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Note from Mike Zint, First They Came for the Homeless

First they came for the homeless

Finally, something good to report.

One of our Poor Tour occupiers, a mentally disabled girl, has been reunited with her family. It has been more than a year and a half since she became a resident. She has been impossible for the city to help. One of our homeless residents, Robin, found her family and they just picked her up.

When this community was designed, it was done with the knowledge that homeless helping homeless would result. The homeless are compassionate and understanding. They are the experts. They know how to help, and do. Without being asked.

I stopped counting at 65 helped into housing. The numbers were for the city’s knowledge. Not that our success matters. We still aren’t sanctioned.

We help at almost no cost to the taxpayer. 1.8 million for the HUB (can’t house an 80 year old) who has housed 2, 2.4 million for the new pathways, which has somehow managed to house 5 with the hub’s help. (must be a coincidence that they just opened, and the hub has housed 5)

Thank you, occupiers and camp residents. You are all making a difference.

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UPDATES ~ ACTION ALERTS ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS, Mon. July 16 – Thurs. July 19 & SAVE the DATES (from Adrienne Fong)

Please consider posting your events on Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might be of interest to you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE!

UPDATES: 

A. Marines are on the ground in Haiti to protect the US embassy amid violent fuel-price protests – July 12, 2018

www.businessinsider.com/marines-in-haiti-to-guard-us-embassy-amid-violent-fuel-price-protests-2018-7

   See item # 1

B. Videos from press conference: Release Not Transfer. Family Press Conference. July 14 – videos are on FB

  With families of immigrants detained at West County Detention Facility, Richmond

  The ending of the ICE contract with the detention center is causing increase hardships and more separation of families. Many are being transferred out of state.

#1 https://www.facebook.com/im4humanintegrity/videos/1868070123231528/ 

# 2 https://www.facebook.com/im4humanintegrity/videos/1868107659894441/

   Site for donations to help the families with bonds, transportation, phone calls, etc. if you would like to help. The Unitarian

     https://www.aplos.com/aws/give/CIVIC/WCDFFund   

   See item #14 for fundraiser

C. Police Won’t Face Charges for In-Custody Deaths – July 12, 2018

Will San Francisco officers ever be held accountable?

http://www.sfweekly.com/news/police-wont-face-charges-for-in-custody-deaths/

Rest in POWER & PEACE

   ♥ Darnell Benson ♥

                &

   ♥ Carlos Margo ♥

D. Hundreds of cancer cases against Monsanto set to go to trial, federal judge rules – July 12, 2018

https://www.nationofchange.org/2018/07/12/hundreds-of-cancer-cases-against-monsanto-set-to-go-to-trial-federal-judge-rules/

E. Black Immigrants Remain a Silent Minority, But Their Deportation Numbers Speak Volumes

http://atlantablackstar.com/2018/07/01/black-immigrants-remain-a-silent-minority-but-their-deportation-numbers-speak-volumes/ 

2 – ACTION ALERTS:  

Wells Fargo & JPMorgan Chase – Stop Financing Pain For Corporate Gain!

  Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are financing CoreCivic and GEO Group, for-profit prison corporations that are profiting off the pain and separation of families.

SIGN:

https://rightsanddissent.salsalabs.org/wellsfargo/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=2afb7814-cfed-4aa0-be57-753c9d9ac7b0

Tell the Senate to stand together and block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

SIGN:

 https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-the-senate-to-stand-together-and-block-trumps-supreme-court-nominee?source=DemandProgress_BlockTrumpSC_JWJ&referrer=group-jobs-with-justice&link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_383050&email_subject=stop-brett-kavanaugh

Reproductive Rights, Voting Rights, Immigration, LGBT Equality, Workers’ Rights. It’s all on the line. Any and every civil liberty we hope to have in this country could be dismantled or blocked by Brett Kavanaugh – unless the Senate mounts a defense and stops Trump’s Supreme Court takeover. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 19

See Indybay for Laborfest listings for month of July: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Nightly Vigil, 9:00pm – 10:00pm at ICE, 630 Sansome St., SF

 Monday, July 16

1. Monday, 4:30pm – 6:00pm, STAND with HAITI ~ Rally for Solidarity

Market & Montgomery St
Above Montgomery St. BART
San Francisco

The powerful protests going on in Haiti expose the violence of intractable poverty, misery, hunger, racism, repression and exclusion. After 14 years of UN/US imposed policies and military occupation supported by a corrupt, US-backed dictator, the Haitian people have had enough.

For years, thousands upon thousands of Haitians have protested peacefully month after month against foreign occupation, stolen elections, government corruption, poverty, land grabs, and rising prices. The international media has ignored their struggle and helped stifle their voices. Foreign investors and Haitian elite have continued to amass enormous wealth while popular resistance has been met with bullets, teargas, imprisonment and even death at the hands of Haitian police and paramilitary forces.

The current crisis kicked off when the Haitian government raised the price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene — which were already high and out of reach for most. It has been building as numerous arson fires over the past months have targeted Haitian market women, wiping out dozens of public markets which sustain women’s economic activity, upon which the livelihood of so many Haitian families depends.

Faced with deepening misery and unbearable living conditions, the Haitian people have no choice but to resist. Fanmi Lavalas, the party of Haiti’s poor majority, has supported the courage and determination of the Haitian people in the face of dictatorship and oppression.

 A time for solidarity. A time to stand with Haiti.

Sponsor: Haiti Action Committee

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2130282063652938/

2. Monday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Students/Teachers Against ICE: Maestrxs/Estudiantes Contra ICE 

ICE
444 Washington St.
SF

We, teachers and students, plan to surround the ICE building in a peaceful, lawful protest this monday.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/291673281405809/

3. Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Airbnb and its Effects on Workers – Laborfest 

UNITE/HERE Local 2
209 Golden Gate Ave. (nr. Civic Center BART)
SF

Airbnb and Its Effects on The Workers, Tenants, Neighborhoods

Airbnb has had a profound effect not just in San Francisco but around the world. For cities, it has turned neighborhoods into hotel districts. One example of the role of Airbnb is in North Beach where the elderly have been evicted to move tourists in. It has also threatened local businesses that make San Francisco the special place it is. This forum will look at how working people, communities, and the city have been transformed by this new technology platform.

 Speakers will include unionists, tenants and environmentalists. Sponsored by United HERE Local 2.

Initial speakers: Jennifer Fieber, San Francisco Tenants Union Ian Lewis, Unite HERE Local 2 Research Director

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/20/18815813.php

Tuesday, July 17

4. Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, “Looking at the Many Forms of Long-Term Care” – Gray Panther monthly meeting

Unitarian Center, Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St. (at Geary),
SF

Free, All Welcome, Wheelchairs OK 

Trying to plan the best care for ourselves or for a friend or relative as we age can be a bewildering process: Home care, Assisted Living, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly, Skilled Nursing Facility, Memory Care, the list seems endless.  In our July meeting, geriatrician Teresa Palmer, care advisor Katie Owens, and Ombudsman Benson Nadell will explore different types of long-term care: who they are intended for; who is eligible; how much do they cost and who pays; and what are their advantages and disadvantages.  They will also address the state of Long-Term Care and Services in San Francisco.

They will explain how, as we age into different physical and cognitive disabilities, there must be forms of care and services appropriate to all our needs; they all must be affordable and accessible for everyone who needs them; and we must be able to move flexibly between these forms of care as our needs change. All of these forms of care are important, they complement each other, and we cannot sacrifice one to build up another.  This is what is meant by a “continuum of care.”

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/07/11/18816430.php

5. Tuesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Iranian Community Forum & Know Your Rights Session on the Ban 

55 Columbus Ave
SF

NIAC, IABA NorCal, ALC, CAIR, and ACLU invite you to a community forum and Know Your Rights information session with our civil rights and community partners at Asian Law Caucus. We will discuss the Supreme Court decision and what it means for the Iranian American community as well as where we go from here.

Sponsors: IABA Northern California & 4 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/187459665448282/

Wednesday, July 18 

6. Wednesday, 5:30pm, Speak-Out on SFPD’s Raid of Occupy ICESF – BLOCKADE

 San Francisco Police Commission Meeting
SF City Hall, Room 400 – 4th Floor
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

Wheelchair accessible

At Wednesday’s, July 11th Police commission meeting,  Chief of Police Bill Scott omitted reporting of SFPD’s raid on the Occupy ICESF BLOCKADE, where 39 people were arrested!

It was stated in the meeting that this will be covered at the July 18th meeting.

This is an opportunity to tell what happened / question etc. SFPD’s actions on July 9th regarding the raid of ‘Occupy ICESF’ Blockade. Or you can just comment that you support ABOLISHING ICE!

SF Chief of Police. Bill Scott gives his oral report of SFPD’s (version) of actions for the week. There is time allotted after all the commissioners and those who sit at the table reports are given to give your comment. (Usually this will come early in the agenda – even though it isn’t listed)

Comments are limited to two minutes.

This is a time you can name those officers / give their badge numbers who used excessive force. Call for the SFPD not to support any ICE actions!

How did their actions show their support for ICE? What does being a ‘Sanctuary City’ mean to the commission and the SFPD? 

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

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

Look for the PEACE banner!

Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE 

8. Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Beds 4 Bayview – Community Organizing Meeting 

SF Public Library, Bayview/Linda Brooks/Burton
5075 Third St.
SF

An ongoing community discussion addressing the needs of unhoused residents of District 10, Bayview-Hunter’s Point, San Francisco, Ca.

Bayview has long been ignored services, most notably a shelter for unhoused residents. We demand beds 4 bayview and an immediate stop to street sweeps.

Leading the discussion will be Mother Brown’s Gwendolyn Westbrook and local activist, Tony Kelly, and Dayton D. Andrews of Coalition on Homelessness.

This meeting the Director of Homelessness, Jeff Kositsky will be announcing developments with the shelter bed facility recently granted to Bayview in the last 2018 budget approval by the Board of Supervisors AND… the recent stipend program approved by the Dept of Aging to FULLY FUND our Seniors Helping Homeless program.

Sponsors: Beds 4 Bayview & Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/226678614628242/ 

9. Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Whistle Blowers and Workers Rights – Laborfest 

ILWU Local 34 Hall
801 Second St. (across fr. Baseball stadium)
SF

Whistleblowers on the job are under attack. This forum will hear from whistleblowers about their struggle to defend health and safety and the public. Their actions are taking place in a period of growing financial corruption in our society.

One of the whistleblowers, Darrell Whitman, who is a member of AFGE and worked as an investigator at the OSHA whistleblower protection program, tried to investigate retaliation against whistleblowers from Wells Fargo, Lockheed Martin, FedEx and Test America. He himself was harassed, bullied, and illegally fired. When workers at regulatory agencies stand up for worker rights and they are removed, we have a real crisis.

Initial speakers:

Darrell Whitman, Former OSHA Whistleblower Protection Program Cheryl Thornton, SEIU 1021 CCSF Worker at Potrero Hill Health Center, Matthew Zugsberger, UBC 34 Whistleblower at NPS Drakes Bay Estuary Project, Yesenia Guitron, Whistleblower at Wells Fargo Bank Johnny Burris, Whistleblower at J.P. Morgan Bank

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/21/18815850.php

10. Wednesday, 8:30pm – 10:00pm, Confront Corruption: Demand Democracy Candlelight Vigil 

Powell St. Cable Car Turnaround
Powell & Market St.
SF

we will Confront Corruption and Demand Democracy with a candlelight vigil at sundown. In San Francisco, we will gather at Powell & Market Street at 8.30 pm.

From attacks on the rule of law to conflicts of interest, ethics violations and flagrant abuse of government offices for personal gain, the corruption of the American government by the President, his associates and many in his party has reached a new, profound low.

Officials are trading on the power invested in our institutions for personal and financial gain rather than for the welfare of the American people. From attacks on the Russia investigation to ethics scandals in the highest offices in the land, we must reject attempts to shield corruption from political consequences, public scrutiny, and legal accountability.

Sponsor: Indivisible

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/264981920920726/

Thursday, July 19

11. Thursday, 3:00pm, Food Not Bombs –San Francisco

For information or to volunteer:  send email to sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Cookhouse:  Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian).

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

Cooking:  3030B 16th Street–3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!

Cleaning Up:  3030B 16th Street–after Cooking–6:00 pm – 8:00 pm–Help Needed!

12. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force – meeting 

Southeast Community Facility (Alex Pitcher Room)
1800 Oakdale,
Bayview Hunters Point
SF

Community meeting. Part of the IVAN Network * Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods

Agenda:

Review of New Pollution Complaints

Presentation by Tashaun Holloway, Youth Outreach Worker for Greenaction’s Bayview Hunters Point Diesel Education and Emissions Reduction Project

Community Pollution Mapping project update by Team Staff and Youth Scientist

SF Public Utilities Commission Update on Biosolids Digester Facilities Project and Environmental Justice Analysis

State Department of Toxic Substances Control Update on DTSC’s work on the Shipyard Superfund Site

Golden Gate University School of Law Environmental Law and Justice Clinic Update on Petition to Revoke Tetra Tech’s License

Upcoming Environmental Justice Tour for state, regional, local, federal government agency officials

Info: Bayview Hunters Point Environment Justice Response Task Force bvhp.ivan@gmail.com

13. Thursday, 6:00pm, Keep the Heat on ICE- Reunite Families

7000 El Cerrito Plaza
El Cerrito

Be part of the human billboard campaign to send a message to our community and our officials. 2,000 children are still missing! 2,000 children are still crying, frightened and alone. Trump may reunite and then jail families together, with no end date. Can we allow this? Can we let the attack on immigrants continue? The dehumanization of men, women, and children…the criminalization of those at the border and those who live in our community are purposeful attempts to convince citizens that the cruel immigration policies can be justified. We know better and we must continue to SHOW UP. Join with other families. Bring a sign, join in song. Inspire others and be inspired.

Sponsor: El Cerrito Progressives & 2 Other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/485059088580999/?event_time_id=485059108580997

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14. Friday, July 20th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, San Francisco Rockin’ Labor Chorus will perform, No One is Illegal (fund raiser)

SF Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Laborfest and 1st Unitarian Universalist –SF invite you to an evening of history of songs – old and new.

This is a benefit for the West County Detention Facility Community Fund.

The call is for those detained to be RELEASED and NOT TRANSFERRED to other jails

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/06/21/18815857.php

15. Sunday, July 22, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Mario Woods Remembrance Day (3rd Annual)

Martin Luther King Jr. Park
5701 3rd St.
SF

Join us! – for our 3rd Annual Mario Woods Remembrance Day in the Bayview!

Entertainment, speakers, food, activities for children.

We will be honoring Mario Woods and all victims of police violence – this is a time to honor them but also to celebrate life and come together in the Bayview SF in the name of Justice!

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

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1906039589694277/

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Cenk DEBATES Constitutional Amendment To Fight Corruption


Rebel HQ
Published on Jun 26, 2018

Cenk Uygur joins a panel discussion about the pros and cons of calling for an Article 5 convention to amend the U.S. constitution to fight money in politics and overturn the Citizens United decision. The event was part of the National Citizen Leadership Conference hosted by American Promise.

