“The 4th of the Lie” a Conversation about Independence @ Qilombo
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Fredrick Douglass once asked “to what to the slave is the 4th of July?” This question is more relevant now than ever. With the rise of white supremacist terrorist attacks on New Afrikan people it is clear that the u.s. government is unwilling to defend the most basic Human Rights of it’s so called “citizens”. Black and Brown people’s can no longer be governed by a system designed to exploit and exterminate us, it’s time we governed our selves.

This will be a discussion about the importance of Independence and Self-Determination for colonized peoples and the contradiction of the so called Independence of the united snakkkes on the 4th of july aka “the 4th of the lie.”

Guest Speakers:
Russell Shoatz III, son of Black Liberation Army Political Prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz.

Shaka At-thinnin, Founder of Black August Organizing Commitee B.A.O.C.

The discussion will be followed by dinner and a political Hip Hop performance by local artists.

OO GA CANCELLED THIS WEEK @ Cancelled this week
Jul 5 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm

With a lot of people out of  town, the OO GA is cancelled this week. Please ignore the subsequent listing.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly (CANCELLED!!) @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Jul 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets Sundays at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheatre at 14th Street & Broadway, often on 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

OO General AOccupy Oakland GAssembly has met on a continuous basis for more than three 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: (
Occupy Oakland Kitchen 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:

Laborfest: David Rovics: “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.” @ ILWU Local 34 Hall
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night”
Join LaborFest on The 100th Anniversary Concert on Death of Joe Hill
with David Rovics

In 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah, IWW union organizer and labor troubadour Joe Hill was murdered by a firing squad. The effort to silence him failed and he has become one of the most famous labor organizers and musicians in the world.

It is a sick irony that Utah this year has reinstituted the firing squad for executions! Over 2 million mostly Black and Latino workers are in prison today in the United States and in California, more money is spent on the prison industry than on education.

Joe’s struggle for union and labor rights is as relevant today as it was in 1915. Millions of workers would like to have unions but are intimidated and bullied by companies like Walmart and Macdonald’s to fire workers who speak up. Walmart this year closed five stores including one in Pico Rivera, California for supposed “plumbing problems” which were really threats of union organizing.
Although this Walmart’s act is illegal, the corporations who run America and the world flagrantly ignore the laws and protections workers are supposed to have in this country.

Over 10,000 workers are fired every year in this country for union organizing and these are only the workers that have pursued NLRB lawsuits. Joe Hill saw the struggle of workers and union rights as the most important struggle in his life, and he paid for it with his life.

LaborFest will honor the 100th anniversary of his death with a concert with labor troubadour David Rovics. Throughout the year, Rovics has been traveling in Europe in a series of concerts to commemorate the life and struggles of Joe Hill. Rovics has performed throughout the world. His hard hitting songs for workers and human rights are powerful and moving. Also performing at  the commemoration will be Carol Denney and Marcus Duskin.
Parking space available at the union hall parking lot. The entrance is at the corner of King St. and 2nd, right next to the AT&T Ball Park.

Stop Oil Trains in San Leandro @ Downtown San Leandro BART Station
Jul 6 @ 6:00 am – 7:30 am

Join us to stop oil trains in San Leandro and beyond!

On July 6, 2013, an oil train exploded in Lac Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people. Two years later, and big oil is pushing harder than ever to move more and more oil trains through North America, while oil trains keep exploding, and carbon emissions keep rising.

This May, the US Department of Transportation is set to release new rail safety regulations. While an oil train erupted in flames in Galena, IL, lobbyists for big oil met with Federal regulators pressuring them to weaken these proposed rules. We know that these rules will not protect the 25 million Americans who live in the oil train blast zone, because there is NO safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude.

This year, from July 6-12, 2015, citizens will organize more than 100 events across the US and Canada to demand an immediate ban on oil trains.

A proposed project in San Luis Obispo County will bring oil trains of 80 cars or more through San Leandro every day.  This project can be stopped if elected officials reject the applicant’s proposal.  On July 6, 2015, we will distribute information and  along the BART corridor that parallels the Capital Corridor Amtrak route.  BART tracks lie in the Blast Zone for miles through the urban heart of Alameda County and beyond.  

No more exploding trains. No more tar sands. Join our event on July 6, 2015


A Free Class on the US form of fascism @ Omni Commons
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In recent years, the growing epidemic of police killings of mostly people of color, the obsessions with “war” (a misnomer for massacre at a distance), the desire to destroy social infrastructures as opposed to conquering territory in these “wars,” the impunity assumed by government, corporations, and police, the supreme court decisions that legitimize this impunity – all these aspects of a growing violence and extremism by institutions of power, suggest that both human concerns and civil society itself are becoming irrelevant to those power institutions. And this, in turn, strongly suggests a system whose name is “fascism.”

There are other names, and other explanations for these phenomena. Police violence can be seen as defending society, or a new Jim Crow. War can be seen as defending the US, or a new globalized imperialism. The technological destruction of social infrastructures by military means can be seen as targetting militants, or preparing invasions. And so on. But the bias toward corporations on the part of institutionalities like courts and administrations brings with it the suspicion (at least) that humans have been becoming irrelevant to the socio-political systems of power. And that makes reference to extreme contortions in the relations of people to power institutions – relations that have to do with structures of violence, structures of acquiescence, and an economy run by corporate structures.

For that reason, we need an understanding of “fascism” in its US context. Many people make the assumption that there is a concrete definition of fascism, that sets forth characteristics and criteria of evaluation. But even using the European experiences of the 1930s, one finds that different countries (Germany, Italy, Spain) produced different forms of fascism. The real question would be, are the political developments occurring around us simply the emergence of new forms of repression, some being carried to extreme, or are we witnessing something more fundamental, namely, the surfacing or resurfacing of a profound cultural and political structure in the US?

For instance, can we actually say that Dylan Roof was simply a lone (white supremacist) assassin committing his carefully premeditated massacre, or was he performing in terms of norms and exigencies of an underlying cultural structure, a part of whose operations has been to racialize not only the social environment, and US global militarism, but class relations as well?

The thesis of this class will be that there is an underlying structure – economic, political, and cultural – that has operated throughout US history, and which can truly be called fascist. The purpose of the class will be to investigate this thesis, to plumb the historical depths of what is signified and revealed by contemporary events, and to see if we can develop an interpretive description of an underlying structure, if it truly exists.

Some of the structures we shall examine in this class are those of racialization, the police-prison nexus, the corporation and corporatization of the economy and the political structure, and the cultural notions of membership in whiteness and white supremacy (for which racism can be seen as an instrumentality). For this purpose, we shall also discuss a critique of white skin privilege, the notion of cultural identity, what it means that class relations are racialized, and other allied topics.

Facilitator: Steve Martinot

Bay Area Public School

OccupyForum: “My Brooklyn” Film/Discussion w/ anti-gentrification activists @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Jul 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents

“My Brooklyn”
Film and discussion with SF anti-gentrification activists
My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class. During Michael Bloomberg’s election as mayor in 2001, a massive speculative real estate boom is rapidly altering the neighborhoods Anderson has come to call home, spurring bitter conflict over who has a right to live in the city and determine its future. While some view these development patterns as revitalizing the city, others believe they are erasing Brooklyn’s eclectic urban fabric, economic and racial diversity, creative alternative culture, and unique local economies.

When development officials announce a controversial plan to tear down and remake the Fulton Mall, a popular, bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district just blocks from Anderson’s apartment, she discovers that the Mall, despite its run-down image, is the third most profitable shopping area in New York City with a rich social and cultural history. Anderson must confront her own role in the process of gentrification and investigate
the forces behind it more deeply.

Anderson meets with government officials, urban planners, developers, advocates, academics, and others who both champion and criticize the plans for Fulton Mall. Only when Anderson meets Brooklyn-born and raised scholar Craig Wilder, who explains his family’s experiences of neighborhood change over generations, does Anderson come to understand that what is happening in her neighborhoods today is actually a new chapter in an old American story. The film’s ultimate questions become how to heal the deep racial wounds embedded in our urban development patterns, and how citizens can become active
in fixing a broken planning process.
Discussion and Announcements to follow.

40 Years Later: Revisiting the Dangerous Legacies of the Vietnam War (fundraiser) @ The Grease Diner
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Grease Diner will be hosting an in-progress screening and fundraiser for Benjamin Welmond’s Renew Vietnam, a film about Project Renew – an organization removing bombs, mines and other dangerous explosives from the Quang Tri province of Vietnam. The event will take place on July 17th from 6 – 9pm at the Grease Diner in Oakland. In addition to an in-progress screening of the unfinished 20 minute film, there will be a Q & A with director Benjamin Welmond, and the founder of Project Renew, Chuck Searcy. Bill Creighton (head of SF’s Veterans for Peace chapter) will be talking about the legacies, and current fight for institutional support to victims of Agent Orange. As this event is a fundraiser, the Grease Diner will be offering live-screenprinting of Renew Vietnam t-shirts and tote bags, which can be purchased during the event. Proceeds will go towards funding of the film, which is still in post-production. Welmond has been using indiegogo to raise the essential funds for the film, which are needed for a composer, translator and animator. The screening will be an opportunity to get involved and learn about Project Renew.

During the Vietnam War, the Quang Tri province became one of the most heavily bombed places in history, and it is estimated that 800,000 tons of bombs did not detonate as designed. The United States government also sprayed Agent Orange to kill the crops, which utilizes a deadly chemical with severe biological repercussions. These bombs have left a powerful legacy on the area, injuring and killing thousands of unsuspecting civilians. In 2001, The NGO Project Renew was established by Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam Veteran, an active member of Veterans for peace, in order to find ways to make Quang Tri a safer place. Project Renew trains local Quang Tri citizens to work around the clock to disarm leftover explosives, lend support to victims, and educate local populations on how to be alert and aware. In December of 2014, Benjamin Welmond went to the Quang Tri province to film a short documentary about Project Renew, in order to raise awareness of their efforts, and spark discussions on the powerful impact of war.

You can RSVP to the event and invite friends through this facebook page ( . Sliding scale donations (recommended donation of $5 and up) will be taken at the door. The Grease Diner is located at 6604 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, CA. The Grease Diner is an art gallery, gift shop, and screen printing studio with a DIY feel and radical attitude. Owners, Jon Jon and Laurie are excited to be working with Benjamin Welmond to help him raise the additional funds needed to finish the film while providing a space for folks in the bay area to learn about Project Renew and the aftermath of the Vietnam war. As well as addressing the US’s impact on Vietnam, the film also brings up important questions dealing with the US’s foreign military policy. All are welcome to come to the event, and the Q & A sessions will be an important time to address questions about what the effect of war is.

To donate and see the trailer for the film, please go here:

To learn more about the film please see:

Copwatch Training @ Grassroots House
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come to our training so that you can be a safe and effective Copwatcher.At our Know Your Rights trainings, you’ll learn what your rights are in various situations with police, what to expect, what to look out for, and how to stay safe. We use direct instruction, videos and role plays to help you to feel more comfortable when asserting your rights, while copwatching as well as in the rest of your life.

Join regular copwatch patrols every Thursday evening or at a time best suited for you. Shift leaders will orient you as to how we document police activity and keep safe!

It’s time to see what’s really going on in your city – attend our training and then join us for a shift!

Oscar Grant Committee @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality. In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity.

Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression.

Sisters and brothers the Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

The Oscar Grant Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality.  The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality. In alliance with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) we organized the October 23, 2010 labor and community rally for Justice for Oscar Grant. On that day the ILWU shut down the Bay Area ports in solidarity.

Our mission is to educate, organize and mobilize people against police and state repression.

Sisters and brothers the Oscar Grant Committee invites you to join us in this vital struggle.

The Oscar Grant Committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

LaborFest: Film: Wisconsin Rising @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Jul 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

FilmWorks United International Working Class Film & Video Festival
Wisconsin Rising
(60 min) (2014) by Sam Mayfield

This film documents the days, weeks and months when Wisconsinites fought back against power, authority and injustice. They were fighting back against newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker’s action stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees. This fight took place in the same period as the Arab spring, and workers in both struggles saw their common fight.
Discussion to follow.

LaborFest: The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10 @ ) ILWU Local 10 - Henry Schmidt Room
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All
The Lessons of May Day 2015 and ILWU Local 10

On May 1, 2015 ILWU Local 10 called for a stop work meeting to protest the police terror and murders of African Americans, Latinos and other working people. Two thousand marched to demand justice and human rights. ILWU made history as the only union in the United States to not only to challenge the epidemic of police murders, but also to take action on the job.
This educational forum will look at why the ILWU Local 10 took this action and how their members have been affected by the increasing militarization of the police and repression in working class communities.
There will also be a screening of a new documentary about the ILWU Local 10’s initiated action.
Henry Schmidt room is on the second floor of the smaller building at the location.

Capitalism, Policing, & the Role of State Violence @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the discussion as Lamont Lilly, of Workers World Party Durham Branch talks about the fight against police terror and capitalism’s need to have a police state. Lilly was recently in Baltimore People’s Power Assembly during the rebellion there in response to the police murder of #Freddie Grey. He has been active in the struggle to free Liberty and Justice for Carlos Riley Jr. Lilly is an activist and an author, writing frequently for newspaper, a contributing editor for Triangle Free Press, and also published in You can find him on Twitter @LamontLilly .

March, Rally, Action: Stop the Oil Trains. Richmond. @ Atchison Village Park
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A Talk and Discussion with
Toby Blome
Code Pink activist

Please join East Bay and SF WILPF

Free, Refreshments, Handicapped Accessible

Strike Debt Bay Area @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, outside City Hall
Jul 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Come and help us draw awareness to and fight unjust debt!
Come get connected with SDBA’s many projects!
  • student debt resistance
  • organizing for public banking.
  • advocating for Postal banking.
  • ongoing study group
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • our famous Strike Debt radio program
  • staging Debtors’ Assemblies
  • Reviewing our recent presentation on money and debt at the US Social Forum
  • saving the Berkeley Post Office and stopping the Staples non-union takeover of good Post Office jobs
  • and much more!
 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

Social Justice Theatre: Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter
Jul 11 @ 5:51 pm – 6:51 pm

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written, and performed by playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner, this limited engagement opens Saturday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at

Smith garnered a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012 and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations – from racial tension (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy. Now she turns her attention to the school-to-prison pipeline, which, by pushing children out of the classroom into the criminal justice system, has created a lost generation of youth from poor communities. In act one, Smith performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies – capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique. She will be joined by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby.

In act two, Smith invites the audience to engage in dynamic conversations and be active agents to help dissolve the school-to-prison pipeline and inequities in the education system.  With the compelling and inspiring Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, Smith believes that we all have the imagination, the wit, and the heart to make a difference.

“I’m pleased to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter at Berkeley Rep,” says Smith. “This is my coming home project. By that I mean that I come from teachers who in my generation gave their lives to changing the lives of young Baltimoreans through belief in the potential of public education. I feel that the Bay Area is the perfect place for conversations about the school-to-prison pipeline to start and possibly for solutions to emerge. I’ve had a long history with Berkeley Rep and the Bay Area where I have presented my work since the early 1980s.”

Smith continues, “There’s a lot of research being conducted and has been done about the relationship of early suspensions and how that perpetuates a cycle of incarceration. Though the focus of fixing racial inequity is currently focused on problems with urban policemen, as President  Obama cautioned us, in the midst of riots in Baltimore, the problem is broader and deeper than that. I believe that we have a chance to reimagine and recreate a new war on poverty. Education is a crucial part of that. Through this special presentation I hope that we can build a model for art to be in direct connection to advocacy. We can bring people forward to ask not just what they think, but what they can do. I hope this process will help us understand more about our children, our teachers, our judges, and our criminal justice system.”

To cultivate participation in the dialogue by as many voices as possible, Berkeley Rep is offering a wide array of ticket discounts including:

·        1,000 free community tickets are available by application to nonprofit, and government organizations serving populations impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline and indviduals for whom cost would be a barrier; details available at

Antoinette’s Rent Party and Art Show @ Omni Commons
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“Mogi and I are in need of some help. I need to move at the end of July and I won’t have enough to cover a deposit and last months rent for a new home. So, I’m throwing a Rent Party & Art Show.”

More details and RSVP


Open Circle ~ Addressing Police Terror & Systemic Oppression @ Omni Commons
Jul 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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!

Facebook event & RSVP

Notes from last meeting: