‘Fresh Juice Party’ in Oakland @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Songwriting duo Craig Casey (guitar, vox) & Pratibha Gautam (keys, vox) are the backbone of this sprawling musical, artistic and political juggernaut. FJP is NOT yo’ momma’s protest music! Defying easy categorization, their infuriatingly catchy songs range from pop, reggae, acoustic, gospel, and hard rock. FJP plays a large collection of wildly danceable original tunes full of punch…er, we mean: juice!

Their debut full-length album, “Where’s Our Change?” is available on iTunes, Amazon, Reverb Nation and through the official website: FJP’s second release is an EP of digital downloads coming in 2015. All of FJP’s music is recorded by Craig Casey.

The OKC/CA/NYC band has a refreshing blend of message & medium. FJP’s lyrics harken revolution and change, and interplay with your mind and heart; meanwhile, their deeply satisfying grooves meld with your soul, and keep your feet happy and tapping. Their genre-hopping, varied sound has been compared to Bowie, Dylan, Santana, Bob Marley, Elvis Costello, The Beatles & XTC.

Known as much for making the news as making music and art, FJP has been the subject of a commentary on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, featured in the NY Times Magazine inside cover, mentioned in a TIMES NOW interview by Julian Assange, as well as many other prominent national and international news outlets.


Laborfest: David Rovics: “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.” @ ILWU Local 34 Hall
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”
Join LaborFest on The 100th Anniversary Concert on Death of Joe Hill
with David Rovics

In 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, IWW union organizer and labor troubadour Joe Hill was murdered by a firing squad. The effort to silence him failed and he has become one of the most famous labor organizers and musicians in the world.

It is a sick irony that Utah this year has reinstituted the firing squad for executions! Over 2 million mostly Black and Latino workers are in prison today in the United States and in California, more money is spent on the prison industry than on education.

Joe’s struggle for union and labor rights is as relevant today as it was in 1915. Millions of workers would like to have unions but are intimidated and bullied by companies like Walmart and Macdonald’s to fire workers who speak up. Walmart this year closed five stores including one in Pico Rivera, California for supposed “plumbing problems” which were really threats of union organizing.
Although this Walmart’s act is illegal, the corporations who run America and the world flagrantly ignore the laws and protections workers are supposed to have in this country.

Over 10,000 workers are fired every year in this country for union organizing and these are only the workers that have pursued NLRB lawsuits. Joe Hill saw the struggle of workers and union rights as the most important struggle in his life, and he paid for it with his life.

LaborFest will honor the 100th anniversary of his death with a concert with labor troubadour David Rovics. Throughout the year, Rovics has been traveling in Europe in a series of concerts to commemorate the life and struggles of Joe Hill. Rovics has performed throughout the world. His hard hitting songs for workers and human rights are powerful and moving. Also performing at  the commemoration will be Carol Denney and Marcus Duskin.
Parking space available at the union hall parking lot. The entrance is at the corner of King St. and 2nd, right next to the AT&T Ball Park.

Stop Oil Trains in San Leandro @ Downtown San Leandro BART Station
Jul 6 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am

Join us to stop oil trains in San Leandro and beyond!

On July 6, 2013, an oil train exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. Two years later, and big oil is pushing harder than ever to move more and more oil trains through North America, while oil trains keep exploding, and carbon emissions keep rising.

This May, the US Department of Transportation is set to release new rail safety regulations. While an oil train erupted in flames in Galena, IL, lobbyists for big oil met with Federal regulators pressuring them to weaken these proposed rules. We know that these rules will not protect the 25 million Americans who live in the oil train blast zone, because there is NO safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude.

This year, from July 6-12, 2015, citizens will organize more than 100 events across the US and Canada to demand an immediate ban on oil trains.

A proposed project in San Luis Obispo County will bring oil trains of 80 cars or more through San Leandro every day.  This project can be stopped if elected officials reject the applicant’s proposal.  On July 6, 2015, we will distribute information and  along the BART corridor that parallels the Capital Corridor Amtrak route.  BART tracks lie in the Blast Zone for miles through the urban heart of Alameda County and beyond.  

No more exploding trains. No more tar sands. Join our event on July 6, 2015


Copwatch Training @ Grassroots House
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to our training so that you can be a safe and effective Copwatcher.At our Know Your Rights trainings, you’ll learn what your rights are in various situations with police, what to expect, what to look out for, and how to stay safe. We use direct instruction, videos and role plays to help you to feel more comfortable when asserting your rights, while copwatching as well as in the rest of your life.

