Shellmound Vigil @ Berkeley Shellmound, Near Spengers
Dec 4 – Dec 5 all-day

A 24 Hour Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Standing Rock, coinciding with the recent eviction notice that the Water Protectors were issued. Taking to heart the ongoing requests from Water Protectors for us to pray together, we plan to hold vigil as they face these threats.

Working with Ohlone leadership, this vigil will be held at the West Berkeley Shellmound, drawing the connection between justice in North Dakota and justice locally.

This is a powerful time for us to come together, stronger than ever, in prayer and as relatives because we will win! Please spread the word. We hope to see you and your communities there. We will be fundraising for Standing Rock, as well as for legal support for Ohlone elder, Corrina Gould, and her work with Indian People Organizing for Change. http://ipocshellmoundwalk.home

For more information, you can visit our facebook event here: s/338070569888433/

Indigenous peoples’ struggles for autonomy and rights in Chiapas @ Omni Commons
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Luisella Preciado -From the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center, Chiapas

Luisella Preciado is a human rights defender and attorney with the FrayBa Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico. There, Ms. Precido accompanies indigenous peoples fighting for their rights as autonomous, self-determining communities.

She will speak on on-going Indigenous peoples’ struggles for autonomy and rights in Chiapas and other parts of Mexico.
In Spanish with English interpretation.


APPARENTLY CANCELLED: SEIU Local 1000 – 1 Day Strike @ State Building
Dec 5 @ 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

Apparently cancelled.


SEIU LOCAL 1000, California State employees are conducting a 1 day strike on December 5, 2016. Grab a picket sign and march @ 1515 Clay Street (State bldg) Oakland or 111 Grand Ave (Caltrans).

Candlelight Vigil for Warehouse Fire Victims @ Lake Merritt Pergola
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

One Last Push in 2016 for Refinery Emissions Cap @ Bay Area Air Quality Management Offices
Dec 7 @ 9:45 am – 12:45 pm

tar sands Alberta -- Kris Krug

Emission caps on pollution from oil refineries—greenhouse gases, toxic gases (NOx and SOx), and dangerous particulate matter are crucial not only for protecting our health and safety and the planet, but for preventing the Bay Area from becoming a major outlet for tar sands crude oil.  Refining tar sands crude produces much higher levels of both health-harming air pollution and greenhouse gases.  With a cap on refinery emissions in place, a tsunami of tar sands into Bay Area refineries could be effectively prevented.

The Refinery Emissions Cap (Rule 12-16) is so important to Air District Staff, they tried to suppress public comment at the Nov 16th Board of Directors meeting. They placed their status update as the very last item on the agenda, after yet another lengthy “secret” closed legal session.  But a strong community turn-out side-stepped these crude efforts by signing up for public comment on BOTH the closed legal sessions and the report back, allowing us to speak before the closed session.  The Board helped further by moving the closed session to the front of the agenda to support public comment.

Community speak-out was highlighted by video commentary from Richmond youth.  Those who couldn’t take off work or school to attend mid-day meetings finally had a voice!  Many speakers noted the hypocrisy of staff reporting on the many “Community Workshops” they have held to get public input on these rules. The only workshop on the emissions cap was cancelled –  all the reported workshops were advertising for the staffs proposed Rule 11-18 on Health Risk Assessments (HRA’s).

On the 16th, our legal team destroyed the myth that state climate policy, requires letting refineries pollute even more as long as they offset pollution outside of front-line communities. Scientists and technical experts tore into staff’s false claims that refinery emissions have no local impacts. Dozens spoke for protecting the health of our communities and climate from greater toxic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from energy intensive refining of dirty tar-sands crude stock.

The refineries took on a new strategy of challenging the “unpredictability” of Rule 11-18.  The decade long Health Risk Assessment process will ultimately require adoption of Best Available Retrofit Control Technologies (BARCT) to reduce health impacts.  The refinery speakers are now demanding completion of all this process PRIOR to adopting rules, so that they can know in advance where they will require implementation of BARCT.  Such demands will clearly make Rule 11-18 impossible to implement in anything resembling a timely manner.

This clearly makes the separation of the emissions cap (Rule 12-16) and the HRA process (Rule 11-18) even more vital to our health, safety and climate.

That is the agenda for the final Board of Directors meeting of 2016.  Thanks to Rebecca Kaplan, last July the Board committed to a December check-in. If rule 11-18 is slowing progress, they promised a vote on separating the  Environmental Impact Reports.  Now is the time to come and demand a separation vote!


Screening of: The Brainwashing of My Dad @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, Hear Yourself Think, Claire Conner, and others, Jen Senko’s “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has led to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation, and greater division of our country. For more info:

Sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice Ctee as part of our Conscientious Projector series.

Wheelchair accessible.


Discussion with Alan Haber (founder of SDS and Long Haul) @ Long Haul
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Alan Haber for a free-form discussion about the state of the movement for justice — where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Alan founded Long Haul in 1979 and is returning to the “scene of the crime.” In 1960 he founded Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Topics may include
–history of the long haul
–some comments on SDS
–Alan’s decades of work regarding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict
–Modern organization Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS)


Free Mumia Abu-Jamal National Day of Action @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

EcoViva’s 20th Anniversary Celebration (w/ Rebecca Solnit & Avi Lewis) Fundraiser @ La Pena
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hear messages of hope from two powerful guest speakers at EcoViva’s anniversary event: author-activist Rebecca Solnit and filmmaker Avi Lewis.

Learn about the resilient communities in Central America combatting climate change through grassroots organizing. Lewis will screen his short film “Keepers of the Future” about the social movement our partners have built in El Salvador, and Solnit will speak about organizing in the face of global challenges. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with both speakers at the event. Come enjoy delicious Salvadoran food, drinks at the open bar, lively beats, and good company, too.

EcoViva is an Oakland-based nonprofit that works with Central American partners to protect the environment and improve quality of life for rural communities.

More info:


#NODAPL Standing Rock Benefit @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

#OpSafeWinter – Worldwide Day of Compassion @ Everywhere
Dec 10 all-day

Democratic Socialists of America East Bay Orientation
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, has seen a massive influx of new members in the few weeks since the election.

Here in the East Bay and across the country thousands of people have committed to building a left alternative that demands material improvements in our lives.

DSA is dedicated to fighting for single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college, a living wage for all workers, and an end to white supremacy.

We are coming together to oppose the emboldened right wing, protect our targeted brothers and sisters, and build a future that puts people above profit.

Join us on Saturday, December 10th to learn how DSA East Bay is organizing locally. Meet new members, plug into opportunities for action, and enjoy a potluck among friends. Former mayor of Berkeley (and Bernie Sanders surrogate) Gus Newport will speak.

This event is open to new members, old members, friends, family, and anyone who is interested in DSA.

DSA is open to a wide spectrum of beliefs (at least on the left) and you certainly do not need to identify as socialist to attend or participate.

We need people to volunteer to bring food, beverages and utensils, and setup/breakdown the meeting space! To sign up, please follow this link:

Here’s the agenda:

1. Info about DSA. What has happened over the last month and where we’re going
2. Speech by Gus Newport (former Mayor of Berkeley)
3. Breakout sessions for members and non-members
5. Campaigns info
6. Committee info sessions
7. Food/celebration

Note: The building has a security door. There will be someone at the door between 9:45 and 10:15. If you arrive later than that text (510) 776-9291 and someone will come let you in.

*** If you’re not yet a member of DSA, but want to be, you can join here:

This Is Not Normal – A March Against Trump @ Chelsea Manning Plaza
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Bill of Rights Day @ Impact Hub
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The first 100 people to arrive will get a free pocket Constitution!

You’re invited to the 2016 Bill of Rights Day when we celebrate the goals we’ve achieved together and look ahead to even greater challenges.

We know that you may be concerned about the presidential election results. Many of the proposed policies are unlawful and unconstitutional. The ACLU is swinging into high gear, ready for whatever awaits us.

Since our founding, we’ve worked together to defend the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Californians. Rest assured we’ll continue to do so. We’ve got your back!

Join us in Oakland on December 11 to celebrate the Bill of Rights and continue the fight together. With supporters like you, failure is not an option.

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern California

ACLU. Because freedom can’t protect itself.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Humanism vs. fascism @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution:
Humanism vs. fascism, opposing capitalism then and now

Hailed by Martin Luther King, Jr., Hungarian revolutionaries in 1956 not only created a new form of direct democracy in Workers’ Councils but raised Marx’s humanism as freedom from Communism. “The goal of human development, the form of human society,” which Marx had warned is not communism, took center stage against the single-party-state.

Today various forms of humanism, from Black Lives Matter to Prisoners’ Human Rights Movement, also project humanism as an answer to global capitalism. Can Marx’s humanism help our age in is search for a way to unite the idea of freedom with a new post-capitalist reality? (see “Spontaneity of action and organization of thought. In memoriam: Hungarian Revolution”, Nov-Dec N&L at

Sponsored by Bay Area News and Letters Committees

Anti Police-Terror Project ~ Sustaining the Soul of Activism Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This workshop for APTP comrades supports the resilience and wellbeing of front line change-makers, justice seekers, organizers, and activists.

Together we will explore:

• How to keep alive and vital that place within us where the motivation to work for social change arises

• How to not only “keep on keeping on,” but to keep on in a way that is transformative for us as individuals, for the organization, the movement, and the community

• How to stay connected to the larger vision and purpose that inspires, uplifts, and sustains each of us to be our best and most whole selves in every area of our lives

• How to process and clear trauma

The workshop will be held in Shelton Hall of the Oakland Peace Center (OPC).

This is the building of the First Christian Church of Oakland (the big white church at the corner of Fairmount Ave and 29th St.) You will need to enter through the glass office door via the parking lot (enter parking lot from Fairmount Ave). Please arrive early if possible. After 7pm the door will be locked and you can text the number posted to be let in.

Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Casino San Pablo makes millions. Its workers are struggling to get out of poverty. This holiday season, stand with them!

Casino San Pablo made $263 million* in FY 2014-15. But its workers make as little as $11 per hour – less than the minimum wage in nearby towns like Richmond, El Cerrito and Oakland. And the Casino’s proposed raise for its lowest-paid workers in 2017 is just 22 cents per hour!

State labor laws don’t apply at the Casino, so workers are denied many of the basic rights that other California workers take for granted – from California workers’ compensation benefits to a smoke-free workplace. And the Casino’s contract only provides for 3 months of medical leave – so workers can be fired if they need more time to recover from surgery or childbirth.

Workers are standing up to demand the Casino do better. Join them!
In Solidarity,  UNITE HERE Local 2850

*gross gaming revenue 2014-15

UNITE HERE Local 2850, 1440 Broadway, Suite 208, Oakland, CA 94612 |

2016 East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book Event @ Humanist Hall
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
East Bay Anarchist Conversation and Book Event

This year’s theme is Community: for good or ill.

For anarchists the idea of community represents both an ideal and a practice. The ideal community is either explicitly anarchist, one that concerns itself with an anti-authoritarian rigor, challenging culturally normative standards like beauty, heterosexuality, diet, and bigotry or it is a broader group that allows anarchists to live within it, and listens to their concerns. The practice for anarchists, by and large, is identical to that of our neighbors— isolation, slavery to job and routine, and association only with a small subset of who is possible, even just within a geographical area.

Alan Blueford Annual Birthday/Holiday Toy Giveaway @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Dec 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Postal Service Sues Berkeley Over Its Post Office @ Courtroom 8, 19th Floor
Dec 22 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Federal Judge Alsup will hear the case of United States Post Office v City of Berkeley wherein the Postal Service is suing Berkeley for passing a Zoning Ordinance for its historic district (which includes the Post Office) which prevents commercial uses of the properties therein.

“If you are able, please be there. Tony Rossmann [Berkeley’s lawyer in the original lawsuit challenging the sale back in 2014-2015] reminds us that it’s important Judge Alsup know that there is still strong community concern about Berkeley’s Main Post Office.”

Berkeley Post Office Defenders, in August, 2013, and subsequently First They Came for the Homeless, for 17 months, Occupied the downtown Berkeley Post Office in protest of the possible sale and the privatization of postal services.



Berkeley Defends Against Post Office Lawsuit

Feds Sue Berkeley Over Historic Zoning Overlay Ordinance.