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!

“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.

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
PROTEST PARTY BY THE LAKE: It’s No Longer Possible to Have Fun in Oakland @ Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Btwn 12th St. & 1st Ave
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We have probably all seen the sign on Lakeshore advising us that barbecues, amplified music, beer, and fun in general are no longer allowed in the parks around the lake without a permit from the city.

Now the City has decided that musical instruments are also not allowed without prior acquisition of a permit.

What this means is that our public spaces are only truly accessible to those with the resources to procure permission to use them. What this also means is that Oakland residents who have used these community spaces as a shared yard, celebrating birthdays, weddings, graduations, and everything else in the heart of our beautiful city, can no longer continue to do so.

There is no doubt that these changes come as an attempt to make Oakland less hospitable to those who have lived here for years, and more welcoming to newcomers seeking to significantly alter the culture and landscape of the city. There is also no doubt that these regulations will be selectively enforced by the racist, classist Oakland Police Department and City Government.

It is time for our community to rise up and demand that our public spaces remain accessible for use by ALL of us.

In the interest of sending a loud and clear message, please bring your instruments, your grills, your stereos, your children, your dogs, your coolers full of beer, and your love for Oakland to the Lake Merritt Ampitheater Let’s celebrate Oakland’s history of resistance against state repression, and continue our city’s rich tradition of holding each other up in the face of adversity.

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.

After Federal Oversight of Oakland Police ends, Then What? @ Allen Temple Baptist Church
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please register by going to:

A facilitated discussion of the challenges in ensuring that the hard-fought for police reforms mandated by the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) are sustained after the Federal Order and monitoring have ended. There will be opportunities for Q & A after the formal presentations.

Facilitator: Deacon Reggie Lyles, former Berkeley Police Captain and Novato Police Captain, former Public Safety Advisor to Mayor Jean Quan.

Panelists: civil rights attorney Jim Chanin, Cat Brooks, co-founder of ONYX and APTP (Anti-Police Terror Project), Pastor Michael McBride, Director of PICO Network’s Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign , and Dr. Joe Marshall, founder of the Omega Boys Club and 11 year member of the San Francisco Police Commission.

*Light refreshments will be provided between 1:30 and 2:00
Free Admission but donations will be accepted.

Open Circle @ Omni Commons
Oct 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Open Circle @ Omni Commons | Oakland | California | United States

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:

GREEN SUNDAYS: “The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Business as Usual or Revolt of the Masses?” @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Oct 11 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Larry Shoup will speak and lead a discussion on:

“The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Business as Usual or Revolt of the Masses?”

larry_shoupThe normal pattern for presidential campaigns is that each of the two main political parties have at least one candidate backed by plutocratic wealth, as measured by their campaign funding, advisers from the Council on Foreign Relations and coverage from the most powerful media. Given their advantages, the plutocratic supported candidates usually soon outdistance their competition, then one of them wins the November election and implements policies which increase the wealth and power of the already too wealthy and too powerful capitalists against the interests of the larger population.

The 2016 presidential campaign has elements of the normal pattern in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, both well connected to the plutocracy. But the presence in the mainstream party race and level of support given to non-plutocratic candidates like Trump and Sanders indicates that this time something different is going on, a kind of revolt of the masses. At this Green Sunday we will explore this developing situation and assess the prospects for a Green Party breakthrough in 2016.

Larry Shoup was the Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State in 2002. He is the author of five books, including Wall Street’s Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics (Monthly Review Press 2015).


SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 7 pm.  Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. Please visit our website 

Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come learn about continuing developments in the battle save the Berkeley Post Office, other Post Offices in the area, and the Postal Service from privatization, support our Occupiers and help us plan our next steps in opposition to the theft of our public commons.

The postal service wanted to sell the post office to Hudson-Mcdonald, a local developer. The City of Berkeley sued the post office to stop the sale. Hudson-Mcdonald backed out of the deal in early December.

Federal Judge William Alsup decided to dismiss the lawsuit in April because the Postal Service says it is not currently selling the building.  But we’re not fooled. The Postal Service could “find” a buyer at any moment. Fortunately, the Judge ordered the Postal Service to provide 42 days notice before any sale, so that the lawsuit could be refiled.

Check out the Community Garden at the Post Office.

In the latest developments, Berkeley has Declared War on Its Homeless, and an ordinance criminalizing the homeless came before the City Council on June 30th (see here and here) but was tabled until at least September.

Also check out our website and the Save the Berkeley Post Office website, and First they Came for the Homeless Facebook for updates.

BPOD is an offshoot of Strike Debt Bay Area, which itself is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and a chapter of the national Strike Debt movement, which is an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.