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Club Meeting for May 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, CA

Wellstone Club Meeting, Thursday, May 25, Humanist Hall
Potluck at 6PM – Meeting at 6:45PM
1) “Europe’s Changing Political Landscape”
2) “Hope and Hopelessness: Greece’s Refugee Crisis”
3) Updates and Activism

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Environmental Update 5/23/2017

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1) Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Meeting Wednesday, May 31, at 9AM 375 Beale St. San Francisco, Embarcadero BART This meeting will be deciding on emission control standards for the Bay Area. This decision will determine whether tar sands oil can be refined in Richmond. Please come. 2) Bills being considered in the legislature SB 100 is State Senate leader Kevin de Leon’s bill to require 100% clean green electric energy by 2045. SB 775 by de Leon and Fremont state Senator Bob Wieckowski is a big deal – an overhaul of the state’s controversial and troubled Cap and Trade program. The bill turns the program into a much bigger deal, both for advancing California’s climate goals and […]

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Next Steps to Implement the Oakland Police Commission

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Oakland voters passed the charter change that set up an independent police commission by over 80% but it’s not time to let down our guard. The City is in the process of passing legislation which sets up the implementation of the Commission and some of the “enabling ordinance” Council Members Kalb and Gallo are proposing may just water down the independence of the new commission before it is even seated. 1) The 3 person committee which actually doles out discipline to officers, including firing, cannot be made up of more than 1 mayoral appointee-the mayor already gets 3 appointees to the 7 member commission-or it becomes just another mayor-controlled board and not a citizen board. 2) Staffing must be adequate […]

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Rep. Barbara Lee’s Statement on Military Strikes Against the Syrian Government

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Rep. Barbara Lee’s Statement on Military Strikes Against the Syrian Government Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s released the following statement on the recent  military strikes against the Syrian government: “The US strikes in Syria last night, conducted without Congressional authorization, represent a dangerous military escalation into the Syrian civil war and are without legal justification. The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is barbaric and there is no question that Bashar Al-Assad must be held accountable for his heinous actions. I will continue to support an international response to bring the perpetrators of these horrors to justice and negotiate a political solution to the war in Syria. “But by illegally bombing a sovereign nation, President Trump has intensified an already dangerous […]

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