September – October 2014

Flood Wall Street in Support of Actions Against Climate Change. @ Downtown Manhattan
Sep 22 all-day


In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. On the 21st, there will be a massive march. On the 22nd, the day before their summit, as politicians have meetings with the corporate oligarchs who profit from the disasters they are creating, we are going to take action. We will Flood Wall Street. Be there. Climate Change is here, and the only solution is a movement.

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David Id (IndyBay) vs BART: US District Court @ US District Court
Sep 22 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

An article about the lawsuit.

David Id writes:


September 8th marks the three-year anniversary since BART police arrested me during a protest inside the Powell Street BART station. Numerous other journalists were kettled by BART police, yet I was the only credentialed reporter to be handcuffed, arrested, and held in police custody for three hours. I was also the only journalist virtually every BART police officer knew by name. I know that for a fact now.

Up to that point, I had posted over 250 separate pieces related to the murders of Oscar Grant on January 1, 2009, Charles Hill on July 3, 2011, and BART’s disabling of cell phones in San Francisco stations on August 11, 2011. This coverage included photos, video, and audio from speak-outs, protests, tribunals, and community town halls. It included updates, transcripts, and exhibits from Mehserle’s various court hearings. It included reports from protests at the trial in Los Angeles, Sacramento legislative hearings on BART police, Oakland BART board meetings, BART subcommittee meetings on police oversight, and much more.

I became intimate with a number of members of Oscar Grant’s family, activists, organizers, community and religious leaders, legislative assistants, members of the BART board of directors and other BART administrative employees. My reporting was named in Mehserle’s motion to change venue. I’d regularly walk into BART meetings and see their employees reading my latest articles on their phones.

And BART police were definitely watching. They knew I wasn’t shy about calling out their lies, incompetence, and corruption. They regularly read my reports and then set out to target me for arrest, as the evidence shows. Ever since my arrest on September 8, 2011, I have been pursuing a civil rights lawsuit for retaliatory animus and violations of my First Amendment rights. It’s taken me three full years to get to this point.

On September 22, just two short weeks from now, my case against BART PD deputy chief Dan Hartwig goes to trial at the United States District Court in San Francisco. The trial is expected to last five days starting on Monday, September 22, Tuesday being an off day, and then continuing through the following Monday.

Hell in Paradise: My visit to Pelican Bay State Prison @ Monday Night Marsh. 24th Street BART - 3 1/2 block walk
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hell in Paradise: My visit to Pelican Bay State Prison

4 people will be performing 20 minutes of new material, including Charlie Hinton
Please stay until the end if at all possible
There’s a parking garage on 22nd between Valencia and Mission. Street parking is difficult
Doors open at 7:00

From the playright:

This show has developed organically over the past year, and surprised even me. I responded to an action alert to support the hunger strikers at Pelican Bay last summer. A number of them wrote me back, and i’ve written a prison visit dialogue based on sections of their letters, as well as my observations of the prison itself and the natural beauty of Crescent City, where it’s located .

The man I focus on the most, Clyde Jackson, is a native San Franciscan who was sentenced to life imprisonment for a crime that he committed at age 17 (in which no one was killed). He’s now 51, so he’s been in prison 2/3 of his life, 31 years in solitary confinement. I’m happy to report that since my visit to Pelican Bay, he’s been transferred to general population and has a parole hearing next year.

To quote his words, “My life story is basically short, I transgressed the law of society as a juvenile, one night myself and a few people from the neighborhood were out wilding, and just having plain old teenage delinquent fun. One misstep led into two, two into four, four into eight, and after all is said and done, Diane Feinstein was campaigning for the mayorship on juvenile delinquency, used four juveniles as an example, and today is the repercussions of that misbehavior…Growing up, even in a life of little, I advanced myself until the age of 17, when I took the wrong turn. Ignorance guided me to this present predicament. Over the decades I’ve made vast improvement in faculty development,” which indeed he has.

Prisoner Letter Writing @ Qilombo
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Prisoner Letter Writing

Join us for prisoner letter writing every month at Qilombo. Usually this event happens the last Wednesday of every month.
Please feel free to write to whomever you want, including your own friends, family, and loved ones. Paper, envelopes, pens, stamps provided. Bring a snack for social time. Bring your thoughts and reflections for quiet writing time.

Tips for writing to prisoners.

Oakland Underground Film Festival 2014 @ First movie showing: Grand Lake Theatre
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

7:00 pm @ Grand Lake Theater

9:00 pm @ Grand Lake Theater

On Friday & Saturday, film showings will be at the Humanist Hall at 390 27th St.
Check the complete schedule here.

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Hosted by Jason Mark

$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006 or

Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times,

$15 door KPFA benefit

Here is the most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine.  This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate clearly explains why we must soon abandon the core free market ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change, or radical changes will be violently visited upon us. Status quo is no longer an option.

Naomi Klein argues that climate change is not merely another issue to shrug off and file away for the future. It is an alarming certainty that demands we fix an economic system already failing in many terrible ways. Klein meticulously presents the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce the growing inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. She exposes the ideological desperation of climate-change deniers, the messianic delusions of would-be geo-engineers, and the tragic defeatism of far too many mainstream green initiatives. She demonstrates precisely why the market has not and can not fix the climate crisis, and will in fact make things worse, with ever more extreme, ecologically damaging extraction methods, accompanied by rampant disaster capitalism.

Klein reveals how the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond humanely to this crisis should not be viewed as grim penance, but as a kind of gift – a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and heal long-festering historical wounds. She documents the inspiring movements already involved, communities not simply refusing to be sites of further fuel extraction, but already building the next regeneration-based economies.

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and the author of the critically acclaimed #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.” Klein is a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and a syndicated columnist for The Nation and The Guardian. She is a member of the board of directors of and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Jason Mark is a co-manager at San Francisco’s Alemany Farm and the editor of the quarterly environmental magazine, Earth Island Journal. He is also a co-author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing @ All around the World.
Oct 4 all-day

Listing of Actions.

Join the first Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance & Killing – October 4, 2014

As global citizens who believe in justice and the rule of law, we oppose weaponized and surveillance drones because their deployment:

  • violates democratic rights of freedom of speech and assembly and the right not to be unreasonably searched,
  • is used for extrajudicial “targeted” killings based merely on suspicion — murders — even of children inside and outside of war zones,
  • terrorizes populations in targeted territories, thereby fueling hatred and increasing the cycle of violence,
  • lowers the threshold to war and initiates a new round in the arms race,
  • leads to the development of autonomous killer robots, thereby making even more horrifying wars likely.

We demand that all governments cease the production and acquisition of armed drones, as well as their research and development, and work towards a worldwide ban of these weapons.

We further demand that our governments prohibit the use of drones for surveillance and prohibit using space satellites, ground stations, and military bases to enable drone surveillance and to trigger drone killings.

We call on people all over the world to join us in the Global Day of Action on October 4.

If you or your group are planning an action or event for October 4 and would like to post information about it on this website, please email a brief description to Anastasia of CODEPINK at

The description may be in any language, but it is best to also include an English translation so that people around the world can read it.

Please include the address of your event, with the postal code, so that it will show up on the map.

You may also send for posting on the website a URL link or a PDF or JPEG attachment such as a photo, flyer, press release, or news coverage of your event.

#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.

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.

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.



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