Public Meeting welcoming Empower – a Thai sex worker collective @ Omni Commons
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presenters include:
• Four women from Empower
• Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes

Hosted by the US PROStitutes Collective

Empower Foundation is a sex workers’ collective in Thailand which for 30 years has been promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers, especially access to education, health and legal advocacy. Over the years 50,000 sex workers have passed through their doors including migrant women from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam.

The English Collective of Prostitutes is a UK based group, founded in 1975, which helps sex workers defend themselves against unjust charges and spearheads campaigns for decriminalization, safety and for resources so that sex workers can leave sex work if and when they want.

US PROStitutes Collective is a Bay Area based organization, founded in 1982, which won parity for sex workers in compensation claims and with others got policies establishing immunity from arrest for sex workers reporting violence.

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from sex workers as well as from grassroots women in the Global South who are organizing for survival across different sectors of society.

Sponsored by Global Women’s Strike/Bay Area, GWS Omni Collective, In Defense of Prostitute Women‘s Safety Project, US PROStitutes Collective and Women of Color/GWS

Demand OPD Charge Mateu for Sahleem’s Murder @ Oakland Police HQ
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? OPD is responsible for the investigation of this murder, since it happened outside of BART property, across from West Oakland BART. Join us to demand that OPD do their job and charge Mateu for murder. Arrest him now!

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

Welcome Water Protector SiouxZ – Potluck & Discussion @ Intertribal Friendship House
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Potluck reception and discussion with Water and Land Protector Vanessa Dundon aka SiouxZ Desbah, and Water Protector Legal Collective, co-sponsored by AIM-West, Intertribal Friendship House, National Lawyers Guild- SF Bay Area Chapter, and Oakland Law Collaborative.

SiouxZ, Diné / Navajo, is a lead plaintiff in a civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the use of fire hoses, explosive grenades, and other violence against the indigenous-led #NoDAPL movement at Standing Rock. A mother of 4, she is also the founder of Missing Flowers: Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Men; an organizer of Honor Life – Protect Bears Ears; and is participating in The Longest Walk 5.3. SiouxZ was shot in the eye while trying to help a journalist to safety during the police attack on water protectors at Backwater Bridge in 2016, and suffered a permanent vision loss. There will also be a legal update from WPLC.

SiouxZ will also be speaking on Thurs, March 21, as part of the opening roundtable for INVISIBLE NO MORE: A Symposium on Resisting Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color from 5:45-7:30pm at the Multicultural Community Center in Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union Building at UC Berkeley.

BOYCOTT! “The Academy & Justice for Palestine” @ The Hillside Club
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
sm_sunaina_maira_in_berkeley.jpg Angela Davis says, “Sunaina Maira locates contemporary BDS activism and the considerable efforts to expand the academic boycott of Israel …to movements for racial, gender and economic equality…In deftly demonstrating that Palestinian solidarity belongs at the center of all our social justice concerns, “Boycott!” both exemplifies the challenge and urges us to fearlessly rise up to it.”
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Press Conference: Green Party Candidate for Oakland Mayor Announces. @ Oscar Grant Plaza, steps of Oakland City Hall
Mar 21 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


Saied Karamooz announces his candidacy as Oakland’s mayor in 2018

Saied Karamooz will share his motivation, vision, and plans as Oakland’s next mayor.   Saied believes that everyone is entitled to safe streets, quality education, decent jobs, and dignified homes.

“With the abundance of resources, innovation, and energy in Oakland, there is no reason why our city continues to be plagued by high crime levels, low graduation rates, high unemployment, and inadequate housing,” said Mr. Karamooz.

Press conference will be held on the steps of City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:30 am.

“There is no greater disservice to the people of Oakland than allowing status quo to obliterate the rich culture, heritage, and history of Oakland,” says Mr. Karamooz, referring to the false narrative and flawed ways of career politicians who are beholden to the dirty money of their deep pocket donors.

Mr. Karamooz believes that true public safety can only be achieved through solid education, quality jobs and dignified homes.   As such, he is proposing to divert a portion of OPD’s annual budget to education, jobs, and housing initiatives.   Secondly, he is horrified that fifteen years, four mayors, and over a hundred million dollars later, the city’s largest agency, Oakland Police Department (OPD), continues to operate with racially-biased practices as evidenced by the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) that placed OPD under federal court supervision in 2003.   Mr. Karamooz pledges to bring NSA to an end within 24 months by spearheading a methodical and collaborative initiative with active participation by community leaders and OPD beat officers.   Finally, as a genuine expression of his commitment to running a clean money campaign, he is refusing donations from corporations, non-Oaklanders, or in excess of $45.

To learn more about campaign’s principles, practices, and promises, visit

Symposium: Police Violence Against Women of Color @ MLK Jr. Student Union, UC Berkeley
Mar 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm
RSVP here

Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

El Cerrito Shows Up #Enough #IceOutOfCA @ El Cerrito Plaza
Mar 21 @ 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.

Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:
Check out our website:   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy



Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment. This month Oakland Privacy will be preparing for the passage of transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County,  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

Restore the Vote: Overturning Voter Suppression @ KEHILLA COMMUNITY SYNAGOGUE
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This free SURJ workshop will dive into the history of voter suppression and mass incarceration from slavery, through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement, into the present day of New Jim Crow, and discuss details around – and signature-gathering for The Voting Restoration and Democracy Act of 2018, a ballot initiative that will restore the right to vote to more than 162,000 incarcerated folks and those on parole in California, a disenfranchised group that is disproportionately Black, Brown, and poor. This ballot initiative is led by Initiate Justice. Free but please RSVP.

David Rovics in Concert – A Benefit for CIVIC @ The Back Room
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

David Rovics.jpgTour name: Ballad of a Wobbly WORLD TOUR

A BENEFIT for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) featuring David Rovics

David Rovics was born in New York City, and as a guitar-slinging singer/songwriter now based in Portland, Oregon, has toured in over two dozen countries, including at mass protests throughout North America and Europe.

When President Bush came to Berlin in 2002, David entertained the 100,000 or so folks who came to protest, and at the TTIP protest in Berlin in 2015, he sang for 250,000. He was also a featured performer at the G8 protests in Rostock in 2007, the G8 protests in Scotland in 2005, the G20 in Pittsburgh in 2009 and the G20 in Toronto the following year. Other countries where David has played at protests for thousands of people include England, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

In addition to his musical involvement with the anti-capitalist movement, labor, environmental and anti-war movements internationally, he has shared the stage on a number of occasions with Tom Morello, founder of Rage Against the Machine, who also recorded a lead guitar track on David’s 2012 album, Meanwhile In Afghanistan. He has also shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Chumbawumba, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger, and has toured extensively with Attila the Stockbroker, Robb Johnson, Anne Feeney, Tracey Curtis and Alistair Hulett.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. Locally, CIVIC volunteers visit immigration detainees at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, and work in collaboration with the detainees to monitor conditions, educate legislators and the public, and change policy.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Film: “Invisible Students: Homeless at UC Berkeley” @ Eshelman Hall, top floor, UC Berkeley
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Capture the Movement Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a two hour photography workshop by activist and photographer Brooke Anderson. Whether you’re using your iPhone or a DSLR, through this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

• reflect on the role of photography in social movements and visual storytelling
• learn key principles of composition, lightening, exposure
• explore the settings and various “tips and tricks” on your camera phone
• practice taking portraits and get feedback
• discuss key issues around consent, representation, legal rights, etc.

Brooke Anderson is a social movement organizer and photographer based in Oakland, CA. Check out her work @

There is a suggested donation of $10 from any interested activists to help cover the costs of the event. Please email to register.

Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general? Members of the White Noise Collective will facilitate this workshop ,exploring the difficult conversations in our lives around race and power.

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Contact with ticket requests or questions.

March for Our Lives: Oakland @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The largest national march against gun violence and the largest national march led by the youth ever!
Looking for volunteers, musicians, and speakers.

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Mission Statement:

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.


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!

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

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during Daily Slaving Time) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the cooler months we meet at 3 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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. 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: