Community Democracy Project Meeting @ Omni Commons
Nov 29 @ 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!

Organizational Meeting: Help plan Leap Day Action Night @ Longhaul
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Discussion / brainstorm of ideas for Leap Day Action Night 2016 in the Bay Area (February 29, 2016).

Leap Day — February 29, 2016 — is an extra day that gives us a chance to look at how we spend most of our days and wonder if we can’t do a little better? If the answer is “yes”, Leap Day can be an arbitrary but overdue moment to create decentralized, militant and yet creative and hilarious uprisings against the various oppressive systems that vex us.

Systems of inequality, racism, police violence and environmental destruction are vulnerable, but they won’t collapse on their own. They need our help. Everyone is standing around waiting for something to happen or just focused on the latest outrage. We need to take the initiative and throw the first punch every once in a while.

The call for decentralized revolt on Leap Day 2016 is open-ended in terms of tactics, goals and strategy. Leap day can be a laboratory to articulate our vision for the future in dynamic, emotionally resonant, new ways. Leap Day Action night aims to break down the artificial separation between “activism” and living our lives full of enjoyment and freedom.

No GA November 29th
Nov 29 @ 10:44 pm – 11:44 pm

Folks last week figured they would be scattered around for the Holidaze. But we’ll be meeting at 1 PM next week on the 6th for a potluck!




EMERGENCY PROTEST Against Treatment of Prisoners in Solitary Confinement @ CA Department of Corrections, Rides from MacArthur BART at 8:00 AM
Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

We are mobilizing an EMERGENCY PROTEST. This is serious.

People in solitary confinement have been loudly awakened by guards every 30 minutes 24/7 since the night of August 2nd, almost 4 months! Please participate in an emergency protest in Sacramento to stop these every 30 minute so-called “security/welfare checks” being done in the Pelican Bay SHU and other solitary units in CA prisons. Sleep deprivation is torture, and that is what these loud, intrusive checks are causing. For people in solitary cells 23-24 hours a day, the noise and disruption every 30 minutes is unavoidable, endless torture. They are experiencing severe stress, weight loss, dizziness, nausea, headaches, eye problems, stomach and bowel problems, faintness, depression, and sped-up heart rates. They cannot concentrate, exercise, read, do legal work, or anything that helps them survive, and they can’t sleep!

An emergency demo is warranted. 119 days and nights of torment!
Please help make this a powerful convergence in front of the California Department of Corrections in Sacramento.

Protest at 1515 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811 from 10am to 2pm. Rideshares will leave from MacArthur BART in Oakland at 8am. To offer or find rides from Oakland or other CA locales, please call Verbena at 510.426.5322 or email

Court Support for César Aguirre! @ Rene Davidson Courthouse
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Come out and show solidarity with our comrade who is finally getting an evidentiary hearing! After two years of fighting for it, this hearing will finally be held to show that César did not get a fair trial because the DA and OPD illegally withheld lots of favorable evidence from the defense. This is a case from Occupy and it would be great to have a big show of solidarity and support for this comrade from everyone! Please come out and spread the word!

Please note that this court date is expected to maybe be a 2 day thing, so it is likely court support will be needed on 11/30 AND 12/1!


Court support for César Aguirre ! @ René C. Davidson Courthouse, #250, Dept 10
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Court support for César Aguirre !
Please come out and support this comrade! This court date is likely to last for 2 days, so court support is likely to be needed on both 11/30 and 12/1! Dept. 10
Music at the Homeless Occupation at Berkeley’s Old City Hall steps @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Nov 30 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Kickin it on the eve of the Tues. Dec. 1st city council meeting…

Music by Dave (Redd) Welsh on Hammond organ, Dwan on drums, plus sax, congas, and the people’s choir…  music, songs and sing-along in solidarity with the homeless, now Occupying the grounds of Old City Hall in protest of anti-homeless legislation and in support of services and housing for those without a place to call their own.

Berkeley Copwatch Meeting @ Grassroots House
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Berkeley Copwatch is tired of unjust policing and lack of accountability. We stand in solidarity with those protesting the murders of black people across the nation and say that this must end! We have our unique problems in Berkeley and the East Bay and we must take local action to stand up and demand justice!

We Demand:

  • End racial profiling in Berkeley! Get the statistics on who is really being detained and arrested and stop handcuffing men of color for no reason!
  • No tasers in Berkeley! Spend money to study how to end racial profiling – not acquire tasers!
  • End the militarization of the police! No boats, no armored personnel carriers, no more weapons and no more military games. Withdraw from Urban Shield!
  • Justice For Kayla Moore!
  • Decriminalize Mental Illness! Police with no training in mental health crisis are most often the first responders to these kinds of situations. Berkeley must fully fund emergency mental health response in the city and prevent militarized cops from being the first point of contact for members of the public who need help in dealing with emergency mental health situations. No more putting spit hoods over the heads of people with mental illness! No taser use on mentally ill people! Counselors not cops!

Meetings at 7pm every Monday!

Rally and March in Berkeley, Support the Homeless & BlackLivesMatter @ Old City Hall
Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Rally on the Old City Hall Steps beginning at 4:00 in support of the Homeless Occupation and Protest now ensconced on the grounds, and in support of BlackLivesMatter.

Items concerning both issues will be on the City Council Agenda this evening – three anti-homeless ordinances and a spineless report about the Berkeley Police and their actions during the Black Lives Matters protests a year ago when people were tear gassed, shot at with bean-bag rounds and struck with batons.

There will be a march commencing at 6:00 PM to the Longfellow School at Derby & Sacramento, where the City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 PM.

Oakland Public Safety Committee: Support 100 Black Men Proposals & Oppose UASI Recommendations @ Oakland City Hall
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Full Agenda



Subject: Requiring More Effective Training In The Use Of Force
From: Members Of The Public (100 Black Men Of The Bay Area)
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Policies And Procedures Which Require OPD To Train Officers More Effectively In The
Use Of Force, Especially Lethal Force; Such Training Should Not Only Define
Conditions In Which Officers May Use Lethal Force But Also, More Broadly, Show
Them How To Avoid It



Subject: Blue Wall Code Of Silence
From: 100 Black Men Of The Bay Area
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Legislation To Eradicate The Persistent Widespread Custom Or Practice Of
Concealing Or Suppressing Investigations Into Police Officer Misconduct; In Order For
The Public To Be Safe We Must Break Down The “Blue Wall Code Of Silence” That
Exists In Law Enforcement Agencies Throughout This Nation. Good Officers Must Not
Defend Bad Officers Or Their Misconduct.



Subject: Adopting Reporting Requirements For Officers In All Use Of Force Cases
From: Members Of The Public (100 Black Men Of The Bay Area)
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Officer Reporting And Disclosure Requirements For Both Responding And On-Scene
Officers In All Use Of Force Cases; Mandatory Firing And Criminal Prosecution For
Failure To Report And/Or Disclose Officer Misconduct And For Providing False



Subject: FY 2015 UASI Program Grant Agreement
From: Oakland Fire Department
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator Or Her
Designee To (1) Enter Into The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant
Administration Agreement With The City And County Of San Francisco To Accept And
Appropriate Up To One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars (1,100,000.00) For
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 UASI Grant Funds; And (2) Accept, Appropriate, And
Administer Said UASI Federal Grant Funds; And 3. Approve The 2015 UASI
Recommended Proposed Spending Plan And Authorize A Contribution From The
General Purpose Fund In An Amount Equivalent To Central Services Overhead (CSO)
Charges Affiliated With Said Grant Estimated At Thirty-One Thousand One Hundred
Ninety Five Dollars ($31,195.00) For Fiscal Year 2015-16 And Thirty-Seven Thousand
Four Hundred Thirty Three Dollars ($37,433.00) For Fiscal Year 2016-17; And 4.
Expend Funds In Accordance With Said Recommended Proposed Spending Plan
Without Further Council Approval Provided The City’s Hiring And Contracting
Requirements And Programs/Policies Are Followed.

Oscar Grant Committee @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 1 @ 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.

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the Neibyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue (near Alcatraz) in Oakland. For more information please call us at 925/798-3698 or e-mail us.

You can join our discussion list by sending a blank (doesn’t even need a subject) email to

Ella Baker Center Meeting @ Compass Point, Suite 320
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

December monthly membership meeting

This is the last membership meeting of the year! Let’s go out with a pop, not a whimper! If you’re curious about what we do and how we do it, there is no better time than to celebrate the year’s work and get involved with EBC! It will be a great way for people to meet the current members, learn about what the members have been up to and sign up for membership.

Our members have formed an Outreach Committee to support getting the word out about Prop 47. To join this committee contact Lauren at

This Changes Everything: the Film. @ First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

protesters-greece.jpgThis Changes Everything, the film based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name, connects carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.  Scene by scene, the film builds Klein’s most controversial and exciting idea: that surviving the crisis of climate change requires that we transform our failed economic system into something radically better. We examine powerful portraits of communities on the front lines: Montana’s Powder River Basin, the Alberta Tar Sands, the coast of South India, Bejing.

Despite the gravity of a world in the grip of endless cycles of consumption, Klein offers hope: “The realization that a solution is possible, well, that changes everything.”


East Bay Anarchist Bookfair @ Humanist Hall
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The East Bay Anarchist Bookfair will include conversations and books during the day. The main room of the hall will house booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and activist groups from all over North America but with an emphasis on the Bay Area and California


Anarchists talk more about living than dying, but raging all around us is a debate about whether we have entered a new age, what has become known as the Anthropocene. While academics debate when this age might have started, it is beyond debate that homo sapiens have dramatically and permanently altered the planet. Despite living in an age where we are faced with the horrors of mass extinction, global climate catastrophe and the increased desperation of governments to secure resources and borders, anarchists have made few contributions to these discussions. They remain largely in the realm of scientists, academics, politics and business.

Non-anthropocentric views and values are few and far between in regional anarchist scenes. Is the “non-human” an inhuman topic? These topics are so taboo that even approaching them with other anarchists can elicit accusations of fascism, genocide apology, and counterrevolutionary armchair misanthropy. Objections of cruelty, abjection, and horror invariably accompany contemporary talk of the “non-human” aspects of our “crisis,” but do they have to? Can there be an anarchism that lives outside the box of the human social project?


Greece – Two Communist Views. A Discussion. @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A discussion of the crisis in Greece based on contrasting views by communist writers in Greece and the USA.
Suggested Readings:

Sam Webb, ‘Thoughts on Greece, Syriza and its left critics’, Parts 1 & 2

George Marinos, CP of Greece, ‘On The Situation in Greece and the Anti-People Role of Syriza’


California Prison Focus: Two Short Films @ New Parkway Theater
Dec 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

California Prison Focus invites you to join us for the showing of two short documentaries focusing on the failures of the American prison system as well as the inhumantiy of solitary confinement.




California Prison Focus is a local Oakland-based grassroots organization fighting to end the practice of  torture and solitary confinement in California prisons. All proceeds will support CPF.

Taking Power for the People: A New Electoral Strategy for the Oakland Left Part 2 @ First AME Church
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For far too long, our political leaders have failed to represent Oakland’s true values. It is time for the Oakland Left to unite, recruit our own candidates and build political power to achieve meaningful change.

At our last meeting we discussed how to:

1) RECRUIT candidates from the progressive community,
2) SUPPORT their campaigns, and
3) WORK toward collective endorsements of a slate of candidates for city council and school board in 2016.

This time we will discuss:

1) Which races to prioritize,
2) The process for selecting candidates,
3) Developing a progressive campaign platform, and
4) What form the growing coalition will take going forward.

Oakland Alliance seeks to unite the progressive movement in Oakland behind a slate of candidates who will challenge the institutional power structure that has failed to represent the interests of the people over the powerful. Come and connect with dozens of organizations interested in building long-term political power and holding our elected officials accountable to the needs of their constituents.

Humans Between Homes: Art Show & Dinner Party @ Omni Commons
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Humans In Between Homes (An Art Show on Homelessness)

The Firehouse Art Collective’s exhibition ‘Humans In Between Homes’ explores the humanity of individuals who live without permanent housing in the Bay Area.

The hope of this event is to make real, raw, visceral, and visible to housed society the experiences and humanity of the people who sleep on the street or are in between permanent places they call home.

Each of these human beings deserves to be appreciated as an individual, with a unique past, present, and future.

This exhibition will feature:

  • -Artwork by artists without homes, who created their work at the Community Arts Program of Hospitality House in San Francisco. (These artists will keep 100% of the proceeds from any artwork sold.)
  • -Artwork and photography, typography by the artists of the Firehouse Art Collective and by other local artists- thematically based on outreach interviews conducted on the streets of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville.
  • -A debut screening of a documentary made from raw footage of conversations with homeless individuals in the East Bay.
  • -A tiny house (one effective solution to homelessness) on display
  • -A live interactive map of evictions in San Francisco and Alameda County, courtesy of the SF Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, an affiliate of the SF Tenants’ Union
  • -Representatives from community resources on how YOU can help homeless individuals

~ A portion of the proceeds from any artwork by housed artists that sells: goes to BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) of Berkeley, an organization that provides as many direct resources to homeless individuals as they can, and connects them to even more. A portion of proceeds from this art goes to fund the cost of rental space for the Art Show itself and the Dinner Party, and a portion goes to the food and clothing provided for our guests at the Dinner Party.~

Please bring many friends, canned food, donations of any other kind of food (prepared or otherwise), and your open heart and mind.

We will soon have a GoFundMe page to crowdfund these two projects! Please check back soon for the link to help us make this happen! Please share!

If you are interested in contributing art to this art show, please contact Ilana Sawyer at Thank you!

A Home for the Night: A Dinner Party for the East Bay’s Residents Without Addresses

Everyone deserves a hot meal and a safe space to rest and eat it.

To provide direct service to these individuals, about whose experiences we are expressing and raising awareness:

We are also opening up the Omni Ballroom for a few hours on Saturday, November 21st, to offer up a delicious dinner to street-dwellers and other people in between homes. The ballroom will be transformed into a Living Room with cozy furniture, gifts of clothing and hygiene supplies under festive lights, representation by community resources (booths), available art supplies for spontaneous self-expression, and live acoustic music.

Please note: for consumption of food, this event is only open to those in need.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event,
please contact Ilana Sawyer at Thanks!

We will soon have a GoFundMe page to crowdfund these two projects! Please check back soon for the link to help us make this happen! And please share!

Two Short Films on the Failure of our Prison System. @ New Parkway
Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 1 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at it is), so just bring a nosh to share…  Because of a personal time conflict with ENB we are holding the November feed a week late on December 6th.Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 2 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 2:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

ooGAOO General Assembly 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: