Green Sunday (5:00 pm, 9/13): Local November Elections: Oakland Schools and Berkeley Mayor

This Sunday, we will discuss several important local elections on the November ballot. The Oakland Schools presentation will focus on the four seats being contested this year. It will be seen in the context of ongoing controversy around budget cuts, school closures/ co-locations with charters, and labor struggles (including the recent teachers’ strike). Added to all these issues are the immense questions of school safety and reopening, linked to the pandemic. This generally has lead many educators and community activists to see the whole board as derelict in their duties, with the majority of seats up for election.

        Bill Balderston is a long time teacher activist and socialist militant in the East Bay, Involved not only in the labor movement but in a range of organizing (ecosocialist, immigrant rights and anti imperialist work). Bill is also an elected member of the Green Party County Council.

        Bill has taught for over thirty years, mostly in Oakland. He has represented the teachers there at the local level (on the Oakland Education Association executive board for 16 years), as well as the state and national levels. This includes many years, up to the current moment, on the Political Involvement Committee of the Union. He is also a delegate to the Alameda Labor Council.

“Our leaders, now more than ever, must be willing to fight for universal human rights within our community.” Aidan Hill (they/them) is a Berkeley Mayor candidate this 2020 election and will be speaking about their vision for Berkeley amid the threats of Covid-19, wildfires and power outages. Four years ago, Aidan moved from Fontana, California as a political science student at UC Berkeley. Since then, Aidan has organized marches, rallies, and grassroots actions to prevent displacement and gentrification in the city of Berkeley. In 2018, Aidan ran for City Council, emphasizing basic needs, public spaces and police accountability, where they became a full time People’s Park activist to support District 7’s only open space. Because of Aidan’s work supporting city encampments such as People’s Park, “Where do we go?”, and “Here/There”, Aidan became the Vice-Chair of the City of Berkeley Homeless Commission where they continue working for basic needs for low income residents. Join us to hear from Aidan Hill, their vision for the future of Berkeley, and how you can get involved with their campaign.

September 13th, 5:00 to 6:00 pm  Via Zoom: please see access info below 

Green Sundays are a series of free public programs & discussions on topics “du jour” sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party follows, at 6:00 pm. Council meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

Topic: Green Party of Alameda County

Description: Green Sunday presentation at 5 PM 

(Followed by County Council business meeting at 6:00. All are welcome to attend) 

Time: Sept. 13, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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