Press Conference – Jutice 4 Mario Woods @ SF City Hall
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

We ask that all of our coalition members join us this monday on the steps of City Hall as we let the Mayor know that we will not be silenced by the bread crumbs he, the chief and the DOJ have thrown us.
We have a duty to fight for our freedom and we wont stop until we get justice.

Occupy Forum: The Stolen Election in Ukraine 2004, and What Was Done About It : Orange Revolution @ Global Exchange
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents…

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!

The Stolen Election in Ukraine 2004,

and What Was Done About It :

Orange Revolution

(Documentary film and discussion)


Presidential elections, Ukraine, 2004. One candidate is backed by the post-Soviet regime. Eight weeks before the election the opposition candidate is seriously poisoned. He survives, but with a severely disfigured face.

In the final voting, blatant vote fraud hands the election to the regime. Instantly, Ukranians pour into the streets by the hundreds of thousands. Fed up with censored media, corruption, and rule by wealthy oligarchs, they take over the capital, Kyiv, to enforce their will. Through snow and freezing temperatures they stand their ground, blockading government buildings, demanding a new election.

Through the eyes and in the voices of the Ukranian people, Orange Revolution tells the story of a people united, not by one leader or one party, but by one idea: to defend their vote and the future of their country.

Discussion and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Speak Out Against Oil Bomb Trains in Benicia @ Benicia Town Hall
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Valero CBR proposal poses major risks. Public comment, Feb 8

crude-by-rail-graphic-250.jpgOutrageous.  Benicia City Staff is recommending approval of Valero’s dangerous crude-by-rail proposal, despite the “significant and unavoidable” impacts to air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources and public safety outlined by the Final EIR, which clearly identifies the “No Project Alternative” as the “Environmentally Superior Alternative.”  Staff declares that federal preemeption prevents it from objecting to rail-related hazards, even as it parrots Valero’s arguments about the blessings of lowered GHGs and increased jobs and economic benefits.

Make sure you’ve already submitted your comments to the City of Benicia or at least signed the petition opposing the project.  The Planning Commission will take public comments on the Final EIR on February 8th before it votes whether to approve the use permit for this project. City Staff has just issued the following instruction for speaking at the hearing:

1. Individuals can sign up by calling the Planning Department (707-746-4280).  As of Tuesday there’s only an answering machine to take messages, so it seems we have to wait until Monday the 8th to phone.
2. Individuals can sign up for others besides themselves when signing up in person on the 8th!  (Guess what Valero will do with this one!)
3. You don’t have to use your real name.

Here’s the announcement on the City’s CBR web page as of 2/2:

IF YOU WISH TO COMMENT DURING THE HEARING: Due to the large amount of public interest with this project, the City will be instituting a sign up system in order to speak during the public hearings. Interested members of the public will be allowed to speak in order of sign up. Sign ups will be available on the day of the meeting(s) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Community Development Department. If you are unable to come in person, please call 707-746-4280 to be added to the list. At the hearing, please go to the sign up table just outside of the Council Chambers. Your name will be called in the order in which you signed up. You do not have to sign up in order to speak. However, you will not be called on until those who have signed up have spoken. In order to accommodate the public, we have arranged for overflow rooms in City Hall with the hearing streaming for you to view and listen. You can also view the event live from the City’s website.

Why we should make every effort to testify:  If approved, this project would allow the Benicia refinery to transport 70,000 barrels per day of crude oil in two 50-tanker-car trains, instead of shipping the oil by tanker. The project would add to, and not replace, crude already brought to the refinery via pipeline. The Final EIR lists many serious unmitigatable environmental impacts should the project be approved.

Let’s remind the Planning Commission that federal preemption did not cause the San Luis Obispo County staff to roll over and automatically approve a crude-by-rail project within its own jurisdiction.  Instead, it understood that it had the power to affect what happens uprail by denying the rail project it was asked to rubberstamp.

Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community is asking all allies to attend the Benicia Planning Commission meeting on February 8 at the Benicia City Hall, 250 East L Street, Benicia. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., but supporters are urged to arrive by at least 5:30 p.m.—if not earlier—to get the best seats and to arrive before Valero’s supporters.

Getting There:  Andrés Soto, CBE’s Richmond Organizer, is arranging car pools from Richmond, gathering at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center at 4:00 p.m. and departing at 4:30 p.m. If you need a ride or can drive to Benicia, please contact Andrés at or at 510.282.5363.

Please RSVP here.
Updates can be found at the Benicia Independent.
The project documents can be found on the City of Benicia website.

Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

JOBS & JUSTICE – Stop Budget Cuts to Oakland Job Seekers @ Oakland City Hall
Feb 9 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Every member of the City Council says they want to stop the displacement of Black, Brown and poor people from Oakland. But there’s no better way to displace a population than to take away their access to work. Yet again, our elected leaders have failed to live up to their rhetoric or prioritize the interests of the people they represent.

The behind-closed-doors deals that are made by Oakland city officials must end. Pushing an RFP that cuts services to Oakland’s unemployed (primarily Black and Latino males) must be illuminated just as our allies have done with the mayor’s illegal protest curfew, the corrupt E. 12th St development process, and the domain awareness center.

Join us on Tuesday, February 9 at 1:30 pm at Oakland’s City Council Chambers to let the Council President and CED members know WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION AND WE DEMAND TRANSPARENCY. This illegal RFP designed to circumvent the mandated process must be stopped. Come make your voices heard.

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

DAC Opposition photo no-surveillance-city-council_zps7d741c77.jpg

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

At the Green Arcade Bookstore

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 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.

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: