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.

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:

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.

Film Screening: OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND @ Omni Commons ballroom
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Film Screening, Followed by Moderated Discussion led by Dennis Bernstein of Flashpoints Radio, KPFA

synopsis: Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of Gaza have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the US. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers, the film explores the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, to provide a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation. The effects and reverberations of this are felt not only in right wing media, but also in ‘liberal’ educational institutions media as well.

“I wish every American would watch this powerful documentary. Not only every person of conscience, but every taxpayer, must see it — and then ask themselves if the status quo is acceptable and can continue deep into the 21st century.”
– Gideon Levy | Columnist for Haaretz

“One of the most compelling and important documentaries in recent years, because it helps us make sense of the lies, mayhem, and injustice in the heart of the Middle East: Palestine. Never has propaganda, or ‘public relations’, been such a lethal weapon as it is in the hands of Israel, its apologists, and manipulators. To reach behind the facade that is ‘news’, watch this film.”
– John Pilger | Journalist and filmmaker

Sponsored by the Green Party of Alameda County and Middle East Children’s Alliance.

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SURJ Difficult Dialogues Workshop @ Sierra Club
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

How do we approach the challenging conversations in our lives, whether its 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. Well try out what feels challenging, in a relatively low-stakes and supportive environment, allowing ourselves time to debrief, reflect, and learn from each other.

ACCESS NEEDS: This event is wheelchair accessible. We ask that guests do their best to be as scent free as possible. Please refer to this resource from the EastBay Meditation Center for more information on what that means:

IWOC Oakland’s Taco Pop-Up Benefit @ Enter on Hickory Street between Van Ness and Franklin
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Grab some tasty tacos from Chef Antonio Ramos, hang with us in the beautiful Cala Restaurant (which generally employs ~50% ex-incarcerated folks), and help fund our work to support California prisoner’s efforts to self-organize and fight back against the carceral state!

Duck ‘Carnitas’
Carne Asada
King-Trumpet Mushroom
Pumpkin Garlic

With choice of:
Salsa Verde
Salsa San Marzano
Pickled veggies

Slow Poached Egg

Horchata (optionally boozy)
Persimmon agua fresca (optionally boozy)

Incarcerated Worker’s Organizing Committee is an organization which provides material support to inmates in California Prisons who are organizing together to end incarceration. We believe human beings don’t belong in cages.

IWOC is an all-volunteer organization, all proceed go toward covering costs associated with corresponding with inmates and providing material support.

East Bay Homes Not Jails @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly meeting and Mutual Aid Skill Shares.

Oct 14: Common Home Repair.

Nov 11: Dumpster Diving in the Bay

Dec 9:  Researching Properties.

Danica Roem – First Transgender Person Elected to Virginia’s Legislature @ Venue 550
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Haiti Emergency Relief Fund: Benefit Concert @ Omni Commons
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In Memory of Lori Nairne, Bay Area Activist & Haiti Supporter.

Liberated Lens: This Is Where We Take Our Stand @ Omni Commons ballroom
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Four days of heartbreaking testimony that revealed why many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars had concluded that their mission was unjust.