Film Screening: Standing Silent Nation @ Omni Commons
Nov 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Standing Silent Nation (2006), Directed by Suree Towfighnia. From the hemp fields of Pine Ridge to the US Federal Court of Appeals, this one-hour documentary  tracks one family’s effort to create economic independence for themselves, their reservation, and their future generations.

When the Oglala Sioux tribe passed an ordinance separating industrial hemp from its illegal cousin, marijuana, Alex White Plume and his family glimpsed a brighter future. They never dreamed they would find themselves swept up in a struggle over tribal sovereignty, economic rights, and common sense.

The hemp plant is like a new buffalo for the Lakota: a resource whose many uses (from food to fuel to fiber) could enrich their sovereign nation. For three years, Alex White Plume and his family planted industrial hemp. But each year, their harvest was disrupted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which claims that hemp is marijuana despite the absence of marijuana’s psychoactive properties.

Happy Thanksgiving from the US government…

Doors open at 6pm, film screens at 6:30. Come give thanks for free popcorn??

~ Sponsored by Liberated Lens ~

Interfaith Service and Rally in Support of the Black Friday 14 @ Wiley Manual Courthouse
Nov 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The pressure is on for District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to drop the charges against the Black Friday 14, but we can’t let up now.

This gathering, part of a campaign that began with the Fight for $15/Labor action on November 10, brings together people of faith, faith communities, and people of conscience across the spectrum to ask the district attorney “Which side are you on?” and to call on her to end the selective prosecution of these Black activists. (The white activists who committed civil disobedience during the same period have not been charged.)

Join us for rousing music, drumming, speakers, prayer, rituals, celebration of our freedom fighters, and more.

Dance Disruption by at Sprouts in Defense of the Gill Tract @ Sprouts Walnut Creek
Nov 25 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The developers have annouced that in less than ONE WEEK they’ll break ground on the historic Gill Tract! Bring the ruckus! Bring the noise! No business as usual until Sprouts pulls out of plans to develop on our Gill Tract farmland.

We’ll meet at the Walnut Creek store on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, one of the nation’s busiest grocery shopping days, and we’ll make sure that everyone knows to Boycott Sprouts! We’ll have a Dance Disruption lead by Jasmine Fuego, and beautiful examples of what a REAL farmer’s market looks like and means to farmers and our community. Please come for part if not all of this critical action!

Share your Thanksgiving Meal With the Homeless @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Many homeless people are gathered in protest at Old Berkeley City Hall this week demanding human services and opposing the anti-homeless ordinances about to be passed by the Berkeley City Council.

On Thanksgiving Day, save a dish or two from your Thanksgiving feast and bring it down to Old City Hall! Of course it will be appreciated on Friday and over the weekend too!

Court Support for César Aguirre! @ Rene Davidson Courthouse
Nov 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Come out and show solidarity with our comrade who is finally getting an evidentiary hearing! After two years of fighting for it, this hearing will finally be held to show that César did not get a fair trial because the DA and OPD illegally withheld lots of favorable evidence from the defense. This is a case from Occupy and it would be great to have a big show of solidarity and support for this comrade from everyone! Please come out and spread the word!

Please note that this court date is expected to maybe be a 2 day thing, so it is likely court support will be needed on 11/30 AND 12/1!


Court support for César Aguirre ! @ René C. Davidson Courthouse, #250, Dept 10
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Court support for César Aguirre !
Please come out and support this comrade! This court date is likely to last for 2 days, so court support is likely to be needed on both 11/30 and 12/1! Dept. 10
Music at the Homeless Occupation at Berkeley’s Old City Hall steps @ Old Berkeley City Hall
Nov 30 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Kickin it on the eve of the Tues. Dec. 1st city council meeting…

Music by Dave (Redd) Welsh on Hammond organ, Dwan on drums, plus sax, congas, and the people’s choir…  music, songs and sing-along in solidarity with the homeless, now Occupying the grounds of Old City Hall in protest of anti-homeless legislation and in support of services and housing for those without a place to call their own.

Oakland Public Safety Committee: Support 100 Black Men Proposals & Oppose UASI Recommendations @ Oakland City Hall
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Full Agenda



Subject: Requiring More Effective Training In The Use Of Force
From: Members Of The Public (100 Black Men Of The Bay Area)
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Policies And Procedures Which Require OPD To Train Officers More Effectively In The
Use Of Force, Especially Lethal Force; Such Training Should Not Only Define
Conditions In Which Officers May Use Lethal Force But Also, More Broadly, Show
Them How To Avoid It



Subject: Blue Wall Code Of Silence
From: 100 Black Men Of The Bay Area
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Legislation To Eradicate The Persistent Widespread Custom Or Practice Of
Concealing Or Suppressing Investigations Into Police Officer Misconduct; In Order For
The Public To Be Safe We Must Break Down The “Blue Wall Code Of Silence” That
Exists In Law Enforcement Agencies Throughout This Nation. Good Officers Must Not
Defend Bad Officers Or Their Misconduct.



Subject: Adopting Reporting Requirements For Officers In All Use Of Force Cases
From: Members Of The Public (100 Black Men Of The Bay Area)
Recommendation: Receive A Report And Recommendations Regarding Adopting
Officer Reporting And Disclosure Requirements For Both Responding And On-Scene
Officers In All Use Of Force Cases; Mandatory Firing And Criminal Prosecution For
Failure To Report And/Or Disclose Officer Misconduct And For Providing False



Subject: FY 2015 UASI Program Grant Agreement
From: Oakland Fire Department
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Authorizing The City Administrator Or Her
Designee To (1) Enter Into The Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant
Administration Agreement With The City And County Of San Francisco To Accept And
Appropriate Up To One Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars (1,100,000.00) For
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 UASI Grant Funds; And (2) Accept, Appropriate, And
Administer Said UASI Federal Grant Funds; And 3. Approve The 2015 UASI
Recommended Proposed Spending Plan And Authorize A Contribution From The
General Purpose Fund In An Amount Equivalent To Central Services Overhead (CSO)
Charges Affiliated With Said Grant Estimated At Thirty-One Thousand One Hundred
Ninety Five Dollars ($31,195.00) For Fiscal Year 2015-16 And Thirty-Seven Thousand
Four Hundred Thirty Three Dollars ($37,433.00) For Fiscal Year 2016-17; And 4.
Expend Funds In Accordance With Said Recommended Proposed Spending Plan
Without Further Council Approval Provided The City’s Hiring And Contracting
Requirements And Programs/Policies Are Followed.

This Changes Everything: the Film. @ First Unitarian Church of Oakland
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

protesters-greece.jpgThis Changes Everything, the film based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name, connects carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there.  Scene by scene, the film builds Klein’s most controversial and exciting idea: that surviving the crisis of climate change requires that we transform our failed economic system into something radically better. We examine powerful portraits of communities on the front lines: Montana’s Powder River Basin, the Alberta Tar Sands, the coast of South India, Bejing.

Despite the gravity of a world in the grip of endless cycles of consumption, Klein offers hope: “The realization that a solution is possible, well, that changes everything.”


East Bay Anarchist Bookfair @ Humanist Hall
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The East Bay Anarchist Bookfair will include conversations and books during the day. The main room of the hall will house booksellers, distributors, independent presses, and activist groups from all over North America but with an emphasis on the Bay Area and California


Anarchists talk more about living than dying, but raging all around us is a debate about whether we have entered a new age, what has become known as the Anthropocene. While academics debate when this age might have started, it is beyond debate that homo sapiens have dramatically and permanently altered the planet. Despite living in an age where we are faced with the horrors of mass extinction, global climate catastrophe and the increased desperation of governments to secure resources and borders, anarchists have made few contributions to these discussions. They remain largely in the realm of scientists, academics, politics and business.

Non-anthropocentric views and values are few and far between in regional anarchist scenes. Is the “non-human” an inhuman topic? These topics are so taboo that even approaching them with other anarchists can elicit accusations of fascism, genocide apology, and counterrevolutionary armchair misanthropy. Objections of cruelty, abjection, and horror invariably accompany contemporary talk of the “non-human” aspects of our “crisis,” but do they have to? Can there be an anarchism that lives outside the box of the human social project?


California Prison Focus: Two Short Films @ New Parkway Theater
Dec 5 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

California Prison Focus invites you to join us for the showing of two short documentaries focusing on the failures of the American prison system as well as the inhumantiy of solitary confinement.




California Prison Focus is a local Oakland-based grassroots organization fighting to end the practice of  torture and solitary confinement in California prisons. All proceeds will support CPF.

Taking Power for the People: A New Electoral Strategy for the Oakland Left Part 2 @ First AME Church
Dec 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For far too long, our political leaders have failed to represent Oakland’s true values. It is time for the Oakland Left to unite, recruit our own candidates and build political power to achieve meaningful change.

At our last meeting we discussed how to:

1) RECRUIT candidates from the progressive community,
2) SUPPORT their campaigns, and
3) WORK toward collective endorsements of a slate of candidates for city council and school board in 2016.

This time we will discuss:

1) Which races to prioritize,
2) The process for selecting candidates,
3) Developing a progressive campaign platform, and
4) What form the growing coalition will take going forward.

Oakland Alliance seeks to unite the progressive movement in Oakland behind a slate of candidates who will challenge the institutional power structure that has failed to represent the interests of the people over the powerful. Come and connect with dozens of organizations interested in building long-term political power and holding our elected officials accountable to the needs of their constituents.

Humans Between Homes: Art Show & Dinner Party @ Omni Commons
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Humans In Between Homes (An Art Show on Homelessness)

The Firehouse Art Collective’s exhibition ‘Humans In Between Homes’ explores the humanity of individuals who live without permanent housing in the Bay Area.

The hope of this event is to make real, raw, visceral, and visible to housed society the experiences and humanity of the people who sleep on the street or are in between permanent places they call home.

Each of these human beings deserves to be appreciated as an individual, with a unique past, present, and future.

This exhibition will feature:

  • -Artwork by artists without homes, who created their work at the Community Arts Program of Hospitality House in San Francisco. (These artists will keep 100% of the proceeds from any artwork sold.)
  • -Artwork and photography, typography by the artists of the Firehouse Art Collective and by other local artists- thematically based on outreach interviews conducted on the streets of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville.
  • -A debut screening of a documentary made from raw footage of conversations with homeless individuals in the East Bay.
  • -A tiny house (one effective solution to homelessness) on display
  • -A live interactive map of evictions in San Francisco and Alameda County, courtesy of the SF Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, an affiliate of the SF Tenants’ Union
  • -Representatives from community resources on how YOU can help homeless individuals

~ A portion of the proceeds from any artwork by housed artists that sells: goes to BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency) of Berkeley, an organization that provides as many direct resources to homeless individuals as they can, and connects them to even more. A portion of proceeds from this art goes to fund the cost of rental space for the Art Show itself and the Dinner Party, and a portion goes to the food and clothing provided for our guests at the Dinner Party.~

Please bring many friends, canned food, donations of any other kind of food (prepared or otherwise), and your open heart and mind.

We will soon have a GoFundMe page to crowdfund these two projects! Please check back soon for the link to help us make this happen! Please share!

If you are interested in contributing art to this art show, please contact Ilana Sawyer at Thank you!

A Home for the Night: A Dinner Party for the East Bay’s Residents Without Addresses

Everyone deserves a hot meal and a safe space to rest and eat it.

To provide direct service to these individuals, about whose experiences we are expressing and raising awareness:

We are also opening up the Omni Ballroom for a few hours on Saturday, November 21st, to offer up a delicious dinner to street-dwellers and other people in between homes. The ballroom will be transformed into a Living Room with cozy furniture, gifts of clothing and hygiene supplies under festive lights, representation by community resources (booths), available art supplies for spontaneous self-expression, and live acoustic music.

Please note: for consumption of food, this event is only open to those in need.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event,
please contact Ilana Sawyer at Thanks!

We will soon have a GoFundMe page to crowdfund these two projects! Please check back soon for the link to help us make this happen! And please share!

Two Short Films on the Failure of our Prison System. @ New Parkway
Dec 6 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 1 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at it is), so just bring a nosh to share…  Because of a personal time conflict with ENB we are holding the November feed a week late on December 6th.Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 2 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 2:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than three 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: (
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:


Richmond Progressive Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

There will be a meeting, followed by a party!

The meeting focus will be on the effort to get Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction on the ballot for a public vote. Councilmember Gayle McLaughlin and others from the coalition working on the issue will give an update on how the measure is shaping up thus far, and RPA members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give input.

