Laborfest: WPA Berkeley Walk @ Berkeley Downtown Post Office
Jul 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WPA Berkeley Walk With Harvey Smith.
This walk will explore the “New Deal nexus” in Berkeley that includes Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, Post Office art, the old UC Press Building (now being repurposed as the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the old Farm Credit Building. The tour will also include the incredible mosaic mural on the UC Berkeley campus and photographs of the California Folk Music Project, Western Museum Laboratory, WPA prints at the Berkeley Public Library, and WPA projects on the UC Berkeley campus.
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Healthcare Town Hall: Creating the Future of Health Care in CA. @ Rockridge Library
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mario Woods Remembrance Day @ Martin Luther King Park
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hello, Justice Community –

First a congratulations to members of our outreach team – Marty, Muhammad, Darrell, Joanne, Lisa, Phelicia and Lynn – for working with Parks and Rec this week and standing strong and overcoming obstacles to secure the park and stage at the same location as last year for Mario Woods Remembrance Day.  Thank you – this is a Victory!

We are gearing up to a beautiful event commemorating Mario Woods’ life, and reaffirming our stance for Justice for Mario Woods and Justice for all victims of police violence. We invite everyone to join us there (Martin Luther King Park on July 22 at 11am – 6pm), and to join us at our ongoing weekly strategy meetings as we move forward in planning the event!

And please sign and share our online petition demanding a pattern and practice investigation of the San Francisco Police Department:

And please Share our fundraiser for Mario Woods Remembrance Day!  It is so important that we honor Mario’s life, his mother, his family, and the community.  Please donate  and please SHARRE this far and wide

Free Screening: The Bail Trap @ New Parkway Theater
Jul 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Come watch a screening of The Bail Trap and learn what you can to do reform the money bail system in California.

California’s money bail system hurts families. One of the Ella Baker Center’s members, Tracey Bell-Borden, knows that firsthand.

When Tracey’s daughter Tai was arrested, her bail was set at $100,000. Tracey faced an impossible choice: let her daughter stay in jail or pay $10,000 to a bail bondsman so that her daughter could come home before her trial.

On Sunday, July 23rd Tracey and the Ella Baker Center are hosting a free screening of The Bail Trap, a short film featuring Tracey and Tai’s story. Come to the screening to learn what you can do to end the injustice of money bail.

The event is free and open to the public, and the theater is wheelchair accessible. RSVP on Facebook.

The Ella Baker Center is working with organizations across the state to reform California’s money bail system so that less families have to face the injustice that Tracey’s did.

Following the film screening, we will have a panel discussion about bail, including an overview of the California Money Bail Reform Act (Senate Bil 10) and what you can do to help us pass this legislation.

We hope to see you there.

P.S. Want to help us plan our Night Out for Safety and Liberation event on August 1? Come to our next member meeting on Monday, July 24 from 6-8 p.m. at CompassPoint in Oakland. RSVP on Facebook.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hey folks, because some of us will be indisposed on the last Sunday of July we are holding our monthly feed a week early on Sunday, July 23rd, at 3 PM.

Hasta la pasta,

Ed Not Bombs


Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM (2 PM in the winter) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. During the colder months we meet at 3 PM.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five years! Our General Assembly is a participatory gathering of Oakland community members and beyond, where everyone who shows up is treated equally . Our Assembly and the process we have collectively cultivated strives to reach agreement while building community.

At the GA committees, caucuses, and loosely associated groups whose representatives come voluntarily report on past and future actions, with discussion. If you like, just come and hear all the organizing being done! Occupy Oakland encourages political activity that is decentralized and welcomes diverse voices and actions into the movement.

General Assembly Standard Agenda

  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
  3. Announcements
  4. (Optional) Discussion Topic

Occupy Oakland activities and contact info for some Bay Area Groups with past or present Occupy Oakland members.

