OccupyForum presents . . . At the River I Stand: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Strike as Strategy film and discussion with George Wright

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, February 27th, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm

at The Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Streets, near 16th/Mission BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

At the River I Stand:

The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike,

the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Strike as Strategy

Film and Discussion with George Wright

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life, and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

In the 1960s, Memphis’ 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers recall their fear about taking on the entire white power structure when they struck for higher wages and union recognition.

But local civil rights leaders and the Black community soon realized the strike was part of the struggle for economic justice for all African Americans. Through stirring historical footage we see the community mobilizing behind the strikers, organizing mass demonstrations and an Easter boycott of downtown businesses. The national leadership of AFSCME put the international union’s full resources behind the strike. One day, a placard appeared on the picket lines, which in its radical simplicity summed up the meaning of the strike: “I am a man.”

Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains won by public employees, and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present racial quandary may well be found in what happened in Memphis.

We are very lucky to have George Wright with us to help disentangle the issues and tease out the strategies applicable to ourselves today.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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Announcements & Updates for Wednesday & Thursday (from Adrienne Fong)

UPDATE on Ms. Iris Canada: Ms. Canada was in the ER on Monday 2/20/17.  Date of the demo might need to be shifted. Will keep you updated for changes.

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: afong@jps.net .

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New Announcements & Updates

(Wednesday, 2/22; Thursday 2/23)

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, 7:45am – Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in Sacramento

Bus Reservations contact:

Email SGonzalez@CalNurses.Org

Bus from San Francisco City Hall leaves from the corner of Grove and Polk at 7:45am.

Bus from Berkeley Ashby BART leaves at 8:30am from the corner of Ashby and Adeline.

Join CARA and the Campaign for a Healthy California for a Healthy California as we join with legislators, labor, seniors, community, nurses, doctors, healthcare advocates and grassroots activists to make a major announcement that will positively impact the future health of everyone in the state.

11:00am Rally at Secretary of State Auditorium; 1500 – 11th Street, Sacramento

Info from Don Bechler, Chair Single Payer NOW

Wednesday, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Support SF-Anti-Muslim Registry Ordinance: Make Sanctuary Real! (Time change)

SF City Hall, Room 263
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

February 8th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee discussed an ordinance introduced against any potential Muslim registry based on religion or country of origin.

In response to the powerful community testimony and pressure demanding more than a symbolic ordinance, the SF Board of Supervisors are working on crafting the language so that this ordinance is actually enforceable

Please come out to support the second meeting on the ordinance and give public comment to demand that our city do more than what has been done before, to act courageously and do all that is in its power to resist Trump’s fascism and racism.

Sponsor: AROC – Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1174186149364457/

Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Resisting Mass Deportation A Community Forum

SF Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. (enter on Grove St.)
SF

To Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=e51b6a7ef64611e6b5a112bb817c5f15&client_token=31b3089eaf7e41c9a1bbbe31a5c85eaf&eid=31468022703

No family should be torn apart because they can’t afford an attorney. Learn how San Francisco can provide lawyers to help immigrants fight deportation and how YOU can help.

Speakers:

Danny Glover, actor, director, and activist
Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, president, National Association of Immigration Judges
Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco supervisor, District 1
Beto Martinez Nolasco, formerly detained immigrant
James Brosnahan, senior counsel, Morrison Foerster

livestream it here: https://youtu.be/sbgJ8o-6hfg

Info from SF Public Defender’s Office

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-mass-deportation-a-community-forum-tickets-31468022703?aff=efbnreg

Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Peace Vigil

One Post St.
(On the steps facing Market St. – below Feinstein’s office)
Above Montgomery BART
SF

All are welcomed to join Codepink, OccupySF and Others.

Look for the pink PEACE banner

If it rains:

Look for lighted RESIST in lights in the plaza between the stairs leading to/from BART/MUNI

Theme this week: Honoring victims from the seven countries our country is involved in illegal wars

Info that will be distributed this week: FIGHT BACK AGAINST USA’S SEVEN ILLEGAL WARS!! SUPPORT H.R. 608

Petition: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/2017/02/01/sign-petition-to-stop-arming-terrorists/

Request: wear black clothing

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Let Ms. Iris Canada Back in Her Home! (CANCELLED) 

670 Page St.
SF

***CANCELLED ACTION***

Ms. Canada was in the ER on Monday, date of action might be shifted per family request.

100-yr-old Iris Canada is locked out of her home of over 50 years. We will demand justice from landlords and TIC owners who forced out our black elder for profit – they wish to condo convert the building to inflate the value of their private units, all of which were once rent-controlled apartments.

February 10th, the sheriff locked 100-year-old Iris Canada out of her long-time home in the Fillmore without notice to the benefit of three white landlords. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Judge James A. Robertson II, landlords’ lawyer Andrew Zacks, landlords Peter Owens, Stephen L. Owens and Carolyn Radisch, and the building’s TIC owners, especially Alexandre Apke & Anna Munoz, are all responsible for this eviction and elder abuse.

The sheriff knew Ms. Iris’ lawyer was filing an appeal in a higher court and had more than two months to stall such abuse before facing legal repercussions. She also had the ability to determine it was unsafe to evict Iris Canada due to her age and refused to exercise that right.

Sponsor: SF Anti-Displacement Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308862285802741/

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th St.
SF

Nearly 50 vigils for Amilcar have been held.

February 26, will be the second anniversary of Amilcar’s murder by SFPD, we can’t let them forget. Come hear of the plans honor Amilcar and to mark this anniversary.

Second Anniversary info:

DA Gascon, let us have our day in court!

Info: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1cffc40a58193b3d538400764&id=4f35f5a42d&e=%5BUNIQID

Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, What Is Fascism? Is It Here Now?

Workers World Party
1305 Franklin St.,  #411
Oakland

W/C accessible

Does the Trump presidency mean fascism is here, now? Let’s talk about what is fascism. We’ll start with a couple of short presentations, then open up for discussion, including how do we fight back?

We will have light refreshments.

Sponsor: Worlds Workers Party Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1280868138648864/   or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/20/18796666.php 

Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Richard Wolff: An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana St.
Berkeley

KPFA Benefit: advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit info: kpfa.org/events

Richard Wolff, an American Marxist economist, well known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, has rapidly become famous as well for his Pacifica Network Radio program, Economic Update, which is syndicated on over 60 stations.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/18/18795438.php

Thursday, February 23

Thursday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Pact the Courthouse for Yuvette Henderson

Oakland Federal Courthouse
3rd Floor, Courtroom 4 ( Judge Ryu)
1201 Clay St.
Oakland

Yuvette Henderson was murdered by Emeryville police on 2/3/2015 who shot her with an AR-15 assault rifle for alleged shoplifting.

The city of Emeryville has filed a motion to dismiss her family’s lawsuit.

We need 100 people to turn up  to show that the community stands with Yuvette’s family and demands Justice for Yuvette.

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170024553490269/

Thursday, 12 Noon, 1900 Mission Street – Public Hearing – Planning Commission

SF City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. B. Carleton Goodlett Place
SF

The developer proposes to demolish the still open Discount Auto Performance shop (SW corner of Mission and 15th) and build a 75′, seven story, twelve housing units over ground floor commercial building.

Some person(s) or group(s) unknown to me filed for a Discretionary Review after the Planning Department issued a Notice of Building Permit Application on August 22, 2016.  Otherwise, Planning would have already approved the building permits.

Mission Local coverage:  https://missionlocal.org/2016/08/housing-for-mission-street-auto-shop-moves-forward/

Info: From Eddie.

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, TRAINING – Solidarity During Immigration Raids – Rapid Response Network

St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall
2390 Bush St.
SF

In the Parish Hall, located beneath the back of the church. Free parking is available. All are welcome.

Rapid Response Network: Witness, Accompany, Advocate

You will learn how to: Witness–be a legal observer and document immigrant raids; Accompany–provide moral support to families; Advocate–Prepare for opportunities to pass new protections.

This event is hosted by St. Dominic’s Church and co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Pangea Legal Services. For more information, contact Michael O’Smith at michaelosmith@stdominics.org.

Sponsor: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1790798511245439/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Norman Solomon on “Progressives: Where do we go from here?”

Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
1187 Franklin St.
SF

In his recent article, “The House should start impeachment against Trump now,” longtime journalist, media critic, author and activist Norman Solomon argues that “From the outset of his presidency, Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution in a way that we have not seen before and should not tolerate.”

Norman will address not just the technicalities of the law, but the entirety of the current situation that would cause Nixon White House counsel John Dean to say, “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.” And, most importantly, he will talk about what we, the people, can do.

Sponsor: Progressive Democrats of America

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/692957714211549/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimaging Justice

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)
2501 Harrison
Oakland

W/C Accessible

Tickets are sliding scale $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Buy a ticket here: http://www.surjbayarea.org/movement_to_end_the_new_jim_crow

Join us for a conversation on ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration with leaders in the movement:

Fania Davis, Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Dorsey Nunn, Co-Founder, All of Us or None and Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Moderated by poet and novelist Aya de Leon

For many communities, people of color, and activists in the fight for racial justice, the abolitionist movement never ended. Racial oppression was not vanquished by the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act or the election of President Obama. Our society has found new, violent ways to enforce racial inequality

Sponsor: SURJ – Oakland/SF Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1256853904393795/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, US Premiere,  “Jerusalem , We Are Here”

Berkeley City College
2050 Center St.
Berkeley

W/C accessible

Benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance. Sliding scale – $10.00 – $100.00

Document director Dorit Naaman and two of the participants will be at screening.

“If houses and streets, neighborhoods and cities could tell us their stories, what would these be?” This interactive documentary brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the Katamon neighborhood, Palestinian participants probed their families’ past and engaged with the painful present.

Sponsor: Middle East Children’s Alliance

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/03/18796171.php

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, City of Berkeley’s new urban agricultural package

Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley

Speaker: Brandi Campbell Wood, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jessie Arreguin

A new proposed measure to define and support urban agriculture activities to increase food grown in Berkeley.

Discussion to include gardening unoccupied residential lots in commercial zones or hillside spaces, types of gardens including rooftop gardens, and the process for starting or maintaining an existing garden.

Co-sponsored: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/09/18796351.php

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75 march on Feinstein & Pelosi Homes on Sunday, February 19

2-Hour March on Feinstein & Pelosi Homes:

Despite fearful predictions of stormy and wet weather that didn’t prove true, approximately seventy-five direct democracy community activists came together outside of Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Pelosi’s manors in San Francisco’s wealthy Pacific Heights district, organized by the People’s Town Hall Project.

The primary message for them and their dozens of publicly-funded aides was we demand public engagement they should already be doing: hold formal and consistent town halls.

We gathered first at the public garden in front of Feinstein’s mansion, our third time, where a one-hour town hall was held.

A diverse roster of speakers addressed concerns including blocking all Trump nominees especially to the Supreme Court, voter suppression, getting friends out on the streets, supporting the water protectors at the Standing Rock, and resisting Democratic Party lethargy.

The most popular chant of the day was “Money Out, Votes Count!” and a few pushed Rep. Keith Ellison as head of the Democratic National Committee.

Afterward, we marched along Broadway to Pelosi’s manor where we were greeted by two members the Capital Police of Washington, DC, on duty to protect the Minority Leader of the House, who were stationed on the street in a four-door, tinted-glass Suburban SUV. Also present were seven members of the local police force.

At Pelosi’s house, we again assembled on the sidewalk and claimed public space with an enormous rainbow flag, displaying our signs and hold another open mike session.

Calls were made for the congresswoman to fully back the legislative and social organizing agendas of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Activists addressed her tightly scripted Feb 18 Saturday morning chat before a friendly audience packed with local Democrats, where she selected fans to make statements.

Pelosi was roundly booed for this charade of public engagement that in no way qualifies as a genuine town hall.

A super yuge thanks to all our friends and cohorts for braving the threatening skies to keep the pressure on our federal public servants to better represent San Francisco progressive values. This is what direct democracy looks like, as shown in our photos and videos.

More info on the People’s Town Hall Project: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesTownHall/

View the two videos from today here: https://www.facebook.com/benjamintbecker/videos/10101210757988575/

and here:
https://www.facebook.com/benjamintbecker/videos/10101210781536385/

Signed,
Ben Becker, Brandon Harami, Agatha Varshenka
Co-Organizers
The People’s Town Hall Project

All photos courtesy of Mirka Morales.

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Free trash!!!

Request for help:

First They Came for the Homeless needs some help removing trash.  They are located at the HERE/THERE signs at the Berkeley / Oakland border as you go up MLK, where Adeleine and MLK intersect.  While the City of Berkeley has not raided this site for over a month, they have not provided any services – like trash pickup or portapotties.  Stop by and take a bag of trash!  Free!

–JP Massar

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Cancelled event + New Announcement for Tues. + Amilcar Memorial (from Adrienne Fong)

Update on Announcement & New Announcement for Tuesday

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 2nd Anniversary of SFPD killing of Amilcar Perez-Lopez

February 26 – February 27

Monday, February 20

Monday, 12 Noon – 3:00pm, Not My President Day SF (CANCELLED)

Chelsea Manning Plaza  (Justin Herman Plaza)
1 Market St.
SF

Hundreds of people at SF United Against Trump’s general meeting on Feb. 4th endorsed the national call to action for a mass mobilization on Feb. 20th titled “Not My President’s Day

Join us if you’re angered by Trump and his administration’s hateful agenda including the most recent ICE raids and moving forward with building the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). As thousands continue to protest across the country from Milwaukee’s Day Without an Immigrant to veterans traveling back to Standing Rock to stop DAPL, hundreds in SF alongside these activists will declare on Feb. 20th that Trump is not our president.

Sponsor: SF United Against Trump

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/248559902221120/

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, #NoDAPL Support Oakland City Council in divesting

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Rm. 201
Oakland

This Tuesday Oakland city council will be voting on the resolution to divest CalPERS from DAPL. It is a step in the right direction and we want the #DefundDAPL #NoDAPL Oakland team to be there!

Our hopes are to take note on who is in favor of it, to help push the council in the right direction, and network for the bigger picture!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1937527146467511/

Two years later, we remember Amilcar

Sunday, February 26 – Monday, February 27

Folsom Street
(between 24th & 25th Streets)
San Francisco      

Sunday, February 26, will mark two years since SFPD killed 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez

–six shots to the back when he was running for his life.

For Updates & Info:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1318989158139259/

Our remembrance will have two parts:

++ Part 1: Sunday, February 26 from 8-10pm: Candlelight Vigil at the site where Amilcar was killed (Folsom between 24th and 25th Streets). Holding space for community healing, prayer, spiritual observance, and celebration in honor of Amilcar. Culminating around the time of his death at 9:45pm. 

++ Part 2: Monday, February 27, 12 noon, Press Conference and Rally at the Hall of Justice (850 Bryant), demanding SFPD be held accountable for his killing.    

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‘Not on our watch’: Trump resistance catches fire in Bay Area (mercurynews.com)

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(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)  Annette Madden, of Concord, from left, and her husband Tim Smith, sit with Carol McKenna, of Bay Point, as they attend a huddle meeting at the home of Judi Herman, in Concord, Calif. on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. Donald Trump’s election has sparked a grassroots movement of progressives and moderates around the country. The Women’s march organizers have called for people around the country to start “huddle,” small gatherings in people’s homes and elsewhere to organize people to take specific actions.
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Bay Area residents fed up with President Donald Trump huddle up to take action.  (Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — Before Donald Trump was elected president, Dave Emme had no idea who his congressional representative was. The 32-year-old environmental engineer, who lives in Oakland, was so disengaged from national politics that the first time he voted for president was for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Now, not only does he know Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, represents his district, he has her number on speed dial. Emme is a co-organizer for Indivisible Lake Merritt  one of many grassroots groups that have sprung up in recent weeks to resist the Trump agenda. It’s part of a mass movement sweeping the Bay Area and the nation since the inauguration of the 45th president.

It might seem like visiting Lee’s office would be preaching to the choir. She’s already one of the most liberal legislators in Congress and a vocal Trump opponent. Yet grass-roots organizations want to make sure their allies don’t get complacent and are fighting as hard as they can. They’re also seeking to build a strong coalition in left-leaning areas that can in turn support those seeking to flip red congressional districts.

“Everyone is just trying to figure it out,” Emme said. “Its a bunch of people who weren’t politically active and said we have to do something.”

Strangers connecting through social media and Slack are crowding into living rooms in Concord and San Jose. They’re spilling out of rented church space in Berkeley and gathering at co-working office spaces in Oakland. What they all have in common is their visceral reaction to Trump and fears that he is leading the country down a dangerous and authoritarian path.

“You have this unprecedented response because Trump is hitting the nerve around our democratic principles and values and what our nation stands for,” said San Jose State sociology professor Scott Myers-Lipton, citing in particular the president’s continuing attacks on the press and the judiciary.

Myers-Lipton, who teaches a class on effecting social change, says opposition isn’t just focused in more liberal parts of the Bay Area.

“There were 10,000 people at the Women’s March in Walnut Creek and over 35,000 in San Jose, which is not seen as a hotbed of political activity,” he said. “It’s Democrats, Republicans and independents that say, ‘No, you’ve crossed our democracy.’ ”

The question now for grass-roots organizers, he said, is how to harness that energy into a long-term strategy.

Indivisible is a national network of individual chapters inspired by a guide authored by former congressional staffers. It explains how to use tactics the tea party employed with great success to block Barack Obama, to resist his successor. The basic playbook calls for organizing lots of small but dedicated local groups to turn up at congressional district offices and call representatives about key issues.

Indivisible and other groups turned up the heat under U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, recently after she voted to approve Trump’s first five cabinet picks. A Feinstein aide joked that Indivisible blew up his Blackberry and almost broke his laptop. Feinstein did vote against Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick, and Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

“If politics is the castle, you look at these walls and this moat, and you say I can’t influence anything that’s going on in there,” Emme said. “And then suddenly you get this treasure map that tells you how to sneak through this secret passageway and have an impact. That’s how I felt when I read that document.”

Within a few days, he and Rob Norback had launched Indivisible Lake Merritt. They held their first official meeting Wednesday in a conference room at the Port Coworking space in downtown Oakland where Emme works. Nine people came.

Meanwhile, the Women’s March on Washington organizers urged people to start small gatherings called “huddles” in homes Feb. 2 through Feb. 12 to build on the organic momentum from the national and sister marches that drew millions of people.

Judi Herman decided to host a “huddle” in her Concord home because when she went on the website, all the ones near her were full.

On Friday, 17 people squeezed into her living room. They introduced themselves and why they had come. They spoke of Trump’s divisiveness. His attacks on immigrants. The GOP’s assault on abortion rights.

“I can either sit in my living room alone and scream at my TV or I can do something,” said Annette Madden, a 72-year-old Concord retiree.

They wrote up specific actions and strategies they would like to see taken over the next four years and posted them on Post-Its on the wall.

“It’s like mass therapy,” Herman said. “You meet other people, and you feel like I’m necessary, I can do something.”

Daphne White, a freelance journalist in Berkeley, started an Indivisible group with a Facebook page. She rented a room at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists church on Martin Luther King Day weekend. Thirty-seven people attended. By the second meeting, a week after Trump had been in office, five times as many showed up.

“We had people standing outside on the balconies looking into the windows,” she said. “It was so awesome and so unbelievable.”

Unlike the Occupy movement, Indivisible is developing a structure with specific tasks for people. These range from sending out emails and calling and visiting congressional representatives, such as they did to urge Feinstein to vote against DeVos.

“That’s been a benefit to me and has made me feel less panicky and more focused as the days go forward,” said Liz Kelley, a 31-year-old Oakland office manager who helps coordinate media for Indivisible East Bay.

Other Bay Area residents are finding individual ways to resist Trump’s policies.

When Iris Kokish, a 27-year-old Oakland labor and employment attorney, found out on social media about all of the people stranded at San Francisco International Airport due to Trump’s travel ban, she headed there to offer her pro bono legal services. When she arrived at SFO, she walked through the crowd of protesters to the speaker, announced that she was an attorney and asked how could she help.

For starters, she was told, she could help distribute the 20 pizzas that had just been delivered to feed those working to help those caught up in the ban. She did, and soon received an email from an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer.

“They said, we’re going to be announcing every once in a while to protesters if you have a friend or family member or know someone detained we have lawyers here for you to talk to,” Kokish said. “And I was given a list to collect the flight number people were on, their arrival time, how large the family was and what country they were coming from. Then I passed that off to the ACLU.”

She stayed from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. that Saturday.

Kokish said she has since gone from someone who was not even remotely politically active to having her congressional representatives numbers programmed into her phone. And she calls them regularly.

“Sometimes their  voicemail is full, but sometimes I get to talk to someone,” she said. “I really feel like it’s working. I feel like everyone is becoming a little bit more militant.”

One thing is certain. Trump’s election has jolted many people out of complacency. They’re taking an interest in their government and how it works. They’re searching for ways to get involved and influence the political process. Could it be that the man so many fear will destroy America could end up unwittingly helping to strengthen it?

That optimistic thought has crossed Emme’s mind.

“It could be that he ends up being the thing that unites, rather than divides us,” Emme said.

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Analysis: New US state chief a perfect fit for Russia

Friendship between Putin and Rex Tillerson dates back to 1990s when the Texas oilman established a US energy presence.

 (aljazeera.com)

Moscow, Russia – The appointment of Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil’s chief executive, as the new US secretary of state was a shock to many – mostly because of his lifelong employment at one of the world’s largest oil companies and friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The friendship between the former KGB spy and the Texan oilman – they’re both 64 now – dates back to the late 1990s when Tillerson established the biggest presence of a US oil company in Russia, and Putin was a fledgling politician who had just been appointed prime minister in ailing president Boris Yeltsin’s government.

In 2013, Putin handed Tillerson a pentacle-shaped Friendship Medal, one of Russia’s highest award for foreigners, for “special merits in development of bilateral ties with Russia”.

Donald Trump names Rex Tillerson as secretary of state

A year earlier, Tillerson presided over a multibillion dollar deal that was designed to help Moscow tap into the immense oil Bonanza in the Arctic – but fell through because of Western sanctions imposed after Crimea’s 2014 annexation. Tillerson lambasted the sanctions that cost his company billions of dollars in lost profit.

And now, when Tillerson is a fledgling diplomat and Putin is a seasoned, iron-fisted politician, Kremlin critics wonder whether these amicable ties will mark a U-turn in Washington’s dealings with Moscow.

Trump reveals new controversial cabinet nominees

“This appointment is very beneficial for Putin,” Vladimir Milov, Russia’s former deputy energy minister now in opposition to the Kremlin, told Al Jazeera.

Tillerson will create “an environment that is much more comfortable for Putin that the previous architecture of transatlantic cooperation, a certain unified West with its own certain values”, he said.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and the pro-Damascus operation in Syria has brought ties with the West back to Cold-War lows.

But the jingoistic, neo-conservative, and pragmatic course chosen by president-elect Donald Trump starkly contradicts years of Washington’s policies towards containing Russia – and strangely fits the Kremlin’s own political agenda.

No more lectures on democracy?

For most of his rule, Putin wanted the West to treat Moscow as an equal and detested reprimands for his crackdown on opposition figures, corruption, and concentration of key industries around state-run corporations.

Analysts insist Trump’s approach will be much more businesslike.

“Russia’s leadership proclaimed pragmatism as the basis of its foreign policy a long time ago. If the US will share the same foreign policy principle, I don’t think there will be any problems,” Alexey Mukhin, head of the Moscow-based Centre for Political Information think-tank, told Al Jazeera.

Pro-Kremlin pundits are already ecstatic about the appointment.

“This is a positive development so unexpected that we still don’t believe it’s happening,” Kremlin adviser and political analyst Sergei Markov told Al Jazeera.

Profiting on Russia

In 1998-1999, Tillerson served as vice president of Exxon (before the company’s merger with Mobil) in charge of operations in the Caspian Sea and on Sakhalin, Russia’s largest Pacific island north of Japan.

Dealings with Russian authorities weren’t always easy. In April 2015, the company sued Russia at the Stockholm arbitrage court claiming it overpaid profit tax on the Sakhalin project.

But Tillerson soon found himself among Moscow’s most trusted Big Oil executives.

In September 2005, Putin met Tillerson – ExxonMobil’s president at the time – as well as with the company’s then-chief executive Lee Raymond, and top managers of Conoco-Phillips and Shevron-Texaco.

Months earlier, oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovskywas sentenced to nine years in jail for alleged fraud in what was widely seen as the Kremlin’s revenge for his financial support of the opposition. International investors were worried about the imprisonment, and the meeting was an attempt to reassure them that Moscow was still a reliable partner.

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Most of Khodorkovsky’s oil company, Yukos, soon became the bulk of state-run Rosneft, ExxonMobil’s main Russian partner and its nation’s largest oil company. Igor Sechin, a former Portuguese translator and Putin’s key ally often described as the second-most powerful man in Russia, heads Rosneft now.

He is also a good friend of Tillerson, according to Russian and western media reports.

Arctic oil dream

In 2011, ExxonMobil outmaneuvered oil giant BP to help Russia develop the world’s largest treasure chest of untapped hydrocarbons.

The Arctic Circle holds some 90 billion barrels of yet undiscovered but technically recoverable oil, about one-seventh of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves – as well as billions of cubic metres of natural gas, according to a 2008 assessment by the US Geological Survey.

Russia’s share of the reserves is at least 41 percent of oil and 70 percent of gas, accordingto Norwegian officials. But Moscow lacked the deep-drilling technologies and equipment – and that’s where ExxonMobil stepped in.

In 2011, Putin oversaw the signing of a “strategic” deal between Rosneft and ExxonMobil to develop three oil-and-gas fields in Russia’s Arctic – in exchange for shares in six ExxonMobil projects in the United States.

“I’d like to emphasise the exclusiveness of these decisions for Russian companies … that until today were not able to develop existing deposits in the US,” Sechin told the Interfax news agency.

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Tillerson attended the ceremony and said in a statement that the deal “takes our relationship to a new level and will create substantial value for both companies”. ExxonMobil said it would spend $3.2bn to explore the fields that would give it access to tens of billions of barrels of oil.

The drilling began in 2014 but the deal – along with another joint development in western Siberia – was frozen because of sanctions over Crimea, and ExxonMobil reportedly lost $1bn.

Sechin and Rosneft were blacklisted as part of the sanctions.

Tillerson told ExxonMobil’s shareholders “we always encourage the people who are making those decisions to consider the very broad collateral damage of who are they really harming with sanctions”.

The sanctions did not stop him from visiting Russia at least twice to meet the energy minister and attend an economic forum in St Petersburg, Putin’s hometown.

Bright future?

So, the big question now is whether Tillerson will be instrumental in the lifting of sanctions, which will undoubtedly benefit ExxonMobil’s current and future operations in Russia.

“He and Donald Trump will initiate the lifting of sanctions with a probability of 70-80 percent,” analyst Mukhin predicted.

Trump doubts President Barack Obama’s claims that Russia meddled in the November presidential vote through hackers and propaganda, and spoke in favour of lifting the sanctions and respecting Russia’s interests.

“With him, a certain ‘reset’ is possible,” Andrei Kolesnikov of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, a think-tank, told Al Jazeera.

His boss at Carnegie, Dmitri Trenin, said in a tweet that Tillerson’s tenure as the fourth-most powerful man in the US would signify “the greatest discontinuity in US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War”.

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Source: Al Jazeera News

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OccupySF – New Announcements & Updates (from Adrienne Fong)

Update on Ms. Canada – Action for Wednesday will now be at her home on Page St. Please see under Feb. 22nd events.

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: afong@jps.net .

-More announcements for Thursday will be posted on Wed.

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

New Announcements & Updates

(Sunday, 2/19; Monday 2/20’; Tuesday 2/21; Wednesday 2/22; Thursday, 2/23)

Sunday, February 19 

Sunday, 3:00pm, The Long March for Justice (This will also be live streamed)

YBCA Theater
700 Howard St.
SF

Doors open at 2:30pm

Free event; seating is first come first serve. Reception following on the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. We’ll discuss how our nation’s history relates to the challenges we face today under the Trump administration.

3:00pm pst Click here for live streaming  Join us in person or watch the live stream online!

Required info for theater: Get tickets »

Featuring:

  • Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California speaking on “The Meaning of Citizenship”
  • Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • Jessica Cabrera Carmona, immigrant community leader from the Central Valley of California
  • Myrtle Braxton89 year old activist and co-chair of the social justice committee at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, C
  • Hadil Mansoor Al-Mowafak, 21-year-old Yemeni student at Stanford, human rights defender and plaintiff in the ACLU’s lawsuit against

          Trump’s Muslim Ban, Al-Mowafak v. Trump

Performance by singer, songwriter, guitarist, and teacher Diana Gameros

Sponsor: ACLU- Northern California, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  

Info: https://www.aclunc.org/get-involved/events/abdi-soltani-long-march-justice

Monday, February 20

Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Big Oil Whistleblower with John Bolenbaugh Documentary

East Side Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland

John Bolenbaugh has made a documentary on the dangers of oil spills in the US and is coming to the Bay Area to for a screening of his film.
He spent time in Standing Rock and has inside knowledge of the government cover up.

Please join us for the screening and meet the man that is challenging and exposing the machine.

We are currently looking for space in SF to do the screening.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/254097615042530/

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Sanctuary as Love of Neighbor

University of San Francisco
McLaren Complex MC 250
S.F.

This event—will explore the meaning of sanctuary in light of the Catholic social justice tradition and discuss past and present expressions of sanctuary in the Bay Area. Free and open to the public.

Kathleen Healy, PBVM; Rev. Deborah Lee; Eileen Purcell; and Miriam Uribe will discuss sanctuary in the Catholic tradition, historical expressions of sanctuary, and the call for sanctuary today.

Sponsor: Lane Center – co-sponsored by: Mission Council, McCarthy Center & University Ministry

Info: https://www.usfca.edu/event/2017-02-21-1600/sanctuary-love-of-neighbor

Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, SF Sanctuary Congregations & other faith communities and people who want to support

University of San Francisco
The McLaren Conference Center, the Romero Room
SF

Meeting of SF Sanctuary Congregations and other faith communities and folks who would like to support this effort.   We will be discussing the crucial role faith communities can play in the current landscape of immigration enforcement – and planning a public witness event on  March 1st – to publicly announce SF Sanctuary congregations – and a speaker’s bureau of impacted immigrants who can tell their stories in congregations.

Info from Rev. Deborah Lee

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, 7:45am – Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in Sacramento

Bus Reservations contact:

Email SGonzalez@CalNurses.Org

Bus from San Francisco City Hall leaves from the corner of Grove and Polk at 7:45am.

Bus from Berkeley Ashby BART leaves at 8:30am from the corner of Ashby and Adeline.

Join CARA and the Campaign for a Healthy California for a Healthy California as we join with legislators, labor, seniors, community, nurses, doctors, healthcare advocates and grassroots activists to make a major announcement that will positively impact the future health of everyone in the state.

11:00am Rally at Secretary of State Auditorium; 1500 – 11th Street, Sacramento

Info from Don Bechler, Chair Single Payer NOW

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Let Ms. Iris Canada Back in her Home!  (Change in location))

Ms. Iris Canada’s home
970 Page St.
SF

100-yr-old Iris Canada is locked out of her home of over 50 years. We will demand justice from landlords and TIC owners who forced out our black elder for profit – they wish to condo convert the building to inflate the value of their private units, all of which were once rent-controlled apartments.

Background:

Ms. Iris Canada’s whole building was Ellis Act evicted for profit during the first tech boom, however, she won a life estate due to her age. She also won her most recent court case to stay in her home due to her age after enduring years of harassment by her landlords, yet the white judge also ordered her to pay her evictors’ lawyer fees of over $180K. This egregious, underhanded ruling was granted to effectively evict her, an example of how our unjust legal system skirts the law to benefit wealthy property owners.

On Friday, February 10th, the sheriff locked 100-year-old Iris Canada out of her long-time home in the Fillmore without notice to the benefit of three white landlords. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Judge James A. Robertson II, landlords’ lawyer Andrew Zacks, landlords Peter Owens, Stephen L. Owens and Carolyn Radisch, and the building’s TIC owners, especially Alexandre Apke & Anna Munoz, are all responsible for this eviction and elder abuse.

Sponsor: SF Anti-Displacement Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308862285802741/?notif_t=plan_edited¬if_id=1487369037002466

Thursday, February 23

Thursday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Pact the Courthouse for Yuvette Henderson

Oakland Federal Courthouse
3rd Floor, Courtroom 4 ( Judge Ryu)
1201 Clay St.
Oakland

Yuvette Henderson was murdered by Emeryville police on 2/3/2015 who shot her with an AR-15 assault rifle for alleged shoplifting.

The city of Emeryville has filed a motion to dismiss her family’s lawsuit.

We need 100 people to turn up  to show that the community stands with Yuvette’s family and demands Justice for Yuvette.

Sponsor: APTP

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/170024553490269/

Thursday, 12 Noon, 1900 Mission Street – Public Hearing – Planning Commission

SF City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. B. Carleton Goodlett Place
SF

The developer proposes to demolish the still open Discount Auto Performance shop (SW corner of Mission and 15th) and build a 75′, seven story, twelve housing units over ground floor commercial building.

Some person(s) or group(s) unknown to me filed for a Discretionary Review after the Planning Department issued a Notice of Building Permit Application on August 22, 2016.  Otherwise, Planning would have already approved the building permits.

Mission Local coverage:  https://missionlocal.org/2016/08/housing-for-mission-street-auto-shop-moves-forward/

Info: From Eddie.

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, TRAINING – Solidarity During Immigration Raids – Rapid Response Network

St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall
2390 Bush St.
SF

In the Parish Hall, located beneath the back of the church. Free parking is available. All are welcome.

Rapid Response Network: Witness, Accompany, Advocate

This is the 3rd training that is being held in SF.

You will learn how to: Witness–be a legal observer and document immigrant raids; Accompany–provide moral support to families; Advocate–Prepare for opportunities to pass new protections.

This event is hosted by St. Dominic’s Church and co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Pangea Legal Services. For more information, contact Michael O’Smith at michaelosmith@stdominics.org.

Sponsor: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1790798511245439/

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