Here’s a statement the coalition issued earlier this month:

“We remain committed to rent control in Richmond to protect residents from unfair rent hikes and no cause evictions. We expect the City Council to put rent control/just cause on the ballot in the coming weeks. Now that the real estate lobby has forced the issue to the ballot, the voters will have the opportunity to adopt these basic protections for our residents. The industry will regret their gamesmanship here. We expect voters to have little patience for huge rent hikes, unfair evictions, and profiteering through displacement.”

As noted by Randy Shaw in The New Rent Control Wars, “The biggest challenge for rent control campaigns is the organized political opposition of the real estate industry.” In September, San Francisco Supervisors unanimously voted to strengthen their city’s protections against tenant evictions.. Meanwhile, in Richmond, the California Apartment Association managed to block the implementation of Richmond’s Rent Control with Just Cause Ordinance. At least, as Councilmember Eduardo Martinez was quoted in an East Bay Express article earlier this month, “It gives us more time to create a better ordinance that we can put on the ballot.” Please plan to be at the meeting December 12th to learn about the progress being made and think about how you can help make the ballot measure succeed.

Bill of Rights Day Celebration @ Impact Hub
Dec 13 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Oakland: Bill of Rights Day Celebration

bill of rights day
Tickets are limited. Please purchase yours below by Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

It’s been an amazing year, full of victories for all Californians!

Come celebrate with us at our annual Bill of Rights Day. This year, we’ll be in Oakland at the Impact Hub, a coworking space for change-makers!

After the program, enjoy appetizers and an open bar at the reception, honoring:

Dorsey Nunn for his commitment to racial justice, especially in voting rights and for catalyzing the nation’s “ban the box” movement. His work empowering formerly incarcerated people is an inspiration.

Dr. Milton Estes for his leadership and decades of service to the ACLU both in Northern California and nationally. Milton has served as an advisor in the areas of reproductive justice, public health, and HIV/AIDS policy, as well as providing exemplary service as a Board leader.

Let’s honor these bold leaders together and celebrate a year of legislative successes for civil rights and civil liberties!

Emeryville Police with AR-15s: Are We Safer? – A Public Forum @ NUHW Hall
Dec 13 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This public forum will examine the militarization of local police departments and the implications for public safety, inspired by the murder of Yuvette Henderson by the Emeryville Police Department. Yuvette was gunned down on February 2nd after being confronted by a security guard at Home Depot for alleged shoplifting. She died in a hail of gunfire by Emeryville police armed with AR-15 military-grade machine guns.

Since that day, many in our community have asked – why does a small police department, patrolling a community of less than 11,000, need military-grade assault weapons? Are the people of Emeryville any safer because of it?

We’ll also explore the ways that agencies like the Pentagon have played a role in accelerating the militarization of local police departments, as well as the direct connection between the Oakland Police Department and the Israeli Defense Force. Policy experts and local activists will examine the impact of coordination between police and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Latino communities.

The day will also feature spoken word and music performances highlighting the damage done by police violence. This forum is the launch of a broader campaign to end militarization of the Emeryville Police Department, and will include opportunities to get involved.

Showdown at the Air District, Dec 16   @ 3rd Floor
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

emissions-sun.jpgThis is it, folks—the adoption hearing on Air District Staff’s deeply flawed refinery emission regulations.  We are bitterly disappointed that voting members of the Board have been promised, and repeatedly denied, any real opportunity to consider a viable alternative that would actually cap greenhouse gases and their co-pollutants and keep tar sands out of the Bay Area.  This is KXL 2.0.

Come prepared to deliver one- or two-minute testimony.  And watch this space for talking points and further info.

December 16th.  Everybody needs to show up.  Numbers count.

Make sure you’ve signed the Sierra Club petition calling for the suspension of all refinery permits until numeric emission caps—at today’s levels—are in place to prevent refinery-emission increases.

Showdown at the Air District. Fighting Climate Change Locally.
Dec 16 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Showdown at the Air District

emissions-sun.jpgSAVE THE DATE!

This is it, folks—the adoption hearing on Air District Staff’s deeply flawed refinery emission regulations.  We are bitterly disappointed that voting members of the Board have been promised, and repeatedly denied, any real opportunity to consider a viable alternative that would actually cap greenhouse gases and their co-pollutants and keep tar sands out of the Bay Area.  This is KXL 2.0.

Climate activists,  forget Paris.  Our real struggle is here.

Come prepared to deliver one- or two-minute testimony.  And watch this space for talking points and further info.
Everybody needs to show up.  Numbers count.