Ways to Respond to #Climate Fire, Sign the Petition, and Support Rural NorCal SURJ
California is on fire. Thousands have lost their homes and the death toll continues to rise. Here in the Bay Area, our eyes are burning and our lungs are choking with smoke. But we have to see through the smoke. From Bay Resistance, here's a guide with four ways to respond - protecting ourselves and our loved ones, serving our neighbors, aiding fire victims, and fighting for our air and our future. Then sign this petition, calling on Bay Area mayors to treat the smoke like a public health emergency. And the Rural Northern California SURJ Chapter in Butte County is fundraising to support fire survivors who've lost everything and need money for lodging, food, gas, and basic living expenses. Please donate here.
Tuesday, November 13 • 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Living on Ohlone Land
Learn about the protection and preservation of sacred Indigenous sites in the East Bay, with acclaimed speaker and activist Corrina Gould, spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone and co-founder of Indian People Organizing for Change (IPOC). She also hosts the annual Shellmound gathering in Emeryville, and formed the Sogorea Te Land Trust. Event is free.
Location: Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Ave. Oaklan
SURJ Bay Area Statement on the October 27 Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue
As Jewish and non-Jewish members of SURJ Bay Area, we grieve the murders of Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil Rosenthal and David Rosenthal, husband and wife Sylvan Simon and Bernice Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax and Irving Younger at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday during Shabbat morning services. We hold these individuals, their loved ones, Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, and the broader Jewish community in our hearts. As we hold one another in our grief, let us be renewed in our work toward collective liberation. Continue reading the statement here. [Scroll down to see National SURJ resources on Anti-Semitism.]
Monday, October 29 • 6:30 - 8:30 pm
SURJ Revisiting Reparations Workshop
What are the origins of the racial wealth gap and how can we leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy? SURJ’s Fundraising Committee will provide historical context, map the limitations of existing institutional financial support for racial justice, and engage participants to rethink their own access to wealth, networks, and other resources in an effort to develop a "reparations mindset." Tickets are sliding scale $15 - $100. No one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color.
Location: Sierra Club, 2101 Webster St. Suite 1300, Oakland
Monday, October 22 • 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Close 850 Bryant! No New Cops! No New Jails!
The No New SF Jail Coalition continues to steadily fight jail construction while also pressing for a closure of the jail at 850 Bryant. Despite the Board of Supervisors' commitment to close 850 Bryant without building a new jail, we have seen no progress to that effect. In fact, jail population numbers continue to rise, particularly with an increase in police attacks on houseless people. Mayor Breed's approval of 200 new police hires endangers community safety as gentrification and imprisonment in San Francisco are on the rise. Rally to shut down 850 Bryant and invest in community oriented solutions for safety and health.
Location: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
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