Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Waffles & Zapatismo is a free space for learning about and discussing the history, ideas, values and practices of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZLN or Zapatistas. We serve waffles at the start of the class to those who want them.

RESILIENCY FAIR featuring the REPAIR CAFE @ Berkeley Adult School
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Become more resilient!
Learn about emergency preparedness, renewable energy, personal health & well-being, how to fix things & reduce waste, grow & share food, help our natural habitat thrive, plus so much more at the Resiliency Fair!

Don’t send your broken item to the trash – bring it to the Repair Cafe!  Come to this gathering where community members help each other repair what’s broken.  This event is free and intended to empower us to repair.  It is not a free drop-off repair service.

Calling Volunteers! Are you handy with repair? Or do you enjoy hosting? Join this fun and empowering event! Click here to be a volunteer fixer or host!

What type of items can be fixed?
All kinds of household items including – lamps, clothing, toys, furniture, electronics, appliances and bicycles, jewelry … pretty much anything that can be carried through the door. Bring one or two items you would most like to bring back to life and we’ll help you fix one of them!

A cafe will offer refreshments during the event by MLK Middle School as a fundraising effort for their Washington D.C. trip.

This event is organized by Transition Berkeley, with funding from StopWaste. It is co-sponsored and supported by The Culture of Repair Project, the Berkeley Adult School, the Berkeley Times and the Ecology Center.

Film Screening: “1948: Creation and Catastrophe” @ The Way Christian Center
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Israelis and Palestinians, the film reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year of the ongoing tragedy. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel as seen through the eyes of the people who lived it. This film is your chance to make sense of what is happening in Israel-Palestine today. Co-sponsored by The Way Christian Center, NorCal Sabeel and Jewish Voice For Peace-Bay Area.


Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. 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 meet at 4 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than five 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. 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:


Visionaries: Indigenous Organizers Protecting Land @ Oakstop
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Come listen to, learn from, and be inspired by the visionaries who have been organizing at the forefront of indigenous peoples’ fights to protect people, the planet and what is sacred — from Ohlone territories in Oakland, to Standing Rock, to Bayou Bridge.


Corrina Gould, spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, co-founder  of Indian People Organizing for Change, and co-founder of the Native-women-led Sogorea Te Land Trust.. In 2011 she helped lead a 109-day occupation of the Sogorea Te sacred site in Vallejo.

Mark k. Tilsen is an Oglala Lakota Poet Educator from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He served as direct action trainer and police liaison at Standing Rock. He recently spent six months at L’eau est La Vie Camp helping fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

Wahleah Johns, a tribal member of the Navajo Nation, is  founder and director of Native Renewables, a dynamic company focusing on solar energy in Native American communities. For 15 years she has been working on campaigns around water protection, environmental justice, and community economic development.

Childcare will be available (please RSVP to by Tuesday the 19th)
We will be providing projected live transcription (CART)
This event is fully wheelchair accessible.
We will be livestreaming this event from the Facebook event page.
Please email us at by Tuesday, Feb 19th, to request language translation or with other access needs.
This will be a reduced-scent space and there will be a fragrance-free seating area.

The event will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
Hosted by the Catalyst Project.



Free Dinner and a Movie Discussion Night – Oakland Greens @ It's Your Move Games
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Oakland Greens 2019 FREE Dinner and a Movie discussion series.
“I am Not Your Negro” 2016”
These Happen on the “Last Sundays” of every month @ It’s Your Move Games 4920 Telegraph Ave, in the historic Temescal district.

The system thinks we are appeased with a so called “Black History Month” well in my world every moment was a moment to explore how our past effects our present. Still for February we will show
“I Am Not Your Negro”.

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.”
The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
As usual, the doors at the It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies store will open at 6:30 p.m., a free dinner will be provided at 7 p.m., and the movie will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Bree Newsome: Tearing Hatred from the Sky @ Soda Activity Center
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


The Roy E. and Patricia Disney Forum and Communication Department, President James Donahue, the Committee on Inclusive Excellence, CILSA and the Black Lives Matter Subcommittee.

This is the signature event of 44 Days Honoring Black History.

Bree Newsome is a noted artist, community organizer, and advocate for racial justice. Newsome gained national attention in 2015 when she climbed the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building and removed a Confederate battle flag that was originally raised in 1961 as a white supremacist statement of opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins occurring at the time.


Admission: FREE

Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System @ Samuel Merritt University
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Dr. Tina Sacks discusses her book “Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System”.

Don’t Displace Oakland’s Black Community! @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

All out for City Council on Tuesday, February 26 to demand written commitment to community benefits for the proposed Mandela hotel.

Development without community benefits = displacement of Oakland’s Black community!

To get involved please contact Pastor David Brazil at 510-508-7104 or

Deport ICE Berkeley – The Vote @ Berkeley City Council
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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The Sanctuary City Contracting Ordinance will keep the money of Berkeley’s residents from lining the pockets of companies that collaborate directly with the Trump administration’s lawless and unconstitutional immigration policies.

The contracting ordinance will phase out gradually the use of vendors that supply ICE with information that helps them to better terrorize immigrant communities. Combined with similar actions by other Bay Area cities, the ordinance will send the message that it isn’t good business to separate young children from their parents, violate asylum seekers constitutional rights and lock people up in private immigration detention facilities like Adelanto and Otay Mesa that don’t conform to UN human rights standards.

Berkeley’s money should not be spent on feeding the deportation pipeline when there are alternatives available and the contracting ordinance will make sure as little of our money as possible will be going to ICE data brokers.

The item is the first item on the action calendar and will likely be heard between 7:30pm and 9:00pm on the evening of February 26. The meeting begins at 6:00pm.

DeportICE website.

POLICE REFORM: Urban Shield Fate to be Decided at Alameda County Board of Sups @ Alameda County Administration Building, 5th Floor
Feb 26 @ 10:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Take action right now.
Take Action

POLICE REFORM:  Alameda County Urban Shield/UASI Task Force   

For six years, Bay Area activists have pushed to repurpose Homeland Security disaster preparedness funds away from the hyper-militarized training exercise Urban Shield. Finally the Alameda Board of Supervisors agreed and convened a task force to end “Urban Shield as we know it”.  The  task force has provided dozens of recommendations to do exactly that.

There is lots of pushback and lots more coming, according to the SF Chronicle, which announced the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is “primed for battle.  But this is our taxpayer money to protect us and help us recover from disasters like catastrophic wildfires. We get a say in how it is spent.

You can view some of the proposed recommendations here and here. The recommendations follow years of problems with racial profilingright wing vigilantes, and environmental abuse. Your physical presence on the 26th is important (look out for an event invite), but you can also use this easy action alert to tell the Supervisors not to buckle to the pressure and really change Urban Shield. Now:

After 5 years, Urban Shield may end on February 26 …. with your help

Since 2013, the Bay Area has been trying to transform Urban Shield from a highly militarized SWAT competition and weapons expo into a community-focused safety and resilence exercise

And now we are almost there.

The second Alameda County task force has completed its work and issued a long and thorough list of recommendations that include ending the weapons expo that features spying and crowd control gadgets, ending the violent SWAT competition to focus on training other first responders, and.directing $5 million in new funding to health and social services.

But we need to make the adoption of these recommendations by the Supervisors a reality – and that means countering the Sheriff’s Department pressure with our own.

Take action right now.
Take Action

Write to the Board of Supervisors with this easy one-click action from our friends at Media Alliance and share it with others.

And join us at the Alameda Administration Building on February 26 at 10:45am to end Urban Shield.

Board of Supervisors – Alameda County
Alameda County Administration Building
1221 Oak Street, 5th Floor

Tuesday  February 26  10:45AM Meeting Start

More Info About Urban Shield

2018 Urban Shield Promo Video

2018  Notes From The Last Urban Shield As We Know It 

2017 Urban Shield Community Report Card from the Stop Urban Shield Coalition

2017 ICE At Urban Shield Photo Gallery

Oakland Privacy Recommendations to Task Force

Screening of City Rising: The Informal Economy @ UC Berkeley Labor Center
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join us for a screening of the documentary City Rising: The Informal Economy, which follows four California workers organizing to find pathways for legalization and protection. The documentary follows the lives of a street vendor in Boyle Heights, a truck driver in Long Beach, a farm-working family in Coachella and an organizer in Oakland fighting for jobs for formerly incarcerated people. Featured in the film, Sylvia Allegretto from CWED will join us in discussion after the screening. Food and refreshments will be provided. Space is ADA accessible.

Co-sponsored by the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics

Focus Group on Homelessless
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Expert Panel Discussion: Homelessness in the Bay Area @ Oakstop
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, Alameda Point Collaborative, Beyond Emancipation, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Contra Costa Health Services, Operation Dignity, and BOSS for an expert panel discussion on Homelessness in the Bay Area

The panelists will touch on particularly vulnerable groups like foster youth, veterans, and the mentally ill. They will also discuss the changing face of poverty.

We will examine the state of homelessness and what nonprofit organizations are doing to address it through technology, advocacy, cross-collaboration, outreach, and volunteer work. We will also talk about potential long term, sustainable solutions.

The following experts will participate in the panel:
-Doug Biggs, Executive Director of Alameda Point Collaborative
-Nella Gonçalves, Deputy Director of Beyond Emancipation
-Nikki Beasley, Executive Director of Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
-Jaime Jenett, Continuum of Care Planning and Policy Manager, -Homeless Program, Contra Costa Health Services
-Katie Derrig, Development Manager of Operation Dignity
-Gina Tomlinson of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)

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Astra Taylor: What is Democracy? @ Nourse Theater
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

City Arts & Lectures Presents ASTRA TAYLOR

What Is Democracy? film imageFilm screening and discussion with director Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor’s engagement with philosophy, democracy, and political organizing transcends form, emerging through documentary films, books, essays, and social activism. Her feature documentaries include Zizek! (2005) and An Examined Life (2008). Her most recent film, What is Democracy? (2018), collapses time and space, doggedly pursuing the eponymous question, while exploring a conglomeration of threads that refuse to be constrained by the camera’s frame, continuing the conversation rather than offering decisive answers. The film has been called “a deliberate challenge to complacency” (The Guardian), and features the political activists and thinkers Cornel West and Silvia Federici.

Taylor is also the author of Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, and the American Book Award-winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. Her essays have been published in The Nation, The Washington Post, n+1, The New York Times, and The Baffler, where she is a contributing editor.

Taylor was active in the Occupy Movement and was the co-editor of Occupy!: An OWS-Inspired Gazette with Sarah Leonard of Dissent magazine and Keith Gessen of n+1.[18] The broadsheet covered Occupy Wall Street in five issues over the course of the first year of the occupation and was later anthologized by Verso Books.[19]

Haiti Action Committee: Haiti Report Back @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Mar 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Haiti Action Committee for an eyewitness report  about the unstoppable fight of Haiti’s people for liberty and justice. Since February 7th, which was the anniversary of Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s 1991 inauguration as Haiti’s first democratically elected president, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have been demonstrating in the streets of cities and towns throughout the country. When thousands are in the streets in Europe, we see live coverage. Not so with Haiti. The U.S. and the Haitian elite are afraid of the mobilization of the poor. Media silence and disinformation are weapons of empire to marginalize the struggle of the Haitian people.

Chanting “we are hungry, we can’t take it anymore,” protesters demand that the totally corrupt and fraudulently (s)elected president, Jovenel Moise, resign immediately. Police and paramilitary forces have killed at least 12 people, with many more wounded. Protests have come in waves ever since Moise was announced the winner of the sham electoral process in late 2017. Moise refuses to step down, and ominously threatens to “clean up the country.” Similar threats by government officials in the past have been followed by police killings. One such instance was the November 2018 state-sponsored massacre in the La Saline neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, during which Haitian police working with weaponized gangs ruthlessly murdered more than 77 men, women and children. Numerous rapes brutalized young women and further traumatized the entire community.

Oil supplied to Haiti through PetroCaribe, Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution project, lies at the heart of the protests. Through Petrocaribe, Venezuela sells oil at a discounted rate to a country out of solidarity, with the expectation that the oil will be sold at market rate and the profit used for economic development of the country. In Haiti, a new report by a government watchdog group documents $4.2 BILLION of this profit has disappeared, unaccounted for. The report lists a number of companies that have received the money, two owned by Moise, with no accounting for how it was spent. Meanwhile, teachers have not been paid for months, and sanitation services are nil. High inflation makes even the basics unaffordable for many people. Haitians throughout the country demand to know what happened to the money, while police and members of Moise’s PHTK Party attack demonstrators with impunity, reminiscent of the Duvalier ton-ton macoutes death squads.

Even if the mass demonstrations force Moise to leave, the international corporatocracy and the Haitian elites will try to force a caretaker government to do their bidding, rather than one that supports the demands of the demonstrators, so this will be a protracted struggle.

Join Haiti Action Committee to hear an eyewitness report about these events and about the unstoppable fight of Haiti’s people for liberty and justice.


Socialist Night School: Socialism in the UK? The Corbyn Project @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible entrance and restrooms

Required Readings

See the readings that we’ll be discussing after a brief introduction from our members.



Permanent Real Estate – Hosted by East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative @ Sustainable Economies Law Center
Mar 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come learn how you fit, and where you can plug into, the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative.

The East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative (EB PREC) uses community investment to develop permanently affordable cooperative housing that uses regenerative practices, like wealth re-distribution, to empower sovereign, self-determined Black Indigenous and POC communities.

Our mission is to facilitate BIPOC and allied communities to cooperatively organize, finance, purchase, occupy, and steward properties, taking them permanently off the speculative market.

By co-creating community controlled assets, thereby reducing risk of displacement, we help people meet their basic social, economic, and emotional needs, and empower them to cooperatively lead a just transition from an extractive capitalist system into one where communities are ecologically, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, and economically restorative and regenerative.

Points of Unity:
This is not an exhaustive list and it is a work in progress. For now, EB PREC has adopted the following points of unity.

~We stand for the liberation and healing of all people and lands oppressed and exploited by histories of Genocide, Slavery, Low wage labor, Land theft, Predatory lending, and Forced migration.

~We provide mutual aid to front-line communities first, the liberation of black and indigenous communities is fundamental to the liberation of all people, a rising tide lifts all boats.

~We believe restorative solutions are rooted in collective land stewardship and decision-making. We prioritize people, planet, and future generations over profits. We move at the pace of community, not capital.

~We build trust and safe spaces with each other by doing the healing work required to transform antiquated capitalist notions into regenerative and cooperative relationships.

~We build productive capacity for disinvested BIPOC communities through community education and networks of cooperatives. EBPREC helps communities manifest vision into reality on the communities terms.

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Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era Is Transforming Kenya @ East Bay Book Sellers
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

AST BAY BOOKSELLERS welcomes Nanjala Nyabola to discuss her new new book Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics: How the Internet Era is Transforming Kenya, on Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm.

Kenya is the most digitally advanced country in sub-Saharan Africa, where Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and other online platforms are part of everyday life. And, as in Western nations, the digital age has had dramatic effects on society and politics. Yet, while we hear about the #MeToo movement and the Russian bot scandal, there is little appreciation for the feminist movement #MyDressMyChoice and the subversion of state-run political propaganda by social media.
Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics aims to change this by presenting a unique contribution to the debate on digital democracy. For traditionally marginalized groups, particularly women and the disabled, digital spaces have provided vital platforms that allow Kenyans to build new communities that transcend old ethnic and gender divisions. Covering attempts by political elites to prevent social movements from translating online visibility into meaningful offline gains, Digital Democracy, Analogue Politics explores the drastic efforts to contain online activism and new methods of feminist mobilization, as well as how “fake news,” Cambridge Analytica, and allegations of hacking contributed to tensions around the 2017 elections. Reframing digital democracy for the first time from the African perspective, Nanjala Nyabola’s groundbreaking work opens up new ways of understanding our current global online era.



Nanjala Nyabola is a Kenyan writer, humanitarian advocate, and political analyst currently based in Nairobi. She is a frequent columnist at Foreign PolicyForeign AffairsAl Jazeera, the Guardian, and other publications.

Author Event: Positions of the Sun. The Financial Crisis, Neoliberalism, and Counter-Movements. @ Mrs. Dalloways
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The mid-2000s financial “crisis,” the spread of neoliberalism, and attempts by activists and artists to counter it.

Lyn Hejinian, with Trisha Low and Noah Warren

Celebrating the publication of Hejinian’s Positions of the Sun.

To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Positions of the Sun in advance at Mrs. Dalloway’s or by speaking to one of our booksellers.

Positions of the Sun is a sometimes melancholy, sometimes militant cross-genre experiment, combining elements of (largely non-narrative) fiction, with those of local journalism, and of cultural and literary criticism. Its twenty-six interlocking “essays with characters” (plus a “Coda”) explore the mid-2000s financial “crisis,” the spread of neoliberalism, and attempts by activists and artists to counter it, through the movements and daily lives of a wide-ranging cast of characters located in the Bay Area. In Positions, Hejinian plays the bricoleur, bringing together whatever’s needed in her approach to the subject, whether it’s the paratactic tactics of poetry, scholarship’s critical patchwork, or characters set in time that evokes but frustrates narrative. Positions of the Sun is the second work in Belladonna*’s Germinal Texts Series, which seeks to trace feminist avant-garde histories and the poetic lineages they produce.

Lyn Hejinian teaches at UC Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of more than twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which is Positions of the Sun. Her poetic trilogy Tribunal will publish later this year. The recipient of various awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is co-director (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets, and co-editor (with Jane Gregory and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions.

Trisha Low is a poet and performer living in the East Bay. She is the author of The Compleat Purge and the forthcoming Socialist Realism.

Noah Warren is the author of The Destroyer in the Glass, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former Stegner Fellow, his work appears in The Paris Review, Poetry, Poem-a-Day, New England Review, PEN America, and elsewhere. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley.