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.

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)

Brown signs bill creating ‘environmental platform’ to expand fracking

by Dan Bacher
Monday Sep 23rd, 2013 10:45 AM
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Senator Fran Pavley and Governor Jerry Brown claim the legislation “regulates” hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), acidizing, and other oil extraction techniques, while opponents, including over 100 environmental, consumer and community groups in the coalition Californians Against Fracking, say the bill actually gives the green light to expanded fracking in California.

californians_against_frackingGovernor Jerry Brown on Friday, September 20 signed Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 4 – a controversial fracking bill that the head of the oil industry lobby admitted will clear the path to expanding the environmentally destructive oil extraction process in California.

“While SB 4’s requirements went significantly farther than the petroleum industry felt was necessary, we now have an environmental platform on which California can look toward the opportunity to responsibly develop the enormous potential energy resource contained in the Monterey Shale formation,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA).

Reheis-Boyd, who previously feigned disappointment with the bill even after it had been gutted with last minute pro-oil industry amendments, gushed, “With the signing of Senate Bill 4, California has the toughest regulations of hydraulic fracturing and other energy production technologies in the country.”

“There remains a great deal of work to clarify and implement the requirements of SB 4. WSPA and our members stand ready to work with the Administration, Department of Conservation and other stakeholders to ensure SB 4 is implemented effectively and fairly,” she concluded.

All mainstream media accounts of the Pavley legislation that I have seen failed to mention the alarming fact that Reheis-Boyd, in one of the biggest environmental scandals in California over the past decade, chaired the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create alleged “marine protected areas” on the Southern California coast. The oil industry superstar also served on the task forces for the Central Coast, North Central Coast and North Coast.

MontereyShaleSenator Fran Pavley and Governor Jerry Brown claim the legislation “regulates” hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), acidizing, and other oil extraction techniques, while opponents, including over 100 environmental, consumer and community groups in the coalition Californians Against Fracking, say the bill actually gives the green light to expanded fracking in California.

Strangely enough, Reheis-Boyd essentially agreed with the opponents’ assessment that the bill will actually result in expanded oil drilling in the Monterey Shale Foundation.

“SB 4 tragically green-lights an extremely dangerous practice with terrible public health impacts near the homes and schools of California’s communities already most overburdened by pollution,” said Madeline Stano, Luke Cole Memorial Fellow at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment.

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a water-intensive process where millions of gallons of fluid – typically water, sand, and chemicals, including ones known to kill fish and cause cancer in humans– are injected underground at high pressure to fracture the rock surrounding an oil or gas well. This releases extra oil and gas from the rock, so it can flow into the well, according to Food and Water Watch.

Senator Pavley lauded Brown for signing Senate Bill 4.

“I am pleased that Governor Brown is committed to rigorously implementing this important law,” Senator Pavley said. “I look forward to working with the governor and Natural Resources Secretary Laird to ensure that we meet the expectations of all Californians of transparency and rigorous oversight when the law kicks in on January 1, 2014.”

Pavley added, “Starting January 1, 2014, oil companies will not be allowed to frack or acidize in California unless they test the groundwater, notify neighbors and list each and every chemical on the Internet. This is a first step toward greater transparency, accountability and protection of the public and the environment. Now we need immediate, robust enforcement and widespread public involvement to ensure the law is upheld to its fullest.”

Likewise, Governor Brown in his signing statement claimed Senate Bill 4 “establishes strong environmental protections and transparency for hydraulic fracking and other well stimulation operations.”

“I am also directing the Department of Conservation, when implementing the bill, to develop and efficient permitting program for well stimulation activities that groups permits together based on factors such as known geological conditions and environmental impacts, while providing for more particularized review in other situations when necessary,” he stated.

Caleen-portraitCaleen Sisk, Chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, said Brown’s signing of Pavley’s bill shows how “we are led by representatives who believe oil is more important than water for the people.”

“There is such a high price to pay for the last drops of oil – then what? Even this extreme mining for oil will come to an end!” Sisk noted.

The passage of Pavley’s green light for fracking bill occurs in the larger context of the oil industry’s enormous influence on California environmental processes. Pavley, Laird and Brown were all strong supporters of the oil lobbyist-overseen Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create questionable “marine protected areas” in Southern California, so it is no surprise that they will now be helping to implement the fracking of California – or as Reheis-Boyd claims, “responsibly” developing the “enormous potential energy resource contained in the Monterey Shale formation.”

These so-called “Yosemites of the Sea” and “underwater parks” fail to protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling and spills, pollution, military testing, wind and wave energy projects and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. The alleged “marine protected areas” are good for the oil industry and ocean industrialists – and bad for fishermen, tribal gatherers, the environment and the people of California.

State officials and representatives of corporate “environmental” NGOs embraced the leadership of Reheis-Boyd and other corporate operatives who served on the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Forces to create “marine protected areas” that fail to actually protect the ocean. By backing her leadership as a “marine guardian,” they helped to increase the influence of the Western States Petroleum Association, the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento.

