Betty Reid Soskin’s Autobiography Book Release – Sign My Name to Freedom @ Geoffrey's Inner Circle
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

there’s been a lot of interest in Betty Reid Soskin’s soon-to-be-released autobiography, Sign My Name To Freedom, as well as to the Bay Area book launch event we’ve organized for her.

Because of that interest in the book launch event, we’ve taken a couple of measures in order to make sure we can comfortably accommodate all those who may come.

First, we’ve moved back the opening hour of the event to 5 pm. While there will be a brief program in the middle of the book launch, you will be able to come any time between 5 pm and 8 pm to meet and talk with Betty, to have your book signed by her, and to enjoy the entertainment and Geoffrey’s well-known soulfood cuisine. Come and stay a few minutes, or stay the whole time.

Second, we’ve set up an Eventbrite page in order to gauge interest in the book launch.

This will help us a great deal in planning for Betty’s book launch.

Meanwhile, looking forward to seeing you on the 21st at Geoffrey’s. Indeed, it’s going to be a historic event for Oakland and all of the Bay Area.

Richard Wolff: As US Capitalism Declines, Change Is Needed, So Listen! @ first Congregational Church of Berkeley
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Richard Wolff, an American Marxist economist, well known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, has rapidly become famous as well for his Pacifica Network Radio program, Economic Update, which is syndicated on over 60 stations. Additionally, Professor Wolff has made appearances on various television shows, radio shows and films including: Real Time with Bill Maher, The Young Turks, Moyers & Company, Charlie Rose, Al Jazeera America, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Charlie Rose, CrossTalk, The David Pakman Show, Democracy Now! The Empire Files, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, and The Real News Network (TRNN).

We have the dreadfully ominous prospect of President Donald Trump – just as the U.S. is sinking ever deeper into hard times for the vast majority of the population. More economic downturns are coming. Capitalism’s instability, inequalities, and failures to meet our needs are provoking rising opposition. Considering the increasing problems of drought, poverty, debts, job conditions, and a worsening environment, the American dream is now a past vision. Our political leaders are controlled by corporate giants and lobbies. Democracy fizzles. North Korea provokes.

In 1988 Wolff co-founded the journal Rethinking Marxism. Later he published Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What To Do About It. This was followed byOccupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism (with David Barsamian), Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian and Marxian (with Stephen Resnick), and Democracy at Work. The New York Times Magazine has named him “America’s most prominent Marxist economist.”

Event Host Sabrina Jacobs is the host and producer of the popular A Rude Awakening, aired on KPFA, Mondays 3:30 – 4pm.

advance tickets: $15, 800-838-3006 or Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloway’s $18 door, KPFA benefit info:

Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am



Join the family of Shaleem Tindle who was murdered by officer Joseph Mateu at the BART Board meeting and demand justice

TARGETING THE MOVEMENT: The FBI’s Black Identity Extremist Designation and Black Liberation @ Laney College, Room D200
Feb 22 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Thomas Mariadason, member, NLG-SF

Liz Derias-Tyehimba, Center for Political Education

Kiilu Nyasha, former Black Panther and host of Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Tur-ha Ak, Community Ready Corps

Woods Ervin, TGI Justice Project

Zoé Samudzi, writer and activist

Facebook Event Page

Film Screening: MLK, the Other America @ East Bay Media Center
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MLK, The Other America.  (The Historic Stanford Speech).

By Filmmaker Allen Willis, Commemorating Black History Month 2018.

Picket Line at ICE: STOP DEPORTATIONS and harassment of immigrants and refugees. @ ICE San Francisco
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the picket line with SEIU Service Employees Union EVERY FRIDAY.
STOP DEPORTATIONS and harassment of immigrants and refugees.


SF Labor Council Calls for a Clean Dream Act Now,
No Compromises;
Urges Labor Movement to Take Action!

[Resolution Adopted Unanimously by the Feb. 12, 2018, Delegates Assembly of the San Francisco Labor Council]

� For a Clean Dream Act Now and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth!

� Not One More Deportatioon!

� No Funding for the Wall of Shame!

� No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement!

• Stop the I-9 Audits!

� No Workplace Raids!

� Defend Our Sanctuary Cities!

� Maintain TPS!

Whereas, on Feb. 9, 2018, both houses of the U.S. Congress adopted a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that does not include any protections for the close to 800,000 undocumented youth (Dreamers) brought to this country when they were children;

Whereas, United We Dream and thousands of undocumented youth organized actions and lobbied Congress in support of a Clean Dream Act — that is, continued protections and a path to citizenship for the 800,000 undocumented youth, WITHOUT any funding for the Wall of Shame and WITHOUT any further funding for ICE immigration enforcement;

Whereas, March 5, 2018, has been set as the deadline by the Trump administration for the adoption of any legislation that would extend DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals);

Whereas, House Speaker Paul Ryan — taking his lead from the Trump administration — has stated that any protection for undocumented youth, would require, in exchange, millions of dollars more to build the Wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and millions of dollars more for immigration enforcement;

Whereas, Sanctuary Cities — particularly in California — are under increased attack by the Trump administration;

Whereas, on Nov. 20, 2017, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke cut off Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for 60,000 Haitians and for more than 240,000 other immigrants from 10 nations (mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua);

Whereas, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 77 I-9 audits took place in Northern California at the end of January 2018 — audits that are expected to increase and become workplace raids and deportations if and when a deal is struck on protections for undocumented youth in exchange for increased immigration enforcement and funding for the Wall; and

Whereas, undocumented youth — just like all 11 million undocumented immigrants, and just like all hundreds of thousands of TPS recipients — are part of the U.S. working class and deserve protections and a path to citizenship through a just immigration reform; in particular, they deserve the labor movement’s protection and support.

Therefore be it resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council reaffirms its stance in support of the following demands: “For a Clean Dream Act and a Path to Citizenship for all Undocumented Youth! Not one More Deportation, No Funding for the Wall of Shame, No More Funding for Immigration Enforcement! Stop the I-9 Audits! No Workplace Raids! Defend Our Sanctuary Cities! Maintain TPS!”

Be it further resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council will work closely with our community partners to call on our elected representatives to take a firm and unwavering stand for a Clean Dream Act Now; and

Be it finally resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council calls on the California Federation of Labor and the national AFL-CIO to issue statements in support of a Clean Dream Act Now and to call for mobilizations, where possible, in alliance with our immigrant sisters and brothers and their organizations, to promote the above-stated demands.

Respectfully submitted by:

Olga Miranda, SEIU Local 87; member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Rudy Gonzalez, IBT 856, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Susan Solomon, UESF, member SF Labor Council Executive Committee; Alan Benjamin, OPEIU Local 29.

A Mother’s Day for Justice @ First AME Church of Oakland
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Oscar Grant Foundation Hosts …. A Mother’s Day for Justice .

Join mothers from California and beyond who have lost their children to police and communal violence

Free Film Event Derechos – A Know Your Rights Film for Immigrant @ EastSide Arts Alliance
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

East Side Arts Alliance and the SF National Lawyers Guild present…


Refreshments served
Accessible venue
Community discussion

The six-month old Trump Era has ushered in an upsurge in I.C.E. enforcement actions against immigrants across the U.S.A. and many people are not aware of their basic rights when interacting with law enforcement. As a result they can face difficulties in defending their cases, or can sometimes give up their rights without even knowing it.

The San Francisco chapter of The National Lawyers Guild has produced three short films, which are based upon actual recent incidents, hope to educate vulnerable immigrants about how to respond to I.C.E. agents when approached at home, at work, or on the street.

Abolition of Policing Workshop
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This Critical Resistance workshop explores the role and history of policing in the U.S., the way it has impacted different communities, and how people have resisted and challenged its inherent violence. This workshop also goes over how we can reduce our reliance on policing by highlighting the various ways that building up community strength and practices lead to true safety that does not depend on law enforcement.

We are asking for a $5 – 20 donation, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds.100% of donations will go to support Critical Resistance.

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 Club’s 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 person’s chosen restroom.

Taking the repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act to the ballot! @ Oakland ACCE
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’re taking the repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act to the ballot!!!

Strong Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction laws 
are the way to keep people in their homes now, while we work to get more (truly) affordable housing built.  In order to have strong Rent Control laws, we need to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law which ties the hands of local government. Costa-Hawkins prevents\ cities and counties from applying rent control to apartments built after 1995 or to single-family rental units.  It also allows landlords to raise the rent as much as they want when a unit becomes vacant.

Our signature goal is 585,000 by the end of April, and well over 25% have been collected so far.  We can do this, but we need all hands on deck

  • Come out for a community kick-off event & signature gathering, followed by lunch.
  • Endorse the Affordable Housing Act & get your petitions for your organization to help repeal Costa Hawkins & allow the expansion of strong rent control.

Waffles & Zapatismo @ Omni Commons, basement
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Home of the Compañero Manuel blog on the Zapatistas & Mexico

The next Waffles & Zapatismo class, with an open membership meeting after class from 12 Noon to 1pm. This first class of a series begins with the origins of the EZLN: the formation of the FLN, its entry into the Lacandón Jungle, its interaction with the indigenous communities and the formation of the EZLN. There is discussion after the presentation and from 12-1 there will be an open members meeting and an opportunity for folks to become activist members of the Chiapas Support Committee.

Zapatista News & Analysis
!. 3 Dead in Oxchuc, Chiapas violence – Armed with high-powered weapons, supporters of the mayor-in-exile attacked supporters of an Indigenous movement that wants to oust the political bosses and govern by tradition in an indigenous Chiapas municipality.

En español:

2.  EZLN: 24 years of dignity and ethical congruence – López y Rivas reminds us that when the EZLN rose up in arms on January 1, 1994, it spoke of a genocidal war. Now, he says, that war has worsened until making Mexico the 2nd deadliest country in the world, after only Syria. During all these years, the EZLN has been the incorruptible critical conscience vis a vis the State and society.

En español:

3. The word of Marichuy – María de Jesús never speaks in her own name, but rather in the name of the peoples that elected her. “She doesn’t use the word I, but rather we.”

En español:

4. The strategy of the 1% and ours – The preferred tactic of the 1% is electoral fraud. The 1% has has the power of money, legal and illegal weapons and the communications media.

En español:

Chiapas Support Committee/Comité de Apoyo a Chiapas

Support Youth Suing Government on Climate Change @ South Berkeley Library
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Come to a meet-up to support the twenty-one youth who are suing the US government for failing to protect their future from climate change. Their strong voices and the hopefulness of the YouthvGov case are an inspiration to youth and adults alike as they work to secure the right to science-based action to ensure a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.
In this meetup, staff from Our Children’s Trust will provide an overview and update on the case. We’ll introduce ourselves and talk about how we can build on a Bay Area YouthvGov support network for local climate activists, teachers, and youth advocates. We’ll share ways of utilizing the YouthvGov case as a learning opportunity to engage and empower local youth. We’ll also brainstorm ways of supporting the twenty-one youth and Our Children’s Trust as the case proceeds to trial.
There will be time for announcements and we will share upcoming learning opportunities and actions. Refreshments will be provided.
Film Screening & Panel Discussion: You A Nomad @ Omni Commons
Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In a single generation, Oakland’s black population has dwindled from 44% to an estimated 26%.
At this event we’ll watch YOU A NOMAD, a 20-minute documentary deconstructing the systemic roots of gentrification.
Then we’ll discuss possible SOLUTIONS. Confirmed panelists:
– Khafre Jay of HipHop4change
– Wanda Stewart, Food Justice Activist
… and more to come.
Don’t miss this event — LIKE and SHARE!!!

Doors open at 4:30 pm

Presented by Liberated Lens Film Screenings at Omni Commons

No Eviction Without Representation @ MLK Room, Unitarian Universalist Center
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

“No Eviction Without Representation”

Dean Preston is an attorney and founder/executive director of the tenant rights organization “Tenants Together”.  He’s one of the authors and organizers of the SF petition drive to create an SF ballot measure for: “No Eviction Without Representation”.

Jen Snyder is a leader of Democratic Socialists of America-SF and is the field director of the “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign.

On January 26, 2018, the San Francisco “No Eviction Without Representation” campaign submitted 21,946 petition signatures (which is more than double the number needed) to the SF Department of Elections, to qualify a tenant protection initiative for the June 5, 2018 San Francisco ballot.  Passage of this ballot measure would make SF the first city in California, and the second in the nation, to provide a right to counsel to tenants facing eviction. On February 25, hear directly from the organizers of “No Eviction Without Representation” about the causes of the housing crisis in SF and what San Franciscans can do this year to reduce the impact of that crisis in our city.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Feb 25 @ 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:


RACE & INEQUALITY IN AMERICA. THE KERNER COMMISSION AT 50 @ Haas Institute, MLK Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visit their website for more information.

Register here

In the mid-1960s, a series of violent police encounters with Black Americans sparked uprisings in more than 100 American cities. Shaken by the civil unrest across the nation in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders to investigate the immediate causes of the rebellions, as well as the underlying conditions of racial segregation and discrimination that gave rise to them. Headed by Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, with Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York as vice chairman, the Commission issued its landmark report, which became commonly known as the “Kerner Report,” on February 29, 1968.

The Kerner Report, unanimously signed by the bipartisan and politically mainstream commission, was wide-ranging and dramatic, and concluded that white society had denied opportunity to Black Americans living in poor urban neighborhoods. The report offered both dire warnings along with a bold plan of federal action. Its most famous line, cited again by the US Supreme Court as recently as 2015, was: “Our Nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” In its other most memorable passage, the commission said: “What white Americans have never fully understood—but what the Negro can never forget—is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”

Stop Urban Shield – Alameda County Board of Supervisors @ Alameda County Administration Bldg
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors will be considering Sheriff Ahern’s request to accept funding from the Department of Homeland Security for Urban Shield, 2018.

On Tuesday, February 27th, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition will be rallying to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting where we anticipate a presentation and vote on Urban Shield. The coalition continues  to demand investments in life affirming resources that will support us in emergencies, while Sheriff Ahern continues to press for the militarized policing program and weapons expo known as Urban Shield.

TIME:   10 am to 1 pm – people are needed the entire time, try to come at 10 am but if not come when you can during those hours.  Signs will be available to hold.

Please go to the Facebook page and mark yourself as going  Use it to invite others you think might be able to turn out

CAN’T COME ON 2/27?  CALL YOUR ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERVISOR.  Call-in days are targeted for Thursday, 2/22 and Monday, 2/23 but you can call anytime that is convenient for you.

Contact your Supervisor and tell them to vote NO on Urban Shield. Find your district here:

District 1: Supervisor Haggerty // (510) 272-6691

District 2: Supervisor Valle // (510) 272-6692

District 3: Supervisor Chan // (510)272-6693

District 4: Supervisor Miley // (510)272-6694

District 5: Supervisor Carson // (510)272-6695  (Berkeley)


Beer and Roses: DSA Labor Social @ Eli's Mile High Club
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Are you an awesome democratic socialist who is involved in the labor movement or wants to be? Are you looking to socialize and scheme with others who share your interests? Then come out to the East Bay DSA Labor Social! Come hear about other DSA chapters’ labor work and give input on the direction of East Bay DSA’s own labor work. Socializing starts at 6 p,m. at Eli’s Mile High Club. Brief report-backs and discussion start at 7 p.m.

EPA Listening Session on Proposed Repeal of Clean Power Plan @ SF Public Library, Koret auditorium
Feb 28 all-day

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a “listening session” in San Francisco and two other cities on its intention to repeal what is commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. According to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, this will “ensure all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide input.” (What impact this has on the future of the current Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units remains to be seen.)

Three sessions throughout the day will be structured and run identically:

– Session 1 from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM;
– Session 2 from 1:00 to 4:45 PM; and
– Session 3 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM PST.

During the on-line registration, you must choose which of these three segments you prefer to attend.

Pre-registration information and more details are posted here.  Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.  Registration will close on February 21st, or once the available seats or speaking slots are filled.  Those who register will receive an email confirmation within two business days.

Spanish translation will be available at the listening session.

Written comments can be submitted through April 26, 2018.  EPA assures us that written statements and supporting information submitted during this period will be considered with the same weight as oral comments and supporting information presented at the listening sessions.

Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 and can be submitted by one of the methods listed on the Clean Power Plan Proposed Repeal: How to Comment page.

Here is some commentary that might help focus our thinking about the Clean Power Plan and shape our comments to the EPA and its Administrator Scott Pruitt:

The Clean Power Plan Is Not Worth Saving.  Here Are Some Steps to Take Instead.”  (Truthout, January 19, 2018)

What Is the Clean Power Plan, and How Can Trump Repeal It?”   (New York Times, October 10, 2017)


Wednesday, February 28, 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

San Francisco Main Public Library
Koret Auditorium
30 Grove St.
San Francisco 94102

All Eyes on California: Maximizing Our Influence for a Safer Climate @ Ed Roberts Campus
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition is kicking off its 2018 climate convenings with an event to strengthen our citizen power to push forward on climate issues.  Climate advocates all over the world look to California for cutting edge climate policy and action.  The battles that we fight at the local level have a much larger impact than we imagine.  But many of us don’t know how to get our voices heard.  We need a road map.  At this Climate Convening, you will learn effective ways to influence local government and the regional agencies that hold power over large-scale solutions and the major polluters fouling our air and changing the climate.  Meet elected officials and learn effective strategies from veteran activists.

Featuring confirmed speakers:

Sach Constantine, Managing Director for Vote Solar and former Senior Regulatory Analyst for CPUC
Kathy Dervin, co-founder of 350 Bay Area and climate change and health consultant
Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember and member of Bay Area Air Quality Management (BAAQMD) Board
Linda Maio, Berkeley City Council Member since 1992 and led the charge against crude by rail through California

Light snacks and beverages provided.

Please RSVP.