The crowd is chanting the names of black and brown people gunned down by SFPD (self-appointed judge, jury and executioner), for as many bullets the police shot into their bodies. This video also shows The People’s demand for a full community meeting (after the most recent killing of Luis Gongora) casually denied. Hunger Srriker Edwin confronts the Captain about the murdering of our brothers and gets a smirk. We will win. The word is out now. Join us at 17th and Valencia. Also Justice 4 Mario woods coalition meeting tonight at 350 Rhode Island 6 pm. We will take this hunger strike to focus our power.
Hunger strike is growing. Please come down to Mission Police Station at Valencia and 17th in solidarity. Spread the word to friends in other cities and states: this hunger strike is because racist SFPD continues to murder black and brown people in the streets in ethnic cleansing. We have lost members of our community. This is a national emergency. Our power comes from love and from the word being spread: along with it: OUTRAGE.
Hunger Strike at Mission Police Station until Greg Suhr is fired as Chief of the murdering SFPD
Hunger strike at Mission Police Station today, tonight, tomorrow until Greg Suhr is fired as Chief of the murdering SFPD. Join us in solidarity: on Valencia between 16th and 17th. The hunger strikers are dead serious. And they need you.
“This is not a publicity stunt by any means of the imagination. We have real people with real families, with institutions that are being run, pre schools and careers. This is legitimately our last option.”
Stay tuned for an announcement of OccupyForum this Monday night at Global Exchange on Strategizing: How Do We Keep the Police from Killing People?
— Francisco Herrera (@FHerreraSFMAYOR) April 23, 2016
The Omni Commons Fair is an all day event showcasing the power within interdisciplinary collaboration and grassroots community organizing. We will highlight the experimental and educational nature of social justice endeavors. The all day event will include a panel discussion about cooperatively organized arts groups featuring arts and cultural leaders in the Bay Area, an array of interactive booths which showcase Omni’s interdisciplinary, creative, and practical endeavors, and guided tours of the space. Light refreshments will be served.
Hey Folks, This contingent is being organized/ called by the Anti-Police Terrorism Project, Black Lives Matter Bay Area and the BlackOUT Collective. Our groups are led by Black folks and People of Color, who have long connections to our communities in the Bay area, specifically SF and communities in the East. We have strong allies like Asians 4 Black Lives, Occupy Oakland, SURJ, Rising Tide, BASAT. We will operate as Affinity groups meaning: because there is a large mass of folks ready to hit the streets (on this page and on other pages) we do not approach this mass protest with the idea that one group will lead the direction or tone. And we do not expect for us to all use the same tactics or participate in the same program. But all of us agree that people of color/ the most impacted should always be centered. It’s a core shared value. People are going self organize. This is both a general call to action and an opportunity to coordinate some of the on the ground logistics. Our offering is messaging, coordinating roles, tactics, and a place to build community so we have each other’s backs in streets. #Autonomy #SharedValues
“Today, Casey and I had court for our arrests at Liberty City. Trial begins April 29, 9 am, room 112.
We want to pack the courtroom. What is at stake is the freedom to protest without government being able to say “that’s not a protest.” We want to challenge the ability of the state to use 647e, illegal lodging, in the commons. The law plainly states “without the permission of the owner” in it. Yet, this law has been used on public property to prevent homeless people from sheltering themselves. This law is used by cities to steal people’s possessions as “evidence of lodging” and once confiscated, are destroyed.”
Trump announced Wednesday that he will deliver the kickoff address for the California Republican Party convention on April 29. Cruz and Ohio governor John Kasich are also addressing the convention.” – Breitbart article
Building a mass action wall to keep him out! Donald CHUMP thinks he’s going to give a speech in the bay. The republicans are meeting to build more facist power. The people will rise and shut it all down. California has the most prisons in the US and rates amoungst the lowest in education. We need systemic change and TRUMP isn’t it. This is a call for all affinity groups and community members to turn out and turn up!
Birdhouse Art Collective, in conjunction with Open Engagement, will be hosting an interactive, all-day art fair celebrating a variety of arts collectives and other collectively organized, non hierarchical organizations within the Omni Commons and in the Bay Area.
Presentations from within the Omni will include ferrofluid demonstrations from Counter Culture Labs’ monthly event The Art of Science/The Science of Art, a film screening and lens dissection by Liberated Lens, a multimedia installation about the Zapantera Embroidery Project by the Chiapas Support Committee, medicine making demonstrations by Buried Seeds, a demonstration open wireless internet systems by Sudo Room, and a poetry table by small press Timeless Infinite Light. There will also be presentations from the student-run alternative art education program DIY MFA and the art center for artists with disabilities The New Space Studio.
The panel discussion will feature members from local arts collectives including 924 Gilman, Birdhouse Art Collective, Black Salt Collective, Design Action Collective and Qulture Collective. Panel participants will discuss the impact they make in their communities and the ins and outs of starting, running and maintaining an arts collective in our extremely expensive time and place.
The fair will run from 10am to 5pm, with fair booths active from 10am to 3pm and the panel discussion beginning at 3:30pm.
