Updates ~ Announcements, Tuesday 8/1 – Friday 8/4 (from Adrienne Fong)

Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/event_week.php?day=30&month=7&year=2017&topic_id=0®ion_id=0&news_item_status_restriction=0


A.  Construction of first border wall segment to begin sooner than expected along Rio Grande

     Federal officials plan to start construction this fall on 3 miles of border barrier through a South Texas wildlife refuge.


B.  New Netanyahu “peace” plan is straight out of apartheid South Africa (July 28, 2017)


C.  Petition: Disavow Trump’s Call For Police Brutality


    Please see item #2 Demonstration for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 1st


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Tuesday, August 1 – Friday, August 4

Tuesday, August 1

1.  Tuesday, 8:30am – 10:30am, Pack the Court: Free Sidney – Mother, Survivor of Domestic Violence

100 Montgomery St., with Judge Nelson

**Special Courtroom Access Instructions** 
1) You can access the building from the Montgomery St. side, the entrance is right next to ‘Proper Food’
2) Go up to the 4th Floor
3) Access courtroom #20

Sidny has been schedule for bond hearing for Tuesday, August 1st at 9am in Suite #800 with Judge Nelson. 

Sidny is a community member from South Central LA who was violently picked up from her home by a Border Patrol Raid in Los Angeles. 

She is the mother of 2 children and a survivor of domestic violence in her home country. She has spent more than 2 months away from her children at Mesa Verde Detention Center in Bakersfield! 



2.  Tuesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, Demand SFPD Denounce Trump’s Call to Police Brutality At Police Night Out

Mission Playground
19th & Linda Streets

This is in response to President Trump’s speech given on Friday, July 28th, advocating for rough treatment of people in police custody.

Demo is being called at Mission District, however “Night Out” is being held at various districts by SFPD:http://sanfranciscopolice.org/nightout

This will be at an event that the San Francisco Mission Police Station will be hosting as part of the annual “Night Out”, which is ”…an annual community-building campaign designed to promote neighborhood camaraderie and strengthen the relationship between police and communities to help make our neighborhoods safer to live.”

The event is a nationwide community-building campaign, launched to build relationships between police and their communities, in an effort to make neighborhoods safer.

SFPD will arrange for arts and crafts, games, music, food and a chance to meet a K-9 unit at the event:https://missionlocal.org/2017/07/neighborhood-police-event-to-take-place-at-mission-playground/

Article: Bay Area law enforcement taken aback by Trump’s speech (July 28,2017)


  Note: There is nothing in this article from Chief Scott, SF Police Commission, nor the SF POA

Info for demo: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/29/18801136.php

3.  Tuesday, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Other Voices: The Saudi – Iran Conflict and the Trump Factor

Midpen Media Center
900 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto

A Middle East Update With Foreign Correspondent Reese Erlich 

The Middle East is one of the most complex regions in the world. Since the 20th century, it has experienced several wars, uprisings, and invasions. Today there are four failing states and three ongoing wars. 

But underneath all the conflict, there are two common actors: Saudi Arabia and Iran. They are bitter rivals, whose feud goes back almost 40 years. Each country believes it is the rightful leader of the Middle East and feels threatened by the other. But they’ve never declared war on each other. Instead, they support opposing groups in other conflicts, like the civil wars in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. This has only created more violence across the region, and the feud continues to escalate with no end in sight. 

(Text source: ‘The Middle East’s cold war, explained’ at vox.com 

Added to this combustible mixture is Donald Trump’s obvious contempt for Iran and his vow to tear up the historic nuclear accord negotiated with that country by Trump’s predecessor. Is a new Middle East war brewing? Perhaps even a new U.S. Invasion? 

Sponsor: Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/28/18801105.php   /  http://www.peaceandjustice.org/saudi-iran/

Wednesday, August 2 

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

Montgomery & Market Sts.
On the steps facing Market St., below Feinstein’s office, directly above the Montgomery BART / MUNI station

Join us at the large PEACE or IMPEACH banner!

Topic varies each week but are related to Peace and Justice issues

All are welcomed!

5.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Housing is a Right: Why the Market Won’t Fix the Housing Crisis

The Women’s Building
3543 18th St.

People require shelter, which means that housing should be a basic human right.  Nobody should be outbid for a roof over their head. We desperately need to put forward the idea that homes are not commodities, and neither is the ability to move about and live healthy lives in our cities.

There is a crisis of affordable housing, which the vast majority of us are pushed into competition for.

Join the International Socialist Organization for this public meeting on “YIMBY” and socialist housing perspectives.



Thursday, August 3 

6.  Thursday, 11:30am – 1:00pm, You’re Invited: Free City Launch Celebration

1170 Market St. (@ UN Plaza)
Plaza outside City College Civic Center

Supervisor Jane Kim and the Free City Coalition invite you to CELEBRATE FREE CITY. Residents of San Francisco made history when they voted to make City College free. Our City is the first in the nation to provide universal higher education for its residents.

SPONSORS: The Free City Coalition is AFT 2121, San Francisco Labor Council, Community Housing Partnership, Jobs with Justice San Francisco,San

 Francisco Rising Alliance , and the CCSF Solidarity Committee. Free City is a partnership between City College of San Francisco and the City & County of San Francisco, backed by the voters of San Francisco.



7. Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Youth are the Truth Climate Justice Summit

Oakland City Hall, First floor, Room 3
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Free – Food & Drinks provided

Come hear the youth of Oakland share our stories and solutions for environmental and climate justice.

We’ve been working all summer with the Rose Foundation’s New Voices Are Rising Program’s Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy, in partnership with Rooted in Resilience, to learn about solutions for justice, for people and for the planet.



8.  Thursday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Presentation & Discussion: A Communist Analysis of Fascism

Revolution Books Berkeley
2444 Durant St. (off of Telegraph Ave.)

A presentation and discussion about what is fascism and bourgeois democracy and why both are different forms of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie. We will get into what needs to be done to drive the Trump/Pence Regime out of power and to prepare for revolution. 

The discussion will be based on “Some Points on Strategic Orientation for the Next Period,” by the Central Committee of the RCP and two works by Bob Avakian: “The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era” and “The Truth About Right-Wing Conspiracy…and Why the Clintons and the Democrats are No Answer.”

For more event information:  http://www.revolutionbooks.org/    /  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/30/18801157.php 

Friday, August 4

9.  Friday, 12Noon – 2:00pm, “Mother’s on the March Against Police Murders”

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.

Vigil every Friday on the steps of the Hall of Injustice. Demand DA George Gascon charge police officers with murder.

10.  Friday, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, The History of American Trotskyism – Study Group

New Valencia Hall
747 Polk St. (@ Ellis)

The origins of this U.S. homegrown revolutionary movement are full of lessons for today’s new wave of resistance. The study is based on a history written by its principal organizer, James P. Cannon. It covers struggles in the labor movement, campaigns to defend political prisoners, and work with international radicals in the years 1928-1938. 

Free. Books available for purchase.

Sponsor: Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party

Info: 415-864-1278  or  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/15/18800861.php

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Wednesday, August 9

Wednesday, 8:00am – 11:00am, August Action: March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Ave.

Meet at Corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads for Rally

Shuttle from Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

   – Must make reservations in advance call(925) 443-7148

8:00am – Rally (Corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads)

9:00am – march to gates of Livermore Lab

Rally, March & Nonviolent Direct Action

Commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the place where new US nuclear weapons are still being developed today; Change the future! where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest. RSVP for Peace Camp the night before at Lake Del Valle. All ages are welcome!

Info: (925) 443-7148



Ben Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, announces his bid to be the Democratic party’s nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on May 31, 2017, in West Baltimore.

July 24 2017 (theintercept.com)

ONE UNHERALDED REASON for Trumpcare’s many difficulties was a sea change in public opinion. A new Associated Press poll finds that 62 percent now agree the federal government has a responsibility to provide health coverage to all Americans, up from 52 percent in March. Republicans looking to take away coverage ran headlong into this wave of support for a bigger governmental role in health care.

“Once you get something for pre-existing conditions, etc., etc. — once you get something, it’s awfully tough to take it away,” President Trump concluded.

Indeed, when Kansas Republican Jerry Moran issued the statement that effectively killed the bill’s hopes, his opposition was described in the press as having come from a conservative direction. And while it was cloaked in right-wing rhetoric around choice, the politics of the statement leaned decidedly left. “We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans,” said Moran, fully aware that protections for pre-existing conditions, couples with lower overall costs, require a robust government intervention in health care.

Capitalizing on the new politics, progressive groups have distributed a “People’s Platform” that includes a Medicare-for-All single-payer system. And in state capitols, activists have demanded single payer, hoping a demonstration project proving the concept will catch fire, the way a universal system in Saskatchewan in the 1940s migrated to the rest of Canada.

The movement has won some incremental victories, but has yet to get over the top. Vermont passed the framework legislatively and then abandoned it. Colorado’s quiet effort was crushed at the ballot box. California has spent 25 years trying to pass something without success, and this year’s effort is stalled. A Medicaid buy-in bill in Nevada this year drew a veto from its Republican governor. New York’s odd conservative control of the Senate seems to foreclose a solution there in the near term.

There is one state, however, where a combination of fewer institutional barriers and existing health care structures could make health-care-for-all an achievable reality: Maryland.

It will take a grassroots groundswell and electoral victories, especially in next year’s governor’s race. One prominent gubernatorial candidate, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, has ardently endorsed single payer. “We have the opportunity in this state to make sure that we don’t have any more neighbors burying loved ones because they didn’t have access to health care,” Jealous said at an event where Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed him for governor.

If elected, Jealous would face fewer procedural obstacles than those that have dogged California in its long battle to establish a single-payer system. While Maryland, like California, has robust Democratic supermajorities in the legislature, there is no two-thirds requirement to raise taxes, and no budgeting straitjacket mandating certain percentages of state spending to education or other priorities.

And while states do need federal waivers to incorporate programs like Medicare into a state-run program, Maryland is the only state to already hold a Medicare waiver. It enables a unique system known as all-payer rate setting, which serves as the basis for universal health care in several industrialized nations. In other words, while other states would have to begin from scratch to overhaul their health care systems, Maryland has a head start.

MARYLAND IS THE only state in America where all hospitals must charge the same rate for services to patients, regardless of what insurance they carry. There’s some variance between hospitals, but every patient in a particular hospital pays the same. Other states experience huge, seemingly random differences in hospital costs, depending on the insurer (or lack thereof).

Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission has set hospital reimbursement rates for over 40 years. The state obtained a federal waiver to include Medicaid and Medicare in its all-payer system, with the goal of keeping cost increases below Medicare growth. And it’s worked, creating the lowest rate of growth in hospital costs in America.

In 2014, to prevent hospitals from making up profit margins through volume, Maryland tweaked the system, adding global budgeting. “The traditional way it worked, every hospital got a rate card,” said Joshua Sharfstein, an associate dean at Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a former head of Maryland’s Health Department. “Now you get a number, which is the total revenue for the year.”

Because the global budget doesn’t change based on the number of admissions, this creates hospital incentives toward better outcomes. “It makes the health system focused on keeping people healthy rather than just treating illnesses,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, a state advocacy group. That includes increased preventive treatment, using case managers to connect patients to primary care, eliminating unnecessary tests, and encouraging good health outside the hospital walls.

Three years into global budgeting, the state is “meeting or exceeding” its goals, according to a January Health Affairs study. Hospital revenue growth is well below counterparts nationwide, or the growth of Maryland’s economy. Plus, state hospitals have saved $429 million for Medicare, more in three years than it targeted for five. Most important, every state hospital (all of which are nonprofit) and every insurer in Maryland are on board with the system.

If a centralized rate-setter bands every insurer together to negotiate prices, all payer can functionally act like single payer in terms of bringing down costs. All payer reduces hospital and insurer overhead, since billing costs are known in advance. And because the Affordable Care Act caps the amountsinsurers can take in as profits, lower hospital costs should flow back to the individual in the form of smaller premiums.

This is why five countries — France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and The Netherlands — use all-payer rate setting as the basis for their universal health care systems. These countries have been found to control costs far better than America’s fragmented system.

The system only applies to hospital payments, not primary care doctors or clinicians. However, last year Maryland submitted a “progression plan” to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with the goal of expanding the system by January 2019. That would line up with the swearing in of Maryland’s next governor.

Other states have looked to Maryland as a model. Pennsylvania has adopted global budgeting for rural hospitals. And in the wake of its single-payer failure, Vermont moved to an all-payer accountable care organization, where providers are paid based on health outcomes for the population. “In some ways it’s more radical [than single payer] if you’re able to get the incentives right,” said Joshua Sharfstein. But the true test of Maryland-style all payer is whether it can support universal coverage for every resident.

MARYLAND HAS A DISCOURAGING history with single payer. Health Care is a Human Right Maryland, an affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Program, did push a bill for several years in the state legislature. “In 2012, we had the bill in the House of Delegates, we lined up what we thought were enough votes in committee,” said Dr. Eric Naumberg, a member of the group’s leadership council. “But the leadership said you can’t bring this to the floor, and then we had seven votes instead of 12.”

Naumberg’s group has since focused on rallying support at the national level. “There are a lot of roadblocks set up for state single payer,” he said, including waivers necessary to incorporate Medicare and Medicaid and potential challenges under federal law regarding employer-based coverage.

Indeed, local politicians aren’t getting pushed yet. “I am not hearing a groundswell of support for a single-payer system or radically re-doing what we currently do,” said Shelly Hettleman, a member of the House of Delegates from Baltimore. “My constituents want to fix the system rather than totally reinvent it.”

However, with Maryland’s novel all-payer structure, you could potentially reinvent health care outcomes by merely tweaking the system. For example, expanding all payer across the health care system, along with tight regulation of insurers to keep premiums low, could mimic some benefits of single payer. Even Vincent DeMarco, who flat-out rejected the notion of state-level single payer, agreed. “If we can do that, we can achieve the same goals in a way that’s doable,” DeMarco said.

Maryland has a relatively low number of uninsured, about 6.7 percent of the population as of 2015. With a cost control mechanism already in place, getting them covered could prove cheaper and easier than other states. “I think you can combine alternative payment approaches with single payer, but you don’t hear about that much,” said Joshua Sharfstein.

Dan Morhaim, a House of Delegates member and an emergency room physician, suggested that the state could offer a benefit package he likened to tiers of coverage in education. “There’s public school, and if you are well-off you pay more to get tutored or go to private school. And you try to bring up that floor broadly and consistently.”

It would obviously still be a huge lift. Entrenched interests still see their survival attached to the status quo. While all hospitals in Maryland are not-for-profit (which is no guarantee against profit-taking), insurers, drug companies, and doctors not currently under price regulation can be expected to put up a fight. And with state balanced budget requirements, you would have to finance a state-run health plan, opening up the tax wars even though individual out-of-pocket costs could drop.

Two things work in Maryland’s favor. First, there’s the renewed support for single payer generally, particularly among progressive activists. Morhaim said that a recent op-ed he wrote for the Baltimore Sun about de-linking health insurance from employment got a wider response than he’s ever seen. “My email box flooded,” Morhaim said.

Second, there’s the promise of the Ben Jealous campaign. He can be expected to put single payer at the top of his agenda for the next year, to a public growing more open to the idea. And Jealous is not a novice at getting the seemingly unattainable done in Maryland politics, mounting lobbying campaigns that helped legalize same-sex marriage, abolish the death penalty, and pass a state version of the DREAM Act. “We are not here simply to elect me governor,” Jealous said at a recent speech. “You do not elect politicians to make change happen, you elect politicians to make it a little easier for a movement to make change happen.”

Jealous’ boldness has already moved Democratic primary opponents in his direction, of which there could be as many as seven. Alec Ross, a Hillary Clinton adviser during the 2016 campaign, who has a controversial plan to have investors loan working mothers money for child care, says he supports a state-based public option. Liberal State Sen. Rich Madaleno endorsed a public option as well, and has said he would “treat health care as a human right.”

Madaleno’s website rejects the idea that states can manage a single-payer plan alone. “One of the cornerstones of single-payer is that the government can negotiate and enforce prices. States can’t do that, only the national government,” it reads. But Maryland actually does precisely this kind of negotiation for hospitals, and could expand it.

Jealous’s nomination, followed up by the defeat of incumbent Republican Larry Hogan in November, would at least put single payer on the agenda in a state with a lot of relative advantages to getting it done. He would have a lot of policy support, with a deep well of knowledge in leadership roles at nonprofit hospitals, as well as from the many members of the part-time legislature who work in the health care system when not in session.

Would Maryland politicians be willing to fight for single payer? “I think the political system would be willing to take that on if the person who argued for it won the election,” Morhaim said. “It’s up to the voters.”

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“SF Supervisor Peskin ramps up drive to rename Justin Herman Plaza [aka Chelsea Manning Plaza]” by J.K. Dineen

July 27, 2017 (sfgate.com)

For decades, Justin Herman Plaza has been a place where protesters gather to march up Market Street, an open space for skateboarders to grind and BMX riders to do flips, the site of mass pillow fights on Valentine’s Day and where Cal football fans rally before the Big Game against Stanford.

Now the plaza is subject of something less physical — its very name.

This week, Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced a resolution recommending that the Recreation and Park Department strip mid-century redevelopment czar Justin Herman’s name from the plaza, temporarily renaming it Embarcadero Plaza while city policy makers come up with a new moniker.

Herman, who died of a heart attack in 1971, was a driving force behind the redevelopment that displaced thousands of residents — mainly African Americans and Japanese Americans — from 60 city blocks of the Western Addition and Fillmore district in the 1960s. His policies also moved mostly poor people from parts of Chinatown and South of Market.

Peskin said that Herman, who presided over the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency from 1959 to 1971, “personified a dark chapter in modern San Francisco history.”

“This is a public admission that the city made mistakes” in its urban renewal policies of the 1950s and 1960s, Peskin said. “This is a cathartic and important first step in a two-step process.”

While the renaming seems to have broad political support — all 10 of Peskin’s colleagues co-sponsored the ordinance at Tuesday’s board meeting — the effort will inevitably prompt a re-examination not just of Herman’s role in the city history, but also a debate over whose name the space should bear.

“When you name a street or a monument or a park after a person, you are making a statement about what the community values,” said Rachel Brahinsky, a professor of urban studies at the University of San Francisco who has studied Herman’s legacy. “It’s a way of deciding which side of history the city wants to uphold.”

Even before Peskin’s resolution there were campaigns to rename the space after another person. One group wants to call it Maya Angelou Memorial Plaza, after the late poet who spent her formative years in San Francisco and was the city’s first African American street car conductor.

A competing faction wants it to be called David Johnson Plaza, after the 90-year-old African American photographer and community activist known for his black-and-white photographs that captured the Fillmore district before parts of it were bulldozed.

Ironically, one public official who will play a role in the renaming process worked as a special assistant to Herman in the late 1960s. Recreation and Park Commission President Mark Buell did stints in Herman’s office in 1966 and ’67 and again in 1970, after returning from the Vietnam War.

Buell would support renaming the plaza, even though he says Herman was a complicated leader who did a lot of good for the city. He said that removal of thousands of families and destruction of Victorian buildings in the Western Addition was wrong, even if many of the units were dilapidated and owned by predatory slumlords.

“I would be the first to say it was a flawed approach,” Buell said. “The flaw was the cultural disruption of the community, that part of the fabric of the city.”

He said that Herman was “a product of his time.” The urban renewal program Herman oversaw — similar to what Robert Moses carried out in New York — was driven by federal government programs offering two-thirds of the funding to rebuild “deteriorating communities.” That enticement led to the destruction and rebuilding of big chunks of many cities.

Buell also cited Herman’s positive accomplishments: He was ahead of his time in hiring a diverse workforce. He personally paid for Bayview leader Eloise Westbrook to go to Washington, D.C., to lobby for increased funds for public housing in a San Francisco that — even in the 1960s — was far too expensive for many people. He also battled hotel owners over the Yerba Buena redevelopment and pushed for integrated affordable housing in Diamond Heights.

Buell also said Herman wasn’t operating in isolation — he carried out his duties under three mayors, who had ideas of their own.

“There is a lot of blame to go around,” Buell said.

San Francisco resident Julie Mastrine, a performance artist who has spent a lot of time at Justin Herman Plaza, has gathered more than 11,000 signatures to rename the plaza. At first she said that she thought Angelou would be an appropriate namesake but became more of a Johnson partisan after learning more about the photographer.

Either way, she wants it changed. “It upset me that this place I enjoy so much is named after someone I don’t think should be honored in this way,” she said.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s wife, writer Jacqueline Sue, put together a package of information about her husband and has been lobbying members of the Board of Supervisors. Johnson, who was originally from Jacksonville, Fla., turns 91 next Thursday. He came to San Francisco after serving in the Navy to study with Ansel Adams and in 1971 sued the San Francisco school district over desegregation enforcement.

He said he gets a kick from the idea the plaza might one day bear his name.

“I think it’s a splendid idea,” Johnson said. “If it’s going to happen, it’s good that it’s happening now. Not next year or five years from now.

“I never met Mr. Herman,” Johnson said. “But I met a lot of the results of his work. Many of my friends lived in those fantastic, beautiful Victorians in the Fillmore. That entire area got wiped out.”

David Glassberg, a University of Massachusetts history professor, said naming public spaces after individuals “calls attention to places and keeps the memory alive of people who otherwise might be forgotten.”

At the same time, he said, there is a logic to naming parks or plaza after “something that makes it easier to find.”

“Embarcadero Plaza is not a bad name,” he said.

J.K. Dineen is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: JDineen@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @sfjkdineen

“This Plan is Your Plan, This Plan is My Plan” (with a tip o’ the hat to Woodie Guthrie)

This plan is your plan / This plan is my plan

From Mendocino / To Escondido

Healthcare for all is / All we’re asking

This plan was made / For you and me.


Oh, single payer / It is a great plan

It covers health care / Throughout our life span

The status quo? Whoa! / It’s gotta go!  So…

This plan was made for you and me.


Billions we’ll save on /Administration

We’ll lower costs through / Negotiation

With what we save we’ll / Treat every patient

This plan was made / For you and me.


Our politicians / Often resists change

‘Cause contributions/ They like to a-rrange

They dine with corporate chums / And then throw us the crumbs

This plan was made for you and me.


We’ve got the money / Don’t doubt it honey

But so much flows to / Insurance companies

We’re gonna pool our wealth / Invest it in our health

This plan was made / For you and me.


It covers dental / It covers vision

For all our children/ And men and women

No need for co-pays / Farewell deductibles!

This plan was made/ For you and me.


It’s all-inclusive / It’s universal

It really isn’t / So controversial

Now we pay more for less / We’re tired of this mess!

This plan was made / For you and me!


Lyrics:  Health Care for All – Marin

Matier & Ross: Brown buddy Phil Tagami on list of would-be Oakland cop watchdogs

Phil Tagami at the site of a development at the Oakland Army Base in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Photo: Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle

Photo: Connor Radnovich, The Chronicle.  Phil Tagami at the site of a development at the Oakland Army Base in Oakland, California, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

July 24, 2017 (sfchronicle.com)

In all, 153 candidates have applied to join Oakland’s new seven-member Police Commission overseeing officer misconduct investigations — including some very familiar names on both sides of the issue.

Those looking to serve on what is likely to be a high-profile panel include:

•Downtown developer and Jerry Brown buddy “Shotgun” Phil Tagami, who tells us that “after a three-year break from public service, I want to help where I can.”

During the 2011 Occupy riots [emphasis added], the onetime Port Commission member made national news for guarding his Rotunda building with a shotgun. More recently he’s been in the headlines for suing Mayor Libby Schaaf and the city over Oakland’s ban on coal going through the $250 million shipping complex he is building near the port.

Updates ~ Announcements: Friday 7/28 – Monday 7/31 (from Adrienne Fong)

Laborfest events for July are  listed on Indybay.    

Check Indybay for other events: https://www.indybay.org/calendar/?page_id=12

A.  McCain kills Senate health care bill (July 27, 2017)


B.  ‘Shackled & Chained’ with Eugene Puryear (July 23, 2017)

From On Contact – Chris Hedges


C.  Fighting for Okinawa — My Home, Not a Military Base (July 27, 2017)



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Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board



Friday, July 28 – Monday July 31

Friday, July 28

Friday, 10:30am – 11:30am, Call to Action: Make SF Streets Safe for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Masonic & Geary Blvd.

For over twenty-five years… –Seniors and people with disabilities have had to navigate poorly maintained sidewalks, potholed and poorly patched streets. –Seniors and people with disabilities have been forced to use crosswalks designed primarily for the able-bodied pedestrians. As a result, every year hundreds of pedestrians are injured or killed by vehicles and the majority of those injured or killed are seniors and people with disabilities.

It is Time for the City of San Francisco To Make the Streets Safe and Accessible for All Seniors and People with Disabilities!!

Sponsor: Senior & Disability ACTION

Info: : Pi Ra, Senior and Disability Action, 415.546.1333, srira@sdaction.org

Friday, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Say NO! To Nike Sweatshops

278 Post St.


2:30pm, start meeting as a group in Union Square at the corner of 333 Post St. across the street from Apple Store.

2:45pm, details of the action will be discussed

3:00pm, cross over to Nike store.

Join United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) to call for worker justice at Nike stores in 25 cities in the U.S. and around the world. In solidarity with workers fighting back against Nike’s anti-worker practices, we call on everyone to join us at Niketown in Union Square, San Francisco

Don’t buy #NikeLies! Nike will have you believe they promote #equality and empower women, but continue to exploit the labor of working women inside their factories.

What does Nike have to hide? 
Since restricting independent factory inspector, the Workers Rights Consortium, Nike has pulled production from factories where workers are organizing, across Vietnam, Mexico, Guatemala and most recently Honduras where 400 workers lost work after Nike pulled from their union factory. 

Tell NIKE to Not Hide Abuses at Its Factories

Petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-nike-to-not-hide-abuses-at-its-factories?source=website

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1881647832158721/

Friday, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, Solidarity & Resistance Mural Unveiling

Manzanita Seed
2409 E. 27th St.

After a month of learning and painting, 67 Sueños invites your company to unveil our Solidarity and Resistance mural to the community! 

Each year, through our mural, we seek to uplift the powerful stories of our people, shed light on social injustices impacting our cities, and hold each other sacred as we fight against police brutality and institutional racism. 

Through the love for our community and the need to uplift solidarity, 67 Sueños youth decided to paint a mural of solidarity and resistance, honoring all the sheroes and heroes who have fought and are still fighting for the liberation of their people. We honor leaders from the middle east, from Africa and African Diaspora, from Latino America, and South East Asia. 

Youth will discuss the mural and shed light on some of the leaders we painted on our wall. 

Dinner: Pupusas and aquas frescas will be served as well as dessert

Sponsors: AFSC Bay Area and  67 Sueños



Friday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Municipalism: Building a Socialist Movement to Create People Power

The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street


Part of the Winning San Francisco panel series!!

Municipalism calls for a radical, participatory democracy to reclaim the commons in the name of economic equality, racial justice, queer liberation and feminist movement. It has been used successfully in cities across Spain, and more recently in Richmond, California and Jackson Mississippi. By building a neighborhood- and community-based network of people, engaged in democratic and direct action to transform local politics, we can take back our city.

Panel 1: 
Municipalism: Building A Socialist Movement to Create People Power

How can we create this model in San Francisco? Join the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Bay Resistance, San Francisco Rising Alliance, International Socialist Organization (ISO) and the San Francisco Berniecrats with an introduction from Jovanka Beckles of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. 



Friday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, The People’s Congress of Resistance and the Struggle to Defeat Trump

Party for Socialism and Liberation
2969 Mission St. (nr. 24th Street BART)

Wheelchair accessible

$3 -$10 donation – no one turned away

The Trump regime and its collaborators in Congress have launched an all-out attack on working people trying to destroy social programs that tens of millions of people depend on to live, while vastly increasing the military budget and tax cuts for the super-rich. What is the best way to resist? Are Democrats really fighting back? Is trying to impeach Trump based on his ties to Russia the way to build a movement against his program? 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/26/18801059.php

Saturday, July 29

Saturday, 9:30am – 11:30am, Visualizing Sea-level Rise – Berkeley

McLaughlin Eastshore State Park

Meet at corner of University Ave. and Frontage Road

CESP will create a scientifically accurate educational display to show where the new shoreline will be after 2-meters of sea rise. The event aims to engage the public in a dynamic visual display to show where the new shoreline will be, if we do nothing to address sea level rise. 

The Resilient Shoreline Program is a natural extension of CESP’s 30-year effort to protect open space and develop a unified shoreline park along the Bay’s eastern shoreline. 

What is Resilent Shoreline? A Resilient Shoreline relies on preserving and strengthening the natural shoreline, including expanded marshes, systems to address rising sea levels due to climate change, storm surges and King Tides.

Programs will be offered to increase public awareness about climate change and its impact on the Bay shoreline and continue to organize a Grand Coalition of public leaders to implement timely solutions.  

Sponsor: Citizens For Eastshore Parks



Saturday, 3:00pm, Campaigning for Medicare for ALL – Next Steps

518 Valencia St. (nr. 16th Street BART)

Campaigning for Single Payer Healthcare Next Steps.

   -Why is SB 562, the Healthy California Act stalled in the State Assembly?

   -What has been the SF Chronicle’s coverage of SB 562.

   -What are our next steps to winning Medicare for All.

Panel discussion:

   Jim Cowan – Single Payer Now and Progressive Democrats of America Activist

   Laksh Bhasm – Chair of SF Berniecrats Health Committee

Sponsors: Single Payer Now and the ESIFund

Info: dbechler@value.net  or 415-695-7891

Saturday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Refuse Fascism Potluck / Picnic

Mosswood Park Recreational Center
Corner of MacArthur Blvd. & Broadway (Close to MacArthur BART Station)

After our important beginning on July 15: Join Refuse Fascism Bay Area for a potluck style picnic and gathering. This will be a chance to get to know each other, and build a community of resistance and a collective spirit of determination to drive this fascist Trump/Pence regime OUT! 

*Bring food or drinks if you can! 

*This is a fundraiser for Refuse Fascism, sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds



Sunday, July 30

Sunday, 11:30am – 2:00pm, Yezhov vs. Stalin: The Truth About Mass Repressions and the So-Called Great Terror

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph

Professor Grover Furr will talk about his new book, Yezhov Vs. Stalin,  the first accurate account of the so-called “Great Terror” in the Soviet Union in 1937-1938. In this book, Grover Furr answers the central questions concerning the mass repressions known as the “Ezhovshchina” or, by anticommunists, the “Great Terror.” 

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/07/10/18800738.php

Sunday, 12Noon – 1:00pm, Abolition & Gentrification: AEMP Presentation & Discussion

Museum of Capitalism
55 Harrison St.


The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) is a data visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession and resistance of Bay Area residents upon gentrifying landscapes. Maintaining antiracist, feminist, and anti-capitalist politics, the project produces empirical work used in local spatial struggles. 

members of the AEMP will present work from a yearlong project excavating and analyzing Oakland eviction data of different genres, from that of the Rent Board to those of oral histories and community power mapping (http://arcg.is/2bU6vQH).Linking this work to new research projects in Oakland, we will also question how abolitionist politics might bolster anti-eviction ones, theorizing connections between private property, whiteness, and liberalism (abolitionjournal.org/in-the-time-of-trump-housing-whiteness-and-abolition/).



Sunday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Film: Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody

SF Main Library
Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.

“Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody” is a documentary film by Terry Sterrenberg and Laurie Simons, about what’s happening with America’s healthcare system and what you can do about it. 

Jeff Gee, MD, from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Barb Ryan, RN, from California Nurses Association (CNA), and a representative from the Healthy California Act (SB 562) will participate in a panel discussion. The event is free and everyone is welcome

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/06/18/18800248.php 

Sunday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Commemoration of Student Massacre of 1975

Redstone Labor Temple
2940 16th St. (btw. Mission & South Van Ness)

A panel discussion on how the events of 1975 mobilized resistance

$5.00 donation – no one turned away. Benefit to send a group of Bay Area delegates to CISPES Convention

Raffle, prizes, music & food.

All are welcomed.

Ricardo Calderon, professor in the Department of Journalism at the University of El Salvador in 1975

Ana Fisher, student at the University of El Salvador in 1975

Cecilia Guidos, founding member of the Cultural Documentation and Investigation Center of El Salvador (CODICES)

Romeo Gilberto Osorio, one of the founders in 1975 of El Comité de Salvadoreños Progresistas which published “El Pulgarcito” in San Francisco


On July 30, 1975, students from the National Autonomous University of El Salvador were marching to protest repression by the military, which had taken over the campus in Santa Ana on July 25. General Arturo Armando Molina ordered the Salvadoran National Guard to suppress the protest with machine guns and tanks. The estimates of university and high school students killed range from 12 to more than 100 and wounded from 23 to more than 100. The exact number is not known because the military loaded up bodies, and live students, in its vehicles and disappeared them. This was one of four massacres in just over a year of escalating repression.

Mothers of the victims started joining together to search for their children—some of whom were jailed and interrogated. Encouraged and supported by Archbishop Oscar Romero, The Committee of Mothers and Family Members of Political Prisoners, the Disappeared and Assassinated (CO-MADRES) quickly made a name for itself as a vocal activist group—staging sit-ins and marches, occupying embassies and churches, and documenting human rights violations.

Sponsor: Bay Area CISPES

Info: bayarea@cispes.org 

Sunday, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Abolition & Community Defense: Social in the Park

Mosswood Park Rec Center
Corner of MacArthur Blvd. & Broadway

Bring a dish or drink to share! This will be an afternoon to kick it in the park with good people and to connect with projects rooted in…

Instead of just hold to our own notion of a presentation, we’d rather hear from all of you, provide the platform for other people in projects rooted in Abolition or Community Defense to present on what they are up to. 

Anchoring our informal program will be a presentation from Oakland IWOC’s guest, Niecee X from the Black Women’s Defense League out of Dallas, TX

we’ll also be hearing from Oakland IWOC about their ongoing work plus get the news from the inside on the coming national wave of prisoner action slated for the week of August 19th.

Sponsors: Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Black Women’s Defense League



Sunday, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Occupy the Farm Screening

Student Organic Garden
Corner of Virginia St. and Walnut St.

The Student Organic Garden Association (SOGA) would like to invite you to our screening of Occupy the Farm

 We are currently facing threats of development from UC Berkeley. This night will be for learning about the history of UC Berkeley-owned land, to understand the context we are operating in, to learn about actions students, faculty, and community members have taken in the past, and to discuss our current situation at Oxford Tract and SOGA.

 Evening  begins at SOGA (corner of Walnut and Virginia Streets) at7pm  with snacks and a garden tour complete with land use history.

 At 7:30pm, we will walk 10 minutes to Ridge House (2420 Ridge Road) where we will be hosting the screening



Monday, July 31

Monday, 12 Noon – 1:30pm, Youth MOJO Rally: Healthcare Is Our Right

California State Building (front of it)
455 Golden Gate Ave

Under the Trump administration, the right to healthcare is at risk. Health care coverage for lower and middle class communities are in dire threat, and at the same time politicians are giving tax breaks to the rich, insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers.

At Chinese Progressive Association’s Youth MOJO (Youth Movement of Justice and Organizing) program, we believe that healthcare is a human right for all regardless of class, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and immigration status.

By not protecting health care for all, we as a community are hurting CA youth and our families each and every day. This is why we stand together as youth to call on Governor Jerry Brown- take a stand and fund universal health care for all TODAY!

Join us for CPA’s Youth MOJO for our “Guaranteed Healthcare Is Our Right” Rally!

Sponsor: Chinese Progressive Assoc.



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Wednesday, August 9

Wednesday, 8:00am – 11:00am, August Action: March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
7000 East Ave.

Meet at Corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads for Rally

Shuttle from Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

   – Must make reservations in advance call(925) 443-7148

8:00am – Rally (Corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads)

9:00am – march to gates of Livermore Lab

Rally, March & Nonviolent Direct Action

Commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the place where new US nuclear weapons are still being developed today; Change the future! where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest. RSVP for Peace Camp the night before at Lake Del Valle. All ages are welcome!

Info: (925) 443-7148


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