Alameda Jail Fight Meeting @ Ella Baker Center
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Help stop new jail construction in Alameda County!

Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission – Special Meeting on Stingray (Cell Tower Simulator Spying Device) Privacy Policy
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Oakland Police Department’s future use of a cell-site simulator, known as Stingray, hinges on the policy’s approval by the Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission and the Oakland City Council. The Stingray, and its upgraded version, the Hailstorm, poses as a cellular tower and tricks cell phones into giving up data like unique ID numbers and location. The police use it to locate a suspect or victim in an investigation, but critics have long voiced concerns about privacy and potential abuse of the powerful tool.

The commission and OPD representatives will reconvene on Thursday, Oct 20th in a special session to discuss and likely vote on an updated policy.

Video of the previous OPAC meeting.

Recent article about the Stingray, the policy, OPAC, etc.

Ars Live: #7: What’s it like in space? How will we live there? @ Longitude
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our guest for episode 7 of Ars Technica Live is author and space activist Ariel Waldman! She’ll tell us about what it’s like to live in space, and how we’ll make that happen.

Ariel is the founder of, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a 20-countries-and-growing grassroots endeavor to make things with science.

Filmed before a live audience in tiki bar Longitude each episode of Ars Technica Live is a speculative, informal conversation between Ars Technica hosts and an invited guest. The audience, drawn from Ars Technica’s readers, is also invited to join the conversation and ask questions. These aren’t soundbyte setups; they are deepcuts from the frontiers of research and creativity.

Doors are at 7pm, and the live taping is from 7:30 to 8:00pm (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Then you can stick around for informal discussion at the bar, along with delicious tiki drinks and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica the week after the live events.

Contact: Annalee Newitz (

Ariel Waldman is the author of What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There and the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences study on the future of human spaceflight. She sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that nurtures radical, sci-fi-esque ideas that could transform future space missions. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

Annalee Newitz is the tech culture editor at Ars Technica. Previously she was the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo and io9. She is the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday). Her first novel, Autonomous, comes out in 2017 from Tor Books.

Cyrus [suh-ROOS] is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, and is also an author and radio producer. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He previously was the Sci-Tech Editor, and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster.

Omni Commons General Assembly @ Omni Commons Ballroom
Oct 20 @ 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:

Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson @ Fellowship Hall
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Conscientious Projector Presents “Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson”

“Paying the Price for Peace: The Story of S. Brian Willson” is an exciting film packed with ideas on how we can overcome the fears that fuel endless war. It is also the heroic story of the courageous dedication of Brian, a longtime friend of the Fellowship, who lost his legs at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in 1986.

The Greatest Heist You Never Heard of: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI and the Unveiling of COINTELPRO @ Berkeley Repertory Theater
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP), in association with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre ~ presents a special program ~

The Greatest Heist You Never Heard of: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI and the Unveiling of COINTELPRO

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

With our democracy in the cross hairs of “G” Man #1, some courageous citizens stood up to defend our liberties.

The program will feature the film, 1971: Before Watergate, WikiLeaks, and Edward Snowden, There Was Media, Pennsylvania.

Directed by Johanna Hamilton, 1971 is a moving account of how citizens found the extraordinary courage to carry out one of the most powerful acts of non-violent resistance in American history: a break in to the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania. |

“We were early whistleblowers before whistleblowers were known as such,” says Dr. John Raines, a member of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI (group who broke into the office).
 * Bobby Seale – Co-Founder, Black Panther Party
* Kathleen Cleaver, Esq. – Former Communications Secretary, Black Panther Party
* Dr. John Raines – Professor of Religion (Retired)
* Bonnie Raines – Civil Rights and Anti-War Activist
* Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele – Senior Community Organizer, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
* Michael D. McCarty – Former Chicago Black Panther
Moderator: Dr. J. Vern Cromatie – Professor of Sociology; Chair of the Sociology Dept., Contra Costa College

There will be a post-screening presentation by Dr. Raines on why dissent is the lifeblood of democracy.
“As a nation we continue to debate the proper use of domestic surveillance techniques, particularly as technology has evolved in ways that could not have been foreseen during the 1970s, the country must remain vigilant to abuses of power, no matter what the stated public purpose of the abusers. May we strengthen our resolve to protect the rights the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI cherished and helped preserve over forty years ago”

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (from the Congressional record commending the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI for exposing the illegal COINTELPRO program)

McKibben & the Millennials @ San Rafael Community Center
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

McKibben & the Millennials in Marin

brother_billDon’t miss this cross-generational event!  Renowned writer, climate activist and c0-founder and senior advisor Bill McKibben is the keynote speaker at “Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millennials: Reclaiming Our Climate Future.”  Following his talk, Bill will participate in a lively panel discussion with Bay Area millennial activists about the climate work they are engaged in. 

The panel will be moderated by Joe Mueller, Professor of Environmental Science at College of Marin.  Speakers include:  Rose Strauss, leader of 350 Bay Area Youth Climate Action, a Drake High School senior; Sophia Baratashvili, President of the Environmental Action Club at College of Marin; Cesar Fragoso, East Oakland intern with Communities for a Better Environment; and Owen Bartolf of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership.

The last segment of the program will be a Q&A session with the audience focused on the steps we all need to take to rapidly mobilize and regain control of our climate future.

Sponsored by 350 Marin, the event is free to students, with a $10 suggested donation for others.


Oakland Freedom Fest @ Caesar Chavez Park
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

OAKLAND FREEDOM FEST: Building Beyond Police & Prisons

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and the Take Bake Oakland Coalition and the Justice Reinvestment Coalition is collaborating to put on a Freedom Fest to end and amplify the entangled state violence of police terror, criminalization, and imprisonment.


The trauma and oppression our black, brown, immigrant, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, poor, and disabled communities face with police terror and imprisonment go hand in hand. So turn out to the Oakland Freedom Fest to build the power of our communities. Let’s break the cycles of of state violence and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong!

– Alternatives to Calling the Cops & De-Escalation Trainings
– Voter Registration & Voter Guides
– Prop 47 & Clean Slate Record Expungement Clinics
– Community Mapping
– more to come!

Power to the People! Black Panther 50th Anniversary Rally and Concert @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Making Solidarity With BLM Visible in East Bay Neighborhoods
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Are you outraged by recent attacks by police upon unarmed Black men and women in Baltimore, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, and Charlotte, NC? Are you angry that as brutal as the attacks have been, almost no officers have been charged or held accountable for their actions? Join SURJ – Bay Area for an initial coordination meeting to discuss bringing our support for the Movement 4 Black Lives to neighborhoods across the East Bay.

As non-Black allies, we witness these injustices and know that it is critical to make our empathy and support for Black people visible and public now more than ever! Throughout the East Bay and nationally, folks have been holding weekly gatherings on prominent street corners and freeway overpasses, holding signs and making visible our support for Black communities in these critical times. These gatherings, or “human billboards,” have been a simple yet effective way of calling attention to injustice and demonstrating solidarity.

Meeting objectives:
1) To listen to and Q&A with folks who have established regular vigils/billboards in their neighborhoods.
2) To provide interested folks the tools and skills necessary to organize their own committee.
3) To establish a new network of neighborhood-based committees that will organize human-billboards in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives

A Socialist Perspective on the Environment – With Carol Danserea @ Niebyl-Proctor
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
sm_website01.jpg Why are we losing our fight for the Earth? And what will it take to win? To answer these urgent questions, we must understand what’s blocking our way forward: an economic system based on exploitation of the earth and of its people. We must acknowledge that many of the strategies followed by environmental groups up until now have limited the possibility of real change. There are solutions for all of the world’s environmental problems. We can create the world we want and prevent the destruction of the planet when we mobilize our forces to bring about the changes that we want and need.

Come and hear Carol Dansereau who has been fighting for the Earth as an organizer, attorney and non-profit director for three decades. Based in Seattle, she is the author of What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-ends and False Friends in the Fight for the Earth. (

After the presentation, there will be time for discussion.

Film Showing: Do Not Resist! “The increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.” @ Elmwood Theater
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do Not Resist

Q&A with director Craig Atkinson Sat, Oct 22nd after 7pm show!

To Purchase Tickets Click HERE

DO NOT RESIST is director Craig Atkinson’s directorial debut. From the protests in Ferguson to disagreements on Capitol Hill — whether he is following a heavily armored SWAT team as they issue a no-call warrant or inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence”– Atkinson delivers a unique and powerful image of the stories and characters surrounding an issue that has billions of dollars — and lives — hanging in the balance. Using footage shot over two years, in 11 states, The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary Feature DO NOT RESIST reveals a rare and surprising look into the increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.

Sunflower Alliance General Assembly @ Bobby Bowen Progressive Center
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an in-depth look at rent control measures on the ballot in Richmond and Oakland — two of the key Bay Area cities where rising costs are pushing working- and middle-class people out of their communities. Plus updates on our campaigns. We need your participation and your voice!

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 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.  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 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:


Community Democracy Project @ Omni Commons
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Community Democracy Project is your connection to direct democracy in Oakland! Convened out of Occupy Oakland in Fall 2011, we’re gathering steam on a campaign to bring the people back in touch with the city’s resources through participatory budgeting.

Picture this: Across Oakland, Neighborhood Assemblies are regularly held in every community. People come together to tackle the important issues of their neighborhoods and of the city. At these assemblies, people don’t just have discussions–they learn from one another, from city staff, and they make fundamental decisions about how the city should run. They decide the city budget.

Democratic, community budgeting is a powerful step toward building strong communities, real democracy, and economic justice–and it’s being done all over the world.

The budget of the City Oakland totals more than $1 billion per year. Although part of the budget must be used for specific purposes, still over half of the budget–over $500 billion per year–consists of general purpose funds paid by the taxes, fees, and fines of the people of Oakland. The Mayor and the City Council decide the city budget, with minimal input from the community.

Working together, we will not only get a seat at the table–we will REBUILD the table itself. Participatory democracy is real democracy–join us to say: Local People, Local Resources, Local Power!

Community Democracy Project: 4th Sundays are 4 Sci-Fi @ Omni Commons
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Every Sunday The Community Democracy Project and our supporters gather to imagine a society that functions differently. We organize and strategize to make Participatory Budgeting a reality in Oakland through a voter initiative that uplifts and values the voices of the most marginalized.

Beginning August 28th every 4th Sunday will be dedicated to a work of Science Fiction that inspires us. We’re very excited to blast off with the short story, Bloodchild by Octavia Butler. Read (attached in the comments!) and join us to share your insight and inspiration.

Future works may include but are not limited to: novels, articles, episodes and films!

Liberated Lens Collective @ Omni Commons
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Liberated Lens Collective is a community media project based in Oakland, California. We share resources, skills and knowledge to tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. We believe that story telling belongs to everyone. We do not depend on mainstream media or an expensive film school: we empower ourselves to make our own images!

We learn by doing. We teach eachother. We work horizontally, and operate by consensus. We make films in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity, maintain a film equipment library for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops, and host film screenings. In May 2015 we organized the Films 2 The People Short Film Festival.

To be updated about what we do, join our announce mailing list:

To get involved, come to our meetings! We’re open and happy to welcome you, no matter your experience level. Sometimes, the meetings turn into creative workshops!

Black Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver Speaks @ Merritt College, R-110
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Class: Structures of Radicalization @ Omni Commons
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An invitation to a class on the

Structures of Racialization

At the Bay Area Public School

A free university in the Omni Commons

When the English first got to Virginia, in the early 1600s, they didn’t see themselves as “white.” It took a century for their colonialism to produce the concepts of race and white supremacy.

We’ve been fighting racism, white privilege, white supremacy, and institutional racism since then. And still, a Trump can come along with his “dogwhistle” politics, and get an instant white following at varying degrees of frenzy. Today even the most liberal cities cannot stop police racial profiling  – while thee illiberal ones officiate over “stop and frisk.”

Ø                 What are we missing?

Ø                 If racism is just a “divide and rule” strategy, why has it always worked so well? Why does it still work so well?

Ø                 How is it that new groups, like immigrants and Muslims, can be continually targetted for racial assault (victim de jour)?

Ø                 If race is a social construct, what is the structure that has been constructed?

Ø                 Is it an economic structure? A cultural structure? What?

Ø                 How deep culturally does it reside in this country?

Ø                 Is “race” a noun or a verb?

This class will look at the the structures of policing today, of segregation yesterday, and of colonization and slavery the day before that. If the “modern concept of race” was constructed socially at a particular moment, does that imply an ending we can programmatize?

This class will be mostly discussion and dialogue. We will have to address our prejudices about prejudice in order to get to the issues of structure. There will be non-mandatory readings on line for the class. It will also be open to other texts that class members wish to propose.

Facilitator:         Steve Martinot

Stand Against Juvenile Fines and Fees @ Room 107
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am