Portraits of Protesters At the DNC – With No Votes for Hillary

By William Fowler (Occupy.com)

July 27, 2016

Sarah Hoss was a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Oklahoma City and drove 20 hours across the country with her mom to attend the pro-Bernie protests in Philadelphia this week. It was after the Nevada Democratic Caucus when Hoss really started seeing that “the Democratic nomination was completely rigged,” she said.

If Sanders had been treated fairly, Hoss said it would be a different story at the DNC. As far as how she votes in November, this week will say a lot and she hopes the Democratic establishment will at least acknowledge the protesters – even if it’s just to say “we hear you.” Regardless, Hoss said there is no chance she will be voting for Clinton in the general election after her contradictory statements in the Democratic debates about supporting a $15 minimum wage. Living in a red state like Oklahoma, voting outside of the Republican Party is largely symbolic, regardless of the candidate. However, she said she will remain a member of the Democratic Party in order to support state and local level “Berniecrats” running for office.

 

Imanuel Mesiah is a community activist working on issues affecting the homeless in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. “I came out here for justice, and to see that democracy is not destroyed,” said Mesiah. In an act of protest, Mesiah tore up his Democratic Party membership form after Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over the Wikileaks emails Sunday – confirming Sanders supporters’ accusations that the DNC was pulling strings in Clinton’s favor throughout the primaries. But while Mesiah may have already left the party, he said he doesn’t think Jill Stein has a chance as the Green Party candidate. Instead, he wants to infiltrate the Republican Party and advocate from within, pushing for clean energy. He might even vote for Trump, he said, as another symbolic protest.

 

Jennifer Rojas is a student in Dallas, Texas, but originally from Southern California. “I’m missing school and work – I’ve put everything on pause to be here,” said Rojas after speaking from the public microphone at one of the Sanders rallies outside the convention. “I’m here to protest against voter suppression and election fraud across this country,” she said. Prior to this election, Rojas had never been a Democrat, and had never voted until she was impassioned by the Independent senator from Vermont – and she plans to keep it that way. “I’m still voting for Bernie – Bernie or bust all the way.”

 

Tony Preciado is an artist based in Portland, Oregon who flew to Philadelphia in protest of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s nomination. “There is a substantial amount of credible evidence that this was a fraudulent election, and as Americans we cannot accept that,” said Preciado. In order to make it here, Preciado said he paid for his plane ticket out of pocket and must spend time away from his family. If Clinton is nominated, Preciado will be leaving the Democratic Party. He will be voting for Jill Stein if Sanders is not nominated.

 

Wesley Irwin also came all the way to Philadelphia from Oregon. Irwin is a pledged delegate to the convention, and he is also a candidate for the Oregon statehouse representing communities in the North Seattle area. “We haven’t seen a chance like this to create fundamental change since the Civil Rights Movement. Regardless of the outcome of this undemocratic nomination process, we must continue to fight,” said Irwin.

As a guest to the convention, Irwin said he is here to stop Donald Trump, and Clinton is not the candidate to make that happen. In the likely case that Sanders is not nominated, Irwin is prepared to “fight like hell” for Jill Stein. “Now is the time for a peaceful revolution. Lets help build a brand new Congress and take our country back.”

 

Nicole Lutkemuller is an ecologist, a geographic information systems analyst and a pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders from California. As a delegate to the convention, Lutkemuller hopes the rules committee will not be suspended so they can abolish super delegates, and that the platform committee will adopt stronger language on the TPP. “The Democratic Party does need to unify, but it needs to recognize that Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to beat Donald Trump,” said Lutkemuller. “He has the ability to pull people to his side, while Hillary is pushing people away.” Lutkemuller is remaining uncommitted about how she will vote in November until after the convention. There is a chance she will vote for Clinton, she said, but there is no chance she will vote for Trump.

 

Brie More is a model and a cannabis activist from Boston who came to Philadelphia for the “Jay-walk” for de-scheduling cannabis as a class 1 drug and ending what she called the racist war on drugs. More didn’t come to support or oppose any candidate for president, but to represent the medical patients, veterans and people suffering from chronic pain and other illnesses who are incapable of accessing medical cannabis as an alternative to addictive prescription medications. In terms of the presidential election, More said she is deciding between voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein – but never Clinton or Trump.

Steven Menendez is a portrait and fashion photographer from New York City who came to Philadelphia this week to show his support for Bernie Sanders’ platform. He joined the Democratic Party in 2007 to vote for President Obama, though he has no attachment to or willingness to stay with the party and he’s looking more into leaving it. “I’ve been attracted to the fire and passion of Bernie Sanders and that’s why I’m here,” said Menendez.

 

Jessica Creery is a PhD student in Chicago who came to Philadelphia to participate in nonviolent direct action tactics planned by Democracy Spring and occurring throughout the convention. Creery had never risked arrest in a nonviolent protest before and her record is clean otherwise. “Democracy Spring provided a very clear path for me to take action,” said Creery. Her belief that democracy is nonexistent in today’s political system was solidified after the New York Democratic primary, where hundreds of thousands of voters were purged from the voting rolls in Brooklyn.

Creery has always considered herself a Democrat, though after this election she said she is absolutely leaving the party. “Democrats and Republicans are the same when it comes to campaign finance,” said Creery. “When money is involved, there is going to be the same result no matter which side you’re on.” As far as voting for Clinton, Creery was even more unsatisfied. “If you have to let go of all your values to vote for someone, you’re not living in a democracy.”

 

Nancy Towler is an administrative assistant at a college near Schenectady, New York, who has come to Philadelphia in hopes that something good will come from the convention. “Realistically, I’m hoping for a full blown revolution – all the corruption has gone too far,” said Towler. In light of this election, Towler said she is absolutely leaving the Democratic Party after being a registered Democrat for 38 years. In terms of who she will vote for in November she is undecided. As for voting for Clinton: “Hell no.”

Weekly Occupy Calendar (from Patricia Gray)

Please read this list of events of activists and plan to attend one.

We need to support each other as we try to change our government
to heed the bidding of the many, not the few.
                         It still is the 99% vs. the 1%.  

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 Wednesday July 27

5:30 – 6:30       Market and Montgomery St. S.F.
                       PEACE VIGIL 
                       Come join others under our peace banner to let
                       people know that all these wars must stop!  People 
                       have become complacent and the wars continue 
                       without any concern for these illegal attacks on the
                       people of the Middle East.  Not only are we killing 
                       thousands of people and causing waves of 
                       refugees to flee their homes, these wars are 
                       bankrupting our nation and causing cuts in our
                       domestic programs.  
                       sponsored by Code Pink, the World Can’t Wait and
                       the Occupy Action Council.
7:00 – 9:00 pm          Redstone Building, 2940 16th St. (near Bart)
                               UBER, WORKERS RIGHTS, TECH AND THE
                               PUBLIC
                               Panel discussion—teach in
                               The growth of Uber and the other technology
                               software companies have had a drastic affect
                               on the regulated Taxi industry, not just in San
                               Francisco, but all over the world.  The panel
                               will look at worker and public issues and how
                               workers are seeking to defend their wages and
                               living conditions.
                               sponsored by S.F. Taxi Workers Alliance
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Thursday July 28
12:00 – 1:00       Washington Square Park in North Beach
                        NORTH BEACH BETRAYAL; STOP THE EVICTION
                        OF POET DIEGO DELEO
                        Diego is 80 years old and is fighting to remain in his
                        home of more then thirty years.  Like the few Latinos
                        left in the Mission, the Italians are getting rare in
                        North Beach. Communities are being destroyed by
                        GREED and this must be stopped!
1:00 pm        San Francisco City, Hall  Supervisor’s Chamber
                    HEARING ON TECH TAX FOR HOUSING AND 
                    HOMELESSNESS
                    This proposed tech tax would raise $120 million a year
                    for affordable housing and homeless services.
                    Supervisor Mark Farrell sponsors the bill.  Tell the
                    Supervisors we need real solutions to the housing
                    crisis.
                    sponsored by the Coalition on Homelessness
              
5:00 pm      S.F. City Hall Board of Supervisors Chambers
                  AWARDS FROM THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
                  Hero awards for:
                  Justice 4 Idriss Stelley
                  Alex Nieto
                  Amilcar Perez Lopez
                  Mario Woods
                  Luis Gongoria Pat
                  Jessica Nelson Williams
                  Black and Brown United
                  The Frisco Five
                  The Frisco Five Hundred
                  #Do No Harm Coalition
                  Please wear red and black in honor of these heroes.
7:00 – 9:00 pm   First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St.
                        Oakland
                        GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN: WHITE FOLKS 
                        DISCERNING OUR PLACE IN THE MOVEMENT
                        A collaboration between Seminary of the Street
                        and Beyond Separation.
                        The systemic killing of black people at the hands of
                        the police are leading many of us white folks to
                        yearn to be more effective and in deeper solidarity
                        with Black Lives Matter and the larger movement
                        for Black Lives.  Whether you are already involved
                        or just getting started, please join us in a facilitated
                        dialogue, building and supporting conversation
                        around our next steps and actions in the movement
                        for justice and liberation.
                        facilitated by Nicholo Torbet and Elana Isaacs
                        sponsored by  Seminary for the Street
                        Suggested donation $5.00 – $20.00 to pay for the
                        space.  No one turned away for lack of funds.
                        excess funds will be used for a similar meeting
                        for people of color.
__________________________________________________________
Friday July 19
7:00 pm.     2969 Mission St. (between 25th and 26th streets)
                  Discussion
                  RESISTING RACIST POLICE TERROR
                  Participate in a discussion of he historical role of police
                  and learn the historical role of police and learn about the
                  history of the anti police brutality movement in the bay
                  area.
                  Refreshments served
                 $5.00 – $10.00 donation requested  no one turned away
                  for lack of funds.
                  more info  415-821-6171
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Saturday July 30
1:00 pm     Birchfield Park, Hayward    W. Winton Ave and Santa Clara
                 (just off 880)
                 A DAY TO REMEMBER: OUR LOVED ONES
                 Come and gather in solidarity and meet other families who
                 have lost loved ones.  We will have a BBQ and sit
                 together and talk.  If you are able to, please bring some
                 meat for the grill, a side dish, or some drinks to share.
                 Sponsor   Justice 4 James Nate Greer.
4:00 – 8:00 pm    Random Parts   1206 13th Ave. Oakland
                         BOOM: THE ART OF RESISTANCE- A DIVERSITY
                         OF BAY AREA ANTI DISPLACEMENT TACTICS
                         4:00 to 5:00  Gentrifukation tour  by Poor Magazine
                         5:30 to 7:00 pm Collective visioning featuring anti
                         displacement Art I tactics projects.
                         organized by Leslie Dreyce with Oakland Awake,
                         Bay Area Society for Art and Activism.
________________________________________________________
Sunday July 31
3:00 pm   Eastside Arts Alliance  2277 International Blvd Oakland
               SHOUT THEIR NAMES
               Town Hall Meeting by the Coalition for Women Prisoners
               (CCWP)  to bring  more attention to the conditions at the
                California Institution for Women.  The CIA is at 130%
                capacity and has a suicide rate of 8 times the rate of
                the national rate of suicides in prisons.
                Legal advocate with CCWP are working with and supporting
                survivors and family members outside.
                Sponsor:  California Coalition for Women Prisoners.
________________________________________________________
Monday August 1
6:30 pm     Glide Center for Social Justice 
                 330 Ellis St. S.F.
                 POLICING THE POLICE: REFORMING AMERICAN
                 LAW
                 Panel discussion
                 Van Jones, CNN commentator
                 George Gascon S.F. District Attorney
                 Judge LaDoris Cordell  Member of the Blue Ribbon
                                           panel on Transparency, Accountability
                                           and Fairness in law enforcement.
                Discussion of he recommendations of the Blue Ribbon
                Panel.  see the recommendations on line at
                                    sfblueribbonpanel.com
                Tickets:  $7.00 – $20.00
_______________________________________________________
If you know of any future events for this Occupy calendar please
email them to me  pat1936@gmail.com
The calendar comes out once a week. I need the future events by
Tuesday at noon for the next week. You may send any information on
events in August or September. I keep a log of future events for the
calendar.

Walkout on the DNC (from OccupyWallStreet.NYC)

OccupyNYC

It is time.

UPDATE: The delegate organizers have informed us that the exact time and day of the walkout is TBD, and will not take place until all votes are tallied. All participating delegates will walk out as a group. Livestreamers, media, and a rally will greet you on the other side of the walls of the “free speech zone.”

