Short calendar (from Patricia Gray)

I was in an auto accident this morning and have just come home from San Francisco General Hospital. I was rear ended and was the middle car in a three car accident.  I’m in not shape to put out the calendar for the week.  I’ll just tell you what I know is going on tomorrow.  I’ll do the rest of the week tomorrow.

Wednesday August 24
11:00 am           California Commission of Judicial Performance 
                         455 Golden Gate Ave. SF
                         REMOVE JUDGE PERSKY
                         He sentenced the rapist Brock Turner to only six
                         months in jail.
                         We demand justice for survivors!
                         sponsored by the Ultra Violet Team
5:30 pm     S.F. Federal Bldg.  90 7th St. S.F. 
                 REZPECT OUR WATER
                 A new oil pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline, is being
                 built between North Dakota to Illinois where it will link
                 with another pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. The Standing
                 Rock Sioux has sued the Army Corp of Engineers for
                 violation under the National Historic Preservation Act.
                 They have launched an international campaign called
                “Rezpect Our Water”.
                 This action is hosted by Indigenous Women of the
                 Americas Defending Mother Earth.
5:30 – 6:30  Market and Montgomery St. 
                  PEACE VIGIL
                  As our government makes preparations to attack Russia
                  over lies that Russia invaded Ukraine, it is important
                  to demonstrate that all these wars must END.  We want
                  peace on earth and our tax funds to be used to meet
                  the needs of our people and our environment—not
                  for endless wars.
Since this is a shortened calendar I am going to add a subject
for the upcoming 5 year celebration of our Occupy movement.  I
know that when we began, we stated that we are not a political
organization, but I think that needs to be reassessed and that
we should discuss this at our gathering on Saturday Sept.17.
I am attaching a leaflet I made on the upcoming election—it is
information and not telling you how to vote. It is entitled,
         YOU HAVE A CHOICE! 
If you like it you can forward it to friends
          or print it out and give it to people.

Pandora’s Promise – Official Trailer

Impact Partners presents PANDORA’S PROMISE, the groundbreaking new film by Academy-Award®-nominated director Robert Stone. The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favorite at the Sundance Film Festival, PANDORA’S PROMISE asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. In his controversial new film, Stone tells the intensely personal stories of environmentalists and energy experts who have undergone a radical conversion from being fiercely anti to strongly pro-nuclear energy, risking their careers and reputations in the process. Stone exposes this controversy within the environmental movement head-on with stories of defection by heavy weights including Stewart Brand, Richard Rhodes, Gwyneth Cravens, Mark Lynas and Michael Shellenberger. Undaunted and fearlessly independent, PANDORA’S PROMISE is a landmark work that is forever changing the conversation about the myths and science behind this deeply emotional and polarizing issue.


The Revolution Continues

“Our Revolution” Organizing Kickoff

Full event details:


Organizing Kickoff
On August 24, Bernie Sanders will present a livestream address to the national network of volunteers who brought him close to victory in the recent Democratic primaries. His talk will present “Our Revolution,” the nationwide organization that grew out of that amazing campaign and lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November. 

Wednesday, August 24  •  5:30 P.M. 

St. Mark’s Urban Life Center
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

 A free public forum — Wheelchair accessible

Cost: Free

Attend a watch party map:

Join Our Revolution
Find the nearest volunteer activity or meeting near you.

Our Revolution Locations

We have sunsetted our work on but encourage all of you to follow Our Revolution, Bernie’s new nonprofit aimed at helping elect progressives up and down the ticket, throughout the country. Remember, this was never about Bernie Sanders specifically, so much as it was about the issues he has long and consistently fought for. #ourrevolution

Political pundits and the billionaire class are watching very closely to see what Bernie supporters do next. Some of them might be tempted to believe our political revolution is toast. They want our extraordinary phone banking, door knocking, and grassroots organizing efforts to stop. They want us to get discouraged. They want to vanquish our movement once and for all. We aren’t going to let that happen. That’s why, on the evening of August 24, we will kick off a new organization called Our Revolution with a major live stream address where Bernie will talk about the specifics of what we can do as organizers going forward to fight for every single issue that drove this campaign.

Thanks to all of your hard work through our campaign this past year, we’ve assembled a mass movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become. On August 24, Bernie will address our national network of volunteers live at more than 2,000 organizing meetings across the country. Please attend one of those meetings in your area so you can get involved in the next steps for Our Revolution.

However, due to the large number of events coming on line, the site administrators have not yet been able to update the location from our original listing at our Unitarian Universalist Church meeting site.  St. Mark’s Urban Life Center is in the immediate vicinity.

San Francisco Progressive Democrats of America

Organizing Kickoff
On August 24, Bernie Sanders will present a livestream address to the national network of volunteers who brought him close to victory in the recent Democratic primaries. His talk will present “Our Revolution,” the nationwide organization that grew out of that amazing campaign and lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November. 
Wednesday, August 24   •  5:30 P.M.
St. Mark’s Urban Life Center
1111 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
 A free public forum — Wheelchair accessible 
PDA (Progressive Democrats of America: is the nationwide organization that first urged Independent Bernie Sanders to run as a Democrat in the 2016 presidential primary election.
For more information, call 415-640-3498 or email

However, due to the large number of events coming on line, the site administrators have not yet been able to update the location from our original listing at our Unitarian Universalist Church meeting site. 

Beyond Occupy Art Build

Beyond Occupy Art BuildAUG 21, Sunday 11 AM
Beyond Occupy Art Build
759 59th St, Oakland, CA

Come build some secret art for the gathering. Come for a short time or come for a long time. we’ll have snacks and laughs. I’m .7 mi from Ashby BART and we can come and give rides from there. personal msg me if that is something you’d like.

Kelly Johnson Revolutionary Photographywent through all the art yesterday and i think we have one more big build for the small art pieces then a lg construction build then we’ll be done.

OccupyForum presents . . . films and discussion on Israel-Palestine (Monday, August 22)

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, August 22nd 2016  from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues!

“The Occupation of the American Mind”


“Five Broken Cameras”

Films and discussion on Israel-Palestine

with Francis Collins

Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world — except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S. Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel’s favor.The Occupation of the American Mind provides a sweeping analysis of Israel’s decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people — a battle that has only intensified over the past few years in the face of widening international condemnation of Israel’s increasingly right-wing policies.

5 Broken Cameras is a polemical work and in no sense analytical. It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn’t vindictive and has a sense of history and destiny. Much may be concealed, but what we are shown and experience is the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.

Emad Burnat made this film over five years, and the title refers to the five cameras that were variously smashed in action during that time. At the beginning of the movie they’re proudly displayed as battered souvenirs of the struggle. Over the years they’ve recorded the history of his embattled village, both its private and public sides. His camera became a way of uniting his fellow citizens, publicising their struggle and becoming a witness for posterity when the Israeli authorities sent in troops to deprive them of land to create a defensive barrier of steel and wire that later became a high concrete wall.

Q&A and Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum

to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Weekly calendar of events for Occupy activists (from Patricia Gray)

Please read down this list of activities and plan to attend at least ONE of them.  We are living in ‘interesting’ times and our future is at stake.

Sitting out the election period may allow more awful actions by our corrupt government.  We have to get together OUT ON THE STREETS so that the 1% get scared by the 99%.

This is really our only hope for change, especially when our election process is not free and open to all.  You know that Bernie won in California, don’t you?  The majority of the votes were not counted.

Wednesday, August 17
5:00 to 8:00 pm      Alex Pitcher Recreation Area
                            1800 Oakdale Ave S.F.
                             ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND THE 
                             CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION
                             Attend an open house to discuss the Candlestick
                             Point State Park and the planned improvements.
                             details: call 415-262-4400
5:30 – 6:30 pm        Market St. and Montgomery St. S.F. (near the 
                             office of Diane not so Feinstein)
                             PEACE VIGIL
                             Gather under the peace banner to stand for peace
                             and give passers by some political information.
                             Sponsored by  Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait
                             and the Occupy SF Action Council
6:00 – 9:00 pm        Gordon Lau School
                             950 Clay St. San Francisco
                             SEARCH FOR S.F. CHIEF OF POLICE
                             Public hearing to discuss what is wanted for a
                             new Police Chief—(like heeding the voice of
                             the people for real reform in that department)
6:00 – 9:00 pm    Mission Police Station,  17th St and Valencia St. 
                         THE WAITING AND WATCHING CONTINUE
                         District Attorney Gascon—Do the right thing and
                         charge officers with MURDER!
Thursday Aug. 18
9:00 am – 3:00 pm    California Governor’s Mansion
                              16th and H Street, Sacramento
                              EQUAL JUSTICE RALLY AND PROTEST
                              Come and demand that the Police Bill of
                              Rights be repealed.  Come and support
                              families whose loved ones have been killed
                              by police.  In an ACLU research program they
                              found that in a six year period ending in 2014,
                              there were 610 instances of law enforcement
                              committing homicide “in the process of arrest”.
                              Come and DEMAND that the racist Peace
                              Officers Bill of Rights be repealed.
                              sponsored by Families United Against Police
6:00 – 9 pm     Mission High School Cafeteria 3750 18th St. S.F.
                      SEARCH FOR A NEW S.F. POLICE CHIEF
                      A public meeting to discuss what is needed by
                      a new Chief Of Police in San Francisco.
Friday August 19
5:00 pm      Grace Fellowship Community Church
                  3265 16th St. (near Dolores St)
                  Gather at the Church and we will remember all those
                  killed and injured in our neighborhood.  We will stop at
                  Mission Police Station to remember Amilcar Perez Lopez,
                  and Luis Gongora Pat–both killed by the SFPD.
Saturday August 20
1:00 – 4:00 pm       944 Central Blvd.  Hayward
                            HAYWARD COMMUNITY MEETING
                            On May 23, 2014 James Nate Greer was detained
                            and tased repeatedly while he was on his stomach.
                            He was then placed in a full body WRAP .  He
                            stopped breathing and died.
                            This is a free event and we invite all to join us
                            in ending police brutality in our community.
                            There will be food, friendship and entertainment.
1:30 – 4:00 pm     UU Church 1187 Franklin St. S.F.
                          REELS OF INJUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
                          On the anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising
                          we will show these films:
                          Policing the Police, Broken on all sides,
                          Solitary Nation and 3 and 1/2 minutes–ten bullets
                          Sponsored; SFUU Human Rights Working group             _________________________________________________________
Sunday August 21  
11:00 – 2:00       Corner of Valencia and 24th St. San Francisco
                        2 blocks from 24th St and Mission BART
                        SUNDAY STREETS IN SAN FRANCISCO 
                        Join Medicare For All people to help collect
                         post cards in support of Medicare for All.
                         Call Don Bechler, chairperson for Single Payer
                         Now at 415-810-5826 if you can help so he will
                         bring enough materials for all.
11:00 – 5:00      759 59th St. Oakland
                       BEYOND # OCCUPY ART BUILD
                       Come and build some secret art for the gathering.
                       Come for a short time or a long time.  We will have
                       snacks and laughs.
Monday August 22
10:00 pm     Department of Homeland Security
                   650 Sansome St   S.F.
                   Join us outside the ICE building as we demand
                   just and humane treatment of people detained.  We
                   also call for an end to profiting off the detention of
                   our community.

“Hemingway and Mussolini” by Tory Cooney (


I recently read Ernest Hemingway’s article “Mussolini: Biggest Bluff in Europe,” published in The Toronto Daily Star on January 27, 1923.  The writer’s observations are not only interesting in light of the role Mussolini would play over the next few decades, but also just a fabulous character sketch.

“If Mussolini would have me taken out and shot tomorrow morning I would still regard him as a bluff.  The shooting would be a bluff.  Get hold of a good photo of Signor Mussolini some time and study it.  You will see the weakness in his mouth which forces him to scowl the famous Mussolini scowl that is imitated by ever 19 year old Fachisto in Italy.  Study his past record.  Study the coalition that Faschismo is between capital and labor and consider the history of past coalitions.  Study his genius for clothing small ideas in big words.  Study his propensity for dueling.  Really brave men do not have to fight duels, and many cowards duel constantly to make themselves believe they are brave.  And then look at his black shirt and his white spats.  There is something wrong, even histrionically, with a man who wears white spats with a black shirt.

There is not space here to go into the question of Mussolini as a bluff or as a great and lasting force . . . But let me give you two pictures of Mussolini at Lusanne.”

The first is my personal favorite.

“The fascist dictator had announced he would receive the press.  Everybody came.  We all crowded into the room.  Mussolini sat at his desk reading a book.  His face was contorted into the famous frown.  He was registering dictator.  Being an ex-newspaper man himself he knew how many readers would be reached by the accounts the men in the room would write of the interview he was about to have.  And he remained absorbed in his book.  Mentally he was already reading the lines of the two thousand papers served by the two hundred correspondents “as we entered the room the Black Shirt Dictator did not look up form the book he was reading, so intense was his concentration, etc.

I tip-toed over behind him to see what the book was he was reading with such avid interest.  It was a French-English dictionary—help upside down.”

SF Police Commission to hold meetings regarding search for next “Chief of Police” (from Adrienne Fong)

Please share and come to one or all the community meetings! 

Search for San Francisco Chief of Police

Community Meetings with Commissioners

The San Francisco Police Commission is seeking community input on the recruitment process for the next San Francisco Chief of Police.

Members of the public are welcome to provide public comment at the scheduled community meetings and / or take the on-line community input survey available at: . The deadline is August 31, 2016

Community meetings:

▪ Monday, August 15, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room, 1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco

▪ Wednesday, August 17, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, 950 Clay Street, San Francisco

▪ Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Mission High School Cafeteria, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco

▪ Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 2850 19th Avenue, San Francisco

           ▪ Monday, August 29, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco

 For questions, contact the Police Commission Office at 415-837-7070, or email at

Dr. Helen Caldicott at the San Francisco Public Library

August 14, 2016

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott, known as the world’s foremost anti-nuclear activist, speaks about whether nuclear disarmament is achievable. Dr. Caldicott is author of The New Nuclear Danger, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, and Crisis Without End, among others. She has devoted the last forty-five years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.

Co-sponsors: Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, which includes the War and Law League (WALL); Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC; Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Peace & Justice; American Friends Service Committee; Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence; Western States Legal Foundation; East Bay Peace Action; Veterans for Peace, Chapter 69; Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice; Code Pink; World Beyond War; Tri-Valley CAREs; Physicians for Social Responsibility, SF Bay Area Chapter; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), East Bay and SF Chapters.