Updates & Announcements from Aug. 30 – Sept. 9 (from Adrienne Fong)

Thank you for all that each of you do and for those who stood up this past weekend. This might be the last announcement for a while until some computer issues are resolved. Thank you for your patience. 

Updates:

A.  White House to Scrap All Limits on the Pentagon’s Police Militarization Program 1033 (August 27, 2017)

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/analysis/White-House-to-Scrap-All-Limits-on-the-Pentagons-Police-Militarization-Program-1033-20170827-0019.html 

B.  Nuclear Reactors in Harvey’s Path

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nuclear-reactors-in-harveys-path/

C.  Floods kill over 1,200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh (August 26, 2017)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/floods-kill-1200-india-nepal-bangladesh-170826230610924.html

D.  Two short videos  

 https://www.facebook.com/peter.menchini/videos/1598021330262256/  By Peter Menchini – 8/26 From Alamo Square to the Mission, SF

https://www.facebook.com/peg.hunter/videos/10209606670430325/   By Peg Hunter – 8/27 Another march – Berkeley

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 August 30 – September 9

Wednesday, August 30

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

Montgomery & Market Street, below Senator Feinstein’s office; directly above Montgomery BART / MUNI Station
SF

Join us at the large PEACE or IMPEACH banner.

Topics vary each week and are centered on PEACE and JUSTICE issues

All are welcomed!

2.  Wednesday, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Exploring Red Power in the 1960s

California Historical Society
678 Mission St.
SF

Tickets: $10 Info: http://my.californiahistoricalsociety.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=638

When we think about the 1960s in California, certain images come to mind of hippies with flowers in their hair, the Grateful Dead, anti-war protests, or racial justice organizations like the Black Panthers, Diggers, or Brown Berets. Coinciding with these historical events was the Indians of All Tribes takeover of Alcatraz Island in November of 1969. The Alcatraz occupation triggered a national movement as American Indian peoples united to fight for land reclamation, environmental protection, human rights, cultural preservation, and ultimately sovereignty under the banner of Red Power. 

This event attempts to bring together key veterans from the Alcatraz takeover and scholars to discuss the larger Red Power movement of the 1960

Speakers

Kent Blansett, Assistant Professor of History at University of Nebraska at Omaha and a descendant of five Tribes: Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi His latest book is entitled A Journey to Freedom: The Life of Richard Oakes, 1942-1972 which will be published by Yale University Press in Fall 2018

Professor Edward D. Castillo (Cahuilla/Luiseno), Native American activist who participated in the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz in 1969. Emeritus professor and former director of Native American Studies at the Sonoma State University in California,

LaNada War Jack is from the Shoshone Bannock Tribes of Idaho. Dr. War Jack is a graduate of the UC Berkeley where she received her BA in Native American Law and Policies, her MPA and Doctorate degrees are from Idaho State University in Pocatello. LaNada presents her own missing Native history who her people are and where she is from. As a student leader, she participated in the Third World Strike at UC Berkeley and successfully helped establish the first Interdisciplinary Department of Ethnic Studies in 1969 composed of Native; Black; Asian and Chicano Studies. LaNada was also a leader of the Alcatraz Takeover 1969

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/665462880329794/ 

Thursday, August 31 

3.  Thursday, **10:00am – 11:30am, John Yoo, torture advocate to speak at “2017 Quest for Legitimacy”

  **Meet at 9:00am Union Square side of the street (across the street from the Westin)

The Future of the Judiciary
California Room
Westin St. Francis Hotel
336 Powell St.
SF

Come help pass out orange colored ribbons outside the Westin!

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has engaged UC Berkeley torture advocate John Yoo for two sessions of its  2017 Quest for Legitimacy (See Friday under #7 for second session)

John Yoo worked for the Department of Justice during the Bush administration and is known for helping to author the “Torture Memos” on enhanced interrogation tactics. He currently teaches at UC Berkeley Law School

“There can be no justification for giving a platform to someone who participated in the actual authorization of torture, a shameful and morally unacceptable practice and a crime under both domestic and international law,” charged detractors in 2011.

Info: FireJohnYoo.net 

4.  Thursday, 3:00pm – 8:00pm, Banner party – for Support of Fight for $15

Fruitvale Plaza
3526 San Leandro St.
Oakland

Come help us make banners in support of the Fight for $15 and Labor Day action on Monday. We will be painting 4 large banners and need some help! Come to the SEIU USWW office on the 2nd floor of the plaza. Thanks!