Be a chapter in our people’s history, do not settle as a footnote in theirs.
WWW.OCCUPYWALLST.NYC

OccupyForum Field Trip (on Monday, July 25)

F  I  E  L  D    T  R  I  P  

Monday, July 25th from 6 pm  – 9 pm

New Metro Center Building in San Francisco
375 Beale Street at Harrison, San Francisco, CA 94105

OccupyForum presents…

SEA LEVEL RISE, FLOODING, AND JUSTICE IN THE BAY AREA: POLICY WORKSHOP

Greenaction is part of a regional climate justice coalition called the Resilient Communities Initiative, and RCI will be having a workshop on sea level rise, flooding and justice.

This is an important opportunity to engage/challenge some of the government agencies who should be dealing with this issue, especially about the issue we’ve been working with you on – how sea level rise will impact the toxic and radioactive waste sites along the Baview Hunters Point and southeast waterfront.

What are the social equity implications of sea level rise and flooding in the Bay Area? How can grassroots leaders and agency staff work together to address them?

Join grassroots leaders from the Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) and staff from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the Coastal Conservancy, and other key agencies in an innovative joint policy workshop to explore these critical issues and identify potential collaborations to address them together.

Key justice and equity issues to be discussed in breakout groups include:

  • Emergency housing for those displaced by flooding
  • Protecting affordable housing from flooding and sea level rise
  • Impact of flooding and sea level rise on shoreline toxic sites
  • Investing in upgrading shoreline and flood infrastructure in disadvantaged communities
  • Use of Measure AA wetland restoration funds in disadvantaged communities
  • Risk assessment, community planning, and regional planning for flooding and sea level rise

This joint policy workshop is part of the Regional Resilient Leadership Academy series presented by the Resilient Communities Initiative to bring grassroots community leaders most impacted by climate change together with key agency staff to build long-term partnerships.

http://mtc.ca.gov/about-mtc/contact-us/bay-area-metro-center

transportation: http://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/375_Beale_Transit_and_Shuttle.pdf

Note: If possible, please eat before coming since we are off-site!

Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs—What Could Happen?

StPetersburg

Not only would the ordinance get big money out of St. Petersburg elections, but it could lead to a legal clash ending super PACs across the country.

By Carolina Cruz (YesMagazine.org)

It could have seemed like a singular act of defiance to abolish super PACs in one Florida town.

It’s part of a far-reaching legal strategy to reduce the influence of money in politics.

Members of the City Council in St. Petersburg approved 6-1 today a motion to consider an ordinance that would limit the amount donors can give to groups that support or oppose candidates in local elections.

The ordinance, if passed later this year, would directly affect only elections in St. Petersburg. But it’s part of a far-reaching legal strategy to reduce the influence of money in politics by abolishing super PACs—groups that can take unlimited amounts of money from donors to spend in political campaigns—at the national level.

“This is a serious issue in our country and it has a corrosive effect on our elections and in our democratic process,” said Darden Rice, vice chair of the City Council. “But we are going to have to tackle it on all levels—from our city halls all the way up to the Supreme Court.”

The ordinance challenges super PACs’ legal foundation, which includes the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. There, the court ruled that corporations and unions have a right to free speech, just like individual people, and that campaign donations are a form of protected speech. That decision set the stage for a flood of corporate money into U.S. elections.

Rice’s ordinance doesn’t directly challenge Citizens United. But it does defy SpeechNow.org v. Federal Elections Commission, in which a Washington, D.C., court of appeals interpreted Citizens United to mean that there should be no limits on political contributions to independent groups that support or oppose political candidates. That’s how we ended up with the super PACs that are spending tens of millions of dollars in the 2016 election season.

Rice’s ordinance challenges that decision by limiting the amount a contributor can give to an independent group to $5,000—the same limit that existed before the ruling.

“Our votes mean nothing now because the only day [elected officials] need us is the day we vote,” said Rae Claire Johnson, leader of the Tampa Bay branch of the nonprofit group American Promise. “The very next day they are beholden to the big-money interests that got them in office, so our interests and desires are not being supported.”

American Promise is just one of the groups that collaborated with Rice on the proposed ordinance. Others include Free Speech for People, a nonprofit that works to improve American democracy, and the League of Women Voters. Legal advisers at these groups spent about six months hammering out the proposal’s language.

“It very well could be a game changer,” said Rice, a councilwoman for St. Petersburg since 2013 and a resident of the city for nearly 20 years.

The big strategy

Political action committees existed before the SpeechNow.org decision, but it provided the opportunity to create new and bigger PACs. These are the ones that have been criticized by campaign reformers across the nation in the past six years, since the Citizens United decision.

