Urban Agriculture Documentary: Growing Cities. @ New Parkway Theatre
Apr 9 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

The Oakland-based Institute of Urban Homesteading is hosting an urban agriculture night at the New Parkway Theater. The main event is a screening of the urban agriculture documentary Growing Cities, and filmmaker Dan Susman will be on hand. Other festivities include a jam tasting and jam swap (participants should bring a jar for tasting and another to swap), and various door prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the movie will start at 7. Tickets ($8, plus a service fee) are available here.

The 7th Annual Privacy Lecture @ Bancroft Hotel
Apr 9 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 10 @ 1:00 am

April 2014 – The 7th Annual Privacy Lecture

Bancroft Hotel

For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Presented by Professor Ross Anderson with responses by Carl Shapiro, James Aquilina, and Anupam Chander.

The Snowden revelations teach us that many of the world’s governments share intelligence behind the scenes. Thirty years ago, a non-aligned country like India could happily buy its military aircraft from Russia; nowadays, although it still buys some planes from Sukhoi, it shares intelligence with the NSA. A rational actor will join the biggest network, and the Russians’ network is much smaller.  This points us to a deeper truth: that information economics applies to the public sector,  just as it applies to private business. The forces that lead to pervasive monopolies in the information industries – network effects, technical lock-in and low marginal costs – are pervasive in the affairs of states too, once we look for them; they are just not yet recognized as such. There are many significant implications, from international relations through energy policy to privacy. Network effects make regulation hard; the USA failed to protect US attorney-client communications from Australian intelligence, just as Australia failed to protect its own citizens’ personal health information from the NSA. There are some upsides too; but to identify and exploit them, we need to start thinking in a more grown-up way about what it means to live in a networked world.

Event Schedule
Registration 3:00 – 3:30 PM
Presentation 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Reception 5:30 – 6:30 PM

National Day of Action: Spies, Lies and Secret Files. Press Conference in SF. @ Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

There will be two Bay Area events:

Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am – Thursday, April 10
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm – Thursday, April 10
Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA

National Day of Action: Spies, Lies and Secret Files. Rally in Oakland!
Apr 11 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am
April 10th is the National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Protests, rallies, and teach-ins will take place in cities all over the country to draw attention to the spy centers in our midst. Fusion Centers facilitate the gathering, storing, and sharing of intelligence data that bares our lives and violate our basic human rights to privacy and civil liberties. There are an estimated 85 fusion centers all over the United States.

There will be two Bay Area events:

Press Conference at NCRIC Fusion Center in San Francisco

11:00am – Thursday, April 10
Northern California Regional Intelligence Center
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Oakland Press Conference / Rally at City Hall

6:00pm – Thursday, April 10
Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater
14th & Broadway
Oakland, CA

Film Showing: Spies of Mississippi. @ Niebyl-Proctor Library
Apr 12 @ 2:00 am – 4:00 am
Protest Against Staples – Protest to Keep Living Wage Jobs at the Post Office. @ berkeley staples
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join American Postal Worker Union members protesting against Post Office counters in Staples stores staffed by low wage Staples employees instead of living wage Postal Union members.

MATT TAIBBI: “The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” @ First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Apr 13 @ 2:30 am – 4:30 am

Tickets via Brown Paper Tickets or at Pegasus Books (3 locations), Marcus Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL a Bookstore. SF: Modern Times 

Hot news!  Matt Taibbi has left Rolling Stone and just joined Pierre Omidyar’s group of original, independent journalists to produce a second digital magazine. The first is The Intercept, with writing by Glen Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and other fearless journalists.

From the award-winning investigative journalist and bestselling author of The Great Derangement and Griftopia comes another devastating portrait of American values in our polarized age, a galvanizing exploration of how our growing wealth gap is not just warping our economy, but transforming the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship.

THE DIVIDE: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap is a probing investigation of one of the most pressing issues facing us today: the increasing wealth gap and how it is affecting our system of justice. “The Divide,” reveals our two most troubling trends – enormous wealth inequality on one hand and an increasingly punitive, intrusive state on the other, resulting in our basic rights now being determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime.

Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Great Derangement and Griftopia.

