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UPDATES / ACTION ALERT ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS – Friday, Nov. 17 – Monday, Nov. 20 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY – PLEASE INCLUDE ACCESSIBILITY INFO FOR EVENTS! This is a JUSTICE issue. 

Check Indybay for other eventshttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12 

UPDATES / ACTION 

A.  Historic US bill would outlaw Israel aid used to abuse children (Nov. 14, 2017)

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/historic-us-bill-would-outlaw-israel-aid-used-abuse-children?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=ffab0a5c23-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-ffab0a5c23-299173401

   ACTION ALERT: Contact your Rep: Support the Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act:

              https://uscpr.org/huge-news-theres-new-bill-congress-defend-palestinian-childrens-human-rights/

    House Billhttps://mccollum.house.gov/sites/mccollum.house.gov/files/documents/17.1107MCCOLL_005_xml_0.pdf

B.  Fearing Trump, Congress Holds First Hearing in Decades on President’s Nuclear Authority (Nov. 14, 2017)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/14/fearing-trump-congress-holds-first-hearing-decades-presidents-nuclear-authority?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

C.  US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years (Nov. 15, 2017)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/us-restarts-nuclear-testing-facility-idaho-23-years-51178018

D.  A Week After Virginia Election Sweep, Democrats Join Republicans for More Bank Deregulation (Nov. 14, 2017)

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/14/bank-deregulation-bipartisan-senate-equifax/

E.  Children Killed by Police from January 1, 2017 till now

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FBCLL9YbNh6c_Rfrz5-B-WpaQzx-82bRdSF5uGbruqs/edit#gid=0

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, November 17, – Monday, November 20

Friday, November 17

1.  Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema Presents: Broken Rainbow

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

In a tribute to Native American Month Sensible Cinema will screen the film Broken Rainbow. Passionate, compelling is how the N.Y. Times describes this documentary directed by Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd which shows a moving account of the force relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians from their land after the signing of – PL 93-531 by President Ford. Narrated by Charlie Sheen Broken Rainbow tells a grim story of another forced relocation by the Government that is still unfamiliar to most Americans

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/13/18804532.php 

2.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film Showing: “Beyond Standing Rock” and Tribute to Dennis Banks

2969 Mission St
SF

Wheelchair accessible

$3 – $10 Donation – no one turned away.

In 2016, the resistance of the Sioux Nation against the Dakota Access Pipeline caught the world’s attention. The government, at the service of oil companies, using law enforcement in riot gear, was pushing for the construction of an oil pipeline through native lands. Join us for a screening of the documentary Beyond Standing Rock on the struggle waged for native self-determination and against capitalist environmental destruction, a struggle rooted in centuries in Native American history.

Also, we will be honoring the life and struggle of Dennis Banks, co-founder of American Indian Movement. Gloria La Riva, who ran alongside of Banks in the 2016 presidential campaign, will give a talk remembering Banks.

Host: PSL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/645581785831173/

3.  Friday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Palestinian Popular Resistance: A Community Conversation

Arab Cultural Community Center
2 Plaza St.
SF

PYM invites you to an Arab community conversation with Grassroots Jerusalem and Addameer

Event is aimed at having an in-depth discussion as Palestinian and Arab community members of the situation of our struggle and conditions on the ground in Palestine. Sahar Francis will be joining us from addameer, an organization that organizes with and for Palestinian political prisoners in Zionist prisons. Fayrouz Sharqawi will be joining us from Grassroots Jerusalem, a Jerusalem-based organization that resists the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the judaization of Jerusalem.

Co-sponsored by the Palestinian American Coalition and American Muslims for Palestine

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/140754326548609/

Saturday, November 18 

4.  Saturday, 9:00am, Meeting – Bay Area Coalition to Save TPS 

2940 16th Street, Room 217
SF

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the resolution Urging the Federal Government to Extend Temporary Protected Status for All Nations Currently Under the Program

5.  Saturday, 10:00am – 11:00am, Thangs Taken: Rethinking Thanksgiving for Kids

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

Ticket info:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thangs-taken-rethinking-thanksgiving-for-kids-tickets-39268736849?aff=efbeventtix

La Peña Cultural Center and the Free Land Project present:
The 10th Annual Thangs Taken: Rethinking Thanksgiving FOR KIDS!
A day of art and culture celebrating Indigenous resilience

Thangs Taken: Rethinking Thanksgiving FOR KIDS is an annual cultural arts event that brings artists, activists and communities together to explore the complex history of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the legacy of U.S. colonialism and celebrate Indigenous resilience.

interactive presentation featuring Corrina Gould (Lisjan Ohlone), Hartman Deetz Wampanoag), and Emily Butterfly (Interstellar Storyteller)! Stories, Songs and Fun Activities for elementary school-aged children and their families, hosted by Ariel Luckey

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/126132261434517/ 

6.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Bay Area Day of Dedication: Climate Legacy Time Capsule

Elihu M. Harris State Office Building
1515 Clay St.
Oakland

Meet at: Clay St. between 14th & 16th

Record heatwaves, deadly wildfires, catastrophic hurricanes, and countless un-natural disasters here in California and around the world remind us that the time for bold action has come. As the annual UN Climate Talks draw to a close in Bonn, Germany, the Bay Area will come together to call on Governor Brown and California legislators to do more to support the fight for climate justice.

Across the country, people will gather to dedicate Climate Legacy Time Capsules that represent what we are collectively fighting to protect in the face of climate chaos.

in the Bay Area, the local chapter of Sunrise Movement (sunrisemovement.org) will dedicate the “Climate Legacy Time Capsule” to not only collectively bring our community together and create a brighter #climatelegacy, but also to call on Governor Brown for his support to fight for climate justice.

YOU ARE INVITED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TIME CAPSULE:
Please Bring…
-Yourself!
-An object (small enough to fit in your palm) representing “what you love and are fighting to protec in the face of climate change” and/or pollution and/or a letter to the future.
-A letter to the future

We will provide art supplies and mini-time capsules to attendees

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/332305540575335/ 

7.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Building Puerto Rico From the Ground Up

The Women’s Building, Room A
3543 18th Street
SF

Centro de Ayuda Mutua in Caguas, Puerto Rico: A grassroots-based Rebuilding Effort in Action

Come and learn about the initiative that is spreading throughout Puerto Rican towns with its goals of integrating food sovereignity, alternative healthcare, housing and education rights, and new ways of communication; to eventually build the new Puerto Rico we all want after the twin ravages of hurricane Maria and the US-imposed Fiscal Board.

The presenter, Lourdes Hernández-Rivera is a member of the Caguas PR’s Centro de Apoyo Mutuo and brings with her a first hand witness account

Donations for rebuilding efforts and event costs encouraged but not required.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751672534904169/ 

8.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, SF: Trump & Pence Must Go! Break the Silence, Bring the Noise

Meet at:

Civic Center Plaza
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

March to Dolores Park.

This is a permitted rally & march to Dolores Park for a Pinata party.

This nightmare must end. The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go.
Break the silence and BRING the noise. Pots and Pans. Drums and Marching Bands. Come and dance in the streets!

We will bring joyful and insistent noise that Trump and Pence Must Go! We will sound the alarm and break through the silence of normalization. We will march to a beat with determination that this regime will NOT destory humanity and the planet.

Bring your family & bring your friends. We encourage you and your kids to dress up as your favorite superhero, bring your dog in costume. Decorate your stroller with colorful balloons and streamers. Be creative!

Host: Refuse Fascism

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/223834391488858/

9.  Saturday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, November New Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth

11 Spinnaker Way
Berkeley

This will be the 27th Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty New Moon Ceremony since the signing of the treaty on September 27, 2015.

“We call upon our sisters and their allies around the world to gather together on each new moon to pray for the sacred system of life, guidance and wisdom.” These words come from the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas – Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015, which was signed on the day of the fourth Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon and the total eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015 on Lenape Territory in New York City.

Read the entire Treaty here: www.IndigenousWomenRising.org

You are invited to join us in this prayer from wherever you are on Mother Earth’s belly. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be meeting on the shoreline of Berkeley, California at Cesar Chavez Park, right at the end of the road where the parking circle is, at the waterfront. Feel free to bring some water from your watershed or a favorite place to share with the waters of the bay. We will have prayers for the water and prayers for guidance as we work together as defenders and protectors of Mother Earth

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/405197539866076/ 

10.  Saturday, 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Celebrate the Russian Revolution on its 100th Anniversary; “Down with All Tyrants!”

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.)
SF

Childcare – Call 2 days in advance!

5:30 pm Taste of Russia dinner with vegan options • $10.00-$15.00 donation

7:00pm Program starts, followed by festivities!

Door donation $3.00-$5.00, work exchanges available for students and strikers

Speakers

Yolanda Alaniz
Retired children’s librarian, author and researcher on the right of nations to self-determination, and founding member of United Workers Union Independent

Sam Rubin
Founding member, Communities Against Racism & Fascism (CARF); Marxist scholar; special education teacher; and member, United Educators of San Francisco

For information: 415-864-1278 • bafsp@earthlink.net • www.socialism.com/sanfrancisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2009199919321380/

11.  Saturday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Anti-Fascism: A Discussion with Mark Bray 

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St.
Berkeley

$10–$20 to benefit the NLG, no one turned away

Join NLGSF and the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee in a discussion with critically acclaimed author of The Anti-Fascist Handbook, MARK BRAY!
This is the NLG November membership meeting. Come early to VOTE for new officers and board members: 5:30–6:30 PM Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/722227837970300/

12.  Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Celebrate the Zapatista Revolution with new film: Zapatista Moon 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

The film will be followed by a roundtable discussion with:
Amira Ali, artist, poet, filmmaker, founding member AfricaSpeak4Africa
Laura Rivas, activist, member of Chiapas Support Committee
Elizabeth Saez, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University

> $5-15 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.
> Tamales & Aguas Frescas, Zapatista Artesanía & t-Shirts will be available.

A benefit to support educational projects in the autonomous Zapatista communities in Chiapas

Film-showing will be followed by a roundtable of women who will review the film and discuss the dimensions of the struggle for women-based power and leadership of our movements and communities and the struggle to forge new relationships based on gender justice and equity.

Host: Chiapas Support Committee Oakland

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/144265559527511/

Sunday, November 19 

13.  Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Howard Zinn Book Fair 2017

Mission Campus – City College of San Francisco
1125 Valencia St. (between 22nd & 23rd Streets)
SF

The campus is fully accessible to people with physical disabilities

$5.00 donation requested – no one turned away

CHILDCARE: We are pleased to provide professional childcare through City College of San Francisco’s Early Childcare Education Program.!The childcare room is easily found in the Courtyard.

The Howard Zinn Book Fair is an annual celebration of People’s History, Past Present and Future. We gather together authors, zinesters, bloggers and publishers for a day of readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories towards building a better future. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small.

Over 140 Authors, Zinesters, Bloggers and publishers will gather for a jam-packed for a day of close to 60 readings, panel discussions and workshops exploring the value of dissident histories. In the spirit of the late historian Howard Zinn we recognize the stories of the ways that everyday people have risen to propose a world beyond empires big and small. There will also be a big room full of over 75 radical book sellers, publishers and community organizations.

FIND:
FULL PROGRAM:  HERE
LIST OF EXHIBITORS:  HERE
IMPORTANT INFO AND LOGISTICS: HERE

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/327445664390551/

14.  Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, SF Refuse Fascism Potluck Social Gathering 

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.
SF

We’ve changed the location and plan for Sunday: instead of an organizing meeting, we’re taking the opportunity to have a potluck/picnic… this way we can take the time to talk more deeply, get to know each other… build a community of people — learning from each other — and determined to drive this regime from power, celebrating our diversity and getting to each other.

Invite everyone you can! Bring whatever food you have to share… or just bring yourself!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/402125143557079/ 

15.  Sunday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Racial Justice Storytime: Honoring Native American Heritage

Natural Resources
1367 Valencia St.
SF

November is Native American Heritage Month and we are celebrating with a racial justice storytime. Joined by Mari Posa (Six Nations Mohawk) and Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash), we will be reading contemporary Native American stories, honoring Native American cuisine and art and discussing how we can be allies and decolonize our own thinking.

Host: SURJ-SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/819672574860506/ 

16.  Sunday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, “A Nation Divided: What Can We Learn From the Nordics?” 

City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Ave.
SF

Speaker: George Lakey

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/08/18802726.php

17.  Sunday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, From SF with Love: A North Bay Relief Concert Series

Slim’s
333 11th Street
SF

All proceeds from this show will go to UndocuFund, to ensure that undocumented families in Sonoma County impaced by the fires will have the support and resources they need to recover and rebuild: http://undocufund.org/

The native San Francisco artist collective, Garden Sessions Presents is coming together with local Bay Area music promoters Seaweed Sway to put on a series of three benefit shows throughout the month of November to provide financial and emotional support to those affected by the North Bay fires.

LINEUP:
Rupa & the April Fishes
Sam Chase
Down Dirty Shake
Magic In the Other!!!

The profit made by the show on 11/19 is going to be matched by google.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/15/18804571.php 

18.  Sunday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Liberated Lens Film Night: “National Bird”

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

$5 donation requested, no one turned away

“National Bird” follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. “National Bird” gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.

We will be joined afterward for Q&A with producer Ines Hofmann Kanna, and Lisa, one of the film’s subjects.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/183489685560470/

Monday, November 20 

19.  Monday, 10:00am – 5:00pm, 48th Anniversary of Alcatraz Occupation 

Indians of All Tribes
SF

Limited space – MUST HAVE TICKET: https://www.facebook.com/IndiansofAllTribes/app/1734065270200892/

Join Indians of All Tribes Co-Founder Dr. LaNada War Jack on Alcatraz Island for the 48th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation!

We have limited tickets for each boat leaving from Pier 33 starting at 9 am Please RSVP on the link provided and we will give further instructions and coordination on the ferry.

Opening Ceremony by Ann Marie Sayers of Indian Canyon Nation
Morning Panel “Why We Took The Rock”
Film: End of the Line with Pearl Means www.endofthelinefilm.com
Afternoon Panel “Legacies of the Occupation”
The program will conclude with an honoring Indigenous Women’s Dance Dancing Earth & Eva Lopez Feat Desirae Harp & Kanyon Sayers-Roods

Join Indians of All Tribes Coalition for Part 2 of #IndigenizeTheBay events from Nov 20-23, 2017. We are looking to make this happen in a good way, including this visit to Alcatraz Island on the 20th.

Hosts: Indians of All Tribes and Dancing Earth

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2109012252659572/

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CAN GOV.-ELECT MURPHY MAKE A GO OF HIS PUBLIC BANK?

 | NOVEMBER 13, 2017 (njspotlight.com)

It was an idea regularly trotted out during the campaign, now Murphy and Co. are starting to assess how to make that proposal a reality

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy often told a story on the campaign trail about how, as a relative newcomer to statewide politics, few people in New Jersey had even heard of him before he jumped into this year’s governor’s race. After his victory last week, the same could be said about one of Murphy’s core fiscal-policy proposals — a plan to launch a state-run public bank in New Jersey.

The type of financial institution envisioned by Murphy would take state-government funds now deposited in accounts with large commercial banks, including those based overseas, and use them to back low-interest loans that would serve the public’s interest in New Jersey, including student debt, infrastructure investments, and small-business lending.

Only one other state in the country, North Dakota, currently operates such an institution, meaning Murphy now has a chance to set off a national revival for state banks, an idea that had its heyday nearly 200 years ago but has been rediscovered amid an era of corporate greed and rising income inequality.

Pot and the public bank

The public bank has a tie-in to another Murphy campaign promise, which is legalizing and taxing the sale of marijuana in New Jersey. That’s because federal regulations make it hard for banks in states where marijuana has been legalized to work with cannabis businesses since the feds still consider it to be illegal. A state-run bank could hold the tax revenues generated by those sales if the substance is legalized.

The leaders of New Jersey’s public-banking movement were giddy as they watched election returns during Murphy’s victory party in Asbury Park, and they’re predicting big things now that the issue has the state’s new governor-elect as its champion. Also watching closely from the sidelines is the state’s commercial banking community as it now waits to see when the public-bank campaign promise will eventually turn into a fully detailed policy proposal.

While several states owned banks during the 1800s, North Dakota is now the only state in the country that currently operates the type of full-fledged government-banking institution that Murphy has envisioned.

The Bank of North Dakota was established nearly 100 years ago, at a time when interest rates on commercial farm loans were running as high as 12 percent. Today, the Bank of North Dakota operates with more than $270 million in capital and partners with 100 other state-based banking institutions.

Eric Hardmeyer, the bank’s president and chief executive, described the institution as a “banker’s bank” in a piece published earlier this year by Prairie Business Magazine. He said the state bank works closely with local financial institutions in North Dakota, and also helps with student loans and economic development.

The $2 billion bank

Murphy, a Democrat, believes that New Jersey, with its nearly $2 billion in taxpayer-fund deposits, could create an institution that would be able to operate much like North Dakota’s bank by offering low-interest loans to students, small businesses, and local governments, ensuring the state’s dollars are used in ways that policymakers here see fit.

He first rolled out the public-bank proposal during a major speech on economic policy that was held more than a year before the election at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

“This money belongs to the people of New Jersey, it’s time to bring the money home,” Murphy said at the time.

But the idea of creating a public bank in New Jersey did not originate with Murphy’s campaign. In fact, Princeton resident Joan Bartl had already been talking up the idea locally, along with Walt McRee, national chairman for the nonprofit Public Banking Institute. Both attended Murphy’s election-night party at the Asbury Park Convention Hall to celebrate his victory.

“They did their homework and we fed them information about national developments and local applications that could significantly improve New Jersey’s fiscal standing from pension funds to infrastructure to student lending,” said McRee, who now leads an organization called Banking on New Jersey, along with Bartl.

“His focus on the bank’s ability to serve the many underserved sectors of our state economy and people is an inspiration in itself,” Bartl said. “There is such need here, and New Jersey is not broke. When we start to examine the possibilities for this bank, people are going to be surprised at what it can do.”

But getting the public bank to go beyond being just a campaign promise could take a lot of time and effort, with reams of both state and federal regulations to sort through.

Asked about the idea during an interview last week, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said he was open to getting additional details, but had yet to fully commit his support.

“I have to understand it more,” said Sweeney, who like Murphy, has also called for legalizing and taxing the use of marijuana in New Jersey.

A ‘wacky’ idea?

The idea of creating the first state-run bank in nearly a century in New Jersey also has its fair share of skeptics. Murphy’s opponent, Republican Lt. Gov, Kim Guadagno routinely called the proposal “wacky” during the gubernatorial election, and even members of Murphy’s own party have questioned whether the state’s patronage-driven political culture would be a good fit for a major, state-run financial institution.

For its part, the state’s banking community has adopted more of a wait-and-see posture until Murphy more fully sketches out exactly how the public bank would operate in New Jersey, said Michael Affuso, executive vice president of the New Jersey Bankers Association, a nearly 100-year-old organization that represents some 100 different institutions.

A key issue that still has to be determined is whether the institution Murphy envisions would go beyond harnessing state deposits and look to also use the billions more in local government funds that now are kept in local bank branches located on Main Streets up and down the state, Affuso said. Those deposits are typically used to underwrite loans to people making home improvements and nearby residents looking to launch a small business.

“That is certainly a concern,” Affuso said.

But he also said the organization has already been communicating with Murphy’s camp, and is open to finding ways to partner with his incoming administration.

“I think there are a lot of areas where we can work together,” Affuso said.

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Roy Moore On Pedophilia Accusers: ‘These Women Are Only Discrediting Me Now Because Shifting Sociocultural Norms Have Created An Environment In Which Assault Allegations Are Taken Seriously’

November 13, 2017 (the onion.com)

MONTGOMERY, AL—Waving off the current allegations against him as vicious attempts to sabotage his election bid, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore told reporters Monday that the women accusing him of pedophilia were only doing so now because “shifting sociocultural norms have created an environment in which assault allegations are taken seriously.” “These women have had 30 years to come forward, and the one and only reason they’re speaking out now is because they suddenly have less fear that their lives will be utterly destroyed,” said Moore, adding that the women accusing him of sexually pursuing them as teenagers were just several of many “jumping on the sexual assault bandwagon these days” in light of meaningful systemic change and the fact that society would no longer immediately discredit them. “My accusers are nothing but slandering opportunists taking advantage of the deteriorating influence of the patriarchy that has traditionally silenced any woman who makes such claims. If the American public at large had not finally begun truly hearing victims and decided that enough was enough, I guarantee that these women would never have had the audacity to accuse me of such heinous crimes.” Moore went on to say that he would nevertheless continue his run for the Senate despite the charges against him because while the norms had shifted, they had not shifted nearly as much in Alabama.

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Diamond Dave’s 80th birthday


Left: Cmdr. David Lazar was honored with the Community Recognition Award by the North Beach Citizens group on Sunday night. Right: “Diamond” Dave Whitaker enjoyed his 80th birthday at Adobe Books on 24th Street. (Left: Courtesy SFPD/via Twitter; Right: Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on November 14, 2017 (sfexaminer.com)

Another beloved San Francisco notable was celebrated this weekend: “Diamond” Dave Whitaker.

The beatnik, hippie, noted poet, and locally famed prognosticator celebrated his 80th birthday Saturday night at Adobe Books on 24th Street. Local free-spirited folks streamed into the doors of the small bookstore, with some hanging out on the sidewalk just to hear Dave speak.

Dave first found his way to San Francisco when he was 19 and traces his time in The City back to the Diggers and chillin’ with Bob Dylan. Since then, he’s helped organize Poems Under the Dome and lights up the airwaves weekly on Pirate Cat Radio.

He’s also a lifelong learner, influencing many City College of San Francisco students through his poetry (and he’s still a sometime-student).

Put bluntly: Dave is part of San Francisco’s funky soul, and we’re lucky to have him.

He’s certainly not known for his fancy style, however, which is why I was surprised to see him in a patterned tie and sportcoat at his birthday.

“Someone just gave it to me,” Dave told me, with a shrug. “I didn’t think I’d ever even wear it.”

After Dave thanked the crowd of well-wishers, the band behind him, Trio Cambio, strummed like minstrels from the Summer of Love.

“Salud, Dave,” they chanted. The room chanted back, sing-song style, “Salud, Dave.”

Salud, Dave.

On Guard prints the news and raises hell each week. Email Fitz at @sfexaminer.com, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @FitztheReporter, and Facebook at facebook.com/FitztheReporter.

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Why Governor Jerry Brown Was Booed at the Bonn Climate Summit

November 13, 2017 (newyorker.com)

By Bill McKibben

Spare a little pity for Jerry Brown. The California governor has been standing up admirably to Donald Trump on many issues, but especially on climate change—even threatening to launch scientific satellites to replace the ones that Washington wants to ground. This week, he’s in Bonn, Germany, at the global climate talks, spearheading the drive to show that America’s states and cities have not forsaken the promises made last year in Paris. On Saturday, barely a minute into his big prime-time talk, Brown was rewarded for his pains with booing. He was visibly startled when demonstrators interrupted his speech and began chanting, “Keep it in the ground!”

Pity him, then, but not too much. For one thing, Brown responded to the challenge Trumpishly—“let’s put you in the ground,” he told the protesters, who were led by indigenous and climate-justice activists. And, for another, they were absolutely right; their slogans illustrated the contradiction at the heart of the planet’s climate policy, one that Brown, if he wanted to, could play a key role in solving.

There are two halves to the climate dilemma: demand and supply. We use too much coal and gas and oil, and we’ve begun to address that through the rapid adoption of renewable energy, the spread of conservation measures, and ideas such as a price on carbon. Brown’s California has been a leader in much of this work. But we also produce too much fossil fuel, and that endless production makes it harder to drive down demand. In fact, it will make it impossible to meet even the modest goals of the Paris accords. A remarkable study, published last year by Oil Change International, found that the world’s developed oil and gas fields—the ones we’re already pumping—contain enough carbon to carry us past the 1.5-degree-Celsius temperature increase agreed to in Paris. (Add coal to the mix and we go way past two degrees, without ever discovering another seam or field.) That’s why campaigners from around the world, meeting in Lofoten, Norway, this summer, signed a declaration calling on governments to begin the “managed decline” of the world’s fossil-fuel-production zones.

Five hundred N.G.O.s—including 350.org, which I helped found—have signed that declaration, but not many political leaders. In fact, heads of governments tend to fall into one of two camps. The first, populated largely by Trump and his followers, sees climate change as nonsense and aims to increase both supply and demand. The other, which includes everyone from Barack Obama to Canada’s Justin Trudeau to Brown, offers inspiring rhetoric on fighting global warming but refuses to rein in fossil-fuel exploration and development. Trudeau, for instance, said at an oil-and-gas conference in Texas this year that “no country would find a hundred and seventy-three billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there,” a reference to Alberta’s tar sands. Give Trudeau high marks for honesty—he’s gone all out to build the pipelines necessary to drain that oil—but low marks for math. There’s no way to burn those hundred and seventy-three billion barrels without overwhelming the atmosphere; they would take us thirty per cent of the way to 1.5 degrees, and that from a nation with less than one per cent of the planet’s population.

California is a big oil-and-gas producer, too—the third largest in the United States—and Brown has so far declined to curtail even fracking and urban drilling, the dirtiest and most dangerous kinds. In his Bonn speech, he offered the most tired of explanations: “If I could turn off the oil today, thirty-two million vehicles would stop, and ten million jobs would be destroyed overnight.” But, of course, no one is talking about turning off the flow of oil overnight. That’s the point of “managed decline”—an orderly retreat from the fossil-fuel precipice. And, in truth, no one is better situated than Brown to lead it. California doesn’t depend on oil and gas the way that, say, Russia or Saudi Arabia or Oklahoma does; the state is full of the world’s most vigorous entrepreneurs, many of them making fortunes on the energy transition.

And then there’s the fact that Brown is on the way out, term-limited and hence insulated from the political power of the fossil-fuel industry. He could do his successor—and the rest of the world—a huge favor by, for instance, announcing that California will no longer grant new permits for exploration or major infrastructure development. Such a commitment would shut down nothing except the petroleum industry’s scientifically and economically flawed assumption that it can maintain its business model indefinitely.

The pressure is not just on Brown. Over the weekend, climate activists occupied a German coalfield, and there are increasing calls on Chancellor Angela Merkel to announce a phase-out of coal mining before the Bonn summit wraps up, at the end of this week. Merkel has been pretty steadfast on climate policy, so she might do it. But Brown is something different: he aspires to lead Earth’s fight against climate change, having called a huge conference next autumn, in San Francisco, of governors, mayors, and other “subnational actors” from around the world. That could really be a turning point in the battle, and a way to bypass Trump—but only if Brown and others are willing to get serious about supply as well as demand.

(Submitted by Ruthie Sakheim, OccupySF Environmental Justice)

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UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ Tuesday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 16 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY – PLEASE INCLUDE ACCESSIBILITY INFO FOR EVENTS! This is a JUSTICE issue. 

Check Indybay for other eventshttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

A. CA Gov. Jerry Brown Tells Indigenous Activists Protesting Fracking He’ll Put Them “In the Ground” (November 13, 2017)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/13/ca_gov_jerry_brown_tells_indigenous?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=94331a51a5-Daily_Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-94331a51a5-191714078

B. Thousands Protest in Manila as Trump Hails “Great Relationship” with Philippines President Duterte(November 13, 2017)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/13/thousands_protest_in_manila_as_trump

C. Low-income SF students from Mission nonprofit ejected from Dreamforce conference (November 13, 2017)

http://www.sfexaminer.com/low-income-sf-students-mission-nonprofit-ejected-dreamforce-conference/

D. What the Hell Does it Take to Convict a Cop of Murdering a Civilian in America?

https://indypendent.org/2017/11/what-the-hell-does-it-take-to-convict-a-cop-of-murdering-a-civilian-in-america/ 

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30 – ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, November 14 – Thursday, November 16

Tuesday, November 14

1.  Tuesday, 8:15am, Pack the Courtroom in Support of Justice for Josiah!

James R. Browing United States Court of Appeals Building
95 7th Street (across the street from the new SF Federal Building)
Court Room @2 on the 3rd Floor in Room #330
SF

@8:15am We will meet outside James R. Browning US Court House to enter together.
Make sure everyone brings photo ID.
@ 9:30am be in Court Room #2 on the 3rd floor in room #330
Press Conference Immediately Following our Court Date.

San Francisco Anti-Police Brutality Activists come out and support our San Jose friend Laurie Valdez and her familia on their appeal court date on Nov. 14th! Her loving partner Antonio, father of her child Josiah, and the only father her daughter Angelique ever knew, was viciously murdered by SJ state university campus police when he was walking back home from work because he had his work tools in his hand! There is even bodycam video which is damning evidence of wrongdoing by police, which the lower court kept under a gag order. Laurie will not give up! She is one of the most powerful family spokespeople you’ll get to meet. Her fuel is love.

Laurie will be away from her City and not all of her regular supporters can make it over here! We can be there for her! We are all together in the same fight! She would and has done the same for us

Host: Adriana and Laurie

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2010833422492971/ 

2.  Tuesday, 2:00pm (Pacific time) – 5:00pm (Eastern time), Webinar – Live From the UN Climate Talks

Registration:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uWwpoFr3QgGYb5rUQpfJIg

Description

Join us as we come to you live from the United Nations climate conference in Germany during our Stop Funding Fossils Day of Action! We’ll discuss international fossil fuel subsidies, the World Bank, and the urgent need to reduce emissions. This webinar will be hosted by two of our global experts on these issues, Alex Doukas and Hannah McKinnon.

From: Oil Change International

3.  Tuesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Show Us the Money: Forum on OUSD’s Budget Crisis

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

an instructive forum and organizing moment against OUSD’s “budget crisis.” This meeting is called Show Us The Money: From OUSD’s Manufactured Budget Crisis to Schools Oakland Families Deserve. We will present the real facts on our budget situation and how this is a crisis of priorities and not finances. Our admin and school board has thus far shown they prioritize admin salaries and exorbitant contracts over our students and children. Join us to fight this. We have the power to change this if we organize.

Food, childcare, and translation will be provided.

Host: Classroom Struggle

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1862933107069382/

4.  Tuesday, 6:00pm, #Deport ICE – Hearing on West Oakland ICE Raid

Oakland City Hall, Dunakin Hearing Room
Public Safety Committee
14th & Broadway
Frank Ogawa Plaza / Oscar Grant Plaza
Oakland

On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, but there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented. The 25 year old arrestee is now in the deportation process. At an October 5th investigation and hearing that the OPD Chief did not attend, Oakland’s Privacy Commission concluded that the raid violated Oakland’s sanctuary city policy and several statements made by OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick about the raid were false.

RSVP to attend: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action/10653/signup/?source=ppem_37606&t=1&referring_akid=37606.91606.xqkTa7

Sponsor: People Power Action 

5.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Free Workshop: Affordable- Housing Options for SF Artists

Mission Economic Development Agency
2301 Mission St., Ste. 203
SF

learn about how to take advantage of the FREE affordable-housing coaching and financial services now available to San Francisco artists and cultural workers.

A San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) grant has made one-on-one counseling services available to SF artists to guide you through the affordable-housing application process, as well as provide a number of other important services, such as free financial counseling and free tax preparation.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/177931172780076/ 

6.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Report on Oakland ICE Raid W/OPD

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland

On August 16, HSI/ICE conducted an AM raid on the 700th block of 27th Street in West Oakland with OPD assistance. The raid was advertised (erroneously) as a search warrant for the sexual trafficking of juveniles, biut there were no actual allegations of sexual abuse, no juveniles were removed from the home and the solitary arrest was for being undocumented. The 25 year old arrestee is now in the deportation process. At an October 5th investigation and hearing that the OPD Chief did not attend, Oakland’s Privacy Commission concluded that the raid violated Oakland’s sanctuary city policy and several statements made by OPD chief Anne Kirkpatrick about the raid were false.

City Council members Desley Brooks and Rebecca Kaplan have now set this item for a committee hearing with the OPD Chief in attendance.
Oaklanders and other Bay Area residents who want sanctuary legislation taken seriously around the Bay should attend. Public comment will be taken

Sponsors: The Day We Fight Back, Restore the Fourth SF Bay Area, Oakland Privacy, StopWatchingUs, Asian American Advancing Justice –Law Caucus, Media Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/348393605609530/

7.  Tuesday, 6:45pm – 8:30pm, Dismantling Racist Housing Policies with Rothstein and Hernandez 

Oakstop
1721 Broadway
Oakland

The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA) and East Bay for Everyone (EBFE) invite you to join a discussion with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, and Jennifer Hernandez on the origins of and solutions to the segregated housing landscape of most American cities with an emphasis on the Bay Area.

Host: East Bay for Everyone

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/536577306686137/

8.  Tuesday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, Displacement & Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?

Sierra Club
2101 Webster, Suite 1300
Oakland

Building Accessibility: There are two entrances to Sierra Club Office building on Webster and 21st, both of which are accessible for mobility devices

$5-$20 donation, sliding scale, which will go to support CJJC’s work challenging gentrification and fighting displacement.  no one will be turned away for lack of funds.”

space for 65 people. To reserve your spot in advance, please purchase tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3121405

This SURJ workshop will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You’ll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities.

Facilitators from SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area will present analysis based on the work of Causa Justa :: Just Cause. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter, is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. However, all are welcome at this workshop regardless of identity.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/328610467612900/ 

9.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Willie Parker reads Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

Revolutionary Books
2444 Durant Ave. (off of Telegraph)
Berkeley

$5-10 donation, no one turned away.

Dr. Willie Parker reads from his memoir LIFE’S WORK: A Moral Argument for Choice. At a time when abortion rights are under attack like no time since the passage of Roe vs Wade, Dr. Willie Parker is performing abortions in several states, and speaking out in this memoir to debunk the reactionary myths around abortion with scientific precision and moral conviction.
“No one on earth expects a large, bald black man in sweats and a baseball cap to be a doctor at all, let alone one of the last abortion doctors in the south,” Parker writes in his memoir Life’s Work: a Moral Argument for Choice.

“It says something deep about Life’s Work and Dr. Willie Parker, that you learn first not about him, but the women he serves as patients. As a poor southern boy who became a great doctor, he shows us how race and sex bias limit and kill, how possible it is to undo that bias with kindness, and how Christianity might actually include women. I wish everyone in America would read this book.”– Gloria Steinem

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2002389056710125/

Wednesday, November 15

10.  Wednesday, 8:30am – 10:30am, Press Conference: Racism in SFPD

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Officer Joel Babbs reported racism he witnessed in SFPD. SFPD and Internal Affairs reacted to this evidence by persecuting Officer Babbs, and doing nothing to correct the racist behavior which Babbs produced evidence of.

We are appalled but not surprised. We have always said SFPD cannot reform itself. We demand Charges for Killer Cops. We demand an Independent Investigation of SFPD. We support good cops willing to call out unacceptable and racist behavior. We demand #Justice4MarioWoods and Justice for all victims of police violence. #InvestigateSFPD

Host: Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/521522744863879/

11.  Wednesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Sónia Vaz Borges – The Walking Archives: (Hi)Stories of PAIGC

San Francisco State University
Burke Hall 28
SF

Join us to welcome Dr. Sónia Vaz Borges in a rare visit to the West Coast. Dr. Borges will be visiting the Bay Area as part of the Howard Zinn Book Festival. She will discuss her research on the linkages between revolutionary struggle and education as developed by Amilcar Cabral and the liberation movement of the PAIGC (Guinea-Bissau/Cabo Verde)..

Her presentation will focus on individual-collective biographic narratives of what she calls the ‘Walking Archives’, meaning an archive that is not fixed in one space, place and time and whose information is never constant or static in time. The memories of the Walking Archives and the diverse forms of expressing, and the factors that trigger them, are in constant change due to life contexts and environments

Co-sponsored with the Departments of Race and Resistance Studies, Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and American Indian Studies

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/502101826828992/

12.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

One Post Street in San Francisco.
(on the steps facing Market Street, below Feinstein’s office,
directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni station).

Themes vary weekly. Come flier with us!

Fliers are provided.

13.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Midtown Demolition Meeting #2 with Mercy, MOH, London Breed

Gateway High School, Auditorium
1430 Scott St.
SF

Join us to demand that Midtown Park Apartments is not demolished!
The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is bringing an architect to this meeting…meaning they are not hearing the tenants demands – NO Demolition of Midtown Park Apartments!
Bring signs, and demand that the city not demolish Midtown. Black homes matter! We need to preserve rent-controlled housing, affordable housing, and Save Midtown!

After recently receiving 14-Day Notices, rent striking households  are running out of resources and time.

We need independent contractors to assess the quality of Midtown and say what repairs need to really be made. We need the city to throw out the absurdly expensive report they gave at the last meeting and start over without grossly overestimating the costs of maintaining a relatively new building.

Hosts: Safe Midtown & Democratic Socialist of America San Francisco

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1851888051789661/

14.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, All They Will Call You Presentation and Discussion 

California Historical Society
678 Mission St.
SF

presentation and conversation on award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez’s new book, . The author will present a brief overview of the book followed by a conversation with independent journalist Gabriel Thompson

All They Will Call You is the harrowing account of “the worst airplane disaster in California’s history,” which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens-farmworkers who were being deported by the U.S. government. Outraged that media reports omitted only the names of the Mexican passengers, American folk icon Woody Guthrie penned a poem that went on to become one of the most important protest songs of the twentieth century, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).”

Tim Z. Hernandez is a writer and performance artist

Gabriel Thompson is an independent journalist

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/05/18804192.php 

15.  Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Creating Safer and Welcoming Neighborhoods

Cloudflare – SF
101 Townsend St.
SF

Presentation from Neighbors for Racial Justice whose work in Oakland has received national attention, and learn how you can join the campaign to take action here in San Francisco

Racial profiling thrives in so-called “pursuit of safety” efforts throughout our communities. From social media spaces to crime watch programs and other policing efforts, people of color are profiled with insidious regularity. Our campaign aims to raise awareness and take action against both implicit and explicit racial bias in San Francisco public spaces.

Host: SURJ – SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294810504346152/

16.  Wednesday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Climate Change: Soil and Science in a Hungry World

Women’s Building
3543 18th Street
SF

Join us in this amazing presentation that includes Anuradha MittalMiguel AltieriMarcia Ishii and Adam Scow.

What’s Next in the Environmental Movement?

This will be the first in series of monthly events focused in building a strong coalition for the 2018 Soil Not Oil International Conference to take place in September 2018 in San Francisco. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A and information on how to get involved.

Host: Soil Not Oil Coalition, Alianza Lationamericana, Biosafety Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159341067993521/ 

17.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Jerusalem: Our hope will never die.

University of California – Berkeley
Dwinelle Hall, Room 215
Berkeley

Recent Developments in Jerusalem
Speaker: Fayrouz Sharqawi

Fayrouz Sharqawi is the Advocacy coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem. Within this capacity she has led campaigns and supported community events and activities. She will provide political analysis of the recent developments in Jerusalem and the Palestinian resistance to oppressive policies under the Israeli occupation

Sponsored by: Students for Justice in Palestine, Norcal Friends of Sabeel, Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace, Middle East Children Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1811966392427768/

18.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Education for Liberation 

The Greenlining Institute
360 14th Street
Oakland

Education for Liberation: The Role of Political Education in the PAIGC’s Struggle for Independence and the Lessons for Today

Center for Political Education and LeftRoots are proud to host a conversation with thinker and activist Sónia Vaz Borges. Sónia, who is of Cape Verdean descent, is a leading scholar on the education programs at the core of Amilcar Cabral’s national liberation struggle in Cape Verde and Guinea Bissau during the 1960s and 70s. Sónia will help us develop a useful understanding of what militant education is, how it worked in the international struggle against colonialism in Africa, and its lessons for movement building today.

Steve Williams of LeftRoots and Rachel Herzing of The Center for Political Education will join Sónia to highlight some of the challenges and opportunities for theory, strategy, and unity facing our movements in the Bay Area and beyond.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/129940374392656/ 

19.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, China and the Russian Revolution: Maoist Perspective

Nieby-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

Sui Hin Lee, is bringing a delegation of young Chinese activists in a tour of the United States., visiting Oakland as well as other centers of working class activity. They will discuss their views, mostly Maoist, of the Russian Revolution and its Centennial.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/13/18804519.php

20.  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Anti Police-Terror Project – General Meeting

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd
Oakland

It’s time to start planning the 4th annual 96 hours of action to Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy. Join us and bring your ideas as we kick off the planning.

The Anti Police-Terror Project began as a project of the ONYX Organizing Committee. We are a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color. Founding coalition members include the Black Power Network, Community Ready Corps, Workers World, and the Idriss Stelley Foundation.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/385971008490228/

Thursday, November 16 

21.  Thursday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, IYSSE Special Event: The Danger of Fascism: Political Lessons from 1930’s Germany

UC Berkeley
370 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley

A lecture by German Trotskyist Johannes Stern

Throughout the world, far-right movements are on the rise: The Trump administration in the United States, the Alternative for Germany, the UK Independence Party, the National Front in France. Organizations promoting extreme nationalism have benefited from a political vacuum created by the absence of any challenge to the capitalist system from the left.

The growth of fascistic movements has provoked anger and opposition throughout the world. However, workers and young people face critical political questions: Why is the far-right benefiting from the crisis of capitalism? What are the social and political origins of fascism, and how can it be combated? What are the lessons of history?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/13/18804515.php 

22.  Thursday, 5:00pm – 6:15pm, Special Mission Night Walk with Jobs with Justice

Meet at:

St. John’s
110 Julian Avenue @ 15th Street
SF

Jobs with Justice, representing over 30 labor unions and community organizations, will join this week’s Nightwalk. Wonderful to join our voices (and feet!)  in delivering our simple, clear message: We care! Stop the violence!.

Host: Mission Night Walk

Info: www.missionnightwalks.net

23.  Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Khoon DIY Baarav (Blood Leaves its Trail)

UC Berkeley,
Stephens Hall 10 (ISAS Conference Rm)
Berkeley

Speaker: Iffat Fatima, Documentary Filmmaker
Moderator: Angana Chatterji, Visiting Research Anthropologist; Co-chair, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Center for Race and Gender

About the Documentary
The film Khoon Diy Baarav enters the vexed political scenario in Kashmir through the lives of families of the victims of enforced disappearances. The film is a non-sequential account of personal narratives and reminiscences ruptured by violence, undermined by erasure and over-ridden by official documents that challenge truth. Made over nine years it explores memory as a mode of resistance, constantly confronting and morphing- from the personal to political, individual to collective. Discussion after film.

About the Filmmaker
Iffat Fatima is an independent documentary filmmaker and researcher from Kashmir, based in Delhi. Since 2006 she is working in Kashmir on the issue of enforced disappearances in collaboration with the Association Of Parents Of Disappeared Persons (APDP

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/10/31/18804091.php

24.  Thursday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, Resistance and Renewal: JWJSF Annual Gala 2017

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
1661 15th Street (@Julian)
SF

5:00pm Mission Night Walk
6:00pm Dinner and Program

Individual tickets: $25-$100 sliding scale. BUY TICKETS NOW!

https://actionnetwork.org/ticketed_events/jobs-with-justice-sf-2017-gala

COME CELEBRATE A YEAR OF VITAL RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY! This year we defended our rights and each other. Just weeks after Trump’s election, Jobs with Justice co-convened the Bay Resistance Network—bringing 50 organizations together to prepare for key emergency actions.

CELEBRATE OUR WINS! With labor and community working together, we won free tuition at City College for all San Francisco residents and saved the sub-acute unit at St. Luke’s Hospital.

RECOGNIZE THIS YEAR’S HONOREES
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Father Richard Smith, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
Angela Chan, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Light dinner and drinks will be served.

JOIN US AT 5PM FOR A MISSION NIGHT WALK TO UPROOT VIOLENCE – Led by honoree Father Richard & JWJ E-Board member Carlos Gutierrez

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/284780898702767/

25.  Thursday, 5:00pm, SleepOut to End Homelessness 

Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround
SF

Join us for a #SleepOut during Homelessness Awareness Week to end homelessness!

With the adult shelter waitlist at 1000+ people long and as the City continues to criminalize homeless people living in tents and on the streets, we invite all community members to join us for a #SleepOut to bring light to this issue. Bring your sleeping bag, food & supplies to share and your friends!

Questions or want to help contact Kelley Cutler at kcutler@cohsf.org or (415) 346-3740 x 312
If you are looking for ways to contribute it would be great to bring food & drinks (water, coffee, hot cocoa, etc)

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159029338021692/

26.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, What is a Community Land Trust? An Introduction Workshop

San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St.
SF

Learn more about Community Land Trusts and the ways that SFCLT is using this model of community land ownership to fight displacement in San Francisco.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/574379546226844/

27.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, The Peoples Study Group – Capitalism and Housing 

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

The People’s Study group is a grassroots effort to reclaim Black and Brown peoples’ struggles against capitalism and create a collective analysis of our current situation. We will be exploring texts from past and current revolutionary movements and thinkers.

We live in the Bay Area, a region affected by skyrocketing costs of living and stagnant wages and opportunities.
A revolutionary social movement has to take into account the relationship between housing and capitalism; as anti-capitalists we have to dissect its devastating impact on working class communities of Color.

Suggested reading (but not required) beforehand: goo.gl/qhtgJH

The People’s Study Group is a new project of some residents of the Fruitvale District. We are not a large organization and will be asking for donations to cover the cost of the space

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/128243641263583/  Contact: peoplesstudygroup@gmail.com 

28.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Building Solidarirty Against Militarization 

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

A Panel on Political Prisoners and Incarceration from Palestine, the US and the Philippines, with Sahar Francis of Addameer (the Palestinian Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association)

The full panel will include speakers from:
Addameer
Critical Resistance
Freedom Archives
Ella Baker Center
AnakBayan- East Bay
Malcom X Grassroots Movement

Host: Palestinian Youth Movement

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/135007450488273/

29.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Watch: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! Talk by Bob Avakian 

Revolution Booksm Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave. (off of Telegraph)
Berkeley

The film of Bob Avakian’s new speech addresses the most urgent question of the day: how to understand, and what to do about, the threat to humanity itself posed by the Trump/Pence regime

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744498062511488/ 

30.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:30pm, Strong Communities: Reclaiming Community Safety from Policing

Sequoia Elementary
3730 Lincoln Ave.
Oakland

Dimond neighbors join the Neighborhood Council and Critical Resistance Oakland to discuss community, policing and safety:

• How can we turn back to our communities and strengthen community-based systems to create safer neighborhoods?
• What is an alternative approach to the more common way we typically deal with building community safety?
• How can community safety move from systems that rely on the criminal justice system as a solution?
• How can everyday people such as neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, members of community organizations, and businesses take action to build safer communities?

Host: Critical Resistance Oakland

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/975082909317305/

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“Voters show up this time, turn tide against Trump” (Willie’s World, San Francisco Chronicle)

November 12, 2017

Dear Editor:

“But the real key for Democrats’ success will be whether they can avoid the self-inflicted wounds brought on by the purity tests imposed by the ultraliberal wing of the party,” says former Mayor Brown.

Yeah, like getting corporate money out of politics.  That’s the only purity test that the ultraliberal wing of the party demands.  Once corporate money is out of politics, then politicians will be free to do the will of the people.

Mayor Brown would probably not pass this purity test and that’s why he’s warning us against this “ultraliberal” idea.

Mike Zonta
San Francisco

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OccupyForum presents . . . FOOD AND WATER WATCH with Adam Scow

NOTE LOCATION!

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, November 13th from 6:45 – 9 pm at SEIU Local 2

209 Golden Gate Avenue near Civic Center BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

FOOD AND WATER WATCH:

with Adam Scow

Climate change, fracking, and the campaign to get California and the nation off of fossil fuels  

OccupySF and Food and Water Watch connected as allies in the earliest days of Occupy… Our Environmental Justice Working Group handed out boxloads of their flyers on fracking in the day when no one knew what “fracking” meant, and Occupy had no money to print flyers. We coordinated on protests outside banks, PG&E and the EPA to connect the dots and tell people about the toxic chemicals used, and the destruction of the environment from fracking. Since then, many groups have combined forces to expose the dangers of fracking and take the planet towards sustainable energy.

From Food and Water Watch’s website:

“Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.

The problems we’re facing are immense, but not insurmountable. Around the world, activists have pushed back against corporate influence at the UN and the World Water Forum. And here at home, working hand in hand with grassroots allies, we’ve stopped privatizations of our water systems, halted the use of arsenic in chicken production, and built pressure to ban fracking. While we’ll never have the financial resources to compete on a playing field lined with corporate money, we do have considerable people power. By raising our voices together, we can create real and lasting change. 

Adam Scow is the California Director at Food & Water Watch. Adam oversees the California organizing program, which tackles some of California’s greatest challenges to the long-term health of its water, energy and food. Adam has guided several successful statewide and local campaigns towards protecting California’s water as a public resource and is an often-cited expert on California water and food issues in national media publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He previously researched California farm and water policy in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at ascow(at)fwwatch.org.

https://secure.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2283

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/our-impact 

 Time will be allotted for announcements. Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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Donna Brazile Says Hillary Rodham Clinton High Palace Of The Solar Order Was Almost Like A Cult

November 10, 2017 (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—Providing a glimpse into the difficulties of working within the organization during the 2016 presidential campaign, Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile told reporters Thursday that the Hillary Rodham Clinton High Palace Of The Solar Order was almost like a cult. “From the very beginning of the presidential race, the Hillary Rodham Clinton High Palace Of The Solar Order created a kind of insular environment that really didn’t tolerate the questioning of her absolute authority over all beings and things,” said Brazile, adding that the Order was often plagued by a cult-like atmosphere surrounding its anointed leader, especially in Clinton’s edict that she was always to be referred to by a 12-word formal title and the mandatory practice of all members gathering in the sweat lodge to zealously repeat “I’m With Her” for five hours every day. “Things got fairly weird around the primaries, when we had to take a vow of silence, and whenever she left the holy lair, everyone had to bow their heads and avoid looking at her as a sign of divine respect. And there was never really any effort within Order to offer dissenting views, especially after Hillary ordered Robby Mook to be shackled and displayed on one of the H altars as a warning to troublemakers.” Several reports indicate that Brazile was last seen being swarmed by a gang of purple-hooded assailants and thrown into the back of an old campaign bus emblazoned with a High Palace Of The Solar Order emblem.

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UPDATES / ALERTS ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS – Fri., Nov. 10 to Mon, Nov. 13 (from Adrienne Fong)

ACCESSIBILITY – PLEASE INCLUDE ACCESSIBILITY INFO FOR EVENTS! This is a JUSTICE issue. 

Check Indybay for other eventshttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12 

UPDATES & ALERTS

A.  Armistice Day

Call to Act for Peace on Armistice Day, Nov. 11 (Petition – from Veterans For Peace)

  ~DIPLOMACY NOT WAR IN NORTH KOREA~

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day/

B.  Congress is about to re-authorize the worst surveillance law in history – Petition to take a stand and OPPOSE this:

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/congress-is-about-to-re-authorize-the-worst-surveillance-law-in-history?link_id=1&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&source=email-surveillance-vote&email_referrer=email_260548___subject_315291&email_subject=house-judiciary-strikes-down-surveillance-reform-amendment 

C.  Israel lobby lawsuit against San Francisco State University collapses (November 8, 2017)

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-barrows-friedman/israel-lobby-lawsuit-against-san-francisco-state-university-collapses?utm_source=EI+readers&utm_campaign=dfb5aa67f4-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e802a7602d-dfb5aa67f4-299173401

D.  THE US SOUTHERN COMMAND’S SILENT OCCUPATION OF THE AMAZON (NOV. 9, 2017)

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42542-the-us-southern-command-s-silent-occupation-of-the-amazon 

E.  Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses (September 2017)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/15/police-israel-cops-training-adl-human-rights-abuses-dc-washington/

  See item #15 

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~ 

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS of EVENTS

Friday, November 10 – Monday, November 13

+one Tuesday, November 14 Early morning event

Friday, November 10

1.  Friday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Stop the #TrumpTaxScam! Demand Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Niketown
278 Post St.
SF

We will not allow Republicans to pass tax cuts for billionaires and large corporations while they raise taxes on the middle class.

This past weekend, journalists began reporting on a leaked set of documents from a Bermuda law firm that helps corporations and billionaires avoid paying U.S. taxes. Dubbed the “Paradise Papers,” these documents unveil secrets of the ultra-elite

Over a dozen people from Donald Trump’s inner circle are named in the papers, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is shown to have significant business ties with Russian oligarchs, previously undisclosed. Other clients of the Bermuda law firm, Appleby, include major U.S. corporations such as Apple, Nike, and Uber

Under the Republican proposed tax plan, these same corporations and billionaires who avoid paying what they owe in U.S. taxes will be rewarded with more tax cuts and also incentivizes them to ship more jobs offshore.

Join us outside Nike as we call for an immediate halt to consideration of the current GOP Tax Plan (or #TrumpTaxScam).

our call to action that:
Will highlight the need to investigate how corporations and billionaires use offshore loopholes to dodge taxes;
Will blast the Ryan-McConnell-Trump Tax Plan by emphasizing the negative impact of shipping jobs overseas; and
Will slam the GOP Tax Bill as a gift to corporations that will encourage them NOT to pay their fair share! Not only is this bill rewarding wealthy corporations, it’s elimination of the the State And Local Tax deduction (SALT) would be devastating to working Americans.

Sponsors: Fight For $15, Americans for Tax Fairness, CPD Action, Tax March

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639350659465899/ 

2.  Friday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Candlelight Vigil for Peace with North Korea

Oscar Grant Plaza
(Frank Ogawa Plaza) (nr. 12th Street BART)
Oakland

We are gathering to pray for peace with North Korea, and to assert that we do not want war with other nations.
We will also lift up people in the many nations where we already have a military presence.

All those who seek a peaceful resolution to our conflicts are welcome

Some candles will be provided but attendeees are free to bring your own if desired.
We will also set up an area where you can post handwritten messages of peace and bring a flower offering, if desired.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1932184363771991/

3.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Meet the Author of Women Fight Back

Women’s Building
3543 18th St.
SF

$3-$10 donation – no one turned away

Women Fight Back by Donna Goodman traces the historical evolution of a movement that has thoroughly transformed society and is in need of militant revival today. Goodman highlights the contributions of working-class, Black, Latina, queer and other oppressed women in the fight for women’s equality. The book compares the status of women in the U.S. and other capitalist societies with women under socialism and reviews the challenges of organizing today in the era of Trump and into the future.

Donna Goodman, a long-time partisan of the struggle for women’s liberation, recounts how women in the United States confronted a whole society – from the legal system to popular culture to home life — that was immersed in blatant sexism, discrimination and anti-woman violence.

Sponsor: Party for Socialism and Liberation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/527626754271499/?active_tab=discussion 

4.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Averting U.S. War on North Korea

First Congregational Church of Oakland, CYF Room
2501 Harrison
Oakland

Wheelchair accessible

AVERTING U.S. WAR ON NORTH KOREA: WHAT PROGRESSIVES MUST KNOW AND DO

WITH:
Christine Ahn , Women Cross DMZ
Ellen ChoyHOBAK – Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans
Kevin Gray, University of Sussex
Moderated by: Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

The U.S. and North Korea are on a dangerous path towards a military confrontation that could kill millions and engulf the world in a nuclear holocaust. Trump has threatened, “to totally destroy North Korea,” and the United States has shifted massive military assets to Guam and Okinawa in preparation for a military first strike. North Korea is on track to launch a long-range missile with the capacity to strike Washington, DC, and Pyongyang has responded that it has the right to shoot down U.S. strategic bombers – even outside their airspace for self-defense.

As part of our War & Liberation series, The Center for Political Education is proud to host a discussion with leading Korea peace activists and experts on the historical roots of this conflict. The panel will discuss what peace and social justice movements are doing and must do locally, nationally and internationally to avert war.

Co-sponsored by HOBAK – Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans Women Cross DMZ and Catalyst Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/528009460865267/

Saturday, November 11 

5.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Korea Peace Walk: No War on Korea

Meet at:

Telegraph & 23Rd Street
Oakland

Ends at

Telegraph & 44th Street with Rally
Oakland

Since coming to office, Trump has threatened genocide against North Korea. His presidency exposes the deeply undemocratic nature of U.S. foreign policy, which grants the president unilateral nuclear launch authority. The time is more urgent than ever to protest the nuclear imperialism and unchecked militarism of the United States toward North Korea After almost seven decades of war—with the Korean War never resolved with a peace treaty—it is time for us in the United States to say “NO!” to U.S. warmongering!

Walk will cover 20 blocks of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California, an area of Korean business and historic sites of labor and Black Panther Party activism

Funds raised by the Peace Walk will benefit the work of KPI and HOBAK. Checks can be made to KPI with “KPI/HOBAK Peace Walk” (and, if relevant, the person whom you’re sponsoring) in the comment section. Please mail your donations to the Korea Policy Institute, P.O. Box 2281, Berkeley, CA 94702
You can also donate online at
http://kpolicy.org/korea-peace-walk-no-war-on-korea

sponsored by the Korea Policy Institute (KPI) and HOBAK – Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans,

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1489582111162261/

6.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, SF: “No Fire and Fury” No Nuclear War! Trump / Pence Must Go!

Meet at:

Civic Center
San Francisco

Rally & March (check FB site for location of march)

NO “Fire & Fury Against North Korea or Iran

NO U.S. Agression in the Middle East

This Nightmare Must End: The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! 

In the NAME OF HUMANITY, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America!

In front of the entire U.N. general assembly, Trump told the world that this regime is ready, willing, and able to totally destroy North Korea. He has threatened “fire and fury” and continues to wage these threats during his trip to Asia. 26 million innocent lives are on the line in North Korea, and the planet could be thrown into the crosshairs of nuclear war.

Congress, the U.N., checks and balances will not prevent this war. ONLY THE PEOPLE can end this nightmare, and we must do this before it becomes too late.

To sponsor: email norcal@refusefascism.org or call 510-253-5551

Sponsor: Refuse Fascism and Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701873263167144/ 

7. Saturday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Rally, Speak-Out at San Francisco Japan Consulate; Stop Abe Government from Restarting NUKE Plants; Defend the Families & Children of Fukushima

San Francisco Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St. (nr. California St.)
SF

Despite the denials by the Japanese Abe government, Fukushima continues to contaminate the population of the area and the world. The government has declared that the area has been decontaminated but the radioactive water continues to accumulate in thousands of tanks. The clean-up has failed to even remove the radioactive material from the reactors that melted down due to the deadly high level of radiation that has even destroyed robots. There is already 22 million cu. meters of contaminated waste yet the government continues to claim that it is safe to return and is pushing to restart additional nuclear reactors.

The government is also pushing ahead to demand that the residents including families return to Fukushima or face the removal of their subsidies. This despite the fact that the courts have ruled that TEPCO now controlled by the government is financially responsible for the costs of this disaster for the people.

The government at the same time has declared that it is preparing for a massive Nankai Trough earthquake on Japan’s Pacific coast that according to even the government’s own estimate might kill 320,000 people yet it is planning to reopen nuclear plants in the very places it says there is a danger of a major historic quake that would create many nuclear meltdowns and a massive nuclear cloud of radioactive contamination threatening not just Japan but entire humanity and the environment.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/07/18804266.php

8.  Saturday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Decolonization, Herstory & DegentriFUKation Tour at Homefulness 

POOR Magazine
8032 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland

Decolonization and DegentriFUKation Tour of the Sacred Lisjan/Ohlone Land in the village of Huchuin ( Oakland) on Blackarthur (MacArthur) that us landless and indigenous peoples call Homefulness.

A prayer, performance and herstory tour thru the untold stories of the roots of gentrification aka colonization, to 20th century intentional destruction by corporate devil-opers and corporate government to destroy poor people-of color neighborhoods like Deep East Oakland to the current revolutionary resistance of landless, indigenous people to “give-back” this land to Mama Earth, officially taking it off the “market economy” and build Homefulness.

Homefulness is a poor people-led solution to Homelessness, created, built and manifested by indigenous, displaced, and houseless mamaz, uncles and elders. POOR Magazine/Prensa POBRE is a poor and indigenous people-led movement media, art and education and liberation

This project is part of the YBCA + Neighborland: Field Work program, made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creativity Connects.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/157573284842123/

Sunday, November 12

9.  Sunday, 9:30am – 10:45am, UU Sunday Forum, – “Universal Health Care?”

Unitarian Universalist Church San Francisco
1187 Franklin St
SF

9:00 am – Breakfast for nominal fee

Jeff Gee , MD is a primary care physician who attended UCSF Medical School and the San Francisco General Family Medicine residency program. He has practiced in Daly City and San Francisco (currently in the Mission district) for 35 years. A member of Physicians for a National Health Program, he has been actively organizing for single payer Medicare for All since 2012.

Chantal Lunderville , MD, MPP

Chantal studied medicine at UCLA-PRIME, earning her Masters in public policy as well from UCLA, with an emphasis in health policy. She was involved with educational programming and health care literacy for day laborer organizations and worked for the UCLA pipeline program UCLA-PREP during her medical education. She is now a third-year resident in UCSF Family and Community Medicine and fights for ensuring access for her patients through the resident organization “Keep America Covered” which organizes around ACA protection, and with Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) in the campaign for single payer healthcare and California’s SB 562. Next year she will be starting UCSF Family Planning Fellowship, where she will apply her policy experience towards reproductive justice and policy research.

10.  Sunday, 10:30am – 11:30am, Reflection on Islam and Sufism 

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists’ Hall
1924 Cedar at Bonita
Berkeley

In this time of anti-Muslim propaganda, this is a good time to learn more about Islam and Middle Eastern culture. Join us for our Sunday service where our guest speaker will be Shaykh Yassir Chadly, a professor of Islamic studies who served as the imam (spiritual leader) of a Sufi mosque in Oakland. His talk, “Surfing the Waves to the Divine” will discuss the Muslim practice of Sufism. We will also hear Middle Eastern music performed by Issa Nessim (vocals) and Gary Haggerty (oud

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/07/18804308.php

11.  Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Russian Revolution Centennial 1917 – 2017: Part of a Weekly Series

Nieby-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

ABSTRACT: The Russian Revolution of 1917 is universally recognized as one of the most important events of the twentieth century. We have assembled a group of scholars and activists to examine this world-shaking revolution from different perspectives. Their presentations reflect the speakers own views and do not represent a group consensus of members of The Institute for the Critical Study of Society.

speakers for this week, and their topics.

Moderator: Lew Finzel
• Gary Hicks: The Comintern and the US and South Africa
ABSTRACT: I am going to try and express some ideas about how we might look at the role of the Comintern in the building of the CPs of of the US and South Africa in the 1920s. This activity consisted of a decade of organizing, discourse, polemic on the part of a most international cadre of West Indian, South African, Soviet, Finnish, British, and North American comrades, participating in various commissions, organizations congresses, conferences

• Raj Sahai: Dawn of a New Era: The Russian Revolution and the World
ABSTRACT: The presentation will argue that: The February and October 1917 Russian Revolutions together heralded a new era for humanity, not just for the multi-ethnic peoples of the Russian empire. It ended monarchy as an institution governing society all over the world, which end was heralded in the French Revolution of 1789 but which remained incomplete. It began the end of colonial ownership of the world’s countries in Asia and Africa by the rich handful of European countries. It made the masses as active agents: makers of history on a global scale. It ushered in the era of liberation…the world will never be same again…Socialism is the future of the world despite the present reaction personified by Trumpism.
Raj Sahai is a Socialist & Anti-Imperialist War Activist, and a member of ICSS.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/07/18804298.php

12.  Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, SF Forum “Lessons and Relevance of the Russian Revolution For Today” with Screening

SF Main Library
100 Larkin St., Latino Room (lower level)
SF

One hundred years ago, the working class through the Soviets took power in Russia. The revolution had reverberations throughout the world including in the US, California and the bay area. While the Democratic party politicians today are wailing about the role of Putin and Russia, the US government actually invaded Russia with 20 other countries in 1919 to overthrow the new government. Longshore workers in Seattle also stopped the loading of rifles to Russia.

At the same time, a battle was going on within the labor movement in the US about what position the unions should take to the revolution and US capitalism. US workers today are under attack as the capitalists seek to privatize education along with all public services and destroy our unions while moving toward world war. The decline of US capitalism is also directly leading to the rise of Trump and other forces.

Agenda:
Screening of “From The Czar To Lenin”
Presentations:
George Wright, Russia,Trump, The Decline Of US Imperialism And The Danger of World War
Jack Heyman, Retired ILWU Local 10, Chair Transport Workers Solidarity Committee on US Workers And The Tasks Today
John Holmes, The Russian Revolution And It’s Impact On The Working Class and Unions In California
Steve Zeltzer, How Workers And Unions Need To Defend Their Gains and Go On The Offensive

Sponsored by : KPFA WorkWeek Radio ,United Public Workers For Action
http://www.upwa.info
info(at)upwa.info

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/10/13/18803610.php

13.  Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Forum for Rights & Options for TPS applicants and campaign to save TPS

St. Anthony’s Church, Santa Clara Room
3215 Cesar Chavez St.
SF

The forum will be presented by Ricardo Calderon from the organization Carecen. Ricardo will be talking about rights and options for applicants and the national campaign to Save TPS.

This is presented by Faith in Action, and the Bay Area Coalition to Save TPS.

For more information please call 415-410-7566.

14.  Sunday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Showing up for Each Other: Bystander Training with CAIR

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St.
Berkeley

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has documented hate crimes to have spiked 91% in the first half of 2017 as compared to the same time period in 2016. At Jewish Voice for Peace, we believe an attack on any one of us — Muslims, Palestinians, People of Color, immigrants, Jews, LGBTQ folks, folks with disabilities — is an attack on us all.

Join JVP-Bay Area for a Bystander Training led by CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization working to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. Bystander Trainings offer us practical tools for enacting solidarity in the moment, nonviolently: putting our beliefs into practice, to defend and protect one another.

During the training, participants will learn about the history and principles of nonviolence and practice specific de-escalation techniques in a variety of scenarios. While learning practical skills, we’ll build our political analysis, learn about various organizing efforts in our community, and connect with different ways to become active against Islamophobia.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1681333708557740/

Monday, November 13

15.  Monday, 8:00am, Protest ADL Terrorism Against Professors Critical of Israel & Training of U.S. Police by Israeli Racist Apparatus

Grand Hyatt – San Francisco Union Square
345 Stockton St.
SF

the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will be having a “Summit On Anti-Semitism” to supposedly oppose anti-semitism and discriminationo .https://www.neverisnow.org

The ADL  presents itself as an organization fighting anti-Semitism and discrimination however the reality is far from their claims. During the rise of the Nazis, the B’nai Brith which established the ADL opposed the boycott of Nazi Germany and organized in the US against actions to demand the entry of Jews into the US who were escaping the Nazis.

This was at the same time that the Zionists in Palestine were inviting war criminals like Eichmann to support the establishment of a Jewish state which is what the Nazis wanted as well.

During the McCarthy witch hunts in the 50’s,  the ADL collaborated with McCarthy and helped him get witnesses to testify against Communists and Leftists. They also were  supporters of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Targeting of Palestinian Professors, African American Professors and College Critics of Israel

The ADL also had a black list of hundred of professors who were critical of Israel including African American professors. Using their national Zionist network and tens of millions of dollars they targeted professors from the US and Canada for harassment and firing by college administrators.

This terrorism continues. They now are working with Zuckerberg at  Facebook to frame-up professors like Anthony Hall at Lethbridge University in Canada and they are harassing and terrorizing Palestinian students throughout the country charging that they are anti-semitic. The harassment of  professors including  San Francisco State professor Rabab Abdulhadi by the ADL and other Zionist organization  continues along with her students who have been targeted with propaganda accusing them of being terrorists.

On top of this they are also pushing US police departments to get proper training to fight “terrorists” by the use of Israeli police.

We demand that no government agency collaborate with the ADL and that they be stopped from targeting critics of Israel.” Their support for the apartheid regime gives a lie to their propaganda that they are against discrimination. They are also working to pass laws throughout the US that illegally discriminate against Americans who want to support the boycott of Israel.

Sponsored by: United Public Workers For Action

www.upwa.info 

16.  Monday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, BAN Trump from the Bay all the way to the Philippines Rally

San Francisco Federal Building
90 7th Street
SF

US President Donald Trump will be visiting the Philippines between November 12-14, 2017 for the first time. It will be one of many stops Trump has planned for his Asia Pacific tour as he participates in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ East Asia Summit (EAS), where leaders from 18 countries will be present– including China and Russia, US imperialism’s two main competitors–to discuss their plans for expanding neoliberal globalization and domination of the region. Underneath the summit table are trade wars, the US military pivot to Asia, aggressive expansion of China, warmongering on the Korean Peninsula, growing territorial tensions the East and South China Sea, and other local and regional issues.

To assert its own hegemony and contain China’s expansion, total defense spending of the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific is forecast to hit US$533 billion per year by the end of the decade, up from US$435 billion in 2015. The region will likely account for one in every three
dollars spent on defense by the early 2020s.

Meanwhile, embattled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host the East Asia Summit as he chairs the ASEAN on its 50th year. Amidst his fascist wars on the poor, martial law in Mindanao, and extra-judicial killings, Duterte will play out his precarious balancing act in foreign diplomacy, which to-date has amounted to placating to foreign interests including the U.S. and China

Demands:

TRUMP! STOP using our tax dollars for U.S. intervention and human rights violations! We demand:
1. U.S. Troops out of the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific NOW!
2. End the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)
3. End the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA)
Trump, WE WANT our tax dollars used on resources for jobs, housing, education, healthcare, and services!

DUTERTE! STOP THE KILLINGS! We demand an end to the 3 all-out wars on the people:
1. War on Drugs, where over 13,000 people, overwhelmingly from the ranks of the poor, have been killed with no due process.
2. War Against National Democratic Cause, where activists and people who expose and oppose the government’s corrupt practices are targeted for human rights violations, include extrajudicial killings, imprisonment, abduction and torture.
3. War Against the Moro people, where Muslim people are pegged as the enemies which everyone should be fearful of, rather than those whose rights are constantly violated. U.S.-imperialism uses this as basis to have military presence under the guise of the U.S. War on Terror.

ACTION ITEMS:
1. TAKE ACTION in the streets confronting the US military & economic pivot!
2. Have your organization ENDORSE these days of actions by filling out this: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kcVooV2e3FuUqtjmggv5J2nM3YuQPnD4H_YZoItv-vE/viewform?edit_requested=true

Sponsor: BAYAN USA Northern California

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1453065381457947/

17.  Monday, 6:00pm Re: City College of SF –Keep Public Land in Public Hands! Balboa Reservoir CAC Meeting – 

CCSF – Ocean Campus
MUB, Room 140
Phelan Ave.
SF

On the agenda is a developer-led discussion on the process going forward, the proposed master plan, and public open space.
The meeting’s agenda is posted online at http://sf-planning.org/brcac

Info from Save CCSF

18.  Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Intro to SURJ – San Francisco Meeting 

Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St.
SF

Wheelchair accessible

This meeting is a great way to get an introduction to SURJ and our work and to meet other people ready to take action for racial justice.

For the activity section of this meeting, we will facilitate a session on Calling In for the Holidays! How can we have constructive conversations about issues of race and racism with our loved ones, even when we might disagree? We know it’s not easy but it’s an important way white allies can show up for racial justice. At this session, we’ll share some tips, imagine a few scenarios and practice how we might be in those conversations

Sponsor: Showing Up for Racial Justice –SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/127182107942890/

19.  Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Catalan Chessboard: An Anarchist Perspective

The Long Haul Info Shop
3124 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley

A Catalan activist from Barcelona will give background information about the Catalan fight of independence from Spain. He will show some recent video footage and speak about the history of the struggle and the latest developments: the referendum, the resulting Spanish police repression, peoples’ self-organization, imposition of new elections – it is a big chessboard with many players and agendas. How do Catalan anarchists position themselves in this fight while holding ideas of abolishing nation states?

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/11/07/18804286.php 

Tuesday, November 14

20.  Tuesday, 8:15am, Pack the Courtroom in Support of Justice for Josiah!

James R. Browing United States Court of Appeals Building
95 7th Street (across the street from the new SF Federal Building)
Court Room @2 on the 3rd Floor in Room #330
SF

@8:15am We will meet outside James R. Browning US Court House to enter together.
Make sure everyone brings photo ID.
@ 9:30am be in Court Room #2 on the 3rd floor in room #330
Press Conference Immediately Following our Court Date.

San Francisco Anti-Police Brutality Activists come out and support our San Jose friend Laurie Valdez and her familia on their appeal court date on Nov. 14th! Her loving partner Antonio, father of her child Josiah, and the only father her daughter Angelique ever knew, was viciously murdered by SJ state university campus police when he was walking back home from work because he had his work tools in his hand! There is even bodycam video which is damning evidence of wrongdoing by police, which the lower court kept under a gag order. Laurie will not give up! She is one of the most powerful family spokespeople you’ll get to meet. Her fuel is love.

Laurie will be away from her City and not all of her regular supporters can make it over here! We can be there for her! We are all together in the same fight! She would and has done the same for us

Host: Adriana and Laurie

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2010833422492971/

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SAVE the DATE 

SleepOut to End Homelessness!

Thursday, November 16th

5:00pm

Powell St. Cable Car Turnaround

San Francisco 

With the adult shelter waitlist at 1000+ people long and as the City continues to criminalize homeless people living in tents and on the streets, we invite all community members to join us for a #SleepOut to bring light to this issue. Bring your sleeping bag, food & supplies to share and your friends!

Questions or want to help contact Kelley Cutler at kcutler@cohsf.org or (415) 346-3740 x 312

Note from Kelley… If you are looking for ways to contribute it would be great to bring food & drinks (water, coffee, hot cocco, etc). Hit me up if you would like to help!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/159029338021692/

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