Sunflower Alliance General Assembly: How “No Coal in Oakland” Won @ RPA Headquarters
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Sunflower Alliance members who participated in the successful No Coal in Oakland campaign will discuss the ways the campaign built the power to stop the coal export terminal. Plus updates on our campaigns. We need your participation and your voice.

The Sunflower Alliance brings together individuals and organizations committed to environmental justice and the health and safety of all Bay Area communities threatened by toxic pollution and climate change. We work toward building an equitable, sustainable economy fueled by renewable energy.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM 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 4 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 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

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:


Open Circle ~ Families Fighting for Justice @ Omni Commons
Sep 25 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Solitary Man: My Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison. A Play. @ Berkeley Arts Festival
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Charlie Hinton & Bill Crossman
Directed by Mark Kenward

Charlie created Solitary Man based on letters and visits with prisoners in Pelican Bay SHU/solitary confinement. The show takes place in November, 2014, a year after the largest prisoner hunger strike in history. Pianist Bill Crossman will improvise music throughout the performance. Afterwards, we will have an update about Pelican Bay and the “security/welfare” checks that are waking up prisoners every 30 minutes in solitary confinement units throughout CA.

Suggested Donation $5-10, no one turned away

Solving Homelessness Through Community and Collaboration: A Berkeley Mayoral Candidate Roundtable @ Northbrae Community Chur h
Sep 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Homelessness is on the rise in Berkeley. Beyond the immediate impact upon those persons living without shelter, it is increasingly on the minds of Berkeley residents and business-owners, and is central to voters this November.  The Berkeley Public Library, BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action) and Northbrae Community Church are in collaboration to host a community forum on homelessness featuring the 2016 Berkeley Mayoral candidates.
How can Berkeley best address the issues of the escalating costs of affordable housing, and the necessary support for persons who are homeless?  What policies or ordinances would candidates seek to repeal or propose?  How do they feel about sit/lie ordinances?  What role should business, development, and public agencies play in striving toward a community that meets every people’s basic needs? Is housing a human right?
Moderator Peter Leyden (former managing editor at Wired, founding director of the New Politics Institute, and founder/CEO of Reinventors) will engage the 2016 Berkeley Mayoral candidates in a roundtable conversation looking at the tools available to address Berkeley’s growing homelessness crisis. All are welcome to attend this  free event, which will be followed by a casual reception, where food will be served.


Community Democracy Project: 4th Sundays are 4 Sci-Fi @ Omni Commons
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Every Sunday The Community Democracy Project and our supporters gather to imagine a society that functions differently. We organize and strategize to make Participatory Budgeting a reality in Oakland through a voter initiative that uplifts and values the voices of the most marginalized.

Beginning August 28th every 4th Sunday will be dedicated to a work of Science Fiction that inspires us. We’re very excited to blast off with the short story, Bloodchild by Octavia Butler. Read (attached in the comments!) and join us to share your insight and inspiration.

Future works may include but are not limited to: novels, articles, episodes and films!

Idle No More Calls Us to Stand Up to Phillips 66
Sep 26 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

The Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo has once again poisoned Bay Area water and air.  After a tanker spill this week in San Pablo Bay, over 100 people have gone to the hospital and untold numbers of relatives in the area have been affected.  We are standing together to say that it is time to leave fossil fuels in the ground!

We will begin at Lone Tree Point and walk to the Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery (P66) on San Pablo Ave. in Rodeo.

The EPA has listed P66 as the state’s number one toxic polluter.  This is from NBC Bay Area on September 22:

“The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit searched through Environmental Protection Agency records and found the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo did not comply with federal standards for the disposal of solid and hazardous waste for the past three years. An inspection report from March reveals the refinery was operating in significant violation, which is the agency’s most serious designation, and shows the refinery poses a severe level of environmental threat.”  (Source: Coast Guard Locates Oil Sheens in San Pablo Bay After Odor Sickens Vallejo Residents)

The cities of Rodeo and Vallejo, which were most affected by the spill, are two communities along our refinery corridor fighting to protect and defend our waters.  They are like those in the Dakotas, defending our inland fresh waters, in Louisiana and the disappearing Gulf coast, and other communities along our endangered coastlines.  We say say NO to refinery expansions, crude-by-rail and destructive, failing pipelines, and the continued destruction of Mother Earth.

We stand together with all of the Defenders and Protectors around the world who have drawn the line and are resisting actions that harm the water, air, soil and Mother Earth!

RSVP Facebook

Fossil-Free Bay Area @ SPUR
Sep 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

California has the most ambitious climate policy framework in the world, and the Bay Area has the resources, political temperament and innovative spirit to demonstrate how to work toward eliminating fossil fuel use. But is that spirit enough to go fossil-free? SPUR’s latest report lays out an agenda for the region to transition to a high-efficiency, 100% renewable energy system that will create a model for other urban regions while improving climate resiliency.

+ Laura Tam / SPUR
+ Sarah Jo Szambelan / SPUR

Help Film a Yes on Measure JJ (Protect Oakland Renters) Commercial. @ Gazebo on Lake Merritt, near Bellevue & Grand
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

A “Yes on Measure JJ (Protect Oakland Renters)” commercial will be filmed on Monday, 9/26.  We’re inviting all supporters to come join in the finale — at 5:30 pm at the Gazebo on Lake Merritt — find it on the map: Lake Merritt Gazebo area.

NOTE: Everyone is welcome in their daily casual wear, but please no logos, organization shirts or jerseys, because getting formal approval for those to appear on television is a long process.

Please let Becki or Gabby know if you will be able to join at or !

Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance @ Oakland City Hall
Sep 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance Community & Economic Development Committee Hearing

We’re sending out a call to action for those interested in building just and resilient economies in the Bay Area! This is your chance to come out, have your voice heard, and tell Oakland City Council that we demand an economy that supports the growth of worker owned businesses! A coalition of organizations and community members have been working for over two years to get us to this point, and we need your support to get us past the finish line! This is the first ordinance to give preference to worker coops in city contracting and procurement, and would require the City of Oakland to prioritize business conversions to worker coops by tracking legacy businesses and providing succession planning support (including sale to workers as an option)!

In order for the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance to be adopted, it will first be heard by Oakland City Council’s Community & Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, September 27th, and then (with your support!) the ordinance will move to a the full City Council for a final vote one week later, on Tuesday, October 4th. That means there will be two opportunities for you to come out and support the creation of economic democracy at Oakland City Hall!

Please join us and our coalition partners at the Community & Economic Development Committee Hearing to make sure the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance passes through committee and goes straight to the full city council the following week!

Final City Council Vote on Oakland Worker Coop Ordinance

At 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 4th, please join us and our coalition partners as we advocate for final passage of the Oakland Worker Cooperative Incentives for Growth Ordinance!

We need your bodies and voices in the room to demonstrate that Oakland supports this policy! RSVP to both or either events above and you’ll receive more info on how you can make your voice heard! We’ve done it before! Let’s do it again!

Once this ordinance is adopted, Oakland will be the first city in the US to adopt this type of support for worker cooperatives, becoming a national leader in the movement for cooperative economies. Show Oakland City Council that our communities demand economic development that empowers residents and creates resilient communities! Help Oakland build on the momentum that is sweeping the country as cities including New York, Austin, Minneapolis, Rochester, Berkeley, and other city governments prioritize the development of inclusive, just, and cooperative economies!

In Solidarity and Cooperation,

Ricardo S. Nuñez

Alameda County’s New Chief Probation Officer: A Listening Session @ The Way Christian Center
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Alameda County’s new Chief Probation officer comes to us with a stellar reputation from San Francisco. These community listening sessions are where you can voice your concerns about how the police interact with our community.

Chief Probation Officer Wendy Still cordially invites you to attend District 5’s Community Listening Session on Tuesday, September 27th, at The Way Christian Center, 1305 University Ave., Berkeley, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

This will be the first of five listening sessions held by Chief Wendy Still to meet and engage community members in District 5 and provide an opportunity for the public to provide input on any issues they may have.
District 5is Keith Carson’s district (map).

Ella Bake Center – Prisoners’ Letter Writing Night & Meeting @ Suite 1125
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Writing letters to people behind bars is one of the most vital ways of providing direct support.

The level of isolation and lack of agency produced by prisons and jails raises the stakes of communication with the outside world, and receiving a letter is a simple way to brighten someone’s day by creating human interaction and communication.

Come to the Ella Baker Center and help us respond to the letters we’ve received from people locked up in prison.

We are getting lots of questions about upcoming ballot initiatives, Prop 47, and our work and we need your help to respond. You will also get a chance to begin writing to a pen pal!

This letter writing night will also be our September member meeting – we hope you will attend and get an update on our campaigns and how you can plug in.

Vegetarian dinner will be provided.



RSVP on Facebook.

Let’s keep incarcerated people connected to their communities and the movement they are a part of!

Ecuadorians Fighting Chevron Speak @ Bobby Bowen Center
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Come hear the stories of the indigenous people of Ecuador who have been fighting Chevron for 20 years, demanding it clean up the toxic devastation it left in their home. Two members of the Union of Affected Peoples of Ecuador will speak in Richmond, fresh from their solidarity visit to the Standing Rock Sioux fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline


Film showing: ‘3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets’ @ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On November 23, 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at a mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music blaring, one boy exits the car and enters the store, a quick stop, for a soda and a pack of gum. A man and a woman pull up next to the boys in the station, making a stop for a bottle of wine. The woman enters the store and an argument breaks out when the driver of the second car asks the boys to turn the music down. 3 1/2 minutes and ten bullets later, one of the boys is dead.

This riveting documentary is one story of the devastating effects of racial bias and the search for justice. Negative portrayals of black men and boys in the media lead to irrational fears; these implicit biases can prove deadly. The film dissects the aftermath of this fatal encounter using powerful footage which shows intimate scenes with the boy’s parents, police interrogation footage, and interviews with others at the scene that night. You are on the edge of your seat during the trial testimonies. We chose this film to bring audiences into the discussion of racial bias and gun violence.

6:30 pm reception
7:00 film
8:30 -9 community discussion
The series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont League of Women Voters, and Piedmont Unified School District Adult Education.

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our weekly PARTY to get this hackerspace together, to provide a venue for those things that otherwise cannot be worked out through day-to-day practice.

Potluck! – bring your own tasty dish!

Sudo room, located in the southwast corner of the ground floor, is a creative community and hackerspace. We offer tools and project space for a wide range of activities: electronics, sewing/crafting, 3D and 2D manufacturing, coding, and good old-fashioned co-learning!

Hours: The space is open whenever a member is present. Come visit! Best times to drop in are evenings between 7 and 9pm. See the calendar for recurring meetups and upcoming events:

Autonomous Worker Organizing and Organized Labor: A Lecture. @ Wildavsky Conference Room, Center for Research on Social Change
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Only 11% of United States workers today are unionized. Unions under our labor law regime and economic system have become smaller for almost a half century. Thus wages have stagnated or declined for the 89% of U.S. workers who are now not in unions and, for the unionized, they have barely kept pace with inflation.

If greater union density improves wages and work life conditions for all workers: (1) how do we grow actually existing unions, and (2) how do we organize workers who are not unionized? The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (“OLWA”) is an experiment towards some solutions.

With now five years in Oakland of volunteer autonomous organizing experience based on and inspired by the Zapatista and Occupy models, I will both document OLWA’s two year history and situate our collective work in the relevant human sciences, labor economics/history, and community/labor organizing literatures. I welcome help with both recruiting more OLWA participants and a publication agenda. Written scholarly work product is to be determined. As a rank and file SEIU Local 1000 union shop steward, I thank my union for the meeting space for OLWA’s ongoing work.

The Bio:

John Hayakawa Torok is a participant in the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly and is an SEIU Local 1000 rank and file worksite shop steward at his State of California day job in San Francisco. After receiving a 1991 JD from the CUNY Law School he was a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow and then participated in the Critical Race Theory workshops. His 2008 Berkeley Ethnic Studies PhD dissertation sounds in immigration, legal and civil liberties history focusing on immigration policy enforcement in Cold War New York Chinatown. As an ISSI/CRSC Visiting Scholar, he will situate five years of labor and community organizing in Occupy Oakland, his union, and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly in the relevant literatures.

Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join Haiti Action Committee to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a coup that continues to inform the present struggle of the Haitian people for democracy and justice.

SEPTEMBER 30th – 4:30 PM DEMONSTRATION meets at 14th & Broadway in Oakland

OCTOBER 2nd – 3PM EVENT at Eastside Arts, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Why is it important to remember September 30, 1991?

It is a battle of memory against forgetfulness, because we think that we cannot build the democracy we want for this country if we continue to erase what happened. It is impossible. – Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

September 30, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the coup that overthrew Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was the candidate of Haiti’s popular movement Lavalas in the 1990 presidential election; he won with 67% of the vote.

Aristide’s Feb. 7, 1991 inauguration marked a huge victory for Haiti’s poor majority after decades living under the Duvalier family dictatorship and military rule. The inauguration signaled the participation of the poor in a new social order. This radical change was represented by Aristide’s first act as President when he invited several hundred street children and homeless to join him for the inaugural breakfast at the National Palace.

A brave young democracy set out to reverse centuries of exclusion of Haiti’s poor majority in the country’s political, economic and social life against the backdrop of right wing death squads and a corrupt Haitian military tied to former dictators and Haiti’s wealthy elite. Just four days before the inauguration, an orphanage founded by Aristide – Lafanmi Selavi – was torched, killing four street children.

The new administration began to implement programs in adult literacy, health care, and land redistribution; lobbied for a minimum wage hike; proposed new roads and infrastructure to create jobs. Aristide renounced his $10,000 a month salary. He enforced taxes on the wealthy and dissolved the rural section chief infrastructure that empowered the Ton Ton Macoute. He denounced the treatment (akin to slavery) of Haitian sugar cane workers in the Dominican Republic, and called for improved working conditions.

After the September 30th coup, Lavalas supporters turned out by the hundreds of thousands to defend the constitutional government. They were brutally suppressed, starting on the eve of Sept. 30th when National Police chief Lt. Col. Michel Francois led busloads of soldiers to the Champs de Mars where they machine gunned hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the National Palace.  Francois would later be convicted in absentia for the 1993 murder of Antoine Izmery, a prominent businessman and supporter of Aristide who was dragged from a church in broad daylight and executed. Aristide’s Justice Minister Guy Malary was murdered one month later.

Between the years 1991-1994, during the military regime headed by General Raoul Cedras, four to seven thousand supporters and activists of Lavalaswould be killed; others savagely tortured; rape as a political weapon was widespread; thousands fled or were driven into hiding. Poor neighborhoods were particularly targeted, as was the Ti Legliz (little church) – an important sector of the grassroots movement. Anti-coup journalists and radio stations were attacked. Haitian elites and the coup regime, with the support of US intelligence agencies, backed the formation of a violent paramilitary organization known as FRAPH, which emerged in August 1993. FRAPH operated as a death squad, and was responsible for thousands of deaths and human rights violations. Its leaders like Louis-Jodel Chamblain, associate of Guy Philippe, still operate freely in Haiti.

No commemoration of September 30th would be complete without remembering Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a psychologist and leading spokesperson for Lavalas, who was kidnapped and disappeared in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Lovinsky founded the Fondasyon Trant Septanm organization dedicated to justice for the victims of the September 30th coup and the release of political prisoners. He remains forever present at the forefront of Haiti’s struggle for justice and democracy.



Tracy Kidder: A Truck Full of Money @ First Congregational Church
Sep 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tracy Kidder, master of the nonfiction narrative and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic The Soul of the New Machine and the bestselling Mountains Beyond Mountains, presents the inspiring story of founder Paul English, a kinetic, unconventional inventor and entrepreneur.

Growing up in working-class Boston, Paul English discovers the perfect medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. Despite suffering from what is later diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim journey through the surreal ups and downs of our brave new world. Relating to the Internet as if it was an extension of his own mind, English discovers that he has a gift for building creative teams of individuals. His innovative management style, rapid success, and innate sense of fair play inspires intense loyalty. When English does make a fortune – as co-founder of the travel website (which sold for almost two billion dollars) – his first concern is how to give it away.

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical and often humorous eye on the way new inventions and new money are reshaping our Culture. A Truck Full of Money is a unique portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, utterly original, and wonderfully unpredictable.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM

Hosted by Mitch Jeserich, Host and Producer of KPFA’s Letters and Politics, is a veteran broadcast journalist. He got his start as KPFA’s California State Political Reporter in Sacramento before going to Washington DC to cover the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court between 2003 and 2006. In 2009 Mitch launched a pilot program called Letters from Washington, chronicling the first 100 days of the Obama administration, which became Letters & Politics.

KPFA benefit

$12 advance, $15 door.

Colorstruck! @ Laney College Theater, Laney College
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

COLORSTRUCK! Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.,

Written and performed by Donald E. Lacy Jr.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party.
Revolutionary University @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tools for Changing Society

Join us for two days of presentations and discussions on current world problems and possible solutions

Sat.   10/1

1:00-3:00 pm

Revisiting Black Marxism in the Wake of Black Lives Matter

Robin D. G. Kelley, is Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies & Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, and current Chair of the Department of African American Studies and a prolific author and editor

My talk reflects on the life and work of Cedric J. Robinson, who just passed this year, especially his magnum opus, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (published 33 years ago) in the wake of what may be the most dynamic Black radical movement to emerge in decades – the Movement for Black Lives.  I will suggest ways in which Robinson’s book anticipated M4BL and its recent policy platform, which in some ways offers a radical break from Marxism even as it builds from a critique of capitalism.

3:30 – 5:30 pm

Workers and the Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt

Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University and author of the recent book “Workers and Thieves” will discuss the struggles of the working classes and unemployed in Egypt and Tunisia and their roles in the 2011 popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring.

7:00-9:00 pm

The Refugee Crisis in Europe & Social Movements in France

Pauline Casy. activist in the French revolutionary group “L’Etincelle” (The Spark) and Toni Robert, activist in the German revolutionary group Sozialistische Arbeiterstimme (Socialist Workers Voice)

Sun. 10/2

10:30am -12:30 pm

How Capitalism Shreds Our Personal Lives

Harriet FraadHarriet Fraad  is a licensed mental health counselor and hypnotherapist in private practice in New York City. She has been an activist in the feminist movement and the journal Rethinking Marxism. For 40  years, she has been a radical committed to transforming US personal and political life.

1:30-3:30 pm

Crisis: It’s How Capitalism Works 

Richard Wolff, Marxist professor of economics, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he taught economics from 1973 to 2008. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the New School University, New York City. He is the author of numerous books and articles and host of the weekly radio show, Economic Update, and Co-founder of the projectDemocracy at Work

4:00-6:00 pm

Our Role In Transforming The World

Activists in Speak Out Now, will present a revolutionary socialist perspective on the challenges and choices we all confront today

Followed by time to discuss and socialize – refreshments provided


The Artist as Activist 

Emel Mathlouthi, Tunisian singer, songwriter, social commentator and participant in the Arab Spring – will take us through her musical and political journey. He song Kelmti Horra (my word is free) became well-known throughout Tunisia during the struggles against the rule of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali