Green Sunday (9/14): A Turning Point in the Ecological Crisis? – The Promise of September 21

Green Sunday, September 14, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Activist and scholar Dr. Laurence H. Shoup will discuss the causes and consequences of the most serious crisis modern humanity has ever faced, the ongoing ecological crisis. He will tie it to the upcoming September 21 mobilizations in New York and worldwide, these representing a stage in the building of a resistance movement capable of understanding and confronting this crisis and those who are ultimately responsible. Information about the New York mobilization is at: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/ For the Oakland event, see: http://bayareasept21-350bayarea.nationbuilder.com/

Dr. Laurence H. Shoup received his PhD in U.S. history from Northwestern University in 1974. A 50 year activist for peace, social justice and ecological sanity, he was the Green Party’s candidate for California Secretary of State in 2002. His fifth book, Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics 1976-2014 will be published by Monthly Review Press in the Spring of 2015.

Sunday, September 14th, 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.

EXPLODING OIL TRAINS IN FREMONT?

What You Need to Know About the Oil Trains
Slated for the Tri-Cities
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A presentation and community organizing meeting:
Thursday September 11, 2014: 7:00-9:00 pm.
Fremont Senior Center
40086 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA
This event is free of charge, though donations will help to defray rental costs. 
 
WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS ABOUT Since much of the public doesn’t know that mile-long trains of tank cars carrying oil are likely to start running along the East Bay urban corridor, right through the Tri-Cities, the main purpose is to inform the public about these prospects—and about these trains in general. And once informed, those attending will choose among possible plans of action.  Learn more at the event website:  http://eotif.weebly.com/
 
THE MAIN SPONSORING NON-PROFIT GROUP
Citizens Against Hazardous Oil Trains (CAHOT) – the group’s Steering Committee includes the following Tri-City residents, all of them known for their civic involvement:
 
·      Vinnie Bacon, Fremont City Councilperson and long-time environmental leader;
·      Jane Bark, organizer and activist in Fremont and Tri-Cities;
·      Bruce Cates, Fremont (Niles) programmer, organizer, and activist; President of Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) in Niles;
·      Paul W. Rea, Ph.D, Newark author, organizer, and activist;
·      Rev. Jeff Spencer, Senior Pastor, Discovery Church, Niles; event programmer and activist in Fremont and the Tri-Cities.
 
GOALS FOR THE TOWN MEETING
–To promote awareness of the hazards involved with the oil trains projected to be coming through the East Bay Corridor—and through Fremont.
–To encourage those in attendance to see the relationship of oil trains to the boom in gas and oil production enabled by hydraulic fracking, and to climate change.
–To empower those attending to move from awareness of climate change to local action.
 
PLANNED PROGRAM
 
1. First Speaker’s Presentation (30 min.)
What the crude oil trains involve and why people should be concerned about them (the hazards and dangers, the public-safety issues, etc.) Speaker is Jess Dervin-Ackerman, a dynamic activist who deals with the crude oil trains as well as other energy issues. She’s the Conservation Program coordinator at the Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter who regularly conducts workshops in the East Bay.  
 
2. Second Speaker’s Presentation (30 min.)
How the spike in oil trains is connected to the U.S. energy boom and to global climate change: what will be the consequences of burning all this fossil fuel? Confirmed speaker will be Diane Bailey, Senior Scientist, Health and Environment Program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in San Francisco.
 
3. Attendee Involvement with Additional Learning (60 min.)
Participants will move into small groups of their choosing – such as “Reaching Out to Other Groups,” “Organizing Neighborhood Meetings,” “Engaging Public Officials,” “Connecting with Broader Efforts to Oppose Fossil Fuels,” “Getting Media Coverage,” and “Using Social Media for a Better Environment” – to further engage the issues raised by the speakers.
 
FOCUS
 
You can learn more about the oil trains that are proposed to be coming through the Tri-Cities at these links:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/03/11/trains-carrying-fracked-oil-could-pass-through-more-bay-area-cities-report-says/
You will learn much more at the event.
 
CO-SPONSORS FOR THE EVENT (as of August 10, 2014)

Tri-City Ecology Center
Tri-City Perspectives (one of the sponsors of the Second Saturday Documentary Film Series)

Stop Israel at the Port: August 16th

Stop Israel at the Port!

Block the Israeli Zim Ship at the Port of Oakland

Saturday, August 16th
5am – meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57
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STOP THE SIEGE ON GAZA!
END THE COLONIAL OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE!
RIGHT OF RETURN FOR ALL PALESTINIAN REFUGEES!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
BOYCOTT, DIVEST, SANCTION!
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ILWU in SF Standing Against Apartheid South Africa in 1984

​What’s happening?
The world has watched in horror as Israel has continued to bombard and devastate Gaza. Millions around the globe have come out in support of the Palestinian people and against the Zionist regime, holding massive marches, demonstrations, and actions. Here in the Bay, San Francisco witnessed some of the biggest mobilizations in recent years, with a series of marches, each bringing out thousands of people. It’s time to step it up.
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​Call to Action
Palestine is calling us to action! Palestinians laborers, Palestinian General Federation Trade Union (PGFTU), have called on workers around the world to refuse to handle Israel goods. Palestinians throughout Gaza, the West Bank and 1948 Palestine have demonstrated their unity in the struggle against Apartheid Israel and have taken to the streets in the tens of thousands, bravely facing Israeli military armed with US made weapons to call on the international community to stand with them as they resist Zionism throughout all of historic Palestine. We will be answering this call by organizing community pickets at the Port of Oakland, asking the longshoreman to honor this request and to stand with the people of Palestine as they have done in the past.
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​Historical Background
During apartheid in South Africa, ILWU workers made history when they refused to unload South African cargo in San Francisco in 1984. This action was a major catalyst for international anti-apartheid solidarity and struggle worldwide. In 2010, after a Turkish flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, was attacked by Israel for attempting to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, we built on ILWU’s history and successfully blocked the Israeli Zim ship from being unloaded at the Port of Oakland — the first time in history an Israeli ship was blocked. We will be continuing this legacy by organizing to block the Israeli ship once again. And just as apartheid fell in South Africa, so to it will fall in Israel!
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​Sustained BDS in the Bay
If there is one thing that the latest Israeli attacks show, it’s the power of Palestinian resilience. The resistance in Gaza is still alive and thriving, despite Israel’s ongoing attempts to destroy it. But we should always remember that the Palestinian resistance did not begin with Israel’s latest bombardment, nor did it begin during the last bombardment. It has been going on since 1948, since Israel came into existence. And it will not cease until Israeli apartheid falls.
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We refuse to allow Israel to conduct its business as usual, here in the Bay and everywhere!
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Every Saturday, the Israeli owned Zim shipping line docks and unloads its cargo at the Port of Oakland. Let this action be the beginning of a sustained campaign to stop the Israeli ship from ever unloading in our town.
From Seattle to Oakland to Los Angeles – turn the Israeli ship around!
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We encourage all of our allies on the West Coast to join us in ensuring that Zim ships are not welcome anywhere.
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Not in Palestine
Not in the Bay
Not Anywhere
Stand Against Apartheid Everywhere
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Endorsed by:
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
ANSWER Coalition
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
ASATA
BAYAN-USA
Black Organizing Leadership and Dignity (BOLD)
Catalyst Project
Causa Justa: Just Cause
CodePink Washington
Descoloniza a Oakland/Decolonize Oakland
Freedom Archives
Friends of Deir Ibzi’a
General Union of Palestine Students – SFSU
Global Women’s Strike
Green Party of Alameda County (8/10/14)
Haiti Action Committee
International Action Center
International Jewish Anti Zionist Network
International Socialist Organization
Jewish Voice for Peace
Justice for Palestinians
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Movement Generation
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
ONYX Organizing Committee
Palestinian Youth Movement
Queers Undermining Israeli Terror
Students for Justice in Palestine – Cal
Totally Radical Muslims
US Committee for the Academic and Cultural Boycott
US Palestinian Community Network
Workers World Party
Xicana Moratorium
​To endorse or for more info: info@araborganizing.org​

Ralph Nader in Berkeley, Tuesday, July 29th, 2:00 pm

RALPH NADER

WILL SPEAK ON THE STEPS OF THE DOWNTOWN BERKELEY POST OFFICE

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ABOUT THE POST OFFICE, PRIVATIZATION OF OUR PUBLIC GOODS
AND SERVICES & THE FIGHT TO DISMANTLE THE CORPORATE STATE
TUESDAY, JULY 29th
MUSIC FROM 2:00 PM TALK AT 2:30 PM
2000 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
 

“Postmaster General Donahoe has demonstrated that he lacks the political courage to stand up to Congress and tell them that they caused this mess and they need to fix it. Instead, time after time, he has chosen to take the easy road and dismantle the USPS piece by piece – whether it is by cutting post office hours, closing post offices, cutting service and delivery standards, increasing postage rates, or now ending Saturday delivery.”

Ralph Nader, February 6th, 2013.

Green Sunday (7/13): High School Football is more Dangerous than Professional Football: Undetected Brain Injuries in High School Sports

Green Sunday, July 13, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

SonnyVby Sonny Vernard

Too many concussions go undetected in high school football. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. However, between 50-90 percent of concussions go undetected or undiagnosed. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a violent blow to the head. Concussed high school football players returning to physical activity prior to receiving proper medical attention are at great risk for second impact syndrome which can result in diffuse cerebral swelling, brain herniation, or death can occur.

Our speaker on tonight’s subject is originally from Long Island, NY. He does not have a New York accent. He’s an avid sports fan and can talk to you at lengths about football and professional wrestling. He promises that you will walk away today with valuable information on youth sports so you can advocate on the behalf of your younger loved one’s health.

It’s no secret in the United States that childhood obesity is a major problem. There has been a major push in recent years to encourage kids to be more physically active. Encouraging teens to play high school sports is a very good thing. But let’s make sure that your younger loved one is not put at great health risk when playing youth sports. Please welcome recent UC Berkeley Master of Public Health and Public Policy graduate, Sonny Vernard.

Sunday, July 13th, 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.

Statewide Election Today: Polls close at 8:00 pm

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Green Voter Card

Federal OfficesU.S. Representative, District 13 — Why is incumbent Lee taking corporate money?: please see write-up

State Offices

Governor — Luis Rodriguez

Lieutenant Governor — Jena Goodman

Secretary of State — David Curtis

Controller — Laura Wells

Treasurer — Ellen Brown

Attorney General — No Endorsement, please see write-up

Insurance Commissioner — Nathalie Hrizi

State Superintendent of Public Instruction — Don’t vote for Gutierrez or Tuck

Board of Equalization, District 2 — No Endorsement, please see write-up

State Assembly, District 15 — Eugene Ruyle

State Assembly, District 18 — No Endorsement, please see write-up

County Offices

Superintendent of Schools — No Endorsement, please see write-up

Supervisor, District 2 — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

Supervisor, District 3 — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

Assessor — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

Auditor-Controller-Clerk-Recorder — No Endorsement, please see write-up

District Attorney — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

Sheriff-Coroner — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

Treasurer-Tax Collector — No Endorsement, please see front page General County article

State Propositions

41 — Veterans Housing and “Homeless Prevention” Bond — No

42 — Public Records, Open Meetings, State Reimbursement to Local Agencies — No

Local Measures

AA — Alameda County Healthcare Services Tax — Yes, with reservations

Download the full Voter Guide HERE:

Meet Ellen Brown & Laura Wells, May 22-26th

You are invited!

Ellen_LauraEllen Brown and Laura Wells are scheduled to speak at events in Seaside, Richmond, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco between Thursday, May 22 and Monday, May 26. Hope to see you at one, or more.

Ellen Brown is the Green no-corporate-money candidate for California Treasurer on June 3, 2014, and is the author of Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution, from Austerity to Prosperity. Ellen has a wealth of information about Public Banking (and lots of other things) and she’s fun to be around!

May 22, Thursday, 7:00 pm — Seaside, CA — Candidates for State Office, presenting Cindy Sheehan for Governor, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Laura Wells for Controller. LOCATION: Monterey College of Law, 100 Col. Durham St., Seaside, CA, in Monterey County.

May 23, Friday, 7:00 – 9:00 pm — Richmond, CA — Green Party Candidates Night, presenting Ellen Brown for Treasurer and Laura Wells for Controller. Richmond is the biggest city in the country with a Green Party mayor. Gayle McLaughlin and her no-corporate-money colleagues stand up to Chevron and Wall Street banks. LOCATION: 1021 McDonald Ave, Richmond, CA.

May 24, Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm — Sacramento, CA — March Against Monsanto, march and rally. Speakers include Luis Rodriguez for Governor, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Laura Wells for Controller. Speakers, entertainment, Green Party table and more. LOCATION of rally: North Steps of the California State Capitol, Sacramento, CA.

May 25, Sunday, 6:00 – 8:00 pm — Oakland, CA — Meet-and-Greet — Laura Wells for Controller will present Ellen Brown for Treasurer, plus other candidates and officials who will be in attendance. Light snacks and light (optional) fundraising. LOCATION: RSVP to laurawells2014@gmail.com for address.

May 26, Monday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm — San Francisco, CA — SF Occupy Forum, “There Are Solutions: Hear from 5 Green Party Candidates for June 3rd Election,” presenting Luis Rodriguez for Governor, Jena Goodman for Lt. Governor, Laura Wells for Controller, Ellen Brown for Treasurer, and Barry Hermanson, SF/District 12 candidate for US Congress. LOCATION: 215 Golden Gate between Hyde & Leavenworth, San Francisco.

Hope you can come! Please post and forward. See also, for your voting pleasure on June 3, 2014:

VOTER GUIDE — NO-CORPORATE-MONEY CANDIDATES
~ If corporate-financed candidates win, you don’t! ~

Statewide No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Luis Rodriguez, Governor
~and~
Cindy Sheehan, Governor

Jena Goodman, Lt. Governor
~and~
Amos Johnson, Lt. Governor

David Curtis, Secretary of State

Jonathan Jaech, Attorney General

Laura Wells, Controller

Ellen Brown, Treasurer

Nathalie Hrizi, Insurance Commissioner

Congressional No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Barry Hermanson, District 12 (SF)
~and~
Frank Lara, District 12 (SF)

Michael Powelson, District 30 (LA)

Ian Sachs, District 33 (LA)
~and~
Marianne Williamson, District 33 (LA)

Howard Johnson, District 34 (LA)

California Legislature No-Corporate-Money Candidates

Jack Lindblad, State Senate (LA)

Pamela Elizondo, State Assembly, District 2 (North Counties)

Eugene Ruyle, State Assembly, District 15 (East Bay)