Block the boat for Palestine

In solidarity with Palestinians, especially those beseiged and bombarded in Gaza, we will block 2 Israeli ZIM Ships from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland.

It happened in 2010 and it will happen again!

The Palestinian people are under attack by the state of Israel, with the support of the U.S. government. Palestinian children are being murdered, their hospitals are being bombed, and Palestinian workers are being fired, beaten, arrested, and killed for striking in response. We call on a broad coalition of Pro-Palestinian labor, human rights, and anti-war organizations to join us for direct actions and pickets against the Israeli shipping company ZIM!

5am, West Oakland BART, Saturday, August 2
For more info see the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1447374682195857/ or email: blocktheboat@riseup.net

"The town hella needs a raise"

Speak out at the City Council

Say no to the Chamber of Commerce’s half-measure, and support an immediate minimum wage increase for all workers. The Lift Up Oakland measure for $12.25 plus paid sick days is on the ballot for November. The Chamber and City Council President Pat Kernighan are “now proposing an ordinance to be passed by the City Council that will exempt a significant majority of Oakland employers, including major fast food chains, from paying an increased minimum wage until 2017.” Join us at the City Council to say that $12.25 is already a compromise and we need at least $15 for everyone.

Tuesday, July 29th, 6pm
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza


A flood of solidarity with Palestine

ACROSS THE U.S. and around the world, expressions of sympathy with the people of Gaza are taking the form of statements of solidarity, social media comments and campaigns–and, of course, protests in the streets. Under the weight of the steady accumulation of horrific images coming from Israel’s killing fields in Gaza, it’s clear that minds are beginning to change.

Globally in the last week alone, actions in solidarity with Palestine have taken place in Glasgow, Scotland; Vienna; Ahmadabad, India; Madrid; Seoul, South Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; Beijing; Sydney; Tokyo; Paris; Valparaiso, Chile; Ankara, Turkey; and many, many more.

Rats Race Housing

Rats, Riots, Revolution: Gentrification and Fightback

Gentrification and displacement are disrupting lives and communities all over the country, and the Bay Area is ground zero. With the San Francisco tech boom, and the redevelopment of neighborhoods resulting in the displacement of working class people and communities of color, living and working in Oakland and San Francisco is becoming more and more difficult. But gentrification is also nothing new, and the US has a rich history of fightback against housing discrimination and displacement.

Monday, August 18th, 7pm

Oakland Peace Center, Shelton Hall
111 Fairmount Ave.
Featuring Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor

Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor is a writer, public speaker, and activist in Chicago. She writes on black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A critical journal of black politics, Culture and Society, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Gaper’s Block, and Ms. Magazine, among other publications. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.


All Out for Palestine

End Israel’s War on the Palestinian People!

Saturday, July 26th, 1pm
Justin Herman Plaza, Embarcadero BART Station, SF

Since Israel launched its genocidal campaign against the Palestinian people almost two weeks ago, more than 600 people have been killed. Solidarity protests from all over the world have poured into the streets to demand an end to the massacre in Gaza. From South Africa to France, from Chile to Venezuela, the world is behind Palestine. Yesterday, in Chicago, more than 10,000 people demanded that the “US stop aid to Israel.”

In San Francisco, an energized crowd of thousands flooded and shut down Market St. This coming Saturday, July 26th, as Israel continues to massacre Palestinians and the Palestinian resistance fights back, the Bay Area is mobilizing to show its support for justice and humanity.


Study group: What’s behind the rise of BDS?

The brutal attack on Gaza is raising a lot of questions about the future of the struggle for Palestine. Watching the news come in with horrific death counts and the stories of the ghastly ordeals that the residents of Gaza have been enduring, leaves those of us with a conscience wondering what we can do to help bring justice to Palestine.

This week we will be reading and discussing an article on the rise of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement by Sherry Wolf. Please read the article and come to the meeting to discuss both the current situation and a Palestinian led strategy for liberating Palestine.

“In its nine-year existence, the BDS movement has boldly redefined the battle for Palestine in the simple, straightforward terms of human rights. More than any other tactic of the Palestinian liberation movement, the BDS campaign has succeeded in creating a global outpouring of support for Palestinian rights and placed Israel’s violations of them under international scrutiny like never before.”

Wednesday, July 30
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Women’s Building
3543 18th St
San Francisco

he funeral of three-year-old boy Mohammed Mnassrah, whose parents and baby brother were also killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza.

A war crime in progress

Israel’s attack on and invasion of Gaza is a war crime in progress. The Palestinian struggle for self-determination desperately needs the solidarity of people of conscience from around the world. This global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement must expose every instance of Israeli racism and colonialism while seeking to challenge the massive amounts of American economic and diplomatic support that make Israel’s project possible.


Lifting up the Bay Area

For working class people in the Bay Area, the fight for a living wage is about more than the minimum wage–it’s an existential struggle. The house flippers and hedge-fund-fueled real estate developers want to drive all working people out of Oakland, San Francisco and every other city where they want to take their racist, gentrifying crusade. We need to win a living wage to stop them–and we need a movement to win that wage.