Cancel the ICE Contract: Dreamforce @ Moscone Center
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Last week, one of the largest consulting and management firms in the world cut ties with ICE. McKinsey and Company showed just how easy it is to stay true to its values. McKinsey’s contract did not deal directly with immigration enforcement but the company still took a stance stating they, “will not, under any circumstances, engage in any work, anywhere in the world, that advances or assists policies that are at odds with our values.”

McKinsey’s move to cancel their ICE contract comes amid growing outcry over company’s contracts with ICE, including more than 100,000 people signing petitions and participating in-person protests at Salesforce, Amazon, and Northeastern University.

Meanwhile, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, has claimed since the company’s contract with CBP does not deal directly with activities at the US-Mexico border, Salesforce will not drop their contract.

Facebook event and more info

Demand letter

POSTPONED: Sex Worker Solidarity: Come Out & Speak Against Bad Laws in Oakland @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Council Person Abel Guillen is proposing the Nordic Model for East Oakland otherwise known as End Demand legislation. The law would target clients, thereby creating a smaller pool of paying clients. This is the last thing we need while we are reeling from FOSTA/SESTA.

Every time this kind of bad legislation is put into law, anywhere in the world, it causes more violence against sex workers and unsafe working conditions. We need folks to come pack the meeting and fax City Council before hand at

Accessibility info – This is at City hall – on the 3rd floor, there is an elevator up to the 3rd floor, in terms of scents, it is City Hall, so it’s not scent free

Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Oakland Privacy to organize against the surveillance state, police militarization and ICE, and to advocate for surveillance regulation around the Bay.

op-logo.2.1We fight against “pre-crime” and “thought-crime,” spy drones, facial recognition, police body cameras and requirements for “backdoors” to cellphones, to list just a few invasions of our privacy by all levels of Government.

We draft and push for privacy legislation for City Councils, at the County level, and in Sacramento. We advocate in op-eds and in the streets. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and believe no one is illegal.

Oakland Privacy originally came together in 2013 to fight against the Domain Awareness Center, Oakland’s citywide networked mass surveillance hub. OP was instrumental in stopping the DAC from becoming a city-wide spying network.

Our major projects currently include local legislation to regulate state surveillance (we got the strongest surveillance regulation ordinance in the country passed in Oakland!), opposing Urban Shield (now gone!) and pushing back against ICE with local legislation.

If you are interested in joining the Oakland Privacy email listserv, coming to a meeting, or have questions, send an email to:

Check out our website:   Follow us on twitter: @oaklandprivacy

Check out our sister site DeportICE.



Oakland Privacy works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment.  Oakland Privacy drove the passage of surveillance regulation and transparency ordinances in Oakland and Berkeley and is kicking off new processes in Richmond and Alameda County.  To help slow down the encroaching police state all over the Bay Area, join us at the Omni.

Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Sep 26 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please attend! Tell people. Spread the word. Challenge this. UC must not be allowed to expand at the expense of rising rents and to displace homeless people!!! This year they admitted 2000 more students into a city that already has a huge affordable housing shortage! Are they manipulating the market just to KEEP RENTS HIGH?

People’s Park Project  – An overview & planning steps for development presented by Ruben Lizardo, Director of UC’s Government & Community Relations

You’re invited to the Le Conte Neighborhood Association meeting:

People’s Park Project – An overview & planning steps for development presented by Ruben Lizardo, Director of UC’s Government & Community Relations, with Telegraph business perspectives from Stuart Baker, Executive Director of Telegraph BID

Organizing in the Gone City: Tech & the Dark Side of Prosperity
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A conversation with Dick Walker on his latest book,
Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity
in the San Francisco Bay Area

Join LeftRoots and the The Center for Political Education for an
evening with radical geographer Dick Walker. He will be joined by on-the-ground organizers against gentrification, displacement, and exploitation by the tech industry in the Bay Area, including:

• Vanessa Moses, of Causa Justa Just Cause
• Alex Tom, of Chinese Progressive Association
• Divya Sundar, of ASATA – Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

The San Francisco Bay Area is a jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. The Bay boasts of being the Left Coast, home of green cities, and the best place for workers in the USA. So, what could be wrong?

Join us to examine the dark side of this success: overheated, exploding inequality, and severe environmental damage—and how Pictures of a Gone City can help us build power and win in these changing and challenging times.

Dick Walker is one of those rare scholars who helps us understand the world in order to change it. A professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley, he has long been a resource for Bay Area activists seeking to understand where we live and work, its local dynamics and global context. Pictures of a Gone City—sweeping in scope and exquisitely detailed—examines the political economy and class structure of the region; displacement, internal migration and the growth of its cities; and its history of environmental and political organizing.

Wheelchair accessible.

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Make AB 617 Really Work for Impacted Communities @ Byron Sher Auditorium
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The California Air Resources Board takes testimony this week on the new state Community Emissions Reduction Program, established by Assembly Bill 617.  The CARB board will decide whether to adopt their staff’s “blueprint,” and will set the communities receiving emissions reduction plans and requirements for the first year.  Your important testimony could make all the difference between a weak, inequitable program and one that lives up to its promise.

  • Ask the Board to include a longer list of communities receiving a Community Emission Reduction Plan, adding RichmondEast Oakland, Southeast Los Angeles, East Coachella, and others.
  • Ask the Board to clean up oil refineries, implement zero emission transportation, address cumulative impacts from small stationary sources, and start a plan to Phase Down Oil Refineries.

What exactly is AB 617?

AB 617, the “Community Air Protection Act” was adopted in the summer of 2017 as a companion bill—and justification—for AB 398, which extended the much-protested state cap-and-trade program.  This greenhouse gas trading program allows big polluters to pay to pollute, instead of directly cleaning up fossil fuels in impacted communities.  AB 617, its intended antidote, is supposed to cut toxics and smog “co-pollutants.”  These are emitted at the same time as greenhouse gases when fossil fuels are burned or evaporated in industry and transportation, especially in most impacted communities of color.

Now that AB 617 is in place, environmental justice organizations that first opposed it are working to get as much pollution cleanup as they can.  Some 617 concepts do include important measures community members have long sought, such as community-level plans to cut cumulative stationary, transportation, and other emissions.  But here’s the problem:  only ten communities in the state are proposed to get any plan the first year, and only seven of these would get an emission reduction plan.  (The rest get only air monitoring plans!)   This is not enough: dozens of seriously impacted communities need such cleanup.

In the Bay Area, we’re very happy that West Oakland was chosen to receive an emission reduction plan.  But East Oakland and Richmond were left out!  And in southern California, Southeast Los Angeles was also passed over.

What do environmental justice groups want?

Community Selection – Add Community Emission Reduction Plan (CERP) for ► Richmond ► East Oakland ► Southeast LA.

  • East Coachella is also seeking an emissions reduction plan.  This is a rural community and coalition partner in the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), a part of the South Coast Air Basin.  Heavily impacted rural communities frequently are left out of receiving enough monitoring and pollution reduction measures.
  • The state list should include far more than seven communities for emissions plans.  Dozens of communities needing cleanup throughout the state have sought emissions reduction plans.

State Blueprint – Need Oil Industry Requirements:

  • Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for existing Refinery Catalytic Cracking units—to drastically reduce deadly particulate matter responsible for thousands of additional deaths.
  • Replace massive, polluting old refinery boilers & heaters to meet Best Available Control Technology (BACT) standards.
  • Stop expanding oil refineries.
  • Develop a plan to phaseout oil refineries by 2050.
  • 2,500-foot buffer zone between oil extraction sites and neighbors.



JOIN US ON AMTRAK!  Capitol Corridor #522 to Sacramento:  Oakland: 6:25; Emeryville: 6:34; Berkeley: 6:38; Richmond: 6:45; Martinez: 7:11; Sacramento: 8:25 AM


Communities for a Better Environment handout w/ graphs

No DAC For BART – The Suburban Meeting @ Pittsburg City Hall
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

On September 13, BART unanimously adopted a surveillance transparency ordinance, the 6th Bay Area entity to do so and the first transit agency in the country. Thanks to you, there will be no more secret surveillance on BART. But BART still has plans for enhanced security and has scheduled a meeting in the suburbs. What BART does affects all of its riders, so your voice should be heard – even if they make you travel a long way to do it. Pittsburg City Hall, to be exact.

Free shuttle from the Pittsburg Center BART station.

Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Telegraph Beer Garden
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join East Bay DSA’s Labor Committee for their regular Beer and Roses Social!

Hang out with other members who are interested in the labor movement, hear about what’s happening in the East Bay DSA Labor Committee, and learn how you can get involved!


Vigil for Marcellus Toney
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On September 27 it will be one year since OPD brutally murdered Marcellus Toney, a Black man who had gotten into a car accident. We will meet to honor his memory and provide support to his wife.

Here is more information about the murder:

For more event information:

Stop Kavanaugh Emergency Rally
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance General Meeting @ Omni Commons
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Landless Peoples Alliance:

Regional meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

Futbolistas 4 Life @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Futbolistas 4 Life takes you into the lives of two Oakland high schoolers: One is a college hopeful and DACA applicant who’s navigating the reality of his immigration status, and the other is an American citizen who lives in fear that her undocumented parents may be deported. These youth take solace in the game of soccer that lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines.

The film also features the fighting spirit of their coach Dania – a former professional soccer player. At a time when Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes around the world have used their platform to speak out on injustices in the U.S., Dania also uses her role to help players understand the inequities that exist in their community. A former professional athlete and the daughter of political refugees from Chile, Dania uses her love for the game and her family’s own immigrant experience to connect with and empower her players.

Futbolistas 4 Life sheds light on the overwhelming stress experienced nationwide by immigrant youth living in communities with high rates of poverty and violence – communities increasingly in the crosshairs of harsh federal immigration policies.

Director’s Bio
Jun Stinson is an Oakland based independent filmmaker and a producer at AJ+. She has been a post-production producer and editor with Al Jazeera America, produced segments for Current TV and KQED, among others. She was also on the post-production team of the feature documentary Spark: A Burning Man Story that premiered at SXSW in 2013. Her work is published in the Washington Post, Associated Press, espnW, and She is a former BAVC National MediaMaker Fellow and San Francisco Film Society FilmHouse resident. Jun was raised in both Oakland and Kobe, Japan and is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Ray McGovern and Emma’s Revolution!
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, is a founding member of VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) and an erudite critic of U.S. foreign and domestic policy. Ray will speak on the “Russia thing”, the situation in Syria, Gaza, Julian Assange, and more.
Dennis Bernstein, host of KPFA’s “Flashpoints”, will M.C.
EmmasRevatRayMcGovern180928Emma’s Revolution will join us with their gorgeous soul-stirring music and will be joined by the CODEPINK Chorus.

CODEPINK dessert benefit (homemade pie and treats), Emma’s CDs and t-shirts.

Sponsored by CODEPINK and the BFUU Social Justice Committee.

Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons
Sep 29 @ 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.

Rally To Legalize Psychedelic Medicine & Nude Love Parade @ SF City Hall
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Psychedelics are non-addictive, mind-altering plant-based medicines that do not harm the human body and pose no danger when consumed in safe conditions and within reasonable dosage.

The most known psychedelics are psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), DMT, ayahuasca, ibogaine, 5-MeO-DMT or Bufo Alvaris (frog medicine), salvia devinorum.

Psychedelic medicine has been used mostly underground to successfully cure PTSD, depression, different types of headaches, addiction to hard drugs and pharmaceuticals, autism, as well as an array of other mental and emotional conditions.

Despite their tremendous healing properties, most psychedelics are illegal in the United States.

In recent years new studies have been launched with the intent to legalize psychedelics. But the process of FDA approval is so tedious, so expensive and so prohibitively long that activists have decided to take matters in their own hands and start a movement to end prohibition of psychedelics.

Famous body freedom activist and founder of a psychedelic clinic and rehab for street kids in Mexico (Jerry Garcia Family Healing Clinic) Gypsy Taub organized the first legalization rally on August 19, 2018. It took place at Jane Warner Plaza in San Francisco and was followed by the 3rd annual Nude Summer of Love Parade.

The second rally will take place in front of the San Francisco City Hall on Saturday, September 29th and will be followed by a Nude Love Parade through Haight Street.

Cancel Kavanaugh Stand-Out at UC Berkeley @ UC Berkeley
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Thanks to the power of the #MeToo movement and the courage of Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and now Julie Swetnick, the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, appearing only days ago to be a virtual lock, is now hanging by a thread. Kavanaugh, having amassed a thoroughly reactionary anti-woman, anti-worker, and pro-corporation record as a judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, was already the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee since Robert Bork in 1987.

Come on out on Saturday to build a movement to #CancelKavanaugh and halt these right wing attacks on women!

Richmond Progressive Alliance @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Sep 29 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

RPA fall membership meeting (a big one)

Please mark your calendars for the quarterly RPA membership meeting.

Since the election is just around the corner, it is going to be a big meeting – not only will we be talkiing about critical election stuff, including voting on school board endorsements; but there will be important business to conduct, such as formally incorporating the RPA as a 501c4 organization. (Don’t know that that is? We’ll explain what it is and why it’s important!)

Buffalo Field Campaign Roadshow @ Ecology Center
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A Night for the Buffalo:
This very special event features storytelling and video straight from the field, from the land of the buffalo with Buffalo Field Campaign co-founder Mike Mease, along with Native Music from Mignon Geli and Karaj. The Campaign works to end the slaughter of the last of the wild herds of buffalo, in West Yellowstone, Montana.

BFC uses video documentation, non-violent direct action, education and lobbying to change archaic laws targeting buffalo. Volunteers from around the world spend every day, from sunrise to sunset, monitoring and documenting threats to the buffalo, running patrols on skis, snowshoes and cars to defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection.

The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, every day, to stop the slaughter and harassment of the last wild buffalo.

They come with new stories and video each roadshow tour!
Wheelchair accessible, donations at the door / NOTAFLOF

Critical Resistance: 20 Year Anniversary @ Parking Lot at 44th and Telegraph
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On the 20th anniversary of the first Critical REsistance conference in 1998, we invite you to join us at our new building to celebrate the next 20 years of resistance and community power!

Food. Games. Art. Music. Fun.