Court Support for Leeloo! @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Dept 104
Jun 30 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Leeloo is an artist and musician living with mental illness. She is also a trans woman of color.

Leeloo had a crisis situation that was mishandled by John George Hospital, resulting in an irresponsible discharge that left her on the streets of San Leandro without a phone, glasses, or money. As a result, she allegedly acted out of her own self preservation and as a result is jailed in ‘protective custody’ at Santa Rita.

We are fighting for her to get her case seen in Behavioral Health Court. Please come out and show support for Leeloo! We will be wearing all black in solidarity with Leeloo.

The more community that can show up for her proves to the DA that she is an excellent candidate for this ‘diversionary’ legal process.

*The event is listed at 9:30am on Thursday. There’s likely to be some waiting around, folks are welcome to continue arriving any time before 11am.

Stand With Us Against Eviction: Stand With Us At City Hall
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Like thousands of other Oakland residents, our family was evicted by a slumlord after we reported
him to the City. After 6 months of living out of our car, searching three counties for housing or even
shelter services with no help in sight, we have decided to take our struggle directly to City Hall. Since
we cannot find shelter, we will take shelter in this public building until our city officials provide relief
for us and the thousands of other families who have been displaced.
Stand with us at Oakland City Hall (14th & Broadway) this Thursday (June 30th) at noon.

If you have nowhere to stay,
stay with us at City Hall Thursday night.
Hot meals will be provided.
#HousingIsAHumanRight #StopStayExpand

More info (PDF):


Stop the New Alameda County Jail @ Ella Baker Center Offices, suite 1125
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Sheriff wants to build a new $55 million jail expansion at Santa Rita for treating mentally ill inmate.  It needs to be stopped in its tracks and the money redirected to mental health treatment outside of jail.

Justice for Mario Woods Coalition
Jun 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The demand for justice is happening and needs you!

Fundraiser for Survivors of Mission Fire on Mission St & 29th @ El Rio
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A fundraiser for survivors of the fire that burned down the homes of 58 people on Mission and 29th.

Door fee will be $10 USD (but no one turned away). We’ll also do a raffle (please message if you have suggestions for raffle prizes). El Rio are kindly donating all bar proceeds from 8-12 to the fund.

All proceeds will go directly to the familes and will be matched 1-1 by a corporate sponsor. The Mission Economic Development Agency will process all donations and won’t be charging a fee.

Celebration of Food Worker Resistance @ Calavera Restaurant
Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join ex-Calavera restaurant workers and the Bay Area Restaurant Worker’s Movement (BARWM) for a rally, community meal and celebration of resistance across the food system!

On July 1st, BARWM will be scaling up our #BoycottCalavera campaign, giving voice to ex-Calavera employees fighting wage theft! We’ll be serving up delicious, free tamales made with love from Tamales La Oaxaqueña! Come hungry, and help us turn away customers with our irresistible community meal. We will host a rally with ex-Calavera employees, community organizers and other food workers sharing stories of resistance and celebrating our many struggles together. And there will be music!

As part of this next phase, BARWM seeks to deepen our relationships with food, economic and racial justice groups organizing across the Bay. We believe in a food chain solidarity that transcends borders and industries, to heal our rotten food system while fighting for justice on the job.

Join us as we launch our official #BoycottCalavera endorsement letter with a celebration of food and music as we continue to educate Oakland residents about the labor exploitation and injustices that have been going on in our very own city.

More information on the campaign & the BARWM:

SF Mime Troupe: Schooled @ Cedar Rose Park
Jul 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe opens in Berkeley July 2 & 3, then San Francisco July 4 with its 57th season premiering “Schooled


Education. It’s like the weather: everyone has an opinion but nobody does anything about it. That’s how Livina Jones feels about her son Tom’s new school, Eleanor Roosevelt High. With it’s old textbooks, crumbling classrooms, and racist treatment of kids just like hers Livina believes Roosevelt is exactly the sort of school that can benefit from a little free-market common sense. The nanny-state government has failed to see students as individuals, and failed to give them the real-world skills they’ll need to get ahead. So who says it isn’t time for some big money, for-profit schooling?

Edith Orocuru, for one. She’s the long serving history/civics/American government/basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt, and she’s willing to fight for her version of education as long as her reconstructed hips will allow. But is she fighting for a system that can be fixed, or is she just too blind by her past to see how times have left her and her school behind? And when an efficiency expert, Mr. Babbit, is assigned to improve her class is it a sign that Edith is behind the times, or a sign of something more sinister? And with privatization on the line, and a Wall Street heavy hitter lined up to fold the entire district into his conglomerate, suddenly the next School Board election is more about a hidden agenda than the open curriculum. And when did the hall monitors start wearing brown shirts and arm bands?


Dogtown Redemption, with post-film discussion @ New Parkway Theater
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Dogtown Redemption, with post-film discussion

A surprising number of Americans make their living off America’s vast rivers of trash. They are America’s unseen. DOGTOWN REDEMPTION tells the story of one river, and the humanity of its inhabitants in Dogtown, West Oakland, a lively, bustling yet invisible corner of California.

We follow the lives of three recyclers: Jason Witt, the titan of recycling, Landon Goodwin, a former minister, who struggles with his own fall from grace, and Miss Hayok Kay, the ultimate outsider, formerly a punk rocker from a prominent Korean family, now at the mercy of the elements and predators. Through them, we are introduced to the art, science, economics and politics of recycling: what it offers, how it touches the poor and why it matters to all of us.


(95 Minutes)

Occupation – Liberty City 2 We’re Back! @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Yes we are going back to demand our right to rest, housing we can afford, ending 647e. Donations always needed tents, blankets,food, propane stove and housewares.Cash is always welcome so we can buy the survival stuff we realy need. Got big furniture you don’t need? Drop it off especially that big ratty sofa the dog sleeps on. Sorry Fido homeless people need it more then you do.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jul 3 @ 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 Meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 3 @ 6:00 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!

Renters Coalition March
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Calling all renters to march with ARC in the Alameda 4th of July Parade ! The city has seen some of us on the streets gathering signatures, now let Alameda see MORE of us to show the city how important the issue of rent stabilization is and how many people it impacts.

We’re calling on individuals, families, students, faith groups, and other sympathetic groups to join in.  Kids on bikes, trikes, in wagons, and in strollers welcome and wanted.  Dogs, too – great way to take your dog for a walk !

The parade starts at 10 am on July 4. Line-up starts as early as 8 am.  The parade route is 3 miles long but you don’t have to walk the entire route.

We will send you more information after June 29 with our parade line-up number and exact instructions on how to get in the line-up.

Let’s show the city that the ALAMEDA RENTERS COALITION is a important part of Alameda and here to stay. COME MARCH WITH US !”

March for the Robin Hood Tax @ Lake Merritt
Jul 4 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland City Council: Renters Protections @ Oakland City Hall, 3rd floor
Jul 5 @ 6:30 pm – 11:45 pm

The Committee to Protect Oakland Renters urges the Community and Economic Development Committee to reject the Council Member Kalb’s Ordinance Amending Chapter 8.22, Article I (Rent Adjustment).

Renters in Oakland are being squeezed now, and they cannot wait years for renter protections to be implemented. This ordinance just “kicks the can down the road”, protections for a huge number of renters would not even start until 2018. That means 24,000 additional tenants could be forced out of Oakland before these protections become effective.

The moratorium on rent increases ends on July 5th. But no steps have been taken to address the housing crisis. It is time to act on real reforms. Not halfway measures that won’t be implemented for years.

This is not an organizing effort, this is about passing the strongest protections possible for Oakland renters. While we believe the current council has the best interests of tenants in mind, this might not always be the case. This is why the Committee To Protect Oakland Renters strongly believes new regulations protecting renters must go to the voters.

We are asking the Oakland City Council to support the Protect Oakland Renters Act, introduced by Council Member Kaplan that will be on the City Council Agenda on July 5th.

Come out and let your voice be heard by your elected representatives on July 5th. Join us in the fight to protect the soul of Oakland.

Committee to Protect Oakland Renters

This article in the East Bay Express by Darwin BondGraham highlights some of the challenges we’ve faced in this process.Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

How to Win an Alameda County Fracking Ban @ Food and Water Watch
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Come join members of Alameda County Against Fracking at a planning meeting to gear up for the July 19th Alameda County Board of Supervisors hearing on the proposed fracking ban.

It’s taken two years of negotiations to have gotten this far.  The final vote is near and although we’re definitely optimistic, we know it’s too early to relax.  Over the past few months we’ve seen the oil industry throw up delay after delay and threaten to gut the ban entirely, so we have to be ready for whatever they throw our way.  Please join us at our next campaign meeting to prepare for the coming showdown.

Refreshments served; feel free to bring some to share.

RSVP on Facebook.

Meditation Happy Hour @ Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for free weekly meditation happy hour on Wednesdays, co-hosted by the Art of Living Eastbay Berkeley/Oakland.

We will teach simple and easy guided meditation and breathing techniques to let go of stress and trauma, let your hair down, and celebrate!

We believe that love is the universal language. We also believe that love is the universal cure to heal what ails societies worldwide. These meditation happy hours are our love offering to the community and are the result of a beautiful new & evolving partnership w/The Art of Living facilitated by Neelam Patil…& the universe ♥

Laborfest: Film: The Hand That Feeds @ Berkeley City College Auditorium
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Hand That Feeds (88 min.) (2014) Directed by: Rachel Lears & Robin Blotnick

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. Discussion to follow. Sponsored by Global Studies Program.
Won: Best Documentary at Birmingham Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2014
Nominated: Grey Gund Memorial Standing Up Award 2015
Won: Audience Award at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014
Won: Audience Award at DOC NYC 2014
Nominated: Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at DOC NYC 2014

See also

The Box: A Play about Solitary Confinement by Sarah Shourd
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Directed by Michael John Garcés
Written by Sarah Shourd

In 2009, journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd was living in the Middle East when she went on a hike with her fiancée and a friend. Little did she know it, but her life would never be the same. While pursuing what they were told were fantastic views over a nearby ridge, they suddenly found themselves surrounded by Iranian soldiers. After being accused of spying for the U.S., she would spend the next 410 days in solitary confinement as a political prisoner.

The Box is Shourd’s new play ignited by that experience. Based on a deeply researched journalistic investigation, it is a piece of transformational theater that asks us to re-examine long-held notions of punishment as it reveals the tragic—and sometimes painfully comic and absurd—realities that dictate life “inside the box.” With a plot that illuminates the innate resilience of the human spirit, The Box tracks its characters as they make their journeys against all odds: from racist to revolutionary, from tough-guy to suicide victim, from guru/teacher to frightened, lost soul, and from father to friend.

By turns entertaining and unsettling, The Box is a rare glimpse into the deep end of our prison system, the intimate bonds forged between modern-day heroes the ripple effects of systematic torture, and what it means to be human.

It is a play that asks: What happens when you have nothing left to lose?

Previews 7/6 and 7/7
Opening Night 7/8
All Wednesday Night Shows are followed by a panel discussion

Plastic-Free Solutions Salon: Short Films & Discussion with Beth Terry @ BeBerkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Jul 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Led by plastic-free activist and author Beth Terry, Ecology Center, Transition Berkeley, and the BFUU Social Justice Committee present an evening of short films and plastic-free ideas to inspire your zero waste efforts!
Join us to view an assortment of short films about plastic pollution and consumption, share our triumphs and challenges around reducing plastic waste, and explore some fun, DIY solutions to replace common plastic household goods. Copies of Beth Terry’s book Plastic Free will be available for purchase and signing. Come at 6:30 for conversation and snacks!

For more info: info [at]

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, the Ecology Center, and BFUU’s Social Justice Ctee.

Richmond Progressive Alliance Mtg @ New Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

RPA Membership Meeting, Warming Up the House!

The Bobby Bowens Progressive Center has a new home in Civic Center! Come see the new digs and think about how to use our space for social justice and community enrichment. Get in sync with the campaign agenda as the efforts for Ben Choi and rent control lift off for November. Meet friends, share food as part of the potluck. We will treat this quarterly meeting as a more casual time to dialogue as members and prepare for the fall.

As always, members can join or renew at the meeting, and all RPA supporters are welcomed, too.

Those interested and able to stay after 5 are invited to continue conversation with food, beverages –and perhaps music– in celebration of our interdependence and our new home.