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November 26, 2016

This group of homeless protesters spent many thousands of dollars on their gear. They all are losing things they cannot replace for months or years. We are going to continue this fight because it needs to be won. Help keep the fight for human rights and homeless rights alive in Berkeley. We have accomplished a lot in the last 2 months. There is a chance we will win with the newly elected government. I have a meeting with the soon to be mayor. If we get the land, most of the funds raised will be used on equipping the new village.

A half dozen homeless went to the HUB to protest the lack of functioning homeless services. We built a coalition, helped change the landscape of city government, and have put a very large spotlight on the homeless issue. Today we have hundreds working together, and we are continuing to grow.

Occupy did not die. Occupy evolved. First They Came For The Homeless was born out of the ashes of Occupysf. We are the occupiers that were blamed for the destruction of the occupy movement.

We never quit. And we won’t. Nothing has changed. Quitting is not an option.

Please share.  Finally, an online donations mechanism for First They Came for the Homeless!  A GoFundMe.

https://www.gofundme.com/s392j3ek

All gear retrieved is damaged or destroyed. All my gear is gone. The police stole from me. The city stole from me. We are down to 2 damaged tents. Punishment for being disabled and fighting for human rights and the needs of the disabled. 

Mike Zint

A LETTER FROM THE COMMUNITY TO MAYOR-ELECT JESSE ARREGUIN sent on 11/20/16

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Berkeley Mayor-Elect Jesse Arreguin

Dear Mayor-Elect Jesse Arregui­n:

We the undersigned city commissioners and homeless advocates greet you with deep affection and pride at the moment of your election as mayor.

We also want to raise the difficult issue of the continuing harassment of the First They Came for the Homeless occupation. A renewed eviction was carried out Thursday morning, with two wake-ups conducted in the new location overnight Thursday.

We appreciate your continuing leadership for humane rather than punitive treatment of the homeless, going back at least to the Measure S debacle four years ago. We further note that you opposed the harassment of the occupation this year, that you advocate for short, medium, and long-term solutions to homelessness, and that you continue to look for space for a sanctioned encampment. This will be a big change from the approach of the current administration. Finally, it is positive that you have conveyed your desire for a moratorium on the evictions to the city manager.

As you know, these police activities are very destructive to the health and welfare of the occupiers. They result in wanton destruction and loss of personal belongings, such as tents, bedding, clothes, money, electronics, medications, and food. The late-night harassment results in lost sleep for the mostly disabled, ill, and elderly population, and intangible trauma, stress, and alienation. The spectre of punitive evictions is disorienting–for the community at large as well as for the direct victims–in the light of the impending inauguration of new leaders with a humane approach. Lastly, the great cost in police and other staff time is indefensible for a pointless last-ditch move by a lame-duck administration.

We understand your perspective that the occupation, or encampment, at City Hall should not be established indefinitely. That is clear from your Berkeleyside interview a few days ago. It is our understanding that the occupiers share the desire to decamp from City Hall for a longer-term site where they can be self-managing in cooperation from City authorities.

Our request to you is to couple that message with a strong, forthright, and public call to City leadership and management to immediately halt the harassment, the evictions and the raids. This message would be the stronger if signed by at least the emerging five-member human-rights majority on the council. (Remember that three of the five are not currently affected by the Brown Act.)

Of course we understand that you are not yet the mayor and that you cannot direct the city manager. However, you have a moral authority, having just won the mayoralty with over 59% of the votes, counting the progressive candidates together. Your appeal may or may not move the stony hearts of the city bureaucrats. It will, however, lift the spirits of people under siege, and show some human solidarity. It will also put the City on notice that starting next month, humanity will play a central role in city administration.

Signed:

George Lippman
Moni Law
boona cheema
Nanci Armstrong-Temple
Mike Zint
Paul Kealoha Blake
Elliot Halpern
Mike Lee
Diana Bohn
Alex Mabanta
Mike Wilson
Fred Dodsworth
Genevieve Wilson
Paola Laverde
Linda Franklin
Judy Ann Alberti
Carol Denney
JP Massar
Carol Wolfley
Trisha Agrawal
Dan McMullan
Sally Hindman
Elisa Cooper
Barbara Brust
Margy Wilkinson
Tony Wilkinson
Andrea Pritchett
David Welsh
Elsa Ramos
Herminia Vasquez
Margarita Ramos
Luisa Ramos
Elaine Bloom
Steve Martinot
Kim Nemirow

Note from Berkeley Occupation (from Mike Wilson)

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November 22, 2016

First They Came for the Homeless on Center near Milvia (North side
of MLK Jr Civic Center):

It’s feast or famine in camp, and tonight (Tuesday) – with almost
everyone in camp sick with colds – there’s no food. Please help
sustain them if you can.

In haste,
Mike Wilson

The camp is located at Miliva & Center just outside New City Hall in
downtown Berkeley. You can’t miss the blue tarps.

Weekly calendar of events for concerned people (from Patricia Gray)

Our nation is in decline and our people are distressed.  We no longer live in a democracy.   Our government is controlled by very wealthy people and no longer pays any attention to the concerns of 99% of our population.  It is time for the majority to express our will to our elected officials in any way we can.  Here are a list of planned activities this week in which you are invited to take part.  Read down the list and find at least one that you can attend.

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Wednesday November 23
10:00 am – 5:30 pm     3150 18th St. #317   San Francisco
                                 FEAST OF THE EAGLE AND THE CONDOR
                                 Unthanksgiving dinner at La Raza Centro
                                 Legal with speakers, music and good food.
                                 Speaker Lenny Foster (Dine/Navajo) Spiritual
                                 advisor for Leonard Peltier.  There will be
                                 traditional dancers, drums and songs. Doors
                                 open at 10:00 am. Feast begins at 1:00 pm.
                                 We have 28 turkeys and need people to help
                                 in the kitchen.  If you can help please call
                                 Rosalinda Palacio at 510-541-4977.
                                 or chalchiuhtlicueatl@gmail.lcom
_________________________________________________________
Thursday November 24
4:00 am             Alcatraz Island 
                         INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S SUNRISE GATHERING
                         Dress warmly, bring snacks and something hot to
                         drink.  There is no regularly scheduled boats to
                         the island except between 4:15 and 6:00 am
                         Boats leave Pier 33 every fifteen minutes. Tickets
                         are $14.00 per person.  Children under 5 are free.
                         This is an event you will never forget!  You can stand
                         in solidarity to with the people at Standing Rock and
                         pray for justice for all peoples.
                         You can buy tickets in advance by calling
                         415-981-7625 pr buy them at the pier ticket booth
___________________________________________________________
Friday November 25
all day                BLACK FRIDAY!  BUY NOTHING DAY!  
                         We the people must break free of the banks–
                         especially those funding the Dakota Access Pipe
                         Line.  The people have the power IF WE USE IT.
                         You should close your accounts with any of the
                         major banks and join a local credit union.  We can
                         keep our money here in the bay area and out of
                         the hands of the banksters on Wall St.
__________________________________________________________
Saturday November 26
1:00 – 3:00 pm        2969 Mission St; (near 24th St. Bart
                             WHAT IS TRUMP PROGRAM?  HOW CAN IT
                             BE DEFEATED?
                             study and discussion group
                             We must continue to struggle for economic and
                             social justice.
                             refreshments served
                             $3.00 – $10.00 donation — no one turned away
                             sponsored by the Party for Socialism and
                             Liberation.
________________________________________________________
Sunday November 27
1:00 – 4:00 pm       San Francisco Mail Library, Civic Center
                            Latino Room B ground floor
                            LESSONS OF THE ELECTIONS, TRUMP
                            UNIONS, AND THE WORKING CLASS
                            WHAT IS HAPPENING? WHAT DOES IT
                            MEAN AND HOW DO WE FIGHT BACK?
                            Speakers
                            George Wright, AFT 1493
                            Angela Bibb-Barret Postal worker
                            Kristin Jones, teacher
                            Arto Rentcela millsright union
                            Lisa Melos  UCSF
                            Brenda Ballos  S.F. General Hospital
                            Sponsor  United Public Workers for Action
                            info  415-282-1908
_____________________________________________________________
Tuesday November 29
3:00 pm                S.F. City Hall rm 250 Board of Supervisors
                            HEARING ON PLANNING COMMISSION
                            DEMOLISHING A BUILDING AT 2650 FOLSOME
                            Discussion of gentrification and displacement.  
 
5:30 – 7:00 pm      San Francisco State University 
                            J. Paul Lenard Library  fourth floor
                            1630 Holloway Ave. S.F.
                            WORSHIPING THE GOD OF DYNAMITE
                            class and workshop with Carl Nolte
                            Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the
                            Preparedness bombing of 1916
__________________________________________________________
If you know of some events in the future that might interest people on
list, please send the information to pat1936@gmail.com by Tuesday
in advance of the event.

“Homelessness drops across nation, but California count rises” by Steve Rubenstein, Jenna Lyons and Kevin Fagan (sfgate.com)

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Mike Lee surveys his remaining belongings outside of the US Postal Office on Allston Way in Berkeley, Calif., after he and his group were removed from their spot across the street earlier in the morning by police on Nov. 17, 2016. The group of homeless were moved by the Berkeley Police Department from the lawn where they had been camping outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center early on Thursday morning. The encampment, which calls itself “First they Came for the Homeless” has been protesting the Berkeley food and housing project for weeks.

November 17, 2016

Homelessness across the United States fell slightly last year but increased in California and other West Coast states, largely due to a shortage of affordable housing, federal officials said Thursday.

Around the nation, homelessness was down 3 percent amid growing scrutiny of the problem. In California, however, homelessness climbed 3 percent, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual snapshot assessment of homelessness in America.

“We have a lot left to do,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro, adding that the incoming Trump administration had a responsibility to continue the effort. “I sure hope the next administration will take the baton and make more progress, and not drop the baton.”

Nationwide, Castro said, there were 549,928 homeless people counted in the “point-of-time” homeless census conducted in January.

“They’re not just a visible reminder of a public policy challenge, they’re human beings,” Castro said.

On the West Coast, homelessness increased 7 percent in Washington, 4 percent in Hawaii and less than 1 percent in Oregon. It also increased 14 percent in Washington, D.C., and grew in Idaho as well.

As it has for many years, Los Angeles recorded by far the highest homeless count outside of New York City — 43,854, up nearly 7 percent from 41,174 in 2015. New York’s tally came in at 73,523, down 2 percent from 75,323 in 2015.

Rising rents in California are making it “harder and harder to exit homelessness and to find places” that homeless people can afford, said Matthew Dougherty, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

In San Francisco, the federal survey pegged the homeless population with a slight uptick to 6,996 people, up from 6,775 in 2015.

However, when adjusted for different counting methods between the feds and the city, the population stayed about the same. Federal enumerators added in 221 extra shelter beds that opened during the El Niño rains last winter, but weren’t open when the city did its last biennial count in 2015.

Point-in-time counts are acknowledged to have a measure of guesswork, since they involve volunteers going out on one night and visually estimating who they think is homeless — which automatically misses people who are remote or hidden. That number is added to figures from jails and other institutions such as shelters, which in San Francisco don’t have enough beds and always have a waiting list of more than 700 people.

Jeff Kositsky, director of the city Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said the disparity in the numbers punches home the urgency of one of his goals for his new department: Getting better data, which includes doing counts annually instead of every two years.

“It’s something people want to know, and I want to know, and we should have the numbers every year anyway,” he said.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, the homeless count in Alameda County increased slightly, while it decreased in Santa Clara, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Marin counties. The survey counted 4,145 homeless people in Alameda County, up from 4,040 in 2015.

