Action Council Events — February 29 and March 1

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

F 29, Monday, 9:30am, A Mural for Mario Woods

Positive Directions Equals Change
4744 3rd Street
SF

Join us for a morning celebration to honor the life of Mario Woods. Come watch as a portrait mural will be painted on the side the A B U building in Bayview. Done by one of Frisco’s finest artists Mel Waters.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581803252143406/

F 29, Monday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Oakland City Council CED Meeting on E. 12th St. Proposal

Oakland City Hall
1 Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza
Oakland, CA

4:00 Community gathering on steps of Oakland City Hall
4:30 Special CED Committee Meeting on E 12th Proposals

SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF A PEOPLE’S PROPOSAL FOR E. 12TH ST. — 100% AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON PUBLIC LAND!

The Oakland City Council will meet to review 3 proposals for the E. 12th St. public parcel, 2 proposals for a luxury tower and a People’s Proposal for 100% affordable housing. (http://proposal.e12thoakland.org/)

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/26/18783381.php

F 29, Monday 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum:  “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” – a Documentary, & discussion with    director Donald Goldmacher

Global Exchange
2017 Mission St. (nr. 16th Street BART)
SF

“Heist traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled “Attack on American Free Enterprise System”. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.

Donald Goldmacher will lead discussion on the system as it is intentionally pushed toward oligarchy, and the problematic nature of this system.

Steve DiCaprio of Land Action will be at this Monday’s OccupyForum also to discuss his court date.

UPDATE for Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Alex Nieto vs. SFPD

Tuesday, March 1

M 1, Tuesday, 8:00am, The Trial: Alex Nieto versus the SFPD, MARCH 1, 2016

Federal Court Building
450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

8:00am – Ceremony at court

9:00am – Assemble at CCSF – Ocean Campus Ram Plaza
& Mission Campus at  21st & Valencia

10:00am -Rally at court, 450 Golden Gate Ave.

11:00am – March (Some people will also be attending court session inside)

(Students from some SF high schools are also planning a walk-out)

This is morning that the federal trial for Alex Nieto begins. We will rally, share love, sing songs, make speeches, and show unbreakable unity.  Alex was shot at 48 times and killed by the San Francisco Police Department, Alex Nieto was a family provider, college student, security guard, and a positive, peaceful community activist.

Implementing Mahatma Gandhi’s TRUTH FORCE, we will use our limitless creativity and the court system to action for our integrity, humanity, and rights, the most basic of rights—our lives!

We will chant in unity to enforce the United States Constitution—due process, equal protection, no unlawful takings. Speeches, poetry, and performances by Roberto Hernandez, Thea Matthews, SF Board of Supervisor John Avalos, Adriana Camarena, Ben Bac Sierra, SF Board of Supervisors District Nine Candidate Edwin Lindo, Favi Estrella, Francisco Herrera, Equipto, Dregs One, Tony Robles, Father Richard Leslie Smith, AFT 2121 representatives, HOMEY, United Playaz, y mas!

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/944032739006060/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/21/18783182.php

M 1, Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, “Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence” & “Global Days of Action on Military Spending

Bay Peace
610 -16th Street #322 (at Jefferson)
Oakland (a short walk from 12th Street BART)

The New Priorities Campaign and Bay Area United for Peace and Justice invite you to a planning meeting.

April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and also of his speech, “Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence

People are organizing local actions to decry current priorities that spend $1.75 trillion/year on arms when our planet is in crisis.

This year, April 5 – 18, have been designated as Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), days to campaign against military spending and to promote spending on to life-affirming, sustainable social programs.

Info: RSVP to Jackie: wslf@earthlink.net.

ACTION ALERT

Hands Off Coltrane Church

The African Orthodox Church of St. John Coltrane – historic proprietors of music and culture of jazz in San Francisco is facing eviction from the Fillmore this week.

The Coltrane Church has been in San Francisco for 48 years, in that time the church has provided free vegetarian meals to the homeless, spiritual counseling to the community and has advocated for social and racial justice.  The Church’s displacement from the Fillmore not only disrupts the Church and its work, but removes one of the few remaining institutions that survived so-called “redevelopment” – a government initiative that destroyed a once-vibrant African-American neighborhood.

For the past five months, the West Bay Conference Center Board members have evaded meetings with the Church to work out an agreement – even after the church attempted to pay $15,000. in rent. West Bay served the Coltrane Church an eviction notice scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd.

The mission of West Bay Conference Center building, is to provide low cost and subsidized space for local community organizations, institutions, and businesses. Call the West Bay Board members and ask that they live up to its mission!

Call the following board members Monday:

Floyd Tramell  415 – 749 – 6470
Dr. Amos Brown 415 – 559 – 2978
Leona Bridges 415 – 717 – 0213
Gordon Green Wood 510 – 465 – 7728

February 27, 2016: Homeless Confronted by Police


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OccupyForum presents . . . “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” – a Documentary, and discussion with director Donald Goldmacher (on Monday, February 29)

Monday, February 29, from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near the 16th Street BART station

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

OccupyForum presents…

“Heist: Who Stole the American Dream” – a Documentary,

and discussion with director Donald Goldmacher

 “Heist traces the worldwide economic collapse to a 1971 secret memo entitled “Attack on American Free Enterprise System”. Written over 40 years ago by the future Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell at the behest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the 6-page memo, a free-market utopian treatise, called for a money fueled big business makeover of government through corporate control of the media, academia, the pulpit, arts and sciences and destruction of organized labor and consumer protection groups.

But Powell’s real “end game” was business control of law and politics. Heist’s step by step detail exposes the systemic implementation of Powell’s memo by both U.S. political parties culminating in the deregulation of industry, outsourcing of jobs, and regressive taxation –  all of which led us to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the continued dismantling of the American middle class.

Today, politics is the playground of the rich and powerful with no thought given to the hopes and dreams of ordinary Americans. HEIST goes deep in explaining the greatest wealth transfer of our time. Moving beyond the white noise of today’s polarizing media, HEIST provides us with an explanation of the crisis in which we find ourselves, and the steps we must take to restore representative democracy.”

Donald Goldmacher will lead discussion on the system as it is intentionally pushed toward oligarchy, and the problematic nature of this system in any case.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Steve DiCaprio of Land Action

Steve DiCaprio of Land Action will be at this Monday’s OccupyForum also to discuss his court dateTuesday, March 1st at 9 am. Land Action has been instrumental in the fight for fair housing in the last 20 years. He was arrested for the highly dangerous terrorist act of “CONSPIRACY TO TRESPASS”. This isn’t just Steve’s fight, but for all of us who believe in fair housing.
Land Action is also working in Oakland to create food farms in food deserts and will be speaking at OccupyForum in the very near future.
xx Ruthie
and Davy H.

PARTY FOR THE COMMON GOOD by Patricia Gray

Facts we must face:

  • We no longer live in a democracy. Our government does not heed the word of the people. Our government is corrupt and serves the wealthy people who give our ‘Representatives’ big bribes.
  • Under the two party system we have only the chance to choose between a candidate of the Republican party or one put forward by the Democrats. Their goals are exactly the same — to help the rich get richer by any means they can think of, there is no morality in these two political parties. No morality and no concern for the common good of the people of the nation.
  • Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi have already won next year’s election for President and Representative for San Francisco.
  • Demonstrating in the street is not a way to change our government. We must get politically active by informing the people of the voting records of these two people claiming to be concerned with the working people.

Actions to consider:

1. Create leaflets to inform the people of the new laws and regulations passed in Congress in the last 25 years that are not approved by the people of San Francisco. We can print these up and each one of us agree to stand out on any street corner in San Francisco for one hour a week handing our the voter information leaflet.

2. Actively seek candidates to run against these two wealthy women who do not express any concern for the working people of our city or nation.

3. Encourage the ‘minor party’ and independent candidates to attend town hall meetings to put forward their candidates. .

4. As soon as the mail in ballots are sent out to voters, we plan events to urge people to break the two party system and get some real democracy in our nation. “Clean out the corrupt!! Vote independent!” can be our theme.

