November – December 2014

Continuous Occupation of the Berkeley Post Office. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
Nov 16 @ 12:00 am – Nov 21 @ 10:45 am

With the imminent threat of a sale, First They Came for the Homeless has moved from Staples to the downtown Post Office, with support from Berkeley Post Office Defenders.  Come hang out with them and show solidarity as we all take a stand against the privatization of our commons.  Music and other activities are in the offing.


Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet @ Room 305
Nov 20 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to join EFF next Thursday, November 20, for a free public event on the quickly unfolding national debate on net neutrality, to be hosted at San Francisco City Hall.

The event is Bay Area Speaks: A People’s Hearing on the Future of the Internet, where you are invited to testify at City Hall about why net neutrality matters to Bay Area communities. Attendees will also receive an update from the lawyers, policy analysts, and activists who have been working on the front lines to make sure the FCC takes the right path forward.

Before the hearing, supporters will rally outside City Hall at 5:30pm and are encouraged to bring cell phones, laptops, and flashlights for a cell phone vigil and to hold signs and colorful art to demonstrate support for Internet freedom. Download this image to display on your screen at the rally.

Who: Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps; Amy Sonnie, Outreach Director of the Oakland Public Library; Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco; Corynne McSherry, Director of Intellectual Property at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Malkia Cyril, Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice; Tim Poznar of; and others.

The People’s Hearing comes at a key moment in the debate over net neutrality. Last Monday, President Barack Obama issued a statement in support of full, clear net neutrality rules, echoing the demands of the 4 million Americans who have spoken out in favor of the same reforms throughout the year. The FCC is weighing its options now and is expected to act as early as December.

It’s time to make sure California voices are heard in the national discussions.The fight isn’t over yet; come meet us at the front lines.

Recipe: A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense. @ Berkeley City Club
Nov 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Autumn brings Recipe, a profoundly funny new work by Michael Gene Sullivan, resident playwright for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Central Works serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.  But baking pies and cakes isn’t enough to satisfy these four intrepid refugees from the 60’s (and 50’s, and 40’s), and their burning desire to “Up the Revolution!”

Watch the trailer!

Read the Radical Recipe Blog!

Pay-what-you-can every Thursday, at the door as available

Javier Arbona on the Architecture of Surveillance @ Gallery of California History, Oakland Museum
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pop-up Talk: Javier Arbona on the Architecture of Surveillance

Join geographer and artist Javier Arbona for a brief talk in the Gallery of California History. Arbona will discuss infrastructure and surveillance in the port city of Oakland. Using a foreboding downtown telecommunications building as jumping-off point, he will make connections between the long history of the telegraph in Oakland and state surveillance in our midst today.

This in-Gallery pop-up talk takes place during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, and more.

Included with Museum admission. During Friday Nights @ OMCA, from 5 to 9 pm, admission is half-price for adults, free for ages 18 and under.

Admission for OMCA Members is always free.

STATE V. REED: An Award Winning Documentary About an Innocent Man on Death Row @ Sundiata Bookstore
Nov 21 @ 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.

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.


Socialist Alternative Political Day School @ Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez Branch
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Why Does Capitalism Breed Inequality?

What’s the Socialist Alternative?

Organizing to Win.



STATE V. REED: An Award Winning Documentary @ OMNI Collective
Nov 22 @ 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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.