Occupy Forum: Left of the Left @ The Black and Brown Social Club
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents
Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff
With Anatole Dolgoff

Sam Dolgoff was a prominent anarchist from New York City, raised among the Wobblies and Anarchists of the latter two thirds of the 20th century. Sam’s activist life included encounters with Emma Goldman, Vladimir Lenin, Eugene Debs, MLK Jr., and many others.

A house painter by trade, Sam Dolgoff was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years. His political voyage began in the 1920s when he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited, and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin’s writings in English.

His story, told with passion and humor by his son, conjures images of a lost New York City – the Lower East Side, the strong immigrant and working-claass neighborhoods, the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture, the union halls and social clubs, the brutal cops and bosses, and the solidarity that kept them at bay.

His son, Anatole, a man now in his seventies who, as a child and young man, had a front-row seat to the world of proletarian politics and the colorful characters who brought it to life, will speak to us at OccupyForum and read from his book on his father.

“The American left in its classical age used to celebrate an ideal, which was the worker-intellectual – someone who toils with his hands all his life aand meanwhile develops his mind and deepens his knowledge and contributes mightily to progress and decency in the society around him. Sam Dolgoff was a mythic figure in a certain corner of the radical left … and his son, Anatole, has written a wise and beautiful book about him.” Paul Berman, author of A Tale of Two Utopias and Power and the Idealists

If you want to read the god-honest and god-awful truth about being a radical in twentieth-century America, drop whatever you’re doing, pick up this book, and read it. Pronto! If you’re not crying within five pages, you might want to check whether you’ve got a heart and a pulse.” Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Watterfront

Anatole Dolgoff is the son of Esther and Sam Dolgoff, two of the most important anarchists in the United States in the twentieth century. He has lived in New York City his entire life and teaches geology at the Pratt Institute.

If you were to attend one book talk this year this is the one.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Defund OPD to Refund Oakland! @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 30 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We are going to be making sure that the people’s budget gets the support it needs, and making sure that the City Council knows where to get the funding we need for our communities – TAKE IT OUT OF THE POLICE BUDGET!

Rally at 4:30 PM. Get to city hall as early as you can! If you can’t get there till 6 or 7, it’s still worth it to come! Touch base with the action coordinators when you arrive and they’ll plug you in!

Contact if you would like to come to a meeting in preparation for this action, on Monday 5/29 at 6:30pm!

Defund OPD!

Public Bank of Oakland Petition Presentation to City Council @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Important Meeting Tuesday May 30th City Hall Meeting and Petition Deadline 5:30pm

May 30th, we are looking to hand over our petition forms to the city council to put pressure on them to vote on adding the money needed for the feasibility and implementation study in this budget cycle. This will require the attendance of everyone that supports the Public Bank of Oakland. Ideally we will all be wearing our green t-shirts. We’re trying to get over 100 people to come out in support with signs and in our shirts.

Press Conference: Berkeley Wells Fargo Divestment
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Crucial BAAQMD Hearing on Rule 12-16 – caps on refinery emissions @ BAAQMD Offices
May 31 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

The fate of Rule 12-16, which would set transparent, enforceable caps on refinery emissions—and prevent a major switch to heavier and dirtier crude oil like tar sands—could be decided at this hugely important hearing of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Board of Directors.  Certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on Rule 12-16 and a subsequent up-or-down vote by the board could well go forward if several significant problems with the EIR are not first resolved. Whether this is actually the last stand, or even the second-to-last stand, we really need you to show up.  Hold a sign, testify or bear silent witness to enable a successful outcome to this four-year long struggle to protect the health and safety of Bay Area communities.

For background, listen to this April 19th KALW report, which includes interviews with members of the Richmond community whose very lives depend on the passage of this rule.  (Both the broadcast and a transcript are available.)

Reporter Will Parrish has done excellent investigative work on the issue.  See his recent articles in the Monthly and the Nation.

The Sierra Club’s coverage is here.

Finally, follow this link to more detailed coverage on this website—and talking points for the May 31st meeting.

(Arrive as early as possible to get a seat, ideally at 9 AM)

Welcome Oscar López Rivera to the Bay Area @ First Presbyterian Church
May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

After nearly 36 years in prison for struggling for the independence of Puerto Rico, Oscar Lopez Rivera will be free as of May 17th and he’s coming to the Bay Area on May 31st! It’s a real honor that he’s coming here, and I hope you can come to celebrate him, and help us raise money for him as he begins his life back in the community that fought for so long for his release.

If you aren’t able to attend but would like to donate to the fund for Oscar, you can do that here:

Buy tickets on-line!
Limited tickets at the door.
Tickets are sliding scale as shown below.
All proceeds go directly to Oscar.

