Community Democracy Project @ Omni Commons - Disco Room
Aug 20 @ 6:30 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!

Slingshot Magazine New Volunteer Meeting @ Longhaul
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kick-off meeting to create Slingshot issue #125.
* Brainstorm articles for next issue
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs
* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue
* Discuss fundraising and distribution
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot
Everyone is welcome.
Issue #125 is due out on October 6, 2017
Deadline for Issue #125 is September 23, 2017

Eternal Summer Back-to-School Happy Hour @ Starline Social Club
Aug 21 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Facebook event here. Please share widely!

Calling all teachers, educators and anyone else with those first day of school blues! Come pick up a drink for a rad cause. 15% of all bar proceeds go directly to support the work of Critical Resistance. @SUP! TV Street Food from 6pm onward. Starline kitchen open from 3-6pm on.

– Free screenings of CR’s new “Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex” video series & learn how to bring the video + curriculum into your classroom
– Free copies of The Abolitionist bilingual newspaper
– And many more resources for bringing abolition into your classroom!

Not an educator or student? Just down for abolition? Come through to chill with some rad organizers, activists and other cool folks trying to dismantle the prison industrial complex!

Occupella Sing Along – Tax the Rich @ Solano Avenue in front of the old Oaks Theater
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Occupella organizes informal public singing at Bay Area occupation sites, marches and at BART stations. We sing to promote peace, justice, and an end to corporate domination, especially in support of the Occupy movement.

Music has the power to build spirit, foster a sense of unity, convey messages and emotions, spread information, and bring joy to participants and audience alike. See spirited clip of an action at BART. Check out the actions calendar and come add your voice. There are lots of ways to participate and everyone is welcome.

Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland Meeting @ Omni Commons
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Moving ahead with the feasibility study

The next Oakland City Council meeting is set for Tuesday, September 18th. On the agenda is authorizing the feasibility study on establishing the Public Bank of Oakland. But authorization is only half the battle; it is contingent on finding an additional $25,000 from outside the city coffers to supplement the budgeted $75,000.

If you live outside Oakland, you can help establish PBO so it can bring beneficial banking to the whole bay area. Whether you live in Berkeley, San Leandro, Alameda, Newark or another town, let your local councilmembers know that you support PBO. Tell them to put money into funding this study.

Of course, you can also support PBO by donating or pledging financial support on our website.

How public banking can help address climate change

We’re excited to announce the next forum on public banking! Visiting from Berlin, Wolfram Morales of the Sparkassen public banks will discuss the role of public banking in financing renewable energy projects. Joining him on the panel will be Nicholas Chaset, CEO of the brand-new East Bay Community Energy agency, and renewable energy activists. Hosted by councilmembers Dan Kalb and Rebecca Kaplan, the forum is set for Monday, September 25th, from 7 to 9pm, at the Oakland City Hall.

FPBO at the Laurel street fair

Our outreach efforts got a major boost at last weekend’s Laurel street fair. We spoke with hundreds of fair-goers who hadn’t yet heard of public banking and collected 300+ signatures for our petition to the Oakland City Council.

Coming up in Oakland

We’ll continue to build public support for PBO at two more August events. On the 19th look for our table at the Latinx Cultural Festival at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.
And on Saturday the 26th, we’ll be at the Freedom Farmers’ Market at 5316 Telegraph Avenue. This market’s mission is to bring traditional legacy foods from Black farmers and other socially disadvantaged farmers into Oakland. We hope to meet you there!

Policy Cafe & Teach-In @ Sustainable Economies Law Center
Aug 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking on a local or state level? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center’s staff, experienced attorneys and policymakers!

This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

1. From 5:00PM – 5:45PM, there will be a DIY Policymaking teach-in facilitated by Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Policy Director, Yassi Eskandari, and Executive Director, Janelle Orsi. They’ll present best practices for engaging in local and state-level policy issues.

2. From 5:45PM to 7:30PM, we’ll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:

  • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
  • How do I draft a policy proposal?
  • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
  • How do I navigate the legislative process?
  • In what ways can my nonprofit participate in policy advocacy?

 See more info & RSVP here.

forum to discuss this administration’s enforcement and deportation policies- Barbara Lee @ International Community School Gymnasium
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This week, East Bay residents Maria and Eusebio Sanchez were forced to say goodbye to their three daughters, their home, and the community they have lived in for more than twenty years.

Their deportation is a devastating blow to our community. Maria and Eusebio are model neighbors and friends. Maria has dedicated her life to caring for cancer and cardiac patients at Highland Hospital. Eusebio has worked as a truck driver for the last twelve years. Just last year, they fulfilled their dream of purchasing a home in Oakland. In their spare time, they give back to our community.

But despite their contributions, ICE rejected our calls for compassion and targeted Maria and Eusebio for deportation. I am saddened beyond words by this decision, but my commitment to protecting our immigrant community remains unshaken.

Next week, I will be holding a community forum to discuss this administration’s enforcement and deportation policies, as well as next steps for immigration reform. I hope you and your family will be able to join me for this important discussion. Immigration experts and translators will also attend to contribute to our conversation.

Equity in the Time of Trump @ New Parkway Theater
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Panel Discussion: “Equity in the Time of Trump.”

We’ll focus on how we can advance justice and build community at a time when exclusion and hate are so prominent in the news. I’ll be joined by Kat Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank; Mauricio Miller, author of The Alternative: Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong; Nwamaka Agbo, senior new-economy fellow at the Movement Strategy Center; and journalist and author Pendarvis Harshaw.

Admission is FREE but space is limited so you have to RSVP:  (get there at 6 p.m. if you’d like to order food from their kitchen to take into the theater!)

Intro to SURJ @ Sierra Club
Aug 23 @ 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? Come learn about our current work and activities. You’ll also hear about SURJ’s new pathways for entering the work, including Study and Action groups as well as committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We’ll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

Getting Into the Lobby:
The doors for the Sierra Club building lock right at 7pm, so please do your best to arrive prior to 7pm. We will have someone stationed at the Webster entrance to the building until 7:15 for late arrivals. If you arrive after 7pm, please use the Webster entrance.

Handmaids’ Resistance San Francisco @ Hall of (In)Justice
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

oin us outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice as we protest anti-abortion advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

In 2015, David and Sandra released edited footage claiming that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit. These claims were later proven to be completely false. The videos were nothing more than an attempt to slander Planned Parenthood, incite violence against abortion providers, and make abortion inaccessible. David and Sandra are currently being charged with 15 felony counts.

Let’s show them that the State of California will not tolerate anti-choice propaganda and that we stand with Planned Parenthood. Under the Trump regime we cannot afford to be silent when it comes to women’s rights.

Feel free to make your own sign and bring a friend. Handmaid costumes can be provided but please make sure to RSVP so that we know how many to provide.

Please register at:

Friday Night Faith Vigil: Stand Against White Suprremacy @ 16th St. BART
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us at a Faith Vigil to denounce the racism on blatant display in Charlottesville last weekend and the hatred that is coming to our own backyard in 10 days, with white supremacist groups planning a similar rally at Crissy Field. On Friday evening, interfaith voices will lead us in prayerful and powerful resistance against white supremacy, and call out Governor Brown for enabling mass deportation of immigrants through his attempts to amend SB 54 Statewide Sanctuary Bill. This event is jointly sponsored by the San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese Office of Human Life and Dignity, Mission Night Walks, and Faith in Action Bay Area.

Sponsor: Faith in Action Bay Area

Waffles & Zapatismo: 23 years of Zapatista history and thought @ Omni Commons
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

(Look for our class down in the Basement)

This is the fourth in a series of classes and discussions that include Zapatista history, projects and thinking. The first session focused on the years before the Zapatista Uprising. The 2nd and 3rd classes focused on the 1994 Uprising, the Peace Talks, the San Andrés Accords, the first five Declarations from the Lacandón Jungle and the militarization. This fourth class will focus on the Good Government Boards (Juntas de Buen Gobierno) and the Other Campaign. Classes are free and open to all those interested in learning about the Zapatista movement, which governs its own territory through an anti-capitalist government parallel to that of the Mexican State. We’ll be serving waffles and Zapatista coffee again. Classes are held downstairs at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

For more information:
Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA  94609

Richmond Progressive Alliance @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

There will be a Special Membership Meeting to vote on the RPA’s endorsement for the vacant Richmond City Council seat.  RPA Steering Committee members have been interviewing candidates, and the Steering Committee will bring their recommendations to the membership on 8/26 for a vote.  Membership (and dues renewal) available at the door.

East Bay DSA Single-Payer Healthcare Canvass in South Berkeley
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

South Berkeley District Canvass

This last Saturday, a team of ten canvassers knocked on doors and had some wonderful conversations with their South Berkeley neighbors about single-payer healthcare in California.

Come join us on Saturday, August 26, in South Berkeley for our next neighborhood canvassing event. For more information, email

Empathy Tent Pop-Up at SF and Berkeley Right-Left Event @ Civic Center Park
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aug 26 at 1 PM to Aug 27 at 5 PM

Offering free empathic listening, dialogue, empathy circles, circle facilitation training, conflict mediation, mediation training, de-escalation, arts and empathic design (human-centered design) project team building.

Film Screening: Hate Man, Street Philosopher @ Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

BERKELEY — The film “Hate Man, street philosopher,” about the former New York Times reporter Mark Hawthorne who quit the paper and became a colorful fixture of Berkeley street life for more than three decades, will be screened on Aug. 26 at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St.

The free screening of the film, made by local filmmaker Ivan Jaigirdar, will occur at 2 p.m. as part of a city-sponsored event celebrating Hawthorne that also will include a city proclamation in Hate Man’s honor. The showing, appropriately, will be outdoors.


Interfaith Secular Gathering to Affirm Solidarity @ Civic Center Park
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Beyt Tikkun Invitation to all faith communities, secular-humanists and atheists to join at Civic Center Park for inter-faith secular gathering, Saturday, August 26, 3:00 pm, gathering to assemble the day before to affirm solidarity with those who will be nonviolently protesting Sunday.

Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Paris Baguette
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at .

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at our Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
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.

Bay Area Rally Against Hate
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

We’re residents of the Bay Area — people of color, working class people, immigrants, queer, gay, bi, and trans people, liberals, leftists, and others. We think it’s time to get together, to celebrate our differences in solidarity, and peacefully speak out against the hateful currents in American society.

Fascists and white supremacists are meeting in Berkeley to try to intimidate us and incite violence. We’re meeting near UC Berkeley campus, blocks away and on the other side of the downtown, for a non-violent rally to speak to each other about the world we want. Join us, bring snacks, bring signs!

Endorsed by:

Alameda County Labor Council
Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT)
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – East Bay
Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) – San Francisco
Green Party
International Socialist Organization
Labor Rising (Bay Area)
Laurel Cyclery
Muslim Student Association – UC Berkeley
Oscar Grant Organizing Committee
Socialist Alternative
Solidarity – Bay Area
System Change not Climate Change – Bay Area
Tech Workers Coalition
UAW 2865, Berkeley Unit
Workers’ Voice / La Voz de los Trabajadores
Cathy Campbell, President, Berkeley Federation of Teachers*
Kathryn Lybarger, President, AFSCME-3299*

*Organization listed for identification purposes only

To endorse:

Attention All Anti-Racists – Nazis Are Coming @ Ohlone Park
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gather at Ohlone Park.

March to Old City Hall.

Bay Area United Against White Supremacy.