Justice For Angel Ramos @ South Vallejo Community Center
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An Outspoken Evening with Vijay Prashad @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Children’s Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit

Vijay Prashad’s recent book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, is a fast-paced and timely book and the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey. Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird’s-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. In 2013-2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. Prashad is the author of seventeen books.

Born in India, Prashad studied in the United States and has become a prominent scholar and journalist, taking on what he describes as a Marxist point of view when examining world affairs. As such, Prashad acquired a reputation as a harsh critic of American foreign policy, of Israel and its actions toward the Palestinians, and of Hindu nationalism.

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio.

Liberated Lens Film Night: America Recycled @ Omni Commons ballroom
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The film follows the cross-country bicycle trip of two brothers as they ride recycled bicycles through the American South for over two years, seeking radical locality amid rampant globalization.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.


CANCELLED: Oakland General Strike: Women’s Bloc @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 1 all-day

CANCELLED IN THIS FORM. See here the altered Women’s Bloc May Day event.



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The Women’s Bloc at the Oakland General Strike! We’ll be ON STRIKE May 1st. We take aim not only at Trump’s sexism and racism. We also aim to bring an end to neoliberal policies that deprive us of dignity and life. The days of our collective domination and exploitation, of our being relegated to the backseat of society, must come to an end. On May 1, we will inaugurate a new militant feminism for the 99%

Trump and those who govern alongside him tell us that an emergency terrorist/immigrant situation has arrived. But we are here to tell him and all those in DC that they are mistaken. Their attack on muslims and people of color has no justification outside of their own twisted racist views. Their actions have brought chaos to communities, and have destroyed the lives of many.

We are here to tell Trump and all of those in DC this: that we intend to bring about the real emergency situation. The real emergency is born when we, finding solidarity between us, come together and fight for true equality and dignity for ourselves and our communities. It is an emergency not for us, but for them, because we are finally realizing the power of togetherness. The May 1 Women’s Block and Strike is a step in this direction. We will demonstrate our power as women, trans, and queers. We will do this by withholding our labor, waged and non-paid, on May 1 and by ensuring that business as usual cannot continue. We intend to demonstrate how little can get done without us, and how our energies can be wielded towards a new feminism of the 99%. Together, we can forge the power needed to make a new society.


Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real!
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherrif Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE!
NO jail expansion!
NO militarization of our communities!

International Workers’ Day: ILWU Rally and March @ ILWU Hall
May 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Feed-in March to May Day, Picket Line, Symbolic Wall, and Donald Trump Piñata
May 1 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

JOIN US as East Bay hotel workers walk off the job to join the national May Day strike against Donald Trump and his administration’s attacks on immigrant workers.

We will gather at 1:30 at the site of a proposed hotel on Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Ave, where a developer is proposing to build a new hotel and has refused to make a commitment not to retaliate against workers who organize for rights on the job.

The site is less than a mile from the former Woodfin Suites hotel, where ten years ago the owner called in ICE in the midst of a worker organizing campaign for a living wage, causing many of those workers to lose their jobs.

By breaking a Trump piñata and tearing down a symbolic wall, we will send a message to Trump and to all employers, including hotel owners and developers, that we won’t allow that to happen again. Following the action, we will head to Fruitvale Plaza to join the main May Day march.

What: Feed-in March to May Day, Picket Line, Symbolic Wall, and Donald Trump Piñata, “Miss Housekeeper” sashes

When: 1:30pm Picket Line, 4pm May Day march on Monday, May 1, 2017

Who: UNITE HERE Hotel Workers on Strike, Community Allies

Invisible Labor: May Day Meetup and March Participation
May 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Invisible Labor bloc & cacerolazo! Bring pots & pans

Global Women’s Strike Bay Area and US PROStitutes Collective will be marching at the May 1 March for Immigrant and Labor Rights called by Oakland Sin Fronteras. We will be meeting up at 2:30 pm at 12th St and 38th Ave. We are marching in an Invisible Labor Bloc called by the Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective under two banners, Resources for Caregivers not for Walls and Feminism of the 99%.

On Mayday, we will march to make visible the caring work that is integral to reproducing society every day. Caregiving, cleaning, cooking, emotional labor, sex work. These and other forms of caring work are often made invisible, because they are not valued.

We will form ourselves as a group of “invisible laborers”. We will take pots and pans, the implements of domestic labor, and make noise with them. We will march through residential areas of Fruitvale, to bring the protest to domestic workers, children, disabled people, and others in their homes and to invite anyone who is able to join us.

Please bring your pots and pans, and look for us! We will get back in time for the march, and likely do a second “cacerolazo” (pots and pans banging march) during the rally at the park.

May Day March: Workers, Immigrants, Women’s Bloc @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

Visit our website to add your organizations name to the lsit of endorsers.

