March for Our Lives San Francisco Rally @ Civic Center plaza square between Polk St. & McAllister St. & 9th St. & Grove St.
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Solidarity Rally at the Civic Center

Instead of crying they are speaking. Instead of mourning they are protesting. And instead of waiting, the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are begging for our help.

We must stand with them and #MarchForOurLives

Mission Statement of March for Our Lives:

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


Oakland Justice Coalition General Meeting @ ACCE
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

We’ll hear about alt-right activities in Oakland, learn about the Make-It-Fair campaign and discuss our strategy for the next few months.

Proposed Agenda:

  • Welcome and Brief Orientation (Deb Avery)
  • Agenda Approval
  • Report regarding finalized endorsement process and current requests (Carroll Fife)
  • Present and discuss our Interim Strategy (Helen Duffy)
  • Present for endorsement:  Make It Fair Campaign (read about it here) (Carroll Fife)
  • Update on Alt-Right activity in Oakland (Tur-Ha Ak)

Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event information comes from the California Coalition for Women’s Prisoners:

Join CCWP for the Drop LWOP Town Hall

In the past six months six women have had their Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences commuted by the Governor. At the end of January 2018 two of these women were found suitable for parole and will soon be free. This victory illustrates how the Drop LWOP Campaign and A Living Chance project are creating a foundation for the commutation of all people sentenced to LWOP and the  elimination of LWOP  from the penal code altogether.

At the Drop LWOP Town Hall  you will

  • learn updates about the Drop LWOP campaign
  • hear audio from A Living Chance Storytelling to End Life Without Parole
  • engage with a panel of formerly incarcerated women, including survivors of the life without parole sentence
  • learn how you can get involved

Featuring food from Mamacitas Cafe, a raffle and items for sale made by people living inside women’s prisons.


Afrin Resistance Bonfire @ Fire Pits
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This year we light the fires in solidarity with Afrin. Join us to act together in the future 6pm March 24th at the fire pits of Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

DACA, Detention and Deportation – Current Threats to Immigrants @ Congregation Beth Al
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Indivisible East Bay All Member Meeting @ Sports Basement
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for our March All Member Meeting. This special California-themed meeting features speakers from the Alameda County Food Bank and Evolve California, the Prop 13 reform initiative. Plus, we will have our usual updates and breakouts with current calls to action and upcoming events. Please come and bring a friend!

Film “Nuclear Cattle” and Discussion About Fukushima @ Berkeley Central Library Community Room 3rd Floor
Mar 25 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

“Nuclear Cattle,” directed by Tamotsu Matsubara, 58, focuses on the farmers’ response after the government ordered them to slaughter livestock exposed to radiation due to the disaster.

Matsubara spent about five years making the film, repeatedly returning to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture from June 2011 onward, capturing the thoughts of the cattle farmers.

“People whose voices aren’t normally heard often ring the truest,” Matsubara says, referring to the people he met.

As a consequence of the disaster, the farmers have been unable to sell cattle exposed to radiation, and are also losing money on food for the animals. Yet in some cases, they continue to keep the cows.

Among those featured in the film is a man who refuses to cave in to the government’s order to slaughter the cattle. On the other hand, there are others who have completed the slaughter, coming out with statements such as, “I will never rear an animal again in my life.”

This event will screen “Nuclear Cattle” and will be followed by a discussion on recent developments in Fukushima.

“Nuclear Cattle” is Matsubara’s first feature film. In making the movie, he was also supported by veteran producer Takeshi Shiba, 53, who has vast experience in the field of documentary production.

“There was no need to sugarcoat the raw statements made by the farmers. I just wanted to spread the voices of these people, and for them to be accepted across the nation,” Shiba explains.

Meanwhile, the director says, “These people believe money alone won’t help them find a solution, and that’s where we can find how precious their way of life as human beings is.”

Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Film Description:

A man finds himself living among the animals and enchanted spirits of the rainforest, and learns of the true consequences of human destruction in this animated adventure. Crysta (voice of Samantha Mathis) is a young fairy who is being tutored in the powers of magic by the older and wiser Magi (voice of Grace Zabriskie) in an Amazon rain forest. Their home is on the verge of destruction and they must figure out how to save it.

Family friendly!

Watch the preview here

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. 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. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
(Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (
Strike Debt Bay Area :
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:
Oakland Privacy Working Group:
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Bay Area AntiRepression:
Biblioteca Popular:
Interfaith Tent:
Port Truckers Solidarity:
Bay Area Intifada:
Transport Workers Solidarity:
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy)
Sudo Room:
Omni Collective:
First They Came for the Homeless:
Sunflower Alliance:
Bay Area Public School:

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United:
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department:

Oakland Greens: Free Dinner and a Movie @ It's Your Move Games
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Movie: 7:30 PM

Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at [ ].

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal & Stop Police Terror! – A TeachIn @ Room D-200, Laney College
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sponsored by: Laney College Ethnic Studies Department and the Free Mumia Coalition

Speakers: Arthur League, Cat Brooks, Jack Heyman, Judy Greenspan, Gerald Smith, and Richard Becker

Alia Sharreif – hip hop artist

Video – Longshore Workers Shut Down Ports to Free Mumia

Ras Ceylon & Carole Seligman, co-chairs Who Is Mumia Abu-Jamal?

Mumia Abu-Jamal is a revolutionary journalist. A former member of the Black Panther Party and MOVE supporter, he fought racism and police brutality with outspoken radio reporting in Philadelphia in the 1970s. Known as the “voice of the voiceless,” he was an award-winning journalist. His work continues today–from behind bars–with books he has written, and recorded essays on imperialism, war, racism and more.

Because he acted and spoke out against police brutality and racism, Mumia was considered an enemy of the state. He was targeted by the FBI’s COINTELPRO disruption program from age 15, framed for a crime he did not commit, and sentenced to death. His death sentence was
overturned, but he now he is serving life without the possibility of parole. He has been falsely imprisoned now for almost 36 years. Cops, courts and politicians conspired to put Mumia away, and they are still at it; but Mumia has never wavered from insisting on his innocence!

Mumia Abu-Jamal should have never spent one day in jail. Mumia’s case exposes the race and class bias of the entire capitalist judicial system. The state demands his slow death in prison as retaliation to his defiant resistance to state repression and racial oppression. But Mumia has not been silenced.

We stand with Mumia. Mumia’s freedom is part of our own struggle for justice and human liberation.

Endorsers: Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Workers World Party, Oscar Grant Committee, ANSWER Coalition, Freedom Socialist Party, Anti Police Terror Project, By Any Means Necessary, Socialist Organizer, DSA Justice Committee, Socialist Viewpoint, Oakland Teachers for Mumia, and Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz.

WE CAN END URBAN SHIELD! All Out to Stop Militarized Policing in the Bay Area @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rally & Press Conference to Urge Vote to DEFUND Urban Shield

10am – Rally & Press Conference
11am – Supervisors Meeting & Urban Shield Vote

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they will be voting on the Sheriff’s request to fund Urban Shield 2018. We are organizing to ensure they say NO! We want real, community-based preparedness for emergencies. Police militarization is not the answer.

We recently learned that Sheriff Ahern hosted ICE at the 2017 Urban Shield! We must turn out all our communities for this crucial vote. Alameda County must resist this blatant collusion with the horrific Trump and Sessions administration, and need to act on ending the racist tactics, and technologies being spread by Urban Shield.

It has only become clearer that Urban Shield does not provide disaster preparedness for the Bay Area. At the most recent Board meeting where AC Supervisors heard back from the Task Force assigned to evaluate Urban Shield, Sheriff Ahern demonstrated open disregard for the terms put in place by the Board to curb some of the program’s blatant racism and violence. Urban Shield clearly can not be reformed and must be defunded.

Take Action! Here’s how you can help.
Stop Urban Shield:

1) Come out on Tuesday, March 27th for our rally and press conference, and plan to stay so we pack the room during the Board of Supervisors vote on Urban Shield. The Board meeting starts at 11am and will likely go for a few hours. Please plan to stay a while or come late in order to make public comment if you can’t arrive by 10am.

2) Call and email the Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 26th. Here’s a sample script and their contact information that you can use:

Dear Supervisor _________, I am calling to urge you and your fellow Supervisors to take leadership in putting an end to the harmful and controversial Urban Shield program in Alameda County. On Tuesday, March 27th, you will be asked to decide whether to authorize funding for the Sheriff to hold Urban Shield in 2018.. By rejecting this, Alameda County can be a leader in prioritizing true community preparedness that is not based on fear and militarization. Despite your guidelines and community concerns, Sheriff Ahern has repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for very serious concerns, most recently shown when he hosted both ICE and the Oath Keepers at last year’s Urban Shield. I urge you to take action by saying no to the authorization of any funding for Urban Shield. Thank you.

Supervisor Haggerty // (510) 272-6691
Supervisor Valle // (510) 272-6692
Supervisor Chan //dave.brown (510) 272-6693
Supervisor Miley // (510) 670-5962
Supervisor Carson // (510) 272-6695

3) Spread the word! Let all the people in your networks know that with a powerful turnout and strong community pressure, we can end Urban Shield once and for all on March 27th.

Documentary: East Bay premier: Nat Bates for Mayor. @ New Parkway Theater
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The East Bay premier of a new documentary, Nat Bates for Mayor.

This movie tells the inspiring story of how the Richmond community organized to defeat Chevron’s candidate for mayor in the 2014 election. Chevron spent more than $3 million on the election but the grassroots campaign won the mayor’s office and a majority on the city council.

The film was featured in film festivals including the Woodstock and Santa Cruz film festivals
Followed by a panel discussion:
Moderator: John Sepulvedo, host of KQED California Report
Panelists: Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council member and  candidate for the California Assembly 15th district,
Andres Soto, Richmond organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

The filmmakers will also be present

(tickets through the theater website,

Final Hearing in Oakland Coal Trial
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Here it is at last—the final hearing in the Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal, LLC v. City of Oakland  trial.  The lawsuit is funded by Bowie Resource Partners, the top coal producer in Utah, which hopes to own and operate a coal terminal in West Oakland near the foot of the Bay Bridge.  Judge Chhabria has focused the trial on the question of whether the City of Oakland has substantial evidence to support its enforcement of a ban on coal storage and handling on the Terminal project.  The City approved a Development Agreement in 2013 immunizing the project from changes in rules and regulations, but the City has the power to impose new regulations with two provisions.  The first is that they hold a public hearing (which they did), and the second is that they compile substantial evidence showing that failure to impose the regulation would result in substantial danger to the health and safety of West Oakland residents and workers at the site.

The three-day trial in January is described in earlier No Coal in Oakland web posts, which you can find here.  Be sure to check the NCIO website before coming because Judge Chhabria sometimes calls off or changes the date and time of a hearing.  To get through federal courthouse security, you need government-issued picture ID.  It’s just like airport security, only you don’t need a boarding pass.  Once inside, go to the 17th floor, Courtroom 2.  Wear your red “No Coal in Oakland” T-shirt in solidarity with the City of Oakland.

Making Herstory with Arlene Blum @ Morgan's Bar & Lounge | Berkeley City Club
Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Women’s Entrepreneurs of Berkeley for a Women’s History Month celebration!!!

Legendary mountaineer & activist, Arlene Blum, will talk about her ascents up the world’s highest mountains and how that compared to the obstacles she overcame in her domestic science policy work.

Arlene’s talk will be followed by a networking hour kicked off with an icebreaker game featuring historical female entrepreneurs.

And to wrap up a fun evening, we will raffle off those iconic “A Woman’s Place is On Top” T-Shirts!!

El Cerrito Shows Up #Enough #IceOutOfCA @ El Cerrito Plaza
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us from 6 to 7 PM at the west entrance to El Cerrito Plaza, intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. We’ll meet on the side nearest to Daiso.

The ECSU goals are to create a significant community presence to speak out in favor of equality, justice, inclusiveness and more. We say NO to hatred, racism, white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.

You can bring your own sign with your own words expressing what you stand for and against. Use BIG lettering so people in cars can see! We’ll also have some sign-making materials.

We’re from the El Cerrito area. Our Show Up location is at the borders of El Cerrito, Richmond and Albany — all are welcome!

We will assemble lawfully, and won’t block the sidewalk. All locations we select will be wheelchair-accessible. To participate you must commit to non-violent and respectful conduct. Family-friendly.

HOW FAR WOMEN HAVE COME … @ First Presbyterian Church
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

UNA-USA Eastbay Chapter presents: “International Women’s Day – Empowerment Summit and Dinner Celebration”. The United States of America is one of seven countries who still refuse to protect women’s and girl’s rights based on a United Nations convention.

For details call, 510.849.1752.

The United Nations Association-East Bay Celebrates International Women’s Day   @ First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The United Nations Association-East Bay
To Celebrate International Women’s Day

The United Nations Association-East Bay’s dinner celebration for International Women’s Day will address Human Rights for Women and Girls: Promise Fulfilled or Just Dreams?

The keynote address is by Keshet Bachan-Dvorat, Vice President of Partnership and Policy for The US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco; panelists include Dr. Patricia M. Valdespino Castillo on women in science, Nathalie Delrue Mcguire, Honorary Consul of Belgium on women in diplomacy, Antonia Lavine on Human Trafficking, Beverly Upton from the Domestic Violence Consortium. The panel will be moderated by Roxana Damas of the UNA-USA East Bay Chapter.

Lee Kane’s Theater Dance Program will perform with dancers Samantha Kane, Lea Schickler, Olivia Braun, & Roan Pearl. Special guest is vocalist Melanie O’Reilly, Celtic Jazz professional singer/composer, Musician-in-Residence at the University of California Berkeley.

The 2018 United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is Press for Progress, a call-to-action to press forward for gender parity.  The United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter focus is on CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women. Can the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals be met about women’s needs and rights? How can the targets be reached locally and globally in order to achieve what the USA and 192 other UN Member Governments agreed to in the Development Agenda for 2030? Presentations will complement the understanding of this UN vision; narratives by the panelists will tell of progress by women in the arts, struggles in the diplomatic and scientific fields and their day-to-day lives.

Please RSVP through EventBrite:

Cosponsors are The United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter, the US National Committee for UN Women, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking, The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha International Incorporated, and UC Berkeley Women and Gender Studies.

A discussion on basic income in the 2020 presidential race with candidate Andrew Yang. @ Impact Hub San Francisco
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us Wednesday, March 28th for a discussion on basic income in the 2020 presidential race with candidate Andrew Yang.

Last month, Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur from New York, announced that he was running for president as a Democrat in the 2020 elections. What makes Andrew’s campaign unusual is his primary policy position — he believes that automation is an imminent threat to American jobs, and that we must enact universal basic income as a way to counter this danger.

On Wednesday, March 28th, Jim Pugh will sit down with Andrew for a public fireside chat in San Francisco. We’ll discuss his views on basic income and how he expects the issue to play out in his campaign, followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.