We meet jointly with activists from several other progressive organizations who also work on issues of racial justice and criminal justice reform (including Indivisible Berkeley, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Berkeley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Democratic Socialists of America, and more). We focus mainly on the local level but to some extent on the county, 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 in particular campaigns and actions to the degree you choose. Newcomers are welcome.
Currently, we are concentrating as a group on Berkeley policing (getting a stronger Police Review Commission, addressing racial inequities in policing), but members also are involved in the Audit Sheriff Ahern Coalition, advocacy for state criminal justice reform legislation, and other initiatives.
We usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, but check the Wellstone website to confirm the dates and locations. Mainly we have been meeting in private residences in North Berkeley, but we are seeking meeting places 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