January – February 2015

Book Launch: A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice @ La Commune Cafe (Omni Collective)
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice is an anthology of stories, analysis, and reflections from global movements fighting the tar sands and oil extraction using a wide variety of strategies and approaches. It features writing by Indigenous organizers from across the continent, analysts, and campaigners, as well as staff and board members, including a forward by Naomi Klein and Bill Mckibben.

What: The multimedia book launch will include a discussion on solidarity, extraction, and Indigenous sovereignty and climate change, with panel of frontline activists fighting tar sands in the Bay Area, as well as international perspectives. Presenters will include Winona La Duke of Honor the Earth (via Skype), Vivian Huang of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More, an organizer from Pittsburg fighting Wespac oil-by-rail, and Clayton Thomas-Muller of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign (via video).

Click here to RSVP for the event on Facebook.

Event Co-sponsors include Idle No More SF Bay, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Movement Generation, Center for Story Based Strategy, and the Ruckus Society. If you can’t make it on Sunday, we’ll also be holding a more intimate discussion in San Francisco on Thursday evening — more info here.

As the largest industrial project on earth, the Alberta tar sands essentially constitute a strip mine spanning an area the size of Florida. Tar sands development comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents — fighting a powerful international industry — are likened to terrorists, government environmental scientists are muzzled, and public hearings are concealed and rushed.

Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to Indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation.

This struggle is one of the most epic of our times. I hope this book can offer us both a bit of hope and some solid lessons on resistance.

You can read more about the book here.  

Open Circle Against Police Militarization, State Violence and Racism @ OMNI Collective
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Our 4th open circle to connect and organize toward the end of police militarization, state violence and systemic racism.

This open circle will continue the dialogue and planning around support, goals, and long-term strategy in addressing the long-standing issues of the extremely disproportionate degrees of police brutality and killings of black people and people of color, systematic racism, state violence, militarization of police, and more that have been brought to the forefront once again due to the recent surge of such atrocities.

Let’s kick this meeting off with a potluck at 3:00 pm followed by the Open Circle at 3:30 pm. Please bring a dish or snacks to share!

  • Open circle will begin with report backs and announcements of upcoming actions followed by group discussion.
  • The announcements segment will be shorter than last time to allow more time for group discussion.
  • There will be breakout groups to allow time for networking and collaboration on projects and affinity groups.
  • The facilitation team welcomes suggestions, guidance, and especially participation. Please get in touch by commenting on this page if you want to offer any of these.
Movie Screening: Fruitvale Station @ Longhaul, 2 blocks from Ashby BART
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Free Movie: Fruitvale Station

 (Drama 2013) explores the killing of Oscar Grant by a white BART policeman


Court Support: Powell St Kettle Arraignements SF @ San Francisco Superior Court
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Always check Antirepression website and facebook for last minute changes.

Surviving Climate Chaos: a talk by Mark Heertsgaard @ First Unitarian Universalist Center
Jan 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

World map showing extreme weather areasOver the next 50 years, climate change will transform our world in ways we have only begun to imagine. Herstgaard will address how these changing conditions especially affect peoples living around the equator and in low-lying countries as the oceans rise. What does this mean for them? What will it mean for us? How can we begin to prepare for these inevitable mass migrations?
Mark Hertsgaard has spoken and written about global warming for more than 20 years. An environmental correspondent for NPRThe Nation, the New Yorker and other media organizations, Hertsgaard travels the globe to cover climate change effects and policy.

Refreshments available, wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists for Peace & Justice,the Green and UU-UNO committees of the UU Society,and OccupyForum SF

Announcement via Sunflower Alliance.

Cops, Class, and Race: How Police Protect the 1% @ Oakland Peace Center
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

As communities around the nation have taken to the streets in the ongoing movement against police brutality the question of the police and their role in society has taken on new importance. With the police killing a Black person every 28 hours a movement is emerging that challenges the idea of who they protect and who they serve. The very origins of their institution is saturated in racism and violence. From their beginning as a force to quell strikes, urban riots, and the threat of slave insurrection they have always existed primarily as an enforcer for the 1% and the protector of their property.

Join the International Socialist Organization for a discussion about the origins and function of the police and their relationship to racism, class and capitalism.

Facebook event.


Santa Cruz: TANKS, NO THANKS! GIVE BACK THE BEARCAT! @ Santa Cruz City Council
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

(Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck)

Let city council know how you feel

Organized by SCRAM ! ( Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization !)


Extra OccupyForum: SHUT DOWN DIABLO CANYON @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Extra Occupy Forum
OccupyForum hosts Harvey “No Nukes” Wasserman and allies


JOIN US in the accelerating campaign to shut California’s last nukes: the two reactors at Diablo Canyon, near San Luis Obispo. Citizen activism has closed the reactors at Humboldt, Rancho Seco and San Onofre, and stopped proposed projects at Bakersfield, Bodega and elsewhere. We believe we can force this deadly, dangerous and disastrous plant shut if you will join with us.

PG&E’s Diablo is two 1200+ megawatt monsters surrounded by earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone, out of compliance with clean water and fire safety regulations, lacking a credible evacuation plan and now completely priced out of the market by clean, cheap, safe and job-producing renewable energy.

Pacific Gas & Electric has recently killed 8 people in a San Bruno neighborhood it burned to the ground due to negligence and greed. A replay at Diablo would irradiate much of California, and create a lethal cloud that would blow across the entire United States. It would bankrupt California and much of the nation, with virtually no responsibility to be shouldered by PG&E.

Long-time No Nukes activist Harvey Wasserman will speak and facilitate an on-going strategy session aimed at winning this shut-down as quickly as possible. We will have a strategy in formation and a resolution in hand to push forward the process of finally making California free of all nuke reactors. The time to flip the “off-switch” is NOW! This will be a meeting to further that necessary cause.

The clock is ticking on the next earthquake or negligent disaster. You and your family are at risk. Come join the movement to end this madness!!
Radical Women Meetup San Francisco
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event for radical women in San Francisco,: discussion about the importance of women of color being involved and given a voice.
KPFA Fundraiser Film Screening: THE THROWAWAYS @ International House
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

6:00 pm and 8:00 pm screenings

KPFA Radio 94.1FM and International House, UC Berkeley, present:

An award winning documentary film
With Bhawin Suchak (Director/Producer) & Ira McKinley (ex-felon & homeless filmmaker)

Tickets: 800-838-3006 or at independent bookstores, student discount at door, KPFA benefit

The Throwaways is a timely and provocative look at the impact of mass incarceration and police brutality on black men in America. Told through the eyes of homeless ex-felon Ira McKinley, the film documents his struggle to bring positive changes to his community in inner-city Albany, NY. As he strives to give voice to the people on the streets fighting for survival, McKinley confronts the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. More than an illumination of marginalized people in trouble, this film is a call to action, a narrative of engaging in the fight for justice.

“The Throwaways courageously explores the most pressing racial justice issue of our time: the mass incarceration and profiling of poor people of color.”
-Michelle Alexander, author, The New Jim Crow

Featured on Democracy Now!

WINNER Best Documentary, Long Beach Indie Film
WINNER New York Hi-Light, Harlem International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION at eight other film festivals

Bhawin Suchak, Director/Producer
Sam Pollard, Executive Producer, an award-winning feature film and television video editor, and documentary producer/director whose career spans almost thirty years. He has edited several Spike Lee films (Four Little Girls, Jungle Fever, Mo Better Blues) and served as the producer for Henry Hampton’s historical civil rights documentary Eyes On The Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads.


Tickets via Brownpapertickets.



Film Screening: The Throwaways. Discussion Re Police Terror and Related Activism. @ OMNI Collective
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Screening of ‘The Throwaways’ w/ discussion around police terrorism and related activism.

Note: Time is uncertain. Not listed in the original posting on the #BlackLivesMatter calendar, and not currently on the Omni calendar.


Global Day Against Torture @ Everywhere
Jan 31 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Facebook page.

In late November the Senate Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of Torture was released. This report has since been swept under the rug and nearly forgotten.

The Mainstream media, the government and a complicit American public are prepared to forget about the Senate Report on CIA torture AND WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN!

Join organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum for protests, rallies, and gatherings on Saturday January 31st to make sure America and the US government do not go unchallenged.



1. This is Decentralized. Connect with activists in your community and plan rallies, protests, street theater, or reenactments of waterboarding or force-feeding. GRAB THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION!

2. Create a FB event and post it on the coordinating Facebook page! We will add it to the list below.

3. Create memes, write blogs, contact local media, indy media, talk to friends and families! Use the Hashtag #EndTorture Do whatever you can to spread the word through social media and in real life!

4. INVITE! INVITE! INVITE! Let’s get the invite list over 50,000 people by January 30th. We can do this! Share on FB pages, twitter, and more!

5. Hit the streets, inform the public and change the global conversation.


EVENTS as of 1/11/15.  Check the Facebook page for updates.

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Houston, Texas

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Leesburg Florida

St. Pete, Florida

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

From NYC to Ferguson to Oakland, Imani Henry Talks on Nationwide Fight Against Police Terror @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Jan 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Imani Keith Henry is a longtime activist in the anti-police brutality, anti-war and LGBTQ movements in the US. He is an organizer with The Peoples Power Assembly, which helped to coordinate emergency day of/day after actions in NYC and nationally in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision. Imani has travelled to Ferguson, MO twice and most recently took part in a 36-person civil disobedience action on December 4th in response to the Garner grand jury decision.

He is also the founder of The Equality for Flatbush Project (E4F), which does grassroots anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification organizing in the East Flatbush and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY.Additionally Gloria Verdieu of the San Diego Committee Against Police Brutality will report on what’s going on in San Diego. Community Activisit, Gloria Verdieu is an organizer with the Committee Against Police Brutality- San Diego and San Diego Coalition to Free Mumia Abu Jamal and All Political Prisoners.Refreshments will be provided, wheelchair accessible, a few blocks from 19th St BART

Presented by Workers World Party
1305 Franklin, #411, Oakland 510-600-5800

Facebook event.

More on Imani Henry: Imani’s writing has appeared in several publications including the Lambda award winning Does Your Mama Know (Red Bone Press), Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 years of Black LGBT Writing (Other Countries) and Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle, (World View Forum Publishing) and the newly released, Against Equality: Prisons Will Not Protect You, (Against Equality Publishing).

Under the brand, OD For the People, Imani is an Organizational Development Consultant and Diversity Trainer who provides change management services specifically for nonprofits and universities. Imani has a Masters in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration from The Wagner School of Public Service. Follow Imani on Twitter Imani Henry

City Council to Consider #BlackLivesMatter, Police Violence Recommendations.
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

According to the Contra Costa Times, “Recommendations from the meeting ((The #BlackLivesMatter City Council forum held on January 24th)) will be considered ((at the February 3rd City Council meeting)) .”

March for Real Climate Leadership @ Snow Park
Feb 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On February 7th thousands of Californians from across the state are gathering in Governor Jerry Brown’s longtime home of Oakland to say that we need real climate leadership. Across the state wells are drying up, more than a dozen cities are in real danger of running out of water, & there’s no question it’s being made worse by climate change.

But instead of reigning in the oil and gas industry & putting an end to incredibly dangerous and water-intensive practices like fracking, Governor Brown has been letting companies continue with business as usual. Join people from all corners of California this February in telling Governor Brown that if he won’t be a real climate leader, that if he won’t stand up to the fossil fuel industry, then we will. Because this is about our water, our health, & our California.

For more information:

RICHARD WOLFF: Time To Change this Capitalist System: Oh Yes We Can. @ First Congregational Church
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Benefit: $12 advance tickets, $15 /door. Tickets available in Berkeley: Pegasus (3 locations), Marcus Books, Moes, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore In S.F: Modern Times.

Radical economist Richard Wolffs most recent book, Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a passionately concerned response to current events, chronicling Wolffs brilliant public response to what he sees as an unworkable economic system. He closely monitors international economic shifts, much as Noam Chomsky does political happenings, and presents us with clear new perspectives.

Richard Wolff is the leading social economist in the country. This book is required reading for anyone concerned about a fundamental transformation of the ailing capitalist economy. ­ Cornel West

A powerful and challenging vision that takes us beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. Richard Wolff at his best!
—Gar Alperovitz, author American Beyond Capitalism

Professor of Economics Emeritus from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Wolff is a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York. In recent years he has been delivering public lectures at colleges and universities, and community centers and trade union gatherings. His speaking style has become famous for its charismatic wit, frankness, and sardonic charm.

Richard Wolff is the author of many books, including Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism, Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism, as well as Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It. He hosts the weekly hour-long radio program Economic Update on WBAI (Pacifica Radio) and writes regularly for The Guardian,, and the MRZine.

Community Meeting re Berkeley Post Office Sale, Report on Lawsuit, etc @ Bonnie's Art Space
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 Presentations will be given by Attorneys Tony Rossmann (lawyer for the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the Post Office)  and Brian Turner (lawyer for the National Trust’s similar lawsuit against the Post Office).

Others will also be there to share information about the Community Garden, the Occupation, and anything else relevant to the  fight to Save the Berkeley Post Office.