Wednesday, October 16 - Tuesday November 6
Rise Up for Rent Control: Phonebank and Canvass for Prop 10
SURJ Bay Area has endorsed Prop 10 (the Affordable Housing Act), which will be on the ballot this November. Prop 10 will help stop displacement by making it easier for cities and towns to pass strong rent control laws. Doorknock or phonebank with our partners at ACCE to talk to your neighbors about Prop 10. Each event will start with a short training. Doorknock every Saturday from 10-1:30 from now until the election. Phonebank every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:30-8:30 (or however long you can join) from now until the election.
Location: ACCE offices: 2501 International Blvd, Oakland.
Monday, October 8 • Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day!
This morning from 6:00 - 8:00 am, hundreds of people gathered on Alcatraz Island to commemorate 536 years of Indigenous resistance and survival. Other activities happening today:
12:00 - 3:00 pm • Celebration of San Francisco's 1st Indigenous Peoples' Day
The program will include Ohlone, Pomo, Tule River, Hawaiian, Aztec and intertribal dance, drum, music, and presenters.
Location: Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission St. between 3rd & 4th Streets, San Francisco.
4:00 - 7:00 pm • How California’s Indigenous Peoples are Healing their Communities
Speakers from California’s Indigenous Tribal Nations include Corrina Gould, (Ohlone) on Sogorea Te Land Trust and others, plus a screening of the film, Gold Greed and Genocide.
Location: Friendship House of American Indians, 56 Julian Ave. San Francisco
4:30 - 6:30 pm • Film Screening of The Eagle and The Condor: From Standing Rock with Love
In the aftermath of the 2016-17 Standing Rock Action Camps, water protectors rely on ceremony to heal our modern world and confront the violence of resource extraction. See trailer here.
Location: University of California, Berkeley, Barros Hall, Room 60
Tuesday, October 2 • 9:30 - 12 pm
All Eyes on the Sheriff Rally & March
Since June alone, there have been 3 in-custody deaths associated with Santa Rita Jail, totaling 34 in-custody deaths that have happened since 2013 under Sheriff Ahern's management. Blatant human rights abuses are so rampant that Alameda County now leads the region in civil rights legal settlements. All while the Alameda County Board of Supervisors continues to increase the Sheriff's budget, which is now a massive $444 million, while the jail population has decreased by nearly half in the last ten years. Join us to demand that the Board of Supervisors are accountable and transparent by demanding an independent audit of the Alameda Sheriff's Department. #AuditAhern NOW!! Please help share and spread the word!
Location: Glenn Dyer Detention Center, 550 6th St, Oakland
Tuesday, September 25 • 6:00 pm
Speak Out Against BDP at Berkeley City Council Meeting
Come to the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday 9/25 at 6pm to support an ordinance barring release of photos and personal information by Berkeley Police except in the case of an imminent threat to public safety. As recently exposed via FOIA filings by the Lucy Parsons Lab & Berkeley Copwatch, and reported by the East Bay Express & Guardian, BPD established a “Twitter protocol” that has targeted anti-racist and anti-fascist counter protestors opposing far-right rallies in order to “create a counter-narrative” validating the need for their militarized force.
BPD's social medial strategy - the “flow from jail to Twitter” - involves arresting protestors, posting mug shots and personal information to social media, and tracking re-tweets and likes. While these first amendment arrests regularly result in no formal charges or convictions, BPD’s actions have repeatedly subjected individuals to doxxing by the far-right & endangered their families. Show up and support the ordinance barring these practices!
Location: City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA
Saturday, September 22 • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bystander Training: Rapid Response to ICE & Law Enforcement Actions
Join us for this collaborative training between the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership (ACILEP) and the Anti Police Terror Project (APTP). When we talk about sanctuary and community defense, we need to prepare to protect each other from all forms of state violence and create community where we can all live and thrive. That's why we're coming together to learn from each other and strengthen our work. For more information and to register, please fill out this form.
Location: Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA
Monday, September 10 • 10:00 am - Friday, September 14
It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions #Sol2Sol Week
Thousands marched in San Francisco this past Saturday in the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. The mobilization kicked off It Takes Roots - Solidarity to Solutions (#Sol2Sol) Week which will take place as a counterpoint to the Global Climate Action Summit and lift up grassroots frontline community solutions that address the interlinked crises of climate, economic, and racial justice. See full schedule of events and learn more here.
Location: Saturday march starts at 10 am, Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco; other activities at various venues in San Francisco
Friday, September 7 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Rally for Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Disasters
On the weekend of the last Urban Shield, the militarized war games and weapons expo put on by Alameda County Sheriff Ahern, join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition in a rally outside of Ahern's Office to solidify our victory against Urban Shield, connect militarization with climate disaster, and demand real community based preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters.
Location: 1401 Lakeside, Oakland (Alameda County Sheriff's Office)
Monday, August 27 • 6:00 pm
SURJ S.F. Direct Action Training
Join SURJ S.F. for a two-part series about allyship in direct actions. They’ll be talking about white privilege in the context of showing up to protests, relationships to police and authority, as well as the nuts and bolts of how direct action works. Inexperienced and experienced people welcome. Part 1 (8/20) focuses on Showing Up As Allies; Part 2 (8/27) on Direct Action. More info
Location: Bethany United Methodist Church, 1270 Sanchez St, San Francisco
August 20 - 24 • Lunchtimes
Help Pass Vital Criminal Justice Reforms
Call Your Legislator (we'll provide the contacts + talking points)!
Join SURJ Bay Area for a statewide week of action in which we devote our lunchtimes to making calls to the legislature to lobby for essential reforms to our criminal justice system. We’ll provide the scripts and the targets, you provide the calls! Click here to learn about the important bills going before the California Legislature this month and to send a templated letter to your representatives. We’ll take care of the rest.
Sunday, August 19 • 9:00 - 10:30 pm
No Candlelight Vigil & Walk for Jessica St. Louis
On July 28, Jessica St. Louis was released from Santa Rita Jail in the middle of the night. Like so many others released from Santa Rita, she had to walk the 1.9 miles to Dublin BART. She would be found outside, unresponsive and declared dead before the station opened at 5:30 am. Join this vigil to demand an end to late night releases and hear the stories of other women who encountered traffickers, were sexually harassed, and braved the cold after release from Santa Rita Jail. More info.
Location: Meet at Santa Rita Jail, Dublin - walk from there to Dublin BART station.