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/104591826945263/ 

5.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 7:45pm, NAFTA Public Hearing Featuring Rep. Barbara Lee’s Office

CWA 9415
1831 Park Blvd.
Oakland

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has negatively impacted millions of workers in the United States and partner countries. After years of pressure and discontent amongst communities hurt by NAFTA and NAFTA-style trade deals, trade is now front and center in the eyes of the American public.

One of President Trump’s biggest campaign promises was to renegotiate NAFTA to benefit working people and their families. In spite of this, most of the people President Trump has nominated to his cabinet, who will be leading these negotiations, are the same multimillionaires and billionaires who supported TPP and NAFTA-style trade agreements. 

Take action and join us at a special public hearing featuring Rep. Barbara Lee’s office.

You will hear from labor, environmental and social justice leaders as they discuss the impact NAFTA has had and you will learn what we need to do to fight back at this critical moment.

Sponsor: California Trade Justice Coalition

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/337610176691729/

6.  Thursday, 6:45pm – 7:45pm, Constituent Town Hall for Nancy Pelosi

Park Branch Library
1833 Page St.
SF

As members of Congress return to their home districts this month, we have an opportunity to remind our representatives whose interests they work for: ours. Our congressional representative, Nancy Pelosi, fails to hold town hall meetings to listen to her constituents. Global Zero welcomes you to our own town hall to voice our concerns and draw awareness to issues that matter: protecting our environment, expanding and improving access to healthcare, improving education, and pushing for immigrant rights. 

We have extended an invite to Rep. Pelosi and are still waiting for her response. This event will still take place with or without her attendance

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/117789408838816/  orhttps://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/28/18802339.php 

Friday, September 1 

7.  Friday, **4:00pm – 5:30pm, John Yoo, torture advocate to speak at “2017 Quest for Legitimacy”

**Meet at 3:00pm Union Square side of the street (across the street from the Westin)

Checks on Executive Power in the Age of Obama and Trump

Colonial Ballroom
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
SF

Come help pass out orange colored ribbons outside the Westin!

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has engaged UC Berkeley torture advocate John Yoo for two sessions of its  2017 Quest for Legitimacy

John Yoo worked for the Department of Justice during the Bush administration and is known for helping to author the “Torture Memos” on enhanced interrogation tactics. He currently teaches at UC Berkeley Law School

“There can be no justification for giving a platform to someone who participated in the actual authorization of torture, a shameful and morally unacceptable practice and a crime under both domestic and international law,” charged detractors in 2011.

Info: FireJohnYoo.net 

Saturday, September 2 

8.  Saturday, 12 Noon, Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare

Golden Gate Park
Peacock Meadow
SF

Help collect postcards for SB 562 The Healthy California Act, at the Mime Troupe show WALLS

Shows start at 2pm with music beginning at 1:30.

We will be collecting card between noon and 2:00.

We will have a small table at the entrance to Peacock Meadow on Sat.  

Contact: Don if you can help: 415-810-5826 dbechler@earthlink.net

9.  Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Self-Defense Workshop for QTPOC

Willard Park
2720 Hillegass Ave.
Berkeley

Mission: 
QTPOC folx and womxn face ongoing institutional and systemic violence. While this type of violence does not always manifest itself in physical harm, communitites of color, queer folx, and womxn are often the last people to have access to self-defense knowledge and/or classes. 

Our mission is to provide a comfortable, supportive, and informed environment for QTPOC folx, womxn, and organizers to learn and practice elements of self-defense pulling from Jiu Jitsu martial arts. The workshop is intended for every(body) and for folxs who are beginners and/or folx who are interested in growing their self-defense tool box. 

Workshop Leaders: 
Marina Eskander:
Marina is a queer blaq indigenous womxn with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu…
Aside from her training in Jiu Jitsu, she is a Queer Educator, college student advocate and medical practitioner.

Dee Mauricio: 
Dee is a queer indigenous womxn with a 500 hr+ yoga and personal trainer certification  She has focused most of her yoga classes and training sessions to help survivors of rape and sexual assault work through their bodily trauma. Aside from teaching yoga, she is a prison abolitionist organizer and Ph.D student at UCLA. 

What to Expect: 
*Donation based workshop, suggested $10 NOTAFLOF*
We are committed to making this space for QTPOC folxs and womxn. We ask that if white folx and allies intend to come, to come with an understanding of your role as a visitor and ally to the space. Be cognizant of how you take up space and remind yourself this workshop is for folx of color, you are a visitor. 

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1367096196741065/

Sunday, September  

10.  Sunday, 12 Noon. 9/3 & Monday 9/4, Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare

Dolores Park – East side of the show
SF

Shows start at 2pm with music beginning at 1:30.

We will be collecting card between noon and 2:00.

