Emergency protest in response to reported Berkeley ICE arrests. @ Old City Hall
Mar 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library READING CAPITAL VOLUME ONE, CHAPTER ONE @ Niebyl Proctor Library
Mar 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Before we even start, let’s remember Marx’s warning to “those readers who zealously seek the truth. There is no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.” Our discussion will get as for into Chapter One as possible. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (translated by Ben Fowkes, 1976).)

Seating is limited, so plan to come early. We start promptly.
FREE – but hat will be passed for donations to NPML

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

For our full schedule, go to


Say No Tar Sands in the Bay Area @ Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Mar 19 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

RSVP through 350 Bay Area here or on Facebook here.

For the last several years, the Bay Area has been part of an international movement to stop the expansion of the tar sands. We’ve supported efforts led by Indigenous peoples across North America against Keystone XL, Line 3, Energy East, and Kinder Morgan. All of these projects would dramatically increase the amount of dirty oil extracted, transported, and burned around the world. These tar sands projects impact all of us — and now it’s time to fight against this expansion in our own backyard.

2017 was a year of drought and fires for the Bay Area and much of California. Already, we’re seeing the real impacts that climate change creates for our communities — from burned homes, losss of agricultural land, job loss, and mass displacement in an area where we’re already facing extremely high cost of living.

If we’re going to truly address this climate crisis, we must demand that our local decision makers reject all new oil, gas, and coal projects, and move rapidly to a just and equitable 100% renewable energy future.

Please join us on Monday to send a message to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and say NO to tar sands.

Demand OPD Charge Mateu for Sahleem’s Murder @ Oakland Police HQ
Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? OPD is responsible for the investigation of this murder, since it happened outside of BART property, across from West Oakland BART. Join us to demand that OPD do their job and charge Mateu for murder. Arrest him now!

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

Capture the Movement Workshop @ Oakland Peace Center
Mar 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us for a two hour photography workshop by activist and photographer Brooke Anderson. Whether you’re using your iPhone or a DSLR, through this workshop you will have the opportunity to:

• reflect on the role of photography in social movements and visual storytelling
• learn key principles of composition, lightening, exposure
• explore the settings and various “tips and tricks” on your camera phone
• practice taking portraits and get feedback
• discuss key issues around consent, representation, legal rights, etc.

Brooke Anderson is a social movement organizer and photographer based in Oakland, CA. Check out her work @

There is a suggested donation of $10 from any interested activists to help cover the costs of the event. Please email to register.

March for Our Lives San Francisco Rally @ Civic Center plaza square between Polk St. & McAllister St. & 9th St. & Grove St.
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Solidarity Rally at the Civic Center

Instead of crying they are speaking. Instead of mourning they are protesting. And instead of waiting, the children of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are begging for our help.

We must stand with them and #MarchForOurLives

Mission Statement of March for Our Lives:

Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students. We cannot allow one more family to wait for a call or text that never comes. Our schools are unsafe. Our children and teachers are dying. We must make it our top priority to save these lives.

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington, DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard.

School safety is not a political issue. There cannot be two sides to doing everything in our power to ensure the lives and futures of children who are at risk of dying when they should be learning, playing, and growing. The mission and focus of March For Our Lives is to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address these gun issues. No special interest group, no political agenda is more critical than timely passage of legislation to effectively address the gun violence issues that are rampant in our country.

Every kid in this country now goes to school wondering if this day might be their last. We live in fear.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Change is coming. And it starts now, inspired by and led by the kids who are our hope for the future. Their young voices will be heard.

Stand with us on March 24. Refuse to allow one more needless death.


WE CAN END URBAN SHIELD! All Out to Stop Militarized Policing in the Bay Area @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Rally & Press Conference to Urge Vote to DEFUND Urban Shield

10am – Rally & Press Conference
11am – Supervisors Meeting & Urban Shield Vote

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition at the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, where they will be voting on the Sheriff’s request to fund Urban Shield 2018. We are organizing to ensure they say NO! We want real, community-based preparedness for emergencies. Police militarization is not the answer.

We recently learned that Sheriff Ahern hosted ICE at the 2017 Urban Shield! We must turn out all our communities for this crucial vote. Alameda County must resist this blatant collusion with the horrific Trump and Sessions administration, and need to act on ending the racist tactics, and technologies being spread by Urban Shield.

It has only become clearer that Urban Shield does not provide disaster preparedness for the Bay Area. At the most recent Board meeting where AC Supervisors heard back from the Task Force assigned to evaluate Urban Shield, Sheriff Ahern demonstrated open disregard for the terms put in place by the Board to curb some of the program’s blatant racism and violence. Urban Shield clearly can not be reformed and must be defunded.

Take Action! Here’s how you can help.
Stop Urban Shield:

1) Come out on Tuesday, March 27th for our rally and press conference, and plan to stay so we pack the room during the Board of Supervisors vote on Urban Shield. The Board meeting starts at 11am and will likely go for a few hours. Please plan to stay a while or come late in order to make public comment if you can’t arrive by 10am.

2) Call and email the Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 26th. Here’s a sample script and their contact information that you can use:

Dear Supervisor _________, I am calling to urge you and your fellow Supervisors to take leadership in putting an end to the harmful and controversial Urban Shield program in Alameda County. On Tuesday, March 27th, you will be asked to decide whether to authorize funding for the Sheriff to hold Urban Shield in 2018.. By rejecting this, Alameda County can be a leader in prioritizing true community preparedness that is not based on fear and militarization. Despite your guidelines and community concerns, Sheriff Ahern has repeatedly demonstrated complete disregard for very serious concerns, most recently shown when he hosted both ICE and the Oath Keepers at last year’s Urban Shield. I urge you to take action by saying no to the authorization of any funding for Urban Shield. Thank you.

Supervisor Haggerty // (510) 272-6691
Supervisor Valle // (510) 272-6692
Supervisor Chan //dave.brown (510) 272-6693
Supervisor Miley // (510) 670-5962
Supervisor Carson // (510) 272-6695

3) Spread the word! Let all the people in your networks know that with a powerful turnout and strong community pressure, we can end Urban Shield once and for all on March 27th.

Criminal Conviction Reduction & Cannabis Business Resource Fair @ Golden Gate University School of Law
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come join Students for Sensible Drug Policy at GGU Law for a day of Education and Opportunities for Communities Unfairly Burdened by the War on Drugs.

The first component is an equity expungement clinic hosted by law students and supervised by volunteer attorneys. This first step is crucial to removing the stigma that a criminal convictions has on a person seeking to find employment or start a new business. We will be helping individuals fill out applications on

Second, is the education component. During this section we will educate attendees on writing a business plan, avoiding the pit falls of bad equity deals, and the other first steps to starting a business under the new state cannabis regulations. One hour of this education component will be a legal panel dedicated to answering some of these initial questions.

Third, we will have a resource fair for those individuals looking to start a business or just find out more about participating in the new adult-use industry.

Business Opportunities for Communities Affected by the War on Drugs

Criminal Conviction Reduction Application Assistance with Attorneys and Law Students (10:00am to 1:00pm)
Equity Applicant Information Session (12:00pm to 12:30pm)
Business Plan Tutorial with Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business Robert Shoffner (12:30pm to 1:30pm)
Legal Panel with Leading Cannabis Industry Attorneys (1:30pm to 2:30pm)
Woman Owned Cannabis Business Panel (2:30pm to 3:00pm)
Cannabis Industry Resource Fair and Networking for Equity Applicants (1:00pm to 5:00pm)

○ Resource Fair Participants: SF Office of Cannabis and Director Nicole Elliot; Brownie Mary Democratic Club; Oaksterdam University; Kiva’s incubatee Community Gardens; New Leaf; Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz); Flower Power SF; ReLeaf; GrassRoots; Manpower; San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development; SuperNova Women; SFCLG; SFCRA; UFCW Local 648; Alan, Kumin & Associates.

This is a FREE event, if not seeking to sponsor or receive CLE credits.

For more Information, Contact: ssdp.ggu [at]

*There will be no cannabis for sale at this event.

