Todd Gitlin on the difference between the right and the left





“I’ve always thought the difference between the right and the left is that they believe in power, while we’re ambivalent about it.  It’s the difference between the Tea Party and the Occupy movements.”

–Todd Gitlin (born 1943) is an American sociologist, political writer, novelist, and cultural commentator. He has written widely on the mass media, politics, intellectual life and the arts, for both popular and scholarly publications. Wikipedia

Oakland Holds Community Forum on Public Banking (

The idea of creating a public bank in Oakland is under serious consideration, a move that could help the city’s cannabis industry access financial services and free up more funds for lending and infrastructure development.


Oakland Holds Community Forum on Public Banking

By Richard Knee,

A February 9 forum on the topic organized by the City Council’s Finance Committee and advocacy group Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland (FPBO) drew a standing-room-only crowd to a City Hall meeting room. Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and representatives from Richmond also attended, as those cities may wish to participate.

Public banking is a venerable concept, though not widespread; North Dakota has a 98-year-old public bank, Philadelphia’s City Council voted last February to begin the process of forming one, and activists are pushing for one in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On February 28, Finance Committee members Annie Campbell Washington, Dan Kalb, Noel Gallo and Abel Guillén are set to receive a staff report on the cost of a feasibility study. At that point, Kaplan said she’ll bring a resolution to authorize the study, which was backed last November by FPBO.

While the chief motivation is to keep local money in Oakland, a public bank could also give the city’s cannabis industry expanded access to banking services. Additionally, the proposed institution could provide low-interest loans to students and home buyers, support small businesses and invest in local infrastructure.

Public Banking Institute (PBI) board member and leader in the Santa Fe effort, Nichoe Lichen, offered some feedback.

“Who pays for the [feasibility) study matters,” she said. “For a feasibility study, you need expertise, you need someone who is open-minded, who knows resources. You need all kinds of people — legislators and banking experts.”

Kalb scoffed at the notion of private-sector banks being “too big to fail,” saying that in reality they had become “too big to help the people who need help most.” Bank operators would need to raise significant lending capital, as cash represents just three percent of domestic transactions, said Mark Armstrong, president of Sonoma-based Commonomics.

“Instead of trying to regulate the institutions we have, why not just create a better one?” asked economics and public finance consultant Tom Sguros. “All it takes is one city to organize wealth in a way that benefits the people of the city rather than Bank of America,” he said.

The cannabis industry is largely cash-only; because most banks are federally-insured, depositing funds from a technically illegal business could create challenges for growers and dispensaries.

Cannabis industry lawyer Henry Wykowski said Harborside Health Center, for which he is lead attorney, does $10 – $20 million in cash transactions each year, making customers “unnecessary targets for crime” and complicating tax payments.

Arreguin said 8,000 of his city’s nearly 113,000 residents “do not have a bank account or are under-banked,” so “we look forward to participating with you in this effort.”


2/20/2017 – BY LAINEY HASHORVA (

Dear John, we need to see other banks. It’s not me, it’s you.

In the wake of CEO John Stumpf’s departure from Wells Fargo due to the exposure of rampant ongoing criminal activity, falsifying over 2 million customer accounts, firing 5,300 low-ranking employees, creating unauthorized credit cards and forging signatures, this was not a good Valentine’s Day for the world’s biggest bank.

Several cities have already broken up with Wells Fargo for its dirty business practices, which also include falsifying foreclosure documents, repossession and sale of veterans’ homes and vehicles, damaging people’s credit, displacing seniors and other unethical and unlawful behavior. Recently, the City of Santa Monica, Calif., pledged to divest its interest and investments from Wells Fargo. Other cities have followed suit, including Davis, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia to name a few.

Did I mention the Dakota Access Pipeline? Wells Fargo is one of the largest investors in the DAPL; the bank even manages the accounting books on that project. It seems Wells has its dirty little octopus hands involved in all sorts of crimes against the people, the land, the native Americans and the water that brings life to so many communities and ecosystems.

The levels of corruption run deep, like toxic oil through untouched sacred lands. On so many levels the bank’s corruption is like a cancer in our country. The only positive that has come from all this dark – and literally diabolical – business is the fact that more and more people are now awake to the fact that they have to do and stand for something. They must show up and choose sides like never before. It’s too late to remain silent to the destruction of our drinking water, our ecology, our future, our credit, our homes, our communities.

So, what do we want to stand for instead?

Never have we been so divided politically, philosophically, morally. Never has it seemed so insurmountable to achieve fundamental rights of fairness, justice and “action.” It seems that business entities as large as these mega banks should be required to take the hippocratic oath like those in the medical profession. “First do no harm,” etc etc, with some form of ethical standards we can all agree on in business, service and stewardship of the planet.

These days, instead, it’s a race to the bottom, politically, ethically, morally. How do we as “regular” people, consumers and occupiers of Earth work together to stop the bleeding? Or, should I say, the oil leaking? How do we avoid being beaten by the monster machine on every level?

There is a quote by George Bernard Shaw in Malcolm Gladwell”s book, “David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants,” which reads: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

The thing that gives me hope these days is that movements are rising up and individuals are taking a stand. This momentum and pushback is a beautiful thing to watch. There is a literal smorgasbord of action choices anyone can take. For starters:

1. Say no to banking with cheaters that pollute, forge signatures, charge excessive fees, foreclose on families and veterans.

2. Move your money from Wells Fargo and the banks like it that are choosing harm over health to our society. When you close your accounts, tell them why you’re doing so: Tell them that you want to put your money in a bank that is aligned with your values.

3. Make a sign and show up. You don’t even need a pink hat to take a stand: All you need is a good message written on a piece of cardboard.

4. Call and email your congressional representative and tell them why you are bothered by the fact that they are not representing your best interests (ie. the policies they support are harming environmental protections, consumer protections, etc.)

5. Show up to those town hall meetings and make your voice heard.

6. Tweet back at bogus messaging and hate speech.

7. Volunteer.

8. Vote (with your dollars, not just at the ballot box.)

9. Walk a senior’s dog, pick up litter in your neighborhood, or any other number of activities that help people in your community.

So many small things you do can contribute to the greater good and provide a counter-balance to all the negative. Quoting Gladwell himself: “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.”

In our persistence against injustices big or small, we make our voices heard. We speak for those who cannot speak or stand or fight back. We make progress, we say NO. When we tire, we rest. Our opposition depends on protest fatigue; on outnumbering us in size and money; on hefty resources and militarized response. But all through history, the persistence of “unreasonable” movements, with the odds stacked against them and the laws in place to prohibit them, forced progress by dragging us all toward an evolution of mind, spirit and collective consciousness.

These are unprecedented times which call for unprecedented resistance: to hate, discrimination, fascists, cheaters. We put our strength where are values are. And we invest our money as consumers the same way, choosing among institutions that compete for our business, our loyalty and our dollars. It is time for us individually and collectively to define who we really are, by defining what we leave for the future, and by showing the heart or lack thereof that we wish to offer the world.

Dear Wells Fargo, Roses are red, Violets are blue, your business model sucks and so do you.

Wells Fargo, foreclosure crisis, bank bailouts, John Stumpf, banking crimes

People Of The Union of America (

The People Of The Union of America (POTUA) community endeavors to create a model American government of the People by the People and for the People. It’s principles and basic assumptions can be found in America’s Founding Documents, especially the Preamble to the Constitution.

POTUA’s initial project is the construction of a “shadow cabinet.” The purpose of the Shadow Cabinet is similar that of the shadow governments and cabinets of the U.K. Here in the US, such political tools as shadow governments are usually contemplated within “think tanks.”

“The Shadow Cabinet is a feature of the Westminster system of government (e.g., British Parliament). It consists of a senior group of opposition spokespeople who, under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition, form an alternative cabinet to that of the government, and whose members shadow or mark each individual member of the Cabinet. “ – Wikipedia

Two days of remembrances for Amilcar, killed by SFPD: Sunday 2/26 & Monday 2/27

Two Years Later: We remember Amilcar

Killed by SFPD, 2/26/2015   

Two days of remembrances: 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

8:00pm – 10:00pm

~ Candlelight Vigil ~     

Folsom Street

(between 24th & 25th Streets)

San Francisco    

An evening of prayer and attentiveness to remember Amilcar. We will for a circle of sanctuary and healing, expressing our commitment to protecting one another from the violence that affects our community.

Bring candles, palm branches, and photos of your favorite mission murals, especially those with the image of Amilcar.

Monday, February 27, 2017 

12 Noon 

~ Die-in and Press Conference ~    

SF Hall of Justice

850 Bryant St.

(front steps)

San Francisco      

Demand DA George Gascon give us our day in court and hold police accountable for Amilcar’s killing.

We will call out Amilcar’s name and those of the many others killed by SFPD.


 Sunday, February 26, will mark two years since SFPD killed 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez–six shots to the back when he was running for his life.

OccupySF – New Announcements 2/23 – 3/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

Update: Ms. Iris Canada, was admitted to the hospital last weekend. On Tuesday, February 21st. a little over a week after Sheriff Hennessy evicted her without any notice, the landlords hired a company with two U-Hauls to pack up and move her things to storage. Prior to this Iris’s niece, Iris Merriouns  had been trying to arrange to get her aunts belongings, but the landlord’s attorneys have not been willing to let her in.

On Tuesday, she was able to retrieve her aunt’s wheelchair and a few papers. As of this writing no one knows where they have taken Iris’s belongings.

Thank you to all who made calls, came to Sheriff’s Hennessy’s office and inquired how you could help.

Please hold Iris in your thoughts. Will keep you posted for upcoming actions – all actions have been with collaboration with the family.


Pat Gray: Please also hold Pat in your thoughts.

Mni Wiconi  – Water is Life. Tuesday, 2/28, Ask SF Board of Sups. to pass an Ordinance to divest from Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: .


~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

New Announcements

(Thursday, Feb. 23 – Wednesday, March 1)

Thursday, February 23

Thursday, 5:00pm, Rally to Support Trans Youth

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

Join us at City Hall today at 5 pm to stand against these reckless decisions and show trans youth we are with them! #Protecttransyouth

Info: The San Francisco Dyke March

Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Poets against War & Racism / Poetas contra la guerra y el racismo

Oakland Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Donation requested: $5.00-25.00; No one turned away.

Chiapas Support Committee will be showing a 15 minute video of the recent CNI congress held with the EZLN whose first sessions were held in October 2016. The video will be part of an update on the EZLN-CNI proposal to form an indigenous council of government and to run an Indigenous woman for President in Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections and other developments in Mexico.

Poets: Amira Ali, Arnoldo Colibrí, DeMareon Gipson, María de la Rosa, Rafael Jesús Gonzalez with Gerardo Omar Marín on flute
Teboho Motaba Other poets & performers coming too
Open mic.

Sponsored by the Chiapas Support Committee


Friday, February 24

Friday, 11:30am – 1:30pm, Rally outside “A Conversation with US Senator Dianne Feinstein”

Bechtel Conference Center
Public Policy Institute of California
500 Washington St, Suite 600

“We were told by a Feinstein staff member, when we rallied at her office for a Town Hall, that this was a Town Hall. Turns out it’s not and, lo and behold, a ticketed event. So, the respectful, peaceful and LOUD rally is outside where she’s speaking. Bring a sign with a question mark on it (no access to ask her anything) and cans, representing that this is a ‘canned’ event. We’ll start when the attendees, and hopefully Feinstein, are going in for a pre-event lunch.

Rally link on Resistance Recess site:


Friday, 12 Noon, Mothers On The March Against Police Murders

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

Weekly protest. All invited.

Demand DA Gascon charge the officers with murder!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition


Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Know Your Rights, a sewing/knitting circle

4716 – 3rd Street

We are going old school and bringing community back to the kitchen table with an open discussion of our rights while knitting or sewing. A theme brought back to life with the Pussy Hat Project so brilliantly seen during the Women’s March 1/21/17. Bring your own projects to work on or use some of our supplies. Bayview Hunter’s Point Legal Community will be joining us to help us all understand just how far our voices can go and the correct way to go there. Knowledge is power.

This program is for informational purposes only and is not presented as legal council.

Sponsor: 3rd St Village


Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Film showing All GUANTANAMO is Ours

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd

This event is part of a regular film series called “Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity”, held every 4th Friday of the month.

The documentary by journalist and filmmaker Hernando Calvo Ospina shows the sentiment and perspective of the Cuban people, especially those living in the towns around the US Naval base in Guantanamo and their desire for its return.

Sponsor: Days of Action Against the Blockade


Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Build the Movement to Defeat Racism

2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th St. BART)

$3 – $10 donation requested – no one turned away

An important forum commemorating Black History Month. With a new president in the White House issuing racist travel bans and appointing cabinet members who do not believe in workers’ or civil rights, it is more important than ever to study African American history. Black History Month challenges the dominant racist version of U.S. history where every great deed is attributed to rich white men, and the contributions of African Americans and other oppressed people are ignored or demeaned.

Discussion will follow talks and video presentations.

Info:  or

Saturday, February 25

Saturday, 8:00am – 12 Noon,  Resist ICE  Training (event in Hayward)

Let us know if you want to carpool from 2940 – 16th Street, corner of Capp Street, SF and if you need a ride or can give a ride. We will meet at 8 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 25.:

Carpenter’s Union Hall
1050 Mattox Rd.
Hayward, 94541

The legal rational for workplace enforcement –  called Employer

Sanctions – became part of immigration law in 1986.   Since then workplace raids – sometimes called ’silent raids’ – have been a mainstay of immigration enforcement and will likely ramp up under the Trump regime.  Immigration enforcement has included firings for immigration status, raids and detentions at work, street corner raids and others.

Trump promises to unleash all of those strategies to round up and deport thousands of immigrants.

The training has 3 goals:

  • Educate advocates about how workplace enforcement has played out here in the SF Bay Area (through multiple examples) and lessons learned, •  Strengthen immigrant defense through know your rights education and a system of support/solidarity for immigrants who are picked up; and
  • Plan creative political responses from the labor, faith and general community.

For questions, please contact Lillian Galedo (Filipino Advocates for Justice), 510-456-9876 (ofc) or 510-409-1679 (cell) or Agustin Ramirez (ILWU), 916-606-4681.

Saturday, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Make art for the Native Nations March (Day 2 will be on Sunday, same place different time)

Intertribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd. (nr. BART)

The Bay Area will be marching and rallying in San Francisco on March 10th starting at 5 pm (details of location will soon be posted on the event page) to be in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other indigenous organizers who will be marching in D.C for the Native Nations march.

Won’t be able to attend the march, but will like to contribute? Join our local Idle No More chapter along with David Solnit on February 25th from 10am until 2pm to create beautiful art and banners for participants to carry in San Francisco and in D.C.

Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting some paint on, bring empty plastic containers with lids (butter, yogurt, etc. – the larger the better!) Snacks or beverages are always appreciated to share!

For those who cannot make it out on Saturday, we will be hosting Art Party #2 on Sunday Feb. 26, from 12pm – 4pm (same place)

Host: Idle No Moree SF Bay


Saturday, 11:00am, Stop Workplace Bullying, Discrimination, & Union Busting  By SEIU Top Officials – Informational picket & Press conf.

SEIU 1021 SF Offices
(Corner of 17th & Kansas – Potrero District)
(MUNI – # 22 Fillmore )

SEIU Local 1021, one of the largest unions in Northern California representing public sector and private-no-profit workers, is being sued in Superior Court by a staff member for retaliation, age discrimination and harassment.

Several additional SEIU Local 1021 staff members have also filed Unfair Labor Practice Charges at the National Labor Relations Board and Discrimination Complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and or at the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The Filipino American Pacific Islander Community of the SF Bay Area along with labor leader Daz Lamparas, a 29-year employee of SEIU, and others are protesting against union hypocrisy.

Sponsor: SEIU 1021 Rank & File Staff and Members


Saturday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Protest Funeral for EPA, the climate, and environmental justice

75 Hawthorne St.

Scott Pruitt, new head of the EPA, is a climate denier who believes the federal government shouldn’t regulate environmental issues.

We also know that environmental degradation often affects marginalized communities first and hardest. We need to respond to Pruitt’s plans and demand not just a halt to the rollbacks of protections but a strong commitment to advancing the kinds of policies that will protect all people, especially the most vulnerable.

We will gather at the EPA regional offices. Wear funeral attire, and bring flowers and candles to leave at the location as a lasting memorial to the EPA, the climate, and environmental justice.

Sponsor: EPA Resist SF


Saturday, 2:00pm, Black History Month Film: “13th” Film & Discussion

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St.

Door donation: $3-$5. Snacks available for donation

Ava DuVernay’s gripping documentary “13th” is a must-see for anti-racist activists in the current climate of bigotry. The film resonates with the Black Lives Matter protests demanding accountability for the unjust racial profiling and killing of Black and Brown people by police in the U.S.

Learn how the “anti-slavery” 13th Amendment is actually used to criminalize and incarcerate Blacks. Join a discussion of what should be done to end the prison industrial complex and its exploitation of captive labor.

Sponsor: Freedom Socialist Party

Info: For more information or to arrange childcare: 415-864-1278

Saturday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Black Lives Matter: Now! + Black San Francisco + Attica +

Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia St.

Co-curated with the radical film e-zine Now!, this program honors Black History Month with a selection of new cinema that steps up to the crisis of US racial justice. Launching another year for the journal, in person is its editor, Alex Johnston, with his The Evidence of the Evidence (on Attica). His archival epic is preceded by a brave and beautiful filmic conversation on the Afro-American past and present: Kelly Gallagher’s More Dangerous Than A Thousand Rioters (on Lucy Parsons), Dan Albright’s Baton Rouge/Jackson ’63, Jason Halprin’s July 8th, 2016, and Lauren Moyer’s The Forcing, among others. Carolyn Dijckmeester-Bis’ Black San Francisco spins off of James Baldwin’s Take This Hammer to follow up on 3 Hunter’s Point teens in that epochal ‘63 doc. ALSO contributions from Cauleen Smith, Ja’Tovia Gary, and Agnes Varda (Panther Newsreel)!

Sponsor: Other Cinema


Sunday, February 26

Sunday, 10:00am – 12Noon, Feinstein Empty Chair Town Hall

Elmhurst Community Prep
1800 98th Avenue

This event is sold out, but you can sign up for the waiting list for a stand-by chance to get in at the door. (There will be a few standing room spots available at the very least.)The activism fair will be going on outside the auditorium and will not be ticketed.

The event will also be live streamed, so please stay tuned for more info.

Host: Invisible East Bay


Sunday, 10:30am – 12:30pm, Berkeley, Milo, & Free Speech

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph

Speakers: Yvette Felarca, By, Any Means Necessary, Frank Runninghorse, long-time anti-fascist activist, and Gerald Smith, Oscar Grasnt Committee. Facilitator: Eugene Ruyle, of ICSS

When a scheduled speech by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley was cancelled for security reasons, Trump tweeted: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERALl FUNDS?”


Sunday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, International Women’s Strike March 8 – Planning Meeting

Redstone Building
2940 16th Street,
Crossroads Women’s Center, Room 301

Come help plan Bay Area participation in the March 8th International Women’s Strike & WMW ‘A Day Without A Woman’

Calling all pink hats; moms, daughters, grandmas, immigrants and asylum seekers, with or without disabilities, waged and unwaged, lgbtqia, sex workers, students, artists, formerly incarcerated, rape, domestic violence, police abuse survivors, veterans, those who are homeless, on welfare; movements for Black Lives, vs mass incarcerations, DAPL pipeline, war and other campaigners across movements and communities, to  help plan Bay Area participation in this day of multi-racial women’s resistance against Trump and his policies. Come “huddle”, bring your ideas, campaigns, energy, artistic expression. Let us resist together with our sisters around the world in whatever way we can to get visibility and power for our struggles and demands.

To endorse & info contact:  415 626 4114,

Sunday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, (3:00pm General Assembly) Community Feed Before Occupy Oakland GA

Oscar Grant Plaza Amphitheater
14th & Broadway

This week, 2:00pm-3:00pm OO GA will get together to share food with each other and the community. Bring something to share.

If it rains (not misting) 3:00pm meeting will be in basement of the Oakland Omni Collective, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.


Sunday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Liberated Lens Black History Month film screening:  Within Our Gates

Oakland Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

$5.00 – no one turned away.

Oldest surviving film made by an African American director.

1920 American silent film portrays the contemporary racial situation in the U.S. during the early twentieth century, the years of Jin Crow, the revival of the KKK, the Great Migration of blacks to cities of the North and Midwest, and the emergence of the “New Negro”

Sponsor: Liberated Lens Film Collective


Sunday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm, Two years later: We remember Amilcar – Killed by SFPD, 2/26/2015 (2 part remembrance Sunday & Monday)

Candlelight Vigil

Folsom St. Between 24th & 25th Sts

An evening of prayer and attentiveness to remember Amilcar. We will form a circle of sanctuary and healing, expressing our commitment to protecting one another from the violence that affects our community.

Bring candles, palm branches, and photos of your favorite mission murals. ESPECIALLY those with the image of Amilcar.

Monday 2/27, 12 Noon, Die-in and Press Conference (2nd part of Two years later: We remember Amilcar)

SF Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

Demand DA George Gascon give us our day in court and hold police accountable for Amilcar’s killing.

We will call out Amilcar’s name and those of the many others killed by SFPD


Monday, February 27

Monday 12 Noon, Two years Later: We remember Amilcar, Killed by SFPD 2/26/15

See Description from Sunday.


Monday, Feb. 27, 3:00pm –  5:00pm. & Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6:00am – 8:00am, Stop Killing Our Muslim Sisters & Brothers –  Occupy Beale AFB

Around Beale Air Force Base

Monday, February 27, 2017 
Vigil 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Main Gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd.

Pot luck and Peace Encampment at Main Gate afterwards.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Vigil 6:00 to 8:00 AM, Main Gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd. 
Optional Breakfast, Debriefing and Planning in Marysville afterwards

Join us in the Circle of Life! We will stand in defense of the right of our muslim brothers and sisters to live safe from the harm of U.S. hellfire drone missiles, perpetual wars, and Navy Seals raids!

Join us in being a protector of life and demand that President Trump not continue the illegal drone legacy that Obama handed him. NO GROUND TROOPS IN SYRIA, YEMEN or ANYWHERE! NO MORE WARS!

Come for one or both days.

FMI & Carpooling:
Nevada County: 941-320-0291
Bay Area: Toby: (510)215-5974,

Chico: Chris Nelson 530-345-7590
Sacramento: 916-284-0944,

Sponsor: Occupy Beale AFB


Monday, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland Organizers Meeting

1212 Broadway, Suite 100

The City of Oakland, with our organizing help, held a public forum on public banking at Oakland City Hall, on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Watch the video .

After the Administrator’s report, due on or about March 1, we will lobby the Oakland City Council to fund the aforementioned study, and once that is out (hopefully with a favorable set of recommendations) we will lobby the Oakland City Council to pass enabling legislation that will create and fund a public bank for Oakland. Our overarching goal is to see a public bank flourish in Oakland while it helps the community, thereby providing an example for other jurisdictions wishing to rid themselves of their dependence on Wall Street banks.


Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, At the River I Stand (Film and speaker: George Wright)

Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St. (Between 15th & 16th Streets)

“At the River I Stand” skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings sharp  issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life, and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains won by public employees, and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present racial quandary may well be found in what happened in Memphis.

Info: Ruthie

Tuesday, February 28

Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Rally for Trees & Against Pesticides in Our Parks! – Rally & BoS Meeting

Civic Center Plaza
355 McAllister


3:00pm, Board of Supervisors Chamber, Room 250

Join Our City and San Francisco Forest Alliance to demand that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote to reject the EIR that allows the Recreation and Park Department to cut down over 18,000 trees and spray toxic herbicides to ‘manage’ our public parks.

Join Our City and San Francisco Forest Alliance to demand that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote to reject the EIR that allows the Recreation and Park Department to cut down over 18,000 trees and spray toxic herbicides to ‘manage’ our public parks.

Sponsor: SF Forest Alliance


Tuesday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm. SF Board of Supervisors Meeting: Divest from DAPL!  #MniWiconi

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

As of December 31 2016, San Francisco’s Pooled Fund had about $823 million invested with financiers of DAPL, and more than $10 billion in City funds managed by Bank of America.

In mid-February, the indigenous-led San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition asked a couple of the more progressive San Francisco Board of Supervisor members to work with the Coalition on a divestment ordinance. While supportive, they have expressed to the Coalition that they are at capacity and cannot sponsor the ordinance.

The Army Corps of Engineer set February 22nd as the deadline for Water Protectors to evacuate Oceti Sakowin camp, a camp completely within the boundaries of the Great Sioux Nation as defined by the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty. As we speak, Water Protectors are deep in prayer, preparing their minds and bodies for a violent law enforcement raid as the Army Corps, North Dakota Law Enforcement, the National Guard, the BIA Indian Police, and DAPL mercenaries surround the prayerful camp.

Join us in asking the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to work with the SF Defund DAPL Coalition to pass an ordinance divesting city funds from the DAPL.


Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Healing Communities on the Frontlines of Ferguson

Samuel Merritt Health Education Center
400 Hawthorne Ave.

We invite you to a conversation with Rev. Traci Blackmon as she shares her experiences working in and around Ferguson, MO. Her topic, “Healing Communities on the Frontlines of Ferguson: Health Professionals as Activists,” will provide a framework for grassroots social change.

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Acting Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Rev. Blackmon’s communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO has gained her both national and international recognition  and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama. This year, Rev. Blackmon co-authored the newly released White Privilege curriculum through the United Church of Christ.

Sponsor: Samuel Merritt University – Office of Diversity & Inclusion


Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Justice for Angel Ramos at Vallejo City Council

Council Chambers
555 Santa Clara St., 2nd Floor

The family of Angel Ramos invites community members to attend and make their voices heard during public comment at the next Vallejo City Council meeting. Vallejo police murdered Angel on January 23rd, 2017.

The family demands:
-The release of the officers’ body camera footage
-Naming of the officer(s) who killed Angel

This is an important early opportunity to put City Councilmembers on notice that the community will not tolerate a cover-up or failure to investigate.

Host: APTP


Tuesday, 7:00pm, Navy’s Restoration Advisory Board Meeting (RE: Navy’s clean up of T.I.)

One Avenue of the Palms, Building 1
First Floor, Room 171
Treasure Island

This is the administrative building located just inside the main gate.

For meeting minutes from past meetings and other Treasure Island information, see the Navy’s website:  Click on the map and select Former NS Treasure Island in the Prior BRAC dropdown menu.

Contact Keith Forman, the BRAC Environmental Coordinator, if you have any questions about the Navy’s cleanup program: (415) 308-1458,

Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Oakland Women’s Strike Planning Meeting

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.

Plan is not for a traditional strike but for a 5:00pm demo. Building towards a women’s bloc for the national general strike called for Oakland on May 1st.

Oakland Livable General Assembly  will also be participating


Tuesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, California Disclose Act Grassroots Planning Meeting

Urban Adamath Farm
1151 Sixth St.

Presenter: Trent Lange, President of California Clean Money Campaign

Come learn about fighting Dark Money with AB 14, the California DISCLOSE Act.

Learn how the new California DISCLOSE Act will lead the resistance against big money in politics.

Register at


Wednesday, March 1

Wednesday, 9:00am – 11:00am, Court Support for Michael Brewster

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St, First Floor, Courtroom 11

Michael Brewster, was brutally attacked by police on February 8th.  His mother, Trina Peters, flagged down the police, explained Michael was having a mental health problem and asked them to call an ambulance for him. They said they would. Instead, the officers rushed him threw him on the ground and began to detain him. They called for back up and police swarmed the area. 

Michael was unarmed and posed no threat to the officers, yet, they had him face down on the ground. Despite telling him he couldn’t breathe, several officers were on top of him. They beat him up and attempted to assault him with a billy club. Police told the people recording the incident to get back because it was a crime scene.

They beat him so badly that he was at SF General Hospital for 4 days before transferring him to the jail at 850 Bryant St, SF. The police denied his mother visitation and refused to release information regarding his wellbeing.

Host: Open Circle


Wednesday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Using Hope to Save Our Oceans

The Green Arcade
1680 Market St.

FREE admission

Author: Liz Cunningham, will read from her new book: Ocean Country: One Woman’s Voyage from Peril to Hope in he Quest to Save the Seas.



The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.

–Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein’s work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Wikipedia

OccupyForum presents . . . At the River I Stand: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike, the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Strike as Strategy film and discussion with George Wright

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, February 27th, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm

at The Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Streets, near 16th/Mission 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!

At the River I Stand:

The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike,

the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and Strike as Strategy

Film and Discussion with George Wright

Memphis, Spring 1968 marked the dramatic climax of the Civil Rights movement. At the River I Stand skillfully reconstructs the two eventful months that transformed a strike by Memphis sanitation workers into a national conflagration, and disentangles the complex historical forces that came together with the inevitability of tragedy at the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This 58-minute documentary brings into sharp relief issues that have only become more urgent in the intervening years: the connection between economic and civil rights, debates over strategies for change, the demand for full inclusion of African Americans in American life, and the fight for dignity for public employees and all working people.

In the 1960s, Memphis’ 1,300 sanitation workers formed the lowest caste of a deeply racist society, earning so little they qualified for welfare. In the film, retired workers recall their fear about taking on the entire white power structure when they struck for higher wages and union recognition.

But local civil rights leaders and the Black community soon realized the strike was part of the struggle for economic justice for all African Americans. Through stirring historical footage we see the community mobilizing behind the strikers, organizing mass demonstrations and an Easter boycott of downtown businesses. The national leadership of AFSCME put the international union’s full resources behind the strike. One day, a placard appeared on the picket lines, which in its radical simplicity summed up the meaning of the strike: “I am a man.”

Endemic inner-city poverty, attempts to roll back gains won by public employees, and the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us make clear that the issues Martin Luther King, Jr. raised in his last days have yet to be addressed. At the River I Stand succeeds in showing that the causes of (and possibly the solutions to) our present racial quandary may well be found in what happened in Memphis.

We are very lucky to have George Wright with us to help disentangle the issues and tease out the strategies applicable to ourselves today.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

Announcements & Updates for Wednesday & Thursday (from Adrienne Fong)

UPDATE on Ms. Iris Canada: Ms. Canada was in the ER on Monday 2/20/17.  Date of the demo might need to be shifted. Will keep you updated for changes.

Send items for posting by Wednesday at 12 Noon to: .


~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

New Announcements & Updates

(Wednesday, 2/22; Thursday 2/23)

Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, 7:45am – Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in Sacramento

Bus Reservations contact:

Email SGonzalez@CalNurses.Org

Bus from San Francisco City Hall leaves from the corner of Grove and Polk at 7:45am.

Bus from Berkeley Ashby BART leaves at 8:30am from the corner of Ashby and Adeline.

Join CARA and the Campaign for a Healthy California for a Healthy California as we join with legislators, labor, seniors, community, nurses, doctors, healthcare advocates and grassroots activists to make a major announcement that will positively impact the future health of everyone in the state.

11:00am Rally at Secretary of State Auditorium; 1500 – 11th Street, Sacramento

Info from Don Bechler, Chair Single Payer NOW

Wednesday, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Support SF-Anti-Muslim Registry Ordinance: Make Sanctuary Real! (Time change)

SF City Hall, Room 263
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place

February 8th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee discussed an ordinance introduced against any potential Muslim registry based on religion or country of origin.

In response to the powerful community testimony and pressure demanding more than a symbolic ordinance, the SF Board of Supervisors are working on crafting the language so that this ordinance is actually enforceable

Please come out to support the second meeting on the ordinance and give public comment to demand that our city do more than what has been done before, to act courageously and do all that is in its power to resist Trump’s fascism and racism.

Sponsor: AROC – Arab Resource and Organizing Center


Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm, Resisting Mass Deportation A Community Forum

SF Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St. (enter on Grove St.)

To Register:

No family should be torn apart because they can’t afford an attorney. Learn how San Francisco can provide lawyers to help immigrants fight deportation and how YOU can help.


Danny Glover, actor, director, and activist
Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, president, National Association of Immigration Judges
Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco supervisor, District 1
Beto Martinez Nolasco, formerly detained immigrant
James Brosnahan, senior counsel, Morrison Foerster

livestream it here:

Info from SF Public Defender’s Office


Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Peace Vigil

One Post St.
(On the steps facing Market St. – below Feinstein’s office)
Above Montgomery BART

All are welcomed to join Codepink, OccupySF and Others.

Look for the pink PEACE banner

If it rains:

Look for lighted RESIST in lights in the plaza between the stairs leading to/from BART/MUNI

Theme this week: Honoring victims from the seven countries our country is involved in illegal wars

Info that will be distributed this week: FIGHT BACK AGAINST USA’S SEVEN ILLEGAL WARS!! SUPPORT H.R. 608


Request: wear black clothing

Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Let Ms. Iris Canada Back in Her Home! (CANCELLED) 

670 Page St.


Ms. Canada was in the ER on Monday, date of action might be shifted per family request.

100-yr-old Iris Canada is locked out of her home of over 50 years. We will demand justice from landlords and TIC owners who forced out our black elder for profit – they wish to condo convert the building to inflate the value of their private units, all of which were once rent-controlled apartments.

February 10th, the sheriff locked 100-year-old Iris Canada out of her long-time home in the Fillmore without notice to the benefit of three white landlords. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, Judge James A. Robertson II, landlords’ lawyer Andrew Zacks, landlords Peter Owens, Stephen L. Owens and Carolyn Radisch, and the building’s TIC owners, especially Alexandre Apke & Anna Munoz, are all responsible for this eviction and elder abuse.

The sheriff knew Ms. Iris’ lawyer was filing an appeal in a higher court and had more than two months to stall such abuse before facing legal repercussions. She also had the ability to determine it was unsafe to evict Iris Canada due to her age and refused to exercise that right.

Sponsor: SF Anti-Displacement Coalition


Wednesday, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Vigil for Amilcar Perez Lopez

Mission Police Station
Valencia & 17th St.

Nearly 50 vigils for Amilcar have been held.

February 26, will be the second anniversary of Amilcar’s murder by SFPD, we can’t let them forget. Come hear of the plans honor Amilcar and to mark this anniversary.

Second Anniversary info:

DA Gascon, let us have our day in court!


Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, What Is Fascism? Is It Here Now?

Workers World Party
1305 Franklin St.,  #411

W/C accessible

Does the Trump presidency mean fascism is here, now? Let’s talk about what is fascism. We’ll start with a couple of short presentations, then open up for discussion, including how do we fight back?

We will have light refreshments.

Sponsor: Worlds Workers Party Bay Area

Info:   or 

Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Richard Wolff: An Evening of Lucid Economics and Caustic Wit

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana St.

KPFA Benefit: advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit info:

Richard Wolff, an American Marxist economist, well known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, has rapidly become famous as well for his Pacifica Network Radio program, Economic Update, which is syndicated on over 60 stations.


Thursday, February 23

Thursday, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Pact the Courthouse for Yuvette Henderson

Oakland Federal Courthouse
3rd Floor, Courtroom 4 ( Judge Ryu)
1201 Clay St.

Yuvette Henderson was murdered by Emeryville police on 2/3/2015 who shot her with an AR-15 assault rifle for alleged shoplifting.

The city of Emeryville has filed a motion to dismiss her family’s lawsuit.

We need 100 people to turn up  to show that the community stands with Yuvette’s family and demands Justice for Yuvette.

Sponsor: APTP


Thursday, 12 Noon, 1900 Mission Street – Public Hearing – Planning Commission

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

The developer proposes to demolish the still open Discount Auto Performance shop (SW corner of Mission and 15th) and build a 75′, seven story, twelve housing units over ground floor commercial building.

Some person(s) or group(s) unknown to me filed for a Discretionary Review after the Planning Department issued a Notice of Building Permit Application on August 22, 2016.  Otherwise, Planning would have already approved the building permits.

Mission Local coverage:

Info: From Eddie.

Thursday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, TRAINING – Solidarity During Immigration Raids – Rapid Response Network

St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Parish Hall
2390 Bush St.

In the Parish Hall, located beneath the back of the church. Free parking is available. All are welcome.

Rapid Response Network: Witness, Accompany, Advocate

You will learn how to: Witness–be a legal observer and document immigrant raids; Accompany–provide moral support to families; Advocate–Prepare for opportunities to pass new protections.

This event is hosted by St. Dominic’s Church and co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Pangea Legal Services. For more information, contact Michael O’Smith at

Sponsor: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church


Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Norman Solomon on “Progressives: Where do we go from here?”

Unitarian Universalist Society of SF
1187 Franklin St.

In his recent article, “The House should start impeachment against Trump now,” longtime journalist, media critic, author and activist Norman Solomon argues that “From the outset of his presidency, Trump has been violating the U.S. Constitution in a way that we have not seen before and should not tolerate.”

Norman will address not just the technicalities of the law, but the entirety of the current situation that would cause Nixon White House counsel John Dean to say, “I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.” And, most importantly, he will talk about what we, the people, can do.

Sponsor: Progressive Democrats of America


Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Movement to End the New Jim Crow: Reimaging Justice

First Congregational Church of Oakland (UCC)
2501 Harrison

W/C Accessible

Tickets are sliding scale $5 – $20. No one turned away for lack of funds. Buy a ticket here:

Join us for a conversation on ending mass criminalization and mass incarceration with leaders in the movement:

Fania Davis, Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Dorsey Nunn, Co-Founder, All of Us or None and Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Zachary Norris, Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Moderated by poet and novelist Aya de Leon

For many communities, people of color, and activists in the fight for racial justice, the abolitionist movement never ended. Racial oppression was not vanquished by the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act or the election of President Obama. Our society has found new, violent ways to enforce racial inequality

Sponsor: SURJ – Oakland/SF Bay Area


Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, US Premiere,  “Jerusalem , We Are Here”

Berkeley City College
2050 Center St.

W/C accessible

Benefit for Middle East Children’s Alliance. Sliding scale – $10.00 – $100.00

Document director Dorit Naaman and two of the participants will be at screening.

“If houses and streets, neighborhoods and cities could tell us their stories, what would these be?” This interactive documentary brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the Katamon neighborhood, Palestinian participants probed their families’ past and engaged with the painful present.

Sponsor: Middle East Children’s Alliance


Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, City of Berkeley’s new urban agricultural package

Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave.

Speaker: Brandi Campbell Wood, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jessie Arreguin

A new proposed measure to define and support urban agriculture activities to increase food grown in Berkeley.

Discussion to include gardening unoccupied residential lots in commercial zones or hillside spaces, types of gardens including rooftop gardens, and the process for starting or maintaining an existing garden.

Co-sponsored: Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative


75 march on Feinstein & Pelosi Homes on Sunday, February 19

2-Hour March on Feinstein & Pelosi Homes:

Despite fearful predictions of stormy and wet weather that didn’t prove true, approximately seventy-five direct democracy community activists came together outside of Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Pelosi’s manors in San Francisco’s wealthy Pacific Heights district, organized by the People’s Town Hall Project.

The primary message for them and their dozens of publicly-funded aides was we demand public engagement they should already be doing: hold formal and consistent town halls.

We gathered first at the public garden in front of Feinstein’s mansion, our third time, where a one-hour town hall was held.

A diverse roster of speakers addressed concerns including blocking all Trump nominees especially to the Supreme Court, voter suppression, getting friends out on the streets, supporting the water protectors at the Standing Rock, and resisting Democratic Party lethargy.

The most popular chant of the day was “Money Out, Votes Count!” and a few pushed Rep. Keith Ellison as head of the Democratic National Committee.

Afterward, we marched along Broadway to Pelosi’s manor where we were greeted by two members the Capital Police of Washington, DC, on duty to protect the Minority Leader of the House, who were stationed on the street in a four-door, tinted-glass Suburban SUV. Also present were seven members of the local police force.

At Pelosi’s house, we again assembled on the sidewalk and claimed public space with an enormous rainbow flag, displaying our signs and hold another open mike session.

Calls were made for the congresswoman to fully back the legislative and social organizing agendas of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Activists addressed her tightly scripted Feb 18 Saturday morning chat before a friendly audience packed with local Democrats, where she selected fans to make statements.

Pelosi was roundly booed for this charade of public engagement that in no way qualifies as a genuine town hall.

A super yuge thanks to all our friends and cohorts for braving the threatening skies to keep the pressure on our federal public servants to better represent San Francisco progressive values. This is what direct democracy looks like, as shown in our photos and videos.

More info on the People’s Town Hall Project:

View the two videos from today here:

and here:

Ben Becker, Brandon Harami, Agatha Varshenka
The People’s Town Hall Project

All photos courtesy of Mirka Morales.

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