24 Hour Vigil for the Homeless Who Have Died on our Streets @ Berkeley New City Hall
Jan 17 – Jan 18 all-day

A vigil for the homeless who have died of exposure this year, especially those in Berkeley.
A 24 hour vigil starting at 5 PM. A press conference around five or so. Candles lit at 6 pm.

Body of homeless woman found near Berkeley High

“It sickens me that we live in a society where we think of ourselves as civilized and people freeze to death because they have nowhere to live,

Four homeless people die of exposure in Portland in first 10 days of 2017

“Karen Lee Batts, 52, was found in a downtown parking garage on 7 January after being evicted from her low-income housing unit, where she had $338 of unpaid rent.”

(The Berkeley City Council will be at New City Hall meeting in closed session at 5:30 PM about a lawsuit regarding the downtown Berkeley Post Office, at which the organizers, First They Came for the Homeless, maintained a 17-month occupation until April, 2016.)

Demand Resignation of Contra Costa DA Mark Peterson @ DA's Office
Jan 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

It is time to act.  How much shameless corruption are we going to tolerate? As a community, we must fight back.

Contra Costa’s District Attorney Mark Peterson has violated the law. He has admitted to embezzlement, fraud, and perjury. He claims to be “humbled and embarrassed by his errors of judgment;” he says he will pay a fine for his “mistakes and errors.”  Admission of guilt does not negate the fact that he broke the law and was caught red-handed only after an audit was conducted.

As the top law enforcement official, DA Mark Peterson is required to uphold and enforce the law but has failed miserably at his job. He lacks the ability to act in an ethical and lawful manner. He has proven repeatedly that he has no integrity. For instance, he publicly blamed unarmed 24 year old Pedie Perez for causing his own murder and has contributed to the cover-up by not charging the officer despite overwhelming evidence that contradicts Officer Wallace Jensen’s LIES. Eyewitnesses reported to the family and police that Pedie never tried to take the officer’s gun and even DNA supports their statements. DA Mark Peterson lacks the ability to analyze facts, and exercise impartial judgement based on the evidence provided.

Citizens are prosecuted for embezzlement, fraud and perjury. Why shouldn’t he be charged according to his crimes? We don’t get to pay fines and keep our $300K annual salary!!! When is he going to be prosecuted? When is his license to practice law going to be revoked?

A demonstration of concerned Contra Costa County residents and supporters is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, at 12 noon to demand Mark Peterson’s resignation. We will assemble at DA Mark Peterson’s Office at 900 Ward St, Martinez.

Attorney Pamela Price will be speaking at the event. Ms. Price is the gutsy attorney who rescued the main witness in the police sex scandal after the Richmond Police Department sent her to Florida.

Thank you for your support, on behalf of and the Oscar Grant Committee

Emergency Press Conference, Public Defender for Sean Moore
Jan 18 @ 12:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Sean Moore was assaulted then shot in the stomach and leg by SFPD on January 6, after a neighbor called to report that Sean was making noise IN HIS OWN HOME. Yesterday, Jan. 11, Mr. Moore was transferred from the hospital to JAIL on bogus charges of assaulting an officer. Public Defender Jeff Adachi has viewed the bodycam videotapes and will release a statement at 1:00 on the discrepancies between the police narrative we were fed by police at the town hall and the truth. Please attend this conference to support the family and show that police violence and lies will not be tolerated. Invite everyone from your social justice networks.

Media are focusing on the SFPD’s tale of needing tasers to prevent shooting deaths, which is entirely unsupported by research data. Tasers kill and are one more torture tool misused in the hands of abusive officers.

Open Circle Direct Action! – Repeal the Policeman’s Bill of Rights! @ SF Police Association
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Open Circle Community for a Direct Action as part of the APTP Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King and Resisting the Fascist Trump Agenda.

The focus of this action is to address the Police Officer Bill of Rights which protects killer cops from prosecution. This Bill of Rights needs to be REPEALED!

Meet us at the Police Officers Association, 800 Bryant Street, San Francisco. We’ll have an introduction to the families directly impacted by police terror and a speakout on how the Police Officer Bill of Rights has obstructed justice for their loved ones.

Let’s bring a light snack to share and something in small bags to offer to the community.

Dress warm and bring an umbrella.
We’ll be sure to keep the event brief pending rain.

Interfaith Candlelight Vigil and Walk – MLK 120 Hours of Action @ First Presbyterian Church
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this family-friendly event in remembrance of the work of Dr. King and in recognition of the work we need to do to make the Beloved Community a reality. Bring a candle, glowstick or other source of light. After a brief gathering ceremony, we will begin our candlelight walk to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Clergy and faith leaders are invited to wear vestments or other garments relevant to their ministry.

Berkeley Tiny House Coalition Meeting @ Youth Spirit Artworks
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

YSA has $5000 available for our tiny house prototype for the YSA ArtLot to start building plans by March or sooner and will try to get 10k more from Council on 1/24. That house can/could be moved to the village later to house someone. It will get used for community education first in our ArtLot.

We have a local realtor actively scouting sites for us in Berkeley so will be working on identifying the site for the youth Tiny House Village for six months. If we have not identified a Berkeley site by June 1 we will make a decision to pursue Oakland, which we know already we will have a site. We will report on this the 18th, along with other updates.
Snacks provided.

APTP Meeting: Conversation w/ Fred Hampton Jr.: Organizing in the Age of Trump @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Monthly APTP meeting, held on every 3rd Wednesday of the month. This month we will hold a conversation with Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. on organizing in the age of Trump.

The Anti Police-Terror Project is a project of the ONYX ORGANIZING COMMITTEE that in coalition with other organizations like Idriss Stelley Foundation, Community READY Corps and Workers World is working to develop a replicable and sustainable model to end police terrorism in this country.

We are led by the most impacted communities but are a multi-racial, mutil-generational coalition.

Film Screening: “At the River I Stand” @ Omni Commons
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
A recounting of the two months leading to the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
Human Billboard: Expose Libby Schaff’s Racism and Reject Trump @ Rockridge Bart
Jan 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Join SURJ for a human billboard and flyering at Rockridge BART in conjunction with the APTP call to Resist Fascism & Reclaim MLK – 120 Hours of Direct Action. We’ll expose Mayor Libby Schaaf’s refusal to address police terror in Oakland.

Under Libby’s watch, the Oakland Police Dept. has murdered eight Black people in and around Oakland. Yet, she has not denounced even one of these killings. White supremacy has no place in Oakland. The police who committed these acts and those involved in the police department sex scandal have faced no prosecution and remain completely unaccountable for their racist actions. Meanwhile, Libby has increased OPD’s budget, AND she appointed a new police chief without any community input, contrary to Measure LL, which was passed by Oakland voters.

In addition, SURJ and our community partners are calling out Libby’s pro-developer policies that have displaced thousands of Oaklanders, especially Black and Brown community members. As we work to hold our local officials accountable, we believe now is the time to express our outrage over Donald Trump’s agenda and its open threats towards communities of color. We call on Libby to reject this agenda, not just in words but with bold action.

We refuse to stand idly by in the shadow of a potential Muslim registry, the deportations of millions of migrants, a government run by corporate interests, and the continued police terror wreaked upon Black and Brown communities across the US. We wish we could say that Oakland is poised to serve as an oasis where no one is affected by the draconian, racist policies of the incoming Trump administration. However, the record of Mayor Schaaf does not give us confidence that Oakland’s communities of color will be immune to their effects. This is why we as SURJ feel that it is critical to disrupt business as usual, whenever and wherever necessary.

As SURJ, we are lifting up these demands:
  -End police terror in Oakland and across the Bay Area
  -Development without displacement of Black and Brown communities
  -End the displacement caused by corporate coaxing of local government
  -Denounce Trump’s agenda with bold action, not just words
  -Maintain a sanctuary city ensuring real protections for undocumented people
  -Refuse to cooperate with any attempted Muslim registry
  -Maintain healthcare for all -Fight for the lives of queer and trans people, especially Black and Brown trans women
Inauguration Eve Meditation & Prayer @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

We will be meditating on Inauguration Eve at 12 noon at Oscar Grant Plaza. This is a loosely organized event and you are welcome to participate in your own way. We will be meditating silently for an hour, in anticipation of the battle to come.

Last Spokescouncil Meeting for MLK Week of Action!
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This year, Oakland’s Anti Police-Terror Project is calling on our Bay Area community to up the resistance level, as we reclaim the radical legacy of Martin Luther King and resist the fascist Trump agenda. This year the Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March on Monday (1/16) will launch 120 hours of direct action, culminating on #HellNawGuration Day (1/20). This year we are focused on immigrant rights, protection of our Muslim brothers and sisters, womens reproductive rights, loving our LGBTQ sisters, brothers and siblings, and the defense of Black life.

As is our custom, we will host a Spokescouncil meeting to plan and coordinate actions in the SF Bay Area. PLEASE SAVE THE FOLLOWING DATES in your calendar.

Tues Jan 3 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Sat Jan 7 – 2-5pm – First AME Church
Tues Jan 10 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Sat Jan 14 – 2-5pm – First AME Church
Tues Jan 17 – 6-9pm – Omni Commons**
Thurs Jan 19 – 6-9pm – 955 7th St.

What is a spokescouncil?

A spokescouncil is a collective framework for direct action mobilizations, where large masses of people organize themselves into smaller teams called “affinity groups”. Affinity groups plan their actions independently with the intention of advancing the larger goal of the spokescouncil. Affinity groups are represented by at least one person (“a spoke”) at the meetings, where they are able to share resources and coordinate their actions with other groups.

Why a spokescouncil?

We propose the spokescouncil as a solution to many of the shortcomings of unstructured mass assemblies. We intend to provide a highly structured organizing space with clear tactical and messaging guidelines, that empowers participants to organize independently and in parallel. We intend to inspire a multitude of diverse actions and awaken the massive potential we have as a community engaging in direct action.

