‘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.

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“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”.

How Trump may change US foreign policy

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.

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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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Berkeley approves plan for fast-tracked 100 units for the homeless

Prime opportunity for local micro developer’s prefab module homes

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THE LONG ROAD TO IMPEACH TRUMP JUST GOT SHORTER

WED, 2/15/2017 – BY NORMAN SOLOMON (Occupy.com)

The momentum to impeach President Trump is accelerating.

On Thursday, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) filed a “resolution of inquiry” that amounts to the first legislative step toward impeachment.

new poll shows that registered voters are evenly split, at 46-to-46 percent, on whether they “support” or “oppose” impeaching Trump. Just two weeks ago, the pro-impeachment figure was 35 percent.

Since inauguration, more than 800,000 people have signed a petition in the first stage of the Impeach Donald Trump Campaign, which will soon involve grassroots organizing in congressional districts around the country.

Under the Trump presidency, defending a wide range of past gains is both necessary and insufficient. Fighting for impeachment is a way to go on the offensive, directly challenging the huge corruption that Trump has brought to the White House.

From the outset, President Trump has been violating two provisions of the U.S. Constitution – its foreign and domestic “emoluments” clauses. In a nutshell, both clauses forbid personally profiting from presidential service beyond receiving a government salary.

Some believe that the Republican-controlled Congress is incapable of impeaching Trump, but history tells us what’s possible when a president falls into wide disrepute. On July 27, 1974, seven GOP representatives on the 38-member House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach a fellow Republican, President Richard Nixon.

As for objections that impeaching and removing Trump from office would make Mike Pence the president, that concern is apt to bypass one set of key considerations after another. Along the way, in political terms, people need to think through the implications of the fact that Trump could only be removed from office with the help of many votes from Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Even if every Democrat in the House voted in unison to impeach Trump, impeachment would only be possible if at least two-dozen Republican members of the House voted in favor. Likewise, a vote in the Senate (requiring two-thirds) to remove Trump from the presidency would only be successful if at least 19 Republican senators voted for conviction. Such events would badly splinter and damage the Republican Party – causing divisive bitterness, putting GOP leaders back on their heels and hobbling a Pence presidency.

Arguably most important of all, democracy requires that no one be above the law – a principle that’s most crucially applied to the holder of the most powerful office in the U.S. government. Extreme abuse of power from the top of the government must be seen and treated as intolerable.

The Constitution that Trump continues to flagrantly violate is supposed to be “the supreme law of the land.” To give Trump a pass would be to wink at his merger of vast personal wealth and corporate holdings with vast governmental power.

From the grassroots, it’s crucial for constituents to push back with determination. As the Impeach Donald Trump Now campaign’s website documents in detail, Trump’s personal riches are entangled with countless policy options for his administration. That precedent must be resisted and defeated.

So far, the Democratic Party’s leadership in Congress has shown scant interest in impeaching Trump. With escalating pressure from constituents, that may soon change.

Congressman Nadler’s unusual resolution of inquiry will be able to avoid some of the standard roadblocks in the House. As his website explains, “A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status, meaning it can be brought to the floor if the relevant Committee hasn’t reported it within 14 legislative days, even if the Majority leadership has not scheduled it for a vote.”

Nadler has just put a big toe in the impeachment water. Yet no members of the House have taken the plunge to introduce an actual resolution for impeachment. They will have to be pushed.

Norman Solomon is national coordinator of the online activist group RootsAction.org, which is co-sponsoring with Free Speech For People the grassroots impeachment campaign at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org.

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New Announcements for Sat. 2/18, Sun. 2/19, Mon. 2/20 (from Adrienne Fong)

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

New Announcements

(Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Saturday, February 18

Saturday, 10:30am – 11:30am, ACA Discussion with Nancy Pelosi

Delancey Street Foundation
600 The Embarcadero
SF

NOTE: People’s Town Hall Project is not hosting this event, we’ve just created the facebook event so that more people can participate.

You must RSVP to get in! Ticket link will expire on Friday, so don’t wait.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-community-health-care-forum-with-congresswoman-nancy-pelosi-tickets-31972465505

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Yow at (415) 556-4862 or Jocelyn.Yow@mail.house.gov

*Please arrive by 10:15 a.m. for registration

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253084711804119/ 

Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Forum-War, Labor, Trump, NAFTA and the Border Walls

518 Valencia St.
SF

What are Working People Facing And How Can They Defend Their Jobs, Lives and Families? Time To Use Workers Power!

The growing contradictions in capitalism, US trade wars and military moves toward war are growing. The use of NAFTA to attack Mexican and Latino workers in the U.S with ICE is escalating while US multi-nationals who own plants on both sides of the border are busting unions and want slave labor.

The rise of racist fascists who are organizing nationally are a direct result of this crisis and again raises the question of what working people and labor can do to fight back.

Speakers:

Al Rojas, Co-founder UFWA 
George Wright, UPWA, Professor 
Kristyn Jones, UTR Activist Against Charters Privatization 
Ricardo Ortiz, Activist in Solidarity With Puerto Rican Workers 
Fatima Garcia, LCLAA Sacramento 

For more information (415)282-1908 (916)712-4251

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796548.php

Sunday, February 19

Sunday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, International Women’s Strike March 8 – Help Plan Bay Area Participation

Redstone Building
2940 16th Street, Room 301 (Crossroads Women’s Center)
SF

Come help plan Bay Area participation in the March 8th International Women’s Strike “A Day Without a Woman”

On March 8th an International Women’s Strike has been called, and the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) is supporting and participating in this “A Day Without a Woman”.

Calling all pink hats; moms, daughters, grandmas, immigrants and asylum seekers, with or without disabilities, waged and unwaged, lgbtqia, sex workers, students, artists, formerly incarcerated, rape, domestic violence, police abuse survivors, veterans, those who are homeless, on welfare; movements for Black Lives, vs mass incarcerations, DAPL pipeline, war and other campaigners across movements and communities, to help plan Bay Area participation in this day of multi-racial women’s resistance against Trump and his policies. Come “huddle”, bring your ideas, campaigns, energy, artistic expression. Let us resist together with our sisters around the world in whatever way we can to get visibility and power for our struggles and demands.

Sponsor: Strike San Fran

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/385705248475856/

Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, March on Feinstein & Pelosi Mansions

2470 Lyon St.
SF

SCENARIO:

At 3:00 PM we’ll assemble at the bottom of the steps at the intersection of Lyon and Vallejo Streets.

A 30-minute town hall will take place and at 3:45 pm we walk up the steps to Broadway and Lyon Streets.

At 4 pm, the march kicks off and will proceed down Broadway to Pelosi’s mansion at 2640 Broadway, arriving by 4:45 pm.

5 pm to 6 pm, there will be an open megaphone event. A two-minute time limit per speaker will be our guiding rule.

Sponsor: People’s Town Hall Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/180061349153059/

Monday, February 20

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

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/

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Street Medic Training  (Info from the  Do No Harm Coalition)

Reply at the site below with your preference for training dates / times in March

Due to popular demand, we are going to get the Street Medic training underway with our friends Oakland Street Medics. But first, we need you to weigh in with your availability and interest so we can reach as many people as possible. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out!

https://goo.gl/forms/g3RB8g0iSGSjfnb62

At the Street Medic training course you will learn basic medical care skills to assist in large direct action events and demonstrations. Gain the skills to help those that may experience harm, brutality, and other violent crowd-control methods. Utilize your skills to become an activist through healing!

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February 17 — General Strike for Democracy!


Friday, February 17 from midnight (February 16) to 6 PM PST

Details:

Media Contact:  Eric Williams
strike4democracy@gmail.com
Follow us @F17strike
Join us at the F17 event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1756631744665376/
Join us at our F17 group page Strike4Democracy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1816330771961327/
#F17 #Strike4Democracy
Strike4Democracy: National Day of Strike Actions to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Strike4Democracy will coordinate over 100 strike actions across the United States, and beyond, that show support and encourage planning a series of even larger strikes to stand up for America’s democratic principles. As the nation suffers through ICE raids, travel bans, Trump’s mobilization on the border wall, as well as attacks on the rights of workers, women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and our environment, February 17th provides a beacon to those who are searching for a way to protect and defend our shared humanity. People across the country have begun to realize that we must diversify tactics, as protests and marches are only the first step. Strike4Democracy amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks by calling for strikes that grow in number and power.
We call on participants in Strike4Democracy to rise up in their local communities on February 17th to hold events that build towards a series of mass strikes. February 17 is a day of strike actions that preview an even larger mass strike planned for March 8, organized by International Women’s Day and The Women’s March. We also anticipate strikes on May Day and a heightening resistance throughout the summer.

Strike4Democracy’s message to the Administration and Congressional leaders is clear:
§ STOP the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights, the very principles that have truly made America great;
§ STOP attacking and victimizing women, Muslims, immigrants, racial and ethnic groups, the LGBTQ+ community, working families, journalists, and all who offer criticisms of the Administration’s policies including the U.S. judicial branch;
§ REALIZE that America’s true strength lies in the values of inclusivity not exclusivity.
As citizens and supporters come together to register their deep dissatisfaction with the President and the current administration’s unconstitutional, inhumane policies and behavior, February 17th marks a heightened effort to provide a beacon for those who share our concerns and who search for a way to “do something.” Together we speak with one voice. We say:
▪ NO to attacks on our marginalized communities
▪ NO to attacks on the sovereignty of indigenous peoples
▪ NO to attacks on constructive critics within and outside government
▪ NO to attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed rights
▪ NO to attacks on our environment
▪ NO to attacks on working families
▪ NO to attacks on public education

Register your local events here at this crowdsourced doc: https://docs.google.com/…/1NZR6mqImkoOHWpbTHdkC…/mobilebasic

Who we are:
Strike4Democracy (www.strike4democracy.com) is a national day of action on Friday, February 17, 2017. We intend to build an unassailable force of Americans from all walks of life and all parts of this great country who will, if necessary, participate in a series of massive strikes to persuade the President, his administration, and his supporters in Congress, to heed our message: Stop the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights. Over 100 coordinated events will take place across the nation and beyond. Find an #F17 event near you at www.strike4democracy.com/events.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS – Thurs. Feb. 16 thru Wed. Feb. 22 (from Adrienne Fong)

Message from Pat: “My health is not good. I can no longer put out this weekly calendar.” Please keep Pat in your thoughts at this time.

Iris Canada – Action is on Wednesday, February 22nd. – See Below.

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: afong@jps.net . Also contact if you are interesting in helping to compile announcements.

Occupy San Francisco

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Action Alert: Stand Up for SF Immigrants

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Rally and Press Conference, followed by the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, where Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer will introduce legislation to provide attorneys to defend San Franciscans locked in immigration detention centers. Show up provide support and speak at public comment!

  • 70% of SF’s immigrant detainees are unrepresented by lawyers. More than half lived in San Francisco for more than a decade, many with citizen children
    • No other area of U.S. law allows us to lock people up and make them fight against trained government lawyers without assistance of an attorney.
    • Detained immigrants with attorneys are 7x more likely to win than those defending themselves

Sponsor: SF Public Defenders Office

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1140265029433007/

Thursday, 9:30am – 1:00pm, Shield San Francisco

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl
SF

9:30am Rally at City Hall
10:30 am Board of Supervisors Budget Committee, Rm. 250

Many people are at severe risk under this new President. Supervisor Fewer has found unspent salary savings that could be used to protect those at risk, providing housing subsidies to people with disabilities, LGBTQ folks, and undocumented families, allowing them to stay in San Francisco.

This would cut money out of budget and fund a subsidy that would serve 155 homeless or at-risk households!

+ 30 undocumented families or families with children with disabilities
+ 125 LGBT and non-LGBT seniors and people with disabilities, at a cost of $1.5 million and $1 million respectively.

This funding would also include $400,000 for the public defenders office to defend against deportations of undocumented people.

Restore funding for new subsidies that Mayor Lee cut!

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/257553991352731/

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Speaker Alison Weir

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist
1924 Cedar St.
Berkeley

Drawing on her best-selling book, Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the US Was Used to Create Israel, former journalist Alison Weir will discuss this movement, its history and current reality, media coverage of Israel-Palestine, and the role of Israel partisans in promoting the Iraq War and in the continued demonization of Iran. The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/733673453475427/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/25/18795795.php

Friday, February 17

Friday, 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm, SF Rally-No Border Walls-Cancel NAFTA For Unity Between US and Mexican Workers

SF U.S. Federal Building
90 – 7th Street
SF

The racist attack by Trump on the Mexican people, all immigrants and Mexican American is escalating.

The NAFTA agreement is part and parcel on the attack not only on Mexican working people and farmers but on US workers. It was pushed by the U.S. multi-nationals, the Democrats and Republicans and has harmed workers on both sides of the border.

Workers and people on both sides of the border are demanding NO Border Walls, NO NAFTA and UNITY between US and Mexican workers against the real crooks and criminals running these corporations like Driscolls.

Please read site for info and understanding of NAFTA

Sponsor: United Public Works for Action

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/06/18796217.php

Friday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, General Strike – 555 California Street

555 California Street
SF

-Show your support for the NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE against the Trump Agenda.

-We will not got to work, go to school or spend any money (unless necessary).

-we’ll demonstrate at 555 California – a building in which Trump has a 30% stake.

Demands:

1. No Ban, No Wall. The Muslim ban is immoral, the wall is expensive and ineffectual. We will build bridges, not walls.

2. Healthcare For All. Healthcare is a human right. Do not repeal the ACA. Improve it or enact Medicare for All.

3. No Pipelines. Rescind approval for DAPL and Keystone XL and adopt meaningful policies to protect our environment. It’s the only one we’ve got.

4. End the Global Gag Rule. We cannot put the medical care of millions of women around the globe at risk.

5. Disclose and Divest. Show us your taxes. Sell your company. Ethics rules exist for a reason and presidents should focus on the country, not their company.

Sponsor: Resist SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/665788903621770/

Friday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, F17-Stop the Raids and Deportations! Stop Trump’s Program (Rally & March)

Meet at:

Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St.
SF

(Rain or Shine)

No Ban! No Wall!
Stand up against racism, sexism, and bigotry!
Stop attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, workers and the poor!
No to U.S. war and intervention abroad!
No to environmental destruction!

Sponsor: ANSWER

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415006365197074/  or  415-821-6545, answer@answersf.org,

Friday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Mission Nightwalks

Starts promptly at 6:00pm

St. John’s
110 Julian Ave. (@ 15th Street)
SF

Our neighborhood and City have seen an uptick in violent crime over the last several months.
Time once again for our simple, clear message: We care! Stop the violence!

Info: www.missionnightwalks.org    Sign up for our emails

Friday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, I-Hotel Speaks Celebrates Al Robles Birthday

Manilatown Heritage Foundation
868 Kearny St.
SF

February 16th is the birthday of the late Activist Poet AL ROBLES, who dedicated much of his life to the care and well-being of Manilatown’s Manongs. He was an I-Hotel Anti-Eviction Activist, the Resident Poet of the International Hotel Manilatown Center and still lives strongly at the I-Hotel as a beloved inspiration to us all.

To commemorate Uncle Al’s birthday we celebrate his memory with images, poetry and the self-help healing tools that we can use to take care of ourselves and our community.

Sponsor: Manilatown Heritage Foundation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/253314858412784/

Friday, 6:15pm – 7:30pm, From Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans to the Muslim Ban (Venue changed)

UC Hastings
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister St..
SF

On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the incarceration of approximately 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in the U.S. during WWII, we remember its enduring legacy, and fight back against its modern day parallels. Join us for a screening of the documentary 9066-9/11: America’s Concentration Camps Then… and Now? followed by a panel discussion.

Speakers:
Don Tamaki, Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, Member of Fred Korematsu’s coram nobis legal team
Imam Zaid Shakir, Muslim American scholar, Co-founder of Zaytuna College

PLEASE RSVP HEREhttp://bit.ly/2kfe3AI

Co-sponsors: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, API Legal Outreach, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)AABA – Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay AreaCAIR – San Francisco Bay AreaFred T. Korematsu InstituteSan Francisco JACL, Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, National Japanese American Historical Society, Redress NOW for Japanese Latin Americans, Tule Lake Committee

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1786078805047521/

Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Sensible Cinema / Mumia Abu Jamal: Long-Distance Revolutionary

Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St.
SF

For month of February, Black History Month, Sensible Cinema will play tribute to Mumia Abu Jamal.

Screening of the film “Long-Distance Revolutionary”, directed by Stephen Vittoria

Film focuses on Mumia’s life as a writer, journalist and revolutionary from Pennsylvania’s Death Row. Through prison interviews, archival footage and dramatic readings aided by a chorus of voices, including Cornel West, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and others.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/15/18796516.php

Saturday, February 18

Saturday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, Human Billboard: Black Lives Matter! No Trump Agenda in Oakland

Grand Lake Farmers Market
Grand Avenue
Oakland

Join us under the awning of the Grand Lake Theater at Lakeshore and MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland, rain or shine, to call attention to racial injustice and demonstrate solidarity.

Saturday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Strike Debt Bay Area: Debt Resistance is NOT Futile (meeting)

Paris Baguette
14th & Jefferson
Oakland

Come get connected with SDBA’s projects!

  • organizing for public banking in Oakland! We made the first steps happen… now we have to keep the momentum going!
  • Tiny Homes for the homeless.
  • Working on debarring US Banks that have been convicted of felonies from municipal contracts
  • money bail reform and fighting modern day debtors’ prisons and exploitive ticketing and fining schemes
  • helping out America’s only non-profit check-cashing organization and fighting against usurious for-profit pay-day lenders and their ilk
  • student debt resistance
  • Promoting the concept of Basic Income
  • advocating for Postal banking
  • Presenting debt-related topics at forums and workshops
  • Bring your own debt-related project!

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/30/18795994.php

Saturday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Bay Area Artists Benefit for Standing Rock & Water Protectors

North Beach Bauhaus. Gallery and Artists Studios
703 Columbus Ave.
SF

Two South Dakota women (Sara Ellis Conant and Romalyn Schmaltz) and many local artists bring you an early evening of community, positivity, poetry, politics, music, and a silent art auction.

Seakers include Supervisor Aaron Peksin and author, journalist, and activist David Talbot. 

All proceeds will immediately go directly to the ongoing struggle to protect the Missouri River area endangered by the Dakota Access Pipeline by supporting the urgent needs of the tribes and volunteers

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1369367043164409/

Saturday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Film: Dogtown Redemption – San Francisco Screening

Ally Cat Books
3036 – 24th St.
SF

Film  tells the story of homeless people in struggle for survival. We will also be joined by Amir Soltani, one of the filmmakers, who will talk about the film.

DOGTOWN REDEMPTION humanizes and celebrates this other America; the America that many of us do not see. That a small recycling center has allowed so many to survive on a daily basis—for years, even decades.

Dogged by addiction, mental health issues, homelessness and poverty, the recyclers’ grip on life remains tenuous. Recycling serves as the only constant in their life. Yet with commodity prices collapsing, the neighbors calling for a ban on shopping cart traffic, and the city launching a sting against Alliance Metals, their way of life is threatened from all sides.

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/876382132503379/  and https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/01/26/18795820.php

Sunday, February 19

Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Honduras & Colombia: Models of US Control; violence, poverty and displacement

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph
Oakland

Speakers:

Alice Loaiza: Lived in Colombia and works with Marcha Patriotica. Also wored with CONAP, and also in international accompaniment. In the Bay Area works with BALSC and the Task Force on the Americas.

Diana Bohn: Visited Honduras for the third time in December 2016 as a member of the Root Causes of Migration Pilgrimage, which visted groups affected by the policies of the Alliance for Prosperity, government corruption and violence. Diana is a Task Force on the Americas Board member and member of BALSC

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/13/18796477.php

Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Climate Disruption Under Trump

Richmond Progressive Alliance
2540 MacDonald Ave.
Richmond

This Sunflower Alliance General Assembly features a presentation by Dr. Janice Kirsch on learning how to be a “first responder” to the climate crisis, the greatest public health threat humankind has ever faced.

Kirsch is a physician who is also trained in public health, as well as occupational and environmental medicine. She is the SF Bay Area Chapter leader of The Climate Mobilization and serves on the Steering Committee of 350 Bay Area.

Sponsors: Sunflower Alliance & Richmond Progressive Alliance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/623965084457253/

Sunday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm Bay Area Day of Remembrance 2017

AMC Theater 8
1881 Post St.
SF

Suggested donation: $10.00

FRAGILE FREEDOMS
75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Program: 2 -4PM
Followed by a Candlelighting procession to the JCCCNC

Scheduled Keynote Speaker: Attorney General of California Xavier Becerra; Don Tamaki, coram nobis legal team, EO 9066 performance by Lenora Lee.

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, setting into motion the wartime mass incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the west coast. Two-thirds of them, American citizens by birth, and most of them long-term residents of the US.

These civilians were rounded up and forcibly removed from their homes without due process and incarcerated in concentration camps for the duration of the war. There were no cases of espionage or sabotage committed by Japanese Americans on the continental US. It was found that there was no military necessity for their treatment, instead, there was falsification of evidence, suppression of such evidence and fraud upon the Supreme Court.

Sponsor: National Japanese American Historical Society

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/07/18796244.php

Sunday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm How to NOT call the KKKops or Sheriffs EVER Workshop

Oakland Peace Center
111 Fairmount Ave.
Oakland

The 2nd “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/Prensa POBRE,PoorNewsNetwork(PNN)/Homefulness who have practiced this concept for 20 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.
( and this workshop is dedicated to 100 year evicted elder Iris Canada)

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

Sponsor: POOR Magazine

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1720354701627962/

Sunday, 6:00pm, Vigil for Supreme Court Case to Re-Vote the 2016 Election

SF City Hall (Outside steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

Info: www.revote.info

Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Free Reading & Convo with Anti-Racist Organizer David Billings

The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia St.
SF

Join us for a reading and discussion with David Billings, author of “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life”.

* * Registration Required * *
 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2847069

David has been an anti-racist trainer and organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond since 1983. Billings has worked with anti-racist organizing groups across the country, including AntiRacist Alliance and New York Education Equity Alliance. He currently consults with Citizens for Economic Equity in New Orleans.

Copies of “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life” will be available for purchase.
For more on this book: http://deepdenialbook.com/

Sponsor: SURG-SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2181743665384896/

Tuesday, February 21

Tuesday, 11:30am – 2:00pm, Not my Sheriff! Not my President! No More Deportations!  – Rally & March 

Oakland Federal Courthouse
1201 Clay St.
Oakland

***This action is part of the Resistance Tuesdays for the first 100 days of resistance of Trump’s Authoritarian administration***

march from the Oakland Federal building to Sheriff Ahern’s office!

Bay Area organizations demand:

Alameda County Sheriff Ahern’s rescind his policy to participate in mass deportations! Sheriff Ahern is not align with the community and the rest of Alameda County elected officials who have already stand on the side of the community to reject ICE entanglement and affirm Due Process for all regardless of immigration status!

We call on Sherriff Ahern to cease and reject any further entanglement with ICE and mass deportations! Ahern most comply with community demand to not participate in Trumps Policing and Militarization state, his anti-immigrant and racist polices have no place in our County! #AhernNOTmySheriff#Trumpnotmypresident

We are also ralling in support of the California Values Act to protect all Californians by ensuring that state and local resources are not used for mass deportations, separation of families. 

Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Dr. Ray Tomkins: What Lennar and The Navy Are Doing At Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

Unitarian Center – Fireside Room
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Dr. Ray Tompkins, is an historian and scientific expert on pollution in Bayview Hunters Poing and the environmental racism that has poisoned the Bayview  neighborhood with over 400 toxic waste sites plus a federal and state Superfund site.

Today’s talk is about what developer Lennar Corp and the Navy are doing to hide the radiological and toxic pollution that lies below the ground.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/08/18796310.php

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Support SF Anti-Muslim Registry Ordinance: Make Sanctuary Real

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. To make sanctuary city real.

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

Sponsor: AROC – Arab Resource and Organizing Center

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

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Return the Keys to Ms. Iris Canada (Change in location and date)

Eucalyptus & 19th Avenue
SF

Meet-up location: 201 Eucalyptus Dr. (front lot on corner of Eucalyptus Dr. and 19th Ave., San Francisco – Closest to the M train, one block walk from Ocean Ave. stop)

Unwelcome home party at Sheriff Hennessy’s house after her heartless day’s work evicting folks with nowhere else to go. Come out and demand she let 100-yr-old Iris Canada back in her home. 

Background:
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 Peter Owens, Stephen L. Owens and Carolyn Radisch, and the building’s TIC owners, especially Alexandre Apke & Ana Munoz (who pushed the landlords to oust Iris so they can condo convert to inflate the capital value of their unit) 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. 

Iris’ 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 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.
***Please join our Eviction Defense Emergency Response list to receive updates here: 
http://bit.ly/SFEvictionDefense

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

Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, The Hidden Powers of Shareholders to Hold Corporations Accountable

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.
SF

Author / Speaker: Andrew Behar, Book: “The Shareholder Action Guide”

He leads: As You Sow

 a nonprofit organization, based in Oakland, dedicated to corporate accountability and increased environmental and and social change through corporate engagement, shareholder advocacy and innovative legal strategies. They are focused on climate change, sustainability, human rights and environmental health.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/02/02/18796140.php

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February 26 – February 27 – Two years later, we remember Amilcar

 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.

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.

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

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This week’s calendar of events for political activists (from Patricia Gray)

My health is not good. I can no longer put out this weekly calendar. Maybe some of you could contact Adrienne Fong at afong@jps.net to help searching out activities and putting out the calendar.
–Patricia Gray

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Wednesday, February 15
4:00 – 6:00 pm     San Francisco Federal Bldg,  7th and Mission S.F.
                          NO BUILDING ON STOLEN LAND
                          There will be a meeting in the White House between
                           President Trump and Netenahu.  We must take this
                           opportunity to say loud and clear, “END THE
                           OCCUPATION OF PALESTINIAN LAND!”
                           Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, U.S.
                                                 Campaign for Palestinian Rights,
                                                 American Muslims for Palestine
6:00 pm.       670 Page St. S.F.
                    EVICTION IS ELDER ABUSE! KEEP 100 YEAR OLD
                    IRIS CANADA IN HER HOME!
                    Block the eviction of this 100 year old woman from her
                    long term home in the Filmore district.  This eviction
                    can lead to her death!
                    sponsor   SF Anti Displacement Coalition
6:00 – 7:00 pm    Mission Police Station,  Valencia and 17th street, SF
                         VIGIL FOR AMILCAR
                         We have held over 40 vigils and we want our day in
                         court!  Amilcar was murdered by the SFPD!
6:30 – 8:30   California Institute of Integral Studies 
                   1453 Mission St. SF
                    ART AND THE INTERSECTION OF DISABILITY
                    AND BLACKNESS
                    Leroy Moore will be discussing a range of subjects like
                    his South African Tour, and about hope for disabled
                    people.  Leroy is a black disabled activist, performer
                    and author.
                    sponsor   CIIS Office of Diversity and Inclusion
7:00 – 9:00 pm  City Lights Book Store,  261 Columbus Sr.  SF
                       speakers, David Hartsough and Norman Solomon
                       GLOBAL ADVENTURES OF A LIFE LONG ACTIVIST
                       The American people may be more motivated and
                        ready to get actively involved than any time since
                        the 60’s.  We do have the power if we mobilize to
                        completely change the course of our nation.
                        info    www.citylights.com
7:30 – 9:30    East Side Arts Alliance 
                   2277 International Blvd, Oakland
                   ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT GENERAL MEETING
                   Monthly meeting to develop a  replicable and sustainable
                   model to end police terrorism in this country.
                   We are a multi-racial, multi generational coalition.
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Thursday Feb. 16
10:00 am – 1:00 pm    City Hall S.F.  Board of Supervisors 
                                room 244
                                SHIELD SAN FRANCISCO
                                        & DEFEND IMMIGRATION RIGHTS
                                There are unspent salary savings that could be
                                 used to protect those at risk–providing housing
                                 subsidies, to allow people in need of funds to
                                 stay in San Francisco.  This funding could be
                                 used to pay lawyers to defend people from
                                 deportation.  Please show up to provide support
                                 for Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer who will
                                 introduce legislation for this found cash.  Come
                                 and speak at the public comment period.
                                 hosted by S.F. Public Defender’s office
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Friday Feb. 17
12: noon               S.F. Federal Bldg    90 7th St.  near Mission SF
                            CANCEL NAFTA, STOP THE BORDER WALL!
                            Unify people on both side of the border. Unify
                            against the real crooks adn criminals that are
                            running the corporations that are making millions
                            on the backs of the workers.
5:00 pm      Embarcadero,Justin Herman Plaza 
                  rally and march
                  BUILD THE MOVEMENT TO DEFEAT THE TRUMP
                  PROGRAM
                  * #NOBANNOWALL
                  * stand up against racism, sexism and bigotry
                  * stop attacks on immigrants, Muslims. people of color
                    women, LGBTQ people, workers and the poor.
                  sponsor   Answer Coalition
6:15  – 7:30 pm     55 Columbus Ave. SF   Asian Law Caucus
                           FROM THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE 
                           AMERICANS TO THE MUSLIM BAN
                           On the 75th anniversary of Executive order 90066,
                           under which 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry
                           were sent to camps.   Join us for a film of those
                           American concentration camps. followed by a
                           panel discussion.
                           sponsored by API Legal Outreach, Arab Resources
                                                and Organizing,  Asian American
                                                Bar Association
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Sunday Feb. 19
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm     Richmond Progressive Alliance 
                                2540 Mac Donald Ave Richmond
                                CLIMATE DISRUPTION UNDER TRUMP
                                Sunflower Alliance General Assembly
                                speaker   Dr. Janice Kirsch talking on how to
                                be a first responder to this crisis.  Dr. Kirsch
                                is leader of the Climate Steering Committee
                                of 350 Bay Area.
6;30 – 8:30 pm        The Eric Quezada Center 518 Valencia St. SF
                              DEEP DENIAL
                              The persistence of White Supremacy in the
                              United States
                              Reading and discussion wil David Billing, author
                              of Deep Denial  (copies of the book will be offered
                              for sale.  Collections will be acepted for the Anti
                              Police Terror Project.
                              registration is required.  go to brown paper tickets
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                              A free event.   Snacks will be provided.
                              wheelchair accessible
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