“What these super PACs can do is gather in money from any source—unions, corporations, rich individuals—and there is no limit to the money they can gather in,” said Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida.

Scott Greytak, a lawyer with the group Free Speech for People, says that decision has damaged American democracy—including at the local level.

“If St. Petersburg does it, hopefully other cities would do it, too.”

“The folks in St. Petersburg are aware this is not just something that happens in presidential and congressional elections,” said Greytak, who helped develop the ordinance. “This is something that more and more is coming to local elections, and you see a lot of super PAC activity all around the state of Florida.”

Although the legal experts who worked on the ordinance believe it will stand up in court if challenged, they also expect lawsuits if the City Council passes it. Greytak anticipates that those who benefit from unlimited super PAC spending will be the ones to challenge the ordinance.

“If this law is challenged, St. Petersburg could provide a test case that, in time, could make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court,” he said. “It could have national resonance for communities all across the country who are struggling to keep big money from poisoning their elections.” And, although Rice’s ordinance could be upheld without changingCitizens United, Greytak says the court could take the opportunity to revisit that case and reach a different conclusion.

Because of the vacancy in the Supreme Court, some scholars believe the timing might be just right for that approach.

“If we have a replacement justice who takes that seat and has a different view of campaign finance, that is a whole different world because then the majority is 5-4 the other way,” said Torres-Spelliscy. “A lot depends on who takes that seat and when.”

The plan to change campaign finance rules by bringing a fresh case to the Supreme Court joins other strategies to limit the power of money in elections. So far, 17 states have called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution on the issue, which would then provide a foundation for the overturn of Citizens United. Meanwhile, groups like Represent.Us have focused on passing local and state laws, tallying wins in New Jersey, Florida, and Oregon.

Will other cities follow?

A Supreme Court fight isn’t the only potential impact of St. Petersburg’s proposed rule change.

“Personally, one of the reasons why I think this ordinance is important is because if St. Petersburg does it, hopefully other cities would do it, too,” said Johnson from American Promise, who’s been involved in getting the word out about the ordinance.

And of course, this is happening while St. Petersburg City Council is debating the city’s everyday business.

“We don’t know yet how exactly we are going to work out our local rules on ride-sharing or Airbnb, or whether or not we are going to put money into a new baseball stadium,” said Rice. “But we know that for sure we want to have robust, sincere, and real conversations with the community and … what we don’t want is having those conversations corrupted by the influence of big money.”

The ordinance will now move on to the Committee of the Whole to be debated further in September.

Fight between Jimmy Dore and Ben Mankiewicz on last night’s TYT coverage of RNC – day 3

JimmyDoreBenM

Jimmy Dore:  The difference back then when that stuff [Ana Kasparian’s recount of her seeing Reagan and George H.W. Bush debating immigration with logic and evidence] happened was that we had the Fairness Doctrine and it was before the 1996 Telecommunications Act which consolidated the media into six companies.  And so now reporters are not even allowed to do their job.  And they know it.  They self-censor.  And we get what we’ve been talking about all night.  This neutrality bullshit plus we had the Foxification of the party which had to do with the Telecommunications Act and the Fairness Doctrine.

Ben Mankiewicz:  That’s right.  Taking advantage of it.

Jimmy:  And Bill Clinton we have to thank for that.  That was a neo-liberal who did that and then he went on to deregulate Wall Street.  And, then, you know, people are voting for Trump, a lot of them, out of hatred for Hillary Clinton.  People are also voting for Hillary Clinton out of hatred of Donald Trump.  That is a horrible way to vote — out of hatred.  So I’m not voting out of hatred.  I’m voting my conscience.  And I can’t get my conscience to pro-fracking bullshit.

Ana Kasparian:  I know, but look, I gotta be honest with you.  I didn’t know where I stood until this convention because it’s one thing to report on the things people say.  It’s another thing to experience them in person.  And being here in person…  These are dangerous people.  I’m not trying to fear-monger you guys.  These are scary, dangerous people that would destroy the country.  The idea of Donald Trump nominating Supreme Court justices scares the living crap out of me.  You know that he wanted…  I know we talked about it on the main show, but he wanted Kasich to be his VP because apparently Donald Trump has a few things he doesn’t want to do as president including domestic policy and foreign policy.  Pretty much everything and it’s because he’s an idiot and he doesn’t know anything.  He has no policy ideas.  No one here has ever mentioned a single policy idea that he has because he doesn’t have one to defend, right?  And so the idea of this clown having the ability to pick who our Supreme Court justices are going to be scares me.  We can’t have that.  We can’t have that.

Jimmy:  Let me just say real quick on that point:  He doesn’t have the ability to do that.  Right now the Republicans won’t even give Merrick Garland a meeting for a year without even batting an eye.  So why wouldn’t the Democrats be able to do the same thing for two years.

Ben:  They won’t.  They won’t.

Jimmy:  They should.  And if we keep voting for weak soft, we’re going to keep getting more of it.

Ben:  If you don’t vote for Hillary Clinton and we end up with Donald Trump, you’re going to bear a bit of responsibility for the…

Jimmy:  No, it’s her fault for not coming to get my vote.

Ben:  No, no.

Jimmy:  I want to vote for her…

Ben:  Then vote for her. Bite the bullet and vote for her.  It’s the grown up thing to do.

Jimmy:  No, no, no…  Not at all.

Ben:  You’ve never been more wrong about anything.

Jimmy:  That is such a fucking…

Ben:  No, yours is the selfish point of…

Jimmy:  This is the same short-term thinking that got us where we are right now.

Ben:  You don’t know anything about what’s going to happen in 2018.

Jimmy:  Bullshit.  That is such bullshit.

Ben:  You’re thinking we’re going to come back in…

Jimmy:  What do you fucking know about it?  What the fuck do you know about it?

Ben:  Don’t talk to me like that.  Don’t talk to me like that fucking ever.

Jimmy:  What did you just say to me?

Ben: I didn’t say “Shut the fuck up.”

Jimmy: I said, “What do you fucking know about?”

Ben: Yeah. That’s incredibly hostile.

Jimmy: Well, you just said it to me.

Ben: No, I wasn’t. I said you don’t know what’s going to happen in 2018.

Jimmy: And what do you know?

Ana:  All right guys.  Let’s go to break.  Break.  Break.

[Transcribed to the best of my ability by Mike Zonta. Video at http://tytnetwork.com/2016/07/20/rnc-july-20-2016-3/.]

Occupy Action Council weekly calendar (from Patricia Gray)

Please read this list and choose one that you can attend.  We need to be active in our community and connected to other people who share our concerns about the need to change our government.  We want a government to heed the voice of the many—not the few.

If you know of an activity planned for next week, let me know about it by
Tuesday afternoon before the activity.  Send the information to pat1936@gmail.com
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Wednesday July 20
4:30 pm             Twitter office, 1355 Market St. S.F.and march to 
                         Uber at 1455 Market St.
                         TELL TECH TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!
                         The tech boom as fueled a housing crisis.  They should
                          pay a tech tax to raise money for affordable housing
                          and  homeless services.  Join us to bring our vision
                          of a just San Francisco to the headquarters of
                          Uber and Twitter.
5:30 – 6:30         corner of Market and Montgomery St 
                        PEACE VIGIL
                        Our nation is involved in endless wars all over the world.
                        How long will we allow the “war on terror” to continue?
                        These endless wars are bankrupting our nation and
                        causing us to suffer cuts in all of our domestic
                        programs.  (not to mention killing millions of Muslim
                        people)  Join us to inform people of what is going
                        on.  The wars are so ordinary that they are not
                        making the ‘news’ and people are not informed.
                        Join us to protest the wars and to inform the people.
                        sponsored by Coke Pink, World Can’t Wait and the
                        S.F. Occupy Action Council.
7 – 9:00 pm    ILWU local 34 Hall  801 Second St. (next to the ball park)
                     LABORFEST FILMS
                     Freeway Flyer  USA film   45 min
                     a film which shows conditions where college professors are
                     made temporary workers going from job to job – without
                     benefits or pensions.
                     Udita (Arise)  film from Bangladesh  75  min
                     a film on garment workers struggle over the last ten years
                     to organize through terrible tragedies and cruelty as seen
                     through the eyes of female workers.
7;30  pm       Eastside Arts Alliance  2277 International Blvd. Oakland
                    ANTI POLICE TERROR PROJECT
                    regular monthly gathering to work to develop a repeatable
                    and sustainable model to end police terrorism.
                    We are a multi racial, multi generational coalition and
                    would welcome your participation.
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Thursday July 21
11:00 – 1:00 pm    90 7th St. S.F.  Office of Nancy Pelosi
                           ANTI TPP PROTEST: URGE PELOSI TO SAY NO 
                           TO THE TPP!
                           The corporations that rule Congress want to get the
                           TPP passed in the lame duck period after the
                           election in November.  We will deliver over 200,000
                           signatures to Pelosi urging her to oppose the TPP.
                           Sponsored by Citizens Trade Campaign, Electronic
                           Frontier, Sierra Club, California Nurses Association
                           Global Exchange,  Communications Workers of
                           America, Food and Water Watch.
5:00 pm              Powell and Market 
                          ACTION TO END RACIST POLICE TERROR
                          As a part of a national day of actions initiated by the
                          movement for Black Lives, join us in the streets to
                          to demand justice for all the victims of police brutality
                          and end racist police terror  .
                          more info  415-821-6545
7:00 – 9:00 pm    518 Valencia St. (near 16th st. BART)
                         Panel discussion
                         FREELANCERS, JOURNALISM, WORKERS RIGHTS
                         AND TECHNOLOGY
                         The use of technology has transformed our modern
                         media system to drastically affect workers and our
                         information.  There are threats to journalists by repression
                         and police attacks.  There will be films on conditions in
                         the world of attacks on reporters.
                         Panelists:
                         Sana Saleem, from 49 Hills
                         Anabell Hernadez, Mexican journalist
                         Josh Wolf  vedio blogger who spent 225 days in jail to
                                          protect his sources
                         Steve Zellzer,  Media Guild
                         Joseph Thomas videographer in  S.F.
                         more info:  www.laborfest.net/schedule.htm
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Friday July 22
5:00 pm         Conerstone Missionary Baptist Church
                     6190 3rd St. S.F.
                     MARIO WOOD REMEMBRANCE DAY
                     This is Mario’s birthday and the Supervisors have made
                     this a day of remembrance.  We will gather to remember
                     him and to continue the fight for justice.
                     sponsor   Justice4Mariowoodscoalition
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Saturday July 23
11:00 – 5:00 pm    MLK Park, 5701  3rd St. San Francisco
                           CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF MARIO WOODS
                           There will be kids activities, musical performances,
                           spoken word, community healing, food venders.
                           Join us and Gwen Woods, Mario’s mother, to celebrate
                           his life and the many lives he positively affected.
                           sponsored by Justice for Mario woods coalition
7:00 pm        Desai Malta Gallery
                    California Institute for Integral Studies, Ground floor
                    GENTRIFICATION IS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
                    Evictions and displacement derails lives, leading to
                    intergenerational stress — sometime to deadly effect.
                    When homelessness results, residents must also
                    struggle to strive against the elements and the un-
                    management of a life on the streets.  In these conflicted
                    communities an epidermic of police violence cut short
                    lives, leaving families and communities shattered.
                    Come and join the conversation with
                    Carlos Disdier, Manager of community health programs
                    Shiwa Kayom-Bashi M.D.professor Family and
                                                         community medicine UCSF
                    Julie Lewak-Madding of Vanishing S.F. -board member
                                                    of San Francisco Vision
                    Christina Olague, Editor of San Francisco Vision
                    Dr. Ray Tomkins, Phd in organic chemistry and expert on
                                                     toxic pollution in Bayview and
                                                     Hunter’s point.
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Sunday July 24
7:00 – 9:00 pm        ILWU Hall, 801 3rd St. San Francisco
                             Near the base ball park
                             WORKING WOMEN
                             concert and show
                             The Rocking Solidarity Chorus presents a history
                             in story and song touching on the Bread & Roses
                             Strike in Lawrence Mass, the sweatshops during
                             and before the Shirtwaist Fire, the conditions of
                             black and white women working during WWII.  The
                             show includes first person testimony from teachers,
                             an engineer and women in the trades in four part
                             harmony, laughter and sturdy old labor themes.
                             more info:  www.laborfestnet/schedule
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Tuesday July 26
6:15 – 8:15 pm      SEIU local 1000 Hall      
                           436 14th St. 2cd floor
                           Oakland
                           OAKLAND LIVABLE WAGE ASSEMBLY
                           Join us to collaborate in principled reflection on what
                           a bay area livable wage should be and plan movement
                           building actions and events to carve the way.
                           Please love and support each other.   We hfe a duty to
                           fight – we have a  duty to WIN!