California Solidarity Conference
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day

What is the California Solidarity Conference?


Saturday 9AM-5:45PM  | Sunday 10AM-5:30PM

The 2017 California Solidarity Conference is a resource for our movement.

This weekend-long “unconference” is an opportunity for movement organizers, legislative advocates, policy experts, and issue campaigners to build solidarity across issue areas and discuss how to lay the groundwork for long-term systemic change in California and beyond.

In the past year since the election, the progressive movement across the country has been engaged in all-out resistance – with California leading the charge. The Solidarity Conference is a chance for us to come together from across the state to share struggles, lessons, and victories so that we can move forward into 2018 united and ready to win.

This is an unconference – that means YOU set the agenda and choose how best to spend your time. We’ll come together every day for plenary sessions and panel discussions, and for the rest of the time you will choose from dozens of participant-led discussions and workshops – maybe you’ll lead one yourself!

Areas of Focus

  • Stopping the Trump agenda and defending targeted communities
  • Developing political power and organizing for long-term change
  • Working towards a bold progressive vision of the future

You set the agenda

This is an unconference. That means that when you arrive on Saturday morning, only the first block of sessions will be filled in. Participants (that’s you!) will be able to submit sessions online before the event and also on-site once you arrive.

Once you submit your sessions, our volunteer team of dedicated agenda-makers* will work to ensure that the highest level of diversity, variety, and impact is represented in the schedule. If multiple people submit similar sessions, we might encourage you to work together!

There will always be multiple sessions happening at every session block, and the evolving agenda will be located in an easy-to-find public space for when you are looking for your next session.

Any sessions that don’t make it into the schedule on Saturday can be re-submitted on Sunday, and it’s common for Sunday sessions to grow out of conversations that happen on Saturday.

All you need to submit a session is:

  • A title for your session
  • A very brief description
  • A list of session organizers (you and whoever is convening the session with you)
  • What kind of session is it (workshop, discussion, etc)

The biggest rule of an unconference: If you aren’t learning or contributing, go somewhere else. You are encouraged to vote with your feet and switch sessions whenever you want!

Conference Agenda

Free admission for volunteers*

 Green Party Holiday Party  @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dear Greens and Supporters,

Celebrate the Holiday Season with old friends and new. We’ll have good fun, yummy food, drink, and open dialogue at the 2017 Annual Potluck Holiday Party

Bring your choice of food or drink for the potluck table to share.

(There will be no regular Green Sunday program or Green County Council meeting in December. We’ll party instead! The next regular Green Sunday program will be the second Sundayin January, 2018 (followed as usual by the County Council meeting). All members are welcome to participate).

From Nobel to Nobel: Celebrating the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize @ Western Institute of Social Researc
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

dec._10_wsf_event.pdf_600_.jpgOn December 10, the Nobel Committee will present the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear disarmament advocates around the world will be celebrating. Please join Western States Legal Foundation to celebrate the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and our 35th anniversary! Learn about the direct line from the 1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco to the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty!

The Nobel Committee awarded the 1982 Peace Prize to Alfonso García Robles of Mexico and Alva Myrdal of Sweden for their years of work in United Nations’ disarmament forums. Ambassador Garcia Robles was the driving force in negotiating the1967 Treaty of Tlatelolco, the first nuclear weapon free zone in a populated region.

The Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.

Western States Legal Foundation was founded in 1982 and has been working for a nuclear free world ever since.

Wine and light refreshments will be provided. Donations are welcome but not required. RSVP’s appreciated:

Youth Climate Lawsuit – Ninth Circuit Arguments in SF @ James R. Browning United States Courthouse 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Good news in the landmark youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. U.S.  A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has granted Juliana v. US attorneys the opportunity to argue in support of the fundamental and constitutional right to a livable climate.  Faced with a climate emergency, 21 youth plaintiffs will call on the Ninth Circuit to lift the temporary stay and allow the case to proceed to trial.  Please show up in solidarity with the youth and stand for climate rights!  You can also livestream the hearing.

Read the full press release here.

Kelsey Juliana, 21-year-old named Plaintiff from Eugene, Oregon, said:  “Every week, or even every day that our trial is delayed is time I spend further worrying about the stability of our climate system and the security of my future.  I’m excited for the Ninth Circuit judges to hear from my lawyers, and to have our case in front of them. Another step forward, onwards to climate and constitutional Justice!”

The youth are eager to explain in open court before the 9th Circuit judges why their case must go to trial under out nation’s laws and as a matter of urgency.

These 21 young Americans have won at every step of their lawsuit so far, and they need our help to do so again. Please make a donation today to help us bring these brave youth plaintiffs to court in San Francisco.


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The Welcome Home Project @ Albany Library
Dec 11 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs of formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who turned their lives around after many years in prison. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the barriers that most formerly incarcerated individuals face.

There is a mini-exhibit of the photography show and a panel event on Dec. 11th at the Albany Library.The panel with include a few of the Welcome Home participants.

BART Police Citizen Review Board – Use of Force Policy @ 3rd floor, Kaiser Center, 20th St. Mall
Dec 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

BART Police Citizen Review Board (BPCRB)


8.  Revised BART Police Department (BPD) Use of Force Policy.  For Discussion and Action.

Backpack Full of Cash Movie Screening @ Auditorium at Oakland Technical High School: Enter through the side gate on 42nd St.
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
This film explores the impact that corporate-driven reform of public education is having on
America’s most vulnerable children and communities across the country.

The film will be followed by a discussion including:
Dr. Julian Vasquez-Heilig, Professor at Sacramento State and CA NAACP Education Chair
Sylvester Hodges, Former OUSD Board Member

Sponsored by the Sacramento State Doctorate of Educational Leadership.

Court Support: J20 Resisters
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Oakland City Council Public Safety – #DeportICE Legislation @ Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1, Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Update: The SEIU/IPTE strike has caused the cancellation of the 12-5 Public Safety Committee. New date (12-12) is tentative and will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Deport ICE: The Resolution To End Cooperation With ICE

On December 5th, Oakland’s Public Safety Committee will debate a resolution from Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan to end all Oakland Police Department cooperation with ICE, after assistance in an August 16 raid violated the city’s sanctuary policy.

Video Samples from the November 28 hearing on the ICE Raid

On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, biut there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented. The 25 year old arrestee is now in the deportation process. At an October 5th investigation and hearing that the OPD Chief did not attend, Oakland’s Privacy Commission concluded that the raid violated Oakland’s sanctuary city policy and several statements made by OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick about the raid were false.

Video of the OPAC hearing is here.

East Bay Express coverage is here:

City Council members Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan have now initiated legislation to end the sanctuary loophole but need our help to get it through the full Council.

Oaklanders and other Bay Area residents who want sanctuary legislation taken seriously around the Bay should attend.

Much else also of interest on the agenda for activists keeping tabs on OPD, Urban Shield and ICE.

  • Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative Program MOU
  • Fiscal Year 2017 Urban Area Security Initiative Program Grant Agreement
  • OPD Crime Analysis Software Contracts
  • Regarding The HSI/ICE Raid In West Oakland On August 16, 2017
  • Resolution Clarifying And Reaffirming Policy On Non-Cooperation With ICE
  • Overtime Expenditures In The Police And Fire Departments For FY 2017-18



DSA Single Payer Social Hour @ Moxy
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come to our social hour at Moxy!  Come out to connect with DSA, learn more about our single-payer campaign, and meet your neighbors!

First Meeting of the Oakland Police Review Commission @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


  • Commissioner Introductions.
  • Open Forum
  • Election of Chair and Vice Chair
  • Determination of Regular Meeting Schedule
  • Role of Alternates
  • Rules and Procedures
  • Training and Orientation of Commissioners
  • Comments – OPD Chief Kirpatrick
  • Report on Transition of Pending Business of the CPRB

Note: This meeting may be postponed because of the Oakland City Worker Striker.

SURJ Intro Meeting @ Sierra Club
Dec 13 @ 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Want to get involved with SURJ Bay Area? SURJ moves white people to act for justice with passion and accountability as part of a multi-racial majority.  Come learn about our current work and activities.

You’ll also hear about SURJ’s new pathways for entering the work, including Study and Action groups as well as committee work, upcoming workshops, and events. We’ll answer your questions and share how you can get involved in the movement for racial justice.

Address info:

The Sierra Club is located at 2101 Webster Street between 21st and 22nd Street in Oakland. The Sierra Club Offices are on the 13th floor. There is a bank of elevators that go to the 12th floor and above.

Getting Into the Lobby:

The doors for the Sierra Club building lock right at 7pm, so please do your best to arrive prior to 7pm. We will have someone stationed at the Webster entrance to the building until 7:15 for late arrivals. If you arrive after 7pm, please use the Webster entrance.



Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.


Scents: The Sierra Club’s space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent-free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance-free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say “fragrance-free” or “unscented” on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a person’s chosen restroom.

Berkeley Police Review Commission – Body Worn Cameras, Use of Force @ South Berkeley Senior Center
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

On the agenda: body worn cameras – BPD presentation, use of force

Community Teach-In about Urban Shield @ ACLU Northern California Office
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Interested in learning about what Urban Shield is, the work of the coalition, and how to get involved? On Wednesday, December 13, SURJ San Francisco will be hosting a public Community Meeting on Policing and Urban Shield. There will be time to hear about what organizing against Urban Shield has looked like, next steps, and how you can support us in achieving a people’s victory over Urban Shield. We encourage organizations and community members in SF to attend this gathering so that we can all be well informed and best positioned to organize and win.

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Dr. Daniel Kammen – Report from the Bonn Climate Conference @ Northbrae Church
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr. Daniel Kammen, distinguished policy expert on energy and climate change, will report on the recently concluded Bonn Climate Conference on Wed., Dec 13,  7-9 pm in the Parlor Room of the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley. Dr. Kammen’s talk will be preceded by a holiday potluck. The Parlor Room is accessible from the parking lot behind the community building through the more southerly entrance.

Daniel Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010.

Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Dr. Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation.

During 2010-2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He was appointed to this newly-created position in October 2010, in which he provided strategic leadership on policy, technical, and operational fronts. The aim is to enhance the operational impact of the Bank’s renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution’s role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway.

Ahmed Salah: A Talk About Islam From a Muslim Activist, With Middle Eastern Music @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

What About Islam?

subhanallah 2747278 1280In this time of anti-Muslim propaganda, what about hearing from real Muslims who live among us? Come hear activist Ahmed Salah speak about how Islam has deeply influenced his philosophy, which is to create social change while preserving life on both sides. Ahmed Salah was one of the primary organizers of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 where hundreds of thousands of protesters filled Tahrir Square, leading to the resignation of an oppressive president. Mr. Salah is the recipient of the Center for Justice and Accountability’s 2013 Champion of Justice Award. There will also be live Middle Eastern music at the event. Let’s listen and discuss together. The event will be held in the historic Fellowship Hall at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU).
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Middle Eastern music
7:30 pm – 7:45 pm Break
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Talk by Ahmed Salah
8:45 pm – 9:00 pm Q&A
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Socializing, book signing
Suggested donation $10-20; no one turned away for lack of funds
Co-sponsored by the BFUU Social Justice and Music Committees

Defend Our Spaces: #TakeBackBART
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

With White Nationalist/Alt-Right activity and racist harassment on the rise in our public transportation system, Community Ready Corps (CRC) is calling for a campaign to make BART safe for all.

In just the last month, there were several sightings of BART passengers openly displaying Neo-Nazi symbols (as tattoos, pins, or patches on outer clothing), and one incident of racist harassment that went viral after being caught on tape.

In this video (linked here:, a white BART passenger repeatedly called an Asian passenger a “Chinese n*****” and even physically assaulted him. It took far too long for any bystanders to intervene – and one cowardly white man actually got up and got out of the way, leaving the target of harassment even more vulnerable to the attack.

As a community, we need to prepare ourselves to intervene safely in these situations. Public transportation needs to be safe for all of us. 430,000 Bay Area residents rely on BART to get to work every day. We need to organize collectively to create a climate of safety on BART and send the strong message that the Bay Area is united against hate – that our community won’t tolerate racist intimidation and harassment on BART!

In our next workshop, held Saturday, December 16th from 1 – 4 pm at the ACCE office, we’ll apply the proactive response model we introduced in the first series of workshops (Self Defense, Digital Security & Intelligence Gathering, and Hearts & Minds) to the physical space of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

The first half of this workshop will be a training for safe and effective bystander intervention and self defense by Field Marshall Tur-Ha Ak and Deputy Field Marshall Che Bowe. This training is appropriate for anybody of any skill level, and will equip community members with skills they can use to intervene, de-escalate, and defend themselves against racist harassment and violence. We strongly encourage anti-racist white people to come to this training and get skilled up.

In the second half, we’ll break into working groups to begin growing this campaign to #TakeBackBART. Hope to see you there! Please invite your friends to this workshop!

DSA Single Payer Canvass
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The fight for single-payer healthcare in California is still just beginning. We have momentum, and so far the opposition has been content only to shelve the bill for now. In our neighborhood canvasses, we are knocking every door to talk to every one of our neighbors, amplify the demand for a decommodified healthcare system, and set the stage for the fight to come when those who stand to lose 30 cents of every dollar spent on healthcare by cutting out the private insurance industry.

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The Ecology Center Fall Film Series: Princess Mononoke @ Ecology Center
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

We are excited to announce our Fall Film Series at the Ecology Center! In an effort to open up our space to the community, while providing an accessible format for fostering discussions around the various climate issues we cover, we will be hosting free monthly screenings of select films at our Ecology Center store.

Check out a new film, or one of your favorites, with other members of the community for a fun-filled and family-friendly evening. All screenings are free and open to the public (and include free popcorn!).

Princess Mononoke (1997)
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 2:13

Kicking off the Ecology Center film series is Princess Mononoke, from legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli team. This A classic animated film that explores the relationship between human activity and the environment through heavy symbolism to highlight the need for sustainable practices and greater consideration of the environment in day-to-day life. Miyazaki crafts a captivating tale of man vs. nature, where the exploitation of natural resources leads to the manifestation of deadly beasts that threaten an all out war between a mining village and the creatures of the forest.

Themes: Sustainability

Preview Trailer:

Future Showings and Event Links:

October 22nd: Chasing Ice

November 19th: King Corn

December 17th: Wall-E

Liberated Lens: Sir No Sir
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The suppressed story of the GI Movement to end the War in Vietnam.