Donald Goldmacher, Producer/Director of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?,  is a longtime filmmaker, labor activist, and community psychiatrist with decades of experience.
His first film, “Do No Harm,” exposed the controversial marketing and research practices of the pharmaceutical industry. His recent feature documentary “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House”, won over 20 festival awards and aired on HBO and television around the world.

KPFA Benefit

Apr 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Robin Hood Committee needs your help gathering signatures to place two initiatives on the November ballot. The initiatives will create $4.5 million for affordable housing and other city services in Berkeley by taxing the windfall profits of large landlords. Right now, Berkeley tenants are paying more than $100 million a year in excess rent, wealth that is taken out of our community. We can recapture a fraction of that by putting these measures to a vote of the people.

Join us this Sunday to pick up petitions and a partner for signature gathering.

Cant make it Sunday or want petitions earlier? Call us at 1-510-548-FAH-1. The Robin Hood Committee is supported by the Green Party of Alameda County, Councilmembers Worthington and Arreguin, Rent Board members Stephens, Harr, Soto-Vigil and Townley, the Berkeley Tenants Union and many others.
The Windfall Profits Tax on High Rents Initiative will raise the business license tax on residential rental units by 1.9%, but exempts small live-in and low-income landlords with less than 10 units. It also reduces the tax for units occupied by long-term tenants with moderate rents. In order not to discourage new construction, it allows a 20 year exemption from the increase starting with initial occupancy of the building. This is expected to raise $4.5 million annually for the City’s general fund to start with, rising as units occupied by long-term tenants turn over, as 20 year exemptions expire and as rents continue to rise. The tax cannot be passed on to tenants, since current tenants are protected by the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.
The Affordable Housing Initiative will require the City Council to set aside at least $3 million annually for the Housing Trust Fund, which is used to develop affordable housing for low-income people either through new construction or acquisition and rehabilitation of existing housing by non-profit organizations. Once passed by the voters, Council will have 120 days to do a fiscal analysis and determine whether to accept the measure or to reduce or veto the allocation. The $3 million set-aside is expected to derive from the windfall profits tax revenue described above. Activists consider passage of the tax measure to be the best means of ensuring that the City can invest in affordable housing without reducing other needed services.
Background: Rents in Berkeley are rising to record highs, bringing windfall profits to most landlords while tenant incomes remain stagnant. Rents are going up because Berkeley is a very desirable place to live, not because landlords have so greatly improved the buildings they own. A strong Bay Area economy and public investments in the University, transit, parks and other public services all make Berkeley an attractive place to live. When public activities increase the value of private property it is only fair that the public recapture a small fraction of the value we the people create and use it for public benefit rather than allowing it all to be taken for private profit.
Before 1999 Berkeley had a strong rent control system that only allowed landlords to raise rents enough to provide a constitutionally required fair return on their investment but did not allow windfall profits at the expense of tenants. In 1999 the State legislature imposed �vacancy decontrol�, which now allows landlords to raise rents without limit whenever a new tenant moves in.
As a result, 85% of Berkeley’s older rentals have had vacancy increases. Tenants are now paying more than $100 million annually in additional rent, over and above what is needed to provide landlords with a fair return on their investment. Real, inflation-adjusted rents have gone up by more than 50% yet Berkeley’s landlords are taking out permits for building renovations equal in value to less than 3% of their massive annual rent increases. This transfer of wealth from Berkeley tenants to landlords, the majority of whom live outside of Berkeley, drains money from the community and increases demands for public services of all kinds, from social services to subsidized housing to public safety.

P.S. We only have until May 10 � we need you today!

Global Day Against Military Spending. @ Federal Building, Oakland
Apr 14 – Apr 15 all-day

Global Day Against Military Spending, Monday, April 14

Join the Bay Area New Priorities Campaign and folks from more than a dozen peace & justice organizations to  distribute a GDAMS brochure to commuters at BART stations during morning and evening rush hours.  Below is a list of BART stations and contact info.

Press conference
In front of the Federal Building, 13th & Clay, downtown Oakland, CA, 11:30 am
Speakers will include leaders from the faith community, a representative of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and a representative of Mayors for Peace.

The press conference will be followed at noon by a “Living Graveyard” vigil to honor the lives lost in the Afghan and Iraq wars and draw attention to the social costs of military spending. The Living Graveyard is organized by Ecumenical Peace Institute and the East Bay Coalition to Support Self-Rule for Iraqis.

For additional contact information about BART actions:   <>

San Francisco
Embarcadero BART Station,    7-8:45 am
Rozali Telbis       <>

Powell Street BART Station,     9-10 am
99% Coalition  <>

Montgomery Street BART Station,  4-6 pm
Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom SF

Civic Center BART Station,   7-9 am
Physicians for Social Responsibility   <>

16th Street/Mission BART Station,  noon-1 pm
Kathy Lipscomb  <>

24th Street/Mission BART Station
noon-1 pm  SEIU 1021 Peace & Solidarity Committee    <>
4 pm    Veterans for Peace

Glen Park BART Station, 7-9 am
AFSC/SF Friends Meeting    <>

Wednesday April 16,  5:30-6:30 pm
Place : Montgomery Street BART Station

Downtown Berkeley BART Station, 7:15-9:15 am
Grandmothers Against War   <>

Ashby BART Station, 7-9 am
Grandmothers Against War   <>

North Berkeley BART Station, 7-9 AM
Asian Americans for Peace & Justice <>

El Cerrito
El Cerrito Plaza BART station,  6:30-8:30 am
El Cerrito Democratic Club <>  & East Bay Peace Action

El Cerrito del Norte BART Station, 6:30-8:30 am
East Bay Peace Action   <>

West Oakland BART Station,   7:30-9:30    Women for Genuine Security
<> <>
4-7 pm    Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom EBay

12th Street BART Station,  7-9 am
Fellowship of Reconciliation  <>

19th Street BART Station,  7-9 am
Fellowship of Reconciliation  <>

MacArthur BART Station,  7-9 am, 4-6 pm
Western States Legal Foundation    <>

Piedmont Ave Area, 7-9 am
Piedmont Peace Group

Rockridge BART Station,  7-9 am
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club   <>

Lake Merritt BART Station,  7-9 am
Oakland Educational Association (tbc)

Fruitvale BART Station, 7-9 am    Bay Area Labor Committee for Peace & Justice   <>
4-6 pm   School of the Americas Watch <robertnixon@mindspring>, Oakland Catholic Worker

San Leandro
San Leandro BART Station,  7-8:30 am,  School of the Americas Watch   <>

Hayward BART Station,  7-9 am
South Alameda County Peace & Justice Coalition  <>

South Hayward
South Hayward BART Station,  7-9 am
Hayward Democratic Club   <>

Place: Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station,   7:30-9 am
Tri-Valley CARES    <>

Place: Richmond BART Station, 7-9 pm
Richmond Progressive Alliance

Concord BART Station,  6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

Place : Lafayette BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

North Concord/Martinez
North Concord/Martinez BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

Orinda BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

Pittsburg/Bay Point
Pittsburg/Bay Point BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

Pleasant Hill
Place: Lafayette BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>

Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek BART Station, 6:30-8 am
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center   <>


Protest Against Staples – Protest to Keep Living Wage Jobs at the Post Office. @ El Cerrito Staples, across from BART Station
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Join American Postal Worker Union members protesting against Post Office counters in Staples stores staffed by low wage Staples employees instead of living wage Postal Union members.

Justice For Alejandro Nieto @ San Francisco City Hall
Apr 14 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Monday, April 14th the parents of Alejandro Nieto will file a Claim against the City and County of San Francisco for the egregious and wrongful death of their son (28 years old), shot dead by San Francisco Police officers on March 21st, 2014 on Bernal Hill Park.

After the filing, on the front steps of City Hall at 3:00 p.m, a representative of the Nieto Family will make a brief statement to the press. Please support the family’s claim for justice by joining us at City Hall.

Occupy Forum: Our Homes, Our Neighborhoods– The Fight to Wake up the City. @ Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
Apr 15 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am
OccupyForum presents� 

Our Homes, Our Neighborhoods–

The Fight to Wake up the City,

Stop Displacement,

and Take Back Control of Our Communities


Guest speakers Julien Ball / SF ACCE

and foreclosure and eviction fighters like Eviction-Free SF


On the heels of a foreclosure crisis that devastated the southeast side, San Francisco saw a tech boom.
Real estate speculators took advantage of the cheap land and are making super-profits off wealthier San Francisco transplants, while kicking long-time homeowners and renters out of their homes using foreclosures, rental evictions, and buy-outs.

Meanwhile, newer businesses in neighborhoods like the Mission cater to the needs of the wealthier residents; in one particularly egregious example, Local’s Corner, (an upscale restaurant,) has denied service to Latino residents in their very own Mission.

The needs of long-time San Franciscans are often ignored, and we are made to feel like strangers in our own neighborhoods.

And then, a trigger: Alex Nietos murdered by police in Bernal Heights.

Find out how our neighbors are banding together to fight to stay in San Francisco and control what our neighborhoods look like. And join forces with those of us who find unacceptable a dynamic where a beloved young man is shot in cold blood for looking too brown.

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


Film Showing: Shift Change. True Storied of Dignified Jobs in Democratic Workplaces. @ La Pena Cultural Center
Apr 16 @ 2:30 am – 4:00 am

There will be a screening of the workers’ cooperative documentary Shift Change

The film was premiered at Grand Lake last October. Here’s the site for the film if you are interested:

Before the showing here will be a pizza and pastry pop-up at 6:00 PM!

After the film there will be a presentation by the filmmakers and a Q&A with members of local cooperatives, including Arizmendi.


Local’s Walk of Shame – San Francisco @ 24th & Bryant
Apr 18 @ 1:00 am – 3:00 am

To the naked eye, Local’s Corner looks like any other overpriced restaurant that’s popped up in the Mission in recent years. But it’s even worse. It has denied service–at least twice–to groups of Mission residents of color who tried to order food. Its owner, Yaron Milgrom, owns three other businesses in the neighborhood: Local’s Eatery, Local’s Market and Local’s Cellar. A server at Local’s Eatery has filed suit for sexual harassment. Join us as we tell Milgrom to respect civil rights, issue a public apology, and give back to the community through local hire, affirmative action and community benefits agreements.

At a time of massive displacement, and at a time when Alex Nieto, an unarmed man, can be killed by police at the top of Bernal hill while eating a burrito, it’s time to send a message that long-time residents and people of color have a right to live, eat and enjoy life in their own communities!

Sponsored by Mission/Bernal ACCE and Our Mission No Eviction

Facebook event.

International Day of Peasant Resistance: A REPORT BACK FROM BRAZIL & BENEFIT CONCERT @ La Pena Cultural Center
Apr 18 @ 2:00 am – 5:30 am
A celebration and inquiry into the international struggle for land, food and our own labor:  Who is Movimento Sem Terra?

In February a delegation of 15 representatives from U.S. social movements traveled to Brazil to attend the National Congress of the Landless Workers Movement (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Terra, or MST). The Congress was a celebration of the MST’s thirty-years of struggle, and a debate about its future.

This event is a report-back to the Bay Area community at large, with insights into the MST’s structure and strategy, and examples of how they’re changing relations to land and labor.

Followed by a concert by local artists: Cradle Duende, Diana Gameros, & The Black Riders Liberation Party!

Report back by Bay Area Delegates: Effie Rawlings of Occupy the Farm, Shango Abiola of The Black Riders Liberation Party, and Rebecca Tarlau of Friends of the MST

This event is in solidarity with The International Day of Peasant Resistance which commemorates the massacre of 19 MST activists at the hands of state military police on April 17th, 1996.

Tickets are $10-20, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.

All proceeds benefit ongoing political organizing between the Bay Area and the MST.

Purchase advance tickets at

RSVP and invite friends to the facebook event!

“No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant” Oakland Book Release @ East Side Cultural Center
Apr 19 @ 1:30 am – 4:00 am

“Oscar Grant was murdered for the first time on January 1, 2009; he would be murdered by the courts and the media soon thereafter.”

Join the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, ONYX, and Davey D in a discussion with award winning journalist and author, Thandisizwe Chimurenga on her recently released book, “No Doubt: The Murder of Oscar Grant”. Watch the book trailer.

Chimurenga uses her writing as political activism. In ‘No Doubt: The Murder(s) of Oscar Grant,’ she connects the systematic state-sanctioned violence against young Black males through the case of Oscar Grant’s murder by police on January 1, 2009 in California’s Bay Area.

Thandisizwe is a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (1990) and is currently a member of Black August Los Angeles. She has received awards from New America Media for “Outstanding Reporting on Health and Health Care” (2013 Ethnic Media Awards), the All African Women’s Revolutionary Union as a “Grassroots Media Advocate” (2010 Mawina Kouyate Daughters of Africa Award), and she was recognized by the African Community Centers for Unity and Self-­Determination as a “Pioneer for African Unity and Victory” (Atlanta, 2009). She came to journalism through activism and sees her writing as a form of activism.

Food will be provided. Books will be available for purchase.


New Deal Film Festival by Save the Berkeley Post Office. @ BFUU
Apr 19 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

New Deal Film Festival presented by the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee. Films from the 30’s. Two evenings of double features: April 18th & April 25th.

Save Knowland Park Rally @ Oakland Zoo entrance
Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SATURDAY, April 19, 10 am-1pm: SAVE THIS DATE for our big Friends of Knowland Park Earth Day Rally at the Oakland Zoo entrance!

SPECIAL GUESTS: COUNTRY JOE MCDONALD and the duo of Hali Hammer and Randy Berge! If you can only come out to help with one thing, this is it! Our goal is to turn out even more people than our last successful rally, so please come and bring your friends!

SHOWING UP MATTERS. Homemade signs are great—we will have a bunch, but bring your own if you can (or organize your own sign-making party and we’ll contribute materials!) We’ll have music, fun, some surprises and inspiration! The great places that have been saved, from Yosemite down to small bayside parcels, have been saved because lots of ordinary people took a stand and fought to protect them. This is ours – time to take to the street and stand up for what you believe in! Watch our new video!

Oakland Zoo is at the intersection of Golf Links Road and Mountain Blvd. Allow time for parking on nearby streets and walking to zoo entrance; please carpool, if possible. Let us know if you have something special you could contribute to make it a fun and fruitful rally. Bring water, sunscreen, lunch and plan a picnic in Knowland Park after the rally! Please RSVP to so we have a rough head count for planning purposes.

Earth Day Parade and Rally: San Francisco @ Chelsea (Bradley) Manning Plaza, foot of Market St
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


The Earth Day Action Parade

is Sat. April 19th, in conjunction with The Earth Day San Francisco Festival (EDSF). The March/Parade will be from Justin Herman Plaza at 11:30 to the main EDSF Festival at the UN Plaza, with a short Rally at the Main Stage, at 1pm. Pre-events (rallies, marches) as feed-ins from local groups across the Bay Area are being planned.

Impact – Bringing Political Action Back to Earth Day

Earth Day is the single largest day of environmental action. This year, the SF theme is “Action”. Last year 8,000 attended EDSF, aiming for 10,000 this year. Climate and environmental activism is front and central this year.

Your Message, Artistic

Not your “standard” march, The Earth Day Action Parade will be in sections that emphasize themes/messages with artistic visuals or small floats, including:  Why/Morality: Children’s Brigade and faith groups  Environmental Justice: Impacted Communities, Health impacts of Fossil Fuels,  Problems/Dangers: Keystone XL, Fracking, Big Oil refinery expansions, Extreme Weather, and  Solutions: Solar, Wind, Mass Transit, Bicycles, Electric Vehicles (EV’s), Resilient Communities…

See (under Events):
 For more information
 To Endorse or become a Sponsor
 To post your organization’s Demands
 To Volunteer (many roles are available) Make The Earth Day Action Parade a significant statement and spread the word about your organization!
Organizations Contact: Rand Wrobel (, 510.914-2349) Volunteers Contact: John Anderson (

The Art Party
Apr 20 @ 1:00 am – 5:00 am



Live Art.