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Rats, Riots, Revolution: Gentrification and Fightback

Gentrification and displacement are disrupting lives and communities all over the country, and the Bay Area is ground zero. With the San Francisco tech boom, and the redevelopment of neighborhoods resulting in the displacement of working class people and communities of color, living and working in Oakland and San Francisco is becoming more and more difficult. But gentrification is also nothing new, and the US has a rich history of fightback against housing discrimination and displacement.

Monday, August 18th, 7pm

Oakland Peace Center, Shelton Hall
111 Fairmount Ave.
Featuring Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor

Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor is a writer, public speaker, and activist in Chicago. She writes on black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A critical journal of black politics, Culture and Society, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Gaper’s Block, and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.


Labor must stand for Gaza

As Israel’s war on Gaza continues, with more than 1,000 Palestinian killed already, most of them civilians, Labor for Palestine is urging labor activists and unions in the U.S. to speak out. In the statement printed below, more than 200 labor activists call on the U.S. government to cut ties with Israel–and fellow workers to take action to show their solidarity with Palestine. The statement is a response to a July 20 call from Palestinian trade unions and other organizations that states in part: “We call on the UN and governments across the world to take immediate steps to implement a comprehensive and legally  ...more

December 9, 2013, anti-displacement protesters block the Google bus using the San Francisco MUNI bus stop on 24th St. at Valencia St. in the Mission District of San Francisco. (Michelle Ott)

Tech and the Left

Jeffrey Boyette, a Bay Area tech worker, considers some of the questions involved in the discussion about how Marxists understand the growing “digital workforce.”

May 13, 2011 in Tahrir Square: Egyptian revolutionaries show solidarity with Palestine. Photo: Hossam el Hamalawy.

Palestine and the Arab counterrevolution

The historic bearers of Arab suffering, but also the historic spark of Arab resistance, were passed over during the Arab spring. Perhaps now, as reaction storms across the Arab world, the Palestinians can rise from the rubble and the devastation of Shujaia to give the Arab revolution new life.

"The town hella needs a raise"

Speak out at the City Council

Say no to the Chamber of Commerce’s half-measure, and support an immediate minimum wage increase for all workers. The Lift Up Oakland measure for $12.25 plus paid sick days is on the ballot for November. The Chamber and City Council President Pat Kernighan are “now proposing an ordinance to be passed by the City Council that will exempt a significant majority of Oakland employers, including major fast food chains, from paying an increased minimum wage until 2017.” Join us at the City Council to say that $12.25 is already a compromise and we need at least $15 for everyone.

Tuesday, July 29th, 6pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza


A flood of solidarity with Palestine

ACROSS THE U.S. and around the world, expressions of sympathy with the people of Gaza are taking the form of statements of solidarity, social media comments and campaigns–and, of course, protests in the streets. Under the weight of the steady accumulation of horrific images coming from Israel’s killing fields in Gaza, it’s clear that minds are beginning to change.

Globally in the last week alone, actions in solidarity with Palestine have taken place in Glasgow, Scotland; Vienna; Ahmadabad, India; Madrid; Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beijing; Sydney; Tokyo; Paris; Valparaiso, Chile; Ankara, Turkey; and many, many more.


All Out for Palestine

End Israel’s War on the Palestinian People!

Saturday, July 26th, 1pm
Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero BART Station, SF

Since Israel launched its genocidal campaign against the Palestinian people almost two weeks ago, more than 600 people have been killed. Solidarity protests from all over the world have poured into the streets to demand an end to the massacre in Gaza. From South Africa to France, from Chile to Venezuela, the world is behind Palestine. Yesterday, in Chicago, more than 10,000 people demanded that the “US stop aid to Israel.”

In San Francisco, an energized crowd of thousands flooded and shut down Market St. This coming Saturday, July 26th, as Israel continues to massacre Palestinians and the Palestinian resistance fights back, the Bay Area is mobilizing to show its support for justice and humanity.