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay#HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Endorsed by:

La Voz de l@s trabajadores/ Workers’ Voice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Migrante Northern California
Restaurant Opportunities Center Bay Area
Socialist Organizer
GABRIELA San Francisco
Undergraduate Workers Union (UWU)
Asian Educators Alliance
The Our Power Richmond Coalition
BoomShake Music
VietUnity – Bay Area
Ella Baker Center ofr Human Rights
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Climate Workers
Jobs with Justice SF
Workers World Party
Anti Police-Terror Project
Transition Express Inc
Solidarity-Bay Area
Sunflower Alliance
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Planting Justice
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
North Oakland Resistance
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
Peoples Climate Movement-Bay Area
Friends of the Earth
Catalyst Project


Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

Call to Action

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay #HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Vigil for Kayla Moore @ Trumpetvine Court
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

A vigil and reading of Moore’s poetry will be held in tribute to Kayla Moore and all Trans victims of police violence. #Justice4KaylaMoore

We welcome participants to read poetry, offer remembrances, and voice support for Trans POC.
Presented in collaboration with Justice for Kayla Moore + Copwatch Berkeley
Sponsored by Southern Exposure

Mass Disappearances in Mexico: The Case of Ayotzinapa: “What Really Happened in Iguala.” @ 5125 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

sm_la-verdadera-noche-de-iguala.jpg Journalist Anabel Hernandez presents her new book, What Really Happened in Iguala.

On September 26, 2014, Mexican police and military forces attacked and disappeared 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teachers college in Iguala, Guerrero. Faced with such events, no country can go forward without knowing the truth to which the victims the society have a right. The events in Iguala force us to reflect on what is occurring in Mexico: they show crudely the degradation of state forces who are supposed to carry out justice and protect. At the same time, they show the society’s deepest fears – and also its hopes.

In What Really Happened in Iguala (La Verdadera Noche de Iguala), Hernandez traverses the labyrinth of the Ayotzinapa case, its traps, it darkness and light. The reader sees the streets where the events took place, the bullet casings, and sandals left on the ground; hears the voices of the Ayotzinapa students; visits the places where torture was applied to manufacture guilt, as well as the offices of high-level officials who carried out the cover-up.

Anabel Hernandez is among the most important investigative journalists in Mexico and the winner of numerous national and international journalism awards. She was a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley in 2014-2016. She has reported for The Guardian, Le Monde, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Reforma, Proceso, Univision and Telemundo. She is the author of The Presidential Family (2005, co-authored with Areli Quintero), Party Over in Los Pinos (2006), The President’s Accomplices (2008), Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and their Godfathers (2010), and Mexico in Flames: Calderon’s Legacy (2012).

On May 3, we will also show the 26-minute documentary, Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico. Through testimony of victims, activists and journalists, the film exposes the U.S. role in violence in Mexico affecting so much Mexican communities and migrants seeking refuge.

Food Not Bombs Monthly Meeting @ Longhaul
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

For 22 years East Bay Food Not bombs has been providing free foods to the public in People’s Park and various locations in Oakland, AND bringing food to protests and encampments. Our message: you’re not poor and homeless because you suck, it’s because a sick society prioritizes war and greed over basic human needs.

We can’t keep this up without your help.

Come to our monthly meeting first Wednesday of the month.

Oakland Greens General meeting @ It's Your Move Games
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The monthly public meeting of the Oakland Greens an AD – Hok group of the Green Party of Alameda County.

Intro (if needed) – 5 min
Clinic Event Planning – 20 min
Fund Spending approval procedures – 15 min
Fund raiser event planning – 15 min
bank account transfer – 10 min
Fund raiser for general assembly social – 15 min
web site update – 10 min
Treasury update – 10 min
Join the green party literature update – 10 min

Liberated Lens Film Night: “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock.” @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Building Toward Crisis Alternatives in Berkeley: Potluck/Meeting @ Grassroots House
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us May 6th to gather over food as we plan next steps towards building respectful, non-police crisis supports in Berkeley.

This event is a follow up to Berkeley Copwatch/Justice 4 Kayla Moore’s 4/8 forum on Responding to Mental Health Crises without BPD:A Community Forum, but all are welcome whether or not you were at the forum.

Details to come – save the date and share any ideas in the discussion for now!

Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Mudraker's Cafe
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • Tiny Homes for the homeless.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts
  • money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitive ticketing and fining schemes
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at .

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at our Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody Movie Showing @ Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County, AFL-CIO
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Health Care for All – Contra Costa County Chapter and Indivisible Central Contra Costa County will sponsor a showing of a powerful new documentary, Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody.

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt, millions may lose their health insurance. Medicare and Medi-Cal are under attack. This documentary explains what single payer healthcare is and how it saves money. It shows what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperceptions that has kept us from moving forward.

Q&A and Discussion about newly-introduced State Senate Bill 562,The Healthy California Act (Lara/Atkins).

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall.  If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph.  If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 3:00 PM during winter hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time ends).

On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over five years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally. Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (
Strike Debt Bay Area :
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:
Oakland Privacy Working Group:
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Bay Area AntiRepression:
Biblioteca Popular:
Interfaith Tent:
Port Truckers Solidarity:
Bay Area Intifada:
Transport Workers Solidarity:
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy)
Sudo Room:
Omni Collective:
First They Came for the Homeless:
Sunflower Alliance:
Bay Area Public School:

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United:
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department:

Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.