A SUMMONS TO OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
From the citizens of San Francisco

Whereas, the congress has repeatedly supported or opposed legislation and diverted the taxpayers dollars to favor the crassest of corporate interests to the serious detriment to the American People, their necessities, and their public facilities– such as access to safer consumer products, health care, and other basic social safety services. Itr has opposed raising he minimum wage and fair taxing allowing endemic waste, fraud and abuse by contractors, and authorized massive corporate welfare subsidies and giveaways:

Whereas, the Congress has imposed trade treaty despotism over our democratic institutions — the courts, legislatures, and executive departments and agencies – subordination our domestic branches of government’s abilities to preserve and enhance labor, consumer departments and agencies to the domination of global commerce’s “bottom line’ and endorsed the usurpation of our judicial process by tribunals under the WTO, and other similar invasions of U.S. sovereignty,

Whereas, the access to members of Congress has increased for corporate lobbyists and decreased for ordinary citizens:

Therefore, the citizens of the city of San Francisco hereby Summon you both to a town meeting during the August recess. Your constituents will establish an agenda of how to shift long overdue poser form teh few to the many, but in substantive policy and through the strengthening of government and institutions;

We deem this Summons to be taken with the utmost seriousness as we gain grassroots support throughout your Congressional districts. The People’Town Meeting reflect the preamble of our Constitution that starts with “We the People” and the supremacy of the sovereignty of the people over the elected representatives and corporate entities;

Be advised that this Summons calls for you attendance at a Town Heeting run by,of, and for the people.

Sincerely,

[signed by as many people as we can get to agree to this demand for some real democracy in our Congress]

“Homeless Youth: A Bright and Shining Light” by Mike Lee (thestreetspirit.org)

All you have to do is walk down Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley to discover we have a serious challenge called homelessness. It is unacceptable that simple cost-effective solutions which are in place to confront this conundrum have to struggle for funding. It is especially disturbing that the obvious is overlooked.

COMMENTARY BY MIKE LEE

Kriss Worthington announced recently in an email to the community that “Item 35 to adopt a resolution declaring a homeless crisis was unanimously approved by the City Council.”

Worthington added, “This simple common sense measure was only delayed twice from Dec. 15 and Jan. 12 before last night’s successful adoption.” He goes on to gently remind the reader that this is but one small step and the next battle is over the Homeless Task Force Tier One recommendations on February 9th.

Passage of the crisis resolution is largely symbolic because, unlike other cities, it does not carry a financial commitment. In a macabre, Abbott-and-Costello-like skit, there lacks any type of plan or intent to even decide what the next step is. Not only is the majority of the council (led by Capitelli and Arreguin) befuddled by who’s on first, they can’t even find it!

It is especially disturbing to me that the obvious is overlooked. All you have to do is walk down Shattuck to discover we have a serious challenge called homelessness. It is unacceptable to me that simple cost-effective solutions which are in place to confront this conundrum have to struggle for funding.

On February 9, the City Council will be presented with a request to fund an “indoor space for homeless youth during El Nino” (as stated in a Worthington email).

The proposal is being presented primarily by Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) in partnership with YEAH (Youth Engagement, Advocacy and Housing). Along with their impeccable record, YSA brings with them a matching grant commitment.

“YSA has received a new matching grant that will make it possible for all gifts to Youth Spirit to be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000! The gift is focused on building our collaboration with YEAH shelter providing jobs training for homeless youth indoors during El Nino. We have opened our doors from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, for a total of up to 40 additional hours to keep youth safe. We are working hard to create 24/7 empowering and positive indoor space for youth this winter.”

Once funding is in place, the end result is homeless youth will be provided with shelter 24/7. At night they stay at the YEAH shelter. During the day they can program at YSA. This is exactly the wrap-around solution which has proven an effective method in lending a hand up and not a hand out to homeless youth — one of which I support wholeheartedly.

Longtime homeless activist Mike Lee was a key organizer of the Liberty City occupation at Old City Hall in Berkeley. Lydia Gans photo

The amount requested is a miniscule $15,000. To me this is a no-brainer. For the City gets 100% service for 50% of the cost. What a deal! Hell, give them the whole $25,000 and ask them to bring another bargain like this one. This proposal is good for the city, it’s good for the community and it’s good for homeless youth.

The nay-sayers will wail “but we don’t have any money!” Let’s see, there are 100,000-plus residents of Berkeley. If each one gave a quarter, that’s $25,000.

Hey Arreguin, isn’t this your district? Stop beating your chest about all the good things you’ve done and get your marching boots are on. Get on the street corner with a bucket, go door to door, sell cookies, wash cars. The community doesn’t care what you do, but go get this money because homeless youth can’t wait.

It’s nice the powers that be finally decided to recognize the obvious. What is really shameful is that the community had to keep on harping about this very point.

At this point, the question begging to be answered is this: Who is in charge of the City? According to professional politicians, it’s them, because they and only they know what’s good for us. To me, it is the community who, at the end of the day, pay all of the bills and are the true experts on what’s best for them.

Mike Lee is a homelessness activist who describes himself as “the third mayoral candidate with a new vision for a new future: a campaign of solutions and not promises.”

Note from Mike Zint:

The city delayed until after the worst weather ended. Liberty City was the only response to freezing temperatures this rainy season. And it was done by us with community support. The homeless response was instant, effective, and successful. Yet the city destroyed it, and threw all confiscated gear away. In California, law says hold possessions for 90 days. It hasn’t been 90 days yet.

Fence sitting by politicians is the same as not doing their jobs. They are there to say yes or no, not maybe. Maybe is a delay while important issues need to be resolved. It is a way to not alienate political support from the developers, while keeping you’re constituents happy.

Not one politician will ever represent the poor. The proof is everywhere, sleeping on cardboard, in front of an abandoned building, instead of inside it. No tents, no tiny homes, no discussion about any of it. But let’s pass quality of life laws instead.

Action Council Events — February 25 to March 3

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(February 25 – March 3)

Thursday, February 25

F 25, Thursday, :00pm – 9:00pm, Mario Woods Coalition – Weekly Meeting

SEIU
350 Rhode Island (nr. 16th Street) – entrance on Kansas St.
SF

Weekly meeting.

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

Note Other FB site for Mario Woods: LOVE & JUSTICE 4 MARIO WOODS, 26, killed  by SF Bayview Police, 12-2-15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/418363851694303/

F 25, Thursday, 9:00pm – F 26, Friday 12Noon, Direct Action on Division: Port-a-potty, services, and advocacy for unhoused neighbors

Please check FB site for updates!

Division Street at 11th Street
SF

Saint Francis Homeless Challenge is organizing a monitored port-a-potty at Division and 11th Street and offering a few services (including acupuncture and phone charging) to unhoused neighbors.

In anticipation of Mayor Lee’s 72-hour warning that all unhoused neighbors will be displaced from Division Street on Friday, we are joining the Coalition on Homelessness in documenting the announced sweeps and advocating for alternative locations where unhoused neighbors can count on safe sleep, 24/7 access to toilets, and increased access to healing and transition services. 

FYI: DPW generally starts sweeps at 5AM. People are needed early a.m.

Sign-up for a volunteer shift or to bring donations of food/drink:http://goo.gl/forms/pcboIPw0Kc

NLG legal hotline for arrests: 415-285-1011.

Host: Saint Francis Homeless Challenge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688815978067283/

Friday, February 26

F 26, Friday, 1:30pm, Stolen Equity/Stolen Housing Tour While the City Conducts Sweeps of UnHoused People it sells poor peoples houses         To the highest bidder

Tour Begins at: Eddy & Laguna Sts., SF

1)      Eddy & Laguna in the Fillmore at the Plaza East Apartments
2)      Midtown Apartments – 1415 Scott  @ O’Farrell
3)      Hunters Point – 25 Northridge

Tour of Stolen Equity/Stolen Housing by For Profit And Non-Profit Housing Developers and release of Demands for Equity & Reparations for Unhoused, Displaced People

“We have nowhere else to go,” Ronnie Jones, an elder,disabled un-housed resident of San Francisco who was living in a tent on Division street.Before I was out here I had an apartment in the FIllmore for years, the rent was raised and I couldn’t afford it, the first place i went was Golden Gate Park, then they made that illegal to be in, now i am out here and i have nowhere else to go..,”

While SF Mayor Ed Lee criminalizes public land for the publicly poor and creates new laws to arrest us for the sole act of being un-housed, he and his administration makes and facilitates back-room deals with non-profit and for-profit housing corporations to buy, sell and “manage” all the remaining low-income and public housing in San Francisco.

We as poor, working class,Black, Brown, indigenous and disabled people demand that the multiple stolen buildings slated to be housing for the very poor by Housing Authority, HUD and non-profits be turned over to the people

HELP NEEDED:  People with vehicles / vans who can help transport people

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722903421260996/

F 26, Friday, 5:00pm, Justice for Amilcar Perez- Lopez Killed by the SFPD

Beginning on Folsom between 24th and 25th,
Marching to Mission Police Station
SF

One-year Anniversary of Amilcar’s Killing by SFPD

We’ll begin with a vigil at the site of his shooting (Folsom btw 24th and 25th), and then march to Mission Police Station.

Afterwards, a free community dinner at St. John’s at 15th and Julian (between Valencia and Mission).

Host: Mission Nightwalks

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/546278685541264/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/22/18783219.php

F 26, Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, WAR IN SYRIA: ENDING OR EXPANDING ?

PSL
2969 Mission St. (between 25th & 26th Streets)
SF

$3.00 – $10.00 donation, no one turned away

Forum on Syria covering the following topics:

The real causes of the war in Syria;
The impact of the war on the people of Syria and the entire region;
The role of the U.S. and its allies and how has their intervention opened for the way for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS);
The role of Russia and Iran in the war, and
Syria and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

Info: info:  415-821-6171 or https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/21/18783191.php

Saturday, February 27

F 27, Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, National Victim of Police Terrorism Panel on “Policing in the 21st Century”

First African Methodist Episcopal Church
530 37th St.
Oakland

National and Local families of Police Terrorism will be together in Oakland to discuss Policing in the 21st Century, “Where do we go from Here”. “If you want to hear the truth, you must let the suffering speak”. It is this truth that have fueled the Movement for Justice across the United States. These families leaders will share their testimony and experience.

Families that will be here:
-Eric Garner mother Gwendolyn Carr Staten Island NY
-Sandra Bland mother Geneva Reed-Veal Waller County TX
-Emmett Till cousin Airicakca Gordon Taylor Chicago IL
-Sean Bell mother Valorie Bell Queens NY
-Alan Blueford mother Jeralyn Blueford Oakland CA
-Tamir Rice mother Samaria Rice Cleveland OH
-Gary Hopkins mother Marion Hopkins Gray Prince George Co.MD
-Cary Ball Jr., mother Toni Taylorl St. Louis MO
-Marlon Brown wife Krystal Brown – Deland FL
-Michael Brown mother Lesley McSpadden Ferguson MO
-Mario Woods mother Gwendolyn Woods San Francisco CA
-Robbie Tolan mother Miriam Tolan
-Mario Romero sister Cindy Mitchelle
-James Rivera mother Deionne Smith Stockton CA
Venus Zuhura Noble mother of two sons who was shot one lived.
Author Dinyal New mother of two sons who was shot
Sharon Raffety mother of son who was at Fruitvale Station with Oscar Grant who has been shot and killed
-Antonio Guzman Lopez family Laurie Valdez
Many more from across the US and Locally

Open to the public.

Info / RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/1071564842906046/  or https://www.facebook.com/events/1516542941974577/

F 27, Saturday, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Remembering Oscar Grant III – Dinner

Mission Paradise Banquet Hall
31115 Mission Blvd
Hayward, 94544

Theme: “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Tickets: $75.00

Out of State Speakers:

Valerie Bell mother of Sean Bell
Gwen Carr mother of Eric Gardner
Lezely McSpadden mother of Mike Brown
Samaria Rice mother of Tamir Rice
Toni Taylor mother of Carrie Ball
Geneva Reed-Veal mother of Sandra Bland
Airickca Gordon-Taylor cousin of Emmitt Till

In town Guest:

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford mother of Alan Blueford
Venus Zuhura Noble mother of two sons who was shot one lived. Praise God
Author Dinyal New mother of two sons who was shot
Sharon Raffety mother of son who was shot

If interested / questions / reservations: Saundra 510 246-7369

Space limited / Reservation info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/remembering-oscar-grant-iii-tickets-21003373656

F 27, Saturday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, All Day All Week: An Occupy Wall Street Story

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Donation: $5.00

A documentary by Marisa Holmes. (in person) is a documentary filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Since a young age she has used media for social justice

Holmes has covered social movements in the US and internationally with particular interest in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/23/18783249.php

F 27 Saturday, 5:00pm,  &  F 28, Sunday, 4:00pm,

UnSold Black Brown Broke & Disabled Voices in Black Herstory Month – Book Tour & Benefit 

F 27, Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Two Jacks Club – on Haight St.
401 Haight St.
SF

F 28, Sunday, 3:00pm

8032 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland

Black, Brown, Broke & DIsabled Book Tour in Black Herstory Month celebrates Po Poets Project’s Co-founder Leroy Moore’s new poetry collection Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics as well as the power-FUL unsold and untold voices of Black, Brown, Broke and Disabled poets in struggle and resistance from the Po Poets Project of POOR Magazine.

These series of readings will be a benefit for the re-launch of POOR Press-

Host: Poetas POBREs/Po Poets Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548545075461170/

F 27, Saturday, 7:00pm, Ending Police Terror-  The War on Communities of Color (Black History Month Film & Discussion)

New Valencia
747 Polk St.
SF

Door $2.00 donation

Dinner $8.50

(work exchange / sliding scales available – no one turned away)

Southern Supper served at 6:00pm

On-site childcare – must arrange in advance

Film: Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence – beginning with the Black Panther Party, this 2015 documentary uncovers 50 years of confronting police abuse in Portland, OR. Exposes history of systemic racism and speaks to the need to end police terror today.

Perry Jones, Justice for Mario Woods Coalition, Executive Council & spokesperson for Raw Talk for Live.

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party

Info: baFSP@earthlink.net  / 415-864-1278

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Debra (“Mama”) Lujan makes news (again)

DebraLujanPhoto: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle.  Debra Lujan, who is homeless, works on a painting on the sidewalk as she sits along 13th Street near her tent on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif.

February 22, 2016

Timidity, a lack of ideas, or political paralysis. Pick a reason for San Francisco officialdom’s arms-folded response to scores of sidewalk homeless tents sprouting across the city.

The tents are in no way acceptable, yet little changes as the problem spreads and takes hold. The encampments harbor crime, disease and mental health troubles. Nearby businesses protest that customers feel harassed and shun their stores. Getting help for the homeless can’t happen when tent occupants drift along in a netherworld under freeways and along side streets. The problem needs direct action, which Mayor Ed Lee and other leaders have avoided for too long.

HELPING THE HOMELESS

Ana Held (center), who is homeless, looks out the entrance of her tent along 13th Street at the activity outside on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Mayor needs to address homeless and hecklers John Pobuda prepares to go out on an errand from his encampment along Division Street Feb. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Lone voice of dissent on homeless piece Kristin Vanscoy sits on her stuff while preparing to move after she and others who have been living along the sidewalk for months said that the police told them to move from their spot along Division Street Feb. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Tent city on Division starting to intimidate neighbors Nicolas Molina (l to r), laborer Avalon Tents, and Francisco Cifuentes, foreman Avalon Tents, work together as they set up a large tent for a temporary homeless shelter on Pier 80 on Friday, January 15, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. Homeless saying no to new Pier 80 shelter

A new homeless facility with 150 beds is ready at Pier 80, taking away the argument that there are no alternatives to tent living. Day-to-day health sweeps by the Department of Public Works to clean waste, scoop up litter and remove syringes aren’t a serious answer. Adding outhouses or wash facilities are stop-gap ideas, not solutions. And please, let’s stop donating tents that perpetuate a dire situation.

Removal is the overdue option. That doesn’t mean rough tactics, abusive treatment or jail time. But a firm and forceful response is in order as an unhealthy and dangerous situation grows worse by the day.

A string of city agencies including police, fire, public health, human services and public works should be on notice about their duties in this situation. Mayor Lee is taking the long view: coaxing tent campers to move to the Pier 80 temporary shelter while he works on plans for more permanent housing. He needs to combine this vision with more immediate relief that stops the encampments.

Suggesting an end to the tents brings criticism about the city’s heartlessness or the claim that the problem will only be spread, not solved. But these knocks aren’t fair.

San Francisco is spending $241 million per year to house and treat thousands of formerly homeless who have moved indoors. The city is showing imagination and thoroughness in launching another homeless program that picks up entire groups of homeless campers along with their belongings and even pets for counseling and assistance aimed at getting them off the streets. Their chances for better lives are greatly improved by such programs and shelter systems.

