Member Resources Newsletter November 18th, 2016

Member Resource Newsletter

November 18th, 2016
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Hey Y'all,

I hope this newsletter finds you well! It's around time for us to take a break from classes and enjoy time with friends and family. On your way there though, check this newsletter out. Here's a preview of what opportunities we have for you:

- If you shop on Amazon, use this link so a portion of your money will go to the BSC!

- Want to be financially fit? Check out this financial literacy workshop!
- Want to get in touch with a Harm Reduction Facilitator for your unit? Get in touch with
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- Creative? Interested in environmental arts and writing?
Submit to Words of the Watershed! 
- Identify as a Asian/Pacific Islander man-who-likes-other-men?
Join Hero!
- Want to support a POC cooperatively run coffeeshop, bookstore, and community events space? Support Hasta Muerte Coffee by 
becoming a backer on Kickstarter and sharing on Facebook!
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Shop on amazon? Use this link and a portion of the money you spend will go to supporting the Berkeley Student Cooperatives!

FREE Financial Literacy Workshop! & FREE Dinner at Rochdale!

Bank of America, Khan Academy, and Net Impact invite Berkeley students of all majors and class levels to plan early and start off your post-grad life on the right financial foot by attending our Better Money Habits Workshop!

You'll learn the best practices to stay on top of your finances!

Through real-life scenarios, come learn how to build and improve your credit score as well as save for big purchases. Weigh the trade-offs between job availability, compensation, and job satisfaction when choosing a career. Learn strategies to manage your money when in a relationship. Construct a budget and spending plan for yourself. Analyze how your lifetime practices will influence when you can retire.


Prioritize your future and attend our FREE student-led Better Money Habits Workshop during RRR week! FREE dinner will be provided! We will also have Bank of America and Net Impact representatives present to answer your questions throughout the workshop!



Message from Noorin Damji, Harm Reduction Facilitator:

I am a BCS alumni who heard the term 'Harm Reduction' for the first time in a workshop, but I had no idea what 'Harm Reduction' meant or how nuanced it could be. As I have become involved with the Berkeley Free Clinic working with injection drug users, introducing Harm Reduction to prevent the spread of bloodborne disease has become the cornerstone of what I do. I also have worked as a safer sex HIV counselor in San Francisco's Tenderloin and this experience pushed frontiers for me in terms of what Harm Reduction can be and who it can reach. I now work in a mental health crisis facility where my definition of Harm Reduction has expanded further to include multifaceted questions about housing, relationships, the legal system, and substance use. 

As my scope of Harm Reduction continues to zoom out, I want to share my newfound perspectives with members of the BSC. I have been providing Harm Reduction workshops to the BSC for the last year, and as my experiences have shaped me, so have they shaped my workshops. If anybody is interested in talking about harm reduction or would like to bring a workshop into their space, I am always honored to be given the opportunity share about what this subject is to me. (And I will never tell you how to mix substances)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mobile: 805.791.5709 (text preferred)

Click here for the survey!  

We eagerly welcome you to submit to this year's edition of Words of the Watershed, UC Berkeley's environmental arts and writing journal. This year's submission deadline is Friday January 20th, so you will hopefully have some time over Winter Break to think, reflect, and create any sort of art or writing that speaks to your relationship with Nature, whatever it may mean to you. In the past editions, we've had essays on environmental justice, poetry about the ocean, prose on natural and cultural roots, paintings on the drought, drawings that serve as a call to fight climate change, and photography of our lovely local rose garden. These are only a taste of the different forms your art could manifest in, and we encourage any and every style of art that would fit in a print journal (i.e. those previously mentioned, collages, short stories, photo essays, etc.) The journal will be released during Spring semester and will be available both in print and electronic copies. Please send in your submission via email, and fill out the Google Form attached to this e-mail so we can gather necessary submission details. Feel free to e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.
The Connection—our community health and social space for Asian & Pacific Islander men-who-like-men—is relaunching its HERO Peer Volunteer Program.
What do HEROes do?
We're involved in a bunch of activities throughout the year!
From outreaching at clubs, community events, and street fairs to hosting free workshops, socials, and game nights, we're always out and about to link our peers to free health resources and fun community events!
There are plenty of ways to get involved! We have open volunteer spots in our Outreach, Marketing, and Social Media teams!

Who are we looking for?
  • Asian and/or Pacific Islander men-who-like-other-men (Mixed A&PI, trans & cis men welcome!)
  • Ages18&up
  • Live, work, party, or go to school in San Francisco
  • Able to volunteer 9 to 12 hours per month with flexible availability: especially evenings, late nights, & weekends
  • Have an interest in improving one’s own personal health and among peers
  • Have skills or an interest in any of the following:
    (health education, outreach, social media, photography, graphic design, and/or event planning)
    * College students who have an interest and/or studying Health Education, Public Health, Ethnic Studies/Asian American studies, or Marketing are strongly encouraged to apply! 

 More information on the document attached, and folks interested may apply directly at
Please note: DEADLINE is MON, Nov. 28th, 2016. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Former Shermana and Kitchen Manager (2011-2013) Karina Soils, is starting a new cooperatively run coffeeshop, bookstore, and community events space called Hasta Muerte Coffee in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, CA! 

Hasta Muerte Coffee sees a need for a nurturing community space in a time of great displacement. Our vision is to open up a space where vibrant community, good coffee and social justice work meet. Above all, we want to inspire the communities we are a part of, especially young people, to share stories, histories and struggles that sustain the Town’s cultural legacy of resilience from people of color, queer folks, activists, and undocumented communities. Help support the collective project by becoming a backer on Kickstarter and sharing on Facebook to help spread the word!

Contact Karina directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be sure to follow us on Instagram (@hastamuertecoffee) and like us on Facebook!

Con Amor y Solidarity, 

The Hasta Muerte Crew



Congrats to Castro's Leidy Villareal for winning the co-oper of the month award for October!

Do you know a co-oper that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them for the Co-Oper of the Month Award! 

A new co-oper is selected every month and wins a cash prize!
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.