Medical Aspects of Climate Disruption @ Unitarian Universalist Society of  San Francisco
Oct 17 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Climate activist and oncologist Dr. Jan Kirsch will address the global health effects of climate disruption, including the medical impacts of heat waves and floods, the spread of infectious disease, water and food insecurity, as well as psychological stress.

Dr. Kirsch will also discuss the lethal local effects of fossil fuel extraction, refining, shipment and combustion.  These include respiratory disorders, cancer, neurological effects, heart disease and reproductive toxicity.   “For health’s sake,” she reminds us, “we are all called to be first responders in our actions, locally and globally.”

Dr. Kirsch is a member of the 350 Bay Area Speaker’s Bureau.

First-time guests will enjoy a free meal; others can contribute on a sliding scale from $12 to $15.  Reservations should be made by the preceding Sunday.

RSVP by noon October 15th to


Justice 4 Kayla Moore! Support the family in court in Oct & Nov! @ Phillip Burton Federal Building,
Oct 18 all-day

***Note: Dates are tentative. Stay tuned to this page for any changes!***

Show up this Oct. & Nov. to support the Moore family as they finally have been granted their days in court, after over four years of seeking a fraction of accountability from the City of Berkeley and BPD.

Stay tuned for more details about each day of court. ~ ~

Wednesday, October 18 – final pre-trial hearing
Tuesday, November 6 – FIRST DAY OF TRIAL
November 7,8,9,10 – Trials Dates

About Kayla Moore
Kayla Moore was a Black trans woman with a mental health disability – schizophrenia – who was born, raised and living in Berkeley. She was a poet and loved to cook, dance and help people – her neighbors, friends and even strangers on the bus.

On Feb. 12, 2013, Kayla was in her home when a friend of hers called 911 to request a mental health wellness check. When officers showed up at Kayla’s door, however, they didn’t offer assistance or support. Instead, they immediately tried to arrest her on a false and unconfirmed warrant, wrestling her onto the ground and restraining her violently until she passed away with six police officers on top of her. Since then, no one involved has seen any consequences.

About the family’s court case
In 2016, the Moore family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City and the BPD officers involved. After many delays and attempts by the City to have the suit dropped, the family finally has confirm trial dates: October 23-27, 2017. The lawsuit will center on holding the cops and the city accountable for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to accommodate Kayla’s mental health disability, and, instead, treating her as a criminal because of it. We know that disability is NOT a crime and being a black trans woman is NOT a crime.

The Moore family’s court case could set a major precedent for other cities and police departments by re-affirming that cities and police must comply with the American’s with Disabilities Act when responding to mental health crises.

To the Justice 4 Kayla Moore Coalition, it’s common sense that crisis is not a crime and a militarized police response is not the way that cities should offer “support” to people experiencing mental health crises. The Moore family’s court case is a call to action for Berkeley and all cities: it’s time to build alternative, ADA-compliant crisis responses that truly support and honor Black people, people of color, trans people and queer people with disabilities.

BAAQMD (Air Quality Management) Board of Directors Meeting @ First Floor Hearing Room
Oct 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

At the next Board of Directors meeting, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will for the first time in many years consider revisions to their permitting process—Rules 2-X.   The Air District’s past record of permitting indicates a bad habit of rubber stamping “stationary source” projects that endanger community health and destabilize the climate.  Can that behavior be reformed?

Unfortunately, BAAQMD is once again using the recent passage of AB 398, the cap and trade extension bill, to argue that they are prohibited from passing any direct regulation of CO2 emissions.  Although the bill specifically restricts Air Districts from taking actions that produce CO2 reductions, BAAQMD legal staff insists that this prevents them from pursuing efforts that would merely prevent future emission increases.

As a result, their proposed improvements to current permitting rules will do nothing to control future CO2 emissions.  Dangerous projects, such as the massive expansion of crude-by-ship into the Phillips 66 marina at the Rodeo refinery, will continue to be rubber stamped.  The “improvements” fail to prevent the increased emissions that will inevitably follow from changes to dirtier, more GHG- and toxics- emitting crude sources.

