JIMMY DORE ON POLITICS

“I’ve got news for you.  You can’t remove yourself from politics.  Politics is life. If you’re gay and you want to marry your lover, that’s politics.  Okay?  If you get sick and you want to see a doctor without going bankrupt, that’s politics.  If you want to get a higher education so you can get a job without ending up in a mountain of debt, that’s politics.  If you want to get the pothole fixed in front of your goddamned house, that’s politics.  You want to get the snow plowed?  That’s politics.  You want to fund education?  That’s politics.  You want to stop wars?  That’s politics.  Everything’s politics.  What isn’t politics?  Every position is politics.”

Updates & Announcements from Tues. 9/26 – Fri. 9/29 (from Adrienne Fong)

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

Updates:

A.  Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad (September 24, 2017)

     https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/25/trump-travel-ban-extended-to-blocks-on-north-korea-and-venezuela

B.  Israel’s Stall-Forever ‘Peace’ Plan (Paul Pillar, September 23, 2017)

      https://consortiumnews.com/2017/09/23/israels-stall-forever-peace-plan/

C.  Imperialism, Neo-Nazis, 9/11 &  The War On Russia: Interview With Dan Kovalik (September 11th, interview)

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ3eI7amXvk

Occupy

~ San Francisco ~ 

Occupy San Francisco Bulletin Board

 http://www.occupysf.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday, September 26 – Friday, September 29

Tuesday, September 26

1.  Tuesday, 3:00pm, SF Board of Supervisors Hearing on Tasers

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

Originally this was to be a hearing on Tasers; but the BoS does not have jurisdiction over tasers, this is why they are going to do DOJ recs: CITY and Use of Force

Even though they have shifted gears, we will continue to push back AGAINST tasers since this hearing comes in advance of the Police Commission Vote on October 4th. So bring your community and let the Supervisors know that San Franciscans don’t want Tasers in our city!! 

There will be a public comment period on the Agenda that folks can participate in. The Coalition on Homelessness will be present with talking points.

We have been fighting long and hard against tasers, and this is the fifth time they have been introduced, the first three being rejected after evidence demonstrated increased danger to the public. 

-Tasers do not reduce police shootings & can increase fatal shootings
-Tasers do not replace deadly force and can actually kill
-Tasers are not cost effective and cost at least $10,000 per year per taser
-Tasers would hurt SFPD’s efforts to implement time, distance and deescalation tactis instead of command and control

Oct. 4th, SF Police Commission will be voting on Tasers.

Host: Coalition on Homelessness

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/134976633805448/?ref=br_rs

2.  Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:00pm, Speakout – Support Revolution Books against Alt-Right Attacks

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

Emergency Press Speakout

Fascists Assault, Threaten Revolution Books Berkeley:
“You Will Not Shut Down Revolution Books! Berkeley Will Be a Fascist Free Zone!”

On Sunday and Monday Revolution Books has been repeatedly attacked and threatened by fascist forces who attempted to disrupt and shut down our bookstore.

Revolution Books denounces this outrageous fascist attack, vows to remain open, and calls on everyone in Berkeley and beyond who cares about the future of humanity and values critical thinking and engagement to speak out against these attacks and in support of Revolution Books, And come or send statements to our Emergency Press Conference and public Speak Out

Email statements of support to: revolutionbooks@sbcglobal.net

Host: Revolution Books Berkeley

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462518080534839/

3.  Tuesday, 6:45pm – 9:00pm, Intro to SURJ Meeting

Sierra Club
2101 Webster St. , Suite 1300
Oakland

Featured speaker: Maria Moore, sister of Kayla Moore

Kayla Moore, a Black trans woman with a mental health diagnosis, was killed by Berkeley police in 2013. Four years later, her family and community are still working to hold the City of Berkeley and Berkeley police accountable with a civil suit. Maria Moore will speak about #justice4KaylaMoore and about the upcoming court dates.

Come get an introduction to SURJ and hear about why and how to support the Moore family and increase your understanding about the criminalization of and violence against Black, trans, and disabled people.

Host: SURJ – Oakland Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/128766404408491/

Wednesday, September 27 

4.  Wednesday, 12Noon – 3:00pm, Teach-in/Speakout

UC Berkeley
Sproul Plaza
Berkeley

• Why do white supremacists, misogynists, xenophobes, and fascists keep targeting Berkeley?

• Why is this not about free speech but about normalizing fascism?

• What does this have to do with the Trump/Pence regime?

• Why fascism can’t be ignored, but must be confronted, and why is it worth taking personal risks to do so?

Host: Refuse Fascism Bay Area

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/339660003162097/ 

5.  Wednesday, 4:30pm – 7:55pm, Protest Right-wing Desecration of Free Speech

Meet at 4:30pm sharp at:

CAFÉ MILANO
2522 Bancroft Way  then march to the steps of Sproul Hall Upper Sproul Plaza on UC Campus
Berkeley

**DESPITE REPORTS THAT MILO’S SO-CALLED “FREE SPEECH WEEK” HAS BEEN CANCELLED, THE PROTEST IS STILL ON. PLEASE READ THIS DESCRIPTION FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

Spearheaded by Milo Yiannopoulos, the week of white supremacy at Berkeley is an attempt by the far right to portray themselves as victims being denied “free speech.” They hope to gain sympathy and recruit to their cause

CARF knows that it is our first amendment right to oppose neo-fascist speech by joining with others to outnumber the supremacists at their rallies and send them packing with large, disciplined counter-demonstrations. History has shown that this kind of response can stop fascist movements while they are small.

Host: Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area & Communities Against Racism & Fascism (CARF)

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/294921307654036/

6.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 6:30pm – NO PEACE VIGIL this week in San Francisco

7.  Wednesday, 5:30pm – 8:00pm, From the Ashes Film Screening

SF Main Library – Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin St.
SF

Free

A compelling look at the lives and issues behind the “war on coal,” From The Ashes premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and the National Geographic Channel.

Host: Citizens Climate Lobby: San Francisco

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/03/18802490.php

8.  Wednesday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Diversity Film: ‘And Then They Came For Us’

Ellen Driscoll Playhouse
325 Highland Ave. (corner of Oakland Ave)
Piedmont

Members of the Trump administration have raised the specter of a Muslim registry and instituted an immigration ban against people from Muslim majority countries, citing the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as precedent for its actions.

The powerful 2017 documentary “And Then They Came for Us” – a film by Bay area filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider which demonstrates that the registration and incarceration of Japanese American was one of the worst violations of constitutional rights in American History, and features Japanese Americans who survived that experience speaking out today.

As a result of President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1942 Executive Order 9066, approximately 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were evicted from their homes son the West Coast of the United States and held in American internment camps and other confinement sites across the country.

Following the screening  there will be a panel discussion features Dianne Fukami, an award-winning documentary and television producer and a member of the U.S. – Japan Council, and Piedmont resident Don Tamaki, who served on the pro bono legal team that reopened the landmark Supreme Court case of “Korematsu v. the United States”.

Host: Appreciating Diversity Film Series

Info: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/09/14/18802934.php

Thursday, September 28

9.  Thursday, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, The Residents – a photo exhibit – Kelly Johnson, former SF Occupier

Dickerman Prints – Photo Lab & Gallery
1141 Howard St.
SF

Opening reception

Free

RSVP: https://www.dickermanprints.com/hope-for-our-planet

From organized protest to free-form dance, gender, and our natural world, “The Residents” presents a diverse collection of photography by four local artists.

Kelly Johnson’s Direct Action documents the brave people fighting for human rights, political freedom, economic equality and the survival of our human race. 

Jordan Reznick’s Queer Babes celebrates the complex identities of queer and transgender people.

Sumeet Banerji’s 
Shroomscapes turns nature inside out, examining our world from the viewpoint of a Portobello Mushroom.

Nicholas Korkos’ 
Dance in Motion explores the intimate and abstract world of dance studios across North America.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2046199295406100/ 

Friday, September 29 

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

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St.
SF

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

11.  Friday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Trump Says ‘More War,’ We Say ‘NO!’

Party for Socialism & Liberation
2960 Mission St. (nr. 24th Street BART)
SF

$3 – $10 – no one turned away

In his wildly belligerent “America First” speech at the United Nations, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” an entire country – North Korea, intervene in Venezuela, tighten the blockade on Cuba, expand the wars in Afghanistan and Syria, and break a critical accord with Iran. Trump and his generals threaten the people of the U.S. and the world with the real danger of new and wider wars. At the same time, Congress is passing a vastly increased military budget while slashing vital social programs. Join us for analysis and discussion of the heightened war danger and what we need to do to resist.

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/133965054004222/

OccupyForum field trip to Oakland City Hall!

OccupyForum FIELD TRIP! FREE!

Monday, September 25th from 7:00 – 9 PM

Oakland City Hall, 3rd floor, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

How Germany’s Public Banks Help Transition to Renewables

Wolfram Morales, Chief Economist for Sparkasse, the association of local public banks in Germany, will explain the role of these institutions in speeding the development of local renewable resources such as solar and wind, at this panel discussion in City Hall.

Joining Wolfram will be  Nicolas Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy, (Alameda County’s soon-to- launch Community Choice energy program), Greg Rosen, Founder and Principal of High Noon Advisors, (member of the East Bay Community Shared Solar Collaborative), and Jessica Tovar, Organizer for East Bay Clean Power Alliance. Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More SF Bay, will lead an opening ceremony.

Find out how a public bank in Oakland could help fund local renewable energy for our new Community Choice program, and bring jobs and economic benefits to communities throughout Alameda County.

The event is hosted by Oakland City Councilmembers Dan Kalb and Rebecca Kaplan, and organized by Friends of the Public Bank of Oakland and Local Clean Energy Alliance.

OccupyForum will meet the following week at 474 Valencia Street, San Francisco, from 6:45 – 9 pm (doors open at 6 pm) for a report back on The People’s Congress of Resistance:      http://www.congressofresistance.org/

SEPTEMBER 26-27: THE INTERNET DESCENDS ON WASHINGTON (Occupy.com)

THU, 9/21/2017

The FCC is set on killing net neutrality. But Congress is key. They can stop the FCC and block the bigger threat: ISP-backed bills that would end net neutrality forever. We’re organizing Internet users to meet with members of Congress—in D.C., or locally—and we’re helping to cover travel costs.

Here’s the plan:

On September 26-27 Internet users from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C. to meet directly with their members of Congress, which is by far the most effective way to influence their positions and counter the power of telecom lobbyists and campaign contributions.

First you can attend a training hosted by Public Knowledge that will share years of experience on how to be effective in these meetings. Participants will be paired with a guide to show you where to go on Capitol Hill to participate in meetings with key lawmakers. If you can’t make it to D.C., join us by getting involved locally.

How to Get There

There are limited travel stipends available for people who want to come to D.C. to meet with legislators but need support with a plane or train ticket. Apply here. If enough people sign up in certain metro areas, we will charter buses to transport everyone for free or a small donation. If you’re driving or looking for a ride, check the carpool forum.

WHY NOW?

Net neutrality is the basic principle that has made the Internet into what it is today. It protects free expression and innovation by preventing ISPs like Verizon and AT&T from controlling what we can see and do online. This means telecoms can’t charge extra fees to access content, slow down apps and services, or engage in censorship.

Right now, the FCC is rushing to dismantle Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality, and lawmakers who take big money from telecom companies are pushing to pass legislation that would permanently undermine the free and open web. The only thing that can stop them is a coordinated grassroots effort of constituents directly pressuring our members of Congress, who have the power to stop the FCC and vote down bad legislation.

CAN’T GO? HELP COVER TRAVEL COSTS FOR SOMEONE WHO CAN

We’re crowdfunding to cover transportation and lodging costs for people who are willing to come meet with their legislators but need some support to make it possible. For every $500 we raise, we’ll be able to cover a flight and hotel for people coming from key districts to meet with lawmakers. For every $100 we raise, we can cover a bus or train for someone coming from outside D.C.

Originally published by Battle for the Net

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE WHITE NATIONALIST MOVEMENT? (Occupy.com)

THU, 9/21/2017 – BY KATE HARVESTON

“Grandpa just grew up when that was the way people thought,” you can imagine a young man saying. It’s an easy way to write off perspectives that don’t align with today’s social norms. In some ways it’s true: issues do come and go with generations. But the recent events in Charlottesville and across the nation are proof that racism in the U.S. is not just a generational issue.

The fact is, photographs and video from the August protests in the Virginia college town don’t portray today’s white nationalists as a bunch of old men. On the contrary, most of the faces are young. How is it that after coming so far in the fight for civil rights, American youth are still drawn to, and compelled by, these tasteless racist ideas?

A CHANGE IN TACTICS

The white nationalist groups present in the Charlottesville protests didn’t necessarily identify with the KKK. They went by names most Americans have probably never heard before – or, like the alt-Right, not until recently. Among those represented were the Traditional Workers Party and a group called Anti-Communist Action.

None of those names carry overtly racial overtones. That is why, for many who follow these groups, the ambiguous racial and political stances that they take – until one examines their deeper motives – can make it easy to live with the inhumane values they support.

UNFOUNDED FEARS

As Buzzfeed’s Joseph Burnstein reports in an investigative piece about the new white nationalism front, “becoming a member of a private mobile group chat for white supremacist teenagers was surprisingly easy.”

The common concern among those who are misled by these groups is that the cultural influence of white, western Europeans is eroding. The internet is a perfect tool to fan the flames of these fabricated conflicts. With no checks in place to confirm factual versus misleading information in these forums, gullible youth who want to identify with a cause are easily taken in with false information that further spurs their involvement in the white nationalist community.

After all, just because information is false doesn’t mean it is poorly packaged. Leaders in the white nationalist community have learned how to effectively create and distribute their hateful propaganda in ways that resonate with young people. Their progress is undeniable. When young people go looking for acceptance, they want to believe what their new friends tell them. And the evolution of today’s racism has given these young adults comfort in believing that they are victims of a nonexistent crime.

SEEKING SHELTER

A recent NPR interviewee, Christian Picciolini, is a great example of the even bigger issue behind why young people gravitate toward these groups. Picciolini was once a part of a faction like this. Feeling cast out from society, he fell in with a group of Chicago-area skinheads until he realized that the path he had chosen was a wrong one. At 22 years old, he decided to leave the group and work towards educating others who might be attracted to the lifestyle.

The former white supremacist believes that many young people subscribe to these groups for the same reasons he did. With nowhere else to go, they find comfort in the black-and-white world view these groups promote. The group supports a simple set of ideas that, due to their skin color, they can almost never defy.

Statistics show that today’s youth are more depressed and anxiety-ridden than ever before. Proposed reasoning for this varies, from suggestions that social media has caused us to become more isolated, to the argument that our access to mental health care and education is poor.

However, one thing remains clear over time: young people find their purpose primarily through relationships. The young are vulnerable because they demand acceptance. They desire to feel heard, understood and valued.

Picciolini’s belief is that young people gravitate toward hate groups not because of the ideologies, but because of the human needs that these groups can satisfy. Extremist groups, he says, offer members an “identity, community and a sense of purpose. Underneath that fundamental search is something that’s broken — is there abuse or trauma or mental illness or addiction?”

Picciolini also suggests that the Internet age has created a prime opportunity for these groups to reach disenchanted youths. Young people spend so much of their time online, especially if they don’t have friends or communities to interact with in person, which creates a perfect storm of opportunity for hate groups to exploit.

GUERILLA RACISM

Picciolini also says the fight against racism is tougher than ever because the battle lines have become blurred. White supremacists are no longer easily identified by swastikas and shaved heads. They have learned to blend into their surroundings, gathering strength as an underground movement, and it’s only during events like Charlottesville that people realize how prominent they have become.

It could be argued that the fight for our nation’s moral compass has evolved, eerily, in much the same way as the world’s geopolitical conflicts: where it was once easy to know who the bad guys were, today the enemy hides in plain sight. The only time we feel their presence is during acts of terror when they emerge to intimidate the rest of society.

SETTING AN EXAMPLE

A spokesman for the fascist group Vanguard America proclaimed, “Every rally we’re going to be more organized, we’re going to have more people, and it’s going to be harder and harder for them to shut us down.” Photographic and video evidencefrom Charlottesville laid plain for the nation what the ranks of these organizations already look like. They emerged from the crowds well organized, and unlike some of the groups they seek to hold down, many members of white nationalist groups are affluent. A sheltered existence makes it easy to adopt extremist views, and by recruiting estranged white males with access to money, hate organizations have created a makeshift PAC for their social campaign.

Donald Trump has been heavily criticized for inviting numerous people viewed as overtly racist – Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka, to name a few – into his cabinet. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka went on record to describe the current White House as home to two factions, one of which he called flat-out racist.

Trump’s failure to condemn the actions of white supremacists, in Charlottesville and elsewhere, is precisely what these hate groups expect – and it’s what spurs them to grow further. Among other things, the president is supposed to be a role model. If the most powerful man in the country can’t set an example for American youth, what should we expect of them? The array of young faces at hate-fueled spectacles like Charlottesville is disquieting, though it’s becoming less and less surprising.

A lot of people still assume white supremacist groups are primarily made up of older folks, and that these ideas will eventually die out with the older generation. But if anything, Charlottesville was a wakeup call, as more Americans reached the unsettling realization that this just isn’t true. Racism and intolerance is being seeded in our youth all over the country. Whether by geography, in the online realm, or through other channels, young people present a unique opportunity for extremist groups to reach them. The question Americans everywhere must now ask is: how are we going to respond?

white supremacists, white nationalists, hate groups, Charlottesville violence, neo-Nazis, disaffected youth, rising fascism, Donald Trump

AS SANDERS PREPARED MEDICARE BILL, HEALTH CARE LOBBYISTS BANKROLLED SENATE DEMOCRATS (Occupy.com)

MON, 9/18/2017 – BY DAVID SIROTA AND LYDIA O’NEAL

As Bernie Sanders worked to finalize his Medicare-for-All Act of 2017, corporate lobbyists representing the traditional opponents of single-payer health care – including the nation’s major private insurers and drug companies – poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Senate Democrats’ fundraising accounts. Now, many of those lawmakers have refused to sign on to the Medicare bill.

Sanders has faced questions about whether or not the bill would garner solid support among Senate Democrats. So far, 16 Senate Democrats have said they will sponsor the legislation – which the insurance industry slammed after he announced it. A new study from campaign finance watchdog group MapLight found that since 2010, Democratic senators who have refused to sponsor the bill have, during their careers, raised twice as much insurance industry cash as those who support the legislation.

As Republicans took over the White House earlier this year, significant campaign funding for Democratic senators has continued to come from lobbyists. According to federal campaign finance records reviewed by International Business Times, lobbyists, lobbying firms and one other corporate political action committee collectively delivered nearly $2 million in bundled campaign contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the first half of 2017. Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the DSCC’s chairman, was a proponent of the law that requires lobbyists to disclose the contributions they bundle together from donors.

With Sanders and a majority of House Democrats supporting single-payer – and with polls showing rising support for a Medicare-for-all system – lobbyists for major health care industry clients were among the biggest donors to Democrats in the Senate, as they have been in years past. Among those who delivered the most cash to the DSCC in the first half of 2017 were:

• Steve Elmendorf, the former top aide to then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt. He delivered $130,400 to the DSCC while representing insurance giant UnitedHealth Group Inc. and dialysis conglomerate DaVita Inc.

• Jonathon Jones, the former chief of staff for Sen. Tom Carper, a Finance Committee member has not signed onto the single-payer initiative. He delivered $97,000 to the DSCC while representing insurers Anthem Inc. and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, as well as the trade group Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and drugmakers Amgen Inc., Astellas Pharma Inc., AstraZeneca, Merck & Co. Inc., Novartis, Genentech Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

• Lisa Kontoupes, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and staffer for Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She delivered $77,500 to the DSCC while representing drugmakers Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals Inc..

• David Castagnetti, the former top aide to Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who was accused of blocking a debate over single-payer during the Affordable Care Act deliberations. Castagnetti delivered $64,000 to the DSCC while representing insurers Humana Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and the parent company of Oscar Health Insurance.

• Jeff Forbes, the former staff director for Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees the nation’s healthcare system. He delivered $20,000 to the DSCC while representing the drug industry’s trade association, PhRMA, as well as individual drug companies Abbott Laboratories, Amgen and Genentech.

The principals of major lobbying firms also gave big to Senate Democrats. Tony Podesta, the namesake of the Podesta Group and a top Hillary Clinton bundler, gave $202,476 to the DSCC while representing the American Healthcare Association and Mylan — the controversial maker of the Epipen. Heather Podesta of Podesta + Partners delivered $226,400 to the DSCC while representing Baxter Healthcare and insurer Cigna.

Meanwhile, two lobbying firms’ corporate political action committees gave directly to the DSCC. Brownstein Hyatt Farber’s PAC, for instance, bundled $307,000 for the DSCC while the firm represents Anthem, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and drugmaker Abbvie. Holland & Knight’s Committee For Effective Government bundled $104,650 for the DSCC while representing BlueCross Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Originally published by International Business Times

corporate insurance lobbyists, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare lobbyists, money in politics, Maplight, universal healthcare, single-payer, Medicare for all, Democratic lobbyists, Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at CCSF Diego Rivera Theater (video by Peter Menchini)

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at CCSF Diego Rivera Theater. City College of San Francisco

Δημοσιεύτηκε από Peter Menchini στις Παρασκευή, 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies for Medicare-for-All, lauds McCain opposition to GOP health bill

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the annual convention of the California Nurses Association at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Sanders, who introduced a single-payer health care legislation, is trying to bring more attention to and gather support for his bill. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the annual convention of the California Nurses Association at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Sanders, who introduced a single-payer health care legislation, is trying to bring more attention to and gather support for his bill. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

“Bernie Sanders praises CCSF’s free tuition program amid ‘pivotal’ moment for country” by Laura Waxmann


Bernie speaking to overflow crowd at CCSF celebrating Free City! on September 22, 2017 (Photo by Mike Zonta)

September 22, 2017 (SFExaminer.com)

In sharing his vision of universal health care and free higher education for all Americans, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday praised City College of San Francisco’s move to make tuition free for San Francisco residents as “a model for the United States of America.”

“Because [don’t] you think that young people and working class people all over this country are not asking their local leaders, ‘How come in San Francisco they are making college tuition free, why don’t you it in our community?’” said Sanders, addressing students, faculty and CCSF leaders who embarked on their first semester of tuition-free courses in August.

Enrollment at the community college has soared since the Free City College program rolled out in its pilot stage, attracting at least 6,450 new students this fall who have signed up for credit courses. The program is funded by a real-estate transfer tax passed last November — an effort led by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim.

“CSSF has shown that when people get involved politically, it makes a difference,” said Sanders. “Our job is to put together an agenda that speaks to needs of working people [and] to elect officials that have the guts to fight and implement that agenda. You have increased participant enrollment for San Francisco residents by 51 percent.”

Students and teachers at CCSF say that they are already feeling that difference.

SEE RELATED: ‘Huge’ enrollment boost evident in first semester of free CCSF

“I’ve been here for two years and just the energy is different, in the classroom and behind the scenes,” said 30-year-old CCSF sophomore Lauren Haggins.

Following an accreditation crisis in 2012 that contributed to major cuts in classes and a plummet in enrollment, an English teacher who declined to give her name but stood in line to hear “the political legend” speak, said that teachers at the college feel that their “jobs make sense again.”

The Vermont senator and former presidential hopeful visited San Francisco on Friday to promote his recently introduced single-payer Medicare for all plan at a nurses’ rally at Yerba Buena Gardens.

Hours later, at CCSF’s Ocean Campus at 50 Phelan Ave., Sanders was met by an enthused crowd.

“I’m really excited to hear him speak on what CCSF is doing locally in response to what could be a nationwide effort — investing in education,” said 25-year-old CCSF freshman Shirley Acuna.

Some 1,500 initially signed up to hear Sanders speak, exceeding the college’s seating capacity. CCSF spokesperson Jeff Hamilton said that 750 people received tickets to the event and watched Sanders from within the Diego Rivera Theater, two overflow rooms and a courtyard where speakers had been set up.

Following speeches by CCSF, San Francisco and student leaders, Sanders addressed federal cuts by President Donald Trump in health care, education, environmental protections and legal protections afforded to undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“We are in a very pivotal moment in American history,” Sanders said. “If there is anything positive we can say about Donald Trump — and there is not much — it is that he has made it very clear what the stakes are when we talk about the future of this country.”

Deeming it an “international embarrassment” that students “who want a higher education and are unable to get it” because “their family lacks the money,” Sanders praised CCSF. “Instead of denying people what they are entitled to, you are giving people exactly what they need,” he said.

GOP Leaders Confident They’ll Have Cruelty Necessary To Pass Healthcare Bill (theonion.com)

WASHINGTON—Increasingly optimistic that the callousness they required would be locked down by the September 30 deadline, GOP leaders were confident Wednesday that they will have the cruelty necessary to pass their new healthcare bill. “While we were nearly there on our previous attempts, with this go-around we’re all but certain we have the savagery we need for this measure to move forward,” said bill coauthor Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), adding that the utter contempt for the lives of middle class and poor Americans appeared to be “falling into place nicely.” “I’m not saying that lining up the wanton disregard for human suffering will be easy, but I’m more and more persuaded that it will be there when this bill ultimately comes to the floor.” At press time, Graham was meeting with several key undecideds, confident they just needed a bit more coaxing before fully pledging their inhumanity.