Come Here, Get Rich: Immigration, Upward Mobility and California Labor History @ UC Berkeley Labor Center
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for a conversation with Fred Glass, longtime friend of the Labor Center and author of a new book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement. The author will delve deep into the vibrant labor history of the Golden State where workers have engaged in politics, strikes, and a variety of organizing strategies to find common ground among its diverse communities to achieve a measure of economic fairness and social justice.

About the book
There is no better time than now to consider the labor history of the Golden State. While other states face declining union enrollment rates and the rollback of workers’ rights, California unions are embracing working immigrants, and voters are protecting core worker rights. What’s the difference? California has held an exceptional place in the imagination of Americans and immigrants since the Gold Rush, which saw the first of many waves of working people moving to the state to find work. From Mission to Microchip unearths the hidden stories of these people throughout California’s history. The difficult task of the state’s labor movement has been to overcome perceived barriers such as race, national origin, and language to unite newcomers and natives in their shared interest. This is an indispensable book for students and scholars of labor history and history of the West, as well as labor activists and organizers.

About the author
Fred B. Glass is Communications Director for the California Federation of Teachers and Instructor of Labor and Community Studies at City College of San Francisco. He is the producer of Golden Lands, Working Hands, a ten-part documentary video series on California labor history.

This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Books are also available online from UC Press.

Space is limited. Please register for the event.

Film Screenings: WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra @ Impact HUB Oakland
Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we welcome award winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, co-directors of the PBS film Shift Change as they screen their latest documentaries, WEconomics and La Empresa es Nuestra.

WEconomics was filmed in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy which has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world. The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse, where prosperity is widely shared, and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services.

La Empresa es Nuestra, filmed in the Basque region of northern Spain, describes the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation, that largest cooperative corporation in the world. Founded in the town of Mondragón in 1956, it is the tenth-largest Spanish company and the leading business group in the Basque Country. At the end of 2014, it employed 74,117 people in 257 companies and organizations in four areas of activity: finance, industry, retail and knowledge.


Please join us for a film screening and discussion of how these examples can be helpful toward developing a stronger coop economy in the U.S. and specifically the East Bay. Young and Dworkin have produced films about worker coops over a period of 15 years, first in Argentina after the dramatic economic/political collapse in late 2001, then in the Basque Country of Spain and across the U.S., including the Bay Area, for Shift Change. Their work encourages us to think and work toward a more just, equitable, sustainable economy.

In Cooperation,
Ricardo S. Nuñez

Film on Sexual Assault: Audrie & Daisy @ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
6:30 pm reception, 7:00 film, 8:30 discussion in Piedmont

Audrie & Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault against them has been caught on camera and distributed online. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and John Shenk, “Audrie & Daisy”– which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

“Audrie & Daisy” will be presented FREE in both Piedmont and Oakland by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series and by Piedmont Parents Network. The film was co-produced by documentary filmmaker and Piedmont High School alum Sara Dosa, who will be in attendance to facilitate a discussion after the film on October 27.

The directors were motivated by what they saw: “We are struck by the frequency of sexual assaults in high schools across the country and have been even more shocked by the pictures and videos, posted online–almost as trophies–by teens that have committed these crimes. This has become the new public square of shame for our adolescents. Unfortunately, the story of drunken high school parties and sexual assault is not new. But today, the events of the night are recorded on smartphones and disseminated to an entire community and, sometimes, the nation. Such was the case for Audrie Pott from Saratoga, California and Daisy Coleman, from Maryville, Ohio, 15- and 14-year old girls, living thousands of miles apart but experiencing the same shame from their communities.”

We invite you to this moving and meaningful film so that you can understand more about the world teenagers live in today.

The Appreciating Diversity Film Series is sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, Piedmont League of Women Voters, Piedmont Adult Education, and the City of Piedmont.

Free, no RSVP needed, usually all are able to find seats.

Oct 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This screening is the Bay Area premiere of The Last Crop documentary.
The Last Crop is an intimate exploration into the lives of small family farmers Jeff and Annie Main of California’s Central Valley. The film follows these organic pioneers’ ten-year pursuit to ensure that a farm need not be imperiled at the end of every generation. Theirs is a story that is being echoed on farms across our nation as our largely aging farming population faces retirement. What sets the Mains apart is their resolve to create an alternative for their farm’s succession that ensures its productivity and affordability for future farming generations.
Post film panelists: Annie & Jeff Main, Andrea Davis-Cetina owner Quarter Acre Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition member, Evan Wigg, Executive Director, Farmers Guild, Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust and filmmaker Chuck Schultz

Please contact us if you have any questions at

Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Food First is the original food policy think tank, founded in 1975 by activist author Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins. Over the years, they’ve produced action-oriented research and analysis in order to help build the movement for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Their projects range from working to stop ‘land grabs’ in the Americas to pollinator restoration and farmer to farmer education. Their Food Sovereignty tours to places such as Italy and Cuba are well known and sought after.

The October gala gathering celebrates the work Food First has contributed to the food justice movement and provides an opportunity to learn more about their organization. There is no cost to attend and no pressure to contribute financially, though opportunities to do so will be available if you so desire.

Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information.
On The Hill: I Am Alex Nieto @ Brava Theater
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thur-Sun, October 27-30

Loco Bloco, a non-profit performing arts organization and playwright Paul S. Flores announce their final full production of On The Hill, a play about the impact of the death of Alex Nieto. Directed by the renowned playwright Paul Flores, On the Hill tells the story of the impact that the death of Alex Nieto – at the hands of the SFPD- has had on youth of color residing in SF neighborhoods – neighborhoods that are currently being gentrified. The project uses music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity,to find ways to dialogue with each other, and discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Through their interpretation of death and life, the young actors incorporate spoken word, bilingual theater, drum, dance and video projection to retell the story of the night Alex Nieto was murdered on Bernal Hill in March 2014. The production is co-directed by Eric Reid.

URGENT: Tell the City Again: No New Jails OR Jail-like Facilities in SF! @ Room 610
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

URGENT: Tell the City Again: No New Jails OR Jail-like Facilities in SF!
Come to the Final Meeting of the SF Jail Replacement Project Work Group
Friday, October 28, 2-5 PM, 25 Van Ness, Room 610

A huge grouping of community groups, service providers, and justice activists stopped a new SF jail last spring, but there’s a danger the City may try again.

Last spring, the City set up the “Work Group to Re-envision the Jail Replacement Project” to decide what to do, or build, or plan INSTEAD of a new jail. At Friday’s meeting they will vote on proposed alternatives to present to the Supervisors.
The Workgroup had been considering alternatives to to jail construction and is proposing some strong and viable community based solutions, including more housing and reentry services. But now the list of proposals includes building a smaller jail, renovating jail cells, and a locked mental facility, in spite of overwhelming public and workgroup opinion against jail facilities. See list of proposals at

We defeated the proposed jail last year; we can’t let the Mayor and Sheriff turn this around! Please come and speak out. We need everyone’s voice.

The No New SF Coalition has an 8-Step Plan for a jail-free San Francisco, based on open user-led facilities, community investment in housing and services, separating services from law enforcement, equitable access to care for all, bail and bond reform, pathways to permanent housing, and immediate closure of 850 Bryant. See The Coalition’s longer and more detailed report, Build Justice, Not Jails, is available at

Read more about Friday’s action at .

Cultivating Cooperative Community @ Omi Gallery
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Free Traditional Healing Clinic @ Tassafaronga Rec Center
Oct 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Harvesting the Fruits of the Black Panther Party’s Free Breakfast Program @ Phat Beets Saturday Market
Oct 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Come join us for a free community celebration of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party. There will be collective storytelling and an interactive meal on food justice and the legacy of the Free Breakfast Program.

Former Panthers Melvin Dickson and Aunti Frances will be hosting a celebration and “stone soup” meal with other food justice activists and community members from the east bay, who will share their experiences and their stories.

Speakers (so far) include:

Van, Qilombo Oakland
Sita Bhaumik (and others), The People’s Kitchen Collective
Doria Robinson, Urban Tilth
Jocelyn Golden, Manna from Heaven
Aunti Frances, Self-Help Hunger Program
Joy Moore, local food activist
Kristyn Leach, farmer at Namu Farm

We will break bread together and celebrate with live music, dancing and fresh and organic fruits and veggies from the market.

Prostest War Crimes and UC Complicity @ Room 105, Boalt Hall
Oct 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Torture Memos” author John Yoo Belongs in Prison, Not Mentoring the Next Generation of Lawyers and Judges. Despite a worldwide outcry, UC has still not taken a single step to investigate John Yoo’s status on the faculty. A lawyer whose career hallmark is his stint in Bush’s Justice Department providing legal-sounding excuses so that illegal torture could be used under color of presidential power, can not be a role model mentoring students.

To volunteer, for details, and to suggest ideas for this protest, please contact World Can’t Wait to tell us how you want to help: sf [at]

Black Panther Party Perspectives from Richard Brown of SF8 @ Workers World, #411
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Hear Richard Brown of the Black Panther Party and the SF8 share his perspectives on their historic struggle. Also listen to a presentation on the current crisis in Syria by Judy Greenspan.

Light refreshments will be served. The space is wheelchair accessible.

Halloween Harvest Festival @ Gill Tract
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Unity in the Community Interfaith Walk for Justice and Peace @ Kehilla Synagogue
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ponsored by The Lighthouse Mosque, Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area, Kehilla Synagogue & Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

*We walk together in public witness to unity in the community in the season of US elections.
* We reject all forms of Islamophobia, racism and religious prejudice
* We affirm the call from Standing Rock and over 100 tribes to protect Native people, land, water and sacred sites
* We call for the end of mass incarceration and the militarization of our streets, skies, schools and borders
* We celebrate multifaith unity in the community grounded in justice

Starting time & location: 2 PM
Kehilla Synagogue 1300 Grand Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Ending time & location: 5 PM
Lighthouse Mosque 620 42nd St, Oakland, CA

The walk is 4 miles and takes about 2 1/2 hours with 2 ten minute stops along the way at Lake Merritt and Oscar Grant Plaza, proceeding on Telegraph Ave.

The day features faith based/ceremonial offerings including a youth offering and banner. The Walk is child and family friendly. Snacks provided at the end of the day. There will be a van accompanying walkers who need a ride part of the way.

The Walk for Justice is done in the spirit of pilgrimage
Please bring signs that reflect our message.

Potluck before Occupy Oakland General Assembly @ Oscar Grant Plaza or basement of Omni basement if raining
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm

The last Sunday of every month attendees of the OO GA will get together a little earlier than usual, at 3 PM to share some food with each others and the community.  There should be a table and utensils/plates courtesy of the Kitchen Committee (such at he is), so just bring a nosh to share… Eat-the-Rich-bonapetit

The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 4 PM at Oscar Grant Plaza amphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway, often on the steps of City Hall. If it is raining (as in RAINING, not just misting) at 4:00 PM we meet in the basement of the Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

ooGAOO General Assembly has met on a continuous basis for more than four 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. We encourage everyone participating in the Occupy Oakland GA to be part of at least one associated group, but it is by no means a requirement. 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:


Codepink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner
Theme this week is: “REFUGEES…”

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, flyers, …Additional signs and flyers provided.
Stand (or sit) with us and the huge PEACE banner.

Protest and Speak-Out: Reinstate Yvette Felcarca, Anti-Fascist Berkeley Teacher
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

6:30pm Rally outside
7:30pm Speak out inside (fill out speakers cards before)

Berkeley School Board Persecutes Teacher For Helping Stop Neo-Nazis:
Stop the Witch Hunt Against Yvette Felarca and Interrogation of Her Students!

Anti-fascist activist and teacher Yvette Felarca has been removed from her classroom at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School in Berkeley, California, for helping stop a neo-Nazi recruitment rally on the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento this summer.

After Ms. Felarca was stabbed and beaten by the fascists, terror threats were made against her and the school if she’s not fired. Instead of defending the entire community, including Ms. Felarca, the school district is capitulating to the neo-Nazis’ demands by taking disciplinary measures against her and removing her from her job.

Prior to being put on administrative leave on September 21 the school district reached back into her bank account after depositing her wages, and took them back out, suddenly challenging previously approved sick days and leaves already taken.

Since then, both current and former students have been pulled out of class and interrogated about her, without their parents’ informed consent, targeting immigrant and limited english speaking families in particular.

Ms. Felarca has been teaching ELD (English as a Second Language) and Humanities at King Middle School for a decade. She is a member of the Executive Board of her union, the Berkeley Federation of Teachers (BFT), and is a founding member of the Equal Opportunity Now/By Any Means Necessary (EON/BAMN) Caucus, an organization working on civil rights issues.

The actions against Ms. Felarca are directly counter to the Berkeley school district’s historic embrace of the fight against racism and fascism. Three district schools are named after civil rights leaders – Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X, and Berkeley was one of the very first school districts to voluntarily desegregate.

Students from all grade levels – elementary, middle, and high school, as well as parents, fellow teachers from Berkeley and Oakland, and a diverse range of community members have been rallying in defense of Ms. Felarca. Please join us in speaking out:

Come to the school board on November 2, write to the board members, and encourage your unions, collectives, and congregations to write letters and resolutions in solidarity with Yvette Felarca.

Demand that she be reinstated immediately, repaid her full wages, and the harassment of her and her students be stopped!

Write to:,,

Defend Yvette Felarca! Non-sectarian defense of all anti-fascists!

An injury to one is an injury to all!

More Details and Background:

Grievance of Yvette Felarca:

Press conference with Yvette Felarca and her lawyer, September 28:

September 21 school board meeting, public comments by Yvette Felarca, her students who demonstrated how she helped empower them, parents who praised her teaching style and expressed concern about recent racist activities in the schools, fellow workers who wondered about the implications of the district’s actions for other teachers, and community members who told personal stories about fascism in their own lives:

October 5 rally outside the school board meeting, and public comments inside by more students, parents, teachers, and community members speaking in defense of Ms. Felarca. When board members refused to disclose their personal positions on whether she should continue to teach, and instead scurried off into a second, unagendized “closed session”, the community held its own meeting in the board room, with many more speaking out:

October 19 school board meeting, more public comments in defense of Ms. Felarca, including a description of an interrogation by a student, remote participation from a former student who called in from Mexico City, and a standing ovation from one of the student representatives on the board:

Report of what happened in Sacramento, and the neo-Nazis involved:

More about the fascist organizers of the Sacramento rally:

Details about neo-Nazis converging in Berkeley prior to their attempted rally in Sacramento:

Article about racist events at Berkeley High School over the last couple of years, including racist pages in the yearbook which had to be recalled, a noose hanging from a tree, and a terror threat citing the KKK on a school computer, which resulted in a walkout by the majority of students:

Fundraiser for Critical Resistance: Profiles in Abolition: Strong Communities Beyond Policing @ Humanist Hall
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

5:30pm: Happy hour + food
7pm: Event

Critical Resistance (CR) invites you to join us for “Profiles in Abolition: Strong Communities Beyond Policing” featuring Asha Ransby-Sporn of Black Youth Project 100, CR co-founder Dylan Rodriguez, and Naomi Murakawa (author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America). Moderated by Lara Kiswani of Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).

This event will sharpen our vision to eliminate reliance on policing and increase our community power and wellbeing without law enforcement and prisons. We are excited to feature organizers and scholars from across the country who have been fighting the violence of policing with dedicated campaigns, writing, and Black, radical, queer and internationalist imaginations. Our speakers will engage in lively conversation about lessons learned and strategies to uplift as we build for a world beyond policing. The event will feature cultural performance and contributions from inside organizers that raise the spirit of liberation.

“Strong Communities Beyond Policing” is the third event in Profiles in Abolition, a national series highlighting the ongoing struggle to abolish the prison industrial complex. We are excited to bring together a community audience of organizers and freedom fighters who have worked so hard to bring us to this opportune political moment. Proceeds will benefit Critical Resistance and our grassroots organizing for abolition and community self-determination.

VENUE INFO: Humanist Hall is wheelchair accessible and this event is fragrance free. Please come scent free to respect participants with chemical sensitivities.

Wheelchair users enter from 411 28th Street. Front doors of building are 390 27th Street.

Parking info:

Public transit: Humanist Hall is close to many Bus Stops at Broadway/29th St and Telegraph/27th St.
It is .7 miles from the Downtown 19th St BART station.

If you have any further questions about the event, please contact: We look forward to seeing you there!

Helping Hearts to Heal, II @ Alan Blueford Center for Justice
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Codepink’s Weekly Peace Vigil @ on the steps in front of Senator Diane Feinstein's office
Nov 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

JOIN CODEPINK, WORLD CAN’T WAIT, OCCUPYSF Action Council and others at the huge PEACE banner
Theme this week is: “REFUGEES…”

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, flyers, …Additional signs and flyers provided.
Stand (or sit) with us and the huge PEACE banner.