Soil Not Oil Conference @ Grey Area Theater
Sep 10 all-day
Attend the fifth annual Soil Not Oil International Conference to learn about practical steps to achieve environmental justice and steward a path towards a thriving planet. The conference will cover topics such as carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, soil ecology, and biodiversity.
 Students, educators, activists, farmers, scientists, investors, policy makers, healthcare providers, urban planners, and environmental changemakers are invited to participate.
Keynote speakers:
Bobby Kennedy Jr., president of Waterkeeper Alliance
Jonathan Latham, executive director of the Bioscience Research Project
Elizabeth Kaiser, owner of Singing Frogs Farm
Anne Bilke, biologist and science communicator
R Brent Wisner, consumer-protection lawyer
David Montgomery, author and professor
There will be dozens of plenary speakers and workshops, as well as performers including Zarina Olox Kopyrina and AshEL SeaSunZ

Monday, September 9, 8AM to Tuesday, September 10, 8 PM


Cost: 0 – $300

Homeless Eviction – Support Needed!
Sep 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
One Time Showing: The Pollinators

Promoted by Pat Schwinn
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary – Environmental
Producers: Sally Roy, Peter Nelson and Michael Reuter
Director: Peter Nelson

Thousands of semi-trailers crisscross the country in the dead of night delivering goods through the darkness to stores, warehouses and factories nationwide. But some of them carry an unsuspected and highly unusual cargo. Honey bees. Tens of billions of them are transported back and forth from one end of the United States to the other in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the feeding of America. One out of every three bites we eat, the growth of almost all our fruits, nuts and vegetables, would be impossible without pollination from bees. A new documentary feature, The Pollinators, directed by Peter Nelson and produced by Sally Roy, Nelson and Michael Reuter, presents the fascinating and untold story. And warns that the bees are in serious danger.

Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Judge Alsup has been in the news, having presided over some high-profile cases, including the case preserving DACA, cases preserving Berkeley’s historic post office, cases involving Berkeley’s homeless, the dispute over the Albany Hill Cross, Waymo v. Uber, Oracle v. Google, and the prosecution of the MS-13 gang. As a judge, he cannot discuss these or other cases, but they help show his depth of experience.

Please join California Institute for Community, Art & Nature for a reception and conversation with William Alsup about his new book, Won Over: Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi. Bill is one of the most principled, interesting, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met. I’m sponsoring this evening to honor our friendship and to give my friends a chance to participate in what I guarantee will be a lively and inspiring discussion.

WILLIAM ALSUP, a federal district judge in San Francisco, was born in 1945 in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended white-only public schools and spent his childhood in a world where segregation was embedded in every aspect of society. In Won Over, Alsup gives a trustworthy, literate, personal, and nuanced account of the Deep South during the Jim Crow era and the changes brought about by the Civil Rights Movement. As both a witness and a participant, Alsup describes the impact of this era with honesty, modesty and integrity in a way that makes us realize how and why he (and others) were won over to the right side of history.

It’s a pleasure to hear Bill talk, and we hope to engage him and other guests in conversations about racism and how people escape the narrowness of their upbringing to develop a more capacious view of the world. Brown v. the Board of Education is now 65 years of age in the past. The history of the Jim Crow era that preceded it and the changes that the Civil Rights Movement created will soon be gone from living memory. This evening presents us with a unique opportunity to hear from a reliable witness what this era was like and what it means today.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. They can also be found in store at University Press Books or online at Bill will be pleased to sign and inscribe your copy.  RSVP to If you have any questions, email us or leave a message for Skye at 805-458-6686.

Intro to SURJ Meeting @ Movement Strategy Center
Sep 11 @ 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.

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

The Movement Strategy Center is located at 436 14th St., Ste 500, (5th floor) at the corner of Broadway (right next to 12th St station).

There will be a greeter in the lobby until 7:15, but please arrive by 6:45 to check-in and get settled so we can begin promptly at 7 pm. If you are driving, please try to carpool and arrive early to leave time to find a spot. Street parking is generally available in a 2-3 block radius.

Folks have to sign in at the front desk when they arrive (and sign out when leaving), then take the elevator to the 5th floor.

Police Commission Evaluation Community Meeting – Coalition for Police Accountability @ CHORI
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Belonging in Practice: How to Be Antiracist @ UC Berkeley, 101 Zellerbach Hall
Sep 12 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This is a community event open to all.

“We know how to be racist. We know how to pretend to be not racist. Now let’s know how to be antiracist.” – Ibram X. Kendi

Borealis Philanthropy, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Northern California Grantmakers are excited to invite you to a special afternoon with Ibram X. Kendi, one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices.

In his new book, How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi holds up both a magnifying glass and a mirror to examine how to uproot racism from society—starting with ourselves. Followed by his talk, Kendi will be joined in conversation by john a. powell of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Lateefah Simon of the Akonadi Foundation, and moderated by Alice Y. Hom of Northern California Grantmakers.

Signed copies of How to Be Antiracist will be available for sale 30 minutes before and after the event.


  • 3:00 pm: Doors opens and book sale begins
  • 4:00 pm: Event begins with Welcome and Introductions
  • 4:15 pm: How to be Antiracist talk, Ibram X. Kendi
  • 5:00 pm: Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, john a. powell, the Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society and Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation, moderated by Alice Y. Hom, Northern California Grantmakers
  • 6:00 pm: Followed by Q&A and continued book sale

Additional Details

  • Accessibility: Stay tuned for venue accessibility options in your confirmation email before the event. Have questions before then? Contact
  • Tickets: You will need your printed Eventbrite ticket with you for access into Zellerbach Hall.
  • Seating: This is a general admission event. All seating is first come, first served.
  • Books: Books will be pre-signed. The author is not available to sign books.
  • Consent: Attendance at this event means you consent to live photography and videography.

Ibram X. Kendi, Founding Director, The Antiracist Research & Policy Center, American University

Ibram is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director ofThe Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is an ideas columnist at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. He grew up dreaming about playing in the NBA (National Basketball Association), and ironically he ended up joining the other NBA.

john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

He was previously the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that john was the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the boards of several national and international organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment and is well-known for his work developing the frameworks of “targeted universalism” and “othering and belonging” to effect equity based interventions. john has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

Lateefah Simon, President, Akonadi Foundation

The Foundation nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.

Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service, and in 2017 ‘Most Promising New Foundation President’ by Inside Philanthropy. Lateefah was elected to the Bart Board of Directors and Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the California State University’s Board of Trustees in 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tipping Point.

Alice Y. Hom, Director of Equity and Social Justice, Northern California Grantmakers

Alice is a community builder invested in bridging diverse and overlapping communities for social change. As the Director of Equity and Social Justice, Alice will focus on racial equity with an intersectional lens that brings multiple issues, communities, and sectors together to build on the common good. Before joining NCG, Alice was a Soros Equality Fellow where she created a podcast and a digital archive on activism by LGBTQ People of Color. Prior to that, Alice worked as the Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

She serves on the boards of California Humanities and Borealis Philanthropy and on the Advisory Council for the Conscious Style Guide. Alice is a historian with a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, a MA from UCLA, and BA from Yale University. In her spare time, you can find Alice working on her podcast, Historically Queer, or enjoying the culinary delights of restaurants and bakeries with friends and family.


Caring For The Community film screening
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join Councilwoman Cheryl Davila for an evening of film screenings and a discussion panel on solutions to homelessness.

24 hours by Yesica Prado

Tent City by 393 Films

Homeless First by Anka Karewicz & Travis Schirmer (Liberated Lens Film Collective)

Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Full Agenda

VIII. OPD Plan for Working with the City’s Social Media Policy

IX. OPD Towing Policy Regarding Victims of Crime

X. Review of CPRA Pending Cases and Completed Investigations

XI. Scheduling a Public Hearing on Use of Force

Palantir: Never Again Is Now! #NoTechForICE @ Palantir HQ
Sep 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


#JewsAgainstICE and allies know our history. IBM sold tech to Nazis. Palantir sells tech to ICE. This state sponsored terror must end NOW. Join us in actions to shut down Palantir from coast to coast on 9/13 to demand they #DropICEContracts.

Because #NeverAgainisNOW!

We are calling on all those who denounce ICE’s reign of terror to join in action outside the Palo Alto headquarters of Palantir, a tech company that provides tools for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Last month, Palantir renewed its contract with ICE, providing a tool that has been used by ICE agents in investigations of children who crossed the border alone and their families. This tool, called Investigative Case Management, was used by ICE agents in an operation that specifically targeted the families and sponsors of unaccompanied children, comparing them to “smugglers” and investigating them for arrest and deportation.

Palantir has another tool that was used by agents leading workplace raids, which spiked 650% in President Trump’s first year in office, and we have seen ICE agents tackling people to the floor, handcuffing them, and loading them onto buses in front of their friends and family.


The signing date for Palantir’s ICM contract is September 20. It’s not too late for Palantir to pledge it will not work for ICE’s deportation machine. It’s not too late for Palantir workers to join hundreds of other tech workers saying #TechWontBuildIt and pledge that they will not use their skill to build tools for immigration enforcement.

Palantir is complicit. As IBM made punch cards for Nazi Germany or as Hugo Boss designed uniforms for the Nazi SS, so is Palantir hitching its legacy to a machine of human rights atrocities that will live in infamy. History teaches all of us that we must not repeat the mistakes of previous generations, mistakes that lead to grave amounts of human suffering.

We are seeing this suffering today — in concentration camps detaining thousands and thousands throughout the country, at our border where people are arbitrarily prevented from entering, and in workplaces, schools, and homes nationwide subject to cruel deportation raids. We refuse to stand by and see what new terror the administration will roll out with its corporate partners.


We know that the pressure of the people is working and that our protesting is getting to Palantir’s decision makers. Tech conferences, not wanting to be associated with human rights atrocities, have been dropping Palantir as their sponsors. Palantir co-founder Joe Londsdale felt the need to write an op-ed defending his former company. And CEO Alex Karp was motivated to publish an op-ed in the Washington Post in a vain attempt to absolve Palantir of its role in ICE’s terrorism.

Until Palantir cuts its ties with ICE, we will make it impossible for them to do business as usual. We have learned a simple lesson from past human rights violations: It is only by sitting by and doing nothing that we allow suffering on our watch. Collaborators are complicit. We have a duty to oppose them.
Palantir must be held accountable. It’s time for tech workers throughout Silicon Valley to choose a side. Join us and demand that they do. #NoTechforICE

Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


NEWS LETTER 10/11/19

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The Main Stream Media (MSM) is so full of lies, it’s got the masses confused!!
There are only a few places we can get the truth.Chelsea and Julian were two of
the most important WHISTLE BLOWERS to tell the truth about USA’s illegal,
immoral WARS. USA is one of the largest TERRORIST countries in history,
killing, wounding, and forcing emigration on millions of folks (did you know there
are 65 million migrants?) all over the world!!

Saving Chelsea and Julian is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!! To the Working
class and it’s Allies.They told us the truth about the wars! And all the NEW
McArthyism (phony Russia Gate conspiracy led by the New York Times) is
blaming Julian for being a puppet of Russia. So much of all our issues stem from
the honesty of Chelsea and Julian!! That’s why the RULING CLASS imprisoned
them and want’s them DEAD.

Please write letters to Chelsea (only hand written and no post cards or
pictures, or anything written on the outside of the letter) Write to: Chelsea
Elizabeth Manning, William Truesdale Adult Detention Center, 2001 Mill Road,
Alexandria Va. 22314. Also write julian

We need to hip people to YouTube shows, web sites and twitter feeds ie. –,, and

– Definitely check out these specific links, and add comments and tell your friends:
– Real News Network – “Federal judge continues Chelsea Manning’s confinement
and $1000/day fine”
– The Jimmy Dore Show – “Chelsea Manning jailed again for
protecting journalism” (89,000 hits)
– Chelsea Manning “Abolish ICE”
-Orion song”WE will keep fightin everyday even though our tears won’t
go away!” youtube/DnF6pvX4478

– Chelsea’s scathing 7 page letter to the judge about the history of the SECRET GRAND



Film Screening: Power to Heal @ Rialto Cinema
Sep 14 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join us on 9/14/19 for a showing of

Health Care for All – Contra Costa and Alameda County Chapters will show The Power to Heal: Medicare And The Civil Rights Revolution, a 56-minutes long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. This film was shown in July at the NAACP National Convention in Detroit.

After movie Q&A with:

  • Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, Mayor of City of El Cerrito
  • Myrtle Braxton, Chair, Richmond Commission on Aging
  • Alireza Rezapour, Internist, Physicians for National Health Program

Co-sponsors: NAACP El Cerrito Branch and Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia

In order to guarantee your seat register at:



Spokescouncil for Sept 25 Global Climate Strike Action @ Omni Commons
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Action Spokescouncil* called for by Idle No More SF Bay, The Society of Fearless Grandmothers, Extinction Rebellion SF Bay, Diablo Rising Tide and the 1000 Grandmothers Bay Area.

*For Spokescouncils, we are encouraging groups, organizations and individuals to organize affinity groups (AG) and send spokespeople who represent affinity groups or clusters of affinity groups. These will be the ‘empowered’ representatives who represent and are responsible for consulting others in their AG or cluster for input and decisions.

RSVP form:

Pedie Perez 5th Year Memorial @ Uncle Sam's Liquors
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

PEDIE PEREZ‘ 5th Year Memorial
Saturday, September 14th at Dusk (~6:30 PM)
@ Uncle Sam’s Liquors
3322 Cutting Blvd, Richmond, CA 94804



Pedie was an intoxicated young man who tried to walk away from a Richmond cop who was hassling him. The police officer, Wallace Jensen, claimed that when he tried to apprehend Pedie the unarmed young man tried to grab his gun, so he stepped back and fired 3 rounds into Pedie, killing him. The surveillance video from the liquor store doesn’t show the “altercation” but does clearly show that the cops didn’t try to render any assistance to Pedie as he lay dying on the liquor store floor. The police “investigation” was a cover up that didn’t even discuss the two (six, really) eye-witnesses that contradicted the cop’s story. The 33-year old cop subsequently Jensen retired on a full disability tax-free pension of $70,700 plus benefits because he was so traumatized by gunning down an unarmed young man who didn’t immediately follow his orders, so I guess in less than a decade he’ll be paid more in benefits and income than the family & and lawyer got in the miserly settlement. FWIW, the Richmond Police Review Commission found that Jensen used excessive force by a 7 to 1 vote. With that and a dollar you can still get a coffee some places. The police report and some cell phone evidence taken by by-standers has never been released to the family or anyone else because there was no law requiring to cops to provide such things to the family. But disgraced & disbarred Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson “issued a rare, seven-page report explaining the course of the investigation, in which he maintained that the case was carefully reviewed.” The plead deal allowed Peterson to keep his pension, estimated at $128,000 per year, with adjustments for inflation




“Close the Camps” – Sunday Morning Forum with Bill Ong HIng @ First Unitarian of SF
Sep 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

This is the opening Sunday, September 15, of the UUSF Sunday Morning Forum series: Bill Ong Hing, JD, Director of Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic of the University of San Francisco will be our speaker. Professor Hing recently returned from a visit to the Texas Border Center where he worked as part of a legal team to inspect the Clint facility, and interviewed the children. He will describe this experience and explain legal aspects of the current laws affecting immigration practices. Dr. Hing’s expertise includes Immigration Law and Policy, Migration Theory, Racism and U.S. Law, and is Professor of Law and Migration Studies, and founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. There will be a Q&A audience participation session after the presentation.

UUSF congregants are currently holding weekly witness demonstrations for a “Close the Camps” effort and the moderator of the Forum, Bruce Neuburger, will speak about our involvement on this issue and ways for the public to become involved.

Antidotes to White Fragility Workshop @ Sierra Club
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

What skills, tools and approaches are useful in encouraging white people to sustain balanced engagement with anti-racism/racial justice education and work? How can we cultivate resilience (as opposed to white fragility) in ourselves, our communities, and our movements?

White Fragility is defined by Robin DiAngelo as “A state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation (2011).”

What skills, tools and approaches are useful in encouraging white people to sustain balanced engagement with anti-racism/racial justice education and work? How can we cultivate resilience (as opposed to white fragility) in ourselves, our communities, and our movements? Resilience is, in part, defined as:

1. Staying with the conversation

2. Giving and receiving information and feedback from facilitators and peers without becoming highly defensive, reactive, or shut down/dissociated for long period of time

3. Managing the guilt and shame that can arise in learning about the history and current reality of race and racism in the US.

This workshop will explore the role of the body, community, spirituality, intellectual knowledge and other themes that you bring from your experience. We will cover basic information about how the brain and body responds to perceived threats, and explore how to work with this toward greater resilience in moments of challenge.

This workshop is for all experience levels. Participants will be invited to discuss in small groups, move around the space, and hold their bodies in different shapes for 1-2 minutes if available. Content will be presented in both verbal and written formats.

Sliding Scale: $15-$85. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Preregistration is required due to limited space and a pre-workshop assignment.

ASL Interpretation: Requests must be made at no later than 9 PM, September 12.

Gloria Steinem was a CIA Agent. @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Gloria Steinem was a CIA Agent.

She proudly admits it, so does the CIA. After a brief introduction from ICSS member Eugene Ruyle, we will have an open discussion of two readings:
1. The feminist was a spook, By Markos Kounalakis
2. The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

FREE – but hat will be passed for donations to ICSS

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

Climate Justice – Non-Violent Direct Training @ Omni Commons
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

for the Global Climate Strike September 20-27, 2019 & beyond


NVDA stands for Non-Violent Direct Action. Examples of nonviolent direct action (also known as nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, or civil resistance) can include sit-ins, strikes, workplace occupations, or street blockades.

Alternatives to Policing 5: Verbal De-Escalation @ First Congregational Church of Oakland
Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Community security and safety strategies are a critical component to building alternatives to policing and the prison industrial complex. This training will offer folks a chance to learn about the history of community security and safety, dig into some practical verbal de-escalation skills, with an emphasis on intervening in emotional crisis, and practice scenarios they might face in their day to day. Let’s build the alternatives we so desperately need together! Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in!

We ask for a sliding scale donation of any amount to support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Elliott Fukui has been an organizer, facilitator and trainer for almost 20 years. He has worked as an organizer and trainer with both national and local groups, most recently as a National Organizer for the Transgender Law Center. Elliott has been a community security trainer and coordinator for a decade, and has coordinated teams across the country. He is committed to exploring and developing practices ground in transformative justice, community accountability, and disability justice as a way of creating the world we all deserve. He loves praxis, making maps, and covering 90’s music on his ukulele.


A growing coalition of organizations in the Bay Area is coming together to explore alternatives to calling the police to our campuses and into our neighborhoods. Over the coming year, we will be offering a series of workshops to explore alternatives to calling the police. Some of these workshops will provide deepening analysis and a grounding in alternative ways of thinking about community safety. Others, like this one, will provide practical skills. All of them will lift up a transformative justice framework and emphasize the importance of self care.

The Coalition includes First Congregational Church of Oakland, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Qal’bu Maryam, Jewish Voice for Peace, Skyline Community Church, Oakland Peace Center, Oakland LBGTQ Community Center, and the Omni Collective. We are eager to partner with additional organizations so please contact us if you are interested!

Berkeley Police Review Commission Charter Amendment People’s Campaign @ Sports Basement
Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • special large meeting to launch a broad community campaign to get a charter amendment for a stronger police review commission in Berkeley on the 2020 ballot.

Phase 1 of our ongoing campaign:

-Recruit more people, from different sectors of the community, to get involved with this issue.

-Educate the public about the need for a stronger police review function in Berkeley, especially given the continuing racial disparities in policing.

-Build public pressure on the Mayor & City Council to put the charter amendment (Arreguin/Harrison version, which is currently under consideration) on the 2020 ballot. The vote to put it on the ballot could come as early as September.

Phase 2
-If the Council puts the charter amendment on the ballot, we will be working to ensure that it gets passed.
-If they do not put it on the ballot, we have the other option of pursuing a signature campaign to get it on the ballot.