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Earth Day to May Day Direct Action: March!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type:
Location Details:
1:00 PM – Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley – Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way – Berkeley, California

Tuesday, April 22nd:

Earth Day to May Day March!

1:00 PM – Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley – Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way – Berkeley, California
Added to the calendar on Fri, Apr 11, 2014 3:11PM
§Earth Day to May Day Days of Direct Action
by Earth Day to May Day

Direct Action/Events Calendar!

The Assembly is every Sunday – 2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (South-West Side of Mosswood Park) – MacArthur and Telegraph – Oakland – CA


Tuesday, April 22nd:

Earth Day March!

1:00 PM – Sproul Plaza of UC Berkeley – Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft Way – Berkeley, California

Unanimously approved!


Wednesday, April 23rd:

Guerrilla Gardening at Curtis Street Community Garden!

2:00 PM-6:00 PM – Curtis St. and 21st St. – West Oakland, California

The owner of this now abandon community garden would like it to be revived. It has a lot of overgrowth and weeds. We plan to canvass the surrounding community to see what their vision for the garden is, have an anti-gentrification statement for the garden’s mission, and reach out to other gardens/planned gardens in the area to see how we can support them as well.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!


Thursday, April 24th:

Direct Action Training Day and film screenings

9:00 AM-5:00 PM – The Sudo Room – 2141 Broadway Ave. Downtown Oakland (Use side entrance on 22nd st.) California

This will full day of Direct Action trainings/workshops on how to use a diversity of non-violent direct action tactics and skills such as pickets/strikes, lockdowns, climbing techniques/treesits, banner drops, blockades, security culture, scouting, targets, labor law, legal observation, counter-surveillance, affinity groups, protest art and much more.

Film – Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines – Kahsatstenhsera gah-sad-sdanh-se-ra is a Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) word that means Strength in Unity. This short documentary details contemporary Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipeline expansion, in particular the Line 9 and Energy East pipelines, which threaten the health of our territories in the northeast of Turtle Island. It includes the voices and perspectives of Dene, Wolastiqiyik, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Wet’suwet’en land defenders.

Film – “Just do it!” is a film about direct actions in the UK including when trade unionists and environmental activists took over the Vestas wind turbine factory to stop it’s closure.

Film - “Rocking The Foundations” – The film is about the Builders Labourers’ Federation of Australia who fought victoriously for their rights as a union, the rights of indigenous people, against gentrification, and in defense of the environment. They did this by performing the first of what are now known as the “green bans” or an environmental strike.

Contact ecogeneralstrike [at] to help organize or propose a workshop!

Unanimously approved!


Friday, April 25th:

Bike Workers Contingent @ SF Critical Mass

5:30 PM – Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero BART (beginning of Market Street) Downtown San Francisco, CA

Bicycle workers are often exploited by their employers and are often over looked by union organizers. We are Bike Mechanics, Sales People, Parts Manufacturers, Pedi-cabbers, Couriers, ETC. We would like to come together as a contingent of the SF Critical Mass to celebrate our hard work and network to build solidarity with others in the Bicycle Industry. Come join us if you want to build towards having a Bay Area Bicycle Workers Union!

Unanimously approved!


Friday April 25, 7PM @ the Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 (between Telegraph and Broadway) $5 admission (no one turned away for lack of funds).

How to make an Eco-socialist Revolution with Ian Angus

Eco-Socialist Activist, founder and editor of Climate and Capitalism , an ecosocialist journal, which reflects the perspective of ecological Marxism. He is the author of The Global Fight for Climate Justice: Anticapitalist Responses to Global Warming and Ecological Destruction (2010); and Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis (2011).

SPONSORED BY: SCNCC Bay Area Branch, info [at] and Kendra Alexander Foundation, info [at]

System Change Not Climate Change: The Ecosocialist Coalition is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to fighting against ecological destruction and the capitalist system that causes it, and for a new, sustainable world. Please find out more about SCNCC and get involved at:

The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. Please find out information about GCC at


Saturday, April 26th:

entrance on Jackson Ave.

A unique partnership between community members, UC Berkeley students, academics and staff has been working toward creation of a 1.5 acre urban farm, education and research center on the Gill Tract in Albany. Come join us for a Spring Planting Celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 11-3 pm, at the corner of Marin and San Pablo in Albany as we celebrate this new joint venture by planting, learning, playing, and eating together!

Community members from Albany, Berkeley and other nearby cities will be gathering with university students at the newly prepared site to start the first step in the production of fresh produce for those in the wider community who are least able to afford good food. In addition to putting seedlings into the ground, information and hands-on activities for all ages will be available. Lunch will be provided by the Berkeley Student Food Collective. Feel free to bring additional salads, snacks, or desserts to share our bounty together as a community!

This section of the Gill Tract has been the site of past academic research on Integrated Pest Management. Later it was assigned to the University’s Capital Projects and slated for development. Following ‘Occupy the Farm’ events on Earth Day 2012 attention has been drawn to the need for land where local food can be grown. Since then the University of California has restored oversight of a section of this agricultural land to the College of Natural Resources for 10 years and began collaborating in a community-university partnership to cultivate a 1.5 acre section known as “Area A,”. The Gill Tract Farm Coalition, an alliance of community members is part of this collaboration. This collaboration is open to community members.

Heavy rain will postpone event to May 3rd.

To learn more about the Gill Tract Farm Coalition and this event, please contact Hank Herrera at
585-317-5823, hank [at]


UC contact: Christy Getz, 510-207-9424, cgetz [at]

Gill Tract Farm Coalition Student Organic Gardening Association
UC College of Natural Resources UC Cooperative Extension Berkeley Student Food Collective


Towards an Ecological General Strike: A presentation about the global history of Environmental Unionism and film screening of “Who Bombed Judi Bari?”

7:00 PM – the Sudo Room – 2141 Broadway Ave. – Downtown Oakland, CA (use side entrance on 22nd)

Join us at the Sudo Room for a short presentation about the BLF “green bans” in Australia, the Redwood summer in California,and the global movement for Environmental Unionism. Followed will be a screening of the Film “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” Which is about the direct actions taken by IWW Labor Organizer and Earth First!er Judi Bari and the repression she faced.

For more information about the IWW, Environmental Unionism, and relevant news visit: or

Unanimously approved!


Sunday, April 27th:

Earth Day to May Day Assembly!

2:00 PM – Mosswood Park Amphitheater (Broadway Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.) – North Oakland, California

Join us at the Earth Day to May Day Assembly to organize direct actions from April 22nd to May 1st to raise awareness about the intersections of labor rights, immigration rights, indigenous rights, gentrification, and environmental justice issues. You can propose actions or events to fill in the days between may day and earth day. Examples include but are not limited to: film screenings, sit-ins, tree sits, guerrilla gardening, pickets, marches, blockades, strikes, etc.

You can propose agenda items to ecogeneralstrike [at]

Unanimously approved!


Why Capitalism Cannot Save the Planet

2:00 PM-3:00 PM – 747 Polk St. – San Francisco, CA

Why Capitalism Cannot Save the Planet–a Marxist presentation and discussion on the economics that drive Big Business to pollute and why the ruling class cannot solve this problem. The event is hosted by the Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party at 747 Polk St. in San Francisco.

Unanimously approved!


Monday, April 28th:

Protest against the Koch Brother’s Petcoke Facility

3:00 PM – Marina Walk Park – Pittsburg, CA

The Koch Brothers have been a major influence in dismantling workers rights, militarizing our borders, corrupting the media, and the destruction of the environment. They heavily fund organizations and politician that deny climate change and bust unions.
Tuesday, April 29th:

Critical Mass and March for the Health and Safety of Workers, the Community, and Environment

12:30 – Rally at PGE

1:00 PM – Critical Mass to Richmond BART

3:00 PM – March from Richmond BART to Chevron

Chevron and PG&E’s lack of transparency and ignorance are a threat to the health and safety of workers, the community, and the environment.

PG&E had a pipeline explosion in 2010 that killed 8 people and destroyed 38 homes. It was proven that they spiked gas pipeline pressure 10% over the legal, and only inspected corrosion but not welds, complete documentation is missing for about a quarter of its 1,800-plus pipeline miles, and many other health and safety issues.

Chevron had a major fire almost 2 years ago after they clearly neglected the pipes corroding ignoring warnings from workers and inspectors for over a decade. This fire almost killed 14 refinery workers and sent 30,000 people to seek medical treatment because of air pollution.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!


Wednesday, April 30th:

Picket against Health and Safety issues with Crude by Rail
All Shifts of the day starting at 5:30 AM – Union Pacific’s Ozol Train Yard – Martinez

Union Pacific and other railroad companies have been endangering the workers, the community, and the environment by cutting back on health and safety standards and shipping tons of volatile oil through Martinez and the Bay Area every day. The Lac Megantic Derailment (a train derailment that killed 40 people and blew up half of the town) is a perfect example of how railroad companies endanger the workers, the community, and the environment.

(1) All Bakken crude must be 2x inspected; (every 250 miles);
(2) All Bakken crude be classified as “key” trains; CFR
(3) All Bakken crude trains be crewed by 4 railroad workers; bring back the caboose!!!
(4) All Bakken crude be transported in at least T-112 cars with shelf couplers
(5) Cities must pressure the federal govt.
(6) all cars must be properly marked with signage, numbers, etc.

(7) No Hazardous materials through populated areas

(8) No long and heavy trains

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!


May 1st: Many groups will be doing direct actions on May Day. If you would like to propose your event or action email earthdaytomaydaybayarea [at] with the details. Then we can vote to add it to our calendar.

Unanimously approved with friendly amendments!
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