Laborfest events for July are listed on Indybay.
Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_week.php?day=23&month=7&year=2017&topic_id=0®ion_id=0&news_item_status_restriction=0
A. 43 Senators Want to Make It a Federal Crime to Boycott Israeli Settlements (July 19, 2017)
B. Oakland police will no longer participate in immigration task forces (July 19, 2017)
C. Trump’s Budget Shows How He Is Building a Police State (july 19, 2017)
D. Justine Damond’s death is a tragedy – as every police killing in America is (July 19, 2017)
E. North and South Korea Want a Peace Treaty: The US Must Join Them (July 21, 2017)
(SEE Item #19 for Thursday action on Korea)
~ San Francisco ~
Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board
22 – ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sunday, July 23 – Thursday, July 27
Sunday, July 23
1. Sunday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, The Bail Trap – Screening and Panel
The New Parkway
474 24th St.
California‘s bail system is unfair and has to go. In Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail, approx 75% of people inside are there because they cannot afford bail. No one should be locked up because they can’t pay.
Come learn more about what we’re doing to change the system. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is hosting a screening of The Bail Trap, a film about what’s really going on with the bail industry, and what we can do to stop it.
The screening will be followed by a Panel about bail reform. Panelists include Tracey and Tai Bell-Borden, whose story is featured in the film, Jack Bryson, and a representative from Brave New Films. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end.
Sponsor: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
2. Sunday, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, Franz Fanon in Fanon in the 21st Century: His Life and Legacy
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St.
Frank B Wilderson, III (Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of US Antagonisms) and Lewis Gordon (What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction To His Life And Thought) join moderator Justin Desmangles (Before Columbus Foundation) for a discussion of the life and legacy of Frantz Fanon in the 21st century.
Sponsor: Before Columbus Foundation
3. Sunday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Community Feed before Occupy Oakland General Assembly
Oscar Grant Amphitheater
14th & Broadway St.
Feed the People
Attendees of Occupy Oakland GA will gather before the GA to share food with each other and the community.
4:00pm is the GA
4. Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Anti-Racist Storytime. Counter Islamophobia Though Stories
1367 Valencia St.
An anti-racist storytime sponsored by SURJ SF! This month we are partnering with KitaabWorld to Counter Islamophobia Through Stories! We will be reading stories, singing, and eating a tasty snack. Most of all, we’ll be learning about the power of friendship and overcoming fear to unfamiliar.
The storytime is aimed at children between 2-8, but the entire family is welcome.
5. Sunday, 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Presentation by Elsa Rassbach & Harlod Gindra on Anti-War Movement in German & Political Situation
ILWU Local 34
801 2nd Street
From Killer Drones to Gentrification: The Struggle In Germany and Internationalism
Longtime Berlin activists Elsa Rassbach and Harald Gindra will discuss from personal experience some of the key peace and justice campaigns in Germany today and will explore together with participants what can be learned for current struggles in the US.
Elsa Rassbach, a German-American filmmaker and journalist, was a member of the team that launched the PBS NOVA series and is producer-writer of “The Killing Floor” shown at this years LaborFest. A peace activist since the Vietnam War, she has led campaigns on behalf of GIs stationed in Germany who resisted the Iraq war and solidarity efforts on behalf of Palestine. In 2013 she co-founded the German Drone campaign that has inspired large protests at Ramstein Air Base and AFRICOM and played a key role in winning majority support in the German Bundestag for a historic rejection, in June 2017, of the planned acquisition of armed drones for the German military
Harald Gindra, a former German print industry worker, engineer, and an experienced grassroots local politician, was elected in 2016 to represent the Left Party in the Berlin state legislature. The Left Party, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Green Party now make up the ruling coalition in the Berlin government and have undertaken an extensive program of progressive reform in the arenas of city development, housing, and integration of refugees and minorities, with a focus on stopping rent increases and gentrification.
Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/13/18800840.php and 415-642-8066
Monday, July 24
6. Monday, 9:00am – 12Noon, Care Not Cages: Mental Health Emergency Hearing
County Administrative Building
1221 Oak St.
Meeting with the public health & public safety committees
Calling on all community members, healthcare providers, formerly incarcerated folks and their families to make your voices heard, and make sure that the Supervisors are implementing solutions that do NOT involve building up Santa Rita Jail.
After two years of fighting the jail expansion in Alameda County, we have finally won our hearing on alternatives to incarceration for those who suffer from mental illness.
However, the county is doing everything in their power to fast track the jail expansion without community input. There is no such thing as mental health in a jail. The first step the county needs to take in implementing alternatives is to stop expansion.
7. Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum Film: “Our National Bird”
Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St. (Btw. 15th & 16th Sts.)
Film is about 3 whistleblowers , who worked in the DRONES program gathering intelligence and targeting targets to be killed.) who break the silence about U.S. DRONE warfare. Plagued by guilt over participating in killings of faceless people in foreign countries the whistleblowers speakout publicly, despite the possible consequences. National Bird offers a glimpse of automated murder.
Directed by Sonia Kennebeck and executive-produced by Wim Wenders, National Bird takes us to Afghanistan, where the maimed survivors of a mistaken drone strike on unarmed civilians in February 2010, which killed 23 people, describe what happened when they were attacked.
Info from: Ruthie
8. Monday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Study Group: History of American Trotskyism
New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (@ Ellis St.)
The origins of this U.S. homegrown revolutionary movement are full of lessons for today’s new wave of resistance. Study is based on history written by its principal organizer James P. Cannon.
Host: Freedom Socialist Party
Info: 415-864-1278; baFSP@earthlink.net
9. Monday, 6:45pm – 8:00pm, Protest Republican Attacks on Healthcare: Medicare for All
Kaiser Permanente Health Care
235 West MacArthur Blvd.
Trumpcare has hardly been dead for more than a day and Republicans have already renewed their attacks on health care, this time through their proposed budget which would cut over $200 billion to mandatory spending programs including Medicare, and would give massive tax cuts to the rich. These savage attacks on working people and the poor continue, and we must continue to resist them.
In order to win the fight against these attacks we need to boldly put forward the need for a single payer system that can meet the needs of all people. We need a full mobilization in opposition to cutting Medicare and other social programs through rallies, protests, and occupations of Republican Senators’ offices.
Host: Socialist Alternative Bay Area
Tuesday, July 25
10. Tuesday, 6:00am, Occupy Beale Air Force Base – Resist Drone Warfare and Endless War (nr. Marysville)
6:00-8:00 am Vigil/Demo: Main Gate, East End of North Beale Rd. (Parking available)
8:30am: Debriefing and Presentation by Elsa; Location to be determined after the morning vigil.
Elsa Rassbach, American CODEPINK activist living in Berlin, Germany will join us. After the Morning Vigil and Debriefing, Elsa will give a Report on Anti-Drone Movement in Germany (See partial description of Elsa R. under #5)
3:00-5:00 pm Optional pm Vigil/Demo: Doolittle Gate, at Intersection of Doolittle & Hammonton-Smartsville Rd. (Parking Available) Toby & Fred (& Elsa?) will be doing an afternoon vigil at the Doolittle Gate, after an interim midday swim in nearby Yuba River in interim. All are welcome to join us. Please be prepared for hot weather: water, sun protection, etc
Call/email for questions and carpooling:
From Bay Area: Toby Blome: (510)-215-5974, email@example.com
From Grass Valley: Shirley Osgood: (941) 320-0291
11. Tuesday, 9:00am, Speak Out Against Pesticide Use
East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)
Training Resource Center
375 11th Street
Come speak out against EBMUD’s continued pesticide use!
The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), which supplies water to the East Bay, will be discussing changes to its pesticide use policy at its Board of Directors Sustainability and Energy Committee meeting. There is no indication that the district plans to eliminate pesticide use, or stop its destruction of eucalyptus and Monterey pine on land it manages. Please join us to demand EBMUD stop using poisons and killing trees.
Sponsor: Coalition to Defend East Bay Forests
12. Tuesday, 11:00am – 12Noon, Lifelines not Bottomlines: Uplifting Asian Immigrant Healthcare Stories
SF General Hospital
SF General Courtyard
1001 Potrero Ave.
Media action to envision guaranteed California Healthcare
Sponsor: Chinese Progressive Association
13. Tuesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Chop Shop Legislation at BOS
SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, Room 250
The Chop Shop legislation is on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting. Folks to turn out to speak out against this legislation that targets people experiencing homelessness.
Policy Analysis “Open-Air” Chop Shop Ordinance (Sheehy)
Key Elements of Legislation
This is an ordinance that would amend the Police Code to prohibit the taking apart or rebuilding of bikes, having bike parts, or selling bike parts in public spaces, and allows citations, impound fees, and the seizure of those parts.
• This piece of legislation defines a chop shop, as an open air location wherein bicycles are disassembled, stripped of identification and/or sold.
• The ordinance bans these activities when an individual has 5 or more bicycles, 3 bikes with missing parts, one frame with cut cables, or five or more bicycle components found on public property, street, sidewalk, or right of way.
• This prohibition does not apply to vendors operating under a valid business license or in cases in which the owners of the bicycles or bicycles components is present for repairs (ownership undefined).
• This prohibition does not apply to those offering items to be sold on their own property.
• Individuals in violation will get an administrative citation and may get their bike parts returned after seizure by showing proof of ownership, such as receipt, serial number, photographs or signing an affidavit.
• Ordinance allows appeal of citation and impound fees by having a hearing within 30 days with another police officer – person must file appeal, and date of hearing will be sent by mail.
Analysis of Impact:
We believe that this ordinance, if made law, will unfairly target the unhoused community – assuming that if they have bicycles or bicycle parts, there very impoverished status assumed that those parts are stolen. Unhoused people are incapable of meeting many of the exemptions from this ordinance, entirely because of the nature of their economic status. By definition, people who are homeless do not have homes in which they can legally sell their property.
This is a question of public space and who–and how–people can use it. Many avid housed and unhoused bicyclists own multiple bicycles that can be used for varying leisure and practical purposes.
Unhoused communities reside on the fringes of our society, and they must be resourceful in order to survive. It is very common for unhoused people to trade and sell skills and items
Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness
14. Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Joanna Macy, Starhawk, & Ahmed Salah “Active Hope: What Must We Do Now?
1924 Cedar @ Bonita
Suggested donation: $10 – $20 No one turned away
6:00 pm vegetarian potluck dinner
6:30 pm Program.
Wine and dessert reception following the program benefits Codepink.
This event is a benefit for Ahmed Salah, author of You Are Under Arrest for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution, living in exile from brutal repression in Egypt, and for Codepink Women for Peace.
Ahmed will share his experiences in a non-violent revolution which succeeded but which was then undone by the CIA.
Book signing, information tables, opportunities for action and networking.
Active Hope events aim to lift us out of our silos, inaction and despair and into action to create a world of peace, love, and concern for all beings. The program will include brief presentations from social and environmental justice activists.
Sponsor: Codeping GG Chapter & BFUU Social Justice Committee
15. Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film Screening: “3000 Nights”
Berkeley City College
2050 Center St.
Benefit for Palestinian & Syrian refugee children
$15 – $50
Mai Masri’s award-winning film, 3000 NIGHTS!
Accused of helping a teenaged boy on the run, a newly-wed Palestinian schoolteacher gives birth to her child, in chains, in an Israeli high-security prison — where she fights to protect him and to survive herself. Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri’s film 3000 NIGHTS explores the meaning of motherhood, love, betrayal, and the solidarity of women prisoners. Masri says it is about “resilience, resistance, and above all, a film about hope.”
Selected as the Jordanian entry for Best Foreign Language Film for 2017 Oscars.
Sponsor: Middle East Children’s Alliance
Wednesday, July 26
16. Wednesday, 10:00am, Save St. Luke’s Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility & Sub-Acute Services Unit
SF. Board of Supervisors Public Safety & Neighborhood Service Committee
SF City Hall, Rm. 263
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
Hearing regarding California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC’s) closure of St. Luke’s Skilled Nursing Facility & Sub-Acute Unit.
STOP MORE CUTS for Seniors and Other Vulnerable Populations
Sutter-CPMC is planning to close units at St. Luke’s that provide comprehensive inpatient care for adults with high needs, such as post-hospital rehabilitation and ventilator care for breathing. Ventilator-dependent patients in the St. Luke’s Sub-Acute Unit are among the most vulnerable patients in our community. Due to lack of available services in SF, they would have to be relocated to facilities outside of San Francisco, some as far away as Sacramento.
Please join us to stand up to this latest example of Sutter-CPMC’s corporate greed!
Click here to: Send an email to Sutter CPMC CEO Warren Browner today.
For more info and to get involved in the Coalition holding Sutter CPMC Accountable:
• Contact JWJ at solidarity [at] jwjsf.org or ( 415) 840-7420.
17. Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL
Montgomery & Market Sts.
On the steps facing Market St., below Feinstein’s office, directly above the Montgomery BART / MUNI station
Join us at the large PEACE banner!
Themes vary each week
All are welcomed!
18. Wednesday 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Monthly Vigil for Amilcar Perez-Lopez Killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015
Folsom St. (Between 24th & 25th Streets)
Gather at the site where Amilcar was murdered by SFPD. Updates on work to bring Justice for Amilcar.
Bring simple nibbles, reflections, songs to share, most importantly bring yourself
Announcement not officially posted yet on Amiclar FB site
Check for updates or changes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353672264838421/
Thursday July 27
19. Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Action Moon Jae In: Say No To THADD & Stop the War Games
Korean Consulate San Francisco
3500 Clay St. (@ Laurel St.) Near Muni # 1 & # 2 lines
Rally at the Korean Consulate in SF as we DEMAND that new South Korean President Moon Jae In push for a peace treaty and stop deployment of the THAAD missile defense system (#stopTHAAD)!
This July 27th marks the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice, an agreement that stopped “hostilities by armed forces,” but never officially ended the Korean War. 64 years later, the people of Korea and the Asia Pacific Region still face US militarism and constant threats to their land and life.
We will uplift the voices of people in Korea who are resisting militarism and war. Our program will also feature performances from the Korean drumming crew ieumsae, guerilla theatre, and the unveiling of our blue butterfly peace machines!!!
***When Peace Comes, THAAD Goes!!***
HOBAK will be joining Korean organizations across the US who will also be rallying at their local Korean Consulates.
Host: HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)
Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/15/18800870.php & https://www.facebook.com/events/3310932739…
20. Thursday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, 2-Part Action to Stop Speculation & Displacement (SF Action)
235 N. Front St.
Part of the Housing Now! coalition’s statewide day of action to stop speculation and displacement.
Day of Action to Repeal the State Restriction on Rent Control
Join the Bay Area 2-Part Action! Come to one or both!!
Part 1 – 4:00-5:30pm
4pm – Meet at the McDonald’s at 235 Front St., San Francisco. Together we’ll go protest one of the largest Wall St. landlords who gobbled up single family homes after the foreclosure crisis and is now rent gauging and displacing tenants.
Part 2 – 5:30-8pm
5:30pm – Meet back at the McDonald’s at 235 Front St. in SF.
5:30-6pm We will train folks on introductory steps to organizing buildings against greedy landlords and speculators.
6-6:30: Folks will go in small teams to buildings of the biggest corporate landlord in SF who is harassing tenants across the city.
6:30-8:00: Knock on doors, drop off flyers, and talk with tenants! We will be giving them tenant rights information and giving them basic info about organizing with other buildings facing the same corporate landlord harassment.
Join as long as you can!
Sponsors: Housing Now, SF Anti-Displacement Coalition, Tenants Together, Housing Rights Committee of SF
21. Thursday, 6:43pm – 9:45pm, Displacement & Gentrification: How did we get here and how do we stop it?
2101 Webster St., Suite 1300
Accessible for mobility devices
Donation $5-$20. no one turned away. (Will go to support Causa Justa :: Just Cause work challenging gentrification and fighting displacement)
Workshop has space for 66 people.
To reserve your spot & purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3040822
SURJ workshop will put gentrification and displacement in a historical context so we understand the racialized political and economic drivers. You’ll hear about past and current struggles led by communities of color to preserve their homes and communities.
Facilitators from SURJ – Oakland/Bay Area will present analysis based on the work of Causa Justa :: Just Cause. SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), Bay Area chapter
Sierra Club is a scent-free environment
Host: SURJ – Bay Area
22. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Future of Work
Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin St. (@ Geary Blvd.)
While most progressives actively support workers’ struggles for fair wages, decent working conditions and the right to organize, the inescapable fact is that the basic nature of work itself is changing radically. How are these changes affecting today’s generations? How can progressives play a role in ensuring that human labor benefits everyone equally in a democratic society?
Peter Olney is retired Organizing Director of the ILWU, and was the Associate Director of the Institute for Labor and Employment at the University of California.
Matt Ranen is a scenario planning and strategy consultant helping clients understand and navigate future change and uncertainty.
Bill Sokol, is an attorney with Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, representing unions in their labor relations with employers and members. He also teaches labor law at San Francisco State University.
Sponsor: PDA (Progressive Democrats of America)