Join regular copwatch patrols every Thursday evening or at a time best suited for you. Shift leaders will orient you as to how we document police activity and keep safe!

It’s time to see what’s really going on in your city – attend our training and then join us for a shift!

LaborFest: Film: Wisconsin Rising @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Wisconsin Rising
(60 min) (2014) by Sam Mayfield

This film documents the days, weeks and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority and injustice. They were fighting back against newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s action stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees. This fight took place in the same period as the Arab spring, and workers in both struggles saw their common fight.
Discussion to follow.

LaborFest: The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10 @ ) ILWU Local 10 - Henry Schmidt Room
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All
The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10

On May 1, 2015 ILWU Local 10 called for a stop work meeting to protest the police terror and murders of African Americans, Latinos and other working people. Two thousand marched to demand justice and human rights. ILWU made history as the only union in the United States to not only to challenge the epidemic of police murders, but also to take action on the job.
This educational forum will look at why the ILWU Local 10 took this action and how their members have been affected by the increasing militarization of the police and repression in working class communities.
There will also be a screening of a new documentary about the ILWU Local 10’s initiated action.
Henry Schmidt room is on the second floor of the smaller building at the location.

Capitalism, Policing, & the Role of State Violence @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the discussion as Lamont Lilly, of Workers World Party Durham Branch talks about the fight against police terror and capitalism’s need to have a police state. Lilly was recently in Baltimore People’s Power Assembly during the rebellion there in response to the police murder of #Freddie Grey. He has been active in the struggle to free Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley Jr. Lilly is an activist and an author, writing frequently for newspaper, a contributing editor for Triangle Free Press, and also published in You can find him on Twitter @LamontLilly .

March, Rally, Action: Stop the Oil Trains. Richmond. @ Atchison Village Park
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Social Justice Theatre: Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter
Jul 11 @ 5:51 pm – 6:51 pm

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written, and performed by playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner, this limited engagement opens Saturday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at

Smith garnered a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012 and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy. Now she turns her attention to the school-to-prison pipeline, which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. In act one, Smith performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. She will be joined by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby.

In act two, Smith invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents to help dissolve the school-to-prison pipeline and inequities in the education system.  With the compelling and inspiring Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.

“I’m pleased to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter at Berkeley Rep,” says Smith. “This is my coming home project. By that I mean that I come from teachers who in my generation gave their lives to changing the lives of young Baltimoreans through belief in the potential of public education. I feel that the Bay Area is the perfect place for conversations about the school-to-prison pipeline to start and possibly for solutions to emerge. I’ve had a long history with Berkeley Rep and the Bay Area where I have presented my work since the early 1980s.”

Smith continues, “There’s a lot of research being conducted and has been done about the relationship of early suspensions and how that perpetuates a cycle of incarceration. Though the focus of fixing racial inequity is currently focused on problems with urban policemen, as President  Obama cautioned us, in the midst of riots in Baltimore, the problem is broader and deeper than that. I believe that we have a chance to reimagine and recreate a new war on poverty. Education is a crucial part of that. Through this special presentation I hope that we can build a model for art to be in direct connection to advocacy. We can bring people forward to ask not just what they think, but what they can do. I hope this process will help us understand more about our children, our teachers, our judges, and our criminal justice system.”

To cultivate participation in the dialogue by as many voices as possible, Berkeley Rep is offering a wide array of ticket discounts including:

·        1,000 free community tickets are available by application to nonprofit, and government organizations serving populations impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and indviduals for whom cost would be a barrier; details available at

Antoinette’s Rent Party and Art Show @ Omni Commons
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Mogi and I are in need of some help. I need to move at the end of July and I won’t have enough to cover a deposit and last months rent for a new home. So, I’m throwing a Rent Party & Art Show.”

More details and RSVP


Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Circle, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate on strategies and actions to bring an end to these egregious crimes.

Please join us for the Potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

~ Open circle will begin at 3:30 with a speaker. Then checkins and updates with the families affected by police violence

~ Reflection and dialogue on how we can help support them in their fight for justice.

~ Brief announcements for upcoming events.

~ Working groups: tbd

Solidarity is afoot so bring your ideas!

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting:


LaborFest: A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices @ Canessa Gallery
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Victory in the Fight to Save our Historic Post Offices
With members of the Committee to Save the Berkeley Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service, now headed by those favoring privatization, is closing and selling off many post offices listed on the National Register of Historic Places, reducing postal services and cutting public sector union jobs.  Many of these historic post offices have murals and art created during the New Deal. The City of Berkeley, however, prevailed in federal court saving the historic post office building and setting a precedent for others.  The case promises to save union jobs by requiring the USPS to follow the law. Come hear the story of how a spirited group of Berkeley residents set a national precedent.

Citizens to Save the Berkeley Post Office fought for their historic building and art for three years.  They made the nation aware of the issue with articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
For information:
or call 510-684-0414

LaborFest: Song and Story from Occupy @ ILWU Local 34 Hall
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Song and Story from Occupy

Rockin’ Solidarity Labor Chorus presents a celebration of the Occupy movement, in song and story. The audience is invited to sing along: lyric sheets will be provided. Founded in 1999, the Labor Chorus helps keeps working-class culture alive, in four-part harmony. We will also have special guests.

The Coup @ The New Parish
Jul 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 18 & over
    Under 21 must buy $5 non-alcoholic drink ticket at the door.

The Coup

Richmond Progressive Alliance Summer Picnic @ Marsh Hawk site
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Come to the RPA Summer Picnic!

RPA will provide compostable paper ware, ice, some beverages, and charcoal for the grills from noon to 1:30, if conditions allow fires.  Bring food to share. Please invite friends, family, neighbors.

We’ve reserved a shady picnic area at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline that’s close to the parking lot and not far from the ADA-accessible children’s play area and tot lot. The views are marvelous.  The Golden State Model Railroad Museum is across the street, and their trains run on Sunday afternoons…

All of RPA’s friends, members, and their families are most welcome.

A Celebration of Life: O’Shaine Evans, Kenneth Harding Jr., James Rivera, and Nelson Mandela
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The families of O’Shaine Evans, Kenneth Harding Jr. & James Rivera welcome you to celebrate the lives of their loved ones whose lives were stolen by police terror in the month of July, as well as the birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Some good eats are in the works. This is a Family friendly event. The day will be filled with activities, music, and fun.

South Park is just yards away from where O’Shaine was executed. We will have a Libation Ceremony there.

It is about 1 mile from Powell St. Bart Station. Carpooling is encouraged.

Looking forward to sharing in this Celebration of Life with you all.

Bay Area Child Care Collective @ See text.
Jul 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Orientation: A call for volunteers for a child care collective.

Come to the new member orientation to learn more. Contact Sonia or email for location details. Visit the website for more info about what it looks like to be a part of their volunteer collective.

Hey activists, childcare providers, and folks who want to build power and spend time with kids…

The Bay Area Childcare Collective (BACC) is looking for new members!

The BACC offers childcare resources to grassroots organizations composed of a lead by m/others who face multiple opressions, primarily by providing competent and politicized childcare to low/no income immigrant m/others and m/others of color. They’re currently working with Causa Justa Just Cause, La Collectiva and LeftRoots.

If you want to:

-Support local grassroots organizing led by women and m/other of color
-Spend more time with kids
-Connect and build community with other folks who love working with kids
-Learn and share skills

Then BACC is a great fit for you!


We look forward to connecting with you!

Life A Shade Darker Tour: Benefit for ABC4J @ ABC4J
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

“Life A Shade Darker” is a Book, Album, & T shirt brand by award winning poet “Kleeane Ryhmen”
Life A Shade Darker (#LASD) the book consists of 45 of Kleeane Ryhmen’s most eloquent poems and the album consists of 7 all original tracks.
The #LASD T shirts consists of some of the most powerful quotes within the book and the album.

This event is free to the public.

This event will be held at The Alan Blueford Center For Justice
purchase the products we have inside and enjoy a free show!

There will be a book signing and reading.

We will have a live band and also, local poets, comedians, hiphop artist, and rnb singers performing.

We encourage anyone who wants to perform at this event to contact

This is a family friendly event, though i will not censor any artist for content in any way.


LaborFest: Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk @ Latham Square
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk – “We Called it a Work Holiday”

With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society.
This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking – mostly women – retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line was being broken by scabs escorted by police.
Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S.. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.

The Medicare for All Rally & March @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

We will rally to Protect, Improve, and Expand Medicare to All.  Nationally, the legislation we are campaigning for is HR 676 sponsored by 49 congress members.