Action Council Events — May 4 to May 10

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

The main thing going on is the Hunger Strike to fire Police Chief Suhr and get the SFPD to protect and serve the people of San Francisco.  Go to the Mission Police Station on Valencia and 17th and support the San Francisco Five hunger strikers.  Phone Mayor Lee at 415-554-6141 and tell him, “FIRE CHIEF SUHR.

Wednesday May 4

1:00 – 5:00 pm      St. Anthony Foundation, 150 Golden Gate Ave., Conference Room

Come and hear about the emergency of
homelessness and be part of the dialogue on
how to create change.
sponsor: St. Anthony Foundation

5:30 pm               S.F. City Hall room 400

topics on the agenda–use of force policy and
tasers. Public participation –  tell commissioners
that they have the power to fire Chief Suhr.

8:00 pm                Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. S.F.

There are 28 new developments waiting in the
pipeline.  Fires continue to rage in the Mission.
Residents and small businesses continue to
be displaced.  Police shootings are on the rise.
Join together in the Brava Theater to talk about
what is going on.  The future of the Mission
depends on us.  This is a call to action against
this unprecedented wave of gentrification.

Thursday May 5

1:00 pm              San Francisco City Hall steps

20% of S.F. residents are over 60.  20% of our
residents are disabled.  City funding MUST be
used to meet the needs of low income seniors
and people with disabilities.
sponsors:  Coalition Agencies Serving the Elderly,
Senior and Disability Action, Community
Alliance of Disability Advocates.
info   415-546-1333

6:00 – 9:00 pm     Redstone Bldg.   2940 16th St.  S.F.

Spring Art and literature gala. Celebration of cross
border unity.
$5.00 admission   complementary food and drink.
sponsor:  Living Wage Coalition
info:  415-863-1225

6:00 pm             SEIU local 1021 Union Hall  350 Rhode Island St — in the back of the building. Enter on Kansas St.

The department of Justice is making a study of
the actions of the S.F.P.D.  to make recommendations
on the situation.  They have had meetings in public
space but this time  they are going to the meeting
place of the groups formed after the police killing of
young black and brown men in our city.  We need to
tell them about the murdering cops and why we want
Chief  Suhr  to be fired!
Sponsor:  Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition.

Friday May 6

5:00 – 8:00 pm   Hillary Clinton will be in San Francisco. Location to be determined.


7:00 – 9:00 pm  2969 Mission St  (between 25th and 26th Sts.

forum led by Gloria La Riva on the coming national
refreshments served
donation $3.00 – $10.00 requested but no one turned
away for lack of funds.
Info:  415-8221-6171

Saturday May 7

2:00 – 5:00 pm   Gallery de la Raza   2857 24th St.  S.F.

Opening reception
Altars will be set up by the Nietos family and films
will be shown in honor of Alex and the Amor Por Alex

3;00 – 4:30 pm    UU Center, 1187 Franklin St at Geary

Fireside  Room

Speaker Jennifer Friedenback , executive director
on homelessness S.F.
There is little dispute that ending the human misery
should be a top priority—but how?   What should we
sponsored by Bay Area Humanists and he UUSF
Humanist and Non Theists.

Sunday  May 8

12 Noon        CODEPINK Annual Mother’s Day Walk on Golden Gate Bridge

Gather at either south (SF) or north (Marin County) end and march to the middle
Bring small signs (2’ x 3’ max) for peace and for no drone strikes; your pink finery; your mothers, your children, and/or your others
Walk for peace ends with a closing circle at the South Plaza.
Info,  Renay Davis at

Monday May 9

5:30pm – 7:30pm  Final Hearing of Blue Ribbon Panel

Burial Clay Theater
African American  Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton St., SF

Last year the SF D.A. established the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement to investigate institutional bias within the SFPD. This is the preliminary findings & recommendations before the panel issues the final

report. Info:

7:30 – 9:30    First Congregational Church of Berkeley

2345 Channing Way Berkeley

Lecture on the Assassination Complex: Inside the
government’s Secret Drone Program.
host Brian Edward Tickert of KPFA
tickets at Brown Paper tickets in advance for $12.
or at the door for $15.00

Tuesday May 10

1:00 pm          San Francisco City Hall

Join the fight for the Board of Supervisors to uphold
due process.  I.C.E. out of San Francisco.  Immigrants
have rights to a hearing BEFORE deportation!

‘Frisco 5’ hunger strikers take their cause to City Hall — by Jonah Owen Lamb (

Hunger strikers (from left) Sellassie Blackwell, Maria Cristina Gutierrez and Edwin Lindo during a march to City Hall from the Mission Police Station at 17th and Valencia streets in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Five San Francisco residents have been on a hunger strike for 13 days calling for the resignation of SFPD Chief Greg Suhr following recent police violence. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

May 3, 2016

‘The five hunger strikers in wheelchairs who led a march on San Francisco’s City Hall Tuesday did not get their meeting with Mayor Ed Lee, who they are calling on to fire the police chief.

Instead, they confronted The City’s legislators and forced their meeting to temporarily close down.

The hunger strikers, known as the “Frisco 5,” marked their 13th day without food by marching on City Hall at the head of hundreds protesters to demand a meeting with the mayor.

The march came a day after Lee’s failed attempt to meet with them at Mission Station, the location of their hunger strike.

The group says they will not eat until Lee fires Police Chief Greg Suhr, who has the mayor’s backing and has said he has no plans to resign.

The hunger strike was prompted by a series of scandals in the San Francisco Police Department, which included two separate releases of racist text messages and recent killings at the hands of police.

The shooting of Mario Woods Dec. 2 prompted outrage, protests and promises of reform in City Hall. But just as it seemed the protest movement for police reform and calls for Suhr’s job had subsided, another police shooting killed Luis Gongora last month.

Soon afterward, the “Frisco 5” — Sellassie Blackwell, 39; Ike Pinkston, 42; Ilyich Sato, 42; Edwin Lindo, 29; Maria Cristina Gutierrez, 66 — decided to stage their hunger strike.


San Francisco is a city known for its protests. But Tuesday’s emotional and almost ceremonial march from Mission Station at 17th and Valencia streets to City Hall was seemingly political theater at its best.

A Franciscan Friar blessed the five with holy water before speeches were made and the group was wheeled north to City Hall. The protesters included the mother of Woods and the parents of Alex Nieto, who was shot and killed by police in 2014.

The day’s protest began just after noon. As the crowd grew outside of Mission Station, where the five have been sleeping in tents, Kat Brooks of the Anti-Police Terror Project, took the microphone.

“I believe with all of my body, this can and will be a victory for the people,” said Brooks, who implored the large crowd to continue to pressure Suhr and Lee over the issue. “Be everywhere Suhr is. Make it impossible to breathe in this city.”

Gutierrez, one of the hunger strikers, spoke next. “I hate what they do, but I love them,” she said of police, adding that the protest had to come from a place of love rather than hate.

Minutes later, the march was underway. Never far were the lines of uniformed police officers shadowing the crowd as it hollered anti-police chants.

Along the way marchers stopped and sat in silence at Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, chanting “Fire Chief Suhr” and generally making a ruckus with music as incense wafted across the streets.

Many among the crowd said they’d come because they were fed up with police violence and wanted to show solidarity for the hunger strikers.

“We are here because we are tired of so much police abuse,” said one of Tuesday’s protesters, Maria Mendez, 40.

Jason Nava, 30, another marcher and friend of Woods, said he came to support the group. “I’m thankful for what they are doing,” said Nava. “It sends a message to The City; you can’t kill citizens.”

Anthony Sims, 38, agreed with that sentiment. “We won’t settle for cold-blooded murder in our community,” said Sims.

By around 2 p.m. the growing march had entered Civic Center Plaza, where a large path was made for the wheelchairs of the hunger strikers. In their final approach to the steps of City Hall, protesters lined the mall on Civic Center Plaza and let the five hunger strikers pass, pushed by their white-jacketed medical team.

Once inside the building, the group headed to the second floor where they hoped to find the mayor.

From their wheelchairs, Gutierrez and the other four hunger strikers tried and failed to pass the deputies guarding a closed Room 200. The four deputies said Lee was not in.

As a crowd tussled outside of the office, someone yelled, “Tell the mayor we’re here.”

“She’s come a long way for a word with the mayor,” said someone else in the crowd.

A spokesperson from the mayor’s office reiterated Tuesday that Lee had attempted to speak with the hunger strikers the day before.

“Mayor Lee agreed to sit down and have a thoughtful discussion about police reforms, hear their concerns and see how they are doing and that’s why he visited them at the Mission Police Station yesterday, but they refused to meet with him,” Christine Falvey wrote in a text message to the San Francisco Examiner.”

“He wanted to let them know that he is working with the police chief, the Police Commission and the community to move fast on police reforms with the full involvement of the U.S. Department of Justice to make that happen.”

Within 20 minutes the five departed and made their way to the opposite side of the building, where they found the Board of Supervisors in session.

About 50 supporters of the hunger strikers entered the Board of Supervisors chambers Tuesday and were soon joined by the hunger strikers themselves in wheelchairs where they addressed members of the board.

Both Board President London Breed and Supervisor David Campos addressed the protestors, but their comments were met unfavorably by those gathered who wanted the board to take more actions.

Meanwhile, Suhr canceled his appearance Tuesday night at a police accountability forum where he was scheduled to speak with Public Defender Jeff Adachi, citing security concerns, Adachi told the San Francisco Examiner.

S.F. Examiner staff writer Joshua Sabatini contributed to this report.