The Arab Spring and Occupy movements were catalysts to a worldwide introspection and discontent toward countries' economic and political systems. Change is necessary in order to place human interest over economic gain. The big questions are on the table with Shimaa Helmy, revolutionary activist in Cairo, Egypt, and Sid Patel, OccupySFer and contributor to SocialistWorker.org.
7 p.m., free
Redstone Building, Third Floor Conference Room
2940 16th St., SF
The multi-billion-dollar oil corporation Chevron is appealing its property tax assessment for its Richmond refinery and other Contra Costa County facilities, trying to get $150 million back from revenues going to the cash-strapped county and its school district. So the Richmond Progressive Alliance and other groups are organizing a protest outside the hearing of the Contra Costa County Assessment Appeals Board in Martinez. Stop Chevron's slick lawyers from bullying the community and taking more away from the 99 percent.
11:30 a.m. gathering, rally at noon, free
651 Pine, Martinez Contact: Eduardo Martinez
The state deadline for mid-year budget cuts approaches and Gov. Jerry Brown's $2.5 billion additional take backs from public education and other social services launches another stint of heavy austerity measures. Why steal from the poor and the state when you can take taxes from the rich? Sisters United Front for Survival and CalWORKS invite all to congregate and try to save what is left of California services.
5 p.m., free
California State Building
455 Golden Gate, SF
Over 200 workers at the Pacific Steel Castings foundry in Berkeley were fired as a result of a "silent raid' by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch. ICE claims the employees had no legal immigrant status, but this massive firing is damaging the East Bay economy and job market since many of these steel workers had been employees for decades. A community coalition stands in solidarity for those displaced and out of work.
2-4 p.m., free but suggested donations include food, toys, clothing to help families
St Mark's Hall
159 Harbour Way, Richmond
For more info call Rev. Debbie Lee at 510-903-7106 ext. 319
Or Francisco Herrera at 510-903-7106 ext. 302
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