Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Sep 24 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am

Help plan and organize our next rally on September 28th. Learn the latest about the fight the save the Berkeley Post Office and against privatization in general.

Occupy Forum – How Do We Build A Better Economic System? @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Sep 24 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

Occupy Forum presents…

How Do We Build A Better Economic System?

with Marco Vangelisti

Occupy Forum is excited to bring back lecturer Marco Vangelisti, who gave a riveting talk at the “What is Money???” forum in August. As a follow-up, Marco will be presenting the rest of his curriculum.

The current economic crisis is a recurring phenomenon of capitalism – a structurally unstable economic system. We will examine the current economic crisis in its historical context, how we dealt with the last major crisis in the 1930s and how we are (counter productively) dealing with it now. We will also look at the essential features of capitalism that makes it unstable and destructive to communities and ecosystems. Then, the systemic features of a new economic system that would be compatible with long term health of ecosystems and communities will be presented. Finally, we will explore the path from the current system to one that democratizes and localizes economic activity and anchors wealth and capital formation in the community.

Marco Vangelisti is a former Fullbright scholar in mathematics and economics at UC Berkeley. He is now involved with Slow Money, an organization concerned with steering financial investments toward small food enterprises, organic farms, and local food systems. Find more information about Marco at

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Original notice from Occupy Bay Area United web page.

A Talk by Daniel Ellsberg on “Manning, Snowden, Syria and the U.S. Constitution @ Berkeley City College Auditorium, very close to the downtown BART
Sep 25 @ 1:30 am – 3:30 am

Original notice.

Publisher of the Pentagon Papers on 1971, Ellsberg’s revelations played an important role in helping end that war.

Ellsberg was been a lecturer, writer and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful US interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing.

Daniel’s biography:


Protest Lee Family Eviction in San Francisco
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 26 @ 5:00 am

Starting at 8 AM

Rally at 11 AM — Vigil at 4 PM

Twitter Updates @stopsfevictions

Like thousands of other working class San Franciscans, Mr. and Ms. Lee worked for decades in the city. Now elderly and caring for their disabled adult daughter, they are facing eviction by a real estate investor who bought their eight-unit apartment building in the once blue-collar Polk Gulch neighborhood. The investor has admitted that from the start, his business plan was to evict all the tenants and sell off the apartments. He has almost succeeded. All the other families have moved out and the Lees have also desperately tried to move. But as seniors on a fixed income with a disabled family member they faced a costly and doubly discriminatory rental market. They have applied to dozens of apartments without success. Yet their investor landlord has rejected their requests for help finding alternative housing and has asked the sheriff to force the family into the streets.

The Lee family’s story might be like thousands of others who have been quietly moved without public awareness. But overcoming their initial fears, Mr. and Ms. Lee have decided to take a stand: they are staying in their apartment and publicly protesting their eviction by the sheriff. With the support of the Tenants Union and others, they hope their fight will result in increased protections for all tenants and help for evicted tenants like themselves who need housing in the City.

Last month, a judge approved the eviction of the Lees without a trial, disregarding evidence that the landlord-investor misrepresented in his plans to evict the tenants in order to finance for his project. The court’s has allowed the landlord to proceed to request the sheriff to forcibly remove the family despite a pending appeal of that ruling. The sheriff is now scheduled to evict the family on Wednesday, September 25.

Facebook page & RSVP.

San Francisco Tenants Union.

Alameda County Public Safety Community Meeting on AB109 Prison Realignment @ Westminster Hill Outreach Center
Sep 26 @ 12:30 am – 2:30 am

Join Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Alameda County Departments, and the Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform for a community meeting on Public Safety and AB109 Prison Realignment.

Light refreshments provided

Oral Argument on Class Certification in Ashker v. Brown (Solitary Punishment as Cruel and Unusual Punishment) @ Oakland Courthouse, Courtroom 2, 4th floor
Sep 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 26 for oral arguments on class certification in Ashker v. Brown, our federal lawsuit on behalf of prisoners at the Pelican Bay State Prison in California.

In the Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHU) and other California SHUs, prisoners are isolated in near-total solitude for between 22 ½ and 24 hours a day, denied telephone calls, contact visits, and vocational, recreational, or educational programs.

The court will hear arguments as to whether Ashker v. Brown should be certified as a class action lawsuit. Plaintiffs are seeking to certify a class of all prisoners serving indeterminate sentences at the Pelican Bay SHU on the basis of gang validation for purposes of our due process claim, and a subclass of all prisoners who have been held at the Pelican Bay SHU for more than 10 years for purposes of our Eighth Amendment claim.

Please pack the Court on August 22nd.

– 1:00 PM: Press Conference and rally outside the Courthouse.
– 2:00 PM: Oral Argument in Ashker v. Brown on class certification, before Chief District Judge Claudia Wilken.

We suggest arriving 30 minutes to one hour early, in order to go through security. Everyone will need a current form of identification in order to get inside the building.

More info. IndyBay notice.

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity @ Outside Jerry Brown's condo.
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

People will be staffing a table with information about California solitary confinement conditions in solidarity with the suspended prisoners’ hunger strike.

Come on down and hang out and help pass out literature.

Operation Gladio, the War on Terror and the War on Whistleblowers. @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Sep 28 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am

The CIA began Operation Gladio shortly after WWII in order to stop, or repress, the Italian communists from coming to power in Italy… The US continues to use repressive tactics against the population in other countries, most notably in the Middle East… Snowden and Manning are revelating that the US hired and funded terrorists long before 9/11… The War on Terror is used as justification for the US to attack and deny our civil liberties…

Oscar Grant Forum Series.

Rally & Concert to Save the Berkeley Post Office featuring Peter Byrne. @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Berkeley Post Office Defense et al will be holding a rally/concert/teach-in on the steps of the Berkeley Post Office.

Come learn about the latest news in the struggle to save the Berkeley Post Office and prevent the privatization of Post Offices across the country. Enjoy the music and use the public commons as it should be!

Special Guest Speaker:

Peter Byrne, author of Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap..

National award-winning investigative journalist Peter Byrne reports that the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices—often to his own business partners. Richard C. Blum is the chairman of CBRE Group Inc., the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. In 2011, the Postal Service awarded Blum’s company an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Byrne’s in-depth investigation details the many apparent conflicts of interests driving the CBRE deals. It brings to light a scathing government audit of Blum’s contract that is being ignored by the Obama administration. The investigation reveals how Senator Feinstein pressured the Postmaster General to stop a postal construction project, and to favor the interests of a developer working with her husband’s firm. Byrne explains why the Post Office is not really broke and how powerful forces on Capitol Hill are angling to franchise the U.S. Mail monopoly. We learn that the post office executives in charge of Blum’s contract have been up to a financial shenanigans of their own. This is first class investigative reporting on a vital issue of the day that you will not find anywhere else.

Music by the Funky Nixons, Hali Hammer and Redd Welsh.

A Quick Update on the status of the proposed zoning ordinance for the Historic District which includes the Berkeley Post Office may be provided by Berkeley City Councilperson Jesse Arreguin.

An Update on what’s happening with the ever-closer threatened eviction of the Albany Bulb residents will be provided.


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Strike Debt Bay Area: Ideas Into Action! @ Public School Space
Sep 28 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 29 @ 12:30 am

Join Strike Debt Bay Area in working on some exciting projects locally and nationally.

– We are still working jointly to Save The Berkeley Post Office and defend against privatization in general. An announcement of a sale of the downtown Berkeley Post Office by the Postal Service could come and at any time and we need to be ready to mobilize.

– We are actively engaging in the fight by Richmond, CA to save its citizens’ houses from foreclosures using a novel tactic employing the taking by eminent domain of mortgages (not houses) from banks (not homeowners). Richmond, CA, ACCE, and the Richmond Progressive Alliance are taking on the entirely of Wall Street as it does everything it can to prevent anything of the sort from happening, and could use all the help that can be mustered.

In addition, we are exploring the use of a public bank to help Richmond, CA and other communities escape the thrall of Wall Street.

– Other projects include efforts to fight against student debt in conjunction with peeps at UC Cal, support for tenants’ rights in Oakland, a Debtors’ Union, a book group with semi-weekly discussions, and more.


Here’s a neat map.

Community Gathering to Defend the Albany Bulb. Stop the Evictions! @ Albany Bulb
Sep 29 @ 12:00 am – 5:00 am

Seventy people, many living on the Albany Bulb for years, even decades, are scheduled to be evicted from their homes beginning October 1st. (See this essay for what the Albany Bulb is and more details).

The Bulb community is sponsoring a Potluck and Open Mic event, followed by Music from BLACKBIRD RAUM of
Santa Cruz.

Protect autonomous and free space! Come visit the Bulb and see what we all can do to stop the evictions!

5:00 PM: Potluck begins.

8:00 PM: Music!

Foreclosure Defense Group Meeting @ by the statues
Sep 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Our weekly open meeting for members and supporters to discuss the weeks tasks and projects. Come get plugged into ongoing housing defense work! We have abundant and varied work for all folks in any number of meaningful projects.

Rain location: SF Pizza, 1500 Broadway, Oakland

Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group Meeting @ 19th & Telegraph, in the park by the statues
Sep 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Our weekly open meeting for members and supporters to discuss the week’s tasks and projects. Come get plugged into ongoing housing defense work! We have abundant and varied work for all folks in any number of meaningful projects.

Rain location: SF Pizza, 1500 Broadway, Oakland

Occupy Oakland Foreclosure Defense Group Meeting @ The Statues (in the park)
Sep 29 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Our weekly open meeting for members and supporters to discuss the week’s tasks and projects. Come get plugged into ongoing housing defense work! We have abundant and varied work for all folks in any number of meaningful projects.

Rain location: It doesn’t rain in Oakland in August or September.

OOFDG Website

If you would like to help us monetarily with our work. We don’t need much, but we do keep a phone hotline active and do flyers and posters. Any little bit helps.

Community Discussion on Prison Abolition @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Sep 29 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 12:00 am


Can you think of such a thing? (Are you attached to a revenge ethic?)

Is it worth our time to think through such an endeavor?
(Are we concerned about what happens to those whom we have empowered the state to incarcerate?)

You’re invited to join the circle and share your questions, concerns, and insight.

We will hear presentations and discuss the issue.


Steve Martinot, author of an extensive essay, The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment
Marie Levin, sister of a man who’s been held in solitary confinement in California for more than 29 years
Nuri Nusrat, member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative
Judge Gail Bereola, Alameda County Superior Court
Elder Rev. Betty Williams, Alameda Race Violence Task Force

First Congregational Church of Oakland
Seminary of the Street
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Nafsi ya Jamii

Crimes of Police: A Documentary of Police Brutality. @ Student Center Building R, 4th Floor, Huey P. Newton Lounge
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

A film directed by Ansar Muhammad (ZAR THE DIP).

Screening followed by a panel discussion.

Sponsored by the Merritt College Black Student Union.

Berkeley Post Office Defenders General Assembly @ Downtown Berkeley Post Office
Oct 1 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am

The Post Office could announce the sale of the Historic Downtown Berkeley Post Office any time now. Come and help plan our next actions in defense of our post office and against privatization.

And make sure you come to the Planning Commission meeting in support of our proposal to rezone the area where the Post Office is located on Wednesday.

Occupy Forum: Movie Night: The Secret of Oz @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Oct 1 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!

Come join us for this compelling documentary which uses the metaphor of The Wizard of Oz to explain the history of the monetary system, how it has gotten us into our current economic malaise, and how we can get out of it. The movie was created by Bill Still, a documentary film maker that has been exploring monetary issues in movies since 1996.

The movie is 1:50 long, we will have a short break in the middle, and our always engaging discussion will follow!

The Secret of Oz won the Silver Sierra award at the Yosemite Film Festival and the Award of Merit at the Accolade Competition La Jolla, California.

The yellow brick, the emerald city of Oz, even Dorothy’s silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers for the movie version) were powerful symbols of author L. Frank Baum’s belief that the people – not the big banks — should control the quantity of a nation’s money. The bottom line: No More National Debt. All our money is created out of debt. But nations don’t have to borrow money from banks. Sovereign nations can create their own money — debt free — just as Abraham Lincoln did to win the Civil War. This is the secret that’s been hidden from us for over 100 years.

Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

HEIDI BOGHOSIAN / Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance; in conversation with ROBERT SCHEER @ Hillside Club
Oct 1 @ 2:30 am – 4:30 am

“Heidi Boghosian’s Spying on Democracy is the answer to the question, ‘if you’re not doing anything wrong, why should you care if someone’s watching you?'”
— Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU and former FBI agent

Until the watershed leak of top-secret documents by Edward Snowden to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post, most Americans did not realize the extent to which our government is actively acquiring personal information from telecommunications companies and other corporations. As made startlingly clear, the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected information on every phone call Americans have made over the past seven years. In that same time, the NSA and the FBI have gained the ability to access emails, photos, audio and video chats, and additional content from Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, YouTube, Skype, Apple, and others, allegedly in order to track foreign targets.

In Spying on Democracy, National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself. Boghosian reveals how technology is being used to categorize and monitor people based on their associations, their movements, their purchases, and their perceived political beliefs. She shows how corporations and government intelligence agencies mine data from sources as diverse as surveillance cameras and unmanned drones to iris scans and medical records, while combing websites, email, phone records and social media for resale to third parties, including U.S. intelligence agencies.

More info and ticket purchase.

Banner-Holding Rally Against Napolitano @ Upper Sproul Plaza
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

As head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano implemented programs such as Secure communities and 287g which have deported almost 2 million undocumented immigrants. Her only background on education is getting rid of in-state tuition for undocumented youth in Arizona.

We’ll be having a rally on Tuesday at 11:00AM on Upper Sproul to protest Napolitano’s nomination. At 12:00PM students from the Multicultural coalition are going to meet with Napolitano and present their demands.

It’s important that we show that we are one! Napolitano thinks this will be a quick and easy meeting. However, we will make it clear that she is not welcome in our UC System!
Therefore, around 11:20 We’ll head out from Upper Sproul to Oakland. Where her office is located.

Facebook event & RSVP.