48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation
Nov 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join Indians of All Tribes Co-Founder Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island for the 48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation!

We have limited tickets for each boat leaving from Pier 33 starting at 9 am Please RSVP and we will give further instructions and coordination on the ferry.

Opening Ceremony by Ann Marie Sayers of Indian Canyon Nation

Morning Panel “Why We Took The Rock”

Film: End of the Line with Pearl Means

Afternoon Panel “Legacies of the Occupation”

The program will conclude with an honoring Indigenous Women’s Dance Dancing Earth & Eva Lopez Feat Desirae Harp & Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Join Indians of All Tribes Coalition for Part 2 of #IndigenizeTheBay events from Nov 20-23, 2017. We are looking to make this happen in a good way, including this visit to Alcatraz Island on the 20th.

All Eyes On the Sheriff @ Board of Supervisors Chamber
Nov 21 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Over the past 10 years, the Alameda County jail population has decreased by half—so why is the sheriff’s budget increasing?

Under the sheriff’s “watch” there have been increasing deaths in the jails, abuse of people by sheriff’s deputies, and support of white supremacists from his department. Yet his budget continues to grow.

Meanwhile, people in power aren’t investing in the resources our communities really need—like jobs, healthcare, housing, education, and more.

Turn up with us before the Board of Supervisors meeting to tell county officials we demand transparency and accountability from the sheriff now! If the sheriff has nothing to hide, it’s time for audit.

Hosted by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Justice Reinvestment Coalition.


City of Oakland Annual Thanksgiving Dinner @ Oakland Marriot
Nov 21 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Serving seniors, low-income families and homeless residents.

#DeCOALonlize Oakland: Boycott Tagami’s Rotunda Building @ Oakland Rotunda Building - Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 21 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Last year, Oakland developer Phil Tagami tried to build a coal transport terminal in our town. But workers, youth, and community members came together to win an historic ban on coal. Now Tagami is suing in Federal Court to try to force the City of Oakland to accept his dirty coal terminal. We’re fighting back.

Last month, two hundred of us went to Phil Tagami’s house in the hills. This month, we go to Tagami’s Rotunda Building in downtown to launch a boycott of his swanky event space. Every dollar spent at the Rotunda Building is a dollar that Phil Tagami can use to try to force toxic coal dust on working class black and brown communities in Oakland.

After a raucous practice picket, we will enjoy a community meal prepared by the youth of Abundant Beginnings — a reminder that we can hold celebrations in community, not just in the decadent digs of developers. Please note: this is not a “Thanksgiving” meal. We reject the genocidal roots of Thanksgiving and stand with indigenous peoples fighting for land, water, air, and sovereignty.

Join us for an art party to support the action on Saturday, Nov. 18th from 2-4PM. Location TBA.

#DeCOALonizeOakland #BoycottTheRotunda #DroptheLawsuit #TrynaBreathe #Youth4CleanAir #Workers4CleanAir

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Ann Fagan Ginger on Civil Rights of the Homeless @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Nov 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers is pleased to invite you to hear civil rights attorney Ann Fagan Ginger on The Civil Rights of the Homeless Music and a holiday party follows her talk.

Ann Fagan Ginger is a lawyer, teacher, writer, and political activist. She is the founder and the Executive Director Emerita of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute and was legal counsel for the students at the University of California at Berkeley during the Free Speech Movement in the 1960’s. She is an expert in human rights law and peace law under the regulations of the Unites Nations, and has argued an won before the U.S. Supreme Court.
All Welcome, Wheelchair Accessible.

Liberated Lens film night & fundraiser for Puerto Rico: “TAINO DACA (I AM)” @ Omni Commons
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
sm_taino-daca-flyer.jpg In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, Liberated Lens and the Omni Commons present the documentary “TAINO DACA (I AM)”.

“TAINO DACA (I AM)” explores Taino history, culture and the indigenous identity throughout the Caribbean and the Diaspora, who were considered to be extinct for over 500 years since their encounter with Christopher Columbus on his first voyage to the New World. Today, Tainos are on a quest to reclaim their identity and rewrite their history.

Director/producer Alex Zacarias will be in attendance for Q&A after the film.

Doors at 6pm, screening at 6:30pm. $10 admission: all door proceeds will go to the filmmaker and the Latinos Unidos relief campaign for the Puerto Rican island of Vieques –

Nov 24 @ 11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Bay Area Women in Black holds their annual “Black Friday” march and vigil. Holiday shoppers learn how their buying choices and actions can help to eliminate illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. The action begins on Friday, November 24th, at 11:45am at the Powell Street BART Station, at 899 Market Street in San Francisco. A march to the vigil in Union Square follows.

Special Thanksgiving Potluck! @ Fellowship Hall
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

potluck2Please join us in sharing a bounty of Thanksgiving fare. Bring (safely preserved) leftovers*, a special dish you want to share* – or just your good appetite! Whether you have a dish to share* or not, we invite you to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. If you can, please help us set up tables and chairs before, and put them away afterward. In between, join in the bounty provided by members and friends. Members, friends, neighbors, and the wider community are welcome!

*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can’t eat.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Nov 26 @ 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:


DSA: Single-Payer Informational Event and New Member Orientation @ California Nurses' Association
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

East Bay DSA’s bimonthly informational meeting will be held at the California Nurses’ Association space in downtown Oakland. Following a one-hour orientation for new members, we will host an informational meeting on the topic of SB 562 and Medicare-for-All, featuring Michael Lighty, director of public policy for the California Nurses’ Association. Stay tuned for more information.

  • New Member Orientation: 6–7 p.m.
  • Single-Payer Healthcare Informational Event: 7–8:30 p.m
Revisting Reparations @ Sierra Club
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A recent study found that, in the U.S., the median white households net wealth was 13 times greater than the median Black households and 10 times greater than the median Latinx households. Differences in level of education, marital status, full- or part-time employment or consumption habits did not come close to explaining this shocking difference, commonly termed the racial wealth gap.[1]

Where did the racial wealth gap come from, and what can we do about it? In the absence of a government-level program of reparations, how can we participate in the economy in ways that fight racial inequity instead of reinforcing it?
This workshop, facilitated by members of the SURJ-Oakland/Bay Area Fundraising Committee, aims to share information about the origins of the racial wealth gap and create space for thinking through how individuals can leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy. We emphasize the development of a reparations mindset, a broadly applicable approach to our personal and financial lives that centers our relationships to racial privilege and the racial wealth gap. Finally, facilitators will discuss how they bring this mindset to their SURJ fundraising work and how organization-level work around money can serve the cause of racial justice.

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. However, all are welcome at this workshop regardless of identity. We are asking for $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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 Clubs 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 persons chosen restroom.

Vigil at the West County Immigrant Detention Center @ West County Detention Center
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Answering the Call of Love: Immigration Policy and our Response

Dear Beloved Community,
Because of the interest shown by our loving congregation in the current immigration policy,  we want to share some good news with you:

On the first Saturday of each month the
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition
sponsor a Vigil at the West County Detention Center in Richmond, CA.

On Saturday, Dec.2, UU Oakland will be leading this Vigil and YOU are warmly invited to
join with us to answer this call of love and  stand in solidarity with our immigrant friends and neighbors.

Join Pastor Jacqueline and Lay Members as we lead this monthly VIGIL.
These vigils have been ongoing for over 4 years.  It is our honor to lead in December.

–        For the immigrants held in detention in our backyard (Richmond), many pre-trial who cannot afford bail.

–        For the millions of other people disproportionately black and brown  incarcerated by our racially biased, unjust criminal justice system.

–        In solidarity with those impacted by detention, incarceration and deportation  – and with other people of faith.

If you or someone you know, are directly impacted by our current immigration laws, detention or deportation policies and you would be willing to share your story at the vigil, please contact Lauren Poole (

We need more hands organizing the vigil.  Please contact Lauren if you are interested in helping.

Supporting the Movement For Black Lives Platform @ Sierra Club
Dec 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Looking for new ways to show up for racial justice? Interested in how we can build our capacity and leverage our grassroots power to support the Movement for Black Lives Policy platform and the legislative priorities of our POC partners?

Please join the SURJ Policy Working Group on Saturday December 2nd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm for an interactive legislative advocacy workshop. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how the legislative process works in California, including how to track bills, lobby your legislator and bring your voice to the political process. All levels of experience are welcome!

In addition to practicing new skills and learning how lobby visits fit into the legislative process, we will hear from special guests Justin Rausa, Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Rob Bonta, on the power of constituent office visits and Zoe Wilmott, the Manager of Advocacy and Programs from Essie Justice Group, on the journey of SB10, California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 and the role lobby visits play in campaign strategy.

Please RSVP as space is limited.

Prison Abolition Art Show//ABO Comix Release Party @ 1-2-3-4-Go! Records
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of the first edition of
“ABO: a queer prisoners comix anthology”
with all $$$ from the comic benefiting the artist’s commissary fund

Peep some art from incarcerated comrades, make a comic, write a holiday card to a new pen pal, & listen to some jamz by…

+1 TBA

Fundraiser for Black & Pink and the next edition of ABO

Screening of: Generation Zapped @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss “GENERATION ZAPPED”, the important just released documentary on how to reduce wireless tech risks!
Learn the facts and how to minimize associated risks during this technological revolution.
Today we encounter a hundred thousand times the level of radiation from wireless technologies than we did decades ago.
Safety standards are outdated.  Prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) affect health, from links to breast and brain cancer, to associations with infertility and genetic mutations related to autism/ADHD, to new illnesses such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).
“A wifi classroom is like the inside of a microwave oven set at very low power. Children are exposed to that wifi radiation 6 hours every school day, 5 days a week.” – Magda Havas, Save the Date

Discussion afterwards led by:
Lloyd Morgan, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust, Retired Electronic Engineer, and
Ellen Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association
Opening remarks by BFUU Social Justice Committee co-chair Phoebe Sorgen
For more info:

A project of WIRED (WIreless Radiation Education & Defense) and the BFUU Social Justice Committee
Wheelchair accessible.

Bill of Rights Day @ The Rotunda Building
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bill of Rights Day

� Doors at 12:30 p.m.
� Program at 1 p.m.
� Reception to follow.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Please join us as we celebrate a year of resistance on Sunday, Dec. 3 at our 44th annual Bill of Rights Day! Get tickets now

For those who cherish civil rights and civil liberties, 2017 has been the fight of our lives. President Trump has used his vast power to try to strip vulnerable groups of their constitutional rights. It seems this administration is determined to roll back the clock on progress.

However, the ACLU and our members have fought back. From California becoming a sanctuary state, to ensuring that we will never participate in a federal Muslim Registry, we’ve achieved some huge victories this year.

None of this would have been possible without your support. Let’s celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together, and recognize these visionaries in our movement: Karen Korematsu, Jim McQuillen, and Natalie Hewitt Wormeli. The event will again be hosted by our hilarious friend, Aundr� “The Wonderwoman” Herron.

Join us after the program to enjoy appetizers and refreshments.

Bill of Rights Day

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for low-income people and students or $25 general admission. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more info on the venue and parking, see here:

The Bill of Rights has never been more important, or more worth celebrating.

Thank you and see you there!

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern CA

We the people dare to create a more perfect union.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street,  San Francisco, CA 94111

Film: Queen Mimi – Consider the Homeless Fundraiser @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As we approach our 3rd Year Anniversary and get closer to obtaining our Official Federal 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status we are working on the educational part of our mission. We hope to show the community that most of the people that are living on the streets are not unlike ourselves, other than life circumstances.

We will be presenting full length documentaries on individuals that have become homeless. Our first event is the award winning movie “Queen Mimi”. This is not only an interesting and entertaining movie, it will be a day you will not want to miss.

The Berkeley Premiere of the award-winning film “QUEEN MIMI,” 
followed by a Q&A with the director, Yaniv Rokah
Dinner follows, both vegan and meat lasagna, cooked by the famous CTH Chefs.

Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street,

Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 90+, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.


PROGRAM (Times are approximate)
3:00PM: Doors open
3:30PM: Screening of the film, Queen Mimi
5:00PM: Special Q & A with the director, Yaniv Rokah
6:00PM: Dinner is Served
We are serving a meal prepared by the infamous chefs of Consider The Homeless’ hearty soups. On the menu will be both Vegan and Meat Lasagna, seasonal fresh veggies and garlic bread.

 Ask any of our fabulous Volunteers
 Email: Barbara AT ConsiderTheHomeless DOT org
 Call: 510-717-0181
 Postal Mail: Consider The Homeless!
PO Box 2771
Berkeley, CA 94702
Please remember to
1) include a check made out to Consider The Homeless!
2) Let us know how many seats you are reserving.
If you are getting dinner,
3) how many ___vegan lasagna? ____meat lasagna?

 If you want to pay by credit card, please use our PayPal account at
then Email and give us the above information.

SURJ Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether its about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. Well try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the EastBay Meditation Center for more information on what that means:

East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly meeting and Mutual Aid Skill Shares.

Oct 14: Common Home Repair.

Nov 11: Dumpster Diving in the Bay

Dec 9:  Researching Properties.

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund: Benefit Concert @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In Memory of Lori Nairne, Bay Area Activist & Haiti Supporter.