Visit/Picket Anthony Rendon’s Capitol Office – SB 562 @ State Capitol
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Speaker Anthony Rendon is not letting SB 562, the Healthy California Act, progress through the Assembly Committees. Let’s visit his office and let him know that this is not ok! Meet at the South Entrance of the Capitol at 10 AM.

Pack a lunch if you want to picket all day outside of his office with signs. Room 219.

CNA Statement

#DefundOPD – City Council Final Budget Hearing @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 26 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Join APTP in demanding Oakland City Council pass a progressive budget that ensures ZERO % increase in the Oakland Police Department Budget

OccupyForum: Sacred City: On Loss, Betrayal and the Art of Gentrification @ Black and Brown Social Club
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents…
Sacred City: On Loss, Betrayal
and the Art of Gentrification
with Pearl Ubuñgen accompanied by Dave Mihaly percussion

Improvising with images, sonic sources, writings, dreams and daily heartbreak, choreographer/cultural activist Pearl Ubuñgen reflects on the conflicted role artists and arts organizations play as bewildered accomplices in the gentrification-based activity of cultural erasure. Inspired by the subtle presence and memory of her mentor, the late great Master Artist Ed Mock (1938 -1986). Ubuñgen performs an illustrated case-study weaving a sorrowful, soulful lament drawn from the terrain of today’s late phase, hyper-gentrified San Francisco.

Sacred City is an ongoing series of community-based projects in which Ubuñgen subverts disciplinary borders and offers activism, the arts and the dharma as interrelated practices. In September 2016, she curated a day-long retreat at the Shambhala Meditation Center of San Francisco, which brought together dharma practitioners, local performance artists, and advocates/organizers for tenants rights, the unhoused, and victims of police violence. The gathering featured the family of Luis Gongora-Pat who was murdered by SFPD on 7 April 2016 at Shotwell and 19th Streets in SF’s Mission District.

Pearl Ubuñgen is a fourth generation pilipina american who grew up in San Francisco’s Fillmoreand Richmond districts. Ubuñgen is known for her commitment to community engagement and groundbreaking innovations in the field of community-based work. During the 1990’s she worked with youth in the South of Market and Tenderloin neighborhood where her studio was located in the school building of St. Boniface Church. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of “Take Me to the Tenderloin, Now! (1997), created in collaboration with social documentary street photographer Ken Miller.

During the dot-com era, Ms. Ubuñgen was displaced from her rehearsal and living spaces in San Francisco and relocated to Boulder, Colorado. While in Boulder, Ubuñgen served briefly as Chair
of Performing Arts at Naropa University where she designed and implemented an innovative interdisciplinary BFA in Performance (2002-2006). During this time ubuñgen deepened and enriched her study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, lineage holder of Shambhala Buddhism. Ubuñgen now serves as the Northern California Regional Chopon (Master of Offerings) for Shambhala Buddhist rituals and is a Director of Shambhala Training and Meditation Instructor.

Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.
Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Radio Reading of ‘1984’ @ The Airwaves
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:45 pm

There will be a 15-hour reading of 1984 across the country on June 27.

This includes KPFA here in the Bay Area, and KPFK in Socal, which is the largest radio transmitter west of the Mississippi and can be heard from Santa Barbara to Tijuana. As well as NY, Houston, DC and a few hundred smaller stations across the country..

“The reading of George Orwell’s 1984 is going to be a Pacifica national event, using the 1975 recording from the 64GB USB drive from PRA”.

Press conference on racial profiling by the Berkeley Police @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The ACLU, Copwatch, NAACP, NLG & UC Berkeley Black Student Union are holding a press conference to demand the chief release the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) report on racial profiling, and that the City of Berkeley commit to a program to address racial profiling by the BPD. Press conference on the steps of Old City Hall ahead of the City Council meeting.

Stop the Delay and Pass SB 562
Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us to urge the California Assembly to stop the delay and pass SB 562 – guaranteed healthcare for all Californians.

Prisoners Literature Project @ Grassroots House
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Volunteer with us!

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways.

We currently meet on Sundays from 2-5pm and on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm at the Grassroots House.  This is located at 2022 Blake St. (at Milvia), Berkeley, CA 94704.  (Map – there’s plenty of local parking, and the office is walkable in 11-15 minutes from downtown Berkeley BART or Ashby BART  – also, AC Transit bus #18 stops nearby.)

(Please note that we can’t accept prisoner book requests at this address.  Book requests from U.S. prisoners must be mailed to PLP; c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117.)

We welcome helpers of any age and experience at our volunteer sessions (here’s what they look like!), and are also very happy to host students looking for community service.  You should read a lot, have neat legible handwriting, and be able to follow the rules to get books into prisons. We don’t make the rules, but we do have to follow them!

Bringing more than four people? Please contact us first so we can better accommodate your group. (BTW, we maintain ‘call for volunteer’ listings on, on, and on, so you might have seen us there!)

Other ways to help?

If you can’t make it in-person to our volunteer sessions, we’d still love your help.  In particular, we’re looking for donations — both one-time and recurring — to help pay for postage on the hundreds of book packages we send out monthly.

Other things we’d love help with include:  fundraising efforts, publicity, and contacting publishers and distributors to get multiple copies of our most sought-after books.  We need to keep building our reserves — and further reduce our request backlog.

Got more ideas?  Come to a meeting and share them with us!

Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Climate Change @ Info upon RSVP
Jun 28 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Full address with RSVP

Hear a presentation of the research described in the new book by environmentalist and business leader Paul Hawken. The book, Drawdown, describes 100 solutions to the climate crisis and ranks them according to the researchers’ criteria.

Chad Frischman, research director for Project Drawdown, will present the research and lead a discussion after a potluck dinner at an event hosted by the group Climate Compassion in Berkeley on June 28.

Full address with RSVP


Cuban Union Leader Speaks @ Communication Workers of America Local 9119 Union Hall
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Since 2001, representatives from Cuba’s nationwide central labor organization Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC) were granted U.S. visas to visit our cities.

Victor Manuel Lemagne, is the 55 year old Secretary-General of Cuba’s Health and Tourism union where he has served since 2011. As the leader of that nation-wide union he is also a member of the CTC Secretariat (executive committee). Lemagne is also a delegate to Cuba’s National Assembly (Parliament). He is Vice President of the International hotel and tourism union for the Americas and Caribbean affiliated with the World Federation of Trade Unions.

Mr. Lamagne will be in both Northern and Southern California. This community-labor event in Berkeley, on the 29th of June, will be a unique and special opportunity to hear directly from a Cuban union leader.

Initiated by the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Endorsers: Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10 Treasurer- Retired, Task Force on the Americas, Global Exchange, SOL Economics, Richmond Regla Friendship Committee, Workers World Party, Socialist Workers Party, International Action Center, Freedom Archieves, College of Ethnic Studies, Latina/o Studies Dept, SFSU-Cuba Educational Project, Clinica Martin Boro, Marcha Patriotica Colombia – California Chapter

Town hall with Alameda County Sheriff Ahearn – Immigration & ICE @ Hayward Adult School
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of working with ICE – they federal agency responsible for enforcing immigration laws. They have notified ICE about arrests of undocumented people. 
 People have been picked up and then caught up by ICE even if the charges have been dropped.

They also sponsor Urban Shield, a yearly gun fair for police departments, which trains police in terror tactics against urban populations.

We’ll meet in front of Adult school at 4:45 pm.  or just come in if you’re later.  RSVP, carpooling, questions, to help organize, contact  Heather MacLeod above.

1 mile from Hayward BART station, if you want to avoid rush hour traffic & get your exercise for the day!!

A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund – Poetry for Peace and Justice @ St. John’s Presbyterian Church
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Benefit for Haiti Emergency Relief Fund,

will present readings by Susan Griffin,

Rafael Jesús Gonzalez,

Dennis Bernstein

and Shanga Labossiere,

followed by open mic

at wheelchair accessible St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund ( gives concrete aid to Haiti’s democratic movement  and grassroots community groups  organizing to meet Haitians’ needs directly.

Anti-Policing Health Workers Two Day Training
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We’re excited to grow The Anti-Policing Health Workers cohort. Join us for a two day training on Saturday July 1st and Saturday July 8th, 10am-5pm in Oakland.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend an upcoming Know Your Options workshop so you have a clear sense of our program goals and politics.

Click here to see the schedule.

New cohort members will train alongside the 2015 OPP Health Workers and members of Critical Resistance- Oakland. New cohort members will be skilled up to facilitate and join us in offering more workshops to communities for 2017-2018.

Would you help us recruit? You can download the flyer here.

Interfaith Vigil at West County Detention Center where immigrants are being held
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Interfaith Vigil at West County Detention Center where immigrants are being held

RSVP, carpooling, questions, to help organize:  Amy Carlson  or (918)896-9577 (text is best)

Interfaith Vigil to Support Immigrant Detainees @ West County Detention Facility
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Monthly Vigils

Interfaith Vigils to Support Immigrant Detainees 

1st Saturdays of every month.  

We invite you to join our vigils each month as we gather to pray and bear witness to the pain, suffering, and separation of immigrant detainees, and to call for real and immediate immigration reform. We invite you to join us to pray, sing, and act for just immigration solutions.  Please bring a noisemaker for our sacred Moment of Noise– where we let the detainees know that we have not forgotten them.

Why we vigil at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond

We do this to stand in solidarity with the (150-300) people being held here for deportation and thousands in the other 250 detention centers across the country. We know that many have not been convicted of any “crime”, but are charged with a civil immigration offense. We know that detained here and facing deportation are asylum seekers, green card holders, and long term residents. Often the chief breadwinner is taken away, putting children and families in economic jeopardy. We know that ICE’s implementation of our immigration laws makes communities insecure. THEREFORE…

We come here each month, to call attention to our government’s wasteful spending of resources, deporting 315, 943 in FY 2014 (865 people a day), while failing to address root causes of migration. We seek to stop this system of detention and deportation and change our nation’s policies.

We know that all the deportees held here have families, most came not just for a better life, but to survive and support families. Many have fled terrible violence and now face it here, in another form. And now, the children have come, many to reunite with families already here…. and even they, face expedited deportation processes.

We do this to give moral and spiritual support to the families whose loved ones are being held here. We know their trauma can be deep and their lives filled with fear. We seek to give practical advice and counsel on legal, medical, food and housing issues and to be a friendly face. And we also do this to provide opportunity for people directly impacted by our detention and deportation policies to share their truth – to give their testimony so that they know, they are not alone.

We pray together for a just and fair immigration policy closer to what our Statue of Liberty proclaims “Mother of Exiles … Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

We pray, knowing that all our faith traditions call upon us to welcome strangers and aliens, for they are our sisters and brothers and our families, like them, we were once strangers and aliens in this land.

For more information about immigration detention, go to:  Detention Watch Network, CIVIC.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 2 @ 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:

Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

sudo room 5 minutes of fame @ Omni Commons
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A series of 5 minute presentations of hackery and radical projects from the bay and beyond, followed by socializing and hacking!

Sponsored by the Sudo Room.

FILM SCREENING AND POTLUCK: SMOG OF THE SEA @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Transition Berkeley for a film screening of Smog of the Sea, followed by a discussion with San Francisco’s Senior Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator, Jack Macy, who will share info about local efforts to reduce single use plastics. Smog of the Sea follows the crew of @5Gyres SEA change research expedition, as they discover that the great ocean garbage patch is actually a “fog” of microplastics – trillions of barely visible shards – permeating the world’s oceans. The crew includes renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner, and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham. Using sparkling underwater cinematography and live-action footage of the crew’s research, Smog of the Sea makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic.

Attendees are invited to meet and greet and asked to bring healthy snacks to share if possible. The film will begin at 7:00 and discussion will follow, as well as hands-on opportunities to create alternatives to plastic packaging.
Co-Sponsors: Transition Berkeley, Social Justice Committee (Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists)

This event is part of our series for Plastic-Free July. Learn more here.

Visit Event Website 

This event is wheelchair accessible.
Omni Commons General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url:

Anti-Policing Health Workers Two Day Training
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

We’re excited to grow The Anti-Policing Health Workers cohort. Join us for a two day training on Saturday July 1st and Saturday July 8th, 10am-5pm in Oakland.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend an upcoming Know Your Options workshop so you have a clear sense of our program goals and politics.

Click here to see the schedule.

New cohort members will train alongside the 2015 OPP Health Workers and members of Critical Resistance- Oakland. New cohort members will be skilled up to facilitate and join us in offering more workshops to communities for 2017-2018.

Would you help us recruit? You can download the flyer here.