East Bay Forests: Invasive Fire Hazards or Natural Treasures? @ BFUU
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
east bay hills stickerEAST BAY FORESTS:
Meet a Firefighter called on by local mayors after the 1991 hills fire, and a Conservation Biologist discussing species migration throughout history
Conservation Biologist; Author: Invasion Biology – Critique of a Pseudoscience; Slideshow Presentation
Retired Oakland Fire Department; Chief, Fire Prevention, Oakland Army Base; appointed to 1991 Oakland-Berkeley Mayors’ Task Force on Emergency Preparedness and Community Restoration
Forest Photography; Bay Area Progressive Directory
Plus updates from the Hills Conservation Network about their work and lawsuit, and CUIDO (Communities United in Defense of Olmstead – a grassroots disability rights organization)
FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2015, 7:00PM
Historic Hall, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita – one block east of MLK, Jr. Way), Berkeley, California
Are eucalyptus, acacia, and Monterey pines invasive non-native fire hazards, or carbon sequestering habitat and natural treasures? Do we want Dow and Monsanto profiting more than they have already with UC’s pesticide use on clearcuts done in the hills over the past decade? Are our East Bay Lungs being sold off for wood pellets for Europe, biomass for China’s coal plants, toilet paper for Japan? Longshore workers confirm wood chips are being shipped out of West Coast ports.
Participate in a community discussion of the FEMA-funded tree removal projects in the East Bay Hills, from Richmond to Hayward, which are opposed by 90% of the 13,000 comments on FEMA’s Environmental Impact Statement.
Both the Sierra Club and Claremont Canyon Conservancy, which are actively promoting the downing of nearly half a million East Bay Hills trees, and are suing FEMA to demand that more trees are killed, were invited to participate on a panel of both proponents and opponents of these projects. Neither organization responded to East Bay Pesticide Alert’s invitation.
**Please refrain from using scented products prior to attending
**Wheelchair accessible
Co-sponsored by East Bay Pesticide Alert ( (see wildfire pages)
& the Social Justice Committee of BFUU (
Message from Hiroshima: A New Film Narrated by George Takei @ AFSC, Two Blocks from Civic Center BART/MUNI
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Message From Hiroshima will be released by Cinema Libre Studio on August 4, 2015. However, in light of the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombing, Cinema Libre has made the film available in advance to be shown by select non-profit organizations, including American Friends Service Committee.

Synopsis: Narrated by George Takei, Message From Hiroshima provides an inside look at life and culture in the city before the first atomic bomb was deployed. Today, where the Hon and Motoyasu rivers meet, stands the Peace Memorial Park – the former location of the Nakajima district, which once was home to thousands of people and hundreds of businesses. When the atomic bomb was detonated 2,000 feet above Hiroshima’s city center on August 6, 1945, all of that vanished. Seventy years later, director Masaaki Tanabe makes it his mission to revive the memory of what once was by interviewing hibakusha (survivors) and former residents. These heart-wrenching testimonials, along with computer-generated recreations of restaurants, shoe stores, cinemas, and the famous Industrial Promotion Hall, takes us deep into the hustle and bustle of a lost culture and people.

View Trailer: Message From Hiroshima Trailer
52 min. | Japanese, with English subtitles and English narration

Visit the film’s Official Website:

Visit the film’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook/messagefromhiroshima

Attend the 8 am 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing witness at Livermore Labs on August 8th


Clean Not Extreme Day of Action @ Lake Merritt
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Lake Merritt is the arena for “Knock Out Oil” on August 1st. Save the date for lively, family-friendly, anti-fracking street theater on the occasion of the statewide Clean Not Extreme Day of Action.

August 1st marks a pivotal moment in the fight to stop fracking and other forms of extreme oil extraction in California. For years, Governor Jerry Brown has refused to even consider ending these toxic practices before the results of an independent scientific study were released. That California Council on Science and Technology report has just come out, and it confirms what we already knew: that fracking and other forms of extreme extraction are indeed dangerous. (Read a recent LA Times editorial citing the study as grounds for a moratorium.)
A state-commissioned environmental impact report (EIR) was also released last week. It found that impacts to air quality, public safety and climate from extreme oil production methods are “significant and unavoidable.”

