Nurses on the Picket Line @ Contra Costa Medical Center
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



Please join nurses in their demand that Contra Costa County Supervisors invest in the health and wellbeing of  county residents.  This is a matter of life and death. Every budget cycle in the last few years Contra Costa County Supervisors have attempted to divest from the Contra Costa County Health System.  Last year 63,000 Contra Costa County residents visited the ER, and 100 nurses left the System, leaving short staffing.  Nurses are scrambling to provide appropriate patient care.

Please join the nurses on their picket line. Any time is fine, but they are particularly looking for community support at noon on both days.

The flyer announcing the strike and asking for our support is here.

Solitary Confinement: Settlement Hearing in Ashker v Brown @ Oakland Federal Courthouse
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There will be a hearing on the joint motion for preliminary approval of the settlement agreement in Ashker v. Brown before JudgeWilken.

Her order for the hearing stated that she was leaning in favor of issuing a preliminary approval.

Everyone is welcome to attend.  It’s a public hearing.

Berkeley City Council Worksession on Tasers @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Stanford Study: Electronic Control Weapons Study (e.g. Tasers ©)
Public Comment – Items on this agenda only

Here is the Stanford Criminal Justice Center Report on Tasers, which will be discussed:




Come speak out against the madness. Tell the City Council no to police tasers at Old City Hall, Allston & MLK.


Taser Fact Sheet


Police say that Taser use saves lives because they don’t have to shoot someone if they use Tasers effectively. However, Tasers are NOT AN ALTERNATIVE to using lethal force. Sure, it would be nice, but police are trained to meet a lethal threat with a gun-not a taser. In fact, Tasers are mostly used against unarmed people, not people who could really kill or injure an officer!

From 2001 until February of 2014, the ACLU and the website www.electronic have documented 547 Taser related deaths. There have been even more since then.

In May of 2012, the American Heart Association’s premier journal, “Circulation” published a study by Dr. Douglas Zipes, of Indiana University’s Krannert Institute of Cardiology. He found that a shock from the Taser “can cause cardiac electric capture and provoke cardiac arrest” as a result of an abnormally rapid heart rate and uncontrolled, fluttering contractions. Yes, Taser shocks, especially to the chest, can kill.


According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, the main reason to employ Tasers is the belief that they reduce officer injuries and in custody deaths. After a comprehensive study involving 10 years worth of data from over 100 departments from across the country, this myth was disproved. “In conclusion, although considered by some a safer alternative to firearms, Taser deployment was associated with a substantial increase in in-custody sudden deaths in the early deployment period, with no decrease in firearm deaths or serious officer injuries.” (Am J Cardiol 2009;103:877� 880)


After completing an analysis of Phoenix Police Department use-of-force reports, The Arizona Republic found 377 incidents involving the use of a Taser. In nearly nine out of ten of the incidents, the subjects had posed no imminent threat to officers with any weapons.

As of May 28, 2014, the ACLU has called on Baltimore Police to put a moratorium on the use of Tasers since their use by police has DOUBLED since 2009.

According to Gabriel Russell in Law Enforcement Magazine (September 2013), Tasers are so “safe” and “effective” that they are “overused” by police. “So much so that over-dependence on it has resulted in an avalanche of use-of-force lawsuits and unfavorable court decisions across the county.”


Courts have found Tasers constitute the use of “excessive force” and thus violate the Fourth Amendment, provided the Taser was used in an instance when its deployment was unjustified. Victims of Taser use can seek compensation, but only if an agency’s use guidelines are deficient and if training is so poor that it could be considered “deliberately indifferent.

In September, 2009, Taser changed its product warnings. Taser’s ECDs weapons are now branded as “less lethal” instead of “non lethal,” and its training materials warn that “exposure in the chest area near the heart � could lead to cardiac arrest.”<

80-90% of those who are tasered, were unarmed when they were arrested and tased. Most policies guiding Taser use allow police to follow a “Continuum of Force” that directs officers to use Tasers as an alternative to the use of hands, feet and a baton. It also instructs them to use Tasers to overcome “active resistance” by an individual, including behavior that does not pose a physical threat to anyone. This is basically giving police license to use Tasers against little old ladies who ask too many questions (as happened recently in Texas and elsewhere across the country).


As taser-related deaths and injuries have continued to rise (as well as the amount of Taser litigation), many departments are starting to abandon the weapon in favor of other means of suspect control. Currently, Memphis, Tennessee, San Francisco, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada have opted to ban the use of tasers by law enforcement. Additionally, a federal court has ruled that the pain inflicted by the taser gun constitutes excessive force by law enforcement. The courts don’t want police to electrocute people with their tasers unless they pose an immediate threat.


In 2007, The United Nations Committee on Torture declared that TASER electronic stun guns are a form of torture that can kill. At the time, it was recommended that Portugal “should consider giving up the use of the Taser X26,” as its use can have a grave physical and mental impact on those targeted, which violates the UN’s Convention against Torture”.


Peyman N. Azadani, MD, research associate at UCSF’s Department of Medicine and senior author Byron K. Lee, MD, associate professor of medicine in UCSF’s cardiology division, set out to gauge the accuracy of 50 published studies on the potential dangers of using TASER® products. The new study’s authors report that among the product safety studies they analyzed, the likelihood of a study concluding TASER® devices are safe was 75 percent higher when the studies were either funded by the manufacturer or written by authors affiliated with the company, than when studies were conducted independently.


A 2011 report by New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) found widespread misuse of tasers. Albany police disproportionately deployed Tasers on blacks compared to whites. In the Albany incidents analyzed, 68 percent involved a Taser being used on a black person, while 28 percent of the city’s population is black. (10-18-14 The Times Union)

Approximately 30% of Taser incidents are against a people with mental illness.

In addition, the June 2014 issue of “The Psychiatric Bulletin” explains that”… the psychological effects of Taser use have not been investigated.”

Optik Allusions Meeting and Workshop @ Omni Commons
Oct 6 @ 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!

Emeryville City Council to Address Policing and Use of Force @ Emeryville City Hall
Oct 6 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm

As a result of our first mobilization (with SURJ) Emeryville City Counsel is holding a special session on policing and use of force. As Part of our campaign against police militirization we need to pack the house and make our voices heard! Please mark you calendars. Additional info to follow.


“FIRE” Performance at the Omni @ Omni Commons
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm



Initially performed in 1965, Bread and Puppet Theater presents a revival of FIRE. FIRE shows six days in a Vietnamese community, followed by a bombing raid and ending with a self-immolation. Dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the Vietnam War, FIRE is performed with life-size puppets that resemble their masked manipulators. (This show may not be appropriate for young children.)

There is also a performance on Friday in San Francisco.

Book Discussion: Richard Dawkins: Brief Candle in the Dark, My Life in Science @ King Middle School
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert, the host of KPFA’s outstanding weekday show, UpFront.

KPFA benefit

“A century from now historians will take note of a mere handful of scientific luminaries from the second half of the 20th century who changed not just their science but their culture.  First among them will surely be Richard Dawkins, unquestionably one of the great minds of our time who is also an eloquent writer.” — Michael Shermer, Scientific American columnist

In Brief Candle in the Dark, Dawkins explores the halls of intellectual inquiry and stardom he encountered after the publication of The Selfish Gene; affectionately lampooning the world of academia, publishing, and television. Studding the pages with funny stories about the great men and women he’s known, Dawkins offers a candid look at the events and ideas that encouraged him to shift his attention to the intersection of culture, religion and science, culminating in that stunning blockbuster, The God Delusion, which was a huge factor in transforming him into the vibrant and controversial public intellectual he is today.

Among Dawkins’ other books are: An Appetite for Wonder, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale and The Greatest Show on Earth. He is a fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.

advance tickets: $20 (1 admission) , $40 (1 admission & one book), $50 (2 admissions & one book) Pre-paid books to be picked up at event. 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, S.F. – Modern Times.

Film: Bitter Lake @ Humanist Hall
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

By Adam Curtis

Bitter Lake, Adam Curtis’ aesthetically sublime and politically incisive new documentary, was commissioned for BBC’s iPlayer because it is presumably, as Russia Today writes, “too dangerous for television.” After consuming the film by way of a 21st-century samizdat, I can tell you that the propaganda arm of the Kremlin is correct on one score: Bitter Lake is politically dangerous for Western states, especially the US and UK. But it’s also an affront to Russia, and virtually every other state that has attempted to force strategic advantage in Saudia Arabia and Afghanistan. And it is, literally, too dangerous for television: Curtis was given access to years of footage of Afghanistan from the BBC archives. That includes every shot they refused to air on TV.

Film evenings begin with optional potluck refreshments & social hour at 6:30 pm,
followed by the film at 7:30 pm, followed by optional discussion after the film.

More info on the f ilm.

No New Alameda County “Mental Health” Jail Mobilization @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

After all of the pressure from the community, Sheriff Ahern will finally be presenting about his secret jail plan at the Public Protection meeting next Thursday.

We want you to join us and our allies as we flood the room to demand more answers to our questions: Will there be new jail beds? Why a mental health unit in the jail, instead of more services in the community? What better alternatives to incarceration could this money be spent on?

We hope to see you!

Stand with us and our allies as we voice our opposition to the Alameda County Sheriff’s secret plans to expand the jail, and demand that the Board of Supervisors increase transparency and community involvement in their decisions over our public safety realignment funds.

The Board of Supervisors needs to know that we are united, that we are powerful, and that we demand that things change. Please come out and support #JobsNotJails.

Public Hearing on Coal Exports Debrief. @ California Nurses Association
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dear Oakland Coal Fighters and Allies,

Thank you so much for attending the Public Hearing on Coal Exports on September 21st and/or sending in comments to the Oakland City Council on this issue. We are hosting a community debrief to get feedback about our organizing and talk about next steps of the campaign for a Coal Free Oakland.

What: Community debrief of the No Coal in Oakland campaign’s participation in the Oakland city council public hearing on September 21st.
Who: Anyone who attended the public hearing or is interested in helping us build the campaign for a Coal Free Oakland!
When: Thursday, October 8th 6-8pm
Where: California Nurses Association, 2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94612
**Dinner will be provided**
Please RSVP to by 5pm on Wednesday so we know how much food we need.�

Hope to see you there!
Hosted by the Sierra Club.

Film: They Were Promised the Sea @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“They Were Promised the Sea” is an Award-winning documentary by Kathy Wanza that tells the story of the 1960s exodus that virtually emptied Morocco of its Jewish population. A visually beautiful and musically rich film that explores loss and longing, it also exposes the political manipulation that resulted in the breaking up of communities that had been living together for 2,000 years.

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

Wheelchair accessible.

Bread and Puppet Theater: Performance of FIRE @ Internet Archive
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Bread and Puppet Theater: Performance of FIRE

For the first time in fourteen years, artist Peter Schumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater will tour the Bay Area, performing its original play, FIRE, which catapulted the company to international acclaim 50 years ago. Preceded by Fiddle Talk by founder, Peter Schumann


“Humans wage war against each other and their own mother: Nature.  Essentially war is the ferocious stupidity that insists on the application of brutality for problem solution, whether the brutality is directed at humans or mountaintops.  “FIRE” is a chapel against war, where you sit down to witness the effects of war while contemplating its opposite.” — Peter Schumann

In 1965, Schumann and his troupe presented FIRE, a hard-hitting piece about the Vietnam War, to critical acclaim at the Nancy Theater Festival in France. FIRE shows six days in a Vietnamese community, followed by a bombing raid and ending with a self-immolation. Dedicated to three Americans who immolated themselves in protest against the Vietnam War, FIRE is performed with life-size puppets that resemble their masked manipulators. ***May not be appropriate for young children***

This play may not be appropriate for young children.

6 p.m.  Wine Reception & “Cheap Art” sale
7 p.m.  Program & Performance of FIRE
Dedication of the Bread & Puppet Archive–150 hours of Bread and Puppet video in, available for streaming
Fiddle Talk by Bread & Puppet Founder, Peter Schumann
FIRE Performance
8:30 p.m.  Bread Reception and “Cheap Art” sale


Since 1974, Bread and Puppet has spun its magic from a farm in Glover, Vermont, with hundreds of apprentices guided by a philosophy of living and working within available means, making “cheap art” that is easily accessible to the people. This frugal ethos permeates Bread and Puppet’s aesthetic, inextricable from the paper-mache, burlap, twine and cardboard that literally hold the puppets and shows together.

Deep ecology and Pope Francis @ Sierra Club
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

We know the bad news. The climate is changing. But the good news is: Churches are becoming green. In the historic encyclical on climate change, Pope Francis calls for dialog, interfaith co-operation to heal the earth. His repudiation of globalization and market fundamentalism is unambiguous. “The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, that proves so attractive to economists, financiers, and experts in technology, is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods…”

Paul Rockwell, columnist for the Montclarion (Bay Area News Group), will deliver an address, followed by discussion on deep ecology and the implications of the Pope’s message. The “Green Friday” program takes place at the Sierra Club Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program runs from 7:30 to 9:30. Refreshments are served.

Members and non-members all welcome.


Freedom Film Festival @ Omni Commons
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Grand Opening – Uhuru Furniture Black Self Reliance Institution
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles will open up its new expanded space at its Grand Opening featuring refreshments, music, prizes and amazing deals on Saturday, October 10th from 10am to 6pm. A project of the African People’s Education & Defense Fund, the nonprofit’s president, Ona Zene Yeshitela will be presenting as well as Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the leader of the Uhuru Movement.

Greece: For Workers Struggle Against Capitalist Austerity! @ Berkeley Korean United Methodist Church (lower level)
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
What Created the Migrant Crisis? Open the Borders! Fight Back with International Solidarity! @ Workers World Oakland
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

– Judy Greenspan, Workers World Party, discuss the causes of the migrant/refugee crisis in the Middle East and Africa.
– Alice Dodge Loaiza, Marcha Patriótica – Capítulo California of Colombia, will talk about the peoples of Latin America who have been forced to flee their countries.

Whether through wars of destabilization or labor export programs, tens of millions are displaced from their home countries due to monopoly capitalism’s drive to control the markets, resources, territories, while extracting super-profits. Neoliberal economic policies and mercenary armies are unleashed on countries where imperialism has strategic interests, in order to undermine and overturn economic and political sovereignty.

As we mark the one year anniversary of the Ayotzinapa 43 students who challenged neoliberal economic policies being imposed in Mexico, while the images of 2-year old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach and an overloaded boat sinking off the coast of Libya captures the ongoing reality of refugees fleeing wars of destabilization in the Middle East and Africa due to US-backed mercenary armies seeking to overthrow regimes. Meanwhile the U.S. has seen another spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S., with 4600 apprehended at the U.S./Mexico border in August.

Sponsored by Workers World Party
Wheelchair accessible, refreshments provided

Iinterfaith prayer meeting, for survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland. @ Bahai Center
Oct 11 @ 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

Memorial: Remembering Eugene (Gino) Pepi
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gino Pepi was a member of the Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee.

Please join us celebrating the life of Eugene Pepi who passed on from a heart attack last week in his house in the Mission. Gino was born and raised in San Francisco. As a young man he became convinced of the need of an equal and just society, and dedicated his life to socialism and to the struggles of the working class internationally. He worked hard to enhance the living conditions of all Bay Area workers especially B.A.R.T workers, fought against racism and discrimination, defended immigrant workers and women’s rights, and participated in countless efforts to stop wars and environmental destruction. When Gino wasn’t fighting tirelessly for the rights of the oppressed, he would dive deep into his other passions, Zydeco dancing and Photography. Through dance and music Gino made a long lasting group of friends that shared his joy and paasion for the sounds of Louisiana. Gino enjoyed life to its fullest. He embraced all challenges with humor, honesty and with a strong sense of solidarity.

We will remember you Gino.
This city will remember you.
Your friends, family and comrades will always remember you.

There will be time for Speaking, Musical Performance,Dancing, and food.

Occupy Oakland 4th Anniversary Lunch and Party! @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 11 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Occupy Oakland GA

Sunday, October 11th, 12:30 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza.

Come remember the raising of tents at Oscar Grant Plaza on October 10, 2011, the date Occupy Oakland manifested itself to the world. This is a pot-luck, no one turned away chance to visit old friends and make new ones.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for four years. Currently we meet at Oscar Grant Plaza at 4:00 PM on Sundays (or at the Omni, in rain or severe cold). We report back on meetings and events staged by activist groups, some indirect descendants of Occupy committees such as Strike Debt Bay Area, Oakland Privacy Working Group and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly.  We cover events in the East Bay and San Francisco, announce future events, and engage in discussion on varied political, economic and radical topics. Everyone is welcome!

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: (
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (
Occupy Oakland Calendar (events):

Strike Debt Bay Area :
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:
Oakland Privacy Working Group:
Sunflower Alliance:
Occupy The Farm:
Alan Blueford Center for Justice:
Livable Wage Assembly
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Bay Area AntiRepression:
Biblioteca Popular
Bay Area Intifada:
Anti-Police Terror Project:
Transport Workers Solidarity:
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy)
Omni Collective: Sudo Room:
Interfaith Tent:

San Francisco based groups:
First They Came for the Homeless:
San Francisco Projection Department
Occupy Forum: Check the OO calendar on Mondays for seminars.