Guerilla Advertising! – Banner Drop @ University Ave. pedestrian overpass over I-80
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to engage in some prime outdoor advertising and tell 45,000 people just how you’re feeling about climate change and Drumpf?

Come join the Animals Against Extinction, Sunflower Alliance’s art wing, in bannering at Berkeley’s University Avenue pedestrian walkway over Interstate 80, one of the most  traveled freeways in California.  We’ve done the math and figure we are seen by a minimum of 45,000 people in an hour and a half.  It’s 100% free advertising and a helluva lot of fun.


Directions: At the west end of Addison Street, the overpass walkway provides bicycle, pedestrian and wheelchair access from Aquatic Park to the Berkeley Marina.
From the south: University Ave. exit, turn right at end of ramp onto 2nd St., then right onto Addison St.; parking lot on left.  From the north: University Ave. exit, follow signs off freeway toward Berkeley Marina, then immediately turn left (south), then immediately turn right into dirt parking lot.

Thanks for the Resistance Party @ Qilombo
Nov 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Special Thanksgiving Potluck! @ Fellowship Hall
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

potluck2Please join us in sharing a bounty of Thanksgiving fare. Bring (safely preserved) leftovers*, a special dish you want to share* – or just your good appetite! Whether you have a dish to share* or not, we invite you to join us as we break bread in the spirit of loving community. If you can, please help us set up tables and chairs before, and put them away afterward. In between, join in the bounty provided by members and friends. Members, friends, neighbors, and the wider community are welcome!

*If you bring a dish, please also bring a printed list of all ingredients so those with allergies, interactions and dietary restrictions can enjoy the dishes they can eat and avoid those they can’t eat.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm

Feed The People!

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA get together a little earlier than usual, at 2 PM (3 PM during DST) to share some food with each other and the community.  There should be a table, utensils/plates, meat and veggie entrees and whatnot, courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring yourself, or something to share as well if you’d like.

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at the Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway in the amphitheater. 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. During the warmer months we meet at 4 PM at the plaza.

The OO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than 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. 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: (
Occupy Oakland Kitchen 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:


DSA: Single-Payer Informational Event and New Member Orientation @ California Nurses' Association
Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

East Bay DSA’s bimonthly informational meeting will be held at the California Nurses’ Association space in downtown Oakland. Following a one-hour orientation for new members, we will host an informational meeting on the topic of SB 562 and Medicare-for-All, featuring Michael Lighty, director of public policy for the California Nurses’ Association. Stay tuned for more information.

  • New Member Orientation: 6–7 p.m.
  • Single-Payer Healthcare Informational Event: 7–8:30 p.m
#DeportICE at the Oakland City Council: Report on Oakland ICE Raid With OPD Part 2 @ Oakland City Hall, Oscar Grant Plaza
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

After the strong showing in Oakland on November 14, Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick got nervous and pulled a fast one, scheduling a special council agenda item on November 28 to discuss the ICE Raid and consider an OPD request for total impunity to work with HSI/ICE going forward – before the public hearing on December 5th – and before CM Kaplan and Brook’s resolution for non-cooperation with ICE can be heard. The Bay Area needs to respond. So come out on the 28th.

On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, biut there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented. The 25 year old arrestee is now in the deportation process. At an October 5th investigation and hearing that the OPD Chief did not attend, Oakland’s Privacy Commission concluded that the raid violated Oakland’s sanctuary city policy and several statements made by OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick about the raid were false.

Video of the hearing is here.

East Bay Express coverage is here:

City Council members Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan have now set this item for a committee hearing with the OPD Chief in attendance only to have the Mayor and City Council President do an endaround and try to rush authorize ongoing OPD cooperation with HSI/ICE.

Oaklanders and other Bay Area residents who want sanctuary legislation taken seriously around the Bay should attend. We need to put a stop to this. #DeportICE.

#DeportICE  #DeportICE  #DeportICE  #DeportICE

Revisting Reparations @ Sierra Club
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A recent study found that, in the U.S., the median white households net wealth was 13 times greater than the median Black households and 10 times greater than the median Latinx households. Differences in level of education, marital status, full- or part-time employment or consumption habits did not come close to explaining this shocking difference, commonly termed the racial wealth gap.[1]

Where did the racial wealth gap come from, and what can we do about it? In the absence of a government-level program of reparations, how can we participate in the economy in ways that fight racial inequity instead of reinforcing it?
This workshop, facilitated by members of the SURJ-Oakland/Bay Area Fundraising Committee, aims to share information about the origins of the racial wealth gap and create space for thinking through how individuals can leverage wealth to undermine, rather than support, the structures of white supremacy. We emphasize the development of a reparations mindset, a broadly applicable approach to our personal and financial lives that centers our relationships to racial privilege and the racial wealth gap. Finally, facilitators will discuss how they bring this mindset to their SURJ fundraising work and how organization-level work around money can serve the cause of racial justice.