** for questions or more information about the spokescouncil please contact

NOISE DEMO! Stop Santa Rita Jail Expansion! @ Santa Rita Jail
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n honor of Martin Luther King and everyone who’s struggling against the prison industrial complex, the Alameda County Jail Fight Coalition will be holding a noise demo at Santa Rita Jail. This action is organized as part ofAnti Police-Terror Project‘s call for 120 hours of direct action. #120Hours,#HellNawguration, #ReclaimMLK.

Noise demos break the isolation and alienation of cages and is a way of expressing solidarity for people imprisoned and remembering those held captive by the state. This will be a family friendly event and it will not be arrestable. We are holding the event during the Thursday evening jail visiting hours to connect with people who are visiting their loved ones inside.

BRING: pots and pans, non-amplified noisemakers, drums, prayers, music, warm clothes, and signs.

If you need help getting to demo, a caravan will be leaving from Telegraph/20th in Oakland (near the Bank of the West pull off) at 4:30pm.

We will also be running free shuttles from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to the jail from 5:30-6:15pm.

To reserve a spot in the caravan from Oakland or Shuttle from BART please email

Buses #1 and #14 also pick up at the Dublin/Pleasonton Bart Station and drop off at Broder Blvd & Santa Rita Jail.

#SantaRitaJailFail #CareNotCages

Know Your Rights: A training in support of 120 Hrs of Protest @ Grassroots House
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

n support of the call by Anti Police Terror Project for 120 Hours of Protest (from the Martin Luther King holiday through Inauguration Day), Berkeley Copwatch is sponsoring a special KNOW YOUR RIGHTS training to help people get ready to deal with massive police presence in the streets. We will also practice techniques for gathering evidence, challenging racist practices and dealing with police intimidation even after the protests are over.

– At a protest
– On the street
– When observing and recording
– What/how to document
– Non-violence principles

This event is free and wheelchair accessible.

J20 General Strike – Picket to Shut Down the Federal Building @ Oakland Federal Building
Jan 20 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am


#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

Bay Area Resist Trump – SF @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

On January 20th, Donald Trump’s inauguration begins a presidential term marked by outright xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, corporate giveaways and hate-fueled policies. We must reclaim our democracy, and show the nation how the Bay Area stands together to defend our communities and fight for justice. On this historic day, stand shoulder to shoulder with your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to RESIST TRUMP and join the movement to protect our healthcare, public education, civil liberties, unions, and environment. #rebelcitiesrising #J20

8 AM – 12PM Meet at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (Embarcadero BART) and march to Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Peter Thiel, ICE, and other groups supporting Trump’s hate-fueled policies. Greeters will be at Justin Herman Plaza anytime between 8AM and 12PM to direct you where to join the march.

11 AM: Children’s March

12 PM: Rally at 555 California St., San Francisco [Trump owned property]

Rallies and marches will be family-friendly!

This event is being organized by Jobs with Justice – San Francisco ( and Bay Rising ( 

Shutdown Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s and Green Burritto @ Carl's Junior locations (see below)
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

On #J20 shut down Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s, Green Burrito stores wherever you are. Let Trump and Puzder know we won’t go back! The fight is on! Respond on Facebook with locations you will be holding down on #J20

J20 General Strike – Mutual Aid Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


#oaklandJ20 #GeneralStrike #DumpTrump #InaugurationDay

Teach-ins/Workshops, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner, A Free Store, Speakers and Music

J20 Strike Community Organizing – Alchemy Cafe @ Alchemy Cafe
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

In solidarity with the J20 Strike, the cafe will be closed for business, but will offer free coffee and tea for organizers and people who want to collaborate with local groups to make a difference in our communities. We’ll also be collecting donations for: Standing Rock Water Protectors, Ghost Ship, and a domestic violence resistance org. Details TBA on facebook soon: @alchemycollective

Technology for Racial Justice @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Connecting Racial Justice Organizations with Tech. Resources (part of the All Day Mutual Aid Fair:

If you’re with a not-for-profit organization or activist/advocacy group working on racial/social justice causes to support, defend, and uplift underserved and marginalized communities throughout the Bay Area and beyond, and could use help from technology resources, we’re here to help!

Fortunately, there are a growing number of people with diverse technical skills – often working in software start-ups and big tech companies, or as independent freelancers – who would gladly volunteer their time to support your technology needs upon request, for things like:

– Website set-up, hosting, and management
– Email newsletter setup and membership management tools
– How to create a crowdfunding page
– How to create and promote Facebook events
– File and document management & other cloud services
– Basic computer/wifi/website troubleshooting

Whether you work with a social justice organization or are a tech. specialist looking to volunteer, stop by our booth on #J20 for more information and to sign-up!

Are you a tech. person and able to volunteer at the event? Sign-up here:

United We Resist – General Strike @ Latham Square
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm