October – November 2014

Einstein For Mayor: the Formal Announcement! @ City Hall steps, Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

He’s a very good dog,
and he’ll make a very good Mayor.


What? A press conference to formally announce Einstein’s candidacy.
Why?  The Oakland Mayoral campaign needs a voice for the City’s oppressed residents.

A dog for Mayor of Oakland?!  Sound crazy?  But the question, as we see it, is not, “Can a dog run the City?” The question we should all ask is, “Can any individual be accountable for running the City?”

Of course, the Mayor doesn’t run the City single-handedly. Nevertheless, who do we hold responsible when residents suffer from mismanagement of the City’s tremendous wealth of resources? Is it not the highest elected official in City Government? This system allows residents to blame the Mayor for not solving the social problems facing Oakland.

Without a fallible human in the Mayor’s Office, we must all play our parts in determining the route Oakland will take into the future. Please read Einstein’s Platform and Blog (links are provided below) and see if you agree that if Einstein is elected, the interaction of residents with City officials – and with each other – will change, radically. No longer will we ask what the City Government can do for us. Instead, we will see the way clear to changing the City ourselves, to expanding the power of residents of modest income, to shrinking the power of the rich by establishing a larger and more representative City Council. No longer will we have a single individual to blame for our problems. After all, how can a very good dog like Einstein cause social problems?

Please come and show your support for the only dog in the race!


Facebook event & RSVP.


A selection of planks in Einstein’s platform:

  • Greatly expanded democratic representation for the residents of Oakland
  • An end to Orwellian surveillance and a restoration of privacy
  • The rights of Oakland’s residents supersede the rights of police officers.
  • Einstein will facilitate the creation of the Public Bank of Oakland and the Oakland Debtors’ Assembly.
  • Maximum-wage requirement to eliminate the inflationary pressures that render minimum-wage requirements ineffective at increasing the purchasing power of Oakland’s hardest-working and most unappreciated residents
  • Penalties for crimes must be apportioned according to wealth.

Einstein intends be a voice in this campaign for what is right and what is needed by many Oakland residents, without concern for what is legal or politically feasible. A role in government for everyone is what is meant by democracy; financial independence for all benefits all; and the protection of civil rights by governing officials is necessary for full democratic participation in our society.

Einstein For Oakland    Einstein’s Platform   Einstein’s Blog

Einstein on Facebook   Einstein on Twitter

An unpaid political advertisement   Q&A With Einstein.

The beginning of Einstein’s rise to political prowess.

Einstein in the media:


Film: The Wisdom to Survive. @ Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Climate change is taking place. Will we have the wisdom to survive?

Transition Berkeley invites you to join us for an inspiring film that focuses on how we can live creatively and even joyfully in the face of this catastrophe. The Wisdom to Survive features thought leaders and activists in the realms of
science, economics and spirituality: Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy, Gus Speth, Roger Payne and more.

We’ll meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:00. Please bring locally grown snacks to share. The film will be at 7:00 and followed by a discussion about how we can form strong communities to meet the challenges we face.

According to Joanna Macy:
“ If you want an adventure, boy! What a time to be alive! Don’t waste time in self-pity over darkness. Don’t waste time trying to figure out better circumstances that you might like. You’re born into this and you’re here to love it! And to see that it goes on ..”

This evening promises to be thought-provoking and action promoting. See you there.

For more info: info [at]

This event is cosponsored by Transition Berkeley, Obsidian Farm and BFUU’s Social Justice Ctee.
Wheelchair accessible.

fundraiser to help Lift Up Oakland: BBQ @ Everett & Jones BBQ
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Award winning poet, comedian and storyteller Josh Healey will perform.

Advance tickets start at just $12.25, but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. You can get your tickets here.

March & Rally to STOP Evictions & Luxury Condos in the Mission & to Support PROP G @ Brava Theater
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

March to STOP Evictions & Luxury Condos in the Mission &

 Support PROP G 

Gather Sat. Oct. 4, 1PM @ Brava Theater York & 24th
March   2pm  for affordable housing!
Rally     3PM @ 16th & Mission

Dear Causa Justa family:

Our fights are many, on both sides of the bay and we know we are asking a lot from you tenant meetings, city hall hearings, marches, rallies, etc but our people are in the eye of the storm. Stand with us as we fight for our very survival here in this Bay Area gold rush.

This weekend we march in San Francisco’s Mission district to send a message loud and clear: we will not roll over without a fight. Join Our Mission No Eviction and the Plaza 16 Coalition in a historic march to demand affordable housing. And to fight against the biggest development the Mission has ever seen planned for the 16th St. Plaza  the proposed looming monster development by Maximus Real Estate, which includes luxury housing, retail space, and 10-story towers. We’re also marching to support Prop G � the anti-spec tax that would stop the flipping of properties by speculators.  Read more here and here

#stoptheflip #housingisahumanright

RSVP here for No Monster in the Mission March

Facebook event.

No Monster in the Mission. March and Festival for Affordable Housing Now!
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Historic March and Festival. 

Affordable Housing Now!

A ten-story monster development is proposed for 16th & Mission. The Mission needs deeply affordable housing, not more luxury towers!

1 pm: Gather.

2 pm: March begins.

3 pm: Rally/Festival at 16th St. BART Plaza.


Food :: Music: :: Art :: Community.

Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal @ The Forum, Laney College
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


The Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal will examine the violations of nature’s rights and human rights caused by the fossil fuel industry, using Chevron’s refinery in Richmond as a case study. By highlighting the impacts on people and nature from the Chevron refinery and Big Oil’s activities, the Tribunal will also place on trial current legal and economic systems that advance the destruction of nature.

Tribunal judges include:
Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities; Urban Habitat)
Brian Swimme (California Institute of Integral Studies; Journey of the Universe)
Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute)
Courtney Cummings (Arikara and Cheyenne; Native Wellness Center, Richmond)
Bill Twist (Pachamama Alliance)
The day will also include:
The Web of Life Labyrinth, created by local artists
Local music; food for purchase
Insights from Bay Area ecological justice, human rights, local economy, indigenous, women’s, and other groups.
Save your space for this important event;

register now.


(Directions: Lake Merritt BART. Located on north campus off 10th St, across from the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.)
FREE; registration is required – Register now!)

*Please arrive 20 minutes early to experience the Web of Life Labyrinth.

Presented by the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance: bringing people together to advance the rights of nature in the San Francisco Bay Area.
For more, visit:
On Facebook: Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance

Not One More Black Life! A Day in Solidarity with African People @ Uhuru House
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A call for white people to stand in solidarity with African resistance in Ferguson and around the world. Reparations and justice for African people everywhere!

Keynote speakers:

  • Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African Socialist International and author of An Uneasy Equilibrium: the African Revolution Versus Parasitic Capitalism.
  • Penny Hess, Chairwoman, African People’s Solidarity Committee and author of Overturning the Culture of Violence.


BBQ and Hangout With the Staples Occupation Crew. @ berkeley staples
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come hang out, eat (pot luck if you can swing it), get yourself heard on pirate radio and generally enjoy yourself at the Staples occupation.

Occupy Forum: Fracking: Building a Diverse Movement to Win @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Information, discussion & community — Monday Night Forum!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Occupy Forum presentsF R A C K I N G:
Building a Diverse Movement to Win

Hosted by Californians Against Fracking
Tia Lebherz, Food & Water Watch
David Braun, Americans & Californians Against Fracking

As fracking continues to expand at an unrelenting pace in California, a movement to stop it is rising up and, like New York, is preparing to win a moratorium. But these wins aren’t easy, and this one will be hard won. The good news is that powerful networks exist and smart organizing is going on in multiple communities to stop the oil and gas industry and their toxic processes.Come hear about what the membership of Californians Against Fracking is planning for the fall,share your ideas, and find out how you can plug in for the win.

Tia Lebherz is the Northern California organizer for Food & Water Watch. Based in Oakland; she works to engage activists and hold elected officials accountable on a range of issues across the region including fracking, water privatization, and food issues including factory farms and genetic engineering. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, Tia worked extensively in the Midwest organizing on campaigns for clean energy and fair food. Tia most recently worked as the Michigan organizer for Food & Water Watch based in Detroit.

David Braun is a co-founder of Americans Against Fracking and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and has recently relocated back to his home state of California to fight fracking where he works with Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of over 150 organizations fighting for a ban. While in New York, David founded and worked with several grassroots anti-fracking organizations` including United for Action, Sane Energy Project, among others.  Previously, he was the grassroots coordinator for the films, GASLAND and GASLAND II. Before working on the fracking issue, he worked with MoveOn and has also engaged with numerous other social, environmental and economic justice campaigns.


Hands Up United, Ferguson, MO. Days of Resistance.
Oct 10 all-day

OCTOBER 10-13, 2014


We are in a movement moment. 

Droves of people, many of them young and black, took to the streets of Ferguson to demand justice for Mike Brown. Millions stood in solidarity as protestors were met by a brutal and militarized response by local police departments.

Our country can no longer deny the epidemic of police violence facing Black and Brown communities. Mike Brown is now part of a long list of people like John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant and countless others who have been unjustly killed by police. And, their lives mattered.



#LeaveNoOneBehind Homelessness is NOT a Crime!!! World Homeless Day @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 10 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

10/10/14 is World Homeless Day and as many cities criminalize peoples rights to exist, we feel it is necessary to rally in remembrance of those who have died on the streets from lack of shelter, to raise awareness for the need for more shelter as the upcoming winter approaches, and to put out a call to action to establish safe harbors if and when the city refuses to act.

Join us at 8am 10/10/14 at Oscar Grant Plaza (formerly known as Frank OGawa Plaza) 14th and Broadway, Downtown Oakland and let’s tell the world that we will #LeaveNoOneBehind

Church of Occupy

We will  march to Wiley W Manuel Court House, located at 661 Washington Street, Oakland CA. This march is to raise awareness to efforts across the bay area and the nation to criminalize homelessness with inhumane, uncompassionate, unconstitutional laws making it essentially illegal to exist. From “No Sit-Stand-Lie” ordinances to “No Camping” ordinances to the criminalization of sharing food, it is clear that there is war on the homeless and we promise to #LeaveNoOneBehind because Homelessness is NOT a Crime”.

Aaron Colyer, a formerly homeless, disabled, United States Marine Corps Veteran with PTSD was ticketed on July 24, 2014 for “Sleeping/Living in a Vehicle”. My Colyer was homeless at the time and was living in his van with his PTSD Service Dog Captain when Alameda Police violated his rights, threatened him with arrest, and essentially cited him with being homeless 500 yards away from the old Alameda Naval Station as seen in the following clip uploaded to YouTube

The City Attorney has been asked to get the City Council to withdraw the ordinance in light of the June 19, 2014, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, decision in Desertrain vs. City of Los Angeles, (No. 11-56957). In that case the Court overturned the City of Los Angeles’ ordinance banning use of vehicles as “living quarters”. The analysis set forth in Desertrain, applies to the City of Alameda’s ordinance as well.

With our current economic situation and the ever increasing cost of rent and living in the bay area, more and more people are becoming homeless and/or living in their vehicles. As more and more states ban sleeping, camping, sitting, walking, sharing food and existing, Utah has taken a different approach, a Housing First approach. Instead of criminalizing homelessness, they are providing case management and housing and they are saving big bucks by doing so.

Barbara Thomas, former Vice Mayor and City Council Woman of Alameda City is representing Mr. Colyer and has scheduled a hearing for October 10/10/2014 at 9:00am in Department 102 at the Wiley W. Manuel Court House, 661 Washington Street, Oakland, CA this hearing was intentionally scheduled to coincide with World Homeless Day to raise awareness for the criminalization of the homeless and veteran homelessness. No one in America should be homeless, homelessness is NOT a crime and we will #LeaveNoOneBehind.

Inside Urban Shield. Special Guest Shane Bauer. @ Oakland High School Auditorium
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Report-back from activists who “went inside” the Urban Shield convention and trade show in Oakland September 4th-7th and were “volunteers” at some of the exercises.  And discussion of next steps.

Facebook event & RSVP.

Join Shane Bauer and others on this, the 3rd anniversary of the occupation of Oscar Grant Plaza.

Shane Bauer is a journalist who, with Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattel, were kidnapped by Iranian border guards and imprisoned in solitary in Iran for many months.  After his return to the US. Shane wrote about Pelican Bay, California’s notorious solitary confinement facility for inmates.

As he was observing one of the Urban Shield exercises as a official member of the press he was ordered to stop taking pictures and leave.

Urban Shield, a convention devoted to the glorification of the militarization of the police, has been happening in Oakland since 2007.  The Mayor announced that it would not be held in Oakland next year, but it will still be held, probably somewhere else in Alameda County.  It should be stopped once and for all or, barring that, Oakland and Oakland’s police should not participate.

Links to Letter Sized PDF of flyer

Older flyer and poster versions:

Inside Urban Shield Half Sheet      Inside Urban Shield 11×17″ Poster    IUS 18×24″ Poster PDF


Click to download 2-to-sheet PDF

Final flyer:

inside urban shield screenshot rev

Current posters:

inside urban shield 2up rev

inside urban shield poster 11×17 rev

inside urban shield poster 18×24 rev

Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police brutality in Oakland. @ Baha'i Center
Oct 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Second Sundays:

Interfaith prayer meeting for healing, dedicated to the survivors and victims of violence and police brutality in Oakland.

We are 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.

Please feel free to bring quotes or passages to share
All are welcome

We will serve simple breakfast.

Beyond the Red Line – UKRAINE Facism & Anti-facism @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A documentary chronicle of the war in Ukraine, and the suffering of people whose lives it has touched. Forty powerful photos of peaceful civilians and forced refugees. A national photo project tour, including a slideshow presentation, sponsored by the International Action Center and the United National Anti-war Coalition.

Photos prepared by multimedia international information agency Rossiya Segodnya photojournalists in Russia and Ukraine.From the exhibit opening press release in NYC: “As Washington and NATO continue to engage in provocative Cold War rhetoric falsely blaming Russia for the civil war in Ukraine, this exhibit provides a timely antidote to the myths spread by major U.S. media,” said International Action Center activist Greg Butterfield.’

“U.S. officials have portrayed the coup regime that came to power in Kiev, Ukraine, early this year as a beacon of democracy. These photos document a very different reality,” asserted Butterfield.’

“War crimes are being committed daily by the Kiev government against its own citizens, with funding and political support from Washington,” Butterfield charged. “People in the Donbass region and throughout Ukraine are resisting a far-right regime dedicated to austerity and NATO expansion to Russia’s border, which includes openly pro-Nazi elements.”

“Before we are dragged into a dangerous confrontation with Russia, poor and working people in the U.S. need to understand what our taxes are really paying for in Ukraine,” concluded Sara Flounders.

Light refreshments served, wheelchair accessible.

2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run (San Francisco) @ Lake Merced Park (by SFSU)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

2nd Annual Gaza Solidarity 5K Walk/Run (San Francisco)

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K Walk/Run will benefit UNRWA’s psycho-social support program for children in Gaza suffering from psychological trauma and PTSD due to the devastating crisis of July-August 2014 and the prolonged blockade. Many of these already vulnerable children have now lived through three traumatic rounds of violence, witnessing death, destruction, and displacement. It’s estimated that 375,000 children in Gaza now require immediate counseling.

These children need our support now, and that’s why your participation is so critical. Whether you participate as a sponsor, runner, walker, or cheerleader, we want to see you there!

By participating, you will directly support UNRWA’s psycho-social support program to provide these children with critically needed counseling services, offering them a safe space to express their emotions and fears, and the opportunity to work with trained counselors to learn valuable coping skills.

Lace up your running or walking shoes, bring your friends, your family, and even your pets and we’ll see you October 18th!


Join the conversation on social media by using #Gaza5K in your posts and tweets! Read our tips:


UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees, is the primary provider of healthcare, education, and other basic social services to 5.3 million Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. UNRWA has been the largest humanitarian operation in the region since its inception in 1950, and continues to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development. In Gaza, UNRWA provides assistance and protection for over 1.2 million registered refugees. This includes mental health counseling for 50,000 refugees every year, and in 2014, individual counseling for an additional 12,600 refugee children to help them cope with the trauma of bombings and blockade in 2014. American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA) is the US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the work of UNRWA in the United States with fundraising, education, and advocacy work. All donations to UNRWA USA are tax-deductible.


Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm



On Behalf of the Serrano Family, we are asking our beloved Community, to join in solidarity, to demand justice for Yanira Serrano, who was mercilessly gunned down , June 3, 2014, in front her family, by San Mateo County Sheriff.

Please come and support our effort to STOP BUSINESS AS USUAL, during the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. Let’s remind the city, county, state and the nation, that while this is a time when most families are enjoying the happy joy and harvest of the season; the Serrano family will not be celebrating this love & bounty because of senseless police brutality.



Please check out Yanira’s story on the Facebook page… And LIKE Justice 4 Yanira Serrano:

National Day to Stop Police Brutality @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

19th Annual Nation Day to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.

Press Conference & Rally 12 Noon.

Rally & March at 4:00 PM.


A video from the Alan Blueford Center for Justice regarding October 22nd.

Living the New Economy Convergence @ To be announced
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm

More than a conference

LNE Oakland is designed to be different from any event you’ve attended before. Drawing inspiration from hackathons, conferences, networking events, festivals, and jams, the result is a unique event that has components of each. More than a conference, this is a convergence.

We have an exciting lineup of speakers, but you’ll do more than listen to talks. You’ll meet and collaborate with other participants and launch project ideas. You’ll learn about New Economy initiatives here in the Bay Area, and draw connections between them while connecting with each other.

Be part of the first of an annual event that will introduce you to new ideas and new people, and leave you inspired to co-create a new economic reality in the Bay Area and beyond.


Helping Hearts to Heal. @ Center of Hope Community Church
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Maya Schenwar: “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better!” @ Impact Hub
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Book Launch and Conversation


Join us November 4th, for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration, for the Bay Area launch of “Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better“!
Author Maya Schenwar will read from her book and discuss the impact of prison on families and communities — and how people around the country are taking action to create a world without prison.

CURB will also have two special speakers there!

  • Alex Berliner, new Organizer with All of Us or None a Project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, will talk about her experience with having a loved one inside.
  • Emily Harris, Statewide Coordinator of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), will speak about the movement to reduce prison populations and close prisons throughout the state of California.

Join CURB members, allies, friends for conversation, snacks, beverages, contemplation and celebration!

See Michelle Alexendar and Angela Davis’ reviews of the book on our event RSVP.