MAY DAY ACTIONS for San Francisco & Oakland (from Adrienne Fong)

May Day Actions for San Francisco & Oakland – South Bay, Central Valley & Santa Cruz events can be found on Indybay:

https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

There are many participating groups that are not listed below, am sure all would be welcomed in any group. Hope to see you all tomorrow! 

Monday, May 1, 2017

 May Day Actions

“A Day Without Immigrants”    

For

 San Francisco & Oakland

1.   Monday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, A Day With Out Immigrants – SF May 1st, 2017 (Main San Francisco event)

Chelsea Manning Plaza. (Justin Herman Plaza)
Embarcadero
SF

– 11:00 AM Rally at Justin Herman Plaza (Mitin en la Plaza Justin Herman)

– 12:00 Noon March on Market Street to Civic Center Plaza (Marcha por la Calle Market hacia la Plaza del Centro Civico)

– 2:00 PM Rally at Civic Center Plaza (Mitin en la Plaza del Centro Civico)

May Day…

 It is a day where the working class show who has the power in society. In 2006, it was the immigrants, largely Latinos, who gave the tradition new life in the US.

On May 1st, we will not go to work, school, shop, bank, or purchase online! We will show the power of our labor and our dollar in order to reject discrimination and hate laws.

We will RISE UP, STAND UP, RESIST, PROTEST, and DEFEAT Trump’s program to build a wall and deport over 3 million immigrants & refugees!

– No ban, no wall
– Stop the ICE raids and deportations
– Defend ALL immigrants regardless of status 
– Stand up against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry
– Stop the attacks on Mexico
– Stop the attacks on Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ, workers, and the poor
– Defend our unions
– NO to U.S war and intervention abroad
– NO to environmental destruction
– Defend public education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/

Other San Francisco May Day Events:

2.  Monday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, La Meridien Hotel, Picket line SF

333 Battery St.
SF

All Races. All Religions. All Immigrants. UNITE HERE! 

This year’s May Day holds particular significance given the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim climate and policies that have emerged under Trump. And UNITE HERE members all around the nation will take part in actions in their communities, and will button-up in solidarity at their workplaces. 

*Unite Here! Local 2 is the hotel and restaurant workers’ union of San Francisco and San Mateo counties

Sponsor: UNITE HERE Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350990235297836/

 3.  Monday, 8:00am – 10:00am, May Day San Francisco! SF Strike!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
630 Sansome St.
SF

11am: March from Justin Herman Plaza to Civic Center 

Stop ICE Raids Now! End Deportations!
No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All!
Fight for Worker’s Rights! 

On International Worker’s Day, join the fierce resistance of immigrants and workers who protesting the attacks on poor and working people. As Trump consolidates a nationalistic economy for the 1% and furthers the U.S. imperialist legacy of war and destruction of our homeland economies—the root of forced migration throughout the world- RISE in defense of all communities being scapegoated and targeted by ICE, Homeland Security, and Trump’s FASCIST agenda.

Sponsors: Jobs with Justice SF, Young Workers United, Chinese Progressive Association

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810139889248547/

4.   Monday, 9:00am – 11:00am, International Longshore Workers Union’s May Day 2017 Rally & Port Shutdown

ILWU Hall
400 North Point
SF

10:00am march to Justin Herman Plz. for Rally & March to Civic Center

Dock Workers to Shut the Waterfront Down! 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/25/18798831.php

5.  Monday, 10:30am, Living Wage Contingent

Meet at: “Injury to One is an Injury to All” sculpture on NE corner of Mission & Steuart Streets
SF

Help carry banners demanding:

         Stop Deportations

         Fight for $15 and a Union on Both Sides of the Border

Info: 415-863-1225

6.  Monday, 10:30am, Refuse Fascism Contingent: Stand with Immigrants Under Attack 

Meet at:

Foot of Market Street
SF

Look for the big NO sign and join the contingent to Justin Herman Plaza for:

11:00am Rally

12 Noon March to Civic Center

7.  Monday, 11:00am, Monday, May 1st: March for Amilcar and Luis

Meet:

Justin Herman Plaza (nr. main stage0
SF

Look for signs: Justice For Amilcar Perez-Lopez and Justice For Luis Góngora Pat

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353672264838421/?multi_permalinks=661872960685015¬if_t=group_activity¬if_id=1493589967711394

Oakland  May Day Events

8.  Monday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights (Main Oakland event)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Station)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

4:00pm – March is to San Antonio Park

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/06/18798064.php

9.  Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real

1401 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real! 
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherriff Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE! 
NO jail expansion! 
NO militarization of our communities!

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1833043397016674/

10.  Monday, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hotel Workers on Strike: Feed-in March to May Day

Mandela Parkway & Yerba Buena
(Between Target & Extended Stay)
Oakland

JOIN US as East Bay hotel workers walk off the job to join the national May Day strike against Donald Trump and his administration’s attacks on immigrant workers.

We will gather at 1:30 at the site of a proposed hotel on Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena Ave, where a developer is proposing to build a new hotel and has refused to make a commitment not to retaliate against workers who organize for rights on the job.

The site is less than a mile from the former Woodfin Suites hotel, where ten years ago the owner called in ICE in the midst of a worker organizing campaign for a living wage, causing many of those workers to lose their jobs.

Sponsor: Unite Here! Local 2850

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/200982020411041/

11.  Monday, 2:00pm, Invisible Labor bloc & cacerolazo! Bring pots & pans

Meet at:

Fruitvale BART
Oakland

We will march to make visible the caring work that is integral to reproducing society every day. Caregiving, cleaning, cooking, emotional labor, sex work. These and other forms of caring work are often made invisible, because they are not valued.

We will form ourselves as a group of “invisible laborers”. We will take pots and pans, the implements of domestic labor, and make noise with them. We will march through residential areas of Fruitvale, to bring the protest to domestic workers, children, disabled people, and others in their homes and to invite anyone who is able to join us.

Please bring your pots and pans, and look for us! We will get back in time for the march, and likely do a second “cacerolazo” (pots and pans banging march) during the rally at the park.

Sponsor: Women’s Strike Organizing Collective

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/131642380693996/

12.  Monday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Climate Justice Contingent in the May Day March

2pm Gather at Citibank
3301 East 12th St #185, Oakland
(in the Fruitvale Village across East 12th St from the Public Market)

3pm Join the main May Day rally in the Plaza in front of 
Fruitvale BART Station 

contingent for the liberation of our land, air, water, and labor. We fight against the same extractive economy that not only harms our planet, but also exploits migrants and workers.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2103428036550153/

13.  Monday,  2:30pm, May 1st, March with the Global Women’s Strike Bay Area and US PROStitutes Collective (See # 11)

Gather at:

12th Street and 38th Ave.
Oakland

 marching in an Invisible Labor Bloc called by the Oakland Women’s Strike Organizing Collective under two banners, Resources for Caregivers not for Walls and Feminism of the 99%.

We are striking on May Day to demand recognition and resources for all our work, in particular but not only, the unwaged work of immigrant women whose workload increases as a result of the terror of ICE, and Black women whose families and communities are devastated as a result of mass incarceration and police violence

Immigrant families are being torn apart by raids, detention and deportation. We support the courageous protests, led by people inside, including recent hunger strikes, against this brutality led by people inside.

We want all our work counted and valued and we want resources for domestic work, emotional labor, justice work, subsistence work, sex work, vocational training and other school work and more.

Info: Call 415 626-4114 or email sf@allwomencount.net ,

14.  Monday, 3:00pm, Refuse Fascism Contingent:  A Day Without Immigrants

Meet at:

Fruitvale Plaza (nr. Fruitvale BART)
Oakland

Look for big NO banner.

Gathering together where the march starts and then marching to end up for rally from5:30-7:00 p.m. at San Antonio Park on Foothill between 17th and 18th Ave.

~Prepared by AF~

“The student debt crisis is exploding — nothing less than a student debt jubilee will do” by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

April 27, 2017 (Occupy.com)

The level of student loan debt in the United States has risen to $1.5 trillion, and defaults are at more than 40% of debtors and rising. Student loan debt has grown to overwhelm all other categories of non-housing consumer debt in this nation.

Underneath this crisis are rising tuition costs, a predatory student loan industry and an absence of consumer protections for students. Student debt is the only debt that can’t be removed through bankruptcy.

Governor Cuomo recently signed a new law that is supposed to help with the cost of higher education, and Senator Sanders introduced similar legislation at the federal level, but these are not real solutions to the crisis.

Alan Collinge, the founder of Student Loan Justice, says that these efforts will not relieve current students of debt, nor will they protect future students from acquiring debt. He anticipates that this crisis will explode within the next 12 to 18 months. Nothing short of a student debt jubilee will work.

At present, these massive debts are crippling the lives of more than 40 million people. They are trapped in debt until death because in 2005 Congress, led by Joe Biden, a senator at the time, changed the bankruptcy laws so the debt would continue even after bankruptcy. In fact, student debt collectors can garnish wages, seize social security and take assets from estates to repay the debt. More than $1 billion has already been taken from Social Security to pay student debt.

Collinge writes about the human and economic impacts:

“The human cost of this phenomenon cannot be understated. Families and individuals are being financially destabilized and wrecked. Family formation, home and other purchases are being delayed or cancelled, people are actually fleeing the country and even committing suicide as a result of this predatory debt.”

Student loan debt was created by the rapidly rising costs of college and predatory lenders. As schools have lost public sources of funding over the past 50 years, they’ve turned to other methods of acquiring funds such as high tuition, room and board prices and assorted fees. This has been fed by rising amounts of money that students are permitted to borrow. Student loan officers are incentivized to encourage students to borrow large amounts without informing them of the disastrous risks they are taking.

Finance predators have been given a lot of power to collect student debts. In Texas, people who defaulted on student loans have had swat teams break down their doors and have been arrested for not paying. For-profit colleges have a history of targeting people living in desperately poor neighborhoods with student loans, even though they know the students will be unlikely to pay them back or even to graduate with a degree.

The result is that at present 27 million people are unable to pay back their loans and are in default or in arrears in some way. That is nearly 10 percent of the country unable to pay back their student loan debt and unable to declare bankruptcy. And, if a parent or grandparent co-signs the loan, they are in the same situation – with a loan that will follow them to the grave.

HOW STUDENT LOAN DEBT BECOME THE ONLY KIND OF DEBT THAT CANNOT BE RELIEVED IN BANKRUPTCY

Over the past forty years, student loans have become increasingly unprotected and predatory. If you follow former vice president Joe Biden’s senate career, you can map virtually every step of the process. Initially, legislators made it more difficult for students to be relieved of the debt in increments by requiring delays before a graduate could declare bankruptcy and stripping protections from particular types of student loans. By 2005, student loan debtors found themselves without any rights. Biden was the Democrat with a middle-class image who provided cover and political weight to these efforts on behalf of his largest contributor, MBNA, and the finance industry generally.

The Obama administration made the crisis worse. They moved student debt into the Department of Education so that now the government is profiting from it immensely. While Obama promised to reverse the Biden law that eliminated bankruptcy protection from student debt, his administration did nothing. DOE’s program is now run by people brought in from the loan industry and they fight to make sure protection of debtors does not occur because they make more money from defaults.

Despite its impact on tens of millions of people and the anchor it creates on the economy, the DOE makes sure that the various loan forgiveness programs put in place over the last decade, such as debt forgiveness for working for non-profits and income-related provisions, fail. Hundreds of thousands have already failed in these programs. The Obama administration became an enemy of those suffering from student debt.

During the presidential campaign candidate Donald Trump criticized the federal government from profiting from student debt. Trump said in his campaign speeches, “That’s probably one of the only things the government shouldn’t make money off — I think it’s terrible that one of the only profit centers we have is student loans.” He was right, the average student loan debt is $34,000. Interest alone on this amount is about $90 billion per year. Unfortunately, President Trump has been silent on the issue and has done nothing despite the growing crisis. The DOE is making $50 billion in annual profits from student loan debt.

The other big profiteers are colleges and universities. As Collinge writes:

“Not only have administrative salaries and capital improvements exploded at college campuses across the nation, their cash reserves (separate from their endowments) have ballooned over the past decade. Since the financial crisis of ‘08, the colleges have managed to build up reserves — aka slush funds — that could possibly be greater than the combined value of all college endowments.”

What is the student debt movement to do? Of course the Biden bankruptcy protections should be repealed but that is not enough. We need a complete student loan debt forgiveness program. These debts are ill gotten gains and should be forgiven. If the government refuses to forgive these debts, people must rise up together and refuse to pay any student loan debt.

The people have the power to end this injustice and must mobilize to do so. A student loan debt jubilee, whether mandated by law or put in place by the people, will bring economic freedom to tens of millions, end their debt servitude and allow them to participate in the economy. It will be a significant economic stimulus, but more importantly it will end an injustice.

Visit StudentLoanJustice.org and join one of the fifty state chapters. It is critical that we are ready when the crisis implodes to demand nothing less than a student debt jubilee.

Originally published by Popular Resistance

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“How the March for Science seized San Francisco, fueling a growing movement” by Ryan Elwood (occupy.com)

April 25, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Former Chief of Data Science Dr. Patil hands a fistful of markers to his daughter and motions to a blank poster board, asking her what she’d like to write on her sign. A man to his left dressed as Albert Einstein holds one reading, “Understanding global warming doesn’t require an Einstein – just an open mind.” Flying Spaghetti Monster flags flutter over two men dressed as Smokey the Bear, and as demonstrators stream into Justin Herman Plaza to kick off the March for Science in San Francisco, it is already clear this is not your usual demonstration.

Responding to the Trump administration’s recent budget cuts and the muzzling of entities ranging from the EPA to the National Park Service, the March for Science inspired hundreds of thousands worldwide to take to the streets on Saturday to defend scientific research and its use in informing public policy. The March was hatched by Bay Area-based science educator Kishore Hari immediately following the Women’s March on Washington in January; less than 24 hours after Hari announced the planned march, it had more than 1 million followers.

“The tone of the conversation is that [scientists] fundamentally felt like their work, who they were, was being questioned. You could hear the hurt and frustration in that,” Hari told Occupy.com. On Earth Day, April 22, more than 20,000 people filled the downtown streets of San Francisco while some 600 March for Science satellite events spanned the globe – from New Zealand to India to the event’s epicenter, Washington, DC – as science supporters demanded the administration take a new tack. As Hari said, the international demonstration amounted to “[the] largest science event in the history of humankind.”

Creative protests signs featured prominently here and in marches nationally. So did the roster of high level scientists who were invited to speak. While Bill Nye was perhaps the most prominent figure to address the crowd in DC, San Francisco featured numerous leaders in the field, including Kathy Seitan, former project manager of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“EPA is the eye of the storm,” Seitan told Occupy.com. “We are the number one agency that they want to dismantle. Of course, they want to dismantle anything that has any relevancy to people’s actual lives. The EPA is the center of that because we’re the ones who produce the facts and the solutions to the problems that they deny even exist, so that’s why we’re bearing the brunt of the attack.”

Prior to the march, controversy circulated among scientists about the potentially negative outcomes of politicizing science – making it a partisan issue by attacking primarily Republicans’ position on science issues, ranging from climate change to vaccines to reproductive health. But “everything is political, what isn’t?” said Seitan. “The scientific method itself is not political, it remains objective and it strives to be objective – it means we strive to be unbiased to the facts. However, what is political are the attacks on science and the refusal to apply science to our most pressing policy issues. Scientists [are] standing up for themselves and the work we produce to use it to affect policy.”

Dr. D.J. Patil, former U.S. chief data scientist, spoke to the power of science in helping steer more enlightened, practical policy measures. “When we were in the White House, and you saw whatever crisis came through – Zika, Ebola, or even the question of how do we find the next tailored genomic treatments for somebody who has a rare disease or cancer – that requires scientists,” Patil told Occupy.com. “Not just investment in science but active, aggressive figuring out how science goes into every single type of policy, every single thing we do as a nation. When that comes together, that’s really one of those super powers for us as a country.”

Adam Savage, scientist and co-host of the popular show Mythbusters, also spoke at Saturday’s rally prior to the march. He said he doesn’t see politicization as an issue worth focusing on. “I’m excited about this demonstration,” Savage said. “One of the key ways we exercise democracy is by voting, but even more importantly by gathering together and unifying our voice – voting is one way to do it, this is another. And I think that the last few months have shown that this is a really powerful way for the left to organize and let their voices be heard.”

When the speeches came to an end just after noon, the mass of thousands began walking, singing, chanting and cheering as they made their way down Market Street. Some protesters carried bird puppets, while others rode bicycles with speakers blaring protest songs. Every so often, “science, not silence” shouts emanated from the crowd. The march emptied out into a science fair in front of City Hall, where dozens of educational booths were set up, including the Cal Academy of Science and the 49ers STEAM team.

Now, in the aftermath of Saturday’s success, the inevitable question arises: Where does the March for Science go from here? “I’m hoping that [after this], people will better understand what the attacks on science are, and how critical they are to the life of the entire planet” Seitan added, “and [that people] will continue to put pressure on the whole political spectrum for making sure that science informs our decisions and that we act on these very pressing problems.”

Bryan Dang, a marketing and tech professional who helped organize the March for Science in San Francisco, said he hopes this “becomes a real paradigm shift in terms of mentalities that people have towards scientists and how scientists engage with the public, and how we’re able to come together to promote evidence-based policy and stand for the scientific consensus that we may have at the time. In San Francisco, I hope that this turns into a group that really focuses on outreach in the Bay Area.”

Speaking to the political nature of debates over science, Savage said, “[Even] if there are people who are going to hear me that will disagree with me politically, I hope we can agree that we all have the same first principles: a better world for ourselves, our kids, our loved ones, our community. If we can start a conversation from that, we are in great shape.”

The March for Science is following Saturday’s event with a national and global “week of action”, including tools to reach out to elected officials and other ways to champion science for the common good. The organization is looking to grow its network of chapters and partner organizations, sharing resources as it encourages science and grows other civic outreach efforts.

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“Nancy Pelosi just got a challenger and he’s a ‘pretty hard-core’ Bernie Sanders supporter” by Christine Mai-Duc

 (Stephen R. Jaffe for Congress campaign)
(Stephen R. Jaffe for Congress campaign)

 

April 26, 2017 (latimes.com)

San Francisco attorney Stephen R. Jaffe is a lifelong Democrat and he intends to do what no Democrat has been able to do so far: make it to a runoff election against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Jaffe, 71, is an employment attorney who became a volunteer for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

“I was a pretty hard-core Bernie supporter,” said Jaffe, who gave money to the campaign and volunteered during the Nevada caucuses. He was one of two attorneys who filed for an injunction on behalf of Sanders supporters in the California primary, requesting “re-votes” and an extension of the voter registration deadline. (The request was denied.)

Jaffe said he was “devastated” by Sanders’ loss to Hillary Clinton in the primary season and that Sanders, in part, inspired him to run. He says he supports single-payer healthcare and criticized Pelosi for raising money from corporations and special interests.

Pelosi, the highest-ranking Democrat in the House, has never faced a serious challenger on the left in her liberal San Francisco district. Preston Picus, another Sanders supporter who ran as a no-party-preference candidate, came the closest when he received 19% of the vote in November, according to the California Target Book.

“I know that Ms. Pelosi’s strategy has been to essentially ignore anyone who has challenged her, but I anticipate she’ll have a more difficult time doing that with my candidacy,” Jaffe said in an interview. He thinks if local, progressive activists can propel him to a runoff with Pelosi, he’ll have a “quite realistic chance” of winning.

“There’s a rumbling, a wave of activism here by people who have really never stepped forward before.”

100,000 and counting for People’s Climate March on Washington on April 29

By Carolyn Fortuna (occupy.com)

On April 29, 2017, advocates for solutions to the climate crisis will gather together in Washington, D.C., and other sites around the nation. The goal is to show national leaders and the world that attacks on U.S. citizens, communities, and the planet cannot continue.

This date will coincide with the 100th day of the Trump administration. The People’s Climate March on Washington will be a full-scale mobilization to defeat Trump’s fossil fueled agenda, push forward a progressive vision of a clean energy economy, and build real political power.

WHY A PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?

The People’s Climate March is an opportunity for individuals who are concerned with the significant and harmful effects of global warming on our communities, our health, and our climate to come together. Informed citizens know that we cannot wait to take action to address global warming, as, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “the consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet — including you, your community, and your family.”

By joining the People’s Climate March on April 29, you will help to strengthen the climate change resistance movement. You will have the chance to demonstrate your power and share your voice as the White House looms before you, both literally and metaphorically. You will make visible the problems that affect our nation’s communities, and you will become part of a group that seeks solutions to global threats to peace.

You will speak out and demand action from the leaders in Congress, joining together with thousands of like-minded individuals.

WHAT ARE THE MAJOR REASONS FOR THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH?

The People’s Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations that are working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water. It is also part of an initiative to assure the creation of good jobs in our communities. These people and organizations invite you to join the People’s Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th. Together, a climate action community will march to:

  • Advance solutions to the climate crisis rooted in racial, social and economic justice, and commit to protecting front-line communities and workers;
  • Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace;
  • Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers;
  • Ensure public funds and investments create good paying jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage and benefits and preserve workers’ rights, including the right to unionize;
  • Fund investments in our communities, people, and environment to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, not an economy that feeds the machinery of war; and,
  • Protect our basic rights to a free press, protest, and free speech.

WHO WILL BE COMING TOGETHER?

One hundred thousand people have already signed up to march, and 250 sister marches are being planned across the country. (If you can’t make it to Washington, click here to find the closest Sister March to you.) Students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous nations, environmental groups, and even a delegation of career fishers who will arrive in Washington, DC, by boat are all joining together to make this day historic.

You can join in, building the resistance to Trump’s climate-denying agenda. Together – and only together – can we chart another path for our country: away from Trump’s agenda for a cruel, polluted, and divided country and towards a clean energy economy that works for everyone. At the end of the first 100 days of Trump’s administration, April 29 is a crucial moment to make it evident that the people who stand for climate action, justice, and jobs are a force too great to ignore.

HOW CAN I GET THERE?

On the 100th day of Trump’s Presidency, tens of thousands of people are surrounding the White House to make it clear that resistance to Trump’s fossil-fueled agenda isn’t going anywhere. 300 buses are already booked, coming from across the country.

You can travel safely and efficiently while saving fuel by taking mass transportation. Find a bus near you: http://www.peoplesclimate.org/find-a-bus

If you’d like to arrive early, there are many other events taking place. Visit the Week of Action page on the People’s Climate Movement website for more details.

HOW CAN I HELP PUBLICIZE THE EVENT?

Click here to RSVP and say you’ll march on April 29th.

The hashtag for the event is #climatemarch. You can follow the movement on Twitter at @peoples_climate.

The organization’s website is www.peoplesclimate.org. And you can share or follow the People’s Climate March through its Facebook page.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AS I SPREAD THE WORD?

The Union of Concerned Scientists sums it up best: “The good news is that we have the practical solutions at hand to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, slow the pace of global warming, and pass on a healthier, safer world to future generations. With your help, we can accomplish it. Even in these difficult times for climate action, we can make a difference. Together, we can tackle global warming.”

Check out their Climate Accountability Scorecard for an in-depth analysis of 8 leading fossil fuel companies and the findings that none of them has made a clean break from disinformation on climate science and policy.

Originally published by Clean Technica

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Announcements from Wed 4/26 thru Mon 5/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

URGENT  CALL NOW!

President Trump will be meeting with all U.S. Senators today (April 26) at 12 Noon PDT (3:00pm EDT)

Please call with a strong message for DIPLOMACY NOT WAR on the Korean Peninsula

Today the Senators will be briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, and  Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford.

Also today, in a  display of double standards, the U.S. Air Force plans to conduct a test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. “These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.” In other words, this test is intended to signal a credible U.S. nuclear threat. (Info from UFPJ)

Recall the MOAB launched in Afghanistan and Trump implying that this was to also serve as a warning to N. Korea

Photo & most of above info from UFPJ

SENATE NORTH KOREA

A.  Fearing Korean Nuclear War, Women of 40 Nations Urge Trump to Seek Peace

By CHOE SANG-HUNAPRIL 26, 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/world/asia/north-korea-trump-nuclear-war.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

Calling attention to items #1 & #3 on Korea.  Please come out to support the Korean Community.

 There will be NO ANNOUNCEMENTS after next week for the month of May – unless there is an urgent matter! Will do one last posting next Tuesday or Wednesday – Have  info in before by next Tuesday 5/2 by 8:00am

Indybay also has listings: https://www.indybay.org/

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wednesday, 4/26 – Monday, 5/1

 Wednesday, April 26

  1. Wednesday, 5:00-pm – 7:00pm, Today! KoreanPeace / EndAllWars Art Build & Story/Drum Circle (See item # 3)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Plaza)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

Emergency Community Gathering – Art Build & Story/Drum Circle
We’ve been watching closely as tensions continue to escalate between the US and North Korea. Wednesday, Trump is calling all senators, without their staff, to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Whatever the outcome, we believe that this meeting is part of a plan to build support for a military strike against North Korea.

Many of you have also experienced the legacy of war and militarism, and felt how it tears our communities apart. We know that you too are working toward a world without wars, where people can live in peace, self determination and dignity.

HOBAK is asking people to build with them by sharing what the legacy of war has been in your life, and what peace looks like for you. They will be doing an art build for “EndAllWars” for May Day.

If you or someone in your group would like to share a story  Email ellenvchoy@gmail.com

Demo is being called by HOBAK for Thursday in front of Senator Feinstein’s office

 Sponsor: HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532726010111086/

Thursday, April 27

  1. Thursday, 12 Noon – 1:30pm, No Trump or City Cuts to Affordable Housing – Rally & March!

Phillip Burton Federal Building
450 Golden Gate Ave.
SF

Affordable housing programs that serve some of the most vulnerable members of our community are under attack!

The Trump Administration is proposing a $6.2 billion cut to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which will eliminate or deeply cut programs that provide rental assistance to low income families and seniors, repairs to public housing, and basic community services. At the same time, the Administration is proposing billions in tax breaks to corporations and the most wealthy.

City Hall is considering a proposal by Supervisors Safai, Breed, and Tang that will raise rents and cut the percentage of affordable housing units that developers are required to build. Last June voters approved Prop C requiring developers build 25% affordable. The Safai-Breed-Tang proposal would reduce the affordable share to 18%

Let’s unite to fight all cuts to affordable housing and make our programs stronger!

● No federal or City cuts to affordable housing
● Stop giveaways to developers and tax breaks to corporations
● Reject policies that pit the middle class against the most vulnerable
● Strengthen tenant protections for all San Franciscans

Sponsor: San Francisco Anti-Displacement Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1278617525568144/

  1. Thursday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, The People’s Briefing for #KoreanPeace

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Office
1 Post St. (@ Market St.) – nr. Montgomery BART
SF

This week, senators are being called into a unique White House briefing on North Korea – signaling a real threat that the Trump administration is positioning itself towards potential US military aggression. In response, Korean activists in the Bay Area are hosting The People’s Briefing for #KoreanPeace

HOBAK is  calling on all of their allies to join us! Come hear The People’s briefing on the current situation between the US and North Korea, and stand with us to demand peace on the Korean peninsula, and an end to all wars everywhere. From Oakland to Syria to Korea: #EndAllWars!

Sponsor: Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/295535060867373/

  1. Thursday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, Fight The Right! Rally and Press Conference at Sproul

Bancroft & Telegraph
Berkeley

As the narrative around when, where, and if Ann Coulter will speak at UC Berkeley changes day by day, we know one thing for certain: we stand against xenophobic, bigoted language, and we are in solidarity with undocumented students, community members, and all marginalized populations.

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) invites all solidarity-minded students and other members of the campus community to the launch of the “Alt Right Delete” conference.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1666591266969345/?notif_t=plan_edited&notif_id=1493089927253001

  1. Thursday, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Fascism in America: What Is the Danger That the Trump/Pence Government Poses

Revolution Books
2444 Durant Ave.
Berkeley

Nationwide livestreamed teach-in.

Speakers:

George Prochnik, New Yorker contributor

Andy Zee, Fascism – co-initiator, Revolutionary Books, NYC Spokesperson

Humanity faces an extreme emergency with Trump’s rise to power—the danger of war, even nuclear war, draconian attacks on immigrants, women, Black and Latino peoples, and the LGBT community. The environment is being savaged, the rule of law assaulted, science denigrated, anti-Semitism promoted, and more.

Yet far too many don’t understand, or are in denial about, what we’re facing, where we’re heading, and how rapidly and horrifically things can change.

The question of fascism weighs on the minds of millions, and many have offered important insights, yet it has not been joined in the fullest, most substantive and public way the situation urgently demands.

Teach-in will delve deeply, from different perspectives, into the essential nature of the Trump/Pence government, the relevance of the history of fascism, the threat it poses to humanity and the planet itself, and the dangers of normalization.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/23/18798722.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Commemorate 2017 Workers Memorial Day – Fight For Health And Safety-Defend Injured Workers

LWU Local 34
801 -2nd Street, Next to AT&T (parking in union parking lot)
SF

Health and safety for workers in California and the US is under a frontal attack. OSHA health and safety rules are being overturned every day by the Trump government and workers are under increasing dangers on all jobs as an epidemic of bullying takes place.

In the US, there are only 2,000 OSHA inspectors and there are only 200 OSHA inspectors from California to protect the health and safety of 18.5 million workers in California. Workers are also being fired for exposing health and safety problems even though that is illegal.

Immigrants are also under increasing health and safety dangers and the threatened use of ICE to intimidate workers to remain silent about safety issues is a common practice.

At the same time the insurance industry has captured the California Workers Compensation Division and many seriously injured workers have to go through hoops to get healthcare approved from anonymous doctors and outsourcing companies like Maximus which received a $40 million non-bid contract by the California Department of Industrial Relations DIR.

Initial Speakers:
Brenda Barros, SEIU 1021 SF General Hospital Chapter Chair
Matthew Zugsberger, UBC Pile Drivers Local 34 member 

Yesenia Guitron, Wells Fargo bank worker and whistleblower
Dorian Maxwell, Former TWU 250A bus driver who was an OSHA whistleblower 
Johnnie Burris, J.P. Morgan OSHA whistleblower 
Darrell Whitman, OSHA Whistlblower Protection Program Whistleblower and AFGE 2391 SF Labor Council Delegate by skype 

Sponsor: Injured Workers National Network

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/03/27/18797756.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Refinery Town: How the Richmond Progressive Alliance took over the City Chevron use to own

Unitarian Universalist Center, Chapel
1187 Franklin St.
SF

Speakers:

Steve Early. Steve Early’s new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, tells the story of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.

Melvin Willis, a 26-year old a rent control campaign organizer who finished first in a field of nine candidates for Richmond Council last November

Co-sponsored: SF Progressive Democrats of America, Democratic Socialist of America – SF and UU for Peace and Justice –SF

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/08/18798135.php

  1. Thursday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Ericka Huggins: Movement – We Meant to Move

Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
Oakland

Tickets: $10 – $20 https://www.eventbrite.com/o/matatu-4681260033

Ericka Huggins, activist, former political prisoner, and poet.

Join her as she reaches into her own history, reading the words of sheroes and heroes that span the last 50 years of her life. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, she made a commitment to the Human Rights Movement and is a witness to movements across formations today.

Ericka is introduced by writers Chinaka Hodge and Zoé Samudzi, both sharing their thoughts and works in criticism of the moment.

Host: Matatu Festival

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/381105985578102/

Friday, April 28

  1. Friday, 10:00am – Noon, Walk Around the Block for Early Childhood Education (ECE)

SF City Hall
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl. (Polk St. side)
SF

Support our children!

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child by advocating for resources early care educators need to provide young children the care and education they deserve. Join us for a Walk Around the Block!

Let’s make loud and clear the need for state and San Francisco funding to address the ECE wage crisis. It’s time to walk for an additional $10M SF funds to ECE!

Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ee03zhy59611becb&llr=x6ix5flab

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

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

Weekly protest. All invited. Demand DA Gascon charge the officers with murder!

Sponsor: Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/justice4mariowoodscoalition/

  1. Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, System Change, Not Climate Change

2969 Mission St.
SF

Presentation & Discussion

The Trump regime wants to cut funding to programs and institutions that deal with environmental protection or climate change. Why? They say that environmental regulations hurt profits and job growth. They say climate change is not real. But these are lies.

Sponsor: PSL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/396740097372865/

  1. Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Resistance in Times of Dictatorship: LGBTQ Activism in Russia

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

Jonny Dzhibladze is a transgender activist visiting Oakland from St. Petersburg, Russia. Jonny works with LGBTQ nonprofit group “Coming Out” as coordinator of Monitoring of discrimination program and Trans*Mission program, and organizes multiple actions around LGBTQI rights. Jonny will do a presentation about the violation of human rights that happens in Russia daily and the ways Russian trans and queer communities stand up to it.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1243942625702385/

Saturday, April 29

  1. Saturday, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Women, Money, Spirit Conference

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.
SF

daylong conference brings together leaders in psychology, social justice, religion and finance to explore money from the perspective of spirit. Examine your relationship with money, and the multiple roles money plays in our lives, culture, and communities. Gender, race, class, and our personal and societal values all directly impact this relationship.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/20/18798626.php

  1. Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Uhuru Health Fair – Get Fit For the Revolution

Akwaaba Hall
7911 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland

The African People’s Education and Defense Fund will host the Uhuru Health Fair. It’s Our Only Solution!” is the rallying cry of this community solutions-oriented fair.

The Black Nurses Association will offer free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and hepatitis C screenings. The Malaya Acupuncture and Wellness Center will provide free ear seeds and Chinese pulse analysis. The AIDS Project of the East Bay will provide education and screenings. The American Heart and Stroke Association will present and other health and fitness workers will offer workshops, interactive presentations and CPR classes. The Suitcase Clinic will provide grooming services including foot washing, nail clipping and painting, in addition to haircuts.

*A person of African descent born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a white person born in the Oakland hills.

*The median household income for Africans in Alameda County is $42,124, for whites it is $74,401 to around $81,000 per year.

*The rates of Asthma for African children is 2.5 times higher than the overall rate in the county.
*Diabetes in Alameda County is at 13% for Africans compared to 5% for Caucasians.
*High blood pressure is 48% for Africans, 28% for Caucasians.

The Alameda County Health Department, in recent years, has condemned the deliberate public policies imposed on African communities that have resulted in economic, social and health inequities.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/12/18798260.php

Announcements for Earth Day 4/29 thru May Day 5/1 (from Adrienne Fong)

ALERT  ALERT!!!

Tell Your Senators: No Military Attack Against North Korea

President Trump has summoned all 100 U.S. Senators to meet at the White House tomorrow, April 26, regarding the situation in North Korea. This sounds ominous. President Trump and members of his cabinet have stated that “all options are on the table.” Preemptive military action, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council, would be illegal, immoral and unwise. It could lead to a prolonged war in the Korean peninsula, and could lead to the use of nuclear weapons.

In addition, the U.S. has scheduled a test of its nuclear-capable Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile for the early morning hours of April 26, just before Trump’s meeting with Senators. Continually escalating the nuclear threat level with North Korea endangers us all.

Click to send prepared letter: Write your Senators today insisting upon a diplomatic – rather than a military – solution to the conflict with North Korea.

Info from the Nuclear Peace Age Foundation

2 Articles that might be of interest:

A.  Noam Chomsky: US Is the “Most Dangerous Country in the World”

Monday, April 24, 2017By Dan Falcone, Truthout | Interview

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40319-noam-chomsky-us-is-the-most-dangerous-country-in-the-world

B.  Cornel West to Activists, Immigrants: Let’s Dump The Democratic Party

http://www.colorlines.com/articles/cornel-west-activists-immigrants-lets-dump-democratic-party

Listed update on  Urban Shield meeting at Berkeley City Council

Listings are for Saturday, 4/29 Earth Day and for Monday 5/1, May Day events only

There will be NO ANNOUNCEMENTS after next Tuesday for the month of May – unless something urgent happens! Will do one last posting next Tuesday or Wednesday – Have your info in before by next Tuesday 5/2 by 8:00am

Send items for posting by 12 Noon on Wednesdays to: afong@jps.net

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

Update: POSTPONED until May 16th!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1845764385688714/

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Stop Urban Shield at Berkeley City Council

City Council Berkeley
2134 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley

Berkeley City Council will be voting on whether on not to participate in Urban Shield activities or other collaborations with federal law enforcement that involve militarized policing. Stay tuned for more info and save the date to come out and testify!

Sponsor: Stop Urban Shield

Saturday, April 29

Saturday, April 29, 11:00am – 5:00pm, Peoples Climate Movement – Bay Area

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oakland

REJECT THE TRUMP AGENDA – DEFEND THE ENVIRONMENT – ADVOCATE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES – BUILD A JUST, SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR US ALL

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1326828250716124/

Saturday, 12Noon – 5:00pm – People’s Climate March in Oakland – War Is Not Green!

Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Oakland

Join the People’s Climate March to:

Stop the $54 billion increase to the military budget.
Advance solutions to the climate crisis that are rooted in racial, social, political, and economic justice and committed to protecting front-line communities and workers.
Protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace.

Immediately stop attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous, tribal people, and other countries and lands and workers.

Sponsor: Codepink Women for Peace

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/237178010022403/

Monday, May 1

May Day

Monday, 11:00am – 5:00pm, A Day With Out Immigrants – SF May 1st, 2017

Chelsea Manning Plz. (Justin Herman Plz)
Embarcadero
SF

May Day…

It is a day where the working class show who has the power in society. In 2006, it was the immigrants, largely Latinos, who gave the tradition new life in the US. 

On May 1st, we will not go to work, school, shop, bank, or purchase online! We will show the power of our labor and our dollar in order to reject discrimination and hate laws.

We will RISE UP, STAND UP, RESIST, PROTEST, and DEFEAT Trump’s program to build a wall and deport over 3 million immigrants & refugees!

– No ban, no wall
– Stop the ICE raids and deportations
– Defend ALL immigrants regardless of status 
– Stand up against racism, sexism, xenophobia, and bigotry
– Stop the attacks on Mexico
– Stop the attacks on Muslims, people of color, women, LGBTQ, workers, and the poor
– Defend our unions
– NO to U.S war and intervention abroad
– NO to environmental destruction
– Defend public education

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1885901481694528/

Other San Francisco May Day Events:

Monday, 7:00am – 6:00pm, La Meridien Hotel, Picket line SF

333 Battery St.
SF

All Races. All Religions. All Immigrants. UNITE HERE! 

This year’s May Day holds particular significance given the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim climate and policies that have emerged under Trump. And UNITE HERE members all around the nation will take part in actions in their communities, and will button-up in solidarity at their workplaces. 

*Unite Here! Local 2 is the hotel and restaurant workers’ union of San Francisco and San Mateo counties

Sponsor: UNITE HERE Local 2

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/350990235297836/

Monday, 8:00am – 10:00am, May Day San Francisco! SF Strike!

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
630 Sansome St.
SF

11am: March from Justin Herman Plaza to Civic Center 

Stop ICE Raids Now! End Deportations!
No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All!
Fight for Worker’s Rights! 

On International Worker’s Day, join the fierce resistance of immigrants and workers who protesting the attacks on poor and working people. As Trump consolidates a nationalistic economy for the 1% and furthers the U.S. imperialist legacy of war and destruction of our homeland economies—the root of forced migration throughout the world- RISE in defense of all communities being scapegoated and targeted by ICE, Homeland Security, and Trump’s FASCIST agenda.

Sponsors: Jobs with Justice SF, Young Workers United, Chinese Progressive Association

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810139889248547/

Monday, 9:00am, Rally ILWU Hall

ILWU Hall
400 North Point
SF

10:00am march to Justin Herman Plz. for Rally & March

East Bay May Day Events

Monday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, Oakland May Day: March & Strike for Immigrant and Worker Rights (main Oakland event)

Fruitvale Plaza (Fruitvale BART Station)
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

4:00pm – March is to San Antonio Park

Oakland May Day: March for Immigrant and Worker Rights & General Strike

March Route – Find us along the way!
From the Fruitvale Plaza
– Go West on International Ave to 22nd ave
– Right on 22nd Ave
– Left on foothill Blvd.
– Arrive at San Antonio Park

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1239048449465541/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/06/18798064.php

Monday, 8:30am – 11:30am, Hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to Make Sanctuary Real

1401 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland

On May Day we are holding a Community rally to hold Sheriff Ahern Accountable to make Sanctuary real! 
What Does Sanctuary Look Like?
Tell Sherriff Ahern what Sanctuary Looks Like:
NO collaboration with ICE! 
NO jail expansion! 
NO militarization of our communities!

Sponsor: Oakland Sin Fronteras

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1833043397016674/

Monday, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Climate Justice Contingent in the May Day March

2pm Gather at Citibank
3301 East 12th St #185, Oakland
(in the Fruitvale Village across East 12th St from the Public Market)

3pm Join the main May Day rally in the Plaza in front of 
Fruitvale BART Station 

contingent for the liberation of our land, air, water, and labor. We fight against the same extractive economy that not only harms our planet, but also exploits migrants and workers.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2103428036550153/

Updates & New Announcements ~ Monday 4/24 thru Wednesday 4/26 (from Adrienne Fong)

Updates:

A. Donald Trump on US charging Julian Assange: ‘It’s OK with me’

Mr Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for five years

4/21/17

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-julian-assange-wikileaks-response-a7696326.html

B. Officials Provide Details of Latest Counter-ISIS Strikes in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

April 22, 2017

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1160239/officials-provide-details-of-latest-counter-isis-strikes-in-syria-iraq/

C. Petition: Cease Military Intervention and Involvement in Syria

White house Petition on Syrian Military intervention 

D.Chelsea Manning is supposed to be released on May 17th from Fort Leavenworth. (let’s hope that the DOJ and President Trump do NOT reverse this decision!) You can still write her at:

   Write to Chelsea (through the first week of May 2017) at this address:

Mail must be addressed exactly as follows:

CHELSEA E. MANNING 89289
1300 NORTH WAREHOUSE ROAD
FORT LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS 66027-2304

Send items for posting by 12 Noon on Wednesdays to: afong@jps.net 

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monday 4/24 – Wednesday 4/26

1.  Monday, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Say ‘NO’ to the Chop Shop Legislation (CANCELLED)

SF City  Hall, Room 250
1 Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Pl.
SF

There is more anti-homeless legislation at City Hall!  Legislation will be heard at the Land Use Committee.

This is an ordinance that would amend the Police Code to prohibit the taking apart or rebuilding of bikes, having bike parts, or selling bike parts in public spaces, and allows citations, impound fees, and the seizure of those parts. (See FB site for details of legislation)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1687332008235927/

2.  Monday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Town hall meeting on the next Mission homeless shelter (FB site looks like it is sponsored by gentrifiers!)

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission St.
SF

Come out to SUPPORT a proposed new Navigation Center and AGAINST the HATE this group is promoting! Below is the FB announcement that the folks that have taken over the Mission and Bernal areas are saying:

“Supervisor Ronen and Mayor Lee prematurely announced this homeless shelter in the SF Chronicle — the city has no lease yet even — and they need to demonstrate that the neighborhood is in favor. So your voice matters. 

Attend the town hall meeting on Monday April 24th to stop yet another Milton shelter at 1515 S. Van Ness @ 26th st.

These shelters attact crime, drug abuse, encampments, and human waste to the neighborhood — and there are three elementary schools nearby.

This would be the second such shelter in the Mission. 90% of San Francisco’s other Supervisor Districts have none, even though the Mission has only 6% of the city’s homeless. Other districts need to pitch in first!”

Clarification – Supervisor Ronen has called for the Town Hall – the group posting on FB is calling people to speak out against the Navigation Center.

The name of the group is Protect the Mission https://www.facebook.com/Protect-the-Mission-187217041797715/

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1250465511732976/

3.  Monday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, OccupyForum – Film: A Fierce Green Fire by Mark Kitchell

The Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia St. (nr. 16th St. BART)
SF

Film being shown in celebration of “Earth Day”

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds

Film unfolds in five acts:

1.David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon

2. Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals

3. Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals

4. Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest

5. Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change

Tuesday, April 25

4.  Tuesday, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Refuse Fascism Teach – in @ SFSU

San Francisco State University
Cesar Chavez Student Union
Richard Oakes Multicultural Center
SF

Trump/Pence Regime is a Fascist Regime. Not insult or exaggeration, this is what it is. For the future of humanity and the planet , we, the people must drive this regime out. 
Join with others from different perspectives to engage and learn about the nature of this administration, what this will mean for humanity and what we can do to stop it. Now is a crucial time for people to deeply confront what is actually happening in this country and act. This teach in is part of efforts on campuses around the country to mobilize to oust the regime

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/24/18798744.php

5.  Tuesday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Peace Tour 2017: Bay Area

First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.
Oakland

Wheelchair & BART accessible

Donation $10.00. no one turned away

Refreshments served.

Join the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Northern California Network 
for the Bay Area event of the
 #JustPeacePH Peace Tour 2017….

A Peoples’ Movement for a Just Peace
Understanding the Root Causes of the Armed Conflict in the Philippines.

 Program will feature Filipino human rights experts and indigenous people who have survived the brunt of state-sponsored violence and political repression in the Philippines

See FB site for bios and more info

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298017660319121/

6.  Tuesday, 6:15pm – 7:45pm, Raising Healthy Children in a Commercialized World

Chabot Elementary School
6686 Chabot Road
Oakland

Commercialism is a factor in many of the key problems facing children today, including obesity, eating disorders, youth violence, increased materialism and the erosion of the creative play

In this workshop, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s (CCFC) Executive Director, Josh Golin, will describe how advertising has evolved, how this maps on different stages of childhood, and what we can do – as parents and communities – to give kids the commercial free time and space they need in order to thrive. Pre-registration is appreciated: http://bit.ly/chabot425 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/21/18798670.php 

Wednesday, April 26

7.  Wednesday 8:30am – 5:30pm,  Single Payer Now Bus to Sacramento for Senate Committee Hearing on SB 562 (See # 9)

Single Payer Bus to Sacramento – MUST MAKE A RESERVATION

Contact Don for info at: 415-810-5826

8:30am – sharp from Civic Center in SF

9am from Ashby BART

We will leave after the vote on SB 562. We should be back by 5:30pm.

8.  Wednesday, 9:30am – 2:00pm, Immigrant Family Day/ Dia de la Familia Inmigrante

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

The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a unique and groundbreaking collaboration of thirteen organizations

We represent immigrants from African, Arab, Asian, and Latino communities.

Every year, SFILEN holds Immigrant Family Day, a day of civic engagement where we gather clients, members, and families from each district who have received our services at City Hall to ask the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s office to continue supporting San Francisco’s immigrant families. 

Layout of Event:
Resource Fair- 10am-2pm 
Welcome by Mayor Ed Lee
Visits with Supervisors

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/885386718278881/

9.  Wednesday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, Sacramento Rally & Senate Health Committee Hearing SB 562’s first vote

Sacramento Convention Center Complex
1400 J Street
Sacramento

Rally and March – pack the room to show that SB 562 needs to be moved forward.

11:00am Rally

12:15pm, March to the Capitol

1:30pm, Hearing Senate Health Cmte.

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/04/13/18798284.php

10.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, PEACE VIGIL

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

All are welcomed to join Codepink, World Can’t Wait, OccupySF and Others.

Look for the bright lettered pink PEACE banner.

Rain or Shine.

Theme this week: Relationship of War & Climate

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

Folsom St. between 24th & 25th Streets
SF

Now that the DA has announced his decision in Amilcar’s case, our Wednesday vigils at Mission Police Station have ended. We are in a new phase now, but our demands for justice continue.

We will be meeting at the site where Amilcar was murdered by SFPD.

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

12.  Wednesday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Land Rights Now Screening and Potluck

Seed the Commons
Beale & Folsom Sts.
SF

Seed the Commons joins the global#LandRightsNow

Join us for a vegan potluck and an informal conversation on the importance of securing indigenous and community land rights everywhere. We’ll watch a few short videos on land rights struggles around the world and discuss their relevence to the SF Bay Area and what is already being done here. 

This event is held at the home of one of our organizers near the Transbay Terminal and Embarcadero Bart station. Pm us for the address.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/999292450205336/ 

13.  Wednesday, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, April New Moon Ceremony: Defend Mother Earth

Cesar Chavez Park
11 Spinnaker Way
Berkeley

This will be the 20th Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty New Moon Ceremony.

“We call upon our sisters and their allies around the world to gather together on each new moon to pray for the sacred system of life, guidance and wisdom.” These words come from the historic Indigenous Women of the Americas – Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015, which was signed on the day of the fourth Blood Moon, the Harvest Moon and the total eclipse on Sunday, September 27, 2015 on Lenape Territory in New York City.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/399993570399674/

OccupyForum presents . . . “A Fierce Green Fire” by Mark Kitchell

OccupyForum presents…

OccupyForum Film in Celebration of Earth Day:
A Fierce Green Fire by Mark Kitchell
Monday, April 24th from 6 – 9 pm at The Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia Street near the 16th Street BART station
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
 
​This past Saturday was Earth Day with worldwide demonstrations such at Saturday’s March For Science, where tens of thousands took to the streets of San Francisco to tell the Trump regime that science and facts are more important than personal hunches and short term profits for fossil fuel investments. There probably has never been a time when we needed greater awareness of our natural world and the peril it’s in than now. Virtually all climate scientists agree that life on our planet is under dire threat from global warming and climate chaos, and that the time to take action was yesterday, but that if we engage in large-scale programs of conservation and remediation, we may stave off the worst effects of this crisis.

It’s against this backdrop that the new US administration proceeds with its agenda to dramatically cut back on the budgets of the EPA and most other environmental programs which would have reduced carbon emissions. It is also aggressively cutting regulations of the fossil fuel industry to greatly increase their extraction and burning. An argument could be made that this approach is not only about short term greed but may even have a suicidal, apocalyptic aspect – the Trump administration is full of zealots.

Awareness of how people have fought against giant corporations and government agencies which threatened our well-being, and that of the planet, could be very helpful now as we plan our paths of resistance against these insane, fossil-fuel addicts. That’s where this film comes in! Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:
  • 1) David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  • 2) Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  • 3) Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals

    4) Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest

  • 5) Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change

Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, going back to the land, and movements of the global south such as Chipko in India and Wangari Maathai in Kenya. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews shed light on the events and what they mean. The film, which is directed by Mark Kitchell, (​husband of Occupy Forum’s own Ruthie Sakheim​)​, offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational  change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

 Time will be allotted for Q&A, discussion and announcements.
Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one will be turned away.

“SF looks into forming its own bank” by Emily Green (sfchronicle.com)

Supervisor Malia Cohen speaks ouside of City Hall in San Francisco. Cohen wants to create a task force to assess the feasibility of establishing a San Francisco-owned bank. Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press.  Supervisor Malia Cohen speaks ouside of City Hall in San Francisco. Cohen wants to create a task force to assess the feasibility of establishing a San Francisco-owned bank.

April 21, 2017

This time San Francisco wants to be second — second in the nation to have a publicly owned bank, that is. There’s only one right now: the Bank of North Dakota.

The reasons? The legalization of marijuana in California, the constant demand that the city divest from one bank or another for one political reason or another, and the fact that undocumented immigrants can’t get bank accounts.

“The time is now to begin addressing this, because people in San Francisco are at a point where they are no longer willing to accept the status quo and they are open to exploring other alternatives,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, who wants to create a task force to assess the feasibility of establishing a San Francisco-owned bank.

Supervisor Sandra Fewer agreed: “Now is the time. Especially when we see the big banks are investing in bad actors that are not aligned with San Francisco values. This would give us control over our money.”

And San Francisco has company. The Oakland City Council’s Finance and Management Committee is set to look into setting up a bank where cannabis businesses could park their money.

The nation’s only public bank, the Bank of North Dakota, was created in 1919 in a populist wave when farmers there were unhappy with decisions being made by major banks. Its mission is to promote agriculture, commerce and industry in that state.

The idea of a bank owned by San Francisco has been bandied about for a few years. A 2011 report by the city’s budget and legislative analyst listed the potential benefits of a city-owned bank: creation of a new revenue stream without raising taxes, decreased borrowing costs, and increased support for small businesses and community development programs.

Another potential benefit: It would give San Francisco more control over how its money is spent — an issue in a city that regularly tries to divest from banks, companies, states and countries viewed as unaligned with its progressive values.

In recent years, supervisors have called for divesting from banks that helped finance the Dakota Access Pipeline; Wells Fargo Bank, because it opened 2.1 million unauthorized accounts; and companies producing fossil fuels, firearms and ammunition.

Most banks are incorporated with the federal government as a standard corporation, or C corporation, meaning their primary fiduciary responsibility is to maximize shareholder value. If San Francisco were to open a public bank, it could incorporate as a benefit corporation, or B corporation, meaning it could prioritize other goals.

Cohen said she hoped a city-owned bank could help undocumented immigrants, who are largely left out of the banking system because of federal laws aimed at preventing money laundering. Those laws mean bank customers must produce a driver’s license or other legal form of identification. As a result, unauthorized immigrants rely on check-cashing services, which charge high fees.

Joseph Lynyak III, an expert on regulatory reform who advises banks and financial institutions, said a public bank would run into the same problems of needing to check customer identification. Still, he said, he thought work-arounds could be found. “Theoretically you could do it,” he said.

Lynyak was less optimistic that a city-owned bank could open accounts for cannabis dispensaries, because marijuana is illegal under federal law. The federal government could charge the bank with “aiding and abetting violation of federal drug laws and also engaging in money laundering,” he said.

But Fiona Ma, a member of the California Board of Equalization, said she believed a public bank could do business with dispensaries in limited circumstances. She said dispensaries might be able to hold their money in a city-owned bank, take out cash only in San Francisco and use it to pay local taxes. Still, she acknowledged, there would be some risk.

“The question always is, can the federal government come and take the money if it’s not used for taxes and it’s just sitting there in an account?” Ma said.

Fow now, there are more questions than answers. Among the questions Cohen wants the task force to look into: how much initial capital the city would need to open the bank and where that money would come from, operating costs, scope of operations, how it would be insured, potential revenue streams and risks.

City Treasurer Jose Cisneros said he would consider the idea, but didn’t exactly endorse the concept.

“The treasurer takes his fiduciary responsibility seriously,” his spokesman, Amanda Fried, said in a statement. “The voters have elected him four times to keep the city’s money safe. He is reviewing this resolution carefully, and looks forward to working with the Board of Supervisors to better understand their policy goals regarding the creation of a municipal bank.”

Cohen said opening a bank would be tough, but thought it could be done.

“I think it’s realistic. It will be incredibly difficult, though.”

One thing’s for sure: It wouldn’t be called the Bank of San Francisco — there’s already a private bank with that name.

Emily Green is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: metro@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @emilytgreen