Oakland Tenants Union monthly meeting @ Madison Park Apartments, community room
Nov 12 @ 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.

Stop the Eviction of Homeless Women at #HousingAndDignityVillage: Court Support @ Wiley Manuel Courthouse, Courtroom 2, 4th floor
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Thanks to community members holding it down we were able to resist our eviction this weekend, but we’re still fighting for a court order to keep #HousingandDignityVillagethriving. Pack the court TUESDAY @ 2pm (Courtroom 2 on the 4th floor at Clay Street) to show your support for autonomous community driven solutions to this crisis! #homesforall #solidarity

Bay Area Labor Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice @ International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Building on the strong labor contingent in the September 8 march for climate, jobs, and justice, Bay Area labor activists and allies are continuing to meet to talk about  next steps.  The next meeting will discuss whether to  establish a Bay Area chapter of Labor Network for Sustainability and how to best go forward to shape labor’s response to climate change.

Food will be provided. Pot luck contributions are welcome but not required. PLEASE RSVP to make sure there’s enough food for everyone.


How Game Apps Collect Children’s Data @ ICSI, 6th Floor
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Please join us at Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), where Serge Egelman will share his research on how game apps have been collecting kids data. Serge’s work has been covered by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Serge’s team examined more than 5000 of the most popular kids apps and more than 50% appear to be failing to protect kids privacy.

Serge Egelman is the Research Director of Usable Security and Privacy at ICSI and is a returning Privacy Lab speaker.

ICSI will host us at 1947 Center Street in Berkeley (6th floor). Doors will open by 6pm for networking and Serge’s presentation will start at 6:30pm.

If you arrive after 6pm, someone will be there to help with after hours admissions (the front doors and elevators require key cards after 6pm).

Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State @ Omni Commons
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out our sister site DeportICE.



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

No Coal in Richmond Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Photo: KPIX News

Join Richmond community activists to discuss initiatives to stop the export of coal from Richmond’s Levin Terminal.   Get updated on the various connected efforts to make Richmond coal-free:  implementing air monitoring under AB 617, maintaining momentum with the Richmond City Council, and developing a bulletproof anti-coal ordinance. Learn how you can help monitor the coal trains that are leaking their toxic load throughout Richmond’s residential neighborhoods, and find out how activists in Oakland, Richmond and Vallejo are coming together to just say no to coal.



Stop Insuring Climate Change @ Hilton
Nov 15 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Insurance companies are supposed to protect us from catastrophic risks.  Yet when it comes to climate change, the largest threat to humanity, U.S. insurance companies are doing the exact opposite.  With their massive investments in fossil fuel companies and insuring of drilling and mining projects, the U.S. insurance industry is making a terrible problem worse.  This has to stop.  Hundreds of lobbyists for the U.S. insurance industry are coming to downtown San Francisco for a convention.  Join us at lunch time to send them a message:  Insure Our Future—Stop Insuring Climate Change!

Meet us at the corner of Taylor and O’Farrell at 11:45 AM.  We’ll have colorful costumes (Aflac duck, anyone?), signage, and some great guest speakers. This will be an enjoyable, non-arrestable action.

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SAVE PEOPLE’S PARK RALLY @ Mario Savio Steps, Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Tell UC: Hands Off Our Park!

Protect Our Green Space, Trees, Community, History, Free Speech, Social Justice, Civil Rights, Powe Gardens, Music, Art, Style, Freebox, Recreation, the


The Iran Agenda Today: The Real Story Inside Iran and What’s Wrong with US Policy @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Based on frequent, first-hand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda Today explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and reveals how it has led to a misguided showdown over nuclear technology. Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich notes that all the major U.S. intelligence agencies agree Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since at least 2003. He explores why Washington nonetheless continues saber rattling, and he provides a detailed critique of mainstream media coverage of Iran. The book further details the popular protests that have rocked Tehran despite repression by the country’s own Deep State. Erlich offers insights on Iran’s domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse populations over this recent era. His analysis draws on past interviews with high-ranking Iranian officials, the former shah’s son, Reza Pahlavi, and Iranian exiles in Los Angeles, as well as his trip to Tehran with actor Sean Penn.Erlich’s book Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You, co-authored  with Norman Solomon was a best seller in 2003. His fifth book, Inside Syria: the Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (foreword by Noam Chomsky) was published in 2014. In a starred review of Inside SyriaPublisher’s Weekly wrote that Erlich’s “insights and conclusions are objective and valuable… essential reading for understanding the current turmoil in the Middle East.

Norman Solomon is the author of a dozen books including “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, where he coordinates the program for whistleblowers and press freedom, and co-founder of


Sabrina Jacobs is host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 -4pm. She covers local breaking news as well as global events, informing listeners about the latest social injustices. Ms. Jacobs is also currently serving as staff representative/vice chair of Pacifica Radio’s National Board.

Bay Area Landless People’s Alliance General Meeting @ Omni Commons
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bay Area Landless Peoples Alliance:

Regional meeting of landless activists of the San Francisco Bay Area

Film Screening, “Human Flow” Directed by Artist Ai Weiwei @ Revolution Books
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

65 million people worldwide are fleeing war, ethnic cleansing, environmental catastrophe. Filmed in 23 countries over two years, the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei brings to life the immense human scale of the worldwide refugee crisis.

The film’s aerial photography shows the destruction of Mosul by the U.S. in Iraq, sub-Saharan Africa where 26 percent of the world’s refugees are located, the vast network of permanent camps in the Middle East, and the open-air prison of Gaza and the U.S.-Mexican border.

Ai Weiwei gives voice to the people living through this and to their hopes and their dignified determination to be treated as human beings.

Eyewitness Mexico: Report & Video from Refugee Caravan
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A team of journalists from Liberation News traveled to Mexico in early Nov. to document the refugee caravan. Thousands of mainly Honduran families walking thousands of miles to the U.S. border are fleeing incredible violence and poverty in their home country as a direct result of decades of U.S. exploitation and intervention in the region. These increased hardships stem directly from the 2009 U.S.-backed coup in Honduras that ousted the democratically-elected progressive leader Manuel Zelaya installing a rightwing puppet government and unleashing widespread violence throughout the country.

Join us for an eyewitness report and video from PSL organizer Gloria La Riva documenting the stories of those on the caravan and the mass support they have received from the people of Mexico as they traveled to the border.

Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.

Nov 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Are you thinking about going solar – tapping the sun for your energy needs? But you have so many questions, you don’t know where to start? Solar Simplified will provide a strong foundation for your decision-making. Solar is more accessible and affordable than ever, and the industry is rapidly changing. Solar expert Doug McKenzie will discuss the latest solar products, rebates, and technologies, plus the factors that are advancing or limiting the future of solar in the US. Presentation followed by Q&A, so bring your questions!

Topics include:

Why: The environmental and financial benefits of solar
What: How a PV system works, and the latest technology
Solar Financing: Owning versus leasing, low-income options, rebates
Other Considerations: Contractors, home selling, policies, Community Choice energy
Getting Off Gas: Batteries, electric cars, electric appliances
Jobs: The growth of solar in CA, US, the world, and how to get a foot in the door

Doug McKenzie retired early from HP after almost 20 years in software development and customer support. Before HP, he received a degree in Applied Math from UC Berkeley. After HP, he is living his dreams as a solar educator and consultant and as a career coach helping people through career transitions. He’s the East Bay development manager for non-profit solar installer and is on the Board of NorCal Solar. Doug lives in Berkeley and drives an electric car powered by rooftop solar.

People Get Ready: Charting a path forward to building powerful movements and the radical left @ Dwinelle Hall Room, UC Berkeley
Nov 17 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm


The People Get Ready II planning committee has been hard at work to make November 17 a powerful gathering for learning and discussion. This one day conference is aimed at assessing the post-midterm terrain and charting a path forward to building powerful movements and the radical left. People Get Ready II will include two powerful keynotes, nine discussion sessions, and a workshop featuring dozens of visionary organizers from the Bay and beyond.

At last year’s conference, our comrade Linda Burnham urged us to take up the often-difficult task of balancing our revolutionary imagination with the brutal realities we face.  Amid war, right-wing terror, racist state policy, environmental devastation, and capitalist barbarism, it seems that the fate of our peoples and the planet requires the utmost from our imaginations and our energies on the ground.  And times aren’t without hope. A growing tide of people all over the world are mobilizing, strategizing, and building the liberatory politics and movements necessary for us to live in humane and sustainable societies.

Our goal is to create a space where people in struggle can converge to understand where we are, what we’re up against, how to fight back, build strength, and shift power—now and into the future.  Join us for People Get Ready II.

Details are still being worked out but we are proud to share what we’ve got so far!

People Get Ready II will feature the following sessions:

  • Taking Stock: Analyzing the Political Terrain after the Midterms
  • Hard Work: New Battles, New Organizing in the Workplace and Beyond
  • Spanning the Globe: Internationalist Solidarity vs. US Militarism
  • Land: The Basis of Freedom, Justice and Equality
  • Who’s Got the Power?: A Workshop on Assessing the Balance of Forces
  • Towards 2020: People Power at the Ballot Box and in the Streets
  • No Pasarán!: Strategies to Defeat Fascism and the Authoritarian Right
  • Against Displacement: Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Move, Freedom to Return
  • Deep and Wide: Building Alliances with Teeth
  • Fighting to Win: Cultivating a Successful Left Strategy

Speakers will include:

Aimee Allison (She the People)

Brace Belden (DSA)

Calvin Cheung-Miaw (Left Inside/Outside Project)

Cathi Tactaquin (National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Clare Bayard (Catalyst Project)

Claude Marks (Freedom Archives)

Donté Clark

Ellen Choy (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

Elsadig Elsheik (Haas Institute)

Francesca Fiorentini

Isaac Ontiveros (Center for Political Education)

Kimi Lee (Bay Rising)

Kung Feng (Jobs with Justice—San Francisco)

Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource & Organizing Center)

Leila Sayed-Taha (Arab Resource & Organizing Center)

Linda Evans (co-founder and former staff, All of Us or None)

Maria Poblet (LeftRoots)

Max Elbaum (Organizing Upgrade)

N’Tanya Lee (LeftRoots)

Rebecca Gordon

Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz

Saba Waheed (UCLA Labor Center)

Sara Kershnar (International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network)

Tony Samara (Urban Habitat/Right to the City)

Tur-Ha Ak (Community Defense Corps)

Vanessa Moses (Causa Justa :: Just Cause)

Walter Turner (Africa Today)

As we put the finishing touches on our program, we will share news about more of our exciting guests!


We are excited to have People Get Ready II endorsed by the following organizations:

Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA), Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC), Ambedkar King Study Circle, Asians 4 Black Lives, Bay Resistance, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, Dignidad Rebelde, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy(EBASE), Freedom Archives, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, GABRIELA–SF, Generative Somatics, Haiti Action Committee, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK), International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Jobs with Justice San Francisco, Labor and Community Studies–City College of San Francisco, LeftRoots, Movement Generation, National Lawyers Guild–SF, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Organizing Upgrade, Palestinian Youth Movement, PODER, Race and Resistance Studies—SFSU, Teachers for Social Justice, Underground Scholars Initiative, Viet Unity.

To pre-register or sign up to volunteer at the conference, click here.

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Free Workshop: Divest from War and Fossil Fuels @ Berkeley South Library
Nov 17 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Align your money with your values– stop funding war and fossil fuels!

Free Workshop to help you align your money with your values, break up with your Wall Street bank (Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Chase, etc.), and divest from investments in fossil fuels and weapons. Join the growing movement for a “Peace Economy” and withdraw financial support from the War Economy.

Optional: Bring your laptop or other wi-fi-enabled device for a hands-on experience.

Learn to:
Identify local banks and credit unions where you can move your money with confidence. Break up with your Wall Street bank and keep your money local and used for community needs.

Use tools such as the online “As You Sow” program to discover if you’re invested in weapons and fossil fuels, plus identify socially responsible funds that perform as well as funds invested in weapons and fossil fuels.

Form support groups for continued mutual assistance on how to move your money.

Presenters include Cynthia Papermaster of CODEPINK, Sandy Emerson of Fossil Free California, Dave Peattie and Steve Murphy of Indivisible Berkeley Economic Justice Team.

Handouts, refreshments, hands-on workshop.

Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Exploring the difficult conversations in our lives around race and power. How do we approach the challenging conversations, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

Members of the White Noise Collective will facilitate a workshop exploring the difficult conversations in our lives around race and power. How do we approach the challenging conversations, whether it’s about confederate flags, Donald Trump, cultural appropriation, Palestine/Israel, or even just racism and racial justice in general?

This workshop is an opportunity to dive in much deeper with structured time to practice a range of difficult conversations around highly-charged racial issues. We will be sharing some basic skill-building tools in how to approach conversations, and then explore scenarios relevant to the lives of participants. This will include examination of some of the ways that internalized sexism can impact our courageous speaking capacities.

Small group work, role-plays, and Theater of the Oppressed techniques will support seeing tough communication blocks in a new light. We’ll try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

Contact with ticket requests or questions.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION The space is wheelchair accessible. We ask that you do your best to arrive at the event scent/fragrance free to keep the space as low-scent as possible to support people with chemical and scent sensitivities – please see for helpful information.

Sunflower Alliance Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please join us for our regular biweekly meeting of the Sunflower Alliance. We’ll discuss ongoing eco-campaigns and plans for the future. Newcomers and old friends welcome — we need your participation and your voice. Come early to hang out and share a potluck lunch.

Potluck lunch: 12:30 PM

Build Your Own Internet! v5 @ Omni Commons
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Do you think internet should be a public commons rather than a corporate monopoly?

Following Aspiration Tech’s annual Nonprofit Software Development Summit, come on over to Omni Commons to learn about the history of the internet, how it works, and how to build your own. Meet and mingle with civic hackers and organizers behind PeoplesOpen.Net: an open, community-based, wireless network in the East Bay.

Join us for food, family-friendly activities, and conversation about the state of the internet today, the physical work that goes into stewarding an internet commons, and the possibilities you see in owning and operating a piece of a community wireless network.

* No experience building internets necessary! Experience living and speaking with neighbors in your communities desired! Curiosity recommended 🙂 *

– Print a t-shirt and make buttons!
– Crimp an internet cable!
– Learn about the sweet nothings computers whisper to each other when you aren’t looking!
– Map your neighborhood resources!
– Eat tasty foods!

2:00pm – Why/what/how of the internet
2:30pm – Snack, mingle, share and experiment
3:00pm – Hands-on workshop with a variety of learning stations
5:00pm – end.

Donations accepted to offset the cost of tasty food!

Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 18 @ 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:

BAAQMD Grapples with Tar Sands, @ Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Nov 19 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

In August, at the urging of Idle No More SF Bay, several Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) staff and board members journeyed to British Columbia to meet with government officials and First Nations people resisting the Canadian Trans Mountain Pipeline, and then to Alberta to tour tar sands extraction sites.  This special Board of Directors meeting features the report back from that trip.

Speakers will include the BAAQMD delegation and some of the people the delegation met with in Canada: Charlene Aleck, elected Councilor from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia, Tzephorah Berman from, Dave Collier, and Pennie Opal Plant from Idle No More SF Bay.

In 2017, Phillips 66 applied for an Air District permit to nearly triple the amount of oil it brings in by tanker to its Rodeo wharf.  This current proposal follows an unsuccessful attempt made by the refiner three years ago to bring in tar sands crude via oil trains to its Central Coast refinery in Santa Maria.  That refinery is joined by pipeline to the refinery in Rodeo; together they comprise what Phillips 66 calls the San Francisco Refinery.  The Santa Maria project was stopped by the tireless efforts of Northern California activists all along the rail lines, who ultimately persuaded the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to deny approval.  Now Phillips 66 is resuming its attempts to convert to tar sands refining.  The current status of its Rodeo “wharf expansion” proposal is unknown, however.  The Draft Environmental Project has not yet been released, and it’s unclear what action the Air District will ultimately take.

The November 19th meeting should expose the very real connections between Canadian tar sands mining, Indigenous rights, and the potentially serious impacts on Bay Area frontline communities and on the global climate.  Will the BAAQMD, a major local enforcer of California climate policy, take its role of climate protector seriously enough to erect a protective barrier around the Bay and ensure that extra-toxic tar sands are kept out of local refinery crude slates?  Bay Area climate justice activists are watching closely.

See you on the 19th!

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