Table will be at East side of show

Contact: Don if you can help: 415-810-5826  or  dbechler@earthlink.net

11.  Sunday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Panel Discussion: Pathways to End the Police State

Omni Commons
4799 Shattuck Ave.
Oakland

On September 3rd, we’re hosting the Anti Police Terror Project, Copwatch, and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Michael Bracamontes for a panel discussion envisioning pathways to end the police state. 

Join us! Light snacks will be provided.
Immediately after the panel discussion, you are also invited to attend our weekly strategy circle, which starts at 7:30pm.

Host: Community Democracy Project and Berkeley Copwatch

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/277774736050736/

Monday, September 4 

12.  Monday, 8:30am – Noon, Strike and March in Oakland. Declare: America Needs Unions

Meet at:

1330 Jackson St. (14th & Jackson)
Oakland

 8:30am: Gather at 14th/Jackson St. Oakland

9:00am: Fight for $15 Workers Demand a Union

11:00am: Together we Rise Rally at Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza 

This Labor Day, join #FightFor15 fast-food workers going on strike in over 300 cities along with community organizations and our neighbors to fight inequality and take to the streets to declare that America Needs Unions!

And not just in the U.S. At the same time, McDonald’s workers in the U.K. will be striking for the first time ever!
Join us Monday, September, 4, as we come together to demand justice in our economy!

Host: NorCal Fight for 15

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/504251759910946/

Wednesday, September 6

13.  Wednesday6:30pm – 9:30pm, Marxism 101

The Greenlining Institute
360 14th Street
Oakland

The Center for Political Education invites you to participate in a six-part introduction to Marxist thinking and action. This will be a course for beginners during which participants will learn basics about Marxist theory and practice. With the help of guest teachers and speakers we will work together to learn about:

* Marx’s critique of capitalism
* essential concepts including political economy and historical materialism
*revolutionary struggles from across the planet influenced by Marxist ideas
* local organizing through a Marxist lens
* the future of Marxist thinking and action

See schedule & Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410365535726204/ 

14.  Wednesday, 9/6 – Saturday, 9/9, 2017 Soil Not Oil International Conference

Richmond Memorial Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond

Ticket info:

  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-soil-not-oil-international-conference-tickets-33867803512?aff=efbevent

The global movement for environmental justice and a livable climate has brought international attention to the value of soils as a sink for the carbon accumulated in the atmosphere due to irresponsible consumption of fossil fuels. Increasing soil organic matter is the only practical way to mitigate climate chaos. 

Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm,  Dr. Vandana Shiva, keynote speaker and beginning of 4 day conference

  See schedule for Wednesday – Saturday at: https://www.facebook.com/events/751873401662137/

Thursday, September 7

15.  Thursday, 10:00am – 11:00am, 1 Year; 5 Months – Monthly Celebration of Luis Gongora Pat

Luis’s Memorial site
Shotwell St. & 19th St.
SF

Gather with family and friends. Come hear updates. Not officially posted. Check FB page for updates.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/230409604013458/

Friday, September 8 

16.  Friday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, All Out to Stop Urban Shield!

Alameda County Offices Board of Supervisors
1221 Oak St., Suite 536
Oakland

4PM // Rally at Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s Office
5PM // Community Fair at South Amphitheater Lake Merritt

Accessibility information: Space is wheelchair accessible and we will provide ASL translation. Please contact us if you have any other accessibility needs or questions.

The weekend of September 8th, Alameda County will host the controversial SWAT training, war games and weapons expo, Urban Shield. We will gather on September 8th, across communities, to end it & resist police militarization around the world! 

With the current manifestations of violence under the Trump administration, it is more important than ever to urge the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to end this racist, ableist, and Islamaphobic event and invest in emergency preparedness that benefits the health and wellbeing of our communities. 

Join the Stop Urban Shield Coalition to say NO to policing, militarization and state violence! Join us in resisting violence against our communities and in fighting for genuine visions of justice, safety, and self-determination including trainings and resources on: People’s Fire Safety, Earthquake Kits, and How to Be Cop-Free

Sponsor: Stop Urban Shield

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/115728319054837/

Saturday, September 9 

17,  Saturday, 10:30am – 1:00pm, Film: “Killing Them Safely, Documentary on TASERS”

San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin St.
SF

Free

The SF Police Commission will be hosting 2 community meeting in the month of September on TASER and their potential deployment within SFPD. Before then, join us at the Main Branch of the SF public Library as we screen, “Killing them Safely”, an insightful documentary about Tasers and the industry that pushes them.
We will be hosting a Panel afterward and facilitation a group discussion.
Panel participants TBD

Sponsor: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/124480981531240/

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