Nationwide, there were steady declines in unsheltered homeless people, homeless families and in homeless veterans over the last six years, the report found.

The statistics were released in Washington, D.C., at virtually the same time a homeless encampment of about 20 people in tents was being ousted from across the street from Berkeley High School. Two dozen officers arrived at the encampment at 4 a.m., in some cases seizing blankets and laptop computers, tent dwellers said.

The group, which included homeless activists, moved briefly to the front of the nearby Berkeley post office where, minutes later, they were evicted again.

“They were very polite, but they told us if we didn’t move we’d be cited for obstruction,” said Freeman Sullivan, 56.

Mike Lee, another member of the encampment, said the group was demanding legal camping places, affordable housing and an end to the criminalization of homeless people.

“This is the seventh time we’ve been evicted,” Lee said. “We’ve been on a mobile protest tour for the last two months.”

Two weeks ago, City Council candidate Nanci Armstrong-Temple was arrested at one of the encampments. Prosecutors declined to charge her.

Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguin observed Thursday’s homeless sweep and said the “next step is to have a location for people to go.”

“Until we have enough emergency shelter and housing for people, we need to entertain the possibility of a place for people to camp,” he said. “We’re in a crisis.”

Steve Rubenstein, Jenna Lyons and Kevin Fagan are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. Email: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com, jlyons@sfchronicle.com, kfagan@sfchronicle.com

At a glance

549,928 people in the U.S. were without homes in a federal count done in January.

Nationally, homelessness fell 3 percent last year, but the number of people without homes in California went up 3 percent.

Homelessness increased 7 percent in Washington, 4 percent in Hawaii and less than 1 percent in Oregon.

In San Francisco, the federal survey counted 6,996 homeless people, up from 6,775 in 2015.

The homeless count in Alameda County increased slightly, while it decreased in Santa Clara, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Marin counties.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors responds to election of President-elect Donald Trump (sfexaminer.com)

WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population. This is the Golden Gate — we build bridges, not walls; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco. We began hosting gay weddings twelve years ago, and we are not stopping now. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and San Francisco will never stop fighting for you; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith. And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House. And guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese. In this city, surrounded by water on three sides, science matters. And we will continue our work on CleanPower, Zero Waste, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day. We will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world — whether the administration in Washington is or not; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That California is the sixth largest economy in the world. The Bay Areais the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake.That although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in San Francisco, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values. We argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within San Francisco, but on these points we are 100 percent united. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one City. And we will move forward together.

New Announcements (from Adrienne Fong)

Send items for posting by Tuesday to: pat1936@gmail.com  

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Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Sunday, November 20

Sunday, 12 Noon, CODEPINK Golden Gate Bridge Walk  – Stand with Standing Rock

Noon:    Peace Walk begins on  both SF and Marin ends of bridge,

Walk on eastern walkway, meeting in the middle for a PEACE convergence.

1:00:  Rally on SF side.

WATER IS LIFE……..STOP THE WAR ON MOTHER EARTH!

We will walk in solidarity with the beautiful movement to protect the water of the Missouri!

Protect the Sacred Sites!

Bring your own signs if you can!

Info: Toby, 510-215-5974  / ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net

Thank you Diane G. for the info below

DC office of Army Corps of Engineers – has a dedicated line that records your complaints.

PLEASE CALL:  (202) 761-8700.

Monday, November 21

Monday, 12 Noon – 1:00pm, LIVING GRAVEYARD & VIGIL

Oakland Federal Building
1301 Clay Street
two blocks from 12th Street BART
Oakland

Covered with sheets to represent the dead of wars, people lie down on the city sidewalk in front of the Federal Building

Please bring a white sheet to cover yourself with.  A pad to lie on is recommended.

Info: Ecumenical Peace Institute, www.epicalc.org, (510) 990-0374

Monday, 6:00pm, Burritos on Bernal 2 Year 8 Month Anniversary

Alex Nieto Park
3450 – 3498 Folsom St.
SF

It is the 2 year 8 month anniversary of Alex Nieto’s killing by SFPD. Come support the parents of Alex Nieto, Elvira and Refugio. Bring your burritos to eat or hot chocolate. Let’s talk about the upcoming community meeting on Monday Nov. 28th at 6 pm @ Bernal Heights Community Center.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625163497785126/

Tuesday, November 22

Tuesday, 5:00pm, STOP THE EVICTION OF THE RAMIREZ FAMILY: Action & Leafleting

Corner of Broadway & Mason
SF

Blanca and Mario Ramirez, two seniors on a limited income, and their daughter Leslie, are facing a suspicious Owner Move-In eviction at the hands of Foon and Eva Eng. The Ramirez family has lived in the apartment since 1992 and would have nowhere to go if evicted, while Leslie, who works in San Francisco, would be forced to leave the city. The Engs, who own a number of properties, say Eva is moving in and plans to “find roommates”. In other words, the family will be collecting higher rent than the Ramirez family can provide.

When asked about this, the Engs’ lawyer said the Ramirez family “can move to Stockton”. This is unacceptable.

Please call Foon Eng at 415-986-0961 and tell him to stop the eviction,

Info: ACCE Action at 415-335-7033 or email sfacce@calorganize.org

Tuesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Japanese American Community – VIGIL AGAINST HATE 

Japantown Peace Plaza
SF

The Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium and others are going to have a demonstration of unity  Since 9/11, and even before the first Gulf War, the Japanese American community has stood in support of Muslims and Arab Americans victimized due to wartime hysteria, racial prejudice and failure of political leadership.  There is a lot of fear given the 430-plus hate incidents reported after the election, perpetrated by those who seemingly feel emboldened by the racist, misogynistic and xenophobic rhetoric of the Trump campaign. All are invited to stand together!

Wednesday, November 23

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

Themes vary each week – Possible theme this week: “Say NO to American Internment Camps” 

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez (Killed by SFPD on February 26, 2015)

Mission Police Station

17th Street & Valencia
SF

DA Gascon has still not charged the cops who killed Amilcar. Both police officers, Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli, responsible for Amilcar’s murder, are stationed at the Mission Police Station!

Amilcar Perez Lopez was a 21-year-old immigrant from Guatemala. He was a construction worker and worked in restaurants throughout San Francisco.

Stand with others who are calling for justice.

Come hear the latest updates.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353672264838421/

Latest posts from Mike Zint and First They Came for the Homeless

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Here are their latest posts:

November 19, 2016

Mike Zint here. A quick update on my arrest. First, I am charged with resisting arrest. What the police did was wake us up and rush us. I cannot be rushed. My lungs don’t allow that. I need to medicate and go slowly. I had 20 minutes from wake up to arrest. I was not doing well and could not clear my lungs. The police did not care. They even refused to allow me to use my rescue inhaler. I had to wait for medical professionals to show up even though I had the inhaler in my handcuffed hands. For 15 minutes I felt suffocation. They purposely tortured me.

When I got out of jail I quickly found out I no longer had any possessions. The police took everything. Even what was in my pockets is gone. The police purposefully did this to punish me. I need an Android phone to use. This is an emergency. Without contact I cannot be efficient. Lack of communications will not stop us though.

We are on the north side of civic center, trying to stay dry and warm. Come by and show solidarity. We are not going away!

–Mike Zint

November 18, 2016:

First They Came for the Homeless-

Current location is in front of [Berkeley] City Hall. Most of our communications devices were seized by BPD yesterday.

Tonight and tomorrow it’s going to rain heavily, according to predictions as of 5:00PM.

Our tents have been seized, as well, so we’re going to be exposed to the bad weather.
Anything you can provide to help us stay warm and dry is sorely needed.

Thanks for your support.