Staff is using the same interpretation of AB 398 to argue that Rule 12-16, the proposed refinery emissions cap, can no longer be considered.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 18th, to demand permitting rules and refinery emission caps that truly prevent increased future emission of carbon dioxide and toxic co-pollutants.  We must have Rule 12-16 back on the BAAQMD agenda where it  belongs. Talking points will be provided before the meeting.

Policy Cafe & CA State Legislature Teach-in @ Sustainable Economies Law Center
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

       Anyone can make policy.

Do you have an idea to change your community for the better? Do you have questions about policymaking on a local or state level? Do you want to explore your inner policymaker?

Come get answers, ideas, and strategies from our center’s staff, experienced attorneys and policymakers!

This is a two-part event (You can come to both, or either!)

  1. From 5:00PM – 6:00 PM, there will be a teach-in on navigating the CA State Legislature! You’ll learn about the process of organizing a CA legislative campaign, how to work with legislators and their staff, how laws get written and amended, how to research California statutes, and some tips and strategies for success in state-level policy advocacy.You’ll hear anecdotes from our staff, Christina Oatfield and Cameron Rhudy, about their years of adventures in and around our state capitol.
  2. From 6:00PM to 7:30PM, we’ll be hosting a Policy Cafe and offering individualized consultations for folks who want to discuss their specific ideas and get advice on questions such as:
  • What are the next steps after I have come up with my policy idea?
  • How do I draft a policy proposal?
  • How do I approach council members, county supervisors, or other legislators about my idea?
  • How do I navigate the legislative process?
  • In what ways can my nonprofit participate in policy advocacy?

The Policy Cafe will provide direct support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies through policymaking and is part of our Transformative Policymakers project. It’s modeled after our Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, which provides donation-based legal advice for the community.

For questions, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, Eunice Kwon, at

DATE: Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

TIME: 5:00PM – 7:30PM.

LOCATION: Sustainable Economies Law Center, 1428 Franklin St. Oakland, CA 94612.

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Police Brutality & Surveillance in the Online Era @ ACLU of Northern CA
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the ACLU office in San Francisco for a Human Rights Happy Hour and discussion on police brutality and surveillance in communities of color. We’ll hear from these inspiring speakers on the grave problems of excessive use of force and discrimination in policing, the challenges of data collection, and the role of technology and media as tools of both advocacy and repression.

Confirmed speakers

  • Malkia Cyril, Executive Director, Center for Media Justice
  • Kristian Lum, Lead Statistician, Human Rights Data Analysis Group
  • DeRay Mckessson, Civil rights activist, organizer, and educator
  • Diana Tate Vermeire, Racial Justice Initiative Director, ACLU of Northern CA

Cost: Free

RSVP is required. Reserve your spot today.

The panel discussion will begin at 6 p.m. You are invited to mingle and connect with fellow human rights advocates before and after the panel. Wine and light appetizers will be served. Download or share the event flyer.

This event is organized by the International Justice Resource Center and is co-sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Human Rights Watch, Asylum Access, Amnesty International USA, the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley Law, and Center for Justice & Accountability.

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Stop the Draft! Now!: remembering Oakland’s Stop the Draft protests @ Oakland Main Library
Oct 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Vietnam Protest

The Oakland History Room in association with the California Historical Society will observe the 50th anniversary of the Stop the Draft protests of the Vietnam era with historian Charles Wollenberg and members of the Oakland Seven. This program is part of the Oakland Public Library’s Fall History Series.

Migration, Displacement, Hope: Refugee Stories – Film Shorts. @ New Parkway Theater
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AFF presents: Migration, displacement, hope: Refugee Stories (special program) This year we received multiple submissions from filmmakers from around the globe documenting stories of displacement. From the gut-wrenching to the experimental to the hopeful, we are honored to share these stories with you. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, struggling to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Far from a one-size-fits-all marking of “experience” so often depicted on Western media outlets when it comes to the plight of the refugee, this program of 5 powerful short documentaries spotlight the multitude of hues that should be considered when discussions of the refugee experience are had. From the Yarmouk and Ain El-Hilweh camps, to the streets of Berlin: Refugee Stories shows what it takes to hold onto one’s dreams amidst devastating circumstances.

The shorts include the following:

Here You Are (2017)

Tyma Hezam

USA/Syria, 5 minutes

Engages the post-traumatic stress experienced by refugees after their arrival to their destination.

The Pianist of Yarmouk (2017)

Vikram Ahluwalia

Syria/Palestine/Germany, 14 minutes

Meet Aeham: a classically-trained musician attempting to escape the war in Syria for safety in Europe.

After the Spring (2017)

Mathilde Babo

Germany/Syria/France, 4 minutes

On the streets of Berlin, Ahmad recounts the early days of the Syrian revolution.

A Man Returned (2016)

Mahdi Fleifel

Lebanon/Palestine, 30 minutes

Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp Ain El-Hilweh in Lebanon ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a drug addiction to life in a camp torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet. Winner of the Silver Bear Jury Prize (short film) at the 2016 Berlinale.

Through My Eyes: Hani’s Journey (2017)

Zahra Mackaoui

Lebanon/Syria/Canada, 30 minutes

Follows the journey of blind Syrian refugee Hani Al Moliya from the camps in Lebanon to Canada. Told through his photos, it is a story of triumph against adversity, set against the backdrop of the Syrian war.

After the program there will be a panel discussion with members of the International Rescue Committee.

Single-Payer Social – DSA @ Moxy
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Canvassing door to door isn’t the only way to meet people interested in joining the fight for a healthcare system free from capitalism. Each district canvassing group also organizes a monthly happy hour.

Come out to Moxy in South Berkeley to meet with people in these districts and talk about single-payer over a beer or some food.

Beyond #Resistance: Building Towards Socialism in the Trump Era @ Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


As the Trump years begin, socialists are coming to the realization that #Resistance is not enough.

Join the Cal Working Group of the East Bay DSA for a panel discussion on how socialists can organize for transformative demands that raise the expectations of working-class people.

Resisting budget cuts and militarization is crucial, but playing defense won’t work unless it’s linked to a forward-looking agenda for social transformation. Socialists have the opportunity to lead the charge for demands like Medicare for All, free college, universal childcare, higher minimum wages, and increased investment in social housing.

We are living in a unique and challenging political context, and socialists must be proactive in demanding a livable and equitable world!

Speakers from East Bay DSA include

  • Ahmed Kanna
  • Mary Virginia Watson
  • Liz Fox
  • Megan Svoboda
“What Donald Trump is Doing To You!” @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006
or Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus (3 stores), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s

The culmination of 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, The Making of Donald Trump is the recent New York Times’ bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston.

Now, in “What Donald Trump Is Doing to You,” the author takes a uniquely close look at the mogul’s rise to the presidency. He reveals the stunning facts and  disclosures of what Trump has actually done with all of the ultimate power conferred upon him. We’re shown an entirely new and complex breed of public figure— a man of astonishing media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, sheer clout, and profoundly disturbing responses.  His career has been persistently plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversies, from the origins of his family’s fortune to his own too-big-to-fail business empire; from his education and early career through that whirlwind presidential bid.  Love him or hate him, Trump’s massive influence is undeniable.

Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump longer and more closely than any other journalist working today, gives us the most in-depth look yet at the man who has shocked the world over and over again with disquieting acts and impulsive tweets.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert is the founder and co-host of UpFront, the morning drive-time public affairs program on KPFA Radio, airing through northern and central California. He started his work in media helping to set up the Independent Media Center in Chiapas, Mexico, where he also did human rights work. For two years, he ran a nationwide support program for progressive publications at colleges and universities. He started at KPFA as a beat reporter covering environmental justice issues, during which time he served as a network correspondent during international climate negotiations, produced live national broadcasts covering elections and political conventions, and established a long-form journalism training program inside KPFA. In 2016, he was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, where he explored the future of audio journalism that serves local communities.

KPFA benefit

Waffles & Zapatistas @ Omni Commons
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo Classes – The next 2 classes on Zapatismo are scheduled for September 23 and October 21, 2017.

Sept 23rd is the fifth in a series of classes and discussions that include Zapatista history, projects and thinking. This fifth class will focus on the EZLN’s re-emergence on December 21, 2012  and its subsequent re-statement of the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandón Jungle, the EZLN’s current political analysis.

We’ll also discuss the Escuelitas zapatistas (Little Zapatista Schools), the murder of Compañero Galeano, the “death” of SCI Marcos and his rebirth as SCI Galeano. Classes are free and open to all those interested in learning about the Zapatista movement, which governs its own territory through an anti-capitalist government parallel to that of the Mexican State.

We’ll be serving waffles and Zapatista coffee. Classes are held downstairs

Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas
P.O. Box 3421, Oakland, CA  94609

Single-Payer Canvass, South Berkeley – DSA @ RSVP for address
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RSVP for address

The campaign for single-payer healthcare is gaining momentum, but we still have a lot of work to do. Only by going door-to-door in every neighborhood in every district can we build a movement large enough to overwhelm the money that the private insurance companies will throw against it.

By talking to our neighbors about how joining the campaign for single-payer healthcare can benefit them and the people they know, we also strengthen our capacity to articulate the daily anxieties and traumas inflicted on all of us by capitalism into a socialist agenda to dismantle the perverse system of capitalism.

If you that sounds like the kind of structure you want to help build, come out to one of our district canvassing events. You can be an experienced canvasser or totally new to canvassing. Training, lunch, and materials will be provided.

Support Black Trans Liberation! – House Party!
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Support Black Trans Liberation! SURJ Queer and Trans Committee House Party to Benefit TGIJP

Save the Date! The Queer and Trans Committee of SURJ Bay Area is throwing a party, and you’re invited!

Please join us in eating, drinking, and dancing to support TGI Justice Project. We’ll be celebrating and fundraising to support the critical work TGI Justice Project does to make our communities safer for transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex folks of color. We’ll also be discussing what white folks can do to be in solidarity with Black Trans Liberation — and how important it is for us as white people to move our resources and make reparations to support this work — so invite your friends!

Please RSVP here:

Can’t make it? Please donate here:

More details to come! Please email with accessibility questions.

Read more about TGI Justice Project’s work here:

The Ecology Center Fall Film Series: Princess Mononoke @ Ecology Center
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

We are excited to announce our Fall Film Series at the Ecology Center! In an effort to open up our space to the community, while providing an accessible format for fostering discussions around the various climate issues we cover, we will be hosting free monthly screenings of select films at our Ecology Center store.

Check out a new film, or one of your favorites, with other members of the community for a fun-filled and family-friendly evening. All screenings are free and open to the public (and include free popcorn!).

Princess Mononoke (1997)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 2:13

Kicking off the Ecology Center film series is Princess Mononoke, from legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli team. This A classic animated film that explores the relationship between human activity and the environment through heavy symbolism to highlight the need for sustainable practices and greater consideration of the environment in day-to-day life. Miyazaki crafts a captivating tale of man vs. nature, where the exploitation of natural resources leads to the manifestation of deadly beasts that threaten an all out war between a mining village and the creatures of the forest.

Themes: Sustainability

Preview Trailer:

Future Showings and Event Links:

October 22nd: Chasing Ice

November 19th: King Corn

December 17th: Wall-E

Liberated Lens film night and fundraiser: “October” by Sergei Eisenstein @ Omni Commons ballroom
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm


In commemoration of the centennial of the Russian Revolution, Liberated Lens is hosting a viewing of the classic feature film October by Sergei Eisenstein.  October was commissioned in 1927 for the tenth anniversary of the world-historic 1917 workers’ revolution and is based on the first-hand account of American journalist John Reed’s book, Ten Days That Shook the World.

Liberated Lens is committed to bringing to the conscious public the very best films available to stimulate your intellect, lift your spirits, and stiffen your backbone. As usual, there will be a discussion following the film.

$5 notaflof, but this event will also be a fundraiser for our collective.  Dinner and drinks will be sold starting at 6:30pm, film starts at 7:30pm. Please buy dinner in advance if you can, so we can prepare: visit our Eventbrite page. If you can’t attend in person but would like to help with our fundraising effort, we also have a “donation” ticketing option. Thank you!

Divest the Globe @ Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

On October 23rd, ninety-two of the world’s largest banks will meet in São Paolo, Brazil to discuss policies on the climate and Indigenous People’s rights to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC). These banks include Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) financiers such as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and many more. Mazaska Talks is calling on indigenous people and allies everywhere to join us for 3 days of mass global action that make it clear to the banks: Financing climate disaster and the abuse of Indigenous Peoples will result in a massive global divestment movement.

Join us in a prayer circle in front of Oakland city hall at 11:30 a.m. where we will gather together for a teach in, round dance, and a prayerful walk with opportunities for people to divest from banks. Please come with positive intentions and willingness to learn about the importance of divestment and a refresh about the Standing Rock movement.

Idle No More SF Bay, DOME (defenders of mother earth) Huichin, SF Defund DAPL and others including around the globe invites you to join us October 23rd for an afternoon teach in and prayer walk to #DivesttheGlobe

Are you still waiting on the right moment to divest yourself from these banks? This action will give you that opportunity to divest yourself as we will be having a “bank of shame” walk to Citibank, Wells Fargo, and JP Morgan Chase banks to do so. We are here to support you during this transition and will have members from credit unions and benifical banks from Oakland to teach us more about these community based banks.

Tax the Rich rally @ In front of old Oaks Theater
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sing songs with Ocupella and hold signs, use a sign created by Tax the Rich or create your own on the GOP-Trump tax plan.

“Beyond the Messy Truth, How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.” @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM present:

Advance tickets: $15: T: 800-838-3006  or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley,  Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s


“We should all be listening to Van Jones… His vision for American politics calls forward the best of who we are, so that we can engage with humanity and solve real problems together.”
—Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

 “Those of us who truly believe in the power of love and aloha welcome Beyond the Messy Truth with open arms, in the hope that it will be read by those from all parts of the country and all points on the political spectrum. This book will help start conversations and bring people together to find common ground and work toward a better America.”
—Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. congress- woman, Hawaii

“Whether you agree or disagree with him, Van Jones’s voice has become an integral part of our national political debate. He is one of the most provocative and interesting political figures in the country.”
— Senator Bernie Sanders

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of the recurring CNN primetime special The Messy Truth with Van Jones. A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers. Jones founded the social justice accelerator the Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation and a Webby Special Achievement Award, and he has been named one of Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

David Talbot is an American progressive journalist, author and media executive. He is the founder, former CEO and editor-in-chief of one of the first web magazines, Salon, which he founded in 1995, Talbot has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and a features editor for The San Francisco Examiner, and has written for Time magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. His other books include Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Devil Dog, Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love, and the recent The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA,and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.

Signed copies of The Messy Truth will be available for purchase.

KPFA benefit

Usher in the rise of coops in Richmond! @ Rich City Rides Bike Skate Cooperative Shop
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and controlled by the people who work in them. Coops provide a promising way for communities to create good, dignified jobs; and in the Bay Area, coops such as Arizmendi are long-standing community institutions.

Under the mayorship of Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond promoted coops in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis by creating a position to support the development of coops. Today, a relatively new organization, Cooperation Richmond, is continuing that mission by providing a range of services, including education, “matchmaking” for prospective cooperative starters and co-owners, coaching and a loan fund.

Want to learn more about how coops strengthen Richmond’s economy, or interested in joining/starting a coop yourself?  Join Cooperation Richmond – happy hour libations and snacks will be provided!

The Abundance of Less: Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan @ Ecology Center
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a fascinating slideshow presentation with Andy Couturier, author of the newly released book, The Abundance of Less. In his photos and essays, Couturier captures the texture of sustainable lives well lived in ten profiles of ordinary-yet-exceptional-men and women who left behind mainstream existences in urban Japan to live surrounded by the luxuries of nature, art, friends, delicious food, and an abundance of time. Space is limited, RSVP here.