P66 Marine Terminal Expansion Scoping Meeting @ City Council Chambers
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Phillips 66 has applied for Air District permission to launch what clearly looks like yet another tar sands project.  There will be another opportunity to comment about the scope and content of the draft Environmental Impact Report in a July 27th meeting scheduled by the Air District for Vallejo, given potential impacts on that city.  A September 2016 oil spill in San Pablo Bay sent 120 Vallejo residents to the hospital and caused 1500 noxious odor complaints.  The BAAQMD subsequently found Phillips 66 and the operator of the leaking oil tanker equally responsible.

You can read the Notice of Preparation here in order to tell the Air District what you think should be covered in an analysis of the impacts of P66’s latest attempt to expand its tar sands refining.  Please weigh in with written comments.

According to the Air District project description, this P66 wharf expansion “would increase the amount of crude and gas oil brought by ship to the Marine Terminal at the Phillips 66 San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California.  The refinery processes crude oil delivered by ship from a variety of domestic and foreign sources to the Marine Terminal, as well as crude oil received from central California by pipeline.”

The marine terminal expansion would enable P66 to receive and process higher rates of ship-delivered crude and gas oil, replacing roughly equivalent volumes of pipeline-delivered crudes with shipborne crudes.

Two prior Air District approvals allowed P66 to increase its permitted limits from 30,682 barrels per day (bbl/day) in 2012, to 51,182 bbl/day in 2013.  Now P66 seeks a permit increase of 78,818 bbl/day to 130,000 bbl/day, on an annual rolling average basis.  It also wants to increase crude or gas oil deliveries from 59 ships up to a total of 135 tankers or ships in any 12 consecutive months.

The Notice of Preparation isn’t as heavy a slog as you might think.  Please read it carefully and suggest areas of significant impact that the DEIR must cover.

Here are some useful comments on marine impacts of a tar sands spill:
Baykeeper Comments on Phillips 66 Marine Terminal Permit Revision Project
NAS 2015 Dilbit Study Final
Green et al. – 2017 – Oil sands and the marine environment current know



Barry Young, Senior Advanced Projects Advisor
Engineering Division
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale St., Ste. 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Email:  P66MarineTerminalPermit Revision[at]

For more information, contact Barry Young: byoung[at]

“Heather Booth: Changing the World” @ Albany Twin Theater
Jul 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

“Heather Booth: Changing the World” @ San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Click here to RSVP and get more details and ticket information. (Be sure to get tickets before they sell out!)

This inspiring film is being promoted with the line “Heather Booth is the most influential person you’ve never heard of,” but we’ve heard of her. We know her well! Heather Booth has been a partner with the PCCC in many fights…and now one of our own is featured in a movie.

From 2008 – 2010 Heather worked closely with Elizabeth Warren to overcome massive opposition from Wall Street to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

But this film goes back long before that, tracing Heather’s ongoing legacy and exploring how social change really happens. Through her life and work, this film explores many of the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last fifty years.

From her early work in the 1960s with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Freedom Summer Project, Booth went on to found the Women’s Radical Action Program, and JANE — an organization that helped approximately 11,000 women find abortion providers before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the U.S.

Heather has trained thousands of activists, was involved in organizing Citizens Action and Campaign for America’s Future, and has worked with USAction, MoveOn, People’s Action, the NAACP National Voter Fund, Alliance for Citizenship, the Voter Participation Center, National Organization for Women, the National Council of La Raza, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the Center for Community Change.

This film will leave you inspired to organize and change the world!

Click here to RSVP and get more details and ticket information. (Be sure to get tickets before they sell out!)

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

Abolition & Community Defense: Social in the Park @ Mosswood Park Rec Center
Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring a dish or drink to share! This will be an afternoon to kick it in the park with good people and to connect with projects rooted in…

Instead of just hold to our own notion of a presentation, we’d rather hear from all of you, provide the platform for other people in projects rooted in Abolition or Community Defense to present on what they are up to.

Anchoring our informal program will be a presentation from Oakland IWOC’s guest, Niecee X from the Black Women’s Defense League out of Dallas, TX
“Black Women’s Defense League is a revolutionary womanist coalition that provides political education, self defense training, and resources and rescue to abused, underserved black women and marginalized genders. BWDL raises awareness, refines solutions, and prepares our members to divest from, combat and replace all forms of oppression with equitable, intersectional systems that are dedicated in serving the African Diaspora and the collective interests of a liberated society.”

And we’ll also be hearing from Oakland IWOC about their ongoing work plus get the news from the inside on the coming national wave of prisoner action slated for the week of August 19th.

Hit us up! or just come through!

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.

Tax the Rich Rally @ Outside the Oaks Theater
Jul 31 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Harry Brill said at our last gathering that Tax the Rich is now the longest running rally in the history of Berkeley.  September 12, 2017 will be the 6th anniversary

Ella Baker Center Night Out for Safety and Liberation @ Defemery Park
Aug 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Think of a time when you felt safe in your community. Ask yourself: Who is there? Who isn’t? What do you see?

Night Out for Safety and Liberation (NOSL) is our opportunity to share our answers to these questions with our neighbors, talk about what we need to feel safe in our communities, and redefine what safety means to us.

NOSL is a national event where people across the country redefine and reimagine what public safety really means for our communities: having a living wage job, healthy food, healthcare, housing, education, and more. Too often when we talk about safety we only focus on policing and punishment – but real safety comes from investing in our communities so we can build power.

Join us at DeFremery Park on Tuesday, August 1st as we build community together. There will be free food, games, family-friendly activities, a DJ, dance and spoken word performances, healing practitioners, arts activities, and screen printing.

RSVP on Facebook.

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

Author Book Reading: OG Told Me, by Pendarvis Harshaw @ Reddit HQ
Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Pendarvis Harshaw is a Senior Communications Associate at PolicyLink, working to amplify stories of policies and practices that are moving us toward a more equitable world.

Prior to becoming a member of the PolicyLink family, Pen earned a degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and an undergraduate degree from Howard University’s School of Communications. Pen is a published journalist with bylines from Youth Radio, Fusion, The Huffington Post, National Public Radio and more. He runs a website dedicated to documenting the wisdom of elder African American men in his community,OGToldMe.Tumblr.Com. And although he is no longer a high school teacher, he is forever an educator.

Pen & OG Told Me were also recently featured in the following:


LA Times:,amp.html

East Bay Yesterday Podcast

Just a few blocks from Powell St BART Station.

Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque – 2017 Speakers Series. Free Speech vs. Hate Speech. @ Qal'bu Maryam Women's Mosque
Aug 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Linda Lye, of the ACLU: When is free speech hate speech? When does it cross the line? 

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.

Building a Culture of Resistance to State Repression @ Humanist Hall
Aug 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

RSVP & follow on facebook here

We’ll talk about how the state has historically tried to disrupt left movements, especially those led by people of color, and how to collectively resist it. This is a launch event for Catalyst’s new pamphlet: “A Troublemaker’s Guide: Principles for Racial Justice Activists in the Face of State Repression.”

Panel discussion with:

  • Cat Brooks, Anti-Police Terror Project
  • Isaac Ontiveros, Center for Political Education
  • Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center
  • Maisha Quint, Eastside Arts Alliance
  • Donna Willmott, Catalyst Project

Wheelchair accessible, please come fragrance free. Please make childcare & other access requests to by July 31st.

Participants will receive a copy of the pamphlet.

Pack the Courtroom for Eric’s Preliminary Hearing! @ Rene C. Davidson Courthouse
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Eric, who is facing charges stemming from the counter demonstration against an alt-right/fascist rally in Berkeley on April 15, needs our support!
His court date is Friday August 10 at 9am. Rene C. Davidson Courthouse (12th and Oak St in downtown Oakland) Dept 11.

Thus far, public call outs have not been made for court support because alt-right trolls have also shown up to harass Eric and his supporters. For supporters at court this has even meant risking getting their photo taken and their identity researched online, which increases the risk of being doxxed.

At this point, we believe that these risks are now a part of the nature of doing support for anti racist, anti fascist, feminist, and queer comrades dealing with state and right-wing vigilante repression. The Anti Repression Committee has always promoted the idea that repression is not something that we can avoid, but it is something we can be prepared for. With that in mind, we strongly encourage everyone in our movements to prepare for repression in the form of right-wing doxxing, but to not let this risk prevent us from showing up to support those who are baring the brunt of repression. While there are always many individuals who cannot and should not put themselves in vulnerable positions (just like some people cannot be on the front lines in street protests), we maintain that if enough of us show up with our bodies in the court room to support comrades like Eric, it will strengthen the very movement the right wing and the state is attempting to neutralize. This also continues to set a precedent that if any of us are under attack we will be supported by each other.

August 10 is Eric’s preliminary hearing and his case will be the only one heard in that court room. Therefore, if you can, please come and pack the room so there’s no space for the trolls and their cameras. But before you come to court, please check out this article to educate yourself on how doxxing works and what kind of personal information you can wipe clean from the internet about yourself -especially your home address, place of work, and contact information of you and your family.

Together we’re stronger! Let’s do this ya’ll!

 Interfaith Council of Alameda County: Sheriff Ahern Speaks @ Oakland Temple Visitors’ Center
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

ICAC’s next Working Group meeting will be on Thursday, August 10.  We will have a guest speaker, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern who speak to us about his department’s efforts on addressing homelessness, immigration and refugee, and other matters of importance to the faith communities. Please join us.

#StopUrbanShield: Alameda County Taskforce on Urban Shield @ Conference and Training Center, 4th floor
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Next opportunity to turn out against Urban Shield!

Oil Money Out Day of Action @ Nicholl Park
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You can join Sunflower Alliance in gathering petition signatures at the Our Power event in Richmond on August 12th.  Come by our table.

On this statewide day of action, join volunteers across California in hosting Petition-Gathering Events at our local farmers markets, grocery stores, shopping centers, and community events.   You will:

1) Hand out fact sheets to raise awareness about the gargantuan amounts of money the oil industry is spending to continue to drilling and polluting in California,

2) Collect as many petition signatures as possible to demand that our legislators stop taking dirty oil money and start prioritizing public health over industry profits.   That petition is here.

To sign up to host an event in your community and get more information and materials to print out,  start here.

If you haven’t had the chance to sign and share the Oil Money Out petition, please add your name here.  Thank you for everything you are able to do to help us spread the word about the petition and our upcoming petition-gathering events.


Theater of the Oppressed Workshop   @ Fellowship Hall, BFUU
Aug 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a set of techniques, games & practices for using theater as a vehicle for transforming individuals and their communities, and effecting social and political change. It is a method of harnessing the theatrical process as a powerful tool for healing communities and breaking cycles of oppression; resulting in empowered and engaged individuals and groups that have the tools to dialogue, educate, problem-solve, and effect change. TO is a collective, creative, whole-brained problem-posing/solving technique of learning and transformation.Prof. Jiwon Chung, a student of Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, is faculty at Starr King School for the Ministry, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has been teaching theater and activism around the world for over 3 decades.


Radical First Aid @ Omni Commons
Aug 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This skillshare will be focused on radical first aid/first responce. The facilitator will share information regarding protecting yourself at actions and protests, treating the effects of “less-than-lethal” technologies, and give a report back about their work at Standing Rock.