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. However, all are welcome at this workshop regardless of identity. We are asking for $5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support one or more of our partner organizations led by people of color. However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st, both of which are accessible for mobility devices. The building has an elevator, and the kitchen space, conference room, and restrooms can also all accommodate mobility devices.

Scents: The Sierra Clubs space endeavors to offer a scent free environment; however as the Club is currently transitioning towards the use of only scent free products, we cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive at meetings fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say fragrance free or unscented on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

Restrooms: Restrooms are currently labeled in a gender-binary way. The Sierra Club is working on changing this and has an office policy that all restrooms are available to anyone, regardless of lived or perceived gender identity. We ask that folks choose the restroom that is right for them, and that no one question a persons chosen restroom.

Sudo Room (Hackerspace) Weekly PARTY! – Potluck! @ Sudo Room, Omni Commons
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our weekly PARTY to get this hackerspace together, to provide a venue for those things that otherwise cannot be worked out through day-to-day practice.

Potluck! – bring your own tasty dish!

Wells Fargo: Divest from Dirty Pipelines! @ Wells Fargo
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Rally at Wells Fargo’s headquarters in San Francisco to demand they divest from Keystone XL and other dirty pipelines.  We’ll be delivering tens of thousands of letters and divestment pledges from across the country and making it clear that our movement will only grow louder and stronger if Wells Fargo fails to act now.

Big banks like Wells Fargo help fund the companies behind dangerous fossil fuel pipelines—like Keystone XL, Line 3, and Dakota Access—that threaten Indigenous rights, the climate, and communities.  If your money is invested with Wells Fargo and other Wall Street banks like them, it can be helping to fund these harmful projects that may not align with your values.

That’s why people all across the country have been demanding that Wells Fargo divest from dirty pipelines, and even moving their own money out of the bank due to their failure to act.  Just this year alone, more than 100,000 people have sent letters to Wells Fargo urging them not to fund Keystone XL or other dangerous pipelines.  More than 20,000 have pledged to divest from or boycott Wells Fargo and other big banks financing fossil fuels.

Wells Fargo has an opportunity to move away from the financial and reputational risks of supporting dirty pipelines.  This month, officials in Nebraska will decide on the last major permits that TransCanada needs to build Keystone XL.  This pipeline has already been stopped and delayed for nearly a decade, and we will continue to fight back no matter what happens.  Wells Fargo and others continue to loan billions of dollars to TransCanada, including two loans totaling $1.5 billion that are up for renewal this December.  This is a clear opportunity for Wells Fargo to cut off these loans and end its investments in tar sands projects.

We need to show Wells Fargo that they will continue to be held publicly accountable for their investments.  See you there!

Hosted by the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter.


Bay Resistance Team Training @ East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Want to learn how to join the Bay Resistance team? Come get oriented on our strategy so we can build sanctuary and power together in 2018!

At this training, we’ll share our plan for how to win against the Right, dig into our approach to making change, and meet in teams to plan work in 2018.

We’ll also build art, to make the Resistance irresistible through creativity and culture. Come build community and political power with your neighbors from around the Bay. We are each other’s greatest resource!

Childcare and lunch provided – please RSVP so we know what to set up.

Space and bathrooms are ADA accessible; there are no stairs to enter the event space on the first floor. Please be in touch if you have other accessibility needs that we can address.

Vigil at the West County Immigrant Detention Center @ West County Detention Center
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Answering the Call of Love: Immigration Policy and our Response

Dear Beloved Community,
Because of the interest shown by our loving congregation in the current immigration policy,  we want to share some good news with you:

On the first Saturday of each month the
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and the East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition
sponsor a Vigil at the West County Detention Center in Richmond, CA.

On Saturday, Dec.2, UU Oakland will be leading this Vigil and YOU are warmly invited to
join with us to answer this call of love and  stand in solidarity with our immigrant friends and neighbors.

Join Pastor Jacqueline and Lay Members as we lead this monthly VIGIL.
These vigils have been ongoing for over 4 years.  It is our honor to lead in December.

–        For the immigrants held in detention in our backyard (Richmond), many pre-trial who cannot afford bail.

–        For the millions of other people disproportionately black and brown  incarcerated by our racially biased, unjust criminal justice system.

–        In solidarity with those impacted by detention, incarceration and deportation  – and with other people of faith.

If you or someone you know, are directly impacted by our current immigration laws, detention or deportation policies and you would be willing to share your story at the vigil, please contact Lauren Poole (

We need more hands organizing the vigil.  Please contact Lauren if you are interested in helping.

Supporting the Movement For Black Lives Platform @ Sierra Club
Dec 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Looking for new ways to show up for racial justice? Interested in how we can build our capacity and leverage our grassroots power to support the Movement for Black Lives Policy platform and the legislative priorities of our POC partners?

Please join the SURJ Policy Working Group on Saturday December 2nd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm for an interactive legislative advocacy workshop. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how the legislative process works in California, including how to track bills, lobby your legislator and bring your voice to the political process. All levels of experience are welcome!

In addition to practicing new skills and learning how lobby visits fit into the legislative process, we will hear from special guests Justin Rausa, Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Rob Bonta, on the power of constituent office visits and Zoe Wilmott, the Manager of Advocacy and Programs from Essie Justice Group, on the journey of SB10, California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017 and the role lobby visits play in campaign strategy.

Please RSVP as space is limited.

Chiapas Support Committee: Speakers from Oaxaca @ Omni Commons
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm


We are hosting 2 speakers from Oaxaca. They will talk about Marichuy’s campaign for president and the aftermath of the September 7 earthquake. Art from the Zapatista Communities will be on display.

Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico
Chiapas Support Committee (CSC) News & Announcements

A Huge Thank You to everyone who supported us by attending the screening of Zapatista Moon!

Below are 3 opinion articles that explore the social and political changes in our society. Enjoy!

!. The end of democratic societies in Latin America – Raúl Zibechi reflects on what he considers the erosion of the cultural and political bases of democracies, faced with the brutal social polarization that is being experienced and asks why a new right has emerged so reactionary that it has torn apart the social fabric from the United States to South America. He says the cause is the extractive model and the Fourth World War. A good read!

En español:

2. Revolt and Confrontation – Gustavo Esteva expands upon the question of fascism raised by Zibechi, defines the “us” and the “them,” and has some thoughts on the concept of dignity.

En español:

3. From the end of the cycle to the consolidation of the right – Zibechi goes into more detail as to how changed in economic production contribute to changes in political alliances. He emphasizes that social movements of the left must adapt to the changes in the social subjects of their organizing.

En español:

2nd Anniversary Memorial: Mario Woods Execution by Police Firing Squad
Dec 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

To honor Woods’ memory, on December 2nd at 3:30pm, a memorial march will begin at Third and Armstrong and will end at the site where he was killed.

Parents of victims killed by police have been invited and will be given seats of honor at the front of the rally.  An altar will be constructed in memory of Woods and other victims of police violence including, Idriss Stelly, Kenneth Harding, Derrick Jones and Jessica Williams.

Civil rights attorney John Burris and Officer Joel Babbs, who has gone on record about the racist practices of the police department will speak at the rally. Awon Ohun Omnira will perform a ceremony for Woods, sung in the Yoruba language and accompanied by Bata drums.

Prison Abolition Art Show//ABO Comix Release Party @ 1-2-3-4-Go! Records
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come celebrate the release of the first edition of
“ABO: a queer prisoners comix anthology”
with all $$$ from the comic benefiting the artist’s commissary fund

Peep some art from incarcerated comrades, make a comic, write a holiday card to a new pen pal, & listen to some jamz by…

+1 TBA

Fundraiser for Black & Pink and the next edition of ABO

Screening of: Generation Zapped @ Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Don’t miss “GENERATION ZAPPED”, the important just released documentary on how to reduce wireless tech risks!
Learn the facts and how to minimize associated risks during this technological revolution.
Today we encounter a hundred thousand times the level of radiation from wireless technologies than we did decades ago.
Safety standards are outdated.  Prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) affect health, from links to breast and brain cancer, to associations with infertility and genetic mutations related to autism/ADHD, to new illnesses such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).
“A wifi classroom is like the inside of a microwave oven set at very low power. Children are exposed to that wifi radiation 6 hours every school day, 5 days a week.” – Magda Havas, Save the Date

Discussion afterwards led by:
Lloyd Morgan, Senior Research Fellow, Environmental Health Trust, Retired Electronic Engineer, and
Ellen Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association
Opening remarks by BFUU Social Justice Committee co-chair Phoebe Sorgen
For more info:

A project of WIRED (WIreless Radiation Education & Defense) and the BFUU Social Justice Committee
Wheelchair accessible.

Bill of Rights Day @ The Rotunda Building
Dec 3 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bill of Rights Day

� Doors at 12:30 p.m.
� Program at 1 p.m.
� Reception to follow.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Please join us as we celebrate a year of resistance on Sunday, Dec. 3 at our 44th annual Bill of Rights Day! Get tickets now

For those who cherish civil rights and civil liberties, 2017 has been the fight of our lives. President Trump has used his vast power to try to strip vulnerable groups of their constitutional rights. It seems this administration is determined to roll back the clock on progress.

However, the ACLU and our members have fought back. From California becoming a sanctuary state, to ensuring that we will never participate in a federal Muslim Registry, we’ve achieved some huge victories this year.

None of this would have been possible without your support. Let’s celebrate all that we’ve accomplished together, and recognize these visionaries in our movement: Karen Korematsu, Jim McQuillen, and Natalie Hewitt Wormeli. The event will again be hosted by our hilarious friend, Aundr� “The Wonderwoman” Herron.

Join us after the program to enjoy appetizers and refreshments.

Bill of Rights Day

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for low-income people and students or $25 general admission. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more info on the venue and parking, see here:

The Bill of Rights has never been more important, or more worth celebrating.

Thank you and see you there!

Abdi Soltani
Executive Director
ACLU of Northern CA

We the people dare to create a more perfect union.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
39 Drumm Street,  San Francisco, CA 94111

Film: Queen Mimi – Consider the Homeless Fundraiser @ North Berkeley Senior Center
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm

As we approach our 3rd Year Anniversary and get closer to obtaining our Official Federal 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status we are working on the educational part of our mission. We hope to show the community that most of the people that are living on the streets are not unlike ourselves, other than life circumstances.

We will be presenting full length documentaries on individuals that have become homeless. Our first event is the award winning movie “Queen Mimi”. This is not only an interesting and entertaining movie, it will be a day you will not want to miss.

The Berkeley Premiere of the award-winning film “QUEEN MIMI,” 
followed by a Q&A with the director, Yaniv Rokah
Dinner follows, both vegan and meat lasagna, cooked by the famous CTH Chefs.

Marie “Mimi” Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her “home” one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi’s ‘the past is the past’ philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street,

Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 90+, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.


PROGRAM (Times are approximate)
3:00PM: Doors open
3:30PM: Screening of the film, Queen Mimi
5:00PM: Special Q & A with the director, Yaniv Rokah
6:00PM: Dinner is Served
We are serving a meal prepared by the infamous chefs of Consider The Homeless’ hearty soups. On the menu will be both Vegan and Meat Lasagna, seasonal fresh veggies and garlic bread.

 Ask any of our fabulous Volunteers
 Email: Barbara AT ConsiderTheHomeless DOT org
 Call: 510-717-0181
 Postal Mail: Consider The Homeless!
PO Box 2771
Berkeley, CA 94702
Please remember to
1) include a check made out to Consider The Homeless!
2) Let us know how many seats you are reserving.
If you are getting dinner,
3) how many ___vegan lasagna? ____meat lasagna?

 If you want to pay by credit card, please use our PayPal account at
then Email and give us the above information.

No Coal in Richmond Meeting @ Bobby Bowens Progressive Center
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Only three ports in the state of California still export dirty coal, and one of them, the Levin-Richmond Coal Terminal, is right here in the Bay Area on the Richmond waterfront.  Our goal:  Take Richmond off that list.

Join the Sierra Club Bay Chapter, 350 Bay Area, Sunflower Alliance and community residents at a meeting to discuss ideas and strategies for stopping coal exports through the Bay Area.   We’ll have a few updates, then break into groups to start planning different paths forward.  Betsey Noth, a researcher at UC Berkeley who is setting up monitoring stations around Richmond, will be there to speak as well.   Help Move the Bay Area Beyond Coal!


Reform BAAQMD (Air Quality) Permitting Rules @ First Floor Hearing Room
Dec 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

This is a big one!  For the first time in many years, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will be considering revisions to their permitting process.   The Air District’s past permitting record indicates a very bad habit of rubber stamping projects that endanger community health and destabilize the climate.  Can that behavior be reformed?

Unfortunately, the Air District is once again using AB 398—the recently passed cap and trade extension bill—to argue that it is prohibited from any direct regulation of CO2 emissions.  Although the bill specifically restricts Air Districts from taking actions that produce CO2reductions, BAAQMD legal staff insists that this also prohibits them from preventing future emission increases.

As a result, staff’s proposed improvements to current permitting rules, Rules 2-X,  intentionally do nothing to control future CO2 emissions.  The result is that dangerous projects—like the proposed expansion of crude-by-ship into the Phillips 66 marina at the Rodeo refinery—will continue to be rubber stamped.  The “improvements” fail to prevent the increased emissions that inevitably follow from changes to dirtier, more GHG- and toxics- emitting crude sources.

Staff is using the same interpretation of AB 398 to argue that Rule 12-16, the proposed refinery emissions cap, can no longer be considered.

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th, to demand permitting rules and refinery emission caps that truly prevent increased future emission of carbon dioxide and toxic co-pollutants.  We must have Rule 12-16 back on the BAAQMD agenda where it  belongs. Talking points will be provided before the meeting.



Thanks to 350Bay Area and Jed Holtzman for this excellent analysis of the Proposed Changes to the Permits Regulations.