This Sat (3/29), Noon: Green State Controller candidate Laura Wells speaks on Public Banking at the Berkeley Post Office

LauraWellsONSaturday March 29
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Downtown Berkeley Post Office
2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

At noon on Saturday March 29th, Laura Wells, candidate for California State Controller, endorsed by the Green Party of California, will speak on the issue of public banking. She will be followed by comments on recent happenings around the possibility of Post Office banking and financial services, updates on where things stand with the (possibly imminent) sale of the Berkeley Post Office, the campaign against the outsourcing of Post Office jobs to Staples, music, letter-writing and more.

The first item in Wells’ platform is

Implement a Publicly-Owned State Bank for California

Determine the best option or options for a successful implementation of a State Bank, and get started on it. Day one.

Come eat at the Farmer’s Market a block away, join us, get caught up, and enjoy a beautiful Spring day in Berkeley.

Music by Hali Hammer & Dave Welsh.

Other updates about efforts to save our Post Office:

  • ~ March 11 hearing with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

  • ~ Status of the proposed Zoning Overlay Ordinance.

  • ~ Protests at Staples Stores, ongoing.

  • ~ Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s proposed moratorium on selling historic Post Offices.

  • ~ Legal actions, and invoices outstanding. Plans for a lawsuit. ~ Bring your lunch.

Sponsored by Berkeley Post Office Defenders.

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Green Sunday (3/9): Technology, Race and Civil Liberties: The Case of Oakland’s “Domain Awareness Center”

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Photo Credit: Oakland Privacy Working Group

Teach-In on Technology, Race and Civil Liberties: The Case of Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center — presented by the Oakland Privacy Working Group

Join us for Presentations followed by Questions and Answers — with Cat Brooks and Eddan Katz.

* Cat Brooks, an Oakland community and equal rights activist and performance artist, is co-chair of the Onyx Organizing Committee ( https://www.facebook.com/onyxorganizingcommittee ).

* Eddan Katz, co-founder of Oakland’s creative community hacker space, The Sudo Room, is a member of the Oakland Privacy Working Group ( https://oaklandprivacy.wordpress.com/ ).

Sunday, March 9th, 2014
5:00 to 6:30 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave. at 65th in North Oakland
DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.
SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs and discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 6:45 p.m. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.
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bannerGPV2(1)Hi Greens!,

We are holding four “signing parties” for our four statewide candidates during the first two weeks of January (please see the schedule below).  [Our four statewide candidates are: Luis Rodriguez (Governor), Laura Wells (Controller), Ellen Brown (Treasurer) and David Curtis (Secretary of State).].  It only takes about 5 minutes to sign the papers for our candidates, so they can save having to pay approximately $3,000 each, to be listed on next year’s ballot.  (However, if you can also ask some of your friends, neighbors, and/or co-workers to sign during the next month, that will also be a huge help — just pick up some of the forms at one of the signing parties — any registered voter can sign the forms!).

We really need for all of you to help out with this, so please attend one of the four Signing Parties listed below!  (And if you have any questions, just call the Green Party office, at (510) 644-2293). 

Thanks in advance for your help with this!,

Green Party of Alameda County

Our “Signing Parties”: 

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2:00 to 5:00 pm — Maxine Daniel’s house, 18690 Walnut Rd., Castro Valley

Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm — “All day” at Laura Wells’s community house, 351 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland.  (2 blocks northwest of the Grand Lake Theater).

Monday, Jan. 6, 6:00 to 9:00 pm — Samsarah Morgan’s house, 370 45th St., Oakland.  (2 blocks northwest of Oakland Tech).

Saturday, Jan. 11, 3:00 to 5:00 pm — The “Grassroots House”, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley.  (Halfway between the Ashby and downtown Berkeley BART stations.  This location is wheelchair-accessible, but the above 3 aren’t).

Tuesday Rally in Oakland: Governor Brown, Don’t Frack California

(message from Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager, CREDO Action from Working Assets)

dont_frack_ca_180Governor Brown’s administration is holding hearings on a study of fracking’s risks to California. CREDO and our allies are organizing a rally at Tuesday’s hearing in Oakland to call on the governor to stop fracking California.

What: Rally and Hearing to tell Governor Brown: Don’t Frack California!
When: Tuesday, December 10th. Rally at 5:30 p.m., Hearing from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

This Tuesday, we have a major opportunity to mobilize and pressure Governor Brown to ban fracking in California.

Governor Brown’s administration is holding a public hearing on its planned environmental study of the risks that fracking poses to California. We’re working with our allies to organize a rally outside of the hearing to make it clear that we’re opposed to fracking in California.

Unfortunately, Governor Brown has put the cart before the horse in deciding whether to frack California. Instead of waiting for the state to study the risks posed by fracking, Governor Brown has allowed fracking to expand unchecked before we have any assurance that it is safe.

It’s bad enough that Governor Brown’s proposed fracking regulations will not protect California communities or the climate from fracking.1 That these regulations will be completed before the state finishes studying fracking is downright reckless and a shocking about-face for Governor Brown, who has built his legacy in part on being an environmental champion.

For info see: Lauren Sommer, “What California’s New Fracking Rules Would Do (And Not Do),” KQED, November 15, 2013

Come to Our December Holiday Party!

*****Green Party Holiday Party*****

Dear Greens and Supporters,

Please join us for good food, drink, and conversation with old and new friends at our 2013 Annual Potluck Holiday Party

When:
Sunday, December 8th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Where:
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave at 65th in North OaklandPlease bring a drink or side dish of your choice to share!Special feature:
At 7:00 pm (in the back of the room) we’ll show Gar Alperovitz’s new 45-minute film, “The Next American Revolution” (More info about it is here: http://garalperovitz.com/film/# )


**See you there!**

( There will be no Green Sunday Program or Green County Council meeting in December. We’ll party instead. )

DIRECTIONS: One block north of Alcatraz on the West side of Telegraph, wheelchair accessible. Buses pass by regularly. Ashby BART is approximately 7 blocks away.

Mon. Nov 18th: Help Elect a New Sheriff and DA in Alameda County

Representation for the People is a coalition of progressive East Bay organizations.  We’re organizing to elect a new Sheriff and District Attorney in Alameda County.
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Our next public meeting will take place:
 
Monday, November 18, 2013, 7:00 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph (at 65th Street)
Oakland, CA  94609

For the last few decades the sheriff and D.A. have appeared on the ballot unopposed every four years.  The next election will be June 3, 2014.  We can defeat Sheriff Greg Ahern and District Attorney Nancy O’Malley if we find candidates and organize.  Please mark your calendar and bring a friend & your ideas to the meeting.

SOME THINGS A NEW SHERIFF COULD DO:
  • Insist that local police departments abide by CA State Law by citing and releasing non-violent suspects by refusing to jail these suspects at Santa Rita.
  • Create a civilian review board for the Sheriff’s Department including Santa Rita jail.
  • Create an independant Coroner’s Office.
  • Abandon efforts to buy and operate drones.
  • Refuse to participate in ICE raids and deportation.
  • Implement new policies for solitary confinement at Santa Rita.
  • Rehabilitate prisoners incarcerated at Santa Rita.
  • De-militarize our Sheriff’s Department.
SOME THINGS A NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY COULD DO:
  • Refuse to prosecute drug cases.
  • Refuse to jail non-violent offenders.
  • Create a policy of restorative justice by working with community organizations and victims to rehabilitate non-violent offenders.
  • Investigate and prosecute all police misconduct.
  • Expand the ‘Brady List’  which is the D.A.’s list of police officers that have lied or fabricated evidence and police reports.
  • Expand and improve anti-human trafficking efforts.
THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY BELONG TO THE PEOPLE!  HOPE  TO  SEE  YOU  AT  THE  MEETING.
-Your friends at Representation for the People.  For more information contact: represent4tp@gmail.com  or phone:  (510) 509-7573

Election Report 2013: Record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year

by Mike Feinstein, November 6, 2013

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk - La Mirada School Board

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk – La Mirada School Board

Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide.

Led by Fairfax Town Councilmembers Renee Goddard and John Reed – who make up 2/3 of the Green Town Council majority there – nine of ten Green incumbents were re-elected, as well as 64% of all Greens who ran on November 5th (16/25) and in 2013 overall (18/28).

Among Greens elected for the first time, Sean Reagan won the most competitive race, elected Governing Boardmember to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District in Los Angeles County, finishing 3rd/7 for four seats in a race that included four incumbents.

Among the 16 Greens elected on November 5th, two were elected to Town Councils and seven to School Boards. The most Greens elected from a single county came from Humboldt County (eight) and Marin County (four). The previous high number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (where there are fewer elections than in even-numbered years) was 11 in both 2001 and 2003.

A list of all California Greens elected on November 5th follows below, with links to official election results for all 25 California Greens who ran at this link:

http://www.cagreens.org/elections/fall-2013

Renee Goddard, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
John Reed, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
Sean Reagan, Governing Boardmember, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk (Los Angeles County)
Curtis Robinson, Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 6, Board of Education (Marin County) incumbent
Christopher Sabec, Governing Boardmember, Lagunitas School District (Marin County) incumbent
Brigitte Kubacki, Governing Boardmember, Green Point School, Blue Lake (Humboldt County)
Katherine Salinas, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Rama Zarcufsky, Governing Boardmember, Maple Creek School District (Humboldt County)
James Harvey, Board of Directors, Water and Sanitary District, Montara (San Mateo County) incumbent
Illijana Asara, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Big Lagoon (Humboldt County)
John Duffy Griffin, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Briceland (Humboldt County)
George A. Wheeler, Board of Directors, Community Service District, McKinleyville (Humboldt County)
Joseph Gauder, Board of Directors Community Services District, Covelo (Mendocino County) incumbent
William Lemos, Board of Directors, Fire Protection District, Mendocino (Mendocino County) incumbent
Russell Pace, Board of Directors, Willow Creek Fire District (Humboldt County)

Tues Nov 5th: Town Hall Meeting on Sheriff and District Attorney

Time to Get A New Sheriff and District Attorney!

From evictions and racial profiling to the treatment of immigrants
and civil liberties, our current Sheriff and District Attorney do not
represent Alameda County.

Voice Your Own Grievances at a Town Hall Meeting.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 7:00 PM

South Berkeley Senior Center (Near Ashby BART)
2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley
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Speakers:
Wilson Riles, former Oakland City Councilmember;
Principal, Seven Generations Consulting
Dan Siegel, civil rights attorney, former aide to Mayor Quan,
former School Board Member
Brooke Anderson, Labor Fellow, Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project,
Santa Rita arrestee
 Rev. Daniel Buford, Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church; Participant,
Facing Urban Shield

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Demand Justice!
It’s Time to Get Rid of DA O’Malley and Sheriff Ahern!

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Just a few things a new District Attorney could do:

  • Investigations into wage theft, abuses by creditors, foreclosure fraud and environmental crimes.
  • Voice support for improved crime labs, removal of police from schools
  • Refusal of prosecution for drug possession or use.
  • Voice opposition to curfews, arrests of school children, solitary confinement of children.
  • Independent investigations of police misconduct.
  • Keeping costs down by not keeping low level offenders in jail awaiting prosecution decisions


Just a few things a new Sheriff could do:

  • No cooperation on ICE raids and no use of ICE holds.
  • Abandon the pursuit of the acquisition of drones.
  • Refusal to participate in homeowner evictions.
  • Keeping costs down by using ‘cite and release’ to keep low-level offenders out of jail
  • An independent, unbiased Coroner’s Office.

Sponsored by: Representation for the People, a coalition of Alameda County Progressive Organizations.
For More Information: Represent4tp@gmail.com  (website coming!)

Friday (10/25): Meet & Greet with Luis J. Rodriguez, Candidate for CA Governor

Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez will be having a meet-and-greet in Richmond and Oakland to discuss ending poverty in California, clean and green energy and jobs, single-payer healthcare system in California, and ending the California prison system as we know it.
https://www.facebook.com/events/466492930131710/

Juliana Mojica's photo.
 
TWO BAY AREA COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Lunch Gathering
Friday, October 25th, 12-2pm
Artisan Kitchen & Café
865 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond
510.235.2323 (Artisan Café
Contact: Molly Raynor zipora.ray@gmail.com
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Friday, October 25, 7:30pm
Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation
1470 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland
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Listen to KPFA 94.1FM (live-stream) for interviews with Luis Rodriguez discussing the issues:

Thursday, October 24, 8am, The Morning Mix with Andres Soto

Friday, October 25, 5pm, Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein and Miguel Molina