*Organizers reserve the right to remove individuals for disruptive behavior or public safety concerns.

Emergency protest of Israeli massacre in Gaza @ UN Plaza, Civic Center Bart
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

On March 30, Israeli occupation forces murdered at least 13 Palestinians and injured more than 1,200. using live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and huge quantities of tear gas. The massive protests in cities across Gaza — the world’s largest open-air prison — were held on Land Day and were the start of a six-week long mobilization leading up to al-Nakba Day, May 15, which commemorates the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 to make way for the state of Israel. The protest is called the Great March of Return, and demands that the expelled Palestinian be allowed to return to their land.

The Israeli occupation forces, while attempting to turn reality upside down by claiming to have been acting in “self-defense,” reported suffering zero casualties.

Join us to protest this latest atrocity by the Israeli occupiers and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Initiated by the Palestine Action Network

Day of Action for Stephon Clark! Caravan to Sacramento! @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Apr 4 @ 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm

On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark was gunned down in his backyard by the Sacramento Police Department. The Sacramento Community has been organizing and mobilizing to get #justice4stephon.

BLM Sacramento has called for a national day of action!

Oakland is responding to that call with a show of solidarity. We’ve rented vans to support them in Sacramento. If you want to ride with APTP, email us to reserve a seat: aptpinfo at

4/4 is also the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



National Day of Action – Protest in Sacramento @ DA's Office
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

A Summit to fight the Prison Industrial Complex

RSVP today. Space limited!
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Hosted by the No New SF Jail coalition, this event will bring together organizational partners and community activists working to stop the violence of the prison industrial complex in San Francisco. Summit presenters and participants will discuss interrelated topics such as jail construction, gang injunctions, justice for community members murdered by police, tasers, bail reform, increased policing on our streets, and more. Interactive workshops, trainings, and panel discussions will allow for participants to share information and strategize between campaigns. Our goal is to strengthen connections between our organizations and efforts in order to better address the interlocking impacts of imprisonment, policing, surveillance, courts, and prosecution in San Francisco. Join us!

Lunch provided. Donations accepted.

Current Sponsors Include: Asian Law Caucus, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Communities United Against Violence, Oakland Power Projects, DSA – Justice Committee, American Friends Service Committee, Critical Resistance Oakland, Californians United for a Responsible Budget.

Accessibility: Venue will be wheelchair accessible. Childcare and interpretation provided upon request, please contact us regarding this and other accessibility needs by March 31st.

Sponsorship: Would your organization like to join as a sponsor? Please contact us and fill out this quick survey.

Emergency Protest! Secretary of War Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis Speaking in SF @ Parc 55 Hotel
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
U.S. troops are fighting in seven countries and deployed in more than 100. The already huge military budget is being vastly expanded, with trillions of dollars projected to be spent on newer, more “usable” nuclear weapons.

At the same time, a McCarthyite hysteria has been created against Russia, intended to prepare the people here for new and extremely dangerous provocations against that country. Overseeing the huge military build-up is Secretary of “Defense” James Mattis, who will be speaking in San Francisco on Sat. April 14. Join us to say;

– No new war against Korea or Iran – End all U.S. wars around the world!
– Shut down all foreign bases & Bring all troops home!
– End the anti-Russia hysteria before it leads to war!!
– Stop the nuclear weapons build-up!
– Fund healthcare, housing, schools & jobs, not militarism!

Protest at Richmond Jail / Immigrant Detention Center @ West County Detention Facility
Apr 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In the wake of Bay Area ICE raids, the feds suing California, and a shutdown of CIVIC’s weekly visits to detainees, join the community circle to protest at Richmond’s West County Detention Center (WCDF)! Those detained right in our midst are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates. The impact of these racist, cruel separations has enormous economic and social impact on our communities. And the same is true for the general population in jail, who are also unfairly criminalized and detained for lengthy periods before trial.

• HEAR samba band Sistah Boom
• GET UPDATES from families of detained folks
• SHOUT with the Let Our People Go community circle

LET OUR PEOPLE GO is a youth-and-elder-friendly action that opposes the immorality of detentions/deportations and mass incarceration with activist debriefs, music, art, stories, poetry, interactive small groups, and representation from various faith communities and faithless humanists. Accessible site with parking, plus bathrooms right inside in the visitors waiting room.

The monthly Let Our People Go protests were initiated by members of Kehilla Community Synagogue on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 11am, modeled in part on the first Saturday vigils held by our partners at Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. A grassroots effort, Let Our People Go is organized by volunteers from Kehilla’s Immigration Committee. The ongoing participation from Bend the Arc Bay Area Solidarity activists, Congregation Beth El, and other regular attendees is what creates a powerful community circle, a sustained message of resistance to the powers that lets detainees and their loved ones know that estamos en la lucha con ellos. **If your school, network, affinity group or congregation is interested in getting involved, contact us at**

A one-hour protest, Let Our People Go is a way for our communities—especially those with citizenship privileges—to stand up for our peoples and bring more attention to this immoral site of internment right in our community. We aim to convey a sustained message of resistance to the right wing’s racist, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, ableist, transphobic, homophobic, misogynist ramp up of authoritarian policing, mass incarceration and deportation practices—if not now, when?

Demand DA O’Malley Charge Mateu with Murder of Sahleem Tindle @ Outsidfe the Rene Davidson Courthouse
Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

We’ve all seen the video! How is it that BART police officer Joseph Mateu has not already been charged with the murder of Sahleem Tindle, after he shot the 28 year old in the back three times? Join us to demand that Nancy O’Malley do her job and charge and prosecute Mateu for murder. O’Malley has yet to prosecute a single killer cop. It’s time to break that unjust record!

The family asks that people wear white for this action.

Sahleem Tindle was murdered by BART Police Officer Joseph Mateu on January 3, 2018. He is now back on the job, after only a two week leave. The family demands: fire, arrest, charge and prosecute Joseph Mateu!

#Justice4SAHLEEM TINDLE Killed by BART Police across from West Oakland BART

Rally and March: NO! TO U.S. WARS AT HOME & ABROAD @ Lake Merritt amphitheater
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Join us to rally and march to end wars at home and abroad.
Gather at 11 AM at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Rally at 11:30 AM
March to Oscar Grant Plaza at 12:30 PM
Rally at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater, 14th and Broadway at 1:30 PM
Speakers and program TBD

– End U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, sanction/embargo wars, and death squad assassination wars.

— Close all U.S. bases on foreign soil. Dismantle all nuclear weapons.

— Bring all U.S. troops home now. Self-determination not military intervention. U.S. hands off the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. End U.S. aid to apartheid Israel. Self-determination for Palestine. The U.S. cannot be the cop of the world.

– $Trillions for human needs. For jobs and social services, quality debt-free education and single payer health care. No to anti-union legislation. For $15 and a Union Now.

– Defend the environment against life-threatening fossil fuel-induced global warming. For a rapid transition to a 100 percent clean, sustainable energy system and retraining and jobs at union wages for all displaced energy workers.

— No to white supremacy and racist policies and actions against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous peoples. No to police brutality/murder. End racist mass incarceration. Black Lives Matter!

— No human being is illegal. No to deportations. Yes to DACA and TPS (Temporary Protective Status) and a just and early path to citizenship. No ban, no wall!

– No to sexism, sexual violence, and harassment and targeting of LGBTQI communities. Yes to equal work and pay. Support women’s reproductive rights.

The U.S. government and its leading Pentagon generals openly and repeatedly threaten nuclear war or massive military intervention against sovereign nations. Such is the case today with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. Simultaneously, U.S. military forces are at war in several nations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. Haiti and Honduras also face covert and ongoing U.S. intervention.

More than 800 U.S. military bases circle the globe in more than 170 countries at the cost of $trillions, while these same $trillions are subtracted from critical social programs at home. $Trillions in tax cuts and corporate bailouts are granted to the super rich while the war at home takes on virulent racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, Islamophobic and homophobic forms.

Current signers:
Cindy Sheehan, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox
Alice Walker, author
Nancy Price, Exec. Comm., Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Blanca Missé, Labor Rising; International Women’s Strike*
Alita Blanc, President, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF)*
Barbara L. Nielsen, Co-Chair, Nat’l DISARM-End Wars Committee, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, United States Section*; Member, WILPF San Francisco Branch*
Jeff Mackler, Northern California United National Antiwar Coal; Nat’l UNAC Administrative Comm.
Ellen Schwartz, former Program co-chair, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Section
Jack Fleck, Steering Committee, 350 Bay Area*
Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View, a National Black Newspaper
Pierre La Boissiere, Co-founder, Haiti Action Committee*
Irma Bajar, GABRIELA USA, national chairperson
Tova Fry, International Action Center
Monadel Herzallah, Labor organizer, antiwar activist
Walter Riley, Board Chair, Haiti Emergency Relief Fund; Chair, Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Alan Benjamin, Steering Committee, Labor Fightback Network; delegate, SF Labor Council*
David Welsh, Vets for Peace East Bay Chapter 162; Haiti Action Commi.* delegate SF Labor Council*
Don Bechler, Chair, Single Payer Now
Rick Sterling, Steering Committee, Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center; Hands Off Syria Coalition
Paul George, Director, Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Kamran Nayeri, Editor, Our Place in the World: A Journal of Ecosocialism
Stephen Bingham, Past President, SF Bay Area Chapter National Lawyers Guild; Marin Grassroots Coalition for Immigrant and Civil Rights*
Laura Herrera, Co-coordinator, Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
Alicia Jrapko, U. S. Coordinator, International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.
Tom Lacey, Chair, San Francisco Peace and Freedom Party
Karl Kramer, Campaign Co-director, San Francisco Living Wage Coalition*
Dan Kaplan, Executive Sec., San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 1493
Francisco Herrera, Trabajo Cultural CAMINANTE /Cultural Worker/Educator
Ron Dicks, Past International Vice President Western Region, International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees (IFPTE), retired*
Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone, Co-producers, Taking Aim, Pacifica Radio
Rhonda Ramiro, Vice Chair, BAYAN-USA
Carolina Dutton, Task Force on the Americas/Marin,
Bill Balderston, a political organizer with the Oakland Education Association; steering committee member, National Education Association Peace & Justice Caucus
Bradley Wiedmaier, SEIU Local 2015 SF Labor Council delegate*
Barry Hermanson, San Francisco Green Party
Marsha Feinland, State Executive Committee, Peace & Freedom Party
Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs
Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local 10, retired
Katharine Harer, Co-VP & Organizer, AFT 1493, San Mateo Community College Fed. of Teachers
Allan Fisher, AFT 2121 SF Labor Council delegate,* CISPES
Attila Nagy, Pres., Peace & Justice Ctr. Sonoma County; Comité VIDA immigrant rts. organization
Judith Mirkinson, National Lawyers Guild/ SF/Bay Area
Steve Ongerth, co-founder IWW Environmental Unionism Caucus*
PM Press
Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma’at, Africans Deserve Reparations Campaign
Linda Ray, SEIU 1021 delegate to San Francisco Labor Council *
Susan Lamont, Veterans for Peace; May 1st Coalition,* Green Party of Sonoma County, Police Brutality Coalition of Sonoma County*
Tarik Kanaana, Green Party of Sonoma County; May 1st Coalition*
Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County
Comité VIDA Sonoma County
Peter Phillips, Professor Political Sociology Sonoma State University
Laurence Shoup, author, activist, Green Party*
Michael Parenti, author, lecturer
Martha Hubert and Renay Davis, San Francisco Code Pink
Eugene E . Ruyle, Veterans for Peace, East Bay Chapter #162
Speak Out Now
System Change Not Climate Change
Workers Voice/La Voz
Socialist Action
Socialist Organizer
Labor Fightback Network
Workers World Party
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 71 Sonoma County
Green Party of Sonoma County
ANSWER Coalition-Act Now to Stop War & End Racism-SF Bay Area
Rafael Jesús González, Poet Laureate City of Berkeley, Senior Founding member of Xochipilli Latino Men’s Circle
Anti Police-Terror Project

Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

West Oakland residents will get the results of three recent air monitoring studies  and discuss how to use this information and local knowledge to push for a truly comprehensive plan that minimizes air pollution in our neighborhoods.

The three studies were done in connection with a new Truck Management Program for West Oakland. The workshop will cover 100 x 100 air monitoring sensors placed throughout West Oakland; EDF/Google air mapping; and a study analyzing why filters on trucks are not working effectively at the Port of Oakland. The results of these studies will inform attendees of scientific findings about how black carbon — the main component of soot emitted from diesel engines, wood smoke, and other sources — varies throughout West Oakland.

Workshop participants will work together to set priorities and recommend ways that this information and residents’ local knowledge can inform the City and the Port of Oakland to produce a truly comprehensive plan that minimizes air pollution in our neighborhoods.

More info here

SF Bay Area Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare @ Pacific School of Religion Chapel
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided. Please register here (scroll down).

Presenters include:

Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Cohn, the former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney, is a legal scholar, political analyst, and social critic, who is also editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues.

Lisa Hajja, professor of sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Global and International Studies, and Middle East Studies, is a contributor to Life in the Age of Drone Warfare.  Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, military courts and occupations, human rights and international law, and torture and targeted killing.

Lisa Ling, a former technical sergeant in? the U.S. Air Force, is featured in the heralded documentary National Bird, which, according to The Washington Post, is “artful, profoundly unsettling.” In an article for The Guardian (, Ling noted how little the public knew about the U.S. drone program and its consequences.

A film produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for use in congregations will be screened along with a half-hour version of National Bird

Issues addressed include:

Why is the faith community concerned about drone warfare?

What is the effect of drone warfare on drone operators?

Co-sponsored by Pacific School of Religion and the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare


Invasion of Privacy – Digital Security Workshop @ ACLU of Northern California
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s no secret social media giants like Facebook have been found guilty of invading user’s privacy. On Wednesday, May 2, TechActivist.Org will host a free Digital Security workshop. During this workshop we will review how much data social media companies (and other applications) are tracking on you, how to opt out of data sharing programs on these applications, and other key ways to protect yourself and your community online.

Make sure to bring your laptops and other electronic gadgets! This workshop is designed for activists, organizers, disrupters and youth dedicated to social justice.


We will also be celebrating two special events during this workshop:

1) Kapor Center for Social Impact has awarded TechActivist.Org with an Impact Award and will be recording a small video clip of our work during the workshop.

2) Our founder, Idalin Bobé will be celebrating her birthday with us. So get ready for some birthday cake and some special guests to make an appearance.


We hope you join us and will consider donating to our workshop. All donations will assist us in our program costs.


Shut Down Chase! National and Local Actions @ Oscar Grant Plaza
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

JP Morgan Chase bank, one of the biggest investors in tar sands, increased its tar sands investments by nearly $6 billion last year — and also increased its investments in coal. Join a local rally as part of a nationwide day of action to #ShutDownChase.

Monday May 7 is the annual shareholder meeting for TransCanada, the company trying to build the KXL pipeline.  Climate defenders are working to stop the KXL pipeline and keep tar sands in the ground with a three-prong strategy:

  1. Mass mobilization with the Promise to Protect: Building and igniting a grassroots movement ready to follow the leadership of Indigenous people along the route if TransCanada moves forward.
  2. Financial targets: Going after banks, like JP Morgan Chase, who are financing Keystone XL and other dirty fossil fuel projects, can cut off the funding necessary to build these dirty projects. Momentum is growing with the international bank HSBC’s commitment to drop nearly all holdings in tar sands, coal, and arctic drilling last week.
  3. Legal action: Fighting TransCanada every step of the way in the courts at the state and federal level.

The national day of action to shut down Chase, hosted by Rainforest Action Network, is part of this strategy.


Monday, May 7


8:30 AM, Oakland
Oakland City Hall
Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th and Broadway,

11:30 AM, San Francisco
Chase Bank, 555 Mission St

4:30 PM, Berkeley
Oaks Theater, 1875 Solano Ave

More info here