November – December 2014

Earth At Risk 2014: Justice and Sustainability Conference, Nov. 22 – 23 @ Palace of Fine Arts
Nov 22 @ 9:30 am – Nov 23 @ 3:00 pm

Earth At Risk 2014: Justice and Sustainability Conference, Nov. 22 – 23

From the Conference website: “This November, some of the world’s preeminent strategists in environmental defense, social justice,
Earth At Risk Logoand grassroots activism will come together to share their insights and speak toward ONE goal: crafting game-changing responses to address the converging crises we face.

Species extinction, racism, sexual warfare, deforestation, global warming, corruption — all stem from the same root.

For too long environmentalism has hinged on conformity to capitalism and the status quo. For too long social justice work has capitulated to this profoundly abusive culture. We may live on an EARTH AT RISK – but with this great challenge comes a GREAT OPPORTUNITY. This is your struggle, whether you acknowledge it or not. Will you sit on the sidelines as the world burns?”

Featuring four hugely important global activists: African-American author Alice Walker, Indian physicist-ecologist Dr. Vandana Shiva, journalist Chris Hedges and author/philosopher Derrick Jensen. This is not a conference to miss, if you can help it!

For more details, please visit the Fertile Ground Environmental Institute website or the Event Schedule here.


Award Winning Documentary: STATE V. REED @ Out of Line Collective
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A documentary about Rodney Reed – an innocent man the State of Texas is preparing to “legally” lynch by execution on January 14th, 2015.


Campaign to End the Death Penalty.

Films From The Frontlines: Screening and discussion with the Global Uprisings media collective at Occupied Wheeler Hall @ Wheeler Auditorium, aka Occupied Wheeler Hall
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Films From The Frontlines: Screening and discussion with the Global Uprisings media collective

Join the Global Uprisings media for a special screening of their films covering international social movements!

Global Uprisings is an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. Since 2011, filmmaker Brandon Jourdan and researcher Marianne Maeckelbergh have produced 24 online viral documentary films about the uprisings, rebellions, revolts, and revolutions that have spread around the world. All of their films are completely free online at

Their short films detail social movements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the US. Their films cover strikes and demonstrations in the UK, the large-scale housing occupations and street mobilizations in Spain, the various general strikes, protests, and factory occupations in Greece, the revolution in Egypt, the Gezi Park uprising in Turkey, the 2014 social explosion in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the revolt against austerity in Portugal, and the occupy movement in the United States.

The Global Uprisings series has received hundreds of thousands of online views, been translated into multiple languages, screened at various international film festivals, theaters, galleries, and other venues around the world, used in university and high school classrooms, screened on Democracy Now!, and on the US TV station Free Speech TV.

Global Uprisings Creators

Brandon Jourdan is a journalist and filmmaker who has contributed to Democracy Now!, the NY Times, CNN, Reuters, Deep Dish TV, Independent Media Center, Now with Bill Moyers, Foreign Exchange, and Free Speech TV. With over ten years of experience in documentary filmmaking and journalism, his films have played in film festivals around the world including DocLisboa, Movies That Matter, and the Aljazeera International Film Festival and featured in the 2005 Whitney Biennial, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, the Contemporary Art Meeting Point in Athens, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight. Since 2011, he has worked together with Marianne Maeckelbergh on, an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism.

Marianne Maeckelbergh is Assistant Professor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is author of The Will of the Many: How the Alterglobalisation Movement is Changing the Face of Democracy (Pluto Press, 2009). She is co-founder of, an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and authoritarianism. She is currently a Marie Curie fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

Marissa Alexander Pre-Trial Solidarity Rally @ Eastside Arts Alliance
Nov 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join us for a community gathering and rally that will coalesce community organizers and members in solidarity with Marissa Alexander on the “eve” of her retrial. This will be an occasion to gather in poetry, song and more as we share words of struggle, resistance and hope in addition to raising greater awareness about and critical funds for Marissa. This will also be an opportunity for organizers to share with attendees ways in which people can involve themselves in work in the Bay Area around prison abolition, ending mass incarceration, domestic violence awareness and more.

The Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander will be present and will bring items from the online store to sale where every dollar raised will be donated to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.

Please share widely. If you’d like to share a poem, please email us at FreeMarissaChicago at gmail dot com.

Facebook event.

Thanksgiving at the Berkeley Post Office, with BPOD, Occupy Oakland and First They Came for the Homeless. @ Berkeley Post Office
Nov 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come enjoy Thanksgiving at the people’s Berkeley Post Office.

Black and Blue Friday: a celebration presented by 350Marin @ Sweetwater Music Hall
Nov 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Black and Blue Friday: a celebration presented by 350Marin


350Marin invites you to Black and Blue Friday, “a celebration of climate justice and life on our hot little blue planet.” The lively event offers music, speakers, poetry, dance and art. Performers include JIG, Wendy Johnson, Jon Symes, Lucia Iman, Robert Steiner, Love Rockit and others.

Donations requested but no one turned away.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page on the 350Marin website.

Download flyer.

East Bay Fast Food Rally for $15 & a Union @ Fruitvale Bart Station Plaza
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us at Fruitvale Bart plaza to bring attention to widespread inequality and our shared struggles for a living wage ($15/hour) and the right to unionize without retaliation.

Nov. 29th marks the 2nd anniversary of when the first 100+ fast food workers, fed up with low wages, poor treatment and disrespect walked off the job in New York.

Let’s make it known that a minimum wage hike isn’t all we’re fighting for in Oakland and beyond!

Hosted by East Bay Fast Food Workers.


Cops vs. Free Speech @ La Pena Cultural Center
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How police are targeting political enemies with attempts to restrict free speech. Everyone, from black an d Latino youth, anti-war activists, labor militants and rap artists are in their cross-hairs. We can fight back against police attack on speech and school curriculums!

Speakers: Keith Cook, Mumia’s brother.
Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson.

Sponsored by Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu Jamal, Prison Radio and Teachers for Mumia.

SING TO SAVE OUR POST OFFICE @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

COME TO  a brief rally at the Berkeley Main Post Office, 2000 Allston at Milvia,  IT WILL BE followed by a video shoot with all who attend, singing  “Our Post Office, It Shall Not Be Moved” (to the tune of We Shall Not Be Moved). Please feel free to wear costumes, your chorus attire if you are in one, or anything you’d like. This will take place rain or shine - if it’s raining we will sing under the sheltered area.

WE HOPE to get people across the country to do the same at their post offices and post their videos. If we get a few groups to participate, we can post the videos together. If we get enough, we can turn it into a video montage. We will encourage each group to add verses that reflect their struggle, and use one pertinent verse per group. With your HELP we can make this go viral!

Please be AT THE RALLY on December 6th by 12:20 at the latest, as we will have to organize into a visually effective group and do a couple of practice runs. We will sing in the key of D and ask other groups to do the same so we will be able to combine the videos successfully. The words will go as follows (of course if someone comes up with a terrific line we can add it or substitute):

Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Our Post Office, it shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
It shall not be moved
Built in 1914
The artwork is amazing
No to union busting
No privatization
Our post office

You do not have to be a strong singer – your enthusiasm is the most important thing. Please join us and feel free to pass this on to friends and other organizations whose members might want to join in.

This has already done this effectively on the 100th Anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birthday in 2012, when 33 groups around the country (and in several other countries) participated on Earth Day. You can go to the following You Tube link where you can see the video montage and see what we have in mind:
and here is the video of the San Francisco shoot:

In unity there is strength! In music there is collective power! Come and sing!!!

Closing Arguments in CCSF Accreditation/Survival Trial @ California State Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow (Dept 304)
Dec 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

For the entire week of Oct 27th, Superior Court Judge Karnow heard testimony from both the City Attorney’s Office and the ACCJC in the matter of the People of California vs. the ACCJC.

The Judge will hear oral closing arguments on Dec. 9th. After that he will issue a tentative ruling and send to the attorneys who will then get a chance to submit written objections within 15 days. After the judge considers these he will issue his final ruling. So this all sounds like not until at least January. Probably after the ACCJC meeting where they will decide whether or not to put us on Restoration.
Here are some links to good coverage of it:

Tim Redmond (48 Hills)
AFT 2121
SF Examiner
Save CCSF website’s Latest News

Related reading:
FCMAT critique
OPEB Made Simple

Federal Court Hearing on an Injunction to Stop the Sale of Berkeley Post Office @ San Francisco Courthouse, Courtroom 8 - 19th Floor
Dec 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Originally scheduled for November 10th, now scheduled for December 11th, although the time is not certain. Check back for additional possible changes and verification of time.

Plaintiffs City of Berkeley and Mayor and Members of the City Council of the
City of Berkeley have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary
injunction, to enjoin defendants United States Postal Service, Patrick R. Donahoe, Tom A.
Samra, and Diana Alvarado from completing a sale of the Berkeley Post Office. According to
that motion, “the City believes that USPS will attempt to convey the Post Office property at any
moment,” even though USPS reportedly has not performed the reviews required by the National
Historic Preservation Act or the National Environmental Policy Act.

This order hereby ENJOINS the named defendants from completing the sale of the
Berkeley Post Office until a hearing on the motion for preliminary injunction can be conducted…



Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence @ Baha'i Center
Dec 14 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Interfaith Prayers for Victims and Survivors of Violence

Second Sundays:

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