East Bay DSA Stands With NUHW on Strike! @ Oakland Kaiser Hospital
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join your East Bay DSA comrades on December 14 and support the National Union of Healthcare Workers’ strike!

Thousands of Kaiser Permanente mental healthcare workers will be on strike across California from December 10–14. The East Bay DSA Labor Committee calls on all East Bay DSA members to join the picket line at the Oakland Medical Center, 3600 Broadway, for their lunchtime rally on Friday, December 14, from 11:30–12:30 p.m.

Mental health clinicians across the state will be striking against Kaiser. As front-line healthcare workers, NUHW members understand that the conditions of their work are the conditions of their patients’ care. That’s why they are striking against Kaiser’s chronic understaffing, which burdens workers and creates extensive wait times for patients seeking mental healthcare.

Learn more about the strike. An injury to one is an injury to all!

Big Tech Comedy Roast! @ Internet Archives
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Come fire up the grill on Big Tech, come laugh at our local tech firms!

Comedy acts interspersed with talks from NSA Comedy Host, former Amazon executive, and entrepreneur Vahid Razavi, author of Ethics in Tech, or The Lack Thereof and Age of Nepotism.

Friday Dec 14th, 6PM Doors open for networking, Show starts at 7:00 PM at the Internet Archive.

It’s better to laugh than cry. As the Romans used to say “illegitimi non carborundum,” “don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Come and make a difference with others who feel like you and have fun doing it too!

Besides the entertainment, it is a chance to have an amazing time while meeting others who are being the change they want to see in the world. Tickets available at

Francesca Fiorentini is a correspondent, comedian and B-list internet celebrity. She was behind viral hits like “The Real Deal With the US Mexico Border” and “White Fragility in the Workplace”, and was host of the show Newsbroke on Facebook Watch. She has been in SF Sketchfest three years and counting and is currently host of the podcast The Bitchuation Room.

Chloe McGovern started doing stand-up comedy when she was 18 years old, a decision that proved to be irreparably damaging both morally and spiritually, but a true delight to audiences everywhere. She can be seen regularly opening for Rich Vos and competing in Roast Battles at The Stand, New York Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store.

The New York Times on Will Durst: “Quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today.” The Boston Globe: “A modern day Will Rogers.”

San Francisco Examiner: “Heir apparent to Mort Sahl & Dick Gregory.”

Nichole Spain was raised in Detroit and NY now by way of Philadelphia, Nichole is multiracial, multicultural, addicted to food, love men, and can’t keep a job.

Nichole has done theatre 9 years with comedic and dramatic rolls. She attended Philadelphia Comedy College and recently was a contestant at Helium Comedy Club’s Philly’s Phunniest. She recently debuted at Philly’s Punchline Comedy Club.

Nichole is a regular at Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan. Live cable tapings for Manhattan Neighbor Network and Tnos Comedy cable Show in Brooklyn.

Up and coming comedian Jared Horning, has performed at the Shippensburg Comedy Club and the Boomerang Bar and Grill.

Vahid Razavi is the host of previous NSA Comedy Shows. Previously employed at Amazon and many tech firms in the Valley. Author of a new book Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. Copies of the book will be shared with the audience.

All Net Proceeds from this event will be donated to split between three Non-Profit Organization. These include Internet Archive, Freedom of the Press Foundation and The Church of Fellowship of All People.

Video recording of the stage will be taking place at this event.

Download Ethics In Tech and Lack Thereof. A Free Book By Vahid Razavi at

ROY ZIMMERMAN: RIZE UP @ Fellowship Hall
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In the current political horror show, do you need some laughter? Some encouragement? Perspective? Inspiration? RIZE UP is Roy Zimmerman’s latest extravaganza, full of funny songs about ignorance, war, and greed. “With music this good and humor this insightful, there is good reason to be optimistic.” – No Depression Magazine

Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby. More information, videos, and merch at

Mass Solidarity Meeting to Support Public Education @ Omni Commons
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Endorse here:

California has the 5th largest economy in the world and the wealthiest in the nation but ranks only 48th in class size and 43rd in per-pupil funding. In terms of relative economic opportunity, California is 48th in cost of living and 49th in housing affordability.

Both United Teachers of Los Angeles and Oakland Education Association are fighting to improve student learning conditions that are their working conditions, for fair wages for educators and support staff, to decrease class size and caseload reductions, and support community schools, all made possible through increased funding that our students and schools deserve.

We are building towards coordinated local, regional, and statewide actions to fight for progressive and fully funded schools in all of California’s 1,050 districts; to defend public education against privatization and the further erosion of union sector jobs which fight to preserve decent working conditions for their workers, and to connect with struggles for social, racial, and economic justice so our students and communities can thrive.

OEA and UTLA are in intense contract negotiations and gearing up for possible strikes this coming winter. In response to the realtime needs of both UTLA and OEA, California Educators Rising is shifting the focus of this event on 12/15 (on the same day as UTLA’s “March for Public Education”) to a gathering of local union members, including OEA leaders and organizers, and community allies to build labor-community support for a possible OEA strike. We will engage in solidarity actions (photos, social media, art, etc) to support UTLA’s public march on the same day, and build our network of rank-and-file supporters that stand in solidarity with each other across the Bay. The more unions and adjacent organizations that participate in strike support, the better for the overall health and strength of the labor movement.

We envision this public meeting as an active participatory space that will build a network of rank and file union members and community allies who will support strike solidarity with OEA and UTLA and build towards future actions in the fight for fully and progressively funded public education in California. We welcome union members, community allies, and anyone in the Bay Area (and CA!) to join us on this date. We stand together with OEA and UTLA in the fight for the schools all our students deserve! Location and other details to be announced soon.

The meeting will include speakers, art, music, story shares and organizing meetings.

We welcome endorsements and participation from unions, organizations, and community groups for this mass meeting so that we can build the strongest base of support for OEA/UTLA and public education in California. We will also be showing our solidarity with UTLA’s “March for Public Education” happening on the same day.

If you are a member of a local union or community group, please bring this information back to your membership, and endorse here:

GOING SOLAR WORKSHOP @ Berkeley Public Library, South Branch
Dec 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Learn about solar photovoltaic (PV) for your home. Understand the basics of solar PV, the economics benefits of going solar, the options you have and purchasing tips. Special focus will be on home owners with low electric bills averaging under $100/month (excluding EV usage)

The Human Face of Hope: Caravan Migrant Stories from Eyewitness Accounts @ FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Dec 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Gloria La Riva will talk about her unique first-hand account of walking with the Caravan, including stories from several migrants. A video will be shown. Refreshments and Light Lunch.

Funds raised will go to San Diego Rapid Response Network and Pueblos
Sin Fronteras

GLORIA LA RIVA joined the Caravan in Mexico in November 18 and will report on her encounters with the migrants and the current situation at the Border. Video will last approximately 25 minutes.

Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile! @ Omni Commons
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!
  • Presenting debt and inequality related topics at forums, workshops and in radio productions.
  • Relieving Medical Debt through pennies-on-the-dollar buyback programs.
  • A book group focused on Economic Inequality and Economic Theory for the modern age.
  • Promoting single-payer / Medicare for All to end the plague of medical debt
  • Money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitative ticketing and fining schemes
  • Tiny Homes and other solutions for the homeless.
  • Student debt resistance. Check out the Debt Collective, our sister organization
  • Helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts, and divesting from the Wall St. banks
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • Advocating for Postal banking
  • Organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now there’s a spinoff group
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

If you are new to Strike Debt and want to come early, meet one or two of us and get a briefing on our projects before we dive into our agenda, email us at

 Also check out our website, our twitter feed, our radio segments and our Facebook page. Take a look at the local Public Banking website, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland.
Strike Debt Bay Area is an offshoot of Occupy Oakland and Strike Debt, itself an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

Strike Debt – Principles of Solidarity

Strike Debt is building a debt resistance movement. We believe that most individual debt is illegitimate and unjust. Most of us fall into debt because we are increasingly deprived of the means to acquire the basic necessities of life: health care, education, and housing. Because we are forced to go into debt simply in order to live, we think it is right and moral to resist it.

We also oppose debt because it is an instrument of exploitation and political domination. Debt is used to discipline us, deepen existing inequalities, and reinforce racial, gendered, and other social hierarchies. Every Strike Debt action is designed to weaken the institutions that seek to divide us and benefit from our division. As an alternative to this predatory system, Strike Debt advocates a just and sustainable economy, based on mutual aid, common goods, and public affluence.

Strike Debt is committed to the principles and tactics of political autonomy, direct democracy, direct action, creative openness, a culture of solidarity, and commitment to anti-oppressive language and conduct. We struggle for a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression.

Strike Debt holds that we are all debtors, whether or not we have personal loan agreements. Through the manipulation of sovereign and municipal debt, the costs of speculator-driven crises are passed on to all of us. Though different kinds of debt can affect the same household, they are all interconnected, and so all household debtors have a common interest in resisting.

Strike Debt engages in public education about the debt-system to counteract the self-serving myth that finance is too complicated for laypersons to understand. In particular, it urges direct action as a way of stopping the damage caused by the creditor class and their enablers among elected government officials. Direct action empowers those who participate in challenging the debt-system.

Strike Debt holds that we owe the financial institutions nothing, whereas, to our friends, families and communities, we owe everything. In pursuing a long-term strategy for national organizing around this principle, we pledge international solidarity with the growing global movement against debt and austerity.

Berkeley Copwatch End of Year Potluck + Shindig @ Grassroots House
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Berkeley Copwatch for a community potluck and games night. This is a chance to socialize and get to know some folks who are working to hold police accountable. Invite your friends! We will play some games, talk politics and build some community together.

Bring a dish, side dish or dessert, as well as any party games you would like to share. BYOB if you so choose. There will be vegan and vegetarian options available.

The Rolling Catastrophe of the American Body Politic @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Dec 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

   What have things come to when arch racist Jeff Sessions and deep state spooks are canonized as by self-identified liberals and leftists as bulwarks against fascism? When all mainstream “opposition” politics can be summarized in a single word: Trump. And when the midterm elections ignored deepening impoverishment at home, endless wars abroad, and climate catastrophe  – let alone the tax cut for the superrich – instead focusing on the “threat” posed by (take your pick) immigrant workers and the Russians.

   The majority of eligible voters sat out the midterm spectacle, simply not bothering with politicians awash in ever more obscene tsunamis of corporate cash. Meanwhile, both the economy and the polity have become more concentrated and less democratic with an ever-wealthier elite perched atop of an ever-growing surveillance state, mass incarceration, and censored media on the internet.

   Economist Allan Miller, Green Party congressional candidate Laura Wells, and Peace and Freedom Party central committee member Roger Harris will try to inject reason to the rant, followed by robust questions and commentary. ICSS (Institute for the Critical Study of Society) member Raj Sahai will facilitate.

RPA winter meeting & holiday party @ Bridge Storage & Artspace
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

There will be an RPA membership meeting from 2-3:15 pm. Right after that, we will move into party mode and have our winter holiday party & fundraiser from 3:30 – 5:30. As usual, the meeting is for RPA members. But the party is open to all! Please invite friends, family and neighbors and help support the RPA in 2019.

About the party: Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided free of charge with donations accepted for beer and wine.

Our silent auction will provide an opportunity for you to bid on exciting gifts for others or for yourself, including: art work, art tour, piano tuning, dance lessons, Sushi and Cal-Mediterranean dinners, Cuban Rum and a 3 night stay in Cuba.

This event is open to the public and a great chance to get to know the RPA, build community, contribute to a great cause and pick up some wonderful gifts.

RSVP for the party here

After you register spread the free ticket link here, and spread the word via Facebook here

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 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 3:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.  (Note: we meet at 3:00 PM during the cooler months,  once Daylight Savings Time springs forward we tend to assemble at 4 PM).

On every ‘last Sunday’ we meet a little earlier at 2 PM to have a community potluck to which all are welcome.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for over 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. 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

  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: (
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:

Best of the Fest: Social Justice Shorts Film Night @ Omni Commons
Dec 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We’re featuring the best films from FILMS TO THE PEOPLE Short Film Festival. Because of the smoke caused by the fires, a lot of you were bummed that you weren’t able to attend. So we’re hosting a Best of the Fest at our next film night. You won’t want to miss this last chance to watch this slate of films that shows social justice can be touching, hard-hitting, and even funny.

A Pair Of Horns On A Female Homo Sapiens by Saleh Kashefi
Con o Sin Papeles by Aria Zapata
Cycles by Latajh Weaver
Guardian Movie by Nicolas Jara
Snow Mountain by Ed Ntiri
The Salmon Will Run by Survival Media Agency
ZOO by Andrew Schrader

Doors Open @ 4:30pm

Is Civil Disobedience Necessary for Environmental Justice? A Valve Turner in Person. @ BFUU
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A Valve Turner In Person!
valve turners

Leonard Higgins and four other Valve Turners decided to turn off the valves that regulate the pipeline flow of Canadian crude oil into the US. They were following the honored tradition of civil disobedience – take the bold action, have it documented for all the world to see, then wait to be arrested. At their trials, they sought to use the Necessity Defense to challenge the nation’s energy policy.
Higgins is the only UU in the group of three men and two women. By their actions at the US borders, they demonstrated strong commitment to Environmental Justice.
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.

Slingshot new volunteer meeting / article brainstorm @ Longhaul
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kick-off meeting to create Slingshot issue #128. (Note – issue #128 was supposed to come out in the fall but we postponed it to improve the articles and revive the collective.) Slingshot is an independent radical newspaper published in Berkeley since 1988.

* Brainstorm articles for next issue
* Orientation on how you can submit articles, art, photographs
* Help us discuss our audience and themes for the next issue
* Discuss fundraising and distribution
* Your chance to comment on Slingshot

Everyone is welcome.
Issue #128 is due out on February 1, 2019
Deadline for Issue #128 is January 19, 2019

Friends of the Public Bank of the East Bay @ Sports Basement
Dec 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Our last meeting of 2018.

Agenda forthcoming.


Working Group Meetings:

The Advocacy Working Group meets with public officials, government staff and other stakeholders to learn what they can teach us about integrating a public bank into existing systems, and to convince them to support our bank. Drop us a note ( if you want to participate.

The Outreach Working Group needs organizers, and people to staff tables and talk to folks about public banking. Send us a note at if you can help.

The ad hoc Governance Working Group is working on updating our governance plan in light of new information. Drop us a note at if you want to be part of this effort.

Audit the Sheriff Campaign @ Ella Baker Center Office, 11th Floor
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

For those of you who would like to be more involved in the planning of the Audit the Sheriff campaign organized by the Ella Baker center, meetings are held every other Monday from 6-7:30 at the EBC office.

Pack The Courtroom: Hold The System Accountable for Recording Confidential Attorney-Client Conversations @ Rene Davidson Courthouse
Dec 18 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

8:20 Coffee & Bagels
8:30 Gathering & Opening Circle
8:45 Press Conference
9:00 Sgt. Russell’s Courtdate

Recently, it was revealed that Alameda County Sergeant James Russell and Lieutenant Timothy Schellenberg were caught on video admitting to the illegal recording of youth defendants in confidential conversations with their own attorneys.

This is a Constitutional Rights violation and our concern is that it points to a much larger systemic problem.

Recording a defendant and their lawyer is a violation of the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments, as well as CA Penal Code 632, which is a felony offense punishable by up to 3 years in prison.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) have spied on a defendant as they spoke with their lawyer. It also happened back in 2012.

This is NOT an issue of “one bad apple.” We have a rotten tree that must be dealt with.


Felony charges have been filed against one sergeant, which is a good start but certainly not enough. This is just the tip of the iceberg for a department riddled with problems and constant allegations of the violation of people’s rights.

We call on Alameda County’s District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter and pursue the appropriate criminal charges against the Sheriff’s Deputies who have broken the law.


We demand that the District Attorney Nancy O’Malley do the following:

1. PROSECUTE Sergeant James Russell on the four counts of felony eavesdropping to the fullest extent of the law. No slap on the wrist.

2. INVESTIGATE the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office to determine the extent of this egregious violation of the United States Constitution, make public the results of the investigation, and file felony charges against Lt. Tim Schellenberg for his complicity, as well as all other officers involved in the recording of these constitutionally protected conversations.

Antifascist Court Support: 2nd Pre-Trial Hearing @ Department 18
Dec 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Three antifascist activists are facing serious charges for defending our city against neo-Nazis two and a half years ago. We’re calling on our community to come out to their 2nd pretrial hearing and show support for these brave individuals. It’s up to us to make it clear that we stand with them!

We will be meeting at the courthouse and attending their court appearance. Come in casual, formal, or semi-formal attire and be prepared to go through a metal detector. Avoid arriving or leaving alone, and leave the area as soon as the court appearance is over. The court date will begin at 9 am and continue until 5 pm or until the hearing has concluded, whichever comes first. This is a critical way to show your solidarity and be a presence for activists being unfairly targeted by the state.

About the court case:
On June 26th, 2016, members of the neo-Nazi gang the Golden State Skinheads attempted to rally at the State Capitol here in Sacramento. Hundreds of counter-protesters mobilized and successfully shut down the Nazi rally. After the rally was canceled, the neo-Nazis attacked demonstrators with knives and clubs, stabbing and critically injuring several. Since then, one neo-Nazi has been arrested and three anti-racist activists are facing charges. After several cancellations and continuations, this is the final court date before our comrades are put on trial. So far, our community has come out to each court date to support them. This is their most important court appearance until the trial, so it’s urgent that we show up in numbers and make our support known!

Art Party Sponsored by ‘Neither Here Nor There’ @ Omni Commons
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Human Rights and Dignity in the Americas @ BFUU Fellowship Hall
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrating the publication of Human Rights and Wrongs and Plan Colombia

Authors Adrianne Aron and John Lindsay-Poland discuss their new books, Human Rights and Wrongs (Sunshot Press) and Plan Colombia: U.S. Ally Atrocities and Community Activism (Duke University Press), respectively. Both books recount stories of individuals and communities – especially in Latin America – resisting U.S. and state violence, often at great cost, and the power of human solidarity. Aron’s vignettes in the style of Eduardo Galeano draw from her experience as a psychologist and work with Central American refugees.

Lindsay-Poland narrates a Colombian peace community and a massacre, as well as the policy of training and equipping Colombian forces that serves as a template for U.S. intervention globally.

Books will be available for sale and signing. (Preface and Introduction free online)
Sponsored by the BFUU SJC.