HEALTHY AND SECURE OR AGING INTO HOMELESSNESS – Grey Panthers @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Feb 26 @ 11:20 pm – Feb 27 @ 3:30 pm

Older adults are now a majority of those living unhoused in the Bay Arrea.  Nearly half faced homelessness for the first time after the age of fifty.  Rapid aging, chronic illnesses, and premature death are becoming common  – at a very high cost in suffering and dollars.

Researchers at UC-San Francisco’s HOPE-HOME collaborative are shining a light at the intersection of health, housing, and aging. They are also bringing a new perspective, and now funding, to democratize the process of change, identify evidence based solutions and help communities and decision-makers better align health and housing policies.

Our speaker is Dr. Margaret Handley, public health trained epidemiologist. She is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, at the University of California San Francisco. Her research focuses on applied public health, implementation science, and health communication. She has worked with the HOPE-HOME project for several years and is on the steering committee of the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative.

All Welcome * Free * Wheelchair accessible

Program includes Gray Panther Committee updates

‘Socializing and refreshments after the talk until 4pm

Oakland Police Commission @ Oakland City Hall
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Full agenda:


Of possible interest:

VII. Committee Reports
Representatives from the following Standing and Ad Hoc Committees will provide updates
on their work. This is a recurring item. (Attachment 7)
i. Personnel
ii. Outreach
iii. Mental Health Model
iv. Use of Force
v. Equipment  [[ Militarized Equipment Ordinance — see full agenda ]]
vi. Rules of Procedure

IX. OPD Overtime Report
The Department will present the overtime report that was delivered at the Finance and
Management Committee meeting on February 25, 2020.

Rally Against Fear
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

E. J. Dionne: Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country @ Hillside Club
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne sounds the alarm in Code Red, calling for an alliance between progressives and moderates to seize the moment and restore hope to Americas future for the 2020 presidential election.

Will progressives and moderates feud while America burns? Or will they take advantage of the greatest opportunity since the New Deal Era to strengthen American democracy, foster social justice, and turn back the threats of the Trump Era?

The country is at a crossroads. Principled opposition to Trumps presidency has drawn millions of previously disengaged citizens to the streets and to the ballot boxes. This growing activism for political change hasnt been seen since the days of Franklin Roosevelts New Deal policies and the Progressive and Civil Rights movements. But if progressives and moderates are unableand unwillingto overcome their differences, they could not only enable Trump to prevail again but also squander an occasion for launching a new era of reform.

Dionne calls for a shared commitment to decency and a politics focused on freedom, fairness, and the future, encouraging progressives and moderates to explore common ground and expand the unity that brought about Democrat victories in the 2018 elections. He offers a unifying model for furthering progress with a Politics of Remedy, Dignity, and More: one that solves problems, resolve disputes, and moves forward; that posits a positive future for Americans with more covered by health insurance, more with decent wages, more with good schools, more security from gun violence, more action to roll back climate change. Because at this point in our national story, change cant wait.

A thrilling book, from one of Americas most universally respected minds. —  Rachel Maddow

E.J. DIONNE, JR., is a columnist for The Washington Post, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, visiting professor at Harvard University, and professor at Georgetown University. He is a co-author of the recent New York Times bestseller One Nation After Trump and author of Why the Right Went Wrong.

KRIS WELCH is a veteran, very popular KPFA on-air host, a mother, and a devoted                grandmother.

Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay – Performance and Panel @ Place
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

A benefit for the 25th anniversary of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and the Free Sitawa Campaign~

Please join us  for a performance of Solitary Man: A Visit to Pelican Bay State Prison.

The one-hour two-person play with music by Fred Johnson and Charlie Hinton will be followed by a panel discussion with the producers alongside Dejohnette from CCWP to speak on the DROP LWOP (Life Without Parole) campaign and CCWP’s 25th anniversary, and Minister King with updates on the campaign to free Sitawa Nantambu Jamaa and the resistance inside California prisons since the 2011 and 2013 hunger strikes.

Performance description: In Solitary Man, Charlie travels to Crescent City to visit a lifer named Otis Washington (played by Fred). A 64 year old native of New York, Otis has been imprisoned since 1975 and at Pelican Bay since it opened in 1989. As they get to know each other, Otis explains some of what he has learned and experienced.

Learn more —
Free Sitawa:

Puzzles for Justice Returns! @ ACCE
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Puzzles for Justice has returned!

Love jigsaw puzzles?
Love social justice?

Join us for three hours of solving puzzles Friday, February 28th from 7 to 10pm!

This quarter’s Puzzles for Justice is a fundraiser for CRC’s Safety, Survival & Self Determination Program. Think of it like a walk-a-thon except instead of raising money based how far people walk, we’re raising money based on how many puzzle pieces we can put together (a puzzle-a-thon?).

You can help out by either coming to the event and helping us put these puzzles together, or by sponsoring us by signing up to donate some money for each puzzle piece we put together here:

It’s also a time to relax, chat, be social with fellow racial-justice-minded folks!

For participants, we’ll have tea and snacks and a chance to have fun and put your puzzle-solving skills to work for a great cause! This is a multi-racial, anti-racist, sober, and kid-friendly space. We also try to maintain a low-scent space, so please arrive as scent-free as possible!

Solve puzzles! Get to know your fellow activists better! Invite your friends!

Can’t attend, but still want to support this awesome cause? Sign up to be a Puzzles for Justice sponsor here:

Community Ready Corps (CRC) is a Black grassroots organization working to organize and empower disenfranchised communities the community towards self determination and equity. They believe that a community should be able to engage with power wherever power is expressed and that resistance must be rooted in achieving a self-determined existence. Because of this fundamental belief, they are launching their Safety, Survival & Self-Determination Program which has begun its efforts by giving out masks after recent devastating fires, and will continue with assembling & giving out Earthquake Kits for free to Black communities throughout Oakland. All money raised from the event will go to CRC for this program. Learn more about CRC & their Safety, Survival & Self Determination program here:

Richard Wolff: Understanding Socialism @ First Presbytarian Church of Berkeley
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM and Democracy at Work present:

Understanding Socialism
With Sabrina Jacobs

advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM info:

“Richard Wolff’s book is the best accessible and reliable treatment we have of what socialism is, was, and should be.” – Cornel West

A blend of history, analysis, and theory, Understanding Socialism is an honest and approachable text that knocks down false narratives, confronts failures and the challenges of various socialist experiments throughout history, and offers a path to a new socialism based on workplace democracy. The crises of global capitalism (inequality, instability, unsustainability, and incipient fascism) deepen daily. Consider Trump’s and Boris Johnson’s desperate extreme-right efforts to be re-elected, and consider that total global debts (of corporations, governments, and households) tripled between 1999 and 2019. Brazil’s Bolsonaro blames Leonardo di Caprio for burning the Amazon. Vast crowds in Chile, Lebanon, and France are in the streets demanding basic economic change. These and many other symptoms expose a declining system in mounting troubles.

“In the same accessible style that has made his programs and lectures such a hit, he explains his subject in a way that’s not only smart, but makes the rest of us feel smart. It’s actionable intelligence for every person.” – Laura Flanders

“Lucid, brilliant and uncompromising in his dissection of the capitalist system, he also provides a sane and just socialist alternative to capitalist exploitation, one we must all fight to achieve.” – Chris Hedges

Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA Radio Monday afternoons. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices.

$12 advance, $15 door.

Heading for Extinction Talk @ Sports Basement
Feb 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Reserve a spot:

In this in-person, public talk, climate speakers from Extinction Rebellion will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

The talk itself goes from 9:00 – 10:15. Afterwards, until 10:50, we’ll answer any questions, including how to get involved in XR SF Bay!

Leap Day Action – Declare Climate Emergency – extravagant spectacle, roving street party @ Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Use your Extra Day to Declare Climate Emergency and keep carbon in the ground

*For life, beauty and joy & against eco-destroying robber barons!

The earth is not dying – it is being killed.
The corporations killing it have locations near you
(including in downtown Berkeley)

*Roam downtown visiting, decorating and disrupting banks and corporations*
*Build zero waste compostable altars for the 1 billion dead animals at each target*
*Dress as an Australian or Amazonian animal*
*Marching band / mobile bike sound system*
*Kid friendly *

Bring disguises, decorations, musical instruments, pogo sticks, your heart and dreams

REVOLUTION BOOKS 40th Anniversary Celebration! @ Revolution Books
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join Sahar Delijani, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, Julia Scheeres and Andy Zee to Celebrate Revolution Books’ 40th Anniversary.

6pm Reception with wine and light refreshments $25-50
7pm Program & champagne toast $5-up

This is a celebration – as well as a renewed and urgent call for people to support the bookstore. Right as now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a better world and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes rise, and as we confront environmental disaster–Revolution Books embodies the potential bright future for humanity.

For 40 years Revolution Books has fought for revolution and a different future for humanity. And right now we face a moment of stark contrast between our hopes and dreams for a different future and the stark reality that great catastrophe looms as fascist regimes take root here and around the world, as we confront environmental disaster, as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock is now advanced to 100 seconds to midnight.

Revolution Books embodies the potential bright future for humanity. You feel this when you first walk through the door and find the literature, poetry, history, science, art, and the revolutionary theory for a radically different world. You experience programs and engagements with us and with each other that percolate with emancipatory possibility. What you feel at RB is precious and especially so in these dark times, when a beacon that lights the way forward is so greatly needed.

Revolution Books is alive with the scientific understanding that a different and better world is possible. RB is the political, intellectual, and cultural center of a movement for an actual revolution and that is why it is a unique, incredible bookstore—a resource for the world. The animating heart of the store is the framework for unleashing the revolutionary potential of humanity: the breakthrough in scientifically knowing and radically changing the world through revolution, the new communism developed by Bob Avakian. Avakian emerged from the 60s in Berkeley, and is a leader who never gave up asking the hard questions of the road forward to human emancipation and developing the path to that future.

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The Art of Protest: on Display March 1 – April 30 @ Brown Gallery, Ground Floor of the Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Mar 1 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Exhibit on display from March 1 through April 30, 2020

Reception in the Morrison Library on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm

This exhibit showcases original silk screen political posters from the 1960s and 1970s on the 50th Anniversary of the Great Poster Workshop in Wurster Hall in May 1970, triggered by the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. U.C. Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, paved the way for mass protests and prolonged student strikes across the country against the Vietnam War and the draft, for black liberation and ethnic studies, and a variety of other struggles for social justice. This legacy of protest continues to be felt in the social movements of today.

The Art of Protest: on Display March 1 – April 30 @ Brown Gallery, Ground Floor of the Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Exhibit on display from March 1 through April 30, 2020

Reception in the Morrison Library on Thursday, March 5 at 5 pm

This exhibit showcases original silk screen political posters from the 1960s and 1970s on the 50th Anniversary of the Great Poster Workshop in Wurster Hall in May 1970, triggered by the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. U.C. Berkeley, birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, paved the way for mass protests and prolonged student strikes across the country against the Vietnam War and the draft, for black liberation and ethnic studies, and a variety of other struggles for social justice. This legacy of protest continues to be felt in the social movements of today.

Defies Measurement – Movie Screening @ Red Bay Coffee
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interfaith Prayers for Healing @ Bahai Center
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monthly interfaith prayer meeting, held on second Sundays, dedicated to healing.

The Bahá’í community of Oakland is organizing this gathering for the community to connect, share prayers, writings and poems from all spiritual traditions, reflect and recharge and build coalitions interested in healing.

Come share prayers, quotes, poems, and favorite passages from your scriptures with us. Refreshments will be served.

Doors open: 10:00 AM
Prayers: 10:30-11:30 AM
Refreshments and socializing: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Marxists Behaving Badly @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Why don’t Marxists study the Soviet experience in order to learn what these pioneers of the communist movement did, and what we can learn from them?
For Marx, as for all materialists, practice was – is — primary. Theory must be tested through practice. To base theory on the basis of a false understanding of reality is as fatal to knowledge as it would be to base theory, as idealists do, on ideas alone, without regard to material reality.
The Stalin era was the heroic era of the worldwide communist movement. Indeed, the 20th century may be fairly described as the “Soviet century,” since all the important political and social events and upheavals took place with reference to the Soviet Union.
If, following Marx, we want to build an egalitarian, communist society, we must study the practice of those who came before us in this endeavor. That means studying the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik Revolution, especially the period when Joseph Stalin was in the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and the Soviet state.
Why don’t today’s Marxists do this? My talk will explore the reasons for this fatal neglect and urge a corrective. — Grover Furr, Montclair State University

International Working Women’s Day @ Fruitvale Village
Mar 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

RALLY, MARCH, and CELEBRATION for International Working Women’s Day 2020!

Join grassroots women’s organizations and allies from throughout the Bay Area for a Rally, March & Celebration on Sunday, March 8th to commemorate the 112th International Working Women’s Day anniversary in honor of the first women strikers in 1908.

Join us as we Uphold the Legacy and Power of Women’s Resistance Here & Abroad! Together, we will be lifting up the internationalist struggles and stories of women, trans, and GNC communities around the world.

Let us take the streets and RISE Up to demand an end to gender based violence against women and TGNC communities, RESIST militarization and displacement, and UNITE for self determination. Join us as we collectively protest singing “Un Violador en tu Camino.”

Red State Revolt Reading Group @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The largest strike wave in the US in decades has been occurring for the last two years, and it is not over! Teachers and other public education workers have responded to austerity politics, poor working conditions, low pay, and the erosion of opportunity for their students with a newfound militancy. From West Virginia to Oakland and Los Angeles, this is a national phenomenon. What are its roots? Who are its leaders? What does it mean for the future of public education? For organized labor?

These are the topics explored by Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strikes and Working Class Politics (Verso Press, 2019).

Come to the reading group launch on March 9th where we will:

  • Hear Oakland teachers reflect on their experiences in the OEA strike of last spring
  • See a presentation on the history of California education unionism from Fred Glass

Who should join? Educators, labor activists, parents, Easy Bay DSA members, and anyone else interested in learning more about the power of working class solidarity. We will meet every other week for ten weeks (four sessions).

Red State Revolt is the second book chosen in a series of Labor Reading Groups sponsored by the East Bay DSA Labor Committee. Copies of the book will be available for a suggested donation at the March 9 event (NOTAFLOF).

To RSVP in advance, go here.


DSA Beer and Roses Labor Social @ Telegraph Beer Garden
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses social. Hang out with other members who are interested in the labor movement, hear about what’s happening in EBDSA Labor Committee & learn how you can get involved.


Sanctions Kill: Build a Movement Against all US Wars! @ Restore Oakland
Mar 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Stop the US War on the World!
Part of the International Days of Action against Sanctions and Economic War
Learn more at

Sanctions Kill!
Sanctions are War!
End Sanctions Now!

Join us for a Bay Area educational forum as part of the international days of protest against US-imposed sanctions and war on Saturday, March 14, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Restore Oakland, 1419 34th Avenue (at International) in Oakland. Help us build a strong movement against US-imposed sanctions and war. Sponsored by the International Action Center – Bay Area.

Speakers include:
Rhonda Ramiro-Director, BAYAN
Pierre Labossiere, Haiti Action Committee
Bilal Mafundi Ali, Black Alliance for Peace
Teresa Walsh and Nesbit Crutchfield, Venceremos Brigade – Bay Area
David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective

Local endorsers include: BAYAN-USA, Black Alliance for Peace, Task Force on the Americas, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity, International Action Center – Bay Area, Venceremos Brigade, Bay Area, David Paul, Embassy Protection Collective, Workers World Party – Bay Area, Socialist Action, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu Jamal.

Sanctions are imposed by the United States and its junior partners against countries that resist their agendas. They are a weapon of Economic War, resulting in chronic shortages of basic necessities, economic dislocation, chaotic hyperinflation, artificial famines, disease, and poverty. In every country, the poorest and the weakest – infants, children, the chronically ill and the elderly – suffer the worst impact of sanctions.

US imposed sanctions, violate international law and are a tool of regime change. They impact a third of humanity in 39 countries. They are a crime against humanity used, like military intervention, to topple popular governments and movements. They provide economic and military support to pro-US right-wing forces.

The US economic dominance and its +800 military bases worldwide demands all other countries participate in acts of economic strangulation. They must end all normal trade relations, otherwise they risk having Wall Street’s guns pointed at them. The banks and financial institutions that are responsible for the devastation of our communities at home drive the plunder of countries abroad.

Many organizations have been fighting Sanctions and Economic War for some time. NOW is an opportunity to combine efforts to raise consciousness on this crucial issue.

This broad campaign will include protests and demonstrations, lobbying, petition drives and all forms of educational efforts.

What White People Don’t See: Applying the Lens of Privilege @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

You believe in making a difference, but when it comes to racial justice, are your actions aligned with your beliefs? The work begins with looking in the mirror. Without intentional learning and reflection, white people may uphold beliefs and systems that perpetuate injustice. Join us for an intimate and interactive workshop in which we will unpack how whiteness has shaped our lives and discuss how white people who care can take action for racial justice.

This workshop offers those who are new to racial justice work an opportunity to reflect on and analyze the role that whiteness has played in their lives. Through individual, small-group, and whole-group activities, participants will be invited to:

*Reframe racism as a system, rather than a product of individuals who are “good” or “bad”
*Reflect on how their own racial identity has influenced their experiences in the world
*Create a plan for taking at least one action in their own lives to deepen their commitment to racial justice

This workshop welcomes anyone who would like to participate, but it is especially well-suited for white people who are:

*In the early stages of exploring what it means to be white
*Seeking to grow their skills in analyzing and discussing the effects of racism
*Feeling ready to take action to create a more just world

ASL Interpretation: Requests must be made at no later than Thursday, March 12 at 9 PM.