CoCo Supervisors Meeting on Biofuel Conversions @ Online
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Get the link to join here

Give your comments at the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors meeting when they discuss the proposed conversion of the Marathon refinery in Martinez and the much larger-scale proposed conversion of the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo from refining petroleum to refining “biofuel.”

The Planning Commission has rubber-stamped woefully inadequate environmental impact reviews of these two projects. The supervisors need to hear from county residents!

The proposed projects would make Contra Costa County the world’s largest producer of liquid biofuels based on the refining of animal fats and vegetable oils.

Biofuels are promoted as a green alternative to petroleum on the theory that the absorption of carbon dioxide by growing plants balances the carbon dioxide released by burning the oils the produce.  The truth is much more complicated.

Refining biofuels creates potential local and global hazards. It requires higher temperatures than refining petroleum, creating the potential for more fires, explosions, and flaring.  It requires larger amounts of hydrogen, usually produced in a process that releases methane, a toxic gas that is a more powerful GHG than carbon dioxide.

Some feedstocks, especially animal fats, create potential odor problems, and plant and animal fats have the potential to gum up refinery equipment.

Growing enough crops for biofuels has the potential to divert agricultural land from food crops, raising global food prices. There is also a danger that demand for biofuel feedstock will lead to increased deforestation.

The EIRs passed by the Planning Commission fail to give adequate analyses of these hazards and possible mitigations.  Come and tell the supervisors we need a thorough environmental reviews of these hazardous projects.

For more info:

Summary of problems with Phillips 66 EIR,

Summary of problems with Marathon EIR

More detailed analysis from Biofuelwatch


Board Chambers, Administration Building
1025 Escobar St., Martinez

Get the link to join here

Call to Action: Abortion Rights Now! Bans Off Our Bodies! @ Federal Bldg
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Let’s be clear: Abortion is health care

That’s why in light of the dire news that SCOTUS has voted to strike down Roe v. Wade, we’re showing up for abortion rights.

We’re horrified, saddened, and livid. If you are too, then now is the time to show up and show them our movement won’t back down from protecting our reproductive rights.

Show up at your courthouses, federal buildings or town square to say bans off our bodies and demand elected officials take action before SCOTUS overturns Roe.

Bring your families, your signs, your stories, your heart, and your commitment to
save Roe and access to safe & legal abortion for all who need it.

Rally to Defend Reproductive Rights @ Oakland Federal Bldg
May 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Is the Big Lie Protected Speech? @ Online
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
RSVP for this virtual event:

One-third of Americans still believe the Big Lie, which is the verifiably false claim that Donald Trump was the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The Supreme Court has ruled that certain lies and inaccuracies are protected under the First Amendment — but when an elected official’s lies intentionally undermine our democracy, does that protection extend?

And since big lies need an audience, what is the responsibility of the press in preventing
their spread?

MODERATOR: Eugene Daniels, White House Correspondent, Playbook Co-Author, POLITICO


–Katy Glenn Bass, Research Director, Knight First Amendment Institute, Columbia University

–Catherine J. Ross, Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

–Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice; Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law



“The Real “Big Lie” Has Nothing to Do With Donald Trump”

“The Ongoing GOP Attack on Democracy” – Big Lie

” ‘A Real Threat to Democracy’: Musk Buys Twitter for $44 Billion”

Public Bank of the East Bay @ Online
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Friends of the Public Bank East Bay is a completely volunteer-run, nonprofit organizing to create and build community support for the first public bank in California’s history! If you’re committed to economic justice and interested in helping us build new financial systems by the people for the people, we look forward to having you join us!


We have five committees working together to create a Public Bank in the East Bay:

  • Advocacy builds relationships with community groups and city governments.

  • Communications assists other committees with content creation and promotion.

  • Fundraising develops our organization’s budget and raises funds for our business plan.

  • Membership brings on new members and volunteers and organizes educational events.

  • Strategy & Planning is responsible for operations and the execution of PBEB’s business plan.

Email us with your interests and we’ll help you find a way to get plugged in!

We meet every other Wednesday at 6:30 pm.
If you’d like to join us, send us an email and one of our members will be in touch.

Oakland Privacy Advisory Commission @ Online
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Agenda Items:

5. Federal Task Force Ordinance – OPD – Presentation of Annual Reports (ATF, USMS, DEA)
a. Review and take possible action on reports

6. AB 2336 (Friedman) Speed Safety System Pilot Program – DOT/Chair – evaluation of proposed bill solely as to potential privacy impact
a. Review and take possible action on draft resolution

7. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – Crime Analysis Software
a. Review and take possible action on Impact Report and proposed Use Policy

8. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – DVP – Apricot 360 database
a. Review and take possible action on Impact Report and proposed Use Policy

9. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – EDW – East Oakland Security Camera Proposal
a. Review and take possible action on Impact Report and proposed Use Policy

10. Surveillance Equipment Ordinance – OPD – Annual Reports (Automated License Plate Readers, Cell-Site Simulator, Biometric Crime Lab, Forensic Logic/Coplink, GPS Tag Tracker, ShotSpotter, Live Stream Camera, Mobile Fingerprint ID, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones)
a. Review and take possible action on the reports

Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America @ Online
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join KPFA for a special Zoom Event when we welcome\ Mark Follman and his debut book, Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America, hosted by KPFA’s Dennis Bernstein.

For the first time, a story about the specialized teams of forensic psychologists, FBI agents, and other experts who are successfully stopping mass shootings -a hopeful, myth-busting narrative built on new details of infamous attacks, never-before-told accounts from perpetrators and survivors, and real-time immersion in confidential threat cases, casting a whole new light on how to solve a grievous problem.

Thursday, May 5th at 7:00PM

Oakland & The World: A Discussion Series on Education, Economic Policy & Voter Suppression @ Online
May 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join a series of local and national CLUBHOUSE conversations on Education, Economic Policy & Voter Rights Suppression


We want to concentrate on the 2022 election Midterms and change the national narrative while building a base to defeat American Fascism, elevating the importance of our unity through sharing the Oakland, CA experience with the national movement.

We also want to amplify the platform of the Poor People’s Campaign while concentrating on social, ecological, anti-poverty, and electoral policies in the fight to secure power to change the circumstances workers and marginalized people face as we build a movement to meet the people’s needs while defending Voting Rights and democracy.

Hip Hop Congress (HHC) represents the merger of artists and students, music and community. The Hip Hop Congress mission is to use Hip Hop culture to inspire young people to get involved in social action, civic service, and cultural creativity.

International Day of Actions for Peace in Ukraine @ Grand Lake Theater and later at UC Berkeley
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

NO to War in Ukraine! Yes, to Negotiations and Peace!

Our two local actions in Oakland and Berkeley are part of international efforts to end war in Ukraine. (For more info. visit

Oakland Action

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Front of Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA

WHAT: Meet us in front of the Grand Lake Theater to flyer passersby with information about what we can do to end war in Ukraine. You can’t miss us. We’ll be holding our coalition banner: <>

Join us in calling for an immediate negotiated ceasefire, withdrawal of troops from Ukraine, an end to NATO expansion, investing in communities not more arms to Ukraine, and a neutral Ukraine. We need a just peace, not more war.

Sponsors: SF Bay Area CodePink, members of EastBay and SF DSA, and allies.


Berkekely Action

Time: 2-3pm

Where: U.C. Berkeley, Bancroft @ Telegraph Ave., Berkeley

What Peace in Ukraine Now! Stop Funding War!

International Day of Action for Peace in Ukraine

Stand with us as we call for peace, distribute flyers, get petition signatures, chat with students and passersby, hold banners and signs

We want: a comprehensive ceasefire; withdrawal of Russian forces; an end to NATO expansion; $ for communities, not weapons and war; a Ukrainian commitment to international neutrality. Join us!

Sponsor: SF Bay Area CodePink


World Workers Rising @ Online
May 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Suds, Snacks, and Socialism
Please register in advance at
to receive your personal link for this event.

At this post-May Day forum we will explore the current state of labor organizing at home and in other countries. Speakers will discuss recent victories, new leadership, unionization of traditionally marginalized workers, and how this trend is related to the fight for socialism.

David Bacon – Photojournalist, author, political activist, union organizer
Barry Eidlin – Assistant Professor of Sociology at McGill University, author of Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada
[Speaker TBA] – [worker from Amazon organizing effort]
*Organizations listed for identification purposes only.

This event is sponsored by the Oakland Greens, Bay Area System Change Not Climate Change, and the Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party.

Bay Area Labor Notes Party and Fundraiser! @ Omni Commons
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Click here for the Facebook event page


Eat, drink, dance, and meet local labor activists at the Bay Area Labor Notes Dance Party and Fundraiser at the Omni Commons, 4799 Shattuck Avenue in North Oakland, on Saturday, May 7 from 6:00 to 11:00 pm.

All proceeds will help low-wage workers attend the international Labor Notes conference in Chicago this April.

A small donation of $5-$35 covers food, music, camaraderie, and stories about the Bay Area labor movement from local labor activists. Cash bar available, Venmo also accepted. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. All ages.

The program will begin around 7:30, featuring worker leaders speaking about labor struggles and victories from across the Bay Area, as well as a raffle, before turning into a dance party.

The Labor Notes Conference is a unique gathering of thousands of rank-and-file union members, local leaders, and activists who are putting the movement back into the labor movement.

It is an increasingly important space for labor activists to attend skill-building workshops and meet to share effective strategies that can win gains and amplify the voice of workers.

Your support will help to (re)build a fighting, democratic labor movement across the U.S. and around the world!

Click here for the Facebook event page


Bay Area Labor Notes Dance Party & Fundraiser @ Omni Commons
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Omni Work Party @ Omni Commons
May 8 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Film Screening: Boycott @ Online
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 


A critical investigative documentary that reveals the grossly underreported story of anti-BDS legislation that is sweeping through state legislatures in the U.S., undermining the First Amendment and causing real harm to those who stand up for their right to free speech. (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions is a movement organized by the Palestinian BDS National Committee in response to Israel’s human rights record.) The effects of these bills, which coerce individuals and companies into signing what is tantamount to a loyalty oath against the BDS movement, are far more wide-reaching than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and directly undermine the First Amendment. This film follows three individuals — a publisher in Arkansas, a lawyer in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas — who risk their livelihoods to fight for our freedom of speech rights and expose the powerful political entities behind these insidious anti-boycott laws.


Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: During the Plague Year of 2020 GA will be held every week or two on Zoom. To find out the exact time a date get on the Occupy Oakland email list my sending an email to:


The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland. (Note: we tend to meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months from November to early March after Daylights Savings Time.)

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 3 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over six years, since October 2011! 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. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. 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

Welcome & Introductions
Reports from Committees, Caucuses, & Independent Organizations
(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: (
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:

Does One Size Fit All for Addressing Homelessness? @ Online
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Braver Angels event, “We the People’s Forum: Does One Size Fit All for Addressing Homelessness?” is coming up!

The Zoom meeting will open to participants at 7:55 pm EST on Monday, May 9. Here is your Zoom link to join:

For troubleshooting questions ahead of the event, email

We the People’s Forum is an initiative of We the People’s Project at Braver Angels, an effort to build a politically and racially diverse team of working-class Americans to build a house united in America. To learn more or to get involved, visit

Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OTU’s Mission

The Oakland Tenants Union is an organization of housing activists dedicated to protecting tenant rights and interests. OTU does this by working directly with tenants in their struggle with landlords, impacting legislation and public policy about housing, community education, and working with other organizations committed to furthering renters’ rights. The Oakland Tenants Union is open to anyone who shares our core values and who believes that tenants themselves have the primary responsibility to work on their own behalf.

Monthly Meetings

The Oakland Tenants Union meets regularly at 7:00 pm on the second Monday evening of each month. Our monthly meetings are held in the Community Room of the Madison Park Apartments, 100 – 9th Street (at Oak Street, across from the Lake Merritt BART Station). To enter, gently knock on the window of the room to the right of the main entrance to the building. At the meetings, first we focus on general issues affecting renters city-wide and then second we offer advice to renters regarding their individual concerns.

If you have an issue, a question, or need advice about a tenant/landlord issue, please call us at (510) 704-5276. Leave a message with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you.

Radical Black Women Series Presents: Honoring the Radicalism of Margaret Prescod @ Online
May 10 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
RegisterFor the fifth installment of the #RadicalBlackWomenSeries, we will have a discussion with renown activist, author, radio host, and journalist, Margaret Prescod!

Margaret Prescod is a co-founder of Black Women for Wages for Housework, coordinator of Women of Color in the Global Women’s Strike, and joint coordinator of the Care Income Now Campaign. She is on the board of the National Welfare Rights Union. She is founder of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and is the host of “Sojourner Truth” a nationally syndicated show on Pacifica Radio. She is a mother and the author of Black Women Bringing it all Back Home.

Close California Prisons! @ California State Capitol Building - Steps on West Side
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Each year in early May, Governor Newsom releases the May Revise budget after receiving input from state government bodies and community members. While the 2022-23 proposed budget (released in January) contained many positive investments, it also allocated $18.6 billion to corrections and included no plans to close more prisons in California, despite historically low, downward trending prison populations

It’s time for Governor Gavin Newsom and elected officials to do what’s right and commit to a smart plan to close prisons in California, like The People’s Plan for Prison Closure, that demands at least 10 prisons be closed by 2025. A serious plan for prison closure must include deep investments in prison towns to move them toward new, healthy economies, as well as toward healthcare, education, reentry services, and housing for  justice impacted families communities.

We are showing up outside the California State Capitol on May 11th to demand Governor Newsom close at least 8 prisons by 2025 and adopt a final budget that reflects the values and needs of ALL Californians by investing in communities NOT prisons and policing.

When: Wednesday, May 11th at 9AM (Register To Receive Important Updates)

End Pretextual Stops by SFPD @ Online
May 11 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm