The Greatest Heist You Never Heard of: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI and the Unveiling of COINTELPRO @ Berkeley Repertory Theater
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party, the National Alumni Association of the Black Panther Party (NAABPP), in association with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre ~ presents a special program ~

The Greatest Heist You Never Heard of: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI and the Unveiling of COINTELPRO

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

With our democracy in the cross hairs of “G” Man #1, some courageous citizens stood up to defend our liberties.

The program will feature the film, 1971: Before Watergate, WikiLeaks, and Edward Snowden, There Was Media, Pennsylvania.

Directed by Johanna Hamilton, 1971 is a moving account of how citizens found the extraordinary courage to carry out one of the most powerful acts of non-violent resistance in American history: a break in to the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania. |

“We were early whistleblowers before whistleblowers were known as such,” says Dr. John Raines, a member of the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI (group who broke into the office).
 * Bobby Seale – Co-Founder, Black Panther Party
* Kathleen Cleaver, Esq. – Former Communications Secretary, Black Panther Party
* Dr. John Raines – Professor of Religion (Retired)
* Bonnie Raines – Civil Rights and Anti-War Activist
* Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele – Senior Community Organizer, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
* Michael D. McCarty – Former Chicago Black Panther
Moderator: Dr. J. Vern Cromatie – Professor of Sociology; Chair of the Sociology Dept., Contra Costa College

There will be a post-screening presentation by Dr. Raines on why dissent is the lifeblood of democracy.
“As a nation we continue to debate the proper use of domestic surveillance techniques, particularly as technology has evolved in ways that could not have been foreseen during the 1970s, the country must remain vigilant to abuses of power, no matter what the stated public purpose of the abusers. May we strengthen our resolve to protect the rights the Citizens Commission to Investigate the FBI cherished and helped preserve over forty years ago”

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (from the Congressional record commending the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI for exposing the illegal COINTELPRO program)

McKibben & the Millennials @ San Rafael Community Center
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

McKibben & the Millennials in Marin

brother_billDon’t miss this cross-generational event!  Renowned writer, climate activist and c0-founder and senior advisor Bill McKibben is the keynote speaker at “Bill McKibben and Bay Area Millennials: Reclaiming Our Climate Future.”  Following his talk, Bill will participate in a lively panel discussion with Bay Area millennial activists about the climate work they are engaged in. 

The panel will be moderated by Joe Mueller, Professor of Environmental Science at College of Marin.  Speakers include:  Rose Strauss, leader of 350 Bay Area Youth Climate Action, a Drake High School senior; Sophia Baratashvili, President of the Environmental Action Club at College of Marin; Cesar Fragoso, East Oakland intern with Communities for a Better Environment; and Owen Bartolf of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership.

The last segment of the program will be a Q&A session with the audience focused on the steps we all need to take to rapidly mobilize and regain control of our climate future.

Sponsored by 350 Marin, the event is free to students, with a $10 suggested donation for others.


Oakland Freedom Fest @ Caesar Chavez Park
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

OAKLAND FREEDOM FEST: Building Beyond Police & Prisons

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and the Take Bake Oakland Coalition and the Justice Reinvestment Coalition is collaborating to put on a Freedom Fest to end and amplify the entangled state violence of police terror, criminalization, and imprisonment.


The trauma and oppression our black, brown, immigrant, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, poor, and disabled communities face with police terror and imprisonment go hand in hand. So turn out to the Oakland Freedom Fest to build the power of our communities. Let’s break the cycles of of state violence and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong!

– Alternatives to Calling the Cops & De-Escalation Trainings
– Voter Registration & Voter Guides
– Prop 47 & Clean Slate Record Expungement Clinics
– Community Mapping
– more to come!

Power to the People! Black Panther 50th Anniversary Rally and Concert @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A Socialist Perspective on the Environment – With Carol Danserea @ Niebyl-Proctor
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
sm_website01.jpg Why are we losing our fight for the Earth? And what will it take to win? To answer these urgent questions, we must understand what’s blocking our way forward: an economic system based on exploitation of the earth and of its people. We must acknowledge that many of the strategies followed by environmental groups up until now have limited the possibility of real change. There are solutions for all of the world’s environmental problems. We can create the world we want and prevent the destruction of the planet when we mobilize our forces to bring about the changes that we want and need.

Come and hear Carol Dansereau who has been fighting for the Earth as an organizer, attorney and non-profit director for three decades. Based in Seattle, she is the author of What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-ends and False Friends in the Fight for the Earth. (

After the presentation, there will be time for discussion.

Film Showing: Do Not Resist! “The increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.” @ Elmwood Theater
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do Not Resist

Q&A with director Craig Atkinson Sat, Oct 22nd after 7pm show!

To Purchase Tickets Click HERE

DO NOT RESIST is director Craig Atkinson’s directorial debut. From the protests in Ferguson to disagreements on Capitol Hill — whether he is following a heavily armored SWAT team as they issue a no-call warrant or inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence”– Atkinson delivers a unique and powerful image of the stories and characters surrounding an issue that has billions of dollars — and lives — hanging in the balance. Using footage shot over two years, in 11 states, The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary Feature DO NOT RESIST reveals a rare and surprising look into the increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 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 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.  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 four 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:


Community Democracy Project: 4th Sundays are 4 Sci-Fi @ Omni Commons
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Every Sunday The Community Democracy Project and our supporters gather to imagine a society that functions differently. We organize and strategize to make Participatory Budgeting a reality in Oakland through a voter initiative that uplifts and values the voices of the most marginalized.

Beginning August 28th every 4th Sunday will be dedicated to a work of Science Fiction that inspires us. We’re very excited to blast off with the short story, Bloodchild by Octavia Butler. Read (attached in the comments!) and join us to share your insight and inspiration.

Future works may include but are not limited to: novels, articles, episodes and films!

Black Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver Speaks @ Merritt College, R-110
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Class: Structures of Radicalization @ Omni Commons
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An invitation to a class on the

Structures of Racialization

At the Bay Area Public School

A free university in the Omni Commons

When the English first got to Virginia, in the early 1600s, they didn’t see themselves as “white.” It took a century for their colonialism to produce the concepts of race and white supremacy.

We’ve been fighting racism, white privilege, white supremacy, and institutional racism since then. And still, a Trump can come along with his “dogwhistle” politics, and get an instant white following at varying degrees of frenzy. Today even the most liberal cities cannot stop police racial profiling  – while thee illiberal ones officiate over “stop and frisk.”

Ø                 What are we missing?

Ø                 If racism is just a “divide and rule” strategy, why has it always worked so well? Why does it still work so well?

Ø                 How is it that new groups, like immigrants and Muslims, can be continually targetted for racial assault (victim de jour)?

Ø                 If race is a social construct, what is the structure that has been constructed?

Ø                 Is it an economic structure? A cultural structure? What?

Ø                 How deep culturally does it reside in this country?

Ø                 Is “race” a noun or a verb?

This class will look at the the structures of policing today, of segregation yesterday, and of colonization and slavery the day before that. If the “modern concept of race” was constructed socially at a particular moment, does that imply an ending we can programmatize?

This class will be mostly discussion and dialogue. We will have to address our prejudices about prejudice in order to get to the issues of structure. There will be non-mandatory readings on line for the class. It will also be open to other texts that class members wish to propose.

Facilitator:         Steve Martinot

Stand Against Juvenile Fines and Fees @ Room 107
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Two Anti-Fracking Films @ New Parkway
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Oakland Institute for two short films, focused on fracking and its resistance here in California. Dear Governor Brown looks at the contradictions of Gov. Jerry Brown—the “greenest” governor in the US (?), who’s encouraging the growth of fracking in California. The film also explores fracking in our state. Faith Against Fracking looks at the role of faith leaders from multiple backgrounds in forming alliances and contributing to the struggle to end fracking.

Following the film, join the Oakland Institute’s Policy Analyst Elizabeth Fraser, along with Shannon Biggs of Movement Rights and David Braun of Americans Against Fracking for a discussion about the incredible and important work happening here in California to ban fracking once and for all.


Codepink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner
Theme this week is: “REFUGEES…”

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, flyers, …Additional signs and flyers provided.
Stand (or sit) with us and the huge PEACE banner.

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our weekly PARTY to get this hackerspace together, to provide a venue for those things that otherwise cannot be worked out through day-to-day practice.

Potluck! – bring your own tasty dish!

Sudo room, located in the southwast corner of the ground floor, is a creative community and hackerspace. We offer tools and project space for a wide range of activities: electronics, sewing/crafting, 3D and 2D manufacturing, coding, and good old-fashioned co-learning!

Hours: The space is open whenever a member is present. Come visit! Best times to drop in are evenings between 7 and 9pm. See the calendar for recurring meetups and upcoming events:

Film Screenings: WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra @ Impact HUB Oakland
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we welcome award winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, co-directors of the PBS film Shift Change as they screen their latest documentaries, WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra.

WEconomics was filmed in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy which has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world. The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse, where prosperity is widely shared, and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services.

La Empresa es Nuestra, filmed in the Basque region of northern Spain, describes the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, that largest cooperative corporation in the world. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, it is the tenth-largest Spanish company and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.


Please join us for a film screening and discussion of how these examples can be helpful toward developing a stronger coop economy in the U.S. and specifically the East Bay. Young and Dworkin have produced films about worker coops over a period of 15 years, first in Argentina after the dramatic economic/political collapse in late 2001, then in the Basque Country of Spain and across the U.S., including the Bay Area, for Shift Change. Their work encourages us to think and work toward a more just, equitable, sustainable economy.

In Cooperation,
Ricardo S. Nuñez

Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This screening is the Bay Area premiere of The Last Crop documentary.
The Last Crop is an intimate exploration into the lives of small family farmers Jeff and Annie Main of California’s Central Valley. The film follows these organic pioneers’ ten-year pursuit to ensure that a farm need not be imperiled at the end of every generation. Theirs is a story that is being echoed on farms across our nation as our largely aging farming population faces retirement. What sets the Mains apart is their resolve to create an alternative for their farm’s succession that ensures its productivity and affordability for future farming generations.
Post film panelists: Annie & Jeff Main, Andrea Davis-Cetina owner Quarter Acre Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition member, Evan Wigg, Executive Director, Farmers Guild, Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust and filmmaker Chuck Schultz

Please contact us if you have any questions at

Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Food First is the original food policy think tank, founded in 1975 by activist author Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. Over the years, they’ve produced action-oriented research and analysis in order to help build the movement for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Their projects range from working to stop ‘land grabs’ in the Americas to pollinator restoration and farmer to farmer education. Their Food Sovereignty tours to places such as Italy and Cuba are well known and sought after.

The October gala gathering celebrates the work Food First has contributed to the food justice movement and provides an opportunity to learn more about their organization. There is no cost to attend and no pressure to contribute financially, though opportunities to do so will be available if you so desire.

Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information.
On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto @ Brava Theater
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thur-Sun, October 27-30

Loco Bloco, a non-profit performing arts organization and playwright Paul S. Flores announce their final full production of On The Hill, a play about the impact of the death of Alex Nieto. Directed by the renowned playwright Paul Flores, On the Hill tells the story of the impact that the death of Alex Nieto – at the hands of the SFPD- has had on youth of color residing in SF neighborhoods – neighborhoods that are currently being gentrified. The project uses music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity,to find ways to dialogue with each other, and discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Through their interpretation of death and life, the young actors incorporate spoken word, bilingual theater, drum, dance and video projection to retell the story of the night Alex Nieto was murdered on Bernal Hill in March 2014. The production is co-directed by Eric Reid.

Free Traditional Healing Clinic @ Tassafaronga Rec Center
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Halloween Harvest Festival @ Gill Tract
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm