Worshiping Power: Peter Gelderloos on Early State Formation @ East Bay Community Space
Mar 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Worshiping Power: An Anarchist Vision of Early State Formation

Where do states come from, what causes them to arise, and how do they develop? The old dogmas that the State protects and uplifts humanity, or even that it is a necessary evil, have been thoroughly discredited. But many newer theories, that explain state formation within a single optic, or that suggest a single cause, or a linear, progressive evolution, also fall short.

This new book traces multiple pathways of state formation, describing patterns that arise within many different societies with different models of the family, religion, warfare, commerce, and economic production. Rather than being ancient history, state formation is a continuous process, given that perhaps the only feature universal to state formation is the resistance it provokes. As a result, states are continually falling apart, being overthrown, or struggling to maintain their power.

People who fight today against the problems of capitalism, patriarchy, and white supremacy, anyone who seeks to regain control over their lives, becomes wrapped up in this process as they run up against state authority.

Articulating the ongoing history of state formation—from divine states centered around new sites of spiritual production to democratic states arising from corrupted revolutions—allows us to better understand the ways states today attempt to govern, limit, or repress our movements today.

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist from Virginia who currently lives in Catalunya. He is the author of How Nonviolence Protects the State, Anarchy Works, The Failure of Nonviolence, “An Anarchist Solution to Climate Change,” “A World Without Police,” and other works.

Public Meeting welcoming Empower – a Thai sex worker collective @ Omni Commons
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Presenters include:
• Four women from Empower
• Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes

Hosted by the US PROStitutes Collective

Empower Foundation is a sex workers’ collective in Thailand which for 30 years has been promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers, especially access to education, health and legal advocacy. Over the years 50,000 sex workers have passed through their doors including migrant women from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam.

The English Collective of Prostitutes is a UK based group, founded in 1975, which helps sex workers defend themselves against unjust charges and spearheads campaigns for decriminalization, safety and for resources so that sex workers can leave sex work if and when they want.

US PROStitutes Collective is a Bay Area based organization, founded in 1982, which won parity for sex workers in compensation claims and with others got policies establishing immunity from arrest for sex workers reporting violence.

This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from sex workers as well as from grassroots women in the Global South who are organizing for survival across different sectors of society.

Sponsored by Global Women’s Strike/Bay Area, GWS Omni Collective, In Defense of Prostitute Women‘s Safety Project, US PROStitutes Collective and Women of Color/GWS

BOYCOTT! “The Academy & Justice for Palestine” @ The Hillside Club
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
sm_sunaina_maira_in_berkeley.jpg Angela Davis says, “Sunaina Maira locates contemporary BDS activism and the considerable efforts to expand the academic boycott of Israel …to movements for racial, gender and economic equality…In deftly demonstrating that Palestinian solidarity belongs at the center of all our social justice concerns, “Boycott!” both exemplifies the challenge and urges us to fearlessly rise up to it.”
KPFA event.
Symposium: Police Violence Against Women of Color @ MLK Jr. Student Union, UC Berkeley
Mar 21 @ 4:00 pm – 7:45 pm
RSVP here

Experiences of women of color – often invisible in broader debates and movements around police violence, criminalization, and gender-based violence – must fuel our research & resistance.

Co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

El Cerrito Shows Up #Enough #IceOutOfCA @ El Cerrito Plaza
Mar 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us from 6 to 7 PM at the west entrance to El Cerrito Plaza, intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. We’ll meet on the side nearest to Daiso.

The ECSU goals are to create a significant community presence to speak out in favor of equality, justice, inclusiveness and more. We say NO to hatred, racism, white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.

You can bring your own sign with your own words expressing what you stand for and against. Use BIG lettering so people in cars can see! We’ll also have some sign-making materials.

We’re from the El Cerrito area. Our Show Up location is at the borders of El Cerrito, Richmond and Albany — all are welcome!

We will assemble lawfully, and won’t block the sidewalk. All locations we select will be wheelchair-accessible. To participate you must commit to non-violent and respectful conduct. Family-friendly.

David Rovics in Concert – A Benefit for CIVIC @ The Back Room
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

David Rovics.jpgTour name: Ballad of a Wobbly WORLD TOUR

A BENEFIT for CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) featuring David Rovics

David Rovics was born in New York City, and as a guitar-slinging singer/songwriter now based in Portland, Oregon, has toured in over two dozen countries, including at mass protests throughout North America and Europe.

When President Bush came to Berlin in 2002, David entertained the 100,000 or so folks who came to protest, and at the TTIP protest in Berlin in 2015, he sang for 250,000. He was also a featured performer at the G8 protests in Rostock in 2007, the G8 protests in Scotland in 2005, the G20 in Pittsburgh in 2009 and the G20 in Toronto the following year. Other countries where David has played at protests for thousands of people include England, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

In addition to his musical involvement with the anti-capitalist movement, labor, environmental and anti-war movements internationally, he has shared the stage on a number of occasions with Tom Morello, founder of Rage Against the Machine, who also recorded a lead guitar track on David’s 2012 album, Meanwhile In Afghanistan. He has also shared the stage with Billy Bragg, Chumbawumba, Joan Baez, and Pete Seeger, and has toured extensively with Attila the Stockbroker, Robb Johnson, Anne Feeney, Tracey Curtis and Alistair Hulett.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is the national immigration detention visitation network, which is working to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. Locally, CIVIC volunteers visit immigration detainees at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, and work in collaboration with the detainees to monitor conditions, educate legislators and the public, and change policy.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for Students with ID. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Film: “Invisible Students: Homeless at UC Berkeley” @ Eshelman Hall, top floor, UC Berkeley
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

No further information

March for Our Lives: Oakland @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The largest national march against gun violence and the largest national march led by the youth ever!
Looking for volunteers, musicians, and speakers.

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Mission Statement:

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.


Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event information comes from the California Coalition for Women’s Prisoners:

Join CCWP for the Drop LWOP Town Hall

In the past six months six women have had their Life Without Parole (LWOP) sentences commuted by the Governor. At the end of January 2018 two of these women were found suitable for parole and will soon be free. This victory illustrates how the Drop LWOP Campaign and A Living Chance project are creating a foundation for the commutation of all people sentenced to LWOP and the  elimination of LWOP  from the penal code altogether.

At the Drop LWOP Town Hall  you will

  • learn updates about the Drop LWOP campaign
  • hear audio from A Living Chance Storytelling to End Life Without Parole
  • engage with a panel of formerly incarcerated women, including survivors of the life without parole sentence
  • learn how you can get involved

Featuring food from Mamacitas Cafe, a raffle and items for sale made by people living inside women’s prisons.


Afrin Resistance Bonfire @ Fire Pits
Mar 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This year we light the fires in solidarity with Afrin. Join us to act together in the future 6pm March 24th at the fire pits of Ocean Beach, San Francisco.

DACA, Detention and Deportation – Current Threats to Immigrants @ Congregation Beth Al
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Film Description:

A man finds himself living among the animals and enchanted spirits of the rainforest, and learns of the true consequences of human destruction in this animated adventure. Crysta (voice of Samantha Mathis) is a young fairy who is being tutored in the powers of magic by the older and wiser Magi (voice of Grace Zabriskie) in an Amazon rain forest. Their home is on the verge of destruction and they must figure out how to save it.

Family friendly!

Watch the preview here

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 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 Daily Slaving Time) 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 4 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 cooler months we meet at 3 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:


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.

Documentary: East Bay premier: Nat Bates for Mayor. @ New Parkway Theater
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The East Bay premier of a new documentary, Nat Bates for Mayor.

This movie tells the inspiring story of how the Richmond community organized to defeat Chevron’s candidate for mayor in the 2014 election. Chevron spent more than $3 million on the election but the grassroots campaign won the mayor’s office and a majority on the city council.

The film was featured in film festivals including the Woodstock and Santa Cruz film festivals
Followed by a panel discussion:
Moderator: John Sepulvedo, host of KQED California Report
Panelists: Jovanka Beckles, Richmond City Council member and  candidate for the California Assembly 15th district,
Andres Soto, Richmond organizer, Communities for a Better Environment

The filmmakers will also be present

(tickets through the theater website,

Final Hearing in Oakland Coal Trial
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Here it is at last—the final hearing in the Oakland Bulk & Oversized Terminal, LLC v. City of Oakland  trial.  The lawsuit is funded by Bowie Resource Partners, the top coal producer in Utah, which hopes to own and operate a coal terminal in West Oakland near the foot of the Bay Bridge.  Judge Chhabria has focused the trial on the question of whether the City of Oakland has substantial evidence to support its enforcement of a ban on coal storage and handling on the Terminal project.  The City approved a Development Agreement in 2013 immunizing the project from changes in rules and regulations, but the City has the power to impose new regulations with two provisions.  The first is that they hold a public hearing (which they did), and the second is that they compile substantial evidence showing that failure to impose the regulation would result in substantial danger to the health and safety of West Oakland residents and workers at the site.

The three-day trial in January is described in earlier No Coal in Oakland web posts, which you can find here.  Be sure to check the NCIO website before coming because Judge Chhabria sometimes calls off or changes the date and time of a hearing.  To get through federal courthouse security, you need government-issued picture ID.  It’s just like airport security, only you don’t need a boarding pass.  Once inside, go to the 17th floor, Courtroom 2.  Wear your red “No Coal in Oakland” T-shirt in solidarity with the City of Oakland.

El Cerrito Shows Up #Enough #IceOutOfCA @ El Cerrito Plaza
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us from 6 to 7 PM at the west entrance to El Cerrito Plaza, intersection of San Pablo Ave & Carlson Ave. We’ll meet on the side nearest to Daiso.

The ECSU goals are to create a significant community presence to speak out in favor of equality, justice, inclusiveness and more. We say NO to hatred, racism, white supremacy and nationalism, bigotry, and anti-Semitism.

You can bring your own sign with your own words expressing what you stand for and against. Use BIG lettering so people in cars can see! We’ll also have some sign-making materials.

We’re from the El Cerrito area. Our Show Up location is at the borders of El Cerrito, Richmond and Albany — all are welcome!

We will assemble lawfully, and won’t block the sidewalk. All locations we select will be wheelchair-accessible. To participate you must commit to non-violent and respectful conduct. Family-friendly.

The United Nations Association-East Bay Celebrates International Women’s Day   @ First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The United Nations Association-East Bay
To Celebrate International Women’s Day

The United Nations Association-East Bay’s dinner celebration for International Women’s Day will address Human Rights for Women and Girls: Promise Fulfilled or Just Dreams?

The keynote address is by Keshet Bachan-Dvorat, Vice President of Partnership and Policy for The US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco; panelists include Dr. Patricia M. Valdespino Castillo on women in science, Nathalie Delrue Mcguire, Honorary Consul of Belgium on women in diplomacy, Antonia Lavine on Human Trafficking, Beverly Upton from the Domestic Violence Consortium. The panel will be moderated by Roxana Damas of the UNA-USA East Bay Chapter.

Lee Kane’s Theater Dance Program will perform with dancers Samantha Kane, Lea Schickler, Olivia Braun, & Roan Pearl. Special guest is vocalist Melanie O’Reilly, Celtic Jazz professional singer/composer, Musician-in-Residence at the University of California Berkeley.

The 2018 United Nations theme for International Women’s Day is Press for Progress, a call-to-action to press forward for gender parity.  The United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter focus is on CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women. Can the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals be met about women’s needs and rights? How can the targets be reached locally and globally in order to achieve what the USA and 192 other UN Member Governments agreed to in the Development Agenda for 2030? Presentations will complement the understanding of this UN vision; narratives by the panelists will tell of progress by women in the arts, struggles in the diplomatic and scientific fields and their day-to-day lives.

Please RSVP through EventBrite:

Cosponsors are The United Nations Association-USA East Bay Chapter, the US National Committee for UN Women, the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking, The National Council of Jewish Women San Francisco, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, Psi Upsilon Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha International Incorporated, and UC Berkeley Women and Gender Studies.

A discussion on basic income in the 2020 presidential race with candidate Andrew Yang. @ Impact Hub San Francisco
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us Wednesday, March 28th for a discussion on basic income in the 2020 presidential race with candidate Andrew Yang.

Last month, Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur from New York, announced that he was running for president as a Democrat in the 2020 elections. What makes Andrew’s campaign unusual is his primary policy position — he believes that automation is an imminent threat to American jobs, and that we must enact universal basic income as a way to counter this danger.

On Wednesday, March 28th, Jim Pugh will sit down with Andrew for a public fireside chat in San Francisco. We’ll discuss his views on basic income and how he expects the issue to play out in his campaign, followed by an open discussion with the audience.

Light refreshments and drinks will be provided.

Beyond Recognition: Film Screening and Discussion @ Hasta Muerta Coffee
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a screening of Beyond Recognition,
A film exploring the quest to preserve one’s culture and homeland in a society bent on erasing them. Followed by discussion with Sogorea Te Land Trust Co-founder Corrina Gould.

Sogorea’ Te Land Trust is an The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land.

Learn more about Sogorea Te Land Trust:

Learn more about Beyond Recognition :

Learn more about our hosts the Latinx collective Hasta Muerte Coffee: