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Fundraiser for “Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance” on April 26th – RSVP by April 20th!

PLEASE JOIN the Climate Defense Project on April 26th to support completion of “Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance” and the work of Climate Defense Project. The documentary features the legal defense work of Climate Defense Project attorneys at a trial in Minnesota with Indigenous activists and non-Indigenous allies fighting oil pipelines in the region.

PLEASE RSVP by April 20th, 2019 to

Legislative Report From State Senator Nancy Skinner (SD9)

See her most recent legislative report here. From her report:

“My colleagues and I wrapped up our 2018 legislative session on August 31st. This was a session Californians can be proud of. Groundbreaking bills passed this year include SB 822, restoring Net Neutrality; SB 100, setting a 100% renewable energy goal for California; SB 10, putting an end to money bail; and SB 1421, my bill that breaks open a 40-year lock on public access to police records. “

Two Endorsements for Prop 13 Reform

This month our campaign to reform Prop. 13 received two big endorsements. The California Teachers Association and SEIU California voted unanimously to endorse the Schools and Communities First initiative. These two labor unions are the largest in California and represent more than one million workers.

These endorsements come at a time when teachers from Oakland to Los Angeles are shining a spotlight on how drastically underfunded our public schools are. These teachers are helping to raise awareness about how Prop. 13’s corporate loophole has robbed our schools and public services of over $100 billion in the last 40 years.

Racial and Criminal Justice Committee Updates

We are continuing to meet jointly with activists from Indivisible Berkeley, Democratic Socialists of America, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and other progressive organizations who also are working on issues of racial justice and criminal justice reform. We focus mainly on the local level but to some extent on the state and federal levels. These meetings are a great way to keep informed about developments, strategies, and actions in this whole arena, and you can participate further to the degree you choose.
About future meetings: From here on, we will be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. We are seeking a meeting place that would be more convenient for those in Oakland/South Berkeley. If anyone has a suggestion for such a location, please pass it along.
For further info or to be added to our email list:

Rivka Polatnick, Committee Representative