Please read down this list of activities and plan to attend one or more of them. If you can attend one, please greet some of the other people there and talk to them. We need to form connections of concerned people. We need to be peaceful at all times and know that it is possible that great force may be used to ‘clear the streets’.
“If it bleeds, it leads” isn’t a phrase coined by some cut-throat tabloid editor. It’s a potent truth that lies at the heart of the modern day media machine. It’s time for some balance. That’s why our team at Future Crunch spent the year gathering good news stories you probably didn’t hear about, and sent them out in our fortnightly newsletter.
Here’s our full list for 2016…
Some of the biggest conservation successes in a generation:
1. British Columbia protected 85% of one of the world’s largest temperate rainforests, home to the wonderfully named ‘Spirit Bear.’ Reuters
2. In February, Peru and Bolivia signed a $500 million deal to preserve Lake Titicaca. HNGN
3. In March, the US government abandoned its plan for oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters, reversing its decision from a year ago. Guardian
4. After nearly 13 years of difficult negotiations, Malaysia established a 1 million hectare marine park that pioneers a mixed-use approach to marine conservation. Guardian
5. In 2016, more than 20 countries pledged more than $5.3 billion for ocean conservation and created 40 new marine sanctuaries covering an area of 3.4 million square km. Reuters
6. That included a new record holder for the world’s biggest marine reserve, off the coast of Antarctica. National Geographic
7. New research showed that acid pollution in the atmosphere is now almost back to the level that it was before it started with industrialisation in the 1930s. Science Bulletin
8. In 2012, the US and Mexico embarked on an unprecedented binational project to revive the Colorado River. By 2016, the results had astonished everyone. Audubon
9. In November, the Obama administration followed up its March announcements by banning offshore exploration and drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic until 2022. Politico
Huge strides forward for global health
11. In 2016, some of the world’s biggest diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, started declining in wealthy countries. New York Times
12. A new study from the world’s leading health journal reported that the number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has almost halved since 1990. Guardian
13. Fresh evidence showed that public smoking bans have improved health in 21 nations. Wiley Blackwell
14. Uruguay won a major case against Philip Morris in a World Bank ruling, setting a precedent for other small countries that want to deter tobacco use. CS Monitor
15. Malawi achieved a 67% reduction in the number of children acquiring HIV, the biggest success story across all sub-Saharan nations. Since 2006, they’ve saved 260,000 lives. Al Jazeera
16. Child mortality rates came down by 12% in Russia. Article
17. Life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000, thanks to improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to ARVs. Quartz
18. Mobile phones made significant inroads in the fight against rabies, a disease which kills more people annually than all terrorists combined. Ars Technica
19. Thailand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. World Health Organisation
20. Harvard scientists created a new platform for antibiotic discovery that may help solve the crisis of antibiotic resistance. GEN
21. Liberia was officially cleared of Ebola, meaning there are now no known cases of the deadly tropical virus left in West Africa. Vanguard
So yeah. That didn’t happen.
22. The WHO announced that measles have been eradicated in all of the Americas, from Canada to Chile. It’s the first time the disease has been eliminated from an entire world region. NBC
23. The proportion of older US adults with dementia, including Alzheimer’s declined from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012, a decrease of about a million people. Scientific American
24. The number of cigarette smokers in the US dropped by 8.6 million since 2005. That fall will be accelerated by a tobacco tax just passed in California. NPR
Political and economic progress in many parts of the world
25. 93% of kids around the world learned to read and write this year. That’s the highest proportion in human history. And the gender gap between girls and boys in school narrowed in 2016 too. Medium
26. In 2016, for the first time ever, the amount of money it would take to end poverty dropped below the amount of money spent on foreign aid. Vox
27. World hunger reached its lowest point in 25 years. New York Times
28. In February, Ontario announced a $100 million initiative to curb violence against indigenous women. The Star
29. Myanmar swore in its first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years. BBC
30. Black incarceration rates fell in the United States. Not fast enough, but certainly something worth celebrating. Washington Post
31. In 1990, more than 60% of people in East Asia lived in extreme poverty. As of 2016, that proportion has dropped to 3.5%. Vox
33. Taiwan is on the verge of becoming the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage. New York Times
34. The Gambia and Tanzania banned child marriage, following sustained lobbying by civil society groups. Independent
35. In June, after years of wrangling, the drive to end female genital mutilation in Africa made a major breakthrough, when the Pan African Parliament endorsed a continent-wide ban. The Wire
36. Germany took on rape culture, introducing a law to broaden the definition of sex crimes by zoning in on the issue of consent. Catalogue
37. Two weeks before #Brexit, the African Union announced a new single African passport that permits holders to enter any of the 54 AU member states without a visa. Washington Post
38. The United States now feeds healthy lunches to more than 30 million children, is about to ban trans fats, and has enacted one of the biggest overhauls of nutrition labels in decades. Vox
39. Italy became the last large Western country to recognise same-sex unions in 2016, following a long-running battle by campaigners. Independent
We finally started responding seriously to the climate change emergency
42. The Paris Agreement became the fastest (and largest) United Nations treaty to go from agreement to international law in modern history. CBS
43. Global carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels did not grow at all in 2016. It’s the third year in a row emissions have flatlined. Scientific American
44. Thanks to rapid technological innovation and political support from around the world, renewables now account for more newly installed capacity than any other form of electricity in the world, including coal.. Gizmodo
45. The Chinese government placed a ban on new coal mines, created new rules for grid access and doubled its renewables targets for 2020. WRI
46. India announced it won’t need any new coal plants for the next three years because it’s flush with generation capacity. Times of India
47. In April, the UK’s Chatham House released a report saying “Big Oil is screwed.” Chatham House
48. In the same month, 25% of European countries announced that they had quit coal. EcoWatch
49. The BRICS New Development Bank approved $1 billion in renewables investments in China, Brazil, South Africa and India. RT
50. In 2016 Costa Rica ran solely on renewable energy for over 100 days. Now it’s aiming for an entire year with no fossil fuels. The Independent
51. In July, the USA, Mexico and Canada committed to getting 50 per cent of their electricity from renewables by 2025. Their leaders also nailed the awkward handshake thing. Time
52. A new report showed that China reached peak coal in 2014. A landmark moment in the fight against climate change that was reported by every media outlet on the planet. Right? Guardian
53. China installed 20GW of solar in the first half of 2016, three times as much as during the same period a year ago. Reuters
54. In October, the International Energy Agency reported that half a million solar panels were installed each day around the world in 2015. It also drastically increased its five year growth forecast for renewables. IEA
55. In the same month, 197 countries agreed to drastically reduce their use of HFCs, and the International Civil Aviation Organisation agreed to measures to combat the impact of flying on greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific American
56. The world’s biggest offshore wind farm received the go ahead for its second phase. Guardian
57. Mexico announced $6 billion in renewables investments, Argentina $2.7 billion, Scotland connected underwater turbines to its grid for the first time, and solar energy generated more power than coal in the United Kingdom. Independent UK
58. In November, India unveiled the world’s largest solar power plant, and revealed that it is now on track to be the world’s third biggest solar market in 2017. Al Jazeera
The world got less violent
61. ISIS quietly started preparing its followers for the eventual collapse of the caliphate it proclaimed with great fanfare two years ago. New Yorker
62. In April, a new report revealed that for the first time ever, the death penalty has become illegal in more than half of the world’s countries. Article
63. Juarez, in Mexico, used to be the world’s most dangerous city. In 2016, crime came down and residents started losing their fear. National Geographic
64. Crime rates in Holland plummeted, with total recorded crime shrinking by 25% in the last eight years. One third of the country’s prison cells are now empty. Dutch News
65. Three years ago Honduras was the most dangerous place on earth. Since then community crime programs have achieved a remarkable reduction in violence. New York Times
66. Hellholes? Not according to US mayors, who in 2016 celebrated years of positive gains in US cities. Politico
Signs of hope for a life-sustaining economy
67. Good science and simple economics have started a reversal in overfishing in the United States. New York Times
68. Norway became the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. The Independent
69. In June, a new survey showed that the ozone hole has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006. Scientists now think it will now be fully healed by 2050. Sydney Morning Herald
70. In July, more than 800,000 volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in one day. The country is planning on reforesting 12% of its land. National Geographic
71. Later that month, Israel revealed that it now makes 55% of its freshwater. That means that one of the driest countries on earth now has more water than it needs. Ensia
72. McDonalds announced it would be removing corn syrup from its hamburger buns and removed antibiotics from its chicken months ahead of schedule. CNBC
73. By August, every major grocery and fast-food chain in the US had pledged to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. Washington Post
74. The average number of large oil spills around the world has been drastically reduced, from an average of 24.5 per year in the 1970s, to just 1.8 a year in 2015. ITOPF
75. The citizens of Mumbai conducted the largest beach clean-up in human history, removing more than 4000 tonnes of rubbish. Washington Post
76. Plastic bag use plummeted in England thanks to the introduction of a 5p charge in 2015. BBC
77. The Italian government overwhelmingly backed a new set of laws aimed at cutting down the vast amounts of food wasted in the country each year. Independent
78. In December, four of the world’s biggest cities, Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City, agreed to ban diesel cars from their centres. Guardian
Endangered animals got a some well-deserved breaks
79. At this year’s CITES conference, 183 countries agreed to the strongest protections ever for endangered animals, with big wins for parrots, rhinos, porpoises, rays and elephants. Washington Post
80. In February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the global manatee population is no longer endangered. Scientific American
82. In March, Yellowstone’s grizzly bears passed a major milestone, completing one of the greatest wildlife comeback stories in history. National Geographic
83. Fifty years ago, the Columbian white-tailed deer population was 450 animals. This year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service took it off the endangered list. CS Monitor
84. Green sea turtles in Florida and Mexico were taken off the endangered list. Huffington Post
85. Sea World agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales. NPR
86. Humpback whales were removed from the endangered species list, having fully recovered in the last 46 years. Science Mag
87. The US finalized new regulations to shut down commercial elephant ivory trade within its borders and stop wildlife crime overseas. WWF
88. Mongolia created one of the world’s largest protected areas for snow leopards. Snow Leopard Trust
89. In September, giant pandas became the latest species to be taken off the endangered list. Guardian
90. And in 2016, for the first time, we heard that the number of tigers in the wild rose for the first time in 100 years. National Geographic
The world got more generous
91. At the beginning of the year, we heard that global spending on aid and development increased by 7%, and spending on refugees has doubled. OECD
92. In April, Pony Ma Huateng, the chief executive of the Chinese internet giant Tencent, donated $2 billion to charity. South China Morning Post
93. 2015 was America’s most generous year ever, with charitable donations from individuals, estates, foundations and corporations reaching record highs. 2016 is on track to be even bigger. Associated Press
94. In 2016, charitable giving in China rose to $15 billion, a 10 fold increase from just a decade ago Bloomberg
96. Warren Buffett gave $2.9 billion to charity, again. And his son, a farmer and environmentalist, quietly continued to spend his billion dollar inheritance on sustainable agriculture and hunger eradication. The Atlantic
97. The Gates Foundation announced another $5 billion in charity for Africa. They also tweeted this video about progress on malaria.
98. Germany took in an additional 300,000 refugees in 2016, despite growing concerns about integration and a backlash from populists. Guardian
99. In Canada, hockey moms, poker buddies and neighbors took in Syrian refugees, one family at a time. New York Times
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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board
Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, EMERGENCY XMAS DAY ANTI TRUMP’S NUCLEAR ARMS RACE: Christmas Day
“Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” — Donald Trump
Anti Nuclear Arms Race DIE-IN!!!!
NO Christmas as USUAL!!
We cannot do Christmas Day like usual. Bring your families – kids, friends, Grandpa and grandma too! This is call to fight them at every step. We won’t normalize a fascist America!
We will gather in at the Christmas Tree in Union Square. At 3pm the nuclear bomb alarm will sound. We will do a mass die in to show the future under Trump/Pence.
Bring chalk and paint to outline your bodies. We need to mark the end of 2016 with action, art and a call to humanity
RefuseFascism.email@example.com / 510-253-5551
Tuesday, December 27
Tuesday, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Hearing: POA vs. City of San Francisco
San Francisco Superior Court
400 McAllister St.
On December 21, 2016, the SF Police Commission unanimously adopted the Use of Force policy it had unanimously passed on June 22, 2016 including the ban on carotid restraint and shooting at moving vehicles recommended by the US DOJ.
The SF Police Officers Association (SFPOA) is now suing the City claiming that the Police Commission does not have authority to ban these practices in the Use of Force policy.
Tuesday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, SFPOA IS BULLYING CITY WORKERS – POA BULLYING CITY WORKERS TO SEIZE PENSIONS – PRESS CONFERENCE / PROTEST
San Francisco Police Officers Association
800 Bryant St.
The SF POA wants the City worker pension fund to invest in hedge funds.
The racist San Francisco Police Officers Association SFPOA has a history of bullying the members of the Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Labor Council, African American trade unionists in the ILWU and other unions. Now they are bullying San Francisco City Employees and retirees to remove the only non-police fire member on the pension board. Herb Meiberger is the only representative of the of the vast majority of SF City workers Now the POA along with Bob Muscat of IFPTE Local 21 and the MEA which represents city bosses wants to pack the SFERS board with police and firemen who want more hedge fund purchases
Sponsor: United Public Workers for Action
Tuesday, 6:30pm, SPOKESCOUNCIL MEETING FOR MLK WEEK OF ACTION
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Tuesday Dec 27th, 6:30pm orientation, 7pm meeting,
This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.
Schedule of upcoming meetings & locations below:
December 24, 2016: 5:20 PM
New First They Came for the Homeless location. Getting cold. If you can stop by tonight and show your friendly face, that’ll help them through this bumpy transition.
12/20/2016 – BY ROBERT REICH (Occupy.com)
Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?
One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for him—overwhelmingly white, and many wearing Trump hats and T-shirts. When warm-up speakers asked how many had previously attended a Trump rally, most hands went up.
A second clue is that rather than urge followers to bury the hatchet, Trump wound them up.
“It’s a movement,” he said in Mobile, playfully telling the crowd that in the run-up to the election, “You people were vicious, violent, screaming, ‘Where’s the wall?’ ‘We want the wall!’ Screaming, ‘Prison!’ ‘Prison!’ ‘Lock her up!’ I mean, you were going crazy. You were nasty and mean and vicious.” He called his followers “wild beasts.”
A third clue: Rather than shift from campaigning to governing, Trump’s post-election rallies were almost identical to the rallies he held when he was a candidate—the same format, identical pledges (“We will build a great wall!”) and the same condemnations of the “dishonest” media. They also elicited many of the same audience responses, such as, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
And rather than use the rallies to forgive those who criticized him during the campaign, he employed them to settle scores—criticizing politicians who opposed his candidacy, like Ohio Governor John Kasich; blasting media personalities who predicted he would lose, such as CNN’s John King; and mocking opponents, such as Evan McMullin, the Republican who campaigned against him as an independent in Utah.
Trump vows to continue these rallies after he becomes president. As he told the crowd in Mobile, “They’re saying, ‘As president, he shouldn’t be doing rallies.’ But I think we should, right? We’ve done everything else the opposite. This is the way you get an honest word out.”
“Get an honest word out?” There’s the real tip-off.
Like his nonstop tweets, Trump’s purpose in holding these rallies is to connect directly with a large and enthusiastic base of followers who will believe what he says—and thereby reject facts from mainstream media, policy analysts, government agencies that collect data and the scientific community.
During his just-completed “thank-you tour,” Trump repeatedly claimed, for example, that the murder rate in the United States is the highest it’s been in 45 years. In fact, it’s near a 50-year low, according to the FBI.
He also repeatedly said he won the election by a “landslide,” when in fact he lost the popular vote by 2.8 million votes—more than five times Al Gore’s margin over George W. Bush in 2000.
And he repeatedly asserted that the election was marred by “massive voting fraud,” when in fact there has been no evidence of voting fraudat all (unless you consider the possibility that Russia hacked into our voting systems—which Trump dismisses).
A democracy depends on truth. Trump’s claims that the murder rate is soaring may elicit support for policies such as harsher policing and sentencing—the opposite of what we need.
His assertions that he won by a landslide may give him a mandate he doesn’t deserve. His claims of “massive voter fraud” could legitimize further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID and other requirements.
If repeatedly told Muslims are the enemy, the public may support efforts to monitor them and their places of worship inside America, or even to confine them. If told that the tide of undocumented immigrants is rising (in fact, it’s been falling), the public could get behind draconian policies to keep them out.
If told to ignore scientific evidence of climate change, the public may reject efforts to reverse it. If told to disregard CIA reports of Russian tampering with our elections, the public could become less vigilant about future tampering.
In short, the rallies and tweets give Trump an unprecedented platform for telling Big Lies without fear of contradiction—and therefore for advancing whatever agenda he wishes.
It’s no coincidence that Trump continues to denigrate the media, and hasn’t held a news conference since July.
A president intent on developing a base of enthusiastic supporters who believe boldface lies poses a clear threat to American democracy. This is how tyranny begins.
Robert Reich is the chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
A few day ago, I was released from the hospital into a “care facility” through BACS. Last night was my third night here. This is supposed to be respite care. It is not medical at all. I still have not seen a nurse.
Last night, my drug abusing roommate spent the entire night puking. The tiny room has about a half gallon of vomit on the floor and smells horrible. My roommate has been going through my gear, taking what he wants. The food is not enough for a child’s meal. No working cooking facilities, no toilet seat, and it took a special phone call and an attorney to get me a mattress.
When the city of Berkeley chooses to ignore homeless, we die. This place is making me weaker, not stronger. Alta Bates hung up on me when I contacted them and tried to resolve this situation.
So, Mr. Mayor, Kris Worthington, and the rest of city council, is this what you mean by helping the poor? These reasons are why we demanding tents. You lie about what is offered, and spin stories to make yourself look good. Look at the photos, and put yourself in my situation. This is the lie you are covering up. And to say everything is good shows you are out of touch or full of shit.
Background: Yesterday (December 19, 2016), at 5:00 PM, the First They Came for the Homeless encampment at Oregon & Adeline (across from Berkeley Bowl) in Berkeley was given notice of cause for eviction (for the 12th time, all from different locations they have taken up). They have been at this location a couple of weeks now. As of this morning, no raid had taken place.
How Berkeley Struck Out – With Apologies to Pretty Much Everyone.
An Apocalyptic Tale That Doesn’t Have to Be.
The Berks all through Berkville liked Zintville a lot
But the powers-that-be north of Zintville did not!
It could be, perhaps, that their Nikes were too tight.
It could be their heads weren’t screwed on just right.
But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that their hearts were two sizes too small.
But, whatever the reason, their hearts or their Nikes,
They stood there ‘ere Christmas a-hating the Mikes.
Staring down from their tower with a sour, admin frown
At the warm lighted tents below in the town,
For they knew every Zhoo in Zintville abed
Was visioning sugerplums deep in their heads.
“And they’re lighting a tree” they snarled with a sneer.
“It soon will be Christmas! It’s practically here!”
They filled their cop vans, and they took trusty Hans,
And down to the camp they went with their bans.
On Crusher, on Masher, on Tramper, on Nix-em,
On Vomit, on Lipid, on Gonner and Blitz-em!
All the camp tents were dark, No one knew they had come.
All the Zhoos where all dreaming sweet dreams without glum.
They loaded their vans with what they called trash,
They arrested a few and cited a rash.
Then they slunk to the food tent. They took the Zhoos’ feast!
They took the damned pudding! They took the roast beast!
They stole the pc’s, and all the cell phones.
They even deleted the Zhoos ringy tones.
Then they came face to face with the wonderful tree.
As the Zhoos made a circle, knelt down in a plea.
No mercy was shown tho, the axe did come out.
The Zhoos were dispersed, the tree down with a shout.
“We’ll not have this nonsense. We’ll not have this here.
Bah and Humbug to you, and to all your good cheer.”
“There are poor houses, jails, sidewalks and rats;
That’s where you belong, your dogs and your cats!”
And what happened then? Well, in Berkville they say
That the powers’ small hearts shrunk three sizes that day!
Oh, somewhere in this Trumped up land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere peeps are laughing and little children shout;
But (for the nonce) no Zintville – mighty Berkeley has struck out.
Please set your alarm for 5:00AM tomorrow (Wednesday) and check this page to see if there’s notice of a raid going on, then hurry over to Adeline and Oregon in Berkeley, if you’re in the area, of course. Even if you take a bus, there’s a good chance that – as cops see the numbers of defenders growing – they’ll start talking frantically into their lapels.
I was at the camp from 4:15 – 6:00AM today. There was no raid during that time, which – given the warning issued by the Dee Williams-Ridley
I’ve created a draft of a raid alert, ready to be sent out tomorrow or whenever it occurs.
There’s more property in camp than ever that can be confiscated, and – as you all know – it’s difficult to recover some of it and impossible to recover all of it; so we’ll need as much help as we can get to prevent it from being officially stolen. Those of you with vehicles can take stuff away. Others can help pack. Also, sufficient numbers of supporters arriving on the scene during the raid can compel the police to back off.
Most of us are very concerned about the upcoming administration.
We have some exciting news to share it with you. Our wildest dreams have come true! We have obtained a loan to buy the enchanting building known as the “Omni,” successfully securing 22,000 square feet of space for community organizing in Oakland! Owning the building will make us much more able to support the amazing community of radical groups that use this space, but we’ll still need your support.
Hi, I’m Brian, volunteer with Omni Commons for the past 8 months and new Treasurer. Until the recent presidential election I don’t think any of us expected the need for the Omni to become so incredibly urgent. Having a physical space dedicated to activism is already an extremely valuable resource. In the next few years, it’s likely to become essential.
The Omni Commons provides space where all sorts of innovative projects can come together and accomplish things. In the current real estate bubble, these are organizations and events that wouldn’t otherwise have an affordable place to happen. Some of the projects using the Omni Commons include: community gardens and a youth food business; a community-owned-and-operated wireless network; an accessible community science lab, home to the Open Insulin and Real Vegan Cheese projects; a free school where anyone can attend or even teach a class; a video collective telling stories that might otherwise remain untold; a participatory budgeting campaign for Oakland; an annual free coding boot camp; free theater performances; tutoring and mentoring for immigrant youth and families; the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Open Circleâs monthly meet-ups in support of families affected by police brutality; and many, many more meetings, rehearsals, fundraisers and events.
Omni Commons is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we need your tax-deductable support to keep the doors open, the lights on, and the Wifi fast. Although this might be the hundredth end-of-year fundraising email you’ve received this week, it’s the only one you’ll get from an organization like us. We all need what the Omni has to offer: a non-hierarchical space for social justice organizing!
Now that we own the building, we can focus on improving it and on deepening our commitment to organizing for social justice. 2017 will be a year of looking forward. We are going to need a lot of help and support from the community to make our space as useful as possible to the community, so we are asking that you make that same commitment and support the Omni Commons by making a contribution to our work.
If you can’t donate now, see if you can find a friend who can. Get your friends excited about the Omni. Next time you hear that someone is looking for an event space, think of the Omni Commons and put them in touch with us. It’s easy to request event space. Just go to omnicommons.org/occupy. Get them excited about the Omni collectives that wouldn’t otherwise have a space to do their work. Get them excited about the potential for resistance that we represent, and how important that is about to become. While you’re excited, come visit us, volunteer and work together with us to steward this community-building space for Oakland. And if you can, contribute to keep the Omni Commons strong, and able to meet the needs of the community. No donation is too small or too large!
4799 Shattuck Avenue,
Oakland CA 94609
Our warmest wishes for the Holiday Season to all our friends and supporters from all of us at the Omni Commons.
P.S. Join us for our celebration dinner at the Omni Commons on January 27th. This will be a great place to get connected if you want to volunteer.
Our mailing address is:
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4799 Shattuck Ave
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