End Mass Surveillance in Alameda County; Stop the Stingray Upgrade! @ Alameda County Building, 5th Floor
Oct 13 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition as we demand the Alameda County Board of Supervisors VOTE NO on the Stingray Upgrade on Tuesday, October 13th at 10:45am.

The Alameda County Sheriff wants authorization from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to execute an agreement on behalf of the District Attorney’s office for a telephone tracking technology upgrade in the amount of $113,419 for the period 8/31/15 – 12/31/15. The technology referred to is commonly known as the “Stingray” tracking device. “When cellphones within its range connect, it harvests the IMSI from all of them, which could include data from thousands of unsuspecting people. If the authorities have the IMSI of a subject — which sheriff’s officials said they wouldn’t obtain without a search warrant — they can focus on where the phone’s signal is coming from and, after moving the device a few times, triangulate a location to within 10 feet.”

More info on Stingrays, etc, and RSVP


Information from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Alameda County residents, you have a little more than a week to tell your Board of Supervisors how you feel about Sheriff Ahern’s proposed upgrade to phone surveillance technology shared by several law enforcement agencies in the county. The Board will consider the proposal on October 13.

IMSI catchers, also commonly referred to as “Stingrays”, are devices that masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby to connect to the device in order to track a phone’s location in real time. While law enforcement says it uses them to locate suspects, they can sweep up the signals of people in a wide radius. But the current technology in use in Alameda County does not have 4G capabilities, and this week, the Board put the brakes on approving funding to upgrade to the system.

Currently, though it’s a little unclear because of the secrecy surrounding IMSI catcher technology (also commonly referred to as “Stingrays”), records indicate that the Alameda County District Attorneys office and the Oakland Police Department have the technology. [1]The DA’s at least was purchased with federal grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. This proposal would upgrade the existing technology “in partnership with” the DA and the Oakland and Fremont Police Departments.

It’s no secret that law enforcement agencies around the country are increasingly arming themselves with incredibly invasive surveillance technology, with the help of federal money. What is secret is what kind of technology each agency has and how they use it. And perhaps more than any other kind of technology we’ve seen adopted recently, when it comes to IMSI catchers, it’s clear that this secrecy is no accident.

That’s why we were concerned to see the County of Alameda considering an upgrade to its own technology with no public discussion. We sent a letter to the Board pointing out exactly why:

Law enforcement agencies across California have improperly denied public records act requests about the use of “Stingrays.”5 That governments would work with surveillance vendors to hide technology from both the general public and the judges charged with protecting our constitutional rights is truly disturbing. Sheriff Ahern is asking for approval to sign an agreement with this company. You should deny it.

Lawmakers are starting to question this secrecy. As we mention in the letter, California bill SB 741 would address some of these problems. SB 741 passed the California Senate and Assembly nearly unanimously, and it’s currently awaiting a signature from the Governor. And Santa Clara, which recently considered purchasing an IMSI catcher:

ultimately decided against it. Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith says this was due to Harris’ overly restrictive contract terms, noting, “we couldn’t get them to agree to even the most basic criteria we have in terms of being responsive to public records requests.”

The use of IMSI catcher technology in Alameda County has never been subject to the requisite open public discussion. But the Alameda County Board of Supervisors doesn’t need to look far to get an idea of how Alameda County residents feel about street level surveillance technologies:

As demonstrations against Urban Shield, activism around Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center, and packed public hearings about Sheriff Ahern’s purchase of a drone demonstrate, Alameda County residents are clearly concerned about the use of surveillance technology in their community.9 Sheriff Ahern ignored public sentiment against drones when he decided to circumvent your authority and use taxpayer dollars to purchase a drone in December.

In fact, many of the same activists who recently demonstrated against Urban Shield, as well as Brian Hofer of the Oakland Privacy Working Group, attended the September 29th meeting where the Board considered Ahern’s proposal.[2]

That pressure at the meeting is why the Board postponed approval of the IMSI catcher upgrade for two weeks, in order to provide more time for public comment. The Board will consider the upgrade at its October 13 meeting. In the meantime, we hope Alameda County residents will take this opportunity to make their voices heard by contacting their supervisors (contact information below). You can get inspiration from EFF’s letter. Even the two-week postponement means the Board knows IMSI catchers aren’t trouble-free. Make sure they know exactly how much trouble they can be.

Contacting the Board of Supervisors via phone is best. However, the emails provided are for their legislative aides and can also be used to contact them and tell them what you think about IMSI catchers. Check the Board of Supervisors site to find your district if you’re not sure.

District 1, Supervisor Scott Haggerty Phone number:(510) 272-6691

District 2, Supervisor Richard Valle:
Phone number: (510) 272-6692

District 3, Supervisor Wilma Chan Phone number: (510)272-6693

District 4, Supervisor Nate Miley Phone number: (510)272-6694

District 5, Supervisor Keith Carson Phone number: (510)272-6695

[1] It’s clear from public records that the Oakland Police Department has a contract with IMSI catcher manufacturer Harris Corporation and uses its Stingray regularly for arrests. It’s also clear that the District Attorney was awarded grant money to purchase IMSI catcher technology. In September of 2014, the DA’s office told ARS technica that the purchase hadn’t yet been fulfilled. What’s unclear is if more equipment has been purchased since then, or if the agencies are sharing equipment. The Sheriff’s proposal states “The current equipment owned by the District Attorney’s Office is proprietary to the Harris Corporation.”

[2] In addition to the IMSI catcher upgrade, the board considered distribution of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). UASI is the organization that coordinates disbursement federal homeland security grant money for the 9-county Bay Area.

Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meeting @ SEIU Local 1000 Union Hall
Oct 13 @ 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!

Since 1978




Optik Allusions Meeting and Workshop @ Omni Commons
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

OptikAllusions is a digital filmmaking collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to help each other tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We make films in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity, share a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops.

Join us for our weekly meeting and a workshop!

We usually, meet briefly and then work on projects. It’s open to all!

Rally against PG&E’s attack on solar in CA @ Outside PG&E Headquarters
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday: Rally in SF against Pacific Gas & Electric’s attack on solar in CA

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is leading an attack on rooftop solar in California. Join a rally outside of PG&E’s headquarters in San Francisco and speak out against this dirty attack on clean energy.

Rooftop solar is booming in California. So utilities are trying to kill it, with a brazen attack that would make it harder for Californians to generate their own clean solar power.1

By the end of this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is required to determine how much credit Californians will get on their utility bills if they choose to go solar in 2016 and beyond. The major California utilities have launched an underhanded attack, pressing the agency to make it much more expensive to go solar.

One of the utilities leading the charge is PG&E. Our friends at the Vote Solar are leading a rally at PG&E’s headquarters in San Francisco to speak out against the company’s brazen attack on clean energy.

Click here to RSVP for the rally.

With massive water conservation efforts underway, and drought-fueled wildfires raging, it’s clearer than ever that we need to transition as quickly as possible to clean energy.

But utilities are terrified of rooftop solar because it allows individual consumers to produce their own energy and get bill credits for their excess clean power, instead of buying dirty fossil fuel energy supplied by utilities.

That’s why Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric are trying to halt the solar progress we’ve made in California. They’ve all filed proposals with the CPUC that would implement a painful combination of unfair fees essentially punishing people for installing solar, and lower utility bill credits that would not fairly compensate rooftop solar customers for the valuable solar power they deliver to the grid.

If the utilities succeed, they’ll do major harm to California’s booming solar industry, an industry employing tens of thousands of Californians and dramatically reducing fossil fuel pollution. We have to hold San Diego Gas & Electric accountable, and urge Governor Brown and the CPUC to stand up to their dirty attack on clean energy.

Film: Bitter Lake, Part II @ Humanist Hall
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stop Urban Shield @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The question of Berkeley police’s relationship with UASI has been moved from a Police Review Commission subcommittee to the full commission

The question before the PRC is not whether to abrogate the BPD-UASI  relationship, but whether to add a rider calling on the city council to halt BPD participation in UASI-funded Urban Shield. As several of the commissioners expressed that they did not know enough about Urban Shield to take a position on it, an extra week is being taken for them to familiarize themselves with the issue.

You can help move the commission toward a negative recommendation on Urban Shield by doing two things:  speaking in public comment next Wednesday at 7, and providing written resources now for the commissioners to read in the interim (ASAP!).

Please note that these are centrist folks who see a lot of value in policing, and in disaster preparedness, and in regional cooperation among police agencies. And so forth.  They could be moved by non-rhetorical, mainstream sources.  Their process is like a cost-benefit calculation:  what does the BPD get out of the exercise, vs. what are the negatives for Berkeley?  Ideological statements will be a negative to getting them to reject Urban Shield.

If we are able to get the PRC to move against Urban Shield, that would be a major step forward in the Stop Urban Shield campaign.  Please help make this happen!

Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We, the General Union of Palestine Students, declare Palestine in a state of emergency and urge all of our community organizers and leaders to come forth as we rise with the uprisings, as we rise with Palestine in front of the Israeli Consulate.
As you may have heard recently, the situation in Palestine has been deteriorating. Within the past few weeks, Zionist forces have shut down Al-Aqsa and Al-Aqsa compound, forbidding all Palestinian and Muslim worshippers from their homes of prayer and restricting their rights to practice their religion in safety. Hundreds of Zionist settlers have stormed into Al-Aqsa, plunging Jerusalem and the greater West Bank into chaos. Zionist forces continue to violate and damage Al-Aqsa by burning down doors, setting fire to the rugs, and breaking the glass windows, flexing their control in complete provocation against Palestinians…leading to the murder of four Palestinian youth within the past few days and over 200 injured by snipers, rubber bullets, and gas inhalation. Our people of Palestine are frustrated, enraged, and resisting these constant acts of terror throughout the country. From Ramallah, to Nablus, to Jenin, and Al-Khalil, the Palestinian people are rising against the oppressive Zionist regime and defending Jerusalem. Along with the murder of our youth, Zionist forces have also demanded the demolition of their family homes in Ramallah, Surda and Nablus. Palestinian men and women have been surrounding each and every city day and night to protect the homes of their fellow people and to protect their cities from Zionist invasion.

We stand together in support of the Palestinian resistance against the oppressive Zionist regime and ask you all to stand with us. We need to stand united in front of the face of settler colonialism and echo the rage of our Palestinian people!

Flags, posters, and noise are encouraged.

Palestine Youth Movement-PYM
The Freedom Archives

Susie Cagle and Sarah Jeong on the Internet and the Law @ Oakland Musuem
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Susie Cagle and Sarah Jeong on the Internet and the Law

Join artist-journalist Susie Cagle and legal journalist Sarah Jeong for a brief talk inspired by the Museum’s Gallery of California History. They will speak on current issues relating to privacy, copyright law, and the Internet. This pop-up talk, originally scheduled for June, is back—mark your calendars!

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free.

Speak Out to Stay Put! An Oakland-Wide Anti-Displacement Forum @ West Oakland Youth Center
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Facebook event

RSVP Here:

We’re at a pivotal moment in Oakland – the face of our city is changing before our very eyes. Rents have gone up city wide by 50% in the last 2 years, private speculator buy out is through the roof, City leaders and the Mayor have threatened to sell public land to luxury housing developers, and families and folks of color are being pushed out on a daily basis. The reality of it all is, fighting this crisis is going to require all hands on deck in order to prevent the Bay Area from being wiped out as we know it.

Join us Saturday October 17th to hear from panelists, community and labor organizers and performers from across Bay to learn whats happening, why its happening and what you can do to fight back!

RSVP Here:

Down With Geese! Protest Party at Lake Merritt @ Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oct 17 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We’ve all seen the hordes of Canadian geese around the lake. They are an invasive, non-native species that have taken up residence, are shitting all over everything, and are depriving local wildlife of resources.

The City has installed a bird sanctuary on the west side of the Lake, but it is not sufficient to make up for the displacement of the indigenous bird population by the relative newcomers, the Canadian geese, especially since several Canadian geese have taken up residence in and around the housing previously designated for native species.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It’s time to show those geese who’s boss! Bring your grills, your dogs, your stereos, your instruments, and your children! Let’s make sure those geese know the Lake is for the Town, not for foul-tempered fowl.

We will not be seeking a permit from the City; we are uninterested in the platitudes they give us with one hand to quash our dissent, while they use the other hand to build more and more open spaces for the geese to use at the expense of the wildlife who existed here prior to the geese’ arrival.

[[ Note: This protest may or may not be related to this cancelled protest ]]

To Change Everything: The Promise of Anarchism @ Omni Commons
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An International Panel Discussion

This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century.

The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control.

All of the presenters are contributors to a recent outreach and dialogue project, To Change Everything, which appeared earlier this year in over twenty languages.

More info:

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Oct 18 @ 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 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. We have decided not to meet at the Omni on alternate weeks for the time being.

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:


Coalition for Police Accountability Meeting
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join in our attempts to create an effective Citizens’ Police Review entity with real powers.

We will have many important matters to discuss: please try to attend if you can.
�         Debrief Oct 11 event
�         Promote November fundraiser: we will  need all hands on deck!
�         Report on NACOLE conference and expert feedback on our ballot measure
�         Develop work plan for remainder of 2015.
�         Report on outreach efforts thus far

Film Showing: Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder @ East Bay Media Center
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Police abuse of people with disabilities has reached outrageous proportions. Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder, chronicles disabled victims murdered by police as well as the activists/artists who have fought and are fighting to stop police brutality against people with disabilities
Optik Allusions Meeting and Workshop @ Omni Commons
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

OptikAllusions is a digital filmmaking collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to help each other tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We make films in a spirit of collaboration and solidarity, share a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops.

Join us for our weekly meeting and a workshop!

We usually, meet briefly and then work on projects. It’s open to all!

‪‎Law for the People‬ Convention
Oct 21 – Oct 25 all-day

Calling all activists, allies, and legal professionals! Join us for the NLG’s annual ‪‎Law for the People‬ Convention, October 21-25 in Oakland, CA for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Register now at early bird rates, available through September 10. Current NLG members receive 20% off! Sliding scale rates are available*

This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international law, and much more.

We’ll be updating regularly with updates and other news, so be sure to check back for more. RSVP to the Facebook event and join the conversation using the #Law4thePeople hashtag onFacebook and Twitter!


Oakland Privacy Working Group Meeting @ Omni Commons
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

DAC Opposition photo no-surveillance-city-council_zps7d741c77.jpgJoin the Oakland Privacy Working Group to organize against Stingrays being acquired by Alameda County agencies, for various privacy ordinances to be passed by the Oakland City Council, against the Domain Awareness Center (DAC), Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub, and against other invasions of privacy by our benighted City, County, and State Governments. We are also engaged in the fight against Urban Shield, and Predictive Policing

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.

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

Anti Police-Terror Project Monthly Meeting @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations like The Alan Blueford Center For Justice, Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community Ready Corps and Workers World is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition.

Wiener Roast Against the War on the Homeless @ Near Scott Wiener's House
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weiner Roast 3. Scott is not on your side. Oct. 23rd, you can let him know how you feel. This type of protest will get his attention. Wear themed costumes, Les Miserables, weiner, peasant uprising with pitchforks and torches. Bring jokes.  Bring hotdogs, the fixings, and we may need additional grills. Small hibachi style or camping bbq.  An unknown number will be there and we want more than enough food. Homeless are coming, and the food won’t be wasted. Clothing optional. Spread the word.



We all know the shananigans Stupidvisor Scott Wiener pulls every day. His hatred of poor people especially the homeless is beyond belief. Well, for the third time we are going to go visit him to shout loudly:

  • SF is not for sale
  • End Homelessness Now
  • Affordable Housing for All

Many of us have survived the shelter system and choose not to repeat that experience. Instead we camp on the sidewalks and other out of the way places. This conduct while necessary is prohibited from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM by the SF Police Code. There are exceptions: most important is the one which deals with rallies, demonstrations, meetings and similar events.

Homeless Action Team is a self-advocacy network of homeless, unemployed and employed workers. We are an affinity group of First They Came for the Homeless our decision making process is autonomous.  We our Homeless not Helpless. We are demanding a Hand Up, Not a Handout. We promote self-reliance individually and collectively. We defend and serve our community under the terms of Mutual Aid and Voluntary Cooperation.

ROOM NUMBER 4: Israeli Arrests of Palestinian children – Silwan, East Jerusalem @ Uptown Body & Fender
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

They left me in the room for 5 hours with my hands tied behind my back and legs tied to each other. When I refused to confess, they slapped me and tightened my hand ties even more.” – 15-year-old prisoner

Children and families in Silwan face constant violence—both physical and psychological. Illegal and armed settlers are taking over Palestinian homes and land. These settlers often harass and viciously attack Palestinians on the street. Meanwhile bulldozers carry out “administrative demolitions” which leave many homeless and threaten thousands more. And hundreds of people each year—including children as young as six and many, many teenagers—are arrested, beaten, and tortured by Israeli police.

Event includes:

Room Number 4 photo exhibit about violations of Palestinian children’s rights, accompanied by written testimonies from the children themselves

Presentation by Sahar Abbasi Baidon – direct from Palestine! Sahar is Deputy Director of Madaa Silwan Creative Center where she works with children who have been arrested, runs the women’s program and more. She is also a mother of four.

Scratchboard drawing used to create the wedding mural just painted at Shoruq Cultural Center in Dheisheh Refugee Camp – plus photos of Palestinian students creating tiles for the mural

Videos and photos of community murals painted in Silwan by US-based Art Forces & Madaa Silwan Creative Center –in response to Israel’s violent evictions and confiscation of land, house by house

Donation requested at the door, no one turned away. Benefit for the Madaa Silwan Creative Center, to raise funds for a staff psychologist to support the children and their families after the trauma of arrests, home demolitions and violence.

This event is a collaboration between Middle East Children’s Alliance & Art Forces

Cosponsored by Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Friends of Sabeel- North America, Jewish Voice for Peace/Bay Area, and more!

For info:, 510-548-0542.