Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 22 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!


Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

APRIL 22: Berkeley Earth Day, Pizza & Bocce Fundraiser at Gio’s

Join the Ecology Center for TWO events on April 22nd.
From 10:00am – 6:00pm at the David Brower Center, join us for Berkeley Earth Day where Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, will be speaking about the history of Earth Day, its power and its future.
Berkeley Earth Day includes inspiring speakers, music, up-cycled crafts, bamboo bikes, great food and much more!
Learn more at

Join our staff from 5:00-10:00pm at Gio’s Pizza & Bocce for a fun night of drinks and food! Ecology Center will get to keep a percentage of all sales.  At 8:30pm we will have a raffle with lots of great prizes!
Kalin Freeman will be serenading on his Alto Sax. This free event is all ages, bring the family and bring your friends!

Earth Day at the David Brower Center @ David Brower Center
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Berkeley Earth Day brings the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate a shared vision for a sustainable future. A festival including music, food, and “eco-friendly products,” it will also include reports from the front lines of the struggle for a sustainable climate, including:

  • PANEL: Youth on the Front Lines of Environmental Advocacy, including Our Childern’s Trust (the kids suing the federal government for failing to protect them from climate catastrophe) and local youth who are organizing and speaking out about the critical environmental issues of our time,
  • Hope Bohanec, animal rights activist
  • Martin Borque, executive director of the Ecology Center
  • Lauren Ornelas, executive director of the Food Empowerment Project, which works for justice and sustainability in the food system
  • Sailesh Rao, executive director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated to healing the Earth’s climate.
  • Jennifer Molidor, activist against industrial animal agriculture

The event will also include the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. an annual showing of environmental films aiming to inspire activism.

The event is free but tickets ($0 – $15) are required for the film festival. Tickets and details on the films available here



How YOU Can Help Get Rid of All* Nuclear Weapons @ Fellowship Hall
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

*not “some,” not “theirs,” but every single one

FREE Workshop with NuclearBan.US co-founders Timmon Wallis, PhD and Vicki Elson, MA.
Celebrating two huge victories for the world:
1. The new UN Treaty banning nuclear weapons, signed by 122 nations!
2. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, for achieving the “impossible!”

Come learn how, together, we will compel divestment, legislation, and enforcement, even though the US government hasn’t signed on yet.

Presented by the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee with NuclearBan.US Join the campaign:www.NuclearBan.US

Co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom East Bay Branch and Code Pink Golden Gate

Refreshments! Free! (donations requested) Wheelchair access

Renters Rising 2018 @ California State Capitol
Apr 23 all-day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 02:00 PM through April 23, 2018

  • Sunday, April 22, 2–8 p.m.: Workshops, spokesperson training, sign and banner making and social hour! Lodging and dinner provided!
  • Monday, April 23, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: March and rally to the capitol, visits to state legislators, and an action! Breakfast and lunch provided!

Join the Housing Now! coalition in Sacramento, April 22–23, to make Sacramento and the state capitol shake with the voices of renters and other housing advocates demanding justice.

Renters Rising 2018 will be a day and a half of workshops and trainings, solidarity, a rally on the steps of the Capitol, and lobbying of our state decision-makers.

This year, we have an opportunity to finally repeal the state law that is standing in the way of strong rent control laws. In addition, there are state bills to increase tenant protections, preserve existing affordable housing, and create more affordable housing. Our voices must be heard.

Reserve your space for $20, and transit to the capitol, lodging, and all meals are provided!


Rising Tides, Rising Voices, @ Anna Head Alumni Hall
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This panel discussion on climate justice looks at the uneven racial and economic distribution of both environmental degradation and environmental benefits.   Come hear a lively conversation about these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those most marginalized.  The intersection of environmental and social justice must be put at the forefront of our environmental movement.

Panelists include Jessica Tovar from Local Clean Energy Alliance, Alvaro Sanchez from the Greenlining Institute, Rachel Morello-Frosch from UC Berkeley, and Esther Goolsby from the Communities for a Better Environment.

Sponsored by the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC).

FREE admission Brown paper Tickets RSVP.
Facebook here.

Refreshments will be provided!

ADA Accessible

Community and Teacher March for a Fair Contract @ Lake Merritt Amphtheater
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Unite for Oakland Kids!!!

We are negotiating to prioritize STUDENT LEARNING over wasteful bloat in OUSD.

Oakland Teachers need a FAIR CONTRACT NOW. We are demanding SMALLER CLASS SIZE and FAIR COMPENSATION and the District has disrespected us over and over by offering us almost nothing.

On April 24th, we will show the District that Students, Families and Teachers are UNITED behind PUTTING STUDENTS AT THE CENTER! In order to provide the highest quality education, we need SMALLER CLASS SIZE and CASE LOADS! In order to have teachers stay in Oakland, we need FAIR COMPENSATION!

Teachers and Families have mobilized in West Virginia and Oklahoma! This is our turn, come out on April 24th!


Youth Spirit Artworks – Tiny Homes Proposal. Berkeley City Council. @ Berkeley City Council, Old City Hall
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Youth Spirit Artwork’s Tiny House Village project will be considered for very important permit & fee waivers, as well as other project benefits, by the Berkeley City Council. Our youth and project team are asking that as many of our supporters as possible attend this important Council meeting and speak on behalf of our item.
The proposal is sponsored by Council Members Ben Bartlett and Cheryl Davila and is being amended with input from the Mayor and City Manager. We will pass out the most up to date version of this proposal at the meeting, along with signs for everyone to hold.

Malcolm Margolin to speak on Lessons from the Ohlone Way @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Apr 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers present Malcolm Margolin, author, publisher, and cultural bridge-builder, to speak on  Becoming Fully Human: Lessons From The Ohlone Way  in honor of Earth Day. Margolin is founder and  former executive director of Heyday Press, an independent nonprofit  publisher and cultural institution based in Berkeley, CA. His 1974 book,  The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area  was named by the SF Chronicle as one of the hundred most important
books of the twentieth century by a western writer.

He will share his experiences from his four-decades of involvement
with the Native communities of California. They reshaped his view of the world
and the East Bay. “The battle for a healthy, diverse, and abundant world is
first won or lost in the human imagination.”  Under his guidance, Heyday launched
News from Native California in 1987, a quarterly magazine devoted to the history
and ongoing cultural concerns of California Indians, and Bay Nature, in 2001 on
the natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

After retiring from Heyday, he founded the California Institute for Community,
Art, and Nature
( in 2017 to expand upon the work that
he began more than forty years ago. Friends of the California Institute for Community,
Art, and Nature, and the Alliance for Landless Peoples will join us on April 25th.

All ages are welcome – Wheelchair Accessible

Divest San Francisco – Rally & March to City Hall @ Bank of America
Apr 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us as we rally in front of Bank of America and march to San Francisco City Hall to demand the SF Board of Supervisors, SF Mayor, and SF Treasurer divest its 10+ billion dollar cash flow from Wall Street banks and create a People’s Bank that will operate with principles of equity, social, racial, economic and environmental justice.

April 25th is the day of Bank of America’s shareholder meeting and it is also one of the main banks that manages San Francisco taxpayer money. Bank of America currently invests in the Dakota Access Pipeline, fossil fuels, gun manufacturers, private prisons, the military industrial complex, and predatory loans that drive low-income people out of their homes.

It is clear that Bank of America is run to make money for wealthy shareholders and not the benefit of those living in San Francisco. The time is now to end our toxic relationship and to finally break up.

We call on everyone to come and say that Bank of America’s time is up and that City officials needs to move as quickly as possible to create a peoples bank now!

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS! More details to come and if you would like to get involved please email*

#DivestSF #SFPublicBankNow #defundDAPL #occupyWallStreet

Tech Profiling, Policing And Disruption of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ @ 117 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Free & Open to the Public / ADA Accessible

A Conversation and Strategy Session with:
-Lara Kiswani, Executive Director, Arab Resource Organizing Center
-Christina Sinha, National Security and Civil Rights Program Co-Leader, Asian Law Caucus,
-Cat Brooks, Executive Director, Justice Teams Network & Co-Founder Anti-Police Terror Project
-Stephanie Lacambra, Attorney and Legal Analyst with Electronic Frontier Foundation
-Juan Prieto, Immigrant Rights Organizer / Statewide Communications Strategist, CIYJA
-facilitated by Leslie Dreyer, organizer with Housing Rights Committee and Artist in Residence with the UC ACES Program

Technologies coming out of the Bay Area are being used to surveil, profile, police and even deport vulnerable residents in our so-called Sanctuary Cities. Platforms claiming to promote democracy have corrupted it and recentralized power, while silencing dissent of targeted communities. Social media, license plate readers, facial recognition and AI are aiding local police, ICE, the Pentagon and beyond, and the most terrifying and distopian applications yet to be approved for use by our government get shipped abroad impacting the privacy and lives of international communities.

Combining analysis by legal experts and on-the-ground organizers, we’ll explore the following questions: What cross-movement strategies can we employ to keep undocumented folks and targeted communities safe? How can we pressure politicians who advance policies that threaten vulnerable residents, including immigrants of color, to work toward those that bring about real sanctuary? And how can we leverage our proximity to Bay Area-based tech surveillance behemoths to demand justice for those most impacted locally and abroad?

*Cosponsored by UC Berkeley’s American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program, Housing Rights Committee of SF,
Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Arts and Design Initiative

Intro to SURJ Meeting with Guest Speaker Sandra Johnson @ Sierra Club offices
Apr 25 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. SURJ moves white people to act for justice, with passion and accountability, as part of a multi-racial majority.
Featured Speaker: Sandra Johnson a Community Organizer for All of Us or None, a grassroots civil rights organization fighting for the rights of formerly- and currently-incarcerated people and their families, and a project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

Parking and Transportation:
The closest BART station is 19th Street BART and the Sierra Club is 4 blocks from BART. If you come by Bart, head north on Broadway and then east (right) on 21st Street and left on Webster to the Building entrance. There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive by 6:45 to check-in and get settled so we can begin promptly at 7 pm.

Bail Reform Film Screening & Discussion @ Laurel Books, off Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Pack the Police Commission: Demand Accountability @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

From its inception, the Oakland Police Commission has been incredibly problematic. One of the most egregious elements is that it allows the Mayor to directly appoint three people to the commission with no vetting.

NOW – the Commission is dragging its feet to comply with community demands that the Chair of the commission, Thomas Lloyd Smith, who was directly appointed by Libby Schaaf, undergo an investigative process related to inappropriate actions he has taken as the Chair:

– On March 11, the night of the most recent police shooting in Oakland, Mr. Smith showed complete disregard for the community by getting on the media and parroting the police narrative of that shooting without any investigation having happened.

– Mr. Smith was not supposed to be at the scene in the first place. His mere presence at the scene violated the very procedures he was trained in and prevents him from later engaging in disciplinary procedures.

– Mr. Smith falsely claimed that the meetings needed to move from Wednesday to Thursday’s because that was the only day KTOP could broadcast in an effort to exclude a member of the commission who has been publicly critical of his behavior.

– There are multiple concerns about the actions of Mr. Smith, both on the dais and behind the scenes. These have been brought to him both from the community in public forum and privately, and as well have been expressed to him by several commissioners- mostly women. He remains unwilling to acknowledge or respond to these concerns.

Not only has his actions demonstrated a necessity for careful scrutiny of the behaviors of commissioners, but before this commission was even formed we knew it was compromised by the placement of Mayoral appointees without a clear transparent process for the skills, and characteristics of who the mayor would send to be on this commission. We knew this before the commission even began, but as a Mayoral appointee, he has simply proven our point.

We continue to maintain that all commissioners should be appointed by the community to represent the community, and should be always evaluated by and held accountable by the community. You cannot replicate the systems of oppression that exist within the police department by hiding facts, being dishonest and avoiding accountability.

Join APTP to demand an investigative process for Mr. Smith to be accountable for his actions.

Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference @ Omni Commons, Day 1, CIIS Day 2
Apr 28 all-day
ROAR aka Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference is a two day event, organized by a group of anti-racist organizers, that will be held on Ohlone Territory (Bay Area).

ROAR will be a space to gather, build, and learn from each other’s struggles and continue to build an anti-racist front in the Bay Area and beyond. During these times more and more attention is being paid to those of us who use direct action and hold liberatory and revolutionary politics. We can use this moment not only to inspire others through our actions, but to also inspire with our ideas. To draw a line not just against this or that politician, or this or that alt-right figure, but to construct revolutionary positions such as returning land to the indigenous, centering black folks and their perspectives, community self defense, taking care of one another, putting women and gender non conforming people to the front, obliterating borders, opening prison doors, and gaining our freedom from the state, capitalism, and all the other damning institutions.

Themes and topics that will be covered at the conference include but are not limited to:
Anti-Facism Movement
Anti-Patriarchy, Transphobia + Homophobia
Anti-Racism in Education
Black + Brown Resistance
Black Liberation/Black Power
Community self-defense
Crisis Relief Alternative Models/Disaster Solidarity
History Lessons from Movements past
Indigenous Struggles

Intersections of racism and disability
Muslim struggles  
Political Prisoners
Prison Abolitionist
Radical Self-Care
Undocumented + Immigrant struggles
​Youth Liberation
Queer Liberation & Legacy
SF Bay Area Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare @ Pacific School of Religion Chapel
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided. Please register here (scroll down).

Presenters include:

Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Cohn, the former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney, is a legal scholar, political analyst, and social critic, who is also editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

Lisa Hajja, professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Global and International Studies, and Middle East Studies, is a contributor to Life in the Age of Drone Warfare.  Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, military courts and occupations, human rights and international law, and torture and targeted killing.

Lisa Ling, a former technical sergeant in? the U.S. Air Force, is featured in the heralded documentary National Bird, which, according to The Washington Post, is “artful, profoundly unsettling.” In an article for The Guardian (, Ling noted how little the public knew about the U.S. drone program and its consequences.

A film produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for use in congregations will be screened along with a half-hour version of National Bird

Issues addressed include:

Why is the faith community concerned about drone warfare?

What is the effect of drone warfare on drone operators?

Co-sponsored by Pacific School of Religion and the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare


Show your Love with Life-Saving Skills: Narcan Training @ Oakland Public Library
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

You may be aware that there is a rise in overdoses due to fentanyl (fueled by the War on Drugs). Narcan (naloxone) administration is one successful method to reverse overdose. Walgreens and CVS have recently been authorized to sell Narcan over the counter, and we would like to share this life-saving information. This training will teach you how to administer naloxone to someone who has overdosed. Please join us in building tangible skills for preparedness and increasing mutual care in our communities.

Health Care forum @ Residence Halls, Unit 1
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

2018 will be the year California gives serious attention to legislation, that provides a real path to Universal Healthcare in the State.  If you’ve ever wondered about the intricacies of  our current healthcare system, and the historic progress in California under the ACA; or policy options that can successfully move California toward  Universal Healthcare, then you’ll want to attend the IB Healthcare Team’s Forum coming up on Saturday, April 28th from 11 to 3, in Berkeley (lunch provided). Save the Date!

The forum will feature two expert speakers from UC Berkeley;  Robin Flagg, PhD, MPH, and Ken Jacobs,Chair, Center for labor Research and Education.You’ll come away from this informative session with a greater understanding of how the system works, proposed policy changes, and possible directions for action.  Please save the date, Sunday April 28th. This event is free.

For additional details on the forum, please contact Steve Lehman at:

Speaker Bios:

Robin Flagg, PhD, MPH, is a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and at the Haas School of Business. Her research interests include: State health care politics, expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and health care and the aging population. Flagg is a recipient of the School of Public Health’s Committee on Teaching Excellence Award.

Ken Jacobs is the chair of the Labor Center, where he has been a labor specialist since 2002. His areas of specialization include low-wage work, labor standards policies, and health care coverage. Jacobs leads a multi-campus program providing research and technical assistance to consumer stakeholders and policy makers on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, and measures to cover the remaining uninsured in California. Along with colleagues at UC Berkeley and UCLA, he is consulting for Covered California on issues related to ACA implementation. During 2017-18 he has served as a panelist at informational hearings of the California Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage. His work has been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and National Public Radio.

Uhuru Health Festival @ Akwaaba Hall
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

sm_2018healthfair_1.jpg This family-friendly festival is free to all and will offer free health screenings, interactive fitness workshops, live music, free healthy lunches, garden workshops, free children’s face painting and activities, vendors, info on alternative health options and more.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Family, Fitness, Freedom! Putting the Power of African Health in African Hands!” The festival will include presentations and workshops from organizations including the Black Nurses Association, the East Bay Boxing Association, East Bay Chiropractic, Family Education Resource Center, Fresh Approach and the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority.

Ona Zene Yeshitela, coordinator of Uhuru Health Fairs & Festivals nationally, asserted that
“The dire state of health faced by African families in Oakland is well known and well documented.” Reports by the Alameda County Department of Health show grave disparities in life expectancy, maternal health, infant mortality, chronic disease, medical care access and overall health and well being. Some of these statistics include:

A person of African descent born in East or West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a white person born in the Oakland hills.
The rates of Asthma for African-American children is 2.5 times higher than the overall rate in the county.
Diabetes in Alameda County is at 13% for African-Americans compared to 5% for caucasians.
High blood pressure is 48% for African-Americans, 28% for caucasians.

According to Yeshitela, the long term goal of the health festivals is African self-reliance. The Uhuru Health Festival is harnessing the vast resources of the Bay Area, putting these crucially needed resources in the hands of our under resourced African community. And we are inviting people from all walks of life to participate and contribute.

To get volunteer or support the Uhuru Health Festival and for more information, contact 510-763-3342 ext. x5 or email oakland [at]

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund is a national 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to defend the civil and human rights of the African community. APEDF builds programs and institutions that are addressing the grave disparities faced by the African community in health, healthcare, education and economic development.

Black Star Industries is building economic development and commerce for and between African people worldwide.

Free Mumia Rally @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm