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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

By Michael Rosenblum (huffingtonpost.com)

August 25, 2016

Donald Trump is going to be elected president.

The American people voted for him a long time ago.

They voted for him when The History Channel went from showing documentaries about the Second World War to “Pawn Stars” and “Swamp People.”

They voted for him when The Discovery Channel went from showing “Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley” to “Naked and Afraid.”

They voted for him when The Learning Channel moved from something you could learn from to “My 600-lb Life.”

They voted for him when CBS went from airing “Harvest of Shame” to airing “Big Brother.”

These networks didn’t make these programming changes by accident. They were responding to what the American people actually wanted. And what they wanted was “Naked and Afraid” and “Duck Dynasty.”

The polls may show that Donald Trump is losing to Hillary Clinton, but don’t you believe those polls. When the AC Nielsen Company selects a new Nielsen family, they disregard the new family’s results for the first three months. The reason: when they feel they are being monitored, people lie about what they are watching. In the first three months, knowing they are being watched, they will tune into PBS. But over time they get tired of pretending. Then it is back to the Kardashians.

The same goes for people who are being asked by pollsters for whom they are voting. They will not say Donald Trump. It is too embarrassing. But the truth is, they like Trump. He is just like their favorite shows on TV.

Mindless entertainment.

Trump’s replacement of Paul Manafort with Breitbart’s Steve Bannon shows that Trump understands how Americans actually think. They think TV. They think ratings. They think entertainment.

We are a TV-based culture. We have been for some time now. The average American spends 5 hours a day, every day, watching TV. After sleep, it is our number one activity.

More shockingly, we spend 8.5 hours a day staring at screens — phones, tablets, computers. And more and more of the content on those devices is also video and TV.

If you spend 5-8 hours a day, every day, for years and years doing the same thing it has an impact on you. For the past 40 years, we have devoted 5-8 hours a day staring at a screen — every day. And we haven’t been watching Judy Woodruff. We have been watching reality TV shows. That is what we love. That is what we resonate to. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

The French may love food. The Italians may love opera. What we love is TV. We are TV culture. It defines who we are.

In the 1950s, early television was allowed, with many restrictions, to be an observational guest at political conventions. They were quiet “flies on the wall,” carefully and quietly commentating on what they saw way down below. They did not get involved in the process. Today, they ARE the process. Today, political conventions are nothing but carefully directed TV shows. Likewise “debates.” They exist only to entertain a TV audience. TV and entertainment now dictate everything political. It is a never-ending show. The biggest reality show on air.

And Donald Trump is great TV.

He knows how to entertain.

He understands ratings.

Hillary Clinton is crap TV.

She may be smarter, better prepared, a better politician. It won’t matter. She is terrible entertainment.

That’s just how it is. Depressing, but true.

He is Kim Kardashian. She is Judy Woodruff.

Who gets better ratings?

Who would you rather watch for the next four years?


In 1825, the great French gastronom Brillat de Savarind said, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” Today, in America, we can safely say, “Tell me what you watch, and I will tell you what you are.”

And what do we watch?

It isn’t “PBS NewsHour.”

As previously posted in TheVJ.com

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Action Council Weekly Calendar (from Adrienne Fong and Patricia Gray)

Please keep Pat in your thoughts – she was in a car accident on Tuesday and is home recuperating.

If you know of events or have comments, send items for posting by Tuesday Noon to: pat1936@gmail.com 


~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:


Wednesday, August 24

A 24, Wednesday, 11:00am, Protest to Fire Judge Persky

California Commission on Judicial Performance
455 Golden Gate Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94102

Demand justice for survivors: Remove Judge Aaron Persky

Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster near a frat party, and was only sentenced to six months in prison because Judge Persky thought a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on him.

A 24, Wednesday, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline Solidarity Action: SF Bay (Rally)

SF Federal Building
7th & Mission Street

Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has been put on hold until a Washington D.C. court date on Wednesday, August 24th. Which was brought on by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The tribe is suing federal regulators who approved the permits that allow the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would move oil from North Dakota to Illinois, potentially polluting the water supply on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The tribe has launched an international campaign, called “Rezpect our Water”, asking the Army Corps to deny the key permits for the pipeline.

Organized by Indigenous People Organizing for Change, Chinese Progressive Association -SF & Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth.

Info / History: https://www.facebook.com/events/641478426006992

A 24, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil. DA Gascón: Do the right thing! Charge the officers who killed Amilcar with murder!

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th St.

Mission Station is where the officers who killed Amilcar are stationed. We continue to shine a spotlight on them.

Info: http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1cffc40a58193b3d538400764&id=0717a458d9&e=6b241a1fbd

A 24, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Community Meeting “Search for SF Chief of Police” (4th community meeting) 

Scottish Rite Masonic Center
2850 19th Avenue

The San Francisco Police Commission is seeking community input on the recruitment process for the next San Francisco Chief of Police. Members of the public are welcome to provide public comment at the scheduled community meetings and / or take the on-line community input survey available at:http://www.ralphandersen.com/sfpc-survey/ . The deadline is August 31, 2016

Come voice your opinion! Demand transparency in the process.

The last community meeting will be on Monday, August 29th

 ▪Monday, August 29, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

ACTION:  If you would like to be part of a presence from 5:30pm – 6:15pm on Monday, outside the Cathedral with others holding a 70 foot long paper ribbon banner with the names of those killed by the SFPD from 2000 – 2016, contact afong@jps.net.

A 24, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Urgent! Richmond  Shoreline Toxics Meeting

Richmond Field Station
1301 South 46th Street, Rm 454

The California State Dept. Of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is holding a public hearing on the proposed clean up by Zeneca Inc of former chemical evaporation ponds on the Richmond Shoreline very near the SF Bay Trail.

These highly polluted ponds are a toxic soup of arsenic and proprietary pesticides dumped by Stauffer Chemical & Zeneca Inc., including the same chemical that was involved in the deadly Bophal, India accident.

Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/278994939153465/

Thursday, August 25

A 25, Thursday, 4:00pm, City College of SF Board of Trustees Meeting

CCSF – Ocean Campus
Phelan Avenue
MUB 140

4:00 pm – Public Comment on Closed Session Agenda
6:45 pm – Open Session
Click for: Agenda

A 25, Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, OPP Workshop: Know Your Options in Chronic Health

955 – 7th Street


Because policing fails to meet people’s needs, and puts people in danger of arrest, imprisonment, and/or even death, we must eliminate connections between policing and healthcare.

Workshop is designed to increase people’s understanding of how policing, incarceration and gentrification drive health inequalities manifest as chronic illnesses and to empower folks who live with them to access the care they need with minimal contact with law enforcement.

Sponsor: Critical Resistance & Oakland Power Projects

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/121405968291882/

Friday, August 26

A 26, Friday, 6:00pm, Remembering Amilcar, and stepping up the fight

Meet at site where Amilcar was murdered

Folsom Street (between 24th and 25th Streets)

August 26th marks 18 months since the SFPD officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli murdered Amilcar Perez Lopez by firing six shots to his back. Eighteen months and still the DA has not charged the officers with murder.

At the site where the police murdered him, we’ll remember Amilcar in story, song, poetry, dance, and prayer.

After gathering at his murder site, we’ll march to the site where Luis Gongora Pat was murdered then to Mission Police Station where the officers who killed Amilcar are now stationed.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/942371939241850/

7:00  pm                     2969 Mission St.  (near 24th St. Bart)
                                  Between 25th + 26th St
                                  TRUMP IS POISON, BUT IS CLINTON THE 
                                  speaker Richard Becker
                                  Co Author of a new book on an in depth study
                                  Clinton’s foreign and domestic policies.
                                  refreshments served
                                  $3.00 – $10.00 requested. No one turned away
                                  for lack of funds.
                                  more info   415-821-6171

A 26, Friday, 7:30pm – A 27 Saturday, 9pm, Town Hall: Police Militarization Training in Pleasanton

4477 Black Ave.
Pleasanton, CA

Come out to learn more about “Urban Shield,” a police militarization training and venue for selling military-grade weaponry that will be held in Pleasanton on Sept. 9th. Urban Shield promotes the use of deadly force as a first level of response and is subsidized by federal money.

The town hall will be an opportunity for residents of Pleasanton and surrounding areas to understand what exactly Urban Shield is, the harmful impacts it has on our communities, and our efforts to call for the defunding of this harmful program. We will also explore more effective models of emergency response training and systems that are not based on a warfare-style mentality and approach.

URBAN SHIELD WebinarThis is the video/recording of a webinar on Urban Shield – it is about 45min long. But will help you understand the local, national and international implications of Urban Shield :https://vimeo.com/178061553

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/869048259890733/?active_tab=highlights

Monday Aug. 29
   6:00 – 9:00 pm          St. Mary’s Cathedral
                                  1111 Gough St.
                                   SEARCH FOR A NEW POLICE CHIEF
                                   Discussion of what we want in a new police
                                   Chief and a questionnaire seeking your opinion
                                   on the importance of attributes needed for a
                                   person to be successful in this job.
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You Have a Choice! (from Patricia Gray)

Endless wars on Terror based on the official story of 9/11.
Bailed out the banksters with trillions of our dollars.
Stripped us of rights to a trial, privacy and free speech.
The President may have anyone, anywhere killed by drones.
Institute austerity by cutting domestic programs.
For-profit health care with no price control on prescribed drugs.
Globalization with massive job loss in the United States.
Imprison whistle blowers for telling the truth.
Unfair tax system – the working people pay, rich people get tax cuts.
Fund the Israeli military to assist them in killing Palestinians.
Both major parties are funded by corporate ‘donations’.

Foreign policy based on international law and diplomacy.
Reduce the military by 50%.
Forgive student debt at public colleges and universities.
Medicare for all!
End the use of ‘enhanced interrogation’ (torture).
End ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ (kidnapping and killing people).
Repeal the Taft Hartley Act and forbid firing without cause.
Create a Green New Deal — jobs and renewable energy.
Set a $15.00 minimum wage nationwide.
Demilitarize the police and keep them under local control.
Green Party candidates accept NO corporate funding.


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Short calendar (from Patricia Gray)

I was in an auto accident this morning and have just come home from San Francisco General Hospital. I was rear ended and was the middle car in a three car accident.  I’m in not shape to put out the calendar for the week.  I’ll just tell you what I know is going on tomorrow.  I’ll do the rest of the week tomorrow.

Wednesday August 24
11:00 am           California Commission of Judicial Performance 
                         455 Golden Gate Ave. SF
                         REMOVE JUDGE PERSKY
                         He sentenced the rapist Brock Turner to only six
                         months in jail.
                         We demand justice for survivors!
                         sponsored by the Ultra Violet Team
5:30 pm     S.F. Federal Bldg.  90 7th St. S.F. 
                 REZPECT OUR WATER
                 A new oil pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, is being
                 built between North Dakota to Illinois where it will link
                 with another pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. The Standing
                 Rock Sioux has sued the Army Corp of Engineers for
                 violation under the National Historic Preservation Act.
                 They have launched an international campaign called
                “Rezpect Our Water”.
                 This action is hosted by Indigenous Women of the
                 Americas Defending Mother Earth.
5:30 – 6:30  Market and Montgomery St. 
                  PEACE VIGIL
                  As our government makes preparations to attack Russia
                  over lies that Russia invaded Ukraine, it is important
                  to demonstrate that all these wars must END.  We want
                  peace on earth and our tax funds to be used to meet
                  the needs of our people and our environment—not
                  for endless wars.
Since this is a shortened calendar I am going to add a subject
for the upcoming 5 year celebration of our Occupy movement.  I
know that when we began, we stated that we are not a political
organization, but I think that needs to be reassessed and that
we should discuss this at our gathering on Saturday Sept.17.
I am attaching a leaflet I made on the upcoming election—it is
information and not telling you how to vote. It is entitled,
         YOU HAVE A CHOICE! 
If you like it you can forward it to friends
          or print it out and give it to people.
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Pandora’s Promise – Official Trailer

Impact Partners presents PANDORA’S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.

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The Revolution Continues

“Our Revolution” Organizing Kickoff

Full event details:


Organizing Kickoff
On August 24, Bernie Sanders will present a livestream address to the national network of volunteers who brought him close to victory in the recent Democratic primaries. His talk will present “Our Revolution,” the nationwide organization that grew out of that amazing campaign and lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November. 

Wednesday, August 24  •  5:30 P.M. 

St. Mark’s Urban Life Center
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

 A free public forum — Wheelchair accessible

Cost: Free

Attend a watch party map: BernieSanders.com

Join Our Revolution
Find the nearest volunteer activity or meeting near you.

Our Revolution Locations

We have sunsetted our work on FeelTheBern.org but encourage all of you to follow Our Revolution, Bernie’s new nonprofit aimed at helping elect progressives up and down the ticket, throughout the country. Remember, this was never about Bernie Sanders specifically, so much as it was about the issues he has long and consistently fought for. #ourrevolution

Political pundits and the billionaire class are watching very closely to see what Bernie supporters do next. Some of them might be tempted to believe our political revolution is toast. They want our extraordinary phone banking, door knocking, and grassroots organizing efforts to stop. They want us to get discouraged. They want to vanquish our movement once and for all. We aren’t going to let that happen. That’s why, on the evening of August 24, we will kick off a new organization called Our Revolution with a major live stream address where Bernie will talk about the specifics of what we can do as organizers going forward to fight for every single issue that drove this campaign.

Thanks to all of your hard work through our campaign this past year, we’ve assembled a mass movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become. On August 24, Bernie will address our national network of volunteers live at more than 2,000 organizing meetings across the country. Please attend one of those meetings in your area so you can get involved in the next steps for Our Revolution.

However, due to the large number of events coming on line, the site administrators have not yet been able to update the location from our original listing at our Unitarian Universalist Church meeting site.  St. Mark’s Urban Life Center is in the immediate vicinity.

San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America

Organizing Kickoff
On August 24, Bernie Sanders will present a livestream address to the national network of volunteers who brought him close to victory in the recent Democratic primaries. His talk will present “Our Revolution,” the nationwide organization that grew out of that amazing campaign and lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November. 
Wednesday, August 24   •  5:30 P.M.
St. Mark’s Urban Life Center
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
 A free public forum — Wheelchair accessible 
PDA (Progressive Democrats of America: http://www.pdamerica.org/) is the nationwide organization that first urged Independent Bernie Sanders to run as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential primary election.
For more information, call 415-640-3498 or email SanFranPDA@aol.com

However, due to the large number of events coming on line, the site administrators have not yet been able to update the location from our original listing at our Unitarian Universalist Church meeting site. 

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Beyond Occupy Art Build

Beyond Occupy Art BuildAUG 21, Sunday 11 AM
Beyond Occupy Art Build
759 59th St, Oakland, CA

Come build some secret art for the gathering. Come for a short time or come for a long time. we’ll have snacks and laughs. I’m .7 mi from Ashby BART and we can come and give rides from there. personal msg me if that is something you’d like.

Kelly Johnson Revolutionary Photographywent through all the art yesterday and i think we have one more big build for the small art pieces then a lg construction build then we’ll be done.

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OccupyForum presents . . . films and discussion on Israel-Palestine (Monday, August 22)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, August 22nd 2016  from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street 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!

“The Occupation of the American Mind”


“Five Broken Cameras”

Films and discussion on Israel-Palestine

with Francis Collins

Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies.

5 Broken Cameras is a polemical work and in no sense analytical. It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn’t vindictive and has a sense of history and destiny. Much may be concealed, but what we are shown and experience is the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.

Emad Burnat made this film over five years, and the title refers to the five cameras that were variously smashed in action during that time. At the beginning of the movie they’re proudly displayed as battered souvenirs of the struggle. Over the years they’ve recorded the history of his embattled village, both its private and public sides. His camera became a way of uniting his fellow citizens, publicising their struggle and becoming a witness for posterity when the Israeli authorities sent in troops to deprive them of land to create a defensive barrier of steel and wire that later became a high concrete wall.



Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum

to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

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Weekly calendar of events for Occupy activists (from Patricia Gray)

Please read down this list of activities and plan to attend at least ONE of them.  We are living in ‘interesting’ times and our future is at stake.

Sitting out the election period may allow more awful actions by our corrupt government.  We have to get together OUT ON THE STREETS so that the 1% get scared by the 99%.

This is really our only hope for change, especially when our election process is not free and open to all.  You know that Bernie won in California, don’t you?  The majority of the votes were not counted.

Wednesday, August 17
5:00 to 8:00 pm      Alex Pitcher Recreation Area
                            1800 Oakdale Ave S.F.
                             ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND THE 
                             CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION
                             Attend an open house to discuss the Candlestick
                             Point State Park and the planned improvements.
                             details: call 415-262-4400
5:30 – 6:30 pm        Market St. and Montgomery St. S.F. (near the 
                             office of Diane not so Feinstein)
                             PEACE VIGIL
                             Gather under the peace banner to stand for peace
                             and give passers by some political information.
                             Sponsored by  Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait
                             and the Occupy SF Action Council
6:00 – 9:00 pm        Gordon Lau School
                             950 Clay St. San Francisco
                             SEARCH FOR S.F. CHIEF OF POLICE
                             Public hearing to discuss what is wanted for a
                             new Police Chief—(like heeding the voice of
                             the people for real reform in that department)
6:00 – 9:00 pm    Mission Police Station,  17th St and Valencia St. 
                         THE WAITING AND WATCHING CONTINUE
                         District Attorney Gascon—Do the right thing and
                         charge officers with MURDER!
Thursday Aug. 18
9:00 am – 3:00 pm    California Governor’s Mansion
                              16th and H Street, Sacramento
                              EQUAL JUSTICE RALLY AND PROTEST
                              Come and demand that the Police Bill of
                              Rights be repealed.  Come and support
                              families whose loved ones have been killed
                              by police.  In an ACLU research program they
                              found that in a six year period ending in 2014,
                              there were 610 instances of law enforcement
                              committing homicide “in the process of arrest”.
                              Come and DEMAND that the racist Peace
                              Officers Bill of Rights be repealed.
                              sponsored by Families United Against Police
6:00 – 9 pm     Mission High School Cafeteria 3750 18th St. S.F.
                      SEARCH FOR A NEW S.F. POLICE CHIEF
                      A public meeting to discuss what is needed by
                      a new Chief Of Police in San Francisco.
Friday August 19
5:00 pm      Grace Fellowship Community Church
                  3265 16th St. (near Dolores St)
                  Gather at the Church and we will remember all those
                  killed and injured in our neighborhood.  We will stop at
                  Mission Police Station to remember Amilcar Perez Lopez,
                  and Luis Gongora Pat–both killed by the SFPD.
Saturday August 20
1:00 – 4:00 pm       944 Central Blvd.  Hayward
                            HAYWARD COMMUNITY MEETING
                            On May 23, 2014 James Nate Greer was detained
                            and tased repeatedly while he was on his stomach.
                            He was then placed in a full body WRAP .  He
                            stopped breathing and died.
                            This is a free event and we invite all to join us
                            in ending police brutality in our community.
                            There will be food, friendship and entertainment.
1:30 – 4:00 pm     UU Church 1187 Franklin St. S.F.
                          REELS OF INJUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
                          On the anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising
                          we will show these films:
                          Policing the Police, Broken on all sides,
                          Solitary Nation and 3 and 1/2 minutes–ten bullets
                          Sponsored; SFUU Human Rights Working group             _________________________________________________________
Sunday August 21  
11:00 – 2:00       Corner of Valencia and 24th St. San Francisco
                        2 blocks from 24th St and Mission BART
                        SUNDAY STREETS IN SAN FRANCISCO 
                        Join Medicare For All people to help collect
                         post cards in support of Medicare for All.
                         Call Don Bechler, chairperson for Single Payer
                         Now at 415-810-5826 if you can help so he will
                         bring enough materials for all.
11:00 – 5:00      759 59th St. Oakland
                       BEYOND # OCCUPY ART BUILD
                       Come and build some secret art for the gathering.
                       Come for a short time or a long time.  We will have
                       snacks and laughs.
Monday August 22
10:00 pm     Department of Homeland Security
                   650 Sansome St   S.F.
                   Join us outside the ICE building as we demand
                   just and humane treatment of people detained.  We
                   also call for an end to profiting off the detention of
                   our community.
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