Updates & Announcements for Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Thursday, Sept. 21 (from Adrienne Fong)

D.  Berkeley High Students Walk Out to Create Human Chain to Support Undocumented Classmates

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Berkeley-High-Students-walk-out-DACA444711273.html?9888

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, September 19 – Thursday, September 21

Tuesday, September 19

1.  Tuesday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Witness Unplugged

Impact Hub
2323 Broadway
Oakland

Suggested donation $10 – $20 – no one turned away.

Whiteness Unplugged: A conversation on Anti-Racism for White/Jewish/European Folks

Facilitated by Elana Isaacs and Angela Sevin with the support of Dori Knoll

We will join together and hold space for each other in this moment and movement around whiteness and race, historical and ongoing harm around the country, and how we connect White Supremacy to ourselves, families, work, communities, and lives.

Beyond Separation uses innovative and interactive learning modalities to examine the stories of whiteness that structure our society, our relationships, and ourselves.

Host: Beyond Separation & Impact Hub

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716714905302097/

2.  Tuesday, 12:30pm – 1:50pm, Academic Freedom for Whom? Islamophobia, Palestine & Campus

San Francisco State University – John Adams Hall
1650 Holloway Ave, Terrace Level
SF

Part SFSU 2017 Constitution Day Conference (please see here for full details https://history.sfsu.edu/content/constitution-day)

Abstract:

In the last few years, pro-Israel industry groups have intensified their campaign to censure, silence, and discredit campus dissent, focusing primarily (but not exclusively) on advocacy for justice in Palestine. These well-funded and politically connected groups (including AMCHA, Horowitz Freedom Center, Stand With US, Campus Watch/Middle East Forum, Canary Mission, Zionist Organization of America, the David Project, the Brandeis Center, the Lawfare Project and the Jewish Community Relations Council) have enlisted Islamophobia, a main ingredient of the post 9/1//2001 “war on terror,” and labeled Palestinians as terrorists who threaten the security of the US and its main regional ally, Israel.

In so doing, these groups have falsely accused faculty, students and staff who are engaged in justice-for-Palestine—centered pedagogy, scholarship and advocacy with terrorism and anti-Semitism. Though discredited, these pro-Israel groups have been emboldened by a combination of the corporatization of public universities and a liberal discourse that weaponizes freedom of speech to silence dissent. Israeli lobby industry has cynically misused anti-Semitism to fan the flames against the broadening support for Palestinian rights, deliberately sought to equate anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel’s colonial and racist policies with anti-Semitism, and relied on wealthy and right wing donors who threaten to pull their monetary contributions if university administrators refuse to employ harsher measures to discipline campus dissent.

California public institutions (CSU and UC) have been particularly targeted

Host: Friends of AMED

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/169304470300645/

3.  Tuesday, 2:10pm – 5:10pm, Muslims, Mexicans, and the Politics of Exclusion – Panel 2

San Francisco State University  – John Adams Hall
1600 Holloway Ave.
SF

This series provides an analysis of the racializations of Arab, Latinx, Muslims and Palestinian communities within the United States, the struggles and solidarities produced by such communities, and what this reveals about racialization, rightlessness and resistance within Western, so-called liberal democracies.

This panel will feature the following speakers:
– Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project)
– Blanca Misse (SFSU, Modern Languages and Literatures) 
– Rev. Michael Yoshii (Buena Vista United Methodist Church) 
– Mira Nabulsi (SFSU Communications Department)- 
– Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi (SFSU, Arab & Muslim Ethnicies and Diasporas).

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/309853516156769/

4.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, The Alt Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know

UC Berkeley Multicultural Center
220 MLK Jr. Student Union
Berkeley

A Presentation by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. 

A Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) expert on hate and extremism will share information on an orchestrated campaign by white nationalists to make college campuses their battleground. The battle is not over free speech or political conservatism. Come learn about what they’re pushing, why they’re obsessed with UC Berkeley and how we can effectively resist.

Speaker:
Ryan Lenz is the Senior Investigative Writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and editor of its Hatewatch blog. Before joining the SPLC in 2010, Lenz was a regional reporter for the Associated Press and an Iraq war correspondent for the wire service from 2005 to 2008. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Host: Gender Equity Resource Center – UC Berkeley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/279975015831003/

5.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Speak out – #NoTasersSF

City College of San Francisco – Ocean Campus
50 Phelan Ave. – Student Union Lower Level – “City Café”
S.F.

Once again the San Francisco Police Commission  and SFPD is trying to further arm their officers with more tools to use against the people. The Police Commission will be holding two community meetings before it will come to a vote(the date of the vote has not been determined).

It is vital that we turn out our people to these community meetings and make our voices heard, NO TASERS IN SF!!! We have beaten this before by turning out as many folks as possible!!! 

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Because of the capacity limitations of this space, we ask those interested to register via Evite. (http://evite.me/BzpCqpH5mb)For safety, we are limited to 100 attendees and will accept comments, feedback, questions and concerns by email sfpd.commission@sfgov.org

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1508676555876883/

Wednesday, September 20 

6.  Wednesday, 9:00am – 12 Noon, Public protest at Air District

375 Beale St.
SF

Please join concerned residents from all over the Bay Area who support efforts to put refinery pollution limits back on the BAAQMD agenda where they belong. The original version of Rule 12-16 addressed both toxic pollutants and greenhouse gases—it’s now more relevant than ever. 

Please sign up to comment on this non-agenda item; talking points will be provided when you arrive.

Host: Sunflower Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294265830980958/

7.  Wednesday, 12Noon – 1:30pm, Love the Bay – Stop Increase in Oil Tankers

375 Beale St.
SF

This is an Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Autumn Equinox Action: 

Join us to learn about the Phillips 66 refinery plan in Rodeo to build a huge oil terminal that would increase 100 oil tankers each year in the Bay. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will decide on the permit which is why we will be in the atrium of the building their offices are in. The BAAQMD meeting is earlier that day.

Many Bay Area water protectors believe that the proposed tankers and oil terminal would bring in and hold tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada. This is the highest sulfphur crude being extracted and is worse for the air than conventional crude. It is also the most difficult oil to clean during a spill.

Host: Idle No More SF Bay, Refinery Corridor Healing Walks, Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/117225362283896/

8.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PEACE VIGIL

Montgomery & Market Street,
below Senator Feinstein’s office; directly above Montgomery BART / MUNI Station
SF

Join us at the large PEACE  banner.

Theme varies each week; this week’s theme most likely “The Longest War in American History Just Got Extended”

All are welcomed!

9.  Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State in the Age of Trump – Meeting

Oakland Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state,  against Urban Shield, and to advocate for privacy and surveillance regulation ordinances to be passed by our State Legislature and around the Bay Area, including the Alameda and San Francisco County Boards of Supervisors, the BART Board of Directors, and by the Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Albany and Davis City Councils.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/10/18801363.php

10.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, What Happened To The Black People in Oakland?

Merritt Community College
12500 Campus Drive Newton / Seale Conference Room
Oakland

A celebration of the Rumford CA Fair Housing Act, signed on September 20, 1963.
Includes the World Premiere of short film, YOU A NOMAD.

Q&A with filmmaker, Shirah Dedman, and a discussion on Fair Housing and gentrification.
In a single generation, Oakland, CA’s black population has dwindled from 44% to an estimated 26%. Using a unique cross-section of African-American voices, this 20-minute documentary deconstructs urban displacement to reveal the systemic roots of gentrification occurring nationwide.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/120666308553625/ 

11.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Author reading with Shanthi Sekaran –Lucky Boy

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave. (off of Telegraph)
Berkeley

LUCKY BOY is the moving novel about two unforgettable women in Northern California: an undocumented Mexican woman, Soli Castro-Valdez, and an IndianAmerican woman, Kavya Reddy, who longs to become a mother. Both are bound together by their love for the same child. Sekaran’s vivid story – begins in Mexico, follows young Soli’s perilous journey to El Norte, then to Berkeley where she manages to find work, and then, suddenly, trapped inside a nightmarish detention center. Ripped from her child, Soli must muster her daring and creativity to find a way out.

It’s also a story about California right now – who does the work and who has the power. With the regime of Donald Trump, and the increasing demonization of immigrants, 

A native of California, Shanthi was inspired by her own upbringing as a child of immigrants, by the news stories she was hearing about undocumented mothers losing their children when they were put into detention centers, and by living in Berkeley, a place that for all of its progressiveness is also incredibly privileged.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1611053335593333/

12.  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Anti Police-Terror Project General Meeting

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

Join us Wednesday to:

Participate in a Teach-in on #GrandJuries

– Find out ways you can use your talents and resources to support APTP and get involved with the work, including how to join various committees such as the Black Leadership Committee, First Responders, Action, Policy, Media, and Security committees. 

– Find out more about the #DefundOPD campaign.

Thursday, September 21

“United Nations International Day of Peace”

13.  Thursday, 8:30am – 11:00am, J20 Resisters Court-Support Rosh Hashanah

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

The Jewish New Year’s Day is the final pretrial hearing for the J20 Resisters criminal case. These 11 queer activists are facing charges resulting from the Cal-Train shut-down as part of the massive day of action in protest of the Trump Inaugeration. In spite of our demand that DA Gascon DROP THE CHARGES Gascon continues to criminalize these brave activists!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/117579282294061/

14.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Amour for  Alex Nieto – monthly gathering

Bernal Heights
SF

Monthly gathering with Alex Nieto’s family and friends at Bernal Heights where he was killed by SFPD.

Official notification not posted yet. Check: https://www.facebook.com/groups/721427181211650/

15.  Thursday, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Sweeps Watch, Training

UNITE HERE Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Come learn about criminalization and supporting our unhoused neighbors. The Coalition on Homelessness is creating a new community program, Sweeps Watch.

We will be educating unhoused and housed people in tactics for responding to Sweeps of encampments in our neighborhoods.

We hope to build a network of solidarity, where housed folks are supporting the self determination of folks in crisis, with no where to go. We are doing this by building a network of rapid community responders that will have the skills to respond to police activity in their community safely and affectively. 

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/363375580749034/ 

16.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Christopher Bollyn on the War on Terror

San Francisco Public Library – Richmond Branch
351 – 9th Ave.
SF

Christopher Bollyn, author of Solving 9/11, gives a presentation on his latest book, The War on Terror: The Plot to Rule the Middle East.

Host: Solving 9-11 Tour

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/467450196961682/

17.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Displacement Disrupts Peace

Oakland Peace Center
259 29th St.
Oakland

Join us and explore the issue of displacement local and global through photography, spoken word, testimonies, and an open dialogue on International Day of Peace.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/793557334139347/

18.  Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, DACA Know Your Rights Workshop – Union City

Itlong Vera Cruz Middle School
Alvarado Middle School
31064 Alvarado Blvd.
Union City

DACA Recipients, we invite you to join us in our DACA Know Your Rights Workshop –Spread the word

Questions contact: Facebook: Michael James Chapman Jr
Instagram: @chaaaaaapman

19.  Thursday, 7:00pm, September 21st, Honor International Peace Day – Candlelight Vigil

Meet at:

Linda Mar Beach
Pacifica

Walk to Rockaway.

Bring candles.

Join us for candlelight vigil on Linda Mar Beach at 7:00pm.

Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech. Unite for diplomacy and denounce violence, war and occupation.

Enjoy singing and walking from Linda Mar to Rockaway with neighbors.

Sponsor: Pacifica Peace People

Info: www.pacifcapeacepeople.net

Saturday, September 23

Saturday, 12Noon – 6:00pm, No Hate in the Bay: March Against White Supremacy

Meet at:

63rd & Adeline
Berkeley

Join fellow community members to let fascists, the alt-right and all white supremacists know that they are not are not welcome in the Bay Area. 

Stay through the march or meet up afterward for a festival of resistance to celebrating black, POC, Muslim, immigrant, queer, trans, dis-abled, and interfaith communities!

This march was organized so that we can take the streets on our own terms – counter-demonstrations are very important, but we live here, this is our community, and every day is a good day to be united against white supremacy.

This march takes place the day before upcoming far-right, racist events set to take place on (and off) UC Berkeley campus, but it isn’t taking place at the same time as any of those events nor is it a specific response.

Host: No Hate in the Bay

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114644749236663/

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