Green Sunday: Rent Control, Gentrification, and Displacement

The Green Party of Alameda County invites you

to a Green Sunday panel and discussion about

Rent Control, Gentrification, and Displacement

in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco,
and other cities


Sunday, January 11, 2015, 5:00-6:30 pm

LOCATION: 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.

Questions to be considered include:
What is happening to tenants, especially low income tenants, as gentrification occurs and rents rise?
What is the status of rent control (or rent adjustment) in various cities?
Does rent control (or rent adjustment) work to keep people in their homes?
What impact does state law have on local rent ordinances?
How can we build a strong tenants movement?


Brian Geiser, Oakland Tenants Union

John Selawsky, Berkeley Tenants Union & Berkeley Rent Board

Maria Zamudio, Causa Justa:Just Cause (San Francisco)

SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & 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 pm. Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested.

You’re Invited!: Green Party Holiday Party, Sun, 12/14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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

Dear Greens and Supporters,

Please join us for good food, drink, and conversation with old and new friends at our 2014 Annual Potluck Holiday Party

Sunday, December 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave at 65th in North Oakland

Please bring a drink or side dish of your choice to share!

Also, please bring a picture or object which depicts activities of the Green Party for our display table.

**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. Call 510-644-2293 if you have questions.


green_voter_guideDear Greens,

We are currently running about $700 short with our fundraising for the Voter Guide!

So all of you who haven’t yet made donations, please send them in right away! (To: Green Party, 2022 Blake St., Berkeley, CA 94704)!

You can also donate online on our DONATE page.

Thank you very much!,

(Green Party office: 510-644-2293)

PS — Yes, the Voter Guides are back from the printer and people will soon get them in the mail — but we only had enough money to pay for the postage! Fortunately the printer is giving us 30 days to pay them — so we MUST raise all of the rest of the money by then — that is, essentially by Election Day!

Come to the NorCal People’s Climate Rally in Oakland This Sunday!

NorCal People’s Climate Rally!


Help us make history on September 21. In a few weeks time, the People’s Climate March – the largest climate march in history – will take place in New York City. We invite you to show your support and join us here, at the NorCal People’s Climate Rally happening in Oakland on the same day.

Sunday Sept 21st, 2 – 5 pm

Lake Merritt Amphitheater

It will be a family-friendly event, on the shore of Oakland’s Lake Merritt, just a few short blocks from the Lake Merritt BART station.

Come one, come all!

For more information see:

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: For the Oakland event, see:

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.


What You Need to Know About the Oil Trains
Slated for the Tri-Cities
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:
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.
–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.
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.
You can learn more about the oil trains that are proposed to be coming through the Tri-Cities at these links:
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
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.
​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.
​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!
​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.
We refuse to allow Israel to conduct its business as usual, here in the Bay and everywhere!
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!
We encourage all of our allies on the West Coast to join us in ensuring that Zim ships are not welcome anywhere.
Not in Palestine
Not in the Bay
Not Anywhere
Stand Against Apartheid Everywhere
Endorsed by:
American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
ANSWER Coalition
Arab Youth Organizing (AYO)
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center
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:​