Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

From Broke-Ass Stuart:

Remember last week how we got thousands of people out in the streets to for our Tackle Homelessness Super Bowl Protest? And remember how we made #TackleHomelessness trend on twitter. And remember when nearly every major publication in America wrote about it and showed the world the fuckery perpetrated by Mayor Ed Lee?

Yeah, that was rad.

This Tuesday, February 9th, it’s time for the next step. I just received this from the Coalition on Homelessness:

#TackleHomelessness Superbowl Protest Next Step
Please come to speak during public comment at SF Board of Supervisors Feb 9 Tuesday at around 4:00.

The Mayor is scheduled to speak at 2:00, we are going to have a silent vigil that will be homeless people led/convened. We have about 30 shirts for folks to wear for silent vigil inside chambers. We are NOT planning on disrupting, just putting pressure on the Mayor with our very powerful presence.

We would appreciate support from the broader community to speak in public comment, which should take place no earlier then 4:00, but likely much later.

The Mayor will not be there for public comment, but it is OK to direct comments towards him.

We are demanding:
$5 million to go immediately to house homeless people
Moratorium on criminalization of homeless people
Sustained commitment from the city to end homelessness, which includes identifying progressive revenue source.

FB invite is here.

No Tasers for SFPD! @ SF City Hall, Room 400
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Critical San Francisco Police Commission meeting on tasers. 

Please come and stop this escalation of force by SFPD.


Police Chief Greg Suhr will be formally recommending that the SFPD be given tasers at the next Police Commission meeting,
Please come and speak loudly and vociferously against the escalation in the use of force by the already unaccountable SFPD.  SFPD should never be given lethal instruments of torture, such as tasers.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting
Feb 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to fight for a livable wage for all Bay Area workers! We collaborate in principled reflection and action on what the Bay Area livable wage would be and where we are at on the right to a livable wage.

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds Community and Power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

Our work together encompasses:

(1) The concerns of precarious, care and contingent workers,
(2) Campaigns to improve wages for low wage workers, and
(3) Efforts by unionized workers and unions to improve wages and quality of work life.

We share stories and information in an egalitarian and participatory way to build relationships and build the movement.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm at the SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall, 436 14th Street #200, Oakland, CA

Please love and support one another ~ We have a duty to fight ~ We have a duty to win!

Oakland Privacy Working Group: Fighting Against the Surveillance State! @ Omni Commons (check whiteboard for room)
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join the Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against Stingrays being acquired by law enforcement agencies, against Urban Shield, and for various privacy and surveillance regulation ordinances to be passed around the Bay Area, especially by Alameda County and the Oakland City Council. We are also engaged in the fight against Predictive Policing and other “pre-crime” and “thought-crime” abominations, drones, improper use of police body cameras, and against other invasions of privacy by our benighted City, County, State and Federal Governments. 

OPWG originally came together to fight against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OPWG was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network, and its members helped draft the Privacy Policy that puts further restrictions on the now Port-restricted DAC.

We were also the lead in having Alameda County pass the most comprehensive privacy and usage policy in the country for deployment of “Stingray” technology (cell phone interceptors).

Stop by and learn how you can help guard Oakland’s right not to be spied on by the government & if you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy Working Group email listserv, send an email to:

oaklandprivacyworkinggroup-subscribe AT

For more information on the DAC check out

Justice for Mario Woods Coalition Meeting
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The demand for justice is happening and needs you!

Screening of: Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay, Episodes 3 & 4 @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A film by Ron Blatman and KQED Public Television. We will also be honoring Sylvia McLaughlin who died recently at 99 years of age. She was always a most gracious friend of our BFUU and her daughter and granddaughter were treasured and active members for some years in the 90’s. So we are honoring her showing these two episodes which show how she was literally one of the miracle workers who in the 1960’s who saved this beautiful and magical bay that every human inhabitant (the Miwoks and Ohlone) of the Bay has depended on. From the earliest inhabitants 5,000 years ago through the Gold Rush, the Mexican period, the Gold Rush, the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, to Silicon Valley, we all have needed this bay which drains a third of California. Now the Bay is one of the world’s leading economic, academic, recreational and cultural regions. Narrated by Robert Redford, don’t miss two of the four episodes of “Saving the Bay” which highlights an unforgettable journey around the waters of the Bay.

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Free to the public.
Wheelchair accessible.


For occasional email notices of peace/eco/social justice alerts and related events at BFUU, send any email to:
bfuusjev-subscribe [at]

Community Forum on OPD @ First AME Church
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sponsored by the Coalition for Police Accountability.

We were asked by the Federal Monitor team to convene a community event in which folks who had had encounters with OP

D in the last two or three years would give testimony about their experiences. The Monitor are interested in hearing directly from those who had negative experiences. They want to know what happened — when, where – and whether or not a complaint was filed, and, if so, what was the outcome, so they can do follow up.

We promised to convene such a meeting. This is an opportunity we should not miss to counter the Schaaf cheerleading about how much progress OPD has made, despite the fact that there were 7 killings of African-American males in the last year! The City is anxious to get out from under Federal oversight and the Monitor wants an ‘on the ground’ assessment of whether OPD behaves differently than they did in the ‘Riders’ era, or whether things are basically still the same.

Please share this widely — especially with those who are likely to have been impacted directly, or even indirectly, as observers, and we hope youth will be encouraged to attend, along with their parents.

No City officials (including police) have been invited to attend — only the Federal Monitor team.

There will be no panel discussion — the whole evening will be devoted to hearing testimony from the community!!!


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How the Other Half Banks (A Plea for Postal Banking) – by Professor Mehrsa Baradaran @ Green Arcade Bookstore
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In conjunction with Strike Debt Bay Area
Mehrsa Baradaran talks about her new book
How the Other Half Banks:
Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy

How the Other Half BanksHow the Other Half Banks is a history of banking for the masses in the United States, the story of how it has failed in the last thirty years – to be replaced by predatory payday lenders and their ilk – and the case for Postal Banking (find out about this!)  as the way to once again provide banking services at reasonable rates for the tens of millions of unbanked and underbanked.

Mehrsa Baradaran is Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law

See Mehrsa Baradaran on YouTube

Friday: At the Green Arcade Bookstore in SF.

Also in Oakland on Saturday at 6:00 PM a the Laurel Bookstore at Oscar Grant Plaza.

Event flyers:

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strike debt – baradaran flyer bw 4up


COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act @ Troupe Studio
Feb 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SF Mime Troupe presents:  “COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act”, by L.M. Bogad on February 12 & 13 in SF

Follow Special Agent Christian White on a cheerfully creepy tour of declassified government surveillance documents. White probes the redacted (blacked-out) texts of the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence Programs, searching for the words erased in the name of the Freedom of Information Act.

Learn fun techniques for the infiltration of activist groups, how to earn benefits and a pension as an agent provocateur, and how to, in the words of J. Edgar Hoover, “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize” your neighbors!  Read on!

Tickets: FREE but you must reserve a seat!

Late Night Mass Berkeley Copwatching @ See below.
Feb 12 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 13 @ 1:00 am


· February 12, 10 PM – 1 AM
· February 27, 8 PM – 11 PM

Since October 2015, Berkeley Copwatch has been holding “mass copwatch” events that invite folks to join us for a shift. It’s been fun and very empowering to have up to five cars full of copwatchers patrolling our city and on the scene when police stop people.

This month we have two shifts scheduled. Please join us; we will train you in the essentials of copwatching, how to document and how to stay safe!

Contact us at (510) 548-0425 or to learn where we will be meeting.

Omni Commons Love Party and Fundraiser @ Omni Commons
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Food Not Bombs will be hosting a fundraiser for Oakland’s Omni Commons, and YOU’RE invited! This event will last pretty much ALL DAY– from 2pm until late in the evening (10 or 11pm).

Come prepared for:

*A DANCE PARTY! (or several)
*Readings and book signings!
*Open mic!
*A DELECTABLE vegan meal!
*Meeting the best friends you’ll EVER have!
…and MORE!!!!

FEATURING: (And this list has only just begun…)

Carol Denney:
Bicicletas por la Paz:
Maracatu Pacifico:!/bio

Interested in performing? Decorating? Cooking? Promoting? Reach out to Saryta at and Arthur at

Presale tickets coming soon!

PRESALE suggested donation: $10 to party, plus $10 to guarantee your seat at the FEAST! Nom nom nom nom nom.

DOOR suggested donation: $15 to party, $10 to eat, $25 for the Full On Experience.


The Omni Commons is comprised of several Bay Area collectives with a shared political vision—one that privileges a more equitable commoning of resources and meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.

We invite you to join us in establishing a safe, productive place to pool resources for the collective use and stewardship of the greater community. A space that fosters an ethic of radical collaboration across disciplines and between individual collectives, creating a living model for future radical spaces.


How the Other Half Banks @ Laurel Books
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sponsored by Strike Debt Bay Area

Writer and lawyer Mehrsa Baradaran will be at Laurel Bookstore to read from her new book How the Other Half Banks and talk about credit inequality in modern American banking.

The United States has two separate banking systems today—one serving the well-to-do and another exploiting everyone else. How the Other Half Banks contributes to the growing conversation on American inequality by highlighting one of its prime causes: unequal credit. Mehrsa Baradaran examines how a significant portion of the population, deserted by banks, is forced to wander through a Wild West of payday lenders and check-cashing services to cover emergency expenses and pay for necessities—all thanks to deregulation that began in the 1970s and continues decades later.

Corporate megabanks with trillions of dollars in assets believe, with some evidence, that they can run the government and control how money works in the lives of people and the budgets of local governments. Baradaran explains how banks and governments have always been in complex relationships with each other; governments need banks to provide money services to people, and banks need governments for protection against economic fluctuations and to provide credit on favorable terms. But in the 21st century, American banks in particular have shed their social contract with the American people and the U.S. government, demanding to be treated as a private industry while enjoying all the benefits of a public service industry.

Baradaran proposes a solution: reenlisting the U.S. Post Office in its historic function of providing bank services. The post office played an important but largely forgotten role in the creation of American democracy, and it could be deployed again to level the field of financial opportunity.

Mehrsa Baradaran is Associate Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Also Friday 2/12 At the Green Arcade Bookstore in SF.

strike debt - baradaran flyer color

Event flyers:

strike debt – baradaran flyer color

strike debt – baradaran flyer color 4up

strike debt – baradaran flyer bw

strike debt – baradaran flyer bw 4up






COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act @ Troupe Studio
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

SF Mime Troupe presents:  “COINTELSHOW: A Patriot Act”, by L.M. Bogad on February 12 & 13 in SF

Follow Special Agent Christian White on a cheerfully creepy tour of declassified government surveillance documents. White probes the redacted (blacked-out) texts of the FBI’s notorious Counterintelligence Programs, searching for the words erased in the name of the Freedom of Information Act.

Learn fun techniques for the infiltration of activist groups, how to earn benefits and a pension as an agent provocateur, and how to, in the words of J. Edgar Hoover, “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit or otherwise neutralize” your neighbors!  Read on!

Tickets: FREE but you must reserve a seat!

34th Monthly Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Bahai Center
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland.

The Baha’i community of Oakland is organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

In April, it was two years since we started holding these prayer meetings at the Baha’i Center. Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. We will serve a simple breakfast.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 2 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 2:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. We have decided not to meet at the Omni on alternate weeks for the time being. We may switch back to meeting at 4 PM when the days get longer and warmer next year.  On every last Sunday we meet a little earlier at 1 PM to have a potluck.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for four 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:


Open Circle: Addressing Police Terrorism & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Open Circle: Addressing Police Terrorism & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons | Oakland | California | United States
Come inspire with us!
Potluck at 3:00
Meeting at 3:30
Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terrorism & Systemic Oppression, first and foremost, is an opportunity to build community with one another. Secondly, it is a space to reflect and collaborate with the families on strategies and actions to bring about justice for their loved ones murdered by the police.Open Circle meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

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!

Notes from last meeting:

No Coal In Oakland! City Council Meeting. @ Oakland City Hall
Feb 16 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

1-coal-train-dust.pngThe Oakland City Council has the power to halt a reckless proposal to bring in coal by rail and ship it overseas from its port. It can do that on the basis of the proposal’s significant health and safety impacts. At its Feb 16 meeting the council will discuss the issue and there may be a vote on options. We need to make sure the council votes for the option to ban coal outright.

Three Ways to Help Ensure the Council Bans Coal
These are not mutually exclusive. But you need to act now.

1. Help the No Coal in Oakland campaign campaign do outreach and build pressure on the Oakland City Council. To find out more about joining the Sunflower Alliance team, contact Margaret Rossoff,

2. Sign up ASAP to be a speaker at the Feb. 16 city council meeting. You don’t need to speak but we ask you to cede time to No Coal in Oakland activists and supporters so they can speak. You do have to be present to cede time. Sign up here. For Item, enter “coal” You don’t need to say if you are for or against. You can also sign up for open forum instead or on a second card.

3. If you live in Oakland, write a letter to your city council member and to Rebecca Kaplan, the at-large council member (districts, names, contact information). Urge him or her to vote to ban coal outright. If you live in another Bay Area city, write Mayor Libby Schaff (contact information).

For meeting updates, flyers, media coverage and more, please visit our No Coal in Oakland campaign page. And for more background on this hazardous proposal, see A Coaltastrophe Threatens Oakland.

Alameda City Council: Rent Control Ordinance @ Alameda City Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Alameda City Council will once again consider various proposals for tenant protection, including rent control, just cause eviction and moving-out compensation.  Come support the Alameda Renters Coalition in its battle against the powers-that-be in Alameda.

Coalition for Police Accountability
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will feature on the agenda our brothers and sisters from SEIU 1021 who have experience in signature collection campaigns for successful ballot measures. They will engage with us on lessons learned and we will discuss ways in which we might collaborate in our efforts to get our respective measures on the November ballot.

Webinar: How San Francisco Stopped a New Jail @ Internet
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join CURB on Thursday, February 18, from 12pm-1pm (PT) for a webinar about how the No New SF Jail Coalition stopped San Francisco’s proposed new jail, and learn valuable lessons on how to stop a jail in your town!

Since early 2013, CURB members and allies have fought tirelessly to stop plans for a new jail in SF, building an incredible network of allies and encountering obstacles of all shapes and sizes. Almost three years of organizing came to fruition in December when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected funding for the new jail.

While this was a historic victory, the fight is not over. SF won’t be building a new jail any time soon, but more than 40 other counties are still trying to build new jails, and the governor is looking to allocate another $250 million for jail construction in the upcoming state budget.

During this webinar, community leaders who have been at the center of SF’s jail fight will share their strategies, stories, victories, failures, and advice on what ultimately made their fight successful.

Mohamed Shehk
, Critical Resistance
Lisa Marie Alatorre, San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness
Roma Guy, San Francisco Taxpayers for Public Safety

Click here to register for the webinar.