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Member Resources Newsletter September 27th, 2016


Member Resources Newsletter

September 23rd, 2016
PC: Sean McCabe
Hey y'all,

Hope everything is going well! The balancing act between school and socializing and work is definitely getting to be a challenge. It's easy to get caught up in all the tasks you need to do and all the ways you're procrastinating those tasks, but remember to take some time to breathe and relax. We're fortunate to be in all these different co-op communities with people that support you and want the best for you. Don't forget that! 

In this newsletter, we have some great opportunities to further your involvement in other communities. Dive deeper into the co-op community by applying for the NASCO workshop, join Alternative Breaks and go on service trips, or organize with folks around the destructive oil spill in Ecuador. We also have ways for you to get involved in our local Berkeley community by joining the mayoral campaign or rallying for affordable housing.

Sound like something you're down for? Scroll down to read more! And don't forget to submit the secret word here

Cooperative yours,
Rainy 
 
CZ/RIDGE BLOCK PARTY!
 

THIS Sunday September 25, 2016, 12-5pm
2422 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA
Buy your tickets here
Your entry ticket includes food and drink!

The Berkeley Student Cooperative is celebrating the 50th anniversary of our first and only custom-built co-op house in a big way!
Everybody is invited!
 
$35 general/$25 recent grad/student tix
$40/at the door for all
Reserved parking available for advance purchase

Weekend Pre-Party Events 
Friday Night Poker Theme Party on Euclid
Limited to first 50 guests
Contact: Rodney Ferguson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday Tilden Park Social Hike
Contact: Rodney Ferguson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Saturday BBQ for the 1960s in Walnut Creek
Contact: Bill Ball, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Watch our Facebook Event Page for latest developments, including other weekend alumni events.

 
Rally for Affordable Housing: 

Join the Progressive Student Association (formerly UC Berkeley for Bernie Sanders) at our rally for affordable housing and against big lies by big landlords.  On Thursday, October 17, we will be hosting a rally in support of Berkeley Measure U1 - which will raise $4 million in affordable housing funds per year - and against the deceptively designed DD.  YES on U1 and NO on DD have also been endorsed by the BSC, by the Cal Berkeley Democrats, and by the ASUC.
 
NASCO SCHOLARSHIP
NOW OPEN!
 
The 2016 NASCO Institute scholarship is now open! 

The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Institute is a 3-day workshop in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is a one of a kind opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders to share ideas, learn new skills, and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. This year's theme is: 


"Cooperative Resilience"


The conference begins on November 11th and ends November 13th.

You can find out all about this amazing event including the content and schedule of workshops here
The BSC is offering scholarships to attend this year! The scholarships include round trip airfare. You’ll stay at a co-op in Ann Arbor for the weekend and participate in workshops and networking events. There's also a pretty rad Detroit tour that you get to go on. 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED NOW UNTIL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND AT 11:59PM.  

Here's the application!

Good luck!
 
 
JOIN ALTERNATIVE BREAKS!
 

Join the national movement of college students making a difference during their academic breaks. Explore a social justice issue, immerse yourself in a community, and turn your ideas into action! Alternative Breaks takes teams of students to places throughout the western United States on 1-2 week service learning trips, exploring the complexities of social issues by allowing students to work, eat, and live with people who are directly impacted by racism, poverty, and other injustices. Students prepare for trips through a 2-unit DECal. Need based stipends of $50 are available. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 26th!

Wednesday DeCal, 6-8pm
8 Spring Break Trips:
-Animal Welfare
-Arizona Immigration
-Central Valley
-Environmental Justice 
-Homelessness & Poverty
-Native American Rights
-Urban Health
-San Diego/ Tijuana Immigration

Website: http://publicservice.berkeley.edu/alternativebreaks

 
Our Stories Study

The Our Stories Study is exploring relationship dynamics among trans women and trans men and their non-trans male partners. The study will take place at The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) in their downtown SF office. 

Interviews will last 60-90 minutes and you and your partner will each receive $50 for your participation! Call 888-688-1777 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved!
 
OIL SPILL ORGANIZERS WANTED
 
This is regarding Chevron/Texaco's **huge** oil spill in Ecuador, and the 20+ year fight by indigenous folks for reparations. 
The leaders are visiting SF on 9/25-9/28. Looking for organizers to help with the trip. Email Evan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have ideas. 

"The trip is a public awareness and solidarity trip by two leaders of the union of affected people by Texaco, the group composed of 30,000 indigenous and campesino Ecuadoreans from the northern Amazon. They are going to NY, Standing Rock, North Dakota and San Francisco. The goal is to form connections and dialogue about the issues the affected people's have faced in their on going struggle against Chevron while forming a network of support."

This is one of the worst environmental disasters in history, devastating rainforests and killing off local communities. They are speaking to classes, holding talks & meetings, and Evan is trying to plan other events for this group. I thought you might know folks in the SF area (maybe you!) who can plan an event, schedule a talk, or any type of action -- just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Can you help?

Background info:
http://chevrontoxico.com/
http://amazonwatch.org/work/chevron
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lago_Agrio_oil_field

Amazing film called CRUDE, about the spill & Pablo Fajardo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvrZRvgwBS8
http://www.crudethemovie.com/trailer-and-photos/
 
Berkeley Mayoral Campaign Student Volunteers: 

Berkeley Councilmember Jesse Arreguin (who is endorsed by Bernie Sanders) is looking for motivated progressive student volunteers for his campaign for Mayor. Canvassing, phonebanking, and office related opportunities are available. If you are interested, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the campaign!  Available immediately.
 
 
That's all for this newsletter! Hope y'all enjoyed it. If you have any questions or submissions for the next newsletter, shoot me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Think you know the secret word? Submit it here and get co-op swag!!