Working Partnerships Workshop Moved to 10:30 am at the Ramada Inn

Working Partnerships Workshop has been moved to the Ramada Inn at 10:30 am!!!!

 

US Social Forum

Silicon Valley Rising Workshop, Saturday June 27th Time: TBD

Silicon Valley Rising:  A Response to Growing Poverty and Inequality in the Bay Area Tech Driven Economy 

Low wage workers do their part to make Silicon Valley the most prosperous region in the world, yet they struggle every day to feed their families, pay their rent, and take care of themselves and their children when they are sick. Although the region’s top tech firms made a record $103 billion in profits in 2013, one in three Silicon Valley households do not make enough money to meet their most basic needs. While technology companies’ direct employees are often well compensated, many contract out most of their service jobs to workers who are poorly paid and don’t receive basic benefits creating an underclass of tech workers.

And in a stark diversity gap, Blacks and Latinos make up the majority of these janitors, food service workers, maintenance workers, security officers, and shuttle bus drivers who help build and sustain the tech economy — yet comprise just 3-4% of the core tech workforce.  This reality amounting to what some call “economic and occupational segregation.”

2014 saw an increase in worker and community driven solutions as well as significant engagement from large technology companies.  These steps signal that there is great opportunity to continue to work together to improve the lives of working people in the capital of innovation and technology, but only if we organize, push and demand a tech economy that works for all.

Come hear from service workers in tech including a shuttle bus driver, food service worker, and security officer as well as local community organizers and policy experts about how they are working to build a movement in Silicon Valley to unveil the truth about the invisible workforce in Silicon Valley and lift up tangible solutions.  

Speakers:

Michael Johnson – Silicon Valley security officer and member of the worker organizing committee

Rebeca Armendariz – SEIU-USWW political organizer

Doug Bloch- Political Director for the Teamsters Joint Council 7

Food Service worker in Tech

Maria Noel Fernandez- Campaign Director for Silicon Valley Rising

 

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There are a myriad of reasons for holding a 2015 US Social Forum, as a followup from previous US Social Forums in Detroit (2010), and Atlanta (2007). As the presidential election 2016 cycle nears, planning and formulating progressive priorities, presenting third party or independent platforms, and rejuvenating faith in a democratic system through voicing common concerns is an exercise of our natural and civic rights.

US Social Forum 2015 Conventions in Philadelphia, Jackson, San Jose

The US Social Forum introduces World Social Forum concerns to the American public; led by recognized American nongovernmental organizations such as the Green Party, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Move to Amend, and sponsored by a variety of local stakeholder community organizations.

The reasons include observing or experiencing widening social gaps; schools emphasizing educational testing rather than growing student civic engagement; political leaders sacrificing their moral compass in exchange for privatization and short-term profits; a nation’s infrastructure being compromised by overseas military investments; large numbers of underemployed people struggling to make ends meet; and cities abandoning subsidized housing in exchange for higher revenue office buildings…

Many familiar grassroots organizations are coming together in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and San Jose, California for the U.S. Social Forum June 24th-28th. The human agenda will be made manifest through the convergence of think tanks who realize protecting human life and the planet earth in an era of global overpopulation and climate change is more important than ever before.

In Philadelphia, workshops and teach-ins will be held at Temple University with the Green Party playing a more active leadership role. Visit the Philadelphia USSF 2015 @http://ussfphilly.org/.

In Jackson, Mississippi, “Summer of Our Power” will be a combined US Social Forum and Climate Justice Alliance Event held on Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th.

In San Jose, break-out sessions, films, and youth camp will be held at San Jose State University and other nearby host sites, with kickoff and evening plenaries held at Washington United Youth Center. Visit the San Jose USSF 2015 @http://www.ussfsanjose.com/.

Details vary by location with a variety of nearby hosts and venues, including help with childcare and conference housing arrangements.

In all cities there will be national coordination, such as live streaming conferences, synthesis, or closing ceremony. There also will be how-to demonstrations, tours, short marches, and evening hip-hop music—a little something for each person’s needs for social justice consciousness-raising.

Find out more about USSF:

1. United States Social Forum 2015-San Jose, CAhttps://www.facebook.com/events/794754720562913

2. US Social Forum San Jose, https://ussfsanjose.wordpress.com/about/what-we-believe

3. US Social Forum Philadelphia 2015 – Another World is Possible,http://ussfphilly.org/

4. “World Social Forum,” Wikipedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Social_Forum

U.S. Social Forum — Workshop MAD LIVES MATTER

U.S. Social Forum — Workshop
MAD LIVES MATTER
Mad Lives Matter

  sponsor:  Mental Health Client Association, San Josó City College  —  panelists:

