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

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

This Thursday (10/10): Occupy Oakland’s 2nd Anniversary Party!

The encampment began on October 10th, 2011 at Oscar Grant Plaza (renamed from Frank Ogawa Plaza a few days later). Two years hence we’re going to start two hours earlier, at 2:00 PM. Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and a movie will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
OWSTheme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. The continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Title: Occupy Oakland 2nd Anniversary Party!
START DATE: Thursday October 10
TIME: 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location Details:
Oscar Grant Plaza, Broadway & 14th St, Oakland
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Sarah Shourd is an author, activist and Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch. She spent 410 days in solitary confinement while held as a political hostage by the Iranian Government in 2009-2010. Before being captured Shourd was living in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus, Syria working with the Iraqi Student Project. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Newsweek’s Daily Beast and has a blog on Huffington Post. Her memoir (co-authored by her now-husband Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal) will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring 2014.
For more information visit her website.
 
Fred Hampton Jr. (either in person or via speaker phone) Fred Hampton, Jr. (born December 29, 1969) is an African-American political activist and the son of Fred Hampton, Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago Police in 1969. Hampton’s mother Deborah Johnson, who was also shot, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the pre-dawn police raid. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death; Johnson was 19…Hampton is the chairman of the Prisoners of Conscience Committee (P.O.C.C.). On July 3, 2013, Hampton and three others filed a false arrest and excessive force lawsuit against Oakland and Emeryville, claiming that they were held for almost three hours on January 21, 2013 in retaliation for their well-known activism.
 
Laleh has been active in Anti-Repression and lately with Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity. She has spoken movingly before the Oakland City Council and at many Occupy Oakland events. She had a video documentary (Preview) made about her.
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Come join comrades for its 2nd anniversary. Talk. Reflect. Enjoy. Music. Speakers. Food will be served, and movies will be shown as soon as it gets dark.
This Year’s Theme: Solidarity with the 60 day California Prisoners’ Hunger Strike and the 60 hour Solidarity Fast by two OO participants, opposition to solitary confinement, privatization of prisons and the rest of our commons. And of course the continuing struggle against the economic destruction of the 99%.
Schedule of Events
2:00 PM: Music begins.
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Music! Rocker T, JuJu, Street Black, TMac and others.
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Our Guest Speakers.
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: OO Committees & Activist groups give reports on theirs doings.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Food! Brought to you by ‘Big Red’ and the informal OO food group.
7:00 PM – 7:15 PM: Announcements by organizers.
7:15 PM – ?: Movies! (New Occupy Oakland documentaries, Porky the Anarchist Pig, Occupy the Sierras)
See You There!
 
One of the original Occupy Oakland posters from two years ago:
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Hands Off Syria! Emergency Protest in SF! Thurs, 5 pm

Hands Off Syria! Take action against U.S. intervention!

San Francisco Protest – Thurs. August 29, 5pm, Powell and Market Sts.

Date: August 29, 2013
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Powell and Market Sts.
at Powell St. BART station
San Francisco, California
Contact: ANSWER Coalition at answer@answersf.org or 415-821-6545
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The Iraq war took far over 1 million Iraqi
lives.
Now the U.S. government is using
essentially
the same rationale to
attack Syria.

Washington is on the march toward yet another war of aggression in the Middle East, this time targeting Syria. In the event of U.S. military strikes against Syria, the ANSWER Coalition is calling on organizations and individuals to take to the streets in opposition to what would be a destructive and criminal war by the U.S. government.

In San Francisco, we wil hold a Protest at Powell and Market Sts. on Thur. August 29 at 5pm. Plans are also in place for an emergency response protest in the event of a US/NATO attack. It will take place in San Francisco at Powell & Market Sts., at 5 pm on the day of the attack, or if an attack takes place after 5 pm, the protest will be the following day. If the emergency response protest is on a weekend day, it will take place at 12 noon at Powell & Market Sts.

Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of the American people are clearly opposed to U.S. intervention, the signs all point to war. In a recent Reuters poll, only 9 percent favored direct U.S. military intervention, and 89 percent opposed arming the Syrian opposition. But the tiny elite clique who really run the country are completely discounting the will of the people, making a mockery of their so-called “democracy.”

The U.S. 6th Fleet has deployed war ships to the eastern Mediterranean and is threatening to launch missile and air strikes against Syria. Not only are the White House and Pentagon openly threatening direct intervention, they are also moving to further arm the Syrian opposition. A U.S./NATO attack on Syria could well lead to a wider, regional war with grave and unpredictable consequences.

A staged provocation: a pretext for war

The pretext for attacking Syria is the allegation that the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, just after a UN team had arrived in the country to investigate an earlier alleged use of chemical weapons. President Obama declared over a year ago that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government would cross a “red line,” triggering U.S. military action.

The idea that the Syrian government would launch a chemical weapons attack exactly at the moment when the UN team was in the country investigating chemical weapons defies all logic.

In a sign of their total disregard for the truth, the United States government has declared, in advance of any actual investigation, that the Syrian government is guilty of using chemical weapons. U.S. officials have stated that the United Nations weapons inspection team, which is today at the site near Damascus where hundreds of people died last week, is “too late.” In other words, the United States, along with Britain and France – the former colonizers of the region – have decided to use chemical weapons as an excuse to go to war.

We must remember the Iraq War in 2003, where “overwhelming evidence of weapons of mass destruction” was used as the pretext for a war that killed hundreds of thousands and tore Iraq apart. No such weapons were ever found.

If in fact chemical weapons were used in Syria last week, the far greater likelihood is that it was a staged provocation by the opposition to invite U.S./NATO intervention in order to save their weakening military position in the conflict. We have no reason to trust the U.S. government’s version of what happened. This is the same government that has routinely lied and deceived the American people on many issues, as was recently revealed by Edward Snowden’s leaks related to NSA spying.

U.S. foreign policy is not one of benign humanitarian concern, but one of Empire. Washington’s goal is control of the entire oil-rich and strategic Middle East region. To achieve this aim, U.S. leaders – Democrats and Republicans alike – have worked to destroy independent governments and popular movements in the region for more than six decades.

For the people of the United States, fighting against a U.S. intervention in Syria is of paramount importance to prevent the spread of war and destruction. The ANSWER Coalition is calling on all those opposed to this brutal war drive to take action against any U.S. attack on Syria! A broad coalition of organizations worked together in June and July 2013 for days of action opposing the U.S. role in Syria. We expect that the actions in the coming days and weeks will be of a similar unified character.

Plan a demonstration in your city on the day of or the day after U.S. military action begins. Fill out our Event Listing form so we can help spread the word!

Help Launch Californians Against Fracking

Thursday 5/30, 12-1 pm

frackingwater-articlePlease join us on Thursday for a short Noon Rally in San Francisco to tell Governor Brown, Stop Fracking NOW!

When: May 30, Noon to 1pm

Where: Governor Jerry Brown’s Office 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 Map

What: Because we raised our voices we’ve made amazing strides in the state legislature. A reconciled moratorium bill will likely make it onto the assembly floor for a vote. Governor Brown says he is committed to fighting climate change. Let’s let him know that includes stopping fracking in the Golden State.

Tens of thousands of signatures on Petitions will be given to the Governor as we launch a new statewide coalition, Californians Against Fracking.

The rally is timed to coincide with the west coast release of Gasland Part II in LA. It should be short, sweet and fun. Come get re-energized and show your support!

Sign the petition:

Sign this petition buy a nine year old girl asking Gov. Brown to ban fracking in California. Sign here.

RSVP: Click to sign up for a rally against fracking

And come learn more about fracking:
June 2, 6PM. Come see Gasland Part II at the Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Oakland

The Bay Area premiere of Gasland Part II, the sequel to Josh Fox’s Oscar nominated Gasland, an expose’ on fracking in America. A panel discussion with Josh Fox will follow the film showing.

Read more about the movie and the event and reserve your seat.
We Cannot Afford Fracking in California!

350 Bay Area Stop Fracking Team
http://www.350bayarea.org/

Green Sunday (5/12): Fracking in California: Stop the Frack!

banfrackingCAPlease come to our Green Sunday talk to learn why and how to stop the frack!

Oil companies have quietly begun fracking California for oil — in the Bay Delta, the hills above Ventura, Kern County and the heart of Los Angeles — with plans for massive expansion at the expense of our air and water. The intensive process of fracking releases and extracts oil or gas by blasting water, chemicals, and sand at high pressure into deep underground rock formations, and is polluting local water and air, and accelerating climate change.

A deposit known as the Monterey Shale may hold 15.4 billion barrels of oil, according to federal estimates, two-thirds of the nation’s shale-oil reserves. And California was the third-largest oil producing state last year, behind Texas and North Dakota. California’s oil reserves could produce as much greenhouse gas emissions as much as all the tar sands flowing through the Keystone XL pipeline for 40 years.

There is no safe way to frack, so Food & Water Watch and our allies are working throughout California to achieve a statewide ban on fracking and we need your help . . . California’s legislature is considering two bills, AB 1301 introduced by Richard Bloom and AB 1323 introduced by Holly Mitchell, that would put an end to fracking in our state. We need your help to get these bills passed. This legislation is vital to protecting our state’s precious water resources and farmland.

You can tell your Legislators to please support a statewide fracking moratorium by signing our petition here.

Please come to our Green Sunday talk to learn why and how to stop the frack!

See: www.foodandwaterwatch.org/california

See also: Lawmakers advance bill to halt oil fracking (4/29)