Fracking, moreover, is an environmental justice issue. It overwhelmingly occurs close to schools that serve predominately Latino populations. More than sixty percent of the 61,612 California children who attend school within one mile of a stimulated well are Latino. Statewide, Latino students are over eighteen percent more likely to attend a school within a mile and a half of a stimulated well than non-Latino students. This is why one Kern County family recently sued Governor Brown in a lawsuit brought by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, claiming that the new fracking regulations put in place do not protect the health of Latino public school children.

Governor Jerry Brown has run out of excuses.

Sunflower Alliance, in partnership with a statewide alliance of fracktivists, strongly urges you to sign this timely petition to Governor Brown. He needs to hear the voices of the millions of Californians who want an end to fracking and other forms of dangerous extraction NOW.

Take a few seconds to sign the petition to ban fracking and other extreme extraction methods in California. And then come out to Lake Merritt on Saturday, August 1st, to “Knock Out Oil.”

August 01, 2015 at 12pm – 3pm
Lake Merritt

Film Screening: The Breach @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
Aug 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Slow Food East Bay and Transition Berkeley for an evening delving into the prickly world of fish, fishing and the health of the oceans. We’ll start at 6pm with a potluck dinner (true to Slow Food USA local and sustainable values!) then see the amazing new film about salmon and the northwest, The Breach, at 7. (
The evening comes to a point with a short panel of local fisher(wo)men, fish mongers and others involved with keeping this huge part of our ecosystem healthy and in balance and Q&A with local folks involved in the worlds of fishing and the oceans. How can we both support those that make their livelihood from the ocean and the fish populations? How can we be educated and inquisitive consumers of seafood, asking the right questions about sourcing, distribution and health? Join us in the conversation to try to find answers to these questions and more.
Representatives from Slow Food will also talk about the political & gastronomic history of the Slow Food movement, explain the ‘Good Clean & Fair For All’ mission, and announce current projects and opportunities for involvement. For more For more info: info [at]

This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, Slow Food East Bay, and BFUU’s Social Justice Ctee.
Wheelchair accessible.

Oakland Living Wage Assembly Film, Discussion and Food. @ SEIU 2000 Union Hall, 14th & Broadway
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly  will screen the American classic Norma Rae, provide food, and have a discussion about the movie and its relevance to today.

Come one, come all.

Facebook event & RSVP

Our Power Festival @ Entrance to the Richmond Greenway
Aug 22 @ 3:06 am – 4:06 am


Our-Power-2015.gifA festival dedicated to showcasing alternatives to our climate and economic crises. Activities include a bike-powered concert, urban farming demonstrations, preventive health screenings, farmer’s market, and more.

Entrance to the Richmond Greenway at Ohio Avenue and 16th Street.

Free and open to all.

Alameda Fracking Ban Hearing @ Alameda County Building, Room 160
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

fracking-well.jpgA comprehensive proposal—not simply to prohibit fracking, but all additional oil and gas extraction—is up for approval by the Alameda County Planning Commission.  Under the current East County Area Plan and the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance, conditional use permits can be granted for oil and gas operations.  Under the proposed changes to the zoning regulations, such conditional use permits would no longer be available, effectively preventing the expansion of oil extraction in Alameda County.

Opposition includes E & B Natural Resources, operator of wells in East Alameda County, which objects to any limitation on its current operations, and Californians for Energy Independence, a petroleum industry front group, which argues that the County should defer to the State of California in these matters, despite—or because of—the many failures of state agencies to adequately regulate oil producers.

Because we expect opposition to come out in force, we need to pack the auditorium with our own folks, pumped up (you should pardon the expression) and ready to testify, or to hold signs during the hearing.

Will Alameda join Santa Cruz, Mendocino, San Benito and Butte counties in saying no pasaran to the oil industry?  Passage of this proposal by the Planning Commission is the last hurdle before the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision.  Come join this historic effort!

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Kshama Sawant in Oakland @ Unitarian Church
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Please join Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a rally in Oakland for her re-election campaign! Mark your calendar now!

NEW! Richmond City Councillor and former Green Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin to speak alongside Kshama at this event!

From the streets of Baltimore to the growing movement for a $15 minimum wage, consistent protests are erupting against the endemic inequality and racism generated by Wall Street and their social system. With growing anger at the corporate policies of both main political parties, millions are looking for an alternative.

Since her election in 2013, Councilmember Sawant has led the opposition to the corporate agenda in the Pacific Northwest. An unapologetic fighter for working people, she refuses all corporate donations and accepts only the average worker’s wage, giving the rest of her salary back to social movements. Despite being a city councilmember, she has risked arrest in order to stand with workers fighting for a living wage in Sea-Tac and environmentalists blockading coal trains. Her re-election will inspire more oppressed people to fight for our rights, and it will prove again that it is completely possible to elect candidates who reject corporate cash.

Kshama Sawant has inspired movements across the country. That is why corporations across the country are funding her opponents’ campaigns. We in the Bay Area absolutely need to support her historic re-election. She cannot get re-elected without our active support. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and join us at this rally and fundraiser!

(If you cannot join us on September 19th, please donate at )

Hearing on Coal Trains Through Oakland @ Oakland City Hall
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Take Back the Plaza! #O25 Discussion, potluck, march, vigil @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 9:30 am

During the early hours of October 25, 2011, hundreds of violent police officers stormed into Occupy Oakland’s home base at Oscar Grant Plaza, near city hall, to evict protesters & to remove their belongings. 96 of our comrades were arrested after the cops used tear gas, flash-bang grenades and less-than-lethal munitions to subdue the crowd.

Occupy Oakland’s spirit was not damaged, we were emboldened and radicalized as thousands returned that afternoon to stand up and fight back. Unforgettably, so did the p…olice. The battle for the plaza went on into the night, turning downtown Oakland into what looked like a war zone. Hot canisters of tear gas flew through the air, rubber bullets crashed into the bodies of our fellow occupiers, one hitting an Iraq war veteran in the head, putting his life in serious danger.

This year we say, FIGHT BACK! Let’s re-converge and re-claim our home!

Meet at Oscar Grant Plaza at 3PM for an open forum to discuss how to effectively combat state and police oppression before the 7PM FTP march on OPD. Let’s show these pigs we will never back down in the face of violent oppression!

After the march, let’s hold down the plaza all night and continue our conversations on how to better serve our community and how to empower each other to stand up and fight back against the OPD street gang who puts so many Oaklanders in danger.


Please join us for a day of discussion on how to effectively combat
state and police oppression on October 25th at Oscar Grant Plaza (City Hall) at 3PM.

Schedule of events:


  • Converge on OGP at 3 PM to begin the open forum
  • Dinner/break out groups at 5 PM
  • FTP March at 7 PM
  • Occupy OGP and continue conversations all night.


Please bring: Tents, warm clothes, shields, a defensive attitude and hella friends!

Added 10/16/12 –

Roughly 10 organizers for this event have been meeting regularly to make sure this night is a success, meaning no arrests or casualties. Knowing that we cannot and will not control autonomous actions & respecting the various forms of anger within those who will be participating, we would like to make it clear that un-targeted property damage is not part of the plan and is discouraged in the interest of extending our presence past the march. This is not to say that a second autonomous march later in the night is out of the question.

Rather than the tactic of smashing, this night would be a great time to exercise our defensive tactics. (Bring shields, “tools of violence,” work together and act smart!)

There are multiple goals to achieve through this action including, holding space through out the night, calling out OPD violence in a very public way & celebrating our unity against oppression.

The march will make stops at various downtown locations where the OPD has shown their ugly side against dissenters. We would like to stop at each location and project video and images of what the police have done to us there, on the walls of a near by building or on our mobile slide show screen. Calling out OPD is such a public way will be a huge win for the Occupy Oakland community by showing the general public what true violence is.

The march will then end at one of three undisclosed locations where we will hold that space through out the night. Remember to bring items that will help you accomplish this goal: Warm clothes, blankets, tents… (For those bringing small easy to erect tents, it would be awesome to see them go up on the return end of the march, and held high above our heads as we zero in on our target.)

See you all on the 25th & seriously, FUCK THE POLICE!