Two of the groups who were among the strongest supporters of the MLPA Initiative – NRDC and the League of Conservation Voters – also strongly backed Pavley’s green light to fracking bill until the very last minute when amendments they suggested weren’t included in the bill’s final draft. They, along with Clean Water Action and the Environmental Working Group, withdrew their support on September 11 after the oil industry gutted the already very weak bill.

FrackingMapGlobalExNow Pavley, Brown and Laird, true to form, will preside over expanded fracking in Cailifornia that will result in tremendous damage to groundwater supplies, rivers and imperiled fish populations, and human health.

Pavley, Brown and Laird also support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The construction of the tunnels will result in the export of massive quantities of northern California water to corporate agribusiness interests irrigating drainage-impaired land on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

The construction of the tunnels would hasten the extinction of Central Valley salmon and steelhead, Delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other species, as well as imperil the salmon and steelhead populations of the Trinity and Klamath river.

For more information about the hijacking of “marine protection” in California by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), go to: http://yubanet.com/california/Dan-Bacher-Top-Censored-Environmental-Story-of-2012-Marine-guardian-lobbies-for-offshore-oil-drilling-fracking.php

Background: Big Oil dominates California politics

The oil industry, now the most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento, exceeds corporate agribusiness, the computer and software industry, the film and television industry, the aerospace industry and other major corporate players in California politics in the power that it wields.

The association now has enormous influence over both state and federal regulators.Oil and gas companies spend more than $100 million a year to buy access to lawmakers in Washington and Sacramento, according to Stop Fooling California, an online and social media public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to mislead and confuse Californians. The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) alone has spent more than $16 million lobbying in Sacramento since 2009. (http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/07/the-ocean-frackers/)

The association spent the most of any organization in first six months of 2013, $2,308,789.95, to lobby legislators and other state officials, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State.

When the oil industry wields this much power – and an oil industry lobbyist oversaw the process that was supposed to “protect” the ocean – it shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody that California’s ocean waters, as well as farmland, are now being “fracked.” Both the state and federal regulators have completely failed in their duty to protect our ocean, bays, rivers and Delta.

For more information about the MLPA Initiative, go to: http://intercontinentalcry.org/the-five-inconvenient-truths-about-the-mlpa-initiative/

Justice for Trayvon Martin!

People say George Zimmerman is guilty!

See below for list of nationwide protests

Watch video of Saturday’s action in San Francisco

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Watch video of Saturday’s action in San Francisco

In response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the ANSWER Coalition immediately took to the streets around the country. In San Francisco, we picketed at 24th and Mission St. before marching to 16th and Mission St., up to Valencia St. and back to 24th and Mission. The march grew and grew, with eventually over 450 people taking the entire street from sidewalk to sidewalk, as the community came out of their homes and stores to stand for justice for Trayvon Martin.

On Saturday, July 13, George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in a second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a young Black man, in cold blood on the streets of Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. After killing Martin, Zimmerman roamed free for 44 days before the angry response of millions of people forced the state to take action.

The sequestered jury of six women, all white except for one, came back with a not guilty verdict after only two days of deliberations. The verdict is a travesty, a continuation of the complicity of the racist, so-called criminal justice system that refused to treat the murder as a crime and has now left a vigilante free to roam the streets. The system of racist brutality carried out against poor people and people of color in communities from Florida to New York to California to Texas and elsewhere is on the offensive.

The acquittal of George Zimmerman means there will be more George Zimmermans. They have encouraged the growth of racist vigilante attacks on Black people. This is a pattern of racist violence that  allows the cops to get away with murders like those of Oscar Grant, Alan Blueford and Manuel Diaz and countless others.

Watch video of Saturday’s action in San Francisco

Demonstrations around the country

San Francisco
Sunday, 4pm
Powell and Market

Oakland
Sunday, 4pm
Oscar Grant Plaza

Washington, DC
Sunday, 6pm
Malcolm X Park

New York City
Sunday, 6pm
Union Square

New York City
Sunday, 5pm
Borough Hall, Brooklyn

New York City
Monday, 7pm
Hunts Point Plaza, South Bronx

Boston
Sunday, 6pm
Dudley Square Station (Washington St. at Dudley St.), Roxbury, Mass.

San Diego
Sunday, 5:30pm
Highland Park in City Heights near Fairmont Ave and Wightman Street next to the library and across from the police station.

Sacramento
Sunday, 12 noon
Federal Building (5th and I Street)

Syracuse
Sunday, 2pm
Onondaga County Courthouse (401 Montgomery St.)

Saturday (5/25) — Worldwide March Against Monsanto!

March Against Monsanto!

Saturday, 5/25, 11:00am, Oakland

Monsanto

This Saturday, May 25th, at 11:00am, hundreds (maybe even thousands) of events are taking place around the world in 40 countries as part of a global March Against Monsanto.

See:
Challenging Monsanto: 200,000 in 40 countries to rally against GMO

A very large march is planned in San Francisco, and a smaller own here in Oakland. See the links below for more details.

Oakland
Location: Clinton Square, corner of 6th Ave. and International Blvd
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/591616770856416/

San Francisco
Location: Union Square
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/561714507193261/

Please join many other Greens on the streets to get our voices heard on Monsanto for this worldwide day of protest!