by large corporate speculators that have bought up homes in our neighborhoods as an investment strategy for Wall Street bondholders. Find information about different events and calls to action here.
Tuesday, November 12 • 7:00 pm
Noura Erakat Book Talk and Celebration: Justice for Some
Palestinian-American activist, professor, and human rights lawyer Noura Erakat celebrates the release of her new book Justice for Some: Law & the Question of Palestine in conversation with Lara Kiswani of the Arab Resource & Organizing Center. This event is a benefit for the Middle East Children's Alliance. For info call 510-548-0542, or purchase tickets online here (sliding scale $15-$100.)
Location: Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley
Tuesday, November 5 • 6:00 — 9:00 pm
The North Pole screening and fall mailing party with Catalyst Project
Come out and watch the political comedy web series The North Pole, a satire chronicling the lives of three North Oakland best friends — Nina (Reyna Amaya), Marcus (Donte Clark) and Benny (Santiago Rosas) — as they navigate their rapidly changing neighborhood. The first season sees the trio navigate gentrification, a rent hike, the impacts of climate change and slick-talking tech leaders who co-opt progressive values. This second season deals with deportation, the first undocumented immigrant to run for public office in America, wildfires in Northern California, racist family members, and ridiculously escalating Twitter wars. After the film we'll discuss gentrification, climate, immigration and how they intersect with white supremacy, and guests will be invited to help address and stamp Catalyst Project's fall mailing.
Location: 1721 Broadway, Oakland - Telegraph room (second floor)
Monday, October 28 • 5:30 — 7 pm
Day Of Outrage in Honor of Atatiana Jefferson: Wear Black!
Stand in solidarity with people across the country at a National Day of Outrage in honor of Atatiana Jefferson and Black women who have been killed at the hands of police violence. Oakland will join New York, Seattle, Detroit, Dayton, Washington DC, and many other cities nationwide. Atatiana’s family has issued the following statement: “Our family is mourning over the tragic and untimely murder of Atatiana by Aaron Dean, former Fort Worth police officer. Although Dean, has been arrested and charged, he is back on the streets and we are uncertain justice will prevail. We demand full transparency and accountability. It is our sincere hope that Atatiana’s story will not be forgotten, and our pursuit of dignity prevents the likelihood of similar events of police abuse. Please show up for the Day of Outrage wherever you are. Keep our loved one’s name alive!” Oakland organizers are asking people to wear black and bring flowers or other items for the altar.
Location: Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway, Oakland
Tuesday, October 22 • 11:15 am
Save Money, Save Lives: Audit Sheriff Ahern
Turn out for a brief rally outside of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, followed by a Alameda County Board of Supervisors open meeting. We need to urge them to conduct an independent performance and financial audit of the ACSO. With mounting human rights abuse, neglect, mistreatment, in-custody deaths, we need real transparency and accountability: months of hard work have paid off, and the Board of Supervisors is finally going to see and hear the full scope of the audit proposal. Find out more about #auditahern and get involved here.
Location: 1401 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
Monday, October 14 • 12:00 – 3:30 pm
Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day today at this free outdoor program with Native American art, vendors, music, and dancers. Talented Indigenous artists include Pura Fé (Tuscarora), Raye Zaragoza (Akimel O’otham descent), Ostwelve (Stō:lo) and Pamyua (Inuit) and more! Jonathan Cordero (Ramaytush Ohlone) begins the celebration with an opening and land acknowledgement. The program highlights the Bay Area’s vastly diverse and talented community of Indigenous artists.
Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Sts. San Francisco
Wednesday, October 9 • 6:45 – 9:00 pm
Intro to SURJ Meeting
Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority. You will hear about SURJ's pathways for entering the work, including committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We'll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice. There will also be a speaker from one of our partner organizations, Initiate Justice, that's 100% led by people impacted by mass incarceration. The group works to end mass incarceration and change California's criminal justice policy. Register today!
Location: Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th Street, Suite 500, Oakland
Thursday, October 3 • 11:00 am
Webinar: Black Migrants Trapped in Mexico, with Special Guest Kendrick Sampson
Join Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) online to hear about conditions in Tapachula, Mexico, where hundreds of Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa have been protesting, trapped in southern Mexico by the U.S. ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy. BAJI’s Executive Director, Nana Gyamfi, and Legal Manager, Tsion Gurmu, were joined on an emergency trip to Tapachula by actor/activist Kendrick Sampson, co-founder of BLD PWR. They’ll share their first-hand account of the denial of civil liberties they witnessed and share what the demands and needs are of the some 20,000 Black immigrants at our Southern border whose stories are untold and their plight overlooked. Click here for a link to the first video in a series of interviews. Register for the webinar here.
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