  •   Delphine Brody,  Icarus Project, Sacramento  THE MAD MAP
  •   Christina De Haro,  9to5 Labor Group  BREAKING BARRIERS
  •   Hope Holland,  Peer Mentor, Santa Clara County  ENGAGING BEHAVIOR
  •   Melissa Martinez,  Mental Health Client Association  FAMILY ABUSE
  •   Andrew Phelps  Mental Health Client Association  CULTURE CHANGE
  •   Drew Johnson  Inclusability Club, De Anza College  DISABILITY JUSTICE
Thursday, June 25  — 10:30AM  NOTE LOCATION
Sacred Heart Community Services, 1381 South 1st St., San Josó

 

Description of Event

critical psychiatrist

Critical Psychiatrist

Empowerment

 

 

Bedlam

Mad Lives Matters 3

The Old Way

 

Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein

Dignity

info:  mhca@batstar.net

BAY AREA FOLKS! PMA at San Jose Social Forum on Detention, Prisons, Immigrants Rights, Decolonization

Dear Folks,

          Good morning.  We are a week away from the San Jose Social Forum and our PMA is scheduled forSaturday June 27th 2015 at 1pm in the Saint Paul’s Sanctuary which is located at the Washington United Youth Center921 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110
All updates are on the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE so please invite your folks in the Bay Area!
Secondly if you plan on attending the Social Forum and this PMA at all then you must REGISTER HERE!  You can personally register for ten bucks or actually register up to 10 people with your organization for $200.00 or $125.00 if it is 3 members.

Title: From Palestine to the Americas: Colonization & Mass Incarceration 

Core Participating groups from Portland Oregon: Migrant Collective/Colectiva de Migrantes, Oregon Immigrant Activists, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights & Oregon Jericho

Facilitator: TBA         Co-­Facilitator: TBA                

Primary Contact: Oregon Jericho- oregon.jericho@gmail.com

Time/date: 1:00pm Saturday June 27th 2015

       Saint Paul’s Sanctuary which is located at the Washington United Youth Center921 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110
      Summary

This PMA will bring together activism around massive deportations, prison industrial commplex, displaced communities, border militarization, Paletine solidarity and Political Prisoner amnesty. 

From Palestine to the Americas people are experiencing the rise of police and military violence in colonized territories. Colonial occupations by the U.S. and Israel have implemented plans of counterinsurgency and counterintelligence heightened with the growing Prison Industrial Complex (PIC).  As a result; millions of people are detained and imprisoned for being undocumented or political activity and Political Prisoners go unrecognized by governments. Private contractors such as GEO group, G4S, and Corrections Corporations of America manipulate the global economy and have many private investments by big banks. Non­government agencies such as ALEC and corporations write racist and imperialist legislation to widen the gap of inequity between undocumented people, the working class and colonized/gentrified people. 

Goals

Attendees hope to build a regional plan that will hopefully lead to more PMA’s in the future. This group will strategize ways to build an intersectional movement and support current campaigns.  Attendees will explore the similarities between two settler­colonial societies, Israel and the United States, with the objective of understanding the intersectionalities of immigrant rights and Palestinian liberation struggles. Looking at the violation of the human rights and imperialistic borders need to be stop by the unification of locals groups working in strategies that support each other.

A People’s Movement Assembly
US Social Forum 2015
San Jose, California

Saturday June 27th 1-4pm
St. Paul’s Sanctuary

Core Participating groups from Portland Oregon: Migrant Collective/Colectiva de Migrantes, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights & Oregon Jericho

Facilitator: TBA Co­Facilitator: TBA
Primary Contact: Oregon Jericho- oregon.jericho@gmail.com

Day, time and room are TBA so please look out for updates very soon!

Summary
This PMA will bring together activism around massive deportations, prison industrial complex, displaced communities, border militarization, Palestine solidarity and Political Prisoner amnesty.

From Palestine to the Americas people are experiencing the rise of police and military violence in colonized territories. Colonial occupations by the U.S. and Israel have implemented plans of counterinsurgency and counterintelligence heightened with the growing Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). As a result; millions of people are detained and imprisoned for being undocumented or political activity and Political Prisoners go unrecognized by governments. Private contractors such as GEO group, G4S, and Corrections Corporations of America manipulate the global economy and have many private investments by big banks. Non­government agencies such as ALEC and corporations write racist and imperialist legislation to widen the gap of inequity between undocumented people, the working class and colonized/gentrified people.

Goals
Attendees hope to build a regional plan that will hopefully lead to more PMA’s in the future. This group will strategize ways to build an intersectional movement and support current campaigns. Attendees will explore the similarities between two settler­ colonial societies, Israel and the United States, with the objective of understanding the intersectionalities of immigrant rights and Palestinian liberation struggles. Looking at the violation of the human rights and imperialistic borders need to be stopped by the unification of locals groups working in strategies that support each other.

For more information: oregon.jericho@gmail.com