November 15, 2016 (

The Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead.

How did people power win?

We have worked to stop the TPP and other Obama trade agreements for more than five years. We were part of the “movement of movements,” the largest coalition ever opposing a corporate trade agreement, which stopped it. It included all sorts of activists who work on human rights, worker rights, the environment, climate change, Internet freedom, health care, food safety and more.

People told us stopping the TPP was impossible. Even after the election of Trump, people still told us we could not win, the corporations wanted this and they would get it. But, after years of work, the impossible became the inevitable and the TPP is dead.

Even before the election the TPP was near death. Years of people working to stop it made TPP stand for Toxic Political Poison. First, the movement exposed the TPP which the Obama administration had sought to keep secret while it negotiated a global corporate coup with the aid of hundreds of corporate lawyers, executives and lobbyists.

The movement organized spectacle protests that drew attention to an agreement being secretly negotiated. People across the country organized leafletting, teach-ins and visibility actions. There were national and global days of action, and there were Twitter storms and memes on Facebook. It became impossible to hide the TPP. The secret was exposed. Once exposed, the movement educated people about what it contained. Wikileaks and others leaked portions of the document. As more was exposed, it became less popular.

The movement conducted national call-in days that garnered hundreds of thousands of calls to Congress. When we went to Congressional offices, phone calls coming in on the TPP were constant. When fast track was being considered in 2015, we built an encampment on Capitol Hill for three weeks. We worked across the political divide with Tea Party and conservative Republicans who shared our concerns about the trade deficit, lost jobs and loss of sovereignty.

The battle over fast track trade promotion authority slowed the progress of the TPP. It took years longer to get fast track than the administration had hoped. One compromise that the administration made to get fast track was to publish the TPP text after it was completed so the public and members of Congress could read it. Again, the more people read about it, the less popular it became.

These political battles also showed the risk associated with the TPP. John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, lost his job because of how he twisted arms to get votes for fast track and how he punished Republicans who exposed fast track. Members fought back against these tactics and Boehner’s career was quickly ended. He may have won fast track for Obama, but lost his place in Washington, DC. A message was sent to all elected officials – be careful with the TPP, it is politically toxic.

By delaying fast track the TPP was pushed into an election year and that was a key to our victory. In the campaign, those running for office were forced to answer to the people. Do you support the TPP? Do you support giving up US sovereignty? Allowing unsafe foods into the country? Forcing GMO’s into global agriculture? Increasing the prices of pharmaceuticals? Making corporations more powerful than governments? The questions kept coming because the TPP affects everything.

Every candidate for president had to come out against the TPP. The only one who didn’t was Gary Johnson who did not seem to understand the agreement. He believed the slogan “free” trade when in fact it was corporate trade, crony capitalism on an international scale. Senators who supported TPP changed their positions in order to keep their jobs. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan continually warned the President that the votes were not there to ratify the agreement, even in a lame duck session.

Popular Resistance has been planning all year for an action camp and series of protests next week to kick off the lame duck and stop ratification. This will now turn into a celebration — the people stopped a global corporate coup. The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) also died as a result of people powered pressure on both sides of the Atlantic. We will ensure that the final agreement, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), perhaps the most dangerous of Obama’s three agreements, is also dead. TiSA is also in trouble as member nations experience difficulty completing its negotiations.

All these Obama agreements failed because the corporations demanded too much. They wanted to force the US big finance capital system on countries all over the world. They wanted to institutionalize pushing public services into private profit centers. They wanted the power to sue corporations if their profits were impacted by laws written to protect the public interest. Leaks showed the US was the most aggressive on behalf of corporate interests out of all the countries involved in these negotiations. This almost made it impossible to reach agreement on the TPP and has stopped agreement on TTIP and TiSA.

If Trump attempts to negotiate a “better deal” for US corporations it will be almost impossible to get other countries to agree. The TPP and Obama trade agenda may end up like the World Trade Organization (WTO), which has made little progress since the Seattle protests of 1999. They are likely to flounder and go nowhere.

Now, we need to put forward a new approach to trade, an approach that protects the people and planet and that is negotiated in a transparent and participatory way. Trade must make the Paris climate agreement goals a reality, lift up international labor standards and protect the environment as well as the food supply, Internet, access to healthcare and more. We need agreements that allow communities to protect themselves from corporate abuses. The death of the TPP is a step toward ending neo-liberalism that has privatized public goods, enriched corporations and created a global wealth divide. Future trade agreements should work toward making the International Declaration of Human Rights and related agreements reality. Trade can uplift the world but it must be clear that is one of the goals of trade.

The defeat of the TPP is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows organized people have power even in the US oligarchy. We need to build on this power, continue our unity as a movement of movements and demand that the people’s agenda becomes the political agenda, not the agenda of big business and the wealthy oligarchs. It is time for people power to rule. We still have a lot of work to do, but we should celebrate this great victory and move to set a people’s agenda for the United States.

New Announcements / Video of Bay Area Stand with Standing Rock / Resource packet for those thinking about traveling to Standing Rock

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New Announcements

Saturday, November 19 

Saturday, 4:00pm, Cecile Pineda’s “Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being” (Book launch) 

Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Ave.)
One block east of MLK Way & several blocks west of Shattuck Ave.

Cecile Pineda touches on issues of displacement as she talks about 40 years of the writing life, the breakthroughs, the discouragements, and the daily practice. She will read and sign copies of Three Tides: Writing at the Edge of Being. Time will be set aside for questions and answers.

Cecile is also an active participant on Occupy

Info: Sponsored by BFUU Social Justice Committee

Sunday, November 20

Sunday, 9:30am – 10:45,  UU Sunday Forum, Andres Resendez author “The Other Slavery”

First UU Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St.

9:00am Coffee / Breakfast for nominal fee
9:30am Program
10:30am Q&A / Discussion

Dr. Resendez book “The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America’ . He will discuss this history that most Americans are unaware of.

Sunday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Deconstructing the Police and Prison System: Panel Discussion

Omni Oakland Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Panel discussion focused on reimagining the police and prison systems.


Harrison Seuga with Asian Prisoner Support Committee, who supports AAPI prisoners & raises awareness about mass incarceration.

Cynthia Chandler with Justice Now, a prison abolitionist and human rights organization she co-founded to expose and shape successful legislation to ameliorate California’s coercive sterilization of hundreds of women in prison over the last decade.

Sponsor: The Community Democracy Project (Oakland)


Video of Bay Area “Stand with Standing Rock”


November 15, 2016

Video by Peter Menchini

To people traveling to Standing Rock…

Several trainers have put these resources together for folks that are navigating the complexities of power, privilege, settler colonialism, shame, solidarity, support, taking leadership from Indigenous communities and taking action.

These are resources for folks who are traveling to the frontlines to stand with the water protectors. These are resources for folks who want to show up and come correct in spaces of Indigenous resistance and resurgence. The resource packet was created so folks would take on the work of educating themselves and avoid putting unnecessary labor on water protectors who are winterizing their camps and organizing actions.

This is by no means the definitive perspective on solidarity, nor is it a list of items to check off. It’s an opening, an invitation for supporters to have conversations with each other about how we can do better. An opportunity to think critically about yourself, how you show up, and your role in this beautiful struggle. This is about reflecting on how you can come in a good way, and not about how to be “right.” For those who are camping in Oceti Sakowin, check the cultural protocols document worked on with guidance from camp elders. Let’s shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Resource Packet

OccupyForum presents . . . a film: “13th” by Ava DuVernay

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, November 21st 2016 from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange

2017 Mission Street (94110) 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!

Film: “13th” by Ava DuVernay

The words of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution were supposed to guarantee that slavery and involuntary servitude effectively were outlawed. With the exception of punishment for a crime where the “party shall have been convicted.” That’s the loophole. And as detailed in Ava DuVernay’s “The 13th, the injustice system in America has not changed all that much since the earliest days of slavery. The statistics DuVernay puts onscreen say it all: African-Americans make up 6.5% of the U.S. population but a whopping 40% of the prison population — in a country with the highest level of incarceration in the world; up more than tenfold since 1970 and existing mostly to put away black and Latino men.

It all comes down to money. That was the driving force in the beginning, when slavery effectively was ended, but the South had to figure out a way to balance the economics when suddenly short about 4 million slaves. Using the loophole in the 13th Amendment, Southerners started putting blacks in prisons for petty reasons and used them as a workforce without calling them “slaves.” Today the practice is very much alive, overcrowding our prisons and filling them with minorities, the most vulnerable and underprivileged among us. Private prisons, which have become a hot-button political issue, exist to make money off incarceration, as do other factors in a system that is rigged against the poorer elements of our society.

“The 13th is a remarkable denunciation of that system, detailing its beginnings with the end of slavery, right through the Jim Crow South, the Civil Rights movement and today’s presidential election and the seething white anger and racism on view at Donald Trump rallies. Experts, historians, and politicians such as Angela Davis, Senator Corey Booker, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Michelle Alexander, Van Jones, and the likes of Newt Gingrich explain the sorry state of incarceration today. DuVernay lays out the case that “Black lives matter” and that this movement contains a human obligation to not only understand the history, but to do something about it.

Announcements will follow. Donations to OccupyForum to cover our costs are encouraged; no one turned away.

SF, Oakland erupt in protests following Trump presidential victory


Multiple protests and thousands of demonstrators have hit the streets of both Oakland and San Francisco, Calif. over the past two days to protest the electoral vote of President-elect Donald Trump. Thousands of high school students have joined in expressing their concern by participating in student walk-outs, protesting a candidate they feel does not support their views or protect their rights. Photos by Jessica Christian, Joel Angel Juárez and Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner.

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‘Wall of Empathy’ pops up at 16th Street Mission BART


In the early morning hours of Monday, November 14, a group of local residents created a “Wall of Empathy” near the entrance of 16th Street BART station in San Francisco’s Mission District. Hundreds of commuters, passerbys and San Francisco residents contributed to the large wall of empathetic post-it notes, leaving encouraging messages of reassurance, hope and love following a turbulent election cycle. Photos by Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner.

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Weekly calendar of events for activists (from Patricia Gray)

Most of us are terribly upset by the elevation of Donald Trump into the Presidency of our nation.  It is not enough for us to express what we are against—we must focus on our demands of our government.  We need to unite with others with our DEMANDS for positive change.

Please read this list of activities.  Plan to participate with others to
increase our power to make positive change.

Wednesday November 16
9:30 am – 12:00 pm     Bay Area Air Quality Management Headquarters
                                  375 Beale St. S.F.
                                  STOP RISING REFINERY POLLUTION 
                                  We must show up in great numbers to insist on
                                  a cap on refinery emissions. Refineries are paying
                                  people to attend to stop any cap on refinery
                                  emissions.  The emissions are putting the 
                                  health of the people in the neighborhoods
                                  living near the refineries and near the train lines
                                  leading to the refineries at risk.  All of us in the
                                  bay area are being polluted by the fossil fuel 
4:30 – 5:30 pm      U.S. Federal Building 
                            7th St. at Mission in San Francisco 
                           REINSTATE CHIEF STEWARD ANGELA BIB-
                           MERRIT AND STOP WORKPLACE BULLYING
                           There is a petition to the San Francisco Labor 
                           Council stating the workplace bullying is being used 
                           as a part of a plan to privatize and destroy our
                           Post Office and other public services.  The goal is
                           to eliminate public jobs as well as to to intimidate
                           members as a union busting tactic.  This is an issue
                           of great importance in the Trump regime.
Friday, November 18 
8:30 am      Federal Building     450 Golden Gate Ave. S.F. 
                  We need to demonstrate support for the family of Kayla
                  Moore.  The time in court will be brief, but the family 
                  needs support.
3:30 pm       170 Bolt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley
                   LEGAL OBSERVERS TRAINING 
                   Legal observers work to insure that protester’s rights to
                   express their political views are not violated by law 
                   enforcement.  You can be trained to participate in this 
                   important activity for our democracy to function.
5:00 pm       Lake Merrit Bart Station 
                   12th St. Oakland
                   RALLY FOR JAMES “NATE” GREER 
                   Nate was killed by Hayward and Bart Pollice.  Please 
                   support us in love and solidarity for our fight for his 
                   justice at a rally and candlelight vigil.  We welcome other
                   coalitions and families who have lost their loved ones to
                   police violence.  Bring posters and banners.  We are all
                   in this fight together.  This is a peaceful event. 
7:00           2969 Mission St. San Francisco
                 ON WOMEN’S LIBERATION
                 There is a new magazine created for and by revolutionary 
                 women from a multitude of backgrounds.  The magazine 
                 includes poetry, interviews, biographies, theory as well as a 
                 sharp perspective of unity and struggle.  Pick up your first 
                 issue at our launch party.
                 $3.00-$5.00 donation,  no one turned away for lack of funds
                 refreshments will be served.  
                 info   415-821-6171
6:30 pm     UU Center at 1187 Frankline St at Geary
                 WHERE TO INVADE NEXT?
                 Michael Moore’s film will be shown at this Sensible Cinema
                 for post election comic relief. 
7:00 – 10:00 pm     Redstone Labor Temple
                            2940 16th St. near 16th st. Bart in San Francisco
                            FOLK AGAINST TPP 
                            Acoustic guitarist David Rovics will be performing in 
                            a live concert Folk Against the TPP.  He will make you
                            laugh, he will make you cry.    Proceeds from the 
                            concert benefit the campaign against the Trans Pacific 
                            tickets are $10.00 
                            info   Living Wage Coalition  415-863-1225
Saturday, November 19
12:00 – 3:00 pm    The Redstone Building 
                            2940 16th St. near BART, San Francisco
                            COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING FOR A 
                            JAIL – FREE SAN FRANCISCO
                            Lunch will be provided
                            sponsor   No New Jail Coalition, S.F.
12:00 noon    UN Plaza, near civic center Bart station
                    DUMP TRUMP AND HIS PROGRAMS 
                    Fight back against racism, sexism and bigotry!  Join us
                    in the streets to continue building a sustained mass
                    movement fighting to take power to the people.
                    sponsor:   The Answer Coalition
12:00 noon       Lakeshore Farmer’s Market –
                       Lakeshore and MacAuthur  in Oakland 
                       Support the Black Lives community as human billboards.
                       Make a sign to support Black Lives Matter and 
                       demonstrate solidarity.
1:00 – 4:00 pm     USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall,  Maraschi Room 
                           corner of Parker and Golden Gate, S.F.
                           POST ELECTION ROUND TABLE 
                           *to assess the political fall out of the election
                           *to analyse the Deep State that doesn’t care who is
                           *prison reform and militarization of the police
                           *housing and health care
                           *foreign policy 
                            Round table participants:
                            Larry Shoup,  Peter Dale Scott, Stephen Zunes,
                            Rebecca Gorden, Karen Paget adn Peter Phillips
                            With analysts like these sitting at the same table,
                            you can be sure this will be an afternoon of important
                            and interesting political discussion.   Please join us.
2:00 pm      Bay and Van Ness meetup then march to City Hall up Van 
                  #UNITED AGAINST HATE
                  Protesting Trump
                  hosted by #NOTMYPRESIDENTSF
7:00 – 9:00 pm    First Congregational Church
                          2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
                          THE GREATFUL DEAD – THIS IS ALL A DREAM
                          WE DREAMED
                          Speakers  Blair Jackson and David Gans
                          They will discuss four decades of Gratefull Dead as
                          they broke rules all along the way, venturing into new
                          KPFA event.  tickets $15.00 at the door
                          the book will be for sale
Sunday November 20
2:30              Berkeley Main Library   2090 Kittridge st. 
                    3rd floor community room
                    With a report on Okinawa
                    sponsored by NO NUKES ACTION
3:30 – 6:30 pm    Omni Commons
                          4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland
                          Join families whose loved ones have been harmed or
                          killed by cops.  We will hear their experiences and
                          share ideas for organizing adn most of all, love and
                          support one another.
                          This is a pot luck event.  You may bring a snack or
                          beverage to share. (no alcohol please) 
                          sponsor   Open Circle
Monday November 21
6:00 – 9:00 pm      2017 Mission St. San Francisco 
                            Global Exchange 
                            Ava DuVernay’s documentary exposes Glaring 
                            Genocide in the Constitution.
                            Discussion following
                            Sponsor   Occupy Forum
If you know of future events that would be of interests to the people on 
this list serve, please send me the information so 
I can add it to the calendar.   Please send it by Tuesday of the week 
prior to the event.  

2 new demos regarding Trump… (from Adrienne Fong)

Postings are just providing info to let you know of events going on in the Bay Area. 

Sunday, November 13

Sunday, 3:00pm – 10:00pm, Protest Donald Trump

Powell Street Cable Turnaround

Let’s stand up for our rights and show Trump (again) what he’s up against if he tries to enforce any of his rhetoric during his (hopefully short) time in office.


Starting point is at The Cable Car Turnaround. We may walk to City Hall once the crowd is big enough.

If you have any, please bring and wear safety pins: See why HERE:


Saturday, November 19

Saturday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Rally and March: Dump Trump and His Political Program

United Nations Plaza (nr. (Civic Center BART)
San Francisco

Donald Trump is the next President of the United States. His racist, sexist and bigoted program offers false solutions for a real crisis. He will continue the same policies of the establishment and elites that he claimed to be pushing back against.

The same Democratic Party elites that spent the majority of the campaign painting a Trump presidency as a catastrophic threat to the world are now demanding that we unite behind him.

They aren’t going to stand in the way of the plans of a Trump presidency. Only a people’s movement can do that.

Sponsor: ANSWER


“I Couldn’t Go to Standing Rock, So I Closed My Bank Accounts Instead” by Cedar Wilkie Gillette

There are 38 banks supporting the Dakota Access pipeline. I found out mine was one of them.