Allowing people to inhabit flimsy tents pitched on curbs and dirt lots is an inhumane response, not a tolerant one. San Francisco needs to fold the tent cities.

–San Francisco Chronicle

Action Council Events — February 24 to March 1

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Wednesday & Thursday)

Wednesday, February 24

F 24, Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Alex Nieto trial Organizing Committee (Save CCSF Coalition)

CCSF – Ocean Campus
Phelan Ave. MUB, Room 160
SF

Meeting to plan for March 1st WALK-OUT and other activities for opening of Alex Nieto’s trial.

Alex Nieto and Amilcar Perez-Lopez were City College students when they were murdered by the SFPD, and Mario Woods went to Balboa High School: it could have been you! They are from the same communities being marginalized and evicted from San Francisco by gentrification, and from City College through downsizing and push-out policies.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/21/18783183.php

F 24, Wednesday,  5:30pm – 6:30pm, Weekly PEACE VIGIL

Montgomery and Market Sts.
(on the steps facing Market St., below Feinstein’s office)
Directly above the Montgomery BART/Muni Station
SF

Join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF Action Council and Others at the huge PEACE banner

Theme this week: Apple/Privacy/Government spying.

Feel free to bring your own signage, photos, fliers. Additional signs and flyers provided.

Stand (or sit) with us.

Rain Cancels!

F 24, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Department of Justice Community Town Hall

Marshall Thurgood High
45 Conkling Street
SF

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) wants to hear your perspectives, concerns, and suggestions regarding the San Francisco Police Department and its interaction with the San Francisco community. They will be hosting the first community listening session through the Collaborative Reform Initiative.

They say that your participation in this open forum will help guide our efforts to advance the operations, staff, policies, procedures, accountability systems, and training of the San Francisco Police Department. This listening session is open to the entire San Francisco community.

Note: There will also be DOJ meetings at different locations in the Mission on March 8 and in the Western Addition on March 10.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1536245730003029/

F 24, Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm,  Stand Up For Black Lives In San Francisco – Public Meeting

Women’s Building
3543 18th Street between Valencia & Guerrero
SF

Justice for Mario Woods! Stop displacement! Fight for good jobs and affordable housing! Desegregate our schools and fund public education!

SPEAKERS:
Xiomara Watson, activist in the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition.
Charlie Batte, a foreclosure fighter and long time Bayview resident. She successfully fought a speculator who had bought her home to win it.
Julien Ball is in the International Socialist Organization and has spent years fighting gentrification in SanFrancisco

Host: International Socialist Organization

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738522426434140/

Thursday, February 25

F 25, Thursday, 10:00am, The Struggle Continues – Hearing on Homeless Solutions

SF City Hall, Room 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

2/23 – Update. SFPD & DPW (Department of Public Works) are doing major sweeps on Division St. Throwing people’s belongings and tents in the dump truck. Told to “move along” but not told to where. Reports of some being arrested and taken to jail. See video:

Video by Peter Menchini: https://vimeo.com/156495219

Your are Needed To Stand Up For Your Neighbors!

Supervisors Cohen and Kim are holding a hearing on solutions to homelessness. We expect it will draw many people who are calling for increased criminalization to show up and add to the vitriol being lauched against our poorest residents. Expected it will draw many people who are calling for increased criminalization to show up and add to the vitriol being lauched against our poorest residents.

Demands:
1. Mayor adopt community recommendations for formation of new homeless department, including community input on hiring of new director, community oversight, and cutting red tape homeless people face accessing services.
2. Match the $5 million that went to Superbowl City to immediately house homeless people
3 Moratorium on criminalization of homeless people
4 Sustained commitment from the city to end homelessness, which includes supporting progressive revenue sources to end homelessness.

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1515300358774276/

F 25, Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm,  Democracy Spring Bay Area Launch Party

2017 Mission St – 2nd Floor
SF

Come get in on the ground floor of organizing for Democracy Spring here on the west coast! Maybe you are already signed up and going or maybe you want to learn more about the campaign and how you can be a part of this historic work, whether you plan to go to D.C. or not!

Bring Food / Beverages

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1533408246952703/

Friday, February 26 and Tuesday March 1

Friday, February 26

F 26, Friday, 5:00pm, Justice for Amilcar Perez- Lopez Killed by the SFPD

Beginning on Folsom between 24th and 25th,
Marching to Mission Police Station
SF

One-year Anniversary of Amilcar’s Killing by SFPD

We’ll begin with a vigil at the site of his shooting (Folsom btw 24th and 25th), and then march to Mission Police Station.

Afterwards, a free community dinner at St. John’s at 15th and Julian (between Valencia and Mission).

Host: Mission Nightwalks

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/546278685541264/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/02/22/18783219.php

Tuesday, March 1

M 1, Tuesday, 8:00am, The Trial: Alex Nieto versus the SFPD, MARCH 1, 2016

Federal Court Building
450 Golden Gate Ave
SF

8:00am – Community Rally

This is morning that the federal trial for Alex Nieto begins. We will rally, share love, sing songs, make speeches, and show unbreakable unity.  Alex was shot at 48 times and killed by the San Francisco Police Department, Alex Nieto was a family provider, college student, security guard, and a positive, peaceful community activist. Implementing Mahatma Gandhi’s TRUTH FORCE, we will use our limitless creativity and the court system to action for our integrity, humanity, and rights, the most basic of rights—our lives!

We will chant in unity to enforce the United States Constitution—due process, equal protection, no unlawful takings. Speeches, poetry, and performances by Roberto Hernandez, Thea Matthews, SF Board of Supervisor John Avalos, Adriana Camarena, Ben Bac Sierra, SF Board of Supervisors District Nine Candidate Edwin Lindo, Favi Estrella, Francisco Herrera, Equipto, Dregs One, Tony Robles, Father Richard Leslie Smith, AFT 2121 representatives, HOMEY, United Playaz, y mas!

Info / RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/944032739006060/   /  justiceforalexnieto.org

San Francisco and the homeless (from Mike Zint)

San Francisco steals and crushes gear regularly. They make no attempt to follow the law. And the victims of this cannot fight back. This situation is not unique to San Francisco. The Liberty City village was thrown away by Berkeley. An entire village of poor people’s belongings destroyed without regard of the law. State law requires confiscated gear to be held for 90 days.

The walker being crushed wasn’t even held for 90 seconds. And now this disabled person is unable to walk, or possibly even stand in a city where it is illegal to sit.

Kelley Cutler's photo.
Kelley Cutler in San Francisco, California.

February 23, 2016

See the walker in the back of the dump truck? That belongs to a senior who is a disabled veteran who is experiencing homelessness. I told the DPW worker that I know the man who owns this walker and asked if they would tag this property so he could come pick it up. They said no and ended up crushing it up in the dump truck. So wrong!

 –Mike Zint

“Support 97-Year-Old Marie Hatch’s Eviction Fund” by Lisa Krieger (gofundme.com)

MarieHatch

Marie Hatch is my sister’s former mother-in-law, and she is 97 years old. She has lived in the same house in Burlingame for 66 years.  As she has no email or tech savvy at 97 years of age, and as her life-long friend, I am starting this fund for her. On Feb. 11, she was served with a 60-day notice to vacate the house or be tossed out by sheriff’s deputies. Marie is fighting her second battle with cancer and has no more in her savings account.  The man who is evicting her inherited the house by default from his estranged wife who was murdered.  His wife, her mother AND her grandmother all promised Marie that she could live out her natural life in the house. The current owner knows about this, but because there is no written contract, he is choosing to ignore the vow. That’s his right. He wants his two sons to have the money now. There are two homes on two lots that should sell for approximately $3,000,000.  The plan is to demolish them and build a large mixed-use  building on the property. We only want Marie to be able to stay at home for longer than two months, as she is ill with cancer and in no shape to move.  Nor can she afford to move.  But if the eviction proceeds, Marie will need money for obvious reasons.

You can read about Marie’s situation on the following link:
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Burlingame-woman-97-evicted-after-66-years-6845657.php?t=a0e8d4e1ec00af33be&cmpid=fb-premium

Marie worked very hard her entire life and should be able to stay in what has been her home for 66 years.  She can’t do it without your help.

Go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/mjqf7pjw

Thank you so much.

Lisa Krieger
Burlingame, CA