Action Council: 2 New Announcements from Adrienne Fong

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Info on the SF Police Commission Meeting will be coming out later today. 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saturday, June 18

J 18, Saturday, 9:00pm – 1:00am, Frisco 500 Fundraiser (Benefitting Family of Jessica Nelson Williams  & The Frisco 500 Bail Fund)

El Rio
3158 Mission St.
SF

Suggested Donations $5 – $10

Performing:
Equipto & TD Camp
Teeko
Xiomara
Camile Safiya

DJ Sets by:
Hi/Lo
Brycon

Food provided by The Lumpia Shack

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/954313024681185/

Monday, June 20

J 20, Monday, 6:00pm, Say NO to the Mission Street Changes

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.
SF

The SFMTA is finally coming to the Mission to hear our concerns about the changes to Mission St!

These changes were made WITHOUT ANY STUDIES how this would effect our community and this important cultural and commercial corridor.
Sales at businesses on Mission St are down as much as FIFTY PERCENT since the changes started.

Worst of the changes:

-Confusing signs and painted lanes that make driving and stressful and unsafe.
-Confused drivers endangering pedestrians and other drivers.
-Removed traffic lanes and curb side parking.

More listed on FB site.

Ask the SFTMA to:

1) Make immediate changes to stop the project and reverse the most harmful elements such as forced right turns.

2) Allow the community to plan for this project that achieves goals such as speeding up busses while not harming the neighborhood.

3) Begin an immediate socioeconomic impact study to assess the potential negative outcomes of these changes.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1771299526446778/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1466227729328199

“Cracks in Capitalism, Part V: Nuit Debout innovates, and survives, 11 weeks strong” by Steve Rushton (occupy.com)

This is the final installment of a five-part series, “Cracks In Capitalism,” looking at examples where the old neoliberal model shows signs of crumbling under the weight of new economic, social, political and ecological pressures. Read parts IIIIII and IV.

“Across France we are building a non-hierarchical network, and this is new,” explains Jan Sitka, who is part of the media team of Nuit Debout, the French movement of the squares that is now nearly three months in the making.

Since its first evening in Paris’s Place de la République on March 31, Nuit Debout continues to stay “up all night,” as the name implies. It may have fallen from international mainstream media attention, but the movement is both reshaping France and showing the evolution of post-2008 global democracy movements.

Cities and towns across France continue holding assemblies and working in participative commissions on social justice issues. The movement has spread to Belgium and Germany and has caused the re-occupation of Spanish Plazas. It has spread across France on a similar scale that 15 million did across Spain in 2011.

A government bill attacking workers’ rights sparked Nuit Debout, but the labour law reform was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. France’s problems reflect those across most Western countries, including high youth unemployment, increasing job precarity and the capitulation of once left-wing parties. Endemic corruption, revealed on a global scale by the Panama Papers, was also a factor. (The leaks catalyzed, rather than caused, Nuit Debout since they were released after squares were first taken.) But what is even more remarkable is the precise political climate within which this movement emerged.

France has suffered two major terrorist attacks in 18 months. Since, it has embraced the doctrine of the War on Terror – which, as we now know, has a way of feeding further terrorism. France has intensified military actions in Syria and Iraq. At home, the government has declared a state of emergency, with measures including banning protests and placing people under house arrest without trial. Freedoms are removed in the name of protecting freedom.

Sitka at Nuit Dubout explains how the public mood has shifted immensely toward favoring powers of the police and the state. In December, after an incident in which police used tear gas to attack climate protesters, who were demonized in the media for retaliating by throwing candles, a new narrative took hold about the good and bad protester. This time, the latter was spoken about in the same terms as terrorists. The police won public sympathy, since some law enforcement members had died during the terrorist attacks, and this dampened what would have been more widespread condemnation of the violence employed during the state of emergency.

At the beginning of Nuit Debout, Sitka recalls “the police violence was strong and there was an internal debate, as they still had a positive image. [But] eventually the public realized they were disproportionately attacking their own young people. It was a real cultural shift.”

Nuit Debout, movement of the squares, 15M, Pots and Pans Revolution, social media, job precarity, youth unemployment, labor protests, labor laws, Europe-wide strike

Now, with the Euro 2016 football competition underway in France, strikes against the labour law reform are escalating. These have likewise been dealt with violently by the state, and this time the news hit international headlines. But those stories often neglect to connect the dots with Nuit Debout, which is playing a role in the effort to unite union organizers and build toward a general strike in the country. Nuit Debout is also pushing for a Europe-wide strike against attacks on workers’ rights.

Sitka said Nuit Debout has been sidelined in the French media establishment, which focused on how the movement is feeding into union and traditional left politics, but missed the way it is reshaping France’s broader political ecosystem. This is not to say that Nuit Debout is merely France’s Pots and Pans Revolution (Iceland), its 15M (Spain) or its Occupy (U.S.). It is both distinctive and an evolution of all of those movements.

In the occupying sense, one crucial change is that the square is packed away every night – a tactically smart move that prevents the police from “evicting” Nuit Debout. Sitka said this strategy also disables some people from capitalizing on the added sense of authority and power that comes with camping overnight. On the other hand, it also creates more work rebuilding structures and adds certain complexities, especially to communications.

But initial challenges in online communication also led to one Nuit Debout’s greatest innovations. According to Sitka, French activists use twitter and email far less than the Spanish activists of 15M. From the start of Nuit Debout, the French instead started using Telegram, an open-sourced version of WhatsApp, which comes with more security than Facebook messages or email. Telegram, which creates groups organized by location or focus theme, was quickly rolled out so that the majority of Nuit Debout groups, or commissions, use it for communication. The groups are all 200 people or less; therefore, unlike email threads, you can see who is the audience, and non-active users are cleared off the lists.

This innovation alone has opened up the movement, by reducing the ability of gatekeepers to hold special positions, or for communication to rely on friendship bonds. It has also made time-inefficient mass email lists almost irrelevant. For the media team, this means their message can be shaped with wider participation – both input through digital and input on the squares. From the start of Nuit Debout, said Sitka, digital tools and online developers were at the forefront creating the digital infrastructure to network the movement.

THE REVOLUTION MAY NOT BE TELEVISED – BUT ON THE SQUARE IN PARIS, IT IS BEING NETWORKED.

Nuit Debout, movement of the squares, 15M, Pots and Pans Revolution, social media, job precarity, youth unemployment, labor protests, labor laws, Europe-wide strike

OccupySF – New Announcements from Adrienne Fong

Send items for posting to: pat1936@gmail.com 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, June 17

J 17, Friday, 1:00pm – 2:20pm – Press Conference: Family Begins Journey for Justice for Luis Góngora Pat! 

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
1661 15th Street
SF

Press Conference:

Civil Rights attorney John Burris; the family and friends of Luis Góngora Pat, the Mayan Community, Justice & Honor for Luis Góngora Pat, Justice & Love for Alex Nieto and Justice for Amilcar Perez Lopez Coalitions and various other community groups will hold a press conference to announce the filing of a Claim against the City and County of San Francisco for the April 7, 2016 unlawful shooting death of Luis Góngora Pat at the hands of Sgt. Nate Steger and Officer Michael Mellone.

Please come to show  support of the family! Tomorrow will be a very important, but difficult day for the family in Yucatán and San Francisco, as they start their journey for justice for Luis. They will also learn some new facts about the murder of Luis.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/153462158400825/

J 17, Friday, 7:00pm – 11:00pm, 1 on 1 with Bobby Seale, Co-Founder of the Black Panthers

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia St.
SF

Tickets: $20.00

Ticket link: http://bobbysealediscussion.bpt.me/

Sellassie; Conscious/Political San Francisco Humanitarian and Activist (one of the Frisco5)

Sellassie; being the no holds barred emcee; activist and unapologetic servant of the people, will ask the necessary questions for the necessary answers in a crucial time for black and brown people’s in Amerikkka.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/500462870147853/

Saturday, June 18

J 18, Saturday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Building For National Prison Work Strike September 9th:  Presentation by Inc

Revolution Cafe
1610 – 7th Street
Oakland

On September 9th, on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, grassroots prison movements on the inside have called for a national strike against prison slavery. Millions of workers are working for practically free inside American prisons amid horrible conditions.

Host: Bay Waters

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701764030091156/

Monday, June 20

J 20, Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm, SF Board of Supervisors Meeting on the Budget

SF City Hall 
1 Dr.Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

Budget will be open to public comment. Please come speak out in support of Supervisor Avalos’s proposal to hold $200 million dollars of the SFPD budget in reserve until certain changes are met by the SFPD!

“The proposal would put $200 million dollars, about a third of the police budget, into reserve. If certain benchmark reforms aren’t met on time, the money stays frozen until the reforms are met.

Article:  6/16 Press Conference:

SF Supervisor Calls For Budget Reserves To Spur Police Reforms

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/06/16/sf-supervisor-calls-on-budget-reserves-to-spur-police-reforms/

J 20, Monday 12:00 Noon, Our Communities Are Not For Sale: RALLY To Demand Funds to Buy and Protect Affordable Housing

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place (front steps)
SF

Speculators continue to take over our neighborhoods, kicking out tenants and buying up foreclosed homes. We need our elected officials to protect us now

It’s Budget Season and we demand:
*Real funding to purchase buildings and keep families in their homes
*Support for the Budget Justice Coalition demands
*Commitment from City Hall to invest in stopping the displacement of San Francisco’s last remaining Black and Brown communities

Sponsor: ACCE

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/120347551723631/

Info call 415-335-7033 or email sfacce@calorganize.org

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Chelsea Manning SF Pride 2016

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

“What America’s gun fanatics won’t tell you” by Brett Arends (marketwatch.com)

AlexanderHamilton

Alexander Hamilton said a “well-regulated militia” would help safeguard the freedom of the new republic because it would make the creation of a professional, mercenary army “unnecessary.”

Can we please stop pretending that the Second Amendment contains an unfettered right for everyone to buy a gun? It doesn’t, and it never has. The claims made by the small number of extremists, before and after the Orlando, Fla., massacre, are based on a deliberate lie.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution doesn’t just say Congress shall not infringe the right to “keep and bear arms.” It specifically says that right exists in order to maintain “a well-regulated militia.” Even the late conservative Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia admitted those words weren’t in there by accident. Oh, and the Constitution doesn’t just say a “militia.” It says a “well-regulated” militia.

What did the Founding Fathers mean by that? We don’t have to guess because they told us. In Federalist No. 29 of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton explained at great length precisely what a “well-regulated militia” was, why the Founding Fathers thought we needed one, and why they wanted to protect it from being disarmed by the federal government.

The Second Amendment is an instrument of government. It’s not about hunting or gun collecting or carrying your pistol into the saloon.

And there’s a reason absolutely no gun extremist will ever direct you to that 1788 essay because it blows their baloney into a million pieces.

A “well-regulated militia” didn’t mean guys who read Soldier of Fortune magazine running around in the woods with AK-47s and warpaint on their faces. It basically meant what today we call the National Guard.

It should be a properly constituted, ordered and drilled (“well-regulated”) military force, organized state by state, explained Hamilton. Each state militia should be a “select corps,” “well-trained” and able to perform all the “operations of an army.” The militia needed “uniformity in … organization and discipline,” wrote Hamilton, so that it could operate like a proper army “in camp and field,” and so that it could gain the “essential … degree of proficiency in military functions.” And although it was organized state by state, it needed to be under the explicit control of the national government. The “well-regulated militia” was under the command of the president. It was “the military arm” of the government.

The one big difference between this militia and a professional army? It shouldn’t be made up of full-time professional soldiers, said the Founding Fathers. Such soldiers could be used against the people as King George had used his mercenary Redcoats. Instead, the American republic should make up its military force from part-time volunteers drawn from regular citizens. Such men would be less likely to turn on the population.

And the creation of this “well-regulated militia,” aka the National Guard, would help safeguard the freedom of the new republic because it would make the creation of a professional, mercenary army “unnecessary,” wrote Hamilton. “This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it,” he wrote.

That was the point. And that was why they wanted to make sure it couldn’t be disarmed by the federal government: So a future “tyrant” couldn’t disarm the National Guard, and then use a mercenary army to impose martial law.

The Founding Fathers didn’t call the republic’s new force an “army” because that term more than two centuries ago called to mind the British army, foreign mercenaries, tyrants and kings. So they said “militia” instead. But they meant a real body. Hamilton was scathing about the idea that the “militia” could just mean every Bob, Billy and Benjamin with his musket. Such amateurs would stand no chance in modern warfare against professionals, he wrote. And requiring every citizen to become a professional would be ridiculous, he said. It would be “a real grievance to the people, and a serious public inconvenience and loss,” he wrote. Taking people away from their work in order to train them “would form an annual deduction from the productive labor of the country.”

The Second Amendment is an instrument of government. It’s not about hunting or gun collecting or carrying your pistol into the saloon. The Founding Fathers left it up to us to pass sensible laws about all these things. The Constitution is about government.

Today we have a professional army, anyway. Military matters have become so complex that no part-time soldiers could do it all. So you could argue that makes the Second Amendment null and void, like the parts in the Constitution about slaves and Indians being counted as “three-fifths” of a person in the Census.

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But even if you still want to defend the Second Amendment, it should apply only to those who volunteer to join the “select corps” of their National Guard, undergo rigorous training to attain “proficiency in military functions” and perform the “operations of an army,” serve as ordered under the ultimate command of the president and be subject to military discipline.

So if you’re running around waving your AK-47 under the Second Amendment, and you haven’t shown up yet at your local National Guard headquarters, you’re not a “patriot.” You’re a deserter.

Occupy calendar of events from Patricia Gray

Wednesday, June 15
9:30 am-12:30pm   Air District Headquarters
                              375 Beale St. S.F.
                              CRUCIAL AIR DISTRICT HEARING
                              There are no limits of bay area refinery
                              emissions.  The community demands enforceable
                              numeric caps on refinery emissions.   A delay
                              is not an option.  The tar sands will be coming in
                              January and the cap must be in place.
2:30 pm                 Neiman Marcus, Union Square  
                              JUSTICE FOR JANITORS DEMONSTRATION
                              The Janitors have been cut to part time and this
                               means they will lose their health benefits.  In their
                               union contract only full time workers get any
                               health care benefits.  Not only will their income
                               be cut in half, they will have to purchase
                               health care benefits.
3:00 – 4:00             S.F. City Hall  front stairs
                              press conference
                              COMMITTEE TO RECALL MAYOR LEE
                              A request to file a notice to recall Mayor Lee
                              was denied with no explanation.  The attempt
                              to file was met by armed law enforcement
                              officers.  This is disenfranchisement and
                              mistreatment.
5:30 – 6:30 pm       Montgomery and Market
                              WEEKLY PEACE VIGIL
                              Join Code Pink, World Can’t Wait, the Occupy
                              Action Council and others at the large peace
                              banner.  Bring signs and we will have leaflets
                              to hand out to people walking by.
6:00 pm                Grattan School, 165 Grattan St (near Stanyon
                             and Parnassus
                             POLICE COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING
                             Use of force discussion on the request to
                             issue tasers to the SFPD.  They want yet
                             another way to terrorize the people of San
                             Francisco.  You are invited to express your
                             opinion.
6:00 – 7 pm           Mission Police Station 
                             VIGIL FOR JUSTICE FOR AMILCAR PEREZ-
                             LOPEZ
                             People will sit in silence waiting for the D.A. to
                             file charges of murder against the SFPD officers
                             who killed Amilcar.
7:00 pm                African American Art and Culture Complex
                             762 Fulton St. (near Stanyon and Parnassus)
                            STILL HERE: DISPLACEMENT
                            Fourth year National Queer Arts Festival
                            Diverse artists reimagine and reinvent the meaning
                            of home in a rapidly changing San Francisco.
                            tickets  $12.00 at brownpapertickets.com
7:30 – 9:30            Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St, Berkeley
                             AMERICAN NURENBERG: THE OFFICIALS
                             OFFICIALS  WHO SHOULD STAND TRIAL 
                             speaker   Rebecca Gordon
                             In the “War on Terror” no officials have had to
                             stand trial for post 9/11 war crimes.  Rebecca will
                             name names and describe their war crimes. These
                             people must stand trial for their war crimes.
                             KPFA event  tickets at the door $15.  in advance
                             brownpapertickets.com   $12.
______________________________________________________
Thursday June 16
9:30 am               San Francisco City Hall  front stairs
                            press conference
                            WITHHOLD $2 MILLION FROM THE S.F.P.D.
                            BUDGET
                            Sup. Avalos plans to withhold two million from the
                            Police budget until they make some changes.
12:00 noon          SF. City Hall room 400 planning commission
                            NO MORE LULXURY MARKET RATES IN
                            THE MISSION
                            26th and South Van Ness—165 luxury units–
                            we have managed to delay t his plan.  Lennar,
                            the developer, has been given City land for other
                            developments,  he can build affordable housing on
                            this site. Up for discussion is 2435 – 2445 16th st.
                            Plan to demolish a one story auto repair shop to
                            build a 68′ building  with 53 units with under
                            ground parking and first floor commercial space.
7:00 – 9:00           City Lights Books
                            261 Columbus Ave. S.F.
                            THE WAY TO SPRING: LIFE AND DEATH IN
                            PALESTINE
                            Speaker and author Ben Ehrenreich
                            A courageous immersion into the daily struggles
                            ordinary Palestinians.
___________________________________________________
Friday June 17
1:00 – 2:30 pm     The Light House #1   
                             1155 Market St. at 7th
                             SAFE STREETS FOR SENIORS AND PEOPLE
                             WITH DISABILITIES
                             Join SoMa and Tenderloin seniors and people
                             disabilities to voice concern about pedestrian
                             safety and educate our city officials on how to
                             make our streets safe for us all.
                             sponsored by Senior and Disability Action and
                             Lighthouse for the blind and visually impaired.
                             more info:   415-546-1333
3:30 pm               E. 12th St – 1200 Lakeshore Ave.  Oakland
                            rally and march
                            MASS DISPLACEMNT IS RACIST VIOLENCE
                            We demand immediate protection for renters
                            and redirection of city funds to protect low wage
                            workers and public education around the
                            connection between police terror, displacement
                            and the conditions in our schools.
                            sponsors: Black Power Network
                                             Anti Police Terror Project
                                             ACCE Action
                                             East Bay Organizing Committee
                                             Fight for 15
5:00 pm            Grace Fellowship Community Church
                         3265 16th St. S.F.
                         MISSION NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT WALK
                         Walk from the church by the sites of the police
                         murders to the Misson Police Station as we
                         remember the people killed by the S.F.P.D.
———————————————————————————–
Saturday June 18
1 – 4:00 pm       Eric Quazada Community Center for Culture and
                         Politics     518 Valencia St. S.F.
                         COMMUNITY DEFENSE TRAINING
                         Know your rights on the street, on the web and
                         beyond.  AROC and the National Lawyers Guild
                         and the Electronic Frontiers Foundation will speak
                         about your rights and how to protect them.
                         RSVP by calling 415-861-7444
1 – 4:00 pm       Folsom St. from 22cd to 25th
                         FIGHT FOR FOLSOM BLOCK PARTY AGAINST
                         GENTRIFICATION
                         Join in as we try to save our neighborhood and
                         our homes.
                         Sponsored by Anti Displacement Coalition, Callie 24,
                         Pigeon Palace, and Housing Rights of San Francisco.
                         Art, music, know your rights skill shares and
                         performances and bouncy castles for the kids.
1 – 5:00 pm      Irving St. Projects  4331 Irving St.  S.F.
                        Concert and show
                        HISTORY OF THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN
                        UNDER MARTIN LUTHER KING UP TO THE
                        OCCUPY MOVEMENTS OF OUR AGE
                        A display of memorabilia, original documents.  Artist
                        Kate Haug will tell the story and compare historical
                        events to what is going on now with Black Lives
                        Matter, Fight for 15 and Our Wallmart.  We must
                        question the high rate of income inequality in the
                        U.S. today. King’s words are pointed questions
                        about the democratic promise of America.
                        free event
9:00 pm            El Rio  San Francisco, 3158 Mission St. 
                         FRISCO 500 FUND RAISER
                         music, food and solidarity
                         donation $5.00 – $10.00
                         hosted by Eucalyptus Jones
__________________________________________________
Monday June 20
9:30 am           San Francisco City Hall front stairs
                        RALLY FOR A BUDGET FOR HUMANITY –
                        NOT BRUTALITY
                        Learn about the Budget Justice Coalition proposals
                        for a budget the keeps San Francisco  accountable
                        to a vision of racial and economic justice.
                        Coalition members:
                        Aids Legal Referral Panel
                        Causa Justa
                        Chinese Progressive Association
                        Child Care Planning Association
                        Coalition on Homelessness
                        Coleman Advocates for Children
                        Jobs with Justice
                        Community Partnership for Senior & Disability Action
                        SEIU local 1021
                        and many more
_______________________________________________________
Tuesday June 21
1:00 pm        Fireside Room, UU Center  1187 Franklin St
                     MUNI DOESN’T STOP HERE
                     A talk by Gerald Cauthen of Save the Muni on Muni’s
                     plans for gentrification and displacement
                     sponsored by the Grey Panthers
5:00 pm         Federal Building at 7th and Mission
                      ANTI T.P.P. DEMONSTRATION
                      Nancy Pelosi’s office is in this building.
                      We want her to vote NO!
                      Bad trade deals kill good jobs!
6:00 pm         Mission Cultural Center   2868 Mission St. S.F.
                      PRE APPLICATION MEETING
                      The planning commission is seeking public comment
                       on a proposed project at 3359 16th st.  Plans are to add
                      three floors to the building.

OccupySF Action Council Announcements from Adrienne Fong

Pat will be sending more announcements out later this week. Send items for posting to: pat1936@gmail.com 

OccupySF

~ Action Council ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board:

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, June 14

J 13, Monday, 7:00pm  thru J 17, Friday, 9:00pm, Week of Action to Stop Stay & Expand

Oakland

Meeting places vary each day  for Place / Times of actions)

Mass Displacement is Racist Violence!

Tuesday, June 14th

 2 pm
Meet at the 711 on 3500 Grand Ave to stand up for equitable development and community benefits for east oakland residents!

6:30pm – 9:00pm @ E 12th Street & 2nd Avenue
Black & Brown Unity
Drumming & healing circle with Maestro Arturo Carrillo, Black & Brown communities sharing a meal, sharing space, and discussing how to get free together.

Wednesday, June 15th

 11 am
Meet at Roccab’s Deli at 1070 E. 14th St, San Leandro to target one of Alameda county’s largest landlords and demand an end to rent increases and evictions.

6:30pm – 9:00pm @ E 12th Street & 2nd Avenue
Building Our Visions

Highlighting visionary projects like Homefulness, POC Sustainable Housing Network, Sustainable Economies Law Center, La Biblioteca, Qilombo, and more.

Thursday, June 16

6:30pm–9:00pm @ E 12th Street & 2nd Avenue
Healing

Friday, June 17

March & Action to ReClaim Oakland:
Rally at 3, March at 3:30
Meet @ E. 12th Parcel (diagonally across from 1200 Lakeshore Avenue on the estuary off Lake Merritt)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/504950389694691/

J 14, Tuesday, 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Solidarity Action With French Workers General Strike-Stop Union Busting, Privatization & Deregulation

San Francisco French Consulate
88 Kearny St. (nr. Montgomery St. BART)
SF

The French working class and their unions have called for a general strike on June 14th,  against the union busting attack on their labor and human rights by the Socialist Party President Francois Hollande government. They want to destroy their work rules so bosses can fire workers without any labor rights and also allow companies to hire young workers without the protection that other workers have. Thousands of young people and students have joined this fight.

The deregulation, privatization and union busting is also being pushed by the Obama government, the Republicrats and US multi-nationals through the IMF/WB with their so called “free” trade agreements.

Their fight is our fight and a victory against this union busting anti-labor government will be a victory for all workers in Europe, the US and around the world.

Initiated by United Public Workers For Action http://www.upwa.info

Info: (415)282-1908  / https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2016/06/08/18787330.php

Wednesday, June 15

J 15, Wednesday, 9:30am – 12:30am, Air District Vote on Refinery Pollution

Air District Headquarters
375 Beale St.
SF

Crucial Air District hearing!   Right now there are no limits on Bay Area refinery emissions.

Directors will give direction to their staff on what they want included in the new Rule 12-16, which covers toxic and GHG refinery emissions.

Needed a huge turnout to encourage the Board to support our Community-Worker Proposal, which calls for enforceable, numeric caps on emissions at each refinery.  

A delay is not an option. The caps need to be in place before an expected spike in tar sands comes to Bay Area refineries and before January 2017

Info: 350.org http://www.350bayarea.org/baaqmd_stationary_source_vote_160615?utm_campaign=350ba160609&utm_medium=email&utm_source=350bayarea

Richard · richardgraysart@gmail.com · 415-342-6057

J 15, 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.

J 15, Wednesday, 6:00pm, SF Police Commission Special Meeting on “USE of FORCE, Draft Policy”

Grattan Elementary School
165 Grattan St.
SF

Come learn what this document says and raise your concerns as to how it will affect our communities. Vote on “Use of Force” is expected to be on June 22nd.

TASERS are NOT out of the picture – they will not be on the police commission agenda for Wednesday, (See Agenda) but will be agendized at a later date. .

Postcard Campaign:

San Franciscans for Police Accountability has initiated a postcard campaign regarding NO TASERS for SFPDaddressed to the Police Commission.

To help gather signatures and for info contact Jackie at: jbarshak@hotmail.com or call: 415.722.6588

Police Commission – June 15, 2016 – Agenda http://sanfranciscopolice.org/meeting/police-commission-june-15-2016-agenda

J 15, Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil, Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th Street
SF

This Wednesday will be the tenth silent vigil as we wait and watch for the DA to file murder charges against the officers who killed Amilcar.

Info: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1cffc40a58193b3d538400764&id=3307774f51&e=6b241a1fbd

Thursday, June 16

J 16, Thursday, 9:30am, Sup. Avalos Press Conference RE: Withholding  $2 Million from SFPD’s Budget

SF City Hall (outside steps)
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

Avalos will be holding a press conference announcing his proposal to withhold  $2 million from the San Francisco Police Department’s budget until they make some changes.

J 16, Thursday, 12 Noon, 2435-2445 16th Street Set for Planning Commission Approval at  Meeting

SF City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place
SF

68′ tall, 53 unit luxury housing development that would replace two existing auto shops.

Info: eddiestiel@yahoo.com

It’s An Honor To Continue Being Valued Over Countless Human Lives (theonion.com)

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An AR-15

Look, I’m not the type who needs constant validation, and I have never sought preferential treatment from anyone. I just try to focus on doing what I do and not get too caught up in what people think or say about me. But I have to admit, it’s been hard to ignore all the support and appreciation I’ve been receiving lately, particularly over the past several years. That’s why I want to take this opportunity to let all of you know what an absolute honor it is that you continue to value me over countless human lives.

I don’t want to get too sentimental or anything, but it really means the world to me how often you as Americans, through your words and your actions, make it known that I am more important to you than the lives of your fellow citizens.

You see, I’m just a humble lightweight, magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle; I never expected this kind of outpouring of affection.

Truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

You see, I’m just a humble lightweight, magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle; I never expected this kind of outpouring of affection. But time and time again, you’ve shown me how much I matter to you. To see so many people—people who could be working to protect and care for human lives—actively devoting their time and energy to making sure I’m the one who’s protected and cared for instead—it’s beyond touching.

Don’t think I haven’t noticed all this. Rarely a month goes by without all of you pausing to weigh me against a certain number of lives—often a dozen or more—and quickly deciding I’m more worthwhile. Gosh, you must really, really love me.

I mean, wow, who do I thank first? I guess I’ve got to start with lawmakers. No one so consistently speaks up on my behalf, praises what I stand for, and does everything in their power to make sure no harm ever comes to me. These are individuals who have hundreds of thousands of constituents whose lives they could so easily put ahead of my interests, yet these principled elected officials steadfastly refuse to do so. Instead, they stick to their guiding beliefs and firmly declare that I—a simple modular rifle with high-capacity-magazine compatability—have more value than any number of human beings. It’s truly humbling.

What a blessing it is to reside in a society with such clear and unwavering priorities.

And here’s the thing: It’s not just one life that I’m considered more valuable than. And it’s not 10 lives, either. It’s not even 49 lives. It’s many, many hundreds of lives! Including children’s! Each day that I’m here and they’re not is another affirmation that you consider me more valuable, more sacred, more inviolable than all of them. Frankly, I’m not even sure what I’ve done to deserve such incredible treatment.

I can’t imagine it was always easy to hold an 8-pound aluminum-and-synthetic firearm in higher regard than the lives of your fellow citizens—after all, these are good people with rich experiences and families and dreams—but this country has always managed to find a way to put me first. Sure, there was that difficult decade beginning in 1994 when you decided that the lives of your friends, neighbors, and loved ones were maybe a little more important than I was. But you all responded in the best way possible in 2004: You were given the straightforward choice between me and untold numbers of innocent people’s lives, and you said resoundingly, “We’ll take the civilian version of a military weapon.”

And believe me, you’ve more than made it up to me in the years since. How many times in the past few years have you directly compared my worth against that of individuals who were, until recently, living, breathing, and experiencing life, and arrived at the determination that I’m number one? To be honest, I’ve kind of lost count.

Listen, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to pay you back for your loyalty and admiration, but I’ll try. I’ll just keep on doing what I do best.

Now, I don’t want to jinx anything, but considering how consistently you’ve favored me over the lives of your fellow Americans—for example, in July 2012, in December 2012, in December 2015, and on and on—I can’t imagine you’ll be altering your priorities anytime soon. So I just want to reiterate how truly grateful I am to the millions of you out there who regularly jump into action at the merest suggestion that any human life might be more valuable than I am, and who stand up proudly and say, “No, this particular device is far, far more important than someone’s child, than someone’s spouse, than someone’s parent.”

And after last weekend, I know I can count on you to do the same again.

Concerned NRA Official Rushes Out To Purchase Congressman Following Mass Shooting (theonion.com)

NRAWASHINGTON—Admitting he felt “scared and nervous” after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at an Orlando, FL nightclub, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre reportedly rushed out of his home early Monday to buy a congressman. “When I saw what happened in Orlando, I wanted to make sure that I was able to properly defend myself,” LaPierre told reporters after driving to the nearest congressional office to buy the most reliable and powerful legislator he could find. “I already have some others, but I figured getting one more couldn’t hurt, especially after something like this. It gives me peace of mind knowing that if I ever feel threatened or come under attack, I can always use my senators or representatives to fight back.” LaPierre added that he is simply glad to live in a country where he can freely and legally own as many elected officials as he wants in order to protect what he values most.