DAPL Bank Protest

Water is life. That’s what we said to the Tribal Council of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in 2011. Carol Davis, a Turtle Mountain elder, had asked a group of us women from the tribe to help protect the water from fracking on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, around 200 miles northeast of Bismarck, North Dakota. She called on us because in Chippewa society, women are keepers of the water. Fracking of North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil had begun just 40 miles away from Turtle Mountain; and fracking in North Dakota had already made a destructive, violent impact 180 miles away on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, home to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. We wanted to prevent Turtle Mountain from having the same fate.

The tribal council listened. Twenty days after this first meeting with Davis, it amended our tribal resolution not only to ban fracking, but also to cancel oil and gas bids on 45,000 acres. This day changed my life—it solidified my role as a water protector.

Since I could not leave school to be at Standing Rock, I wondered what I could do.

Hundreds of spills have already taken place in North Dakota since fracking took off around 2010. The Dakota Access pipeline is poised to carry Bakken oil from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing the Missouri River—the water source for Standing Rock and 27 other tribes as well as 10 states. The people of Standing Rock understand what we at Turtle Mountain understood in 2011: Tribes have treaty rights, and reservations are held in trust with the federal government. These rights and lands would be diminished with permanent water contamination from fracking chemicals like benzene. This is why water truly is life.

I am a North Dakota Native on both sides of my family. I was born on Turtle Mountain, my mother’s home; I also grew up on Fort Berthold—the home of my father’s family—which sits at the heart of the Bakken shale boom.

After working to ban fracking on one homeland, in 2012 I began working to help Native American women being directly impacted by fracking on my other homeland, as a tribal domestic violence victim advocate. Thousands of industry workers had infiltrated our reservation and had no place to live, so they populated undocumented, temporary living areas, known as “man camps.”  On my second day on the job, I relocated two victims who escaped a man camp that oil workers had prevented them from leaving. They had jumped out a window and walked miles to a police station.

As I continued this work, the unprecedented levels of violence against Native American women only increased. These man camps are also spawned by the Dakota Access pipeline construction.

I had seen how fracking creates environmental devastation, with permanent water contamination; I had also witnessed industry violence against Native American women. So I decided to go to school to become an environmental lawyer, to mitigate the harm at its source. Every fracking-impacted community faces these dangers.

And now, as at Standing Rock, pipelines are bringing these problems to nonfracking communities.

I, along with millions of people, had watched the live streams in horror as excessive force was used by the North Dakota National Guard, regional sheriffs’ departments, and Dakota Access private security on the water protectors at Standing Rock. They attacked them with bean bags, tasers, and other weapons, beating unarmed people. That day 141 people were arrested on 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty land. Many were held in dog kennels.

As I watched the news, I felt outraged. Since I could not leave school to be at Standing Rock, I wondered what I could do.

I was upset that my money was connected to these human rights violations.

I started reading articles about divesting from the 38 banks that are giving credit lines either to the Dakota Access pipeline owners—Sunoco Logistics, Energy Transfer Partners, and Energy Transfer Equity—or to the Dakota Access pipeline project itself—Dakota Access, LLC—totaling more than $10 billion.  I discovered that U.S. Bank, where I held accounts, was one of those 38 banks.

Feeling helpless after seeing the military and police brutality, I decided to divest on October 30.. I wrote to the U.S. Bank CEO about why I needed to close my accounts. I was upset that my money was connected to these human rights violations. “This excessive force is not to protect the people, but to protect the man camps and the ongoing pipeline construction,” I wrote. “Shame on you U.S. Bank and its CEO for investing in greed and condoning human rights violations solely for your benefit. And the egregious use of the people’s money to in effect poison the people.”

I am not alone in closing my accounts—it’s a growing movement that has caught the attention of individuals and institutions. On November 1, Standing Rock passed a tribal resolution affirming 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty rights and declaring and affirming the “fundamental understanding of Mni Wiconi [Water is Life]” by divesting from any financial institution that had a connection “in any aspect” to the Dakota Access pipeline project.

The fracking industry and its creditors, those banks, may not have much regard for water or human rights, but they do care about money. If your bank account is connected to one of them, you can move your money, too. In this time of heated public pressure, Norway’s DnB Bank is currently reevaluating its Dakota Access investment.

Whether it is water contamination or violence, the disproportionate impacts of fracking on tribal sovereign nations and its people, especially the women, is unacceptable. It is time we all stood up to it.

To support the truly courageous, you can contribute directly to the water protector camps or legal fund.

Cedar Wilkie Gillette wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Cedar is a third-year law student at Vermont Law School studying environmental and human rights law. Cedar is also a tribal member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and lineal descendant of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.