Bay Area Radical Contact List
Welcome! Although UC Berkeley cashes in on a “tradition” of radicalism, the state of campus activism can seem disappointing to newcomers. The university, not enjoying having their administration building constantly occupied, has taken steps over the last 30 years to try to separate activists in the community from potential activists on campus.
Therefore, if you want to connect with the local action, get off campus and out into the community as well. You may find some of these projects hostile and outright oppressive. You may find a nurturing community and a home at others. And you can always meet people along the way to start your own project!
A park at the edge of the bay filled with unauthorized art constructions.
Bandung Books 🖤
New and used books, records, posters, on Black, Asian, Raza/Indigenous histories, stories, poetry and art.
Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters
A group that fights logging of forests to protect biodiversity.
Bay View Newspaper
A national Black newspaper based in Bay View/Hunter’s Point
Berkeley Free Clinic
Volunteer-run medical help, STD testing, and peer counseling by phone.
Supports independent local media makers.
Berkeley Flea Market
Weekend sale of low-cost goods, bikes. Hosts a drum circle, and vendors from across the African diaspora.
Bound Together Books 🖤
Volunteer-run anarchist bookstore.
Committee for South African Solidarity (COSAS)
Advocates for realization of the South African Freedom Charter.
Non-profit that advances the work of artists with developmental disabilities.
Grassroots group that monitors Berkeley police abuses and proposes alternatives.
Prison and police abolitionists. Publishers of radical newspaper.
Berkeley Animal Rights Center
Community and event center for animal rights activists.
East Bay Food Not Bombs 🖤
Cooks and serves free vegan food daily at People's Park around 3pm.
EastSide Cultural Center
East Oakland cultural organization of Third World artists, authors, and community organizers of color
Flying Over Walls/Black and Pink SF
Queer/Trans Prisoner Solidarity Project
Gill Tract Community Farm 🖤
UC “owned,” community-run farm. Free farmstand & land education projects.
All ages, all volunteer punk venue.
Self-Help Hunger Program
Unity and self-determination built after the Panthers' model.
Women and trans/queer self-defense training classes; radical martial arts Dojo.
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
The workers union that empowers rank-and-file workers at any workplace.
Intertribal Friendship House
Urban Native American community center offering social services and community/cultural events
La Peña Cultural Center
Latin American cultural center
Long Haul Infoshop
Reading room with a library and zine archive
QT/BIPOC artist space, bookshop, zine distro, and Riso machine.
National Lawyer's Guild
Radical lawyers who defend activists and sue the police.
Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED)
Distributes clean needles and harm reduction supplies.
Medicine for Nightmares Bookstore & Gallery
Chicanx/latine bookstore and event venue
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Left-wing library and community event space.
Anarchistic hacker space with public tools.
Left-wing community center, event space & free store.
Pacific Center for Human Growth
Queer community center with resources, support groups, library.
Urban green space, arts & culture venue, and a liberated patch of land for the poor and landless of the East Bay.
Black/New Afrikan liberation organization
Prison Literature Project
Meets in Berkeley to send books to prisoners.
POOR Magazine/Prensa Pobre
Poor people/Indigenous-led media, education, and art.
Pro Arts Commons
A collectively held space in Oakland, California that blurs the lines between art, debate, experimentation, and collaboration.
Radical newspaper that began at UC Berkeley.
St. James Infirmary
A peer-based non-profit health organization serving bay area sex workers
A collectively-run bar and restaurant, and space to organize.
TGI Justice Project
Organization working towards survival and freedom of Trans, Intersex, and non-binary people in and out of the prison industrial complex.
Costco for punks.
Where Do We Go Berkeley?
Group that coordinates defense and material support for encampments