Moderator: Jeff Clements

Panelists:
Cenk Uygur – for Article 5 Constitutional Convention
Ken Chestek – also for
Craig Clevidence – against
Viki Harrison – against

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Note from Mike Zint, First They Came for the Homeless

We had something occur at the Here/There camp earlier. I am shocked.

A worker from the HUB came by. (Berkeley’s one stop shop for homeless services) As she was in camp, a lady in a vehicle stopped and said, “You’re not helping them, are you?” The lady from the HUB responded, “Oh no, I’m not helping them.”

Here/There has an 80 year old in it. It has seriously disabled in it. And the HUB was not there to help.

Berkeley does have a brand new, well landscaped, 2.4 million dollar navigation center. They have housed five in a week.

It has been around 6 months since the mayor came to camp and met this lady. Help was promised.

Did I mention the well landscaped navigation center? 45 beds? I remember 50 beds being the plan. Navigate to where? There is no housing. So, the navigation center stabilizes 45 people, and gives them a chance to exit the navigation center in the only exit that functions. Homeward Bound. 6 months to find someone to house you out of town. If you fail, you go back to the streets. Where the HUB says their not helping. The HUB helps those in the navigation center. They’ve housed five. Two in Berkeley, according to the paper.

The homeless are prioritized by need in Berkeley. 80 years old. Poor health. Serious recent injuries. Not a priority because?

The silence is deafening.

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Elon Musk pledges to give every home in Flint, MI clean drinking water

  • July 12, 2018 (BigThink.com)

by STEPHEN JOHNSON

Resident of Flint, Michigan holds bottle of contaminated water (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Billionaire Elon Musk has pledged to provide every household in Flint, Michigan with clean drinking water.

“Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination,” the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., SpaceX, and Boring Co. said in a tweet Wednesday. “No kidding.”

One day earlier, Musk hinted that it wouldn’t be the first time he’s helped the city.

Already have

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018

Musk didn’t provide many details about plans for cleaning up Flint’s water supply system but did confirm to a reporter from CNET that he’s serious about the project.

You’re right on both counts. Most houses in Flint have safe water, but they’ve lost faith in govt test results. Some houses are still outliers. Will organize a weekend in Flint to add filters to those houses with issues & hopefully fix perception of those that are actually good.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2018

The announcement comes just days after Musk’s involvement in another public crisis involving a dozen boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Musk sent engineers to the site, traveled there himself, and even designed a “kid-sized” submarine to help in the rescue effort, though ultimately Thai officials opted to retrieve the boys with a team of expert divers.

How did the Flint water crisis start?

In April 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan began drawing its water from the Flint River instead of from Detroit. It was an effort to cut costs. Flint was bankrupt and had many of the same problems as neighboring Detroit: declining property values, steep legacy costs, and a massive deficit. The decision proved disastrous.

Lead from city pipes seeped into the water and, inevitably, the number of children with high levels of the substance in their blood skyrocketed after the contamination, causing, in some cases irreparable damage to developing brains. The crisis could have been avoided if city officials had properly tested and treated the water. It also could have been avoided, or at least minimized, had city officials took action after receiving reports from residents and businesses about the corrosive water.

In April 2018, four years after the water source switch, Flint officials announced that tests showed that public water was safe to drink. The news put an expiration date on the city’s free bottled water program. However, many residents still don’t trust the water quality, citing the city’s many old lead pipes as a health hazard.

Now, Musk has set up the email address flint@x.com so residents with contaminated water can begin submitting test results.

For now, reply to my tweet with ppm & ppb test results & will send someone to install a water filter. Creating email flint@x.com, but I’m in China so that won’t be working until tomorrow.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 11, 2018

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UPDATES ~ ACTION ALERT ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS for WEEKEND ~ SAVE the DATES (from Adrienne Fong)

Please consider posting your events on Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might be of interest to you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE! 

UPDATES:

A. We May Be Able to Get Kevin Cooper Off Death Row by Nicholas Kristof – July 11, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/11/opinion/kevin-cooper-jerry-brown-death-row.html 

B. Senate committee approves AIPAC bill to give Israel $38 billion over 10 years, with additional perks – July 11, 2018

https://israelpalestinenews.org/senate-committee-approves-aipac-bill-to-give-israel-38-billion-over-10-years-with-additional-perks/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=68aba503-8dfe-4137-9a9e-c4d1b72dae3c

C. Immigrant families were told they have to pay for DNA tests the US government is demanding they take before they can be reunited with their children – July 11, 2018

http://www.businessinsider.com/immigrant-families-told-to-pay-for-dna-tests-2018-7

D. ICE put me in a hot van with no windows or water. I thought I would die. – July 9, 2018

https://www.aclunc.org/blog/ice-put-me-hot-van-no-windows-or-water-i-thought-i-would-die?utm_source=social&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=event

ACTION ALERT

Tell the Senate to stand together and block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

SIGN: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-the-senate-to-stand-together-and-block-trumps-supreme-court-nominee?source=DemandProgress_BlockTrumpSC_JWJ&referrer=group-jobs-with-justice&link_id=2&can_id=4d8abb95a7895a1648b41bfa1ad2bb3b&email_referrer=email_383050&email_subject=stop-brett-kavanaugh

Reproductive Rights, Voting Rights, Immigration, LGBT Equality, Workers’ Rights. It’s all on the line. Any and every civil liberty we hope to have in this country could be dismantled or blocked by Brett Kavanaugh – unless the Senate mounts a defense and stops Trump’s Supreme Court takeover. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

See Indybay for Laborfest listings for month of July: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Friday, July 13

1. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Please join us to demand that DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder! Stand with ALL the families that have been impacted by police murders. 

2. Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Stop Deportations; Unite Families – Picket Outside ICE with UNITE HERE Local 2!

San Francisco ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

 All are welcomed to stand with Local 2 members in Support of Immigrants and Against Deportations!

ABOLISH ICE ~ STOP DEPORTATIONS ~ UNITE FAMILIES 

3. Friday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, One Million Flames – OccupyICE Solidarity Vigil w/ AbolishICESF 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement
630 Sansome St.
SF

Rally from 7-9pm
Vigil from 9-10pm

Please bring candles, altar materials, photos, song, and medicine to share. Art and signs are welcome.

OccupyICE encampments and blockades have popped up all over the land called the United States and are building a National Solidarity Coalition to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Join Abolish ICE SF as we rally and stand vigil for all those locked up and deported, and in solidarity with the #OccupyICESF blockade raided by the San Francisco Police Department on July 9th after being established on July 2nd. We also stand in solidarity with all the OccupyICE actions and blockades across the continent facing local and federal police repression. 

Sponsor: Abolish ICE SF, Occupy ICE

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2037733106477138/

Saturday, July 14 

4. Saturday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Families Belong Together! CANCELLED – not listed anymore!

CANCELLED

Lake Merritt Pergola
Oakland

We are joining in a circle of compassion and clarity to announce that FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER! #endICE

Co-Sponsors/Endorsers Include:
Anti Police-Terror Project
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area
The East Oakland Collective
Youth Together
Spectrum Queer Media
The Center for Political Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1943849755906133/ 

5. Saturday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, A Day In Court Training – w/ Silicon Valley Debug 

Sierra Club
2101 Webster St., Suite 1300
Oakland

*** PLEASE RSVP at the following link if you plan on coming *** https://www.surjbayarea.org/events/a-day-in-court-training

Childcare is available during this event. For those in need of childcare services please email policy@surjbayarea.org  for more information.

Come get trained by Silicon Valley Debug on how you can show up at court in support of those facing a bail hearing. You’ll learn about the bail system in California, how to provide court support, and concrete ways that you can help expose how exploitative money bail is in our state.

Silicon Valley Debug has been at the forefront of the fight to end money bail in California. One tactic is by witnessing, documenting, and sharing stories about the bail system in our state as part of a statewide campaign called “A Day in Court”.

Observing Arraignments and Bail Hearings can be extremely useful for two key reasons:

1. The courtroom dynamics change and is more accountable when community is present.
2. Monitoring and sharing the activities of court actors across the state can give the public an informed snapshot of the California Court System.

Sponsor: SURJ Oakland Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2056846677906670/

6. Saturday, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Release Not Transfer. Family Press Conference. 

West Coast Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway
Richmond

In light of the recent announced closure of the West County Detention Facility, join us for a Press Conference outside the detention facility to support the families and current detainees. Come hear the relatives of the detainees as they voice their concerns with this closure and hopes for their loved ones’ release. Among those demands are:

1. That the detainees not be transferred out of state which makes it nearly impossible for their loved ones to visit them and see them, as well as for their legal representation to continue to work on their cases. Also for the return of those who have already been transferred out of state.

2. That ICE use their discretion and release them on bond, so that at least they can be with their families and loved ones.

Come out and join us in supporting these families as we ask that their loved ones be released as soon as possible. The current actions result in the cruel separation of families and we strongly ask to please consider alternative options to detention so that families can be reunited. The current policy of detainee transfer makes no sense and does not help anyone! It has a detrimental effect on families and especially on the little ones on whom it’s likely to have lasting traumatic effects and cause irreparable damage. Many of the men inside are fathers and the women mothers. They need to be with their families!

Sponsor: Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/244356819498093/ 

7. Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, July 14th: Non-Violent Direct Action Training, Oakland, CA. 

Greenpeace Warehouse
955 7th St.
Oakland

This training will take participants through the
strategies and tools used in non-violent direct action. It will include a a know your rights training.

This training will be an important place to get plugged into for upcoming street actions around the Global Climate Action Summit in September.

Diablo Rising Tide calendar of events for summer and fall 2018: http://diablorisingtide.org/take-action-diablo-rising-tide-calendar-of-direct-action-events-and-trainings/

For more information, email diablorisingtide@riseup.net 

Sunday, July 15

8. Sunday, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Street Mural Painting Training: Rise for Climate Justice

Bridge Arts & Storage
23 Maine Ave.
Richmond

STREET MURAL PAINTING HANDS ON WORKSHOP: Everything you need to know to design and facilitate painting a giant street mural; roles, materials, design, etc. This is designed for organziation who want to take on doing a mural as part of the mass mural mobilization on Sept 8, as well as doing street murals in your own community and beyond Sept 8.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1830541517022337/

Sunday, 11:45am, Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Peace Walk – Codepink 

11:45 am:  Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Noon:   Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends,

to converge in the middle for a peace vigil on the bridge.

Then walk to SF side for a short peace rally.

Wear PINK or come as you are, but come in the spirit of unity for peace & justice.

BRING SIGNS ( 2×3 ft. or smaller)……wooden sticks/poles are permitted. 

Some signs provided. 

9. Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Greenaction and Tim Faust: A Conversation on Health Justice

Redstone Building
2940 16th St. (nr. 16th St. BART)
SF

Wheelchair accessible

Come out and join Medicare for all speaker and activist Tim Faust in a conversation where we discuss some of the public health issues that we face in San Francisco today and how Medicare for all intersects with them.

Timothy Faust is a single-payer activist with the Democratic Socialists of America.

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice is a multiracial grassroots organization that works with low-income and working class urban, rural, and indigenous communities to fight environmental racism and injustice and build a clean, healthy and just future for all.

Sponsor: DSA

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/403507693470778/

10. Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, How to NOT call the PoLice (Sheriffs & Kkkorts) Ever Workshop 

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland

$3-5 donation at the door ( or whatever u can offer) to help support/cover costs of the poverty/disability skolaz who are leading this powerFULL seminar.

Please come scent-free.. No smoking near the venue (and again, please avoid having smoke/fragrance on your clothing!) Scented audience members will be directed to a scented section.

The 3rd “How to NOT Call the kkkops /Sheriffs & the kkkorts EVER workshop – featuring the poor, unhoused, disabled, Black, Brown,Indigenous,elder and youth leaders, artists, cultural workers of POOR Magazine/PrensaPOBRE,PoorNewsNetwork(PNN)/Homefulness who have practiced this concept for 21 years, even throughout their own collective traumas, colonization, gentriFUKation, family violence, eviction, incarceration, displacement, betrayal AND the attempted take-down of the landless peoples movement called Homefulness. 

Walking this walk among a poor and indigenous peoples-led movement means facing our demons ALL THE TIME.. because we all come out of collective trauma experiences of racism, wite supremacy, ablism, family violence, false borders,eviction, houselessness, criminalization, elder/child abuse, sexual violence, rape, incarceration, poLICE violence genderism, hate crimes and so much more

This workshop wiill include and launch an ongoing teaching on poor peoples/traumatized peoples accountability, how to redefine a western wite supremacist notion of security and hold each other through trauma and into a true definition of inter-dependent safety.

The workshop will feature extended family members and family elders from the Idriss Stelley Foundation (ISF) , Krip Hop Nation World-Wide Sogorea Te Land Trust and POOR Magazine‘s family elder council, elephant council ( where decisions are made) and revolutionary building circle at Homefulness, food and much more.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/147693336076082/

11. Sunday, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Handmaid’s Tale – screening & discussion 

Revolution Books – Berkeley
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

In the near future, fascist military officers, seizing on a crisis triggered by declining fertility rates and using an alleged terrorist attack as a pretext, take power in most of what was the United States. They establish the “Republic of Gilead,” a theocracy in which biblical law and patriarchal values-as updated and interpreted by the new rulers-are increasingly imposed. Women are assigned strict roles-some bear children, some do household work, some heavy and dangerous labor.

This is the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, an original TV series which first aired in 2017. It is fiction… sort of, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. Revolution Books invites you to watch some of this series and join in discussion about the film and about acting to STOP this fiction from becoming a reality.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1890299591268710/

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~ STAND with HAITI ~

 Rally for Solidarity

Monday, July 16, 2018

4:30pm – 6:00pm    

Market & Montgomery St

Above Montgomery St. BART

San Francisco

The powerful protests going on in Haiti expose the violence of intractable poverty, misery, hunger, racism, repression and exclusion. After 14 years of UN/US imposed policies and military occupation supported by a corrupt, US-backed dictator, the Haitian people have had enough.

For years, thousands upon thousands of Haitians have protested peacefully month after month against foreign occupation, stolen elections, government corruption, poverty, land grabs, and rising prices. The international media has ignored their struggle and helped stifle their voices. Foreign investors and Haitian elite have continued to amass enormous wealth while popular resistance has been met with bullets, teargas, imprisonment and even death at the hands of Haitian police and paramilitary forces.

The current crisis kicked off when the Haitian government raised the price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene — which were already high and out of reach for most. It has been building as numerous arson fires over the past months have targeted Haitian market women, wiping out dozens of public markets which sustain women’s economic activity, upon which the livelihood of so many Haitian families depends.

Faced with deepening misery and unbearable living conditions, the Haitian people have no choice but to resist. Fanmi Lavalas, the party of Haiti’s poor majority, has supported the courage and determination of the Haitian people in the face of dictatorship and oppression.

This is a time for solidarity. A time to stand with Haiti.

Sponsor: Haiti Action Committee

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2130282063652938/ 

Speak-Out on SFPD’s Raid
of
Occupy ICESF – BLOCKADE

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5:30pm

San Francisco Police Commission Meeting
SF City Hall, Room 400 – 4th Floor
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco

Wheelchair accessible

At Wednesday’s, July 11th Police commission meeting,  Chief of Police Bill Scott omitted reporting of SFPD’s raid on the Occupy ICESF BLOCKADE!

It was stated in the meeting that this will be covered at the July 18th meeting.

This is an opportunity to tell what happened / question etc. SFPD’s actions on July 9th regarding the raid of ‘Occupy ICESF’ Blockade. Or you can just comment that you support ABOLISHING ICE!

SF Chief of Police. Bill Scott gives his oral report of SFPD’s (version) of actions for the week. There is time allotted after all the commissioners and those who sit at the table reports are given to give your comment. (Usually this will come early in the agenda – even though it isn’t listed)

Comments are limited to two minutes.
This is a time you can name those officers / give their badge numbers who used excessive force. Call for the SFPD not to support any ICE actions!

How did their actions show their support for ICE? What does being a ‘Sanctuary City’ mean to the commission and the SFPD?

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SFPD arrests 39 Occupy ICE protesters in encampment sweep

A security guard patrols outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters on Monday, July 9, 2018, where an Occupy Ice camp was broken up by police just hours earlier. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

By  and  on July 9, 2018 (SFExaminer.com)

Dozens of protesters were arrested early Monday morning when San Francisco police raided an encampment of activists calling for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to police.

Police cited 39 activists on suspicion of misdemeanor lodging in public during the midnight raid on the encampment outside the ICE offices on Washington Street between Sansome and Battery streets, according to Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson. Ten of the protesters were also arrested for allegedly resisting arrest.

All of the protestors have been released from custody.

Since last Monday, the protesters had blocked a path that immigration authorities use to transport detainees to and from the ICE offices at 630 Sansome St. The encampment grew amid news that the Trump administration detains and separates children from their families at the U.S. and Mexico border.

Rueca said police received “numerous complaints from the community regarding violations of health hazards,” including public urination and cooking with open flames. A majority of those arrested were Bay Area residents, with 16 coming from San Francisco and 15 from other Bay Area cities.

“Our City has specific restrictions against sidewalk camping,” Rueca said in a statement. “Frequent admonishments had been given to participants at this encampment over the last week and prior to last night’s action. But the blockage of the street continued.”

Zoe Samudzi, one of the advocates for the abolition of ICE, arrived at the encampment as police cleared it out.

“It was devastating to see all that labor and the community members scattered,” said Samudzi. “At the same time, it reinforced our solidarity because it showed the state is really afraid of us. It’s reassuring.”

SEE RELATED: ‘Occupy ICE’ protesters camp out, call for abolishment of federal agency

The sweep comes just days before Supervisor London Breed is set to be sworn in as mayor. PJ Johnston, a spokesperson for Breed, said the mayor-elect is “monitoring, but we have no comment at this time.”

There was hardly a trace of the encampment by 10 a.m. Monday when Josiah Luis Laderete, 48, arrived to participate in the now terminated protest. Laderete had come Thursday with a group of poets. But only faded chalk and sidewalk barricades remained Monday.

“I wanted to keep coming,” Laderete said. “It might be the Latino face that people see, but this effects everyone.”

“For me, it’s a matter of survival,” he continued. “That could have been my family.”

Both SFPD and the Department of Homeland Security were still present in the area Monday morning.

A woman walks past barricades outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters on Monday, July 9, 2018, where Occupy ICE tents were set up just hours earlier. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Zoé@ztsamudzi

Currently: pic.twitter.com/xgipg4fMPf

Zoé@ztsamudzi

They’re dismantling the camp, getting really edgy and itchy about people staying outside of the police blockade. Advancing with truncheons drawn for taking photographs or stepping too far off the sidewalk to observe

Trevor Creech@zedlander

Breaking: Cops raiding @occupyicesf encampment and arresting protesters

Occupy ICE SF@occupyicesf

Despite promises of sanctuary, the city police force/local law enforcement is and has been openly collaborating and coordinating with federal immigration forces to arrest protestors and repress resistance efforts. If this entanglement is possible, what does “sanctuary” MEAN?

Isaac Elias@BrainScraps

Clearing out @occupyicesf
Cc @OccupyOakland

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

iwilliams@sfexaminer.com

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UPDATES ~ ACTION ALERT ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS (from Adrienne Fong)

 Please consider posting your events on Indybayhttps://www.indybay.org/calendar/

Check Indybay for events not listed here that might be of interest to you.

ACCESSIBILITY: Please include Accessibility Information on events! This is a JUSTICE  ISSUE! 

UPDATES: 

A. SF Supes again reject Joe Marshall’s reappointment to Police Commission – July 10, 2018

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/SF-Supes-again-reject-Joe-Marshall-s-13064330.php

B. Contra Costa severing contract for jailing immigration detainees in Richmond New!                                                                                               

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Contra-Costa-severing-contract-for-jailing-13063679.php?t=7615ebac86 

C. Draymond Green refused to visit Donald Trump. But he visited the Israeli President and posed as a sniper for the cameras—that’s a problem. July 10, 2018

https://www.thenation.com/article/draymond-greens-friends-idf-sponsored-trip-israel/

D. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy agreed to retire if Trump promised to replace him with Brett Kavanaugh – July 10, 2018

https://www.alternet.org/bombshell-supreme-court-justice-anthony-kennedy-agreed-retire-if-trump-promised-replace-him-brett

E. Which Politicians are Taking Money from Immigrant Detention Profiteers? – July 5, 2018

https://news.littlesis.org/2018/07/05/which-politicians-are-taking-money-from-immigrant-detention-profiteers/?link_id=0&can_id=08893ef38a29e48c34a4191913ada4fc&source=email-is-your-elected-official-taking-from-immigrant-detention-profiteers&email_referrer=email_381645&email_subject=is-your-elected-official-taking-from-immigrant-detention-profiteers 

ACTION ALERT 

Call SF Chief of Police Bill Scott (See item #3)

  Tel.: 415 – 837 – 7000

Tell him SFPD’s raid on the ICE BLOCKADE, on Monday, July 9, is unacceptable and demand that SFPD officers NOT be used to aid ICE! 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

See Indybay for Laborfest listings for month of July!

Tuesday, July 10

1. Tuesday, 7:00pm, Tacoccupy Tuesday

ICE
444 Washington St.
SF

9:00pm Vigil 

After BoS meeting.

Come rally in solidarity as we celebrate our first mass arrest! Bring the kids and a side dish to pass.

Sponsor: OccupyICESF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/188215491870132/

Wednesday, July 11 

2. Wednesday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, STOP Reopening Japan Nuclear Plants – Rally

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

Stop Reopening Japan Nuclear Plants Threatening Another Fukushima & Defend The Fukushima Children and Families

Despite the danger of another major earthquake in Japan the Abe government continues to push to reopen Japan’s nuclear power plants. Many of these plants are over 40 years old and increasingly dangerous. Even three past prime ministers are againt reopening these plants but the government and militarists not only want to open up the plants but develop nuclear weapons.

We urge all opponents of nuclear power and remilitarization of Japan and Asia to attend the rally and speak-out.

Sponsor: No Nukes Action Committee

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/07/09/18816415.php 

3. Wednesday, 5:30pm,  San Francisco Police Commission Meeting – Raise your voices about SFPD’s Raid on Occupy ICESF – BLOCKADE! 

SF City Hall, Room 400 – 4th Floor
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

Wheelchair accessible

An opportunity to tell what happened / question etc.  SFPD’s actions on July 9th regarding the ‘Occupy ICESF’ Blockade raid. SF Police Chief Bill Scott gives his oral report of SFPD’s actions. There is time after all the commission and those who sit at that table reports are given to give your comment. (Usually this will come early in the agenda – even though it isn’t listed)

You can even call out the names & badges of the officers that you witnessed using aggressive force.

Agenda: https://sanfranciscopolice.org/meeting/police-commission-july-11-2018-agenda

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

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

Look for the PEACE banner!

Themes vary each week on topics for PEACE & JUSTICE

Thursday, July 12 

5. Thursday, 2:30pm – 6:00pm, Salesforce Party

Meet outside:

Grand Hyatt Hotel
345 Stockton St.
SF

Demand they STOP their contract with Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)! 

6. Thursday, 3:00pm, Food Not Bombs –San Francisco

For information or to volunteer:  send email to sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Cookhouse:  Station 40, 3030B 16th Street (between Mission and Julian).

Food Pickups: Help Needed!

Cooking:  3030B 16th Street–3:00 pm to 6:00 pm–Ring doorbell for entry–Help Needed!

Sharing: 16th and Mission BART Plaza — 6:00 pm–Help Needed!

Cleaning Up:  3030B 16th Street–after Cooking–6:00 pm – 8:00 pm–Help Needed!

7. Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Keep PJ Home: Ending the Deportation Pipeline 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
55 Columbus Ave.
SF

Hear Borey ‘PJ’ Ai, a formerly incarcerated Cambodian refugee and one of the youngest people ever sentenced to life in prison, share his lived experience of the school to prison to deportation pipeline. PJ will be in conversation with his mother, Savun Yong, who fled Cambodia with her children only to be separated from her son for over 20 years in the United States.

Featured also will be the artwork of acclaimed illustrator Thi Bui, author of the award-winning illustrated memoir The Best We Could Do, who has been a critical ally in the fight for PJ’s freedom, as well as writing letters of support for PJ’s pardon and sharing information about AB 2845, an important piece of legislation that would increase transparency and accessibility in the pardon and commutation process in California.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2053021911629691/

Friday, July 13 

8. Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Mothers on the March Against Police Murders

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Please join us to demand that DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder! Stand with ALL the families that have been impacted by police murders. 

9. Friday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Stop Deportations; Unite Families – Picket Outside ICE with UNITE HERE Local 2!

San Francisco ICE
630 Sansome St.
SF

 All are welcomed to stand with Local 2 members in Support of Immigrants and Against Deportations! 

                        Saturday, July 14

10. Saturday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Families Belong Together! 

Lake Merritt Pergola
Oakland

We are joining in a circle of compassion and clarity to announce that FAMILIES BELONG TOGETHER! #endICE

Co-Sponsors/Endorsers Include:
Anti Police-Terror Project
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice
SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area
The East Oakland Collective
Youth Together
Spectrum Queer Media
The Center for Political Education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1943849755906133/

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