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East Bay "Democracy for America" Meetup Message Board › Are You Coming?!

Are You Coming?!

norman
normanb
Oakland, CA
HURRICANE coming to CA This Wednesday (Subject Line)

No fancy $50 tickets to brown nose with the political class, but a community Gathering to Organize for our Democracy.

Immigration is the civil rights of our generation and Arizona law is the tip of what's to come. Are you ready to step in and step up? Our speakers will show you how and where to plug in. An evening of knowledge, history and action for those who want to keep it simple and keep it real.

Are you coming?

Movements of a Generation.
EAST BAY DFA's July Meetup just got better-

We’ve added Polo Morales to our panel that will explore case histories of successful organizing campaigns.

We’ll look at how those organizing efforts fit into the broader picture of organizing to win elections.

We’ll ask you to take action at the Meetup supporting the fight against Arizona’s immigration law.

Look at our future Meetups for some exciting programs including our just confirmed Sept. 8th Meetup featuring Take Back Red California’s Fall Organizing Drive and Propositions to watch for.

This Wednesday July 14th -- Organizing Success in Communities of Color!

Finding its foothold in communities of color, community and political organizing is taking off. We see it locally, with CCISCO in Contra Costa county and “Oakland Rising”, “Mujeres Unidas Y Activas” and “Ella Baker Center for Human Rights” closer to home. Not around just a single issue, it’s about realizing rights within our democracy and fighting the stereotypes of immigrants that are pervasive. Immigrants remain an easy scapegoat. It stops when the immigrant communities stand up, organize and demand their place at the decision making table.

Come to our Meetup this Wednesday, July 14th.

Information:
July 14 -- 2nd Wednesday
Rockridge Public Library
5366 College Ave.

6:30 pm Socializing & Pizza
7:00 pm Meetup begins

PLEASE RSVP http://www.meetup.com...­


Here are the speakers for our July Meetup:

Apolino (Polo) Morales is the communications director for Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization helping give youth in Contra Costa County a voice. As part of a summer program, CCISCO employs and trains youth leaders to lead and make a difference for their own communities.

CCISCO is working for immigration reform that is humane, realistic and responsible while also serving our nations economic and security needs. They advocate for pathways to citizenship, the Dream Act and for policies that expedite the reunification of immigrant families.

Apolonio Morales is a first generation Mexican American who came of age during the height of California’s anti-immigrant movement of the 1990╒s. Morales graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in English and a minor in Education.

He learned organizing as a labor organizer with the CNA/United Steelworkers, worked for LA Voice and CCISCO (PICO Network affiliates) and recently as a District Director for the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign in Northern California



Laura Rivas is a researcher and coordinator for the National Network for Immigrant and Refuge Right’s HURRICANE Initiative and “100 Stories” Project. She’ll talk about the organizing efforts that made this project so successful.

Laura has also worked in a number of communities to advocate, and coordinate academic support for low-income students and parents and continues to use her academic and professional experience to serve and work with communities in struggle.

The 100 Stories Project is the heart of the HURRICANE initiative, raising community voices for justice and human rights. Through the 100 Stories Project, community members, families, advocates, organizers, and allies can tell their stories, gather community testimonies, and report human rights abuses to expose the pattern of rights violations and demonstrate the type of changes that are needed.


Grass Roots Organizing is what EB DFA does best. Claudia Albano who trained in the Alinsky tradition will talk about organizing. New models of organizing. She is a lecturer as UC Berkeley in the School of Social Welfare. She was trained in community organizing tradition of Saul Alinski and studied with Fred Ross, Sr. of the United Farm Workers. She teaches a class on grassroots organizing at UC Berkeley

Claudia’s current work as Neighborhood Services Manager with the City of Oakland features an innovative combination of community organizing practice and community policing philosophy


This week US Attorney General Holder filed suit to overturn SB 1070. We need to show our support for the administration’s courageous action in the face of bad coverage by the mainstream press and right wing attacks.

A recent US News and World Report survey found 93% of Americans in favor of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law. We’re going to ask you to help make the President live up to those words and overturn it.

Come to our Meetup THIS Wednesday, July 14th.

Information:
July 14 -- 2nd Wednesday
Rockridge Public Library
5366 College Ave.

6:30 pm Socializing & Pizza
7:00 pm Meetup begins

PLEASE RSVP http://www.meetup.com...­


You’ve got the power!

United we Meetup: Tara, Frances, Vincent, Yvonne, Janet F, Mark, Norman and Carolyn - Your DFA Meetup Team
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