Occupy Oakland Web Committee: (
Occupy Oakland Kitchen Committee: (
Strike Debt Bay Area :
Berkeley Post Office Defenders:
Alan Blueford Center 4 Justice:
Oakland Privacy Working Group:
Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity:
Bay Area AntiRepression:
Biblioteca Popular:
Interfaith Tent:
Port Truckers Solidarity:
Bay Area Intifada:
Transport Workers Solidarity:
Fresh Juice Party (aka Chalkupy)
Sudo Room:
Omni Collective:
First They Came for the Homeless:
Sunflower Alliance:
Bay Area Public School:

San Francisco based groups:
Occupy Bay Area United:
Occupy Forum: (see OBAU above)
San Francisco Projection Department:

Indivisible Berkeley Special Assembly @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Hall
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Special Assembly (with dinner!)

To advance the progressive agenda, we HAVE to win elections. Join our Special Assembly at BFUU with focus on how we can harness our progressive energy to help turn districts outside the Bay Area from red to blue! Led by the Indivisible Berkeley Elections team.

Bring snacks to share! Bring friends!

Questions? Email

Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at [ ].

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

Alternatives to Incarceration: Stop the Jail Expansion! @ County Building, across the street from the Courthouse
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It’s time for us to demand healthcare for the people!

We are calling on all community members, healthcare providers, formerly incarcerated folks and their families to make your voices heard.

After two years of fighting the jail expansion in Alameda County, we have finally won our hearing on alternatives to incarceration for those who suffer from mental illness.

However, the county is doing everything in their power to fast track the jail expansion without community input. There is no such thing as mental health in a jail. The first step the county needs to take in implementing alternatives is to stop expansion.

Let’s show them that we are watching and paying attention. That’s why we need everyone to come out on July 24th and have all eyes on the Board of Supervisors.
Please join us for a meeting with the public health and public safety committees.

Why: To urge the Board of Supervisors to invest in alternatives to incarceration for those who need mental health support.

Are you in? Feel free to email to RSVP or ask us any questions about the hearing.

In community,

Decarcerate Alameda County

Member of Californians United for a Responsible Budget

Occupy Forum: Film: National Bird (Drone Warfare) @ Black and Brown Club
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OccupyForum presents…
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Film: Our National Bird
Directed by Sonia Kennebeck

Three whistleblowers, (who all worked on the drones program, gathering intelligence and tracking targets to be killed), break the silence around the US drone war. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, the whistleblowers speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. National Bird offers an unparalleled glimpse into the surreal landscape of automated murder. Who are these people, who sit in windowless rooms and make life-and-death decisions based on blurry images flickering on computer screens?

Directed by Sonia Kennebeck and executive-produced by Wim Wenders, National Bird takes us to Afghanistan, where the maimed survivors of a mistaken drone strike on unarmed civilians in February 2010, which killed 23 people, describe what happened when they were attacked. The gung-ho attitude of the drone operatives is juxtaposed with raw footage of the dead bodies (some children) returning to their anguished friends and family. Kennebeck also juxtaposes Obama’s speeches about drones in which he claims that they are able to “take out” insurgents without harming those around them with the testimonies of those who know that this is false.

In her book, “Drone Warfare”, CODEPINK’S Medea Benjamin documents the growing menace of drone warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who are “piloting” these unmanned planes, who are the victims and what are the legal and moral implications. Benjamin documents how the U.S. government’s use of drones to murder hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen has increased the danger to our national security, and reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.

National Bird reminds us that we’re living in an electronic haze, where life and death are decided on the basis of, as often as not, caprice. Detachment and a lack of accountability are rewarded where responsibility and compassion are shunned. For many servicemen and women, time in service may be little different than a video game gone mad. trailer

Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!


Plan Oakland’s Night Out for Safety & Liberation @ Compass Nonprofit Services
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s all hands on deck at the Ella Baker Center this month and we need your help to make Oakland’s Night Out for Safety & Liberation (NOSL) Block Party the best one yet!

Come to this member meeting to learn how you can thrown down for Oakland’s 5th annual NOSL Block Party on August 1st at Defremery Park, the historic West Oakland Black Panther Party community space. You will have a chance to put finishing touches to the program, sign up for volunteer and outreach roles, and build with fierce community leaders.

Click here for more information on Night Out for Safety & Liberation (NOSL):

Vegetarian dinner will be provided. The meeting space is wheelchair accesible. Please contact Tash at or 510-428-3939 x2435 if you have accesibility needs and/or questions.

Active Hope: What Must We Do Now @ Fellowship Hall, BFUU
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Featuring Joanna Macy, Starhawk, and Ahmed Salah.

Active Hope events aim to lift us out of inaction and despair and into a beautiful, caring world of peace, love, and concern for all beings. This program will include inspiration from those working to save the world; bringing us together and unifying us in this work. It will include voices from the First Nations people, social and environmental justice activists, music, delicious organic vegetarian food, a book signing, heart connections, and inspiration to action.

Book signing, information tables, opportunities for action and networking. Wheelchair accessible.

6 pm potluck dinner; 6:30 pm Program.

Sponsored by Codepink Golden Gate:


Universal Income in California @ Covo
Jul 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us Tuesday, July 25th to learn about a California Climate Dividend Fund.

Though we’re likely at least a decade away from a federal basic income, people often debate whether there are policies that states can enact as “stepping stones” to help pave the way.

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski introduced a bill (SB 775) that would create a Climate Dividend Fund  a fund to return carbon auctionn revenue to Californians in the form of regular, unconditional payments. Carbon dividends are one popularly discussed stepping stone policy to a universal basic income.

Join us as we hear from Senator Wieckowski on his bill and the Climate Dividend Fund. We’ll discuss his views on universal basic income and the legislation.

The event will be hosted at Covo, a coworking space just off of 6th and Mission. Snacks and drinks will be available.

To attend, please RSVP here:

– 6:30 Doors open
– 7:00 Program starts
– 8:00 Program concludes, stay for networking and community

See you on the 25th!
The Universal Income Project Team

Mai Masri’s award-winning film, 3000 NIGHTS @ Berkeley City College Auditorium
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mai Masri’s award-winning film, 3000 NIGHTS!
Accused of helping a teenaged boy on the run, a newly-wed Palestinian schoolteacher gives birth to her child, in chains, in an Israeli high-security prison — where she fights to protect him and to survive herself. Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’s film 3000 NIGHTS explores the meaning of motherhood, love, betrayal, and the solidarity of women prisoners. Masri says it is about “resilience, resistance, and above all, a film about hope.”

Selected as the Jordanian entry for Best Foreign Language Film for 2017 Oscars.

“See this film, see it Now!” — Ken Loach, Cannes Film Festival

Benefit for MECA’s programs for Palestinian & Syrian refugee children.

Watch the trailer

Facebook event

Wheelchair accessible.

An Evening with Norm Stamper, Author of ‘Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police’ @ Barnett Hall, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Register here.

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper will offer his thoughts on Police Accountability: Reimagining and Reengineering the Cop Culture,”followed by a Q & A faciliated by Reggie Lyles, Deacon of Allen Temple Baptist Church, former police captain for Berkeley and Novato police departments and former public safety advisor to Mayor Jean Quan.

After the discussion, Chief Stamper will be available to sign his latest book To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police which will be available for sale on site.
From to Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police:

“Reflecting the reality that increased militarization does not represent progress, American law enforcement today is arguably as corrupt bigoted, brutal and trigger-happy as it was during the 1960s and 1970s, not to mention earlier eras.”

From Breaking Rank:

“One of the strengths, and drawbacks, of public employment law is that individual employees, from the cop on the beat to the police chief, are rarely held personally liable, financially.(That’s if their actions spring from the ‘course and scope’ of their duties. The provision is a strength because having the city pick up the tab for damages means beat cops and police chiefs don’t have that excuse for not taking bold action when they should. It’s a problem because it licenses some cops to drive like maniacs, shoot people for any cause, or ram a brom handle up a man’s rectum with impunity.”

Sponsored by Coalition for Police Accountability

Laborfest: 1946 General Strike Walk @ Begin at Latham Square
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oakland 1946 General Strike Walk – “We Called It a Work Holiday”
With Gifford Hartman of the Flying Picket Historical Society.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Oakland General Strike. This walk will revisit the sites of Oakland’s “Work Holiday” that began spontaneously with rank-and-file solidarity with the striking – mostly women – retail clerks at Kahn’s and Hastings department stores whose picket line was being broken by scabs escorted by police.

Within 24 hours, it involved over 100,000 workers and shut down nearly all commerce in the East Bay for 54 hours. In 1946 there were six general strikes across the U.S.; that year set the all-time record year for strikes and work stoppages. The Oakland “Work Holiday” was the last general strike to ever occur in the U.S. This walk and history talk will attempt to keep alive the memory of this tradition of community-wide working class solidarity.
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DSA: No Work Picnic @ Mosswood Park
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

It’s the last Sunday of the month — that means picnic time!

We have been busy socialists, so it’s time to relax and hang out. Bring your lunch, picnic blanket, friends, and family for a casual picnic with your comrades. No work done here — just socializing! We will try to stake a spot out in the Broadway and MacArthur Blvd. quadrant of the block.

Weather permitting

Liberated Lens general meeting @ Omni Commons
Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We document current events, make films together, steward an editing suite and share a film equipment library. We also host film screenings, often with local directors, and put on an annual short film festival for independent Bay Area filmmakers. Our goal is to make the digital filmmaking accessible – no overpriced college degree or certificate program required!

We are also a good group to reach out to if you’d like to screen a film at the Omni. We can be reached at [ ].

We usually meet in the basement, unless otherwise noted.

Night Out for Safety and Liberation @ DeFremery Park aka Little Bobby Hutton Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Turn up with us for a BLOCK PARTY at DeFremery Park, the historic Black Panther Party organizing park in West Oakland.

We’ll be celebrating Oakland’s 5th annual Night Out for Safety and Liberation to redefine what safety means to us to start a different conversation about public safety beyond policing; focusing on how we can build equity, power, and opportunity in our communities.

Featured artist include:
– Hip Hop for Change
– DJ Slowpoke
and more!

There will be an art build, free posters, food, healers, lawn games, face painting and family activities. All are welcome and all are invited.

Let’s continue to build a narrative that defines safety not in terms of fear, crime, and punishment, but rather as a community that has access to affordable healthcare, housing, food, education, safe and working infrastructure, and more.

#NOSL17 #SafetyIs


Hosted by Night Out for Safety and Liberation and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

From HIROSHIMA to WWIII: If workers won’t end these wars, who will? @ Starry Plough Pub
Aug 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Suds, Snacks, & Socialism at the Starry Plough

The Peace and Freedom Party presents

If workers won’t end these wars, who will?

Hiroshima was not so much the end of WWII as the opening salvo in a series of new wars which must be ended if humanity is to survive. Will the working class fulfill its historic mission and end this madness? Or must we look elsewhere? We are inviting speakers to address this question.

This is part of our on-going Socialist Forum Series on the first Saturday of every month. Doors open at 2 pm and the program will start promptly at 2:30 pm. The forum will end by 4:30 pm, but folks can stay and talk as long as you like. Speaker’s affiliations are listed for identification only. The opinions expressed do not reflect the official views of the Peace and Freedom Party.

The Peace and Freedom Party, born from the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960s, is committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism, racial equality, and internationalism.

The Bail Trap Film Screening & Discussion @ San Francisco Public Library - Koret Auditorium
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The San Francisco Chapter of the ACLU invites you to a film screening and discussion on bail reform.

Are you aware that Black people, Latinos, and Native Americans are twice as likely to be stuck in jail because they can’t afford bail? The U.S. money bail system is largely to blame for over-crowded jails across the nation. 70 percent of people are incarcerated for one simple reason: being too poor to afford bail.

The bail trap

Unscrupulous bail bonds contracts allow private corporations to make exorbitant profits off of people living in poverty. While people with access to wealth can buy their freedom, poor people have weeks, months, and even years of their lives taken from them.

This isn’t justice. Race and socio-economic status should not determine whether someone is free or in jail while they await their trial.

Come and see “The Bail Trap” and let’s talk about what we can do to replace the broken money bail system right here in California.