Art Build for May Day March & Strike – SURJ
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us for an Art Build Monday April 24th from 4-8pm. This art build is in preparation for the general strike and May Day actions on May 1st.

This is a great way to come talk about messaging and find ways to participate in the national day of action. You don’t need art skills to come (but much appreciated!), and youth and families are welcome.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. If you have specific access needs, please email, and we’ll be happy to work with you to accommodate them.

SCENT FREE: We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the EastBay Meditation Center for more information on what that means:

Occupella: Tax the Rich Rallies
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tax the Rich Rallies every Monday from 5-6 pm on upper Solano in front of the Oaks Theater and the Chase Bank.

All are welcome!

Also We’ll be at  SURJ (Stand Up for Racial Justice) event that starts at the Grand Lake Theater on Saturday April 1st from noon-1 :00 PM.

For our calendar of events, songs to download and more:

OccupyForum Film in Celebration of Earth Day: A Fierce Green Fire by Mark Kitchell @ The Black and Brown Social Club
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

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

​This past Saturday was Earth Day with worldwide demonstrations such at Saturday’s March For Science, where tens of thousands took to the streets of San Francisco to tell the Trump regime that science and facts are more important than personal hunches and short term profits for fossil fuel investments. There probably has never been a time when we needed greater awareness of our natural world and the peril it’s in than now. Virtually all climate scientists agree that life on our planet is under dire threat from global warming and climate chaos, and that the time to take action was yesterday, but that if we engage in large-scale programs of conservation and remediation, we may stave off the worst effects of this crisis.

It’s against this backdrop that the new US administration proceeds with its agenda to dramatically cut back on the budgets of the EPA and most other environmental programs which would have reduced carbon emissions. It is also aggressively cutting regulations of the fossil fuel industry to greatly increase their extraction and burning. An argument could be made that this approach is not only about short term greed but may even have a suicidal, apocalyptic aspect – the Trump administration is full of zealots.

Awareness of how people have fought against giant corporations and government agencies which threatened our well-being, and that of the planet, could be very helpful now as we plan our paths of resistance against these insane, fossil-fuel addicts. That’s where this film comes in! Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

  • 1
  • ​.​ David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  • 2
  • ​.​ Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  • 3
  • ​.​ Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
  • 4
  • ​.​ Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
  • 5
  • ​.​ Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change ​

Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, going back to the land, and movements of the global south such as Chipko in India and Wangari Maathai in Kenya. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews shed light on the events and what they mean. The film, which is directed by Mark Kitchell,
​(​husband of Occupy Forum’s own Ruthie Sakheim​) offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Rights @ Berkeley Adult School
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Stop Urban Shield: All Out to Berkeley City Council @ Berkeley Old City Hall
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tuesday 4/25: All Out to Berkeley City Council

In an unprecedented move, the Berkeley City Council is considering fully withdrawing their  participation in Urban Shield. A decision in favor of pulling out of Urban Shield by the Berkeley City Council paves the way for other cities in the Bay Area to do the same. Join us on Tuesday to show mass opposition to Urban Shield’s war on our communities.

Can’t attend on Tuesday? Support with CALL IN DAY: Monday, April 24th,.
Call Berkeley City Council and demand that they end police militarization. Here is sample call in language and contact info:

“Dear Councilperson _________,
I am writing to urge you and all Berkeley City Council members to take leadership in putting an end to Berkeley’s engagement with the militarization of police and disaster preparedness represented by the annual Urban Shield exercises and weapons expo, funded by DHS through the Urban Areas Security Initiative. Urban Shield’s emphasis on SWAT teams as the response to emergencies – including natural disasters – as well as the extremely militarized scenarios, diminishes resources for responding to the ordinary emergencies community members face every day. Berkeley should not be participating in war games funded by the Department of Homeland Security, which involve not only nine Bay Area counties, but teams from around the United States.That is why I ask you to exercise your leadership and reject any future funding from UASI, Berkeley’s participation in Urban Shield, and to stand with Alameda County communities, and people across the country.


Map of Berkeley Council Districts

Mayor Jesse Arreguin/ (510) 981-7100/
District 1/Linda Miao/(510) 981-7110/ /
District 2/Cheryl Davila/ (510) 981-7120/
District 3/  Ben Bartlett/ (510) 981-7130/
District 4/ Kate Harrison / (510) 981-7140 /
District 5 / Sophie Hahn/ 510) 981-7150 /
District 6 / Susan Wengraf / (510) 981-7160 /
District 7/ Kris Worthington / (510) 981-7170 /
District 8/  Lori Droste / (510) 981-7180 /

Immigrant Family Day at SF City Hall @ San Francisco City Hall
Apr 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join AROC, as part of SFILEN, in holding Immigrant Family Day at City Hall, where we gather our community members to raise their concerns, speak about the issues they are facing, and demand that SF fight for immigrant rights and continue supporting SFILEN in providing critical legal services, education and outreach to immigrant communities throughout the city.

San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN), a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations, including some of the region’s pioneering immigrant service providers and some of the city’s leading legal advocacy organizations – each with decades of experience providing free and low cost immigration legal services and community education to low income immigrants in San Francisco. We represent immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latinx communities.

Single Payer: Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Cmte Hearing – SB 562’s 1st Vote! @ Sacramento Convention Center Complex
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It’s here! The first vote on our Healthy California Act, SB 562 (Lara & Atkins), will be on Apri 26th. Please join us for a rally, march and then pack the room to show that we urgently need to move SB 562 forward and guarantee healthcare for all in California.

*Noon Rally
*March to the Capitol
*1:00pm Hearing in Senate Health (plan to stay as long as it takes to get a Yes vote!!!)

Bus pick ups in many locations! You must RSVP here for a

BART Board: Sanctuary Policy @ BART Boardroom, 20th Street Mall, Third Floor
Apr 27 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The BART Board will be holding three evening meetings this year to create greater access to board meetings for BART riders and constituents. The first evening meeting of the year will be held on April 27th. At this meeting the Board will consider a sanctuary policy, energy policy, sustainability policy, legislative positions, and other items.

Please join us at this evening meeting to share input on these items or any other BART issue. There will be time at the beginning and end of the meeting for general public comment for items not on the agenda.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can watch it online:

The meeting agenda will be available online on Friday, April 21st:

Invest in People, not Punishment.
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Justice Reinvestment Coalition of Alameda County will be hosting a Town Hall on April 27th at The Way in Berkeley with our elected reps to hold them to their commitment to create a program that results in Alameda County hiring formerly incarcerated persons for permanent, full time benefited jobs including training to meet minimum requirements and pass the Civil service exam.

We want to pack the house!

If you or someone you know is formerly incarcerated and can benefit from this jobs program we especially need you to tell your story. Please text to 510-246-5901.

People’s Climate Movement Bay Area @ Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

On April 29th there will be a People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. All over the country there will be sister marches. In the Bay Area, we will be having a rally at Lake Merritt with a procession around the lake. We are trying to join hands around the entire lake. What a statement that would make to send an image of hands around all of Lake Merritt out to the world. If you’ve ever wondered if your presence at a rally really matters, well, it does at this one. To do this, we need each & every person, & we need you to commit to bringing at least 5 friends/family members/housemates with you!

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Apr 30 @ 2:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM pn the summer) to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. 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 warmer months we tend to meet at 4 PM.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. 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:


An Outspoken Evening with Vijay Prashad @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Children’s Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit

Vijay Prashad’s recent book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, is a fast-paced and timely book and the best critical primer to the Middle East conflicts today, from Syria and Saudi Arabia to the chaos in Turkey. Mixing thrilling anecdotes from street-level reporting that give readers a sense of what is at stake with a bird’s-eye view of the geopolitics of the region and the globe, Prashad guides us through the dramatic changes in players, politics, and economics in the Middle East over the last five years. “The Arab Spring was defeated neither in the byways of Tahrir Square nor in the souk of Aleppo,” he explains. “It was defeated roundly in the palaces of Riyadh and Ankara as well as in Washington, DC and Paris.”

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, journalist, commentator and a Marxist intellectual. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. In 2013-2014, he was the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut. Prashad is the author of seventeen books.

Born in India, Prashad studied in the United States and has become a prominent scholar and journalist, taking on what he describes as a Marxist point of view when examining world affairs. As such, Prashad acquired a reputation as a harsh critic of American foreign policy, of Israel and its actions toward the Palestinians, and of Hindu nationalism.

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio.

Liberated Lens Film Night: America Recycled @ Omni Commons ballroom
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The film follows the cross-country bicycle trip of two brothers as they ride recycled bicycles through the American South for over two years, seeking radical locality amid rampant globalization.

Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.


May Day March: Workers, Immigrants, Women’s Bloc @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

Visit our website to add your organizations name to the lsit of endorsers.

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay#HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Endorsed by:

La Voz de l@s trabajadores/ Workers’ Voice
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Xicana Moratorium Coalition
Migrante Northern California
Restaurant Opportunities Center Bay Area
Socialist Organizer
GABRIELA San Francisco
Undergraduate Workers Union (UWU)
Asian Educators Alliance
The Our Power Richmond Coalition
BoomShake Music
VietUnity – Bay Area
Ella Baker Center ofr Human Rights
Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project
Climate Workers
Jobs with Justice SF
Workers World Party
Anti Police-Terror Project
Transition Express Inc
Solidarity-Bay Area
Sunflower Alliance
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Planting Justice
Local Clean Energy Alliance
Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland
North Oakland Resistance
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice
Peoples Climate Movement-Bay Area
Friends of the Earth
Catalyst Project


Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights @ Fruitvale Plaza
May 1 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

Call to Action

Save the date and get ready! We’ll be marching again on May 1st, 2017.

This year and every year we fight for migrant and worker justice!
Meet at Fruitvale Plaza at 3pm on May 1st
March to San Antonio Park

#daywithoutanimmigrant #daywithoutaworker #ShutItDownMay #HuelgaMay1 #ResistenciaMay1

Liberated Lens Film Night: “Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock.” @ Omni Commons ballroom
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody Movie Showing @ Central Labor Council of Contra Costa County, AFL-CIO
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Health Care for All – Contra Costa County Chapter and Indivisible Central Contra Costa County will sponsor a showing of a powerful new documentary, Now Is The Time Healthcare for Everybody.

With the future of the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt, millions may lose their health insurance. Medicare and Medi-Cal are under attack. This documentary explains what single payer healthcare is and how it saves money. It shows what behind-the-scenes heroes are doing to clear the fog of misperceptions that has kept us from moving forward.

Q&A and Discussion about newly-introduced State Senate Bill 562,The Healthy California Act (Lara/Atkins).

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement  
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement

“Readers interested in labor activism, history, economics, industrial relations, or immigration studies will find this book to be compelling and captivating, as Rosenblum captures the story of this unifying, important, and successful fight for economic equity.”Booklist

Join us for a book talk with author Jonathan Rosenblum to discuss his new book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement. With captivating narrative and insightful commentary, labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum reveals the inside story of the first successful fight for a $15 minimum wage, which renewed a national labor movement through bold strategy and broad inclusiveness. Just outside Seattle, an unlikely alliance of Sea-Tac Airport workers, union and community activists, and clergy staged face-to-face confrontations with corporate leaders to unite a diverse, largely immigrant workforce in a struggle over power between airport workers and business and political elites. Digging deep into the root causes of poverty wages, Rosenblum gives a blunt assessment of the daunting problems facing unions today. Beyond $15 provides an inspirational blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement and is a call for workers to reclaim their power in the new economy.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be purchased online from Beacon Press.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited; please register for the event.

Support Bo Brown: An Evening of Culture and Politics @ First Unitarian Church
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Amy Goodman & Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America @ First Presbyterian Church
May 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

Covering the Movements Changing America
Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan, Hosted by Cat Brooks

advance tickets: $15: T: 800-838-3006 or Marcus Books, Books Inc/Berkeley, Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s, $18 door, KPFA benefit

Twenty years ago Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now!. She wanted to focus on the issues and movements too often ignored by corporate media. Today Democracy Now! Is the largest public media collaboration in the entire U.S., broadcasting on more than 1400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at

In their new book, Democracy Now!: Twenty years covering the Movements Changing America, Amy and her journalist brother and co-author Denis Moynihan share stories of the heroes – the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters – who have brought about such remarkable change. They discuss the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.

Amy goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson, to Staten Island, Wall Street to East Timor, and all the other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Democracy Now! Is the modern day underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience.

Denis Moynihan has worked with Democracy Now! since 2000. He is a bestselling author and a syndicated columnist with King Features.

Cat Brooks is an activist and co-producer of KPFA’s Up-Front show, airing weekday mornings.

$15 advance, $18 door.