Birdhouse Art Collective is the art collective of the Omni Commons. For more information visit: http://
The Omni Commons is a volunteer-run, horizontally-organized community space comprised of a number of different horizontally organized collectives. For more information about the Omni Commons visit:https://omnicommons.org/
Open Engagement is an annual, three day, artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. For more information about Open Engagement visit: http://
Donald Trump is coming to the Bay Area – let’s show him a real Bay Area welcome by protesting outside.
Tomorrow evening, San Francisco Vision will be holding a public forum on police violence against the community. Afterwards, they will march to the Mission Police Station to hold a rally in support of the #Frisco5.
People of San Francisco…enough is enough. Come to a public forum on police violence and how we can bring the SFPD under community control.
Speakers include Sana Saleem, who recently covered the Alex Nieto trial and is following the #HungerforJusticeSF hunger strike for 48 Hills; Father Richard Smith, who will discuss the Amilcar Perez Lopez case, Yayne Abeba from the Mario Woods Coalition, Lisa Marie Alatorre, Human Rights Coordinator at the SF Coalition on Homelessness, and others.
Ray McGovern, Joanna Macy
“Active Hope: Going Forward”
6pm Potluck dinner; music
Codepink Women for Peace Golden Gate Chapter, BFUU Social Justice Committee, Peaceworkers present:
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and one of the most respected progressive activists in the United States, talking about the “Panama Papers”, drone warfare, the surveillance state, the CIA, and war criminal/ UC Berkeley Law Professor John Yoo. http://raymcgovern.com/
Also (so far; more to come!): Cecile Pineda, Codepink Women for Peace; Pierre Laboissier, Haiti Action Committee; Tracy Rosenberg, Media Alliance; Berkeley Progressive Alliance; Mike Rufo, Bill of Rights Defense Committee; Linda Seeley, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace/Shut Diablo Canyon; David Hartsough, Peaceworkers and World Beyond War; Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission; SF Occupy Forum; Standing Up for Racial Justice; Sunflower Alliance; Cynthia Papermaster, No More Guantanamos; Christopher Macy, Stealth Geoengineering (“Chemtrails”); Jimminywinks and Friends, Barkers Agitating for Reactor Closures; musicians Gwen Winter, Mike Rufo, Francis Collins
This is our second 2016 “Active Hope” event bringing together groups/issues to discuss, strategize, collaborate and celebrate social and environmental justice activism.
Our January 10 event gathered over 100 activists to “get out of our silos and find common cause” to end drone warfare, shut Diablo Canyon and Guantanamo Prison, save our East Bay Forests, elect a progressive Berkeley City Council, demand Police Accountability, stop Crude Oil Trains and Fracking– and this event continues the momentum. Join us for a potluck dinner, great presentations, music, video clips and active hope! You’ll leave energized, inspired and re-committed to activism.
Please forward to your lists, friends, colleagues. Let’s give Ray McGovern a huge welcome!
Contact (information, volunteer, make a presentation/perform): Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink Golden Gate, 510-365-1500; firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting in April, Berkeley Copwatch is kicking off our ongoing *weekly* copwatching shifts! We’ll be out in the streets most Fridays and Saturdays witnessing and documenting police activity and doing outreach. Please join us!
No experience required — any experience welcome. We’ll train you in the essentials for documenting police activity and staying safe in the process.
APRIL COPWATCH DATES AND TIMES
(Check this page for updates)
Friday 4/1 – 8pm
Saturday 4/2 – 8pm
Friday 4/8 – 8pm
Sat 4/9 – 8pm
Friday 4/15 – 8pm
Saturday 4/16 – 8pm
Friday 4/22 – 8pm
Saturday 4/23 – 8pm
Friday 4/29 – 8pm
Saturday 4/30 – 8pm
ABOUT OUR MASS COPWATCH SHIFTS
Since October 2015, Berkeley Copwatch has been holding “mass copwatch” events. It’s been fun and very empowering to have up to five cars full of copwatchers patrolling our city and on the scene when police stop people.
Join us to gather signatures for our three endorsed ballot initiatives! We’ll do a short training on how to get signatures and then hit the streets. Bring a car if you are able!
We’re working to get these three measures on the ballot:
From the Coalition for Police Accountability: Measure X turns the current Citizens’ Police Review Board into a Police Commission that has power to approve police policies and discipline officers who are found guilty of misconduct.
From the Oakland Tenants Union: Oakland’s “Renters Upgrade” would expand Oakland’s current “Just Cause for Eviction” law and provide greater ability for the city to enforce existing laws amidst a wave of unfair evictions and widespread harassment as demand for housing in Oakland grows.
From Oakland Livable Wage Assembly: A Minimum Wage/Fair Scheduling ordinance that will raise Oakland’s minimum wage to $14/hr in 2016 and $20/hr by 2020, as well as implement fair scheduling similar to San Francisco’s recent ordinance and mandate enforcement of both.
These three measures represent a people’s legislative agenda, enacted through direct democracy at the ballot box. The Oakland Justice Coalition invites anyone who is concerned about Oakland’s housing crisis, police repression of communities of color and rampant income inequality to join us in building a grassroots movement for social, racial, economic and environmental justice.
On May Day We Vote In The Streets For Justice!
March for Legalization, Housing, Education, and a Living Wage!
No More Raids! No More Deportations! No More Gentrification!
No More Police Violence- Black Lives Matter!
Sunday, May 1: Bay Area Regional March 12 pm Rally at Fruitvale Bart / 1 pm March to San Antonio Park for Closing Program.
– Bring food, picnic items, and plan to stay at San Antonio Park!
– This event IS FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Call to Action: On May Day 2016, We Vote in the Streets for Justice!
On May Day We Vote In The Streets For Justice
March for Legalizaton, Housing, Education, and a Living Wage!
No More Raids! No More Deportations! No More Gentrification! No More Police Violence – Black Lives Matter!
We, the Bay Area May Day Coalition, call on all immigrant, labor, and community of color organizations to endorse and mobilize for May 1st and May 2nd, 2016.
In the Bay Area our communities face increased state and economic violence. Only by building a mass movement in the streets that unites all of our struggles can we win our fight for justice and dignity. This May Day, it’s our day to vote! To endorse this call to action, please email Baymaydaycoalition@gmail.c
– Bring food, picnic items, and plan to stay at San Antonio Park after the march!
– This event IS FAMILY FRIENDLY!
Points of Unity
UPHOLD WORKER AND STUDENT RIGHTS
We demand respect for all workers’ rights: living wages and employee benefits, and an end to labor trafficking and wage theft. We demand empowering and free education, including ethnic studies programs, and for campus Graduate Student Workers to earn fair wages.
LEGALIZATION FOR ALL UNDOCUMENTED MIGRANTS, IMMEDIATE END TO DEPORTATIONS
We demand a clear path to legalization for all and an end to deportations and detentions. Regardless of skill, background, history of criminalization, sexuality, or gender identity, all migrants and their families have the right to freedom of movement and to live together in dignity.
SUPPORT THE STRUGGLE OF BLACK COMMUNITIES AGAINST STATE VIOLENCE IN THE U.S.
We march for Black Lives, Black Power, and Black Resistance. We support Black-led struggles against state violence and for self-determination. We stand with trans people of color against state violence.
BRING OUR LOVED ONES HOME FROM PRISONS, JAILS, AND DETENTION CENTERS
We march against all forms of state violence, including those inherent to systems of policing, imprisonment, and surveillance that primarily target Black, Brown, and poor communities. We march for the freedom of our loved ones locked in cages and for the families of those killed by the police.
BUILD AND DEFEND STRONG AND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
We demand access to meaningful work, guaranteed and comfortable housing, free and sustainable healthcare, and environmentally sustainable communities. We demand real solutions to reverse the effects of climate change that endanger us all globally but especially poor people and people of color.
END U.S. MILITARY AGGRESSION & CAPITALIST POLICIES THAT FORCE MIGRATION
More than 200 million people have been forced to leave their country of origin because of war, environmental degradation and unequal trade policies. We say: No More! End US military aid. End US imperialism and support for colonial governments.
Endorsed by: Bay Area May Day Coalition, East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition (EBIYC), Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), School of the Americas Watch – SF (SOAW-SF), United Educators of San Francisco, Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC), Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, East Bay Immigration Interfaith Coalition, Socialist Organizer
No further information.
Sing for an hour on Solano Avenue at the old Oaks Theater, Berkeley.
Guess what, oil industry: the game is up. The SHOWDOWN is on!
We’ve been pushing to ban fracking and other extreme oil extraction methods in Alameda County for years. At every turn, the oil industry has thrown up roadblocks. But the people of Alameda County have a message: we’re tired of waiting. We demand the strongest ban on fracking and extreme extraction possible. It’s the only thing that will protect our water, our families, and our health. And we won’t be silent.
Join us for the most critical hearing of the campaign yet: a showdown at the Planning Commission. You bet the industry will be there in force, trying to water down our hard-fought protections. They’re a formidable opponent. But we’re stronger. We have people power on our side. Now’s the time to show it.
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Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue on all sides of these critically important issues!
Move To Amend:
Waging Non-Violent Revolution through Constitutional Amendment
With David Cobb
Corporations do not merely exercise power, they rule over us. The wealthy elite have stolen our sacred right to self-government, and the illegitimate, court-created legal doctrines of “corporate constitutional rights” and “money is political speech” legalize the theft.
All across the country ordinary folks are crying ENOUGH!!!! Come hear how you can get involved in a concrete campaign to abolish these doctrines via a constitutional amendment. Move To Amend’s strategy incorporates art and culture, grassroots organizing and educating, resolutions and initiatives, and we are beginning to explore direct action strategies.
Come help us!
The session will be facilitated by David Cobb, a people’s lawyer and an engaged citizen. Cobb has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He ran for Attorney General of Texas pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that violate health, safety and environmental protection laws. In 2004 he was the Green Party nominee for President of the US, and filed for the Ohio Recount that helped to launch a movement for election integrity and against the use of electronic voting machines.
Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.