Occupy Calendar for this week–Wednesday to Wednesday (from Patricia Gray)

If you know of an event that might be of interest to Occupy activists who want to improve the lives of the 99%, please let me know the details.  (pat1936@gmail.com)    I will put it on the calendar so that together we can be strong in supporting our friends and neighbors in their efforts to make needed changes in our community.  We have to get out on the streets and frighten the 1%.

We are the many, they are the few.

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Wednesday, June 29
12:30 – 1:30 pm       UC Berkeley, Bancroft and Telegraph, Berkeley
                              PROTEST!
                              THE DEFORESTATION AND POISONING OF
                              EAST BAY HILLS BY UC BERKELEY
                              UC Berkeley and the Regional Park District and
                              the city of Oakland with funding from FEMA plan
                              to kill 450,000 healthy trees in the East Bay
                              hills.  Millions of animals will die from the loss
                              of their homes.  Large amounts of herbicides
                              will follow the bulldozers and poison for ten years
                              after that.  They will use Roundup, Garlon and
                              Stalkec.
                              65,000 people have signed a petition against
                              this plan.  We must defend the east bay forests.
                              Organized by the Coalition to save East Bay
                              Forests.
12:30 to 1:30          San Francisco City Hall
                             RALLY TO MAKE CITY COLLEGE FREE AGAIN
                             City College was tuition free in 1984–that is what
                             it should be now!
                             sponsored by AFT local 2121
5:30 – 6:30 pm        Market and Montgomery, S.F.
                             PEACE VIGIL!
                             Come and stand with others under our large
                             peace banner.  Bring your signs and join in
                             giving information to the people walking by.
                             sponsors, Code Pink, World Can’t Wait and
                             the Occupy Action Council.
6:30 to 8 pm          670 Page St. S.F.
                            EVICTION IS ELDER ABUSE!
                            Join a vigil outside the home of 99 year old
                            Iris Canada who is being evicted.  She has
                            lived here for over fifty years.  She deserves
                            to remain in her home for the rest of her life!
                            Join housing rights advocates and clergy in
                            demanding that she not be evicted.
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Thursday, June 30
4:pm                  SEIU Local 1021   350 Rhode Island St. S.F. 
                         (enter on the Kansas back side of the building)
                         CONVERSATION WITH THE NEW POLICE
                         CHIEF TONY CHAPLAIN
                         Justice for Mario Woods invites you to come and
                         join in on a conversation with the new police Chief.
                         There are still many questions to be answered.
                         We are serious about justice for our people.
6:00 – 9:00 pm    Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. S.F.
                         LENNER OPEN HOUSE
                         Come and view the updated plan for the proposed
                         157 unit apartment house at 1515 South Van Ness.
                          info: Our Mission – No Eviction
                          facebook event/17376708698340831
7:00 – 8:00 pm    City Lights Book Store  261 Columbus Ave  S.F.
                         OF POETRY AND PROTEST FROM EMMETT
                         HILL TO TRAYVON MARTIN
                         City  Lights celebrates the release of this book
                         that illuminates black experience through the
                         voices of our most transformative and powerful
                         African American poets.
                         Come for a book release party and an evening of
                         poetry.
9:00 pm – 12:00 am    EL Rio , 3158 Mission St. S.F.
                                MISSION FIRE FUNDRAISER
                                Fire burned down the homes of 58 people.
                                All funds will go to these people. Event line
                                up to be announced.  There will be raffles of
                               donations and all bar receipts will  go to the
                               families.
                               $10.00 door fee
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Saturday July 2
2;00 – 4:00 pm     1684 Post St. S.F.
                          panel discussion
                          THE ILWU AND JAPANESE AMERICANS
                          Presented by Harvey Schwartz about the
                          interment of 110,000  Japanese Americans and
                          how the Longshoreman’s union stood for the
                          civil rights of the Japanese.
2:00 – 4:00 pm     Starry Plough Pub  3101 Shattuck Ave.
                          Berkeley
                          panel discussion
                          CHALLENGING NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR
                          AND CLIMATE CHANGE
                          Speakers: Andrew Lichlrman, Phyllis Olin, Eugene
                          Ruyle
                          Please buy food and drink at the Pub.  All ages
                          welcome.  This is a part of an ongoing Socialist
                          Forum Series.
                          info  510-332-3865
4:00 pm             Old City Hall Berkeley   2103 Grant Ave.
                         OCCUPY – LIBERTY CITY 2 — WE’RE BACK!
                         This will continue through July 4 and maybe more!
                         We are going back to demand our right to rest, and
                         housing we can afford.   Donations needed – tents
                         blankets, food and furniture.  Cash is welcome too!
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Sunday July 3
 
10:00 – 12;00 pm    Harry Bridges Plaza Tower Embarcadero at 
                            Market St. S. F.
                            S.F. GENERAL STRIKE WALK
                            Labor Fest celebrates the 1934 Waterfront
                            Strike that made San Francisco a labor town!
                            82 years ago at this location a great battle
                            took place by workers and residents against
                           the police and the National Guard.  We can
                           learn from this strike because we may have to
                           do it again.
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Monday July 4
  2:00 – 4:00  pm    Dolores Park  18th and Dolores St. S.F.
                            concert and show
                            S.F. Mime Troupe presents:
                           SCHOOLED
                           (about education in the U.S.A.)
                           free event
3:00 – 7:00           1158 Maples St. at Athens  S.F.   
                           Street Party
                           REVOLUTIONARY 4TH OF JULY 
                           BARBECUE
                           Celebrate working class struggles and enjoy
                           a feast of grilled goodies along with stimulating
                           conversations and refreshing libations.
                           All you can eat $10. – $20.  donation
                           No host bar
                           sponsor  Freedom Socialist Party

“Little Bighorn — history challenges us, whether we listen or not” by Larry Wines (beyondchron.org)

Chief-Crazy-HorseChief Crazy Horse

Just a hot Saturday with the Fourth of July not far off. Except there is a remarkable tale to this date in history, and we live with its legacy.

One hundred forty years ago, on June 25th, 1876, everything was in place for America to celebrate its 100th birthday. In just days, the Great Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia — a proto World’s Fair — would mark a century since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But then something happened. And America couldn’t be jubilant.

It happened two thousand mile away from the pending celebration. It happened out West. It was the September 11th of its time.

After riding all night as one prong of a US Army unit — sent to find and return Native American Indians to the Reservation on which the government had ordered them to live — that army unit found them. The hunted were native people who had, for generations, roamed freely over thousands of square miles of that very land, until only recently.

Their lives had been richly tied to pursuing buffalo, the Great American Bison that was the most important source of their culture. Now they were trying, one last time, to regain a final chance, even a small moment, of that lost life. They were camped in a wide elongation in the valley of a small river, shaded by many trees, rimmed by steep and pointed hills. It was a place the old people had camped in their youth. But never so many people together.

The commander of that army unit, upon finding his quarry, decided to act immediately rather than wait for the rest of the military force, still a couple of days away. He knew that “Indians,” when confronted with a dangerous armed force, would most often melt-away into the landscape. By going in every direction, there was no one to catch. He intended to prevent that.

He divided his force. One half of his cavalry would rush to attack the widened valley from upriver, charging in noisily, as frighteningly as possible, to amplify their small numbers and disorganize the inhabitants of the encampment.

The other half, under his command, would make a looping ride screened by the hills, arriving to seal the downstream exit where the river narrowed. His remaining force, a third contingent with a pack train of tents, supplies, and ammunition, would get orders to hurry to his position as quickly as they could move.

His scouts warned him he was underestimating the situation.

The attack began. The commander and his force were on their ride behind the hills. Thus, they didn’t learn what the attackers did: that the congregation of “Indians” was far larger than anyone imagined. That initial attack force, under command of a drunk who quickly became unnerved, retreated in a rout with half his force dead or wounded. His survivors would take refuge in a barely defensible hollow in the scorching dry hills above the river, where they were immediately besieged and isolated from water as the heat rose.

The commander and his cavalry, unaware of all that, raced northward behind the sharply-ridged hills. When the distance covered seemed sufficient and scouts reported a ravine on the opposite side that appeared to lead safely down to the river, he led his force up and over, down a feature we now know as Medicine Tail Coulee.

Exactly what happened next has been the subject of theory and speculation for 140 years. An archaeological investigation after a denuding grass fire a few years ago answered many questions.

Some of his cavalry, galloping down the ravine, reached the river. At least a few crossed it. Some died there. Most were sent riding back up into the hills in headlong retreat as their comrades and horses fell around them.

Most attempted to rally, as military-trained people do, on the high ground. They were just below the sharp bird-beak tops of the hills. There, they began to be overwhelmed by barrages of arrows plunging vertically down on them from beyond the tops of those sharp peaks behind them, and by charging “Indians” with repeating rifles better than theirs. Moving up on them. Moving in on them. Only muzzle flashes visible from below the tops of the golden grass. And then visible, coming up all parts of the hills beneath them. There, the cavalrymen shot their horses to provide cover. As high up as they had been able to reach. Near the peaked tops of the steep hills. One of which would be named Last Stand Hill.

And there, Brevet General George Armstrong Custer and everyone in his command perished in combat. After seeking to attack a village of men, women, children, babies and old people, they were high above that village fighting Sioux and Lakota warriors who rushed out to protect their families, their loved ones, from mortal danger.

The remaining force at the far end of the valley of the Little Bighorn River included a Captain Weir, who attemped to lead a relief force along the hilltops to ride to Custer’s aid. He failed, was driven back as Custer’s fight commenced. Weir and his men lived.

The unnerved leader of that routed attack, Major Marcus Reno, would live the rest of his life in controversy. As would Captain Frederic Benteen, commander of the pack train who ignored Custer’s orders, lollygaged for a precious two hours, and eventually joined Reno’s besieged force where many of his men died in the siege.

Leaders of the “Indian” encampment that day included numerous Lakota and Cheyenne war chiefs. Each band had added to or reduced the number in camp as it arrived or left to hunt. The numbers there were too many to stay together for long.

The leader who had inadvertently assembled one of the largest-ever Native gatherings on the plains was Sitting Bull. He had created the white man’s alarm by leading his people off the reservation to avoid starvation. And to rebuke the endless stream of broken promises from the white man’s government, and the white man’s army, that food and supplies would be provided in return for staying on the reservation. The reservation. What was left of it. Where there was nothing to hunt. He had been joined by many other bands, large and small, including the respected leader Crazy Horse and his people.

Crazy Horse would emerge from the battle with even more renown. He would be murdered by other Lakota a few years later while attempting to surrender to enable his people to eat. Today in the Black Hills of South Dakota — once sacred to several Native American nations, going back to the Crow — a massive stone carving of Crazy Horse continues to slowly take shape. In the same Black Hills promised forevermore to the Lakota. Until the army broke the treaty and sent an expediton in. It discovered gold. It had been led by Custer. Hoards of white gold seekers descended on that “Indian” land and destroyed it for two generations.

Immediately after the victory of June 25th, Sitting Bull would lead an escape into Canada to save his people, knowing the army’s wrath after the Little Bighorn would be fierce. It was, finally, in the 1890s, at the Wounded Knee Massacre. But long before that, and just a few years after the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull was pursuaded to bring his people back into the US.

He eventually joined his friend, Buffalo Bill Cody, on tours of the “Wild West Show” to Eastern cities — including the site of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, which had, on America’s 100th birthday, been not the center of celebratration, but a place of horrified sadness. Because word had arrived there just in time. Word that Custer had been “killed by Sitting Bull in a massacre with no survivors.”

The Centennial celebration shattered by utter catastrophe. It hit 19th century Americans like the crashing twin towers hit people 15 years ago.

Sitting Bull lived a most remarkable life. He even met all the crown heads of Europe traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody — before he declared he wanted to go home where it was quiet.

There, he, too, was murdered by his own people. Who, as with Crazy Horse before him, were young warriors denied their traditional life and made “Indian Police” by the white man.

Today, you can go to Little Bighorn Battlefied National Monument. It used to be called “Custer Battlefield…” as if it were all about him. He isn’t even there. He was re-buried at West Point over a hundred years ago.

The once-sharp birdbeak peaks of the ridgetop were chopped-off decades ago to make way for a road, so people could visit and “see what happened.” But making way for them erased the barrier of terrain faced by combatants, making everything else impossible to comprehend.

I learned much of this firsthand, riding horseback, tracing the routes of both sides to and upon the battlefield. My guide and companion was the late Joe Medicine Crow. Along with his dog. He showed me the remarkable beauty of a natural place we see in a very specific and almost wholly inaccurate way.

Joe was the very last War Chief of the Crow Nation, and the last Native American war chief of any tribe. His home, all his life, was alongside the Little Bighorn River.

Not far from where Major Reno charged off cliff banks his men could not reascend in retreat. Joe and I crossed there on his horses. I wondered if he saw with more than his eyes. Thanks to him, I believe I did. There, and everyplace he took me. He died last year. And I’m sure he’s still there.

The battlefield is surrounded by the Crow Reservation. The scouts of Custer’s Seventh Cavalry were Crow. There’s a reason. The Crow had, for millenia, called the western plains and Black Hills and Little Bighorn country home.

Until the Lakota were driven westward from the Great Lakes forests and their agricultural settlements by the ever-conquering, land-devouring white man. West, where they would adapt into the finest light cavalry in the world and become synonymous in the popular imagination as “the” Plains “Indians.”

Before they lost almost everything. Everything except the pride and heritage and dignity and respect for those who survived to enable our lives, and the love for the Earth that they, and the Cheyenne, and their former Crow enemies, and so many other First Nations peoples have tenaciously held and publicly reclaimed and begun to teach to all of us.

It’s been a long road from the Little Bighorn, 140 years ago today. Its legacy still challenges us.

This piece first appeared in the LA Progressive

Additional Announcements from Adrienne Fong

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, June 28 

J 28, Tuesday, 6:00pm & J 29, Wednesday 6:00pm, Tell TIC Owners NOT to evict 99-yr old!

670 Page St. (nr. Fillmore St.)
SF

Join housing rights advocates and clergy in telling TIC owners not to evict 99 year-old Iris Canada who is turning 100 this July!

Vigil will be held for three evenings in a row: June 27 – 29, 6-8pm

Ms. Canada won her fight to stay in her apartment, but the court granted her evictors, Peter Owens, Carolyn Radische and Steven Owens, legal fees amounting to $164,000. If Ms. Canada does not pay the amount by July 8, Owens, Radische and Owens could get an order to evict her.

The TIC residents in her building apparently have been pressuring the owners to get Canada out so they can condo convert the building and increase the value of their apartments.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/252634448452070/

Wednesday, June 29

J 29, Wednesday, 11:00am, Demand Judge Persky Be Removed

California Commission on Judicial Performance
455 Golden Gate Ave. #14400
SF

People will be gathering at the California Commission on Judicial Performance to demand that Judge Aaron Persky – the judge that was more concerned for a rapist than the women he assaulted – be removed from the bench

Brock Turner raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster near a frat party, and was only sentenced to six months in prison because Judge Persky thought a longer sentence would have a “severe impact” on him.

Petition delivery and Speak-out

Info: http://act.weareultraviolet.org/survey/Fire_Judge_Persky_Survivor/?t=1&akid=3271.347764.YjqvEZ

J 29 Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, 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

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

Stand (or sit) with us.

Note:

No Vigil this week for Amilcar Perez- Lopez in front of the Mission Police Station. On Wednesday, July 6. plans are to meet at the SF Police Commission Mtg.

No SF Police Commission Meeting this week.

Thursday, June 30

J 30, Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Conversation with SFPD Chief Toney Chaplin

SEIU 1021
350 Rhode Island St. (entrance on Kansas St.)
SF

Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition invite you to come and join in on a conversation with SFPD new Police Chief Toney Chaplain.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016700555081729/  & https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/06/24/18787991.php

J 30, Thursday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Help Stop Lennars project and tell them NO!

Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission Street (between 24th and 25th)
SF

Notice
LENNAR OPEN HOUSE to view updated DESIGN for the proposed 157 Unit Apartment Community at 1515 South Van Ness

Info: Our Mission No Eviction

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737670869834083/

“Clinton Cash” the movie official trailer

Clinton Cash, a documentary based on the Peter Schweizer book the New York Times hailed as “the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle,” will premiere in Philadelphia on July 24, 2016.

Clinton Cash investigates how Bill and Hillary Clinton went from being “dead broke” after leaving the White House to amassing a net worth of over $150 million, with $2 billion in donations to their foundation, wealth accumulated during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State through lucrative speaking fees and contracts paid for by foreign companies and Clinton Foundation donors.

Debate Stirs Up Controversy Over ‘Seat Hog’ Arrest Policy (from CBS SF Bay Area)

BART

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Some BART directors might have buyers remorse for an ordinance narrowly passed in April criminalizing “seat hogs,” which some directors
feared would target the homeless, delay trains and waste police resources.

As BART police Chief Kenton Rainey presented a draft enforcementpolicy to the board on Thursday, one director who voted for the ordinance, Gail Murray, objected to its language as too strict.

The law passed 5-4 in April. It bans people from taking up more than one seat during commute hours, defined as weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Violators will be warned the first time they’re contacted, and then will face an escalating series of fines: $100 for the next violation, $200 after that and $500 for each one after that.

Rainey said that officers enforcing the rule will need to detain individuals, take down their name, and check whether they have any outstanding warrants, even when issuing a warning to track who has been warned already. The officers would keep a careful eye whether the person needed mental health services.

After the initial warning, violators would get a citation, then a notice to appear in court and the fourth time they would be arrested, Rainey said. The penalties would take effect on Oct. 1, after a month of outreach and verbal warnings.

BART Director Nick Josefowitz, who voted against the ordinance, distributed photos at the meeting that he said he took of a man sleeping on a BART train and two women with bags on the seat. He questioned whether it was a good use of police resources to detain these people, check them for warrants, and issue a formal warning.

Murray agreed, particularly in the case of a woman with her purse on the seat next to her, saying that people should be given a chance to comply with the law before they are formally warned.

“If they comply, I don’t see any reason to take some further action,” Murray said. “I would like this to be more permissive, at least in the beginning.”

Josefowitz and Director Rebecca Saltzman reiterated their objections.

“We have a lot of problems in our country,” Josefowitz said. “We have a lot of problems in our district. This doesn’t seem like one of those problems. We’re just creating problems.”

Saltzman said she recently took BART to San Francisco International Airport for a flight to Chicago. Despite it being 8:30 a.m., she said her train car was not crowded so she put her suitcase on the seat next to her. Then it dawned on her that she soon would be breaking the law.

But Director Joel Keller, who introduced the ordinance, said the law was necessary because each time he boards the train at the Pittsburg/Bay Point station he sees numerous people sleeping on the train.

While he acknowledged that the ordinance could cause problems with train delays, he said the other directors should give it a chance to takeeffect. He also said he would like to see rules requiring people to exit the train at the end of the line, like in Pittsburg.

“We at some point need to get serious about whether BART is a homeless shelter or provides transportation for people,” Keller said.

The ordinance is slated to take effect in September.

TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News Servicecontributed to this report.

Note from Mike Zint:

Two articles, two quotes. The first quote shows who these laws are for, and the second quote is to try to hide who they are really targeting. If you think a a cop is going to charge a tourist first, you are not aware of our reality. The homeless person will be targeted and cited while a housed person across the aisle will “come second”. And the housed person will be treated with more respect, and be allowed to make excuses.

Equal protection under the law based on economics is how we are treated. No money, no justice.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/…/debate-stirs-up-controv…/

“We at some point need to get serious about whether BART is a homeless shelter or provides transportation for people,” Keller said.

http://www.sfgate.com/…/How-BART-police-will-keep-riders-fr…

Rainey said police will enforce the law without regard to whether an offender is a homeless person, tourist or commuter. The ordinance is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1, and police will issue only verbal warnings during the first month.
“It’s going to be applied equally to the person who puts a briefcase on a seat on a crowded train during the commute or a person who puts a gym bag on a seat, or the person who puts a suitcase on a seat, or the person who puts his feet on the seat and goes to sleep,” the chief said. “We’re going to treat everyone the same.”

