Resources and community events in the Bay Area, all free unless otherwise specified. Scroll the bottom for recurring resources, such as meals, clinics, and mutual aid pop-ups. Submit your event online here.
MON, MAY 1
SF May Day 2023 Rally! A Day for Global Labor Solidarity
ILWU Local 10
A day for global labor solidarity to fight against privatization, automation, systemic racism, Fascism, union busting, war, environmental destruction, and inflation. Enjoy speakers and music.
ILWU Local 10 Union Hall, 400 North Point, San Francisco
12:30 PM–2:30 PM
Concert: Break The Chains For Solidarity & Internationalism
Join Labor Troubadour Mike Stout From Pittsburgh, PA and Others Who Will Perform & Sing Out. The world is on fire from the general strikes in France, in Greece and struggles around the world to defend public services, against privatization, to stop union busting, to protect the planet and to stop the growing repression, racism, fascism and danger of world war. Workers are fighting for unions throughout the country from Amazon, Starbucks. From the railroads, airlines, docks and auto plants workers are fighting as well for health and safety on the job.
518 Valencia Near 16th St., San Francisco
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility with Rebecca Solnit
The Green Arcade
An energizing case for hope about the climate, from Rebecca Solnit, climate activist Thelma Young Lutunatabua, and a chorus of voices calling on us to rise to the moment.Not Too Late brings strong climate voices from around the world to address the political, scientific, social, and emotional dimensions of the most urgent issue human beings have ever faced.
3rd Floor Edward McRoskey Loft:1687 Market Street,San Francisco
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
WED, MAY 3
Labor Hope, Labor Reality: Organizing Unions in 2023, An Evening with E. Tammy Kim
The Humanities Institute
New Yorker writer and co-host of the podcast Time to Say Goodbye E. Tammy Kim will be giving a talk on the state of labor activism and organizing, followed by a panel discussion with writer, organizer, and doctoral candidate in Sociology Sarah Mason and Unite Here member and organizer Martha Hernandez.
Namaste Lounge (College Nine), UC Santa Cruz
THURS, MAY 4
City Rising: Gentrification and Displacement
Our Downtown, Our Future
To deepen our community understanding of issues concerning housing and development, we invite you to a special screening of City Rising: Gentrification and Displacement. The 1 hour film will be followed by audience discussion with tenant-rights attorney Gretchen Regenhardt.Film produced by KCET, Los Angeles, a PBS affiliate.
Resource Center for Nonviolence: 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz
SUN, MAY 7
MH First Training
Anti Police-Terror Project
This is an online training open to Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, with priority given to those who are looking to take shifts with MH First virtually and in person within the next three months. MH First Oakland, a project of Anti Police-Terror Project, is a cutting-edge new model for non-police response to mental health crisis. The goal of MH First is to respond to mental health crises including, but not limited to, psychiatric emergencies, substance use support, and domestic violence safety planning. MH First Oakland is available in the form of a free hotline— (510) 999-9MH—on Friday & Saturday nights from 8pm to 8am, when there are currently no other mental health support options available.
Register online at bit.ly/mh1-050723
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
WEDS, MAY 10
The Village in Oakland
510 Day is a day of cultural resilience bringing together Oakland’s diverse communities; showcasing creative wellness; and offering visions for our collective future where Black, Brown, Indigenous & Immigrant low income and working class Oakland can thrive. Since 2016, residents across Oakland have come out to celebrate the annual #510Day Protest Party. This free, public, intergenerational, grassroots community event is dedicated to the celebration of Oakland’s history and culture in the face of the rapidly growing housing crisis. Hanging out with friends, celebrating our cultures, breaking bread with fambam in public, and enjoying the sunshine has become an act of resistance and resilience in these times of re-colonizations.
Lake Merritt, Oakland
SUN, MAY 14
HOUSING! A photo exhibit and reception
Class Conscious Photographers
A photo show reflecting on the need for housing as a human right. In the midst of the greatest concentration of productive wealth in human history in the High Tech industry, we see all around us a relentless escalation in homelessness. Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, tens of thousands of people are unhoused, hundreds of people die on the streets every year, and the numbers just keep growing. Everyone needs housing!
Milpitas Library: 160 North Main Street, Milpitas
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
MON, MAY 15
5 Methods Mondays
CRC Allies and Accomplices (CRCAA)
5 Methods Mondays are monthly virtual spaces facilitated by CRCAA to support white anti-racists in practicing and deepening our commitments to the 5 Methods. Unlike CRCAA webinars, 5 Methods Mondays are discussion-based; CRCAA facilitators bring the prompts, you bring your successes, your challenges, your questions about practicing the 5 Methods, and your friends! Held on the third Monday of every month. Open to ALL white folks, including those who have not previously attended a CRCAA educational event. THis month’s method is INTERVENTION and we’re hoping you’ll join us to discuss what it means to take responsibility for preventing white people from harming Black communities.
This event takes place on Zoom. Register online at bit.ly/5mm-0515
SAT, MAY 20
Asian and Pacific Islander Arts & Culture Festival
Rhythmix Cultural Works
Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month with family and friends at Alameda’s beautiful, new Bohol Circle Immigrant Park! Feel the resonant sounds of the kulintang from the Philippines, enjoy the gentle sway of Hawaiian hula, and hear the vibrant stringed instruments from Vietnam – all while enjoying the beautiful waterfront views.Experience hands-on art activities for youth with the Alameda Education Foundation and Swings & Wings. Mouthwatering Asian and Pacific inspired foods available for purchase.
Bohol Circle Immigrant Park: 2901 5th St, Alameda
12:00 PM-4:00 PM
A Crazy Carnival Party!
Let’s get wild, colorful, and cuckoo for May! Your favorite queer crew is doing a Quartz carnival theme next month! Come kiss ur clown with cotton candy lips, pop ur corn, and shake ur buttons with ur friends, boos, and exes. All your favorite queer vendors will be there to decorate you and praise you with their beautiful creations!
Omni Commons: 4799 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland
12:00 PM-5:00 PM
FRI, MAY 26
Young Waves Open Mic Series
Youth Spirit Artworks
YSA’s open mic nights begin on May 26! The theme will be self-love. The sign-up sheet will be available by 6:30 and close at 7:00 PM. Bring your literary art, voices, instruments, family, and friends! Everyone is welcome to perform and join in on the fun!
Shanice Kiel Gallery: 3324 Adeline Street, Berkeley
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
RECURRING EVENTS AND RESOURCES
The Suitcase Clinic
Warm meals, health & hygiene supplies, haircuts, footwashing, massage, podiatry, housing resources
First Presbyterian Church Courtyard (2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA)
Tuesdays @ 6:30 – 8PM
Street Medicine Team
Berkeley Free Clinic
HIV and Hep C rapid testing, other STI testing, flu vaccinations, harm reduction, wound care
Berkeley Free Clinic (2339 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA)
Wednesdays @ 7 – 9 PM
Syringe Service and Harm Reduction
Location #1: Across from Berkeley Free Clinic (2339 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA) on Sundays at 6 – 8 PM
Location #2: University & 9th, Berkeley, CA on Thursdays at 6 – 8 PM
Curbside Care Clinic
West Oakland Punks With Lunch
Rain, Shine, Covid-19, or Smoke, we will always be there. Grab some food, narcan, syringes, hygiene (basic & menstrual), dog food, masks, and hand sanitizer!
Fixed location #1: 5th and Filbert @ West Oakland BART on Thursdays at 6-8PM
Fixed location #2: 35th and Peralta every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 3:30-5:30 PM
Women & Childrens Clinic
The Suitcase Clinic
Warm meals, childcare, health & hygiene supplies, haircuts, footwashing, nail painting, housing resources
LIFE Adventist Church (2236 Parker St., Berkeley, CA)
Mondays at 6 – 9 PM
Youth & LGBTQ+ (YQT+) Clinic
The Suitcase Clinic
Warm meals, health & hygiene supplies, massage, needle exchange, recreation, counseling, housing resources
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA)
Mondays at 6 – 9 PM
Sliding Scale Cafe
Radical redistribution of fresh foods, healthy meals, supplies, and resources to our community, rain or shine
8032 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Free Food and Supply Distribution
East Oakland Collective
Come get free produce, dry goods, and catered meals from our food distro team. First come first served.
7800 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11AM-1PM