From East Bay DSA <[email protected]>
Subject Newsletter: It takes a movement
Date June 4, 2020 5:31 PM
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When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.

--Frantz Fanon

Justice for George Floyd ([link removed]) , for Breonna Taylor, for Steven Taylor, for Tony McDade, and for every black person who’s been killed by the police.

Justice for the many protestors who’ve been brutalized in the last week, whose lives have been changed forever by the violence of this system, the racist, capitalist police state.

We'll never forget this moment. But let’s not remember it as just a moment, because people's lives are altered by this system every day: shaped, stunted, and cut short.

We see the racist violence the system creates on our streets, where cops take human lives to defend private property, and we must fight it with urgency ([link removed]) ; we must also confront it in our schools ([link removed]) , work sites ([link removed]) , hospitals ([link removed]) , and homes ([link removed]) .

Breaking the systems of oppression that enable and produce this violence—military, carceral, economic—is the only way toward justice. This takes a movement, not a moment.

Solidarity!



News and Information

Here's some of the latest news and information from East Bay Majority ([link removed]) , East Bay DSA's news source with a socialist perspective


** ORGANIC RAGE: NIGHT ONE OF THE GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS IN OAKLAND

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On the night of May 29, thousands of Oaklanders spontaneously assembled to protest the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police.

Read more ([link removed])


** DEFUND THE OAKLAND POLICE

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Efforts at "reform" eat up money while failing to stop racist police violence. We need to defund the Oakland Police Department.

Read more ([link removed])


** HIGHLAND HOSPITAL DENIES SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE WORKERS PPE, ACCOMODATIONS

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Highland Hospital has not equipped its Sexual Assault Response & Recovery team to do its job safely in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read more ([link removed])


** "I WANTED TO SAY, WE FEEL YOU, MINNEAPOLIS. SOLIDARITY." OUR INTERVIEW WITH THE STUDENT ORGANIZERS BEHIND TODAY’S MASS PROTEST.
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"This protest should be an example that anyone can organize a protest…no matter the age."

Read more ([link removed])


** SCENES FROM SUNDAY'S CAR CARAVAN, "JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD AND BREONNA TAYLOR"
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While Friday and Saturday protests in Oakland were met with heavy police opposition, the Sunday afternoon car caravan, organized by the Anti Police-Terror Project, proceeded through the city without serious interference.

Read more ([link removed])


** RENT IS DUE JUNE 1. IT’S A GOOD TIME TO ASK: ARE LANDLORDS ESSENTIAL?

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With tenants unable to pay rent during COVID, landlords say they are facing their own crisis. Instead of bailing them out, we should ask what function they serve in providing housing.

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** RENTS AND MORTGAGES — IS THERE A HOUSING SAFETY NET?

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The state of California and Contra Costa County have expanded tenant and homeowner protections to address the Covid-19 shutdown. But these measures aren't enough to keep many people from losing their homes.

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Featured Events
While we are still unable to meet face-to-face, events are still going on that you can be a part of. RSVP below to stay updated. You can also keep track on our Events page ([link removed]) .


** WHY DID MINNEAPOLIS EXPLODE?

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Tonight! June 4 | 7–9 p.m.
Online via Zoom ♿️


Last Tuesday, a protest over the murder of George Floyd began in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was quickly met with police repression, and broke out into a riot; property was damaged, the city burned, and a police station was occupied. Within a week, the murder of George Floyd has become a rallying cry, with protests and riots breaking out across the country from LA to Atlanta, Louisville to Portland. These events have led to curfews and mobilizations of the National Guard, all in an attempt to maintain "order." And still, people are showing up in droves to raise the cry that enough is enough. A popular demand of the protestors—shouted out, carried on signs, and spray painted onto windows—is to abolish and defund the police.

Where does this demand come from? Is it enough? And how should socialists be responding to these events? To answer these questions, we first need to understand: why did Minneapolis explode?

Join us for a talk and Q&A with Gerald Smith on Thursday, June 4th at 7pm on Zoom. Gerald has been an active communist and member of the black liberation movement for decades, working with groups like the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Black Panther Party, to name just a few. He is a co-founder of Berkeley Cop Watch, and is a current member of the Oscar Grant Committee and the DSA.

Find the readings here.
More about Night School: eastbaydsa.org/night-school.

Attend on Zoom ([link removed]) RSVP ([link removed])


** THE ORGANIZER’S TOOLBOX: ONE-ON-ONE ORGANIZING MEETINGS

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Sunday, June 7 | 1–3 p.m.
Online via Zoom – RSVP for info ♿️


Do you want to understand how to move that not-yet-member at night school to action? Did somebody new show up to your committee meeting and you’re not sure how best to engage with them? Did you meet a person while you were canvassing who’s fired up about Bernie but hasn’t gotten involved in politics before?

In this training, we will discuss and practice the art of the one-on-one meeting. This is a powerful and foundational skill for any organizer—it helps us form a political relationship with somebody, understand more about who they are and what motivates them, and gives us an opportunity to make a concrete ask of them.

One-on-one meetings can help us develop political relationships with other working class people, build leadership in your committee, and move people to action. Come to this training to learn the components of a one-on-one and get some real-life practice.

Recommended Reading: How to Do a One-on-One ([link removed])

Note: While everybody is welcome, this training event is geared towards people who are already active in the Democratic Socialists of America or aligned organizations.

Due to social distancing, this event will happen virtually over Zoom.

RSVP for Zoom link ([link removed])


** RACIAL SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING

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Monday, June 15 | 7–9 p.m.
RSVP for info ♿️


Join the Racial Solidarity Committee for our monthly meeting!

The Racial Solidarity Committee (RSC) is dedicated to fighting for the rights of BIPOC communities here in the Bay Area as well as around the world. We are committed to building a multiracial democratic socialist organization that reflects the diversity of the Bay Area working class. Our work ranges from immigration justice and open borders to workers' rights and access to fully-funded public education. In our general meetings, we hold political discussions and report on upcoming RSC campaigns and events. Join us and become a part of the fight for Racial Solidarity!

Racial Solidarity Committee is open to all, and we especially welcome self-identified BIPOC folx. BIPOC facilitators take progressive stack, and we maintain community agreements.

RSVP ([link removed])
Upcoming Events


** SOCIAL HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING

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Wednesday, June 17 | 7–9 p.m.

Online via Zoom – email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) for info ♿️


Our Social Housing Committee meets on the third Wednesday each month. The first half of the meeting is dedicated to learning together about social housing and about the broader housing justice movement. The second part of the meeting we discuss campaigns and working group updates. All are welcome!

Email [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) for the Zoom link for this event.
Catch up on Socialist Night School
CATCH UP ON NIGHT SCHOOL
With social distancing guidelines still in place, now's as good a time as any to catch up on our Socialist Night School.

Catch up on past night school readings and videos below.

Watch past Night School videos ([link removed])

Catch up on Night School readings ([link removed])


Not a Member Yet? Let's Fix That.
DSA now has 60,000 members nationally, and we're still growing. There's never been a better time to get involved than right now! Join our national organization by clicking below and become an official socialist organizer.

Join DSA ([link removed])


Caucus Corner
Our caucuses organize events too! Check out the Caucus Corner of our website ([link removed]) to learn more about the activities of East Bay DSA caucuses and how to participate.


I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.

--Coretta Scott King

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