OccupyForum presents . . . “Discussion: What’s Next for OccupyForum?” on Monday, June 27

Monday, June 27thth 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…

D I S C U S S I O N:

What’s Next for OccupyForum?

Dear OccupyForum Sisters and Brothers,

The time has come to stop and take stock of where we are at, and where we want to go with OccupyForum. We have had 187+ OccupyForums over the past 4 years! We’ve come a very long way in our understanding of the history of our struggle, and how to be effective activists. We are engaged in some extremely tough fights at a very tough time, some going better than others. Let’s put our heads together to see how to use this time and space the best way possible this coming year. 

I’ve just read through some of our notes from the first time we did this, and we were on the right track! Some of the ideas we had are things we still struggle with, even though by now most of us work with groups that represent our deepest concerns and have created some effective strategies. Even so, questions about going through existing systems even if we know they are broken (eg. The recent SF Police Commission and the Police Officers Association snafu) still stand. Those of us who do direct action also have ideas about how that’s going and how it could be better. There are quite a few other ways to work and fight that we should discuss.

Besides the many questions that arise about these issues, we want to compare notes on the groups we work with, how they work together and how that’s going, and how Occupy ideas (if we still believe in them) can be inserted with these groups. In short, How do we understand and amplify our People Power???

Let’s bring some snacks to sustain us and get down to business!

Thanks for all you do and for keeping the faith,

Xxx Ruthie

Time will be allotted for announcements.

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

“The Revolution Will Be On Rail, Part 2” by Matt Stannard (occupy.com)

In this ongoing series, “From the Ground Up,” Occupy.com joins with Commonomics USA in presenting stories of local struggles for a new, sustainable economy. This is the second of two installments. Read the first part here.

“BOMB TRAINS” FULL OF CRUDE

Trains in the service of corporate consumption play a central role in our increasingly lethal carbon economy. Millions of gallons of highly flammable crude oil travel every day through cities, towns and ecologically sensitive areas, hauled by trains going way too fast. Most recently, a train loaded with crude oil derailed and burst into flames near a small town 70 miles from Portland, Ore. Soon, the Columbia River was full of oil and hundreds of residents were displaced.

There were at least six major accidents of this type last year. In the last eight years, the amount of crude oil transported by trains has grown forty-fold. In 2013, a crude oil train of the same type exploded in Quebec killing 47 people.

Citizens’ groups are fighting tooth and nail to stop this practice – trying to get the trains to slow down, to divert them from environmentally vulnerable areas, to create safer railway tanks. Since regulations on railcars are weak and take several years to implement, groups are suing railroads and governments. In 2014 and 2015, I conducted some interviews with members of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety (CARS), a Midwestern group that had been fighting against the expansion of Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad’s crude oil transport through the biologically rich La Crosse River Wetlands in La Crosse, Wis.

“The amount of oil being transported down the Mississippi River [through Minnesota and Wisconsin] is over 500,000 barrels a day,” CARS co-founder Alan Stankevich told melast year. “That’s the equivalent of an oil pipeline. And pipelines always require Environmental Impact Statements,” he said, but the trains do not. Moreover, cities and counties are often powerless to stop companies like BNSF from doing whatever they want because of ownership and statutory advantages dating back over a century. And don’t expect Scott Walker-run Wisconsin to use its Department of Natural Resources to push back against the rail companies either. The best it’s offered are watered-down environmental analyses that unsurprisingly conclude that everything’s okay – even as trains full of crude oil derail and explode every couple of months.

I think of what John Paul Wright tells me about railway workers – that they’re “forced to move whatever America wants” and are “caught in the middle” of any attempt to create a sustainable future. Companies like BNSF will tell their workers, and their workers’ families, that those pesky La Crosse environmentalists want to put the railroad out of business and make all the jobs go away. The railroad is one important site of this ongoing struggle against the forced choices of crony capitalism: jobs versus the environment. But when you’re a working family teetering on the edge of financial insecurity, that terror can spark unfortunate loyalties.

MASS TRANSIT: THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF MOVEMENT

Previously I mentioned that early in the 20th century, some major automobile and oil corporations conspired to dismantle most of our nation’s electric railway systems to force cities to choose cars, highways and high levels of gas consumption instead. Big business apologists today deny there was a conspiracy, but there was a federal court case that proved it, and the defendants were found guilty. Big Auto and Big Oil also changed laws across the country to discourage both pedestrian and public transit traffic and favor cars – including making it a crime to cross the street.

Subsequently, highway construction, centered entirely on the needs of the automobile and oil industry, displaced over a million Americans during the first 20 years of the federal interstate system. Most of the displaced were low-income people of color. The demise of public transportation was part of a crime against humanity and the environment.

We have the technology and capacity to expand America’s passenger railway system and modify to be even more sustainable than it already is. To be sure, it’s already much more environmentally responsible to take a train than an airplane or car (particularly driving alone). But green technology can be retrofitted to many existing train fleets, and we could create new fleets as well.

Right now, John Paul Wright tells me, “we don’t move people because the neoliberals see no profit in a transportation policy built on service and access.” Defenders of the automobile industrial complex perpetrate all kinds of myths about the public’s lack of interest in mass transit, but even studious conservatives argue these aren’t true, and they have the research to prove it. And as growing numbers of people become disenchanted with consumerism and cars, and as laws taxing carbon use begin to proliferate around the country, interest in travel by rail will grow even larger.

“SIT IN CIRCLES”

John Paul Wright is afraid that people are so divided by the system that the elites will pit railroad and energy workers against environmentalists. Like many working Americans, he knows how absolutely dug in the opposing sides are, and how likely it is that the present system is likely to hurt all sides if things – big things – don’t change quickly. “I suggest reading Black Elk Speaks, and Wendell Berry’s Unsettling of America,” he writes on his blog. “I also might suggest that changing our agriculture policy would create many opportunities and jobs. We used to own our farms. We used to ride the rails. We used to have localized economies.”

And he has a warning and call-out to those in the economic justice movement that might not think hard enough about the plight of displaced workers: We’re in this together. “In calling for a just transition, we are going to have to make sure we all sit in circles or else… we may all be running around in one.”

Matt Stannard is policy director at Commonomics USA and a member of the Public Banking Institute’s board of directors.

OccupySF – Updates to Announcements & New Announcements previously posted by Pat (from Adrienne Fong)

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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Thursday June 23

4:00pm              BE IN THE STREETS TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR FREDDY GRAY

Meet at 14th & Broadway, Oakland

Officer Caesar Goodson the van driver in FREDDIE GRAYS death found Not Guilty on all charges – this morning

Sponsor: Revolution Club

Info: 510-848-1196

6:00pm               Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition Meeting

350 Rhode Island (entrance on Kansas St.)
SF

Info: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

                           

6:00pm   CCSF Ocean Campus, MUB 140

CCSF BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Public comments before the Trustee meeting.

You may comment on the use of the parcel tax funds.

Info: info@saveccsf.org

6:00- 7:30            Book Passage 1 Ferry Bldg #42

THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE OF ENERGY
Winonah Hauter, author of Frakology explains
how the oil and gas industry influence on our
government.  We have to keep fossil fuels in
the ground and take back our democracy.

Followed by  Q & A

Sponsor Food and Water Watch.

Info: eteevan@fwwatch,org

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Friday June 24

1:00 – 5:00 pm    Irving St. Projects, 4331 Irving St. S.F.

NEWS TODAY: A HISTORY OF THE POOR

                                PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN IN REAL TIME

Contemporary artist Kate Haug tells the story
from the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign led
by Martin Luther King Jr up to Black Lives
Matter, Fight for 15 and Our Walmart.

free event

info   www.iirvingstreetprojects.org

6:00 – 8:30 pm    East Bay Media Center

1939 Addison St. Berkeley

STOP URBAN SHIELD

A town hall meeting to organize a state wide
mobilization in Pleasanton on Sept. 9.

co hosts:  Stop Urban Shield, Berkeley Cop

Watch, Anti Police Terror Project

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/509531092580225/

6:00 – 8:00 pm      Bayview Police Station, 201 Williams St. S.F.

Demonstration

RALLY FOR JESSICA NELSON – FIRE SGT JUSTIN ERB

Jessica Nelson Williams, a pregnant mother of five, was murdered on May 19th by Sgt. Justin Erb for “not complying.” Jessica is the most recent victim of murder at the hands of the racist SFPD. Erb has not been charged for the racist murder of Jessica and is still a danger to the community.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1456669501025229/

7:00pm               MARCH FOR JUSTICE 4 JAMES NATE GREER

Birchfield Park, corner of Elmhurst & Santa Clara
Hayward, CA 94544

A peaceful event.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/488663041324476/

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Saturday June 25

1:00 pm     Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza Oakland

BAN COAL IN OAKLAND

We need a massive demonstration of the people
to outlaw shipping oil at the Oakland Port.  They
want to ship toms of coal out of Oakland after
bringing the cola bomb trains through the city.
This will negatively effect the people of the bay
area and contribute to global climate change.+

Info: Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1759079861045450/

2 – 4:00 pm    Safehouse Arts

1 Grove St. (across from the S.F. Main Library

A ROOF OVER MY HEAD

A musical about the S.F. housing crisis.  A reading
with live music that looks at the housing crisis
from the perspective of a group of tenants whose
flip happy landlord is desperate to get them out.
Presented by Arts Q and the National Queer Arts
Festival.

Free event but donations appreciated.

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Sunday June 26

11:30 am     Meet on Spear St. between Howard & Folsom St, SF

Contingent #104

.                          CHELSEA MANNING S.F PRIDE PARADE

Come and show your support for Chelsea, whistle blowers and government transparency.

Pride Celebration theme is FOR RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

* Help lead the Chelsea Manning parade contingent by holding our lead banner!
* Hand out Chelsea Manning stickers to the crowd!
* March with Pentegon Papers whistle-blower Dan Ellsberg!
* Cheer on our Flash Mob Dancers!.

(and have a good time!)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1737869586499944/

4:00pm          HONDURAS & THE U.S. THREAT TO LATIN AMERICA INDEPENDENCE

ANSWER – 2969 Mission St, SF

7th Anniversary of U.S. backed coup in Honduras.

                        speakers:
Honduras: Porfirio Quintano and Marleni Quintano
Brazil: Toya Fernandes
Venezuela:
Alice Loaiza on Colombian intervention in Venezuela

$3-$5 donation suggested. No one turned away.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1706906846224772/

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Monday, June 27

4:00 pm rally

5:00 pm          Oakland City Council meeting

1 Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor,  Oakland

NO COAL IN OAKLAND!

City Council will be considering the proposal to
make the Port of Oakland the major place for the
shipping of coal to China.

WE MUST STOP THIS!

more info  NoCoalinOaklnd@gmail.com   / https://www.facebook.com/events/570121259834963/?active_tab=highlights

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Tuesday June 28

12:00 to 1:30 pm  S.F. City Hall, Steps on Polk and Grove

Rally and lobby

MAKE CITY COLLEGE FREE AGAIN!

Sponsor  AFT local 2121

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1101584549884567/

6:30 – 8:00 pm     St. John’s Presbyterian Church

25 Lake St. at Arguello

Panel Discussion

BDS IN SAN FRANCISCO: RESPONDING

TO THE CALL OF PALESTINIAN CHRISTANS

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is a non
violent way to change Israeli behavior toward
the Palestinian people.

Speakers Christians from Friends of Sabeel,
Presbyterians Keep Hope Alive,  Jewish Voice
for Peace and activists from UC Davis and
SFSU.

Panel will be followed by discussion on what
can be possible.

info  facebook 8871654113

Thursday, June 30

4:00p –6:00pm   CONVERSATION WITH SFPD TONEY CHAPLIN

SEIU 1021
350 Rhode Island St. (entrance on Kansas St.)
SF

Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition invite you to come and join in on a conversation with SFPD acting Police Chief Toney Chaplain.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016700555081729/