Thursday, May 2 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm
FEATURED SURJ EVENT:
When We Fight We Win: Building Community Power to Dismantle the Prison System
Recent years have seen important fights and wins in the struggle to dismantle the prison system in California - from repealing sentence enhancements, to shutting down jail expansion, to working to restore voting rights to folks on parole. Come to this SURJ event, moderated by former Black Panther leader and political prisoner Ericka Huggins, to hear about victories and strategies from four frontline leaders: Sandra Johnson, Senior Organizer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)/ All of Us or None (AOUON); Eric Henderson, Policy Director, Initiate Justice; and Ivette Alé and Amber-Rose Howard, Statewide Coordinators, Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB). Their stories will highlight the many ways you can also contribute to creating a more progressive vision of justice. Tickets sliding scale $5 - $25 to benefit LSPC/AOUON, Initiate Justice, and CURB. Info and tickets here.
Location: First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
Monday, April 15 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Equity Indicators and the People's Budget: Week 1 - Housing
Join Community Ready Corps Allies and Accomplices for this deep dive into the Equity Indicators Report for the City of Oakland. Released last year, it clearly shows the effects of white supremacy on our community. Oakland received a failing score of 33.5 out of a possible 100 across all indicators, the lowest score of all cities that participated in this national study. This week's workshop on the Housing Indicators is the first of a 6-week series to help us develop a deeper analysis and to call attention to the kinds of changes needed in the City's budget and policies. Event is free. More info about this session and upcoming sessions here.
Location: ACCE, 2501 International Blvd, Oakland
Tuesday, April 9 • 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hearing on AB 392 - Police Use of Force
Join the Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP) mobilization to Sacramento for the first hearing on AB 392, a bill that stipulates that police officers should avoid using deadly force whenever possible. A common-sense bill modeled after best practices already in place in some departments, this legislation will reduce police killings and save lives. There will a free bus going to the state capital from Oakland. Learn more about AB 392 here.
Location: California State Capitol, 12th and N Streets, Sacramento
Saturday, April 6 • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Talking With Kids About Race: Reading Between the Lines
Parents and their children, educators, and caregivers are invited for an afternoon of storytelling and story learning. Sponsored by SF SURJ, Abundant Beginnings, and others, we will explore how stories can lead us into critical conversations about race and justice and share practices for being more concrete about about what racism is, how it works, and how we can stop it. Presenters include illustrator and animator Christian Robinson, Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash storyteller and educator Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Islander spoken word artist June Lynn Kealoha-Hall, and educators Shayna and Dylan Cureton from Abundant Beginnings.
Location: S.F. Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St. San Francisco
Friday, March 29 • 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Red Power, Internationalism, and National Liberation
Come out for this Center for Political Education event to celebrate the release of Nick Estes' new book Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance. Estes (Lower Brule) will be joined in conversation by Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz, historian and author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The authors will discuss the internationalist history of Red Power and struggles for national liberation today.
Location: Eastside Arts Alliance, 544 International Blvd. Suite 9, Oakland
TONIGHT! Monday, March 18 • 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Bay Area Vigil Against Islamophobia
As we mourn the loss of life in New Zealand, let’s honor their lives by expanding, connecting and defending our movements. Join the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) and allied organizations and communities for a vigil against Islamophobia and to express solidarity with our sisters and brothers in New Zealand, and all those targeted by white nationalism. Read AROC's statement, On the Violence in New Zealand: Our Collective Defense is Solidarity. Donate to a fund for families of the victims here.
Location: Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Lake Merritt Blvd. between 12th St. and 1st Ave. Oakland (close to Lake Merritt BART station)
Tuesday, March 12 • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stop the Sheriff from Torpedoing Decision to End Urban Shield
On Tuesday, Alameda County Supervisors will decide whether or not to take the next steps in implementing a community-led vision for safety and disaster response without Urban Shield. Sheriff Ahern is fighting hard to sabotage this and keep Urban Shield. Show up and help us make demilitarized emergency response a reality!
Location: 1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Wednesday, March 6 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Initiate Justice Lobby Training
Initiate Justice will be training its members on how to be an effective statewide advocate, without having to go all the way to Sacramento! During this In-District Lobby Training, you will learn: 1. How to find/contact your state representatives, 2. How to set up an in-district meeting, 3. Tips on being an effective advocate, and more. The training is free and dinner and all materials will be provided. To RSVP, or if you have any questions, please email: Kristine@initiatejustice.org
Location: Movement Strategy Center, 436 14th St., Oakland
Tuesday February 26 • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Urban Shield is Gone - Let's Keep it That Way
Since a strong coalition of community organizations ended Urban Shield last September, an Alameda County Ad-Hoc Committee has developed a report of powerful recommendations for what disaster preparedness in the Bay Area can and should look like without Urban Shield. Show up at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors vote to help get these approved, and call your supervisor beforehand with this script and call information.
Location: 1221 Oak St, 5th Floor, Oakland
Sunday, February 24 • 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Catalyst Project: Visionaries Panel & Discussion
From Hawaii to New York and beyond, Indigenous people are leading and winning fights to protect people, the planet and what is sacred. Come to this Catalyst Project event featuring visionaries who have been organizing at the forefront of these movements, from Ohlone territories in Oakland, to Standing Rock to Bayou Bridge. Panelists include Corrina Gould (Chochenyo-Ohlone) and Mark Tilsen (Oglala Lakota), among others. Sliding scale donation of $0 - $15 suggested. More info.
Location: Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland