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THU, 9/21/2017

The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We’re organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congress—in D.C., or locally—and we’re helping to cover travel costs.

Here’s the plan:

On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C. to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions.

First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge that will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can’t make it to D.C., join us by getting involved locally.

How to Get There

There are limited travel stipends available for people who want to come to D.C. to meet with legislators but need support with a plane or train ticket. Apply here. If enough people sign up in certain metro areas, we will charter buses to transport everyone for free or a small donation. If you’re driving or looking for a ride, check the carpool forum.


Net neutrality is the basic principle that has made the Internet into what it is today. It protects free expression and innovation by preventing ISPs like Verizon and AT&T from controlling what we can see and do online. This means telecoms can’t charge extra fees to access content, slow down apps and services, or engage in censorship.

Right now, the FCC is rushing to dismantle Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality, and lawmakers who take big money from telecom companies are pushing to pass legislation that would permanently undermine the free and open web. The only thing that can stop them is a coordinated grassroots effort of constituents directly pressuring our members of Congress, who have the power to stop the FCC and vote down bad legislation.


We’re crowdfunding to cover transportation and lodging costs for people who are willing to come meet with their legislators but need some support to make it possible. For every $500 we raise, we’ll be able to cover a flight and hotel for people coming from key districts to meet with lawmakers. For every $100 we raise, we can cover a bus or train for someone coming from outside D.C.

Originally published by Battle for the Net

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“Grandpa just grew up when that was the way people thought,” you can imagine a young man saying. It’s an easy way to write off perspectives that don’t align with today’s social norms. In some ways it’s true: issues do come and go with generations. But the recent events in Charlottesville and across the nation are proof that racism in the U.S. is not just a generational issue.

The fact is, photographs and video from the August protests in the Virginia college town don’t portray today’s white nationalists as a bunch of old men. On the contrary, most of the faces are young. How is it that after coming so far in the fight for civil rights, American youth are still drawn to, and compelled by, these tasteless racist ideas?


The white nationalist groups present in the Charlottesville protests didn’t necessarily identify with the KKK. They went by names most Americans have probably never heard before – or, like the alt-Right, not until recently. Among those represented were the Traditional Workers Party and a group called Anti-Communist Action.

None of those names carry overtly racial overtones. That is why, for many who follow these groups, the ambiguous racial and political stances that they take – until one examines their deeper motives – can make it easy to live with the inhumane values they support.


As Buzzfeed’s Joseph Burnstein reports in an investigative piece about the new white nationalism front, “becoming a member of a private mobile group chat for white supremacist teenagers was surprisingly easy.”

The common concern among those who are misled by these groups is that the cultural influence of white, western Europeans is eroding. The internet is a perfect tool to fan the flames of these fabricated conflicts. With no checks in place to confirm factual versus misleading information in these forums, gullible youth who want to identify with a cause are easily taken in with false information that further spurs their involvement in the white nationalist community.

After all, just because information is false doesn’t mean it is poorly packaged. Leaders in the white nationalist community have learned how to effectively create and distribute their hateful propaganda in ways that resonate with young people. Their progress is undeniable. When young people go looking for acceptance, they want to believe what their new friends tell them. And the evolution of today’s racism has given these young adults comfort in believing that they are victims of a nonexistent crime.


A recent NPR interviewee, Christian Picciolini, is a great example of the even bigger issue behind why young people gravitate toward these groups. Picciolini was once a part of a faction like this. Feeling cast out from society, he fell in with a group of Chicago-area skinheads until he realized that the path he had chosen was a wrong one. At 22 years old, he decided to leave the group and work towards educating others who might be attracted to the lifestyle.

The former white supremacist believes that many young people subscribe to these groups for the same reasons he did. With nowhere else to go, they find comfort in the black-and-white world view these groups promote. The group supports a simple set of ideas that, due to their skin color, they can almost never defy.

Statistics show that today’s youth are more depressed and anxiety-ridden than ever before. Proposed reasoning for this varies, from suggestions that social media has caused us to become more isolated, to the argument that our access to mental health care and education is poor.

However, one thing remains clear over time: young people find their purpose primarily through relationships. The young are vulnerable because they demand acceptance. They desire to feel heard, understood and valued.

Picciolini’s belief is that young people gravitate toward hate groups not because of the ideologies, but because of the human needs that these groups can satisfy. Extremist groups, he says, offer members an “identity, community and a sense of purpose. Underneath that fundamental search is something that’s broken — is there abuse or trauma or mental illness or addiction?”

Picciolini also suggests that the Internet age has created a prime opportunity for these groups to reach disenchanted youths. Young people spend so much of their time online, especially if they don’t have friends or communities to interact with in person, which creates a perfect storm of opportunity for hate groups to exploit.


Picciolini also says the fight against racism is tougher than ever because the battle lines have become blurred. White supremacists are no longer easily identified by swastikas and shaved heads. They have learned to blend into their surroundings, gathering strength as an underground movement, and it’s only during events like Charlottesville that people realize how prominent they have become.

It could be argued that the fight for our nation’s moral compass has evolved, eerily, in much the same way as the world’s geopolitical conflicts: where it was once easy to know who the bad guys were, today the enemy hides in plain sight. The only time we feel their presence is during acts of terror when they emerge to intimidate the rest of society.


A spokesman for the fascist group Vanguard America proclaimed, “Every rally we’re going to be more organized, we’re going to have more people, and it’s going to be harder and harder for them to shut us down.” Photographic and video evidencefrom Charlottesville laid plain for the nation what the ranks of these organizations already look like. They emerged from the crowds well organized, and unlike some of the groups they seek to hold down, many members of white nationalist groups are affluent. A sheltered existence makes it easy to adopt extremist views, and by recruiting estranged white males with access to money, hate organizations have created a makeshift PAC for their social campaign.

Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for inviting numerous people viewed as overtly racist – Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka, to name a few – into his cabinet. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka went on record to describe the current White House as home to two factions, one of which he called flat-out racist.

Trump’s failure to condemn the actions of white supremacists, in Charlottesville and elsewhere, is precisely what these hate groups expect – and it’s what spurs them to grow further. Among other things, the president is supposed to be a role model. If the most powerful man in the country can’t set an example for American youth, what should we expect of them? The array of young faces at hate-fueled spectacles like Charlottesville is disquieting, though it’s becoming less and less surprising.

A lot of people still assume white supremacist groups are primarily made up of older folks, and that these ideas will eventually die out with the older generation. But if anything, Charlottesville was a wakeup call, as more Americans reached the unsettling realization that this just isn’t true. Racism and intolerance is being seeded in our youth all over the country. Whether by geography, in the online realm, or through other channels, young people present a unique opportunity for extremist groups to reach them. The question Americans everywhere must now ask is: how are we going to respond?

white supremacists, white nationalists, hate groups, Charlottesville violence, neo-Nazis, disaffected youth, rising fascism, Donald Trump
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As Bernie Sanders worked to finalize his Medicare-for-All Act of 2017, corporate lobbyists representing the traditional opponents of single-payer health care – including the nation’s major private insurers and drug companies – poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Senate Democrats’ fundraising accounts. Now, many of those lawmakers have refused to sign on to the Medicare bill.

Sanders has faced questions about whether or not the bill would garner solid support among Senate Democrats. So far, 16 Senate Democrats have said they will sponsor the legislation – which the insurance industry slammed after he announced it. A new study from campaign finance watchdog group MapLight found that since 2010, Democratic senators who have refused to sponsor the bill have, during their careers, raised twice as much insurance industry cash as those who support the legislation.

As Republicans took over the White House earlier this year, significant campaign funding for Democratic senators has continued to come from lobbyists. According to federal campaign finance records reviewed by International Business Times, lobbyists, lobbying firms and one other corporate political action committee collectively delivered nearly $2 million in bundled campaign contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the first half of 2017. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the DSCC’s chairman, was a proponent of the law that requires lobbyists to disclose the contributions they bundle together from donors.

With Sanders and a majority of House Democrats supporting single-payer – and with polls showing rising support for a Medicare-for-all system – lobbyists for major health care industry clients were among the biggest donors to Democrats in the Senate, as they have been in years past. Among those who delivered the most cash to the DSCC in the first half of 2017 were:

• Steve Elmendorf, the former top aide to then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt. He delivered $130,400 to the DSCC while representing insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. and dialysis conglomerate DaVita Inc.

• Jonathon Jones, the former chief of staff for Sen. Tom Carper, a Finance Committee member has not signed onto the single-payer initiative. He delivered $97,000 to the DSCC while representing insurers Anthem Inc. and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, as well as the trade group Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and drugmakers Amgen Inc., Astellas Pharma Inc., AstraZeneca, Merck & Co. Inc., Novartis, Genentech Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

• Lisa Kontoupes, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and staffer for Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She delivered $77,500 to the DSCC while representing drugmakers Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc..

• David Castagnetti, the former top aide to Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who was accused of blocking a debate over single-payer during the Affordable Care Act deliberations. Castagnetti delivered $64,000 to the DSCC while representing insurers Humana Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the parent company of Oscar Health Insurance.

• Jeff Forbes, the former staff director for Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the nation’s healthcare system. He delivered $20,000 to the DSCC while representing the drug industry’s trade association, PhRMA, as well as individual drug companies Abbott Laboratories, Amgen and Genentech.

The principals of major lobbying firms also gave big to Senate Democrats. Tony Podesta, the namesake of the Podesta Group and a top Hillary Clinton bundler, gave $202,476 to the DSCC while representing the American Healthcare Association and Mylan — the controversial maker of the Epipen. Heather Podesta of Podesta + Partners delivered $226,400 to the DSCC while representing Baxter Healthcare and insurer Cigna.

Meanwhile, two lobbying firms’ corporate political action committees gave directly to the DSCC. Brownstein Hyatt Farber’s PAC, for instance, bundled $307,000 for the DSCC while the firm represents Anthem, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and drugmaker Abbvie. Holland & Knight’s Committee For Effective Government bundled $104,650 for the DSCC while representing BlueCross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Originally published by International Business Times

corporate insurance lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare lobbyists, money in politics, Maplight, universal healthcare, single-payer, Medicare for all, Democratic lobbyists, Affordable Care Act
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at CCSF Diego Rivera Theater (video by Peter Menchini)

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at CCSF Diego Rivera Theater. City College of San Francisco

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Peter Menchini στις Παρασκευή, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

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Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for Medicare-for-All, lauds McCain opposition to GOP health bill

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the annual convention of the California Nurses Association at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Sanders, who introduced a single-payer health care legislation, is trying to bring more attention to and gather support for his bill. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the annual convention of the California Nurses Association at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Sanders, who introduced a single-payer health care legislation, is trying to bring more attention to and gather support for his bill. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
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“Bernie Sanders praises CCSF’s free tuition program amid ‘pivotal’ moment for country” by Laura Waxmann

Bernie speaking to overflow crowd at CCSF celebrating Free City! on September 22, 2017 (Photo by Mike Zonta)

September 22, 2017 (SFExaminer.com)

In sharing his vision of universal health care and free higher education for all Americans, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday praised City College of San Francisco’s move to make tuition free for San Francisco residents as “a model for the United States of America.”

“Because [don’t] you think that young people and working class people all over this country are not asking their local leaders, ‘How come in San Francisco they are making college tuition free, why don’t you it in our community?’” said Sanders, addressing students, faculty and CCSF leaders who embarked on their first semester of tuition-free courses in August.

Enrollment at the community college has soared since the Free City College program rolled out in its pilot stage, attracting at least 6,450 new students this fall who have signed up for credit courses. The program is funded by a real-estate transfer tax passed last November — an effort led by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim.

“CSSF has shown that when people get involved politically, it makes a difference,” said Sanders. “Our job is to put together an agenda that speaks to needs of working people [and] to elect officials that have the guts to fight and implement that agenda. You have increased participant enrollment for San Francisco residents by 51 percent.”

Students and teachers at CCSF say that they are already feeling that difference.

SEE RELATED: ‘Huge’ enrollment boost evident in first semester of free CCSF

“I’ve been here for two years and just the energy is different, in the classroom and behind the scenes,” said 30-year-old CCSF sophomore Lauren Haggins.

Following an accreditation crisis in 2012 that contributed to major cuts in classes and a plummet in enrollment, an English teacher who declined to give her name but stood in line to hear “the political legend” speak, said that teachers at the college feel that their “jobs make sense again.”

The Vermont senator and former presidential hopeful visited San Francisco on Friday to promote his recently introduced single-payer Medicare for all plan at a nurses’ rally at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Hours later, at CCSF’s Ocean Campus at 50 Phelan Ave., Sanders was met by an enthused crowd.

“I’m really excited to hear him speak on what CCSF is doing locally in response to what could be a nationwide effort — investing in education,” said 25-year-old CCSF freshman Shirley Acuna.

Some 1,500 initially signed up to hear Sanders speak, exceeding the college’s seating capacity. CCSF spokesperson Jeff Hamilton said that 750 people received tickets to the event and watched Sanders from within the Diego Rivera Theater, two overflow rooms and a courtyard where speakers had been set up.

Following speeches by CCSF, San Francisco and student leaders, Sanders addressed federal cuts by President Donald Trump in health care, education, environmental protections and legal protections afforded to undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We are in a very pivotal moment in American history,” Sanders said. “If there is anything positive we can say about Donald Trump — and there is not much — it is that he has made it very clear what the stakes are when we talk about the future of this country.”

Deeming it an “international embarrassment” that students “who want a higher education and are unable to get it” because “their family lacks the money,” Sanders praised CCSF. “Instead of denying people what they are entitled to, you are giving people exactly what they need,” he said.

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GOP Leaders Confident They’ll Have Cruelty Necessary To Pass Healthcare Bill (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—Increasingly optimistic that the callousness they required would be locked down by the September 30 deadline, GOP leaders were confident Wednesday that they will have the cruelty necessary to pass their new healthcare bill. “While we were nearly there on our previous attempts, with this go-around we’re all but certain we have the savagery we need for this measure to move forward,” said bill coauthor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), adding that the utter contempt for the lives of middle class and poor Americans appeared to be “falling into place nicely.” “I’m not saying that lining up the wanton disregard for human suffering will be easy, but I’m more and more persuaded that it will be there when this bill ultimately comes to the floor.” At press time, Graham was meeting with several key undecideds, confident they just needed a bit more coaxing before fully pledging their inhumanity.

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Updates & Announcements, Friday, Sept. 22 – Monday, Sept. 25 (from Adrienne Fong)

See Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12 


A.  Trump Pushes Us Closer to War (September 21, 2017)


B.  More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative (By William Binney and Ray McGovern – September 20th)


C. Why Japan is losing its battle against statues of colonial-era ‘comfort women’ (September 21, 2017)


     See item #1


~ San Francisco ~ 

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board



Friday, Sept. 22nd – Monday, Sept. 25

Friday, September 22

1.  Friday, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, The “Comfort Women” Memorial San Francisco Unveiling Ceremony

St. Mary’s Square Park extension
651 California Street.
(Across from St. Mary’s Church)

1:30pm, Gathering

2:00pm, Ceremony will promptly start

Reception to follow at Hilton Hotel 750 Kearny St. SF

On the second anniversary of the San Francisco City Resolution to build a “Comfort Women” monument in its public site, an original-design “Comfort Women” monument is set to be unveiled.

Distinguished guests including the “Comfort Woman” survivor Grandma Yongsoo Lee from Korea, Congressman Mike Honda, State and City public officials, artist Steven Whyte and the community supporters. 

Hosted by:

The Korean American, Chinese American, Filipino American and all Victim communities


Comfort Women Justice Coalition (CWJC), a community-based, nonprofit organization devoted to bring justice to the victims of the WWII Japanese military sexual slavery system, raise awareness about sexual violence against women during military conflict and end sex trafficking in our community and around the world.  

Open to the Public

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/122519045073714/

2.  Friday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, SF Activist Murdered Rally for Justice

SF City Hall -Steps(5:00pm)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.

4:00pm Rally & March start at Larkin & Myrtle St.

           March will go to the Tenderloin SFPD before going to City Hall

5:00pm Rally at SF City Hall

Friends, family, the LGBTQ community, musicians and local artists will gather at the steps of City Hall on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 5pm to demand that SFPD find the murderer responsible for killing a local artist, a nightlife fixture, activist, and Tenderloin resident, Anthony Torres aka Bubbles.

Bubbles was brutally shot 5 times outside of New Century Theater on Saturday, September 9th before 3am. The suspect came out of the strip club, chased Torres across the street, and fatally shooting him

Investigators have identified a suspect of interest. No announced arrests have been made. The suspect remains at large. At this time last year, San Francisco had 30 homicides. According to news sources, Torres’ death marks the 45th homicide in San Francisco in 2017, continuing an alarming trend.

Although SFPD insists that it does not consider that Torres’ death was a hate crime, many local residents are concerned that SFPD was too quick to dismiss it.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/20/18803040.php

3.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Reportback: People’s Congress of Resistance

2969 Mission St.

The people have been fighting back against Trump’s attacks on working and oppressed people since his election. For the resistance to succeed, we need a united front of progressive organizations and activists fighting for revolutionary change. On Sept. 16-17 in Washington DC, a significant step was taken towards making this unity in struggle a reality. The People’s Congress of Resistance held its first national meeting where organizers representing communities from across the country met and declared their commitment to a coordinated fight back.

Host: Party for Socialism and Liberation

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/895671823931466/

4.  Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The Many Borders of the United States

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave.

Wheelchair accessible


Maria Luisa Rosal, School of the Americas Watch
Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

How does the U.S. policy drive people to flee from Central America to the United States? How can communities support justice for refugees and migrants when they arrive here? Two human rights organizers and keen observers of the root causes of migration in the Americas come to Berkeley for an evening of insight, listening, and discussion of what our communities are doing to promote justice and resist US militarism in the Americas. 

Sponsored by School of the Americas Watch and St. Johns Presbyterian Church.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/306752569792207/?ref=br_rs 

Saturday, September 23

5.  Saturday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, CA Renter Power Statewide Assembly 2017

Alameda High School
2201 Encinal Ave.

Register now! With historic fights for rent control and just cause coming from the people, we are in a movement moment. California Renter Power 2017 is a statewide assembly of renters and tenant’s rights organizers fighting for housing justice! 

Go to FB site to register

Host: Homes For All & 11 other groups

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1930086477275707/ 

6.  Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, CUHJ’s 4th People’s Summit: My Existence is Resistance!

Balboa High School – Green Room
1000 Cayuga Ave. (entrance on Oneida & Otsego)

This year’s Summit revolves around “My Existence is Resistance: We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For!”

What changes are coming to District 11, and how will it affect our communities? What will it mean to resist gentrification and displacement, and what will it take to fight back? 

How can we continue to organize and build people power in our neighborhood, and ensure that working class, immigrant, youth and elders of color continue to thrive? 

This year, CUHJ will be celebrating the milestones and victories of our powerful community through political education, a panel of local advocates and activists, and action-oriented community planning. 

This event is open to all community members of all ages! 

We will have free food, and fun-filled childcare.

Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog translation will be provided.
e-mail for info  cuhj.coordinator@gmail.com 

 Host: Communities United for Health & Justice, PODER(SF), Filipino Community Center

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/511239482555826/

7.  Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Peace in the Park 2017 – Summer of Love Addition

Golden Gate Park
Music Concourse
55 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.


The time is NOW to come out for peace! Let’s honor and celebrate the 50th anniversary of “THE” Summer of Love! Join us, with flowers in your hair!

See FB site for program schedule / details

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/841380399354102/?ref=br_rs

8.  Saturday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Workparty to make banners & placards for Stand Up to Bigotry Week of Actions – UC Berkeley

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (nr. Ellis St.)

Host: Communities Against Racism and Fascism (CARF

Info: CARFbayarea@gmail.com 

9.  Saturday, 12Noon – 6:00pm, No Hate in the Bay: March Against White Supremacy

Meet at:

63rd & Adeline (Closest BART – Ashby)

Join fellow community members to let fascists, the alt-right and all white supremacists know that they are not are not welcome in the Bay Area. 

Stay through the march or meet up afterward for a festival of resistance to celebrating black, POC, Muslim, immigrant, queer, trans, dis-abled, and interfaith communities!

This march was organized so that we can take the streets on our own terms – counter-demonstrations are very important, but we live here, this is our community, and every day is a good day to be united against white supremacy.

This march takes place the day before upcoming far-right, racist events set to take place on (and off) UC Berkeley campus, but it isn’t taking place at the same time as any of those events nor is it a specific response.

Host: No Hate in the Bay

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114644749236663/

10.  Saturday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Free DACA Renewal Workshop in SF

Mission High School
3750 18th Street


• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Application Assistance
• Informational Presentations on the Future of Deferred Action and Immigrant Rights
• General Attorney Consultations for DACA recipients
• Fee Assistance and Resources to Pay Application Fee*

Work authorization card
 Social Security Cardq
 Copy of prior DACA application(s)
 California State ID/Driver’s License
 Passport or travel documents (if you travelled internationally with DACA/advanced parole)
 Certified court disposition of all arrests, if any

*Fee Assistance and Resources to Pay Application Fee: Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.

RSVPs encouraged, but walk-ins welcomed

Hosts: SF Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs SFILEN – San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network
Mission Asset Fund San Francisco Unified School District

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/317207902022466/

Sunday, September 24 

11.  Sunday, 9:30am, UUSF, Sunday Forum – Bail Reform

Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St.

SpeakerEmily Harris, State Field Director of Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a coalition of 65 anti-prison organizations (including the Ella Baker Center) 

Nationally, 1-in-3 people are sitting in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. In California, the median bail amount is $50,000. A person’s ability to get out of jail should not depend on the size of their bank account—but right now freedom is out of reach for too many people because the money bail system punishes people for being poor.

12.  Sunday, 3:30pm – 6:00pm, Open Circle – Monthly Meeting SF

5600 3rd St. (@ Armstrong) – Enter on Armstrong side
Take the “T” train to Carroll St. walk down a ½ block to Armstrong

Join us for a community potluck and thoughtful discussion around police accountability on behalf of families directly impacted by police brutality.

Open Circle holds space for families directly impacted by police terrorism to gather with each other and members of the community. We love and support one another. This gathering also provides opportunity and some structure to help families collaborate with each other in their struggle for justice for their loved ones.

*This is a Potluck Event, please feel free to bring a dish, snack or (non-alcoholic) beverage to share.

Host: Open Circle – Families United for Justice

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627811413897279/ 

13.  Sunday, 4:30pm sharp, Stand Up to Bigotry Next Week at UC Berkeley – “Anti-feminism” Day

Meet at:

Café Milano
2522 Bancroft Way

March to steps of Sproul Plaza, UC Campus. 

White supremacists are coming back to Berkeley on Sept. 24-27 and Communities Against Racism and Fascism (CARF) will be out  protesting  the bigots  at their planned events .  

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party

Info: CARFbayarea@gmail.com

Monday, September 25 

14.  Monday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy

Crescent Lawn
Oxford & Addison St.

**Update: Regardless of any changes in the organizing or scheduling of right-wing and/or white supremacist events, we fully intend on moving forward with our rally. ** 

Berkeley Rally Against White Supremacy:
Defend Our Campus and Reclaim Free Speech!

In solidarity with the faculty-led call to boycott campus business as usual during so-called “Free Speech Week,” 

We are students, workers, and members of the UC Berkeley campus community, the City of Berkeley, and the larger Bay Area. We are immigrants, people of color, religious minorities, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, leftists, liberals, and others. We think it’s time to come together in a united front, celebrate our differences in solidarity, and speak out against the hateful currents on our campus while affirming our vision of a free, inclusive, and equitable society.

The UC Berkeley administration is set to spend hundreds of thousands of public education dollars and heavily militarize the campus to ensure that Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Stephen Bannon, and others speak at our university from September 24-27. We believe these speakers and their supporters are dangerous to our community. They support deportations of our undocumented friends and family and are leading figures of the white supremacist movement. They uphold the structures of power that violently suppress the speech and democratic rights of workers and oppressed people around the world.

Host: Unite Against Right Wing Violence in the Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1913702082216179/

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