FTP – ‘Films 2 The People’ Short Film Festival Friday at the Omni!

Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of-the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world! The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops… We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent … Continued

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From Baltimore to Oakland: Solidarity March for Freddie Gray.

Some one hundred people gathered across from the Oakland Federal Building last evening, April 27th, 2015 at 6:00 PM, participating in a short rally and preparing to march. March they did, into West Oakland, looping back through Oscar Grant Plaza, marching uptown, then downtown to the police station on 7th, and uptown again before dispersing around 10:30 PM. At its high point, the march may have been more than two hundred strong. Called before Baltimore erupted, the protest took on additional significance as reports of police terror came out of … Continued

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From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on 4/15

From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on April 15 MEDIA ADVISORY – For immediate release  April 14, 2015 When: Rally at 1:00PM, Wednesday April 15, 2015 Where:Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, CA March to Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley On April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm, the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (OLWA) will hold a short rally in Oakland, followed by a march to the UC Berkeley campus in support of $15 and a union statewide. It will begin at Oscar Grant Plaza / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th … Continued

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Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life is in danger; only the people can save him.

(excerpted from BayView) A Message From the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition We are going to the headquarters of the Department of Corrections Monday morning, April 6th, to follow up on our demand of John Wetzel last Friday that Mumia be provided with independent doctors of his choosing to address his medical crisis. We need to show unequivocally that he is accountable for what happens to Mumia. That is our agenda for the meeting. There will be the usual tug of war as to whether they will even allow us in, … Continued

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Pi Day (3-14) OO Hike around Knowland Park: This may be the last chance to see it before it is privatized.

As early as next month the Oakland Zoo is going to start throwing up 8′ fences topped by 3′ of barbed wire around perhaps the most lovely park on the western flank of the East Bay hills and excluding the public from it forever unless you pay big bucks to visit the newly constructed paved roads, 50 structures, 15-car gondola, vistor center or high-end restaurant.  So I’m leading a little hike Saturday, March 14th so we can see what we are about to lose unless we fight back. BACKGROUND Knowland … Continued

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