Oakland Freedom Fest @ Caesar Chavez Park
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

OAKLAND FREEDOM FEST: Building Beyond Police & Prisons

October 22nd is the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and the Take Bake Oakland Coalition and the Justice Reinvestment Coalition is collaborating to put on a Freedom Fest to end and amplify the entangled state violence of police terror, criminalization, and imprisonment.


The trauma and oppression our black, brown, immigrant, queer, trans, gender non-conforming, poor, and disabled communities face with police terror and imprisonment go hand in hand. So turn out to the Oakland Freedom Fest to build the power of our communities. Let’s break the cycles of of state violence and poverty and make our communities safe, healthy, and strong!

– Alternatives to Calling the Cops & De-Escalation Trainings
– Voter Registration & Voter Guides
– Prop 47 & Clean Slate Record Expungement Clinics
– Community Mapping
– more to come!

Power to the People! Black Panther 50th Anniversary Rally and Concert @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

A Socialist Perspective on the Environment – With Carol Danserea @ Niebyl-Proctor
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
sm_website01.jpg Why are we losing our fight for the Earth? And what will it take to win? To answer these urgent questions, we must understand what’s blocking our way forward: an economic system based on exploitation of the earth and of its people. We must acknowledge that many of the strategies followed by environmental groups up until now have limited the possibility of real change. There are solutions for all of the world’s environmental problems. We can create the world we want and prevent the destruction of the planet when we mobilize our forces to bring about the changes that we want and need.

Come and hear Carol Dansereau who has been fighting for the Earth as an organizer, attorney and non-profit director for three decades. Based in Seattle, she is the author of What It Will Take: Rejecting Dead-ends and False Friends in the Fight for the Earth. (

After the presentation, there will be time for discussion.

Film Showing: Do Not Resist! “The increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.” @ Elmwood Theater
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Do Not Resist

Q&A with director Craig Atkinson Sat, Oct 22nd after 7pm show!

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DO NOT RESIST is director Craig Atkinson’s directorial debut. From the protests in Ferguson to disagreements on Capitol Hill — whether he is following a heavily armored SWAT team as they issue a no-call warrant or inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence”– Atkinson delivers a unique and powerful image of the stories and characters surrounding an issue that has billions of dollars — and lives — hanging in the balance. Using footage shot over two years, in 11 states, The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary Feature DO NOT RESIST reveals a rare and surprising look into the increasingly disturbing realities of American police culture.

Community Democracy Project: 4th Sundays are 4 Sci-Fi @ Omni Commons
Oct 23 @ 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!

Black Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver Speaks @ Merritt College, R-110
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Black Panthers, Pop Art and the Sixties @ 142 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Occupy Forum: Report from The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, across from 16th St. BART
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Report from The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly



The Homeless People’s Popular Assembly (HPPA) is a gathering of the homeless, formerly homeless, and their supporters for self-determination to create solutions for encampments.

Strategies involve:

• Collectively develop a political analysis of the current homeless crisis and the systemic root causes of homelessness,

• Come up with visions of the life we want and create plans to get there (consider short, medium,and long-term demands as appropriate),

• Create and coordinate related collective actions, campaigns, and strategic movement agendas.

We will report on our efforts re: establishing the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly. Additionally we will speak about props R&Q, two anti-homeless measures on the November ballot.

Bilal Mafundi Ali is a longtime organizer/activist with over 30 years experience living and organizing in oppressed communities in Los Angeles. Bilal became involved in the Black Liberation Movement as a teen in Los Angeles as a member of the Black Student Union, organized by the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party Self-Defense.

Throughout the 90’s Bilal served as the program coordinator for the Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) in Los Angeles. CAPA was started by former members of the BPP, who continue to carry out work against police misconduct. Through his involvement with CAPA, Bilal was imprisoned for six years.

In the 2000s Bilal’s worked and lived in the Skid Row area in Downtown Los Angles as lead organizer with the Los Angeles Coalition Action Network (LACAN) and Coalition L.A. organizing those living in skid row to confront the social-economic policies that give rise to poverty and homelessness, along with organizing resistance against gentrification of the West lake / MacArthur area.

Since moving to San Francisco in 2014, Bilal has been involved with the Coalition On Homelessness, as a Human Rights Advocate and organizer. His current activities with the COH includes establishing the Homeless People’s Speakers Bureau, the Homeless People’s Popular Assembly, and building the campaign against Props R&Q. Bilal is also a board member of the Idriss Stelley Foundation. Bilal serves as the co-coordinator of the

Peoples Commission for Justice Campaign.

Kelly Cutler of the Coalition On Homelessness will also be speaking about Propositions Q & R and our organizing to defeat both these ballot measures. Both anti-homeless ballot measures legislation will be on the November ballot.



Stand Against Juvenile Fines and Fees @ Room 107
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Black Panthers, Pop Art and the Sixties @ 240 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Two Anti-Fracking Films @ New Parkway
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Oakland Institute for two short films, focused on fracking and its resistance here in California. Dear Governor Brown looks at the contradictions of Gov. Jerry Brown—the “greenest” governor in the US (?), who’s encouraging the growth of fracking in California. The film also explores fracking in our state. Faith Against Fracking looks at the role of faith leaders from multiple backgrounds in forming alliances and contributing to the struggle to end fracking.

Following the film, join the Oakland Institute’s Policy Analyst Elizabeth Fraser, along with Shannon Biggs of Movement Rights and David Braun of Americans Against Fracking for a discussion about the incredible and important work happening here in California to ban fracking once and for all.


Film Screening: The Brainwashing Of My Dad @ Ninth Street Independent Film Center
Oct 25 @ 8:45 pm – 10:30 pm

A one-time screening of The Brainwashing Of My Dad, a documentary by filmmaker Jen Senko about her Democratic dad and his slide into the world of hard right-wing media indoctrination. The film merges the personal story of her family with a look at the right-wing media machine and the sad state of the mainstream media – and could not be more timely in the middle of most bizarre election cycle in American history.

Featuring interviews with Noam Chomsky, David Brock, Jeff Cohen, George Lakoff, Claire Conner, Frank Luntz and narrated by actor Matthew Modine with animations by Bill Plympton. Executive producer Ryan Smith will answer questions after this special screening at the United Nations Association Documentary Festival.

A strong audience showing will demonstrate interest in the state of the media and build support for more film-making about our communications system.

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Codepink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner
Theme this week is: “REFUGEES…”

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, flyers, …Additional signs and flyers provided.
Stand (or sit) with us and the huge PEACE banner.

Sudo Room Weekly Party @ Omni Commons Sudo room
Oct 26 @ 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 Screenings: WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra @ Impact HUB Oakland
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we welcome award winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, co-directors of the PBS film Shift Change as they screen their latest documentaries, WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra.

WEconomics was filmed in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy which has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world. The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse, where prosperity is widely shared, and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services.

La Empresa es Nuestra, filmed in the Basque region of northern Spain, describes the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, that largest cooperative corporation in the world. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, it is the tenth-largest Spanish company and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.


Please join us for a film screening and discussion of how these examples can be helpful toward developing a stronger coop economy in the U.S. and specifically the East Bay. Young and Dworkin have produced films about worker coops over a period of 15 years, first in Argentina after the dramatic economic/political collapse in late 2001, then in the Basque Country of Spain and across the U.S., including the Bay Area, for Shift Change. Their work encourages us to think and work toward a more just, equitable, sustainable economy.

In Cooperation,
Ricardo S. Nuñez

Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This screening is the Bay Area premiere of The Last Crop documentary.
The Last Crop is an intimate exploration into the lives of small family farmers Jeff and Annie Main of California’s Central Valley. The film follows these organic pioneers’ ten-year pursuit to ensure that a farm need not be imperiled at the end of every generation. Theirs is a story that is being echoed on farms across our nation as our largely aging farming population faces retirement. What sets the Mains apart is their resolve to create an alternative for their farm’s succession that ensures its productivity and affordability for future farming generations.
Post film panelists: Annie & Jeff Main, Andrea Davis-Cetina owner Quarter Acre Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition member, Evan Wigg, Executive Director, Farmers Guild, Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust and filmmaker Chuck Schultz

Please contact us if you have any questions at

Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Food First is the original food policy think tank, founded in 1975 by activist author Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. Over the years, they’ve produced action-oriented research and analysis in order to help build the movement for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Their projects range from working to stop ‘land grabs’ in the Americas to pollinator restoration and farmer to farmer education. Their Food Sovereignty tours to places such as Italy and Cuba are well known and sought after.

The October gala gathering celebrates the work Food First has contributed to the food justice movement and provides an opportunity to learn more about their organization. There is no cost to attend and no pressure to contribute financially, though opportunities to do so will be available if you so desire.

Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information.
On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto @ Brava Theater
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thur-Sun, October 27-30

Loco Bloco, a non-profit performing arts organization and playwright Paul S. Flores announce their final full production of On The Hill, a play about the impact of the death of Alex Nieto. Directed by the renowned playwright Paul Flores, On the Hill tells the story of the impact that the death of Alex Nieto – at the hands of the SFPD- has had on youth of color residing in SF neighborhoods – neighborhoods that are currently being gentrified. The project uses music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity,to find ways to dialogue with each other, and discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Through their interpretation of death and life, the young actors incorporate spoken word, bilingual theater, drum, dance and video projection to retell the story of the night Alex Nieto was murdered on Bernal Hill in March 2014. The production is co-directed by Eric Reid.

Free Traditional Healing Clinic @ Tassafaronga Rec Center
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Black Panther Party Perspectives from Richard Brown of SF8 @ Workers World, #411
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hear Richard Brown of the Black Panther Party and the SF8 share his perspectives on their historic struggle. Also listen to a presentation on the current crisis in Syria by Judy Greenspan.

Light refreshments will be served. The space is wheelchair accessible.