Justice Now’s 15-year anniversary celebration @ Omni Commons
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

“The future is not a place we are going to, it is something we are
creating. We have a responsibility to create a better world, to leave a
more hopeful legacy for future generations.” -Jane Dorotik, Justice Now
Board Member (imprisoned at CIW)

JOIN US for Justice Now’s 15-year anniversary celebration THIS SATURDAY
at the Omni in Oakland. We are bringing together voices from inside,
loved ones who have returned home, and various other community
members/organizations to celebrate our victories, build the wider
movement, and discuss our collaborative visions of a world without prisons.

-Panel discussion by current and formerly incarcerated folks on the
future of prison abolition
-Workgroups led by amazing ally orgs exploring the intersection of
prison abolition and other social justice movements
-Food, dance, and artwork
-Community/movement building
-Space to honor our ancestors and loved ones who have passed or cannot
be with us
-And more!


CANCELLED: PROTEST PARTY BY THE LAKE: It’s No Longer Possible to Have Fun in Oakland @ Lake Merritt Amphitheatre, Btwn 12th St. & 1st Ave
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm



We have probably all seen the sign on Lakeshore advising us that barbecues, amplified music, beer, and fun in general are no longer allowed in the parks around the lake without a permit from the city.

Now the City has decided that musical instruments are also not allowed without prior acquisition of a permit.

What this means is that our public spaces are only truly accessible to those with the resources to procure permission to use them. What this also means is that Oakland residents who have used these community spaces as a shared yard, celebrating birthdays, weddings, graduations, and everything else in the heart of our beautiful city, can no longer continue to do so.

There is no doubt that these changes come as an attempt to make Oakland less hospitable to those who have lived here for years, and more welcoming to newcomers seeking to significantly alter the culture and landscape of the city. There is also no doubt that these regulations will be selectively enforced by the racist, classist Oakland Police Department and City Government.

It is time for our community to rise up and demand that our public spaces remain accessible for use by ALL of us.

In the interest of sending a loud and clear message, please bring your instruments, your grills, your stereos, your children, your dogs, your coolers full of beer, and your love for Oakland to the Lake Merritt Ampitheater Let’s celebrate Oakland’s history of resistance against state repression, and continue our city’s rich tradition of holding each other up in the face of adversity.

What Created the Migrant Crisis? Open the Borders! Fight Back with International Solidarity! @ Workers World Oakland
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

– Judy Greenspan, Workers World Party, discuss the causes of the migrant/refugee crisis in the Middle East and Africa.
– Alice Dodge Loaiza, Marcha Patriótica – Capítulo California of Colombia, will talk about the peoples of Latin America who have been forced to flee their countries.

Whether through wars of destabilization or labor export programs, tens of millions are displaced from their home countries due to monopoly capitalism’s drive to control the markets, resources, territories, while extracting super-profits. Neoliberal economic policies and mercenary armies are unleashed on countries where imperialism has strategic interests, in order to undermine and overturn economic and political sovereignty.

As we mark the one year anniversary of the Ayotzinapa 43 students who challenged neoliberal economic policies being imposed in Mexico, while the images of 2-year old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach and an overloaded boat sinking off the coast of Libya captures the ongoing reality of refugees fleeing wars of destabilization in the Middle East and Africa due to US-backed mercenary armies seeking to overthrow regimes. Meanwhile the U.S. has seen another spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S., with 4600 apprehended at the U.S./Mexico border in August.

Sponsored by Workers World Party
Wheelchair accessible, refreshments provided

Iinterfaith prayer meeting, for survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland. @ Bahai Center
Oct 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to survivors and victims of violence and police terror in Oakland.

The Baha’i community of Oakland is organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

In April, it was two years since we started holding these prayer meetings at the Baha’i Center. Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. We will serve a simple breakfast

Memorial: Remembering Eugene (Gino) Pepi
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Gino Pepi was a member of the Occupy Oakland Labor Solidarity Committee.

Please join us celebrating the life of Eugene Pepi who passed on from a heart attack last week in his house in the Mission. Gino was born and raised in San Francisco. As a young man he became convinced of the need of an equal and just society, and dedicated his life to socialism and to the struggles of the working class internationally. He worked hard to enhance the living conditions of all Bay Area workers especially B.A.R.T workers, fought against racism and discrimination, defended immigrant workers and women’s rights, and participated in countless efforts to stop wars and environmental destruction. When Gino wasn’t fighting tirelessly for the rights of the oppressed, he would dive deep into his other passions, Zydeco dancing and Photography. Through dance and music Gino made a long lasting group of friends that shared his joy and paasion for the sounds of Louisiana. Gino enjoyed life to its fullest. He embraced all challenges with humor, honesty and with a strong sense of solidarity.

We will remember you Gino.
This city will remember you.
Your friends, family and comrades will always remember you.

There will be time for Speaking, Musical Performance,Dancing, and food.

Preserve the Soul of Oakland: Rally & Community Drum Call @ Lake Merritt Amphitheatre
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

After Federal Oversight of Oakland Police ends, Then What? @ Allen Temple Baptist Church
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please register by going to:

A facilitated discussion of the challenges in ensuring that the hard-fought for police reforms mandated by the Negotiated Settlement Agreement (NSA) are sustained after the Federal Order and monitoring have ended. There will be opportunities for Q & A after the formal presentations.

Facilitator: Deacon Reggie Lyles, former Berkeley Police Captain and Novato Police Captain, former Public Safety Advisor to Mayor Jean Quan.

Panelists: civil rights attorney Jim Chanin, Cat Brooks, co-founder of ONYX and APTP (Anti-Police Terror Project), Pastor Michael McBride, Director of PICO Network’s Urban Strategies and Live Free Campaign , and Dr. Joe Marshall, founder of the Omega Boys Club and 11 year member of the San Francisco Police Commission.

*Light refreshments will be provided between 1:30 and 2:00
Free Admission but donations will be accepted.

GREEN SUNDAYS: “The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Business as Usual or Revolt of the Masses?” @ Neibyl-Proctor Library
Oct 11 @ 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Dr. Larry Shoup will speak and lead a discussion on:

“The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Business as Usual or Revolt of the Masses?”

larry_shoupThe normal pattern for presidential campaigns is that each of the two main political parties have at least one candidate backed by plutocratic wealth, as measured by their campaign funding, advisers from the Council on Foreign Relations and coverage from the most powerful media. Given their advantages, the plutocratic supported candidates usually soon outdistance their competition, then one of them wins the November election and implements policies which increase the wealth and power of the already too wealthy and too powerful capitalists against the interests of the larger population.

The 2016 presidential campaign has elements of the normal pattern in the persons of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, both well connected to the plutocracy. But the presence in the mainstream party race and level of support given to non-plutocratic candidates like Trump and Sanders indicates that this time something different is going on, a kind of revolt of the masses. At this Green Sunday we will explore this developing situation and assess the prospects for a Green Party breakthrough in 2016.

Larry Shoup was the Green Party candidate for California Secretary of State in 2002. He is the author of five books, including Wall Street’s Think Tank: the Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics (Monthly Review Press 2015).


SPONSOR: Green Sundays are a series of free programs & discussions sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County. They are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The monthly business meeting of the County Council of the Green Party of Alameda County follows at 7 pm.  Council meetings are always open to anyone who is interested. Please visit our website 

Occupy Forum Field Trip: California Fracking and Health @ Schools of the Sacred Heart, Syufy Theater
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

OccupyForum Field Trip

An Evening with Sandra Steingraber:
California Fracking and Health

SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility would like to invite our members and supporters to gather together for an important discussion about an issue of grave threat to our environment and health. Acclaimed ecologist, activist, and author Sandra Steingraber, PhD will be speaking about fracking, climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

Fracking and our Future

SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibillity has worked on policies to reduce and eliminate fracking in California and to bring greater attention to the dire links between it and climate change. Rather than being a source of clean energy, as it’s touted to be, fracking unleashes methane gasses while poisoning precious drinking water, damaging farmland and creating seismic instability. Now, despite growing evidence of its dangers, fracking is only increasing in California.

Please join us to strengthen our collective medical voice so that we can continue to take action for a healthier future. Dr. Steingraber will specifically address the growing threat to our health and environment from ongoing oil and gas operations, and the growing movement to stop this toxic menace to public health.

“We are all members of a great human orchestra,” says Steingraber, “and it is now time to play the Save the World Symphony. You do not have to play a solo, but you do have to know what instrument you hold and find your place in the score.”

Called “a poet with a knife” by Sojourner magazine, Steingraber has received many honors for her work as a science writer, including, in 2011, a Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations. Steingraber also has been named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine, a Person of the Year by Treehugger, and one of 25 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader.

This event is free and open to the public and is hosted by Breast Cancer Action, Environmental Working Group, and San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Please RSVP at
Transportation and Parking: Bus #22 stops close by,Montgomery Street Bart is a 3 minute walk. Parking garage at 2001 Union is a 7-minute walk.

End Mass Surveillance in Alameda County; Stop the Stingray Upgrade! @ Alameda County Building, 5th Floor
Oct 13 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition as we demand the Alameda County Board of Supervisors VOTE NO on the Stingray Upgrade on Tuesday, October 13th at 10:45am.

The Alameda County Sheriff wants authorization from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to execute an agreement on behalf of the District Attorney’s office for a telephone tracking technology upgrade in the amount of $113,419 for the period 8/31/15 – 12/31/15. The technology referred to is commonly known as the “Stingray” tracking device. “When cellphones within its range connect, it harvests the IMSI from all of them, which could include data from thousands of unsuspecting people. If the authorities have the IMSI of a subject — which sheriff’s officials said they wouldn’t obtain without a search warrant — they can focus on where the phone’s signal is coming from and, after moving the device a few times, triangulate a location to within 10 feet.”

More info on Stingrays, etc, and RSVP


Information from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Alameda County residents, you have a little more than a week to tell your Board of Supervisors how you feel about Sheriff Ahern’s proposed upgrade to phone surveillance technology shared by several law enforcement agencies in the county. The Board will consider the proposal on October 13.

IMSI catchers, also commonly referred to as “Stingrays”, are devices that masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby to connect to the device in order to track a phone’s location in real time. While law enforcement says it uses them to locate suspects, they can sweep up the signals of people in a wide radius. But the current technology in use in Alameda County does not have 4G capabilities, and this week, the Board put the brakes on approving funding to upgrade to the system.

Currently, though it’s a little unclear because of the secrecy surrounding IMSI catcher technology (also commonly referred to as “Stingrays”), records indicate that the Alameda County District Attorneys office and the Oakland Police Department have the technology. [1]The DA’s at least was purchased with federal grant money from the Department of Homeland Security. This proposal would upgrade the existing technology “in partnership with” the DA and the Oakland and Fremont Police Departments.

It’s no secret that law enforcement agencies around the country are increasingly arming themselves with incredibly invasive surveillance technology, with the help of federal money. What is secret is what kind of technology each agency has and how they use it. And perhaps more than any other kind of technology we’ve seen adopted recently, when it comes to IMSI catchers, it’s clear that this secrecy is no accident.

That’s why we were concerned to see the County of Alameda considering an upgrade to its own technology with no public discussion. We sent a letter to the Board pointing out exactly why:

Law enforcement agencies across California have improperly denied public records act requests about the use of “Stingrays.”5 That governments would work with surveillance vendors to hide technology from both the general public and the judges charged with protecting our constitutional rights is truly disturbing. Sheriff Ahern is asking for approval to sign an agreement with this company. You should deny it.

Lawmakers are starting to question this secrecy. As we mention in the letter, California bill SB 741 would address some of these problems. SB 741 passed the California Senate and Assembly nearly unanimously, and it’s currently awaiting a signature from the Governor. And Santa Clara, which recently considered purchasing an IMSI catcher:

ultimately decided against it. Santa Clara County Executive Jeffrey Smith says this was due to Harris’ overly restrictive contract terms, noting, “we couldn’t get them to agree to even the most basic criteria we have in terms of being responsive to public records requests.”

The use of IMSI catcher technology in Alameda County has never been subject to the requisite open public discussion. But the Alameda County Board of Supervisors doesn’t need to look far to get an idea of how Alameda County residents feel about street level surveillance technologies:

As demonstrations against Urban Shield, activism around Oakland’s Domain Awareness Center, and packed public hearings about Sheriff Ahern’s purchase of a drone demonstrate, Alameda County residents are clearly concerned about the use of surveillance technology in their community.9 Sheriff Ahern ignored public sentiment against drones when he decided to circumvent your authority and use taxpayer dollars to purchase a drone in December.

In fact, many of the same activists who recently demonstrated against Urban Shield, as well as Brian Hofer of the Oakland Privacy Working Group, attended the September 29th meeting where the Board considered Ahern’s proposal.[2]

That pressure at the meeting is why the Board postponed approval of the IMSI catcher upgrade for two weeks, in order to provide more time for public comment. The Board will consider the upgrade at its October 13 meeting. In the meantime, we hope Alameda County residents will take this opportunity to make their voices heard by contacting their supervisors (contact information below). You can get inspiration from EFF’s letter. Even the two-week postponement means the Board knows IMSI catchers aren’t trouble-free. Make sure they know exactly how much trouble they can be.

Contacting the Board of Supervisors via phone is best. However, the emails provided are for their legislative aides and can also be used to contact them and tell them what you think about IMSI catchers. Check the Board of Supervisors site to find your district if you’re not sure.

District 1, Supervisor Scott Haggerty Phone number:(510) 272-6691

District 2, Supervisor Richard Valle:
Phone number: (510) 272-6692

District 3, Supervisor Wilma Chan Phone number: (510)272-6693

District 4, Supervisor Nate Miley Phone number: (510)272-6694

District 5, Supervisor Keith Carson Phone number: (510)272-6695

[1] It’s clear from public records that the Oakland Police Department has a contract with IMSI catcher manufacturer Harris Corporation and uses its Stingray regularly for arrests. It’s also clear that the District Attorney was awarded grant money to purchase IMSI catcher technology. In September of 2014, the DA’s office told ARS technica that the purchase hadn’t yet been fulfilled. What’s unclear is if more equipment has been purchased since then, or if the agencies are sharing equipment. The Sheriff’s proposal states “The current equipment owned by the District Attorney’s Office is proprietary to the Harris Corporation.”

[2] In addition to the IMSI catcher upgrade, the board considered distribution of Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). UASI is the organization that coordinates disbursement federal homeland security grant money for the 9-county Bay Area.

Rally against PG&E’s attack on solar in CA @ Outside PG&E Headquarters
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wednesday: Rally in SF against Pacific Gas & Electric’s attack on solar in CA

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is leading an attack on rooftop solar in California. Join a rally outside of PG&E’s headquarters in San Francisco and speak out against this dirty attack on clean energy.

Rooftop solar is booming in California. So utilities are trying to kill it, with a brazen attack that would make it harder for Californians to generate their own clean solar power.1

By the end of this year, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is required to determine how much credit Californians will get on their utility bills if they choose to go solar in 2016 and beyond. The major California utilities have launched an underhanded attack, pressing the agency to make it much more expensive to go solar.

One of the utilities leading the charge is PG&E. Our friends at the Vote Solar are leading a rally at PG&E’s headquarters in San Francisco to speak out against the company’s brazen attack on clean energy.

Click here to RSVP for the rally.

With massive water conservation efforts underway, and drought-fueled wildfires raging, it’s clearer than ever that we need to transition as quickly as possible to clean energy.

But utilities are terrified of rooftop solar because it allows individual consumers to produce their own energy and get bill credits for their excess clean power, instead of buying dirty fossil fuel energy supplied by utilities.

That’s why Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric are trying to halt the solar progress we’ve made in California. They’ve all filed proposals with the CPUC that would implement a painful combination of unfair fees essentially punishing people for installing solar, and lower utility bill credits that would not fairly compensate rooftop solar customers for the valuable solar power they deliver to the grid.

If the utilities succeed, they’ll do major harm to California’s booming solar industry, an industry employing tens of thousands of Californians and dramatically reducing fossil fuel pollution. We have to hold San Diego Gas & Electric accountable, and urge Governor Brown and the CPUC to stand up to their dirty attack on clean energy.

Film: Bitter Lake, Part II @ Humanist Hall
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Stop Urban Shield @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The question of Berkeley police’s relationship with UASI has been moved from a Police Review Commission subcommittee to the full commission

The question before the PRC is not whether to abrogate the BPD-UASI  relationship, but whether to add a rider calling on the city council to halt BPD participation in UASI-funded Urban Shield. As several of the commissioners expressed that they did not know enough about Urban Shield to take a position on it, an extra week is being taken for them to familiarize themselves with the issue.

You can help move the commission toward a negative recommendation on Urban Shield by doing two things:  speaking in public comment next Wednesday at 7, and providing written resources now for the commissioners to read in the interim (ASAP!).

Please note that these are centrist folks who see a lot of value in policing, and in disaster preparedness, and in regional cooperation among police agencies. And so forth.  They could be moved by non-rhetorical, mainstream sources.  Their process is like a cost-benefit calculation:  what does the BPD get out of the exercise, vs. what are the negatives for Berkeley?  Ideological statements will be a negative to getting them to reject Urban Shield.

If we are able to get the PRC to move against Urban Shield, that would be a major step forward in the Stop Urban Shield campaign.  Please help make this happen!

Susie Cagle and Sarah Jeong on the Internet and the Law @ Oakland Musuem
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Susie Cagle and Sarah Jeong on the Internet and the Law

Join artist-journalist Susie Cagle and legal journalist Sarah Jeong for a brief talk inspired by the Museum’s Gallery of California History. They will speak on current issues relating to privacy, copyright law, and the Internet. This pop-up talk, originally scheduled for June, is back—mark your calendars!

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Admission for Members is always free.

Speak Out to Stay Put! An Oakland-Wide Anti-Displacement Forum @ To Be Decided. Check Facebook page.
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Facebook event

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We’re at a pivotal moment in Oakland – the face of our city is changing before our very eyes. Rents have gone up city wide by 50% in the last 2 years, private speculator buy out is through the roof, City leaders and the Mayor have threatened to sell public land to luxury housing developers, and families and folks of color are being pushed out on a daily basis. The reality of it all is, fighting this crisis is going to require all hands on deck in order to prevent the Bay Area from being wiped out as we know it.

Join us Saturday October 17th to hear from panelists, community and labor organizers and performers from across Bay to learn whats happening, why its happening and what you can do to fight back!

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To Change Everything: The Promise of Anarchism @ Omni Commons
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An International Panel Discussion

This panel brings together organizers from Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and North America to discuss the significance of anarchist ideas and tactics in the 21st century.

The participants will compare experiences from the wave of protests and uprisings that has swept the world since 2010—exploring the role of demand-based politics in both catalyzing and limiting movements, examining a variety of forms of repression, and critically evaluating experiments with direct democracy. They will conclude by assessing the prospects of contemporary struggles for self-determination in an era of globalized capitalism and state control.

All of the presenters are contributors to a recent outreach and dialogue project, To Change Everything, which appeared earlier this year in over twenty languages.

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Film Showing: Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder @ East Bay Media Center
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Police abuse of people with disabilities has reached outrageous proportions. Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder, chronicles disabled victims murdered by police as well as the activists/artists who have fought and are fighting to stop police brutality against people with disabilities
‪‎Law for the People‬ Convention
Oct 21 – Oct 25 all-day

Calling all activists, allies, and legal professionals! Join us for the NLG’s annual ‪‎Law for the People‬ Convention, October 21-25 in Oakland, CA for 5 days of panels, workshops, CLEs and camaraderie.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Register now at early bird rates, available through September 10. Current NLG members receive 20% off! Sliding scale rates are available*

This year, our Keynote Speaker will be Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and programming will address topics including housing and labor rights, racial justice, police accountability, international law, and much more.

We’ll be updating regularly with updates and other news, so be sure to check back for more. RSVP to the Facebook event and join the conversation using the #Law4thePeople hashtag onFacebook and Twitter!


Wiener Roast Against the War on the Homeless @ Near Scott Wiener's House
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Weiner Roast 3. Scott is not on your side. Oct. 23rd, you can let him know how you feel. This type of protest will get his attention. Wear themed costumes, Les Miserables, weiner, peasant uprising with pitchforks and torches. Bring jokes.  Bring hotdogs, the fixings, and we may need additional grills. Small hibachi style or camping bbq.  An unknown number will be there and we want more than enough food. Homeless are coming, and the food won’t be wasted. Clothing optional. Spread the word.



We all know the shananigans Stupidvisor Scott Wiener pulls every day. His hatred of poor people especially the homeless is beyond belief. Well, for the third time we are going to go visit him to shout loudly:

  • SF is not for sale
  • End Homelessness Now
  • Affordable Housing for All

Many of us have survived the shelter system and choose not to repeat that experience. Instead we camp on the sidewalks and other out of the way places. This conduct while necessary is prohibited from 7:00 AM until 11:00 PM by the SF Police Code. There are exceptions: most important is the one which deals with rallies, demonstrations, meetings and similar events.

Homeless Action Team is a self-advocacy network of homeless, unemployed and employed workers. We are an affinity group of First They Came for the Homeless our decision making process is autonomous.  We our Homeless not Helpless. We are demanding a Hand Up, Not a Handout. We promote self-reliance individually and collectively. We defend and serve our community under the terms of Mutual Aid and Voluntary Cooperation.

Disaster Preparedness: A FREE Community Event
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This free community event will include presentations, from first responders and non-profit service providers that will include information on how to prepare a disaster kit for your home and care, basic first aid, how to care for your pets and many other comprehensive steps so you are adequately prepared when that unfortunate time comes.

Register at