THE FLEA MARKET NEEDS YOU!

Dear Musician friends,

THE FLEA MARKET NEEDS YOU! As you may know, the Ashby Flea Market is opening up to a new generation of community and culture and independent businesses. We who love the market want to bring musical events to the market EVERY weekend. YOU ARE INVITED TO COME PLAY THE MARKET! (The drum circle folks said its okay for there to be even more music!)

Call and let us know if you or someone else would like a gig. Our goal is to make the market space available for community, music and culture
Contact us at 510 644-0744

Together we can grow the market!!!
Grow the resistance!!!

–Mike Zint

“It Gets Even Better – What They Aren’t Telling You About Single Payer Legislation” by JP Massar

Medical bill from the hospital, concept of rising medical cost, selective focus. All data on the bill and form design are fictional, created specially for this concept.

May 30, 2017 (dailykos.com)

Universal healthcare legislation such as HR 676 and California’s SB 562 offers so many great results. No premiums, co-payments or fees; essentially all medical conditions covered, and an underlying principle that every resident is entitled to health care.

But it’s even better than that!

One result of universal healthcare is a well-kept secret: it’s not in the language of either bill, not even tucked away in fine print; it’s rarely if ever discussed by pundits; and it’s hardly mentioned by the promoters of single-payer, Medicare for All, and/or other universal healthcare schemes.

What aren’t they trumpeting?

THERE WOULD BE NO MORE MEDICAL DEBT.

…when a medical procedure costs more than your house is worth, the idea of being able to pay it back is laughable. And by laughable, I mean it will crush your spirit.

www.vox.com/…

NO BANKRUPTCIES DUE TO THE COSTS OF TREATMENT.

NO BILLS TO PAY, SO NO MORE MEDICAL DEBT COLLECTION AGENCIES.

NO MORE PARENTS COPING WITH TRAGEDY AND AT THE SAME TIME BECOMING IMPOVERISHED BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO AFFORD THE LITERALLY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OUR SYSTEM CHARGES FOR A BIRTH CONDITION.

What about…

  • Anxiety about a future potentially financially ruinous medical event?
  • Collection agencies taking over and harassing sick and grieving people because hospitals and other medical service providers have sold debts to the piranhas?
  • People putting up GOFUNDME’s for their friends’ medical expenses, as Carlos Espinoza just did for Micah Fletcher, the man who was stabbed but not killed by the white supremacist in Portland, Oregon?

Our friend was stabbed and critically injured while being a good Samaritan and heroically intervening during the racist terrorist incident that left 2 men dead.

He bravely did what anyone should do when confronted with terrorism and stepped in to stop the harassment of Muslim women by a known White Supremacist.

I am starting this GoFundMe to cover his hospital and recovery expenses. Please help as much as you can. 

Gone. Gone. Gone..

Medical debt is the most pernicious debt of all. You can make a not-very-compassionate case that if you sign mortgage papers or take out education loan, you are making a choice. A choice fraught with pressure and often unfairly structured to cheat you at the benefit of the super-rich, but a choice. However, no one but a Republican could look you in the eye and tell you that taking yourself or someone you love to the hospital TO SAVE A LIFE is a choice.

What about the poor debt collectors? Will we have to shed tears (or pay unemployment benefits) when they lose their jobs? Not a chance. First, they won’t have to worry about not being able to pay for healthcare while unemployed! And they can likely get work in the booming business of student debt collection. (Shhh… Don’t tell them we’re gunning to get rid of student debt next…)

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This nice person wouldn’t be able to earn money posing in ads like this anymore…

If the only thing a universal health care system did was abolish medical debt from the equation of our lives it would be worth it, even at the extraordinary costs of American health care today. But in the long run universal care costs less and is better for society than what we have now, or (shudder) what the Republicans want us to have. That’s true WITHOUT even paying attention to the elimination of medical debt as a net positive for society. Add that in and you have…

Win, win, win, win, win.  Only Paul Ryan and his sick dreams lose.

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Co-authored by Kossack kith, a member along with jpmassar of Strike Debt Bay Area, fighting against unjust debt and its societal implications.  In 2012 Strike Debt created the Rolling Jubilee, which abolished $32M in medical debt by leveraging $700K to purchase debt given to collection agencies on the financial markets and, in essence, burning it.

Strike Debt Bay Area is a Community coalition partner in the fight for SB 562, Universal Health Care for California.

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OCCUPY SAN FRANCISCO’S SKUD – WHY PEOPLE DONT KNOW THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (by Carol Harvey)


Published on Mar 15, 2012
In coordination with Occupy Wall Street West, the Occupy San Francisco Housing Coalition participated in the January 20, 2012 shutdown of the SF Financial District with a series of actions, this one outside Fortress, Inc, a One Percent hedge fund Corporation where housing activists presented Demands that Fortress stop evictions and demolition of 1,500 units of affordable housing at Park Merced rent-controlled apartments.

Skud has died.

Spread the word. Another one has died.

First they came for the homeless

Tragedy strikes. We lost another occupier. Scud passed. We just got word. Please spread the word.

Sarah Menefee I am heartbroken. What a loss, one of our brightest spirits. His father notified Carol Harvey who told me.
First they came for the homeless
First they came for the homeless I am talking with Skud’s father by Facebook messages right now at 1:50 p.m. on memorial day, This a grieving father, and Skud had a sister, too. Let’s take a moment for Skud, Skud’s dad and sister. Skud and Skud’s mother touched so many people in SaSee More
Mike Zint
Mike Zint Thank you Carol
Sarah Menefee

Sarah Menefee One of the founding originals. No one like him. Ill be posting pictures & his writings in the coming days when i get back to SF & my computer

This is Scud, in action:

carol harvey–2 years ago (edited)
This is still as funny as when Skud did it. I know the Deputy. He’s a really nice guy. He let Skud go on as long as he could. He went along with it. Skud was BRILLIANT! The giggling in the background was really funny, too.

carol harvey–3 years ago
Scud, HILARIOUS! Next time, flummox them completely by coming back in shirt and shoes. I wonder if they’d let you in then? What excuse will they dream up?

“Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play”

by James C. ScottPrinceton University Press, Oct 14, 2012Political Science200 pages

James Scott taught us what’s wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two Cheers for Anarchism is an engaging, high-spirited, and often very funny defense of an anarchist way of seeing–one that provides a unique and powerful perspective on everything from everyday social and political interactions to mass protests and revolutions. Through a wide-ranging series of memorable anecdotes and examples, the book describes an anarchist sensibility that celebrates the local knowledge, common sense, and creativity of ordinary people. The result is a kind of handbook on constructive anarchism that challenges us to radically reconsider the value of hierarchy in public and private life, from schools and workplaces to retirement homes and government itself.

Beginning with what Scott calls “the law of anarchist calisthenics,” an argument for law-breaking inspired by an East German pedestrian crossing, each chapter opens with a story that captures an essential anarchist truth. In the course of telling these stories, Scott touches on a wide variety of subjects: public disorder and riots, desertion, poaching, vernacular knowledge, assembly-line production, globalization, the petty bourgeoisie, school testing, playgrounds, and the practice of historical explanation.

Far from a dogmatic manifesto, Two Cheers for Anarchism celebrates the anarchist confidence in the inventiveness and judgment of people who are free to exercise their creative and moral capacities.

(Google Books)

OccupyForum presents . . . “Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff with Anatole Dolgoff

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, May 29th 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!

Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff

With Anatole Dolgoff

Sam Dolgoff was a prominent anarchist from New York City, raised among the Wobblies and Anarchists of the latter two thirds of the 20th century. Sam’s activist life included encounters with Emma Goldman, Vladimir Lenin, Eugene Debs, MLK Jr., and many others.

A house painter by trade, Sam Dolgoff was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years. His political voyage began in the 1920s when he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited, and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin’s writings in English.

His story, told with passion and humor by his son, conjures images of a lost New York City—the Lower East Side, the strong immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture, the union halls and social clubs, the brutal cops and bosses, and the solidarity that kept them at bay.

His son, Anatole, a man now in his seventies who, as a child and young man, had a front-row seat to the world of proletarian politics and the colorful characters who brought it to life, will speak to us at OccupyForum and read from his book on his father.

“The American left in its classical age used to celebrate an ideal, which was the worker-intellectual—someone who toils with his hands all his life and meanwhile develops his mind and deepens his knowledge and contributes mightily to progress and decency in the society around him. Sam Dolgoff was a mythic figure in a certain corner of the radical left … and his son, Anatole, has written a wise and beautiful book about him.” —Paul Berman, author of A Tale of Two Utopias and Power and the Idealists

If you want to read the god-honest and god-awful truth about being a radical in twentieth-century America, drop whatever you’re doing, pick up this book, and read it. Pronto! If you’re not crying within five pages, you might want to check whether you’ve got a heart and a pulse.” —Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Waterfront

Anatole Dolgoff is the son of Esther and Sam Dolgoff, two of the most important anarchists in the United States in the twentieth century. He has lived in New York City his entire life and teaches geology at the Pratt Institute.

If you were to attend one book talk this year this is the one.

Time will be allotted for announcements.

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

“The US freed Libya. So why can’t I go there?” by Jane Stillwater

In 2001, all we ever heard about in the media was how America was going to “free Afghanistan for democracy.” Sixteen years and several trillion dollars later, Afghanistan should be as free as a bird now, right?

So I went to Expedia.com and clicked on “flight + hotel” to Kabul. Nothing came up. Afghanistan is so very free these days that American tourists can’t even go there. Hell, even war correspondents can’t get in there either. Hmmm.

But what about Iraq, the country that America spent approximately five trillion dollars freeing from that evil dictator what’s-his-name. Plus when I was a kid, I had always dreamed about being an archeologist when I grew up and going to see places like Babylon and Ur. Now was my chance!

So I went on Travelosity.com and clicked on “flight + hotel” to Baghdad. Sorry but American tourists aren’t free to travel to Iraq either.

Libya? Same old story. America spent a trillion or so dollars on liberating Libya from Qaddafi “for humanitarian reasons”. Well, things are so humane over there right now that not even CheapTickets.com can get you a “flight + hotel” to Tripoli. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9nvzs-PciE

Where else has America been liberating stuff? Ukraine? Let’s plug that one into Kayak.com and see what comes up. Nope, Nothing there either.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APR5E4d3GKQ&feature=youtu.be

Yemen? America just sold the Saudis billions and billions of dollars worth of deadly weapons in order to “liberate” Yemen’s oil. But Priceline.com wouldn’t touch Yemen with a ten-foot pole. The Saudis have already dropped 90,000 bombs on Yemen so far. Yemenis are resisting the Saudis’ offer of “freedom” just as hard as George Washington resisted the British during the American Revolution. But then King George III hadn’t dropped 90,000 bombs on Betsy Ross’s head either. No nice hotel in Sanaa for me.

How about Palestine? America is paying 30 billion bucks a year to help Israeli neo-colonialists “free” Gaza. But if you type “Gaza” into Hipmunk.com, your whole computer might just blow up. No freedom in Gaza either. They are not even letting reporters into Gaza. “Closed military zone.” Being a war correspondent sucks eggs these days — let alone being a tourist.

Syria? Let’s click on Trivago.com. The only place we can safely go there is to Damascus and Aleppo, where Syria’s so-called “evil dictator” is still in charge. But no one can go to the parts of Syria freed up by the freedom-loving USA and their allies ISIS and al Qaeda.

And now the American Deep State and its puppets in Washington are talking about “liberating” Russia, China, North Korea and Venezuela. Pretty soon American tourists will consider themselves lucky if they can even safely travel to Tijuana.

PS: According to William Engdahl’s new book, The Gods of Money, World War I and World War II were welcomed and even encouraged by the US corporatocracy in order to weaken Europe. “American leading circles around the Rockefellers and Wall Street had resolved among themselves that all potential European rivals for power would have to grind themselves down in a mutual slaughter.” https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Money-F-William-E…/…/B005Y4F4EE…

Now that same corporatocracy is currently plotting World War 3 in order to weaken Russia and China. “Hey, it worked before. Let’s try it again.” And you know what this means, don’t you? After Russia and China are finally as “free” as Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Honduras, Somalia and Libya, there will be no more trips on the Orient Express railway for American tourists either.

PPS: I’m going to be an American tourist myself this week — going to New York City, staying at the legendary Jane Hotel, eating rice pudding at B&H Dairy on Second Avenue and attending the 2017 BEA Book Expo.https://www.bookexpoamerica.com/About-Us/

And guess who will be speaking at the Book Expo? Hillary Rodham Clinton! Yes, the darling of the Deep State herself will be telling us in her very own words about how “free” Libya became on her watch and just how much she would love to bomb Russia.http://www.globalresearch.ca/manchester-alleged-sui…/5591732

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Stop Wall Street and War Street from destroying our world.

And while you’re at it, please buy my books!http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/…/our-top-best-seller-r…

Plus here’s a sneak preview of my latest book, a thrilling murder mystery entitled “Road Trip to Damascus,” hopefully coming out by the end of 2017: http://straitwellbooks.blogspot.com/…/new-book-by-straitwel…

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(Courtesy of Mike Zint)

Homeless Action Center Executive Director Patricia E. Wall Begins Well-Deserved Sabbatical

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Homeless Action Center

May 26, 2017

Last September, HAC’s Executive Director was selected to receive a 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award. This award makes it possible for Pattie to take a three-month sabbatical for relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. It also provides HAC’s strong management team with the resources needed to effectively maintain its high standards in Pattie’s absence.

The 2016 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Award is funded by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, Cal Wellness’ mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Pattie’s sabbatical break begins on May 26 and ends on August 25. We look forward to her new ideas, creative initiatives and renewed energy on her return!

(Courtesy of Mike Zint.)

Democracy needs politeness


On Political Discussion:  Politeness Rules

From Aeon Magazine: Democracy needs politeness (May 16, 2017)

Autocrats shouted, cursed, and bullied, while American revolutionaries used politeness as a tool of radical politics“Long before current fears about incivility in public life – before anxieties about Twitter-shaming and cable-news name-calling – politeness was very much on the minds of United States leaders. In 1808, the US president Thomas Jefferson ranked the ‘qualities of mind’ he valued. Not surprisingly, he included ‘integrity’, ‘industry’, and ‘science’. These traits were particularly important to American revolutionaries seeking a society based on independent citizens, rather than harsh rulers and inherited privilege. But at the top of his list, Jefferson chose not these familiar Enlightenment values but ‘good humour’ – or what contemporaries usually called ‘politeness’….”

Link to complete article:  Politeness Rules

(Courtesy of Gwyllm Llwydd.)