Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. – Building a National Movement against Police Terror @ Omni Commons Ballroom
May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm



Chairman Fred Hampton Jr (the son of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton, who was assassinated by the US government) is visiting the Bay Area to build relationships and discuss strategy with activists organizing against police terrorism. This event, sponsored by CRC (Community Ready Corps) & APTP (Anti Police-Terror Project) will a panel of Oakland anti-policing activists in conversation with Chairman Fred. It will also serve as a fundraiser to send a delegation of APTP/Black Lives Matter activists to Chicago later this summer and build a national campaign to end the reign of terror by law enforcement on Afrikan communities.

FTP – Films 2 The People Short Film Festival! @ Omni Commons
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:15 pm

Optik Allusions is a radical film & video collective dedicated to social change, based in Oakland, California.

We make media that challenge the dominant culture. We tell stories that otherwise might remain untold. We express our alternative views of the world, have fun doing it, and welcome everyone to do so, regardless of prior experience. We learn by doing. We share resources, skills and knowledge to support each other’s creative endeavours. We make films in a spirit of collaboration, inclusivity and solidarity, supply a lending library of film equipment for creative projects, organize free, at cost or donation-based workshops, and host film screenings. We also steward a room dedicated to media post-production at the Omni Commons. If you like to make videos and/or want to become a member, come to our tuesday meetings at 7 pm! We’re open and happy to welcome new members.

To contact us, write to:

To know more about us, join our announce mailing list:

To become involved, come to our meetings on Tuesdays, 7pm at the Omni Commons!

Sometimes, the meetings turn into creative workshops!

To follow what has been going on, read our meeting notes.

Our YouTube Channel is still a WIP, but here are some of our video productions to this day:

Omni Crowdfunding Video

The Omni Commons in 30 seconds

Einstein for Mayor

Oakland stands in solidarity with Ferguson

No Beauty with an Absence of Color

The murder of Pedie Perez

We are also working on a documentary about gentrification in West Oakland, as well as collaborating with the Oscar Grant Committee to document the work they do. We are organizing a film festival at the end of May 2015. See here for info on submissions!


Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of-the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world!

The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops… We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent to a room dedicated to media post production.

Most of all, this event will be a way to connect with the greater community: YOU!

Please come hungry, because Sarah Bierman will be cooking her famous fried chicken plate with corn, and japaeno cabbage slaw. And her equally famous vegan gumbo!

Suggested Admission: $5 to $15
No one turned away for lack of funds.FTP poster COLOR


People’s Movement Assembly Against Militarization @ San Jose Public Library
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Displacement and Police Terror @ Station 40, Apt B
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

More than just a discussion on what’s wrong, the speakers will also talk about how regular people are getting organized in their neighborhoods and fighting back.

James Tracy, author of Dispatches Against Displacement

Linda Grant, Community organizer at Qilombo

Rachel Jackson, Harm reduction & anti-police brutuality activist

Oakland Book Fair @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

One Day • Seven Hours • 90 Writers • 40 Events

Schedule here.

Readings and conversations with Ben Fong-Torres, Edwidge Danticat, Tracy K. Smith, Matthew Zapruder, Jenny Offill, Novella Carpenter, and others

Panels with Paul Beatty, Astra Taylor, Vikram Chandra, Elaine Brown, Leo Hollis, Anthony Marra, and many more

Rick Prelinger with Lost Landscapes of Oakland

Children’s Area by Fairyland, MOCHA, and Oakland Public Library

Music by HipHop4Change, Oakland Youth Chorus, and Oakland School for Arts

Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg, Revolutionary Transgender Warrior @ Humanist Hall
May 31 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

For over 50 years Leslie Feinberg, revolutionary activist, transgender warrior in the LGBTQI community fought for justice. Leslie, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on November 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, after decades of illness.

Feinberg’s 1993 first novel, Stone Butch Blues, won the Lambda Literary Award and the 1994 American Library Association Gay & Lesbian Book Award.  Feinberg authored Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue and Transgender Warriors: Making History; the novel Drag King Dreams; and Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba.

Feinberg was a member of the Workers World Party and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Most recently, Feinberg was working with her life partner of 22 years, Minnie Bruce Pratt, on publishing a 20th anniversary edition of Stone Butch Blues. The online edition will be dedicated to CeCe McDonald and contain a slideshow called “This Is What Solidarity Looks Like” documenting the Free Cece campaign.

This event is convened by Workers World Party, LAGAI-Queer Insurrection, and SF Gray Panthers. If you would like to support or help organize this event contact Judy Greenspan at or Patricia Jackson at

Wheelchair accessible, refreshments will be available

FUN FUN FUN @ OMNI @ La Commune Cafe & Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Re-Animinate, Break Bread and Celebrate.



Open Mic!

Community Circle!

Imagination Station!


Press the Police – With Ali Winston @ Laurel Bookstore
May 31 @ 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Presented by Mother Jones

From Baltimore to Ferguson to the streets of Oakland, unjust shootings by cops have put law enforcement under the microscope. How is the media covering a changing police force? This panel will explore how reporting and activism can help hold cops accountable to those they are charged to protect.

JAEAH LEE is a reporter at Mother Jones. Her recent work includes investigations into police shootings and officer accountability, and a multimedia package on the cost of gun violence. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Guardian, and Wired, among others. She was a 2013–2014 Middlebury fellow in environmental journalism and her work has been named a finalist in the Data Journalism Awards. In a former life, she researched and wrote about China at the Council on Foreign Relations.

LATEEFAH SIMON became executive director of the Center for Young Women’s Development starting at age 19. In 2004, she joined Kamala Harris to create a re-entry program in San Francisco’s City Hall and then served as the executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Currently the director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California Future Initiative, Lateefah is a MacArthur fellow award winner and is a nominee for the San Francisco Chronicle‘s “Visionary of the Year.”

ALI WINSTON covers law enforcement, criminal justice, and surveillance for the Center for Investigative Reporting. His writing has won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the New York City Community Media Alliance, CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club. Originally from New York City, he is a graduate of the University of Chicago and UC Berkeley.

Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

EXTRA OccupyForum 

DON’T FRACK / NUKE OUR MOTHER EARTHJoin the coming together of two great clean energy movements!

and Harvey Wasserman
of the movement to SHUT DIABLO CANYON, (California’s last two reactors), will join together to facilitate a union of these two great campaigns.

This unique, pathbreaking collaboration will allow us to join forces and free our state of its addiction to technologies that destroy our water supply and threaten us all.

The movements for No Nukes and an end to fracking have run parallel for many years. They’ve been especially critical in California, where we’re threatened by a Diablo Canyon complex ringed by earthquake faults and a fracking industry that’s destroying our water supply. Citizen activism has closed the reactors at Humboldt, Rancho Secoand San Onofre, and stopped proposed projects at Bakersfield, Bodega and elsewhere. PG&E’s Diablo is two 1200+ megawatt monsters surrounded by earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone, out of compliance with clean water and fire safety regulations, lacking a credible evacuation plan and now completely priced out of the market by clean, cheap, safe and job-producing renewable energy.Anti-Fracking activists have had big successes in places like San Benito County and Los Angeles in CA, and in many jurisdictions across the nation using Community Rights Ordinances, and other strategies and campaigns.

Now these two great movements come together. On June 2nd, the Occupy Forum will host an activist gathering of frack and nuke activists to jointly plot strategy for getting to a green-powered California and Earth.

DAVID BRAUN has campaigned throughout the US for an end to fracking, with a great and growing focus on the problem in California.LINDA SEELEY is a founding member of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, a 40-year-old citizens group that intervened against the Diablo nukes way back in the 1960s.

HARVEY WASSERMAN helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” in 1973 and was arrested at Diablo in 1984. He writes and speaks worldwide on a safe “Solartopian” future.

This coming-together is a unique and powerful event.  Be a part of it!!!!

Donations welcome. Announcements will follow. Wheelchair accessible.

Faith Against Fracking 15 minute film here:  Password: faithagainstfracking

Community Rights Ordinances


Fund Raiser for the Stop Mass Incarceration Network @ Awaken Cafe
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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First Friday
Jun 5 @ 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Oakland First Fridays street festival is here once again June 5th from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This month’s event will feature one-of-a-kind arts and crafts vendors, delectable eats, and unique entertainment to bring the diverse Oakland community together in a way only First Fridays can.

Five blocks of Telegraph Avenue, from West Grand to 27th Street, will be closed to through traffic making room for 30 food vendors, musical acts, and community groups and over 75 artists, makers, crafters and performers of all sorts. The music stages will have performances through the entire evening from Pistachio, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic and Baby & The Luvies among others. Event goers are encouraged to visit food trucks and entrepreneurs Antonik’s BBQ, Mama Africa, Hooked Crustaceans, Charlie Frank’s Pies, Bok Ssam, Girl Friday Zeppole, Kainbigan, The Stroopie Gourmet, Fist of Flour Pizza Co., Tacolicious, Sunrise Deli, Opies, Torpedo Sushi, and more offering up their hand crafted meals.

Bay Area Book Festival @ Downtown Berkeley
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

Schedule here.

The festival is free, including the keynotes, interviews and panels on various downtown stages during the day. But we expect many of those indoor sessions to be full. How to make sure you get in? Stand in line for a couple of hours? Who wants to spend valuable festival time doing that when you could be exploring exhibitors, visiting the 50,000-book Lacuna installation, or having lunch?

Solution: Tickets! By two means:

(1) Best is to get single tickets in advance. Reserve single tickets. There is a button next to each session on the schedule, and you can reserve your place via Eventbrite for a small processing fee for each session.

(2) Get tickets on the day of the festival. A quantity will be held in a Box Office at the event site, first come first served, for free.

Or.. a standby line outside each venue will allow people without tickets access to any seat five minutes before the start of the session.

Debtors’ Assembly: You Are Not a Loan! @ Omni Commons Ballroom
Jun 6 @ 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

 photo debtors-assembly-6-6-15-fp_zpsd4iiri17.jpgYou are not a loan! Are you in debt? Are you outraged by the debt system? Join the growing resistance! Attend the 4th Strike Debt Bay Area’s Debtors’ Assembly.

Come to the Assembly to learn about tools for escaping the closing walls of debt, to share resources and skills, and to magnify our assembled energy. As we share our experiences we can begin to take back from the financiers what they have taken from us….. our freedom and our future.

Organized by Strike Debt Bay Area. Facebook, Website, Twitter

More information:

Strike Debt Bay Area is affiliated with,, and

Court Support for McKenzie @ Wiley Manual, Dept 104
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
East Bay Food Not Bombs 3rd OMNI Oakland Commons fundraiser @ Omni Commons
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Food Not Bombs benefit featuring Everymen(FL.), a punk/bluegrass band from Florida, The Sour Mash Hug Band, and The Navigator.

All proceeds go to support East Bay Food Not Bombs, feeding the homeless, low income, and disenfranchised in the East Bay since 1980. Funds will go toward the remodeling of a commercial kitchen in the basement of the Omni Commons, for primary use of FNB. Currently EBFNB feeds the hungry 6 days a week. Learn more at

There will be free food in abundance, of course!

EB Food Not Bombs is a founding member collectives of the Omni Oakland Commons, a collective of collectives stewarding shared space and resources for all of Oakland! The Omni Commons is located at 48th and Shattuck Avenue very near Telegraph Ave. and is a few blocks north of the MacArthur BART station.

Sour Mash Hug Band:

12th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Continuous Music outdoors and in Cafes.

Crafts, Bazaar, Kids Zone.

Queers for Palestine ‘Outside the Frame’ Film Festival @ Brava Theater
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 21 @ 3:30 pm

More info: OutsideTheFrameFest website

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Saturday @ 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM & 8:00 PM

Sunday @ 1:00 PM & 3:30 PM

Outside the Frame will present cutting edge films, as well as live performance, that place the gay/lesbian agenda in the context of broader international movements for justice. Outside the Frame brings together filmmakers and performance artists opposed to Israeli policies in Palestine and in protest of the pinkwashing of the SF LGBT film festival through the Israeli Consulate’s cash donations.

Court Support for Janaye
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Life A Shade Darker Tour: Benefit for ABC4J @ ABC4J
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm

“Life A Shade Darker” is a Book, Album, & T shirt brand by award winning poet “Kleeane Ryhmen”
Life A Shade Darker (#LASD) the book consists of 45 of Kleeane Ryhmen’s most eloquent poems and the album consists of 7 all original tracks.
The #LASD T shirts consists of some of the most powerful quotes within the book and the album.

This event is free to the public.

This event will be held at The Alan Blueford Center For Justice
purchase the products we have inside and enjoy a free show!

There will be a book signing and reading.

We will have a live band and also, local poets, comedians, hiphop artist, and rnb singers performing.

We encourage anyone who wants to perform at this event to contact

This is a family friendly event, though i will not censor any artist for content in any way.


Alameda Fracking Ban Hearing @ Alameda County Building, Room 160
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

fracking-well.jpgA comprehensive proposal—not simply to prohibit fracking, but all additional oil and gas extraction—is up for approval by the Alameda County Planning Commission.  Under the current East County Area Plan and the Alameda County Zoning Ordinance, conditional use permits can be granted for oil and gas operations.  Under the proposed changes to the zoning regulations, such conditional use permits would no longer be available, effectively preventing the expansion of oil extraction in Alameda County.

Opposition includes E & B Natural Resources, operator of wells in East Alameda County, which objects to any limitation on its current operations, and Californians for Energy Independence, a petroleum industry front group, which argues that the County should defer to the State of California in these matters, despite—or because of—the many failures of state agencies to adequately regulate oil producers.

Because we expect opposition to come out in force, we need to pack the auditorium with our own folks, pumped up (you should pardon the expression) and ready to testify, or to hold signs during the hearing.

Will Alameda join Santa Cruz, Mendocino, San Benito and Butte counties in saying no pasaran to the oil industry?  Passage of this proposal by the Planning Commission is the last hurdle before the Board of Supervisors makes the final decision.  Come join this historic effort!

Need a ride?  Contact