Calendar


Direct Action Training Day and Film Screenings

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Thursday – April 24th – 9:00 AM-6:00 PM – The Sudo Room – 2141 Broadway Ave. Downtown Oakland (Use side entrance on 22nd st.) California

We will have copies of the the Rebel Workers Handbook and Earth First Direct Action Manual for donations.

We are training for direct actions from April 22nd to May 1st that will raise awareness about the intersections of labor rights, indigenous rights, immigration rights, gentrification, and environmental justice issues.

This will full day of Direct Action trainings/workshops on how to use a diversity of non-violent direct action tactics and skills such as pickets/strikes, lockdowns, climbing techniques/treesits, banner drops, blockades, security culture, scouting, targets, labor law, legal observation, counter-surveillance, affinity groups, protest art and much more.

We have seen in the past few years “health and safety” and environmental regulations have been increasingly violated, disregarded, and dismantled by greedy, self serving actors like the Koch Brothers, proponents of the Trans-Pacific “free trade” Pact, and other corporate and state entities. Indigenous People, workers, immigrants, and environmentalists are rising up across the world to take a stand to defend the Earth and their human rights.

From Earth Day to May Day we are going to step up our game in the Bay. Here we have a long history of taking effective direct actions to achieve our demands and now we are at the point where we must stand together and fight for Environmental Justice in our communities. With climate change upon us we can’t wait for an eco-revolution. We have to make it.

Schedule to be updated!
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9-10 AM Affinity Groups and Security Culture – Elliot

Description: Learn how to form an affinity group / column and keep it secure so that you can build and take effective direct actions with your friends

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10- 11 AM Copwatch – Berkeley Cop Watch

Know Your Rights: Learn how to safely film police brutality, record evidence, and what the basic laws and types of stops by police are.

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11 – Noon Lock Downs and Hard Blockades – Elliot

Learn how to build long lasting Non-violent Blockades that will effectively stop your target from functioning

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Noon – 1 : 20 PM Films!

10 min – Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines – Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

“Just do it!” is a film about direct actions in the UK including when trade unionists and environmental activists took over the Vestas wind turbine factory to stop it’s closure.

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“Rocking The Foundations” – The film is about the Builders Labourers’ Federation of Australia who fought victoriously for their rights as a union, the rights of indigenous people, against gentrification, and in defense of the environment. They did this by performing the first of what are now known as the “green bans” or an environmental strike.
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1: 20 – 2 PM How to organize Legal support for direct action organizing – Trans and Women’s Action Camp

Learn how to research the Laws for direct actions and do Jail support

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2 – 3 PM Direct action 101 + scouting – Trans and Women’s Action Camp

Learn how to effectively plan direct actions!!!

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3- 4PM Mutual Aid Blockades: Eviction Defense, Buses, and more: At Eviction Free San Francisco, a direct action mutual aid collective, we’ve found that one of the best ways to put pressure on speculators and tech companies is to take direct action on the streets. We’ve used a variety of tactics, from stopping Google buses demanding evictions be rescinded immediately, to linking arms outside of homes being evicted by speculators. We’ve also organized numerous protests outside of the homes and offices of landlords, investors, and real estate companies. Come learn about our tactics and mutual aid organizing strategies, and help think of new ways to fight against a political economy of dispossession. – Eviction free sf

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4-5 PM The intersections of the Labor movement and the movement for Environmental Justice – Brooke Anderson from Movement Generation and Elliot
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5-6 PM Internet Security – Crypto Party!
Learn how to keep your electronics and internet use secure!
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Hope to see yall there!!!

Contact ecogeneralstrike [at] riseup.net to help organize or propose a workshop!

Earth Day to May Day Direct Action Calender and Approved Proposals!

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Earth Day to May Day Direct Action Calender and Approved Proposals!
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-To endorse the Assembly

-To endorse the calendar and/or an action

-To propose or amend an event/action

-To propose or amend a principal/guideline

-To help organize an event/action

Please email us: ecogeneralstrike@riseup.net
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We had a great kickoff assembly of about 40 people with a huge feast!

Special Thanks to East Bay Food Not Bombs, Ed, Stephanie, and Ayr!

Check out our new website with the calendar posted!

http://earthdaytomaydayassembly.noblogs.org/

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 Every Sunday until May Day – 2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (South-West Side of Mosswood Park) – MacArthur and Telegraph – Oakland – CA

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Here is a great film about Environmental Unionism called “Rocking the Foundations”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxPcqbTsNVk
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The first proposal we voted on was whether we wanted consensus or 75% super majority. We called an informal vote and about two-thirds of the participants wanted to use 75% super majority.

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The second proposal was by Stefanie where she stated:

“Our family would like to organize a youth action/demonstration so they may advocate for their future. My children are activists by choice, of course they’ve had some influence. We would like to give as many children as possible a platform to express their concerns and desires for their future. They need to be heard. In addition we are African-Americans who often advocate on behalf of communities of color, but we would like to encourage more participation from our brothas and sistas. We are hoping that there is a place for children and communities of color to have strong voice and would like to see if we can coordinate an event with your support.

In peace, love, and power to the people, Stephanie “

Stefanie elaborated and emphasized the importance of youth and people of color being involved in the movement and that she would like to organize about 500 youth to join at least one of the demonstrations. She also stated we should reach out to the African American community as well as the Latino and Indigenous community.

The Assembly voted and unanimously supported her proposal.

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The Earth Day to May Day Action/Event Calendar!

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Tuesday, April 22nd:

Earth Day March!

1:00 PM – Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley – Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way – Berkeley, California

Unanimously approved!

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Wednesday, April 23rd:

Guerrilla Gardening at Curtis Street Community Garden!

2:00 PM-6:00 PM – Curtis St. and 21st St. – West Oakland, California

The owner of this now abandon community garden would like it to be revived. It has a lot of overgrowth and weeds. We plan to canvass the surrounding community to see what their vision for the garden is, have an anti-gentrification statement for the garden’s mission, and reach out to other gardens/planned gardens in the area to see how we can support them as well.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!

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Thursday, April 24th:

Direct Action Training Day and film screening of “Just do it!”

8:00 AM-4:00 PM – The Sudo Room – 2141 Broadway Ave. Downtown Oakland (Use side entrance on 22nd st.) California

This will full day of Direct Action trainings/workshops on how to use a diversity of non-violent direct action tactics and skills such as pickets/strikes, lockdowns, climbing techniques/treesits, banner drops, blockades, security culture, scouting, targets, labor law, legal observation, counter-surveillance, affinity groups, protest art and much more.

“Just do it!” is a film about direct actions in the UK including when trade unionists and environmental activists took over the Vestas wind turbine factory to stop it’s closure.

Contact ecogeneralstrike@riseup.net to help organize or propose a workshop!

Unanimously approved!

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Friday, April 25th:

Bike Workers Contingent @ SF Critical Mass

5:30 PM – Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero BART (beginning of Market Street) Downtown San Francisco, CA

Bicycle workers are often exploited by their employers and are often over looked by union organizers. We are Bike Mechanics, Sales People, Parts Manufacturers, Pedi-cabbers, Couriers, ETC. We would like to come together as a contingent of the SF Critical Mass to celebrate our hard work and network to build solidarity with others in the Bicycle Industry. Come join us if you want to build towards having a Bay Area Bicycle Workers Union!

Unanimously approved!

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Saturday, April 26th:

Towards an Ecological General Strike: A presentation about the global history of Environmental Unionism and film screening of “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”

7:00 PM – the Sudo Room – 2141 Broadway Ave. – Downtown Oakland, CA (use side entrance on 22nd)

Join us at the Sudo Room for a short presentation about the BLF “green bans” in Australia, the Redwood summer in California,and the global movement for Environmental Unionism. Followed will be a screening of the Film “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” Which is about the direct actions taken by IWW Labor Organizer and Earth First!er Judi Bari and the repression she faced.

For more information about the IWW, Environmental Unionism, and relevant news visit: www.ecology.iww.org or https://www.facebook.com/IWWEnvironmentalUnionistCaucus/

Unanimously approved!

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Sunday, April 27th:

Earth Day to May Day Assembly!

2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (Broadway Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.) – North Oakland, California

Join us at the Earth Day to May Day Assembly to organize direct actions from April 22nd to May 1st to raise awareness about the intersections of labor rights, immigration rights, indigenous rights, gentrification, and environmental justice issues. You can propose actions or events to fill in the days between may day and earth day. Examples include but are not limited to: film screenings, sit-ins, tree sits, guerrilla gardening, pickets, marches, blockades, strikes, etc.

You can propose agenda items to ecogeneralstrike@riseup.net

Unanimously approved!

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Why Capitalism Cannot Save the Planet

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – 747 Polk St. – San Francisco, CA

Why Capitalism Cannot Save the Planet–a Marxist presentation and discussion on the economics that drive Big Business to pollute and why the ruling class cannot solve this problem. The event is hosted by the Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party at 747 Polk St. in San Francisco.

Unanimously approved!

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Monday, April 28th:

Protest against the Koch Brother’s Petcoke Facility

3:00 PM – Marina Walk Park – Pittsburg, CA

The Koch Brothers have been a major influence in dismantling workers rights, militarizing our borders, corrupting the media, and the destruction of the environment. They heavily fund organizations and politician that deny climate change and bust unions.
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Tuesday, April 29th:

Critical Mass and March for the Health and Safety of Workers, the Community, and Environment

12:30 – Rally at PGE

1:00 PM – Critical Mass to Richmond BART

3:00 PM – March from Richmond BART to Chevron

Chevron and PG&E’s lack of transparency and ignorance are a threat to the health and safety of workers, the community, and the environment.

PG&E had a pipeline explosion in 2010 that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. It was proven that they spiked gas pipeline pressure 10% over the legal, and only inspected corrosion but not welds, complete documentation is missing for about a quarter of its 1,800-plus pipeline miles, and many other health and safety issues.

Chevron had a major fire almost 2 years ago after they clearly neglected the pipes corroding ignoring warnings from workers and inspectors for over a decade. This fire almost killed 14 refinery workers and sent 30,000 people to seek medical treatment because of air pollution.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!

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Wednesday, April 30th:

Picket against Health and Safety issues with Crude by Rail
All Shifts of the day starting at 5:30 AM – Union Pacific’s Ozol Train Yard – Martinez

Union Pacific and other railroad companies have been endangering the workers, the community, and the environment by cutting back on health and safety standards and shipping tons of volatile oil through Martinez and the Bay Area every day. The Lac Megantic Derailment (a train derailment that killed 40 people and blew up half of the town) is a perfect example of how railroad companies endanger the workers, the community, and the environment.

(1) All Bakken crude must be 2x inspected; (every 250 miles);
(2) All Bakken crude be classified as “key” trains; CFR
(3) All Bakken crude trains be crewed by 4 railroad workers; bring back the caboose!!!
(4) All Bakken crude be transported in at least T-112 cars with shelf couplers
(5) Cities must pressure the federal govt.
(6) all cars must be properly marked with signage, numbers, etc.

(7) No Hazardous materials through populated areas

(8) No long and heavy trains

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!

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May 1st:  Many groups will be doing direct actions on May Day. If you would like to propose your event or action email earthdaytomaydaybayarea@lists.riseup.net with the details. Then we can vote to add it to our calendar.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!

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Additional Proposals:
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Consent is required for filming for every individual and the assembly at large – Unanimously Approved!
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Weekly assemblies every Sunday – 2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (South-West Side of Mosswood Park) – MacArthur and Telegraph – Oakland – CA – Unanimously Approved!
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-To endorse the calendar and/or an action

-To propose or amend an event/action

-To propose or amend a principal/guideline

-To help organize an event/action

Please email us: ecogeneralstrike@riseup.net
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Resources about Green Unionism and Organizing Actions the Earth Day to May Day Week of Actions!
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Educate yourself about Green Unionism:
http://ecology.iww.org/texts

Teach yourself how to organize direct actions!
A Rebel Worker’s Organizing handbook
http://zabalazabooks.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/a_rebel_workers_organising_handbook.pdf

Earth First! Direct Action Manual
http://earthfirstjournal.org/merch/product/earth-first-direct-action-manual-1st-edition/

Organizing for Power Action Resources
http://organizingforpower.org/action-resource/
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