Open Circle ~ Families Fighting for Justice @ Omni Commons
Aug 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Lesser of Two Evils – Do We Have To Live With That? @ Workers World - intercom at bldg entrance to buzz in
Aug 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us to discuss:
What role can elections play in the revolutionary movement?
What does it mean to vote in the streets?
What about Sanders’ new group “Our Revolution”?

Refreshments will be served. Wheelchair accessible.

Community Democracy Project: 4th Sundays are 4 Sci-Fi @ Omni Commons
Aug 28 @ 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!

Occupy Forum: Film and Discussion: “Broken on All Sides” @ Global Exchange, near 16th St. BART
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OccupyForum presents… 

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

Film and Discussion:

“Broken on All Sides”


The film, Broken On All Sides, is a compelling documentary by Matthew Pillischer addressing the racial inequities within our criminal justice system. It dissects the War on Drugs and ‘tough on crime’ movement, illustrating how the Occupy Movement’s ideology offers hope for change and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass incarceration.

Broken On All Sides centers around Michelle (“The New Jim Crow”) Alexander’s theory that through the rise of the drug war and ‘tough on crime’ policies, and because of the system that allows discretion for targeting people of color at a disproportionately high rate, Mass Incarceration is the new caste system in America.

Many of us are involved in Black Lives Matter groups that strategize to transform the current system as it is manifested through police murders of Black and brown People in SF. This film is key in understanding the underpinnings of racism, class, and the loss of democracy that create the existing system. Our discussion will be about long-term strategizing and the tactics we will use to carry out our mission.

I think the “elephant in the room” is the continuing, unabated killing of Black and brown people and the complete lack of any prosecutions, let alone convictions, of the murderers. So two “questions” come to my mind for people to grapple with: 1) Why is this happening and continues to happen two years after Ferguson and thousands of protests and actions, petitions, gatherings, etc. and 2) What is it going to take to put a stop to this? — Bruce Neuberger (Stop Mass Incarceration Network)

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Berkeley Copwatch General Meeting @ Grassroots House
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Berkeley Copwatch‘s Goals:
1) Reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents and keeping police accountable. We maintain principles of non-violence while asserting the rights of the detained person. We provide support to victims whenever possible. We also seek to educate the public about their rights, police conduct in the community and issues related to the role of police in our society.

2) Empower and unite the community to resist police abuse. We will do this by sharing information with the community, conducting “Know Your Rights” trainings, sponsoring rallies, supporting victims and other community based efforts to deal with the problem.

3) Encourage people to solve problems WITHOUT police intervention. We want to explore alternatives to calling the police.

4) Most importantly, we encourage people to exercise their right to observe the police and to advocate for one another.

Justice 4 Kayla Moore Organizing Meeting @ Grassroots House
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Newcomers welcome!

We need your voice!

The Moore family’s fall 2016 court date is fast approaching! Sign up here to receive an announcement when the court date is officially assigned. In the meantime, the Justice 4 Kayla campaign has outlined four demands for the City of Berkeley, the BPD and the broader community:

  • Justice for Kayla Moore! Honor her memory, tell her story, #SayHerName.
  • Hold the City of Berkeley and Berkeley police accountable for killing Kayla Moore.
  • Police must not be first responders to mental health crises.
  • End the BPD’s violent attacks, criminalization and profiling of people who are Black, Brown, disabled and/or trans.

Please read, share and endorse the full text of the demands HERE. Are you part of a community group that wants to become an organizational endorser? Endorse the demands using the same online form and we’ll contact you with more info.

We won’t let Berkeley, the Bay Area and the world beyond forget Kayla!

APTP First Responders Training @ Siegel & Yee, 3rd floor
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Codepink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner

East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open as many homes as possible…
Hold them as long as possible…

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Aug 31 @ 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:

Film Screening: A Place At The Table @ Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian Universalists' Hall
Sep 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Film Screening, Panel, and Potluck

Join us for a screening of the eye-opening film: A Place at the Table. After the film, we’ll hear from a panel of people working in the realm of food waste, hunger awareness, and the issues around nourishing our communities with good quality food.

Presented by Transition Berkeley, Slow Food East Bay, BFUU, Social Justice Committee, and the Ecology Center.
We hope to see you there. Please bring a potluck dish to share. For more details, and to RSVP visit our website here.

Film screening & discussion: WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE @ Revolution Books
Sep 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Film screening & discussion hosted by notorious flag burner Joey Johnson

Filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late, great radical civil rights lawyer. Kunstler defended the Black Panther Party, the American Indian Movement, and was called on by prisoners to negotiate for them during the Attica uprising of 1971. In 1989 William Kunstler successfully argued the case of Texas v. Johnson before the US Supreme Court and in a landmark decision won the right to burn a flag in protest. Joey Johnson, a revolutionary, who was represented by Kunstler after burning the American flag at the 1984 RNC, and who is now, along with 16 others in the Revolution Club, facing trumped up charges for exercising this right (of burning the flag) at the 2016 Republican National Convention will host the screening and discussion after the film.

Suds, Snacks and Socialism: A World to Win- The Labor Movement Today @ Starry Plough POub
Sep 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

In our of Labor Day, we will explore some labor struggles which are transforming out world. Confirmed speakers include Steve Early, Roger Wilkins, Vince Edwards, and Alborz Ghandehari.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

We didn’t do our normal fin-de-mois feed on August 28th, so we’re making it up today.  Well marbled super rich folks, mmmmm…that’s good eating.

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:


Oscar Grant Committee Meeting @ Neibyl Proctor Library
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality & State Repression (OGC) is a grassroots democratic organization that was formed as a conscious united front for justice against police brutality. The OGC is involved in the struggle for police accountability and is committed to stopping police brutality.

East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open as many homes as possible…
Hold them as long as possible…

Film Screening: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy @ Grand Lake Theater
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy  

The Bay Area premiere of Greg Palasts brilliant new documentary film, with live    appearances by S.F. comic Will Durst, Robert F. Kennedy Jr,  actress Rosario Dawson, producer Greg Palast and surprise guests

single screening only!!!
Grand Lake Theatre,  3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
advance tickets: $15 :  at Books, Inc, Pegasus (3 sites), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloways. S.F. -Modern Times. $18 door, KPFA benefit

Greg Palast is a New York Times bestselling author and an investigative journalist for the BBC and the British newspaper The Guardian.  Like Michael Moore, he is also a documentary filmmaker. His reports can be seen on BBC Television Newsnight. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits and Armed Bandits as well as The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

“His work is funny, heartbreaking, and loaded with facts like hand grenades,”
British writer and filmmaker John Pilger

“Palast is astonishing, he gets the real evidence no one else has the guts to dig up.”
Vincent Bugliosi, author of None Dare Call it Treason and Helter Skelter

Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that few reporters working anywhere in the world today have the courage or ability to cover. From East Timor to Waco, he has exposed some of the most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and financial manipulation in the US and abroad. His uncanny investigative skills as well as his no-holds-barred style have made him an anathema among magnates on four continents and a living legend among his colleagues and his devoted readership.

Will Durst, who will open the show, is acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier satirists in America.  The New York Times called him, “quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today.” Currently he writes a nationally syndicated humor column and is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC & Fox News. Award-winning investigative reporter Greg Palast is the number one enemy of Jim Crow in the 21st century.

Palast made history when he broke the stealing of the 2000 presidential election by Bush 2, by illegally disenfranchising tens of thousands of Black voters in Florida. And Palast is back again in 2016 fighting the good fight, with a new major documentary, a new book, and major articles for Rolling Stone. For the last 25 weeks, Palast has teamed up with the KPFA Flashpoints crew to create an historic 30-part investigative series called the Elections Crimes Bulletin–which has repeatedly gone viral– in which Palast does what he does best: unmasks the continuing and unrelenting Jim-Crow attempts to prevent Black, Brown, and poor people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Sep 7 @ 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:

Conscientious Projector Presents “Babel” @ Fellowship Hall
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Babel” is a 2006 drama by Academy Award winning Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, considered a masterpiece by some critics. The film shows there are consequences and redemption for our actions. And though cultures differ in language and values, the multi-narrative stories highlight that we are all connected as one human family. Beautifully filmed over three continents. There are no heroes, just victims of fate and circumstance.

Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.

2016 National Conference by Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People & Family Movement
Sep 9 all-day

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted Peoples & Families Movement

National Conference 2016

September 9-10, 2016 – Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM  Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 5:30 PM (PDT)
Oakland, California

We are at very unique moment in our struggle. The public discourse is filled with talk about ending mass incarceration by elected officials, academics, correctional officials, and funders. We are organizing this conference to specifically strengthen the voices of formerly incarcerated people and our families and to ensure that our ideas are included in the discourse. As the Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People & Families Movement, we have made real progress since our first meeting in Selma in 2011.  As a movement, we need the opportunity to collectively discuss the progress that we have made. We also need the opportunity and space to determine where we should be going during the next Presidential Administration. In the past year, we have conducted several regional meetings where we presented expert panels of formerly incarcerated people and our family members. This National Conference will be an opportunity to explore our best practices and see what is being done across the country. We strongly encourage you join us for networking, sharing of resources, tabling and organizing opportunities, and we guarantee that you will meet some of the most interesting activists and people from our community.

We are also encouraging service providers, allies, foundations, and government officials to attend: this is a space in which formerly incarcerated people will be speaking in our own voices,sharing the wisdom and practical knowledge we’ve gained as activists and organizers over many years following incarceration, and discussing how best we can restore our rights and fully rejoin our communities.

Formerly Incarcerated People have elected to collectively and heavily invest in the conference. We have reserved the Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel and we have set aside resources to provided scholarship support to formerly incarcerated people and their families. We must once again pose the critical question we first raised at Selma when organizing the next conference: “Will You Be There?”

FICPFM is a group of national organizations comprised of & led by formerly incarcerated people dedicated to ending mass incarceration, restoring our rights, & removing the barriers to employment, housing, & education.

A limited number of Registration Scholarships are available to formerly incarcerated people and/or family members. To apply please submit this short application & an organizer will contact you soon.
Those who qualify will receive a CODE for a Scholarship ticket.