5:30 Reception $75-250
Sponsored by
the National Lawyers Guild
(Cost includes program ticket.)

A unique opportunity to meet and talk to Oscar!
Food and drinks will be provided.
Posters by local artist Doug Minkler and signed by Oscar will be for sale.

7:00 Program $20-50

José López
Oscar López Rivera
John Santos, Rico Pabón, Quenepas

Arrive early, limited seating available.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Note on Brown Paper Tickets: Reception tickets appear first. Scroll down on the “date” field to select the 7:00 Program tickets.

Make a donation to help Oscar set up his new life in Puerto Rico:
LIke Oscar on Facebook!
For more information:

Partial List of Endorsers:
AIM-WEST, All of Us Or None, Altruvistas, ANSWER, Arab Resource & Organizing Center, Bay Area Anti-Repression Committee, Center for Political Education, Critical Resistance of Oakland, Emory Douglas, Freedom Archives, Global Exchange, Haiti Action Committee, Int’l Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, LAGAI Queer Insurrection, La Raza Resource Center, La Tertulia Boricua, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, Lynne Stewart Organization, Making Contact, Malcom X Grassroots Movement, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, National Network on Cuba (NNOC), Prison Activist Resource Center, Prison Radio/Redwood Justice Fund, QUIT, Socialist Action, Socialist Workers Party, Task Force on the Americas, Veterans for Peace #69 (San Francisco), Workers World Party

Richmond Post Office: Public Hearing on Proposed Closing @ Richmond City Council Chambers
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Downtown Post Office Update: Public Hearing Announced
A public hearing regarding the proposed closure of the Downtown Post Office has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, 6pm, at Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804.
A notice posted at the post office announced the public hearing and information about submitting written remarks: for 30 days after the public meeting, anyone may submit written comments for the Postal Service’s consideration prior to its final decision.
Please come out to this important public hearing and submit your comments in writing to:
United States Postal Service
Attn.: Dean Cameron
1300 Evans Avenue, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94188


Prisoners Literature Project @ Grassroots House
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Volunteer with us!

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, learn more about the prison system, and assist in other ways.

We currently meet on Sundays from 2-5pm and on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm at the Grassroots House.  This is located at 2022 Blake St. (at Milvia), Berkeley, CA 94704.  (Map – there’s plenty of local parking, and the office is walkable in 11-15 minutes from downtown Berkeley BART or Ashby BART  – also, AC Transit bus #18 stops nearby.)

(Please note that we can’t accept prisoner book requests at this address.  Book requests from U.S. prisoners must be mailed to PLP; c/o Bound Together Books, 1369 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117.)

We welcome helpers of any age and experience at our volunteer sessions (here’s what they look like!), and are also very happy to host students looking for community service.  You should read a lot, have neat legible handwriting, and be able to follow the rules to get books into prisons. We don’t make the rules, but we do have to follow them!

Bringing more than four people? Please contact us first so we can better accommodate your group. (BTW, we maintain ‘call for volunteer’ listings on, on, and on, so you might have seen us there!)

Other ways to help?

If you can’t make it in-person to our volunteer sessions, we’d still love your help.  In particular, we’re looking for donations — both one-time and recurring — to help pay for postage on the hundreds of book packages we send out monthly.

Other things we’d love help with include:  fundraising efforts, publicity, and contacting publishers and distributors to get multiple copies of our most sought-after books.  We need to keep building our reserves — and further reduce our request backlog.

Got more ideas?  Come to a meeting and share them with us!

Welcome Oscar Lopez Rivera to the Bay Area @ First Presbyterian Church
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Oscar Lopez Rivera is coming to the Bay Area after 36 years in prison for his struggle to support  Puerto Rican Independence and sovereignity . For many of us, this is a welcome opportunity to celebrate his release and our shared victory.
He will be visiting the Bay Area for this unique one time only public appearance on May 31st.  Help us support Oscar as he continues his work while beginning his new life. Please make as generous a donation as possible. Let us show Oscar that the SF Bay Area community supports him as he continues to advocate for sovereignty and independence for Puerto Rico.

All proceeds go directly to Oscar.

Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission- Discussion re collaboration with ICE @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meeting Agenda

4. 5:15pm: Staff update on Surveillance Equipment Ordinance
5. 5:20pm: Review and discussion of Oakland Police Department’s written report on their collaboration with ICE; database access and sharing with outside entities
6. 5:40pm: Review and discussion of Oakland Police Department’s Immigration Policy

Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop DrillingLearn the sobering facts about oil production in California and the damage it’s doing to families, agriculture, our water and environment. Explore ways we can work together to challenge our Governor to be consistent in his environmental policies. We’ll watch a short film called DEAR GOVERNOR BROWN, STOP DRILLING CALIFORNIA. The discussion afterward features representatives from Food and Water Watch, a leader in the anti-fracking movement, and several other organizations concerned about fracking in California. We’ll close out the evening with a postcard writing campaign.

Bring healthy vegetarian snacks or a refreshment to share for meet and greet at 6:30. The program begins at 7:00 pm. This event is sponsored by: Transition Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Chapter, Sierra Club and BFUU Social Justice Committee.


Omni Commons General Assembly @ Omni Commons
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come by our open Delegates Meetings every First and Third Thursday of the month at 7pm! We’ll give space to brief announcements, updates from working groups, proposals up for consensus, and discussion around important issues. The schedule is created weekly at the following url:

Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley, all over
Jun 3 all-day

To guarantee access to indoor sessions, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $8. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.


Map of Festival.

Swing District Resistance Canvass @ Congressperson Denham's district
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
A key to the success of the resistance in California is people from the Bay Area going to swing districts! Congressman Denham of nearby Modesto voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (after telling his constituents he wouldn’t) and to leave millions of Americans without healthcare. Over the next two months the Senate will debate and vote on healthcare repeal, followed by a House vote on the final bill.  We need to bring the fight for affordable healthcare and accountability to the voters in areas like Modesto.

RSVP now for a free spot on the bus. Buses leave from San Francisco and Oakland at 9am and return by 530pm. Or meet us in Modesto by 11am. Box lunch provided. Please RSVP!

Sponsored by Bay Resistance and SEIU California
Envisioning Community Care for People with Mental Illness @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition for a Town Hall envisioning what it would look like to provide #CareNotCages to members of our community with mental illness.

A space for learning and discussion for directly impacted people, their family and friends, service providers, activists, elected officals and all others concerned with the over incarceration of people with mental illness.

If you are in need of childcare, please contact to RSVP. Please includes the number and ages of kids, any allergies, if they will do best with a 1 on 1 aid, and anything else you think is important to share.

San Francisco Rally in Support of #MarchForTruth @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There is more than sufficient cause for alarm about the role Russian state-led hacking and information warfare played in the 2016 election, and there are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between the Russian state and Donald Trump, his associates and his campaign. The legitimacy of the United States government may hinge on the answers to these questions. If the President was elected even in part due to collusion with a foreign effort to interfere in our democratic process, then the will of the people has been subverted.

We call for a #MarchForTruth to raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that American citizens want answers. The legitimacy of our democracy is more important than the interests of any party, or any President. So, we will rise together to call for a fair and impartial investigation, for the pursuit of truth, and for the restoration of faith in our electoral system and the Office of the Presidency.

Our goals are simple:

1. Congressional investigations should be properly resourced and pursued free of partisan interests, or an independent investigation must be established;

2. As much information should be made available to the public as possible, and as soon as possible;

3. Donald Trump should release his tax returns to clarify his business interests and obligations to any foreign entity;

4. If crimes were committed or if collusion is discovered, it must be prosecuted.


Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley, all over
Jun 4 all-day

To guarantee access to indoor sessions, we recommend that you purchase a Priority Admission Ticket for only $8. Otherwise, you can purchase a General Admission Wristband for $15 for the whole weekend, with first-come, first-served admission after Priority Ticket holders are let in. Outdoor sessions — at the San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park and the Showtime Stage for families — are free, with first-come, first served seating.


Map of Festival.

Indivisible: All Members Meeting @ Drake's Dealership
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Indivisible East Bay for resistance and brunch on Sunday, June 4th. Learn about our work from the past month, participate in upcoming actions, and hear from other local groups resisting here in the East Bay.

New members welcome! We hope you can join us!

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jun 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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.  (In prior years we have agreed to meet at 3:00 PM during winter hours, that is, once Daylight Savings Time ends).

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

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over 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. 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: (
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:

Liberated Lens Film Showing: Beyond Recognition @ Omni Commons
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

A film exploring the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.
After decades struggling to protect her ancestors’ burial places, now engulfed by San Francisco’s sprawl, a Native woman from a non-federally recognized Ohlone tribe and her allies occupy a sacred site to prevent its desecration. When this life-altering event fails to stop the development, they vow to follow a new path- to establish the first women-led urban Indigenous land trust. Beyond Recognition explores the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them.

Q&A with the director, Michelle Steinberg and Corrina Gould, lead organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change after the screening.

Michelle Steinberg will also show a preview of her new film MET(T)A

free snacks and popcorn!